Archive for January 2013
Greetings readers. It is my pleasure to welcome Kiki Howell to my blog with a guest post promoing her latest release, A War in the Willows from my pub, Naughty Nights Press!
Guest Post: Writing to Rant and to Escape
Yeah, I know, what does this all have to do with some dark, erotic, paranormal romantic suspense series? Well, let me try to explain…
So often, after too much time on social media sites, or the off chance I catch the news, it’s easy to start viewing the world with a half-empty glass frame of mind. School bullies, judgmental adults, etc, can start to bring one down in their view of humanity. How do I process this all as a peace-maker, why can’t we just all get along, type person? Well, in my mind I get ticked…okay, steaming mad… You can feel sorry for my husband now. I’ll wait. LOL
Seriously though, I turn to my own form of therapy – writing. I find it easy to mouth off, rant if you will, about injustices in the world, through my paranormal fiction. I mean, people fight due to land lines, color of skin, and people they fall in love with. I find the fighting much more justified in a paranormal world where vampires, werewolves and witches have serious powers they can hurt each other with. *winks* And, it is in this dark and sexy world that I get to rant, first off, and then make my own point about how love, compassion, a little trying to put yourself in another’s shoes and unconditional love and refraining from judgment can go a long way to peace between clans.
The real world can make one feel helpless, and so I’ve always been one to escape into books, into fantasy. Funny I pick such dark and paranormal stories to read and to write, but then, it’s the world I like to escape into, one that challenges the imagination. Guess I hope that in writing them I will give someone else a place to escape into. And, if I sneak in a little rant, a little message, well I hope they don’t mind. No one has to agree. Heck, sometimes what some characters say, I don’t even agree with – I have characters that play my own devil’s advocate. I do like to make people think though, just a bit. LOL
In my dark world full of prejudices and war, I also promise the reader love – intense and sexy. But also, I deliver those who are passionate enough to fight, with all they are, for what they believe in and the one they love. Love conquering fear, well I think that is the only way…
Kiki Howell and Naughty Nights Press are pleased to announce the At War In The Willows book tour, celebrating the release of At War In The Willows in paperback format.
The queen of paranormal erotica, Kiki Howell has captured our hearts with her trilogy, At War In The Willows. The first book, The Vampire’s Witch was quickly followed by The Vampire’s Wolf and ended with The Vampire’s Human.
The Willows is a resort town run by vampires, werewolves and witches. Here, their true identities are kept secret from humans, and intimate relations between the individual clans are strictly forbidden.
When it becomes known that the vampire Amberlyn has fallen in love with the werewolf Kane, the tedious line of their co-existence has been crossed. Caught in the crossfire of this revelation, Drake, the vampire clan leader and Amberlyn’s maker, is killed along with an innocent witch. These deaths spark a series of horrific events leading to an all out War In The Willows.
Unexpected close encounters, bodies ripe with need, and situations beyond their control lead to forbidden relationships. Now three vampires, a witch, a werewolf and a human must ride along the edges of the rules. They will attempt once unthinkable romantic entanglements despite all those who oppose their relationships, while fighting for their lives as well.
With the Willows full of violence and bloodshed, meetings and magic amiss, will the clans ever be able to find peace among them again? Or, will this war destroy the Willows?
What people have said about At War In The Willows
Good plot, great characters and sexy enough to raise the temperature in my house about 20 degrees. A real page turner! ~4/5 Stars by Angela Holtz:
Reviews for Book I, The Vampire’s Witch
“This is the first adult book I’ve read by Kiki Howell. And it was delicious! Good plot, great characters and sexy enough to raise the temperature in my house about 20 degrees… It’s a very fast read, only about 50 pages. But it’s a real page turner!” ~4/5 Stars by Lilac Wolf
“Ms Howell weaves a spell binding web that ensnares the mind and lets the reader drift away in to another world. I highly look forward to the next two books in this series!” ~4/5 Stars by Phoenix Johnson
“This is a sexy but short vampire and witch story which takes place in the middle of an upcoming war between three species. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.” ~ 4 Stars from Linda Tonis, Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Reviews for Book II, The Vampire’s Wolf
“This is the second book in the series and picks up exactly where the first when left off… This is a short story with explicit sex. I can’t wait for the next book to find out what Devin’s story is and to continue learning about Isaac and Amberlyn.”~ 4 Stars from Linda Tonis, Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
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Meet Kiki Howell
Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.
“After a long break having my boys, I finally just had to write again. And, as soon as I gave the stories the space, they entered it. It’s both awesome and humbling to find the words in my mind become characters on a page and create their lives.”
She has now had over thirty stories published between eleven different publishers. Kiki could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. Please look around. Although a bit of caution, most of her stories tend to hang out on the graphically sexy side of town.
In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. And, in March 2012, Kiki was awarded Bestselling Author for Naughty Nights Press, also earning two Silver Stars from All Romance Ebooks for her NNP novellas: Love, Creativity and Magick; The Vampire’s Witch; and most recently Mystical Mayhem. Kiki’s At War in the Willows Series has also been nominated for Best Series of 2012 by Sizzling PR
Kiki resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband Stephen Howell and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.
Her biggest dream is to have a novel she writes be made into a movie that her husband creates the soundtrack for, and then cruise to Alaska with her family on the money they make.
Contact Kiki Howell:
January 28th The Naughty Pages of the Phoenix
January 30th Paranormal Cravings
January 31st Naughty Nights Press
January 31st Rawiya Erotica
January 31st Dirk and Kam’s Place
February 2nd Blood, Lust and Erotica
February 5th Paranormal Romance Fans For Life
February 8th Amber Skyze
February 25th Erotica For All
The code for the Tour Long Giveaway, which is a handcrafted Vampire scarf, by Kiki Howell. The mini giveaway can run for the day or for a week (dependent on yourself) is for either a Vampire book thong or a Witch book thong.
It’s a short love story that will turn into a full novella later on called Unforgettable which I hope to release later this year. Rhett Vorhees is only looking for a Valentines day date to spend the night with him. When he checks the ads on SGM.com, he sees an entry from DKnight90 who just happens to be someone from his past. When the two chat online, it brings along some bitter memories but he cannot shake his feelings for the young boy he had a crush on years before.
That’s just a small synopsis. Once it’s edited, I’ll have the blurb ready to go.
Now for the inspiration. Throughout the story, the muses asked to listen to Depeche Mode, in particular the albums, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Violator, as well as Ultra.
On loop I played this tune and it seemed to work when writing most of the conversation and the love scenes. This has always been one of my favorites to listen to by DM and is a great song to write by!
Look for the m/m Valentine’s Day antho to come out in early February from the Triad.
What a hot pic! I’d love to have this yummy on my cover for a nice short erotica piece…
I’m sure it would garner a lot of attention. I love how she is in control of him!
Good morning! About to start writing my next story which is an m/m but here’s a little of my best selling m/f, I Like Em’ Pretty!
Blurb: Men come in all forms; big, small, manly and not so much. Rhoda Maire likes em’ on the pretty side and won’t settle for anything less. Dr. Nicholas Fairlight might be just what she needs. He’s looking for a woman to settle down with after years of putting his career first. Time for both of these lonely medical professionals to find true love!
“Rhoda? Rhoda, are you listenin’ to me?” Nurse Rhoda Maire’s mother called to her repeatedly through the handset.
“Hmm? Oh sorry, Ma, I was—”
“Just driftin’ off to dreamy land, right? It’s a wonder you made it through nursing school with high marks, child. Your teachers mentioned how you loved to daydream.”
Rhoda grimaced and sighed inwardly. She switched her cellular from one shoulder to the other while preparing her morning hazelnut blend. The best pick-me-up in the world. She wouldn’t have it any other way. “Sorry, Momma, I was thinkin’ about a patient at the clinic,” she lied.
“Hmph. Well, I wish you’d stop thinkin’ so much about work and concentrate on gettin’ a man. You’re not any younger, baby. You’re pushin’ forty!”
“Mom, I’m thirty-eight, okay? I still got time before I hit the big four O. Besides, haven’t I told ya I’m not into settlin’ for just any kind of man?”
“Yeah you have but…” Mom went silent.
“Well, darnit, girl, I’m just worried, that’s all. I remember when your sister Moira fixed you up with that nice man she works with.”
Rhoda rolled her eyes, pondering that moment.
Yep, he was pretty, but unfortunately he didn’t play for my team.
She smiled to herself, knowing she couldn’t mention that to her mom. They had a great time on their second date until the man spotted a good-looking brother at the bar, checked him out, and promptly excused himself from the table.
Still, he had the right look. Very handsome man, light skin the color of her favorite latte with black wavy hair and eyes; oh, his eyes were hazel. Unforgettable. She could get lost in them. But he didn’t like the girls as much as he did the boys.
If only he did, I wouldn’t be havin’ this conversation with Momma right now.
“He sounded like a fine man, Rhoda! What did you say or do to him?”
“Nothin’,” she scoffed and glanced up at the ceiling. “Mom, can I call you back? I know how you love to talk with me on Sunday mornin’ before you go to church but I wanna finish my coffee, eat breakfast, and sleep in. I’ve got three eleven hour shifts to pull at the hospital this week.”
“Okay, Rhoda. I’ll let you go. For now. I wish you’d join me in church sometime. All the sisters there miss you. Haven’t seen ya since you were a young girl.”
“Mhmm,” she smirked, putting down her mug that read, ‘I’m not over the hill…yet.’ “Maybe next weekend, Momma. I actually have a Saturday night off for once.”
“Good, then I’ll tell ‘em—”
“No, no, no, please, don’t have ‘em expectin’ me to be there. If I go out with Sharnette, I might not be able to make it past my bed that mornin’.”
“Mmm…mmm… you still talk to her? She’s such a bad influence!”
“Ma, she’s my best friend. Just because she writes smut doesn’t mean she’s bad, m’kay? Now lemme let you go.” Rhoda really wanted to hang up now with her mom talking about her best buddy from high school. Sharnette was a prolific author and party girl who Lorna Maire had taken issue with for years. After all, this was the young lady who took Rhoda to her first club when they were clearly underage.
“Okay, baby. Make me happy and go find a man. Stay away from that character you call a friend and don’t drink too much,” she warned.
“Uh, okay.” Rhoda wasn’t quite sure where that came from. She only sipped wine when her and Sharnette went to the bars and actually that wasn’t often.
Rhoda barely had time to think after working some of the shifts she’d been scheduled, but she knew that before she took the job.
Nothing brought her joy like helping other people who were sick and in need of care. Nursing meant the personal life came second so she could satisfy everyone who needed her help.
After she told her mom goodbye, she pushed the disconnect and propped her feet up on the table in front of her. Rhoda truly loved mornings like this when she didn’t have to do anything but lounge around in her pink house robe and fuzzy bunny slippers. Still, it was really disheartening to know there was no one but the dog, Spearmint, to come home to. Her brown and lovable Yorkshire Terrier had been the only steady male in her life for the past three years.
When was the last time I went out on a date with a man other than Mike, who liked the other side of the fence? She had to think about it a moment and, unfortunately, her brain hurt just attempting to remember.
“Arf!” Spearmint sprinted from the bedroom and immediately jumped in her lap, asking for attention. To show his affection, he licked her face repeatedly.
“Ooh okay, I’ll feed you and yes, good mornin’.” She laughed and nuzzled his cold, wet nose. She lifted her cup and made her way into the small kitchen of her two bedroom apartment. No, it wasn’t a palace, but it was clean and only steps away from the Duke University hospital where she worked. You can’t beat not needing a car except to run errands or go out for the evening. It was convenience she paid for handsomely.
“Okay, there you go.” Rhoda gave Spearmint his favorite breakfast and watched him eat on the counter while finishing her coffee. Yep, mornings like this were great. If only she had someone to share them with.
Good morning! Welcome to the Wind Down Wednesday
Today I’m happy to have brother muse Michael Mandrake on the blog to talk about his inspiration behind his short in the Triad Valentine’s day anthology.
Thanks Rawiya. I do love this song by Depeche Mode. It was the inspiration behind a short I wrote for the My Sexy Valentine’s collection almost two years ago with the same title as the tune, Only When I Lose Myself. That one featured a musician who was looking for a partner and found one in a man with Aspergers Syndrome.
Now, this one is a bit different. A paranormal with a demon named Valios looking for a lifetime mate and when he finds him, he doesn’t know how quite to react. Like the other stories in our Valentine’s Day antho, they involve two people who come together for one night with a chance at eternal happiness. However, in my story, my demons potential lover is someone who hurt him years ago. He’s not sure whether to fall in love or feel hatred.
This song encapsulates his emotions perfectly. He’s torn between two feelings. Someone who he felt hatred for due to his actions but also felt the attraction to him.
Look for our antho to come out the first week of February!
Morning to all!
I do love this model. He’s the muse I used for the Comet story and now I’ll be using him for the tale I’m doing to add to the Triad’s super secret series. Michael’s first book I Like Em Pretty will come out sooner than expected. Sometime in February. I’m writing book three and this is my main character, Orrin Daughtery.
Details to come soon!