Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Takeover Wednesday {9}: Dani Wade

After the success of one NGWN author taking over my blog last week, I thought I'd repeat the experience. This week we have Ella's twin sister, Dani Wade visiting us.  (There are times I'd love to have a twin...imagine the things I'd get done....no wait that would be a clone...lol)  Anyway it is with great pleasure that I turn the reins over to Dani as she talks to us about self-publishing and yummy cover art!

Dakota 




Artistic Choices by Dani Wade 

Having choices is a wonderful thing, especially as an author. The ability to self-publish or publish with non-traditional publishers has opened up a lot of opportunities for romance authors. One of the fun choices is having a say in our books’ covers! 

Yes, it means sitting in front of our computers looking at man candy for hours on end (oh, the horror!). It also means getting to incorporate our own ideas and parts of the stories into the actual covers, when with traditional publishers that isn’t always the case. But ultimately it means I’m responsible for the covers and can change them if I need to…

I recently did this with my Backstage Pass series. There were several reasons why these rock stars needed a change. The series had evolved to a bigger number of books than I had planned and the original concept was becoming harder to incorporate with each book. Also, two of the books in the series had ended up with problematic covers. Book 2 had been difficult from the get-go and I had never been really happy with the final product. Also, Book 4 was a novella and that cover ended up going in an entirely different direction—one that ultimately led to revamping all the covers for a more modern, cleaner feel.



As an example, here’s the original cover from Book 1, Finding Her Rhythm:








As you can see in the picture below, my cover designer and I kept the original couple, but went a different direction to give it a simpler feel, more focused on the hero and heroine than the rock star aspect. We also added a tag line to give readers a better teaser for the book.





While there are parts of the original that I really love, this ended up working out for the best after doing the entire series. Now they have a uniform style that mirrors the feel of the books. But you can see for yourself, since Finding Her Rhythm is currently FREE! 


Check It Out:


Struggling after the death of her parents, Taylor let her hormones lead her into the biggest mistake of her life. Now she has a dangerous ex who still wants to own her and a desperate need for safety. What could be safer than her new job as a rock star nanny? Except now she’s locked herself in with a man who is potentially more dangerous…to her heart.


Michael Korvello has a dominant nature and a lonely heart that he keeps firmly under wraps. His kids have suffered enough for the mistakes of his past. But his new nanny has those dark desires howling at the gate. The only thing keeping him in check is the fear lurking in those brilliant green eyes. Can he earn her trust, and the right to transform all her desires into reality?

Just when neither can deny their need for each other, Taylor’s ex shows up like an unlucky charm, intent on taking back what he considers his…even if he has to destroy Michael’s world to get to her. Can two kindred souls protect the passionate love they ache for from an outsider bent on ripping them apart?

Buy Links:

Amazon

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble



About Dani

Author Dani Wade started her writing journey in a childhood spent in the rural south where her favorite form of entertainment was imagining herself in the roles of romantic heroines. She now juggles her writing obsession with a patient hubby, two lively kids, and a day job. Life is crazy, but she attempts to navigate the potholes with her trusty To Do List and half a brain. She publishes her contemporary category books with Harlequin Desire, and Independently publishes her sexy romantic suspenses.



Find out more about her over at her website http://www.DaniWade.com . Her author newsletter sign-up can be found at http://eepurl.com/Iznh5.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Moans {10}: Unwrap Me?


And bring on the moans...damn if this doesn't just tempt the eyes...makes me want to unwrap him....







©Dakota Trace All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

#MySexySaturday {105}: A kiss says it all...

So once again it's time to participate in #MySexySaturday.   This week Lynn is challenging us to show what sexy is. It could be anything, the way your hero walks, the way he holds his woman, or in the case of my hero from Under His Domme's Control, it's all about how Steven gives over to his wife.   Don't believe me, check out the snippet below, then make sure to hit up the rest of the wonderful peeps on the blog hop - the list is at the end of my post.  I know I'm looking forward to getting ready to get my fill of smexiness....happy Saturday peeps!

Snippet: 


Hope lightly tapped the flogger against her outer thigh, her only outward tell of how nervous she was. One wrong move on her part and she would take what she hoped to be a darkly erotic experience and turn it into one of true pain. Anal pleasures done right could send her sub soaring, or break his trust. It was her responsibility to make it so pleasurable that Steven would beg for it in the future. A shiver raced down her spine at the thought. It was all she had been able to think about as she driven home. The desire to watch as he struggled to accept her will, even as his body imploded with a brutal all-consuming pleasure that bordered on pain. 

She took a deep breath as he stopped at the second to top step. With their height difference, it put him directly at eye level with her. The desire in his eyes hadn’t dimmed since she’d left him at the shop; instead, it had merely been tempered by an uncertainty – one she wanted to banish. 

Leaning forward, she kept her gaze on his while she slipped her hand behind his neck. A gentle tug, closed the distance between them. She brushed her lips over his, once again savoring the faint bitter flavor of her cream. She gave a soft growl, before nipping his lower lip. His lips parted on a moan, giving her access to all of him. Tightening her grip on the silky strands at the base of his neck, she thrust inside, tangling her tongue around his – exploring every inch of his moist mouth. She swallowed his soft groans as he strained to be closer, while keeping his arms crossed behind his back. She could feel the tension rising within him, the ever-present need for more. What had started out as a kiss of reassurance had quickly turned carnal. The type of lip lock that would end up with her pinned between the wall and her husband’s hard body – if she didn’t stop it now. 

She tore her mouth away and released her hold on his hair. 

His gaze, a molten toffee, begged for another taste. “Ma’am…” 

“Playroom, now.” She forced a hard edge into her tone. 

His nostrils flared, and for a second, she thought he’d fight the order. Instead, he licked his lower lip, and gave her a slow smile. “Yes, Ma’am.” 



Blurb:

Steven has slipped up by lying to his wife, now it's up to his Mistress to bring him back on the straight and narrow. But when he finds out the price for his deception will he still surrender? 

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©Dakota Trace All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Fury by Fire by Coreen Callahan



Yay! It's Friday and guess what that means? Yep, that's right, it's time for Dakota to review another book that's been languishing on her bookshelf. (I don't suppose you've noticed that I'm reading quite of few older books, but that's exactly what I'm doing.  Dusting off books that have been languishing on my virtual shelf - you know those books that hey, the blurb sounds awesome - I think I'll pick it up and give it a shot.)   Maybe I should call this Retro Reviews. Because that's exactly what I'm doing. And this week's review is for a series that started nearly three years ago, in 2013.  


Title : Fury by Fire (Dragonfury Series #1)

Author: Coreene Callahan
Length: 425pages 
Buy Link: Amazon

BLURB: 

A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her he is bound by duty.

Myst loves her life in the human world, but Bastian has captured her heart in an instant of electric connection. But Bastian and his warriors are in the middle of a deadly battle with the Razorback dragon-shifters, intent on killing every Nightfury clan member—and the humans they protect—the fate of their world and ours hangs in the balance. 

An extraordinary blend of action, fantasy, and steamy romance, Fury of Fire brings to life a dangerous new world intertwined with the survival of humanity, all while exploring the meaning of honor and the nature of true love.

Review
Ms. Callahan was a new to me author that a fellow reader recommended.  She was like "D" you gotta check this out. She writes some kick-ass dragon shifter books.  Believe me, I wasn't disappointed either.  I love the attention to detail that this author puts in her world building - the blending of the old with the new, (As in Bastien and his commerades all have this magical ability, but they live in current times.) In fact, one of his fellow dragons had this reader chuckling at his movie fetish.  Name the baby Ironhide indeed.  I can't even say that without giggling.   

Not only is the chemistry between Myst and Bastien sizzling, the connection between them is intense. I truly enjoyed the concepts of the mates supplying the dragons with much needed energy as well as the heartache of what is bound to happen if they do.  Such a pickle these men/dragons find themselves in. They long for love-for a mate, then they end up killing their loved ones via childbirth.  It just sucks - and it's that raw torment that jumps from the page as Bastien, the leader of the Nightfury's battles with not only his emotions but Myst's humanness as well.  It made for a truly enjoyable read.   Which is why I went out and bought the rest of the series...so don't be surprised if you find the next couple books popping up on Retro Reviews in the near future.  Ms. Callahan's world building skills are just that good.  


Which is why she gets a Four and a Half Kinky Cuffs!  








Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sensual Thrusday {18}: You want me to do what?


Time once again for Sensual Thursday.  Today's snippet is coming from my current WIP, Benevolent Master, featuring Alyce's  reaction to finding out that her advisor has set up a more hands on approach for her thesis about power exchanges in the BDSM lifestyle.  

300 Word Snippet: 

“Here - I’ve written down the name of a club where I know the owner. Don’t worry, Dr. Ethan Tremaine is very discreet. Your ex won’t hear of your visit from him.” 
Alyce took the paper with trembling fingers. “And you think he’s a good place for me to start?” 
Her adviser nodded. “Not only is he into the lifestyle, Ethan has a thriving therapy practice in Napa Valley. While the club is very exclusive, if you go this Friday you’ll be able to get in.” 
“I will?” Her response came out as a croak as her nipples hardened behind her padded bra. Even though according to her very repressed, traditional ex, orgasms were only for men and loose women, her disobedient body still betrayed her at times like these.