Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Moans {24}: Like fine wine....


So I usually only give you one picture to drool over, but when I went looking for some yummy eye candy to tease you with this week, I couldn't narrow my pick down to just one. (I have a huge folder of yummy older men that I use for inspiration for Amery, one of my older Doms in my Doms of Chicago Series)  So I give you two this week of the super sexy Anthony Varrecchia. At 54 he's only a few years younger than my Amery. You're welcome!


  
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Review: Hooked (Decadence Nights) by Maddie Taylor


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Thirty-eight-year-old legal secretary Olivia Wright’s clock is ticking and she’s afraid she’s running out of time to find Master Right. Several times she thought she’d found the Dom of her dreams, but instead of the prince she sought, he’d turned out to be a slimy toad. The last one had dumped her unexpectedly and nearly broken her. Now, after a long dry spell, she’s ready to try again. She’d really like it to be with the man who’d caught her eye three years ago, but that man is her boss and despite her best efforts, and tightest skirts, he hasn’t spared her an extra glance. Resigning herself to unrequited love, she attempts to move on, procuring an invitation to an exclusive BDSM club, hoping Club Decadence will be the answer.

Joseph Hooks isn’t your typical Dom. He’s NBA tall, with no police or military background to speak of, wears tweed suits, of all things, and on an occasion the dreaded bow tie. But behind his somewhat nerdy appearance is a handsome, green eyed, strict but sensual dominant who’s also hell on wheels in a court of law. He’s wealthy, powerful, successful, and enjoys popularity among the subs at his private club, at least those who don’t flee from the swishing sound of polished rattan, but he’s exhausted his search for his perfect submissive and concerned about coming up short. After a frustrating day of watching his gorgeous secretary’s delectable bottom in an incredibly tight skirt, he heads to San Antonio to blow off steam and maybe make a connection.

He thinks she’s terminally vanilla and straight- laced. She thinks he’s not into her, or with the way he ignores her curves and tight skirts, possibly gay. Hopelessly oblivious to what has been staring them in the face for three long years, Joseph and Olivia continue their aimless search for love. Then, one night, as a storm brews outside another rages inside as their paths converge. Will Olivia finally get the Master Prince she deserves, or will her past prevent her from realizing her dream? Will her presence at the club be the sign that Joseph needs to wake up and at long last claim the woman he’s yearned for all along?


 AMAZON 


Dakota's Review:

Holy smokes, Batman. Ms. Taylor packed enough sizzle into this book to make even a hedonist like myself pant.  I am a huge fan of the workplace - boss/p.a. trope (cause lets face it - thats where the majority of women see guys on a day to day basis.)  And this book didn't disappoint. It had the right amount of chemistry between Olivia and Joseph.  Add to the kink factor, and I was in hog heaven. Fast paced, this story tore up kindle as I read it all in an entire setting. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in Ms.Taylor's Decadence Nights' Series. (French Kiss)  

I give it a totally awesome 5 out 5  Naughty Cuffs

 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sensual Thursdays {27}: While the Cat's away...

 

So this week, I'm definitely gonna give you all a tidbit from my newest release, Obscene Ecstasy. This a mmf menage book, which means all three partners get it on with whoever they want - so that means that Oliver and Lowell are just as likely to end up in a lip lock with each as well as Kristy.  I love writing these types of books, because I feel that it's only fair that every one has fun - and as long as every one agrees - let the good times roll. Enjoy!

Snippet: 



The need to claim Lowell pushed Oliver hard as he brushed his lips over the other mans. He wanted to growl in frustration as Lowell seemed to freeze under his mouth. Thrusting aggressively against the sealed seam of his lips, Oliver didn’t have the patience to ask or even coax the other man into opening for him. It was completely unlike him, but there was something about the asshat that had been trying to schmooze his man…

When the hell did he become mine…and why do I even care? We’re only supposed to be fuck buddies, partners in crime for the week we’re here. Remember that Stoddard – before you end up risking more than you should.

Even as he questioned his own sanity – his own stupidity at even contemplating anything more with Lowell than a vacation fling, his base instincts became impossible to ignore. As far as his cock was concerned - Lowell was his. No damned aging porn star was going to horn in on his territory. Now pounding it into Lowell’s hedonistic head might be the hard part – but he’d never backed down from a challenge yet. He’d conquer Lowell – show him how he was the better man, then together they’d not only claim Kristy, they’d rock her world. But first…

“Open, damnit. Give me that tongue.” He drew back enough to command even as he pushed Lowell up against the rough bark of the palm tree behind them – his inner dominant demanding that he take control




OBSCENE ECSTASY 
Genre: Ménage/Erotic Romance/mmf
Series: Calypso's Choice
Publisher: Trace Imaginations
Word Count: 50,000 words
AMAZON

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This match should be perfect or so Calypso thinks...

Screw what they say about revenge being served best cold. She was out to prove there would be a man out there who could keep up with her. When her ex-fiancée tells her that she was too much for him in the sack, Kristy Daniels is beyond pissed. So after giving her ring back, she heads for the newest, and kinkiest resort in the Caribbean. Surely at a place like Club Ecstasy Caicos, she will find a stud – or two to make her forgot.

Lowell McCormick has always possessed a high sex drive - to the point he’s lost lovers because of his constant state of arousal for both men and women. So after his last lover threw in the towel, he turned to Ms. Calypso’s erotic resorts. Surely there was someone out there who needed sex as much as him. Once he meets Oliver Stoddard, a fellow guest, and has one incredible night with him, he’s in a hedonist heaven. That’s until they set their sites on the newest arrival to the resort – a woman who pushes both of their cocks into overdrive, but isn’t quite the easy lay they expect.

Has Calypso misjudged this time? Or will Oliver and Lowell be able to overcome Kristy’s prickly exterior and win her battered heart?




©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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Random Tuesdays {20}: Print on Demand


Once again it's time for Random Tuesday. Sometimes these topics are about everyday life and other times they are about my journey as an author.  So today I'm gonna talk a bit about one of, shall we say, my frustrations as author at the moment: Print on Demand.

This is a nifty little service that many indie authors use to create, publish and print their e-books into a traditional book form.  They are great for signings and while are a huge part of my sales, they are an important piece.  And with the release of Obscene Ecstasy last week, the next logical step is to get the print version set up and ready to go for next years signings - and that's where my frustration comes in.  

With Amazon's closing of Createspace - the service I've been using for the past five years or so, it's been a struggle to figure out which print on demand service I should use:  Amazon Print, Nook Print or Ingram. 

Let's start with Amazon.  From the front-end - it seems pretty seamless and similar to how Createspace was set up - as far as I can tell. The prices seem decent - kind of ticked I can't get Prime on my author copies, considering I am a prime paying member.  However, I haven't actually ordered anything yet. Checking the price for my newest release says it would be about $5.12 and I can get a free KDP ISBN for my print book - a plus as ISBN's can be pricy if bought individually.  (I am aware cheaper ISBN's are available in bulk)  But the rumors around Facebook and from other authors talk about delays in shipping and availability issues.  Do I want to chance not having my books in time for a signing if I happen to release a few weeks before said signing?  Kind a scares me. 

Then there's Nook. It was reccommended to me by another author friend.  She has used them in the past and says they are pretty good. They are new, and at first I was worried about my KU titles that I put in print.  Would I be able to use Barnes and Noble (an amazon competitor) for my print?  After checking the Terms of Service for K.U.  it does look like I might be able to print through them.  For my newest release, it looks like it's gonna cost around $5.19 per copy.  Not sure about the actual cost of shipping as they don't have that listed without actually setting up the book. 

Lastly, Ingram.  I've heard them spoke of before Createspace closed its doors.  Several author friends use them, and love the quality.  Using their pricing and shipping calaculator for Obscene Ecstasy, we're looking at $5.63 per copy - and pretty standard shipping rates.  Not horrible - a bit more than what Amazon wants or even Nook but gaurnteed turn around times listed in black and white.  Would it be worth my time to spend the few extra cents to have peace of mind about arrival times? Maybe.  

*I did sign up for an account and found out while they seem pretty comprable to Amazon, they do not supply ISBNs and if you have to load a new version of your book, then you're gonna pay $25 each time you do it.  

So now you can probably see my frustration.  Yes, Amazon is the cheapest, but I worry about their follow through, Nook just doesn't have enough information easily available about shipping and what not, while Ingram is very clear about their guidelines, in the end they will end up costing me more up front to print (with the cost of the ISBN and reload fees).   Makes an author wonder if print is really worth the headache.   

Any authors who have experiences with any of these P.O.D. services, feel free to sound off. I really could use some real life experience advice.  

Dakota 

©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.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Moans {23}: I See You


Was going through some old downloads and ran across this picture. It originally was used from my romance trading cards - remember those things?  I still have a whole stack of them in my promo chest.  This was my orignial inspiration for Caelan - the dom who started it all nearly ten years ago.  He still packs quite the punch - even in this pose he has a take control vibe. It's as if he is looking right into your soul and sees a woman's darkest desires.  

And with me revising his mother's story (where he makes an appearance or three) at the moment - damn if a little bit of eye candy doesn't help.  

Have a great Monday! 



©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.