Blog Tour: Silver Bullets by Suzetta Perkins

Author Suzetta Perkins is on a virtual book tour to promote her latest book, Silver Bullets.

Book Blurb

silver bullets 3In this sizzling, exciting novel, four women show that age is just a number by seeking out new forms of pleasure, love, and romance.

Whether it be getting a tattoo, using whips and chains, or preparing dinner in nothing but stilettos, four divas—all best friends and over fifty years old—decide that they need to spice up their love lives. And they’re willing to go to any length to achieve that.

So Emma, Queenie, Yolanda, and Connie set out to get the pleasure they crave. For Emma, that means rekindling her sex life with her doting husband, whom she decides to take care of for once. Yolanda, who is still turning heads and could have anyone she wants, finally meets a man who suits her tastes—but can she suit his? Queenie, who is fifty-eight and divorced, entertains her on-again, off-again male friend one night when he’s lucky enough to get his hands on some Viagra. And Connie, who has never been married, is in love with a man who won’t put a ring on her finger. Will she be able to convince him to marry her, or, more importantly, does she even want that herself?
As things start heating up, the ladies’ lives get sexier…and more complicated. Soon, the four divas soon face more drama than they bargained for…

About the Author

SuzettaA native of Oakland, California, Suzetta Perkins’ writing history dates back to her high school senior year when she shared the title of co-editor of her high-school yearbook.  Since then, she’s traveled the globe making stories of her own, which have been the subject of some of her unpublished short stories. Suzetta also is a contributing author of My Soul to His Spirit, an anthology that received the 2006 Fresh Voices Award. She is the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of two delightful granddaughters.

Find out more about Suzetta on her website. You can also follower her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Silver Bullets from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Planning a trip to Disney World – Part 3

Our Disney World vacation is getting so close – just a few weeks away in fact. In case you missed the two other parts of my series…

In October, I wrote a few tips for newbies to planning a Disney World vacation (buying a guide book, making advanced dining reservations six months before your trip, and visiting the Disboards for up-to-date information).

In January, I wrote about staying on Disney’s property (verses at an off-site location) as well as some extras we are doing like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for my daughter and Pirates League for my son.

There are so many things I could cover, but I think today I will talk about an ever-changing development as well as one of their annual events. (To check out a full list of other special events, click here.)

Fastpass Plus

This is an ever-changing thing as Disney tests out their new fast pass program. As I write this (May 2nd) this is how the Fast Pass program works, but you can always check the Disboards for up-to-date information on what has change.

Fastpass is basically a way to skip the stand-by line for a ride. In the past, you pulled a paper pass but now everything is electronic. Every guest who has already purchased a ticket (no matter if they are staying on property or off) gets to book 3 fastpasses in advance. Those staying at a Disney resort can book their passes 60 days in advance. Those staying off-site, can book theirs 30 days in advance.

I know. You are wondering how you can even know what rides you will want to ride at what times – especially so far in advance. As I have said before, there is a lot of planning involved in going to Disney World. Yes, you can wing it but expect long lines. Fastpass is meant for you to skip some of those waits and to guarantee you get to ride your favorite rides or see a favorite attraction with a minimum wait.

At 60 days out, I booked my fast passes – even getting the coveted one so Lexie can meet Anna and Elsa. (The stand-by line for the Anna and Elsa character meet-n-greet is typically over three hours long.) Now I can change and rearrange them every day or even the day of our trip to the parks. Of course, some of the popular rides and attractions may not be available.

And just last week, they added where you can get a fourth (and fifth, sixth or seventh) fast pass after you have used the first three pre-booked passes. (Selecting one new fast pass from their kiosk and then another after you use that one.)  And those additional passes don’t have to be in the same park which is great for us who have park-hopper passes. (Park hopper means we can go to any park – Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot – throughout the day. The other option is to buy a one-park a day pass.)

If you are going to Disney World and need help deciding on which Fastpass to book, click here for a list of which fast passes are the most sought after and which save you the most time.

Star Wars Weekends

One of the reasons we are going to Disney World in June is to attend their Star Wars weekends, which run typically the last two weekends of May and the first two of June at Hollywood Studios. (This year they are offering Star Wars weekends for FIVE weekends. We will be there for weekend number four.)

DSCN3051Star Wars weekends offers meet & greets with Star Wars characters, autographs and Q&As with actors from the movies or animated series, special parades and fireworks and of course purchasing special Star Wars merchandise. And for the first time ever, they are even offering two special meals – one featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Chip and Dale in Star Wars costumes and the other featuring Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Greedo and stormtroopers. We will be checking out these both. (They are a limited time offer – only running from May 4 to June 15.)

Every day when I check the Disboards’ Star Wars Weekend thread, there is some other tidbit of information – special passes, tricks for signing up for Jedi Training Academy, or that you can trade trinkets with the Jawas – on the board.

Oh and as luck with have it – we are attending the same week that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywaker) will be there. This is his first Star Wars Weekend. It should be fun. If you have a Star Wars fan in your family (I have two), then you should definitely consider going during this event!

 

Today’s Featured Author: Ellen March

Please welcome author Ellen March to Into Another World. Today we are talking about her latest release, Promises, as well as several new releases coming out in June and July.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I reside in the U.K. in the South Wales valleys. I’m an avid reader, and have written for years. But only recently began sending out submissions and prayed, a lot. I was fortunate to have The Doms of Drakos trilogy accepted by Ravenous Romance.

This was followed by Promises with Fanny Press. The next release by this publisher is His Girl Friday on 1st July available for pre-order now. Fanny Press are releasing several more of my novels this year under Ellen March.

My erotic paranormal books have my alter pseudonym of H D March, and the Wolfsong trilogy is about to be published by Passion in Print, with Wolfsong Lullaby out in June.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always considered myself a writer, it was just getting to the author bit that was the problem. LOL. Having publishers to say yes, I can print that. It’s the best feeling in the world.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?

The next project I’ve started under H D March is Song of the Dragon. It’s an erotic paranormal about dragon shifters, vampires and lycans. Oh and one crazy fairy Elspeth, who is so not nice, along with uncouth angel Troy, with permanently singed wings. My MC Raven with her chocolate digestive fetish, soon discovers one ground breaking change to her life.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

Oh God, I could go on and on about the best thing of being a writer. I adore creating characters I care about, laugh with and weep over. There’s nothing better than building a world, to forget the one you live in, to absorb every thought and emotion melting it into a vivid story.

The worse? There isn’t one, except maybe the rejections. But after the initial self-pitying scream (at least with me) they often serve to make you stronger, to make you look at your work and think. Okay? I’ll change that, it will be better.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

Nothing, I’m driven, as soon as the final draft of a new novel is complete, I’m already moving on to the next.

How do you conceive your plot ideas?

I have an inkling, play with the theme, and I go off on different tangents. I jot down the ideas, and ultimately discover that they totally change when it comes to the finished project.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I have a vague outline of the plot, but this often changes because I allow my characters to determine the way. The story is still mine, but they switch and move how I eventually reach the end.

Please tell us about your current release.

My current release is Promises by Fanny Press.

What inspired you to write this book?

I liked the idea of an innocent woman waking up and making love to a hot stud. How she’d react. Would she put her inhibitions one side? Give in to her lusty thoughts?

How did you come up with the title?

At every turn Solomon made a promise, of what he’d do, and swears he’d never hurt her. And all the while they meant nothing. But then, neither did hers. Yet she chooses to blame him unwilling to look at her own part in the web of deceit he unintentionally creates.

Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

The black moment has to be when his jealous ex descends and lies to Alex, sucking her in, and Alex is mortified, that she’s been used. That all Sol ever did was give empty promises. Sharing her body, but not his love.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I do have a soft spot for Libby my MC in Forty Something, again due out soon with Fanny Press. She is one nutty lady, doesn’t care about anything, and is the housekeeper from hell. She plays havoc with her sexy boss who has OCD. Yet her zany personality hauls him in, and when he introduces Total Power Control into her contract. Well Libby won’t turn down that challenge.

Book Blurb

promisesShy and self-doubting, Alexandra doesn’t ask much of life. She exists quietly in a small seaside village in Wales, working in the local library and keeping company solely with ‘Roger,’ her vibrator. When Roger breaks down, she must go to the city to seek out his replacement.

Alex’s visit goes spectacularly awry when she stumbles into the wrong hotel room, where she enjoys a blissful interlude with the room’s rightful occupant, Solomon, who she initially mistakes for a vivid dream. Sol’s skills quickly render Roger obsolete, but Alex isn’t about to let a man—not even one as gorgeous as Sol—get under her skin. Relationships are not for the likes of her.

Sol, a notorious playboy and multi-millionaire hotelier, isn’t about to let her go so easily—not until he’s had his fill of her. Posing as a simple carpenter, he rents the house next to Alex in Brindley Bay. His plan is to conquer her quickly and return to his real life in a week or so. But Alex is nothing like his other women. For a start, she’s not interested in money. More than that, serious money makes her extremely uncomfortable. And she values honesty above all else. Before he knows it, Sol has promised to love her forever—a promise he fully intends to keep.

But what will Alex do when she inevitably uncovers the elaborate skein of lies he has spun, simply to bed her?

About the Author

Ellen March and her husband live on top of a mountain in Wales, which is ideal in the summer but not so much in the winter months or when it rains. She has three grown children, one suicidal cat—it really does have nine lives—and five Alaskan Malamutes. One of her hobbies is showing and working them.

Ellen’s first love, however, is reading and writing. Since childhood, she has devoured every romance and fantasy she can get her hands on and enjoys acting out her own fantasies in print. Her body of work includes erotic romance, psychological thrillers and supernatural fantasies. She has published three novels in the Doms of Drakos series—Escorting Sydney, One Night in Heaven, and Shadow Play (Ravenous Romance). Fanny Press will be releasing several more of her erotic romances in 2014. Next up: His Girl Friday. 

Find out more about Ellen on her website. And don’t forget to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

You can purchase Promises on Amazon.

Selecting an Author Photo

Last May, I wrote a blog with tips for drafting your author bio. Because I feature authors on my blogs, I see all types of author bios – some good and some really bad ones. (Remember – short and relevant and above all don’t list every book or award you have ever published or won.) Now while not all authors supply me with an author photo, I get bad and good ones of those too.

As with your author bio, you want to take some time and find the best author photo. If you are serious about being an author, you need to think of writing as your business. If you want people to take you seriously, invest in the time to find a good, professional-looking photo.

This means don’t use the fuzzy photo taken of you at the last picnic or use one where you have cropped out your honey’s arms around you. You don’t need one of you with your cat or your kids (unless you are known for writing about these topics.)

Here is my author photo which was cropped from a picture taken inside my house.

Here is my author photo which was cropped from a picture taken inside my house.

Now this doesn’t mean you need to hire a professional photographer or go down to a studio for pictures. In fact, studio pictures may be too formal for your author photo. You can opt to do the photo yourself (or with the help of a friend).

When deciding on a photo, you need to think about the setting, pose and clothing. If you write gardening books, an outdoor shot might be appropriate. If you are writing comedic stories, you won’t want to be wearing a suit as you might if you were writing about a legal thriller or discussing business topics.

My suggestion is to take a LOT of pictures with different poses and settings. You might consider some with a smile versus a more serious look. You never know which photo you will like or feel fits the image you want to project. Take your time to find the “right” one. (You can read online all sorts of tips such as looking above the camera to reduce red eye as well as tips on picking the best clothing colors and backgrounds.)

Remember that you will need several versions of the photo. For printed material like book covers and promotional flyers, you will need a high-resolution image (300 dpi). For online use, you can use a low-resolution image (usually 72 dpi). Using a low resolution image will allow for faster page loading and take less room on the server.

It is a good idea to use the same photo everywhere so you can build face recognition. But you may need to crop the photo depending on the use – a tighter crop for Twitter while using a wider shot for Facebook or your own website.

Whatever photo you decide to use – formal, fun, serious, or happy – just make sure it projects the image you want to convey as an author.

 

My kids’ lack of care with their possessions

Just an instant before it hit the water, I realized the doll my daughter tossed into the bathtub was a singing (electronic voice box) doll. Even though my son fished it out quickly, I feared the damage had been done.

I tried the tip they tell you with cell phone. I removed the batteries and placed the doll in some rice to get the water out of the electronic section. At first, I didn’t think it worked. But an hour after I had put the batteries back in, my daughter tried it, and it worked! Yeah!

elsaWhat annoyed me was the lacsidaical attitude my kids had about possibly ruining a brand-new toy. My son’s first words when I said she probably ruined it was that it didn’t matter if it sang or not. This was the gift that I spent months looking for and had ended up purchasing off E-bay. It was not an expensive doll at $30, but the novelty of it was that Elsa sang her “Let it Go” song when you held her hands. Thankfully, she can still do that, but they were lucky this time.

And although Elsa lives to sing another day, other toys have not faired so well. And I know there will be others in the future that will be broken by a careless child. What bothers me the most is the lack of concern my kids sometimes have for their toys. They have so many toys that I don’t think they care if one gets broken.

Lexie has drawn on her dolls faces before and with a Sharpie no less. If something breaks, their attitude is “oh, we can get another one.” I don’t know where they get that from as we have never replaced a toy for them that they broke. Even when Lexie broke a Wii game disc, it was not replaced.

In March, two days before the Elsa doll took her near ill-fated swim, I received a message from the school library. Lexie had not turned in her library book from the end of February. (Don’t even get me started on why it took them a month to tell me.) I explained to Lexie that if we couldn’t find the book, we would have to pay for it. Did she care? Nope. What’s it to her if I pay for a book? Even telling her that I could take it out of her allowance had no effect on her. Of course, I have to remember she just turned six and the concept of money has not come as easy to her as it has Jase.

We give them an allowance to help them learn about money. It is a constant learning process. In fact, recently Jase has become concerned about money and whether we had enough to pay for things like his karate class. I willingly showed him our bank account and talked briefly about our bills and how we budget for fun things like karate and our upcoming vacation.

I just my children can learn to value and appreciate the things they have or that are given to them. And this means taking care of their toys. But I guess from looking at their continually messy rooms that this lesson hasn’t been learned yet.

Today’s Featured Authors: Leteisha Newton and Lillian Mackenzie Rhine

Today I have authors Leteisha Newton & Lillian Mackenzie Rhine on my blog with a book trailer for their new release, Conquering Theana.

Book Trailer

Book Blurb

conquering-theana2Conquering Theana is the first story of the Conquering Series surrounding the fictitious Seurri City in the center of real-word Texas. Theana, the daughter of the alpha of the Dolphus pack, ran from Seurri when her childhood friend, Camden, laid claim to her as his potential mate. She knew that giving in would only lead to heartache, and she has no interest in having an alpha rule her. But then she comes across Gregori, beta of the Ulric pack, leaders of Seurri City, and her wolf goes haywire. She can’t fight the attraction.

That was enough to deal with, until she met Rafael, the alpha of the Ulric pack, and leader of Seurri City. Suddenly she finds herself fighting attraction to two men who are determined to have her by any means necessary. They claim rights to pack cohesion, a move that would force her to spend a week among their pack, a move that she knows is nothing about Dolphus-Ulric relations but having her. At their mercy she’s forced to face their desires, and her own. The question that looms, will Rafael and Gregori be able to conquer Theana?

About the Authors

Lillian MacKenzie Rhine (“Lilly Mac”) writes in several genres ranging from paranormal to historical. She believes that the possibilities of creation should not be limited to just one category, but allow the story and characters to dictate where the journey leads. Being a beta reader for several years has allowed her to write her material with the reader in mind giving her books a more realistic and relatable approach.

Her debut novella, Memoirs of a Succubus, is a loose rendition of her life portrayed into a paranormal format. She has gone on to write a steamy, vampire romance novel, Winter’s Island, two months after her debut release with many more works in progress releasing about every two months. Her website is also full of free reads and interesting posts that are enjoyed by many genders, races, and adult ages.

You can find out more about Lillian on her website or blog or check out her Facebook page.

LeTeisha Newton is the author of a plethora of novels ranging from hot Interracial Erotica, Paranormal biters, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy genres. She’s known for her extensive knowledge of shifter cultures, even outside of the generic werewolves and vampires, crazy world-building, and making shapeshifters feel like they are living right next door.That has led to her being dubbed the Shifter Queen. Some of her series include the best-selling Claimed and Taken Series.

You can find out more about Leteisha on her website or blog or check out her Facebook page.

You can purchase Conquering Theana on Amazon or at All Romance.