Saturday, December 24

slip a SABLE under the tree....

(You knew it was coming...don't act surprised. Besides, I've been waiting to use that allllll year. LOL!)


So, I was going to use this post to remind you of all the great titles I have available for your favorite ereader, but y'know, I think I'd rather take the time to say a quick thank you in between eating a bowl of gumbo and scarfing homemade fudge and caramel. (Mmmmmmm....fuuuuuudge. *nom, nom, nom*)

This year has been pretty awesome for me—hell, I made it through so it can't have been too bad, right?  I've learned a lot about myself as a writer and have a more solid understanding of my voice. All in all it's been fun—even when I wanted to throw my laptop against the wall or had to stop myself from killing a character in a contemporary romance just because they were irking me; and especially when the Smashwords meatgrinder decided I needed to reformat my entire book because there were issues. Yes, even then, it was fun.  I've met some really amazing people who make what could be a solitary existence spent pecking away at my keyboard and screaming at the voices in my head a lot more enjoyable.  I've received a lot of e-mail from readers saying they dig my style and that's been so rewarding for me, especially since this is my rookie year in the writing game and sometimes it's hard to know what's a hit and what's a miss. For all of that I say THANK YOU for licking my INK!

Now, I'm not gonna get all preachy and go on about the Christmas spirit, or tell you to be naughty, er, I mean nice, (hard to keep those two straight sometimes) but I do hope you and yours have a blessed Christmas season.  

With lots of hugs and a mouthful of fudge I'm gonna have to think really hard about running off in the morning,

Sable J.

Thursday, December 15

If It Isn't Love...?

"Why does it feel this way?" 
 ~ New Edition 

For those of you singing along in your head:

(80's hottie boy band moment over...for now. *lifts brow*)

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Hey peeps! I know it's been a minute. INKing, as usual, but I had to take a micro break to announce my new release, If It Isn't Love...?, out TODAY!! No, it doesn't feature Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, or Mike (or even Mr. Sensitivity himself,  Ralph, HA!) but it DOES have two new and exciting characters, Zaria and Derek, and the first of what I hope will be many a mischievous moment for them, and possibly a slew of other characters.  Anyhow, here's the sitch:

Title: If It Isn't Love...?
Publisher: eXcessica
Word Count: 7K short
Price: 99¢
Category: Humorous erotica

Blurb:  College students Zaria and Derek are in love. Well, Zaria's in love; Derek's in "ditto". And when he says as much in the middle of things getting hot and heavy, an upset Zaria sends her clueless boyfriend on a store run for the one thing a guy would rather die before buying—pads. The thought alone mortifies Derek, but he'll do anything for his girl.  Will a chance encounter with a stranger make Derek realize his mistake? And can Zaria figure out a suitable reward for a lesson learned? It's episode number 1 of the College Experience; Class is in session.


So here we are on her bed, seven months later, dab-smack in the middle of things getting hot and heavy, and she’s still staring at me like I’m the largest conundrum –her word– on earth. 

“Z, what’s the matter?”

“I’m not feeling too good,” she finally responded, and I wish she’da said it sooner. Little Derek hates standing up for nothing. 

“Is it something you ate?”

She hopped up, bringing my eyes to those perfectly rounded breasts, dark nipples erect. Two supple mouthfuls of chocolaty goodness. Damn but she’s gorgeous. Her back to me, my eyes took in the shape of her body. Z has a nice athletic build; flat stomach melding into a narrow waist that flares into curvy hips and ass. I love her ass. Well-rounded globes excellent for gripping in the moment—or any moment for that matter. Mesmerized, I watched her jean-painted hips sway on her way to the bathroom. Never a good sign. A couple minutes later she emerged, clutching her belly. 

“You all right?”

“Umm… No, actually. Cramps.” Her beautiful face was distorted in a tight grimace. “That time of the month.” She dropped onto her bed and curled into a ball.


“So that means…” I trailed off, hoping she understood my inference. “’Cause I don’t mind if you don’t.” Don’t blame me; blame Little Derek. He’s in total control right now—to be followed a little later by my stomach, my bladder, and my PS3 in that order. It’s almost ten at night so too late for sports.

Z eyed me from her fetal position and cringed. “First…eewww. Second, it means right now I need you to do me a favor and go to the store. I’m out of stuff.”

Guys pay attention. When a woman says she’s out of “stuff” it means one of two things. Either she’s out of birth control and you’re not getting any, or she’s out of feminine crap and you’re not getting any. So grab the lotion, ‘cause you’re not getting any.
I felt Little Derek slump a bit in defeat, but he’s an optimistic guy and the thought of lotion had him back in fighting form in no time. 

“Would you go to the store for me?” she asked again, all sad. I hated seeing her in pain, but the thought of going for her…stuff made me shiver. There are some places where a guy’s gotta draw the line. I mean, what’s next? Drinking triple venti sugar free, non-fat, no foam, extra caramel macchiatoes with heavy whip while we do mani-pedies and watch Lifetime? Plus, I’ve never had to get…stuff for anyone before. It’s like being a girl and buying condoms. Sure you could do it, but you don’t want to ‘cause the cashier’s gonna look at you weird. 

“Please?” she moaned, batting those huge eyelashes of hers. “I’d go but I can’t move right now.”

The groan got swallowed in my throat and I reached for my shirt. I shrugged into it and pulled on my sweatshirt before standing from the bed and grabbing my keys, phone, and wallet off the dresser. Still half naked, Z rolled onto her other side, clenching her eyes shut in pain. I had to go. There was no way I could let her go without her…stuff, right?

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If It Isn't Love...? is in stores NOW! And for less than a buck? #AWESOMESAUCE! So go get your copy ASAP, and don't forget to tell a friend to tell a friend to tell a friend.... And, as always, thanks for licking my INK!

AMAZON  <<--- There's always a delay. Check the link to see if it's live already!

Sable J

Monday, November 7

Welcome to My Parlor: Erotica author Michele Hope!

As promised, today in the Parlor we have erotica writer, Michele Hope!  If you missed Saturday's post—SHAME ON YOU!  LOL! I'm kidding...a little. *snerk*  If you missed it, go HERE to read a steamy little lick from Michele's new releases, Service Rendered

Okay, Michele's in the chair and ready to get INKed, so let's get this tatt party started, shall we?

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Sable: Hey, Michele! Thanks for joining us here in the Parlor.  Can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?

Michele: I'm just a girl living the good life.  I moved to this incredibly romantic place some years ago to be with this Southern man I fell in love with.  I would never have imagined such a place existed.  We live on our farm where, and if I can take liberties, "a bayou runs through it."  Actually it flows in a slow time continuum at the edge of our back yard.  I have ancient trees, alligators, my own animal companions, voodoo and bien sur, that Southern boy.  I am indeed a lucky girl!

Sable: Oooh, sounds both mysterious and romantic. You ARE lucky! What's Service Rendered about and what inspired you to INK it?

Love this cover, right?
Michele: My, or should I say 'our' latest effort will release from Rebel Ink Press on Nov. 3.  We have developed our protagonists, our actors and have fun placing them in different settings.  This is only my third book, another just recently contracted by Rebel so our characters have remained consistent.  So far, we've arranged them in classic and charmed settings  in the South.  My husband reminds he cannot write about loggers in the northwest or lobster fishermen in Maine.  These places, he knows from heart and life itself.  Service Rendered is set in an ante bellum home in Louisiana, an 'invitation only' soiree and our players seize the opportunity to seek sexual adventure.  They do like to play!

Sable: My kind'a party! Writing is such an organic thing, it grows from a little idea into this full-blown monster that overtakes your brain—at least in my experience. *grins* So, how do you know when you’re done and the story on the page is "all growed up" and ready for the world?

Michele: HA!  The story begins with a simple notion and writes itself.  We know our primary characters, see with insight our setting, and allow them to play out a scenario.  Like a painting, it could be overwork, so we like a clever, but never cute ending that allows the reader to write or envision the next chapter or paragraph, to leave them  having been witness to the adventure.  And of course, turned on!

Sable: I get a few newbies that swing by the parlor and try to give them a glimpse into the typical day of an author.  Tell us about your writing day and space. 

Michele: We seem to write in spurts, never feeling any sense of urgency.   This place, this timeless primordial place simply doesn't permit being in a hurry.  It compels you to slow down and watch out for the damn snake you might be about to step on.  But mostly we write at night.  The house, our animals are quiet, we listen to jazz.

Sable: Ahh jazz. That and classical seem to be the soundtracks for a great many masterpieces.  Do you INK in other genres? 

Michele: Separately, we write different stuff.  About a yr. or so ago, we wrote a full length true romance novel.  Upon suggestion, we began writing erotic shorts in an effort to be published., feeling that having published works, no matter the genre, would give us some credibility.  That novel is still unedited and we're looking for takers.  My husband has written a collection of short stories, all Southern genre about a place and time and event he's most familiar with.  He lived it.  Each story is seen through the eyes of a different character, all witness to the same event.  Written in 'dialect, the characters a richly developed.  I wondered how in the world he could put himself in the mind of a ten yr old black child.  He said, "I have reels of it in my head."  Quite amazing really.

Sable: I know you have works in progress—the work of a writer is never done.  Care to tell us about them? 

Michele: We have a Christmas story with witches and sex I could only make up.   Always set in this land of sorcieres and voodoo, the work moves quickly from one scene to the next.  Likely we won't finish it in time for a release this year.  Did I mention we're just not in a hurry?

Sable: Slow and easy is usually the best way.  What things do you need in order to write?

Michele: Mostly just quiet with as few interruptions as possible.  I suspect that's the case with most of us.   It's easy for me to stay up into the AM, sleep all day if I want.  BUT I DON'T!

Sable: Mmm, hmmm. Suuuure! LOL! When you INK, are you a plotter or a pantser?

Michele: What the hell is a pantser?

Sable: *checks box for "plotter"* Being an erotica writer, what makes a good love scene?

Michele: Oh geez Sable, I don't know.  Maybe I should get out the home videos and find out!

Sable: Will there be popcorn? Kettle corn, if you've got it, please and thank you! :D Sex scenes. Do they come easy for you, and how do you approach them?

Michele: Jordan!  

Sable: Hey! These are the hard-hitting questions the people want to know, Michele. And you can't say no to the people, right?

People: RIGHT!

Sable: See? The people have voted! (And yes, they're contractually obligated to vote in my favor). Now, about those sex scenes...

Michele: :) Why, yes, they do come easy.  I can see the scene in my mind and know what's going on in his.  Like our bayou and les loup garous that run through our woods at night, I don't need to actually look at them to know they’re there.  And . . .  we like to practice!

Sable: Okay, we'll move away from the sex (I know, people, I know) and get back to the writing stuff. Are your books more plot driven or character driven?

Michele: I think the plots are fairly simple, but the characters compound situations with charm and sometimes slightly devious intent.  All harmless and delectable, everybody has fun.

Sable:  I'm a stickler about research, blame my inner geek.  How much goes into your stories?

Michele: More on the last story.  We have been to some of the very places where the stories are set.  And remember, my husband, my partner in life and crime has spent much of life in these places.  It's all so easy to see because of that romance that has existed here forever.  It's simply everywhere I go.

Sable: Who is your favorite character from Service Rendered?

Michele: Our chatelaine, our belle.  She is such a sexual, intelligent and cunning character.

Sable: Every time I hear the word "cunning" my brain takes a trip to naughty land. LOL! I'm terrible. Anyhow, can you sum up your book in one sentence?*

Michele: Extreme sexual introspection!

Sable: ESI—like ESP only better! What are your fave and least fave parts about writing?

Michele: The satisfaction of completing the story and feeling good about sending it off for submission..  We've been quite lucky so far, someone grabs up the stories overnight.  I find myself totally amazed by that since I have no idea what I'm doing.

Sable: "No idea what I'm doing"? Psshht! You're getting contracted, so you're doing something right! Any advice on marketing?

Michele: We're still on the ascending part of that curve.  I'd ask you the same question . . . any tips?

Sable: Tips? Ummm... Damn. Y'know, I didn't realize that was such a difficult question until you asked me back! I guess I'd have to say be persistent, which sounds like such a cliche, but it is sooo true.  Don't stop writing, 'cause nothing sells your backlist like a new release. Oh, and chocolate tastes good on just about everything. Just a tip. :) What is your biggest fear as a writer?

Michele: I'm absolutely fearless!  If the writing thang' doesn't work out, well . . . I'll go fishing

Sable: She is writer! READ HER ROAR!!! LOL! I love that Plan B, too. Hey, there's a tip. Have a Plan B until Plan A pans out. What's your greatest accomplishment thus far as an author?

Michele: In writing?  I suppose it's when that first contract was offered just last spring.  I know greater things are to come.  There is a sense of accomplishment when publishers recognize the quality of your submission,.  Great reviews are pretty cool too.

Sable: Sweet! And, yes, great things are in the works for you. I can feel it!  Okay, Michele, last question, when you're not INKing, what are you out doing?

Michele: I am a Big Bass Fisherwoman and my husband, woodsy boy that he is, is an extreme guide.  He has taken me places on this bayou that causes me to wonder, when was the last human ever here?  I have a successful jewelry making business, growing everyday with retail outlets and a very cool event at a very cool gallery this month.  I love to walk our woods with my dogs and my man, to pick wild flowers (used in my jewelry pendants).   Also, it's college football season, I'm learning the nuances of the game and love a good tight end.  HA!  Geaux Tigres!

Sable: Mmmm...tight end. *giggles uncontrollably* Thanks, Michele, for Dripping INK in the parlor today. Readers, you can ask your questions and leave comments below. And don't forget to pick up your copy of Service Rendered NOW!!

Saturday, November 5

Sexy Saturday Read: Service Rendered by Michele Hope

Hey INKers! 

Looking for something fresh and new to read this weekend? Check out

Service Rendered

the debut release from Michele Hope.

Michele's joining us in the Parlor on Monday (squeeee!), so go read her work and then join us here on the 7th to learn more about this great author! Now, you all know I'm not one for waiting (LOL) so I'm going to drip some of her INK early. Here's a little lick from Service Rendered:

Title: Service Rendered
Author: Michele Hope
Publisher: Rebel Ink Press
Release: Nov. 3, 2011
Words: 5,890
Price: $3.99

Blurb: A handsome, charming and adventurous couple depart their plantation home for an evening of elegant partying.  Our prettiest of Southern belles has given thoughtful consideration, not only to her ensemble, but to the many possibilities the evening may hold.  After arriving at the grand antebellum home for a charity ball, their evening progresses with friendly and warm hospitality.  Our lovely chatelaine decides to heat up the night, first with an unexpected flirtatious encounter with an equally beautiful woman in the lady's room.  Then finding her handsome and commanding husband at the bar, she insists on playtime.  Their moment leads to seduction and a guest room with an antique vanity . . . all with a young bartender in tow.


     As I walked from our bedroom toward my waiting bath, it was you who was waiting, sly assassin that you are.  Without a word, you spun me around to face the wall, my appeal extinguished by your cupped hand, the towel falling to the floor in silent witness.  Your restraint lessened as I knew resistance would be futile then I felt your finger tips caressing my arms, outlining my shoulders, tracing down the center of my back.  Closing my eyes, I could sense your breathing, still in control yet beginning to rise in concert with my diminishing will.  You chose this seduction and I became your compliant and ready victim, needy of your resolve.  The delicate nape on my neck rose in electric response and I could smell you in the ionic air.  The scent of power.  I knew what to do.
     Without prompt, I extended my arms to the wall, pushing back against your power.  Full of grace, I bent at the waist, offering the barest of resistance.  Then the slap to my bare bottom.  "Yes!"  The sharp crack of palm on flesh reverberated down the short hallway, ricocheting off the bathroom's cool tiles.  The report came back to me at light speed.  "Spank me one more time," my hushed plea. "and then I will surrender."  I stood on tip-toes, arching my smarting buttocks high for your access.  Another smack to the same cheek.  I welcomed it.  My legs spread, my toes struggled to gain purchase on the hardwood floor.  I felt your hand massage the sting with gentle caress then handle my breast coarsely, my nipples stiff and aching. Compelling me more, you prepared me with a single finger.  I adored letting it all be about you.  Because I am in your sphere, I'm pulled ever closer and closer, only to be set free.  Oh God!  Yes . . .
     You had your way with me and never ever selfish, you allowed for my pleasure before your own.  That nobility is your manner and with a kiss to the back of my neck and sweet reminder, " How I love you," you disappeared with the same stealth as your assault.  Like the dove, I was released. 
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Okay, so go buy the short and then meet back here MONDAY for the interview with Michele!
$3.99 Buy it now!

Monday, October 31

Here's a treat!

Available NOW!
Happy Halloween!

And just in time for the spooky, my newest book WALLBANGER is available NOW!!   

Wallbanger is book 2 in the Kizzie Baldwin series, and it was super fun to write!  It's about 57K in length, with a mix of erotic, thriller, and snarky elements. (Yes, snark should be it's own category).  And at just $2.99, it's a STEAL!  

So, go take the kiddies out for candy, then run home and get this treat on your eReader! 

A relic from the Cold War that shouldn’t even exist….

After being Shaken and Stirred, secret agent Kizzie Baldwin is again thrust into a world she knows nothing about, and learning on the fly from a teacher she can’t trust.  The objective is the same: secure Intel on Formula 3-19.  But to do that, she has to give the nefarious Dom, Xander Duquesne, exactly what he wants first.

He’s still not her Master.

But she will call him ‘Sir’!

WARNING: 18+ only.  This title contains all the stuff you don’t want your kids reading, you know, graphic language, adult themes, explicit sex, BDSM, drugs and violence.  Oh, and snark, can’t forget the snark. Now if it was presented as a game on their gaming systems that’d be fine, but this is totally inappropriate for the little ones’ eReaders. M’kay, I warned ya!


On the airport perimeter road, Xander Duquesne studied the neon blur boarding the cargo hold of the Copa.  He checked his watch—a touch behind schedule, but nothing they couldn’t make up for.  In the passenger seat of the rental, Phillip Marchande reclined, eyes closed.  The previous night was a long one for all parties involved, and sleep was not on the agenda.  Phil being integral to the next phase of the operation, Xander didn’t begrudge the man this short reprieve. 
Still early morning, the dark sky and poor outdoor lighting concealed the black car well enough should anyone look in their direction. All was quiet in the area.  A good sign.  Lifting the binoculars to his eyes, Xander returned his attention to the aircraft.
“Think it’ll hurt?”
He should have known Phil was awake.  “What’s that?” he asked, not bothering to shift his gaze.
“The bullet she puts in your brain when you tell her what she’s in for.”
Xander let out a thoughtful sigh.  “Y’know, you’re very preoccupied with my demise of late, Phil.  It’s kinda disturbing.”
“No sense running from a fate that’ll catch you anyway.  Just want to prepare you, because she’s going to kill you.”
“There insurance money you get in the event of my death?”  But Xander knew Phil was right.  Kizzie was going to be the death of him—either by her own hand or through her stubbornness.
“No, sadly,” Phil said. “An oversight on my part.  I’d be rich by the end of the day.”
All told, Xander and Kizzie had been acquainted less than ten hours—two of which were spent on a yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean fourteen days before.  They’d been on different teams at the time—hell, they weren’t exactly on the same team now—but the dividing line was a lot clearer then.  Kizzie was the face of good; Xander the face of evil.  She’d pulled a gun on him; he’d spanked her thoroughly for it. He smiled at the memory.  Nonetheless, they’d parted ways with their roles intact.
It was the disappearance of Nikolay Sokoviev that prompted Xander to track Kizzie to Panama.  At least that’s what he told himself.   Nikolay was his only access to Harvey, but with the old Russian gone, Xander was forced to work with the next in line.  He ground his teeth at the alternative and forced away the chill that inched down his spine with what he planned on having Kizzie do. 
“Ten grand says she kills you, X,” Phil said, lifting the seat back and cracking his neck. 
If he did die, he wouldn’t have to pay, Xander reasoned.  Either way he was a winner.  “Double it.”
“Pretty confident for a dead man.  Would you prefer a Christian burial?”
Xander shook his head and grinned. “Save the pine box, Phil.  The devil won’t care either way.”  
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Just $2.99!! Buy it now from these great retailers!  And as always, thanks for Licking My INK!
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Monday, October 10

Welcome to my Parlor: VARRSITY

Welcome back to the parlor! This week in the hot seat is sensational writer, VARRSITY, who was nice enough to come drop some INK about his writing.  All right, time to get tatted.  Ready, set, leeeegggooooo!!

Sable: Hey Varrsity! Thanks for swinging by the parlor to chat with the readers.  Let's start with a little introduction about yourself.

Varrsity: This is always the hardest question for me to answer.  Let’s see.  I’m mortal, but the goal is for me to write my life away so my stories are Immortal.  I’m just a regular guy who has big dreams and I work hard to achieve them.

Sable: And you kick-started that dream by publishing your first book.  Tell us about it and the motivation behind it.

Varrsity: My first book, Married 2 Struggle was my first attempt at giving “Man Birth.”  The inspiration was me challenging myself. Since high school, I told my classmates that I would someday be a bestselling author.  But back then, I was more into writing poetry, so I thought that a collection of poetry would come first but that wasn’t the case.  I was struggling with paying for school and kept getting fired from all of my jobs, so I decided to transform my negative thoughts and frustrations into something creative.

Sable: "Man Birth" *laughs* A lot like woman birth without the weight gain...and cravings for jalapenos in your chocolate chip ice cream. :)  M2S is fast-paced and suspenseful urban fiction.  Do you think that's what's trending now in the genre, and do you find yourself writing for the market or yourself?

Varrsity: I don’t follow the competition enough.  I know who they are but I’m not obsessed with them and their moves.  I’m pretty sure that I’m not heavy on their minds either.  I write for myself.  I write to challenge myself and reach a higher level than before, to grow, to get better with every project. Plus, I write in a few different genre’s, so I refuse to be one dimensional.

Sable: I hear that. That's actually god advice for the newbies out there lurking: "Multi-dimensionalize"! (Totally made that word up).  Okay, my personal issue is with "The End".  I might write it, but the story's not over.  How do you know when you're done and the story on the page is the one you want released?

Varrsity: I never know. Lol.  Honestly, I will back off of it for a few weeks so it isn’t fresh in my head and I can read it with a pair of fresh eyes.  After it passes my standards, I will pass it along to one of my friends.  Everyone in my circle are more than just friends.  We’ve been in each other lives for at least 12-20 years, so we’re more life family.  And we all know that family is very opinionated and brutally honest, so if I meet my standards, as well as theirs, I know that it is ready for the masses.

Sable:  What's a typical writing day like for you?

Varrsity: I write on the go.  I do a lot of writing in my head, so when I finally sit down at a computer or begin to jot in one of my many active notebooks, It comes out effortlessly, because technically, the scenes or poem is already complete minus the details.  I write whenever I can.  Honestly, I’m a work completing this interview right now. (Don’t tell my boss)

Sable: OOOOOO!!! I'm TELLIN'! ;) So you mentioned writing in other genres, or "multi-dimensionalizing" as I've called it.  Tell us a bit more about that.

Varrsity:  Yes.  My first was Urban Fiction.  I’m currently working on a Romance novel, another Urban Fiction Novel, a collection of poetry, and an Education book for High School/Middle School students. 

Sable: So you INK both fiction and nonfiction.  Impressive multi-dimensionalizing. (Sorry, it's stuck like an earworm).  Okay, the bad side of my brain is begging to be heard, so let's play a word association game.  I say a word, you say the first one that comes to mind.  And....go. Chocolate.

Varrsity: Me

Sable: Honey

Varrsity: Nectar

Sable: Whet

Varrsity: Slippery

Sable: Soft

Varrsity: Breasts

Sable: Dripping

Varrsity: Puddles in the bed

Sable: All that to confirm I'm not the only one thinking naughty thoughts :)  Back to the hard-hitting questions.  What things are must-haves in order for you to write?

Varrsity: A pen and pad.  If you would have asked this a few weeks ago, the answer would have been different.  My laptop was stolen but it was a blessing in disguise.  I was hurt due to the amount of work I lost, but it got me back to my roots.  I was once a “Pencil and Pad” writer, not a full time typing machine.  Technology has made our society lazy, sloth like creatures and I’m no exception.  So I’m back to hand cramps and ink smeared fingers.

Sable: Sorry to hear about the laptop :(  But hey, as long as you have fire you can cook, right? I'm sure your work will benefit.  Okay, next random Sable question (the voices in my head run the show, so....) Boxers, briefs, or commando?  And then what do you like on your woman?

Varrsity: Boxer briefs for me.  Boy shorts on her.

Sable: Ah, yes, the boy short.  Perfect combination of comfort, fun, and flirty.  (Anyone else singing Lil' Wayne and John Legend's SO SPECIAL right now?  Just me?  Don't lie....) Well, that segues us nicely into the next question about love scenes.  What makes a good one?

Varrsity: A good love scene is made by description.  The writer has to make the reader forget that they are reading a book.  You have to make it come alive, make the words jump at the reader.  Yes, detailed description and the ability to make the reader temporarily loathe you because they realize that your words have them hot and bothered and want to either please themselves or roll over on their spouse.

Sable: RAWR! Lol! Are your books character or plot driven?

Varrsity: A little bit of both.  They work hand to hand.  I have the slightest idea where my characters come from, but as I build the story, the characters become more real and I can see them more vividly.  So then I can go back and add minor details about their physical appearance and attitude.

Sable: How do you come up with them, and which one from Married 2 Struggle is your favorite?

Varrsity: People watching helps me come up with them.  And from M2S, most definitely, Latrell.  You have no choice but to love him.  No choice whatsoever.

Sable: I like that you have a fave.  Most authors I ask that same question to tell me it's like choosing a favorite child!  Maybe it's a "Man Birth" thing. LOL!  Do you put a lot of research into your stories?

Varrsity: If it’s an out of town scene or an area that I’m unfamiliar with, then research is a necessity.

Sable: See that newbies? Readers will know if you transplant the Space Needle to LA.  Research!  What are your favorite and least favorite parts about writing?

Varrsity: Just being creative and knowing that you have what it takes to write something that people enjoy reading.  Least favorite part……losing your work.  Especially when you have put so much time and energy into it.

Sable: Truer words.... Okay last question, and it's a mean one. *wicked laugh*  It takes months to write a story, and thousands of words.  Sum up Married 2 Struggle in just one.

Varrsity:  Classic.

Sable: You heard it folks! Thanks to Varrsity for stopping by to tat the parlor, and readers be sure you pick up Married 2 Struggle for your Nook or Kindle (or Kindle Fire or iPad or...) NOW!!   Buy Links are below.  And if you want to link up with Varrsity the multi-dimensionalizer, hit him in the Twitterverse: @VARRSITY or check out his blog, IT'Z ONLY WRITE, at

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Tuesday, September 27

Welcome to my Parlor: Tonya Kinzer!!

It's been a while since I've brought you a new author here at the parlor, but I am sooooo excited to introduce you all to the extremely talented Tonya Kinzer.  If you follow erotica (which I know you do since you're reading this blog) then you've definitely heard of Tonya and her Boss's Pet series.  But on the off chance yo haven't, you have NO idea what you're missing! 

Okay, I'll stop jabbering. Tonya's in the chair and all set to get tatted. Time to drip some INK! 

*** Check out her awesome trailer!!!***

Sable:  Welcome to the Parlor, Tonya! Thanks so much for being here.  Can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?

Tonya:  I’m the sweetheart next door, of course! The woman you’d least expect to write the kind of stories you only read in the privacy of your own home or on your Kindle/Nook so no one else knows what you’re reading…so no one else knows you read because you enjoy wearing those damp thongs! *gasp* I’m the only one who knows WHY you read those forbidden words in private! Pssst…your secret is safe with me, hon!

Sable: Damp thongs, indeed!  Especially after reading your series,*wink, wink* but I'm getting ahead of myself. Tell us about your book.  What was the inspiration, and how did you get started as a writer?
Tonya: I’ll start with how I got started as a writer. That was so many years ago, I’ve forgotten how long ago but I got tired of reading some of the sappy novels out there 25 years ago and thought I could do at least as good as they did. I began putting words to the page and soon a few stories emerged but it wasn’t until four years ago that I decided to self publish and I love it!
My inspiration was my husband because he just makes me feel beautiful and sexy every single day.  That alone makes for many plot lines to burst into full blown stories with characters that will create a need within YOU and make you NEED to keep reading until you reach the end, panting and wanting more!
Because I know you all will want more, I decided to create The Boss’s Pet series to keep the romance going, in and out of the office. I will pull you into the stories with Nick and Sondra until you can’t stand that YOU are not Sondra…or perhaps Nick for our male readers. You are going to beg for that same feeling that Sondra feels every time a Dom touches her, orders her to her knees or blindfolds her for an unknown adventure! Do I have your attention yet?

Sable: Yes, I'm sure that added a few more damp thongs to the audience! What do you think is trending in the genre? And do you write for the market or more for yourself?

Tonya:  I think erotica is becoming the new romance read for those readers who need more than just sexual tension in their stories.  Most readers will say they’re romance readers but many can’t wait to privately open their Kindle or Nook, or head to their computers, to read our spicy erotica that makes their juices seep and creates an image in their mind of having wild sex with their partners. Those are the readers I write for! The reader who wants to experience the secret fantasy and get the nerve to ask for what they want!
I write for myself and write what I enjoy reading, for the most part, but I also write for the reader who says ‘I wish I had the guts to ask my partner to do that to me!’

Sable:  Completely agree with you about erotica being the new romance.  You can only read so many romance novels before you're wondering "when's somebody gonna get laid already?" Or maybe that's just me...*shrugs*.  How do you know when you’re done and the story on the page is the one you want released?

Tonya:  I get that ‘ahh’ feeling when I know I’ve written enough to get the reader to the point of climax (in the story) that satisfies them with the plot yet I also leave them with an open ending so they crave the next book!

Sable: Can you describe your typical writing day?
Tonya: The first thing I do is grab a coffee and head to my office and computer. Hubby is one who needs to read the paper first. I read the paper before I head to bed, always have. I read email while I’m waking up and check FaceBook and Twitter to see what’s happening. That could take an hour or two, then I market and tweet. I can tell in my sales numbers if I don’t tweet for a day or two so yes, it does make a difference if you’re not on Twitter! Trust me! I have author interviews on my blog each week so I get those ready on Saturdays. During the week I could be on several other blogs as a guest. I try to write in the afternoon but if I have to head to the office for my day job, I may not write until the evening. My days seldom are the same.

Sable: That is so true. Newbies, I know you're lurking, Twitter is a marketing must!  Okay, Tonya, do you INK in other genres? If so, which ones and which is your favorite?
Tonya: Yes, I write in other genres but keep them separate and one genre reader will not know that I write in a totally different genre.  I write under pen names due to my day job and my children. I think they’d drop in their tracks if they knew their mother or favorite author wrote in this genre. Erotica is a special readership and I love it! Every book is a challenge to see if I can accomplish the task of getting my reader on the edge of their seat and as close to cumming as one can get by just reading words on a page.

Sable:  What's next from the wonderfully naughty mind of Tonya?
Tonya: I’m working on book four in the series and Sondra will become brave enough to start giving the orders for a change. She’ll be in charge and the men in her life will be on their knees, so to speak! I won’t ruin it but I think my readers will enjoy book four just as much as the others. Will it be the final book in the series? I haven’t made that decision yet.

Sable: Nice spin! The student becomes the teacher ;) Is there anything you absolutely must have in order to write?

Tonya: My coffee in the morning, water or wine at night. If I’m feeling extra sexy in the morning, Bailey’s works best in my coffee! Music plays a big role when I’m writing and creates a mood all its own, depending on what part of the story I’m working on.

Sable: Okay, let's talk a bit about the writing process.  Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Tonya: I’m a pantser - I tried once to plot out what I was going to write, but the characters usually tap my shoulder and let me know that’s not what they have in mind in that part of the story. I may write out a few basic scene plots of where I want to take the story but to say I write an outline…! Never have, doubt I ever will, but my way works for me!

Sable:  Are your books plot driven or character driven? And how do you come up with characters?
Tonya: I would have to say plot driven because I give each book a plot that will be reached before the end of the book. I hope my readers can become as strong as my characters and get the nerve to ask their partners for what they really want out of a relationship. Too many of them satisfy their partner while accepting that their needs are not as important. That has to change for women everywhere! We matter and our needs matter!

Characters are always visiting me and I love it! My mind has always had little stories going on with many different characters so writing came easy for me when I started.

Sable: Yes, those characters are great company.  Especially when they rouse you from a deep sleep and demand you write. :) What would you say makes a good love scene? Do they come easy for you?
Tonya: Sexual tension, all five senses, reader involvement and one point of view most of the way through the scene. This is one area the author can’t head hop. That confuses the reader, makes them go back to re-read paragraphs and then they get frustrated because the scene is too hard to follow.

Tension between the characters comes first in everything. I love making my characters crave the other and think about what they want to do. I enjoy sex scenes and they aren’t hard for me to write, but the characters have to satisfy each other for me or show me that later on they will both be satisfied. I also love to taunt the reader and love envisioning those wonderful one-handed readers out there! *wink* I write for you!

Sable:  All of you out there with sticky fingers, (or stuck Kindle buttons and smeared Nook screens), yep, she's talking to you! *giggles* Tonya, how much research goes into your stories?

Tonya: Readers are smart and they will write to us if we haven’t done our research. Don’t assume for one minute that you can write about something without the research taking place. We can’t use all the information we uncover in our research but it leads us to write better when we understand the plots we take on…the why, the where and the how.

Sable: I'm going to jump in here and put on my "evil Sable" hat—actually, "take off the good Sable hat" is more appropriate. It takes months to write a book and to get your story across is usually done in thousands of words.  Can you sum it up for us in one sentence.
Tonya: My books will help you realize that what you want from a relationship can be yours just by asking for what you want from your partner.

Sable: Hear that people? It's not how you ask but what you ask.  Words from the wise :) Back to writing, what are your favorite and least favorite parts?  
Tonya: The favorite part of writing is getting the scenes out of my head and onto paper and to watch my world and characters come alive. The least favorite is being interrupted by everyday things that don’t allow me to write when and how long I want to.

Sable: Aww, hell, I'm so FaceBook-minded I was looking for a "like" button on that answer! Speaking of Social Networking, how do you approach marketing and promo? Have any tips you're willing to share?
Tonya: I love the marketing aspect of writing. Marketing is time-consuming but is a necessary part of the publishing business. As writers, we have to take responsibility for getting our name in front of readers, whether you’re self published or sign a contract.  You must have an author website, a blog whether separate or part of your website, a FaceBook page, tweet on Twitter, comment on blogs and other FaceBook pages so readers can see your name and website link out there. It never ends but one has to make time for writing once the marketing starts. I can spend an entire day marketing and not write. Too many of those kinds of days and your writing will fall behind! I enjoy creating my covers and book marks, which leads me to another marketing tip - get your book marks or post cards to other authors who pass them out.  My blog has an address to send your book marks to so they get distributed in goodie bags and in front of readers!

Sable: True and true! I often hear the best marketing is writing your next book. Keep INKing :) Now that you’re published, what advice would you give your novice writing self?
Tonya: I would have created a writing schedule earlier and stick to it because now I have to remind myself to write and not market all the time. I love chatting with readers - doing several guest blog spots can be time consuming too but that is where you meet several of your readers. They love to chat with you so don’t forget they’re out there.

Sable: Last bit of advice for the newbies?
Tonya: Ask for reviews and interview/guest spots on blogs. Many authors are looking for guest authors and many also enjoy helping those new authors get a chance to be in front of readers. Get your website up, Facebook, Twitter, blog, and get your name out there by commenting and tweeting! Find a good critique partner who will help read through for errors and give pointers. Read your work out loud. If it doesn’t read smooth for you, it won’t read smooth for your readers! Learn POV and strive to stay in it. Head hopping makes the reader dizzy and/or they’ll toss the book against the wall! I have a few articles on my website for new readers and enjoy helping where I can.

Sable: I can totally attest to that fact. Tonya granted me my very first interview on her blog and has since connected me with so many other authors who are helping authors!  Thanks so much, Tonya, for stopping by the Parlor and tatting my place with your wisdom!!  Looking forward to book 4 in The Boss's Pet Series!!

Readers, be sure to check out Tonya's really hot reads and connect with her via any method below!  AND there's a CONTEST!!! That's right. A lucky commenter will win a $15 gift card good for Amazon, B&N, or Allromance ebook bucks! Winner chosen at random by Tonya on Sunday, October 2! So start talking :)

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Tonya Kinzer is a self-published romance author whose books are quickly climbing the charts at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you’re looking for a romance with a little more spice than the average hot read, you won’t want to miss taking a look at her work. She writes erotic romance for readers who love to become a silent character within the story! You will be pulled into scenes to partake of the activities along the lines of soft bondage and Dom/sub relationships, to feel what her characters feel and taste what they taste...strong sexual desires much like your own! Be prepared to enter a world you'll not want to leave and can't wait to get back to…worlds where new submissives and demanding Doms entice you to read more!

Her series, The Boss's Pet, will take you on a journey alongside Nick and Sondra as they venture into a lifestyle that pulls them deeper into a world of sensuality and submission. You'll not want to miss any of the books in this series so stay locked on her website to know when the next books get released.

When she isn’t writing, she’s the pet for her own Boss, where she works a few days a week. Her day job is seasonal so this allows her to write during the off season as well as design covers, websites, and promo items. She also enjoys helping other authors where she can with their editing and being a critique partner when time allows.

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