Guest Blogger Lia Davis!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it! We here at LLL wish you a very restful weekend and lots of sexy chocolate  moments, for those who are inclined…

Today we welcome Lia Davis, and are excited to have Lia with us. Lia is not only a wonderful author, but tireless promoter of others’ works and blogger on such great blogs as Heartthrob Haven. She has a sexy new shifter book, and I for one, can’t wait to hear more about it.

By the way, in answer to Lia’s question, I might be a bit of a nibbler…but you didn’t hear it from me!

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Love Bites

No, I don’t mean that love bites you on the ass. Although some people might like for their lover to bite them on the ass.

Anyway, I’m not talking about the bitterness of break ups and soured relations. I’m here today to talk about love bites in the heat of passion, especially among the paranormal species. They like biting and being bit. There’s something about the mixture of pain and pleasure that drives them over the edge.

Well, vampires and many shapeshifters can’t help themselves. It’s in their nature. Vamps need to bite in order to feed, but they also find pleasure from it. It’s like their fangs are an additional sexual organ, taking and giving pleasure.  Shapeshifters on the other hand bite out of possessiveness and mating. The mark left by the bite shows all who their mate belongs to. And they wear that mark with pride unless they are trying to run from fate and live in denial. Lol. I’ve met a few of those, both heroes and heroines.

Are you a biter? A Nibbler? Love to read a good paranormal knowing that there will be biting involved? Me too. Hee hee.

 

A Tiger’s Claim – Ashwood Falls, book 1

By Lia Davis

Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing

Blurb:

As the Alpha’s only daughter Shayna Andrews has always been treated like a rare gem, protected like royalty, and she’s suffocating.  Her longing to be independent has driven her to sneak out one evening after dinner. After relishing in being able to run free without an escort, she finds herself face-to-face with the enemy, miles from home, and nearly loses her life until a lone wolf comes to her aid.

Travis Hunter’s main objective is to destroy the Onyx Pack—a group of drug using, murdering rogue shifters. His seek-and-destroy plans are put on hold when he rescues a female from a brutal attack. The beautifully exotic tiger shifter, Shayna, stirs a passion he thought died with his long-lost mate.

When Shay’s first heat cycle slams into her, Travis has no choice but to submit to her needs—and his own. But there is always a price to sleeping with the Pack princess. Not only will they have to face her Pack, Shay and Travis will have to deal with a mating that is beyond a single night and could have consequences more than either of them had thought. And when Travis finds out Shay wears the enemy’s brand, things will go from bad to worse.

Warning: One alpha female who doesn’t take no for an answer, a wolf with more on the line than just his heart, and a combustible attraction that’s sure to cause more than one sweaty night.

Find it on:

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Find it in Print (also includes the prequel, Winter Eve):

eStore | Amazon

 

Excerpt:

It took ten minutes too long to reach his small one-bedroom cabin. Once inside, he carried her straight to the bedroom, flung the comforter back, and laid the female on his bed. As soon as her leg touched the mattress, she groaned in pain. Frowning, he walked to his dresser, grabbed a pair of joggers, and put them on.

He went back to the bed and sat down next to her, jarring her hip. Another painful groan made him pause. He lifted her sweater to undo her jeans so he could look at the wound. When he touched the button, she flung opened her eyes, screamed, and swung her arms wildly.

Damn it.

He fought with her for a few seconds before he got hold of her arms and pinned them to the bed. “I’m not going to hurt you.”

Her eyes held a wild fear he hoped never to see in a female again. The claw marks etched into both her cheeks fueled his fury more. He breathed in then out slowly.

Calm down before you scare her more than she already is.

“My name is Travis Hunter. You’re safe.”

She blinked then looked around the room. “Where…am I?”

He growled low in his throat. The tremor in her voice cut through him. “My home.”

She tried to break from his hold, and he tightened his grip. “You’re safe. I killed the rogues.”

The woman stilled and searched his face, the wildness still heavy in her blue eyes. “You’re a wolf.”

He smiled and nodded. “And you’re a tiger.”

“A white tiger.”

To match her white-blond hair. “And a beautiful one.”

 

 

About the Author:

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Guest Blogger – Elizabeth Finn

Today on the purple crushed velvet couch I have fellow Liquid Silver Books’ author, Elizabeth Finn.

Welcome Elizabeth, and thank you for agreeing to being interrogated.

Lillian: For those who have never had the pleasure of reading one of your books maybe you can tell us a bit about the genres you write?

immortaldistractionElizabeth: Contemporary erotic romance for the most part, though I’m in the middle of releasing a contemporary paranormal erotic romance series at the moment (The Immortals). I love to read pretty much any genre of romance, so don’t be surprised if you see me venture into some other subgenres at some point!

Lillian: How long have you been writing, and how many books a year do you usually produce?

Elizabeth: I’m a perpetual student, so even before I tried my hand at writing fiction I was always in the middle of some research paper or essay of some sort. I started to write fiction about five years ago, though I didn’t try to publish anything at that time. I ended up putting writing aside for many years once I became a mother, and it wasn’t until last spring that I decided my son was old enough that I could devote some of my free time to writing again – I no longer have to worry that I’ll find him swinging from a light fixture or scaling the kitchen cabinets if I focus on something other than him for fifteen minutes… 😉 Since last spring, I’ve written six and a half books! Not too shabby…

Lillian: How did you become a writer and at what point did you sit back and say to yourself, yep, I’m a real live author?

Elizabeth: The how … hmm… Well, when I started writing it really Brothers-Keeper-Finalwasn’t for anyone but myself. I didn’t have plans to even try to publish anything. In fact, so true was that that once I finished writing Brother’s Keeper (the first book I ever wrote) I put it away and started writing The Devil’s Pawn. It really wasn’t until I finished The Devil’s Pawn that I started researching it a bit and then decided there was no harm in trying. I submitted The Devil’s Pawn for consideration, and once it was contracted, I did some final tweaks on Brother’s Keeper and submitted it as well.

When did I decide I was an author? I’m probably still trying to work that one out in my mind. I often say, “I write.” But I’ll admit, I rarely say, “I’m an author.” It still feels awkward and almost … presumptuous to say I’m an author for some reason. In the same way, I hate saying, “I have fans.” Instead, I say, “I have readers.” Bizarre… What can I say? I’m a weirdo.

Lillian: What inspires you to write? Where do you get plot and character ideas from?

Elizabeth: I used to think everyone told stories to themselves in their heads like I did. I’ve always spent hours nearly every day working through a plot of some sort in my mind. I could literally spend an hour or two at night before I’d fall asleep just adding to a story or recreating a part of it. I would usually stick with and perfect one particular story over the course of a month or more before moving on to a new one, and when I was between stories, I found I was really quite miserable being forced to so completely live in the real world. Mind you, it never occurred to me to actually write down the story… Duh… Why didn’t that occur to me?! I really just thought everyone created stories like me. I mean, how else does a person get through the day?

Where do the ideas come from? I honestly have no idea for the most part. It could be based loosely on the setting of some movie I’d seen where I wanted to build a completely new journey around something I’d seen. It could be something as abstract as the dynamic between two people. Sometimes I couldn’t tell you where it comes from.

Lillian: Your book Restoring Jordan is written in alternating first person point of view. This is very unusual. Was writing that way a deliberate decision?

restoringjordanElizabeth: Not in the least. I’m not a trained writer in any way, and what I have learned about writing has come completely from trial, error, guidance, and information I’ve received through the course of having a number of books published. I simply wrote in the voice that came most natural to me. I will admit, I love first person – I truly do, and I won’t be abandoning it. I’m seeing first person used a lot in romance right now (now that I’m actually paying attention to such things). I’ve gotten some amazing feedback from readers who love that I wrote my first three releases in first person, and that feedback was largely about the connection they were able to make to the characters and emotion in the book as a result of using an alternating first person point of view. But just because I think first person is good at capturing emotion in an incredibly honest and authentic way, I haven’t limited myself to only that. I now have books published in: first person present tense alternating point of view, first person present tense single point of view, and third person past tense alternating point of view. I enjoy writing all, and after having just finished writing The Immortals series in third person past tense, I’m kind of looking forward to getting back to first person in the future.

Lillian: There is a lot of detail about the world of renovations in the book. Being a registered building contractor myself I wondered if you have a background in architecture or interior decoration. If not how much research was needed to write the book?

Elizabeth: I have a passion for decorating, and I’ve been surrounded by other elements of design my entire life. My man-half is a contractor who does everything from framing out new construction to trim work and finish carpentry. My father is an amazing woodworker with an incredible woodworking studio. We’ve designed a number of furniture pieces together that he’s then built for me—my bed, my son’s crib, we’ll someday design a full-size bed for my son as well when he’s old enough to help in the process. It’s great fun, and I enjoy it immensely. I grew up being dragged away to the workshop to check out some new project my father was working on, so in some form or another, it’s always touched my life.

Lillian: When you’re not writing what do you like to do with your spare time?

Elizabeth: SLEEP!!! I actually have a day job as a Benefits Specialist for my company’s HR department, I’m a half-time student less than a year away from graduating with my Bachelors in Business Management, and I have a five year old son. Spare time is a rarity for me, and I’m usually too tired, too busy, and just plain too stressed!! But I enjoy my life immensely, and regardless of all the balls I juggle, I always find time to write.

Lillian: If you weren’t a writer what do you think you would be doing with your life?

Elizabeth: Hmm… HR Benefits Specialist!

Lillian: What can we expect in the future from Elizabeth Finn?

Elizabeth: Well, my series, The Immortals, is releasing this spring. immortalprotectorImmortal Protector released on February 25, 2013, and it will be followed by Immortal Distraction on April 15, 2013, and finally, Immortal Healer will release on May 27, 2013. I’m also in the middle of writing a contemporary romance book that I hope to finish and submit sometime in the next couple of months. It’s slow going at the moment as I have two books in edits and am taking a literature course this semester that keeps me tied to my Kindle a lot!

Lillian: Now some questions just for fun?

Movie or a book?

Both in equal measure. I really do love movies, and while they rarely live up to the books they are based on, they’re still loads of fun!!

Sex or chocolate?

Not that I wouldn’t choose sex anyway, but I don’t actually like chocolate… Now if you said Skittles or sex, that’s a tougher call… But I’d still choose sex..! Unless it was a red Skittle perhaps… 😉

Hot or cold?

Cold – you can always add layers. When it’s hot, sometimes you run out of layers to take off and just end up naked in inappropriate situations…

Thanks for being my guest.

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Blurb for Immortal Protector:

Theirs was a forever love. At least it was supposed to be…

Truman and Ember met in a cold, dark basement on the day that was to be her last. Kidnapped by a predator at ten years old, Ember wasn’t long for this world. But even Truman, a three-hundred-year-old vampire, was incapable of escaping his humanity with her.

He follows her through her life to ensure her safety, unable to stop fighting for the scared little girl he met so many years in the past.

Truman, like all others of his kind, has the ability to erase memories of himself, and he uses this ability to come in and out of Ember’s life while protecting her from the knowledge of his kind.

When Truman finally caves in to his desire for Ember, he is forced to take the most precious memory she holds. But he never imagined he’d lose his ability to return those memories to her. After Ember is attacked, Truman becomes responsible for a woman without a shred of remembrance of him or their long history together.

She doesn’t trust him, and he resents her cruelty toward him, but as much as she breaks his heart, he can’t give up on them. As Truman fights to win back her trust and remind her of just how good they are at falling in love, a threat looms closer and closer.

Can he save her once more from the clutches of a monster intent on destroying her? Or will her life be lost before her memories are ever found?

 

Has anyone seen my Zen?

Earlier this week, for the first time ever, I walked out of a bookstore without a single book for me. I had tons for the kids, but none for me.

It felt wrong. It was sad. It made me realize I need to take a hard look at my life.

How could I commit such a treacherous act to the written word?

Because as I looked over the delicious buffet of books, as I ran my hands over the cool smooth surfaces, and  oooh-ed over the glorious cover art and typography, I kept saying to myself,  “I don’t have time to read.”

That, my friends, is a brutal wake-up call.

It was the reality check I needed to prove how much my life is controlling me instead of me controlling it.

I haven’t relaxed in months. I haven’t meditated for as long as I can remember. Yoga? Not these days, my friend. Quality time with friends? Texting is quality time, right? Does that once a month exercise class I manage to squeeze in even count?

I got home and instead of immediately sitting down to check my e-mail or get caught up on the work I am constantly barely staying afloat with, I sat on the sofa and relaxed. Just relaxed.

I felt itchy at first, jittery, and a voice in the back of my head was screaming that I had a homework assignment due the next day which needed finished, a manuscript to edit, e-mails to catch up on,  several blog posts to write, and a million other things.  But I stifled that bitchy little voice by eating a few cookies and drinking some hot tea.

I read a book then. Okay, it was a book that I had to read for a school assignment. But I actually read it instead of skimmed it enough to answer the questions which I’d done with the last few books because…I don’t have time to read.

I have been, in little bursts over the last few months, trying to find a way to get more organized and stay ahead instead of always just catching up. I even resigned from a few projects to free up time to focus on my writing since it always gets pushed to the backburner.

I now have three calendars on my wall, one on my phone, and one on my computer. All with the purpose of knowing what is do for different things and keeping track of my deadlines. These things have helped. But clearly not enough.

However, this cinched it for me, this was the slap to the forehead, the eye opening experience, the wake up call I needed. It is definitely time to rein it in and make more time for me.

Now, I just have to figure out how.

So, I ask you, ladies and gents, because I know you all are as crazy busy as I am, what has worked for you? How do you multi-taskers keep on top of your tasks and still find “me” time? What are you best time saving/stress relieving tricks?

 

Is it Romance or Mystery?

I love to read.

I read romance, mysteries, thrillers, action-adventure (um, Clive Cussler anyone?), fantasy, science fiction … well, you get the picture. I read.

On good days (when I am not recovering from eye surgery), I read a book a night. It is how I relax and clear my mind before going to bed. So, I read a lot of books.

Dangerous Edge of ThingsEvery once in a while I read a book that blows me away, and then I have to read everything the author has written. Once such author is Tina Whittle, who writes the Tai Randolph series for Poisoned Pen Press. Now, if you can’t tell from the name of the publishing company, Poisoned Pen is a small indie press that publishes mysteries. I have read other authors published by Poisoned Pen, and they publish excellent books.

When I read the Publisher’s Weekly review of the first Tai Randolph book, The Dangerous Edge of Things, I was intrigued because the chief character, Tai, has inherited her uncle’s gun shop in Atlanta, Georgia. She finds a body across the street from her brother’s house where she is staying temporarily and becomes involved in the investigation, mostly to clear herself or her brother from  being under suspicion. Having been a guide in Savannah (especially the graveyard tours and anything to do with the Northern War of Aggression aka The Civil War), Tai is a good researcher and begins digging into the dead female’s background.

Mystery?  Yes, since there is a death, and she is an amateur sleuth. But her involvement and the potential for danger to herself (or so it seems to her over-protective older brother who is out of town at the time she discovers the body) has her brother asking for personal protection for Tai from his employer,  Phoenix Confidential, which does mostly corporate personal and premises security.  Thus, we meet Trey Seaver.

I must pause to fan myself.  Because at the moment Trey comes into the novel, the subtle — and Tina Whittle uses a very delicate brush here — dance of attraction between Tai and Trey begins.  At this point, the book becomes a romance and a mystery so intricately woven together that I am jealous I am not Tina Whittle.

While Tai is the lead character in this series, it is Trey who makes it a unique romantic mystery.

Yes, Trey is a hunk — all Irish dark hair and blue eyes and a body honed by Krav Maga.  Swoon-worthy. But Trey is damaged. He had a car accident which resulted in a severe  brain injury.  Because of the damage to his brain, his reasoning ability has been limited to linear thinking, plus he lost much of his past and a sense of who he was. After the accident, he created a whole new persona from a GQ magazine, the Italian issue, and, thus, he dresses in Armani, drives a Ferrari, wears a Bulgari watch, and lives in a modern black-and-white decorated condo — all inspired by that issue.

He recreated himself on the outside, but on the inside he is still seeking, healing — all memories and emotions are blunted. Trey deals with things as black or white — there are no shades of gray in his world.  There is right or wrong, legal or illegal, good or bad, on or off.

Since Trey had been an Atlanta cop, a member of their elite SWAT team (and we later find out in book three, a sniper), he had to quit law enforcement because his ability to make instant judgment calls was gone. He was hired by Phoenix for his almost computer-like ability to assess premises weaknesses and how to put security protocols into place to make the premises more secure.  He’s most comfortable with numbers and his desk work, although the female owner of Phoenix likes to trot him out because he is eye candy.

Tai, on the other hand, is a seat of the pants, intuitive, creative  thinker. She’s impulsive. She’s messy. She’s reads people well. She knows who she is and where she’s come from and attempts to get beyond a childhood which while not deprived materially was less than emotionally supportive.

Tai and Trey have issues (who doesn’t?), but Tai’s strengths are Trey’s weaknesses.  And Trey’s strengths are Tai’s weaknesses.  They complement one another; they find they make a great team while getting to the bottom of the woman’s death, which has ties to Phoenix, both Trey’s and Tai’s brother’s employer, and big Atlanta money.

But the linchpin of the Tai-Trey connection is she doesn’t treat him as an invalid. Since she didn’t know Trey before, she has no preconceived notions about how he should act, so she accepts him for what he is and works with his strengths and covers for his weaknesses.  Yes, there are times she is frustrated with Trey, but she is also a very compassionate person. Yes, Tai’s impulsive acts, which usually get her into hot water, frustrate the by-the-book Trey, but  he knows she has a reason and her instincts are good.  So they learn to deal and work together,

And thus, the path to romance begins. First, with common goals (justice), and then with trust, and finally with desire.

Yes, Tai and Trey start with sex, but the romance builds with each book.  By the end of the first book, Tai and Trey have met the goals  (bad guys are caught), they are a team and trust the other to cover the other one’s ass, and then they connect sexually. These books are  not erotic romance, but romance. Most of the sex is off-scene, but Whittle’s prose fans the flames of my imagination and I have a damn good imagination. Plus, Trey when aroused is intense and focused. Is there anything sexier than a man who is goal-oriented for both himself and his partner in sex?  I  don’t think so. Fanning myself here.

In the second book, Darker Than Any Shadow, which centers on the Atlanta’s Spoken Word Poetry Team vying in the Performance Poetry International contest, and in the third, Blood, Ash & Bone, which takes Tai and Trey to Savannah for a Civil War re-enactor’s  event, the romance builds.

Throughout the series, so far, Trey’s old partner continually gets mad at Tai for pushing Trey into situations where he just might explode — remember? — on-off, good-bad, black-white.  Because of his law enforcement training, the post-accident Trey pursuing a murder suspect in a high speed chase becomes a potential for disaster, because his switch to seek justice has been turned on and he can’t turn it off.  But Tai can.  She has touched some part of Trey, and his healing brain is finding pathways to becoming more sensitive to the nuances in the world around him.

It might sound like a cliche but Tai provides the healing power of love, trust, and her belief that Trey is more than his MRIs. And Trey is giving her stability she never had as a child of social-climbing parents. While Trey can’t express emotions well (she has to instigate kisses and touches early on in the series), he promises her that as long as she needs him, he will show up.  Showing up is important to Trey, and Tai also shows up for him.

I also like this series, because the writing is tight. Each word is chosen carefully, and the sum total has a powerful impact.

Example:  This short bit of narrative is near the end of the second book and shows how Whittle with her tight, simple prose paints the picture of their burgeoning romance. An injured Tai has stayed behind at Trey’s place against her inclination to be at the poetry slam finals. Trey has asked her to, because he can’t (because of his inability to multi-task) protect her and her childhood friend Rico, who is in the slam finals, at the same time. Tai agrees because she understands Trey and doesn’t want him to worry. Then she is attacked in his very secure apartment, and Trey has rushed to her side, driving 120 miles per hour in the city of Atlanta to get to her.  When she realizes he has abandoned his precious Ferrari at the lobby door, leaving it open for anyone to steal,  Tai comes to a realization:

…I looked him right in the eye, and  for the first time since he’d burst in the door, he met my gaze directly.

And what I saw there took my breath away. His eyes burned like I’d only seen during high arousal, clean blue flame. I recognized it, yes, from the heat of passion, but not like this. And I knew what I was seeing was Trey, all of him, no persona, no safe wall, the real beating-heart whole of him.

I hitched in a breath, but still the tears came. He held my face, thumbs light on my temples. He was a little shaky from the adrenalin afterburn, but rock solid underneath. I snuffled my wet face into his neck, and with no prompting, his arms went around me.

“It’s not just sex,” I mumbled against his skin.

He froze. “This is about sex?”

“No, it’s not. That’s the point.”

“But–“

And then I kissed him full on the mouth, which hurt a little, but then he kissed me back, real gentle, and then it was a little about sex. But mostly it was the other thing, the big good thing. And when the kiss was done, he sat beside me on the sofa, one arm around my shoulders. I leaned into him, my warm good-smelling rock.

Excerpt from Darker Than Any Shadow (Poisoned Pen Press, Trade print edition, 2012), p. 283.

My heart turned to mush during that scene. Plus, at the end of Blood, Ash, & Bone, I literally cried happy tears. Now, I can’t wait for the fourth book, which she is currently writing, to see where she takes Tai and Trey next.  If I had to compare this series to any other, I would compare it to J.D. Robb’s Death series; Tai and Trey have the same emotional impact for me as Eve and Roarke.

So, if you are in the market for a darn good romantic mystery series with unique characters and setting, interesting mysteries, and a touching romance with hints of intense sex, I recommend the Tai Randolph series.  The books are available in hard cover, trade paper, and e-book.  I own both the e-books and the trade paperbacks.  Yes, I loved these books so much, I bought them in paper and e-book — and that should tell you something about just how good they really are.

Tina’s web site.
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Series or stand alone

So yesterday I got my copy of Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston.

I devoured it in a day, less than actually. I love her writing, have done for a while know and every time a new book of hers is out I have a total meltdown until I get me sticky little mits on it.

Then I got to thinking, do I love these stories because I love the way Shelly Laurenston writes, of course. But would I love them just as much if they weren’t part of a series? Hmm I don’t know. With each book new characters are introduced but also characters I’ve loved in previous books return, my personal favorite in this series is Dee-Ann Smith.

So how about you? Do you love series or are you more of a stand alone person??

Neither answer is wrong, I’m just interested, well nosy to be honest.

I have my own series, Shifters of Hillside, and I’m currently working on another series…..I know glutton for punishment right.

But I do love a series, not only to write but to  read as well and I don’t think that will change.  Is there a series that you love? Something that you would recommend?

OK I am heading back into my writing, did I mention I had the week off work?? I know *squeal* you have no idea how excited I am.

Until next time remember: Making the shape of an “L” with your finger and thumb and putting that to your forehead in the universally recognized symbol for “loser” whilst looking at your Dom/me…..just plain silly….don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

What is it with these shifters anyway?

I come to you, confused and fascinated.

I’ve always read and written paranormal, but have not always gravitated toward shifter books. I know that may sound odd coming from someone who has written about selkies and shape-shifting gods and bear shifters (my newest venture, coming in May). Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t appreciate them, I just haven’t always picked up shifter books first. In a way, I’m exploring them for the first time, and have really enjoyed reading some of my fellow Love, Lust and Laptops authors.

When I was younger, I was in love with vampires. I mean, come on, they reek of sex appeal. I would rather have Lestat than the Wolfman anyday!

That being said, there is a definite appeal to shape shifters.  What is that appeal?

I think one of the biggest factors is the animal side to these men. For the heroine, knowing there is a beastly, hungry part of her man is quite intoxicating. Knowing he can throw you up against a wall with abandon, and not have to worry about his bad back. He can become so enflamed, he will bite and scratch as he makes love to you. Yum.

Is it the pack mentality that many shifters have? The need to be among their own kind, and to bring you into the fold? That’s kind of nice too.

Or is it the whole mating issue? The fact that a shifter man can know from one kiss, or even from a scent, that he has found his mate? Also very appealing.

I think my favorite aspect of shifter books is the possessive feeling those men have toward the heroines. The feeling that if they’re not in the same room with her, or touching her, that something is off. Hell, something is just wrong. They need to be with their women. Okay, in reality, you might need to take a little break from your partner, but in romance lit, this is fun to consider.

I would love to hear your comments. Tell me what you love most about shifters! Tell me what you don’t like. Is there a fictional shifter you’d welcome between your sheets? As I embark on my newest series, The Gemini Island Shifters, I want to know! 😉

Why I love Love Lust and Laptops

Breaking news. The winner of the Jaci Burton giveaway is Laura Podrasky.  Check your email, babe.

Now back to your regular scheduled posting 🙂

One of the ladies the other day said that being part of this blog rocked and I have to agree. I have done group blogs before where you just turned up and posted on your day but this group is different. We’re tight. We like chatting outside of the blog, and do we ever chat. Their is lots of respect, support, love, encouragement and fun behind the scenes.

I do hope that spills over into what you read. It certainly gave rise to the ten days at Lucky’s Bar and Strip club and I do hope that we can do something similar in the future.

So, now that we have been going a while what more do we have to offer?  Lots of fun guests, and I have to admit being able to interview the authors that I love to read is no hardship. The ten free reads are, as we speak, being formatted for publication at a number of places as a freebie so that more people can enjoy them. And last but not least we now have a newsletter. Fingers crossed it will be out in April.

Want to sign up look up and to the right…see the spot?  What will you get in the newsletter? Well articles, news, snippets, excerpts not available elsewhere. Our first newsletter will be turned over to celebrating the work of our very own Becca Jameson. What is she sharing? I have no idea because she is playing hard to get. But I do know it will be something worth reading.

So, as readers how are you enjoying the blog so far? Any suggestions about what you would like to see more of? Any guest suggestions? I have no shame so toss me some names and I will gladly humiliate myself and ask them to join me on the purple crushed velvet couch…I can’t promise they will say yes though.

And finally, a huge thank you to all our readers. This is a bigger, faster, and far more exciting ride than I ever expected when I emailed Rosanna and asked what she thought about me asking some other Liquid Silver Authors to join us in a group blog.

Hang on tight and stay with us, it is turning out to be one hell of a trip.