Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Interview with "Best Line" Contest Winner Kevana McConnaughey

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I'm pleased to have the winner of my Best NaNoWriMo line 2010 contest here today--writer Kevana McConnaughey! Out of more than 450 entries, her line stood out to emerge victorious:

There was simply no arguing with Royalty, he thought, even when it was only three feet tall.

JRA: Thank you for joining me today, Kevana! Tell us about your NaNoWriMo project, Regnant Dracorum, and about the scene that your award-winning line comes from!

KM: Regnant Dracorum is the story of Heir Apparent Deliah, a young woman born to be Queen, and her struggles to protect her country, avenge her father’s murder, and deal with one minor problem:

She’s been turned into a dragon.

Wrapped up in the mix are her sister, Princess Sarah, who lives an exhausting fishbowl existence as a beloved pop star-style celebrity; Sarah’s True Love, Knight-Mage Ser Rothburg Denglewithy, a brave defender of the realm, who was hit by a spell and now thinks he’s a giant chicken; the girls’ mother, Queen Regnant Celeste, the most powerful mage in the land until she went missing, without a trace, ten years ago; and the dashing and dangerous Egret Dreshel, a mage wielding strange and insidious magic no one’s ever seen before, who is willing to risk anything to reshape Elgrad in his own design.

Deliah, aided by her blind godfather and his seeing-eye gargoyle, finds an old diary of Celeste’s that hints the long-lost civilization of the dragons is real, not legend as most people think. Hoping the dragons might have the knowledge to turn her back into a human and counter the deadly magic that murdered the King and polluted the land, Deliah and Sarah end up on a quest retracing their mother’s last steps. Their journey takes them far beyond the borders of their homeland and face to face with their own decisions, strengths and weaknesses. But the clock is ticking as the black magic poisons more and more of Elgrad, and the griffons of the Ayysrean Empire, seeking to claim the land for their own, prepare to strike at the country’s moment of weakness.

Deliah has to face her fears, overcome her own failings, and step up to the throne before she becomes not only the worst Queen in Elgrad’s history, but also the last.


The winning line comes from the book’s prologue, a scene in which a very young Deliah has snuck into the Queen’s private laboratory. Upset at her mother having a baby (Sarah) and dealing very poorly with any kind of change to her world, Dee is busy ripping out pages of her mother’s books in protest when Page Rothburg Denglewithy – just a bit older than Deliah herself, and known to everyone as Dengle – comes across the Heir Apparent’s little temper tantrum. They have a scuffle and Dee commands, with all the imperiousness of a small child, for him to leave.

“There was simply no arguing with Royalty, he thought, even when it was only three feet tall.”

JRA: Sounds fascinating! I love fantasy. How’s the story coming along? Are you still working on it?

KM: It’s coming well, though my serious writing on it is on pause until after the holidays. It’s pretty well plotted and planned from start to epilogue – and I’m still working on it in bits and pieces when I have time.

JRA: This was your second NaNo, correct? Was your last project a fantasy as well?

KM: This was my second NaNo, and my first attempt at straight-up fantasy. My last attempt, and so far only win, was urban fantasy – that’s my favorite genre, fantasy set in our modern world.

JRA: I've got a soft spot for urban fantasy myself. Now, regardless of genre, is writing something you do all year round, or just for NaNo?

KM: It’s something I do every day – I’m a newspaper reporter. But I don’t get to write my own stories as much as I’d like; it’s tough to put all my creative energy into writing at work, and then come home and write even more. Even when it’s something I’m passionate about and involved in, like Regnant Dracorum, it can be a real struggle to find the time and energy to write. I do write short stories based on my more interesting dreams, and I’ve got a third book idea in my head that probably isn’t going to wait for NaNo 2011. I don’t really write fanfiction, though I’m an avid fanfic reader.

JRA: Stories inspired by dreams--that's awesome. What do you like to do aside from writing?

KM: I enjoy hunting zombies. It’s a great stress reliever.

When not busy fighting the scourge of the restless undead, I’m a bookworm. I read what I enjoy writing most – urban fantasy, but also everything from autobiographies to scifi and even the occasional classic.

I’m also an amateur herpetoculturist, which is a complicated way of saying I keep pet snakes and lizards as a hobby. (Non-venomous, harmless snakes and lizards, I should mention – I’m not into having pets that could kill or seriously injure me!)

I’m a video game junkie – Mass Effect, Bioshock, Dragon Age – and I geek out over shows like Supernatural, Fringe, and Doctor Who. I’m also a teensy bit addicted to perfumes and have a ridiculous number of toys all over the place. I refuse to grow up all the way and haven’t met anyone yet who could make me.

JRA: Ooh, I don't blame you. And Fringe is one of my fave shows!! Has any of your fiction been published (or do you have plans to get it published)? Or is NaNo all about the “luv” of writing?

KM: None of my fiction has been published. I do plan to publish both of my NaNo novels (once I actually finish them, ha!) Eventually I’d like to be a full-time fiction author. But NaNo itself really is about the love of writing, and the shared joy and chaos that comes from trying to accomplish something as insane as writing a book in a month. I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun!

JRA: Absolutely!! Sometimes I see folks getting so caught up in the "word count" aspect of NaNo that they stress out and lose the fun of it. Then what's the point? Now, when it's not NaNo season, where do you like to “hang your hat” on the internet? Do you Twitter, blog, etc.?

I’ve been on Livejournal since 2003. It’s not as fashionable as other sites, these days, but it’s home. I welcome new friends! I’m also on Twitter @starwildwanders, and I’m a moderator at a fantsy/steampunk/mad science adoptable site, Valenth, if I can give a shout-out to my friends there:

JRA: Shout away! I'll definitely give you a follow over on Twitter. Best of luck finishing this book, and I look forward to seeing you around for next year's NaNo!

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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Chatting with Sexy Cover Model Jason Aaron Baca!

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As promised on my last Feast Your Eyes Friday post, I've got a special treat for you interview with cover hunk Jason Aaron Baca!

JRA: Thank you for agreeing to this interview! Let me start out by asking the obvious question. You were busy playing college-level baseball when you got “discovered” for modeling. How exactly did that happen? Were you sliding into third and a photographer spotted you?

JAB: Haha... very good question! Actually, when my baseball career ended there was a gap there where I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I went through quite a few months just working as a stock clerk at a woman’s clothing store. I had done a photo shoot one day because a lot of people thought I could be a model so I went along with it. I had my headshot mass produced and sent to all the casting agencies in California. Before long I was called in to be a double in Bodega Bay,CA for the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer (Freddie Prinze Jr.’s double.)

The photographer of the movie pulled me aside and used me to take some shots. They ended up looking great. That’s how I was discovered.

JRA: Had you ever considered modeling or acting as a career before this? If not, what had your plans been?

JAB: No, my goal in life was baseball. That was it, I had it all planned out in my head.

JRA: You have shot for a romance cover, and have been part of Playgirl shoots. What are those gigs like in comparison to a typical photo spread? Do you have to work at overcoming the “skin” factor in this career, or were you naturally outgoing enough to bare what a photographer deems necessary to capture the proper artistic mood?

JAB: Well the romance cover stuff is pretty much the same pose over and over again. Maybe tilt the head a little more to the right or left sometimes but that’s pretty much it. The PG shoots were different because of a number of factors. They did a variety of different poses and wardrobe changes so that the images could be used for several issues and calendars.

Regular shoots take about 4 hours and its usually just you, the photographer and the makeup artist.

JRA: I’m sure all the ladies reading this are wondering…are you available?

JAB: Haha… No I’m not. I am happily married.

JRA: And a collective sigh is heard ‘round the world! So what does a typical day for you look like when you’ve got a shoot?

JAB: It is a low key day usually. I wake up around 9am. Stretch , take a shower, head to the tanning booth if they want me tan. Then go workout at the gym. I eat as little as possible so that my abs will show. After the shoot is done , I eat a nice meal.

JRA: What’s a typical day like in between gigs? Hobbies? Pets? Favorite TV shows?

JAB: A typical day is with my wife. We like to go hiking and to the movies together. We also enjoy the Wii fitness games to keep us busy when its raining outside. We are constantly competing with the game and it’s a lot of fun. We also spend time with our little cat “Monkey”.

JRA: Ah, you bring up a good point by mentioning hiking and Wii fitness. You’re in that awesomely great shape that models have to maintain in order to land those romance cover gigs! (Show of hands for all the rest of you out there who are fans of hot abs!) What kind of regimen do you use to keep so fit?

JAB: I do my abs every day! Some days I work my abs harder then others but I make sure to do something to them at least once in a 24 hour period. I also avoid eating food after 6pm. That is a big key.

JRA: (Exactly when much of my eating occurs, since I work swing shift and am a late-night writer. Ack.) Can you tell us the funniest or most memorable moment you’ve had during a shoot?

JAB: Sure, there was one where this photographer and I were searching for a spot out in a meadow with peach trees all over. We were looking for a good spot to have a few shots taken. Well, we found a spot in the meadow that had an old rusty truck with the windows gone. So I hopped up on it. Well just as I did, all these bees came flying out everywhere! It was a bee hive. We ran so fast we’d have both qualified for the Olympics! When we got back to the cars we laughed. He was laughing because of the bees, I was laughing because he screamed when he saw the bees.

JRA: Oh, man! I can just imagine the photos that would have come out of that scene—if the photographer hadn’t been running for his life, too! You aren’t just a model, but have also done some film and television work. Which came first, and what are your most and least favorite aspects of each?

JAB: Yes, I have done some acting and am still a SAG member (ed. note: Screen Actors Guild, for the uninitiated) and all but acting for me is tough. I don’t have that in me like I thought when I wanted to be an actor. Acting came first though and then after one really embarrassing audition I said NO. This just isn’t me. Modeling became the priority.

What I don’t like about acting is you have to act out your lines..haha. I’m not that kind of person. With modeling, I can make that expression and not have to say a word. I’ll let the viewer decide what I’m feeling inside.

JRA: Good point! Turn on the smolder and it definitely does turn on the imagination of those who view it! You also share a bit of what it feels like inside with a couple of books you’ve written on the subject of modeling (Journey of a Male Model and Overexposed: The Overexposed Model). Can you tell us a little about your inspiration for writing about the male modeling world, and perhaps share a brief favorite excerpt?

JAB: Sure, the first book, Journey of a Male Model (2004), was a book that basically was a bio of how I got into modeling and what I thought of all the photographers I’d worked with. The second book is actually a book that I wrote to try to help others become successful models. I figured when I went into a bookstore there weren’t any books for models to read. I wanted a book that could stimulate a model, help them kickstart their career. That’s why I wrote Overexposed (2007).

One of the highlights in this book is about being cool and what cool meant to me. I ask myself, “Is there anyone out there that I’m afraid of? Is there anyone if I walked into a big meeting and saw them I’d get nervous?” If I didn’t, I was cool! It meant that I was serious model potential.

JRA: You’re planning the end-all of romantic dates. What’s in store for that lucky special someone?

JAB: I don’t have any plans yet. When I reach my goal, we’ll see what comes next.

JRA: Spontaneity! I like it. Should any of your fans want to spontaneously check out the latest, where can they find you? Do you Twitter?

JAB: I can be reached through my management here-- Halverson Model Management. I don’t have a facebook or twitter but I’m thinking about starting something.

JRA: Thanks again for joining us here today! I will also mention here that your books are available on Amazon: Journey of a Male Model and Overexposed: The Overexposed Model

Best of luck with future modeling endeavors!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Eternity-Guest Berengaria Brown on Saturday's Sirens!

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On select Saturdays I host guest authors from fellow publisher Siren-Bookstrand. Today's guest is Berengaria Brown, author of four Siren titles including the Forever Yours series. ~~Warning: Excerpt contains graphic adult material.~~

Hi, Berengaria! Thanks so much for joining me here on the Power of Passion. What title are you sharing with us today?

Forever Yours 3
Categories: Erotic Romance, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves
Word Count: 21,404
Heat Level: SEXTREME
Published By: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.

Yolanda is a bodyguard and used to dealing with men. But falling in love with two vampires is a different kind of challenge. How will she deal with her job AND them?

Yolanda is very attracted to night security guard Atal and his partner Zadok. She agrees to a morning of acrobatic sex with the two yummy men, only to find herself falling in love with them, and wondering if they are vampires—if vampires truly exist.

While working as a bodyguard with one of the building’s clients, Yolanda spends her free time with the vampires engaging in a lot of excellent sex and getting to know them and their stories. But one evening there is a kidnapping attempt on her client. Now they all have another problem to solve and Yolanda is frustrated by the vampires’ determination to protect her at all costs.

“Eternity” is a stand-alone story set in the same world as “Intensity” and “Complexity” with some of the same characters reappearing.

And yes, I have book trailers!


WARNING: Adult MMF Excerpt

“I don’t think I’m hungry anymore,” she whispered, looking at the two men. “I think I’d rather have you both.”

Tsadowq sprang to his feet and closed the gap between himself and the other two. He wrapped his arms around both of them, then looked deep into Yolanda’s eyes. “Are you sure about this? You can still say no, although I very much hope you will say yes. But the choice is yours.”

“Yes. The answer is yes. I want you both. But you need to know I’ve never had two men together before. You’ll have to show me—”

“We’ll show you. And we’ll go slowly. Well, as slowly as we can,” said Atal, kissing her lips.

“Hell, yeah.” Tsadowq leaned in for a kiss, too.

Atal picked her up and hugged her tightly then began to hurry toward the bedroom.
“Careful. I’m too heavy—”

“Bullshit. You’re just a little thing. I bet I’m eight, nine inches taller than you.”
The window curtains were closed, and Tsadowq walked around the room turning on the soft, warm glow of two bedside lamps and pressing the button for some very quiet background music. He grabbed a box of multicolored condoms and a tube of cherry-flavored lube from the bathroom, then hurried back to the bedroom to pull down the quilt, exposing sea-green silk sheets.

Atal gently set Yolanda on her feet, and the two men began undressing her. Tsadowq kneeled and slipped off her loafers, then grinned at her black, skull-patterned socks. As he took each one off, he gently massaged her toes and her arches, then rotated her ankles and rubbed her heels. He felt, more than heard, her sigh of appreciation.

Atal waited until her footwear was removed before he slid his hands up inside the baggy purple shirt. As his hands roamed over her belly and up her sides, Tsadowq’s palms were rubbing up her spine.

Yolanda shivered and gasped.

The men smiled at each other over her head then redoubled their efforts, rubbing soft circles and spirals on her flesh as they oh-so gradually lifted her shirt. Finally, Atal pulled the tee over her head and dropped it onto the floor as Tsadowq undid her bra.

He slid the straps down her arms, and both men leaned in to her, pressing their cloth-covered cocks against her skin, their hands on her soft flesh never still. Then Tsadowq clasped her breasts, holding them from underneath, reveling in the weight of them, and Atal put his hands over Tsadowq’s and played with her nipples.
Tsadowq leaned down to nuzzle her neck, pressing soft, little kisses along her neck and across her shoulders. He gradually kissed his way upward to lick her earlobe and the sensitive place behind her ear, knowing he’d got it right when he felt her start to shiver.

This time is was Atal who kneeled to undo her zipper and pull her jeans down her legs. He hooked his finger through the elastic of her panties and pulled them down, too, then deliberately stood up, held the panties to his nose, and breathed in deeply. “Delicious,” he said, handing them to Tsadowq.

Tsadowq couldn’t help himself. He sucked on the crotch of her panties and tasted her cream. “Beautiful. I have to taste you.” He picked her up and laid her in the center of the big bed, then dropped onto the mattress, his head level with her cunt. Holding her thighs apart, one in each hand, he buried his head in her pussy and swiped his tongue the length of her slit. “Damn, you taste good.”

He sucked her labia into his mouth, first one lip, then the other, and followed that by running his tongue all around her clit. Honey dripped from her cunt onto his chin, and he sank his tongue greedily inside her, swiping it along her walls and sucking the delicate taste of her into his mouth. “Ambrosia.”

Atal lay on the bed beside Yolanda, his head resting on the pillow beside hers, as he turned her head to him so he could kiss her with
light, butterfly kisses across her eyelids and cheeks, a swift peck on her nose, then a deep, drugging kiss to her lips, full of pent-up passion and emotion.

They paused to drag air into their lungs, then Yolanda ran her tongue along Atal’s lips, and when he opened them, their tongues met in a fiercely sexual duel, thrusting and parrying, dancing and swirling, before Atal sucked her tongue deep into his mouth.

The pull on her tongue sent sparks of lust all the way to her core, a core that was already pulsing with need because of what Tsadowq was doing to her pussy. His tongue had moved to her clit, and he was alternately licking and flicking at it. One of his hands still gripped her thigh, and the other had moved to her ass, where two slippery fingers were playing in and around her anus.

The scent of cherry was in the air as Tsadowq skillfully lubed her ass while still kissing and licking all around her clit. The two fingers inside her rectum smoothed the sweet-smelling lube along the soft tissues of her walls while gradually opening her wider and wider.

“I’m ready. I need to come. Please, it’s time to fuck me.” Yolanda pulled on Atal’s shoulder with her right hand and on Tsadowq’s hair with the left.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Playgirl Model Next Week and a Special Feast Your Eyes Friday!

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On Fridays I like to post pics that are a feast for the eyes and a spur to wild imagination!

This time, I'm not only posting a pic to jumpstart our imaginations, but a pic of the hunk I will be interviewing RIGHT HERE next week! Say helloo to abs, er, I mean model/actor Jason Aaron Baca, who was kind enough to indulge some of my mushy and, at times, personal questions. Find out how he keeps his hot shape, his most memorable moment during a shoot, and his thoughts on modeling for Playgirl next Monday, December 20!

Meanwhile, this shot of him on the sand just begs me to tell another tale about hot romance at the exotic Amante del Mar resort. I sense another trip to IMMORTAL PARADISE is in my future...soon!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Change the World With Words Interview

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Karen Banes of the "Change the World With Words" blog interviewed me! We talk about writing novels in 30 days, whether those novels are really novels or just work that needs a lot more editing, and the book and workshop that changed my writing habit from being unable to finish a single novel to drafting a book in as little as two and a half weeks.

Check out the interview HERE!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Today! HOLIDAYS BITE-and Guest Blogging at Harris Channing's!

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Just in time to heat up your winter holidays!

HOLIDAYS BITE by J. Rose Allister
Siren Classic/Holiday Collection
Erotic Romance/Vampire


What goes together more naturally than vampires and Christmas?

When an annual holiday tradition turns into a near-fatal accident, Stephanie regains consciousness to find herself alone in a cabin with her rescuer--a man who is gorgeous, dangerously sexy...and undead.

Despite the winter storm and her injuries, she knows she should run. So why does she keep winding up in the powerful, seductive embrace of the vampire who has exiled himself from humans to avoid his worst time of year for temptation?


I'm blogging over at Harris Channing today with a spicy excerpt from this book! Check it out HERE! (edit: no longer available. For excerpt, visit the BUY NOW link above!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Twelve Sizzling Days of Christmas Contest!

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Ready to kick off the holidays right? Take part in my special holiday event, the Twelve Sizzling Days of Christmas Contest!

Beginning TOMORROW, DECEMBER 13 and concluding FRIDAY DECEMBER 24, I will be offering a new prize drawing. Read excerpts, answer a question, and get entered. That's it! Enter daily for up to 12 chances to win!

For full details, rules, and to enter, visit the official contest page HERE. Good luck, and have a sizzling holiday!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

HOT Holiday Cover and Trailer!

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Coming to Siren Classic's Holiday Collection on December 13, 2010!


Holidays bite for Stephanie Mars…and this season, a dangerously sexy vampire will take that dilemma to an erotic new level.

Stephanie’s annual holiday trip turns near-fatal when an accident sends her plunging into an icy creek. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself in a cabin with her dangerously sexy, muscled rescuer. Despite her injuries and the frigid storm outside, fantasies about her erotic hero fire her imagination…especially when he seems to feel the attraction, too. Still, there are some odd facts about this almost-perfect man that don’t add up—facts that point to an impossible and frightening conclusion. The man of her dreams is a vampire, in the midst of a self-imposed exile during the annual blood cravings that plague him each December. Can she escape his urges and her own desires before his animal nature gets the better of them both?


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Final Winners! "Best NaNoWriMo Line Written" 2010!!

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WE DID IT!! NaNoWriMo 2010 is officially history. You may have laughed, cried, shouted profanities at your computer in frustration, or breezed through the whole thing...but even if you gave up because life or mood got in the way, YOU DID IT. You participated in a monumental challenge that few would even have set their minds to try. So a big round of applause for all who came, saw, and tried to conquer--whether you hit the magic "50k" mark or not.

Before I can announce the GRAND PRIZE WINNER and runner up, it's time to announce the Week 4 Winners!!

FIRST PLACE: lolly “How am I supposed to have faith in someone who can’t even make toast?”


ARealHope “Sorry, this is the therapeutic calm-down elevator."


BritishHobo “They’ve got the finest army in history, gathered together by an evil super villain genius with the sole intention of destroying us, and we’ve got a teenage boy, a man who doesn’t exist, Gandalf the Grey, a group of Celts, all the sheer dumb luck in the world, and a god damned bee.”

Congrats! Each of you will receive a special award graphic, suitable for sticking on your website, blog, Facebook, or wherever. Our First Place winner was also advanced to the semi-final round...and let me just say that it was a TOUGH decision. But alas, of the four great lines, only one could become Number One and another the Runner Up. SO, without further adieu, here it is...

::tearing gold-leaf envelope::

The winner of the BEST NANOWRIMO LINE WRITTEN for 2010 is....

Starwild- There was simply no arguing with Royalty, he thought, even when it was only three feet tall.

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And our 2nd place runner up: lolly- “How am I supposed to have faith in someone who can’t even make toast?”

LOLLY will be receiving a special award graphic and a little goody bag of candy and other treats! And STARWILD will be receiving the Grand Prize award graphic, along with a goody bag and a $5 Starbucks card. I will also be interviewing Starwild here on my blog soon. Congratulations to both of you.

Thanks to everyone who entered--it was a real thrill to read everyone's favorite lines during the long (sometimes endless!) dog days of NaNo. If you enjoyed this contest, I hope you'll follow/subscribe to my blog and/or friend me on Facebook: Until next year, may all your lines be favorites. :)


J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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