Saturday, September 20, 2014

Void: The day the wheels stopped rolling …

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The day the wheels stopped rolling …

Have you ever gotten used to something, and never truly realized it until it was gone?

My husband leaves empty yellow sweetener packets all over the counter, and in odd places where they drop on the floor.

The house grows so vacantly quiet without my daughters’ chatter when they’re staying somewhere else overnight.

And then there are those other ambient sounds. Maybe you’re conscious of them, and maybe not. Sometime over the last year, I’ve come to recognize this rolling clatter that speeds by the sidewalk between 9:30 p.m. and midnight. Summer nights and weekends, it tended to be later. It took me a while to figure out exactly what the sound belonged to – a skateboarder on the sidewalk headed home.

Partially, it drove my dogs crazy, and partially it represented that youth and freedom of long summer nights.

This week has grown eerily quiet. There’s a void, an absence of sound. At the entrance to our neighborhood, a memorial of lighted candles and flowers rest against a light pole.

It’s never a good sign.

Last Saturday, Sept. 13, the 20-year-old skateboarder was hit and killed by a driver who didn’t stop. 


“Was he jaywalking?” some people have asked. Yes.

In fact, it’s the same intersection that I always insist upon walking the extra few minutes to the corner to cross. Over the summer, when we were headed to a concert in the park, hubby made fun of me because of it. I’m even more glad I did.

A newspaper article interviewed a witness who said he’d been hanging at the park and drinking alcohol in the hours before the accident.

Does either of those ultimately matter? I’m not writing to place any blame. Instead, it’s sharing this tenuous connection of our intersecting lives.

I never met him. I did see him on occasion – me coming home from the grocery store with kids strapped into the car, and him on his trusty board. We made eye contact a few times. Unlike his family and friends, he’s not leaving a physical void in my life. But still, I will miss him.

As the nights grow dark, and the weather slides into fall. With Halloween right around the corner. I’ll stay up at night, and listen … to the silence. To the hole carved out of daily life, leaving the sad loss of this young life.

Please send some positive thoughts for his family, and hope for the hit-and-run driver to be caught.

Louisa Bacio

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fairy Tale Magic: The Thief & His Master


Welcome to the Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop!

Ciao all! I’m Louisa Bacio, and I write naughty romance! I have three 1Night Stands with Decadent Publishing, and a Prepper Romance The Big One. When I heard the challenge for Beyond Fairytales, I had to accept.

My tale is based on “The Thief & His Master.” Doesn’t that call for BDSM? Here’s a link to the original: http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/grimm/bl-grimm-thiefmaster.htm

If you’re familiar with any of my paranormal writing, I’m a fan of shifters, so that original really called to me. When modernizing a classic, there certainly is a bit of magic that takes place. I let the idea percolate, and gave myself permission to create!

The Thief & His Master (Unedited Blurb)
Coming soon from Decadent Publishing

When Madeline places an ad on ThievesList for an apprentice, she wants more than an employee. She’s searching for her life mate. For only her fated one possesses the strength to overcome the life-altering challenges of the quest.

Feeling stuck, Sven drops out of college for an enticing job. Although the want ad mentions “discipline,” he doesn’t expect to find magic in the hands of his potential boss.

Sven’s world shifts to a new reality. He’ll battle danger and his destiny to find his true calling, and love.

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Stay tuned for release information. I’m currently in edits!

Contest: What’s your favorite fairytale? Leave a comment and valid email address, to be entered to win a $5 Amazon card, which you’ll hopefully use for a new BeyondFairytales!

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Louisa Bacio


Friday, August 29, 2014

Naughty Prof – 69 Tales of Submission




I love a good challenge. Rachel Kramer Bussel set the parameters: a kinky tale of submission in under 1,200 words. When you’re writing that short, every word matters!

Let me throw out the caveat, “Naughty Prof” isn’t written from personal experience. As a college professor, I figured I better get that cleared up. When brainstorming the topic, though, there’s that reversal of control. While the teacher rules the classroom, what happens when the student (or in this case, a former student) takes over?

“Naughty Prof” opens with: You say I’ve been a “bad girl” and ask if I want to be punished. If only you knew how naughty I’ve been.

The Big Book of Submission packs together a wonderful collection of authors. Check out treasures from C. Margery Kempe, Erzabet Bishop, Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, Lucy Felthouse, Salome Wilde, Annabeth Leong and so, so many more! Here’s a link to the full Table of Contents.

The anthology is available at most major retailers, including Amazon, B&N and ARe.

Want more behind-the-scenes of these naughty tales? Check out the other stops on the release tour.


All the best,

Louisa Bacio

For the Love of ... Friendships



Congratulations Beckey on your one-year anniversary of For the Love of a Good Book. You’re doing a GREAT service to authors and readers. Plus, it’s always fun to connect with others who enjoy the same things.

Hey, that almost sounds like friendship! The Hop runs from Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31.

When I heard about the topic of friendship, it made me think about Silver and Jana from my erotic paranormal series The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf. The two women meet first in The Wolfe Pack. Neither have many experiences with close friendships, and they hit it off right away.

Here’s a glimpse at their first interactions:

Jana led her forward. She was a petite woman with rich, dark curls resembling the approaching fall colors. While Silver sometimes felt like she lacked color in her appearance with her pale skin and light hair, this woman vibrated with life.

(…)

“My pleasure.” Jana held Silver’s hand. “I hope you’re comfortable here, and stay for a while. It’ll be nice to have a friend again.”

The relationship takes a different turn in the latest book Her Wolfe Ménage. While Silver stays in the forest with the wolf pack, Jana takes off to New Orleans. In a sense, they switch places. Here’s the blurb:

 Her Wolf Ménage

By Louisa Bacio

She seeks adventure

What’s the use of living in a wolf pack when one isn’t a shifter? Jana strikes out from Louisiana’s national forest to New Orleans to find herself, only to discover more questions.

They want the same woman

The moment Jana steps into the French Quarter, Andre pursues the naïve beauty. An artist, he senses the hidden wolf beneath the surface, and her nature calls to him. It’s not until she leaves that long-time friend Dominick realizes what he wants. The two alpha weres must battle it out or learn to share to reach their happy ending.

Available via Amazon, Ravenous, ARe & B&N.

Now for prizes! There are a lot associated with the Hop. Leave a message here about one special friendship you’ve had, and you’ll be entered to win a $5 gift card to Amazon.



All the best,

Louisa Bacio



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