Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Not this year

Maui: First major family vacation in June.

I won’t be at RWA Nationals in San Antonio. When looking at the conference schedule for 2014, especially the travel-packed summer, I chose to stay home this year. With two busy daughters, ages 7 & 11, and the oldest getting ready to start junior high, it felt right.

Now as I’m watching all the social media posts checking into Texas, and being asked when I get in, I’m missing the camaraderie and career connections. And yet, I don’t have that pit in my stomach that I’m missing something important at home. It’s a good feeling.

The past four years, it’s been almost back-to-back with RT in May, RWA in July and Authors After Dark (AAD) in August. Often between those three, I squeeze in end-of-the-year school activities in June and family vacations. Plus, the past three years there is the Entangled Publishing Conference, usually between RWA and AAD.

While I’m gone, my girls are well cared for by my husband, my parents and other family and friends who all give their time. My brother-in-law even took my youngest for a mani-pedi one year, and then a trip to the Barbie store. Still, when I return … their hair is a bit more matted (doesn’t anyone ever use a brush when I’m gone?), and the guilt sets in.

Last night, rather than frantically packing for RWA Nationals, I lay in bed with my 7-year-old watching the LEGO movie. We laughed, we danced, we sang “Everything is awesome!” It was a magical moment – one to cherish, and I’m hoping to recreate it again this evening.

What does this mean in the long-term? I don’t think there’s a long-term message. In two weeks, I head to Charlotte, NC, for AAD where I’m a sponsor of two major events, and I’m very much looking forward to that time away.

Next year, RWA Nationals drops in New York, and there’s no way I’m missing that one, and the year after it returns to San Diego, California! Here’s a (partial) look at some upcoming workshops and conferences:

In the beginning of 2015, check out some of the smaller, local conferences such as the 50 Shades of Romance in Seattle – opening weekend of the 50 Shades of Grey movie, and the Austin Author Affair in May.

For now, I’ll be social-media stalking those at RWA Nationals, and hoping for some live-Tweeting during the RITAs! And, maybe, sneaking in an ice cream cone on the beach, while digging our feet in the sand, with my daughters.

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cover reveal: Campus Cravings

The library offerings never looked so good when I was in college!

Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today's hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, with over 200,000 words featuring sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.

Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket 
Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock
Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned
Mia Downing: Switching Leads
Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor
Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education
KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons
LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza?
Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life

The Campus Cravings male/male bundle will release on August 25, so don't miss out!

Add Campus Cravings to your Goodreads to-be-read-list here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22738703-campus-cravings

Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Anniversary Melissa Schroeder

June marked the four-year anniversary of my first published full-length novel, Sex University: Physical Education. It's a BDSM erotic thriller, back before they became popular. 

My very first erotic paranormal short story -- "The Wait" was published in Rekindled Fire: An Anthology of Rekindled Lovers in May 2009. 

Here's a peek:

Rekindled Fire traces the stories of ten couples who lose each other, only to find their way back together once again. The love stories here contain two unifying elements: profound love and erotic, passionate heat. Whether the story is contemporary or features magic, vampires or shape shifting; whether it involves spanking, bondage, or simply pure, unadulterated sex; or whether the couples have been torn apart for several months or one hundred years; one question remains the same: Will these former lovers be able to rekindle the flame of love?

"The Wait" features a couple torn apart by time and war. When the hero returns, he's a totally different person -- in more ways than one. 

Contest: Leave a comment, wish Mel congratulations! and a valid email address and I'll giveaway a .pdf copy of "Rekindled Fire" and a new gifted copy of my latest release The Big One!

Now for a little bit of Melissa Schroeder love!


Is it love, or just a little harmless sex?

Max has always been Anna‘s knight in shining armor. But Max has always seen her as a charming, and very sexy, little sister.

Until Max’s cold fiance dumps him, Anna unloads another of her many conquests and she invites him over for margaritas and Mexican food. Too much tequila, too much flirting, and too many years of fighting the attraction — Max loses control and has mind-blowing sex with Anna on her couch. And in her shower. And in her bed. When the sun rises the next morning, both of them must face that their night together is just the first of many.

For Max, he knows he wants Anna forever, but convincing a commitment-phobe like Anna is no easy task. For Anna, she can’t believe she has finally slipped beneath Max’s steely self-control. He is every woman’s dark, wet fantasy come true.

But what happens when Max pushes Anna for more than just A Little Harmless Sex?

Here's to many more!

Louisa Bacio

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New release: 5 ways to pass the time in an emergency bunker #TheBigOne

What happens when The Big One strikes? Today, I’m celebrating my new Prepper Romance release. Trapped in a bunker with nowhere to go? My characters had to obviously pass the time …

Here are 5 things you can do to keep yourself, err, entertained:
  1. It’s all fun and games. Think the classics and some new favorites here.
  2. Think about what else you should have stocked. Because, you know, you can never have enough.
  3. Read naughty books to each other (alas, should have thought of this one earlier!)
  4. Have the good fortune to be trapped with a British rocker. He’ll croon to you, and you just may loose your heart.
  5. Ummm, yeah, you may want to keep the mouth of that aforementioned British rocker otherwise occupied. I’m just saying …
Next week, I’ll start a blog tour with some fun guest posts and character interviews planned. That Sebastian Cox is a bit cheeky with his replies. He’s hard to manage.

Tell me: How else can you pass the time in an emergency situation? One U.S. winner will receive a
Very tempted to keep
these for myself!
lovely package of California flowers mailed to you! Please leave a comment and valid email address. Contest ends Sunday, July 20.

Plus: Enter the tour giveaway early via the Rafflecopter link.


The last thing marketing assistant Kayla Morgan expects to do on a Friday morning is give a tour of her emergency shelter to a flighty rock star. When her boss orders her to play nice, she acquiesces.

Sebastian Cox, lead singer of The U.K. Underground, finds the American bird with the bunker in her backyard more than wacky, but the band’s looking for a location to shoot their latest video.

When an earthquake strikes, the unlikely couple gets trapped and finds a few ways to keep themselves busy. Once reality sets in, will their differences leave them on shaky ground?

Available via Amazon, Decadent Publishing, ARe, Barnes & Noble and other eRetailers.

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