Monday, September 22, 2014

Meet the Character – Sebastian Cox

I was tagged by Lily Vega to join a group of talented writers in the Meet the Character Blog Hop. Here’s a quick get-to-know-you of Sebastian Cox, the hero of The Big One.

Lily Vega lives in the Midwest with her sexy husband who combines all of Dean Winchester's best qualities with a flair for computers. She continually cultivates her dirty mind, fueling it with caffeine and craft beer. She believes all creatures, especially those of the night, deserve mind-blowing sex with a happily ever after.

Check out for quirky posts and photos of hot guys. Visit Lily's website at, become her fan at Goodreads  and follow her on Twitter @LV_Writer.

THE BIG ONE – Sebastian Cox

Who is Sebastian? A British rocker checking out a bunker location for the band’s new music video.

Where does The Big One take place? Sunny Southern California, where the weather is hot, and the volatile earth is known to shake.

What won’t Sebastian talk about? Nightmares that plague him. Getting trapped with Kayla in the underground bunker only brings them to the forefront.

Sebastian’s goal: Getting out alive, and with his sanity intact. The smoking hot marketing assistant Kayla may keep his mind occupied enough that he doesn’t go mad.

The problem: 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?

Where to find The Big One:

Available via Amazon, ARe and other eRetailers.

Meet next week’s authors:

Nikki Prince

Nikki Prince is a mother of two, who’s always had a dream to be a published author in the romance genre. Her passion lies in raising her children as readers, gaming, cooking, reading and her writing. Her mother can now breathe easy about the child who used to get in trouble because she was hiding books everywhere and reading when it wasn’t appropriate.

Nikki’s a multi-published author with several epublishing houses. She loves to write Interracial romances in all genres, but wants to let everyone know to not box her in, because there is always room for growth.

Nikki’s also a member of Romance Writer’s of America National chapter ( and OCC/RWA local chapter ( and is a member of the board as Co-Programs Director.  She is also a member of the online chapter Passionate Ink RWA, The Beaumonde RWA, and the Rainbow Romance Writers (RRW).

Since I love Nikki’s Once Upon a Dream series, here’s a look at the first book:

Waking Beauty

Aurora Devine's libido has been asleep for over eight years. She's had the curse of not being able to have the big O since running away from her Master, Felipe Santiago Castro. The last time she came at the hand of a man was with Felipe.

She's convinced the only way she can find peace of mind and pleasure is to go to Once Upon a Dream Fantasies. Aurora signs up, asking for everything she's lost eight years before to be fulfilled in a fantasy.

Felipe wants to show Aurora that he's the only fantasy she needs. He'll do anything to have her back in his life as his submissive. He plays along and gives her the fantasy she wants, but in the end hopes she'll realize that her submissiveness calls to his dominance and they're a matched pair.

Available via ARe, Amazon and other eRetailers.

Sabrina Sol

Sabrina Sol loves love. She writes spicy romance stories featuring strong Latina heroines in search of love, success and happiness. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three kids and two Beagles. And she’s part of a large, extended Mexican family which may – or may not – be the source of inspiration for some of her characters. You can visit with Sabrina on her website at or on her blog at You can also follow her on Twittter @theromancechica or like her author page on Facebook! Her debut novella REUNITED is now available from Decadent Publishing.


What would you do if you had the chance to sleep with your unrequited high school crush?

If you’re former geek Magdelena Cruz, you’d do him in a heartbeat. But you’d lie about your true identity first and hope your new sexy persona is enough to create a night neither of you will forget.

Workaholic assistant DA Will Hudson doesn’t have time for a love life. Expecting to scratch an itch with a willing stranger, he signs up for Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand experience. He has no idea that his date is no stranger.

A reunion between two classmates will be hotter than the scorching Las Vegas sun. But will the heat be enough to spark something deeper, or will they both end up getting burned by Magdelena’s charade?

Available via Decadent Publishing, Amazon and B&N.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Void: The day the wheels stopped rolling …

If you're looking for the Fairytale Magic Hop, it's one post below.

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:

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