Writing Crime Fiction…as a Wimp—by Shirley Wells

facebook twitter

I have to come clean right from the start and admit that I’m a complete wimp.

When I was five, for example, I begged my father to take me on the giant Ferris wheel at the funfair. “You won’t like it, Shirley,” he said, but I begged and pleaded and, eventually, he gave in. He always did. So we climbed aboard and the wheel began turning very slowly, pausing every few feet to let more thrill-seekers take their places. It then began to turn more quickly – and that’s when I panicked and decided I had to get off the thing. Yes, I was so terrified that leaping to certain death was far more appealing. Fortunately, my dad kept a tight grip on me and I lived the tell the tale.

Did I learn my lesson? Apparently not. My husband and I went to Bulgaria on holiday and had the opportunity to spend 20 minutes on a chair lift. He reminded me that I hate heights, but hey, although the mountain was pretty steep, we were never going to be too far above the ground. So we climbed on the rickety chair lift and my heart leapt into my mouth as it clanked alarmingly. I still have nightmares about that.

When I’m in the house alone at night, the noises I hear are always made by axe-murderers.

As for the sight of blood … well, let’s just say I’ll be the one lying on the floor.

What I love most about writing is being able to transfer all my terrors onto my characters. For instance, in my latest mystery DEAD END, private investigator Dylan Scott is receiving death threats. Me? I’d totally freak out.

What about you? What gives you nightmares?

dead endCARINA_0714_9781426898655_DeadEndAbout DEAD END:

“Dylan Scott? It’s payback time. You’re going to die.”

Somebody is making threatening calls to private investigator Dylan Scott. This is one case with plenty of suspects—a lot of dangerous people would love to see Dylan with a bullet between the eyes. The twisted trail brings Dylan face-to-face with old foes and a few new ones—and they’re all keeping deadly secrets…

But as he chases leads across London, his adversary is hunting down victims and is drawing ever closer to his ultimate target: Dylan. Someone from Dylan’s past is on a killing spree, and if he doesn’t connect the dots in time, the dead end will be his.

 

Shirley was born in the Cotswolds and lived in places as diverse as Cyprus and the remote Orkney island of Hoy before settling in Lancashire where the Pennines provide the inspiration for many of her mysteries. When she isn’t writing or walking with her dogs, Shirley loves reading, photography, listening to music and drinking wine. She’s also a season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club. Find Shirley at www.shirleywells.com

Romantic Suspense – Give Us Your Drama!

facebook twitter

{819FE405-7506-476E-B280-5ECCBAAFB194}Img100l

Publishing trends can be funny. What’s “dead” one year could very well be on a must-have list the next, and vice versa. Romantic Suspense is all the rage at the moment—it’s being asked for at conferences, highlighted on third-party retailers, and hailed as the next “big thing,” once again. That’s exciting to us, because the Carina editors have a special kind of love for heart-pounding stories of love mixed with danger, and Romantic Suspense has always been a genre we actively acquire.

We’ve seen incredible success with and reader investment in Marie Force’s New York Times bestselling FATAL series and others, and are eager to expand our already-robust offerings in 2015 and beyond.

Angela James, Editorial Director, has been asking for a great series featuring mercenaries. Anti-heroes and anti-heroines welcome. Strong female protagonists a must! She is looking for something both action-packed, with lots of things blowing up and getting shot (she’s bloodthirsty!), and also sexy. Heroes who are totally into their heroines will be adored. Heroines who can hold their own against alpha dudes and kick some ass will be moved up to the top of her reading queue.

Kerri Buckley, Editor, would like to see a romantic suspense series set in the wilds of Alaska. Think “Northern Exposure” with a strong suspense arc. She’s also looking for romantic suspense with Eastern European anti-heroes. Real Russian bad boys, please. And finally, suburban spies. Kerri would love to see a high-octane romantic suspense series centering on spies gone deep undercover in an American suburb.

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, is actively seeking a New Adult romantic suspense. Angsty, thrilling, with active characters and a real sense of danger. LGBTQ/PoC welcome—show her the diversity!

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would love to acquire a military romantic suspense series, featuring intense alpha heroes and men or women in uniform—SEALs, Rangers, SAS, marines, firefighters, pilots, smoke jumpers…

Melissa Johnson, Freelance Editor, would love to edit a romantic suspense standalone or series that has a new adult flare. She’s looking for well-crafted danger and intrigue, and high emotional drama between the main characters.

Mallory Braus, Freelance Editor, is looking for romantic suspense series that feature a ”Band of Brothers” feel. Especially stories that involve a group-a specialized FBI team, a crew of firemen, a police unit, etc. Where the job risks are high, and there’s a solid connection. Also, thanks to a sudden obsession with television shows “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD,” she’d love to read a series based around a fire rescue squad or an intelligence unit.

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor, would like to find a military romantic suspense series—m/m or m/f, historical or contemporary.

Have you been working on something that fits the bill for one of our editors? Submit your story HERE.

 

Natural Magic or Magic Tech—by Sonya Clark

facebook twitter

In paranormal fiction, magic is generally thought of as belonging in the realm of nature. Spells are cast with herbs. Wands are handcrafted of wood. Candlelight adds a romantic glow and ancient, dusty tomes contain vast arcane knowledge. All that’s awesome, and if there was a Dusty Arcane Knowledge Book of the Month Club, I would totally join. But it wasn’t what I wanted for the Magic Born series. Set in a dystopian future, this world combines magic with cyberpunk.

To build a foundation for that, I started with the basic magical elements. Instead of invoking fire, a witch in this world would call on neon or streetlights. Earth shifted to concrete and steel. Healing water became the music in the city’s nightclubs, the emotions carried along in crowds of people. And the intellect of air – that translated to electricity and cyberspace.

Trancehacking is when a witch uses astral projection to send their consciousness into cyberspace. For a witch who’s an outlaw and leader in the underground, that’s a kind of magic that proves to be incredibly useful. Search spells, hex viruses, and spells fused with code to create magic apps are also used. Old laser pointers and stylus pens are repurposed as wands.

But the old ways haven’t been completely left behind. Every year the fictional city of New Corinth experiences what local witches call Corinthhenge, when the rising sun aligns with the street grid and shines gold across the canyon of skyscrapers. (Manhattanhenge was the inspiration for this.) Natural magic and urban magic meet in one of my favorite scenes in Witchlight.

What would you feel more at home with-natural magic or urban/tech magic?

CARINA_0614_9781426898594_WitchlightWitchlight

Magic Born book two

In 2066, the Magic Born are segregated in urban reservations. The laws do not protect them, or their allies. 

Councilwoman Elizabeth Marsden is a powerful player in New Corinth politics, but a closely guarded secret could destroy her life—she’s a hidden Magic Born. Her family has gone to great lengths to erase all her magic-related records, until a trancehacking outlaw discovers the last remaining one…

Vadim Bazarov smuggles Magic Borns through the underground railroad and threatens to reveal Elizabeth’s secret unless she helps him access blank ID cards. Elizabeth wants to hate him for having a stranglehold on her life, but can’t help being attracted to someone so sure of who and what he is.

Vadim initially sees her as a political ice queen, but is intrigued by her suppressed magical abilities. He trains Elizabeth to use her magic, and before long finds himself falling for her. But their newfound love may be shortlived; an anti-magic ordinance forces one of them to make a choice that will change both their lives for good.

Sonya Clark grew up a military brat and now lives in Tennessee with her husband and daughter. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with a heavy helping of magic and lots of music for inspiration.

Website | Twitter | Newsletter

Writing in a Shared Universe—By G.B. Lindsey, Diana Copland and Libby Drew

facebook twitter

Creating imaginary worlds with each other is often something we leave behind in childhood. As adults, we still adore a good story. We immerse ourselves in books, movies and other media, but the opportunity to alter the course of those stories—add characters, change the setting, expand the plot—isn’t usually an option.

Secrets of Neverwood was the first published collaboration for each of us, and though we jumped in with both feet, we weren’t entirely sure if the project would sink or swim. How would we find common ground? Would our writing styles blend? What the heck were we going to write about?

As it turned out, we were closer to a shared concept than we could’ve imagined. Several years as friends and writing critique partners meant our lines of communication were already open, and one frank discussion about expectations and project parameters was all we needed to give birth to Neverwood. Three very different love stories sprang from those initial brainstorming sessions, as did a haunted mansion, a meddlesome ghost, an enemy bent on destroying the family, and a long-lost treasure.

Time went on. We wrote and shared snippets and scenes. Was our collaboration working? We had no idea, but by God, we were having fun. Little by little, the story became less hers and more ours, as though each chapter was an extension of one writer, not three. This is the treasure the three of us found inside Neverwood: two lifelong fans of our work. Fan fiction of our universe, basically. Books created with our setting and our characters, and all of it realized with our blessing.

What did we create? Something quite special, we hope. Neverwood is more than a mansion. More than the people and the ghosts who live there. It’s a central character. It’s home—not just to Cal, Danny, and Devon, but to all the boys who have lived under its roof. Neverwood is the embodiment of safety, love and acceptance, as well as a nexus of mystery. Once Diana, G.B. and I realized that, the question became not, “What the heck are we going to write about?” but “What the heck aren’t we going to write about?” The world is full of lost boys. It’s teeming with people seeking adventure and transcendent love. Neverwood delivers those treasures and others.

What others exactly? We encourage you to read and find out!

Would you move into a house you believe to be haunted? Share your answer or leave a comment to this post for a chance to win the Secrets of Neverwood anthology. Drawing will take place on July 9th.

 

 

neverSecrets of Neverwood Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother—that upon her death, they would restore the house and preserve it as a home for troubled boys.

But going home is never easy.

Cal struggles to recover from past heartbreak, while Danny fears his mistakes are too big to overcome. Devon believes he may never break down the barriers that separate him from honest emotion.

On the path to brotherhood, they discover the old mansion holds more than dusty furniture and secret passageways. Audrey’s spirit still walks its halls, intent on guiding “her boys” toward true love, and an old mystery stirs up a new danger—one that could cost the men far more than just the house.

 

 

CARINA_0614_-9781426898563_OneDoorClosesSecrets of Neverwood #1—One Door Closes

G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl— and a writer” or “a paleontologist— and a writer.” Aside from her salacious and ongoing affair with the horror genre, she loves to write sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, and short stories. Other hobbies include playing the piano, reading voraciously, the occasional period drama movie night, and devouring scary film after scary film. She recently moved back home from Newcastle upon Tyne, where she earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing, and now lives in Sacramento.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Secrets of Neverwood #2—The Growing Season  CARINA_0614_-9781426898570_TheGrowingSeason

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.

Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington near her two wonderful adult children.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

CARINA_0614_-9781426898587_TheLostYearSecrets of Neverwood #3—The Lost Year

Libby Drew glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.

An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to the Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads

 

 

Book Boyfriends—Sybil Bartel

facebook twitter

Okay, I have a dirty little secret. I love book boyfriends. No, really. I LOVE them (sorry hubby!). But. And it’s a pretty big but. I’m all about the wrong book boyfriends. You know the ones. Impossibly inaccessible. Desperately damaged. Walls of steel around their hearts. Yeahhh…those. They make me swoon. Every time.

So, why do I bring this up? Well, I’m kinda hoping I’m not the only one. Did you ever encounter that one guy you wish you could change? The guy who was so broken but so mouth watering you couldn’t walk away? He was unattainable and distant and everything that was bad for you but you still wanted him?

Meet Graham.

Six feet two inches of hardened muscles and more tattoos than you can count, his fingers glide across his bass like honey. His words bite and his stare will break you. He’s not cruel. He just doesn’t care. About anyone. Until one single moment in a hotel room changes everything…but more about that later.

I love Graham. I love everything about him. He’s imperfect and broken and writing his story was the easiest and hardest thing I’ve ever done. How do you capture a moving, evolving, breathing being in your mind and put it in writing? One word at a time. There’s no secret-magic formula (they so lied!). I wish I had some incredible journey to share with you but it was just that. A word. Because sometimes a single word has a whole life in it. A word you can smell and see and taste and touch. One word. Graham. That’s how my book boyfriend was born.

Now, don’t ask me if Graham is about someone I know. I won’t tell! But I will say this, he was inspired by my son. Not because my sweet boy is anything like Graham, but because I want all men to have a voice. In our minds, in our hearts and on our ereaders! So, Graham? His story is that story. Damaged and raw and desperate. It’s not clean or neat or even pretty. But oh wow, will he break your heart. In only that special way a book boyfriend can do. I really hope you’ll fall in love with Graham, or another so-bad-but-oh-so-right book boyfriend once in your life. Because? Well, swoon. And next time you meet that guy? You know the one, the one you should’ve walked away from? Do me a favor. Tell me what color his eyes are. Or if his smile broke your heart. Because I’m kinda hoping…I’m not the only one.

xxoo – Sybil

No Apologies 9781426898532About No Apologies

Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.

Never fall in love

Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.

When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him. He should’ve known to walk away.

No Apologies is available now through Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Carina, Kobo and All Romance.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, or like her on Facebook.

X Marks the Spot—Jennifer Bray-Weber

facebook twitter

As a kid, I often pretended to be a superhero, Daisy Duke, and a horse baron. It should come as no surprise that I went through a pirate stage, too. I filled an old coffee can with gaudy, sparkling costume jewelry. Not the plastic beaded kind, mind you. The good costume jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets and rings much too large for a ten-year-old had shiny stones that would be the envy of any bajillionaire’s wife. I buried my magnificent treasure in the woods behind my parent’s house. And like any pirate worth his salt, I made a treasure map.  But not just any ol’ treasure map. No, mine had to be clever…with riddles. The map was good. The hiding spot, better. Better than my memory because it’s been over twenty-five years and I still haven’t found my loot.

Popular lore suggests pirates buried their treasure to keep it safe, always with the intent of returning with the use of a map. Fact is, this was not entirely true.  When pirates came upon any fortune, they spent the wealth as soon and as fast as they could, indulging in women and liquor. The only pirate known to have buried treasure was William Kidd, stashing his spoils on Gardiners Island, New York. But don’t get out your spade. Kidd’s loot was found and turned over as evidence in his hanging.

If you had a treasure map, what would you hope to find? Gold? Jewels? Johnny Depp’s number?

Mutiny of the Heart 9781426898525Mutiny of the Heart

Navigating the high seas as the female captain of a pirate ship means always being on your guard–especially when one takes a temptingly handsome slave on board.

Captain Joelle Quint believes the slave claiming to be a cartographer can help her decipher the map her father left her when she was a child. She’s spent years trying to unlock its truths, hoping that it holds the answers to a dark family secret.

Sloan Ricker has no intention of remaining captive. When the fiery, red-headed captain offers him his freedom in exchange for solving her map, what begins as an opportunity to escape becomes a struggle to make the beautiful, intriguing Joelle his mistress in more ways than one.

Amidst a battle with the Royal Navy and a first mate’s jealousy, Joelle also fights her growing lust. And as much as he’d like to deny it, Ricker’s desire for Joelle has overcome his initial disdain. To get the answers, independence and love that they both long for, Joelle and Ricker must relinquish control to each other…or die trying.

Want more? Click here for your copy of Mutiny of the Heart.

 

Jennifer Bray-Weber hopes to one day live out her life as the island goddess she was meant to be somewhere in the Caribbean. Until then, she lives in her native state of Texas with her real life pillage-and-plunder husband and two spirited daughters. Catch up with her at www.jbrayweber.com or connect with her on Facebook.

Starting A New Series Is Like Cooking A Seven Course Meal Without A Recipe—Christi Barth

facebook twitter

This is release week of Up To Me, the start to my Shore Secrets series. I’m super excited about it. I’ve loved the idea for this series since it came to me in the middle of a massage while on vacation in the Finger Lakes. But (official secret author whine inserted here) it was soooo darn hard to write!

The model for the castle in UP TO ME.

The model for the castle in UP TO ME.

You see, I’d wrapped up my four book Aisle Bound series. When you live in a world for that long, the writing gets easier and easier with every book, because it already exists. I knew how everyone talked, walked and dressed. I knew the layout of all the buildings. It was fun and the words came out fast.

But starting a series, well, that’s a different matter. You’ve got to decide on names and faces for not just the main characters, but a slew of secondary walk-ons, too. Every room’s got to be decorated, every floor plan sketched out. Instead of my fingers blissfully flying over the keyboard, every page contained a dozen tiny decisions to be made that slammed the brakes on the whole process. Seriously, it is like cooking a seven course meal without a recipe. Everything has to be dreamt up and done from scratch.

Here’s the other secret—it was sooooo much fun! Sure, all those details felt daunting from time to time, but overall it’s sort of like walking into a mall with an unlimited charge account. You can choose anything that tickles your fancy. Which includes browsing sites full of hot men to find models for the main characters, and scrolling through tons of fashion sites to dress up the women. Uh, yeah…I officially retract my whine. So tell me: what do you love to do that is hard work, but oh-so-worth it?

Up to Me 9781426898518Ella Mayhew’s always appreciated the beautiful view of Seneca Lake from the spa window of her family’s hotel. But the view improves dramatically when a hot stranger runs across the grounds—shirtless. He’s the first man to kickstart her hormones in the three years since she lost her parents, and she doesn’t even know his name.

Graydon Locke’s on his umpteenth undercover assignment. The routine’s always the same: assess a business, recommend it for closure, then roll out before anyone discovers his decisions impact hundreds of lives. He’s always believed nothing good comes out of small towns. Why would this one be different? Then he makes two classic rookie mistakes—falling for the sweet, sexy girl who owns the very business he’s on the verge of axing. And letting the town’s residents get involved in both his life, and his relationship with Ella.

Ella’s the best thing to ever happen to Gray, but he’s lied to her from the start. If he pulls the plug on Mayhew Manor, the entire town may crumble. Ella couldn’t save her parents, but it’s up to her to save their hotel. Even if that means turning her back on true love.

Purchase at Carina Press

Website | Blog | Pinterest | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page |Facebook

Bio: Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.  A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.  Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance.  Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

 

Filling the Void by LB Gregg

facebook twitter

CARINA_0614_-9781426898501_MenOfSmithfieldThis week, Carina offers double dose of Smithfield fun. First, the Pride Month Contemporary M/M Box Set is available, which includes my very first novella, Mark and Tony at a bargain price! Second, we welcome a brand new, never before published Men of Smithfield story—Sam and Aaron.

A few years have slipped by since readers last visited Smithfield. In that time, both during the dark days of my sabbatical and afterward, as the veil of writers block lifted—I got hooked on the Food Network.

Really hooked.

Like filled the DVR so I could binge on Chopped episodes, make rash purchases, wear my reading glasses to the Stop and Shop so I could actually SEE  labels, sniffing the cheese and produce kind of hooked.

Never truly confident in the kitchen, I lost hours to Cupcake Wars and Barefoot Contessa, Worst Cooks In America (Because I wasn’t that bad!), and Next Great Food Network Star. Diners, Drive-In, and Dives. Iron Chef.  Bobby Flay. Those TV chefs inspired me. I read labels, bought local, and pushed up my sleeves. I’d pour a glass of wine, hone my knife skills, settle for nothing but EVOO, and by God, I’d grill something using a marinade I made myself.

It probably doesn’t sound particularly earth shattering, but stepping outside that comfort zone and filled the void where my stories once lived. I’d been emptied of the thing I loved—my writing— and learning to cook rekindled that creative spark.

What sustains you in the kitchen—a chef, a show, a recipe? Because cooking plays a part in Sam and Aaron and it’s a nod to the chefs, and shows, that inspired me.

About Sam and Aaron:

“With our family’s legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we’re determined to revive the place. We’ve started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.

Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who’s distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can’t quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for… something.

The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we’ve had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can’t stop wondering why he’s searching in secret. From the library, to the historical society, to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He’s definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he’s after…”

LBGreggpictureWhen she’s not working from home in the rolling hills of Northwestern Connecticut, L.B. Gregg can be spotted in coffee shops from Berlin to Singapore, Panama to Washington D.C.– sipping lattes and writing scorchingly hot, often funny stories about men who love men.

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | email | website

The Worst Future You Could Think of (aka Home Renovation)—Anne Tibbets

facebook twitter

carrier 9781426898495Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. Excommunicated after getting pregnant with twins, she’s left with no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her at the institution by the time she gives birth, or have her babies taken in her stead.

Ric Bennett wants to help. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, he runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records, prevent her from having to make an impossible choice, and free her forever. But when his plan is sniffed out, things get bloody, fast. The Line wants them back. The organization has discovered information about Naya and her twins that make them more valuable than just sex slaves. It makes them dangerous—and part of the The Line’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

The Line Book One: Carrier is available from Carina Press!

If any of you have ever remodeled your house, and lived in it while it was under construction, then you may understand my frame of mind when I wrote The Line Book One: Carrier. My husband and I had purchased a house that had been vacant, and somehow a three-month project to make it inhabitable, had turned into a nine month hell (ever see the movie The Money Pit – yeah, THAT!), and the first day the crew was gone and I could actually sit down and write, I thought to myself: “What is the worst future you can think of?” And the world of Auberge was born.

Imagine being trapped in a city filled with pollution and garbage, and you could not leave. Imagine that over the span of a hundred or so years, you watched as every building, every house, every car, street, sidewalk and neighborhood, just slowly deteriorated into ruin. If you didn’t work for Auberge, you didn’t work at all. And if you didn’t work at all, you were either sold into slavery, or you starved.

This is where you find Naya, the main character of The Line Book One: Carrier. The conditions of her sale, the story of how she came to be a sex slave on The Line, and all the atrocities that happened to her while she was there – all of it was the product of my warped and twisted frame of mind, thanks to construction dust, no privacy, and a house that was financially and spiritually bleeding me dry.

Fast forward years later, and my house is (almost!) finished, but Naya remains in Auberge. In truth, hundreds of thousands of girls, women, and entire families around the world are in their version of Auberge, being sold, traded, enslaved, abused, and forgotten. For however bad I felt for making Naya’s world as bleak as possible, I also felt a great much worse when I researched current human trafficking situations and found that my worst imagination was real, and happening…Right now.

I tried to capture that truth, if only a little, with Naya. Her adventure, though set on the backdrop of a dystopian, futuristic society, isn’t far from reality, and I hope you, as readers, will find it just as compelling and soul-changing as I do.

I hope you have a good read.

If you were trapped inside The Line, what is one item you would want to have with you?

My choice? A noose.

IMG_6128Anne Tibbets writes Science Fiction and Horror and is terrified of zombies. She lives with her family in Los Angeles and her killer pets.

You can find more Anne on Twitter | Facebook | blog

The Line Book One: Carrier book trailer

Story Research—Lynda Aicher

facebook twitter

Every story I write requires research. It doesn’t matter what genre I’m writing or if the subject is something I’m supposed to know, I still spend hours digging through everything that is even remotely related to the plot and characters.

As I’m weeding through articles, papers, videos, blogs, books and anything else that pops up on my Google searches, I often wonder what authors did before the internet. I seriously believe you can find the answer to anything on the internet. I’ve typed in more than my share of strange questions only to get a list of sites with answers when I expected none.

The one bit of research I never expected to do, and then had no idea how I was going to get the information, happened while I was writing Bonds of Courage. I typed this question into Google just to see what I’d get: What does it feel like to wear a male chastity device? I never should’ve doubted. Go on, type it in. I dare you.

Needless to say, I now know more about what it actually feels like to wear a cock cage then I ever want or thought I’d need to know. After all, I don’t have the appropriate body parts to even consider trying one out personally. However, since my pro hockey player, Holden Hauke, would be wearing one for a period of time in the story, I had to figure it out as best as I could.

Now there was the obvious possibility of getting my husband to wear one because there is nothing like real data from a live test subject, but he vetoed the idea before I finished my proposal to him. Apparently, there’s only so far he’s willing to go in the name of story research.

So what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever typed into Google? I dare you to share.

***

“The Wicked Play series always offers a quality story centered on hot sex, burgeoning romance and BDSM. This one is no exception.” 4 stars, RT Book Reviews

 

Bonds of Courage ~ Book Six of Wicked Play

bondsofcouragePro hockey player Holden Hauke has kept his sexual needs buried for years. After a near miss over a picture of him bound to a spanking bench resulted in a mid-season trade, he’s kept his image clean. But with the season over, he’s ready to surrender control. And he’s found just the woman to help him–if only he can convince her to give him a chance.

Bending men to her will is nothing new for Vanessa Delcour, aka Mistress V–she’s a full-time rep for pro athletes, a part-time owner of exclusive sex club The Den, and an experienced Domme. But when Holden Hauke comes looking for a discreet partner, Vanessa’s concerned about his motives. Touching his training-toned body during a scene wouldn’t exactly be a hardship, but taking him on crosses barriers between work and play that she’s had in place for years.

From their first intense encounter in Mistress V’s playroom, Hauke knows he can’t let this chance slip away; he’s found the woman he’s always needed. Submissive or not, he’s willing to push her every limit to prove how good they can be together.

Buy the ebook here.

New to the series? Go back to the beginning with Bonds of Trust.

 

Lynda-8310-LR-ColorAbout Lynda Aicher

After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, Lynda ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page