Happy New Year!

Greetings, everyone!  I hope that your Holiday celebrations were wonderful and that Santa brought you all you were wishing for.  So now it’s time for the New Year’s celebrations to begin.  Time for us all to pause and count our blessings and make hopes for the year ahead.  Some of us are also in for a long weekend at home with those new Kindles, Nooks and Kobos we got for Christmas.  So I’ve decided to do a little post to tell you what I’m reading on my little holiday:

1.  Creek Walking by Tally Johnson:  Now this one is currently out of print, but I have high hopes that it’s going to be released in a revised edition very soon.  Creek is a book of mostly Southern Gothic short stories penned by Southern historian, Tally Johnson.  Up until last year, no one knew that Johnson could write prose, as his previous works were true ghost stories from South Carolina, but damn what a prose writer he is.  He has a truly amazing voice that comes shining through such wildly different characters– you seriously won’t believe that the same author wrote these stories.  For example, one story is a high Victorian piece written in proper British English circa 1860.  Another is a very Southern Gothic retelling of, I shit you not– Oedipus.  My personal favorite story is one called “Route 666.”  It incorporates ghosts and mythology in such a clever way.  It’s just so strange, I can’t help but love it.

2.  Bubbly by Anne Holly:  This book comes from one of my fellow Rebels and is a brand new Contemporary Erotic Romance for New Years.  Anne’s going to be here on The Southern Belle from Hell in the coming weeks to promo her book, but I just had to go ahead and buy it so I could read.  And it is burning up my Nook!!  It’s a story about a poor little rich girl who ends up getting all hot and heavy with a rough and tumble bartender.  Anne is a fantastic writer that creates deep characters with an intelligent and witty voice.  She also writes really hot sex.  And as you know, that’s really important.

3.  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:  I started reading this book just before Christmas.  I’ve been a fan of the movie for as long as I can remember, but I’d never read the book.  Ladies and gents… if you’re a romance writer– READ THIS BOOK!  All of those little archetypes that we cling to started in this book. Now, old Margaret was in desperate need of an editor.  The book tops out at 1400 pages.  But it’s like a blueprint for every romantic character you’d ever want.  And the story is just so engrossing and over the top.  I love it.

4.  11-22-63 by Stephen King:  I admit it… I’m a slut for a new Stephen King novel.  I’ve blogged before about my long romance with Stephen King’s prose.  If I was half the writer he is, I could die happily.  When I was a kid and read my first King novel, Carrie, I marveled at his ability to scare the shit out of me while still making it a great story.  As an adult, I can still appreciate the story, but I understand all the subtle nuances of each character.  How he ties the plotlines together.  Even if I don’t like the story, I’m constantly amazed by the writing ability that King demonstrates– even just in his notes about the stories.  As a writer, the one person I’d like to sit down and have dinner with is Stephen King.  This book, obviously about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, promises to deliver suspense and general creepiness.

So there’s my lineup of New Year’s reads to get me through the long, cold winter.  I dunno about you guys, but I always read more in the wintertime.  It helps to pass the time until spring.  So feel free to read some with me and comment back.  We can have our own little book group.

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Of course, I wouldn’t be a proper author if I didn’t plug my own books for your winter reading.  My latest, “Masquerade,” makes a great quick read that will warm you up nicely.  It’s a hot and heavy story about a married woman who needs a little variety in her life.  The variety comes in the form of two seductive men who sweep her off her feet at a mysterious masquerade party.  I’ve been told it’s pretty hot, so why not give it a try on that new Kindle or Nook?  Then hop over here and tell me how you liked it.  I’d love to use your words to shamelessly promote myself!

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Alexandra’s books are available through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, All Romance eBooks and Bookstrand.

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SYS: Did I Mention…

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that my new short, “Masquerade,” is currently out now?  You can buy it from Barnes and Noble, AllRomance eBooks, Bookstrand and of course Amazon.  It would make a great gift for all those pervs in your life that will be getting Kindle Fires for Christmas.  I you don’t believe me, you can always take Queen Tutt’s word for it…

“I loved the surprising ending and loved the smooth writing. I look forward to reading more from this author.”— Ronda Tutt, Queentutt’s World of Escapism

And she’s a queen.  So she should know.

But seriously, I loved writing this piece.  It came so easily to me and I hope that the smooth flow of the words comes through in the piece itself.  I think I mentioned earlier that this story is kind of personal for me, so I wanted to make it the best I could.

At any rate, I thought I’d end the blog hop entries with a couple of shout outs to some great friends in the writing world who have also released some fabulous work that would be great for curling up in a chair with your Kindle.

1.  Blood Doll by Siobhan Kinkade– Siobhan is my dearest friend and I got to see this short from the conception of the idea through the finished product.  It is definitely worth the $3.99.  Take a look at the BLURB:  Lana Roberts has come to Boston searching for her twin sister, Sarah. The last place Sarah was seen is an underground club called The Mausoleum. Not realizing what she has gotten herself into, Lana enters, only to find herself in the company of a seductively frightening vampire named Christian Sterling – the only creature in the place that wants to help her. But there’s one problem.  Lana is still human.  If she goes back into The Mausoleum, she’ll be killed, but Christian has a plan…if he can only convince her to go along with it. Can a pair of Halloween costumes, the sexy stranger she has found herself falling for, and a little bit of unorthodox behavior save the day? And just how long can Lana keep telling herself she doesn’t want him?

2.  Shattered by Cassandre Dayne– Another dear friend, Cassandre teaches me something about writing every time I read one of her stories.  They’re hot, but without sacrificing plot or romance.  You can tell that she’s passionate about her work and that makes her a great author.  Take a look– Movie star Hunter Reynolds knew a thing or two about the ladies but he didn’t crave them. Instead, he enjoyed the company of men and while he adored Taylor, his live in lover and best friend, they weren’t in love and Hunter refused to be seen in public with him. After all, Hunter’s fans believed he was straight. When he was brutally attacked, he was uncertain he would ever work in Hollywood again and his doctors weren’t sure they could repair the damage. Angry and bitter, Hunter pushed everyone out of his life including Taylor. Sadly, Hunter was merely the latest victim in a series of horrific crimes targeting gay entertainers. Macgyver Donovich was a reporter for the LA Times who’d written stories on each one of the victims and was anxious to talk with Hunter. From the moment he met the rough-hewn man who exuded sexuality along with chocking self loathing, MacGyver was fascinated. Determined to get to the bottom of the attacks, Mac wrote a series of edgy columns in an attempt to egg on the perpetrator. Entering into a pact to fight back, both Mac and Hunter realized it was only a matter of time before the assailant struck again. As they grew closer by their respective haunted pasts, a series of new threats were issued and both men were forced to confront their demons. As the race to find the attacker continued, Mac and Hunter finally discovered what they’d been missing in life–love. But was it simply too late?

3.  Paw Prints by Rebel Writers With a Cause — I was so pleased to be a part of this project, as I am an avid animal lover.  And no… that has nothing to do with shape-shifting.  Anyway, check this one out!  What happens when twenty five writers get together with a story idea geared toward helping better one small corner of the world? Meet Kylie Wright and Buster and find out this December in Paw Prints, a brand new story created by Rebel Writers with a Cause.  Buster was a bait dog, the kind used to teach others like him to fight to the death. Left for dead on the side of an empty country road, Kylie Wright finds him and sets into motion a whirlwind of events that offer both she and Buster a second chance at life. With his new master and a handsome vet tech, Jason, at his side, Buster might have just found his very own Shangri-La. That is if the people who abused him, the very same people threatening both Kylie and Jason, can be brought to justice. Will Buster finally have the life and family he deserves or will fate deliver each of them at the feet of the cruel men running the death pit?  Rebel Ink Press supports the mission of The Humane Society of the United States and a financial donation will be made to help support their cause. Your support of our project is greatly appreciated and it is our sincere hope you’ll help us spread the word regarding this worthwhile cause.

4.  Three Fur All by Crymsyn Hart– Aah Crymmie.  Yet another of my writing partners.  This chick is so damn creative that she scares me sometimes.  Her newest release is by far one of the sexiest shape-shifter books I’ve ever seen.  It will probably burn up your eReader, but you’ll be begging for more.  Here’s the blurb:  October has escaped from her kidnappers only to run into the arms of two sexy men who help her recuperate. She finds herself falling for her handsome heroes.  Mika and Elliot know not to get involved with October because she’ll return home once she heals. As much as they fight their growing attraction, the more they desire her.  But there is also another who craves her. Her captors haven’t let her out of their sights and soon return for her. Together Mika and Elliot must risk everything to save the woman they love before everything explodes around them.

5.  Ghosts of the SC Upcountry and others by Talmadge Johnson– OK, this one is NOT a romance novel, boys n’ girls.  But it has a special place in my heart because it was written by my best friend in the entire world– Tally Johnson.  His folklore and history blends together so nicely in this non-fiction book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  And the best part is– he’s got 2 others just like them for different parts of the state.  Read his blurb.  I defy you to NOT want to read this book.  With a history that stretches back to the earliest years of America, it comes as little surprise that the Upstate region of South Carolina is home to many ghosts and to hundreds of intriguing legends. In Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, librarian and folklorist Tally Johnson introduces us to some of the area’s most colorful specters, from Major Ferguson, a British officer in the Revolutionary War who still haunts the grounds of his last battle at Kings Mountain, to the “Hound of Goshen,” a demon dog who has been chasing passersby in Union and Newberry Counties since the mid-nineteenth century. Among these stories Johnson weaves the local lore and history of thirteen upstate counties, drawing upon sources as varied as historic records, newspapers and personal interviews. Following Tally’s footsteps as he tours the Upcountry, the willing participant on this spooky journey can visit places like Foster’s Tavern in Spartanburg, where the sounds of ghostly piano music and horses trotting on the roof can be heard, and a bridge in Gaffney where the victim of a nearly forgotten serial killer continues to make her presence known today. While there are numerous books re-telling the same ghost stories of the Carolinas and even more focusing on the Lowcountry, very few tales from the Upcountry have ever been published. Even longtime residents familiar with the legends of this history-rich region will be thrilled—and certainly chilled—to discover that they have far stranger and spookier neighbors than they had ever imagined.

Alright folks.  That’s all she wrote for tonight.  Don’t forget to stay tuned tomorrow as I will be announcing the big winner of the copies of Hellsong and Second Skin.  And feel free to shoot me an email @ lexxx(dot)christian(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know how you liked the book. I’ll be glad to use your quotes to shamelessly promote myself!  Love you all and Happy Holidays!

SYS: An Interview with Blythe MacLachlan

Alright, you can tell that I’m a horrible blogger.  I always have a difficult time coming up with topics, so I’ve decided to take a friend’s advice and “interview” the heroine of my new short, “Masquerade.”  Perhaps a little corny, but what better way to get to know the naughty little vixen?

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Blythe McLachlan walks into the Starbucks looking like a bit like an unmade bed.  Her black hair is pulled back into a messy chignon, highlighting her delicate china doll features.  At first I am intimidated by the way she barrels through the door and up to the counter to order a Caffe Americano with one sugar, but I’m soon put at ease when she offers a wide smile and a hug rather than a cold handshake.

AC:  Blythe!  You look a bit rushed this morning.

BM:  I know right?  I was so afraid that I was going to be late.  I rushed out of the house without deodorant I think!

AC:  But the important thing is that you’re here.

BM:  I wouldn’t have missed it.  After all, it’s your fault anyway.
Blythe laughs and gives me a knowing look that leaves me no doubt as to what she’s been doing to cause her tardiness. 

AC:  So I take it that you’re enjoying your newfound lifestyle?

BM:  Without a doubt.  In fact, I find myself wondering why I didn’t discover polyamory a long time ago.

AC:  So you consider yourself polyamorous? BM:  Most definitely.  Polyamory means having more than one intimate, loving relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of all parties.  Will, Lucien and I have a great relationship.  I don’t love either of them any more or less than the other.  We’re one anothers’ best friends.

AC:  So it isn’t just about the sex?

BM:  Well, I admit that I was initially attracted to Lucien for purely sexual reasons.  But over

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time, our relationship has become so much more than just sex.  We love and support one another.

AC:  Isn’t there a problem with jealousy?

BM:  I’m sure that in the beginning Will had a few pangs, but once everyone realized that no one was going to be neglected, we were able to put the jealousy behind us.  Lucien doesn’t live with us, so Will and I still have somewhat of a “home turf advantage.”  I think that helps because Will knows that no matter what, I’m first and foremost his wife.

AC:  Do you think that Lucien gets jealous of that?

BM:  He’s mentioned us all moving in together a few times.  And I think I would like that, but I’m not sure that Will is ready for that strong of a commitment.  We haven’t come out as a poly triad to most of our friends, so I think he’s still a little skittish of that.  It’s that sweet Southern boy mentality.  Lucien, on the other hand, is a loudmouth Yankee and doesn’t give a shit about what other people think.  So Lucien may feel a little more jealous, but he understands that Will is my primary partner.

AC:  Am I allowed to ask about the sex?

BM:  You’re the author.  I think you can ask pretty much whatever the Hell you want.

AC:  (laughs)  Well I assume that Will and Lucien aren’t gay?

BM:  There might be two men in the world who are more self-conscious about being touched by another man, but they’d be hard to find  (laughing).  It’s kind of cute, really.  When we’re all in bed together, and we’re going to sleep, they actually map out where they’re going to put their hands to be sure that they aren’t going to accidentally fondle one another in the night.

AC:  There must be something comforting about lying between two men at night.

BM:  I highly recommend it to every woman.  You’ll never sleep better than you do with one man cuddling you from the front, breathing softly against your hair while the other one curls up behind you, wrapping his arms around your waist and letting you lean against his chest.  I used to get cold at night, but not anymore.  Lucien’s like having a bonfire in bed with you.  I always tease him that I could roast marshmallows on his ass.

AC:  One last thing.  I have to ask you about the double penetration thing.  Is it really possible?

BM:  I could never reveal all my secrets, Lexxx.
Blythe gives me a wink and a mischiveous little smile that tells me she won’t be revealing all her intimate details with me.  But then again, I’m the author and already know anyway.

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If you want to hear more interesting details about Blythe and her men, hop on over to BN.com, AllRomance eBooks, Amazon or Bookstrand and pick up a copy of “Masquerade,” available NOW from Rebel Ink Press.

Alright folks, you know the drill.  Leave me a comment along with your email addy and I’ll be choosing a lucky commenter to recieve copies of my previous releases– Hellsong and “Second Skin.”  One’s a hot novel about an angel and demon that have to save the world by NOT getting it on.  I know, sounds weird.  But it all works out in the end.  And the other is a sizzling short involving an older man that turns out to be more than he appears.  And don’t forget to go take a gander at the other participants in this month’s hop.  There are hundreds of  prizes to be won!

SYS: Excerpt from “Masquerade”

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Good morning, boys n’ girls!  It’s a glorious day and I feel the need to sing:

“Happy release day to me!  Happy release day to me!  Happy release day to mee-eeeeeee… Happy release day to me!

That’s right, today is the day that my very first release with Rebel Ink Press hits the eBook outlets. I’m more excited than a Pointer Sister at an all night disco.  “Masquerade” was really an experiment to start with.  I had the idea while on the road home from Louisville, KY last summer.  It just came upon me all at once like a nasty flu.  I wrote it in a couple of weeks– very unusual for a slow writer like me.  Let’s just say I was very inspired.  Anyway, take a look at the blurb and the excerpt to follow….

“What’s your fantasy?”

Blythe McLachlan had the perfect life until the night he said those three little words that could make or break a relationship. When Blythe tells her husband about her fantasy of a hot menage, he’s less than pleased. But when he drops her off at a mysterious masquerade ball, she finds that the boundaries of love can be crossed and rules are made to be broken.

EXCERPT:

 

Before she could think of another protest, he kissed her fully on the mouth.  Her instinct was to pull away, but he held her fast between his body and the wall, restricting her movements so that all she could do was writhe against him.  His lips caressed hers gently, nibbling first one then the other before teasing them open with the tip of his tongue.  To her great surprise, she relaxed and opened to him, then eagerly played along.  Her tongue swirled against his, tasting the subtle hints of alcohol and tobacco.  His flavor only excited her more and she shamelessly surrendered, rubbing her center against his hardened cock.  He broke the kiss, drawing a disappointed whimper from her throat.  She reached for him with her mouth, trying to find it in the darkness of their little corner.

“Patience is a virtue,” he whispered, pushing her backward with a gentle hand around her throat.  Instantly his lips kissed lightly across her collarbone, lingering in the tiny cup formed at its center.  Ever so softly he traveled down her front weaving a maze of burning kisses, then nudging the loose fabric encasing her breasts aside to kiss around the swells of each breast.

Her nipples were so sensitive that the smooth silk scraped against them like fine grained sandpaper.  It was almost painful until he freed them with a gentle tug then captured one of the swollen buds between his lips.  She moaned with the delicious agony as he suckled at first one and then the other, tugging the prickled flesh against his teeth.

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Alright, your mission– should you choose to accept it– 1.  Leave me a comment and hence get a chance to win two FREE eBooks that are hotter than Christmas in July.   2.  Go and give some comment lovin’ to the other SYS Blog Hop Participants.  and 3.  Go buy yourself a copy of “Masquerade” from All Romance eBooks, Barnes and Noble.com or Bookstrand.

Coffee, Books and a Blog

Hey folks!  I’m blogging all day today, Saturday 12/17, over at Coffee Time Romance. I’ll be talking about my new release, “Masquerade,” fresh off the presses at Rebel Ink!  Also, I’ll be giving away a free copy of “Masquerade” to one lucky commenter at Coffee Time!

“Masquerade” is a short m/f/m menage piece that is currently available at BN.com, Bookstrand and AllRomance eBooks.  Go pick up your copy today!  It also makes a great gift for those folks getting a shiny new Kindle for Christmas!

SYS Hop: Hey out there!

So I was just wondering how you were enjoying all this hopping around?  Everyone feeling all Christmasy?  I hope so.  I’ve just arrived home from my LAST DAY OF SCHOOL UNTIL JANUARY 3RD!!  For two whole weeks I get to pretend that I’m a real writer that can write every day and stay up late drinking coffee while hunched over a computer.  Perhaps I’ll even start some silly free read.  Go ahead… encourage me.  Later tonight I’ll be posting some bits n’ bobs from my short “Masquerade” that will be going LIVE tomorrow (12/17).  So stay tuned for that.  I’m having a hard time picking a favorite spot….

In the meanwhile, enjoy all those blog hoppers by clicking the SYS button!

What’s On Your List?

Since we’re talking about sexy today, I figured it was only fitting for me to do a post about what I find most sexy– the right music.  The senses are God’s little gifts to our sex lives.  Some people are very visual (men, to put a finer point on it) and they like to see the naked chick goin’ down on the hero.  Others are more susceptible to touch.  Just a brush of lips on the back of the neck can be enough to send them over the edge.  And some of us are very audial.  By “us” I really mean “me.”  I have to hear things.  Talking, whispers, little groans– I find it all very sensual.  And one of the things that really gets me going is the right music.  It’s true– I have a list of songs that are sure to get me in bed.  And I’ve noticed that many of these songs have found their way onto various playlists for various stories.  Yes– I make soundtracks for my stories.  Shoot me an email and I’ll be glad to ennumerate…LOL. Alright… to the list (in no particular order).

1.  Wreath of Barbs by :wumpscut:– I admit it, I’m a closeted rivethead.  I love industrial music.  Especially when writing a really intense erotic scene.  And this song, though it’s got the pounding grind of the Industrial sound, the melody is haunting and sensual.  There’s about a billion different remixes of it and it has become an Industrial anthem.  I can’t be responsible for my actions when I hear it….

2.  Hollow by Epsilon Zero– I first heard about Epsilon Zero from a friend back when they were just a local band playing dives and (I’m not kidding) haunted houses.  She fell in love with frontman Jamison Boaz’s incredible vocals and insisted that we all take a listen.  And I’m so glad I did.  This song is just sad and sexy and everything you could want in a dark romantic track.  It makes me very happy in ma pants, as my friend Sky would say.

3.  I Put a Spell on You by Creedence Clearwater Revival– This is mine and my husband’s song.  The first time I heard it I was a teenager staying up late to watch soft core porn on Showtime.  It was featured in a particularly  hot scene in the  movie “Knight Moves” with Christopher Lambert.  Now, I think only me, Christopher Lambert and maybe his mom have ever seen this movie, but the song stuck with me.  So years later when I met my husband, a man who really makes my liver quiver, it seemed only natural that we would adopt this as our song.  That and the fact that he believes to this day that I put a love hoodoo on him.  Absurd isn’t it…..

4.  One by U2– This song is perhaps the most perfect song ever recorded.  Poetic lyrics that pierce straight through, smooth melodies that are dark, but singable and Bono’s growly vocals make this song one of my favorites of all time.  Though it’s more about love between all of us as the human race, it’s a sexy tune that takes my breath away every time.

5.  My Heart Will Go On by Bella Morte– I got no idea why I find this song so sexy.  Perhaps it’s because it’s so different from the Celine Dion version.  Maybe it’s the sentiment of unconditional love pulling at my heartstrings.  Or maybe it’s frontman Andy Deane’s mohawk– I’m not sure.  All I know is, this song makes me want to dance in the dark, then slide down the wall and make passionate love on the concrete floor.

Are there others?  Of course.  Closer by Nine Inch Nails (cliche– I know), Para-Noir by Marilyn Manson and So Far Away by Dire Straits just missed the cut for this post.  But I was already up to 600 words and I still need to stick an excerpt from “Masquerade” at the bottom.  I know… it’s the only reason you read this far………..

So in this scene, Blythe has some momentary doubts.  Silly girl…

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Blythe closed her eyes, allowing this masked stranger to pull her close. His hands slid lower,

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cupping the fleshy part of her ass and using it as leverage to press her center against his. He pushed against her teasingly, obviously wanting her to feel his arousal. She whimpered, wanting to grind against him with abandon, but propriety getting the best of her.

“I shouldn’t be doing this,” she sighed, nuzzling into him.

“Of course you should,” Apollo purred. “You’re safe here. No one will ever know.”

“But I will.”

“There is always risk. But with no risk, life becomes stagnant and meaningless.” The music swelled as if on cue and he twirled her roughly until he had her pinned against the wall, away from everyone. “You’re dripping with life, love. I can smell it on you just as sure as I can smell that French perfume.” He inhaled deeply, his breath so hot against her skin it seemed to sizzle. “If you keep it all inside, I promise it will fester like a disease until it’s painful and the light goes out.”

Blythe groaned softly, brushing her lips against the line of his cheekbone, feeling his words down to the well of desire building in her belly. He was right. If she didn’t let herself have this…if she didn’t let it go, then it would grow into resentment towards Will, then hate. It would destroy them.

“Yes,” she sighed as his tongue found its way into the cuff of her ear.

He chuckled softly, a gravelly sound that made her insides roll with excitement. “I thought you’d see it my way,” he whispered, sliding his hand down her thigh to pull her leg over his hip.

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