#TeaserTuesday “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

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So I’ve decided to try this #TeaserTuesday thing.  I don’t normally do it, but I’ll give it a whirl.  So the idea is to give a teaser– just a little paragraph– of your book.  My problem is, I have the hardest time finding ONE paragraph that will entice all of you rabid readers.  But I’ll do my best.  BTW– this teaser isn’t exactly SFW. 

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“No undergarments.  How scandalous, Miss Spencer,” he rasped against my ear, so close that I could feel his lips moving against the cuff.  He accented his mock displeasure with a firm squeeze.  My nipple immediately tightened under his palm.  Biting back a groan, I leaned back into his embrace.  I could feel his cock, already impossibly hard and trapped in an unforgiving prison of denim, nudging against my backside.  “I could do it, you know,” he continued.  “I could eat you alive.”  His words made my heart pound like a jackhammer against my breast, sending a shockwaves of sensation straight to my center.  Involuntarily, I moved against him, rocking my hips backward in a desperate attempt to get some sort of relief.  Between my thighs was a rainforest, hot and wet.  I wanted so badly to open them and let the cool air sooth my sex.  I was thankful that I had opted for no panties.  I don’t think my body would stand the friction.  “Careful, love,” he whispered, his voice startling me. “It wouldn’t do to have you come right here in the elevator.” 

Copyright © Alexandra Christian, 2014

All rights reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

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Damn, that Alexander Kensington– whew…. I could just eat him up.  Here’s more about the book so you can go buy the WHOLE thing for the bargain price of less than 2 bucks! 

Fangirl favorite Alexander Kingston has a “type”—blonde, willowy and sophisticated. He doesn’t give mousey wardrobe mistress Elizabeth a second look, until she transforms herself and sets out to seduce him.

But dark desires are at play. Before long their erotic encounter will turn into a date to die for.

Inside Scoop: This story contains sinister themes and predatory intentions.

A Romantica® horror erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave 

http://www.ellorascave.com/gentlemen-prefer-blondes.html#

 

Toil and Trouble: American Horror Story, Coven

american-horror-story-coven-2So last night was the most eagerly anticipated season premiere in my house this year–at least until Sherlock S3 begins– American Horror Story: Coven.  And you guys just knew I’d be here today to blab about it.  I’ll try not to give to many spoilers, but be warned– there might be some.  If you have no idea what’s going on, let me explain.  No, there is too much– let me sum up:  Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are a mother-daughter witch team that have a school for teenage witches in New Orleans.  Kathy Bates, seen in flashbacks and in other instances I can’t talk about without spoiling, is the infamous antebellum murderess Madame Delphine LaLaurie.  If you don’t know her– look her up.  Truth is stranger than fiction, babies.  Angela Basett is of course, Marie Laveau, the baddest witch in town with a whole bag of gris-gris to unleash on those who would cross her.

Let me start by saying that they really couldn’t lose this season with their casting.  In addition to our favorites from previous seasons, adding Bates and Basset was no less than a stroke of genius on the parts of Murphy and Falchuk.  They prove in the first installment that it is possible to make a character that is truly evil the coolest cat in the room.  As “the southern belle from Hell” I can also say, with authority, that Kathy Bates does an excellent southern accent.  Lily Rabe’s “Misty Day” pales frightfully in comparison.  But I can overlook it, I suppose.  Emma Roberts playing Lindsay Lohan is mildly entertaining, but I do hope that she can handle the acting chops its going to take to stand alongside Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer (her witch sisters).

Most of you know me as a writer of erotic fiction– romantic, paranormal and horror.  Sex is my trade.  So that should give you some sense of the gravity of my next statement.  I, personally, am done with the shocking sex scene for shocking sex scene’s sake with AHS.  Yeah, we get it.  We’re showing explicit sexual content at 10pm on a regular cable network.  Ain’t we cool, ain’t we edgy?  Yeah.  You were.  In 2011.  Now it’s just getting tired.  I’m all for showing explicit sex whenever and wherever you want as long as its integral to the plot.  Seeing how many ugly ways we can do it in how many weird scenarios is just boring at this point.  There was one scene in particular, that I won’t mention because I don’t want to give spoilers and have people yelling at me in the comments, that I just felt was unnecessary.  The plot could have moved on without it and we had already seen the power of Zoe’s Black Magic Pussy in the first scene.  I actually prefer the explicit violence to unnecessary sex scenes that are put in there just to make us titter and say “oh no she din’t!”

Now that the criticisms are out of the way, I will say that I love it!  This is no surprise to anyone.  I’m a huge fan of the twisted, hardcore horror that AHS offers.  The scripts are well written, smart and positively wicked.  As I’ve always said, the strength of a good horror story is the characters.  Coven, like the previous two seasons, is rich in really interesting characters.  Even the most evil are amazing to watch.  I want to know more about them and even though I’m watching them commit these twisted acts of cruelty, I want to keep watching to see what’s going to happen next.  Yep, I’m lookin’ at you, Ms. Bates.  Also, the fact that Southern Gothic is becoming a big deal is awesome!!  But that’s a whole blog by itself.  Stay tuned.

Like Jerry Springer with his “Final Thought,” let me leave you with a wrap up entitled “Lexxx’s Favorite Things About Episode 1, in no particular order:”

1.  I love watching rapists get burned up in buses.  Little bastards deserved it.

2.  Jessica Lange’s dance number that ends in her sucking the life out of the doctor. Now that’s my kind of witch.

3.  Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates. Oh wait… does that count as three things?

4.  The “Coming Soon” montage at the end.  This season is going to be amazing.  I can’t wait ’til next Wednesday!!!

Alright, kids.  Now it’s time for your two cents.  Feel free to disagree with me if you like.  Just remember, we’re raised mean in the south….

The Importance of Character, WAD Blog Hop #2

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Well its day number two of the Wicked After Dark blog hop.  I hope that you’ve all been hopping along from one little link to the next, entering contests and finding your new favorite author.  I know that I’ve had so much fun seeing what my fellow authors have to say on a variety of wicked and wonderful topics.  That being said, I’ve opted today to sound off on a topic near and dear to my heart.  Characterization, I feel, is the most important criterion on which all literature is judged.  Whether it be erotica, horror, romance or hard science-fiction, if we don’t have good characters, we don’t have a good story.  What exactly put me in mind of this particular rant today?  Well, as some of you that follow me on Facebook are aware, I’m a HUGE fan of “American Horror Story. “  It’s one of the few shows on television that I will watch faithfully.  Well, that and reruns of “The Golden Girls.”  AHS is infamous for having a confusing plot that has constant twists and turns.  Some might say that the writers often flip the plot around purely for shock value.  The idea is to find out what is really scary in American culture, twist it and then shove all those tropes into one complete story.  That can sometimes lead the story to be kind of disjointed and confused, adding to that feeling of disorientation.  What’s the glue that holds this complicated plotline together?  The characters.  Each and every person on that show, even down to the most minor asylum inmate jackin’ off in his cell, you can tell has an extensive backstory that add layers to him or her.  Hell, even the building itself is a character, as demonstrated in the very first episode when it seemed that the abandoned asylum itself was attacking Adam Levine (remind me to thank the abandoned asylum later). 

When I write, a lot of times, I have an idea of my hero first.  I decide what sort of character he’s going to be:  an alpha, a tortured junkie, a vampire with a toothache—whatever.  I try to get to know the hero and sometimes, I’ll even write an entire page of backstory just for him.  Now, I probably won’t use all of that, but it helps to have notes that outline his personality so that I can get in my head how he will react to every situation.  I move through each of my characters this way until I have a handle on who these people are.  Once I know that, it’s so much easier to design a plot.  I believe this is what can help my readers connect with the story.  If we don’t care about them, then we don’t care about the plot.  It’s what separates horror from torture porn and erotica from pornography. 

So—you’re a writer and you want to know how to craft these incredible heroes and villains?  My advice:  READ A BOOK!  That’s right, I’m talkin’ to you, writer girl/ boy.  You have to read a book to write a book.  I suggest Stephen King (of course, y’all know I love me some Steve), Harlan Ellison, Anais Nin, Stephen Zimmer and Anne Rice.  Those are my favorite giants of characterization, but there are literally thousands of authors out there who do an incredible job with it.  And then—get off yer ass and write the damn book!

So I’ve promised you all, as part of the blog hop, to hand out little excerpts of some of my releases because YOU could be the winner of one of my books as a shiny, new PDF.  All I ask is that you follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook (see links below) and leave me a message telling me your email so that I can put you in the running to win.  I’m also experimenting with Rafflecopter, so you can opt to enter using the little widget right here on the blog.  Don’t worry, I’ll be choosing from a pool that encompasses both entry ways, so don’t worry if you’ve already entered.   I just want to make it as easy as possible.  But anywhoo…. On with the excerpt.  Our excerpt today is from my second release, a sexy selkie tale entitled “Second Skin.”  I chose to give you a little taste of what I’ve been talking about with an excerpt that paints a picture of the most sexy Jack Leannan:

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Jack Leannan wasn‟t like anyone I had ever met before. And I think I knew we were going to sleep together from the moment I saw him. We met briefly at a dinner party and I was instantly fascinated. He was quite a bit older than I, but it didn‟t affect his allure at all. The silvery strands at his temples only served to highlight the cool blue composure of his eyes. His body was solid, a telltale sign of one who took care of himself, but not overdone. He had a quiet grace that gave him an air of mystery and dominance. His accented voice was low with just a tinge of gravel that had me drooling with his first hello. We stood around in the same circle of strangers, exchanging shallow niceties and bored expressions. He didn‟t say a lot, merely commented when spoken to. I noticed him laugh quietly to himself at inopportune times and it endeared him to me, though I was afraid to engage him in conversation.

I didn‟t notice when everyone else had left the circle and I still stood there, holding my glass of wine and staring at Jack. It was as if the entire world had disappeared around us and I couldn‟t care less. “Miss Spencer? Are you alright?” He spoke to me and I started. I hadn‟t realized that he even knew my name.

“Catherine. Please call me Catherine,” I said, somewhat robotically as I pushed the words from my lips.

He smirked, one eyebrow quirking. “Are you sure we know each other well enough for that?”

“I‟ll risk it,” I replied.

“As long as we‟ve set the ground rules.” With another smile he offered his hand and we shook politely. I tried to let go, but he held on tight and then pulled, leading me to a couch nearby. “I hate parties,” he said casually as he motioned for me to sit. “Standing around talking to strangers was never my forte.”

“You seem to be doing well so far,” I replied, taking a seat.

“If you‟ll notice, the only person I‟ve actually spoken to is you.” He sat down sideways on the cushion beside mine, turning towards me in a comfortable fashion.

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