Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sky Rockets Contest Winners

Thank you all for your entries. It looks like we had quite the band of warrior women! That's so awesome.

I want to remind you all what our prizes were:
1st Place: A prize pack of books, Lindt Chocolates, and a ecopy of my two ebooks.
2nd Place: My two ebooks and a $10 GC to Amazon
3rd Place: My two ebooks.

The First Place winner will get to choose from three book bundles.

The Romantic Suspense Bundle which includes: a signed copy of "Two Lethal Lies" by Annie Solomon, A signed copy of "With No Remorse" by Cindy Gerard, and "Beg for Mercy" by Jami Alden.

The Robin De Hart Bundle: This includes the first (and possibly only) three titles in The Legend Hunters Series; Seduce Me, Desire Me, and Treasure Me.

And finally, The Hodgepodge Bundle which includes: "A Secret Affair" by Mary Balogh, "Scandal" by Carolyn Jewel, "Dreams of a Dark Warrior" by Kresley Cole, and "Lord of Shadows" by Alix Rickoff.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... (drumroll)

Our third place winner is... JUNE!!!

Second place goes to... SHERRY!!!

And our first place winner is... TWENTY WITHOUT MONEY!!!

Thank you all again for entering. To claim your prizes, please email me at monicakaye at gmail dot com. If I haven't heard from you in two weeks, I will draw another winner.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Sky Rockets in Flight Blog Hop Delight


I love holidays. I particularly love fireworks. I remember growing up and sitting out on the lawn with my brother and sisters as we watched the sky explode into a million different colors. Someday I hope to marry a man rich enough to afford to let me have fireworks at our wedding. ;-)

When you're younger, holidays like this just mean you get to eat great food, run around like a maniac with your friends, and watch the sky but as you get older, the meaning changes. The Fourth of July is when we declared our independence from England.

Well, the white people did, anyway. For Blacks, that time came much later. But that spirit of finally being able to stand up for what's right is what makes this country great. It's what allowed us, all of us, to be able to think for ourselves and not be afraid. It's why we still fight for the right to say what we want, to worship how we like, and marry who love.

America is a country of scrappers. We come from all backgrounds, religions, and beliefs but that is what makes us unique. What enriches our lives. How boring would we be if we didn't have the breadth of diversity that we have now? And all because a few men decided to stand up and say enough?

So I want to know. What's important to you? What would make you stand up and fight "the good fight"? Tell me and I will reward three of you for your scrappy spitits!

1st Place- A prize pack of books (titles to be determined), Lindt Chocolate Truffles, and copies of "Dirty Business" and "The Business of Pleasure" in any e-format of your choosing.

2nd Place- Copies of "Dirty Business" and "The Business of Pleasure" in any e-format of your choosing, and a $10 GC to Amazon.

3rd Place- Copies of "Dirty Business" and "The Business of Pleasure" in any e-format of your choosing.

Contest Rules:

- You MUST be 18 years or older to enter (I don't write for kiddos. I write dirty, dirty things!).

- This contest is open to US residents only.

- Ebooks/electronic files are intended for the winner(s) ONLY. Permission is NOT given to forward to others or post to file sharing sites.

-All winners have two weeks to claim their prizes. If I do not hear from winner(s) within two weeks of posting, I will draw another name(s).

Good luck!

Also, check out the other fabulous blogs participating in this blog hop!

And the winner is...

The winner of "Never Cry Wolf" by Cynthia Eden is...


Congratulations! Email me at monicakaye at gmail dot com and I will forward your email to Cynthia.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Werewolf

Hi, everyone! (And thanks so much to Monica for inviting me to post! Yay, Monica!)

For fun, I thought I’d write up a guide to dating werewolves (cause, you know, that guide could come in handy one dark night). The heroine of my upcoming release, NEVER CRY WOLF, has particular expertise in this department. Since she got her happily-ever-after with a wolf shifter, I thought I’d share some tips that Sarah King compiled during her…ah…courtship with wolf alpha, Lucas Simone.

Tip #1: Werewolves growl. Get used to it. Sure, it may be annoying at first, but under the right circumstances, it can be sexy. Go with it.

Tip #2: Beware of a jealous wolf. Those guys can get all freakishly territorial over a little thing like an ex-lover appearing. Be patient. EXTREMELY patient. And expect growls.

Tip #3: Other women will want your man. It’s that whole animal attraction bit. It’ll be your turn to be jealous. Feel free to growl yourself.

Tip #4: Don’t expect a lot of candlelit dinners. Werewolves are more the long walk/runs-through-the-night type guys.

Tip #5: Even an alpha wolf has a weak spot—you just have to find it. But finding that spot is half the fun.

Tip #6: It really helps to love animals. If you hate dogs, stay away from wolves. Just sayin’.

Tip #7: Werewolves have an extremely strong sense of smell. Use that to your advantage. The right lotion or perfume can drive him insane. Insane.

Tip #8: Keep a pair of back-up jeans handy for your guy. He’s gonna get naked sooner or later. Either because he’s shifting…or because he’s with you.

Now it’s your turn! Got any tips for dating a werewolf that you’d like to share? One commenter will be picked at random to win a copy of NEVER CRY WOLF.


Cynthia Eden

NEVER CRY WOLF—Available 6/28/11 from Kensington Brava

Be afraid of the big, bad wolf…

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Guest Blogger: Anya Winter

Thanks Monica for letting me guest post on your blog. There’s one thing about Twitter that I love - it’s meeting and developing friendships with people just like you :) You are an absolute doll. Chocolate worthy for sure ;)

There’s something exciting about a blank page. It’s filled with endless possibilities. Those first few words that you type - they ground you in the direction you want your book to go.

For me, I love the adventure. The journey is more important to me than the map. I like to know important parts of the map - the starting destination and the ending. But how I get there - I’m okay with detours. Growing up we used to go on weekend trips as a family. From the moment we left our driveway we never knew where we would end up. We would take turns deciding on the direction. At every stop sign someone would get to decide if we go straight, left or right. Sometimes we would have designated stops in mind, but whether it was at the beginning, middle or end didn’t matter. As long as we got there. That’s what counted.

Every trip was an adventure.

That’s my strategy with my stories. I know where I’m starting, and I know how I want it to end, but how I get there - that’s the fun part.

Especially when it comes to those steamy scenes. Guaranteed, I will have every single steamy, erotic or sensual scene written by the time my second chapter is completed. We all know that what happens between the heroine and hero sexually is what drives the rest of the story. I find that by writing these scenes before I actually get to them in the story, it shows me my heroines vulnerability and my hero’s weak points. I get a taste of what they’ve had to overcome to get to this point. I begin to see the steps I need to take to get them there.

Someone once told me I write my scenes backwards. Usually people will save these scenes to the ends and just place markers in their story labelled *steamy scene here*. Not me. I’m all about the passion. They are my favorite scenes to write. That and my beginnings :)

Anya Winter is the pen name for Steena Holmes. You can find The Master at Liquid Silver Books. A week long celebration for the release is going on over - prizes to be won every day and many of them have to do with chocolate!

Love what you read? Read more from Anya Winter:

The Master available from Liquid Silver Books

The Blindfold available from Smashwords and Amazon

Monday, June 13, 2011

Men In Bikini Underwear

I want to lick him!

Gotta love a nice ass!

Um, yeah, just move the apple, why don't you?

Underwear models for everyone!

He's looking for me!

Friday, June 10, 2011

First Sale Friday: Cassandra Carr


It's been a while since I blogged or had a First Sale Friday but I thought I would start off with a bang (so to speak). My guest today is fellow Loose-Id author Cassandra Carr, whose debut book, Talk To Me, just came out.

Isn't that purty?!?!

Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011. For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at, "like" her Facebook fan page at or follow her on Twitter at

HS: So tell us, how long have you been writing?

CC: I’ve been writing my whole life, but I’ve only been writing to get published since 2008, and went full-time around the middle of 2009.

HS: What attracted you to your romance?

CC: The idea of being seduced by a voice. I just thought it was a really cool concept.

HS: How many manuscripts had you completed before you sold?

CC: Talk to Me was my second manuscript. My first, Should’ve Known Better, is still being considered by a couple of publishers.

HS: Lucky you! Tell us about the day (the minute, the second) you got "The Call" (or The Email). What was your initial reaction?

Well, I’m going to sound like the most boring person on the planet, but after a brief “Squeee!” I contacted the other two publishers who had Talk to Me to tell them I had an offer. About a half-hour after I got The E-mail I got a rejection for Should’ve Known Better, and my world righted itself. ;-)

HS: The universe giveth and it taketh away... You must have celebrated at least.

My hubby took me out the next night for a nice dinner to celebrate.

HS: Gotta love the DHs! Was there anyone whom you wanted you rub your news in his/her nose?

No. I try to be a positive person – I actually describe myself as “relentlessly optimistic”. I’m sure it’s annoying to others at times, but it’s served me well.

HS: You all are too nice for me! ;-) Enough about that, though. Let's get to the good stuff. Tell us about your new release!

Radio producer Jamie MacMahon is in over her head with ex-hockey player-turned host Drew Milan. She’s attracted to the man who earned the nickname “the Beast” during his playing days from the moment they meet, but he’s her boss and she loves her new job. She’s made plenty of mistakes with men and loathes the thought of being yet another plaything for Drew, a man who sleeps with women but doesn’t date them.

Drew doesn’t want to lose a great producer and knows Jamie deserves a real relationship, but can’t stay away from the sizzling chemistry they create every time they’re together. Jamie’s insecurities and the very real prospect of having to leave a great job if this thing doesn’t work out, coupled with Drew’s fears about opening his heart and the possibility of losing his first competent producer clash.


By the time the show ended and Jamie thought about how long it would take her to shut everything down for the night, then hustle herself off to the subway station and take the three different trains to get to her apartment all the way out in Brooklyn, she was truly afraid she would self-combust.

Drew ran out of the place like a bomb scare had been called in, so at least she didn’t have to worry about him anymore. Nonetheless, Jamie waited a good ten minutes past when she was finished with her nightly duties, then made her way back to the small production room where she and Drew had recorded his promo earlier. She knew a copy of it would still be stored on the computer in the room, and after scooting in and shutting the door, she booted it up. She told herself she needed to check it one more time before giving it to the station manager tomorrow, but who was she kidding? She needed to hear him but in a safe environment. Where she couldn’t do anything stupid. She needed his voice to weave inside her, through her, like a drug.

The rough yet strangely melodic sounds of Drew’s voice drifted over Jamie as she leaned back in her chair. Closing her eyes, she pictured his face in her mind -- his to-die-for lips traveling down the length of her body, just as her hand was doing at the moment; his navy blue eyes, focused only on her as he brought her to orgasm… She reached the button of her jeans and eased them open, propping her feet up on the desk.

She couldn’t believe she was doing this at work, but no one was around, and if she didn’t do something to assuage this ache, she was likely to jump him the next time she saw him. Bad idea. Bad, bad idea. Fantasizing about the man was one thing; straddling his powerful, muscular thighs in the studio chair and offering herself to him was another. That thought brought another rush of heat to her pussy, and she moaned. She needed serious help.

At first she just teased herself a little, rubbing outside her panties, but it soon became too much. She needed relief too badly to continue to torment herself. As Drew’s voice continued to assail her from all directions in the small, windowless room, she pushed her hand down inside the waistband of her panties and through her curls until she found the damp center of her sex. The sweet smell of her musk wafted up to tickle her nose, arousing her even more.

Twirling her fingers as much as the constricting position allowed her to, she imagined they were Drew’s tongue instead. She let out a plaintive moan as the picture caused her juices to flow even more, soaking her fingers. Plunging two of them into her pussy, she pressed her thumb on her clit, craving the direct stimulation. Jamie gasped as shock waves of pleasure shot from her pussy through her clit and up her spine, her back arching. And through it all, Drew’s voice urged her to new heights.

HS: WHEW!!! How did you know I liked the naughty stuff? Sounds awesome! When can we get our greedy hands on it?

CC: Talk to Me released on March 22nd, so you can get your greedy hands on it right now!

HS: Where? Where? Where?

CC: Talk to Me is currently available through my publisher, Loose Id, and It should be on Amazon within a month or so.

HS: What are you working on now?

CC: I am just about ready to turn in a holiday-themed BDSM novella to Loose Id, and after that I’m writing an MS targeted to Harlequin Desire. I also have a non-erotic hockey romance on submittal (Should’ve Known Better – mentioned above), and a trilogy of bull rider books also out on submittal.

HS: OOOH! Nice (or should I say naughty!). What advice do you have for "Soon to be Published" Writers?

CC: Write, write, write. I have seen a noticeable improvement in my writing with every single manuscript I finish. Also, about finishing…to be a writer, you not only have to start writing a book, you have finish writing it. A million half-baked projects get you nowhere. And don’t query too early, no matter how much you want to or how sick of the MS you are. Be totally sure it’s ready for submitting before you dare send it out.

HS: So now for some fun stuff! Boxers or briefs?

CC: Briefs – why hide a great ass in a pair of baggy boxers?

HS: Really? I think you're the first to say that. But you can't hide a great ass under a bushel... Who's your ideal hero?

CC: I consider the hero from my first book, Should’ve Known Better, to be pretty much perfect. It’s like I took every attribute I love in a man and coalesced them all together to form Sebastian. I’m actually jealous that my heroine landed him!

HS: I sometimes hate my heroines. They get all the good men! What about facial hair? Chest hair? Yes? No? For your man, of course!

CC: Well, my hubby has a goatee, as well as copious hair on other parts of his body, so I’ll say YAY facial and bodily hair. Just try to keep it neatly trimmed, gentlemen.

There you go! Thanks, Cassandra, for visiting Harmless Smut!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Man Meet Monday with JK LeBanc! (Part One)

Hello all in the land of Harmless Smut! Thank you gracious hostess Monica Kaye for inviting me, and my muse, to visit today!

I am so excited about a few things. So let me get to it. I wrote a book. YAY! I know, oo ahh wow. The book is a romance. (it’s getting better right?) I’m a photographer as well. (are you getting excited yet?) Let’s see what we’ve got.

Romance novel + photographer = illustrated romance.

No manga (STOP! I’m not hating, just saying) No cartoons, no doodles or stick figures. Photographs, images, a man and a woman, and all the sexy times we can squeeze under the cover. See what I did there? Because it’s a book, with a cover— okay I’m also a geek. There you go, out for all to see in my geekdom, because seriously who else could have possibly done this.

I wrote a time-traveling historical romance novel. Then I spent a year with smarter people making it better, then I went all anal and took over the cover shoot, and while there decided to go ALL. THE. WAY. I know you love it. Enough about me.

Let’s talk about His Grace, Gideon Alrick Trumbull, 10th Duke of Roxleigh, Earls of Kelso and Sussex, Viscounts Devon and Pembroke. Oh yeah, Rox is a country unto himself, a powerful Duke, and all about the business. Grrr…

Now those of us who love historicals know that every peer of the realm has a terribly important job, the begetting of heirs —and spares— to toe the line. This is no different for our Victorian duke as he sets out to find a suitable woman to take to wife. Problem is he’s a bit of a recluse. He hates the party crowd; doesn’t care for the ton and its accompanying gossip; can’t stand the mama’s tossing their daughters in his path, he generally doesn’t want to have anything to do with any of it even though they all want a piece of him. He would rather spend time on his beloved horses than deal with these issues.

Second problem. His brother Perry is a rake. Oh we all love the rogues don’t we? Perry (The Lord Peregrine Trumbull, Viscount of Roxleigh) loves to harass his elder brother, the one he hopes lives forever —or at least until he begets that heir— so he can continue to rummage through the innocent’s of London on the wings of his courtesy title. God forbid something happen to Rox, then Perry would have to step up and take the reign of that powerful dukedom.

So how does Rox find a woman, keep his brother at bay, and control his interests without succumbing to the pressures of the society he hates? How does Perry manage to, well…we’ll just watch Perry do what he does best—

—until his brother needs him the most. Then the truth of his dedication will out. I can tell you this. Rox does some of it with his clothes on…

More With Jk LeBlanc (Part Two)

More with DEREK!!!

And some of it with his clothes off…

And some of it he does somewhere in between…

But he does ALL of it in my new illustrated romance The Rake and the Recluse, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and direct.

Website, Twitter, Goodreads

About me:

I have several constants in life that define me:

Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.

Born and raised in a household of other people’s children in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.

I always had another passion; storytelling born from daydreams and nightmares. My fingers were never as quick as my mind, and no amount of practice got them there, so it was difficult and frustrating to have this inside me. When my second daughter was born her inherent traits kept me pinned— my only escape the keyboard. Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. I recently finished my first novel but I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wear shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family— and I am currently working on the illustrations for my second novel.

Follow my blog or come chat with me on twitter for up to date information!

Thanks so much for visiting Harmless Smut, Jen! Those pictures are HAWT!!!

And because Jen loves us, she will be giving away two copies of The Rake and The Recluse at random. Comment for a chance to win.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


So I know this is long overdue, but the sequel to Dirty Business, is finally here!

The Business of Pleasure picks up at Chloe and Sean's wedding. Drew Trotter has been fighting off his attraction to Carmen De La Cruz for months. She is everything he doesn't need in his life. He wants a woman with which to settle down and build a life. Carmen has "temporary" written all over her curvy body. Still, that doesn't stop them from giving into their mutual passion. Neither knew where this one night would lead them.

I love premises like this. Opposites attracting. Trying to fight something that you know is inevitable. Drew and Carmen are not who most people would pair together which is what made them all the more intriguing to me. He's all straight-laced New Englander. She's a feisty Dominicana who used to be a stripper. It was fun writing their back-and-forth. Carmen is one of my favorite characters. She makes me laugh and is sassy as hell. Drew was fun because it's always nice to write about man being blindsided by a woman.

That got me to thinking about those supposedly "bad decisions" we make. Choosing the wrong guy. Throwing caution to the wind and taking a chance on a relationship that seems doomed. Does it work out in real life? Do we regret it or smile a secret smile that communicates how much we enjoyed the ride?

So now it's contest time! I want to hear from you about that bad boy (or girl) you just couldn't stay away from. Was it a hot one night stand? Did it last past the morning after? Are you happily married to your "bad decision"?

Comment here and I will choose a winner on Friday. The winner will receive a copy of my first release, Dirty Business, and a $25 GC to Amazon.

Happy Commenting!

Sunday, January 30, 2011