"Gabrielle Holly spins her stories in a way that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster you'll never forget!"
~Paranormal Romance Junkies

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Love for Sale - Romance in Erotic Fiction

When the musical The New Yorkers opened on Broadway in 1930, Cole Porter’s song Love for Sale, caused an uproar. Sung from the perspective of a prostitute, Love for Sale was considered so scandalous by ‘30s standards that it was banned from radio play. In spite of – or perhaps because of – the song’s  disrepute, it became a hit for a number of recording artists.
My favorite (very different) versions are by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Fitzgerald’s take on the song was sassy and upbeat – as if she were saying, “Yeah, I know what the song is about. What of it?” Holiday took Love for Sale to a very different place. Her version was angst-ridden and more soulful. Billie seemed to say, “Yeah, I know what the song is about. I lived it.” Same lyrics – different interpretations.
What singers are to songs, readers are to fiction. How do you interpret erotic romance? Do you see it as a love story that pulls no punches when it comes to sexuality, or is erotic romance thinly-veiled softcore porn? That’s a rhetorical question, Darlings. There is a correct answer. Erotic romance is, first and foremost, romantic fiction. It is character- and plot-driven. The author wants you to get lost in the story and care about the people who populate it. The physical intimacy is there to support the work, not drive it.
As a writer, for me the litmus test is in how I feel about the story and characters. When all is said and done, do I care what happens to my heroes and heroines? I recently completed Book 3 in my paranormal erotic romance series Ghost Encounters and, oh boy, do I care! The main characters have been with me through three different adventures and telling their stories has been a truly emotional experience. I laughed, I cried, I got pissed off, I got turned on.
No matter how you interpret the complicated and quirky people in the Ghost Encounters series, my hope is that you will care about them too. Please stop by the website to learn more about each book and read Adults-Only excerpts.




Happy Reading, Darlings… You Make My Heart Sing! Now for your listening pleasure, the musical stylings of Miss Ella Fitzgerald and Miss Billie Holiday:



With Love & Gratitude,
xoxo ~Gabrielle

Monday, February 25, 2013

Welcome Guest Author Jennifer Wright!


I'm so thrilled to have my pal, the lovely and talented author Jennifer Wright, guest blogging today and I know you will be too! Jen is offering a hot excerpt from her male/male erotic romance "Morvea," Book 2 in the Finding Home series.

And now, Darlings - let's welcome Jen!
 

Giving It A Name by Jennifer Wright


Choosing titles has come fairly easy for me so far, but picking titles for my Finding Home Series has proven to be quite a challenge.

Pavarus, book one of the Finding Home Series, was actually not the first title I had given it. The first title had been Finding Home. The story is about a man traveling to another world, and then his journey finding his way back home. Though my sister felt otherwise, I loved the title, and actually put up a fuss when she recommended I change it. She’s said, “No offense, but it’s not all that original. You need it to be special. You need it to catch a person’s eye.” It was then that she offered the idea of calling the book Pavarus. For those of you who don’t know, Pavarus is the name of the world the vampires and dragons live in. Well, seven out of seven people voted for her idea when I had done a little test. So, I finally caved.

I was bummed, I’ll admit it. But that quickly turned around when I had been filling out a form for my publisher and was asked to give the name of the series. I could have smacked myself for not remembering to do that, but was excited as ever that I finally got to use my original title. Finding Home fit perfectly, because, one way or another, every book tells the story of a man finding his way home.

So, Pavarus became the title for book one of the series, but the titles since then have been even more challenging. Pavarus is a unique name, so every book for the rest of the series needed a name just as unique. Again, my sister suggested I just use the made up words in my books. It was easier said than done.

Morvea had gone untitled for only a month or so, until a last minute addition gave me what I needed. In the book, ‘morvea’ is mage for ‘mover’ – which plays a very important part in the story – so it only seemed fitting.

Unfortunately, though, it has taken me – I kid you not – 9 months to come up with the title for the third book, Airos. Airos means…well, I’m not going to tell you. :-) If I did, I’d be giving away a very important twist to the story.

There are two more books after Airos, and I haven’t the slightest idea what I’m going to name them. Like I said above, choosing a title has been fairly easy for me, except for the ones is this series. This series is seriously kicking my butt. It’s funny, really, because when I first started writing these books I thought it’d be easy because I’d get to make everything up and not have to do any research. Ha! Was I ever wrong.

Overall, I’ve come to realize that naming a book is a very important step. The picture on the cover can go a long way to gaining a reader’s attention, but the title plays just as big a part.

Thank you, Gabrielle, for letting me jabber on your blog!
And readers, be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post!

Now, here’s a little taste of Morvea. Enjoy!

Book blurb:

Keddrick has denied claiming his mate for four years, separating them by worlds just to keep the man he loves safe…from him. Can he resist temptation when his love lands on his doorstep in need of help?
Eli has lusted after Keddrick from the moment the vampire stepped through the portal and into Earth. He had desperately wanted to follow along when Keddrick returned to Pavarus, but it wasn’t allowed—not to mention that Eli was under the impression that Keddrick was straight. Four years later his wish has come true, but not in the way he wanted. Barely escaping death by the hands of Wayland, head of the human council on Earth, Eli flees to Pavarus in search of help. The line of events that gets him there releases a hidden secret deep inside him he never knew existed, and will soon change his life forever.
Keddrick’s restraint towards Eli is being seriously tested, and every day Eli stays with him at the coven, it gets harder. He wants to keep his distance, but at the same time he wants to do everything he can to please Eli. As time goes on, he feels his resolve slowly crumble, his love for the man too strong to ignore. When Keddrick finds out about Wayland’s threat on his and Eli’s lives, he is determined to stop the madman anyway he can, even if that means going against Eli’s pleas for him not to.
Through blood and tears, years of love and moments of betrayal, can these two men find their way through the hardships and into a life of happiness in each other’s arms?

Excerpt:

Rick wasted no time stopping a car. He moved in front of a vehicle, pointed his gun at the driver, and yelled, “Get out!”

The driver sat in shock as Rick came around and opened the driver side door and pulled the guy from his car. Rick quickly hopped in and hit the brakes before the car could roll away, screaming for Eli to get in.

On autopilot, Eli jumped in and slammed the car door closed. The tyres squealed as they took off. He heard more gunshots and ducked as the rear window shattered. Rick cursed and ordered Eli to keep his head down.

Eli began to get car sick as Rick whipped the vehicle around corners at an unreal speed, weaving through traffic. “Where are we going?” he asked.

Rick shot him a quick glance. “There’s only one place we can go.”

Eli nodded in agreement. He knew, as well as Rick, that they could never hide from the human council.

Not as long as they were still on Earth.

Eli risked a look out of the back window. “I don’t see anyone following us anymore.”

A cocky grin broke out over his friend’s face. “That’s because nobody can drive as good as me.” His face sobered. “But I have no doubt that they know where we’re going. We can only hope that we’ll get there first.” He shot another quick glance at Eli. “You do have your cross with you, right?”

Eli nodded. “Yeah, of course I do.” He always did. Keddrick may have given him the necklace as a means to hide the piloats chip, but Eli still cherished it like it was a personal gift. There wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t wear it. It had come from Keddrick—he would never take it off.

Rick slammed on the brakes and the car came to a sudden halt. “We’re here,” he said as he looked into the rear-view mirror. “And we’ve got company. Come on, hurry!”

They both hurried out of the car and the deafening shots started immediately. Eli was in the mouth of the alley when he heard a painful grunt from Rick. He spun around just in time to see a second bullet pierce Rick’s chest. His friend dropped to his knees.

“Run!”

Eli froze.

“Run, damn it!”

But he couldn’t leave Rick.

As he took his first step towards his friend he stumbled, a sudden sickening feeling in his gut making him lose his balance.

“No!” He watched as Rick raised his gun and fired back at the enemy.

Eli swallowed hard and looked down at his stomach, at the deep red blossoming over his dress shirt. He staggered back, slowly tripping his way backwards down the alley. Clutching his stomach, tears blurred his vision as he looked back to Rick, who lay face down on the sidewalk.

His friends—his brothers—were gone.

And it was all his fault.

Sudden urgency floored him as he realised he was next if he didn’t move.

Hand shaking, he managed to pull out the little cross from beneath his shirt. Turning it so that the back faced outwards, he saw the little chip begin to glow. A ripple formed in the air before him, ever so slight—if he didn’t know what to look for he would have never seen it.

This was going to suck. Going through a partially opened portal was extremely painful, and he was already hurting enough.

The sound of boots pounding against pavement had Eli turning around. At the end of the alley a man came to a stop. The look on his face was feral as he raised his gun and took aim at Eli.

Without thinking, Eli lifted his hand towards the man. A vibration spread throughout his fingertips, the tingling sensation making his fingers twitch. Eli watched as the guy went flying backwards into the street, as if he’d been hit by a battering ram. The moment he hit the asphalt a car slammed into him, running him over.

Eli’s eyes widened as shock and fear and so many other damn emotions flooded through him.

What have I done?

He dropped his hand back down to clutch his screaming gut as he stumbled backwards and through the portal.

A falling sensation overwhelmed him, but nothing compared to the pain that surged through his body. His bones felt like they were being crushed. His body contorted, threatening to break in half. Every muscle screamed as if he was being burned alive. His heart pounded beneath his ribcage, his breath hitching in quick, short gasps. A hum sounded in his ears, growing louder and louder until it was piercing, making him scream.

Then it all went dark.

Morvea: Finding Home Series book 2 is up for pre-release at a 10% discount at Total-E-Bound.

Author bio:

I was born in Arizona, but have spent the better part of my life in Wisconsin.  While I enjoy living close to my family, my heart longs to live in the South – or anywhere where the winters are warmer, and I hope to someday get there.  I love writing, and try to dedicate as much of my free time to it (ha! what free time?).  If I’m not typing away on my laptop, you’ll find me with my nose buried in a book, or with my loving boyfriend debating on what movie to watch and the never ending back and forth decision of what we should have for dinner.  I love spending time with my family and boyfriend, cuddling with my two cats, and laughing as much as possible (cuz I like to think I'm funny :-D).

You can find me at:
Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Wright/e/B00A2I2F80/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

I am giving away an e-copy of Morvea to one lucky person - all you have to do is leave a comment telling me of a unique book title you've seen, or one that just really caught your eye, and you'll be entered into the drawing. Be sure to leave your email address in the body of the comment so I know where to send the book to. ;)
I will be drawing a winner on Wednesday the 27th using random.org.

I'll start it off with Kresley Cole's Kiss Of A Demon King. I don't know what it is about that title, but the second I saw it I just had to know what the book was about. :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Chocolate Covered Grasshopper Cocktail

Chocolate Covered Grasshopper Cocktail
Though nothing makes my heart sing like a good Canadian whiskey, I do have a sweet tooth. Occasionally, I like to satisfy my cravings with a sugary after-dinner drink. This artistic little confection is definitely a “sipper” and even I can’t drink more than one.
Here’s my twist on a classic. The Chocolate Covered Grasshopper Cocktail incorporates lovely chocolate stripes for flavor and prettiness.
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce green crème de menthe (I used Mr. Boston)
  • 1 ounce white (clear) crème de cacao (I used Mr. Boston)
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • Ice
  • Chocolate “shell” ice cream topping (I used Hershey’s Shell)
Preparation
The Glass
·        Chill martini glass in freezer for 15 minutes.
·        Squeeze a circle of chocolate shell topping – the approximate diameter of the martini glass rim - in a shallow dish.
·        Dip the chilled martini glass rim in the dish to coat.
·        Working quickly, tip and twirl glass while drizzling chocolate shell topping into the glass, creating a spiral from top to bottom.
The Drink
·        Pour crème de menthe, crème de cacao and cream over ice and shake well or stir vigorously. This drink is best served ice-cold, so put some effort into it, Darlings!
·        Carefully strain into your prepared martini glass.
·        Admire your cocktail artistry, then enjoy!
xoxo ~Gabrielle

Thursday, February 21, 2013

New Release + 99-Cent Sale + HOT Excerpt... Yes Please!

Hello Darlings!

"A Triple Scoop of I Scream," Book 2 in my Paranormal Erotic Romance Series Ghost Encounters is available now at Total-e-Bound! Sexy TV Ghost Hunter + curvy Psychic Medium + Handsome Telepath + ICE CREAM = a sticky & delicious Menage a Trois!



To celebrate the release of GHOST ENCOUNTERS Book 2 - "A Triple Scoop of I Scream," Book 1 in the series - "Soldier of Love" is on sale at Amazon for Kindle for just 99-cents!

To whet your appetite, I thought I'd give you a little taste with an Adults Only excerpt from the "Soldier of Love" menage a trois scene... 

Enjoy!

xoxo ~Gabrielle


… Toni realised that only she could see the ghost. She felt no fear. She somehow knew that John Buckman meant her no harm. She stole a glance at Thomas and saw only intoxicated bliss on his face. The soldier strode from across the room and stopped in front of them. He removed his hat and flung it on the wingchair near the bedroom window. The hat passed through the seat and disappeared into the shadows beneath.
John Buckman fixed his stare on Toni and never wavered as he began undressing. He let his weapons drop to the floor. He worked open his brass buttons and shrugged free of his shirt. He stood naked to the waist at the foot of the bed. Toni reached out towards his flat belly and expected her hand to pass through him, just as his hat had passed through the wingchair. Instead, she felt flesh so warm and solid, she wondered if a living, breathing stranger had entered her home. John Buckman disabused her of that notion by stepping back and outstretching his hands. Toni had an irresistible urge to take off her clothing. She wriggled out of her robe and pulled her T-shirt over her head. She wore nothing underneath. She ran her hands over her breasts, pausing to roll her nipples between her fingertips. Every movement was slower, more deliberate, but her sense of touch seemed magnified tenfold.
Beside her, Thomas kicked off the last of his clothes. Toni was unashamed as she looked down into his lap. She licked her lips at the sight of his thick cock standing up against his flat belly. She slowly swivelled her head and found John Buckman standing directly in front of her. He was now completely naked and his erect shaft was just inches from her face. Toni slid her hands from her breasts and slowly filled each with hard cock. She leant forward and took John Buckman’s rod into her mouth while stroking Thomas.
Thomas moaned, then asked, “Are you sucking his cock?”
Toni nodded and murmured, “Mm hmm,” through a full mouth.
Thomas moaned again in response while Toni continued to stroke him. John brushed his hand over Toni’s face, then gently pulled out of her mouth. He spoke to her with his eyes and she understood that she was to lie back on the bed. She moved up until her head was on the pillow. Thomas did the same and when he was lying beside her, he rolled up on his side and began to stroke Toni’s body. She watched Thomas’ hand as it slid up the rise of her breast. She bit her lip when his fingertips squeezed and sank into the plump flesh. John Buckman climbed onto the bed between her feet. Thomas turned and Toni thought for a moment that he could see John.
 “I felt the bed move. Is he there?” Thomas asked.
Toni looked down at John and saw a wicked grin tug up the ends of his neat moustache. He bent and began nibbling at her tender thighs. Toni gasped at the prickly rasp of his whiskers against her skin. She propped herself up on her elbows and let her knees fall open. John plunged his face between her legs and ravenously sucked and nibbled at the outer lips. Toni let her head drop back and she cried out.
Thomas didn’t ask any more questions, but covered Toni’s mouth with his and roughly kneaded her breasts even as John Buckman filled her dripping pussy with his frantically probing fingers and tongue. Toni grabbed hold of Thomas’ hair and yanked back his head.
“Suck my tits,” she commanded. The dominance in her own voice heightened her passion.
Thomas moaned as his mouth descended on her breast. He sucked at a nipple and swirled his tongue over the hard nub. John plunged three fingers into her and pulled her clit between his lips.
“Harder! Faster!” Toni demanded.
Both Thomas and John mercilessly worked her most tender places…


Friday, February 8, 2013

My Bloody Valentine Cocktail (Vegan)

I love cocktails that double as snacks and the Bloody Mary is my favorite in that category. Some folks miss out on these crimson beauties because Worcestershire sauce – a traditional ingredient - contains anchovies, which vegans and those with seafood allergies want to avoid. And, one can never be quite sure of what a creative bartender might throw into the mix.


I’ve created a version that leaves out the Worcestershire sauce, but still has plenty of flavor.

My Bloody Valentine Cocktail (Vegan)


Ingredients
  • 6 ounces vegetable juice cocktail (I used V8)
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 Tablespoons dill pickle juice
  • 2 ounces vodka (I used Stoli)
  • Ice cubes
  • Celery sticks and dill pickle spear for garnish
Directions
·         Pour the juice into a pitcher (I love my 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup for mixology).
·         Add pepper, celery salt, pickle juice and vodka.
·         Stir well.
·         Serve over ice and garnish with celery sticks and a pickle spear. I like to grind a little extra black pepper on top, just for prettiness.
Enjoy, Darlings!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Day - Everybody Panic!

Valentine’s Day is looming, the menfolk are panicking and advertisers are taking full advantage of that anxiety. They’re telling the guys to remain calm, everything will be fine if you just plunk down some dough on a tear-jerking greeting card, a Kentucky-Derby-sized spray of blooms, or a sparkly little bauble. They’re playing on the male problem-solving hardwiring – Throw Money At The Problem and When In Doubt, Get the Biggest Version Available.
This morning I saw a TV spot for a GIANOURMOUS teddy bear – just $99 for 4.5 feet of stuffing-filled, guaranteed aphrodisiac. If you really, really love her, you can get the six-foot version for another hundred bucks. I conducted a brief, unscientific survey of my girlfriends and the results were unanimous… a resounding NO! to giant teddy bears.
So what’s a guy to do? Should he opt for something practical like slippers, a gas-station gift card, or a small kitchen appliance? I wouldn’t recommend it. How about just forgetting the whole business and treating February 14th like any other day? Not if you want to get laid, Buddy.
I’m here to help gentlemen. Here’s a thoughtful, cost-effective, fool-proof way to get everyone naked:
·        Prepare dinner for her (IMPORTANT: Do NOT send her to the grocery store with the ingredients list. Do the shopping yourself).
·        Clean up the kitchen and wash the dishes.
·        As you’re filling the sink with sudsy water, invite your lady love to take some uninterrupted time for herself. Recommend she enjoy a long soak in a hot bubble bath while you tidy up.
·        AND (now this is the clincher):  Suggest she relax in the tub with a brand new book on her Kindle/Nook/eReader (Make sure she has one of those new-fangled waterproof covers).
“But, Gabrielle,” you say, “There are so many great books out there. How do I choose?”
Take a deep breath, Big Boy. Here are some hot reads that are sure to get her wheels turning and her romantic juices flowing:
If historical romances are her thing, check out "Delivering Kadlin." It’s a great love story with a little light bondage and some smokin’ hot spanking scenes.

If Paranormal Erotic Romance is more her style, my Ghost Encounters series might be just the ticket. Books 1 and 2 are available now! Btw, to celebrate the release of Book 2 “A Triple Scoop of I Scream”, Book 1 “Soldier of Love” is available for a short time at just 99-cents on Amazon!  Both books feature scenes of ménage a trois and “Triple Scoop” has a little light bondage and some deliciously naughty food play.


If she’s in the mood for a romantic comedy "Dressed for Success" and "Mr. Fix It" have a little humor and A LOT of heat.


Oh, gentlemen, the choices are as varied as her tastes. But the goal is the same. Here's hoping you get all of your Valentines wishes. You can check out ADULTS ONLY excerpts and find Purchase Links (Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, All Romance eBooks, Total-e-Bound, and Resplendence Publishing) for all of my books on my website 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Darlings!
xoxo~ Gabrielle 


Monday, February 4, 2013

An Erotic-Romance Author Walks Into a Candy Shop...

An erotic-romance author walks into a candy store and says to the clerk, “I’m doing research for a bondage scene. I’ll take all the licorice laces you have.”
There’s no punch line, that’s really what happened last summer when I was writing “A Triple Scoop of I Scream,” Book 2 in my paranormal erotic romance series Ghost Encounters.
I loved writing “Triple Scoop” and felt so connected to the characters – living and dead. Check out my post from last July on how my ghost characters “told” me their names.


You’ve probably guessed from the titles in this series that the Ghost Encounters books include a touch of humor. “A Triple Scoop of I Scream” also has a LOT of heat. That scene with the licorice laces… there’s also whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a smokin’ hot ménage a trois involved.
“A Triple Scoop of I Scream,” will officially release in March, but it’s available now for pre-order and Total-e-Bound VIP members can get it TODAY plus receive a 10% discount!

A reluctant spiritual medium, a sexy TV ghost hunter and a handsome telepath create a love triangle so hot even the dead can’t ignore it.
Newly-single and without a job or a place to call home, spiritual medium Toni Bianchi finds herself the owner of a rundown ice cream parlor in an historic Wisconsin river town. The shop is haunted by the ghosts of two lovers who can’t rest until their tragic mystery is unraveled.
While Toni looks for answers and works to get the shop up and running, she finds herself drawn to her handsome neighbor, book store owner Liam Greco. Toni soon learns that Liam has a psychic secret of his own.
When the hauntings get physical, Toni enlists the help of the ghost hunters from TV’s “Paranormal Research Team” and reunites with the show’s sexy star Thomas Becker. Passion and physic energy surge when Toni, Thomas and Liam engage in a decadently delicious ménage that helps the dead cross over and leaves the living craving more.
About the “Ghost Encounters” Series
Follow reluctant spiritual medium Toni Bianchi as she discovers the extent of her powers over ghosts and men.  Toni’s powerful sexual energy acts as a conduit for wayward spirits and affects the mortals around her.
Her impulsive nature and misguided business sense lead her into a string of odd real estate ventures with one common amenity – each has a resident ghost who needs Toni’s special gift to help find eternal peace through earthly gratification. 
Toni is guided through her adventures by the quirky cast and crew of the hit television ghost-hunting show “Paranormal Research Team.”  Sexy host Thomas Becker hopes that Toni can help him prove that ghosts exist and he’s glad to step in when the paranormal encounters turn erotic.
Will Toni be able to manage her ghost encounters long enough to forge a lasting human connection?

xoxo ~Gabrielle
Mark your calendars for February 25th when my pal, author Jen Wright stops by to guest blog!