Out Now—Hot #lesfic Window Dressing by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #FF #1Click

 

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Blurb:

Can Jessie work with a woman with the looks of a pixie and the personality of a dragon to complete the most important task of her career?

ClShop-fitter Jessie is sent to London’s Oxford Street to work on a flagship store’s front window overnight. It’s the first time she’s completed such an important task by herself, but the plans and organisation are solid—it’s just a case of getting it turned around before the store re-opens the following morning. What she’s not betting on, however, is the woman in charge of the project—Edith. She has the looks of a pixie but the personality of a dragon, and it soon becomes clear to Jessie that the job isn’t going to be plain sailing, not with Edith being awkward and putting Jessie down at every turn. As the hours drag on, Jessie somehow manages to peer beneath Edith’s frosty exterior, and much to her surprise, she kind of likes what she finds. But will she abandon her principles—and potentially risk her job—for a one-off thing?

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Excerpt:

With a sigh of relief, I followed the satnav’s instructions and indicated right, swinging the van into the side road off of London’s Oxford Street.

“You have reached your destination,” remarked the posh voice coming from the machine.

“Thank fuck for that,” I shot back, removing the device from the windscreen and wiping at the tell-tale ring it left behind on the glass with my sleeve, hoping to remove any temptation for potential thieves. No doubt they swarmed around this area, tourist Mecca as it was. I didn’t want them to catch me out.

I stowed away the satnav, switched off the van’s ignition, and grabbed all my stuff. Hopping out onto the road, I locked the van and pocketed the keys. Then, wiping my damp palms on my black work trousers, I approached the rear door of the shop where I was to work.

Come on, get a grip, Jessie! You may be new at this, but you know what you’re doing. You’ve got this.

I wasn’t totally insane to be nervous. I’d been working for the shop-fitting company for just over a year now, and it was great. I really enjoyed the work, the variety. But this was the first time I’d been sent out on a job by myself. It hadn’t been intentional, either—the job was last minute, and the client had made it worth my employer’s while. Normally there’d been a team of two coming here, but there was another big job, one that needed the more experienced fitters on board. Therefore I’d been pulled off that task, in order to do this one. Alone.

Adding more worry was the warning one of my colleagues had given me on finding out where I was being sent. “You watch out for that Edith woman, Jessie. She may look like a pixie, but she’s actually more of a dragon. She frightens the bloody life out of me.”

The warning ringing in my ears, I took a deep breath and pressed the doorbell. I could do this. I could. I’d made it all the way from Leeds to London, navigating busy motorways and the complete insanity that was England’s capital city, venturing right into the heart—the craziest of the crazy. Fortunately, by the time I’d hit the West End, the traffic wasn’t too bad, given that the shops were closing and rush hour had been and gone. There were still morons galore, naturally—honking taxi drivers, swerving, lane-hopping cyclists, oblivious rickshaw drivers, suicidal pedestrians—but I’d kept my cool throughout, telling myself I was so close to the end of my journey that I could almost touch it. Taste it.

And here I was, at the back entrance of the flagship store of the world-famous fashion chain, ready to change over its window display in time for when the shop reopened in the morning. I glanced at my watch, relaxed a little. It was ten p.m. Eleven whole hours until opening time. No problem, not even for a relative newbie like me.

The door opened a crack and a sliver of a dark face peered out at me. “Yes?”

“Oh, hi. I’m Jessie—from the shop-fitters? Here to work on your window display?”

The woman—the voice had given it away, as she was still peering through the crack between the door and its frame—eyed me up. The black trousers, black T-shirt, black fleece—the latter two bearing the name of the company I worked for, clearly weren’t enough. Turning her attention to the van behind me—emblazoned with the company name in huge letters—she now seemed convinced.

“All right,” she said, opening the door wider and stepping back to let me through. “Come on in.”

“Thanks…”

“I’m Jacqueline. Edith’s already in the window. She’s the one in charge.”

I nodded. “Okay—lead the way.” I followed Jacqueline through the dimly lit storeroom. I’d known instantly she wasn’t Edith, because she looked nothing like a pixie. More like a goddess. She had a curly black afro, curves you could lose yourself in for days, and a wiggle that would have turned me instantly if I wasn’t already into women.

Blinking as we emerged into the blazing lights of the shop floor, I continued in Jacqueline’s wake, adjusting my ponytail and fixing a smile on my face as we grew closer to the window…and Edith. She was the big cheese—when it came to the window design and execution, anyway—so I needed to make a good impression. Hopefully she’d give good feedback to my boss, and I’d get more projects like this in future. Maybe even a raise—a girl could dream, right?

“Hi,” I said as we came within a couple of paces of my soon-to-be workspace. “I’m Jessie. Pleased to meet you.”

After a brief pause, the pixie took the hand I was holding out and shook it. Firm, confident, but brief. She was no-nonsense, this woman. But I’d known that already.

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

 

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Raven McAllan #Romance

MGMondaysGood morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!

With us today is Romance Author, Raven McAllan.

Welcome, Raven!
Describe a typical day in the life of Raven McAllan.
Nothing typical I guess. It all depends where I am. At home on a weekday I walk, then make coffee, shove the washing machine on and write. Around 4pm I realize I’ve forgotten to sort dinner, eat lunch, set the fire, unload the washer etc etc. Weekends its DH time. On holiday I get up early and write for an hour before DH gets up and we enjoy our relaxation time together.

Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words…
Romance …
awwwww
Licorice … Damn it it has gluten in it, so it’s a do not eat food.
Vacation …Sun
Thor … Thunder
Tulips … Amsterdam. ( I was there a few weekends ago and they were magnificent)

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young ones running around?
I live in Scotland with my SO and one cat. The young ones are all grown up and flown the nest. so DH and I rattle around in a house too big for us, but we love where we live. (On the edge of a forest)

Preference – Sam or Dean Winchester? If you haven’t seen Supernatural (and why not! It’s MY Fave show LOL), then would you prefer Iron Man or Wolverine?
Um, I have to confess I’m er who? To all of them. Johnny Depp all the way.

What do you like to do for fun and relax?
Well if it’s the one day of summer ( I live in Scotland) It’s sit in the garden with DH, a good book and a glass of wine. Other than that, I walk most days, and love, love, love, holidays and discovering new places. I also do tapestry and cross stitch.

What five items do you take everywhere with you – besides cell phone, keys and purse/wallet?
Tissues, Kindle, Driving license, tinted lip balm, notebook with a pencil attached. DH would say My MacBook Air, but that only goes almost everywhere!

If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
Well it would be gluten free, so probably curry, or something seafood.

Have you read any books that have made you cry?
The Far Pavilions, by M.M. Kaye.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Sadly I’m boring, I don’t really have one. Mind you I do think Johnny Depp in Chocolat is a bit of all right.

What three words would your family use to describe you?
Loving, caring, opinionated.

If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
Somewhere I’ve never been before. I’m very lucky. Dh are doing our gap year in two week stints, and I’ve been to some fantastic places. I’d like to go back to the Great Wall of China though, and to see the terra-cotta warriors.

If you had the chance to meet one author – past or present – who would it be? Why?
M. M. Kaye. Her autobiography of living in India during the first half of the twentieth century, is so evocative.

Who/What are you currently reading?
I’m actually rereading Village School by Miss. Read. When I’m in the middle of a WIP I tend to shy away from any book that might influence what I’m writing.

Tell us about your “big break” in the publishing world. Was there any one person believe in your work first (besides yourself of course)? What did you do to celebrate your first contract?
I’m a member of a fantastic group UCW. We all got together during an abortive competition attempt, and have encouraged each other ever since. They dared me to write Wallflowers Don’t Wilt, after I announced, to everyone’s surprise, including my own, that I was going to write a Regency f/f/m. Then they all helped me edit it, do a synopsis and blurb, and decide where to send it.
When I got the yes email, it was 3am, and I’d got up for a drink of water (and checked my emails as you do) . I then woke DH up, who was ‘ohh great tell me again later’, and went back to sleep) And emailed a fantastic writer in New Zealand, Robyn Donald who also encouraged me all the way. Her books described New Zealand so well it made me want to go there. Our daughter did her gap year in that country, so when we went to visit her, Robyn invited me for tea, and told me not to give up.

Writing can be a crazy business. How do you stay positive within the craziness?
Eat chocolate, and know that my author friends are all in the same boat. We laugh,cry and support each other all the way.

No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
I have no idea. I really don’t. It just sort of hits me, and the characters shout loudly until one wins.

What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
Um… Pirates. We work long and hard to get our books from our mind to your eReader. For someone to steal it is horrible. would they go into a bookshop and take a print book? And then to be told by someone ‘well I can’t afford to buy a book’, so how about asking the author if they can give you one? Because let’s face it not many authors can afford to write for nothing, as much as we wish we could. We have to eat and pay bills as well. Okay rant over. (Almost, but when you see hundreds of pirated downloads you do get disheartened.)

 

From Raven:
I often get asked where I get my inspiration from and I find it almost impossible to answer that. It sort of just hits me, for no apparent reason and at any time and place.

Me Buchanan Castle Serting for DiomhairI can’t say how I decided to write Diomhair, yet again I just thought one day, ohh a BDSM club in a Scottish Castle. I like that. It was only once I started writing, I thought of ‘the castle’. I use a lot of Scotland in my books, after all I live there, and I know it’s what I say it is. Note In didn’t say where it is, because I’ll hold my hands up and admit I do fudge where something is on occasion. A house I used in one of my YA books is in a great setting so I moved it to another (equally great) setting, where no houses exist. It wouldn’t be fair to the occupiers to have someone ask if this is where Brios lived and can we see round. (It does happen, I know people who live in a house where someone write a very famous book, and they often get people knocking at the door asking to see inside.)

So when I knew which castle it was, I took the liberty of moving it a few miles, and ignoring some of the surroundings. After all I write to entertain and a wee bitty (that’s the Scottish voice coming out) poetic license is allowed surely.

Diomhair, Gaelic for secret and pronounced as best I can write phonetically, ‘jeever’. It burned down when the present owners were children, and it’s been recently restored to become Diomhair.

Sadly the real castle hasn’t, but oh my, has it given me idea. And for that i’m so very thankful.

One of the pleasurable—well to me—aspects of writing is the research. I love history, love reading and love looking around places. Nosiness, but it is research honestly. And it’s amazing how much of that nosiness comes in handy even in contemporary stories.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some amazing places both here in the U.K. and elsewhere, and take lots of pictures and notes. So if you read something and think, ohh I wonder if Raven’s been there, more often than not the answer is yes.

On the other hand when someone asks if what I describe in my books are all from experience, more often than not the answer is no. I have a good imagination, and like I said, I love research.

Happy Reading,

Love R x

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 https://www.totallybound.com/secrets-shared

 Connect with Raven:

http://www.ravenmcallan.com

http://www.ravenmcallan.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/rmcallan (my page)

https://www.facebook.com/ravenmcallan (author page)

https://twitter.com/RavenMcAllan

 

 

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#MeetandGreetMonday with Jorja Lovett #Romance #TotallyBound @JorjaLovett

MGMondays

Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!

With us today is Romance Author, Jorja Lovett.

Welcome, Jorja!

Hiya!

 

Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words…
Romance … Sex
Winter … Fire
Vacation … Beach
Thor … Muscles
The Walking Dead…Daryl!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any young Jorjas running around?
I live in Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast. I’ve been with my husband for twenty years, married seventeen years. (I was a child bride, obviously) We have two teenage boys, so basically my house permanently smells of feet and sweaty clothes. It’s no wonder I write romance.

What is the most devilish thing you’ve ever done?
I’m the eldest of three girls so it is my job in life to constantly prank my younger sisters.

What is your favorite junk food?
Chocolate. I would look like Victoria Beckham if it wasn’t for the damn stuff.

Preference – Sam or Dean Winchester? If you haven’t seen Supernatural (and why not! It’s MY Fave show LOL), then would you prefer Iron Man or Wolverine?
I’ve only started watching it but I think I prefer the more serious one. Sam? I don’t like cocky men lol
***Oh dear, Jorja, I’m a Dean girl all the way!! Sam is too serious for me LOL *g* ***

titanicsondine_exlarge (1)What do you like to do for fun and relax?
If it’s cold outside, which it usually is here, I like nothing better than to read…and eat chocolate. On a nice day me and hubs will go for a walk to chill out.

What five items do you take everywhere with you – besides cell phone, keys and purse/wallet?
A notebook, a pen, an umbrella, chocolate, and a laptop if I can fit it into my luggage. I think that list sums up my life lol

If we were to come over to your house for dinner, what dish would you make us?
I’m not the world’s greatest cook but I can make a good pasta dish. Or Irish stew if you’d prefer?
*** I LOVE Irish Stew…name the time and place *g* ***

Have you read any books that have made you cry?
It’s not often a book can move me to actual tears unless they’re autobiographies. Although I was trying to think what the last book was that made me tear up and it was actually one of yours – Sweetest Salvation!
*** Thank you so much!!! Sorry about the tears, but those are also words that are like music to my ears! Thanks!! ***

Have you ever thrown a book you’ve been reading against the wall because you couldn’t finish it?
If a book doesn’t grab me in the first chapter or so, I tend not to finish it. I won’t throw it against the wall, but casually drop it down the side of the bed with the intention of picking it up again someday.

Who do you think is hotter – George Clooney or Denzel Washington?
Definitely George Clooney! The voice, the eyes, the sense of humour, he’s got it all as far as I’m concerned.

What is the most played song on your iPod/MP3 Player?
I love to listen to the Dirty Dancing 2 soundtrack when I’m writing and I’m obsessed with ‘Represent, Cuba’ – Orishas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=motWb1O9SDQ

What song are you most sick of hearing right now?
That Fox Song. What the hell is that about? Although watching my husband’s face when he heard it for the first time was priceless.
*** That Fox Song should be banned forever!!! ***

Who are some of your favorite authors?
The one thing about being in such a fab crit group is the abundance of great books. I’m lucky to know many great authors like Doris O’Connor, Raven McAllan, Cherie Nicholls, Kiru Taye, Michaela Rhua and many more. My tbr pile is enormous!

Who is your celebrity crush?
My Joe Manganiello fixation is well documented but feel free to post a semi naked pic of him to accompany this article.

*** Ask, and you shall receive, Jorja!!! *** >>>>


Who/What are you currently reading?

I’m under pressure to finish the book I’m currently writing and I’m hoping to tackle that tbr list soon.

Tell us about your “big break” in the publishing world. Was there any one person believe in your work first (besides yourself of course)? What did you do to celebrate your first contract?
I think my crit partners really gave me the confidence to keep plugging away until I got that first contract. My husband took me out to dinner to celebrate and bought me a Kindle.

Did you always want to be an author?
Always. Even in primary school I loved writing stories and it was the only profession I could ever see myself doing.

No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
See celebrity crush answer. Seriously, the characters always come to me when on a long drive or somewhere quiet, and their story slowly evolves from there.

What do you find most challenging about writing?
Motivation/ procrastination. Even though I have work to do, I will always find something to distract me.

 

Setting the Scene – Jorja Lovett

Every time we write, we have to create a world our readers can immediately envisage. Whether it’s a fantasy land completely of our choosing, or a recreation of somewhere we’ve once seen, getting the setting right is integral to our story. Describing the things our characters can see, hear, smell going on around them, goes toward bringing the scene to life.

Research goes a long way, of course. I’ve set myself some challenges in the past. My first book, Pyramid of Passion, was set in Ancient Egypt. And my future release, Titanic’s Ondine, was set aboard the doomed liner. In these cases I had to rely on internet sources and books to accurately depict the surroundings.

When I was writing, The Wolf on the Hill, I decided I wanted to base it somewhere familiar hillsto me. Olcan Hills may be a fictional village full of wolf shifters, but it is most definitely part of the Northern Irish landscape where I live. This was my favourite type of research – trips into the countryside where I could imagine my wolves roaming the desolate landscape. For an added touch of reality I made sure it was usually raining too lol

What’s the most unusual setting you’ve ever read/written about?

I hope you enjoy reading The Wild Irish Wolves as much as I did writing them.

 

About Jorja:
Jorja is a British author, with both Irish and Scottish roots, which makes for a very dry HiRessense of humour. A necessity when living in a country where the climate is more suitable for ducks rather than humans.

Her childhood dreams revolved around becoming an author and exploring the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. In her debut novel, ‘Pyramid of Passion’, she hits the jackpot when she gets to live out all of her fantasies.

By day, Jorja is a mild mannered pillar of virtue. By night, a purveyor of smut and writer of filth. Well, that’s how her other half describes her, with his tongue firmly in cheek, and who is she to argue. Egged on by her crit group, UCW, she wrote this racy tale and enjoyed every hot minute of it.

Sometimes it’s good to be naughty 😉

 

You can find Jorja on Twitter and Facebook or here:
http://jorja-lovett.blogspot.com/

 

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