I am SUPER excited about this release for two reason. 1- because it was the first ever erotic romance I wrote and no. 2- because I got 5 rejections from some of my OWN publishers before it found a home with ESCAPE PUBLISHING.
I hope you enjoy the unconventional romance between Eleanor and Gareth. It pushed my boundaries to write and I hope it pushes yours too.
Blurb: A widow who likes to control. An earl with no time for innocence. A relationship bound by dark needs and subversive desires set in the glittering world of Regency England.
Lord Gareth Osborne is a wealthy earl in need of a wife, but the insipid debutantes he encounters do not fulfil the darkest fantasies of his soul. He fears that it will be impossible to find a woman who will satisfy his needs and make a suitable companion, until he meets the sensual, self-assured Eleanor.
Lady Eleanor Rossette is newly widowed, though not unhappily so. Her marriage put her into the hands of
an abusive, controlling man, and Eleanor knows she will never surrender her control again. She yearns for a strong, passionate man who will yield to her in the bedroom, and she wants that man to be Lord Osborne…
“Thank you for bringing me into the night air, my lord. Would you be so kind as to fetch me a glass of punch?”
Eleanor smiled as prettily as possible and watched the Viscount’s face crumple. The punch was on the other side of the ballroom.
But good manners dictated that he retrieve it for her and being a widow, Eleanor was free to be alone.
“Of course, my lady.”
She watched the young lord scurry off and took a deep breath as she walked out towards the gardens. There was beauty to be found everywhere, even in London.
“You got rid of the whelp, I see.”
Eleanor smiled and wrapped her arms around herself. His voice sent shivers racing across her skin. She could only imagine what his lips might do.
“That is not kind, Gareth.”
She kept her eyes fixed ahead and used the rest of her senses to reach out to him. His swift intake of breath made her smile again.
“Why do you call me Gareth?”
She turned at this and felt her stomach leap. His black eyes were ablaze with passion for her. She had not been wrong about him.
“That is your name, is it not?” She dropped her arms to her sides and allowed her figure to be easily appraised. His eyes didn’t waver from hers. He stared into her eyes and that pleased her greatly.
“No one calls me Gareth, not even my parents.”
His confusion was clear, and triumph filled her. Shock was a new emotion to the man in front of her. Good.
“Gareth, you may call me Eleanor if it would make you feel more comfortable.”
She smiled again, unable to stop herself. Fun was a new aspect in her life and she intended to keep it.
“Eleanor, come home with me.”
The look of shock on Gareth’s face made her wonder if he had even registered the words in his brain before they spilled from his lips.He then clenched his jaw and raised his head a fraction. He may not have meant to speak aloud, but it was clear to Eleanor that he had meant what he had said.
She couldn’t go home with him. Not yet. Her future happiness with this man depended on him wanting to keep her for more than one night.
“Ask me again next time we meet,” she whispered, putting all of her longing into her eyes, allowing him to see how much she wanted him.
He growled in response and took a step towards her.
Her stomach dropped in anticipation of his action. Would he kiss her right here on the balcony?
As though she had planned it to stop his advance, the Viscount stepped out onto the balcony with her drink.
“My lady.” He half bowed as he rushed the glass to her fingertips.
Eleanor smiled in thanks and drank the cold liquid in one gulp. Her throat was sore and dry – when had that
“My lord.” The viscount bowed in greeting to Gareth and stepped closer to her side.
Eleanor smothered her smile and looked up again at her chosen mate.
Gareth inclined his head and she curtsied low. “I hope you are feeling better soon, Lady Rossette.”
She watched him walk away and found herself wishing that their courtship was already over. She had to tread so
carefully, build their relationship up to how it should be. Yet she wanted nothing except a life with that man. She was so impatient she could scream.
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Tasmin Baker is one of the MRWG's Erotic Romance Authors. Ever prolific she has three more recently released spicy hot reads. Included are Male and Male romance and Male, Male and Female romances. She recently gave a workshop, at the MRWG's September meeting, on the various types of romances within the Erotic heat level category. Very informative. See an except of her workshop notes below
Heat Ratings are an indication to the person buying the book of what sort of content is inside the story. Mostly so that the reader isn’t offended by anything they may read in a book.
This is a good example of heat ratings for a romance publisher.
This is the rating system Steam eReads uses- taken with permission from their website.
They have a 1-5 system that is from sweet, kisses only romance up to scorching which is their hottest rating. Details below.
They only publish romance and do not publish pure Erotica.
Just as the name implies, these books have nothing more than kisses.
Contains loves scenes that are non-descriptive, often alluded to or implied rather than described. The emphasis is on emotion and not graphic portrayal. Often there will only be one or two scenes per book.
These books contain moderately explicit love scenes that are more descriptive and frequent. The focus is still on thoughts and feelings and not on graphic description of lovemaking. These books may also contain mild
Sizzling (4) Getting hotter! These books have lovemaking and lots of it. Sex scenes are longer, more frequent and described in graphic detail. These books may also contain stronger language and expletives.
Scorching (5) Hot, hot, hot! In these books, sex is usually the primary focus
and love scenes are frequent and explicitly graphic. These books may contain
topics that might be considered taboo or kinky and very strong language and
swearing may be frequent.
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This is just a small part of her workshop.Tasmin certainly has a great understanding of what readers of Erotic romance are looking for. Check out her recent releases below.
(Amazon and Are Best Seller)
M/M (Male, Male) contemporary
Marcus is a 30-year-old successful architect. He wants someone to love and knows the right man will turn up when he least expects it. That moment arrives at his friend’s party. He sees Danny for only a moment, yet his interest is piqued. What could be more irresistible than a blue-eyed beauty who is completely untouched?
Danny knows he doesn’t find women attractive, but how is he going to find out if he’s gay? His sister’s party answers his prayers and the most gorgeous guy he has ever seen asks him out. But can their love survive when Marcus wants more than a closeted partner and Danny wants nothing more than to hide forever?
MMF (Male, Male, Female) shifter
Chase, a golden eagle shifter, is destined to be the leader of his flock, the shifters of the air. But he has a few problems. Not only is he not ready for the responsibility, he isn’t even sure whom he
wants as his mate—and there’s the little issue of an unsolved killing to sort out.
Ben is also a golden eagle shifter, but more importantly, he is
Chase’s best friend and three-time lover. He wants to be his best friend’s mate, but can he be honest about his feelings?
Ariana is a young peregrine falcon shifter who has loved Chase for years. But how could she say anything? After all, why would he want her when he can have anyone he wants?
Three shifters, with three separate problems, all fighting to find out who they are and how they can love one another.Buy Link:
In August, I attended the 2013 Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Conference in Fremantle. This was my first RWA conference and it certainly won’t be my last. Spanning three days and attended by over 300 delegates, That's me in the middle
the event was jam packed with fun social events and wonderfully educational sessions. Listing everything I loved about the event could take a while, so I’ve condensed it down to a list of my Top 5.
Now, feel free to call me shallow, but I dare anyone not to love the amazing book bags from Penguin and Harlequin. Penguin held a party on the Thursday evening to celebrate the 1st birthday of Destiny Romance, and along with lovely drinks, food and a hot pirate handing out long stemmed roses (sigh) all guests were given a cute Penguin bag filled with books.
At registration I discovered that all delegates received a lovely ‘Riding the Waves’ bag filled with fabulous Harlequin books, Baci chocolates, a pen and a ‘Riding the Waves’ coffee keep cup (the perfect gift combo for
writers!) Then after the closing speeches, there were more free books up for grabs. We got spoilt. And I do believe many of us had to pay for extra baggage allowance on our flights home!
4. ‘Nautical or Nice Party'
After a day of working diligently in Kim Hudson’s ‘Venus on the Half Shell’ workshop, it was time to let our hair down! The effort that people went to with their costumes was amazing. Pirates, wenches, mermaids, sea witches, a seal and even a tropical island with palm tree filled the Harlequin event on the Friday evening. The whole night was a great success with plenty of drinks, finger food and a chance to catch up with friends, or if you were a newbie like me, finally meet the people you’d been talking to on Facebook for some time! 3. Socialising & Networking
Who knew that the range of people who read and romance was so vast? Not me. There were so many different personalities among the delegates, and as someone who is usually quite shy around new people, it was great to feel so welcomed. The Esplanade Hotel where the conference was held is huge, yet everywhere I looked I saw small groups of conference attendees chatting in between sessions. Others nipped out for coffee at a local cafe or restaurant. If sleep hadn’t been necessary, I think most of us would have happily stayed up the whole weekend, just to fit in more social time.
Whether it was just a quick chat with a stranger, making a new friend or building up existing friendships, there was no shortage of socialising to be had. I met some absolutely terrific people at the conference and have built
supportive friendships that will carry on into the future. 2. RWA Gala Awards Evening
What a night! The room, which during the day held enthusiastic and studious romance writers listening intently to guest presenters, had been transformed into a gorgeous heaven on earth for those with a sweet tooth. Tables
contained a delicious variety of desserts as well as bubbly for those inclined to have a drink or two... or three.
To begin, the ‘First Sale’ ribbons were presented, and I was amazed at the large number of talented writers who had achieved this particular milestone. Talk about motivating! The award presentations were exciting, and as I’ve come to expect from the romance community, the feeling of joy and genuine pleasure at the success of others was obvious.
I may be wrong, but I believe the noise level may have been slightly higher over on the right hand side of the stage where MRWG members cheered on loudly for a number of our members who were nominated, or had already been announced as winners of awards. We were proud of them all.
After the awards, the music began and we danced the night away... including a kick-arse display of ‘The Nutbush’ from our very own Emmie Dark and Ebony McKenna. Oh, and who could forget the chocolate fountain, to keep up the energy levels through all that physical exertion? 1. Workshops
As fun as it was drinking, eating, catching up with old friends and making new ones... the best part of the conference for me, was all of the knowledge I gained from the workshops. I wish I could have attended all of them. Here is a quick rundown of my favourites:Save the Cat presented by Nina Bruhns
I’ve heard people rave about this book by Blake Snyder and after attending this session, I can see why. As a pantser, it was great getting a glimpse at how I could strengthen the premise of my story, how it fit into the major themes of storytelling, and how I could plot my story effectively. I purchased the book after this session and have been using it to plan my latest story. I love it!
There was also a particular point that Nina made which really resonated with me: The worst possible hero for the worst possible heroine in the worst possible situation equals the best conflict.
More information on ‘Save the Cat’ can be found here: http://www.blakesnyder.com/ Scrivener presented by Alison Stuart and Sasha Cottman
These two authors are passionate about this program! After a quick rundown, I could see why. The potential of what this program can do for you is enormous. Some of the features include:
Allowing you to move your scenes around on a virtual corkboard (for those who love this visual method)
Saving all of your research including webpages in your Scrivener file for easy access,
Setting word counts and goals for your entire project, or just for a particular writing session
Adding labels to scenes and chapters to help keep track of things like point of view changes etc
Using short scene descriptions to help compile a synopsis of your story and my favourite thing of all – you can’t accidentally delete your work!
More information on Scrivener can be located here: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php Getting Your First Chapter Off The Gound presented by Annie West
This very practical and interactive workshop was informative and a lot of fun. Rather than just telling us how to approach the beginning of a story, Annie had created a number of fun exercises for us so that we could learn from practical experience. The main points I took away from this session included:
You MUST hook your readers from the beginning. Make them want to keep turning the pages.
Start your story in the right place. Too much back-story can slow the pace and may cause a reader to put your book down. Sexual Tension: The Undertow of Romance presented by Rachel Bailey
I have a feeling that the RWA may have underestimated the popularity of this particular workshop with many people forced to stand at the back of the room, or sit on the floor. It was packed... and as I soon learned, for good reason. Rachel Bailey knows her stuff!
Despite a few technical difficulties (and a rather embarrassed male AV tech, who had to sit through sexy video clips from Dirty Dancing, The Vampire Diaries and some tension filled Jane Austen scenes with requisite giggles and sighs from the audience) the session was fantastic.
There were many great points made about bringing sexual tension to life for characters including the need to evoke the character’s feelings as well as include their visceral reactions. I read one of Rachel’s books on the plane home and was astounded by how well she created that tension. She’s a master.
If you’re an RWA member and haven’t read Rachel’s craft article on Sexual Tension, I recommend logging onto the RWA website to find it. Immediately. It is located in the October 2010 edition of ‘Hearts Talk’ newsletter.
In summary, I had the time of my life at the conference and have already started planning my trip for 2014 – ‘Romance Rocks’ to be held at Olympic Park, Homebush, Sydney. I hope to see many of you there!
Everyone has to pay taxes; no government on earth is going to let their citizens get away without paying taxes. Taxes on your salary, business tax, death taxes, you name it, they will tax it.
In romance novels, we don’t talk about taxes. I don’t recall ever having read anything about tax collection.
Sex – yes in all its forms, sweet and tender, just a kiss or two. Hot and spicy, no shutting the bedroom door here, and the really hot stuff that I don’t write, but I do commend the talented authors who do, and pull it off so successfully in their erotic romances.
Death – In novels, I consider death to be a great tool in creating emotion and upping the drama. I don’t mean having the hero and heroine die, but the villains and secondary characters.
I have been thinking about this in regards to my stories. I write historical fiction with romantic elements, so death is probably easier to include in these stories. Harder to justify in contemporary romance, unless it is some villain who is hell bent on harming the heroine and to save her life, he has to go.
In bygone days, death in childbirth was quite common. People died of snakebite/disease/illness because they were miles from medical assistance or could not afford to pay for it. Bank robbers, stage coach robbers, cattle rustlers etc. the sheriff could quite legitimately shoot these criminals down without fear of reprisal from their peers, or condemnation from the public.
In war, on the field of battle, soldiers die or are wounded, so we happily accept this in historical romance. We probably shed a tear or two for the gallant warrior and the staunch heroine who waits in vain for him to return. We wouldn’t throw the book against the wall because of this. We just sigh with contentment when another dashing soldier rides into the life of our heroine and she finally gets her happily ever after ending.
I have to confess that in all my novels there is some sex of the medium to hot variety and someone must die. Never a main character, of course, but someone invariably has to go, usually a baddie, but not always so.
As for taxes, I never mention the word in my novels unless it is to say – the heat became very taxing.
Margaret Tanner http://www.margarettanner.com/
My publisher, Books We Love, have just given me a fantastic new cover for my World War 11 novel, A Mortal Sin.
Parts of this story are an oral history of the era.
As the world teeters on the brink of World War 2, Paul Ashfield travels to Australia in search of the mother who deserted him. He meets Daphne Clarke, and after nights of passionate love-making, they decide to marry, but Paul discovers a shocking family secret that has the power to destroy them.
He and Daphne share the same mother. Devastated, he quickly departs the scene.
In Singapore, they meet again, and Daphne tells him she is not his sister. They marry just prior to Singapore being invaded by the Japanese. In the chaotic aftermath, each believe the other has died during the bombing. When they finally see each other again, it is in an English church, where Paul is about to enter into an arranged marriage. http://www.amazon.com/A-Mortal-Sin-ebook/dp/B0087AZP82/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1339667653&sr=1-1 http://www.bookswelove.net/tanner.php
For quite a while (and certainly post GFC), much of Western society has been returning to simpler values – recycling, up-cycling, sustainability, making do. Along with that there’s a perception that life is simpler, and therefore better, in the country. Peppercorn rents to attract young families, ample land
to grow vegetables and caring communities have a real allure.
Having said that, our big cities have never offered such an amazing variety in, well, everything. Exotic cuisines, countless festivals and non-stop entertainment are there for the taking and not only for the well-to-do.
It’s natural for many people to be drawn to both and that creates a
tension between these worlds that’s interesting to explore in fiction.
In Outback Bride, my latest release with Destiny Romance, my heroine Lara has experienced both worlds. On returning to Jindaburra, her childhood home in the outback she’s forced to confront her past and ultimately to decide between the glittering city career she’s created and returning to the land she turned her back on a decade ago.
Here’s part of a scene when our hero Jake is driving Lara and her niece, Jessie, to an outback fundraiser – a shingleback race:
“’Well, look at that.’ The car slid to a halt in a cloud of dust, then Jake thrust it into reverse. A fat, iridescent shingleback sat sunning itself on the side of the road amidst a patch of bright yellow paddy melons. Jake pulled the car to the side of the road and unbuckled his seatbelt.
‘Could be Son of Stumpy,’ he said.
Jessie giggled. Lara rolled her eyes and opened the car door, and was hit by a blast of hot air. She walked
around the back of the car and stood looking down at the lizard. Jake dropped to his haunches and stretched out a hand. The lizard reared up and bared its teeth, the bright blue tongue flicking out at them.
‘Hey, little fella.’ Jake picked it up firmly behind the front legs. ‘Got to have our own entrant for the
race. No time to train him, of course. Let’s just hope he has form.’
Lara folded her arms, prepared to play along. ‘What makes you so sure Stumpy is a he?’
Jake held the lizard high and looked underneath. ‘Yep. Definitely a he.’
Another lizard crawled out of the scrub at the side of the road, its small legs plodding in determination
towards its mate.
‘And here’s Mrs. Stumpy, right on cue. Here, hold him.’ He thrust the lizard into Lara’s hand.
The warm, scaly skin glistened like shale in her hand and the hooded, primeval-looking eyes regarded
her warily. She stared back, lost in a sudden moment of déjà vu. A shimmer of heat and the unreal silence of the desolate road made time drop away until she was just young Lara from Jindaburra holding a shingleback.
Except she wasn’t Lara from Jindaburra anymore. ‘Hurry up with that box, will you?’ she called to Jake. She
didn’t want to think about that young girl and her dreams. She didn’t want to remember the innocent delight of the day she’d walked into the bush with Jake. That was long gone and life had moved on. She looked away from the lizard and its mesmerizing eyes.
Jake brought back an old shoebox with several holes punched in the lid that he’d obviously had ready. He
raised the lid and Lara placed the lizard inside. Then he reached down and scooped up the second lizard.
‘Can’t leave Mrs Stumpy behind. They mate for life, you know.’ He slid a glance up at Lara, his expression unreadable.
And suddenly, with a wave of regret, Lara had a bittersweet glimpse of how things might have been. How it
should have been between them. But it was all wrong now.
She shared a child that belonged to neither of them with a man she didn’t completely trust.
And Jindaburra was a heritage she no longer wanted."
Bonded Hearts: Historical Vampire MMM menage
Eric and Malcolm are over nine hundred years old. They love one another but they are tired. If they do not find their third mate soon, they will both go insane and commit suicide.
At a friend’s ball, the two vampires meet Jackson Essex. A gorgeous young lord who smells like pure heaven to them both. They want him and crave the mating that will bind them forever.
Jackson has always known he had unnatural feelings and cannot believe it when he meets two male vampires that inspire passion in him. The sex is incredible, but Malcolm and Eric want him to stay with them. They want a relationship with him, but Jackson doesn’t want to be a sodomite.
Two vampires on the verge of insanity and their human mate in denial about who he is. Disaster seems to be the only course for the ill fated trio.
‘Word painting’ is a term I’ve borrowed from the title of a book by Rebecca
. It’s such a rich, evocative term – and one I wish I’d thought of myself and the book is a great resource for all writers with regards to making the most of using description.
They say a picture paints a thousand words but as good writers, we aspire to use fewer words to paint a picture. Everyone who puts pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard writes description. It can’t be avoided. Whether fiction or non-fiction, a story or a boring financial report, it all involves describing something. Why
do we need to go to the extra trouble and effort when our scintillating dialogue and riveting plot may well be enough to carry our story?
It’s because we don’t just want to tell our readers a story. We want them to live it. Sure, simply telling them things will do the job, but showing them in a way that engages emotions and senses will make their time with your story more fulfilling (and hopefully leave them wanting more of the same.)
Description is the hardest working element of our stories. It not only tells us how something looks, it can show so much about the place or time, the characters and their emotions. Description isn’t something that is solely visual, it can also convey mood, tone, memory – all aspects which add richness and depth to the story.
Ok, so we’re going to embellish our work with unique and compelling description, but where do we put it?
Description isn’t merely decoration. It can’t be hung on every sentence, that’s like overloading a Xmas tree until all you see is the fancy stuff. Like everything else in your story, every word needs to count, to serve the story. It should blend seamlessly into your story, not be a signpost saying ‘this is so you understand this particular aspect of the character, setting, plot’ aka the dreaded ‘info dump’. Don’t waste description where it’s not needed. Don’t say it was a blue vase if the color is irrelevant.
Use detail where it’s significant, where it serves a purpose :
‘It was a strong and handsome face with eyes that surprised her with their intense colour. Blue. Not baby blue, or
dark blue, but the colour of her lapis lazuli crystals.’
This isn’t just a description of the hero’s eyes, it gives us an insight into the heroine’s personality – that she thinks in terms of crystals we could assume that she’s ‘new age’. The reader can form perceptions of how she may think and act. As well as giving a concrete detail about the hero, it gives an indication about the heroine as well.
Similarly the items on a credit card statement or shopping list can build a picture of someone’s character – or the mere fact that they have a ‘to do’ list.
Effective description doesn’t have to be complex or long. It should play beneath the storyline like subliminal music. How?
Be precise and relevant in your details. If describing something that is ‘white’, what (from the POV of the person observing the white) would they see? Alabaster? Milk? Bloodless? Cloud? What about them, their situation, would colour (no pun intended) their perception of white?
Be aware of the sound of your words and the impact that can carry. For example, short, long, abrupt, heavy, sad, light, sharp etc. One word of the right tone can often say more than a sentence.
Think of description like expensive jewellery. Understand its quality, appreciate its value and know how to use it to its best effect.
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We all love a book that leaves us emotionally moved in some way. Whether it’s happy, sad, haunted, horrified, relieved . . . What makes the difference is the emotional connection we form with the story.
Reflect on personal experience
While it’s obvious that romance stories come from our imagination, our own daily lives tend to influence and color our characters and the situations they find themselves in. This is particularly important when it comes to describing emotional moments.
The best way to write authentic emotion is to recall times when you’ve experienced strong emotion. You may not have been through the exact experience that you’re writing for your character (and given the average romance heroine’s back story, thank goodness for that!), but you’ve certainly in your life experienced joy, grief, sorrow, pain, pleasure, and more.
Take a moment to think back to one of these times. What was it like? What was the reaction in your body: did your stomach hurt, your fingers tingle, your pulse race?
At last year’s Romance Writers of Australia conference, keynote speaker Eloisa James said: “Best sellers are born of strong emotion.”She then went on to talk about her experiences of motherhood (and daughterhood) and how they had been poured into the books she was writing at the time.
Use times in your life that were particularly difficult or wonderful as your key source material.
Make the most of the setting
There’s a reason most of my latest SuperRomance, In His Eyes, takes place during winter. It’s cold, and stormy, and my heroine Zoe is often lying alone, listening to the wind howl through the gaps in the roof. It all goes to adding a sense of the chill of loneliness that has been following her through her life.
The Waterford property she has inherited is in complete disrepair and yet the next door property (and home to the hero, her ex-lover Hugh) has never looked better. In comparison, Hugh has a life filled with people and activity – his winery now even boasts a restaurant with huge windows to take in the view.
What can you do to increase the sense of place in your story? Think about things like weather, environment, buildings, other characters, pets and how they can tie in to your central character’s emotional journey.
Don’t be too obvious
Having said the above, it’s important that these details feel natural and not overdone. If a reader notices that you make it rain when someone feels sad, they can roll their eyes instead of dabbing them with a tissue.
Subtly-layered details add atmosphere and create a wonderfully emotional read.
Feel it with them
As you’re writing, you want to be feeling the emotions you’re writing about. That’s not to say you should be sobbing your heart out every time your characters are put in a perilous situation. But if your writing doesn’t make you feel sad/happy, then odds are it’s not going to make anyone else feel sad/happy either.
Don’t set out deliberately to try to make readers cry. You’ll end up using clichés and tired expressions that won’t be effective. Set out to make yourself cry. Then, rather than guessing at what might push someone else’s emotional buttons, you’ll be sure that your writing will be authentic – and much more likely to provoke a reaction.
Tamsin Baker is an Aussie girl who only found erotic romance about ten months ago. Before that she read sexy romance, skipping the plot looking for the ‘good bits.’ Since then she have written and obtained 14 contracts of varying lengths with erotic romance and erotica. She absolutely LOVES reading and writing it! She have two other jobs, kids and a hubby too, but writing is a passion that she has to indulge, for fear of insanity.M/M is a passion of hers so even in her menage stories, there is always M/M. Female domme is a fun one to write too, but she is open to all genres. One step at a time she is learning to read more and write more. Soon she’ll have stories published in every sub genre of erotic romance – or that is her aim anyway.
For now, enjoy these excerpts from her latest releases. Perhaps you can visit her website for links to more stories and excerpts with a higher heat level than we can publish here.http://www.tamsinbakererotic.com/
Timing is Everything
Angie jiggled in her chair, shifting forwards and backwards, unable to get comfortable in the plush, expensive seat. She had been looking forward to this night for months, years even. Nervous did not even begin to cover how she was feeling.
A man’s chuckle brought her back to reality and at the same time made her want to smack him for laughing.
“Would you sit still? You’re thirty, not three.”
Angie giggled, her usual inappropriate response when she was nervous. Mark was her boss. They both worked at a large newspaper in the city. He was her senior editor now, though they had worked the ranks together as co-workers for years. He wouldn’t, no couldn’t understand how she was feeling at the moment. He did this all the time for work and leisure. And he also had ample sources of confidence, whereas she was sadly lacking in such stores. It was time to be honest.
“I’m just so nervous.”
Mark laughed again and Angie glared at him. He was the experienced one, wise in the mysterious and exotic world of BDSM.
“I’ll be there to help you, and because of what you’re wearing they’ll know you’re only there to observe, not to participate.”
Angie sighed and looked down at her black, plain clothes that covered almost every inch of available skin. Mark loved this scene, but had told her he didn’t participate. He found it interesting as so many other people did and he had the courage to do something about that interest.
Mark wrote a column on the BDSM scene and Angie had read every word he had ever written. Thanks to him, she knew what to wear, but still didn’t know exactly what to expect. Angie had fooled
herself into thinking she would be okay with something this far out of her comfort zone.
Mark pulled up outside a large house in a quiet family suburb. The house was triple story, if you included the garage, and looked like any other family home. You would never know something was going on nearby except for the multitude of cars lining the street.
“Is this it? Apart from all the cars, it looks so normal.”
Mark laughed and got out of his black SUV. Angie waited as he shut his door and walked around to her side. He had always done this and she wouldn’t be the one to put him off the gentlemanly behavior that was so rare in men nowadays.
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“You look amazing Amanda, but why did you go all out for this party?”
I laughed at the look on my best friend’s face. Stretching my arms wide, I twirled in my little black dress. My body wasn’t thin by anyone’s stretch of the imagination, but I fit into most size twelves. This dress suited me to perfection.
I couldn’t help laughing as my plumper, shorter friend turned green with envy. I didn’t often get to tease Natalie, but tonight my mood begged for the play.
She frowned again.
“It isn’t just the dress, what’s with the makeup? The hair too?”
I batted my well made up eyelashes and pursed my slicked full lips. Generally considered
pretty, I rarely went to the effort to accentuate my bright blue eyes, clear skin and dark blonde hair. Lately I had been in low spirits, which meant the need to dress up was strong. Never once had it failed to make me feel better.
“I haven’t been out in a while so putting in a little extra work seemed like the thing to do.”
As a tray filled with bite size pieces of sushi passed by us, I began salivating. I absolutely loved finger food, you could eat so much more and also you could try everything. Lucky these events were few and far between or fitting into this dress again anytime soon would be a problem.
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You know the best thing about writing? It’s this. Unlike with your kids, your spouse, driving a car, or doing a normal job, you are totally in control. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are rules you have to follow. Grammar stuff and erh....grammar stuff. But the creative stuff? You get to choose.
You want to write a mermaid? Go for it.You want her to be less the lullaby-singing, land-man-loving good girl and more the heat-packing, arse-kicking, potty-mouthed kinda gal? Knock yourself out.
You want her to have the hottest love triangle EVER just so you can use this tag line? It's time to get wet. Hey, it’s your show.
And you find the whole big, green tail thing just too tricky, weird and plain icky? Ditch it. Voila. Leggy mermaid is yours.
So I guess what writing teaches you, really, is that it’s okay to be you. That all the hottest, wildest, most extreme imaginings of your beautiful brain are AOK.
What’s that thing Dr Seuss says? “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Even if you is a mermaid-human hybrid, living on the land, working as a cop in a town with no water and counting down the days til your doom.
And my mermaid taught me quite a few other groovy things along the way:
Like sometimes you need to kiss first, ask questions later.
And when you only have three weeks to live, every last brownie counts.
And most of all, hug your mother. Every day.
And keep writing. No matter what the muse whispers to you...
(Image courtesy of Victor Habbick and freedigitalphotos.net)
“It’s Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum meets Splash in a sexy, smart-talking debut about a mermaid in a desert, a city under water, and the secret that no-one is supposed to uncover.”
Fish out of Water
Dirtwater's straight-talking Deputy Sheriff has a lot on her plate: a nicotine addiction that's a serious liability for a mermaid, a solider-of-fortune ex who's hooked on her Mom's brownies, a gorgeous, naked stranger in her shower, and a mysterious dead blonde with a fish tattoo on Main Street.
Oh, and one other thing.
She's scheduled to die on her thirtieth birthday - in three weeks - unless she can 'change the course of destiny and save the world entire'. Throw in a Mom who's the local Mayor and a Dad who's been locked in the county jail for twelve years, and that's all the trouble she needs without her mermaid roots coming back to haunt her.
Rania's heading home to Aegira for a family wedding but she's starting to have a sinking feeling that's got nothing to do with hydroporting seven miles under the sea and everything to do with some weird connections that seem to be emerging between her, the dead blonde, her Mom's shady past and a ten thousand year old prophesy. Now if she can just steal a corpse, get a crazy Aegirian priest off her case, work out who the hell's trying to kill her and stop sleeping with the fishes, she might be able to unravel the prophesy, the mystery of the missing choirgirls and the secrets hidden in her Mom's past. And maybe even save her own ass while she's at it.
Ros Baxter has been writing since she was eight and penned a whimsical series of short stories about a race of tiny people who lived on a rainbow. While they were a hit in the playground, a few things intervened – including a career in social policy and four noisy children.
Ros started writing again in earnest three years ago. In that time, Ros has secured a two-book deal with Harper Collins Australia, published Sister Pact (a romantic comedy co-written with her sister Ali) and Fish Out of Water (Escape Publishing on 1 April), been a contributing author to the e-anthology URL Love, and finaled in the STALI competition.
Ros writes fresh, funny, genre-busting fiction. She digs feisty heroines, good friends, quirky families, heroes to make you sigh and tingle, and a dash of fantasy from time to time.
Ros also runs a successful business consulting to government and the private sector. She teaches professional writing skills and recently authored a writing guide, Clarity.
Ros lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband Blair, four small but very opinionated children, a neurotic dog and nine billion germs.Buy Fish Out of Water at itunes. OR Buy Fish Out of Water at Amazon.Find out more at www.rosbaxterink.com
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