Wednesday, November 21, 2012

20 Books for 20 Bucks Thanksgiving Promo


Turkeys everywhere are asking for you to read instead of eat them this Thanksgiving!  Okay we made that up but you can still get 20 Books for 20 Bucks from incredible authors November 21-25th!  That's $0.99 cents a book for those who don't feel like doing the math and would rather just enjoy some great reading!



Monday, November 19, 2012

A New Day... A New Daydream



Harnessing the Power of a Positive Attitude
By:  Tammie Clarke Gibbs


I’ve been told I should have been a motivational speaker.  I reply by saying, “I am” because I try to motivate every time I open my mouth or touch the keyboard with my fingertips.  I’ve been blessed, I guess with a gift that allows me to look past the shallow and sometimes demanding nature of others and see through to the positive and gifted person within.  I know. We are surrounded by negativity. Open any newspaper, magazine or online venue and you are bombarded by negative expressions.  It can be very depressing, and it can be very difficult to rise above the attitude of others.  It’s necessary.

Today is a new day. This hour is a new hour. This minute is a new minute. We are surrounded by newness that we overlook with frequency.  When we wake up in the morning, we should value the sunrise for what it is “an amazing new opportunity for change.” 

The only way that we can achieve anything is to resolve that we want to. Goal setting is important because it gives us a framework to hang all our hopes and dreams and a way to measure our progress. Whether you’re a reader or an author, it doesn’t matter we all have a basic need for accomplishment, whether it’s a business or personal goal.

There are a few things that no one controls but us.  The major one is attitude. Our attitude is an extremely personal thing yet it has the power to influence others and essentially cause a domino effect.  How is your attitude affecting your ability to reach your goals?  If a negative attitude could help you achieve even one of your goals I’d say go on be negative, but it won’t it will only have the opposite effect.  A positive attitude alone may not. 

How do you change an attitude and regain that optimism you once had? Well, take a lesson from childhood and rediscover the art of DAYDREAMING.  Find a quiet place for some alone time.  It could be in your room on your bed, beside a pool or on a pallet in the woods. Close your eyes and let your mind wander to places that only it can. Allow the real world to melt away and call upon your inner child because the child within was never afraid to dream and began life full of optimism.  If you find it difficult the first time, don’t give up because it’s taken years to develop the attitude you’re wearing. If you’re willing to change, to recapture the part of you that feeds your self-confidence you can.  

DAYDREAM and learn to use your imagination again because all the biggest contributions to mankind were first an idea as small as a grain of sand in someone’s imagination.
If you’re not achieving what you want to, and you’re not happy with your life the way it is, you owe it to yourself to try anything that will spark that renewed energy to face the world again with fresh eyes, a new attitude and effect it in a positive way.

The world around us cannot change until we change. We can only change the world as one-person  changes and then another and then another.

Without a dream, nothing is accomplished, but without some work dreams cannot be accomplished.  So, how does one tackle the obstacles between their real-life situation and the goals their imagination has set for them? By treating them as if they are something we can achieve. 

Here are a few tips:
1. Write your goals down.
2. Research what you will have to do in order to reach your goals.
3. Then, divide those tasks up and determine the path to take to achieve each of the minor objectives.
4. Start at the beginning.  Many goals are not reached because of poor planning and a lack of focus.  

We all love a short cut but in most cases taking a short cut may prevent you from reaching an otherwise obtainable goal.

The most important suggestion I can make to you whatever your goals may be is to “do something.”  Don’t just allow your dreams to fade away.  Today is the day to reach for the stars.

Tammie Clarke Gibbs has over twenty years in marketing and graphic arts. She has two novels and several non-fiction titles that are published and was a nominee for the 2001 Georgia Author of the Year Awards.  In addition, she spends time helping her fellow authors to achieve their goals through assistance with everything from marketing plans to cover art.  The first book in her new 8-Hours Series for authors hit three Amazon Bestseller’s lists on the first day of publication and is receiving rave reviews for it’s easy to follow, step-by-step advice. 


Forget about spending 8 Hours a day on promoting your book. For less than a value meal you’ll learn how to take just 8 hours and invest them in actionable tasks that will pay dividends into the future. Don’t you owe it to yourself to reclaim your life?

Authors are sick and tired of spending every minute of the day promoting themselves and their books. It doesn’t have to be that way. 8 Hours to Jump Start Your Career: A Step-by-Step Guide for Self-Published Authors shows you how to invest just 8 hours into actionable tasks that will pay dividends into the future freeing you up to do other things. These are not tasks thought up overnight they are the results of over 2 years of research and personal experimentation. I cannot guarantee that it will make you a Bestseller, but many who’ve followed the tasks outlined in the book can now boast that Bestseller status. Spend it with family, go on vacation, or write your next book it’s all up to you. What will you do with all that time you’re going to have?


Other books by Tammie Clarke Gibbs

Contact Tammie via:
@tammiegibbs
http://www.tammieclarkegibbs.com (links to blogs, Facebook etc. can be found via the website)
To View the Cover Art she’s done for fellow authors visit her Facebook Gallery

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Tears of Crimson Review



This review is not for the haters of Twilight who will not understand how the song above left this writer in tears as she watched the end of an era.    It's doubtful that anyone but a true Twilight lover could understand how hard it was to leave the seats even as the world went dark and there was nothing left to do but say goodbye to characters that became as much a part of our world as those who truly lived in it.

Breaking Dawn II was a very emotional experience that left me forgoing the popcorn and soda to watch enraptured as the ending played out every detail in stunning artistic mastery.  There was not a dull moment from start to finish in this masterpiece.  The beauty of Bella's transformation into vampire, incredibly well produced.  Her strength, and how she masterfually fit into the creature it was apparent she was always meant to be, flawless.  It recalled memories from the awkward teenager that she began as into the powerful woman and mother she became.

Finally we see a glimpse of happiness for Jacob with his bond to Reneseme, and it filled this writer's heart with joy.  A small glimpse into how their future would unfold was given through a vision with Alice, which mends the heartbreak of the relationship between himself and Bella.  All the ends were tied up perfectly and it was the one thing that made watching this come to an end bareable.

The Amazons, 'Dracula one and Two', and Benjamin's powers, when they joined the Cullen family to prepare to 'witness', were just as dymanic as the book and it was portrayed incredibly.  Bella's ability to shield was shown in just the right way.  All in all the group of Vampires were everything and more than in the books.

There was a trickery scene that had all the watchers cringing, and I won't spoil except to say that sighs were heard all over the theater when it was found to be a vision.  The best movie of the year in this writer's opinion.  Funny, emotional, exciting, everything that you could ever want in a movie.  The crowd erupted in cheers as the credits began to play, and there were also tears shared from fans that will never forget the Twilight experience!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Dracula ReKindled - Xander Buchan Compels Tears of Crimson



“Good Evening,

Michelle had very kindly asked Xander Buchan to write this guest post here at Tears of Crimson but he has had a very busy week with his book launch and has been left quite…drained.

Therefore permit me to introduce myself; I am your guest Blogger for today. Perhaps there is a slight chance that you have heard my name before. But I fear it is more than likely drowned out by the names of a thousand others who stand between me and… you. Who are these others you ask? They have many names from the mundane to the extravagant: Lestat de Lioncourt; Blade, Barnabas Collins; Michael; Elizabeth Báthory; Nosferatu; Spike; Kraven; Edward Cullen *retches* and George Bush.

Sweet children, focus your ears. Amongst the mob can you hear it? The lone name whispering to you – you alone!? Whilst the vampire mob clamour for your attention can you hear the sound that acts as the foundation, the sound of a name that began it all? A name that gives birth to those that come after, a name that instils terror among each of them and would see them tear at themselves for fear of meeting me. I am… Dracula.

In 1897, Irish novelist Bram Stoker documented my unsuccessful attempt to... acquire properties and lands outside my beloved Transylvania. Stoker’s manuscript was largely forgotten as, one by one, mankind made up its own vampire stories. Now I’m back, badder than ever… and somewhat bemused to see what the Vampire has become. I shall come to you, and we shall embrace. The obstinate sunlight will cast its rays upon my pallid face and you shall look closely to be sure! You shall see that I do NOT sparkle. The only glimmer you shall find upon me will be your blood as it spills out from my thirsty, wet lips.

My new castle is restored to its former glory and I must have you round as my guest for dinner and drinks. I trust we shall meet soon; your company will be most precious to me.

Michelle, see that your readers are provided with directions to my estate. I answer your zeal with my fortune. D”

Amidst the current popularity for pretty vegetarian vampires, a need has arisen to go back to the basics of horror; Dracula Rekindled does exactly that.  Debut author Xander Buchan has written in a refreshing and contemporary style that pays homage to Stoker’s original. This suspenseful follow-up sees the Original Vampire return to unleash his malevolence upon a fresh population. He’s back and badder than ever!

Synopsis:

Engaged couple John and Lucy find their plans delayed by unforeseen events. A Goth student’s PhD research digs up more than she bargained for, and a renowned Haematologist discovers his ancestor, Van Helsing, was master of more than just medicine.

Amidst a series of strange events and horrific discoveries, lands are being bought up in Scotland; renovation work begins in a quaint coastal village to restore a medieval castle ruin. Does the prestigious restoration, and its new owner, hold any connection to the dark events unfolding?

As a dark force rises, a secret history is uncovered – but could it even be believed? A desperate hunt for answers leads to the farthest reaches of darkest Europe; has an ancient foe returned to threaten mankind once more?

Dracula Rekindled is available worldwide as both Kindle eBook and traditional 6”x 9” Paperback, exclusively from Amazon. 

Full details, and author blog, can be found at www.dracularekindled.com

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Author Isabella Sinclair shares Spicy Nights Turkey Enchiladas



Erotic Romance Author Isabella Sinclair shares her favorite dish Spicy Nights Turkey Enchiladas – Servings 6 (Two shells)
As an author of erotica I LOVE all things spicy! With the Thanksgiving holiday almost upon us, now is the time to start devising ways to use up all that yummy leftover turkey! Sandwiches are great – for the first day or so. If you like to enjoy a good enchilada you will devour this recipe!
You will need…
Turkey
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
Corn Tortillas
8 oz Mozzarella Cheese (grated)
8 oz Colby Jack (grated)
Reg size container Ricotta Cheese
Coconut Oil (cause I like the exotic flavoring over Olive oil)
First you want to soften your corn shells by heating them in a skillet over med heat using the Coconut Oil. Put a TSP or so of oil in the pan and lay the shell in it. As it heats up it will start change color slightly and/or bubble. Flip the shell over and heat the other side. This will make the stiff shells pliable for filling and wrapping.
After you have your shells all soft and workable you want to grease your casserole dish with a smidge of oil.
In a mixing bowl combine the Turkey, Cream of Mushroom soup, Ricotta cheese, and 2/3 of the grated cheese. Use a small amount of this filling to line your baking dish to keep the shells from sticking and to add flavor all the way around.
Holding the shell in the cup of your palm, scoop approximately two tblsp of filling into the center. Wrap the side together and place in the dish. Using your finger smear a bit of the filling across one edge and overlap the other on top of it. The bit of filling will help keep them sealed together.
All 12 shells may or may not fit into one dish. Just get a smaller one and use it for the leftovers. After you have stuffed your shells you want to take the remaining filling (if there is any!) and spread it over the enchiladas then top with the remaining shredded cheese.
You can cover with aluminum foil – or not. I don’t like to so I leave it topless   Bake on 350 degrees for mmmm approximately 30 mins. I cook by smell. If I can smell it – it’s time to take it out! lol You want the top cheese melted and the shells to have a cooked look to them. (edges might be brown and crunchy looking but not overly so)
If you like them HOT add some Chile sauce to your mixture.
Pull them out of the oven and let stand only a few minutes. Top with your favorite Salsa and Sour Cream!
Of course, I can’t eat Spicy Nights Turkey Enchiladas without my fave Mexican beer Dos Equis…because I AM the most interesting woman in the world!  
Enjoy!
Visit with Isabella Sinclair on her facebook page
What better way to spend an evening than curling up with Isabella’s Enchiladas and her book OLLY! (don’t forget the Dos Equis!)

Enjoy this exert from OLLY...

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
In secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
~ Pablo Neruda

With my hand resting at the top of my breastbone, I took a deep breath to calm my nerves, preparing to exhume several ghosts from a past I had suppressed long ago. I began, “The problem with love is that people often mistake it with several of its closely related cousins.” I paused to gather my scattered thoughts and could see she already had questions, but I held up my hand to keep her from breaking our agreement. “So many people-myself included-mistake lust and obsession for love. While still embodying them, true love is neither of those things, if that makes sense.”

Devin nodded, keeping silent while feverishly jotting down notes.

“In order to appreciate why I fell in love with the man I did, you have to understand how I came to accept the fact that love doesn’t always show up in the most convenient package. Sometimes it pushes all your buttons, makes you doubt yourself and question the core of your beliefs. At a time in my life when love didn’t seem possible, I went hunting for the next best thing...sex.”





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Perfect Casting for “Marked for Vengeance"



It’s funny that the initial idea of selecting a “perfect cast” for my guest post today appealed to me so much, only because when I write, I don’t think of one certain person -- famous or not -- that I’ve seen or known. My characters’ physical attributes are something that’s conjured completely in the deepest corners of my mind. But perhaps I ultimately decided upon this topic because I’m also a huge movie buff. What writer WOULDN’T want their book to play out on the big screen? And so, without further ado… meet my dream cast below.

Alyx:
When searching for each “cast member”, I looked for actors who embodied the descriptives that I used for each character throughout the book. For Alyx, she has porcelain skin, raven hair, and round lips. So when I came across a photo of Julia Voth, I thought, “Wow… now SHE would be a spectacular Alyx!” Except, she would need to wear brown contacts, but that’s easily fixable.
I also like how she emits a sense of purity, but you also feel that something else might lurk inside, something that tells you there is more to this girl that what you see. She’s mysterious. Enigmatic. That’s the essence of Alyx.






Isaac:
What can I say? Tom Welling has been a not-so-secret crush of mine for years. As soon as he came onto the scene with “Smallville”, he captivated me. And while I didn’t picture him when writing Isaac, it seems plausible that my imagination conjured a similar forbidden-love interest for Alyx. His hair in this picture fits Issac’s to the “T”, he’s in his thirties but looks to be in his twenties, he has light eyes and soft facial features. He embodies everything Isaac. Just slap an Irish accent on him and cover his right arm in tattoos, and he’d be perfect for the role!






Micah:
Isaac’s thirteen-year-old son. I describe him in the book as a shorter clone of Isaac, so you could just refer to the picture above and shave off about twenty years physically and mentally. Or maybe this photo of Chandler Riggs from “The Walking Dead” will do.





Cindra:
Cindra, oh, Cindra… how much fun you were to write! We’ve all had that quirky friend that you wouldn’t trade for the world, and I wouldn’t trade this character for a million others. She’s clumsy, funny, and a little naïve, but always means well and is perfect as Alyx’s BFF.
The actress I chose to play her is Aly Michalka. Yes, her hair is similar in color and texture, but the real reason I selected her was because I saw her in the movie “Easy A” with Emma Stone, and I fell in love with her saucy personality. In my opinion, she could be the only one to play Cindra.








Benjamin:
Dr. Benjamin Forbes. He’s Alyx’s boyfriend of a year and adores her probably more than she deserves. He’s every girl’s dream guy… successful, handsome, and doting. I saw an episode the other day of “The Mentalist” and just knew that Simon Baker would be fantastic for this hypothetical role with his blonde, side swept hair and meticulously groomed eyebrows. Oh yeah, and that smile








BOOK SUMMARY:
Isaac was more than just precious to her, he was precious in ways the world could only fathom. If she failed, she failed everyone.” –Marked for Vengeance

Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a façade for a higher calling; she's a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.

During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.

While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.

This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre.


About the Author SJ Pierce



S.J. Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy novels as an indie author. 

Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex story telling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her only publishing credit to date was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self. 

To quote a line from her debut novel, Marked for Vengeance; "If he merely lived to work and die, his soul would always thirst for something more. His paintings were an escape into the surreal, a way to cope with the humdrum of everyday life. With every well-placed stroke, he would escape further into whatever world he envisioned, its atmosphere a temporary break from reality." This captures her love for writing flawlessly.

(With every book purchased from the Alyx Rayer series, S.J. donates a percentage of her profit to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.)

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

If you wish to contact SJ, email her here: sjpierce82@yahoo.com



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Twilight Breaking Dawn - Coming to an end


On November 16th,  the end of the Twilight Saga hits the big screen, and brings closure to one of the most talked about Vampire books and shows of our lifetime.  Regardless of liking or hating this phenomenon, Meyers changed the world with her view of vampires.  We will be doing our review of the final movie Saturday on Tears of Crimson.  We decided to prolong our review to not give spoilers away before our readers had the opportunity to watch for themselves.

Meyers released her book series for a young adult audience, but it quickly became a favorite of many adults as well, even sparking off the hit book of 2012, Fifty Shades of Grey.  We at Tears of Crimson are anxiously awaiting news from Stephanie Meyers on her thoughts about Breaking Dawn, and will be keeping our eyes on her website for that information.   For those of you who don't know, Meyers wrote Twilight from a dream, sound familiar?  Those vampires love making their way into dreams obviously since that's also how the Tears of Crimson Vampire Series started!

At Tears of Crimson we are split between team Jacob and team Edward,  so we are looking forward to seeing Jacob finally find happiness too.  The Volturi fight scene is one we are anticipating greatly, and we can't wait to see how they pull this one off!  Twilight will long live on in our minds after the final show.  It's been an incredible adventure and from all of us at Tears of Crimson, thank you Mrs. Meyers, for giving us a glimpse into your vampire world.

Final Thoughts From the Cast




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Spicing Up Your Sexual Relationship


Being in a relationship for a long period of time, there's normally a point when things seem to get a little dull in the bedroom.  Now we're not saying you need to get as creative as we did in 10 Nights, of course if you and your partner feel compelled, by all means don't let us stop you, but a little creativeness might be just the thing to heat up your nights!

You know your partner better than anyone, at least if you're sharing a bed we're going to hope you do!  That being said, always take into account his or her comfortability in sexual relations before embarking on any new type of sexual play.  The ideas we're going to share with you are a watered down version of the sex scenes in 10 Nights, but like we said earlier if you want to go for the gusto, have at it.

During Leah's first night of intiation, Rhett asked her to dance for him.  Now this can be done for either a male or a female, and just think of how erotic your partner will find it to have a private dance!  Obviously you want a little privacy for this one, unless you're a voyeur which is fine with us, but if you're a little more shy get your lover somewhere alone and turn on some sexy music and rock his or her world.  The first time you try to do a sensual dance for your partner can be a little intimidating, but remember he or she wouldn't be with you if they didn't enjoy you sexually (at least we hope not).  Dancing for your partner can be a great way to overcome your inhibitions as well,  if you have them and if you don't well kudos to you!


Roleplay anyone?  During one of Leah's nights, Rhett dresses up as a vampire hell bent on seducing his innocent victim.  We think this was one of the hottest scenes in the book, and it's something that with a little creativity any person should be able to pull off in the bedroom.   Most people have some fantasy that you can play out, and you know what shows or books your partner loves best.  Take a scene from one of his or her favorites and bring it to life in the bedroom.  If you really don't know what they like, drop subtle questions the week before you decide to venutre into your sexual roleplay night to discover what would really rock their world.  This idea could turn into some really adventuresome nights together and might even become one of the favorite ideas.

So what about a little voyeurism?  We're not suggesting you attempt the dress shop scene from 10 Nights, again unless you just really want to go that far.  But having a night out where you take her shopping (sorry guys this one works better for the ladies we think) and encourage her to model your favorite outfits can be a really steamy idea.  Ladies this also helps you discover what your partner enjoys seeing you wear!

To make this a sensual experience, men you need to stand outside the dressing room and get your lady to come out and model each of the outfits for you that you've chosen.  Remember gentleman, you know your partner well, so if she's not comfortable in a bathing suit at the beach, she's probably not going to be really into modeling lingerie in public, so consider that before you decide on clothing choices.

While Leah and Rhett had a little sexy in the dressing room after they both got turned on from the experiences, there are laws against that so we recommend taking it home or to a hotel after your little fun with shopping.  Dressing your lady and remembering to tell her how sexy she looks wearing your choices, can be a hot experience!


A little playful bondage doesn't mean you have to show up at the next BDSM conference and can be a sensual experience if you take time to research and know your partners limitations.  For some women and men having their hands bound and/or their vision impaired gives them a sense of being able to enjoy things that they might feel uncomfortable with if they had to actually say it out loud.  Let us make a huge statement here before you try this, if your partner says no and really means it, be understanding and don't push the issue!  Some people don't enjoy having their movements restricted and the last thing you want is a partner who's ready to kick you to the curb because you didn't respect their boundaries.

That being said, talk to your partner and calmly suggest that you'd like to enjoy a sensual night and bind their wrists or blindfold them.  Explain to them that if at any time they feel uncomfortable they can tell you to stop and you will.  The biggest thing about this sexual fantasy is knowing that you can trust the person who is in control.  Being tied down or blindfolded for the first time can be an exciting yet overwhelming feeling for some people, so give reassurance the entire time.  Making love this way is a huge turn on for some people and if you find you both enjoy it, then by all means experiment more!

These are just a few ideas to spice up your sexual relationship, and we hope you've enjoyed reading about them.  Whether you're married or in a long term relationship, enjoying the beauty of sexuality can be something that brings both you and your partner closer together.  Being able to talk with your partner about your fantasies without judgement is an extremely freeing aspect, and we believe it's something that all couples should strive for.  We all have desires, and when couples are able to break down the barriers of communication it opens a whole new world of understanding.

A healthy relationship is always about being able to talk to your partner honestly without fear of being judged.  Even in the vanilla world (a relationship without BDSM), safe, sane, and consensual should be three words that are involved in your sex life.  Respect each other and explore the beauty of your passion.


10 Nights was written as a hard-core version of the BDSM lifestyle and is not something we recommend for beginners.  In reality taking a virgin into scenes that intense would be unheard of, hence the category of fiction for the book.  Some of the scenes in 10 Nights are advanced for even moderate players in the community.  While they make great fiction, we don't encourage novices or anyone without a long term understanding of BDSM to even attempt some of the scenes involved.

We wanted to shock readers with a glance into the world of BDSM with 10 Nights.  It was written for mature readers and shouldn't be read by any one under 18 or whatever age is legal in the country where you live.  Rhett is what we would lable as an extreme Alpha Male Dominant, and while there are certainly those types of Dominants out there, they are not the norm.  Purchase 10 Nights from the following booksellers:






Friday, November 9, 2012

Alexander Skarsgard and 50 Shades


First, please don't sue me Calvin Klein for sharing your commericial!  I'm spreading the love for you and Alexander Skarsgard here!  If you want to know why I think Alexander is perfect for the role of Christian Grey, then watch the video.  Add that to the dungeon scene he did in Fangtasia, and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out he's got what it takes to pull it off!

I lust this man, anything he plays in I'm going to watch and there is so much sensuality that drips from every scene he does that I just don't see how there can be another choice.  I love Ian Somerhalder, don't get me wrong, the Vampire Diaries is a phenomenal show and he's got a different kind of sex appeal.  That being said, he's not someone I see being a Dominant.  When I think of Alexander Skarsgard I could see him pulling that off in real life (sorry if that's not your thing Mr. Skarsgard).  

Need a definition of 50 Shades of F'ed up?  Consider Skarsgard in Straw Dogs.  The rape scene (I'm still out on if she wanted him and not the other guy but let's say it was a rape scene) proved that he could pull off the whole 50 Shades persona.  This role was made for him (even if James was thinking Edward from Twilight when she wrote it).  I want him in this role, if it made a difference I would get down on my knees and beg them to give it to him.

Did anyone notice for the first time in forever I'm writing first person for the Tears of Crimson Blog?  That's how seriously I feel about this.  I'm sure no one in Hollywood is caring what I think at the moment, but my hope is that if enough people agree, that they'll actually listen.  Give Skarsgard the Christian Grey Role!  Make my dreams come true LOL!

Love,
Michelle

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fan Fiction Returns to Tears of Crimson



As many of the readers of this blog in years past know, Michelle Hughes started her writing career with True Blood Fan Fiction.  Cara Faith Donovan from the Tears of Crimson Vampire Series was created from one of the fictional characters she created to play in the world of Bon Temps.  As lovers of Fan Fiction we wanted to open up our world of fantasy to other fan fic writers and have decided to share steamy stories from all of our great Friends of Crimson that love writing in this format.

We will be sharing Fan Fiction from every show, if it's sexy, we want to share it.  It doesn't have to be vampires, but of course we welcome that as well.  Have you ever been inspired to write a short story after watching a show or reading a book?  Well this is your time to shine as well.  Many authors got their start this way, including bestseller E.L. James!

So how does this work?  You send us your story via email here and in the subject line put Re:  Fan Fiction and we'll format it into a blog post (example) and include links back to your site (if you want them) and put it under the tab Fan Fic here at Tears of Crimson.  We'll share your story on twitter, facebook, and pinterest.  Due to copyright laws we can't include pictures that belong to others, unless they are hand drawn by you or given permission by the artist.  Include in your post what show or book the fan fic comes from, unless it's an original short story based off your own imagination.

Fan Fiction is a great way to build up a new fan base for your writing.  We can't wait to read some of the stories you're going to share!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Confessions of a Mom and Erotic Author





For the last three years, Tears of Crimson has been based on fantasy.  It's been incredible sharing my love of dark passion and fictional worlds, but today I wanted to share something new with all the readers, the person behind the books.  Granted, my world is not as glamorous as the lovely Cara, Leah, Cayce, or Michaela's but that's not to say it's not just as interesting.  As the mom of five incredible kids, wife to the greatest fisherman on earth, and daughter to one of the greatest ladies that ever walked the earth, I think I've been blessed beyond belief.

Prior to 2009, if you'd told me I'd be an author today, I would have rolled my eyes and giggled.  Even though I started writing short stories back before eBooks every were mentioned, that wasn't where I saw my life going.  In the 90's I was working on a career in country music, and was determined to be the next Reba McEntire.  I had my oldest son and he traveled the road with me as I performed and hosted a satellite television showcase for vocalists trying to make it in the music industry.  I was fortunate enough to perform with some great country music legends, like Justin Tubbs, from the Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, Tennessee.  For those of you to young to remember, the Midnight Jamboree was 'the place' to be seen outside of the Grand Ole Opry back in the day.

In 1996 everything changed, I discovered I was going to be the mom of twins.  Needless to say changes had to be made because raising three kids on the road, to me that just wasn't feasibly possible.  So I gave up the music and moved back home to do what I knew was the right thing, raise these three incredible kids.  I sang on the weekends, and went on to work in Respiratory for a full time career.  There was always that longing to be on stage and share my love of performing.  So move forward to 2008 and I discovered that I had time to write and the first Tears of Crimson book was formed in my mind.

It wasn't until 2009 that I discovered self-publishing, and the ability to share books with the world without a traditional publisher.  That discovery changed my life.  There was now a place to share my work and Tears of Crimson was born.  I'll leave out all the roleplay stuff, except to say that it gave me a place to entertain myself while working on my books.  That being said I will never regret the great times I had with True Blood roleplay, outside of the drama!

So here we are in 2012!  While I love, and still plan on writing the last Tears book to release in 2013, 10 Nights happened.  The Tears books had a mediocre success, but they were so close to my heart that I wrote them for love and it didn't truly matter.  10 Nights was what really changed my life though.  In two months I went from writing because I just really loved it to actually having success and making a career out of my craft.  It's been an amazing journey.  For the first time since starting on this crazy journey of writing, I actually made a bigger paycheck than my husband.  And since my husband is the guru of money, outside of being the greatest fisherman on earth, that's a huge accomplishment.

I consider him my Yin to the Yang, so let me just say upfront he doesn't believe in the world of fantasy.  It's one of the things that balances our family, having a realist dad with a mom who's head is always in the clouds.  After the release of 10 Nights he's finally on board with this writing thing, because it's finally proven itself to be a profitable business.

Being a mom of kids from the ages of five to twenty-two, of course I'm concerned about how they are going to see my writing career.  Writing vampires was somewhat more acceptable because people didn't associate that with 'dirty books'.  With the release of 10 Nights and Undercover Submissive I had to do some serious soul searching on how I was going to explain to my younger children what mommy did for a living.  I considered writing under a pen name, and actually began that way with the first Tears of Crimson book.  To me it was very difficult doing the pen name, and I decided that if I was going to write, I was going to be proud of my work and give it my real name.

There was another reason I worried about using my real name, but before I explain that, I'd like to say this first.  I believe, and always have, that people have to choose their own paths in life and accept that other people might have different ideas of what works for them.  I say that only because just because I believe in God and consider myself to be a Christian, that I am probably the least judgmental person you will ever meet.  I've studied Wicca, metaphysics, and have many friends who still practice and I personally believe that whatever paths to spiritual happiness works for them,  shouldn't be judged by another person.

I stopped attending church for reasons that had nothing to do with my personal belief, but because I have my own unique relationship with God that doesn't need the judgmental attitude that unfortunately I've run across in churches with other Christians.  I questioned my own faith several times when people I befriended told me I couldn't write erotica and still call myself a Christian.  I won't argue the rights and wrongs of mine or their theories, because at the end of the day it's all about what I personally believe and my relationship with God.

This is part of my beautiful family, getting them all together to take a picture is like pulling teeth, but we are your average American family all trying to make it in this crazy world we live in.  And if you can't tell from the picture, we love Alabama!  Okay well one of my twins is an LSU fan, and my oldest son Jon is an Auburn fan, but not all of us can cheer for the right team, we're still working on them!  My point is that my writing Erotica hasn't changed them one bit.

In truth my writing sexy love stories saved my marriage, and how that can be construed as a bad thing makes no sense to me.  When our youngest sons were born, we were the type of parents that believed children should always feel safe and comforted so our youngest boys slept in our bed.  Obviously not many physical needs can be met when you've got two little men sandwiched in between the sheets! Writing erotica allowed me to get all the frustrations of our non-existent sex life under control and still be a great mom and wife!  So in my opinion, it has done nothing but positive things for my family.

I wrote this post today to clear the air and to finally be completely honest about who I am as a person and no longer hide behind the title of a book.  Yes I've got a dirty mind, but in my everyday life you could call me the Betty Crocker of Erotica Writing.  That dirty mind has made sure that my little people have a mom who can stay at home, and still help my husband with the bills that a huge family of seven wrack up.  So ask me if I think I'm doing the wrong thing and I'll tell you I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.

So now you know a lot more about me than I know about you, and I'd love to even the playing field.  Stop in and tell me about you and your life.  I love talking to people, what Southern Woman doesn't?  When you step into my world I can promise you one thing, you'll be loved for whoever you are and there won't be any judgements if we don't believe the same things.  The bottom line for me is that we are all just human beings trying to do the best we can in this crazy thing called life.  Having great friends makes that worthwhile!

Love Always,
Michelle





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