Tirgearr Smashwords Summer Sale

Is it really July already? Seems like only five minutes ago I was watching Rotherham play Northampton in sub-zero temperatures, and now it’s the height of summer. And that means the annual Tirgearr Summer Sale at Smashwords.

From now until the end of the month, all Tirgearr titles are half-price at Smashwords, including the whole City Nights series. That means you can get my steamy romantic suspense novella, One Night In Brussels, for £1.50. This lovely graphic below will tell you more:

You can also visit the One Night In Brussels page at Smashwords by following this link. Or click here to see the whole City Nights range.

And keep watching this space for news of a hot new twist on the City Nights series and a story I had a whole lot of fun writing…

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The Big City Nights Sale Is On!

Love to dream about travelling? Love to read hot romances that take place in cities around the world, where anything can happen on one special night? Well, if you aren’t aware of Tirgearr’s City Nights series, which is designed to scratch both of those itches, the Big City Nights Sale is the perfect introduction. Throughout the month of May, the 30-plus titles in the series are being showcased in a special sale across all of Amazon’s Kindle stores.

From today until Tuesday 15th May, my novella One Night In Brussels is part of the sale, along with the City Nights books set in Biarritz, Chicago, Barcelona, Pamplona, Daytona Beach and Cleveland. Here’s the blurb for the novella, to whet your appetite:

Saskia van Gaal works as a translator for the European Commission, dreaming of a life filled with excitement and hot sex. When she bumps into suave, sexy Englishman, Dominic May, and offers to be his tour guide in the beautiful city of Brussels, she doesn’t realise she’s about to embark on the wildest night of her life.

You can pick up One Night in Brussels at the sale price of 99p/99c from Amazon UK and Amazon US, and find out more about the sale at eBook Discovery. Click on the graphic below to go to the eBook Discovery site and enjoy some unforgettable, hot nights of fiction…

Tirgearr At The Romance Book Cloud

If you think of ways to read as much fiction as you want for a set subscription price, then Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited would most likely be your first choice. However, if you’re into romance fiction, then a new service might be of interest to you. Romance Book Cloud is different from Kindle in that it’s targeted at lending libraries. The ebooks can only be read online, rather than being downloaded, which means there’s almost no chance they can be pirated (which is good news for any author who’s tired of seeing their books being offered for free on nefarious websites). For the reader, it means that unlike a traditional library, you don’t have to wait until a book you’re looking for is back in stock – it’s always available to read.

Romance Book Cloud currently has around 1800 titles in its catalogue, from publishers including Wild Rose Press, Vinspire Books, Belle Books, Bold Stroke Books, and Tirgearr Publishing. Among the Tirgearr selection is the whole City Nights range, including my novella One Night In Brussels. It’s a great way to try books by authors you’ve never read before, catch up on a backlist and sample something that catches your eye.

Due to its nature, Romance Book Cloud is pretty much only available to readers who are members of a US library, but if it catches on (and there are already other branches of the service aimed at readers of YA fiction and audiobooks) it could be the start of a whole new way of enjoying fiction.

You can find out more at the Romance Book Cloud website.

One Night In Brussels – Hot Chocolate For A Cold Day

With the weather at Naughty Corner Towers having been positively glacial for the past few days, my thoughts inevitably turned to ways of warming up. So here’s a cheeky one from One Night In Brussels, which is on sale till Sunday as part of Tirgearr’s birthday celebrations. And no,  it’s not what you might be thinking…

When Saskia and Dominic reach the corner café, all the tables outside are occupied, even though it’s really too chilly to be sitting for long in the open air.
They find a spot inside, next to a couple of elegantly dressed middle-aged women who are clearly at the end of a shopping spree, their feet surrounded by bulging carrier bags. One of the women is examining a purchase she’s made—a milk chocolate copy of the Manneken Pis statue, similar to those Saskia noticed in a
window back on Zuidstraat.
A waitress in a black waistcoat and skirt over a white blouse, her blond hair scraped back in a tight ponytail, comes to take their order.
“Cappuccino for me,” Dominic tells her. “How about you, Saskia?”
“I’d love a hot chocolate.”
“With cream?” the waitress asks, scribbling a note on her pad.
I shouldn’t, but why not? It’s not the naughtiest thing I’ve done today—or might do later…
Saskia doesn’t know where the thought has come from, only that she’s aware of a subtle tension between herself and Dominic, heightened every time she glances into those expressive dark eyes of his.

To find out how things heat up once Saskia and Dominic leave the café, pick up a copy of One Night In Brussels from 99 cents from Amazon US or 99p from Amazon UK.

Taking One For The Team

All publishing houses have their own ways of promoting themselves, but how many would produce and send a teeshirt to all their authors? That’s what Tirgearr did with their Team Tirgearryan shirts, and here I am, modelling mine on the picturesque (and rather windy) Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam.

Photo by Ted Blair. Fancy image filter courtesy of Microsoft Photos.

As you can probably tell, the teeshirt design is a nod to Game of Thrones, though sadly the lovely Kemberlee at Tirgearr hasn’t yet provided us all with our own dragon…

If you’d like your own House of Tirgearryen teeshirt, they’re available to buy on the Tirgearr website. And as an added bonus for lovers of the Tirgearr City Nights series (including my own One Night In Brussels), all the books are part of the Tirgearr store-wide sale at Smashwords from now until the end of July. To start shopping, click on the banner below, then use the code SSW50 at the checkout to receive your discount. Gelukkig lezen! (That’s Dutch for ‘happy reading’.)

 

Interview With Kemberlee Shortland

Kemberlee Shortland is a very busy lady, running Tirgearr Publishing as well as writing some of its best-selling books, but she found to time pop over to The Naughty Corner and answer a few questions about her new City Nights novella, One Night in New Delhi. She’s also offering a prize to one lucky reader – read the interview to find out how you can win.

Welcome, Kemberlee.

Tell us a little about your City Nights story, One Night in New Delhi?

onenightinnewdelhibykemberleeshortland-250Hannah Maguire and Sudesh Kumar had been lovers in Dublin City, both studying for their degrees in similar areas of Archaeology. What she had treated as a college romance, Hannah realized, as he was leaving Dublin for the job of a lifetime back home in India, was she had lost her heart to him.

Now, five years later, Hannah is working as a textiles specialist in the National Museum in Dublin when she’s invited to the National Museum of India in New Delhi to inspect a new and rare artifact found on an archaeological dig.

The last person she expects to see when she enters the museum is Sudesh. She didn’t know where he was, or even if he was still in India, but soon learns he’s the one who made the discovery, and had been the one encouraging the museum to invite her onto the project.

On meeting, everything they’d shared washes over Hannah—all of the love and passion, and a heart so broken, she still hadn’t recovered. To make things more difficult, it’s Deepavali/Diwali and Sudesh has promises to make it a memorable experience.

Will this one night really be one to remember, or will it send Hannah into a tailspin she might not recover from this time?

Why did you choose New Delhi as the setting for the book?

A few things played into it. I’m always looking for new challenges, and writing about a country I’ve never been to is a pretty good test if ever there was one. Most of my published work is set in Ireland and this was a good opportunity to expand my catalogue … even though my heroine is an Irish girl from Dublin.

India has an amazing and ancient culture so there was a lot to draw on.

As well, I’m friendly with the male cover model, Vikkas Bhardwadj, and had encouraged him to add some traditional costume to his stock photos, which he did.

Around that time, I had watched a fabulous documentary about India, and was also watching Indian Summers.

All the hints kept hitting me in the face until I finally sat down and started typing. I’d been keen on another City Nights story, but wanted to branch outside of Ireland. Voila! One Night in New Delhi.

The couple in your story, Hannah and Sudesh, both have a background in archaeology. Is archaeology a particular interest of yours, and if not, how much research did you do to get the details of their profession correct?

When I was growing up, my mother always told me I could be anything I wanted. I said I wanted to be a writer. As a writer, I can be anything and do anything through my characters. I love archaeology, and now that I think of it, this has come up more than once in my writing. I don’t regret my former career choices, but it’s fun to explore others through my characters. I can be an archaeologist without having to get dirty!

The research was great. Rather than concentrate on the mundane details of being an archaeologist, I focused on the discovery and the history behind it. That’s more interesting than what to call the tools of the trade and throwing things under a microscope.

What are the challenges of writing an interracial romance?

I hadn’t really considered One Night in New Delhi an interracial story. There’s a saying: We’re all brown, just different shades of it. So I don’t necessarily see race, but I do see culture. For this story in particular, I highlighted the culture by showing readers New Delhi through Hannah’s eyes and her experiences … the post-monsoon season heat, tastes and spices of the foods, a slice of history as it pertained to the Silk Road, the Deepavali (aka Diwali) festival and what goes into preparing for that, the Trinity Goddesses, the colors and textures and smells … those things and more make up some of what India is about, not how much melanin is in a person’s DNA. I hope the readers agree this was a good approach.

As well as writing for Tirgearr, you’re also the founder of the publishing house. How do you manage to find time to write as well as doing everything involved with running the company?

Time … what’s that? LOL It was a long time after launching Tirgearr Publishing that I could find time to write. Anyone who’s started any business will understand what a time intensive endeavor that is. We have our traditional midseason and winter breaks, but after years of hard work, and a great group of people working with us, I’m now able to take the time I need for a personal project. I just have to schedule it in, like everything else. Just don’t ask me how many WIPs I have!

What advice do you have for anyone who’s thinking of writing a story for the City Nights series?

First: Read some of the books in the series to see what they’re about.

Second: Read the guidelines.

Third: Pick a city that hasn’t been written about already, and write the story you want to tell.

For those just learning about the City Nights series, each story is set in a city somewhere in the world. All stories are contemporary/current day, and take place over a 24-hour period—each story entitled “One Night in (insert city name)”. The City Nights series is erotic romance—not erotica. Think of it as ramped up Contemporary Romance. The intimacy level has to be on equal par with the romance and the story. They can be any subgenre to erotic romance as long as the story follows the guidelines. The series has several subgenres, including a thriller, some suspense, love at first sight, experimenting partners, one night stands, reacquaintances, even some BDSM and interracial, and we’re always looking for stories which push boundaries. If it’s traditional Contemporary Romance, you’ll find it in the City Nights series. Every story has a HEA (Happy Ever After) or HFN (Happy For Now) ending. And as novellas, they’re quick reads for those who like a shorter read.

What are you reading at the moment?

I don’t usually read fiction while writing because I don’t want it to influence my voice, or the story. However, I do read whatever I need to for research. In the case of One Night in New Delhi, my research was on the city itself, including the Chandni Chowk Market (created by the favorite daughter of the man who built Taj Mahal), the National Museum, and even the transportation system. Also, there was a lot of reading about the Silk Road, including the maritime route; the Deepavali/Diwali festival and the goddess associated with it, and her as one of the Trinity Goddesses; the gem and spice trades; and of course the caste system. I also took a lot of walking tours of the city through YouTube. And to really bring home my experience, copious amounts of curry was consumed!

What is your next writing project?

This goes back to don’t ask me how many WIPs I have LOL I started a new series last year as part of a personal challenge—cozy mysteries. The Sassy O’Brien Mysteries will have just six books in the series. Murder in Mornington was written last July during my midseason break and published in November, just before the winter break and just in time for the holidays. This is a locally set story (I live in Mornington) so it was very popular with the locals who snapped them up to give as Xmas gifts. I’m now working on book two, Corpse in the Colpe, which involves lost treasure and local legend. I’ve got on my research hat.

What is the one thing about you that would surprise people reading this interview?

I’m not sure. I know everything about myself, none of which is a surprise anymore LOL I used to play a game where I’d throw out a few things and ask people to pick the odd one out. Let’s try it here and see if any of your readers can pick the correct one that doesn’t belong:

I was raised by grease monkeys and used to be pretty handy with a wrench.

I eat sausages with strawberry jam.

My first ever real job was babysitting sea otters.

There are 53 WIPs in my files.

I do my best story plotting while cycling.

Everyone put your answer in the comments below. I’ll award one of my books (winner’s choice) to each person who gets the answer correct 🙂

Good luck everyone!

Kemberlee Shortland bio: 

Kemberlee Shortland is a native Northern Californian who grew up in Carmel, a community founded by artists and kemberlee-shortland-authorwriters, including John Steinbeck, George Sterling, and Jack London. Over the years, Kemberlee has worked with several Carmel notables, including Doris Day, Kim Novak, and Joan Fontaine. It was in 1997, she left the employ of Clint Eastwood to live in Ireland for six months. It was during this time she met the man she would marry, and permanently relocated to live in Ireland. While always writing since a very young age, Kemberlee earned her keep for fifteen years as one of Ireland’s foremost travel consultants, and also wrote travel articles about Ireland. In 2005, she saw her first romance sell, and to date, she has thirteen published titles to her name, including the best-selling Irish Pride Series. Her most recent release is Murder in Mornington, is the first book in a new cosy Irish mystery series, set in the community Kemberlee and her family now call home. Kemberlee enjoys hearing from her readers, and promises to reply to every message. Please feel free to visit her on her website or social media sites.

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Interview With Jan Graham

Jan Graham is my guest at the Naughty Corner, with plenty to share about her Tirgearr City Nights erotic novella, One Night in Sydney, which launches today.

Nice to have you here, Jan. Tell us a little about your City Nights story, One Night in Sydney?

onenightinsydneybyjangraham200Well, to state the obvious, it’s set in Sydney, Australia. Lol. The story starts with Abby and Kane meeting on a plane while they travel to the city, both for very different reason. As the story unfolds readers discover that the couple have more in common than just an overnight fling. As time passes, tension and high emotions come into play with both Abby and Kane faced with choices they never anticipated having to make.

Out of all the major cities in Australia, why did you choose Sydney as the setting for the book?

I chose Sydney for a couple of reason. Firstly, I’m very familiar with Sydney and what the city has to offer visitors. I live about two hours away from Sydney so have spent a bit of time there, especially in my younger years. Secondly, I wanted to incorporate a festival or event of some sort into the story and Sydney has a great event called Vivid. Basically artists set up light and art displays all over the city, images are projected onto some of the major attractions like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. There are also street performers and concerts organised during the two-week long festival. It’s amazing to see.

The couple in your story, Abigail and Kane, meet on a plane. Have you ever had any interesting experiences while flying?

I have actually. On a flight to Melbourne about ten years ago I drew the attention of a football team, yes the whole team. I spent the flight fending off advances and offers to join the mile-high club. Some of the offers were tempting but I declined on all counts. I did leave the plane with offers to join the group at the Spring Racing Carnival and lots of phone numbers. I was very flattered…lol.

If you were going to spend 24 hours with a hot stranger, which city would you choose to do it in, and why?

I’d probably choose Edinburgh. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland and there’d be a good chance my hot stranger might be even sexier than I imagined if he was wearing a kilt. You can’t beat a man in a kilt. J

You write erotic fiction in a variety of genres. Which is your favourite to write?

I love writing erotic romantic suspense. The challenge of weaving a suspenseful story together fires up my imagination. Of course they take longer to write due to the length of the book and the added research needed to devise a credible plot. It’s all worth it though.

Is there any genre you actively avoid writing, or that doesn’t interest you as a reader?

I wouldn’t write historical romance. I don’t mind reading it but to write anything historical doesn’t tweak my interest at all.

A lot of your work has BDSM themes. What interests you about the BDSM dynamic?

I’ve been involved in the BDSM scene for about fifteen years so I have a personal interest in how the practice is portrayed. When I write a story that has BDSM elements I try to make them reflect reality. The BDSM isn’t the story, it’s only a part of it because one or more of the characters is a Dom or a sub, for example.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m currently reading Dark Promises by Christine Feehan. I love paranormal romances and in particular vampires so Christine ticks all my paranormal boxes. 🙂

What is your next writing project?

I’m working of two things at the moment. The next book in the Wylde Shore Series, Tempting Marcus. It’s a romantic suspense novel and like the others involves appearances by characters from the previous books as well as some new ones. The second book that’s yelling out at me is a love story based on a true story. I haven’t got a title for that one yet but it will come in time.

What is the one thing about you that would surprise people reading this interview?

I think I mentioned it earlier, I’m a member of the BDSM community. Although I guess that’s not surprising now having already stated it. 🙂

Blurb:

Abigail Devon is all about business, until the dream of keeping her company alive fails and she finds herself seeking distraction in the arms of a tempting stranger she met on the plane. Kane Matheson is a man like no other, and once Abby gives into her attraction to him, passions spark and a night of erotic pleasure begins.

Kane can’t believe his luck when his flight to Sydney places Abby along his path to a fun filled weekend. She’s his kind of woman—business minded, clever, and with curves in all the right places. When he discovers they have more in common than savvy business expertise and undeniable sexual heat, he’s faced with a daunting choice, and left wondering if pleasure can win out over wise business sense in one of the most beautiful harbor side cities of the world.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2aRozej

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Bio:

Writing a bio that lets readers know who you are is tricky at times because I describe myself in so many ways. Like l13aeki8my books I fall into different genres, all of which depend on my mood and inspiration at the time. I am a writer, submissive, orphan, widow, sister, aunt, friend and sometimes, a wild child.

My writing currently falls under a variety of genres including BDSM, contemporary romance and romantic suspense but who knows where my literary future will lead. That’s going to be the next exciting chapter.

You can find out more about me and my work by stalking the following sites.

http://www.jangraham.com.au

http://jangraham.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/JanGrahamAuthorpage/

https://twitter.com/jan_graham

https://au.pinterest.com/JanGrahamauthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/jangraham