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’.)

 

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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

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2aHdEUP

Nook: http://bit.ly/2agGsFF

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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

Tirgearr’s Smash-ing Offer!

One_Night_in_Brussels_by_Elizabeth_Coldwell-500If you’re looking to stock up on holiday reading, here’s something that will help you load up your e-reader. Tirgearr are having a sale at Smashwords throughout July, and you can get 50 per cent off all their titles. This includes the City Nights erotic romance series, so if you’re travelling to New York, Madrid, Dublin, Amsterdam, San Francisco or Barcelona, to name only a few, you can enjoy a story that’ll give you the authentic flavour of a city combined with some hot and sensual sex. Or you could try my contribution to the series, One Night in Brussels, and discover there’s more to Belgium than an under-achieving football team. (Too soon?)

All the details of this offer are on the banner below – click on it to be taken straight to the Smashwords site.

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Burlesque – Guest Post by Katey Lovell

I’m thrilled to have Katey Lovell as my guest today. Katey has penned a novella for the Tirgearr City Nights series, set against the glamorus backdrop of Los Angeles. Welcome to the Naughty Corner, Katey.

People hear the word burlesque and automatically think ‘striptease’. They’re taken to an idea of Dita von Teese writhing in an oversized champagne glass, or a curvaceous performer popping the eye-and-hook fastenings on a red satin corset.

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Steamy.

Sleazy.

They’re all words I’ve heard used to describe burlesque by people who’ve (generally) never experienced it first-hand.

The truth is, the world of burlesque is so much more diverse than people think. In the six years I’ve been attending events I’ve seen jugglers, magicians, contortionists, singers, comedians, fire-eaters, hula dancers, musicians, strong men (and women), an axe thrower, and all manner of other entertainers too. Yes, there have been plenty of ‘tease’ acts in the mix. But, in the UK at least, burlesque nights are a high-quality cabaret showcasing the talents of performers who are perhaps slightly less mainstream than those headlining the larger theatres in towns and cities.

When I started writing One Night in Los Angeles back in the summer of 2015, I knew it had to be hot. And that’s why when aspiring actress Abbi Devine stumbles (literally!) across A-list movie star Aaron Halliday on set, she’s wearing sparkly high heels, a corset and an elaborate feather headdress. By giving Abbi a role as a burlesque dancer, I hoped it added sass and sauce to counteract the vulnerability that hides behind the glitz.

Abbi is sexy. Her routine is steamy. But sleazy? No. Because despite what some may think, burlesque (including striptease) is about confidence and celebrating yourself. It’s a visual art, a creative outlet.

And above all, it’s about having fun.

Katey Lovell is the author of One Night in Los Angeles, published by Tirgearr.

Blurb: Abbi Devine never expected Hollywood to be like this…

Leaving her small town in northern Maine for Hollywood was always going to be a gamble, but she’s finally got her chance- a speaking part as a burlesque dancer in a movie starring A list actor Aaron Halliday.

However, when she’s thrown off her stride and ends up in a heap on the floor, Aaron’s the one to come to her rescue. There’s an undeniable attraction between them which comes as a surprise to Abbi, who has sworn off men following a bad experience.

Is Aaron really the unfeeling playboy the press make him out to be? And can Abbi let go of her past to enjoy her present?

Bio: Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.

She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their eight year old son.

One Night in Los Angeles is available from Kindle US, Kindle UKSmashwordsApple, Kobo, Nook

Book Review: One Night In Madrid by JD Martins

one night in madridDanny moved from his native Ireland to Madrid, where he has a comfortable if predictable lifestyle. Though he misses his home town and his old friends, he has no great desire to move back there. His world is turned upside down when he spots a familiar face in one of his favourite bars. Aisling is the girl he spent his college years lusting over from afar, fantasising about fantastic sex with her would be. But she never seemed to notice him, leaving him with the impression she was a spoiled, stuck-up little rich girl. But impressions can be deceptive, and over the course of a long, hot Spanish night, Danny comes to realise Aisling isn’t the girl he thought she was…

The storyline of One Night In Madrid doesn’t stretch much beyond that simple description, but this is more of a mood piece than a plot-driven adventure. Madrid is one of those cities than comes alive at night, and JD Martins contrasts the fast-paced, lively clubbing scene with the slowly unfolding attraction between Danny and Aisling. It’s inevitable that the two will end up in bed, as Danny comes to realise the differences in their outlook and background don’t really matter at all, but getting to that point is half the fun. What begins as a sensual seduction that involves tequila shooters being drunk in highly erotic fashion culminates in intense, satisfying sex in Aisling’s hotel room.

In Danny and Aisling, DJ Martins creates characters who forge a convincing bond and discover genuine feelings for each other over the course of their time together, behaving in a way you can believe two people who haven’t ever properly connected with each other might. The banter between them is engaging, and the Madrid backdrop is rich and well described. One Night In Madrid is by turns nostalgic, passionate and bittersweet, and definitely worth a read.

Find out more about the book, and JD Martins, at the Tirgear publishing site.

I’m Going On A Blog Tour

From tomorrow, catch me on tour, talking about my Tirgearr hot romance novella, One Night In Brussels. I’ll also have a prize giveaway, so don’t forget to enter that – details will be available on each of the tour stops.

Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

2nd November – lcwilkinson.com

3rd November – locglin.blogspot.com

4th November – lilyharlem.blogspot.com

5th November – kdgrace.co.uk

6th November – pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca

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