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Dominant Persuasion’s Author Spotlights – Bella Juarez

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I’ve been a fan of Bella Juarez’s for several years, having become addicted to her “Black Ops Brotherhood,” series. She was one, of a select few authors, who featured strong Latinas as heroines, in a sea of “New Adult,” early-20-somethings mania.

Bella’s characters were unique in that they were “Everywomen.” Many were middle-aged, yet in the prime of life. They were intelligent, confident, and fully embraced themselves as sexual beings…with some scorchingly sexy, strong men at their sides.

I am looking forward to the “Dominant Persuasion” Anthology, and “Out of Touch,” in particular, because it is based in my stopping grounds of the Tampa Bay area. I’m interested in how Bella handles the dynamic between a Domme and her gentleman love, who just happens to be a Dom. It should make for an erotically good time! Can’t wait!

Welcome to Sunshine Reads!

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BIO:

BellaBella Juarez has a passion for writing and tells her stories with a high level of military suspense and erotic romance. A few years ago, Bella was an IT technician with a craving for military and espionage history and would devour anything, fact or fiction, about the subject. Today, she lives on a south Texas ranch with her family and dogs.

With stories of intrigue running through her imagination, she always dreamed of writing a novel. Finally, in 2012, she wrote and released Rapid Dominance, book 1 of the Black Ops Brotherhood Series. Since then, she has released five more novels in this series. Branching out, she’s written three erotic romance novellas all with military elements.

Her stories blend today’s headlines into thought provoking, intricate plots interwoven with razor-sharp suspense, intrigue, and scorching, white-hot romance.

Bella’s idea of a perfect day starts out…

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Top Ten Reasons “Secretary” Beats “50 Shades of Grey” – SundanceTV

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I mentioned how poorly 50 Shades of Grey, tries to depict a D/s or BDSM relationship, in a few earlier posts.  This article illustrated it more concisely than I could.

Top Ten Reasons “Secretary” Beats “50 Shades of Grey” – SundanceTV.

Blog Tour: Love Lies & The D.A. by Rebecca Rohman (Excerpt + #Giveaway)

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Check out the interview Ms. Romantic Reads did with Rebecca Rohman.

Happy Release Day to Olivia Cunning!

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Olivia Cunning’s Sinners are going to the chapel and going to get married!

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So, the paperback proof copy of Sinners at the Altar just arrived on my doorstep. Freaking finally… *grumble, overnight airmail my ass, grumble*

And all those lines that were on the digital proof’s cover are nowhere to be seen on the hard copy, so in celebration of the release (of the breath I’ve been holding since Friday *cough*) of Sinners at the Altar, I’m giving away 10 autographed copies of the book w/ a Sinners on Tour wristband. (Two are in the picture so you can see both sides.)

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And since I’m feeling generous, I’m giving away 20 additional wristbands. 1 per winner.

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So that’s 30 prizes up for grabs!

Well, you do have to enter…

Click on the link below to enter for your chance to win.

Sinners at the Altar Release Day Giveaway!

Good luck!

And yes, it’s open internationally.

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Sinners at the Altar Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

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Olivia is the Queen Mother of rocker erotic romances. She is second-to-none and her “Sinners” series knocks all other “rock star” stories out of the park. She uses her behind-the-scenes knowledge of the music industry to create a realistic, sometimes depraved, but always entertaining world for her characters. Highly recommended!

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Sinners at the Altar Cover finalWe finally have a definitive release date for Sinners at the Altar!

March 11, 2014

And it’s already up for preorder on Amazon.com.

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I encourage you to take advantage of the special introductory price. This massive, 450-page collection of Sinners goodness is only $3.99 until March 18th and then the eBook price will go up.

So I’m anticipating some questions. Check the FAQ below before you barrage me with questions. Thanks!

FAQ

Q1. When will Sinners at the Altar be available for preorder on B&N, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, etc, etc, etc?

A1. I don’t know. But I will let you know as soon as it is. And yes, it will be at the special price on those sites too. The process for setting up pre-orders is a bit different on those sites, so Amazon got first dibs. If the pre-orders don’t happen on those sites, the book will be available…

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“Don’t turn your Alphas into A$$holes,” by Tymber Dalton

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Tymber Dalton has written some of the strongest alpha males in contemporary adult fiction.  She has a unique talent to create multifaceted D/s and BDSM characters, because at the root of each character are honorable qualities, that are worth exploring.  While some characters may require a great deal of redemption in their journey towards deeply emotional relationships, they all have something that draws readers in.  We want to root for these characters.

I am disappointed with the current “fascination” with assholes masquerading as “alpha heroes,” especially in the NA genre.  No one would want to date, bed or be in relationship with these men, outside of books.  Why do we tolerate it from fictional characters?  Aren’t they supposed to be our ideal men (and women)?  Clearly, we need to raise our standards.  Ms. Dalton provides advice and pitfalls to avoid, from an author’s perspective.    One of the goals of books in “romance” categories, is for characters to reach a HEA or HFN (happily-ever-after or happy-for-now) culmination.   Characters need to earn and deserve it.

Participate in the discussion, by reading Ms. Dalton’s blog post Don’t turn your Alphas into A$$holes.   Read Tymber Dalton’s books.

Book Review – “Still” by Ann Mayburn – Explosive Domme Doctor and Her Alpha Gunnery Sergeant Sub

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For some reason, I have been consumed by military romances this Summer, especially those that seem to hit close to home.   These stories feature men and women who have left active duty military service, returned to the US and reintegrated into civilian life.   The majority of the characters are suffering the effects of PTSD, and other physical, mental, and/or emotional trauma.    Perhaps this has been my way of working through some of my issues, as the wife of a former serviceman with PTSD.   Or maybe I just like spicy, erotica featuring former military members and the people love them.  Either way, anything that brings more attention to men and women who served, and continue to serve, is ok by me.

The latest story I read was Ann Mayburn’s “Still.”  TEAR-JERKING SCORCHER.

On the surface Michelle Sapphire was not a female character I would typically like, as she was the typical beautiful, tall, blonde, rich, smart doctor. (Meh). However, she quickly established herself as a multifaceted woman I would want to know, as a professional (Doctor) and as a friend. While she was deployed to Afghanistan as a Navy doctor, she met Gunnery Sergeant Wyatt Callahan and they established a strong “brothers-in-arms” bond.

Upon returning to the U.S. Michelle and Wyatt were reunited suddenly when she bailed him out of jail, following an event triggered by his PTSD. She gave Wyatt two options: go home and never speak to her again, or agree to live with her for a month, as her submissive.

Wyatt accepted the challenge, and together they worked through their relationship, survivor’s guilt and commitment issues. Wyatt learned how to trust Michelle and their connection. Michelle, a Domme, learned to embrace another submissive into her heart and life. She dominated their scenes, but always ensured that Wyatt felt safe and cared for. The more they opened up to each other, the hotter the action got, and the deeper their emotions ran.

This was one of the most realistic depictions of PTSD, in men and women, I have read. Wyatt already respected Michelle, as a higher ranking Officer, so stepping into the role of her sub was a logical transition. By using the D/s relationship, Ms. Mayburn fully incorporated Michelle and Wyatt’s existing (non-physical or emotional) Officer/NCO connection to help each other through the realities of PTSD. It only helped to strengthen their D/s bond because they already trusted each other.

At the end of the book, Ms. Mayburn included a list of resources for service members and their families/friends that provided support services for everything from PTSD and other health concerns, to relocation, and homelessness. This was already an emotional read for me, and seeing the list at the end (in addition to Ms. Mayburn’s note to her readers at the beginning of the book) made me cry.  She absolutely understood.

I hope Ms. Mayburn writes Yuki and James’ story, soon!

Here is the link to my Amazon review:  Explosive Domme Doctor and Her Alpha Gunnery Sergeant Sub