Troll River Publications is excited to announce...
HERS TO CHOOSE by Patricia A. Knight is now available on KINDLE!
Mentally scarred from her years as prisoner to the off-world invaders, Lady Sophillia Glorianna DeLorion, doubts she can be a fit sexual partner for any man – even one whose passionate green eyes make her remember what it is to desire.
Commander of the Queen’s Royal Guard, Eric DeStroia had grown up watching the corrosive, soul-killing effects of arranged, aristocratic marriage and vowed to remain alone. But under his hardened military exterior, Eric has a kind heart. When the second Tetriarch suggests he marry a noble woman rescued from the enemy, Eric reconsiders, consoling himself with visions of sheltering a wounded dove under his mighty arm. Instead, he discovers a fierce falcon that refuses to stoop to his lure.
In the aftermath of their resounding defeat, a survivor from the enemy camp plotted a return to Verdantia to exact retribution. His first objective is the recapture of Lady Sophillia DeLorion. She had been unreachable until she went to the Oshtesh. Now, only Eric DeStroia stands in his way.
Praise for Hers To Choose
"5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series! A Must Read!"
"Sophi is perhaps one of my favorite heroines of all time."
" Hers to Choose is a wonderful follow-up of Hers to Command and an absolute pleasure to read."
" Patricia Knight is an exceptional author."
"Honestly the heat of the desert the story was set in was arctic compared to the love scenes Patricia wrote."
"The chemistry between Sophi and Eric is so great my Kindle almost caught fire!"
"I loved the first book in the series and her second book did not disappoint."
~ Excerpt ~
Commander of the Queen’s Guard Eric DeStroia tortured the raven–haired courtesan lying beneath him—a surging thrust in, a prolonged, exquisite slide out. With a husky laugh, he hung her on the edge of climax for endless minutes. Eric reveled in her helplessness as he reduced her to abject begging. He enjoyed their “games”. Who would break first?
Her control finally crashed, swept up by the tsunami of pleasure he created.
"Please, by all the Gods, Eric, please. Let me come. I can't take any more."
Smiling wickedly, he rolled them over, letting her ride. "Take your pleasure."
He clasped her hips and thrust into her deeply. His strong fingers dented her generous buttocks where he held her spiked on his steel-hard cock.
Inhaling deeply with a low groan, she could not disguise her hunger, her impatience. “Shall I take you with me, lover?”
“Think you can?” He grunted in amusement and shook his head. “You are too greedy, wench. You can’t wait.”
Grinding her clit along his pubic bone, she managed several long rolls, the inner flesh of her slick vagina massaging his cock with each undulation. With a groan of effort, he slammed up and held her impaled as his hips circled. Her eyes flared as the surge of pressure against her most sensitive parts swept away her dubious control. Writhing, impaled on his rigid cock, she cried out at the spectacular gratification of a long withheld orgasm. Her inner core contracted violently around him. She came forever. He choked on a grunt and finished. She barely noticed.
“Arrogant, hateful man,” she muttered, her face buried against his chest. “You might at least pretend to let me win.”
“I never pretend.”
Limp, she sprawled across his muscled chest, tracing patterns with a manicured nail. “The rumor is you plan to take a squadron of the Queen’s Guard to bring back DeLorion’s sister from the Oshtesh.”
She rolled off his chest, slowly disentangling their sweaty, delicate parts and lay on her back, trying to regain her breath. She rolled to her side, petting his broad chest. “Perhaps your arranged bride will look the other way if you are discreet.”
“No. When--if--I marry, I will be faithful. I watched my father kill my mother’s soul with his philandering. I respect women too greatly to imitate his ways.” He struggled with his anger. “You are a favorite among the courtesans,” Eric said. “Your bed won’t be cold.”
With a small moue of disappointment, she reached out a forefinger and ran it gently up his semi-hard length glistening with their combined fluids. While his heart remained indifferent to her charms, she could definitely affect a lower organ. She caught her lip between her teeth, delighted when his cock twitched in response.
“But none like you.” She flashed him a coquettish look and arranged the sheets to cover her small breasts. “You are an outrageously beautiful man, Commander DeStroia, with an extraordinary talent for sex. My body will miss you.”
Eric grunted. “I note you don’t mention your heart. Come here to me, hussy.”
He shifted to gather her into his arms, nestling her head across his chest, moving her slender thigh to rest between his. His hands wandered down her body, stroking muscles that were tight and firm, skin that felt like satin. The flesh of her small breast filled his hand. He caught the hard bud of her nipple and rolled it between his thumb and middle finger. He laughed softly at her moan of appreciation and moved over her, kneeing her legs apart and entering her already wet pussy with a gentle glide.
“Please yourself, lover. I don’t think I can come again.”
“Hmmm, you can’t?” A wicked smile quirked the corner of his mouth. He kissed her lips, nipping gently. “You know ‘can’t’ is not permitted,” he whispered against her mouth. His eyes narrowed. “I give you my promise. You will.”
Sooo...if you want to procrastinate something PRODUCTIVE...
Go to the Editing Wizard to help you feel better about all those dangling marsupials, I mean participles, you're using...
There is a site called AutoCrit Editing Wizard that you can upload/cut n' paste some of your manuscript to see how you entertain a computer! Okay, it's more niffty than that!
It tells you things like how many "and", "it", "whatever" you used.
You can join for free but you're limited to 500 words per submission. There are subscriptions $47-$117/year.
AutoCrit Wizard doesn't just do overused words though. It really helps you identify first draft problems. The list you see on the right are actual buttons on the site that you can use to identify sentence variation, cliches, pacing, readability.
It's a well crafted program and one of the ones that has been useful for me. It's not just handy--it's fun to laugh at myself and see how I can improve.
ACTION ITEM: Try it! Buy it if you like it!
The following have been screamed over and over:
YOU MUST BLOG
YOU MUST USE SOCIAL MEDIA
YOU MUST BE EVERYTHING, ALL THE TIME
YOU MUST START NOW!
Wow, really? I must?
I don't subscribe to that so much.
Just because I love to do everything all the time doesn't mean I can or that you should.
Of course all these wonderful marketing tools are only as good as your enthusiasm for them.
People forget that enthusiasm is the key factor that makes something great.
I blog because I love to blog. Look at my stats--nobody pays attention to my blog, but I still blog because I love it!
I do use social media because my fans love me and talk to me and it's fun. And just so you know, I didn't start my blog or do anything to ramp-up my author social media before my book was done and I don't regret it.
If you're in a rush, if you're dying to do everything and you just can't wait--go for it! Hard-core research predicts that going this route will cause burn out in no more than 3 years time.
Long haul takes mental stamina, a plan and patience. Do your research on what action you want to take. You can see the pros and cons but I have a chart for you to consider:
Marketing needs to be fun for you or you need to make it fun. That's the only need-to-do in this game.
ACTION ITEM: Figure out how you plan on marketing.
I've been reading Darren Rowe's "How To Build A Better Blog..." and have been posting my thoughts and a little about the lessons learned on my personal, VERY ALL-AROUND INAPPROPRIATE, blog.
If the name (Nose Droppings) doesn't warn you away, then I have to say...proceed at your very own risk. And for heaven's sake don't touch the screen while you're there either.
In any case Day # 12: Develop An Editorial Calendar For Your Blog gave me the guidelines to create a calendar. I've decided to do a weekly one and I'm posting it up here in hopes that it will help me stay consistent.
Thursday Publisher Process
Marketing, promotions, Kindle news, topics of news-worth interest and opinions about it.
Writing Tools, Marketing Tools, Publishing Tools, Editing Tools. Everything and Anything that helps in daily writing life.
Book Reviews, book releases, anything funny...flow charts...anything that strikes.
Thursday Publisher Process:
These are things that involve the in's and out's of publishing a book. See tag for input.
Pictures, videos and stuff I find funny!
ACTION ITEM: Create your own blog calendar. If you need help with your blog...check out the 31 days of how to make your blog better!
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Ohhh! Look at those pretty colors to write in!
Today's Toolbox shall be Wrting Tools. I've found some websites with some fantastic Creative tips for working writers.
First -- Wired "Top Tools For Creative (and Working) Writers" http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2007/02/top_gadgets_for/
Second -- Wordbitches "6 Reasons Why Scrivener Is The Best Writing Tool EVER" http://wordbitches.com/2013/04/26/6-reasons-why-scrivener-is-the-best-writing-tool/
My writing tool for the day is your phone.
Your phone has a microphone--or many of them do. I bet if you look, you'll find an app or recorder on your phone. I use mine all the time to dictate notes, blogs, passages of my short stories -- whatever.
Your ACTION ITEM for the day is to find that recorder, make it easy to get to and use it. Start a diary. Dictate your grocery list. Record a story idea.
Often times I'll go through my voice recordings every month. I even have it on my ORGANIZATIONAL To Do List.
~ Ducks flying tomato ~
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I surround myself with a group of authors of like mind and this past week, they have been the awesome while I've been the suk.
I'm not down because I have awesome sauce days and everybody's going to have the rain splatter on your burger days too.
If you read this blog regularly you'll see the Cover mishap, the Free Kindle Book splurge, the endless cover passover for a new authors cover. But what's been amazing is watching my author's soar. They have been inspiration, support and awesome sauce this past week. I'm amazed at their ability to scramble about and make it look effortless.
Balancing life as an Author is much like having a dog. It needs to go for a walk. It needs food. It needs water. It paws at you for attention. It's not all writing.
Wait...what? Not all writing?
You have a life. That life requires balance. Sometimes you can't blog because, well, life happens.
What will help you balance life?
The answer is so easy that you'll prolly throw tomatoes at me. Drum-roll...
~ Ducks under counter ~
I use flash cards.
~ Ducks under counter ~
I use an app called Any.do
~ Ducks under sofa ~
~ Ducks behind refrigerator ~
and I have a To Do List Book that I use as well.
~ Splat. Wipes off tomato. ~
Organization is balance on schedule. My Ultrachron lite app is set to 45 minutes and every time that puppy barks at me I get up, walk around, take in some water and decide if I'm going to continue what I'm doing or go to the next item on the list. A side effect to this is I feel like I've done something. It feels good to cross off an item from the list.
ACTION ITEM: Try making a list, setting a schedule and seeing if that works.
My efforts are to make this a learning blog where writers can see the flip side of publishing. If you have comments that will improve your experience or have a certain topic you'd like discussed, please contact me through email - HERE.
~ Sincerley, Your Editor
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