My thoughts on the publishing world #Samhain

Information on one of my WIPsAs most know, Samhain announced on Friday that they are closing their doors.  This will be a slow process for them and the authors affected.  I feel for them, I really do.  It’s never easy to close a business and the publishing world, it’s even tougher.

On one hand you have the unethical publisher and on the other you have two publishers, Samhain and Secret Cravings that closed/or closing before it gets to the point that they can’t pay people and then the mud-slinging begins.

So why am I even talking about it because it scares me to know that there will be fewer and fewer options for me when I finish the books that I’m writing.  I don’t have the money for indie publishing.  I need a publisher for editing and cover artwork.  I can market my book but getting it that point is expensive.  Cash that I don’t have to spend on publishing a book by myself.

Speaking of indie publishing, that scares me too.  So many authors are indie publishing or becoming hybrid authors that the competition for the smaller presses is dwindling.  They are not getting the submissions that they need or worse yet, they are and the material is just not that good.  Plus, I’ve read some really bad indie books so it’s just not the publishers that put out bad books.  Covers, blurbs and editing count for me.  I can look beyond misspelled words.  Everyone is human but when there is head hopping, a cover that is just like every other one and blurbs that are misleading…I won’t read you again.

So now that I’ve rambled on about the publishing world for a bit, here is my last take.  Support you authors in any form that they write in.  It’s a dog eat dog world in publishing.  We’ve all seen it, read about it and are saddened by it.

To my SCP and Samhain authors:  I love you and will continue to read your work no matter where you end up.  The publisher made the introduction, it is up to me to continue the relationship.

If you are interested in how I feel as a reviewer, here’s the link to Harlie’s Books.


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Psychic Menage Series

by Houston Havens




GENRE: Series Genre: Sci-Fi, Erotic Romance, Ménage, PNR, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Mystery






Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.


In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.


Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. Even when pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.


Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?





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Logan gave a thumbs-up then said to Fay, “When I want to get things done fast, I’ll have to remember to get you jealous.”


“What are you talking about?”


“Somehow you managed to get results none of us could. We’ve been stuck here for what seems like forever. Every day we asked to leave and got rejected for one reason or another. Then your sweet violet eyes turn green with envy because of the attention I gave that young woman, and the next thing I know, we’re out of here.”


“I wasn’t jealous. And she wasn’t a woman. She was a girl.”


“She was a woman and very familiar with the ways of men.”


“She was a tart and tease.”


“Darlin’, I hate to inform you, but the little lady was no tease. She was as hungry as a mountain lion, and I was going to be her main course until you stepped in.”


“Really? Well, I’m sorry I interrupted.”


“No you aren’t.” Logan smirked. “You were jealous.”


“I was not!”


“Come on, admit it. You’re not as indifferent to me as you claim, are you?”


“What?” Fay groaned with her attempt to turn around to see his face, but found it impossible harnessed the way she was.


Chandra finished getting Arlo strapped in and shouted, “Are you two finished scraping?” She motioned for Logan to push the red button. “Let’s go!”


As he reached for his button, Chandra’s sail filled with wind, and off she flew across the dirt with them in her wake.


“I’ll have you know,” Fay hollered so he could hear her above the wind rushing past their ears, “I don’t care if the girl was flirting with you or not.”


“Really? Then why did you force your way between us and shoo her out? I think you like me. Might even adore me.”


“Abhor you, did you say? Yes, you might be right.”


“I said adore. And you do. You just don’t know it yet.”





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Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.


Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series, and numerous articles in literary magazines, she has two award winning blogs. Stop by for a visit and leave a comment at








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Lovestruck is 5 years old! Featuring Tawna Fenske, Kathy Lyons and Marissa Clarke! Rafflecopter giveaway! @LovestruckEP @entanglepub @tawnafeske @KathyLyonsbooks @MaryL_MarissaC #Giveaway

Entangled Publishing is turning 5 and love is in the air!
We are so excited that we are offering all the books on our latest bestselling imprint, Lovestruck, at a celebratory price of just $.99 each! If you love romantic comedies you won’t want to miss any of these laugh out loud and smexy reads.
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PfH_500Protector for Hire by Tawna Fenske Excerpt

“You were gone a long time,” she said. “Did you have trouble finding something?”

He frowned, not wanting to admit he’d been pacing around the damn store avoiding the inevitable moment he’d have to go back and face her and accept the fact that he’d probably never touch her again. “Not everything,” he said, poking the meat loaf with his fork but not taking a bite. “I got the milk.”

“No cond—coffee filters?”

“They were all out of cond—coffee filters.”

“All out?” She frowned. “I swear I saw a box when we were there the other day. They were right up by the register.”

He shifted on the bench, not wanting to admit he’d stared at the same damn box of condoms and thought about having her again. Maybe just one more time before she walked out of his life  forever. Instead, he’d forced himself to walk away. “The box was damaged. Can’t risk having holes in coffee filters.”

Across the table, Gordy wiped his chin with a napkin.

“You like the kind with the pointy tip, or the big wide ones?”

Schwartz blinked. “Uh— ”

Laverne beamed. “Oooh, I like the new ones they’re making now with the flavor-enhancing micro-perforations.”

Schwartz dared a glance at Janelle and saw that her face had gone from pink to bright red. She opened her mouth to say something, but Laverne cut her off.

“You know, I just love the ones with the extra-large base. The box says it makes for a deeper, bolder experience.”

Janelle choked on her drink, and Schwartz turned to see her sputtering into a glass that looked suspiciously full of moonshine.

“How much of that have you had?” he asked.

“Not enough,” she said.

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Keeping her safe is crucial. Guarding his heart is impossible.

Haunted by his time in Iraq, former soldier Schwartz Patton goes off the grid, retreating deep into Montana’s untamed wilderness. Now, ten years into his self-imposed solitude, his brother tracks him down and asks for a favor. A woman is in danger, and she needs help…and Schwartz is the only one who can protect her.

Designer-loving city girls like Janelle Keebler don’t belong in the wilderness. Unless, of course, they’re witnesses to a murder by their psycho drug-trafficking ex-husbands. Still, Janelle can’t help the immediate physical response she has to her sexy-as-sin protector that leaves her wanting more than she could have ever imagined. Even if he doesmake terrible coffee…

Every word, every touch, every kiss ignites a need Schwartz thought he’d lost forever. He can’t stop the desperate attraction simmering between him and Janelle, even if he wanted to. Even if it means it could get them both killed.


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The Player Next Door by Kathy LyonsTPND 500

“I was wrong,” she said as she slowly stretched her legs out. Mmmmm, she felt amazing. Her head dropped against the desk as she looked at him, all big and stunning even handcuffed to a chair. Pink cuffs on the right, leather cuffs on the left. Who knew that could look so sexy? “I thought I wanted to be in complete control, but…” She shook her head. “It’s more fun to play together.”

He lifted his arms. “So uncuff me and I’ll show you–“

Ding dong.

She looked up. So did he.

“Electrician?” he asked.

She shook her head. “Not until tomorrow.”

“Oh. Then–”

Ding dong.

Suddenly she remembered. “Oh shit. It’s Wednesday.”

“It’s Thursday.”

“I know. But he’s just like me. Can’t keep track of time.” She snatched up the key, her mind working overtime. If she was right, he’d start banging on the door in about three seconds.

Mike was already working on the leather cuff. “Who is it?”

She couldn’t get the damned key past the pink feathers and into the lock. He was moving too much, so she abandoned him to pull on her shorts.

Bang bang bang.

Yup. There he was.

She fumbled zipping up her cutoffs. She glanced at Mike, her sense of the ridiculous making her giggle. At least he’d gotten one cuff off and was now scanning the floor for the other key. She tried to tell him she had it, but it was too late.

She heard the front door open. Oh hell. Only one person had the other key to her house. She grabbed her tee, pulling it down.

“Tori? Honey, are you here?”

She straightened the shirt then fluffed out her hair. “Coming, daddy!” she called.

Mike’s head shot up. “Daddy?” he mouthed.

She nodded, then dashed out the door, nearly tripping as she flew down the stairs. “Hi there!” she called, hugging her father tight.

Then there were the usual pleasantries. The how are you, where’s mom, what’s going on type questions. It wasn’t until they’d wandered into the kitchen together that she thought to wonder what the hell was taking Mike so long. He couldn’t be hiding up there, could he?

So she went to the bottom of the stairs. “Mike?” she called. “Come on down. I want you to meet my father.” Silence. “Mike?”

“There someone up there?” her father asked, coming to join her.

“Yeah,” she said. “My neighbor. You’ll like him.”

The two of them climbed the stairs and headed for the office. Surely he’d had plenty of time to get himself together by now.

“Mike?” she repeated, then they rounded the corner to see fully into the office.

Which is when she realized that she still had the key to the pink fuzzy cuffs in her hand.

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An unexpected catch…

NBA star Mike Giamaria doesn’t mix basketball with love. Ever. Then Mike meets Tori Williams, his cute, quirky new neighbor who seems hell bent on refurbishing her death trap of a house on her own. When she falls from her roof and into his arms, Mike knows he’s just caught a whole heap of trouble.

Trouble sums up Tori’s life. Despite her academic success, no one believes she can take care of herself-not her family, not her ex-boyfriend. She’s determined to live her life on her own terms, and if that includes a hot summer fling with the super-sexy athlete next door, so much the better.

But when Tori’s around, Mike can’t keep his mind on basketball. He wants…more. And to his horror, not just more time on the court. When training starts, it’s game over-it has to be-unless Tori can convince Mike that love doesn’t belong on the sidelines.

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ChanceOfALifetime_500Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke Excerpt

He pulled her free of the fence and held her against him until she was steady. “Pond is about fifty feet straight ahead,” he whispered in her ear, sending shocks of energy through her entire body. “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”

She crept along behind him with her fingers though his belt loops, fighting back giggles. “Are you kidding? I’ve waited ten years to do this. Are you going to chicken out on me?”


He chuckled and stopped, causing her to bump into him full-body from behind with an oof.
“What the heck?” she whispered. “It’s like the blind leading the blind here.”

“I’m going to show you precisely how well I can see if you mash your breasts against me again.” He headed off once more with her in tow.

“Well, then, warn me before you stop.” A rustling came from somewhere on the right. “What was that?” she whispered, moving her grip to the belt loops nearest the front of his pants to get closer to him.

“Stopping,” he said, straightening from his tiptoe crouch.

Still holding him tight, she buried her face in the back of his shirt. “There’s something in the bushes or weeds to our right, and I’m scared it’s going to jump out at us.”

He cleared his throat. “Honey, there’s something in my pants, and if you don’t turn loose of where you’re holding me, it might jump out at us, too.”

“Oh.” She giggled and released him. “Sorry. I’m kind of excited.”

“Clearly, so am I.”

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Sometimes the biggest risk is playing it safe.

Gen Richards is tired of living down to her family’s expectation of the helpless blind girl. Resurrecting her high-school bucket list that begins with “kiss a total stranger” seems just the thing until she finds herself in a panty-melting lip lock with her big brother’s best friend.

Chance Anderson thrives on adrenaline, but Genny’s the one risk he’s not willing to take. His recklessness a decade ago landed her in the hospital and ejected him from her life. He’s bad for her and everyone knows it—especially her big brother.

Chance reluctantly helps Gen complete her bucket list in order to keep her out of trouble. Running through a freezing fountain, playing spin the bottle while fending off a mad horde of stinging insects, and skinny dipping with homicidal attack swans don’t hold a candle to the real danger: falling for the one person he can never have.

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Happy Release Day to Jackie Keswick’s Ghosts (The Power of Zero #2) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @indiesagepromo @jackiekeswick

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by Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero #2
Publication Date: February 10, 2016
Genres: Adult,Contemporary, LGBT, M/M, Novella, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis: Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.

When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.

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by Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero #1
Publication Date: May 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, M/M, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis: You don’t greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood—ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative—opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he’s too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former Commanding Officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right?

When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining’s corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn’t include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn.

Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that – but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn’t the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack’s salvation.

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Jackie Keswick

Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurrent dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes and tight cyclist’s butts and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.

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