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Author Spotlight: Ashe Barker

Making the Rules is a contemporary romance, set in the UK… something to spice up a chilly winter day.

She thought she was on her own, until she realized who was making the rules…

Here is the blurb:

When twenty-five-year-old forensic sociology student Lily Jamison travels to a small town in West Yorkshire to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young girl, she expects to be working alone. But then Ben Tyler offers his help, and before Lily knows it the handsome former Chicago police officer has taken charge and made it his business to keep her safe, even if that means baring her bottom for a painful, embarrassing spanking when she disobeys him.

Ben’s firm-handed dominance and strict correction leave Lily deeply aroused, and when he takes her in his arms and shows her how a man masters a woman properly, she cannot help begging for more. But as Lily gets closer to the truth, she becomes ever more reckless. When she pushes things too far with her impulsive behavior, will Ben be prepared to punish her as thoroughly and shamefully as necessary to convince her that he is the one making the rules?

Publisher’s Note: Making the Rules includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

BUY LINKS:

AMAZON US

AMAZON UK

Here is a sexy excerpt:

Maybe stripping completely would have been easier, less intimate. It was too late now, decided Lily. She was committed, and determined to go through with this. She unfastened her jeans, lowered the zip, and shoved the denim down her thighs. Her white lace panties remained in place, for all the protection they might offer. Ben merely lifted that expressive eyebrow again and said nothing. She hooked her thumbs in the waistband and pushed them down too.

“Lift up your shirt, please.”

His tone was low, but stern. Lily felt impelled to obey. She raised the garment, fully aware that now she revealed her neatly bare mound and her pussy to his attentive gaze. He took his time before looking up to meet her eyes again.

“Very pretty. Now, I think you can imagine the position…?” He patted his lap. “Just make yourself comfortable.”

Comfortable? Lily felt little short of mortified as she draped her body across his thighs, her head hanging down close to his shoes. She wasn’t sure what to do with her hands so settled for grasping his ankle with one and putting the other on the carpeted floor.

“Edge yourself forward a bit more. Lift your bottom up for me.”

Oh. God.

Lily did as she was told, shuffling about as he helped to arrange her exactly to his liking.

“Yeah, that’ll do.” Ben rested his hand on her upturned buttocks and started to stroke slow, steady circles. “You know, you have the most delectable ass. A butt made for spanking.”

Lily gulped. Did he expect her to respond?

“Tell me when you’re ready.” As he spoke to her he continued his sensuous caress and Lily found herself writhing in unexpected pleasure. Maybe there was something in this stress-relieving nonsense after all.

“Lily?” he prompted.

“Oh, yes, I’m ready.” She tightened her grip on his ankle.

Ben laid an arm across her back and hugged her closer to him, and he caught her legs under one of his. Suddenly, Lily realised she was immobilised, held in place. She should have been scared but she wasn’t. She felt safe, secure. He wouldn’t let her fall.

The first few slaps were something of an anti-climax. Lily had imagined this whole experience would be a lot more painful, cathartic even, definitely enough to set her squealing and wriggling like many of the women in the videos she watched earlier. It wasn’t anything like that. Ben used his hand, and he peppered her buttocks with rapid spanks, but they weren’t heavy and barely registered as painful. Lily would describe the sensation as mildly uncomfortable, and something of a disappointment if she was honest.

“Okay, Ben. Thank you, but I think… ow!”

“You were saying?” He leaned down to look at her as he dropped another much harder spank onto her left buttock to match the one he just landed on her right.

“Uh… nothing,” grunted Lily as the spanking ramped up a gear or seven. The slaps still rained down thick and fast, but they were heavier now, each one sending a burst of heat across her tenderised skin. She started to wriggle in earnest, and squealed as the pain built. Her bottom was on fire. The sensation was intense and growing more so by the second. It was incredible, and terrible, and indescribably erotic.

Her exposed pussy leaked. Her clit throbbed. Lily experienced a mad urge to spread her legs and beg him to touch her, to do anything to assuage the mounting desperation. The more her bottom sizzled under his relentless hand, the more she ached to come.

“Please,” she sobbed, between spanks. She was panting now, breathless, gulping for air.

The spanking slowed, then ceased. “Have you had enough, Lily? You’ve only to say when you want to stop.”

“Yes. No, I mean, not yet. I just…” Christ, what did she want?

Ben was in little doubt. “You’re very wet. I’m guessing you’re enjoying this.”

Lily groaned. Was it absolutely necessary to point that out? Did he really need to humiliate her quite so much? She was already mortified at her disgraceful response, at the sudden burst of lust that started at her core and just grew and blossomed and now threatened to swamp her.

“You want an orgasm right about now. Am I right?”

She nodded, unable to do otherwise. Her senses were out of control, her sudden and acute arousal overwhelming her so she could barely think straight.

More about Ashe Barker

 

USA Today best-selling author Ashe Barker has been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. She still loves reading, the hotter the better. But now she has a good excuse for her guilty pleasure – research.

Ashe tends to draw on her own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.

Ashe lives in the North of England, on the edge of the Brontë moors and enjoys the occasional flirtation with pole dancing and drinking Earl Grey tea. When not writing – which is not very often these days – her time is divided between her role as taxi driver for her teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, tortoises. And a very grumpy cockatiel.

At the last count Ashe had over forty titles on general release with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and several more in the pipeline. She writes M/f, M/M, and occasionally rings the changes with a little M/M/f. Ashe’s books invariably feature BDSM. She writes explicit stories, always hot, but offering far more than just sizzling sex. Ashe likes to read about complex characters, and to lose herself in compelling plots, so that’s what she writes too.

Ashe has a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keeps thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from her.

Ashe loves to hear from readers. Here are her social media links:

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www.ashebarker.com

Facebook

Twitter

BookBub

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Or you can email her direct on ashe.barker1@gmail.com

 

Author Spotlight: Allysa Hart is here with her sexy genie!

A Well Placed Wish

Buy Link: goo.gl/Vxc3n5

Blurb:

I lost everything, was shipped off to live with an aunt I barely knew, and was put to work cleaning her dilapidated antique shop.

And then, I met Callum.

Or should I say I released him?

I was a socialite with a strong sense of entitlement and a lot of anger.

He was a Dominant genie with a hard body and an even harder hand.

It could never work.

Could it?

Excerpt:

“You, little girl, need a Daddy.” Callum’s voice echoed.

“Yeah? Are you applying for the position?” I shot back with all of the sass I had.

Approaching me, he took my wrists in a tight hold, backed me against the wall and pinned my hands above my head. “Consider me the only applicant, because no one touches what’s mine. And you are most definitely mine.”

With one hand holding me still he used the other to lift up my night shirt and expose my breasts. I took in a sharp breath as his thumb zeroed in on my nipple and teased. His eyes stayed trained on mine as he switched to the other breast, giving it the same attention. My eyes rolled to the back of my head, my breathing labored. Luckily, his hold stayed fast because when his gentle teasing turned to sharp pinches, my knees buckled.

His lips found my neck and he chuckled sending vibrations straight to my pussy. “My girl likes it rough, huh?”

 I whimpered in need.

“Don’t cry, baby. Daddy is going to put out that little fire. Be a good girl and keep your hands where I put them.”

Nodding, I bit my lip as his eyes darkened.

 “The correct answer is always, ‘yes, Sir.’”

About Allysa Hart

I am a full-time mom to a sassy, strong-willed, loveable little girl. Okay, so she is all me. I am on the wrong side of 30, and I have been married to my best friend for over eight years. Like most couples, we have our ups and downs, but I could not imagine doing life with anyone else by my side. We are Southern California transplants, currently residing in a very rural part of the east coast. I have two crazy dogs that I adore, even though they drive me out of my ever-loving mind, most days.
I have recently rediscovered my love of words and decided to become a writer. My first story is my heart and soul, and it reaches into the depths of all that is me. I also create covers, promos, and logos for authors. I have met some amazing friends on this journey that I now happily call family. Without my family members, whether biological or chosen, I would not be half the person I am today. Their constant love and support keep me afloat.

Stalk Ally at:

Blog: http://allysahart.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allysahartauthor

https://www.facebook.com/authorallysahart/

https://www.facebook.com/allycatscreations/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allycat602/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Allysa-Hart/e/B01M747C3A/

Email: allycat5765@gmail.com

His Lady

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Elena Slater grew up on the streets of New York City as the baby sister of Alexander ‘Slay’ Slater. She knows how to hold her own, and she’s anything but submissive. Sure, all her closest friends are members of The Club, Boston’s most well-respected BDSM playground, and she can’t help but see the appeal of power exchange, especially when it comes to the sexy, ultra-dominant, and much older Blake Coleman. But that could never be more than a fantasy for a girl like her… could it?

Blake Coleman, grieving the loss of his wife and long-term submissive, spent the past year retreating from the world. But he’s slowly recognized it’s time to reconnect with his friends, and reassert himself as Master Blake, the founder of The Club. It’s a full-time job, especially when Alexander Slater’s little sister is determined to keep pushing his buttons. He’s all too tempted to teach her a lesson, but he refuses to give in to the rampant arousal she awakens in him with her sass. She’s far too young and mouthy for the likes of him.

But when Blake and Elena find themselves caught up in a nasty smear campaign motivated by revenge, the two adversaries must form an alliance, and they can no longer deny the magnetic attraction between them. What will happen when the sassy spitfire collides with Boston’s most well-known and respected Dominant?

DISCLAIMER: His Lady, book five in the Boston Doms series, is a standalone novel. It contains elements of BDSM, including bondage and the discipline of adult women.

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/2mmt19o

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34308137-his-lady

Webpage: https://janeandmaisy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010937346139  

About the Authors

 

Jane Henry

Jane has been writing since her early teens, dabbling in short stories and poetry. When she married and began having children, her pen was laid to rest for several years, until the National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 awakened in her the desire to write again. That year, she wrote her first novel, and has been writing ever since. With a houseful of children, she finds time to write in the early hours of the morning, squirreled away with a laptop, blanket, and cup of hot coffee. Years ago, she heard the wise advice, “Write the book you want to read,” and has taken it to heart. She sincerely hopes you also enjoy the books she likes to read.

Maisy Archer

Maisy is an unabashed book nerd who has been in love with romance since reading her first Julie Garwood novel at the tender age of 12. After a decade as a technical writer, she finally made the leap into writing fiction several years ago and has never looked back. Like her other great loves – coffee, caramel, beach vacations, yoga pants, and her amazing family – her love of words has only continued to grow… in a manner inversely proportional to her love of exercise, house cleaning, and large social gatherings. She loves to hear from fellow romance lovers and is always on the hunt for her next great read.

Connect with Jane & Maisy:

 

Website: https://janeandmaisy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010937346139

Amazon Jane Henry: https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Henry/e/B01BYAQYYK/

Amazon Maisy Archer: https://www.amazon.com/Maisy-Archer/e/B01F5RNKA4/  

Goodreads Jane Henry: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/237501.Jane_Henry

Goodreads Maisy Archer: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15233894.Maisy_Archer

Twitter: @janehenryauthor    @Archermaisy

Instagram Jane Henry: https://www.instagram.com/janehenryauthor

Instagram Maisy Archer: https://www.instagram.com/maisyarcher/

Sara Fields brings her sexy alien commander!

Holy cow, I loved the first two books in Sara Fields’ series, so I know this one is going to be awesome. Here’s the link to my review. 🙂 And here’s the cool stuff from Sara!

Excerpt:

“You know me well already. If I have my way, this gorgeous bottom of yours will always be a pretty shade of red. What do you think of that?”

“Wes!”

“Nope, I don’t think that’s how you’re supposed to refer to me now, is it?”

“Owww! It hurts!”

“It’s a spanking. It’s supposed to hurt.”

His hand felt like a paddle, it was so large that it covered an entire side of her bottom with every swat. Her blood began to boil, the pain of his spanks igniting something deep in her core. She panted and whined as he continued her punishment.

“Wes, please!”

“Do I need a paddle to remind you what the correct way to address me is, Olivia?”

“No! No paddle, please, master!”

The spanks lighting her bottom on fire suddenly stopped, and his finger lingered on the space between her thighs. She groaned as his fingers glided over her obvious arousal, and she gasped when his hand clapped over her pussy in a mark of ownership that heated her body to new levels. The sound of his palm slapping against her dampness caused her entire body to flush in embarrassment. Wes smiled darkly as he pulled his hand away, leaving her breathy and wanting more, even after the events of the morning they had just shared.

 

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Blurb:

 

Though Olivia is grateful to be alive after she is rescued from a terrible tyrant and brought to the planet Terranovum, she is none too pleased when she learns that she is to be auctioned as a slave to the highest bidder. But before she can be sold, she must be trained, and the man who will train her is none other than the commander of the king’s army.

Wes has tamed many human slaves and when Olivia resists his efforts to bathe her in preparation for her initial inspection, he strips the beautiful, feisty girl bare and spanks her soundly. The stern chastisement leaves Olivia tearful and repentant yet undeniably aroused, and Wes starts her lessons in submission by making her beg him shamefully for the release her body needs so badly.

Once she has been thoroughly and intimately examined, Olivia’s training begins in earnest, and Wes takes her to his bed to teach her what it means to surrender her body to a dominant man. But try as he might, he cannot bring himself to see Olivia as just another slave. She touches his heart in a way he thought nothing could, and with each passing day he grows more certain that he must claim her as his own. But with war breaking out across Terranovum, can Wes protect both his world and his woman?

Publisher’s Note: A Gift for the Commander is the third book of the Terranovum Brides trilogy, which began with A Gift for the King and continued with A Gift for the Doctor. It is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, medical play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

Buy Now:

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If you haven’t checked out Book 1 and 2 in the series, here are the buy links below!!!

Book 1 Buy Links:

 

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Amazon

 

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 Book 2 Buy Links:


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Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

AllRomance

Kobo

Author Bio:

Sara is an author specializing in erotic spanking romance, who spends the day doing science, and writes by night. She has been on the spanking scene for many years, and has experienced all different types of spankings, from sensual, to fun, to punishments, including all of the implements she writes about! Sara finally decided to branch out and write some hot spanking fiction, so she could share the sexy fantasies that happen deep in the recesses of her creative mind.

 

Email: otkdesire@yahoo.com

 

Author Links:

Blog: http://mrssarafieldsauthor.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010429061868

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mrs_Sara_Fields   (@Mrs_Sara_Fields)

Stormy Nights Publications Author Page: http://www.stormynightpublications.com/stormyauthors/sara-fields/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/SaraFields/e/B016YKP6OY/

 

Author Share – Formula Writing

Hey friends,

I know I have been a bit remiss with the Author Share posts lately. Sorry. 🙂

But when Patricia Green agreed to explain formula writing to me, I had to jump on this!

Please comment below. I would love to hear your experience, either from the writing or reading side. 🙂

Ok, let’s talk about Formula Writing.

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Katherine Deane: Thanks for joining me today, Patricia. I have heard a few publishers and authors mention this term before. What is formula writing?

Patricia Green: “Formula” is about taking tried-and-true tropes and gluing them together with certain plots, in order to fulfill reader expectations. Tropes are often-recurring scenarios pertaining to specific types of genre fiction. Spanking romance has certain tropes, romance in general has certain tropes (see here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RomanceNovelTropes and here: http://allthetropes.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Romance_Novel_Tropes for lists), westerns have tropes, as do mysteries, and suspense/thriller stories.

Katherine Deane: Can you give an example of what this could look like in spanking fiction?

Patricia Green: Applied to spanking romance, you take one of the tropes given above, and add a bratty heroine, a dominant guy who isn’t afraid to assert his authority by spanking, and you’re ready to rock ‘n roll.

Katherine Deane: Why does formula writing work?

Patricia Green: Formula writing works because it meets reader expectations. Whether a reader realizes it or not, when she picks up a book in a specific genre, she’s expecting certain things to happen. Here’s a good list of what ought to happen in a romance novel: http://howtowriteshop.loridevoti.com/2012/07/five-scenes-every-romance-novel-needs/ If your intention is to hook a regular romance reader (of any subgenre, including spanking romance), you want to use a plot that basically goes like this:

 

  1. The meeting
  2. The conflict
  3. The attraction which overwhelms the conflict
  4. Conflicting emotions which leads to a dark moment
  5. Resolution and HEA

 

Katherine Deane: That explains why my editors and publisher sometimes give me suggestions that differ from my original plan. (Like a very dark scene they suggested I tone down a bit. Best suggestion ever. I think my readers would have been very emotionally drained if I had not edited that scene.)

Katherine Deane: When does it NOT work?

Patricia Green: If you’re writing literary fiction, you have no formula. It’s a free-for-all, and once again, that meets reader expectations. If you’re writing any kind of genre fiction, though, writing to formula will get you more publisher interest, more positive reader reviews, and a greater likelihood of success. That is not to say that you cannot be a maverick, but to do so means you are taking a chance that readers will be disappointed. Writing contrary to formula is a risky business.

Katherine Deane: Is all spanking romance formulaic?

 

Patricia Green: We’d all like to think that we’re writing something new and different, something no one has ever done before. And, in terms of our heroes and heroines and their adventures, we might very well be presenting something unique. However, if you want to fall into any genre fiction category (which is the majority of fiction, these days), you will be using the formula for that genre. That’s what readers are looking for, and what you, as an author need to provide. There are so many tropes, so many things you can do with a formulaic plot, however, that you don’t need to feel constrained. Your hero and heroine are unique, with unique methods of dealing with their conflicts and emotions. That’s what makes your work special and what captures the attention of avid readers – readers who often don’t even realize they are hooked on formula.

Katherine Deane: I can attest, from the reader side, Patricia. I like the stability usually, and don’t like to be surprised. However, there are the occasional stories that push me, emotionally. And I have enjoyed them. But I might not have read them if I had just looked at the tags. (I can totally see an Author Share about tagging coming soon! )

Thanks so much for sharing with us.

 

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Patricia Green’s latest book is Rescued by the Spy. It’s a f/M/f sci fi spy adventure, with a whole lot of sexy parts. (I actually was confused by the acronym, because I usually read M/f. Here’s how Patricia explained it for me)

 f/M/f (note the capitalized M in there) means two submissive females and one dominant male, but the females do not engage each other sexually (the reason they are bookends to the M)

 

I loved this book! It definitely pushed my comfort zone boundaries a bit, but I am so glad I read it. It was amazing, and oh, so sexy!

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You can buy it on Amazon  (click on the Amazon link)

Patricia’s blog link – http://patriciagreenbooks.com/

 

Thanks again to Patricia Green for sharing her experience with us.

And check out her new book (it will knock your socks off!)

Thanks for stopping by.

Note- I am trying to plan out some cool “Author Share” Posts for 2015. What are some topics you would like to hear more about? Here are some I am thinking about:

– tags

– series writing

– making a bad guy into a good guy (sequel writing)

– sequel writing

– chat with a publisher

 

 

 

Author Share – Blog Hops

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I am so excited to have Kathryn Blake and Jane Wakely for today’s Author Share – taking part in and running a blog hop. There are so many different types of “Hops” out there, and so much information. These two women have a ton of experience and have offered to share their insights with us.

Katherine Deane:  Thanks for joining me today, ladies. You both have great experience with blog hopping – from both sides of things.  So first of all, what exactly is a blog hop, what does it entail?

K.R. Blake:  Most blog hops are set up to allow visitors to “hop” from one blog to another in order to read snippets and sometimes win prizes, by clicking on links.  Some hops request participants add the full participant list to their blog post so it’s easier for the reader/visitor to go from blog to blog.  Some hops only ask that you add a link that will take the visitor back to the main page.  As to what a hop entails, each participant writes a post on his/her blog that fits the hop theme and meets its requirements.  The post remains “live” for the length of the hop.

Jane Wakely: Hi Katherine! Thanx for inviting us! Kathryn is right: A blog hop is a way for visitors/readers to hop from one blog to another for various things. Hops can be for snippets, prizes or a general get together of like minded bloggers. Often they follow a certain theme or holiday, but not always. I’ve set up my “Hops with Heart” blog to follow the seasons, and I welcome all genres/sub-genres of romance authors and book bloggers to participate. Hops not only vary over subject, but also complexity. Most allow you to visit only the blogs you’re interested in, but others have complex rules that must be followed.

Katherine Deane: Why would an author want to take part in doing a blog hop?

K.R. Blake: For free or very inexpensive promotion? A blog hop has the potential of “exposing” its participant authors work to readers who might not find them otherwise.  Some authors have huge followings, and if you’re in the same list with them, their readers may visit your post as well.

Jane Wakely: I agree! Most blog hops cost very little or nothing at all, but the potential to be seen by readers who may have never heard of you is worth the time it takes to write a post for the event.

Katherine Deane: What’s in it for the reader?

Jane Wakely: For the hops I run, one of the requirements is every author/blogger must provide a prize on their blog, and I offer a grand prize as well. Sometimes other authors will contribute another grand prize, but it’s not expected or required. A personal blog prize can be anything of the author’s choosing including ebooks, swag, paperbacks, gift cards, etc. From this perspective, readers have several chances to win prizes and the potential to discover new authors as they hop.

K.R. Blake: Free stuff?  Blog hops can be like free candy shops for those who want to win prizes like Kindles, gift cards. or even free books.  The hop I run, Saturday Spankings, doesn’t offer prizes.  The snippet each author posts for the hop is the prize.  So, its focus is on the readers who like spanking stories, not prize winners.

Katherine Deane: Is there such a thing as too many hops or too often?

K.R. Blake: I think so.  At least from the hop participant side rather than the visitor side.  Readers want a variety of material, and if all you do is give away your work for prizes, it has the potential of sending others the message that you value your work so cheaply, all you do is give it away.  At least that’s what I think.  I participate in three author snippet hops a week where we offer excerpts of our work (no prizes).  Unless I have a new release, I try to vary my offerings between my books, which means, on average, each book gets exposed once a month in that particular hop.

Jane Wakely: Yes, I think so. Not only are hops time consuming, but if done too often, they can become annoying and lose their purpose. I’m talking about the hops with prizes available, not snippet hops. I participate because I enjoy giving loyal readers, along with new fans, a chance to win something cool. If done too often, the target audience usually can’t keep up and the hop becomes something other than intended.

Katherine Deane: How many do you each take part in ( on the author side)?

Jane Wakely: I started my “Hops with Heart” blog this past spring, and I’m hosting five hops through the site (four for all genres of romance and one for paranormal authors only.) I have participated in two other hops this year, but I won’t do any more than that. In previous years, I’ve participated in anywhere from four to eight hops.

K.R. Blake: In addition to my three “regular” author hops, I participate in about six hops a year where the primary draw for readers is the list of prizes they could win by leaving comments on the blogs.

Katherine Deane: Where do you find blog hops that fit your specific genre? Since I am a spanking romance author, I would look for spanking friendly hops. How do I find them?

K.R. Blake: Good question.  Making and running  your own hop is always a potential solution. That’s what I did.  In addition, I try to post any spanking or kink related events (hops, discussions, etc.) I’m aware of on the sidebar of the Saturday Spankings site. So, if you do decide to start your own hop, let me know about it, so I can help spread the word.

Jane Wakely: I usually find hops by word of mouth. I belong to two romance author yahoo groups and when someone posts about a hop, I check it out and see if it fits my brand, then I decide whether or not to sign-up. Those hops are usually open to all romance genres, or at least mainstream books, which is where I would fit in. In order to find a genre specific hop, I created my own (the Howloween hop is specific to paranormal romance authors) and you could too! 🙂

Katherine Deane: What goes into running a blog hop?

K.R. Blake: I list Headmistress Blake as the Admin of Saturday Spankings. Sat Spanks, as I like to more affectionately call it, has rules, and I needed an avatar that would help police and enforce them.  I’m not too good at enforcing anything on anyone, so I let Mistress Blake be my spokesperson.  She’s been awfully quiet lately, though.  So, you will need someone, and it can be more than one person, to set up and run or administer the hop.  I prefer to use a site separate from my own blog to run Sat Spanks.

I use Linky List for my participant sign-up list.  There are other list makers available, but I believe all of them charge a yearly fee.  So, you need to pay a modest fee for use of  the “list maker” on a yearly basis.  Currently Linky List charges $25 a year, so it’s not extravagant.

Next, I have the actual Saturday Spankings site that I maintain by scheduling a weekly post to go live on its proper date and time, and I add the correct Linky List code to each post, double checking my dates.  Then, on Saturday morning (usually around 12:30 AM) I check every link to make sure they all work, and update the link to point to the actual post.  As I’m checking the links, I try to comment on as many posts as I can.  I’d say, on average, I spend three to four hours a week running my Saturday Spankings blog hop.

Jane Wakely: Let’s see…My first step also involved a separate site. I used blogger so I could have the same sign-in info, but I use a completely different blog. Rules are needed, so I created them next and I tweak them as needed–usually minor things I learn along the way. Next, I needed the linky account, but I decided to use Inlinkz. Inlinkz is free unless you want to set up sign-up lists that last over sixty days. I needed that option, so I pay them an annual fee of $20.

After those initial set ups, every blog hop follows the same formula. First, I decide when I want the hop and then I check my calendar to make sure I’m available. Next, I make a graphic (or a blog button) and write up something about the hop for the blog hop site. Next I make the link list and post everything to the blog. I tweet, FB, Google+, blog, etc to get the word out.

When the sign-up period ends, I send the hoppers a big info email that includes the rules, blog button and rafflecopter code and then wait for blog hop day! On the day of the hop, I check everyone’s links and make sure they have the necessary elements included in their post. (This usually takes 2-3 hours.) Once everyone is checked, I promote the hop like crazy!

The final step is to chose the grand prize winner and then email the info to the hop participants!

Katherine Deane: Does it have to be huge, and take part over several days?

Jane Wakely: Nope, a hop can be as large or as small as you want it. If you’re running it, you set the rules. I find that four days, including a weekend, works best, and including holidays is hit or miss (depends on the holiday.) I usually don’t include them, because the point of the hop is exposure and most holidays are spent with family or outside activities.

K.R. Blake: Another good question.  If the hop is offering prizes, it’s best to schedule it over a weekend, making sure you schedule your hop away from holidays, when people are more likely participating in “family” events, and avoiding conflicts with major conferences (if you’re running a reader/author hop) unless the hop is being held and promoted for the readers staying home.  The snippet hops, as I like to call them, usually have a sign-up period that lasts about a week, but the posts are scheduled for a single day. There are no hard and fast rules for setting up a hop, but the hop itself should have rules that participants must follow and an individual who will ride herd to make sure everyone is staying in line  (see Headmistress Blake).

Katherine Deane: Do you have to give prizes? If so, what do you give for prizes, and how do you obtain them?

K.R. Blake: Prizes are not obligatory, but if you do decide to offer them, it’s best to have them related to the nature of the hop.  Spanking-related hops will offer hand-made paddles as gifts as well as gift certificates to reputable sex toy places.  Because most of the spanking hops are author-related, gift cards to Amazon is a good idea along with having author participants offer prizes (like additional gift cards or one free eBook from their backlist).  You don’t want to cut into the sales of your most current book, so offering a selection from your older books is a good compromise.  As to how you obtain the prizes, you, or someone helping you, need to contact the prize supplier and ask if they would be willing to donate a prize for your hop in exchange for free advertising as a prize giver.  Offering prizes is very time consuming, but it does gain your hop better participation.

Jane Wakely: No, you don’t have to give prizes unless it’s one of the rules of the hop. It is one of the rules of the hops I run (Hops with Heart) and I usually make the prizes I give away, or add something I make to a swag bundle. Others give away ebooks, paperbacks, giftcards, etc. I leave the prize up to the blogger–it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as they offer something. I’ve seen other hops where the prize had to be something specific, but I don’t do that.

Katherine Deane:  Any tips or suggestions for taking part in and /or running a blog hop?

Jane Wakely: Taking part in a hop is relatively easy and can benefit both the blogger and the hopper. I think the best advice is to not make entering your giveaway too complicated. Asking a hopper to answer a question or like your page, etc doesn’t take too much time and has the potential to gain new fans. Anything more complex can turn off hoppers and defeats the purpose of fun! As for running a hop, Kathryn has made some great points. Don’t take on the project of a hop–especially one that might be large–if you can’t follow through. Other bloggers are depending on you and you need to be available to them in a reasonable amount of time.

K.R. Blake: As for taking part in a hop, try to make your entry something readers would like to read.  (Easier said than done, sometimes.) For hops that offer prizes, I usually provide an excerpt and ask readers to answer a question about it.  Even if I don’t ask a question related to the excerpt, II try to set up the post to make it easy for readers to purchase the specific book I’m promoting. As for running a hop, make sure you have time to devote specifically to setting up and promoting the hop.  Encourage comments and feedback, and make sure you respond to anyone who contacts you with a concern or question.  Hops are supposed to be fun, so do what you can to make them that way for yourself as well as others.

Katherine Deane:  Please help me start a list of “spanking friendly” blog hops; and how often they run.

http://saturdayspankings.blogspot.com) – weekly hop (runs Saturdays) – 6-8 sentences

http://www.hornyhumpday.com/ – weekly hop (runs Wednesdays)3 sentences only- focuses on erotic

http://hopswithheart.blogspot.com — Seasonal hops for all genres/subgenres of

http://spankingromance.com/the-june-spanking-a-z-challenge-spanka2z/ – Summer Spanks blog hop, open to all members of the spanking community

http://sneak-peek-sunday.blogspot.com/ – weekly hop (runs Sundays) 6 paragraphs

http://mfrw-authors.blogspot.com/p/book-hooks.html#.U81DquNdX9k – weekly hop (runs Wednesdays), need to join MFRW (Marketing for Romance Writers), which is free, 6-8 sentences

http://wipitupwednesday.blogspot.com/ – weekly hops (runs on Wednesdays), Wip is open to all romance and erotic writing enthusiasts

Thanks so much, ladies!

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As you can see, there is a lot of “blog hop” action out there. Do you want to take part in a few small ones; do a large one; do you have a great theme idea and want to run your own?

Go for it!

Enjoy the “hopping”!

Please comment with other recurring (spanking friendly, please 🙂 )  hops, and I will add it to the list.

And make sure to say what type it is.

And as always, comments, experiences, tips are all accepted.

Thanks for stopping by for the Author Share!

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Today’s hostesses:

Kathryn R. Blake

Kathryn R. Blake has been writing romantic fantasies for over twenty years. In addition to her writing, Kathryn enjoys reading, traveling (London especially), crewel needle work, and playing with graphics on her web site.

Author Website:  http://www.KathrynRBlake.com

Author Blog/s:  http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.page

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4058144.Kathryn_R_Blake

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-R.-Blake/e/B003G5G15Y

Jane Wakely

Jane has been creating stories of love and romance for as long as she can remember. She’s a sucker for a happy ending and thinks the best thing about any movie or book is when the characters find someone to love.

Jane writes romance in the contemporary, fantasy and paranormal genres, but paranormal romance is her true passion. She loves creating worlds around sexy shifters and vamps—even if the shifter is a smelly skunk!

Jane writes sensual romance that will warm your heart, and a happy ever after is guaranteed!

FB: www.facebook.com/JaneWakely

Page: www.facebook.com/JaneWakelyRomanceAuthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/JaneWakely

Author Blog: www.janewakely.blogspot.com

Hops with Heart Blog: www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com

Author Share – Interviews and Guest Posts

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Welcome to today’s Author Share about Interviews and Guest Posts. As a relatively new author, I still have a lot of questions about promotion. I’m still not very comfortable with self promotion, but do quite enjoy doing interviews and guest posts. And I love promoting other authors. Which led me to this week’s Author Share questions. I have invited two amazing authors, who are also fantastic at promoting other authors. Tara Finnegan and Maddie Taylor are here today to share some of their experiences. Thanks for joining me today, ladies. Let’s jump right in!

Katherine Deane: Ok, let’s start with the basics. What is the difference between an interview and a guest post ?

Tara Finnegan: Good question. I would say an interview is led by the questions or topics the interviewer wants to deal with, a guest post is led by the guest. So to put it in terms we understand an interview is almost D/s compared to guest post  which is more a vanilla “how do you like it, honey?”

Katherine Deane:  Great comparison! So the host / hostess really doesn’t have too much involvement with a guest post, correct?

Tara Finnegan. That’s the way I see it. The host may have specific requirements or a preference for a particular topic etc, but the general structure of the post will be up to the invitee. Although I stand to be corrected by Maddie on that. (Or even better again, if she can get some of her hot Doms from Club Decadence to correct me I’ll be very obedient in begging her pardon)

Maddie Taylor:  A guest post to me is pure, unadulterated promotion–blurb, excerpt, buy links, yada yada yada. A necessary evil and if done well can tease and leave the reader hungry for more.  So hungry that they pop on over to Amazon for a satisfying one-click snack.  LOL.  Bragging some may say, it’s true, but we all have to promote in this business, like a commercial, and get the word out.  I like interactive so much better because the reader can learn some very interesting tidbits about the authors the like.  Some, I have found, are much more forthcoming than others, to the point of exhibitionism.  Others are closed mouthed and you have to play dentist and pull it out of them one yank or key stroke at a time. I learned to ask open ended questions so I didn’t get yes/no answers.  Either way, Tara,  thanks for the shameless plug.  I have a few single Doms left at The Club who could help get to the bottom of your correction.  Do you prefer Master Sean or Lil T?  Name your Dom and I’ll send him straight over

Tara Finnegan: I’ll leave that choice in your capable hands, Maddie. I am sure one is as hot as the other, if you created them.

Katherine Deane: Mmm, I would like to stand corrected too! Or OTK corrected? 😉

Maddie Taylor: OTK, paddles, floggers, whips and canes are all possible, dear Katherine.  It all comes down to the degree of correction that is required.

Katherine Deane: LOL, Maddie, I’ll keep that in mind 🙂

Does one take longer than the other for either party (the host or the guest)?

Maddie Taylor: Aww!  She got serious again, what a sad turn.   Okay, I’ll  straighten up and be good, for now.

Katherine Deane: It’s sad, but someone has to keep the original conversation going. More wonderful spanky talk later 🙂

Tara Finnegan: My experience is that interviews tend to take longer for both! Obviously, the interviewer will have to come up with the questions, read the replies and then tweak the flow a little, whereas with a guest post, the host only has to copy and paste, checking links and formatting work.

Even the invitee will probably spend more time answering specific questions than they would on a guest blog.

Katherine Deane:  And in the case of an Author Shares, there is a lot of back and forth and tweaking, eh? 😉

Even though there is more work for one, is one better than the other? What are the pro’s and con’s for each?

Tara Finnegan: I’ll be interested to hear Maddie’s opinion on this as she does regular interview spots, and probably has it down to a fine art. In fact I don’t do half enough of them as I’m a bit of a lazy blogger, and quite happily go with what the visitor wants.

Maddie Taylor:  Thanks for mentioning it, Tara.  I have what I call Maddie’s Intimate Authors Corner on my weekly blog; Wicked Wanton Wednesday.  I ask my guests if they would participate in the interview and have a long list of questions, both serious (related to writing) and fun stuff (intimate questions like favorite spanking position).  To make it worthwhile, I ask them to answer at least 5 questions of their choice.   This gives my shy guests a chance to stay clear of the more personal questions and those inclined to let it all hang out a chance to do so.  Some answer all 25 questions quite graphically and in great detail.  Those are the guests I really enjoy.  Naughty me!  But to each his/her own.

Katherine Deane: Is there a protocol for getting hosted on someone’s blog?  Do I, as an author with a new book, just go out and ask? Or do I wait for someone to offer? Or is there a happy medium?

Tara Finnegan: Hmm, I don’t really know the answer to this. I think it’s ok to put out a post and issue a general request. Anyone who can fit you in, will. Those who have a full schedule don’t feel under pressure, as you haven’t contacted them directly. I find people tend to be very generous in offering blog days if you ask.

Maddie Taylor: I usually book a month in advance for my Wednesday spot, put out a call for guest spots and authors IM me.  When it’s my turn, I’ll usually go to former guests and see if they have a space for me.  So as a hostess and a guest, I guess you could say I go both ways.  LOL  Speaking of which, Katherine has a post coming up on my blog on July 22nd.  When are you dropping by, Tara????  See how easy that is  🙂

Katherine Deane:  Holy cow, Maddie, you are good at this!

Should I offer something in return? (copy of the book, space on my blog for one of their releases?)

Tara Finnegan: I think it is polite to offer a return date, even if you leave it an open date that they can call on you for in the future. There should be no need to offer a copy of the book, unless you are actually asking them to review it for you. I honestly don’t think anyone would expect that. Remember how many of their books you have bought in your lifetime 🙂

Maddie Taylor:  I agree with Tara, returning the offer is the polite thing to do. I usually stay away from offering a free book for a review because I think a reader should be under no obligation to give a good review in return for a freebie.  In this biz, I think we have to be prepared for any reviews, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I let my publisher handle ARC’s in exchange for honest reviews.

Katherine Deane: Ooh, good point. Can you actually ask someone to review your book in addition to the promo- (in exchange for a free book?), or is that rude since you are already asking them to promote you? Is there a protocol on this?

Tara Finnegan: Again I don’t know if there is a protocol. What I’ve done in the past is if someone says they are going to read it before the interview/ blog day and post a review as part of the post, then I might offer a copy. I have never asked anyone to review for a blog post. Maddie may have more of an idea, as she has so much more experience than I.

Maddie Taylor: I’ve always wished there was a New Authors 101 class out there that would cover all of this, offering helpful tidbits on social media, how to promote your books, how to blog, what is expected of me, etc…  Wouldn’t that have been helpful, Tara?  I do try to reach out to new authors and offer advice if they are interested.  I had to learn as I went and so many experience authors helped me along the way that I think helping newbies is paying it forward.

 

Katherine Deane:  A new author’s 101 sounds very helpful!! I am very thankful for all the help my fellow authors gave me as well. 🙂

Can I post on my own blog or another person’s blog, on the same day I am being promoted by the other blogger, or is this considered rude?

Maddie Taylor: This has happened to me before because I am terrible with a calendar.  I’ve double booked and been double booked.  It didn’t bother me either way.  I say just give each blog equal time that day if it happens.  Also, I have offered the ‘double bookie’ a different date if they’d like.  That is how Tantalizing Tuesdays began on my blog… Sh… don’t tell anyone.  LOL

Tara Finnegan: Lol, I’m like Maddie, as in I don’t really keep a calendar. But also, I think the first couple of weeks of a release it’s really important to spread the word as much as you can, so I think doubling up then is fair enough. It’s marketing.

Katherine Deane: You ladies are awesome at what you do, on both the author side and the promoting side. Thanks for sharing your experience with me today. 🙂

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From what I have taken from today’s post, author promotion is not just a one person job. It takes a team of supporters. It also seems like the wonderful old “back scratching” way of doing things. Or the golden rule. However you want to coin it. 🙂

There are several different ways of conveying the message, to give everyone an opportunity to see something different without getting bored.

And with a little respectful support, and willingness to help each other, the word will get out.

Thanks for stopping by today for Author Share  – Interviews and Guest Posts. I would love feedback. What do you prefer to read as far as promotion goes? Any other tips or suggestions?

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Today’s hostesses:

Tara Finnegan:

Blog:http://tarafinneganromance.blogspot.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TaraFinneganRomance?ref=hl

Twitter:https://twitter.com/TaraFinnegan6

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Tara-Finnegan/e/B00CQ7L6G2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1405880383&sr=8-1

Maddie Taylor:

Blog : http://maddietaylorromance.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maddie.taylor.121772?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaddieTWrites