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Kathryn R Blake brings a little “Past Interference”

Have you read Kathryn R Blake’s latest Corbin’s Ben novella? Here’s your chance to see a bit more… 🙂

Excerpt:

In a flashback, Jerry wants to start a new tradition on Christmas Eve as he and Elly stand before his parents’ tree.

After placing a kiss on Elly’s head, Jerry handed her a small glass angel ornament. “Here.” The crystal wings and bell skirt were so fine and delicate she hesitated to take the figure from his fingers.

“Go on. She’s a lot sturdier than she looks. Just grasp the hanging string. I want you to place her on the tree.”

“Me? Why?” Elly asked, blinking up at him in wonder. These were the Douglas’s traditions, and as welcoming as Jerry’s family had been, she was still an outsider.

“Because I want to start a new tradition — tonight. Please?”

Elly carefully pinched the slender golden cord between her thumb and index finger and set the sparkling three-inch figurine on her palm before she glanced at Jerry in surprise. “Did you make this?”

Smiling, he shook his head while his mother, father, two brothers and single sister all took seats on the couches positioned near the tree. Elly held the last ornament to be placed.

“He did have it specially made, however,” his mother announced with a grin.

“Mother…,” Jerry warned.

Elly examined the fragile angel more closely. “You did?”

“Yes, I did. Look at her eyes.”

They were two tiny green stones that matched the color of Elly’s irises. She smiled at him, when a sudden sparkle from the angel’s halo caught her eye. A garland of diamond-like crystals crowned the celestial being’s long crystal locks.

“She’s got a halo of shiny stars set in a silver circle,” Elly said in wonder, staring at the delicate winged figure.

“The eyes are emeralds, the circle is platinum, the bar set stones are real diamonds, but you’re right about the halo, because you are my very own angel.” Grasping her free hand in his, Jerry dropped down to one knee. “Eleanor Ann Franklin Benson, would you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”

The room grew snowfall silent as Elly’s tear-filled eyes gazed down at the man she adored.

“You’re asking me to marry you?” Her words emerged as a mere squeak of a sound.

“I told you I would do things right when I proposed. Yes, my heart, I want to spend the rest of my life with you at my side and under my wing. I want to love, hold, cherish and protect you for as long as we both shall live. Will you say yes? Please?”

Elly’s mouth opened and closed, but no sound came out. Then she gazed at his smiling family gathered to witness their baby lay his heart out on a line. The man, whom she loved most in the world, knelt before her and his closest relatives to claim he wanted her. Her. Overcome with emotion, Elly could only nod her head.

His smile broad, Jerry rose to his feet, cupped her face in his hands and kissed her beneath the sprig of mistletoe his eldest brother held above their heads.

 

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Blurb:

When Jerry Douglas asks Elly Benson to marry him, he wants their ceremony to be as close to Valentine’s Day as possible. Though Elly tearfully accepts Jerry’s proposal without hesitation, as she readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage. When Elly recalls how quickly her uncertain stomach jitters grew into tight knots of pain on her wedding day, she also remembers how and why she’d fallen in love with and married Arthur, her first husband. A mistake she regrets more and more with each passing hour.

Though she’s lived with Jerry for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, her first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, in the beginning. At least until she vowed to love, honor and obey him. And their move to Corbin’s Bend turned him from the strict, but caring husband she thought she’d married into a monster she no longer recognized.

 

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Bio:

Lessons in Love is Kathryn R. Blake’s sixth novel with Blushing Books, and fifth spanking romance where Domestic Discipline is primary to the plot.  Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine.  In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them.  However, even in Kathryn’s novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart.  In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats or promises.

To date, all of her heroes are dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love.  However, part of that protectiveness includes the need for a certain amount of control.  They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren’t infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.

Kathryn has been a member of RWA since the early 1980s and has joined several local and special interest chapters. Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn’s bed.  She has also recently taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry.

Her personal website, http://www.kathrynrblake.com, is filled with photos and links to information about her many interests as well as peppered with quizzes, contests, games and lots of other fun things to do and she loves to hear from her readers, so she has an e-mail link at the bottom of every page.

Social Links:

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Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.kathrynrblake.com

Kathryn R Blake brings her “Lessons in Love”

I am so excited Kathryn R Blake is bringing her new story today! What’s not to love about a sexy millionaire that spanks? 😉

Excerpt:

(Not wanting to delay her release from the hospital after a three day stay, Pam opts not to take a shower. Feeling unclean, she tells Rob she wants to shower or bathe before she gets into bed. However, since she purposefully cut her palms just minutes before, Rob wraps her hands in plastic to protect them, then helps her undress for the bath he intends to give her.)

Pam rose a little unsteadily to her feet and stood before Rob. With a smile that was a blend of temptation and pure male satisfaction, he kept his eyes focused on her and rolled up his sleeves. Forearms bare, he fingered the hem of her shirt and raised it over her head with deliberate slowness, as if unwrapping a present. Once her top was removed, he bent and kissed her again.

Ignoring the rude rustling, she lifted her plastic-covered hands to twine them behind his neck, but he caught her wrists and lowered her arms to her side. “No. I’m doing this. Your task is to accept everything I provide while I discover what pleases you. You are not to move or speak unless I give you permission. Understand?”

Nodding her agreement, Pam stood obediently silent as Rob filled the tub. Steamy water billowed out of the faucet and within seconds the room was enveloped in a warm, mystical mist.

He returned to kneel at her feet and tugged at her bottoms. His fingertips traced along the length of her inner thigh as he drew the material toward the floor.

“Put your hand on my shoulder and step out.”

When her shorts were off, she stood in her bra and underpants and struggled not to wrap her arms about her like a shield.

“Since I’m already down here, I think I’ll remove your panties next.” When his long fingers stroked her waist, Pam drew in a sharp breath. But he continued as if she hadn’t moved.

A light stroke followed by a gentle tug and her underwear became a puddle of cotton on the bathroom tiles. His hands, however, remained poised on her upper thighs. Nothing was said, but Pam knew what he intended to do next, so she shut her eyes.

“No. Look at me. I want you aware for every second who is bringing you pleasure tonight. Later, we will need to address your issues, but, for now, I want you to keep your eyes on me when I touch you. Part your legs for me.” When Pam obeyed, he reached between her legs, and she jerked, but kept her eyes open for as long as could. A part of her brain scolded her for not being more embarrassed, but she enjoyed the sensations his stroking wrought far too much to let guilt taint them. When she released a soft sigh, he lowered his hands.

“So warm and sweet. I could spend the night exploring all your hidden treasures, but we have a bath to take.” Rising to his feet, he strode over to the bathtub and turned off the water. When he returned, he stood before her and reached behind to unfasten her bra.

 

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Blurb:

Pam Weston didn’t have many choices as far as employment went. Her prison sentence saw to that. With limited secretarial skills, and an even more limited budget, she never considered herself executive material. So, when she was ordered to report to the CEO of her company as his new personal assistant, she fully expected to be checking out the “Help Wanted” section of the paper before the day was over.

Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob’s mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past, he expected convincing her to agree to his program would be a challenge.

Buy Links:

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Bio:

Lessons in Love is Kathryn R. Blake’s sixth novel with Blushing Books, and fifth spanking romance where Domestic Discipline is primary to the plot.  Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine.  In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them.  However, even in Kathryn’s novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart.  In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats or promises.

To date, all of her heroes are dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love.  However, part of that protectiveness includes the need for a certain amount of control.  They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren’t infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.

Kathryn has been a member of RWA since the early 1980s and has joined several local and special interest chapters. Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn’s bed.  She has also recently taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry.

Her personal website, http://www.kathrynrblake.com, is filled with photos and links to information about her many interests as well as peppered with quizzes, contests, games and lots of other fun things to do and she loves to hear from her readers, so she has an e-mail link at the bottom of every page.

Social Links:

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

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.profile

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.kathrynrblake.com

Scare Your Pants Off- Friday: Evil Wizards and Lusty Vampires

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Happy Halloween! It’s official! We made it through the week of scares! Here are the posts from the rest of the week, just in case you missed any:

Intro, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Don’t forget to leave a reply if you want a chance at the prizes! (I’ll announce the winners tomorrow.)

Thanks for stopping by for the fun and the scares. 🙂

 

The first excerpt is a wonderfully dark and disturbing scene from Kathryn R Blake’s ‘Deadly Enchantment’.

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Lynwood Manor – The Dungeon

Although a peer of the realm, Terrence Nathaniel Moreland, Earl of Lynwood, cared not at all for the trappings and social amenities associated with being a member of the nobility. The title offered him certain privileges, which he made use of as they suited him, but for the most part, he preferred to seclude himself in his laboratory where he could work his spells and potions undisturbed and unquestioned.

And today he was attempting something a little different. Something he’d never been entirely successful at before, but curiosity and a feeling of restlessness impelled him to try again. That and the fact that the young woman seated near him had ruined his breakfast by overcooking his eggs.

She was unconscious now, which was just as well, since Terrence was finding her screams a bit tedious. Not that he minded inflicting pain and suffering on others, but this one had a particularly shrill voice that grated on his nerves. Even so, she had turned out better than most of the others. Her skin was red, dried and wrinkled as if she’d been left out in the sun too long. Years, too long. If he touched her, her flesh would peel off into his hand like the skin of an over-baked chicken. She’d cooked much better than her eggs had.

He was regarding his handiwork when Basil, his manservant, requested permission to enter. Basil was the only person whom Terrence allowed to enter his laboratory and leave in the same condition he arrived. He’d placed a magical barrier around his domain barring anyone else to enter without his permission. It was a useless formality, since no one else dared to even ask permission for fear of earning his or her lord’s displeasure. Rumors circulated that not all the rats Terrence’s cat took great pleasure in chasing and devouring began their short lives as rodents.

Terrence called his permission for Basil to enter. He was done with the girl, and Basil would see to her disposal.

Basil came down the steps and halted.

“She’s alive,” Terrence informed him, “but she won’t be for long. You’d best get a blanket or rug to carry her in, else you’ll have a mess on your hands.” He regarded the girl with a critical eye. “I’d say the spell was a success this time. Wasn’t precisely the effect I intended, but close enough.”

Basil’s nose wrinkled slightly, but he held his tongue.

Terrence turned back to his spell book. “That’s all. You may go.”

Basil cleared his throat. “I do have something to tell you that I believe will be of great interest to you, my lord,” he murmured deferentially.

“Go ahead, then. Say it.”

“I believe Mr. Westcroft may have found a new mate.”

“Really. And what makes you think I’d care to hear tale of some new trollop my bastard brother wishes to mount?”

“I have good reason to believe that the woman is none other than Felicity Cunningham’s sister, my lord.”

“Rumor mills can be notoriously inaccurate. Who’s your source?”

“I’ve been passing the occasional evening with one of Westcroft’s serving maids, and she overheard the girl talking to her cousin. She says the girl is using her cousin’s name instead of her own and that Westcroft isn’t even aware of the girl’s duplicity.”

Terrence rubbed his chin. “Now that is interesting. His dead wife’s sister is living under his roof, and my bastard brother has no idea. I may just have to pay my little brother an unexpected visit this week.”

Blurb:

Serena Cunningham did not trust Dominic Westcroft, since she was almost certain he had brutally slaughtered her sister, his first wife, in a fit of jealous rage, and she was out to prove he was the cold-blooded killer she believed him to be. All she needed was the opportunity.

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Next up is a fun and scary excerpt from Darling Adams’, ‘Loose Morals’.

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Sasha exited the Tucson Center for Developmentally Disabled at midnight, exhausted from her shift. She scanned the dark downtown streets for anyone she ought to avoid on her five block walk to her duplex. Downtown should lend comfort in numbers, but unless it was a weekend, the only people who roamed Congress Street after midnight were looking for trouble.

A man approached and while he didn’t look menacing, she held her keys pointed through her knuckles the way she’d learned in her self-defense class, then added her own self-devised protection—imagining a giant ball of light surrounding her.

The moment she pictured it, the man stopped in his tracks, staring as if he could see it. Her breath froze in her chest, heart pounding.

A slow grin spread across his face. “Is this for me?” he drawled in a faint British accent.

Vampire.

She didn’t know how she could tell, but the word had entered her mind clearly.

His grin broadened, showing sharp canines. “Yes,” he purred as if she’d spoken the word aloud. “And you are…what? A witchling?” He cocked his head to the side, “Priestess?” He extended his fingertips in the air, touching what would be the edge of her ball of light and suddenly she saw it, too—a shimmering white wall of protection that rippled and repelled his touch.

Even in the streetlights she could tell he was beautiful with rumpled blond hair and pork chop style side burns. Deep dimples crinkled now as he looked at her creation with apparent fascination. He turned the glittering gaze on her, locking eyes.

Energy shifted within her and her belly seemed to move to the left as her chest moved to the right. Her bubble of light vanished. Gasping, she tensed to run, and he smiled wider.

“Oh yes, do run, little witchling. I so love a good chase.”

She stumbled backward. “I-I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m not a witch or a priestess. I’m nobody. I’m just a counselor at the School for the Disabled.”

He walked casually forward as she continued backing away. “Where’d you learn to do that?”

“What? The bubble?” She shook her head. “I don’t know—I just invented it, I guess.”

“Powerful,” he muttered, more to himself than to her. “Do you do other magick?”

She shook her head, looking around for anyone who might help her. “No, sir.” She didn’t know where the “sir” came from, but it amused him and he beamed another toothy grin, his fangs seeming to lengthen before her eyes.

It had been the eye contact that had burst the bubble. All she had to do was avoid looking directly at him. She threw another bubble up around her and took off running as fast as she could. She heard his laughter behind her, but did not hear footsteps in pursuit. Still, the hairs on her head stood up, warning her of something. She ran the five blocks to her duplex and jabbed her key into the lock. Once inside, she checked the latches on the doors and windows, trying to catch her breath.

A stake through the heart. That was how you killed a vampire. And garlic. She looked around wildly for any kind of wooden stick. There—the dowel in her little wall hanging. It might work. It was three quarter inches thick and 18 inches long. She brought it to the kitchen and began frantically carving the end into a crude point.

She almost screamed when she heard a knock on the door, but then her neighbor’s voice called out, “Hey, Sasha, you got any smokes?”

“No, Jane! I don’t smoke, remember?” she called back.

“Well, can I come in?” Jane asked.

Crap.

She went to the door, sharpened stake in hand, and opened it. Somehow, she was not at all surprised to see the vampire leaning in the door frame.

“Go back to your side,” he said softly to Jane, whose eyes were glassy and unfocused. She trotted obediently away, clearly mesmerized by the vampire.

Even as her brain processed it, her eyes slid to his and she became lost in the ice blue pools, her belly moving to the left as her chest moved to the right.

“Come in,” she heard herself say.

He grinned broadly and pushed past her into the apartment.

The moment their gaze broke, her wits returned and she launched herself at him, aiming for the middle of his upper back with the sharpened dowel.

He whirled and caught her wrist so quickly she didn’t see it happen, but the outrage on his features registered clearly, fangs elongating as he hissed. Wrestling the dowel from her, he snatched her up around the waist and carried her, kicking and squirming to her living room. She panicked, wishing she had eaten garlic or had some other defense against getting drained by a hungry leech. To her surprise, he plopped down on her sofa and pulled her ass-up over his lap. “That was extremely rude,” he informed her. “I expect a more gracious welcome when I come to call.”

 

Blurb

When Sasha Deschamps unwittingly attracts the attention of a strange man on her late night walk home from work, she winds up with a supernatural guest she can’t get rid of. The dominant immortal demands her complete submission and cooperation, refusing to free her until she has performed an act of magic, one which she does not know how to even begin. Charlie sees the power in Sasha and believes she has the ability to undo the curse placed on him by a jealous lover over one hundred years before. He also loves toying with the feisty witchling, doling out humiliating punishments while arousing a lust in her that leaves them both hungry for satisfaction.  Emotionally detached to the point of amorality, his motto has been “friendly with many, close to none”, but he finds himself falling for Sasha, believing he might be able to trust a woman again. When he discovers she is actually the reincarnated witch who cursed him, though, his world turns on end. Can he accept she has returned to his life to heal the rift between them? Or will he walk away from her again, as he did so many years ago?  Publishers Note: This book contains elements of BDSM including anal punishment, figging, spanking, bondage and erotic sex scenes.

 

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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