Tuesday, November 27, 2007

enWrappture contest winner

Okay, I'm here to announce my winner. I had quite a few names to put in the pot and of course my son's fought over who was going to draw the name. *oh, the woes of having twins-LOL* However, we came up with a winner....*drum roll*

WckedDivaMommy!

Congratulations! I'll be sending you an email.

No worries if you didn't win this time. Tuesday, Dec 4th is the release of my Loose-Id book, Bonded Hearts and I'm just waiting for a confirmation of an author day in December where I'll be giving away some prizes. Oh, and I have a TRS Book-A-Day Giveaway sometime in December. I'll have to rumage through my email to find that date, but I'll let you know.

Oh, and just so you know, my website will be out for a couple of days. I found that I was paying WAY too much for my server and website builder and have been working on re-designing the site with new colors (more to match this blog) and graphic (that I made myself - eek), and some re-organization. I've got my book list done so far, but still have some stuff to add and a couple of pages to work on. Give me a couple of days and I should have it up by the weekend - at least enough so readers can see what's up :D

Sunday, November 25, 2007

did some reading...

First off, my enWrappture contest is extended one more day. I'll be drawing a name Monday night since I did a lot of traveling this weekend, I didn't promote it as much as I wanted *sigh*

But when I wasn't writing or sleeping *g* on the 12 hour trip from Alabama, I finally dug around my e-book collection and found some short stories to read :D

Jilted by Leigh Ellwood was a great story.
Revenge can be sweet and I loved the twist at the end. I never would have guess!
It's available at http://www.phaze.com/

Dragon's Star by Stephanie Burke was... entertaining. I had a hard time emercing myself into the world of dragon shifters the author created. And the whole Quad concept had me a bit confused until the end...which would have been nice to see a foursome ;) However, the intimate scenes were hot *drool* and I liked Star's attitude throughout the story.
It's available at http://www.redrosepublishing.com/

Kinky Girls Do by Michelle Houston was a sexy piece.
Comprised of four short stories of BDSM, I found myself hating when each story ended. I wanted more and enjoyed the entire book.
It's available at http://www.phaze.com/

And don't forget to check out my other blog - Worlds of Mayhem for more suggestions. My partner in crime, Steph, has made a couple more posts since Wednesday and I'll be adding one of Sierra Dafoe's books to the list tomorrow!

Now back to writing...Fallen Angels is almost completed and getting ready for the big edit so it's pretty for a publisher I've never submitted to. Reluctant Hearts is coming along and I'll be continuing The Gift so I can send in some nice stuff to one of my editors :D

I've also updated the covers on my sidebar. Bonded Hearts cover is now up!

Help another and in some way you too will be helped.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

enWrappture Contest

Ready to win a prize? How about something kind of Christmasy? *g*
It'll be easy. I promise. Just answer a couple of questions concerning enWrappture.
The answers can be found on the previous post (blurb and excerpt)

Here we go...

1 - Which book of mine do we first meet Christopher? (hint-my Valentine themed Heatsheet)

2 - What is Mason's pen name?

3 - What color is Mason's eyes?

Just email your answers to marty@martyrayne.com . Participants will be put into a drawing which a name will be drawn Sunday, Nov 25th

The Prize? A free download of enWrappture!
If you already have the book, then the choice of any of my other available books :D

BONUS QUESTION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED THE BOOK

** What color does Devyn advise Christopher to wear so that it brings out the blue of his eyes?**

I will send a small prize to all that answer this BONUS question correctly. Just remember, you have to read the book to know because I don't have it anywhere on the web.
Send your answer to marty@martyrayne.com

GOOD LUCK and everyone have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2007

enWrappture released plus other news!

Good evening everyone. Yes, I know it's Monday night and no, I'm not posting a new part of Second Chances. That will come next week since I've got a new release and was busy putting together my newsletter among getting ready for our trip out of state for the Thanksgiving holiday this week. So let's get to the news.

First off, I recieved my Bonded Hearts cover and LOVE it! I can't wait for its release on December 4th from Loose-Id. I'm hoping to have the time tomorrow to update the cover to my website and this blog tomorrow.


Second, my November Newsletter is posted! It contains never before posted excerpts for Testing Passion and enWrappture along with other goodies . Come by and check it out.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Martys_Erotic_Times/message/14

Third, Testing Passion has been bouncing around the erotica best seller list over at fictionwise (www.fictionwise.com) *Hee - doing happy dance*

And lastly, enWrappture is offically released! If you liked my Valentine themed Fetish Heatsheet, At The Edge, you'll love my Christmas Frost.

enWrappture
ISBN: 978-1-59426-794-9
$2.00
Frost Heatsheet
Released November 19, 2007 by Phaze
www.phaze.com

http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=enWrappture+by+Marty+Rayne

Also available at www.fictionwise.com

Being on Santa’s Nice List can be rewarding…

We first meet young, charming, and sexy Christopher O’Malley on Valentine’s Night in New York City helping his friends Michael and Todd complete their most hidden fantasies. This night helped Christopher create his own flights of imagination where love and bondage were once just a passing fancy, along with an erotic BDSM book series written by Master Stafon.

Spending the Christmas holiday on the east coast, Christopher finds himself without family or friends. That is until he meets little Emily, her mother Devyn and her uncle Mason…a writer whose pen name is Master Stafon.

Christopher is instantly attracted to Mason, even before he discovers the man’s profession. As Christmas draws near, the holiday looks more appealing as Mason gives Christopher the opportunity of a lifetime. To experience some bondage play first hand. Could this be the gift that keeps on giving?

Excerpt:

“Tell me, Christopher.” Mason faced him, hip leaning against the counter. “Who is it that intrigues you the most? Me, Mason Romero or Master Stafon?”

Christopher stared into his deep chocolate eyes, falling further into their grasp. His lust spiked higher, his blood heating. He had the greatest urge to fall to his knees and worship Mason’s body. To have those striking long fingers touch him, run through his hair, scratch at his scalp. He shivered with exhilaration.

“Would you be offended if I said both?” His voice was deep with arousal.

Mason moved closer, the corner of his lip twitching, amused. “No, actually it pleases me.”

“It…it does?” Christopher was surprised. Was Mason actually interested in him?

Mason leaned closer, there was only an inch between their mouths. The scent of brewing coffee mingled with Mason’s spicy cologne. Christopher’s nose had never smelt a better scent. It made his body tingle and his cock twitch.

“Yes, Christopher.” Mason closed the distance and brushed his lips ever so softly over Christopher’s. “However, Master Stafon is just a character. I admit, he’s a part of me, but not all of who I am.”

“I understand that.” Christopher swallowed hard.

“And I’d be pleased to show you my dungeon. But only if you are willing to play. What do you say? Do you think you could handle me?”

Christopher was speechless, his throat working, trying to find his voice. His nerve endings were jumping with excitement, his imagination running wild. He gave up and just nodded his response.

Mason chuckled and moved away. His lips curved into a smile of unspoken promises of pleasure. “Let’s see if you can, Christopher.”

*************************

Oh, and let's not forget a contest. I'll be posting details tomorrow, so come back and take a look at what you have to do to win.

Friday, November 16, 2007

No Net!

Don't what happened, but my internet is out. A technician is supposed to be by tomorrow morning. Let's hope it's something simple. I'll keep you informed.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Should've been writing...

But instead I've been reading :D My muse got stuck so I did the only thing that I know to unstick it - besides taking a vacation ;) . I purchased a book and read it in less than 24 hours. Yep, it had me intrigued, to say the least and I'll share it with you.

M/M readers, if you are looking for something different and a little on the dark side of the norm, this is the book for you. My Brother's Keeper

The characters were very well written (IMO) and I fell in love with them very easily, along with their world. Malik and Ciaran's angst tore at my heart as I silently cheered them on as they fought back to rekindle the broken relationship. It's high on my list of good books.


BY: Denise Kendrick & R. D. Solange


WARNING: This title contains the following: twincest, explicit sex between men, slavery and violence.
Can be purchased at Dark Eden Press
For fifteen years, Ciaran's been alone. Without his brother, his twin, the luxuries of his adopted home are stale and meaningless.

When the lies concerning his brother's death are shattered by a chance picture in the paper, Ciaran gives up his new life in a flash, venturing out of his safe cocoon in the hopes of picking up where he and Malik left off 15 years earlier. But he soon finds the idyllic land where they once spent whole days happily rolling in the grass is no longer.

For Malik, the years have been cruel, and a cold reception awaits Ciaran in his brother's new, sexually charged world. Thrown into irons, Ciaran is thrust into the role of playing pleasure slave to a brother who refuses to speak of the past. He must be patient, playing along and keeping the true nature of their relationship secret, in order to reach beyond the Malik's cold exterior and heal the tortured secrets he hides. Only then can they rekindle the special bond they shared as children.

Also, Steph and I have posted some great books on our blog, Worlds of Mayhem. Swing by and take a look often as we are adding a new book nearly everyday.

Avoid distraction. Be resolute and purposeful.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Second Chances - Part 26

Shhh, this is a day late, but here is the next chapter :D

Chapter 26

Zack’s hands were trembling so bad he had to push them deep into his pockets. The last thing he wanted was for Ryan to see exactly how nervous he was about this outing. Logically, he knew it was silly. But since the incident with Rob, Zack hasn’t really been himself.

However, after the past two weeks of sessions with Dr. Parker, he was ready to move on. To face his fears. To take life by the horns. Okay, really, he’d be happy if he could just spend a few hours with Ryan and come across as a complete fool.

“Hey.”

Zack jumped and silently cursed himself for being so jumpy. He was safe. He had no reason to feel otherwise.

“Are you ready?”

Zack smiled. “Sure. Where did you have in mind?”

Ryan scratched his head. He looked so childlike. He couldn’t look more adorable. Just watching him made his blood heat and his dick tingle. It baffled all logic how he could feel this way toward Ryan.

“I figure we could head downtown and go from there.” He let out a huff. “What do you get someone who has everything they want or need.”

Zack shook his head. “I see your problem. So it’s window shopping until something jumps out at us.”

“Exactly.” He smiled and it made Zack’s knees weaken right there.

Zack cleared his throat, pushing away the arousing feelings that were coursing violently through his veins. “It’s downtown we go.”

****
“I can’t believe you said that to her.” Zack laughed.

Ryan shrugged. “She was pushy. I hate pushy salesmen. Or should I say saleswomen.” He glanced at Zack, his eyes full of ecstatic mischief. “But she still gave me that discount. Dad’s going to love this shirt.”

“She was vying for your phone number.”

“Not my type.”

Zack stopped walking and stared at Ryan. His amusement sobered. Ryan stopped three steps later, turned and gazed at him.

“What is your type?” Had he really asked that? Damn, he was going to get himself into a corner he didn’t want.

Ryan’s brow rose. “Do you really want to know that answer?”

Zack hesitated before he answered. Which would be worse? To know Ryan wanted him or didn’t have an interest in him? “Yeah. I want to know.”

Ryan brushed his fingers through his hair. It had grown out since he’d come back to town. Zack liked it.

“You.” Ryan said softly. “You’re my type.”

My jaw did an imitation of a fish out of water. I had hoped he would say that, but to actually hear him say it took my breath away.

“Ryan.” His name came out as whisper.

He looked away and started walking. “Forget about it. I’ve got to--”

“No.” Zack rushed to catch up. He caught Ryan’s arm to make him stop. “I don’t want to forget about it.” He stepped closer and let his lips brush over Ryan’s. He tasted so delicious, he needed more. Without hesitation, Zack pressed his mouth more firmly onto Ryan’s, who opened invitingly. Zack moaned, his tongue dipping into the sweet honey beckoning.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Off to the beach...

Just a couple of mentions before I head off to my mini-vacation at the beach.

First off, I've got an Author Spotlight at Selena Illyria's blogs:
http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node
and
http://www.selenaillyriasthoughts.blogspot.com/

Stop by and find a new excerpt for Testing Passion.

Second, my dear friend, Steph, and I have started a promo blog called Worlds of Mayhem.
Come by and check it out.
http://worldsofmayhem.blogspot.com/

Have a wonderful week...I'll be back Friday.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Second Chances - Part 25

This isn't a long part, but I'm getting back into this story since Testing Passion is released, enWrappture is about to be released, and Bonded Hearts is off to line edits. *whew*
Also, I won't be on the Web from now until Friday since I'm off to a little mini vacation to the beach with my hubby and some friends. :D If I'm lucky, I might get to post something tomorrow before leaving, but no guarantees. So have a great week!
PS...forgive my errors. It's late at night and my 2 year old granddaughter has had me distracted all evening ;)

Part 25

Ryan threw the cordless phone onto his bed, softly cursing. How hard was it to call a friend and ask for help? Obviously extremely difficult. Running his hands through his mused hair, Ryan glared at his reflection in the mirror.

“You’re such a pussy.”

It had been two weeks since he had dinner with Zack, Charlie, and Maria. Surprisingly, Zack had started calling Ryan after that night. At first the conversations had been short, nothing too personal. But as each day passed, they talked longer and the topics got more personal. Not quite intimate, but Ryan had learned more about Zack than Rob ever knew in their two-year relationship. Ryan felt as if he and Zack had become friends.

It was Ryan’s father’s birthday the follow day. So why was it so hard to ask his friend to go shopping with him?

“Because you’re afraid of rejection, you ass,” he told himself aloud. And it was true. Their friendship was formed over the phone lines. It had to be easier when Zack didn’t have to see the same face that filled his nightmares.

The shrill of the phone’s ringer made Ryan jump. Plopping down on the bed, he reached for the phone. The caller-id said it was Zack.

“Hey,” Ryan answered, hoping his voice sounded casual. “I didn’t expect to hear from you today. Is everything alright?”

“Yeah. I just got back from Dr. Parker’s office. I was wondering - -” he paused. Ryan held his breath. “Did you ever get your dad a gift?”

Ryan’s mouth open and closed twice before he cleared his throat, fighting to find his voice. “Actually, I was just about to head out to get it.”

There was silence over the line for several heartbeats. Ryan’s body tensed, his stomach tightly knotted.

“Well, I was wondering- - I mean, maybe I could- - or- - crap! It’s not as easy as she thinks.”
“Zack?” Ryan had a sense what he was wanting, but if the she was Dr. Parker, then he knew enough about psychology to know that whatever Zack was trying to do, he had to do so fully or not at all. Still, his gut did a little somersault of glee.

Zack sighed loudly. Ryan waited.

“What the hell,” he muttered. “Do you want some company, Ryan?”

Surprisingly, Ryan’s throat tightened as Zack’s words actually sank into his consciousness.
“Sure,” he managed to force out, his gut quivering with anticipation. Just the thought of seeing Zack again had blood rushing to his cock.

There was a small gasp over the line before Zack spoke again. “I’ll meet you outside your apartment in fifteen minutes.” He sounded breathless.

“Alright. See you then.” Ryan hung up looking at the phone dazed. His gaze shifted to his now aching groin. “Down boy. No action for you.” He shook his head to clear the haze. “Now, what to wear?” Ryan looked down at his pajama bottoms. If he was going out of the house today, he had to at least look as if he dressed and was active more than one day a week. Glancing at his watch, he rushed to the bathroom to shower and shave before Zack got there.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Contest Winner!!!

First, let me say thank you to all who entered my contest for the release of Testing Passion. Also thanks for your patience at the delay. Just when I'm getting back on track, real life slams her will down and have little choice but to surrender.
My darling sons were willing to help me out by drawing a name out of a hat for me - they love doing these things.

The winner is.... Connie Northrop

Congratulations! You're the winner of a goodie package of CHOCOLATE!!!!
Connie, I need your snail mail. You can send it to marty@martyrayne.com

Again, thanks to all those who commented here and contacted me through my email with your answers.
Just remember, enWrappture is being released in 15 days...so I'll be doing another contest and a new prize.


FYI - This is the picture which I based my Testing Passion character Damien on *drool*


Friday, November 02, 2007

Branding your marketing the AuthorMBA way - free class

As writers we are always on the lookout for tips on how to market ourselves and our books. What about learning how to use a branding strategy effectively in our marketing?

Join Kay Lockner, Founder of AuthorMBA (www.authormba.com), in a free class Saturday, Nov. 3rd at Marketing For Romance Writers yahoo group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarketingForRomanceWriters/

She will be focusing on how to take the brand you have and customize your marketing strategy to let your brand shine through.

This class includes a little homework. So make sure you join early and read post #2291. (Membership has to be approved)

Kay Lockner will be on the group from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST responding to the 'homework' and chatting.

For extra incentive? She's giving away a free AuthorMBA Training Guide of the winner's choice.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Unexpected delay

Happy Halloween

First off, I hope everyone has had a safe and fun Halloween.

Second, I know this is supposed to have the next chapter to Second Chances, but I'm still working on the chapter. But really, I have an excuse. A friend of ours has passed away. He was only 41 years old. He was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago (yes, I said HE, not a typo - apparently men can get it too) but despite the treatments, it spread throughout his body. The funeral is tomorrow and with the pressure of edits and the death this week, it's been a rough one. So please forgive me. The funeral is out of town so I'm planning on finishing the chapter during the trip and hopefully continue this story.

Third, since I will be out of town, I'm keeping my contest for Testing Passion's release open until Friday evening. So there's still a chance to be entered.

Oh, and NaNo starts tomorrow! I'll be participating again this year (I really sucked last year, but it was a learning experience) but I won't get started until Saturday.

The greater your resolve, the more that can happen.