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By Cynthia Sax on October 3, 2015

Start Saturday with some sexy snippets from myself (a smutty snippet from Releasing Rage), Katlyn Conrad, Aurora Russell, Lisa Carlisle , and our fabulous host, Author A. M. Griffin !

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Definitely NOT safe for work.


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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

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Interview With Lisa Carlisle

By Cynthia Sax on July 28, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Lisa Carlisle for a short interview. Lisa Carlisle’s latest release is Dark Velvet, a sexy paranormal erotic romance.

Cynthia Sax: What is your favorite line from Dark Velvet?

Lisa Carlisle: “I never planned on you finding out what I am.”

This is said by the sculptor Antoine. He’s attracted to the young poet Savannah and plans to seduce her while she’s at the chateau, but his plans become derailed when his feelings grow more complicated—and she discovers his dark secret.

Cynthia Sax: Where does Dark Velvet take place?

Lisa Carlisle: I envisioned a castle set on a remote New England island that was set up to be an art colony. Residents could apply to work on their art for a period of time, away from all the stress of everyday life. Who wouldn’t want to visit? Once I worked on one story, I knew I’d return to the island to create more.

The setting itself was inspired by my travels. I love to visit castles, explore the ancient hallways with cool stone walls adorned with paintings, tapestries, or other works of art. I once had an opportunity to visit a writing retreat myself and having three days to work on my art was amazing. We have so many interruptions in our daily life. Being able to focus on creating in an awe-inspiring setting is an experience I hope to have again. Maybe in one like the Chateau in Dark Velvet!

Cynthia Sax: What creates problems between Savannah and Antoine?

Lisa Carlisle: The attraction is forbidden. Savannah arrives as a resident of the art colony so she can spend time working on her poetry. She’s distracted by the sculptor who founded the colony, whose gaze burns right through her and leaves her trembling. Acting on the attraction would be wrong, wouldn’t it? After all, he is the owner of the colony and her sponsor since she is there on a scholarship.

Cynthia Sax: Does someone in Dark Velvet have a secret?

Lisa Carlisle:
Yes! Antoine disguises himself as a human as the founder of the colony, but he is not. You’ll have to read to find out more about his dark past. 😉

Thank you, Lisa Carlisle, for joining us today!

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Grad student Savannah Evans is thrilled to be accepted as a resident to a prestigious art colony. Where else would she be able to focus on her craft of writing poetry in a setting like that of the medieval-styled castle? The remote New England island is a respite from her hectic city life. When she meets her benefactor, a mysterious French sculptor, her expectations for carefree days writing near the ocean are distracted by unprofessional fantasies about her sponsor.

Antoine Chevalier built Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island to bring purpose back to an existence that has lost meaning. He’s wandered the earth for decades and finds solace in returning to art. When Savannah applies for a residency, something about her words touches him. After her arrival, a physical attraction grows between them, which he struggles against. She deserves more than someone of his kind.

Antoine proposes they become lovers during her stay. But the situation turns complicated when Savannah discovers his secret. She had suspicions about his identity, but finds the truth overwhelming. Consumed by her desire for Antoine and faced with a tough decision, she is blind to the danger that has arrived at DeRoche Island.

New adult / paranormal / erotic romance.

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Interview With Lisa Carlisle

By Cynthia Sax on May 24, 2013

I sat down (virtually) with Lisa Carlisle for a short interview. Lisa Carlisle writes hot paranormal erotic romances for Ellora’s Cave and her latest release is Rock Me Tonight.

Cynthia Sax: What makes Nico sexy?

Lisa Carlisle: Nico is a software engineer by day—a total computer geek. But by night, he unleashes his wild side as a singer of a hard rock band. He’s also into reading and writes songs based on books he’s read. What’s sexier than a literary rock star?

Cynthia Sax: Why does Rock Me Tonight start where it does?

Lisa Carlisle: Rock Me Tonight begins where my last book, Fiery Nights, ends. It’s at the underground goth club Vamps where humans and supernatural characters interact. I loved writing the same rock scene from a different viewpoint. First, from a woman having a sexy song sung, dedicated by her lover, and then from a woman watching the event, wondering what it was like to have someone so into you they would do something as romantic as that.

Cynthia Sax: Where is Rock Me Tonight set and why is this setting exciting?

Lisa Carlisle: My series Underground Encounters is based on the setting. The goth club Vamps is hidden in a sleepy coastal village north of Boston. It’s popularity spreads by word-of-mouth, catering to humans or supernatural characters who don’t fit with the everyday world. Many of them feel like freaks, but feel free to express themselves however they like at the club. They wear all kinds of sexy, black outfits and fetish-wear, letting go of their everyday work selves in a setting that encourages them to be themselves.

For instance, Nike and Maya are the heroines in my first two books, Smoldering Nights and Fiery Nights. They are firefighters by day, working in a very male-dominated field. On their nights off, they like to peel off their shapeless firefighting gear to wear slinky outfits and decompress in a setting where they’re free to dance and be free. Yet in each of their stories, they meet someone who turns a night out dancing into a lifechanging event.

In Rock Me Tonight, Lily goes with her friend to Vamps for the first time to celebrate a new promotion. Allie tells her to keep an open mind and not judge. But when Lily hears the seductive voice of the man crooning on stage, she has to get a better look. And when she sees Nico, well you can guess her reaction!

Cynthia Sax: I love secrets! Do any of your characters have a secret?

Lisa Carlisle:
Yes, Lily is a shapeshifter who hates her furry little secret. She tries desperately to fit in as a human and hides her monthly change from humans, avoiding getting too close to anyone. When she meets Nico and he wants more than just a sexual fling with her, Lily must decide if she can trust him with her secret. The consequences could be disastrous.

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Lily Everett harbors a secret she’s certain no one will understand. She needs sex, but won’t consider a permanent relationship. When she meets the singer of a rock band at an underground nightclub, she’s disarmed by his sensual voice and mischievous good looks. After an icy introduction, Lily warms up to Nico’s charms.A computer geek by day, Nico dons a rock singer persona by night. He’s tired of women pursuing him just because he’s in a band—the sex may be handy, but he wants something more. He’s intrigued by Lily’s reticence.

Keeping her emotional distance proves difficult the more Lily uncovers the intelligent, considerate man hiding behind Nico’s bad boy persona. Their encounters are hot-hot-hot, but Nico wants more from Lily than sex. When Lily lets down her guard and reveal her other side, Nico’s shock destroys their closeness and they both doubt they can overcome their differences.

A Romantica® paranormal/shapeshifter erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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What Are YOUR Family Dynamics

By Cynthia Sax on May 12, 2013

I’m at Lisa Carlisle’s online home

talking about Warlord Murad and how he fits into his family (having two very sexy Warlord brothers)

By Cynthia Sax
Now Available From Ellora’s Cave

Warlord Unarmed

When Murad, a powerful and deadly Warlord, arrives to repair Gale’s beloved ship, she doesn’t like it one bit. She sees the danger lurking behind his wide, sexy smile and the temptation in his coarse touch. He stands too close. He smells too good. He muddles her mind with erotic thoughts no bounty hunter should ever entertain.

Murad is known for being lighthearted…until he meets Gale. He’s deadly serious about seducing his curvaceous bounty hunter. With one blast of her stun gun, she captures his attention, and starts his lust burning. To claim Gale for his mate, Murad will brave his cautious female’s itchy trigger finger, his overbearing older brother and Gale’s sense of duty.

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