Broken Blog Tour and Giveaway #DarkRomance #Suspense

Broken

by L.M. Mountford

Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense

London’s dirtiest cop has met his match…

Vickey
Vickey Romano is a girl with a secret. A girl any man should be terrified of bringing home to mum.
Beautiful, haunted, and on the run, she works a string of temp jobs and lets no one get too close.
Until that is, she met Jake, the living definition of dark and dangerous.
He tells her nothing about himself, keeps a SIG P226 in his bedside table drawer, and can make her go weak-kneed with just a look.
She knows she should stay away, but he has her caught in his web and she’s helpless to resist.
All she can do is hope her past doesn’t come back to kill him…

Jake
Jake never played by the rules.
Rules were for team players.
He was a lone wolf. And a loose cannon.
But he got the job done.
And now his job was to take down Terry Daley, London’s Mr Big.
There’s just one problem, Vickey Romano.
The one that got away.
He wants her back, and he’s not above dirty tricks to get her.

Broken is a hard and gritty dark romance. Hotter than Sylvia Day and sleeker than James Patterson or Sherlock Holmes. The opening in the Broken Heart Series balances sex and violence on a knife-edge and will suck you down the rabbit hole of South London’s seedy criminal underbelly.

A self-confessed tiger fanatic, L.M. Mountford was born and raised in England, first in the town of Bridgwater, Somerset, before later moving to the city of Gloucester where he currently resides. A fully qualified and experienced scuba diver, he has travelled across Europe and Africa diving wrecks and seeing the wonders of the world.

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Crow Blog Tour – Amanda Mackey #DarkRomance

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Crow
by Amanda Mackey
Genre: Dark Romance
Death
I’m the Grim Reaper
My face is the last thing my victims see
I take life without blinking
Bred this way by the devil himself
The asshole who raised me
When the time comes, I’ll bury him too
In the meantime, the little starling feeding the birds in the park has my full attention.
Raven colored hair
Disarming eyes that infuse my dead heart with oxygen
The broken pieces of me want her to put me back together
But the monster is calling to come out and play.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star….
Amanda Mackey was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when she was 12 years old with her family, where she has lived ever since. She has loved books since an early age and is an avid reader. This has helped lay the foundation for her writing. She’s published 7 novels to date with plenty more on the way. An author with Limitless Publishing, she loves to spend time with family when she’s not writing or reading.
Amanda hopes to make writing her full time career and travel in the near future.
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Excerpt

Crow: I stand in darkness. I am the darkness. The maroon, velvet drapes are pulled tightly closed, shutting out the world as I attempt to quiet my mind. Visions stole time again last night, robbing me of sleep. The monster lurking. Always there. Voices like background noise never leave. Pain so deep, nightmares constantly speak to me.

My dedicated martial arts room failed to pacify me this morning after a grueling workout with knives and swords. I need more. A kick of pain greater than my bare limbs can provide.

Using the straight edge of my trusted friend, I slice the final letter into the skin on my torso, making sure it’s back to front so when read by another, it will make sense. The smell of sweet metal a hit to my senses. Heady. Intoxicating. I feel the upward and downward strokes, not needing to see. The sharp tip stops its journey and I let the knife drop to the floor, sated. I allow my fingers to brush across the wound, gathering the red nectar and placing it to my parched lips. The workout has left me dehydrated so when I swallow and allow the fine liquid to coat my throat, I let out a groan of relief.

My body is a work of art. Ink covering half of it. This new tattoo is another piece to the puzzle.

The bright lights shooting like laser beams through the cross-barred windows have me squinting. The ornate gold mirror to my right, allows me to view the masterpiece. With my chest bare and a pair of sweats hanging under my hip bones, I grin broadly.

It’s complete. I’m branded. I finally have a name. An identity even he can’t steal from me.

CROW.

 

Author Interview Number Eleven – M Keep Erotica Author

Hi and welcome to the Library of Erana, a place of words and of their magic. Words are power, they are knowledge and they are freedom.

Welcome to M. Keep, co-author with her partner J.E. Keep!

Please tell us a little about yourself. My partner and I are authors who have been writing for over 10 years but only publishing for the last year and a bit. When we’re not writing, we love the typical geeky fare – video games, Lovecraftian Horror, the Call of C’thulhu RPG, Forgotten Realms books, and a ton of movies and TV shows.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. We’re geeks who love fantasy and scifi games and movies, and hated that other books so often ‘faded to black’. So many authors indulge in gratuitous violence, but the sex and romance gets a handwave at best. We wanted all of the scifi/fantasy, and all of the sex, so that’s what we usually write! It’s usually very dark, like a lot of scifi/fantasy these days, and the sex is very explicit.

Where can readers find your book (s)? On most ebook retailers – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, AllRomance, Smashwords are the big ones.

How long have you been writing and what, if anything, made you choose the genre in which you write? Well, I’ve been personally writing since I was a kid. I got put in all these special writing classes when I was young and that really started me off. As for genre, we really did want more books to have explicit sex, but we also don’t like the limitations of contemporary. Fantasy and Scifi give you more freedom to write what you want without being bogged down by the truth.

Who or what are your inspirations/influences? I absolutely love how Elaine Cunningham and Lisa Smedman handled the Drow in Forgotten Realms. They were big inspirations for me in regards to world building. The woman I admire most for her writing prowess is definitely Margaret Atwood, especially the MaddAddam trilogy. She’s an amazing author. As for influences, we draw from all over the place, from all our entertainment. World of Warcraft was a big influence for a long time, and Lovecraft is the biggest influence for all our horror stories. Also of note are Joss Whedon’s universes, Battlestar Galactica, and Veronica Mars.

Can you name a positive experience from your writing and a negative one? The first weekend of May we were keynote speakers for “Risque Sex Expo”, which is just what it sounds like! We gave speeches, and erotic readings, and it really boosted our confidence in our work and allowed us to meet some of our fans in person – and make a lot of new ones. It was an amazing experience to work beside my partner all day talking about our books. As for a negative one, well, I think censorship and the tumultuousness of erotica is the most negative thing happening right now.

Basically, Amazon and Barnes and Noble have been ‘suppressing’ erotic fiction from search results, so readers are unable to easily find what they’re searching for. There’s been no ‘safe search on/off’ switch added to either site, so people who want erotic books are having a harder time finding it, and it’s lowered people’s sales a lot.

It hasn’t affected us too badly, but the knowledge that someone has so much control over your income is hard to handle.

Though personally my partner would probably say a blog post he wrote some time ago. It got picked up by a majour website and completely misconstrued, even down to his gender. We were flooded with countless hate-mail and comments, some of which called him things like a “feminist harpy bitch”. It’s funny in retrospect, but it bothers him to have people still to this day making a fuss about a blog post which they obviously never even read.

As a writer of erotica have you encountered any prejudice?  How have you dealt with it? Do you write under a pen name? We do, though we’re fairly open about it. We do public appearances, which isn’t something most erotic authors consider. Many romance authors do appearances, but less erotica authors. As for prejudice, we used to get a lot of it when we were writing fanfiction. We’d have people read our stories – in great quantity and depth – just to insult us for the kinks or whatever. In the end, though, they were reading them, and I think they were just lashing out because they liked them 😉

Where do you think the lines are drawn between romance, erotica and porn?  Well, it varies from person to person, but I think most will agree that it will vary on how much the plot is the focus on how much sex is. Every book is different and sometimes it just goes along with the tone of the writing, but the more focus there is on sex, the closer to porn it becomes.

Erotica is not a new genre do you think it is becoming more accepted into mainstream reading? I think more people are admitting to reading it, and it’s becoming a bit more common to talk about it. With Romance novels from the 80s and 90s, for instance, everyone knew what was inside but it was considered polite not to bring it up. Now it’s a bit more in the open and that comes with the good and the bad. It seems like people are more eager to ‘pick a side’ on erotica, and that can lead to people discussing sex and sexuality in an open and honest way, or it will lead to knee jerk reactions and censorship.

It seems like it’s doing both right now.

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well? Is this medium important and why? We will be putting all our novel length books (over 40,000 words) in print. There are still people who want them, and I do think it’s important to help consumers find what they want. Some people just like the feel or the smell of a book, and I’m in no position to argue with their wants! It’s a bit more work, but it’s worth it to make our fans happy.

Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? No TV, though sometimes I’ll listen to music. Sometimes it’s a soundtrack (like for the new Battlestar Galactica), or sometimes it’s rock/alternative/metal (like Rage Against the Machine or Mindless Self Indulgence). It depends on my mood and what the scene calls for.

Books are important, why is this the case? What can a book provide that say a video game cannot? Video games are constrained in a lot of ways, especially for dialogue and realistic romance plot lines. Part of this is just the length – you only have so much time to work on it, and usually story takes a backseat to gameplay. That’s perhaps just a part of the medium, though some developers are trying new and interesting things on that front!

Writing can also look at aspects of human nature that aren’t killing and combat that videogames and most sff movies shy away from. Things like romance and loss and grief aren’t often really explored in many meaningful ways in a lot of visual mediums. Personally, my partner and I are of the opinion that a movie does not have enough time to depict a genuine and authentic romance blossoming as simply a part of a greater plot.

As well, I think letting people visualize something rather than showing them can really help the reader immerse themselves in books in the way they can’t otherwise. It gives internal dialogue that’s usually missing, and explores the depths of human and inhuman emotions in a very unique way.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I’m 28 years old and still don’t know my left from right!

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