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Going Audio by Jessica E. Subject

Jessica E. Subject is here today to share her adventures in audio books. I know a lot of authors are starting to make their books available in audio format, so I was especially interested to hear what Jessica had to say.

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Going Audio

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Thank you so much to Allie for inviting me back! Beneath the Starry Sky is my fourth audio book to be produced. The other three were sci-fi romance, but this one is a contemporary erotic romance that is part of the 1Night Stand line at Decadent Publishing. I chose this one because I wanted to see if it being contemporary would make a difference. Also, there are not many books where a character has alopecia areata, and probably even less in audio.

The process is fairly simple for me, as I’ve done it enough times as the audio book coordinator at Decadent Publishing. First, I put my book up for audition at ACX.com, filling out all the information and choosing a sample of script from my story that will really show the narrators skills. Then I waited until an audition came in. At this point, you can either pass or offer the narrator a contract to produce your audio book. Contracts are either royalty share or you pay per finished hour. ACX will tell you the approximate cost in the beginning if that’s the route you want to go. Once the contract is accepted, I sent the narrator the full manuscript and created an audio book cover, uploading them in ACX.

Then comes the exciting part, listening to your book in audio, first with the first fifteen minutes, and then the final production. It is important to review the audio files at both times to ensure accents and voices are the way you want, to make sure the narrator has followed the script, and to catch any background noise that would be distracting. A few mistakes are normal, and narrators are quick to fix them. When the audio files are acceptable to you, you get to approve the production. ACX must also approve it (which takes approximately two weeks) before your new audio book is available for sale at various retailers.

My narrator for Beneath the Starry Sky is Audrey Lusk, whom also narrated Another Night, Another Planet. I was happy when she auditioned for my latest and offered her a contract after listening to her audition. I have been very lucky with the narrators of my stories, all of them doing a fabulous job.

While I had never listened to an audio book a few years ago, I actually enjoy more stories on audio now than I do in print and ebook. They are not something I have to sit down to enjoy. I can listen to them while doing housework, driving, and more.

If you get a chance, I hope you enjoy Beneath the Starry Sky!

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audio Beneath the Starry SkyBeneath the Starry Sky ~ An Audio Book!

A 1Night Stand story

By Jessica E. Subject

Narrated by Audrey Lusk

Erotic Contemporary Romance

Left at the altar with bald patches on her head and her self-confidence stripped away, Tamara Johnson must pick up the pieces of her life and face her Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disease causing her hair to fall out. She is convinced no man will date a bald woman and arranges a one-night stand through Madame Evangeline’s popular service, 1Night Stand. With her new wig held firmly in place, Tamara arrives at the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas for a night of passion and pleasure. Anything more than one night would mean exposing her bald head, and she will never do that to any man again.

Running into the Castillo Hotel, away from the paparazzi constantly at his heels, Josh Summers wants to spend his next few days locked away from the flashing lights and screaming fans. When he finds an incredibly sexy woman lying on his hotel room bed in nothing but lingerie, he thinks management has made a mistake. Leaving her behind, he heads for the lobby to get the situation rectified. But an unexpected text from Madame Evangeline sends him back to his room. Though unsure whether the woman on the bed is really his perfect match or just another fan believing him to be like his character on television, he knows he must find out, even if it means he must risk telling her his own secrets. If Tamara can handle his imperfections, she just might be his ideal woman.

 

Audio book available from:

Audible | Amazon | iTunes

 

Get the Kindle version for only 99¢ at Amazon through October 9th!

Amazon US / UK

 

To learn more about Alopecia Areata and to help find a cure, visit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation http://www.naaf.org and the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation http://canaaf.org/

 

Listen to a sample from the audio book: https://soundcloud.com/jessica-e-subject/beneath-the-starry-sky-by-jessica-e-subject-audio-book-sample

 

About the Author

Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Contest!

Enter to WIN a $10 Amazon.com GC & a back list audio book title from Jessica E. Subject. Contest is international except where prohibited by law. No substitutions will be made. Must be 18 or over to enter.

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Vampire Territory Guest Post at Cara Bristol’s Blog

Author Cara Bristol is hosting me on her blog today, where I’m talking about my new Vampire Territory series as a whole and sharing a hot excerpt from Just My Type.  http://carabristol.com/2015/04/the-vampire-territory-series-by-allieritch/

The Goddess’s Curse by Cara Bristol

Today I have the talented Cara Bristol on my blog to share her book, The Goddess’s Curse. I love the look in the male model’s eyes on the cover– so sexy. Though best known for her spanking romances, Cara writes in more than one subgenre of romance, and she also recently released Naughty Words for Nice Writers: A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus, available on Amazon. Let’s hear it for Cara!

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Excerpt from The Goddess’s Curse:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]Reena sighed and snuggled in her bed. As her illness progressed, a persistent chill had pervaded her bones. The heaviest robe, the thickest blanket could not banish it. This morning? So comfortable and cozy. Her blanket, though unusually heavy, was oh so warm, and so was the pillow beneath her head. But hard. What kind of feathers could make a pillow so firm yet still tickle her nose? She rubbed her cheek against it, absorbing the unusual, pleasant scent. Musky, and earthy. Like woodsmoke or fresh evergreen. Or a combination of both.

If only every morning could be like this. She hugged her pillow. Soon an attendant would arrive to rouse her for breakfast, but maybe she’d feign sleep. Naughty. She smiled.

Then sobered. Yes, she’d been naughty. She had displeased her cousin by refusing further treatment. What had occurred after that? She crinkled her forehead, trying to remember. She’d poured out the tincture, and then…then…

A Lahon had burst from the foliage.

Then muscle cramps and searing pain. Paralysis.

Her eyes flew open. Rough-hewn walls, large, rustic furniture filled her field of vision. Gone were familiar accoutrements and luxuries. Instead of finely woven fabric,  a furry animal hide covered her, and, supporting her head, was hard flesh covered by a thick mat of…of, hair. A man’s chest.

She bolted upright with a shriek.

The Lahon sprang up without a sound.

“Help!” She tried to scramble from the bed, but he hooked an arm around her waist. “Let me go! Help!”

She slapped at his shoulders, his chest, his face. Neither blows nor screaming fazed him a bit, and she found herself flat on her back, her cries silenced by his calloused hand, her arms restrained, her lower body pinned by his heavy, muscular thigh, and something sizable and rigid poking her leg.

She stared into dark eyes. Be careful what you wish for—you may get it. She’d longed to see a Lahon up close and personal. It couldn’t get any closer than this. She could detect the pores on his face, discern that his “green” eyes were composed flecks of fern, moss, and teal, and that a muscle twitched in his square jaw. Long, unbound dark hair fell against broad shoulders.

Her heart fluttered like the wings of a frantic bird. What had happened? How had she gotten here? Where was Honna? And…and her robe? Oh Goddess. He was naked, too. That, that, thing digging into her leg was his…his manroot.

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The Goddess’s Curse blurb

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the women are forced to mate. Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Sharona Princess Reena jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, hates the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to exact revenge by driving the Sharona from their homeland and taking what the Lahon need. When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lives in the palace in time to save her life?

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Author bio:

Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently resides in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Guest Blog: Jianne Carlo and That Pearly Drop

Today, I’m very excited to welcome my friend and bestselling romance author Jianne Carlo to my blog. Whether it’s sweeping us away across different cultures or through different time periods, Jianne has a unique voice and way of capturing readers. Today she’s here to share her new release, That Pearly Drop, and she has a special giveaway that should be lots of fun. Take it away, Jianne!

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Thanks for hosting me today, Allie 🙂

When I started writing That Pearly Drop, for some strange reason I began each chapter with my own version of the time travel equivalent of a Murphy’s Law. Don’t ask me why, I haven’t got a freemason clue how my gray-matter deprived brain works.

First, before I get everyone totally confused, here’s the tagline, cover, and blurb for That Pearly Drop:

Tag Line: What do the hounds of hell, time travel, a murdered girl, a coach ticket to Wye Castle, and a governess’ letter of employment have to do with waking up in 1763, the mate of wolf-shifter, Ian, the Earl of Wye? Emma’s about to find out.

That_Pearly_Drop-Jianne_Carlo-200x320Emma knows time travel’s impossible. So, the only other explanation for her going to sleep on Halloween night in 2013 and waking up in Wales in the year 1763 is that she’s insane. There’s a murdered girl, a coach ticket to Wye Castle, and a letter of employment to be governess to the Earl of Wye’s daughter. What’s a gal to do but go with the flow?

Wolf-shifter Ian, Earl of Wye, recognizes Emma as his mate instantly and senses she’s in danger. He knows Emma’s harboring a deep, dark secret. But, no matter what he does, she won’t confide in him. Then he finds Emma wounded and rambling about nine white gorgons who attacked her. The hounds of hell are Ian’s nemeses, and the fact they’ve reappeared in the mortal world after centuries of banishment can only mean one thing…

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Buy Links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/That-Pearly-Drop-Murphys-Travel-ebook/dp/B00GIA4W8W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1383877586&sr=1-1

Taliesin Publishinghttp://www.taliesinpublishing.com/that-pearly-drop-p15.php

So here’s my dilemma. I’m currently working on That Tantalizing Lick, book two of the Murphy’s Laws of Time Travel series and I need 36 new laws of time travel. In That Tantalizing Lick, there’s the following:

a gunshot, a burglary, a charity fund raiser party, boob-jobs, a plastic surgeon, a bad-ass ex-Seal millionaire, a murder, Oprah, an evil philanthropist, The Boca Resort, a stolen yacht, and a cross-Atlantic Bond-style boat chase

Today, I’m giving away a free eCopy of That Pearly Drop to the commenter who comes up with the best time travel law – Allie will choose the winner. To give you an idea of what I’m looking for—here are the first 36 Murphy’s Laws of Time Travel from That Pearly Drop:

1) Time travel is impossible—until it happens.

2) It doesn’t matter if it’s in the past, present, or future—the first person to fall into a pond is always the one who can’t swim.

3) It doesn’t matter what century you’re in—sometimes you simply have to close your eyes and jump into the frying pan, or in this case, the murky pond.

4) Colloquialisms will trip you up in every time (pun intended).  Five

5) High society women eat like humming birds in every fricking century.

6) Honesty is the best policy except if you’re in the wrong century.

7) Playing a character in the past is harder than it looks in the present on TV, or is that the future if you’re stuck in 1763?

8) In 1763, thinking on your feet isn’t as important as thinking in your bed.

9) Lust clouds your thinking in any century.

10) Unreality is preferable to believing time travel is possible if you’re trapped in the wrong century.

11) There are no returns in time travel, so it’s best to avoid buyer’s remorse.

12) Silence is your friend, but time travel gives you verbal diarrhea.

13) An orgasm in the past is lost in the present and never achieved in the future, but the here and now orgasms rock!

14) A lie in the past can get you into just as much hot water as a lie in the present, which in this case happens to be in the past.

15) In any century, if there’s an old biddy in the room, she’ll sharpen her claws on you and find some flaw to improve.

16) Even in the past, eavesdroppers never hear any good about themselves.

17) You don’t want to play truth or dare when you’re pretending to be someone else in any century.

18) In any century, you have to cover your tracks when you assume someone else’s identity.

19) Total amnesia is better than memories that aren’t true.

20) While living in the past, if you used to live in the future, you really don’t want your future told.

21) In any century, nursery rhymes are no solace when you’re confronted by blood-spewing monster-gorgons.

22) Boob-pinchers are the scum of the planet in the past, present, and the future.

23) The word boob fascinates all men in all times.

24) Trying to find a win-win solution in the past should be easy if you’re a time traveler  because you know the future, but if you’re in the past, are you in the present? Corollary: Will the past/present affect the future that’s already happened?

25) The other woman is a bitch in any century.

26) Tea for two, and two for tea, sweetened with lies of the past, present, and future can only result in utter disaster.

27) It’s impossible to predict who’ll shoot whom in any time.

28) Rakes have preyed on women in the past and the present. Corollary: It’s Powerball odds they’ll continue to do so in the future.

29) EpiPens are a gal’s best friend in any century.

30) In any century, when you’re battling zombies, hobgoblins can be your best allies.

31) Betrayal hurts in any century.

32) When three coincidences collide, evil’s afoot in any century.

33) Pinky swears are valid in the past, the present, and the future.

34) Maggots, it turns out, are your friend in any century. Go figure.

35) In the past, a gift duchess is worth more than a gift horse when you’re accused of witchcraft.

36) Can a beginning that takes place in one century be felt or known in another?

I’m sooooo looking forward to a spate of new time travel laws.

Once again, thanks for hosting me, Allie.

Cheers,

Jianne

 

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Contact Info:

Email: jianne@jiannecarlo.com

Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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Twitter: @jiannecarlo

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