Wednesday, February 27, 2013

T'n'T's Confidential: Antonia Van Zandt

Welcome to the last T'n'T's Confidential of February! (Where has time gone?!) Today I have the pleasure of introducing author Antonia Van Zandt and her paranormal release Vienna Valentine!

On a hot summer’s night in Vienna, wolves dream of passion...

Escaping from a disastrous marriage, Nina comes to stay with friends in Vienna for a much-needed holiday. Love is the last thing she’s looking for, but when she sees the hot couple in the apartment below making love on their balcony, she can’t take her eyes off them. When they invite her to join them for a night of pleasure, how can she refuse? Captivated by the handsome, seductive Karl, Nina agrees and has the hottest sex of her life. It’s just supposed to be a bit of fun. A one-night stand.

But one night of passion with this gorgeous, mysterious man is not enough. There’s something unusual about him. But what is his secret? And why won’t he let her look at him when they make love? When she finally learns the truth, Karl’s life hangs in the balance, and Nina must leave, never knowing if she’ll ever see him again…

Strictly for broadminded adults only, Vienna Valentine is available from

Welcome Antonia!  Vienna Valentine is your most recent release… tell us about it:

Nina, who is staying with friends in Vienna to recover from a broken romance, is stunned to find a beautiful couple making love in broad daylight on the balcony of an apartment below hers.  Mesmerised and aroused, she continues to watch them until they discover her. Then they send her an invitation to join them for an evening of lust and passion. There she meets the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes on – Karl – and a passion is born. But Karl has a secret. He’s a werewolf and Nina must decide if she can handle all that entails.

The one thing you enjoyed the most while working on Vienna Valentine was…

Mm, that’s a difficult one. The story pretty much wrote itself, so the whole experience was enjoyable.  I think I fell in love with Karl a little. He is gorgeous, after all!

You’ve chosen to write Paranormal Erotic/Romantic Fiction. Why?

I have always been interested in the paranormal and I’m a romantic, so the combination was irresistible. The eroticism kind of snuck in there as a natural expression of my characters’ desires.

When did you start writing and why?

Many years ago because I’ve always been quite solitary. I spent a lot of time alone as a child and used to make up stories to amuse myself. Mind you, they were very different to those I write now!

What do you like best about writing?

I love entering different worlds and meeting new characters.

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Pantser, with minor plotter tendencies. I start with a basic, vague outline and a couple of characters. Then it’s up to them what happens – within reason! A first line usually presents itself to me and the story develops from there.

Where does your inspiration come from? Have you ever used any personal experience in your plots?

Very often the backdrops – in this case, Vienna – are from personal experience, but the characters and situations are all from my imagination.

What are you currently working on?

A story called, ‘Freya’s Choice’, The Freya in question is actually a major Norse goddess. It’s in its very early stages so I can’t say too much about it. Except it will be paranormal, romantic and erotic. Oh, and there’s an absolutely gorgeous guy in it. Mark Latimer (pauses to swoon).



Lord Frederick Leighton’s ‘Elegy’.
I could mention one I own but no one would know it, as it’s on my wall! So I shall say Lord Frederick Leighton’s ‘Elegy’. There’s something about her expression.

Domestic animal (pet)

Cats – I have a houseful!

Music band

Falco – he died tragically young but I still love to hear his music. He’s probably best known for ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, but my favourite is ‘Out of the Dark’.


Sunny spring mornings when you can smell the dew on new leaves and fresh grass

Historical moment

For artistic and creative reasons, I think it would have been great fun to live in Vienna in around 1900. Of course, you would need to have money but I would have loved to meet the great artists of the Jugendstil period and the Secessionists. Klimt must have been fascinating. I would probably have fallen in love with him. A lot of ladies did!

Vienna Valentine is out now!!

You can connect with Antonia here:

Wednesday Brief: Your hump day dose of flash fiction

Happy Wednesday! I'm back today with another installment of Little Luna. You can read earlier chapters at the Wednesday Brief tab above.

However, if you prefer a quick reminder of where we left off, here goes: Mikelo and Clare were arguing in the woods about a blood promise made during their childhood. Clare is  bound to Mikelo whether she wants to or not and Mikelo reminds her that either she obeys her promise or she will die.

I had trouble fitting in one of this weeks prompts but in the end went with: "He had to chuckle when he saw..."

Little Luna (4)

At that moment, Mikelo hated himself. After weeks of exchanging mails, of wooing her in the old-fashioned sense, preparing her to come with him, he had, after all, to resort to the threat of death. He swallowed the sigh jammed in his throat and stared at Clare. Her plump lips trembled as she fought to restrain back her desperate sobs. Black eyeliner ran down her cheeks, mingling with the silent tears that beseeched him to understand. Yet, even through her pain, he still found her beautiful. His fists clenched at his side. The idea of touching her again, of threading his fingers in her dark locks and soothing her pain was almost overwhelming. Almost.

He’d already made that mistake once. He wouldn’t slip again, there were too many things at play and allowing feelings to surface could prove deadly. Besides, as his father so kindly liked to remind him every other day: emotions were for the weak. He was a Feardorka. He was a warrior. A leader.


Her soft pleading voice was barely above a whisper. His heart hammered in his chest and his nails bit into his palm.  His gaze turned cooler and his mouth became a thin line as he forced himself to recall his purpose. It was either his life or hers.

“No.” He said the single word loudly, harshly, more to convince himself than her. There was no turning back. 


“Do you remember the bonding ritual, little one?”

Mikelo smiled dryly as abruptly Clare’s tears ceased. Oh, yes. She remembered all right.

“How could I forget?” Her luminous red rimmed gaze met his fully, defiantly. He had to chuckle when he saw the brave little girl that had tumbled into his home almost twenty years ago resurface. In his mind, he clearly saw the first time he laid eyes on her.

Mikelo hid behind the drape. His eyes widened as the two soldiers brought the unknown creature to his father. She was small, probably a few years younger than him. Yet, her eyes were clear of tears, her gaze proud and fearless as his father questioned her. Mikelo was fascinated.

“How did you come here, creature.”

“I don’t know.”

Her voice was barely a whisper but it made goose bumps appear on his flesh regardless. She’d tumbled through a portal. He was certain that was how she'd arrived. His governess insisted that the planet with the white moon, yellow sun and blue water had died. That their own greedy and selfish inhabitants had destroyed it. However, right before his eyes was a breathing specimen from that century old planet. She was beautiful. With her dark hair and luminous eyes, she deserved to be put on a shelf to be contemplated for eternity. Panic threatened to consume him as he heard the short conversation between the girl and his father. The death sentence was ushered and the girl was dragged away, crying. Clear tears, so different from the red ones running down his cheeks. Beautiful. He couldn’t let her die. He couldn't.

After more than twenty years she was still beautiful.

“Do you remember the words?”

“Yes. Though, I have tried hard to forget.”

“Tell me the words.”

Her eyes narrowed. “No.”

Anger hit him like the cruel lash of a whip. That was an emotion widely permited in his realm. Anger made you strong. Roughly, he grabbed her and tilted her head so she was forced to stare into his eyes.

“Tell me.”


Mikelo blinked. Why? Because he wanted to hear them again, because he wanted her to remember the bond they had forged. Because he felt like it.

“Say them.”


Mikelo growled and for an instant saw a flash of fear on Clare’s eyes. He’d had enough with these silly games. He understood her fear. He truly did. She wasn’t a Feardrako. She was human and he’d spent enough time on the planet to know that unlike his people, it was feelings what drove the so called lesser beings. Her blue gaze kept him prisoner and he fonud himself softening his hold on her chin.

“In this cell, on this night we become one." Her eyes widened, searching his face. "I drink what you drink. I eat what you eat. I see what you see. I feel what you feel." He moved closer, until her scent wrapped around him like a master's collar over his pet. "On this night, we share the blood, essence of life, and become bonded for life,” he whispered the final words, his fingers sliding over her smooth flesh until he cupped her cheek.

“Mikelo, please.”

She leaned into his touch. Conciously? The bond was there and there was no way around it. She could beg and fight all she wanted. They had lost enough time. Grounding his teeth together he easily lifted her off her feet and slung her over his shoulder. 

“No,” she cried out in alarm and surprise.

“I’ve tried being nice, Little Luna, but I’ve grown tired of your foolishness. I don’t know how you humans treat your promises here, but in my world they’re serious matters.”

To be continued...

Check out this week awesome Briefer's:
MC Houle     
Cia Nordwell     
Julie Lynn Hayes

Monday, February 25, 2013

T'n'T's Confidential: Nikki Prince

Happy Tuesday, readers! Today I have talented author Nikki Prince under the spotlight answering questions about her demons and her latest release Demon Tempted.

Welcome Nikki to A Dream Beyond.

Tell us about Demon Tempted, your latest release…
This story is Eva Jackson’s and Clay Quinones’ story.  Evan’s been a bad girl and must seek redemption.

Eva Jackson has had more than her share of lifetimes to play games with other people's emotions. Now, demoted and devoid of her powers, she’s left with the feeling that there’s something more she’s missing.

Temptation was the one thing that always stood in the way.

Clay Quinones, her demon lover of old, is determined that Eva will walk the straight and narrow and learn the error of her ways. When danger looms, is it too late for these two star-crossed lovers to love one another again? Or will Eva's past make it hard for a demon to be redeemed?

Demon Tempted is part of the series Karmic Lust, (Book 1 being Demon Mine). How did the idea for this series come up? 

I was working on Demon Mine and in the midst of working on that story the characters Eva, Clay and Remiel started talking to me and saying they wanted their own stories. 

Why demons?
Just the whole what if factor and that I love bad boy characters.

How many more Karmic Lust tales can we expect?

Currently I’m working on number three…but there is a number four in the wings…who knows though…if the chars keep talking there may be a five

What is your greatest challenge when it comes to writing?

 I’m a panster so sometimes it gets to be a challenge and I worry myself on whether or not I will reach the word count.

What is something you’d love to try in your writing but haven’t had the nerve to yet?
I’m ready to do a full on m/m or f/f story.

Oh no! You’ve got writer’s block. What do you do?

I stop that story and work on another WIP. J

A few favorites…

Color: Purple
Song: You Know My Name by Chris Connell
Drink: Tom Collins
A bag of chips or a slice of cake? Depends on the day.  Sometimes chips sometimes cake…sometimes both.
Cold winters or warm summers? Warm summers.

Where to find Nikki:
Nikki Prince is a mother of two, who’s always had a dream to be a published author in the romance genre. Her passion lies in raising her children as readers, gaming, cooking, reading and her writing. Her mother can now breathe easy about the child who used to get in trouble because she was hiding books everywhere and reading when it wasn’t appropriate.
Nikki’s a multi-published author with several epublishing houses. She loves to write Interracial romances in all genres, but wants to let everyone know to not box her in, because there is always room for growth.
Nikki’s also a member of Romance Writers of America National chapter ( and OCC/RWA local chapter ( and is a member of the board as Co-Programs Director.  She is also a member of the online chapter Passionate Ink RWA.

Now,  how about a sizzling excerpt?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sexy Snippets: The Golden Cock

Welcome everyone to another installment of #SexySnippets! Today I'm giving you seven sentences from my just published naughty fairy tale The Golden Cock.

His cock twitched with excitement at the memory. Grasping it, he stroked the rapidly growing member, his breath becoming shallow. Vincent glanced at his cock, his eyes widening in shock.

Where was his cock? That, that thing, hanging between his legs couldn’t belong to him, could it? Had Soussanna passed on some illness? Or maybe…

Kind-hearted Vincent Stowe spent years with an inferiority complex until, one day, after accepting to help an older woman with an odd request he receives a life-changing gift.

“Ice Duchess” Brielle is desperate for a solution to her inability to orgasm, so when word about a man with a magical cock reaches her ears, she decides that he just might be what she needs.

Will Vincent’s "Golden Cock" be enough for the "Ice Duchess", or will something else come to play along the way?

Available at:Evernight Publishing  ||  || || All Romance Ebooks || Bookstrand 

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Tempted by Trouble by Susan Arden

Today I have a special treat for you all! Author's Susan Arden cover reveal for her upcoming novel Tempted by Trouble

*drum rolls*


When a woman is the magnet for the wrong man, it takes a bad boy to break old habits.
Carolina Rodriguez is a large animal veterinarian on a mission to escape South Florida and her overprotective family. Willing to do just about anything, she accepts a job in Annona, Texas over the Internet from a family connection.
At her cousin’s wedding, she runs into Matt, a handsome Texan in the church parking lot. Matthew McLemore is more than gorgeous, he’s Carolina’s new boss, and needs her help to determine why his cattle keep dying. Matt’s instantaneous attraction to Carolina sorely tempts him to push the boundaries of their contract, but a roll in the hay may prove too volatile to handle. Until she arrives on his ranch and is too hot to resist.
Carolina refuses to admit Matt’s raw sexuality is more than overpowering or that she's the least bit tempted by this smooth-talking bad boy. But by the time the lab reports comes back, they’ve explored every inch of each other. All of a sudden, this fiery affair is more than just a fling. When a past flame threatens to overwhelm their new found romance, Matt must find a way to stake his claim to Carolina's heart before it's too late.
Warning: Contains a scorching mess of hot-sparks-flying- crazy-sex scenes.
Ice may be needed for blazing imaginations.

Tempted By Trouble
By Susan Arden    Publisher: Crimson Romance    Release Date: April 1, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2012 Entry


The Golden Cock Release DaY!

How about reading a Naughty Fairy Tale before bedtime tonight?

Kind-hearted Vincent Stowe spent years with an inferiority complex until, one day, after accepting to help an older woman with an odd request he receives a life-changing gift.

“Ice Duchess” Brielle is desperate for a solution to her inability to orgasm, so when word about a man with a magical cock reaches her ears, she decides that he just might be what she needs.

Will Vincent’s "Golden Cock" be enough for the "Ice Duchess", or will something else come to play along the way?

Available at
Evernight Publishing
All Romance Ebooks