NIGHT TRAIN SERIES – HOORAY!

MLR, the man-love-romance press, has picked up this series. And I’m on a roll! If you recall,  Savage Lust, a 5k short story prequel to the series, was free. Since it chronicled what Alexandros was like as a young man and how he was turned into a vampire, it’s been added to the opening story—Night Train To Naples. It also contains his character arc.

I think I speak for all the former Amber Quill Press authors when I express the loss we feel that we’ve not only seen our books disappear, but all the online friendships we formed over the years are going as well. Christiane France set up an AQP Alum Yahoo group to share tips and support each other. Some have decided to self-publish all their AQP stories and a few have stopped writing altogether because it seems so daunting. Others, like me, refuse to give up. As I approach new publishers I’ve found it helps to mention that my stories have placed or been finalists in romance contests. Mentioning that some have been top sellers on All Romance eBooks is a boon, too.

As I re-read my stories, it comes to me how good they are.

“So why aren’t more people reading them?” I asked my husband.

“Could be you’re just a little prejudiced?” Clever man.

We had a good laugh over that.

This has been a tough year. The El Nino expected to relieve California’s drought didn’t materialize, Amber Quill Press closed, Spieth choked on the last nine to fall short of the green jacket at the Masters, and Kobe Bryant retired from the Lakers. . .”My body has given all it can to the game.”

Well, my body’s not the same as it once was, but I am not giving up.

Have a wonderful week!

A word to the wise: DO NOT purchase the Night Train paperback so outrageously over-priced at $93 and $119 on Amazon. Authors received nothing from sellers like these, and, frankly, although I consider my books beautifully crafted, they are not worth that kind of money now and never will be.

Carolina
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EXCITING NEWS – LOOSE ID HAS PICKED UP AWAKING THE ALPHA

On March 30th, Amber Quill Press, L.LC. will cease all sales operations. The site will disappear, and soon all its books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks, Kobo, and Apple will disappear too.

To an author, our books are like our children—born in travail, loved, and presented happily to the world. Although it’s been difficult for all the owners and authors, I’ve learned that losing my publisher is not the end to my writing career.

I’m happy to announce that Loose Id has accepted what is now Awaking The Alpha, and, with some revisions (they want the sex hotter!) and extensions by me, will release the new version in May. I’m eager to see what title and design for the new cover they choose. This story was a favorite of mine. And of readers, too. It hit #10 on the All Romance eBooks Top Ten Best Sellers. Thanks to everyone who bought it. Hurry, hurry if you want to get it!

For the cover of the original version, I accommodated Trace Edward Zaber, the designer for all the Amber Quill Press titles, by hunting for a photo of a contemporary American Indian.  It wasn’t fast, but I found one…a happy man who has also lived in the white world. When the books are removed from all the sales sites, that cover will still be in my computer. A reminder of happy times.

Meanwhile, you’ll find Unmasked and Amen To Love, with their original covers, cropping up on my website. I decided to indie publish them rather than shop them around, and I purchased the rights to the covers from Trace because I’ve always liked them.

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Can two stubborn men come to terms with the real definition of “home”?

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Blades on ice might have kept them together, but while one man is open about what he does, the other still hides behind a mask long after the masquerade party has ended.

Have a great year, people!

Carolina

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#MSS ANNIVERSARY BASH EXTENDED THRU 9/30

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DUE TO THE LITTLE GLITCHES PLANNERS HAVE HAD, THE BASH ENDS SEPTEMBER 30TH AND MORE PRIZES HAVE BEEN ADDED. THE RAFFLECOPTER APP IS UP NOW ON http://www.mss-authorcentral.blogspot.com

In order to enter for a copy of NIGHT TRAIN TO NAPLES, scroll down and click on “Carolina Valdez’s Blog” (For some reason Rafflecopter wouldn’t let them put books down)

You may still comment and read the Facebook posts in order to be able to enter the contests

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As of this writing, the winners will be posted October 2 on http://www.mss-authorcentral.blogspot.com (see image above).

Sorry for all the changes we’ve had to make. Didn’t intend to confuse you, but when you organize an event this huge for the first time there’s always a little bump or two.

All’s well that ends well!

NOW FOR MY SEXY SATURDAY POST

For the Facebook portion of the Bash, authors were asked, “Who is your sexiest man?” Well, when you write as many m/m erotic romances as I have, it’s a tough call, but I chose Irishman Rory O’Shea. He’s the retired Delta Force operative in AMEN TO LOVE…

His hair was once again combed straight back and tucked neatly behind his ears. Bond couldn’t tell which way he liked it best. Both stirred his cock in his trousers, but his tuxedo jacket was buttoned and partially hid the beginning rise at the soft touch of those warm lips.

O’Shea was resplendent in a dress Celtic kilt and jacket suit of fine wool in charcoal gray. The kilt kissed his thighs just above his knees. Knitted hose ended just below them, their cuffs were turned over and flashes the green of his eyes flipped from them as he walked. Black leather ankle boots, polished to a gleam, covered his feet.

Bond hadn’t known the Irish wore kilts like the Scots did, and he studied the firmly masculine figure before him. He thought those bare knees so sexy he could have fucked Rory right then and there…

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Amen To LoveRetired Navy SEAL Bond Bergstrom, MD, is on the cover, not Rory.

HAPPY WEEKEND!

Carolina

MY SEXY SATURDAY #80 – CAROLINA VALDEZ

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My seven paragraphs are from Forbidden Desire

Brian opened his eyes and gazed into the startling eyes of a man standing at his bedside. At first, he thought the eyes were gray, and then a shift of the light and they appeared as dark blue, almost green. Rousing from the sedation he’d undergone, a sensual connection spread like warmth through him and settled in his belly. It was an “across a crowded room” kind of connection. Something you couldn’t explain, but nice. Very nice. He smiled. He really liked those eyes.

med_ForbiddenDesireHe’d never seen the man dressed in teal scrubs with a stethoscope peeking out of the pocket of his white jacket before. Maybe he was a nurse or a nursing attendant, but they usually carried their stethoscopes around their necks. As he grew more awake, the sensual feeling he’d experienced was unsettling. Damn it, he was in a hospital and ached so much all over it was ridiculous to be thinking of sex. Still, the warmth and a telltale thread of desire lingered.

The man’s manner was relaxed and confident, his smile one of sympathetic amusement as he extended his hand. “Doctor Stan Gordon. I’m a urologist. Doctor Hanes was called to an adjoining operating room on an emergency after we sedated you, so I handled your case.”

“Any guy whose foreskin slips back and threatens to cut off circulation to the head of his dick is an emergency!” Brian’s words burst out in hot irritation. He felt the blood rush to his face in a mixture of temper and embarrassment. Temper that Dr. Hanes had abandoned him. Embarrassment because his substitute was tall, fit and handsome, and he’d been playing around with Brian’s equipment without his permission–as nice as that might have been under different circumstances.

“Dr. Hanes had to repair a bladder ruptured in an auto accident. I was called in because you were an emergency.”

Brian cringed. “That makes me feel about an inch high. Sorry I was so curt.”

“Not a problem. You’ve had a rough go of it.”

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MY SEXY SATURDAY – TIE ‘EM UP, HOLD ‘EM DOWN

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Tie ‘Em Up, Hold ‘Em Down is a favorite of mine. It was my first venture into gay erotic fiction, and it earned an honorable mention in The Lories Best Published Novella the year it was launched. med_TieEmUpBlurb:   In the all male, macho world of firefighting, it’s dangerous to be gay. Dane’s determined they’ll be lovers, but Bear’s too terrified they’ll be outed to succumb to love.

Seven Paragraphs:   In celebration of Bear having reached the rank of fire captain, they drank champagne from crystal flutes while sitting nude in the spa off his friend Celeste’s living room. White candles flickered in the room, while below them the lights of Vegas twinkled like a salacious Disneyland. The pungent scent of white magnolias floating in low glass vases tickled his nose. Beethoven played softly in the background.

The warm jets pummeled the knots in his muscles. His soft dick floated an inch above his groin, and the bubbling waters teased Celeste’s generous breasts, her dark nipples riding with their motion. While he recognized that most men and some lesbians would love to fondle and tease them, Bear had no desire to touch them. To him they were just breasts. Nice breasts, and he was happy for Celeste that she had them, but they held no appeal for him. The thought of sucking them brought a mild queasiness.

As they toweled off, she said, “The voudrais is open tonight. Would you like to go down? My other friends are already there. I waited for you.”

Je voudrais…I want. The rooms where sexual encounters occurred in deep shadow with participants masked for secrecy. Adulterous, gay, lesbian, ménage, trans, bondage…whatever your fancy, from the darkest wish of the darkest heart to just plain consensual sex, but always with a safe word that meant “Stop.” It had been a long time. It fit his mood. He nodded and slipped into the thick, terry cloth robe she always provided —

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Also available on Amazon in the paperback Smoldering Embers,  which includes its sequel — Hanging With My Window Man — and Hole in One. http://www.amazon.com/Smoldering-Embers-Carolina-Valdez/dp/1602728615/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428109306&sr=1-4&keywords=Smoldering+Embers

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MY SEXY SATURDAY

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My sexy words are from AMEN TO LOVE, my erotic gay December 2014 release.

THE STORY: Dr. Bond Bergstrom fights to save the life of a man shot near the lakeside path where Bond was jogging. When the shooter swings back in a failed attempt to kill Bond, the board of the hospital where he’s chief of surgery insists on security protection for him 24/7 until the killer or killers are caught.

Bond is furious. Former Navy SEALs can protect themselves better than anyone in the world. Not so, argues former Delta Force Rory O’Shea. He’s the hot, sexy Irish American who owns the agency providing the hospital’s routine security. Bond grudgingly gives in, unaware that O’Shea has an ulterior motive in assigning himself to spend nights with him as his personal bodyguard…in more ways than one.

EXCERPT – Explicit Gay

Rory wakened to the feel of Bond making slow strokes over his shoulders and down his back. Warm lips pressed the nape of his neck as they kissed and then tasted with a wet tongue lapping his skin as if it were nectar.

Rory felt his blood leave his head, hands and feet and gather at his core to fill the veins in his stirring cock. He wanted to be tasted all over. To revel in this man’s touch, hands gliding everywhere, his whole body responding to this strong and honorable man who had risked his life to save not only the Aid worker but his dying teammate. Who had sought to ease his friend’s journey as his soul slipped from this life to the next.

Bond’s teeth scraped his shoulder as his fingers kneaded Rory’s butt cheeks and slid down to where his balls rested on the SEAL’s thigh…

AMEN TO LOVE – A 37,000 word novella coming in December from Amber Quill Press in their Allure line.
Copyright 2014 by Carolina Valdez

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SEXY SATURDAY BLOG HOP – AMEN TO LOVE

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My 7 paragraphs are from Amen To Love, my latest contemporary gay romance. It will be released this fall as a single extended novella and in the General Hospital AmberPax from Amber Allure. AmberPaxes always contain five stories from five different authors. New releases are discounted.

EXCERPT – AMEN TO LOVE

The stranger smiled, and out of a face framed by greasy hair and smudged with grass stains and earth, two stunningly arresting emerald eyes caught his gaze. They took his measure, head to toes. And they invited him for sex. The look said it all. The man hadn’t spoken a word or made any gesture, but there was absolute certainty in his posture that this would happen. The hairs rose on Bond’s neck and arms and his pulse kicked up.

It was a look beyond any Bond had recalled ever experiencing with any other man. Not even the initial one from the man who had once been his lover. What he’d felt for that partner and what they’d had together instantly faded from his thoughts as if it had never been. Good Lord, you’d think I was young again. And still a virgin.

He might have scoffed, but instead he stopped. His mind imploded with visions of being in bed with this man, tangled in sheets damp with sweat, their bodies naked, wet, and slippery with their cum. The scintillating smell of sex was pungent in the air.

He knew this man’s touch on his arousal would bring searing heat and pleasure beyond bearing. Bond’s every nerve ending flooded him with sensations with the knowledge that fucking this man would be primal, rough and primitive. Cataclysmic. More satisfying than any encounter with any other man had ever been. They would make love, and then they would do it again. Simply being together would set off the need, the urgency.

Bond’s dick threatened to surge in response. His tongue stuck to his mouth as his breath caught in his throat.

The look also said, “I will have you. I am your man. You are my destiny.”

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