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New Reading and a Raffle!

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Meant to Be Press announces the release of Meant to Be…KISSED (Love Notes Book 2). This is the second collection of sweet of stories from Meant to Be Press authors. This heartwarming collection is themed around winter kisses. The two primary stories are historical romances, with a bonus contemporary flash fiction piece from Meant to Be Press’s newest author, M. M. Genet.

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Meant to Be Press is celebrating the release with sales and raffles!

November 22-25th: For five days only, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay and Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal will be on sale for $0.99 each!

November 19-30th enter to win free Meant to Be Press ebooks. Prizes include the Meant to Be…MINEanthology, Tempo of Temptations by Lela Bay, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe by Emmy Z. Madrigal, and The Harpist by M. M. Genet and Michele Roger.

Enter the raffle!

About Meant to Be…KISSED

Love sweet romance? Meant to Be…KISSED is a collection of short stories to sample Meant to Be Press romance authors.

“The Grand Gesture” by Lela Bay, takes a public humiliation and turns it into an act of heroism. Rosamund Windham, daughter to the duke, literally drops herself into a pool of filth to save an innocent and in the process befriends the girl’s brother. His sister quotes him as saying, “You can’t just throw two people together and expect sparks. It takes the right sorts, like flint and steel. They may not look like they go together until they hit up against each other. Then, sparks.”

“Miss Montague’s Winter Kiss” by Emmy Z. Madrigal turns sadness into hope. Grayson is a man who has lost everything, but Cecelia saves his life and rekindles his belief in love. Broken ice and traumatic losses give way to the start of something new, if only the hero can give up past hurts. As Emmy writes, “It was more of a feeling that, if the flame between them was fanned, they could be happy for the rest of their lives. He’d endured so much grief, she longed to bring him joy.”

Finally, as a bonus, check out the contemporary romance flash fiction from Meant to Be Press’s newest author M. M. Genet, “A Year and a Day.” Behold of the promise of the future.

Like the seasons, love has many variations, so let these stories inspire you to discard what holds you back and welcome new opportunities.

Meant to Be…KISSED is available as an ebook on Amazon.

Read it for free through Kindle Unlimited, and remember to enter the raffle for other Meant to Be Press romances!

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Guest Blog: Meet the Hero of Virtue’s Temptation by Lela Bay

Guest Blog- Meet the Hero of Virtue’s Temptation  by Lela Bay

Thank you for having me on your blog, Emerian Rich. I admire your range and how you’re not afraid to try anything.

Ruined Reputations is my first romance novella, and contains two very different stories. In the first, “The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons,” the hero is unconcerned with propriety. He has larger matters to deal with. Others cannot so easily overlook convention, however, especially when it leads to ridiculous scenes such as him grabbing the fake fruit off the top of a woman’s hat.

In contrast, the hero of “Virtue’s Temptation” is concerned with weightier matters and his arrival is not nearly as humorous.

When we first meet Mr. Stinson Eleanor has already rescued a naive girl on the threshold of a hotel room with an unsuitable man. Taking charge, Eleanor is determined to chaperone her youthful charge home, but Bitsy is uncooperative. Forced to wait for someone to come after the girl and reveal where she lives, Eleanor spends an uncomfortable afternoon in the lobby with the innkeeper who had so easily turned a blind eye to Bitsy’s predicament.

She hears someone arriving in the courtyard.

“Will ye be sitting there until the devil comes for me soul? Are you sent to see justice done?” The innkeeper squawked, unable to bear her gaze a moment longer.

Eleanor did not deign to answer. Straightening her narrow skirts, she checked the angle of her cocked hat and walked toward the desk.

The innkeeper shied back, as if she really were an agent of infernal retribution. Rather pleased that he might consider his immortal soul, and perhaps improve his conduct in future interactions, she measured her steps with the wavering shadow outside. She arrived at the desk at the same moment the door slammed open, smashing into the wall. A long-legged force of nature swept into the room.

The innkeeper cried out and crouched away from Eleanor, who turned toward the stormy gentleman. At the sight of him, her own heart leapt, for he more greatly resembled an avenging angel than she could ever hope to. His hair, mussed from the ride, swept back in golden waves from a tanned forehead and gleaming brown eyes. The greatcoat made black wings on his back, giving him an ethereal magnitude that blotted out the rest of the room as he bore down on them.

Eleanor stepped back, a hand rising to her throat. Yet she squared her shoulders, standing in his way and sending him to a jarring halt that threatened to squash her as his mass wavered and the layers of fabric around him snapped toward her with a final clap like an animal’s jaws.

She held out a hand and placed a smile across her smooth lips. Eyes meeting his, searching, she spoke as if they chatted in an elegant ballroom. “I believe we are acquainted.”

He took her in with one incredulous sweep of brown eyes, jaw tightening, prepared to dismiss her like an ant before an elephant, but his eye returned to her, a faint frown flirting with the golden sweep of his eyebrows as he reevaluated.

She tilted her head, trying to convey with her body all she dared not say.

The first story, “The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons,” is a sweet and lighthearted story. “Virtue’s Temptation” is darker and full of Eleanor’s longing to get to know Mr. Stinson yet adhere to the rules of propriety. In contrast to Eleanor, the girl she is attempting to save runs into trouble and Eleanor and Mr. Stinson become allies attempting to save her.

 


Lela lives in a modest house with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living in the far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends.

She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor.

Blog: http://lelabayblog.wordpress.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/lelabay

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bay_lela

RUINED REPUTATIONS

“A tantalizing pair of Regency tales.” ~Emmy Z. Madrigal

“Ruined Reputations is a love letter to high romance of the Brontes with the meticulous eye for detail that readers crave like oxygen itself.” ~MJ Sherry-author of the Back Page Babylon series

–The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons–

Rumors of Mr. Aarons unconventional ways are confirmed when he nearly yanks the bonnet off Emmaline’s cousin’s head. Drawn by his charm and good looks, Emmaline finds herself assisting him in his mysterious mission.

His obscure search appears to lead to her cousin, beautiful Catherine Connersfield. She is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline let her?

–Virtue’s Temptation–

Experience has taught Eleanor it’s better to be practical than passionate.

When she discovers Bitsy eloping with her French tutor, scandal threatens to ruin the girl.

To keep her reputation intact, Eleanor reluctantly chaperones the rebellious heiress.

Eleanor’s spotless character protects Bitsy, but behaving respectably proves difficult when tempted by the dangerously attractive Mr. Stinson.

If she fails it will end with … Ruined Reputations.

Guest Post: Vampire Fangs, Chastity Belts, and Other Sexy Symbols in Literature

Vampire Fangs, Chastity Belts, and Other Sexy Symbols in Literature

by M.M. Genet author of  The Clever Courtesan

The first time I ever saw a chastity belt was in the movie The History of the World, by Mel Brooks. The beautiful Madeline Kahn was wearing a metal, armor-like version that kept my adolescent self at the time wondering what could be its purpose if she wasn’t headed into battle.

Later, in college, two history professors gave a lecture/debate on whether the device was real or fake. Both gave compelling reasons for their cases. It has only been in the last few years, with the help of the BBC, the Guardian news and the collaborative work of several international museums that the debate has been settled.

Chastity belts were a joke devised during the Crusades. Several historical accounts have confirmed that men on their way to fight in the east joked about “locking up” their wives and hence their fertility until the men returned home. All the same questions that I had as a teenager were sited as logical reasons why the infamous belts would likely have killed a woman after a week; hygiene being the most pressing concern.

Never the less, the belts have become an icon of oppressive nature of patriarchal societies; a symbol of what a society at the time was thinking, but never the less needed a symbol or a joke when talking about it. Symbols representing uncomfortable sexual issues have a deep, rich history in literature. Some of them are things that as our modern society presses forward may just take for granted.

When Dracula was published in 1897, the book came out a time when sexuality was only hinted at with the greatest discretion. Society at the time required Bram Stoker to write his famous Gothic novel in such a way that Dracula’s seduction of his victims merely suggested penetration. Stoker required Dracula to alter his victims, seducing them, without ever committing the sex act with them. In a stroke of genius, Stoker invents the lethal fangs of his vampire. Today, an entire genre of horror owes everything to his ingenious creation.


M.M. Genet is the author of  The Clever Courtesan.  The book takes readers on a wild ride through the eyes of Cassandra Flemming, a Lady of Keys.  Fighting the norms of Victorian high society, Cassandra challenges all the rules when it comes to women, power, sex and power of a lock and a key.

My Favorite Things: I Collect Dead People

Name: Karysa Faire
Current obsession: Family History

I collect dead people: their pictures, their memories, their descendants. My summers are devoted to this collecting habit. My vacations are planned to accommodate my collection. It’s an addiction, really.

WoodwardMy “collection” is the research of my family history. In high school I was given an assignment to make a family tree, going back as far as we could. Since I needed extra credit to pass the class, I trekked out to the Mormon Temple in Oakland, California (this was pre-internet-in-every-home). I still remember the thrill I felt when I FOUND my great-great grandfather’s family in one of the 1800 census in Decatur County, Georgia. Then there was a super-thrill when I researched back ten more years in the census records and found the family again. These microfiche machines were amazing! Yes, it was time consuming. Yes, there were dead-ends. However, the reward of finding written existence of my family made the hours of scrolling through old-fashioned, almost impossible-to-read scrawl, well worth it.

The things I’ve discovered: an uncle who was hanged for murder, another who was a congressman; an aunt who divorced in times when that really didn’t happen; a set of grandparents who had twenty children; a grandfather who was born in England, not Ireland as the family legend goes; a Native American grandmother whose name I share; and thanks to DNA tests, some living cousins throughout the United States.

Jim Leeper article snippetWhy do I do it? What exactly is the pull to discover these people who no longer live? Besides the obvious that it helps me understand a part of me better, researching my family is the closest I can come to the magic of time travel. When I see my great-great grandmother’s signature on her marriage certificate, I can imagine her standing there, maybe fear, maybe joyful tears in her eyes. I feel the nervous flutter of her heart as she thinks of moving out of her family’s home into a new home with her soon-to-be husband. I feel the nervous sweat on my great-great grandfather’s palms.

Now, as I’ve exhausted finding the physical copies of documents (which is much, much easier to do with the internet than it is with a microfiche machine!), I’ve turned to local historical societies that can describe what the area was like in different periods of time. Wow! It’s a time machine on steroids! And it’s better than any history class as it’s so clear to me. I feel like I am there—and I believe I feel this way as a result of the blood connection, the thread of genetics that connects me to those people from so long ago.

This summer I’ll be in southern Georgia and northern Florida, visiting cemeteries where my family is buried. I’ll be paying my respects, of course. But what I’m really excited about is taking photos of their burial spots to add to my collection. I have addresses of old homes—I don’t know if they’re still standing, but I’m very excited to go on this treasure hunt to find out. I already have the hours and locations of the state archives which I’ll visit for a day.

Ednamae & Fred FairclothAm I dork for being super excited to spend two vacation days in a library? I’m giddy thinking of it and it’s still over three weeks away.

Next family-research vacation will be to Texas. Or to southern Illinois. Or to Ireland (yes, my DNA test said that I do have the ol’ Irish in me). Or to the Ukraine and Eastern Europe, my mother’s side of the family.

I’ve never written historical fiction (which I find strange, considering my obsession with the past), and really don’t have an interest to do so. I’d be caught up in making the time period perfectly accurate, something that’s impossible to do since I can’t actually go back in time.

Writing and family research are two separate entities in my life. Yet, they are connected, as both hint at who I was and who I am.

Karysa is a writer of the romantic, the unseen, the other worldly and the horrific. Residing in Northern California with her daughter, dog, and cat, she reads when she can and cleans her house when she has to. Find out more at: http://karysafaire.com/

 

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Don’t miss the next installment of this
favorite things series when my writer friend
Leigh M. Lane
will talk about her obsession.

Do you have something you collect or obsess about and would like to share with my readers? Feel free to comment below or if you’d like to do a post on your obsession, email me at emzbox13@gmail.com

Sweet Dreams #4, Undecided Chapters 1 and 2

Undecided #4 by Emmy Z. Madrigal – Without a Book Cover?

The first two chapters in Undecided, the 4th novel in the Sweet Dreams Series, is now available for download. Why no cover? Well, that’s a long story and might take a bit to explain, starting with the fact that it was an unplanned sequel and ending with the fact that I just can’t find a picture right for the job. Kinda funny when you think of it. Undecided, without a cover decided? Considering some of my listeners are without sight and some never look at anything but the title as they scroll through their iPod or phone, I decided to let it go. They’ve been waiting an awful long time for this baby.

In Undecided, Cynthia Porter is dealing with much more than any high school girl should be asked to withstand. She’s at odds with her current love interest, famous boy bander Derek Montgomery. Her mother is verbally abusive and violent, pushing Cynthia out of the house. Her best friend can’t even console her, since she’s recovering from a bad weekend injury. Living out of a gym bag, Cynthia stays with any friends who will take her in, but things don’t make her life any easier when she starts hooking up with random guys.

Victoria Knox, recovering from her kidnapping injury, finds her boyfriend can’t stop blaming himself for letting her get hurt. She just wants to put the whole mess behind her and get on with her singing career.

There’s only six more months to the freedom of graduation. Can the girls make it without losing their way?

More information at: http://www.sweetdreamsnovel.com

Chapter 1

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In chapter one, Cynthia decides to skip school and Victoria stays home from school to recover from injuries gained over the weekend.

Voices by: Emerian Rich, Kirk Warrington, Camellia Rains, Kate Wade, J. Malcom Stewart

Theme song, “Single Girls” written by Laura Jansen, preformed by Marinda Wijnen.

Chapter 2

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In chapter two, Cynthia spends the day at Greg’s house. She sees a news report where Derek says he’s single. Jumping to conclusions, she gets herself in trouble with Greg’s new drummer.

Victoria is at home with Rob recuperating.

Voices by: H. E. Roulo, Emerian Rich, Kirk Warrington, Camellia Rains, Kate Wade, J. Malcom Stewart

Theme song, “Single Girls” written by Laura Jansen, preformed by Marinda Wijnen.

**Special song this week**
Anime Girl by Pleasure Trip

Anime Girl Now Live!

AnimeGirlCoverFinal copy

Anime Girl

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

(Emerian Rich)

Now available for download at
Amazon.com

Just 99 cents. If you are an Amazon Prime user, you can borrow this title for free!

Abby Tanaka is the creator of the fastest selling manga series on the market, Shuttle 5. One day she’s an out of work art college graduate, scribbling like mad in her sketchbook, and the next, she has five mangas on the shelves. She always heard things happened overnight, but didn’t believe it, until it happened to her. The problem? She needs help! Her colorist just quit, deadlines are stacking up, and her convention schedule barely leaves time to sleep.

Chase Everett, a talent manager with Malloy Inc., promises to take away Abby’s stress. “Don’t worry. We’ll take care of you,” never sounded sweeter. Chase is just a voice over the phone, but Abby starts to have feelings for him. Only thing is, she has no idea what he looks like or if he’s interested in her. Abby’s talent is to create true love out of pen and ink, but can she do the same in her own life?

Find out what happens when they finally meet in… Anime Girl, A Sweet Dreams Novelette*.
*This is a text book, not a manga.

The cover artist for Anime Girl is Alyssa Loveless, a talented young manga artist. Alyssa was really able to get the feeling and look I wanted for this cover. Abby is so cute in her goth-lotita gear! Alyssa’s other work can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/PixelGhostCreations

Artistic License Free Extra Pack!

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This special collector’s edition extras package can be delivered to you or a friend. The picture below of the extras pack is addressed to one of the first buyers, Dan.

This collector’s edition extras pack includes:
*A personalized letter from Henry, the butler.
*A key to Northing Castle. (key styles vary)
*A personalized bookplate signed by the author to peel off and stick in your book.
*And bookmark. (bookmark styles vary)

Getting this prize pack is easy and FREE!

All you have to do is take your picture with the book and email it to:
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Along with:

*Who the package should be made out to.
*Your snail mail address.
*A picture of you or a friend with the book.

So, after you receive your Artistic License book from Amazon.com, don’t forget to snap some pics and send them to Emerian Rich!

Artistic License by Emerian Rich

Available now from Emerian Rich…

Leslie Marietta is the last known heiress of a palatial estate just south of Los Angeles. When she takes possession of her birthright, sudden creative inspiration allows her to paint alive anything she imagines.

Enchantment and wonder transform her life into a fairytale, but as with all fairytales, there is a dark presence. Phantom servants sneak through the house, horrifying shadow creatures threaten to destroy her, and a band of Edwardian house guests are trapped in the walls.

Lord Ashton Northing is a man of property and situation, with a duty to his people that could tear him from his new love, Leslie. Can Ashton convince Leslie she is worthy of her legacy in time to save them from the evil that dwells in her house?

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Sweet Dreams FREE on Amazon!

Sweet Dreams Free eBook!

My musical romance, Sweet Dreams, is now a free eBook on Amazon!!!

Support your favorite characters and me by buying it today for $0 dollars!
Download the FREE eBook now at Amazon.com! :)

For more information on Sweet Dreams, check out:
http://www.sweetdreams.com

Dusk’s Warriors, Chapter 8!

 Dusk’s Warriors, Chapter 8: Jespa reads in the great heavenly tome and begins to doubt Julien’s feelings. Reidar, Markham, and Julien embark on their quest to hunt down Ridge and discover a group of opponents they didn’t count on.

Listen below by clicking the audio play button.

Voices in this chapter by Michele Bekemeyer, Kadirah Wade, Mark Eller, Dan Shaurette, Janna, and Emerian Rich.

Theme music by Factory of Dreams
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Promo:
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