Authors After Dark Blog Blast

Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome Event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance. Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

With:
J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle Denison, Jasinda Wilder and Lorelei James

The ladies will be talking more about this on the FB group starting soon!

New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party! Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved? You will have to join the FB group to see!

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And of course, we have the amazing Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes, including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!

Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors:


Sin Lust
Boone Brux
Opal Carew

Sin Pride
BA Tortuga
Andrew Grey

Sin Envy
Stella Price
TJ Michaels

Sin Gluttony
Desiree Holt
Saranna DeWylde

Sin Greed
Ann Mayburn
Heather Long

Sin Sloth
Lizzie T. Leaf
Julie Morgan

Sin Wrath
Stacey Kennedy
Marianne Morea

Virtue Charity
Kerry Adrienne
Trista Ann

Virtue Chastity
Jenn LeBlanc
Annabel Jospeh

Virtue Humility
Milly Taiden
Donna McDonald

Virtue Kindness
CJ Ellisson
Alexandra Ivy

Virtue Temprance
J. Kenner
Sidney Bristol

Virtue Diligence
Denise Grover Swank
Jenna McCormick

Virtue Patience
Lousia Bacio
Kallypso masters

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!

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And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini events we have going on? Ready?

On Wednesday night, join Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A, Also, the Blind Date Book Party will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday? Panels up the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards—– goodies and books to be given out! The hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux for some crazy fun! And if that wasn’t enough? Readings and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and Pals, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big Ass booksigning with 100 authors, the Cowboy Stampede party, the Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a special publisher sponsor, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday Extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to Carowinds… We have a minimum of 90 special prizes… So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough… AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants… Wanna know what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015 in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!

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And…

How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD registrations for 2015… 2!!!!! So get registered, get your room and get ready for one HELL of an amazing year with us!

JOIN US! WE CANT WAIT TO HANGOUT WITH YOU!

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2013 Bookie Award Nominees and A Sale

I have never had a book nominated for an award before. This is exciting for me. This is awesome for me. I was completely shocked and surprised and in awe. You know when people say they were honored just to be nominated? Yeah, it’s a real feeling. I’m my first, last, hardest, and worst critic. I always see where I could have done better, where I could have written something smoother, hotter, sexier, deeper. I always see the imperfection of what I’ve created. But that there were people who thought the two stories nominated were worth it… Yeah, for me, it is a definite honor and very humbling.

Here’s the link to the full list of nominees in all categories: Authors After Dark: 2013 Bookie Award Nominees. The actual voting for the winners opens on November 1.

Committed: An Erotic Valentine’s Tale was nominated for Erotic Short Story of the Year

Melting Jane was nominated for Ebook Only Short Story of the Year

I am still like WOW!

Committed: An Erotic Valentine’s Tale is available for free all the time HERE on my website in PDF form, as well as on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance eBooks. Please download a copy…

Melting Jane is going to be on sale both in honor of the Bookie Award Nomination and as part of a fun two week sale organized by my friend Skye Warren.There are several wonderful authors participating and I’ve read most of them, love them, too. You can click on the graphic and it’ll take you directly to the sale page…

The normal price for Melting Jane is $2.99 but it’ll be on sale for $0.99 from now until November 14th on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance eBooks. If you haven’t read this book, now is your chance…

Graham Hall is a twenty-six year old Texan with the job of his dreams: being a freelance travel writer for a national publication. He’s just finished his latest article about small winter resort destinations in Colorado and has earned some personal down time. With the six month lease not yet up on the small cabin he rented, Graham decides to stick around the area for a while and in the process, finds himself agreeing to a blind date with a feisty, down on her luck in the love department, candy maker named Jane.

After all, what could it hurt?

Jane, completely oblivious to the set up, arrives at Graham’s isolated little valley cabin to deliver a box of her handmade Chocolate Kick truffles. From the moment Graham opens the door, Jane is tongue tied and ticked off. Edward, her business partner and most certainly former best friend, set her up. When she regains her ability to put two coherent words together, plus size, mid-thirties Jane apologizes for intruding and assures Graham that she will take care of the mistake.

What ensues is a series of encounters and confrontations between Jane and Edward, Jane and Graham, and Edward and Graham. At the heart of it all, is Jane’s happiness. Edward wants this for her more than anything. Graham finds himself caught up in her tart tongue and curvy body and isn’t about to call his all too real pursuit a failure, no matter how many times she says no.

With her inability to continue denying herself the man she affectionately refers to as Cowboy Surfer in her head, she gives in and is rewarded with scorching hot sex and a lot of follow-up phone calls after she learns the truth of Graham’s attraction. His persistence leads Jane to believe that life doesn’t have to revolve around chocolate truffles, but rather should revolve around a delicious, well traveled and well built younger man.

**This book was previously published and titled as Sugar Rush. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release.**

I have some awesome readers and I am more grateful to you than I can say for allowing me into your lives through my books. You give me the opportunity to earn a living doing something I love. Thank you…

~lissa

Exhaustion!

I know there are several authors who are feeling the same kind of conference hangover that I am. And I didn’t drink while in New Orleans!

LOL!

I didn’t. I fully admit to being a stick in the mud and to have held up several of the hotels walls. Afterall, it was an older hotel and all that… 😉 It truly is amazing what one can learn when one simply observes… I loved the panels I was on. They were incredibly fun and informative. I was on them with some very wonderful and accomplished authors… Carolyn Crane, Melissa Schreoder, Andrew Grey, Tilly Greene, Joey W. Hill, L.A. Witt just to name a few. I met some fantastic people…readers, bloggers, authors. I think I have come away with several new friends even. I spent some time picking the brain of m/m author Damon Suede. He is incredibly genuine and forthright. I was captivated by his enthusiasm.

Wonderful aspiring authors and readers who made me feel amazing in my accomplishments. The petting and good natured ‘fighting’ over Vinter always makes me smile. I signed posters and post cards and one day will have books to sign. I sat next to Teresa Meyers, who writes historical and steampunk. She was so nice and down to earth and so open. She liked looking at the men in my posters but really, who could blame her, right? And debut author Amanda Carlson, who was all smiles and even nervous like me.

I spent a ton of time with new people and spent a ton of time with familiar faces and friends: Eliza Gayle, Cat Johnson, Mari Freeman, and Samantha Kane. I don’t know what I’d have done without them. That Mari, Samantha, and another friend Marti came to the Male/Male panel one because they love the genre and two because they were there to support me. It meant the world to me that they were there and though I thought it would make me nervous, but it didn’t, it rather eased me.

I’m not good speaking in front of people, but I love talking about books and writing so as I got into the panels I was able to be more and more at ease. The friendly faces I saw eased the nerves.

Then of course, there was the incomparable and completely wonderful Dakota Cassidy. There are no words beyond my being totally and completely and utterly in love with her. She’s the most fantastic and fabulously charismatic author and woman I’ve ever met.

My new friend and aspiring author Kristin took me to Cafe du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait. They were so amazing and delicious and everything that I’ve ever heard they were.

And don’t despair, there are so many new story ideas in my mind right now… Just y’all wait! There will be a new one titled Up Against The Wall, thanks to the constantly smiling and laughing author Siobhan Muir. It was also impressed upon me how many people want me to write another book in the same vein as Pink Buttercream Frosting. I am deeply considering it. Thank you to those who have given me their support and desire for more…

I think that is all for now. I have edits to attend to. I love y’all so very much! Oh, and whatever you do, never stay in a hotel where there is NOT a coffee pot in the room! Grins…

~lissa

Your Keeper Shelf

Next week I’ll be headed to New Orleans and the Authors After Dark Convention. It’s my second AAD con and my first attempt at being on author panels. I don’t talk well in front of people so this should be rather interesting.

One of the panels I’m on is about keeper shelves and what’s on mine. I’m still trying to figure out what I can’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t-ever-want-to live without in regards to books. But, while I’m trying to figure it out for myself, I thought I’d ask you about yours.

What books are on your keeper shelf? What do you read again and again and again?

~lissa