Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Reader Request from the Rolling Desk of Sommer Marsden...

Hey, all, this is a multi-author indie bundle I'm involved in with some fierce writers. An even dozen of sexy, steamy goodness. Please consider helping us out with our cover reveal, details below. I'd be forever grateful. 
 
XOXO
Sommer
 
Deets:

Hey, you. Yeah, you...reader of steamy books. I see you over there with your collection of smutty goodness. 

Wanna get in on some exclusive excerpts for The Bad Boys Next Door Box Set before it releases? 

Think of it - 12 Authors, 12 Exceedingly Bad Boys, 12 Scorching Hot Stories - coming your way on March 16th!

Help us out with our cover reveal, and you'll get a sneak peak at up to four exclusive excerpts. All you need to do is click this link, sign up for the social media sites you're willing to post on (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, your blog) and we'll do the rest. We'll send you a post and cover art and after the reveal goes live, we'll send you the excerpt(s) you've chosen. Easy peasy!

Participating Authors: Abigail Barnette, Gwendolyn Cease, Bronwyn Green, Tilly Greene, Jessica Jarman, Selena Kitt, Elise Hepner, Sommer Marsden, Kris Norris, Paige Prince, Charlotte Stein and Alison Tyler.

Cover reveal sign up period runs from 3/4 - 3/7 (closes at midnight)

http://goo.gl/forms/JhxzCrGMAu

Thursday, February 19, 2015

And the Universe said, “Ha! Hahahaha!”





Some of you know, if you’re a regular reader, that I’m trying something. I’m trying to be happy in the face of what’s happened in my life the last two years-ish. I’m choosing happiness. I’m also trying to adopt certain ways of thinking, behaving, being etc. I won’t bore you with the details, I’ll just direct you HERE

I have read recently that once you decide on the happy path, once you decide certain things, and attempt to change your thinking and behavior to a certain style, the Universe (or whatever you are comfortable calling it) will test you.

I’m here to tell you it’s true. This isn’t the first instance since I began my ‘crunchy path’ but this is certainly the most amusing. Here we go.

Girl child has been home sick since Friday (though Mon was a holiday and Tues was a snow day). Nothing earth shattering, just a fairly bad sore throat, lethargy, icky-ness. You know the drill.
Today was supposed to her first day back. It was roughly 4 degrees this morning when I went to take her to school.

Now keep in mind, yesterday I struggled with an issue I’m continually struggling with, and again, I declared today the day I conquer this issue. Or at least give it the good, god damn, college try. I woke feeling I had hope for today. So of course…

We go out to drive her to school and my emergency brake was FROZEN. Yep. Frozen. See, we had snow Monday, some snow yesterday and the temps dipped ridiculously low. Since she was under the weather yesterday, we stayed in and Netflixed (yes, in this house, Netflix is now a verb). Which means I didn’t start the car. Which means, at a toasty 4 degrees, the car didn’t want to, you know, MOVE.

After ten minutes of warming the car to no avail, I gave up and called my dad. My parents are a few blocks away and he assured me he’d get his coat on and come get her. She’d be a few minutes late but no biggie.

So, while we waited I scribbled an absentee note for Friday and Wednesday and then a note for her being late today, explaining what happened. Both on envelopes I found in the car. Yes, mother of the year.

My dad finally shows up, car is still frozen, she gets out and goes to his truck, I wave, and decide to wait in my car to see if the fucker will unfreeze.

But in my rearview mirror I’m seeing, her not get in his truck, Dad messing with the truck door, Dad getting OUT OF THE TRUCK…

So, I abandoned my giant motor-running paperweight and go see what’s up. His passenger side truck door won’t open. He’s trying, I’m trying, and she’s standing there ready to abandon her desire to go to school. He gets in the truck and he’s locking and unlocking the automatic locks. I’m yanking the door. We’re manually flipping the switch.

By now, girl child and I are snorting and laughing. I meant it is TOO RIDICULOUS this effort to drive five minutes to school (no, I did not want her to walk alone in frigid temps as sick as she’s been). Then the coup de grace, my dad, shoving the wooden handle of an ice scraper against the door lock, trying to push it high enough, yelling, “Pull! Pull!” and a few choice expletives I won’t bother to record.

Ping! In my head I hear: try your car…

He’s still fiddling with his door, girl child is standing there in awe of the entire scenario and I bolt off to the driveway to try my car. Well, the emergency brake finally unfroze because TADA! it moved.
So he waves, I wave, off we go, me and the girl, laughing and just kind of stunned at the last twenty-something minutes.

When I finally got home, frozen and still sort of like “whaatttt?” I decided the morning drama wasn’t going to fuck up my decision to wrangle certain things in my life. Instead, I embraced the bizarre humor of the situation. Instead, I listed, mentally, what I was grateful for:

Parents who live close and are always willing to help me. Even when it’s 4 degrees.

A car that finally decided to move.

A kid with a good sense of humor.

The fucked up hilariousness of the situation.

The Universe may be laughing at me today, but I’m laughing right along with it. And I’ll carry on with my crunchy path despite the occasional obstacle it throws my way. It just wants to make sure I’m serious. Guess what?

I am.

XOXO
Sommer

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Never Look Back Mode

I have a nasty habit, or maybe not according to the Buddhism I so love, that I try not to look back. When I do it usually fells me in some respect in the present. The one thing that I need to stop adopting this attitude in is my writing. I have a lot of books out. A looooooot. Some indie pubbed, some traditionally pubbed, some big company pubbed, some small press pubbed. So, when I run across a treat like today, I try to remember that it's okay to look back and show the books that came before the newest release a little love. Give 'em a squeeze.

I found, quite by accident, today, that there are two new 5 star Amazon reviews up for my gay romance novella Unexpected. Probably one of my most beloved pieces of writing ever. I fell in love with my characters as hard, or harder, than I was hoping the readers would. The following review was up there on the page and it made my heart happy.

Just for a moment I'm looking back to blow my novella a kiss. I promise to try and do it more often. I usually try not to read any reviews at all, but I'd like to give my past books a little shout out when they get a WTG from a happy reader. :)

"This is a sweet tale of love at first sight and a budding friendship. This book had all the right points, it was funny, sad and had just enough angst and drama to keep your attention. I loved this book." 5 stars/Amazon reviewer for UNEXPECTED





XOXO
Sommer

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Valentine paperback bundle winner & a limited time freebie...

Random.org chose lucky number Angell as my Valentine winner! Angell, please contact me with your shipping address and let me know if you need to choose an alternate for either (or both) book. I have a lot of backups.



Also, the Valentine's love continues! My newest indie release, Confessions of a Sexpert: The Zushia Chase Stories, is FREE right now. For 2 more days only! These stories are good, old fashioned, sexy, slightly raunchy, comical, fun. Grab your own before it's back to it's original price of 99c (such a steep price, yes? LOL)

Have a great remainder of your (hopefully long!) weekend.

XOXO
Sommer

Friday, February 13, 2015

I'm Obsessed & Dirty! So lucky me...

That's Alison Tyler's new release! I'm offering you, the day before Valentine's Day, a little nibble of each. Fabulous!

AT's intro:
Obsessed: An Introduction

Some stories arrive in pieces. I see an image. I hear a phrase. I catch a glimpse. And then I’m off. Not running, but writing. Obsessed was different. Obsessed was born from a review that stated: "And I think whoever compiled these was obsessed with spanking. . . "

I couldn't agree with that more. I am—oh yes—obsessed.

The review spurred me to write these stories, which feature spanking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, fantasy play, and dirty roommate swapping. Based on the fact that most of my best-selling titles deal with BDSM in some format, I know that other people are obsessed, as well.

What’s extra funny is that the review focused on one of my sweeter, softer, more accessible anthologies. Even when I'm soft, I'm hard. See, I bring my brand of kink to any story. That's how my brain works.

And I hope it works for you!

These two stories were originally available individually. This is the first time they've been packaged together.

XXX,
Alison Tyler


Publishers Weekly says: "Readers tired of sensationalistic portrayals of BDSM will appreciate Tyler’s nuanced and realistic approach."

City Book review says: "Alison Tyler shines as a literary voice in erotic fiction."

From Obsessed:
She was telling the story as well as she could—because Brandon had started to spank her once more, harder than before. Tales of torrid moments with her former boys brought out this delicious jealous streak in him. He wanted to know more, but at the same time, she could tell that listening for him was like pressing on a bruise.
“And his friend was listening throughout all of this?”
“I didn’t know that until after I got dressed and went out into the living room. And there’s Dan with a beer in one hand and this shit-eating grin on his face. I would have been so embarrassed, except I saw he had an obvious erection in his chinos. That made me kind of proud, actually.”
 From Dirty:
Janie’s mind did a quick flitter through the past stories she’d told her boyfriend. Had she created one in which Daniel had seen her behind the glass? This was the problem with making up stories. Sometimes she couldn’t remember. She took a stab.
“This was different because now he had permission to touch. Parker positioned himself against one wall, and he made it clear from the start that he wanted to watch.”
“How did he do that?”
“He said, ‘Isn’t she pretty, Dan?’ And Dan said, ‘God, yes.’ And Parker said, ‘Don’t you want to fuck her?’”
You can grab your copy HERE. Go, go, go...obsessed and dirty. Better than sweet and salty! 
XOXO
Sommer

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Today's Gratitude...

Today's gratitude is...that Lucky Streak is out in paperback now. :) Huzzah!  You can see the pretty HERE.

I'm also grateful that I'm reading my upcoming novella Haunted and I am very, very pleased with it. Which always makes my heart happy.

Don't forget I want to be your Valentine again (or for the first time). I'd love to send you a handmade bit of love. To prove it I'm giving away a book bundle prize and we have a Rafflecopter with a $100 Amazon prize you can enter to celebrate the Erotic Romance StoryBundle. Which is only running to 2/22. If you haven't snagged one, hurry over. You set the price! See deets for all that jazz HERE.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Won't you be my Valentine...Again?

Last year, Alison Tyler inspired me to give away handmade Valentines. I had a blast! This year, to celebrate the new Erotic Romance StoryBundle that features not just me, but Alison Tyler, Kiki Howell, Selena Kitt and Skye Warren (you pick the price!), I'm doing it again! This year, Kiki Howell is joining me so make sure to check her out, as well!

Did I mention there's a prize pack involved? Well there is. That kisserchief, that teeny weeny little duck and those two books (if you want to enter but have either book I have swap out options for one or both)!

Here's what you do:

Just want a Valentine? : Send your snail mail address to sommermarsden[@]gmail[.]com and I'll send one your way.
Want a Valentine AND to enter the giveaway? : send me your snail mail address and then comment on this blog for a chance at the prize pack.
Want to just enter the giveway?: Simply comment on this blog and you're entered.

This offer/giveaway runs until Valentine's Day. I'll announce my winner then! Don't forget, while you're here, to see our big Rafflecopter giveaway for $100 Amazon card at the bottom of the page.

Here's a little pic of our StoryBundle if you haven't checked it out yet. You set the price!


Erotic Romance StoryBundle, Feb 4-26, 2015 with Selena Kitt,
Sommer Marsden, Kiki Howell, Alison Tyler, and Skye Warren
Curator’s Message by Kiki Howell: I’m a fan of each and every author who graciously agreed to be included in this Erotic Romance StoryBundle, and so I will admit to being a bit star-struck to have my stories published beside theirs. As you will read, I met each one through a series of intertwining, very fortunate events.

I’ve had the privilege to work with New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Selena Kitt, since the beginning of my writing career. After first being published by her company, Excessica, I then began working for her in various aspects of the publishing industry. I consider myself very lucky to have learned so much from a writer as prolific as Selena, one of the best guilty pleasure authors out there with over a million books sold!

Through working for Selena, I had the blessing of meeting, Sommer Marsden. Over time, and little “water-cooler” chats via emails if you will, we've found ourselves alike in a multitude of ways. I now have the honor of calling her a good friend even though we've never met in person. Referred to as “unapologetic” by another author in this bundle, I couldn’t agree more with that description of her writing. Her stories are both profound and witty, sexy and fun with a myriad of characters from a to z, adventurous women to zombies, and back again.

Thanks to one of Sommer’s social media posts, I signed up to review one of Alison Tyler’s books, and I've been hooked by her writing ever since. A prolific writer of several stories and talented editor of many kinky anthologies, her works offer passion and heart along with vital doses of all things sexy. Just following her blog, appropriately titled, Trollop with a Laptop, is exquisite fun, a true indulgence.

It was also through Selena that I was recently introduced to New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Skye Warren. And, though I’m just getting started into her dark romantic fiction, I can’t wait to indulge in more of her stories. Her work described with such words as “perversely tender” and “haunting and beautiful” I couldn’t agree more. I’ve found her stories to be both complex and raw, emotional and enticing.

I’m pleased with the wide array of genres represented by these authors and their stories in this bundle. While all erotic romance, you will be further tempted with subgenres like: contemporary and historical, paranormal/pagan and fairy tales, bondage and femdom, to name a few. Enjoy!


To purchase this bundle go to http://storybundle.com/romance  This is pick your own price! All the details are at the site.

EROTIC ROMANCE STORYBUNDLE INCLUDES:
MAIN BOOKS
Temptation by Selena Kitt - The innocent 1950s - a perfect backdrop for this "new adult" historical romance saga. What happens when you fall in love with your best friend's father?

Angry Sex by Sommer Marsden - When life turns stressful a girl needs release. Someone to help her work out her issues. Someone hot. Angry Sex...like therapy...but naked.

Torn Asunder by Kiki Howell - Fraught with scenes of explicit intimacy, romantic spells and mystical shapeshifting, Torn Asunder is a unique blending of the age of manners with sexual magic.

The ESP Affair by Alison Tyler - A dream lover fulfills Connie's erotic desires in The ESP Affair. Confronted with proof of her infidelity, she embarks on a psychic journey.

On the Way Home by Skye Warren - Explore the dark side with this suspenseful new adult romance... It’s a simple trade—the passenger in seat 34B for my sister. But the sexy soldier is more than I can handle in all the best ways.

BONUS BOOKS
Modern Wicked Fairy Tales by Selena Kitt (The Complete Collection) - Do you love fairy tales? Then don't miss these happily ever afters! Get ALL EIGHT modern retellings of fairy tale classics--Alice, Beauty, Briar Rose, Goldilocks, Gretel, Rapunzel, Red, and Wendy

Bittersweet by Sommer Marsden (Novella) - Deacon James is more sinful than the candy he sells. Testing Rayka's every limit. Mentally, creatively, emotionally and yes--sexually.

Rituals by Kiki Howell (Novella) – When a Wiccan ritual opens her eyes to an old friend, Maddie’s first week with Ryan is a blur of knots and ropes until Maddie’s controlling ex-husband returns hell-bent on taking her back.

Alison on Top by Alison Tyler (Anthology) - Super hot, incredibly sexy and wonderfully delicious," Alison on Top fulfills your craving for smart femdom fiction with a romantic twist.

Our big giveaway!:
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Share the Love Blog Hop!



****Please note: I'm posting this before bed. Links/blogs most likely will not be live until 12 a.m. rolling us into 2/6****


Yay! It's Friday *and* it's blog hopping day! I'm here today to share the love with some amazing authors I'm currently in an Erotic Romance Story Bundle with :) More info on that can be found at http://www.storybundle.com/Romance

The authors I'd like to blow kisses to are Alison Tyler, Kiki Howell, Selena Kitt and Skye Warren. There's some real talent there from taboo, to dark erotica, to mystical magical love to good old fashioned down and dirty writing. Please check them all out by clicking their names.

Below you'll find our Rafflecoptor Giveaway for our Erotic Romance Bundle. Below that is the list of all the bloggers participating in this blog hop. And below *that* our amazing graphic.

Rock on, party on, funky chicken dance, it's Friday and we're hopping blogs.

Have a beautiful weekend.

XOXO
Sommer
p.s. Tweeting this? Use #sharethelove

Hit our Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Finally! "Confessions of a Sexpert"



After almost 60 hours and "dude...wtf?" email Amazon has posted my Confessions of a Sexpert: The Zushia Chase Stories!

A little time capsule: I wrote the Confessions of a Sexpert installments in the early 2000s for Ruthie's Club. My intention was to continue the series indefinitely. Sadly, RC, an erotic institution, closed before I could do any more than the two. They were a big hit and I've always loved them seeing as Zushia is an accidental siren, if you will. A lot of the erotic party info is based on my very (very!) brief career peddling erotic aides at home parties--ya know, like Tupperware parties only way more interesting.

I love them because their fun and filthy, and yes, a little raunchy. Probably more so than a lot of my stuff you've read. But they are 110% fun!

I hope you'll check them out and tell me what you think.

XOXO
Sommer
p.s. my fave part is that cover shot was taken by me! What a beautiful night it was. xoxo

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

It's here! The Erotic Romance Story Bundle. A bundle full of goodness :)


(NOTICE: buy links won't be live before midnight 2/4) You get all these lovely smexy books in one bundle. Want more info? Here's where you go:
http://storybundle.com/romance

I'm so excited to be in this bundle with Kiki Howell, Alison Tyler, Selena Kitt, and Skye Warren. I'm also extremely excited about tonight's bundle blog party on Facebook. Come check us out for fun, games, prizes, adult beverages (since it's virtual you'll have to show up with your own) and various other goodness. I, personally, have three giveaways including a freebie code for the very bundle we are celebrating. Please stop by at 7 pm (Eastern time) to see me!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1613386295556807

And now, a word from the Erotic Romance StoryBundle curator Kiki Howell :)



THE EROTIC ROMANCE BUNDLE

Curated by Kiki Howell
I'm a fan of each and every author who graciously agreed to be included in this Erotic Romance StoryBundle, and so I will admit to being a bit star-struck to have my stories published beside theirs. As you will read, I met each one through a series of intertwining, very fortunate events.
I've had the privilege to work with New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Selena Kitt, since the beginning of my writing career. After first being published by her company, Excessica, I then began working for her in various aspects of the publishing industry. I consider myself very lucky to have learned so much from a writer as prolific as Selena, one of the best guilty pleasure authors out there with over a million books sold!
Through working for Selena, I had the blessing of meeting, Sommer Marsden. Over time, and little "water-cooler" chats via emails if you will, we've found ourselves alike in a multitude of ways. I now have the honor of calling her a good friend even though we've never met in person. Referred to as "unapologetic" by another author in this bundle, I couldn't agree more with that description of her writing. Her stories are both profound and witty, sexy and fun with a myriad of characters from a to z, adventurous women to zombies, and back again.
Thanks to one of Sommer's social media posts, I signed up to review one of Alison Tyler's books, and I've been hooked by her writing ever since. A prolific writer of several stories and talented editor of many kinky anthologies, her works offer passion and heart along with vital doses of all things sexy. Just following her blog, appropriately titled, Trollop with a Laptop, is exquisite fun, a true indulgence.
It was also through Selena that I was recently introduced to New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Skye Warren. And, though I'm just getting started into her dark romantic fiction, I can't wait to indulge in more of her stories. Her work described with such words as "perversely tender" and "haunting and beautiful" I couldn't agree more. I've found her stories to be both complex and raw, emotional and enticing.
I'm pleased with the wide array of genres represented by these authors and their stories in this bundle. While all erotic romance, you will be further tempted with subgenres like: contemporary and historical, paranormal/pagan and fairy tales, bondage and femdom, to name a few. Enjoy! – Kiki Howell
The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:
  • The ESP Affair by Alison Tyler
  • Torn Asunder by Kiki Howell
  • Temptation: Under Mr. Nolan's Bed by Selena Kitt
  • On the Way Home by Skye Warren
  • Angry Sex by Sommer Marsden
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $10, you'll get another four books:
  • Alison on Top by Alison Tyler
  • Rituals by Kiki Howell
  • Modern Wicked Fairy Tales by Selena Kitt
  • Bittersweet by Sommer Marsden
The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!
It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.
Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.
  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We're currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you're you're getting nine total books!
StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.
For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.