Tell Me A Story: Interview with Bestselling Author Tamara Lush

Tell Me a Story just hit #1 in erotica on Amazon in Canada, Australia and the U.K.! Author Tamara Lush is now offering the book free to readers around the globe.

We spoke to Tamara about her dual career as a reporter and romance author, and about her Story Series.  Tell Me a Story is currently free as part of the Vote For Romance campaign on #instafreebie. Get your free copy here.

Find out more about the Vote for Romance campaign on Tamara’s blog and get 12 other free books.

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Your day job is reporter for a major news organization. What’s your beat?

I cover the west coast of Florida. It’s mostly a general assignment beat, writing stories about agriculture and tourism. Also the occasional execution. And hurricanes and alligators and all sorts of weird stuff. I also help out with national stories. 

Many hard news reporters end up penning fiction from their beat – crime, politics, etc.  What inspired you to choose romance novels?

I’ve always loved sexy romance stories ever since high school. I was the girl who had the stash of taboo books and loaned them to friends. I considered writing a romance in my early twenties, but was too focused on journalism to really be effective. In 2012, I wrote the first chapter of a book, then stuck it in a file cabinet.

Tell us about Tell Me a Story, which is now free to readers around the world.

The first book in the Story series is a novella is called Tell Me a Story. Bookstore owner Emma Price attends a sexy literacy fundraiser called Story Brothel in Orlando, expecting a few raunchy jokes and a chance to show off her writing. She’s intrigued when Caleb King, a successful real estate developer in a custom tailored suit, pays to listen to her read from her erotic novel.  Later, the mysterious Caleb with beautiful eyes asks her to read him a bedtime story at his penthouse condo – and she can’t say no to his demands.

But Emma’s been burnt before, and is reluctant to be the plaything of a rich man whose world is so different than hers. She also doesn’t need distractions because her business in danger of closing and everything she’s worked for is poised to crumble. Emma’s made it this far in life on her own, but as her one-night stand develops into something deeper, can she trust Caleb when his own secrets are revealed? 

So how steamy does it get?

It gets pretty steamy, but like my other two books, there’s a sweetness to it. Even beyond the hot sex, I love to write about the rush of love. I enjoy writing characters that fundamentally respect each other – but they have internal reasons why they don’t think they deserve a happy-ever-after. 

You have some such an amazing romance writer name. Some people may be surprised it’s not a pen name. Do you think perhaps it was a sign you were destine to be a romance writer?

Ha! I think it was. So many people ask me if my name is a pen name. But no, my parents were just hippies in California in the 1970s and wanted to name me something a little different. 

As a reader, what do you love most about romance novels?

I love reading about the chase. The flirtation. The banter. The anticipation of that first kiss, that first touch, that first moment when the characters know they’re about to have sex…I can’t get enough of that.

Visit Tamara Lush at her website.

A reader on Goodreads called  Tell Me a Story, “pure pleasure from the first sentence.”You can also get the book free at the links below:

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MY HOT COP New Cover Reveal

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Sometimes the best way to forget about a man who causes you heart ache is to find a man who can make you ache with desire. A man who can make you tingle with excitement. A man who devotes himself to your pleasure.

In this steamy novelette, New York reporter Belle Anderson accepts a weekend assignment in Florida to take her mind off of the handsome surgeon that broke her heart.

She meets hot cop Lucas Jensen. He’s a take-charge, dirty talking Alpha who likes to use his handcuffs for pleasing pursuits. Lucas agrees to dominate Belle for one night of wild, uncensored passion, with one condition: She must let him take complete command of her body.

Everything he does and says helps heal her heart. But when he asks for more than one night, she wonders if the devoted attention of one powerful man truly help her forget her feelings for another?

This is a stand-alone novelette with a HFN ending. A fast, sexy summer read for 99 cents.

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Dr. Judith Orloff Discusses ‘The Ecstasy of Surrender’

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By A. Charlotte Rose

When you think about it, one of the things we love about romance books is the great surrender that occurs between the characters. They start out with a conflict between them or conflicts they must find a way to surmount and, ultimately, they surrender to what is happening. They often also surrender to amazing sex. When everything is said and done, and they find their happy ending because they surrender to one another.

Sometimes it involves compromise, fighting, battles, insanity of some sort–but we surrender to their stories and go on the journey with them.

The most basic surrender is letting go of the things that are in the way and not trying to control everything anymore. We love when our characters learn to do that and, frankly, I think we long to be able to do it too. And in our everyday loves, we long not to not have to try to control everything when life is spinning out of control. And to surrender to our desires, passions, and need for more peace and calm.

Dr. Judith Orloff has an awesome new book on this topic, called The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life.

She knows that most of use are longing for more ease and joy in our lives. That we push so hard, and try to force things to happen or make things work. We struggle daily with jobs, relationships, family issues, and life issues. We have worries and burdens. Dr. Orloff believes that as hard as it may sound at first, surrender is a key to lasting, positive change in our lives. Just as our favorite characters surrender to their happy ending, we can too.

“Once embraced, surrendering removes roadblocks and the exhaustion that comes from trying too hard,” she says. and it helps you achieve goals more effortlessly and brings ongoing happiness.

We sat in on a chat with Dr. Judith Orloff about the practice of surrender and her new book. Here are some of the insights she shared.

Here are links to all versions The Ecstasy of Surrender.

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Question: Many people think of surrendering as something negative. They see it as giving up. What do you mean by surrender and how can it benefit us on a day-to-day basis?

Answer: I am so passionate about writing a book about surrender because, as a physician with more than twenty years of medical practice, I’ve seen that it is the missing part of the equation to happiness and health. I’m intrigued with the idea of surrender, not as defeat or loss—as it is frequently thought of—but as a positive, intuitive way of living. Contrary to common stereotypes that equate surrender with weakness, I’m presenting it as a way to gain mastery of your life. People don’t think surrender will work because they fear giving up power. In this book I want readers to experience the elegant balance of knowing when to exert control in their lives and when to let go. This is the secret to success and bliss.

Lots of people strive to keep all aspects of their life in control at all times, but when a crisis hits, such as job loss, relationship difficulties, or problems with a child, they spiral into anxiety or depression. What would be the first thing you would suggest they do to start healing and relieve stress?

The first step to healing is to realize: As much as we might like to control everything, everything cannot always be controlled. Accepting this will lead to inner peace. Of course, it’s natural to feel depressed and anxious when adversity hits, but the art of surrender allows you to exhale instead of clench. It’s important to surrender to the love that is around you for support. Mighty forces can come to your aid when you humbly surrender to life. This doesn’t mean giving up or giving in—it means accepting what is and trying to do your best with as much faith and hope that you can muster. And above all else, shower yourself with compassion. Know that life goes through cycles of change, and you can ride through like a surfer navigating a magnificent wave. Accepting life on life’s terms—learning to flow through joy and adversity—is the gorgeous dance of life.

Over the years you say you have personally learned to trust the process and surrender to those things you resist or fear. You have gone through some major tests in life! What have you learned and gained by surrendering? Are you always successful?

Surrender is my lifelong meditation! It keeps all of us healthy, younger, playful, more passionate, and flexible. I have only touched the surface of surrender. It’s natural to slip back to your old ways of overcontrolling.

What if someone tries to surrender, and they manage to do it for a day, and then feel themselves creeping back to their old ways? What can they do?

Be happy with baby steps. It is important to celebrate small changes. Don’t worry if you slip! Just pick yourself up and keep moving! Be grateful that you are making progress at all. Surrender is a journey that continues to awaken you. When I began the holy journey of writing this book, I longed to experience surrender more than anything else. Now, as my writing has concluded, I see how generous this book has been to me, how much I’ve softened and learned to let go. Surrendering has been the catalyst for my growth, even when it was terribly inconvenient and unsettling. This is where faith and trust come in. When you can flow with change, the results are incredible. I am in the midst of radical change—a great blossoming for which I am profoundly grateful.

We live in a fast-paced world and let’s face it: sometimes we get caught up in emotional traffic jams. You say that people can be blocked in different areas of their lives. Relationships. Money. Health. Sexuality. Does the modern world and pace set us up to struggle with letting go? Is there a way to embrace the modern world and the surrender at the same time?

When you choose to practice surrender, you are being a revolutionary, a path forger who is willing to challenge cultural norms. Western culture’s habits of overintellectualizing, overcontrolling, and pushing so hard that you sabotage and exhaust yourself do not work. In this book, I invite you to live life in extraordinary terms and to devote to your practice of letting go. Every moment of life is so precious—the modern world, your inner world, your soul’s journey. In this book, I urge you to surrender to it all. I encourage you to give yourself some time away from mundane reality (even five minutes each day!) so you can replenish your energy and faith and grow stronger. You need to be strong to function in the world. When you can spiritually, emotionally, and physically surrender it takes so much pressure off! And you can feel bliss. Yes, bliss!!

Are some people just not able to practice surrender? What if you are just too afraid of surrender, of letting go, or too set in your ways?

Everyone is capable of it if you can surrender to the magnificent mystery of life and to your magnificent self!

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sells 100 Million Copies-Fans Share Why They Love It

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By A. Charlotte Rose

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, has sold more than 100 million books, according to the New York Times today. It has also spent 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Vintage Press, which aquired the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy in March 2012, and published each book within weeks of each other, is celebrating 100 million mark as they come upon the end of two years of Fifty Shades mania. This, just days after the long-awaited Fifty Shades of Grey movie wrapped the film shoot.

Anne Messitte, publisher of Vintage/Anchor Books in the U.S., forecasts only more “Fifty,” “We see new readers coming to the books every day and the sales, two years after our initial publication, remain strong and steady.”

Fifty Shades of Grey began as fan fiction called Master of the Universe. It was first released as an e-book and, then, a print on demand paperback in May 2011 by The Writers’ Coffee Shop. Then Vintage Press acquired the series, which was already a viral winner with a huge word-of-mouth following.

Why is this book so (freakin’) popular? We asked some of the fans at Fifty Shades of Grey News.

Darci Leavitt said: “An up to date modern Cinderella story!! With some spice! Love it!!! ALL of it……”

Angela Fulton said: “It lets women know that some of the things we all do is not so horrible! That we can be ourselves, with added excitement!”

Kristie Colgin Cooper said: “Because it’s hot to death!!”

Terri Ellison said: “I think every woman wants the deep love he had for her.”

Annette Firman said
: “I loved the true love story and how we found the real Christian and how he found the feeling of real love he didn’t know. Everything else was a bonus.”

Karryn ILaah Toniu said: “For me it was the fantasy of having a man like christian grey. He may be fiction but gahhdaymm he could be REAL!! Love a man hu can be RUFF&REAL at the sam time.. need some of that in REAL LIFE!!..”

Diane Marquez said: “It’s freaking awesome !!!!”

Michelle Daino said: “Sex, control, money and security….What is not to like about something that can bring sssooo much pleasure for such an affordable price. It has allowed many a person a reprieve from their own reality that it almost feels like you are part of this book on some level. Enjoyed the reading because it was done in a classy, sassy kind of way that seemed to capture my imagination.”

Ervine Hoover said: “These books made me feel as if I’d found exactly what I’ve been looking for…..or missing! !! It was as if I was close to them as far as feeling there emotions…..literally! !! Extremely well written and so believable! !! Just awesome! !!!”

Natalie Morgan Holt said: “It’s like an x-rated version of Twilight… Seriously, what’s not to love.”

Why do you think Fifty Shades has sold so many copies and has remained do popular?

You can purchase the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy boxed set here for only $22:
Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set

E.L. James Recognizes ‘Fifty Shades of Grey News’ Fan Page

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We are very touched and grateful that Fifty Shades of Grey News has been recognized by author E.L. James on her Web site, along with many other wonderful and devoted fan sites.

She and her team rounded up their favorite fan sites and social media pages to make them available to fans in one place. Here’s the link: http://www.eljamesauthor.com/community/fan-sites/

Even though she clearly states that she does not “endorse” the sites or fan selections for Christian Grey, we are truly honored to be included.

Fifty Shades of Grey News was started on Facebook at the very beginning of the Fifty Shades phenomenon. We have been trying to cover the unfolding story around the book, movie, and stars, as well as present photos of hot men for your viewing pleasure.

It is a labor of love created, built, nurtured, and maintained by fans for fans.

Here is the link to FIfty Shades of Grey News, which actually says FiftyShadesofGreyFans: https://www.facebook.com/FiftyShadesOfGreyFans

Please tell your friends to visit and like us. Here’s to more Fifty Shades of Grey in 2014!

The amazing artwork of Christian Grey by Tajana was featured by E.L. James on her website. We share the image above.

For more from this artist, and Fifty fan, visit her here.

Favorite Reads: ‘Big Girls Do It’ Series by Jasinda Wilder

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By A. Charlotte Rose

Jasinda Wilder brings sexy back for women of a certain size in her bestselling Big Girls series.

She shows that you can love cupcakes, be a size 18, and still have a hot rocker like Chase Delany pursue you with a passion.

The celebration of sexuality and romance for ladies who have a little more to love is a breakthrough in the romance genre, where so many heroines tend to be size two and easy for the hero to lift with one arm. But Jasinda’s character, Anna, does just fine in the giving and receiving of hot love.

The series also brings Anna to a crazy fork in her romantic road when it turns out that not just one, but two men want her. She has to choose. You may be shocked by her choice but the story of how Anna comes to define and choose true love is inspiring.

The series starts with hot sex, and it leads to hot love, with hot sex, and a family to follow. Jasinda, by the way, is mom of five and her handsome hubby is bestselling author of The Missionary, Jack Wilder. They have produced many books since this series!

The reading order is:

Big Girls Do It Better

Big Girls Do It Wetter

Big Girls Do It Wilder

Big Girls Do It On Top

The first four books (above) in the Big Girls Do It series are currently available as a boxed set for free on Amazon.

Big Girls Do It Married

Big Girls Do It Pregnant

Also available for free on Amazon is, Big Girls Do It On Christmas.

New Book From M. Leighton: ‘All The Pretty Lies’ Join Chat with Author November 14, 8 PM est

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November 12, 2013: M. Leighton’s new book, All the Pretty Lies, releases today, November 12. The Fifty Shades of Grey News fan page is happy to announce an author chat with M. Leighton on Thursday evening, November 14, 8 PM eastern time, right here. There will also be a give-away drawing for an autographed copy All the Pretty Lies.

The motto of this steamy new book, which is part of a series, is “Live, no regrets.” You can order the Kindle edition of All The Pretty Lies here.

Meet the characters, and the couple:

Her: Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.

Him: In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.

Them: Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.

The question is: How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?

About M. Leighton:
M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies. She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

We are big fans of Michelle Leighton! Here’s how to connect with her:

Visit her website and blog: http://www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com

Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mleightonbooks
@mleightonbooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLeightonAuthor

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1152263.M_Leighton

ALL THE PRETTY LIES Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18626680-all-the-pretty-lies?ac=1

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/M.-Leighton/e/B004LL0TAU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1