Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Bit of a Break - Oh Yeah!!!!

Hey all,

Sorry I haven't been keeping this blog up to date.  As I'm writing this I'm heading across the USA on our way back to Florida so we can drop off our car and trailer in preparation for the move to our latest South American gig... Montevideo, Uruguay!

Since keeping up on my online stuff while traveling is a bit difficult, I'll be putting this blog on hiatus until the first week in March.

But...if I do have time along the way and something REALLY cool happens, I'll try and update the blog just for all of my followers.

Until then, wish me safe traveling and keep me in your prayers and thoughts.

Hugs to all of you!

CJ England










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Friday, December 11, 2015

Here, There Be Dragons!

Hey all,

It's been a long two weeks.  Illnesses one after another kept me away from my computer, but I'm trying to get back into things, and we'll start today with a brand new release.

Dragons are one of my favorite paranormal heroes.  But the first dragon books I ever read were the wonderful Pern novels by the amazing Anne McCaffrey.  I loved, loved, loved the Dragonriders of Pern series and the story of Lessa and her dragon Ramoth sent me spinning into an alien world I could never imagine.

I devoured each of the books and have each and every one of them in both print and ebook. I've read them again and again, delighting in McCaffrey's world building and imagination.

The only thing I wished for more of was romance.  Even though Lessa and F'lar had a "romance", it was subtle and more of a background story. That was okay, of course. Dragonriders was NOT a romance, but I just wished for more.

Once I discovered sensual romances, I read book after book about sexy alpha dragons. And from Deborah Cooke's warrior dragons, to Shana Abe's Drakon clan of dragons, to Jesse Donovan's secretive dragons searching for their mates, I enjoyed them all.

So, when I started writing, I decided my dragons and their mates WOULD be romantic.  Romantic, hot, loving and focused...on each other. And my first ever dragon story, AVAILABLE TODAY, Snip! Snap! Dragon! certainly fits the bill. This story came about from a challenge from my favorite editor, Pat.  She was sure I could do it, sent me photo after photo for inspiration and encouraged me all along the way.

The first in the Dragon Games series from Changeling Press, this sexy novella takes place in London, England at Christmas time.  Since I spent last Christmas enjoying everything that London had to offer, I'm happy to share the flavor of that wonderful city in this novella.

Here's a little about this book...


With a fiery Snip! Snap!, a passionate modern day dragon lures his forever mate into the flames. 


Weary of the tedium of three centuries of life, Drayce Drakehaven, leader of the London Dragon Clan does something inconceivable.  On a dare from one of his brethren, he crashes a Christmas party. Since dragons won’t settle for anything but the best, he chooses the social event of the season—the Christmas celebration at the home of Eadlin Knight, the richest and most sought after woman in the city.  But he doesn’t expect to look into Eadlin’s beautiful eyes and find his forever mate.

Eadlin is tired. Tired of the daily rounds of socializing. Tired of the men who are more interested in her father’s fortune than her.  She longs to find someone special. The one man who can make her heart beat faster.  Her soulmate. When she finds her ancestor’s diary and discovers her great-great-great grandmother was carried away by a mysterious stranger at a family Christmas party, she wonders if perhaps lightning can strike twice.  Could she meet her special someone, too?

When Drayce and Eadlin’s eyes meet during the holiday festivities, there is an instant snap of connection…of passion.  But Drayce’s arrogance sparks Eadlin’s temper, and she won’t fall easily into her dragon’s arms.  A heated party game may be the only way he can push past her reserves and seduce his lady fair.

Read more about the first Dragon Games story by going to my website HERE

Purchase this great short story novella by going to Changeling Press HERE. On sale now for only $3.39. 

I'll be back next week with some fun Christmas news!!!!

Hugs,

CJ England










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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Available For Christmas - Frosty...The Real Man

Hey all,

I have a new re-release out and ready for all my readers.  For those who love a romantic, sexy Christmas read, Frosty...The Real Man is perfect.  One of my favorite books I've ever done, I love to read it again and again. And at only $0.99, you just can't beat it!

Here are all the details.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below...

Can an anatomically correct snowman melt the heart of his creator and make her Christmas wish come true?

Amy is tired of being alone.  But she's even more tired of the men she's dated in the past.  She longs to find a man who will be loving and true to her. A real man.
When Givré, one of the many Christmas Spirits, is sent to Amy inside the snowman she created, he's given the assignment to be her date to the Winter Wonderland Ball.  And he is very pleased with his luck.  Amy is his dream woman.  Talented, beautiful, loving and very sexy.
But Amy doesn't believe her handsome Frenchman is a snowman, a spirit, or anything else…other than maybe a little crazy.  And even though she is very attracted to him, she can't bring herself to give into her feelings.

But Givré isn't going to give up so easily.  He's fallen in love with his artist lady and he'll do anything to make her understand it's her love that will melt his frozen heart.

For more information and to read an excerpt about this #1 Bestselling Book, please visit HERE.

Buy this book at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, ALL ROMANCE, KOBO.


Hugs,

CJ England










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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Guest Blogger Time...Introducing Trevann Rogers

Hey all,

I'm sorry I've been gone the last few blogging dates.  I've been down with a horrible series of migraines, and I haven't been online much at all.  But I'm back today with the exciting paranormal author(s) Trevann Rogers.  And they've been kind enough to bring along one of my favorite heroes who has consented to a great character interview!

But first, let's learn a little about Trevann!  From the website...

Trevann Rogers is our writing pseudonym. We are two authors with day jobs, living in the wilds of Connecticut with Molly, a chubby rescue mutt who'd rather eat and snuggle than just about anything else, Chloe, a tough as nails terrier mix who never met a pillow she didn't want to kill, and Lil Monkey, a sock monkey who thinks he's real and hopes no one catches him sneaking out of the window in the middle of the night to live his own adventures.

Apropos for writers, we met as pen pals and stayed connected through our love for words and an unquenchable addiction to music. We use a pen name to spare our families questions regarding why their usually sane and sensible relatives write about rock stars, incubi, Were's and Vampires. House of the Rising Son is the first book in our premiere series, Living After Midnight.

Social worker and executive by day, our hours to write are long after the sun goes down and the creatures that live in the shadows come out to play. Between day jobs and other obligations, we learned long ago that being ourselves means living after midnight. 

Okay!  Very cool!  More on these talented author(s) later!  Now, since this is an interview, I'm going to hand the reins over to Trevann. Enjoy!!!

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Please join me in welcoming Alexander Davison, Esq. You may know him as the boyfriend of Cheyenne, the incubus rocker who seems to be lighting up the music scene in Unakite City. His story is chronicled in the novel, House of the Rising Son.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Alexander. Let's get right to it—how did you and Cheyenne meet?
Chey, I mean, Cheyenne and I met at Eddie’s, the club he was playing at the time. My friends and I had been going there for a few months. One night when the show was over, one of the waitresses introduced us.

Besides the fact that he's an incubus, what drew you to him?
We started going to Eddie’s just to have something to do on the weekends. But Cheyenne's a brilliant musician and that's what kept me coming back night after night. Of course, you really can’t separate his musical talent from his (super) natural sex appeal. The two work together to make an incredible show.

That's what drew you to his shows. What drew you to him? Why is he "the one"?
You don't mince words, do you? His music, his humor, his devotion to his children…He's a good guy. And he makes life interesting.

And he's the sexiest creature on the planet?
No doubt.

Speaking of an interesting life, congratulations on becoming a Were-tiger. What's the best part? What's the worst?
Thanks, I guess. No offense, but at first I wouldn’t have told you there were any good parts. It was disturbing to think about what I could do to my family or friends or even random strangers if I hadn’t been able to control my tiger. But we were able to gain control so I don't have to worry about hurting anyone unintentionally.

We? As in…?
Cheyenne helped me figure out how to tame my tiger, so to speak. I know that sometimes he can seem a little wild—incubus plus rock star equals wild. But he's pretty centered. He helped me think it through and learn how to channel calmness. It worked.

As for the good parts, like the ability to heal injuries and the extra strength and stamina; those kinds of benefits can't be beat. I never get even a cold anymore.

I understand he comes with a ready-made family. What was it like going from single to family man in time for the holiday season?
Oh man, that was crazy. I'd never really thought about kids. But when I met Jade and Jamie, I fell for them hard.  Those little guys are smart, adorable and frankly a little weird--in the best possible meaning of the word. How can you not love them? That being said, having my parents learn about them and then dragging them into my family's gatherings during the craziest time of the year, well, I wouldn’t recommend it. Not because the kids weren’t great. It was just a lot of confusion and in some cases, misunderstandings.

What were your human family's holiday traditions? Have you started any new ones, because of Cheyenne and the kids?
I think my family has typical holidays. We all get together and try not to hurt feelings or piss each other off too badly. Of course, that first Thanksgiving when my family found out about Chey set the bar kind of low. It had to get better than that.  But the kids' experience with humans and human customs and expectations was pretty limited, so let's just say mistakes were made. Now Cheyenne and I make sure Jade and Jamie understand how humans behave BEFORE we go to my parents. Otherwise, we spend the whole time trying to catch something the kids are going to say or do before it happens. I suppose our new tradition is “role play before visiting the in-laws.”
 
Since Dot, my sister, has boys, my family is thrilled to have a little girl in the family. They are committed to spoil her more than she already is. And she loves it.
    
What are your plans or resolutions for the new year?
Chey has some career opportunities opening up for him and we're going to see how that plays out before we make any plans. I'll be heading the Entertainment Law department for Davidson and Davidson so we'll both be busy with contract negotiations.

Any news you can share?
No, not yet. But Chey may have an announcement or two soon. As far as resolutions go, mine is just to live every moment to the fullest. Whatever the future holds, life with Cheyenne is going to be wild ride and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.


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Wow!!!  I'm so going to re-read that book.  *fans self*  I have an incubus book too--upcoming--and maybe I can get all these hot heroes together!  *grin*


For more information about House of the Rising Son and the series "Living After Midnight", check out Trevann's Website at http://www.trevannrogers.com. 

And buy the book at Amazon... http://tinyurl.com/nja8yg4


Anyway, I hope to be back on Friday, so keep your eyes peeled for more fun!

Hugs,
CJ England












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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Guest Blogger Time...Introducing Cynthia Sax

Hey there,

Since I was gone last time I had scheduled today's guest blogger, I decided to repost it for a second go around.  I wanted to make sure she got some decent promoting time.  So, even if you've seen the post before, give it a shout out to your friends.  It's a great post and deserves some extra attention!!! So, here we go...

Today's blogger is author Cynthia Sax. A USA Today bestselling author, she's got a hot new release coming out that will have you reaching for the ice water.  I read the excerpts on her blog and whew!!! Let's just say Jonathon enjoyed himself later.  *grin*

Let's learn a bit about Cynthia. This from her website...

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.

She lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you,” they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.


Wow! Sounds a bit like my writing life and my wonderful sweet baboo.  LOL I guess we're both lucky ladies!!!

So let's see what Cynthia has to say!  Enjoy!

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Why I Decided To Self-Publish Releasing Rage 
By Cynthia Sax

I was reading CJ’s awesome post on her self-publishing adventures (http://cjslivingdreams.blogspot.ca/2015/07/tuesdays-shameless-self-promotion.html ) and I thought it would be interesting to chime in with why I decided to self publish Releasing Rage, my sexy new Cyborg SciFi erotic romance.

Before this year, I published exclusively through publishers. I heard about the self-publishing push. It was exciting. Many of my writing buddies were finding huge success there. But I was lazy, extremely lazy. The thought of taking care of covers and editing and formatting and all of the things publishers did frightened me. I was super happy with my publishers. Why would I do it myself?

Then the publisher publishing my SciFi erotic romances began having serious difficulties. My beloved editor was let go. The admin staff I loved was let go. I haven’t seen a royalty payment in a while.

What many readers don’t realize is that publishers ‘own’ characters in a story and books in a series. Publishers can choose not to publish the next story in a series (for a variety of reasons). Contracts make it very difficult to continue a series with another publisher or to self publish it. Even using the same alien species or worlds can prompt a lawsuit.

SciFi erotic romance is all about series. Writers build fascinating complex worlds and beings. This requires quite a bit of work and thought and even more love. 

I was VERY lucky. All of my series had been completed. But I couldn’t use these aliens or these worlds in future stories. If I wanted a secondary alien creature, in the past, I would have simply used an alien from a previous series. Now, I’d have to invent one. Ugh. That is much more work than self publishing.

I still very much believe in publishers. I DID send the proposal for Releasing Rage to my agent. When there were no bites from publishers, I didn’t push hard on selling it. Instead, I self published the story (it releases tomorrow!). 

I self published the lazy way. I outsourced the cover to Amanda Kelsey at Razzle Dazzle Designs (http://razzdazzdesign.com/), the editing to the always insightful ELF (https://musingsbyelf.wordpress.com/copyediting-services/), and the formatting to Mark (http://www.marksebookformatting.com/ ). They made the process painless.

I now have total control over my SciFi series, how many books I’ll release in it, and if I use these characters in other series (even series that I contract with publishers). I can also write stories that large publishers would shy away from (Releasing Rage is very dark). I LOVE this. 

Yes, I will publish through established publishers in the future but now that I’ve had a taste of self-publishing, I plan to explore that route also. It is an exciting time for writers and for readers. We have so many choices!

Readers, do you note the publisher of a story? Does the publisher matter to you?

Writers, have you self-published? Did you enjoy the experience?


Releasing Rage

Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers. 

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.


Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge? 





WOW!  An amazing first guest blog.  Thank you so much, Cynthia for sharing with us.  Let her know what you thought in the comments and don't forget to check out her WEBSITE and BLOG for more about this talented author!

I'm in the middle of moving to Austin, Texas, so I'll see you on Friday with a look back at some amazing sex toys and what they're all about!

Until then,

Hugs,
CJ England












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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Coming Up Soon--Hustle Into Love

Hey all,

Today's Blog is a shameless bit of self promotion, but also a bit of serious talk. As most of you know, I often tie in an important issue with whatever story I'm writing and Hustle Into Love is no different.

I didn't set out to do it, but as the storyline evolved it seemed just right to add the issue of human trafficking into the book. And it came about in an unexpected way.

Immigration in Macau is sometimes painful. They stamp your passport to get into the country, but if you're staying for any length of time you have to go BACK to immigration and go through the process of getting a visa.  It's not easy--actually, it's a PITA.  But it's what you have to do.

So I spent several looooong hours waiting in immigration while they fixed my immigration status.  And in the waiting room, they have a video that is a horrific introduction to the problem of human trafficking.

The first time I saw it, it was sorta in the background and I didn't really pay attention, but the second time I actually watched it and was struck speechless by what I saw.  The ugly truth about what we so often ignore was now front and center in my brain.  And I never forgot it again.

And that's why human trafficking is an issue I will NEVER stop fighting.

I can't explain how horrible the video was...how nauseating. What one human can do to another boggles the mind. And while I could only put a small part of that horror and disgust into Hustle Into Love, I can only hope it opens some people's eyes to this problem.

Hustle Into Love was a fun story to write, and living there made it so much easier.  I experienced the exotic locale and tasted the delicious foods.  I went to the casinos and enjoyed the shows and tried--but didn't succeed--to learn how to play sic-bo.  LOL  So I hope you enjoy the story.  Here's a little bit more about it...

The Second in the Wandering Star Collection

In The Exotic Far East a Sexy Dancer Turns a CEO's World Upside Down.

Dancing is easy for mega-superstar Chantal Montgomery. Relationships…not so much. She’s been wooed by rock stars, princes and billionaires, but hasn’t found anyone she’d want to tango with forever. Her only true friend is her mentor and adopted big brother, Li. He’s the one man on the planet she’d do anything for. That is until Li’s brother Mace waltzes into her life.

Mace D'Avranches has been in lust with his half-brother’s girlfriend, Chantal for years, even though they’ve never really met. When Li asks him to run his casino, The Golden Dragon, while Li goes on vacation, Mace looks forward to helping his brother out. Until he discovers that Chantal Montgomery will be working as his partner.

When Chantal and Mace finally meet face to face, it’s a mixture of fiery passion, confusion and fury. She sets about turning the casino’s entertainment division upside down while he desperately tries to make sure she doesn’t do the same to him. 

Can these two strong-willed and stubborn people let go long enough to see the truth dancing before their eyes? Or will that precious gift called love hustle out of their lives… forever.

For more information, release date and an excerpt, go to my website... http://cjengland.com/wanderingstar/hustleintolove.htm


And while you're there, check out my November contest.  All you have to do is be grateful, and you can win a bundle of great ebooks!  WooHoo!!!!

I'll be back on Friday with an interesting blog about choices and the future.

Hugs,

CJ England










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