Blog Tour

Do you love vampires? Then you’ll love ‘Passionate Bites’! 10 novels by 10 fabulous authors for the price of one!

Hi all:
As you know I usually only bring you a post on Tuesdays, but I was talking to Travis Luedke, a fellow author from ASMSG who writes fantastic vampire novels and  I was talking to him about what an interesting idea these packs of books by different authors seemed, as I knew he’d taken part in a few, and he mentioned ‘Passion Bites’ and I thought…I’m sure quite a few readers would be interested in that, so here it is. And be quick! They are incredible value for money!


Ten hot vampire romance novels by NY Times & USA Today bestselling authors.


Hot Tales of Vampire Romance


K.F. Breene (Goodreads Author)Arial Burnz (Goodreads Author)Victoria Danann (Goodreads Author)Brenda K. DaviesTeresa Gabelman (Goodreads Author)Kym Grosso (Goodreads Author)Sharon Hamilton (Goodreads Author)Travis Luedke (Goodreads Author) , RaShelle Workman (Goodreads Author)

Passionate Bites is a paranormal romance collection loaded with sizzling hot alpha-males & badass heroines. From vampires to werewolves to witches & demons, these dark, sensual tales of romantic suspense weave a tapestry of intrigue, desperation, betrayal, & enough steamy desire to satisfy every taste.


Over $40 in bestselling vampire romance! BUY NOW at incredible discount!



Only available until January 2015






18478103Destined by Brenda K. Davies

Terrified of becoming mated like her parents, Isabelle has locked herself away in order to avoid their fate. She is content to stay sheltered amongst her family, hidden away as she lives out her days away from the human race, and the world. Despite her determination to remain alone, her world is rocked when a person from her parent’s past arrives at their door, bringing with them the powerful, and stunning vampire Stefan. Though Stefan is not expecting to arrive at a nest full of vampires, he is immediately drawn to the vibrant, often defiant, and willful Isabelle. To his surprise, Isabelle does everything in her power to avoid him, and her desire for him. No matter how hard she tries to fight it though, Isabelle begins to realize that trying to deny her destiny may just destroy them both, as there are some things that cannot be stopped. But just as she begins to let her guard down, Stefan’s dark and deadly past catches up to him and threatens to destroy them both.



Meet the Author

74578_397193390363166_1096902927_n-2Author of the adult paranormal romance, Vampire Awakenings Series, and historical romances. I also write young adult under the pen name Erica Stevens.

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damoncoverThe Protectors Damon by Teresa Gableman

Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets and it’s their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it.

As a social worker, Nicole Callahan fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There’s a war now as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society and the children are at the heart of it all.

Damon and his fellow warriors have been ordered by the Vampire Council to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face in their new world. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.


Meet the Author

198215_1628571076727_2801624_nTeresa lives in Ohio with her husband, son, their dog Cin and her son’s snake, Steve Irwin. She is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, is a huge Mixed Martial Arts fan and follows her husbands MMA fight team, G-Force, which her son fights for. When not writing she is either screaming like a crazy woman at MMA fights or reading in some quiet corner with her Kindle. She loves books that are fast reads filled with romance, humor, sexy alpha men and the women who drive them crazy.




STsmashwordsCoverA Summoner’s Tale by Victoria Danann


While the devastatingly seductive ex-vampire, Istvan Baka, is forced to relive his tragic life as human and confront his past as vampire, a very pregnant Elora Laiken faces an ultimate test of survival when she’s attacked by assassins from her dimension of origin. While their friends and mates mount respective searches and epic rescue efforts, these two friends and almost lovers, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle alone through their own personal tortures in pain and darkness.

This is the story of Heaven McBride, a Black Swan demonologist who was temporarily assigned as Baka’s assistant. When he turns up missing, Heaven agrees to submit to hypnosis to help the rescue effort with possible clues about his disappearance buried in her subconscious mind. During those sessions, she proves that love can wait patiently through lifetimes for the chance to blossom and be fulfilled. She also inadvertently reveals that she’s been hiding a unique musical talent. She’s the once-in-a- generation summoner, who can call any creature with her flute. Even vampires.



About the Author

Victoria120x180My first book was published May of 2012.I write cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

My first book, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. All of my books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards.

For books published in 2013, Black Swan won three awards. 1. Best Paranormal Romance Series 2. Best Paranormal Romance Novel – A SUMMONER’S TALE 3. Best Vampire~Shifter Novel – MOONLIGHT.

Author Bio

If you’re interested in me personally, I am also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock music. I’m the utility player which means I play rhythm guitar, keyboards, sing back ups and a few leads. My band has covered everything (note for note) from Styx to Led Zepellin to Rush. We have played biker bars at 3:00 am to 10 people and played Warrior Dash to 35,000.I live in The Woodlands, Texas which is why I sometimes joke about being the witch in the woods. Married. Four children. One very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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16089837Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2)

An erotic paranormal romance…
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?


About the Author

5785692Kym Grosso is the award-winning author of the bestselling erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow- covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.


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1916255719162511DARKNESS SERIES, 1 & 2 – K.F. Breene

Sasha has always known she was different, but now she also knows that the shadow men she’s seen all her life, are real.

With a life goal of fitting in, Sasha hopes her strange abilities will finally make true friendship a possibility. Unfortunately, her magic doesn’t function like everyone else’s. What she thought would make her belong, sets her apart now more than ever.

Stefan, all but promised to a different woman, has tried to keep his mind on his duties instead of the irresistible and free-spirited human. But when she is threatened, he can’t keep his distance any longer. He realizes he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe, and more importantly, make her his.

Just when one thing clicks into place, another spirals out of control. Stefan’s clan isn’t the only group that would benefit from an extremely rare type of magic. And their enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want.



About the Author

7010202A wine country native, I moved to San Francisco for college just shy of a decade ago to pursue a lifelong interest in film. As I settled into the vibrant city, it quickly became apparent that, while I thought making and editing films was great fun, I lacked cinematic genius. For that reason, my career path quickly changed direction. My next goal was a strange childhood interest, conjured at the dining room table while filling out a form. For some reason, my young self wanted to be an Accountant. Thinking on it now, I wonder how I had any friends. Regardless, it was the direction I finally took.

While I could wrangle numbers with the best of ’em, and even though I wore the crown as the most outspoken, belligerent accountant in the world, my mind got as stuffy as my daily routine. It was here that I dusted off my creative hat and began writing.

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honeymoonbite_133x200Honeymoon Bites by Sharon Hamilton

Anne caught her husband cheating before their wedding cake was cut, so she takes her honeymoon in Tuscany alone. Bitten by a vampire on her wedding night, she is left for dead, until Marcus Monteleone, her 300 year old fated mate, rescues her. Will they be able to navigate Marcus’ rocky and dangerous past to have an immortal future together?


About the Author


5752621Romance novelist with three series:

SEAL Brotherhood (Accidental SEAL, Fallen SEAL Legacy)

Golden Vampires of Tuscany (Honeymoon Bite, Mortal Bite)

The Guardians (Guardian Angel Erotic Romance) Heavenly Lover, Underworld Lover

Lives in wine country, Northern California. When not writing, she is getting vera vera dirty in her flower and vegetable gardens.

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BBB02_1700x2550Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz

After seven years, James Knightly returns as a master swordsman, ready to captain a ship and wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. Waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on threatening the family James holds most dear–the MacDougals. Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of a way to protect them from his clan enemy. Broderick unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost, though, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for…his wife Davina.





About the Author

Arial_2003Arial Burnz has been an avid reader of paranormal and fantasy for over thirty years. With bedtime stories filled with unicorns, hobbits, dragons and elves, she succumbed to crafting her own tales, penning to life the magical creatures roaming her dreams. Having a romantic husband who’s taught her the meaning of true love, she’s helpless to weave romance into her tales. Now she shares them with the world. Arial Burnz lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with her husband (a.k.a. her romance novel hero)—who is also, quite coincidentally, a descendent of Clan MacDougal—along with their dog and two cats.

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22232612The Nightlife San Antonio by Travis Luedke

Vampires, Mafia & Mayhem: The Nightlife San Antonio is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

All she wanted was to escape the police. All he wanted was to get laid. They both got more than they bargained for.

EMT on call, Adrian Faulkner resuscitates a beautiful woman after a Mexican mafia shootout. He can’t explain why he picks her up in the hospital parking lot three days later and then ducks the San Antonio police and the Feds. Well, the hot sex might have something to do with it.

She needed to hide. With no memory of even her name, she didn’t know from who. She only knew she wasn’t safe.

Adrian soon learns she is much more than a damsel in distress, and he’s stuck with her. It isn’t long before the past she cannot remember begins to catch up with them both…



About the Author

6517376#NSFW author of the violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES (Vampires, Escorts & Strippers). Has auditioned for Christian Grey in 50 Shades film. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.


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15781629Blood and Snow: volumes 1-8 by RaShelle Workman

Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she’s chosen Snow White.

Snow isn’t an ordinary girl. She doesn’t know that yet.

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant – not quite human, not quite vampire.

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she’d rather drink from her Hunter.

Or, a human.

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there’s a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen’s twin sister.And Snow’s supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

About the Author

6-7-14me2RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE, a self publishing conference that will debut October 10-11, 2014 in Sandy, Utah.



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8 $25.00 Gift Cards Winner Choice from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or iTunes and 8 Ebooks of author back list.
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Thanks to Travis for bringing us such offer, thank to all of you for reading, and you know…like, share, comment and CLICK! Oh, and you can bite too! But only if it’s with passion!
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Blog Tour

Travis Luedke’s blog tour. Today my guest!

 The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife, #1)
• Title: The Nightlife New York (Book #1 in The Nightlife Series)
Author: Travis Luedke
• Release Date: August 18, 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Adult Romance

Synopsis ::
Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps and corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.
Is she a beautiful blond guardian angel as he imagined, or something else entirely? When Michelle saves Aaron’s life she shares the benefits of her blood (after getting him shot accidentally). He awakes a changed man, living in a purgatory of eternal night, never to see the sunrise again.
Michelle drags Aaron through a hardcore learning curve of vampiric slavery. Forced to adapt to servitude, Aaron is subject to her authority of compulsion. She orders him around like a puppet on a string, a dog on a very short leash. First things first, he must learn to feed properly without creating bloodslaves (humans addicted to the powerful drug-like effect of their venomous bite).
And then she puts him to work-a male escort in the sex trade-same as Michelle. Aaron walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intensely erotic sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. It’s do or die, Michelle vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control. The real kicker-amidst all these shocking and degrading adjustments, Aaron finds he’s falling in love.
Can he maintain and keep a sliver of his humanity intact? Innocence is a luxury few can afford in the decadent nightlife of New York. In a world where sex, blood, and power over women is so readily accessible, Aaron struggles against the predatory instincts deeply rooted in his new psyche. He must find his way quickly, practicing rigid self-control, or risk the consequences of Michelle’s wrath.
The Nightlife: Las Vegas (The Nightlife, #2) 
 Title: The Nightlife Las Vegas (Book #2 in The Nightlife Series) • Author: Travis Luedke
• Release Date: November 17, 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Adult Romance Erotica Thriller

Synopsis ::
Vampires, Aaron Pilan and his master Michelle, live by one rule — no bloodslaves. EVER. Aaron breaks that rule when he meets Anastasia. All Anastasia wants is to be loved and cherished, but the predatory men she’s attracted to bring her only pain and abuse. Escaping one train-wreck relationship for another, she finds happiness with Aaron and Michelle as a bloodslave, a ‘pet’. When Aaron uses his telepathy to win thousands at the gambling tables, he attracts the deadly attention of the Colombian Cartel and Aaron and Michelle are ‘disappeared’. Addicted to the bite of her vampire lovers, Ana is desperate to find them. But, Las Vegas isn’t ready for vampires mixing heroin, sex and vengeance. Ana is trapped in the spiraling chaos.
Find out what happens in the second novel of the Nightlife Series.
★★★★★ “Go grab a copy before this much fun is declared illegal.”
★★★★★ “Mr. Luedke once again showcasing his considerable talent for crafting erotic, action-packed, supernatural thrillers that leave the reader saying “Wow!”
★★★★★ “A no-holds-barred, easy-to-read romp that mixes fantasy, suspense, horror and erotica, and does it well.”
Blood Slave (The Nightlife, #3)
• Title: Blood Slave (Book #3 in the series, but considered a stand alone novel)
Author: Travis Luedke
• Release Date: December 23, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Erotic, Adult Romance
Synopsis :: 
Her mother named her Esperanza de Salvador – Hope for Salvation. But when a girl works as an escort for Colombian cartel in the ghettos of Spanish Harlem, there wasn’t much hope, or salvation.
Hope’s telepathic ability keeps her a step ahead of ruin, but her unusual gift attracts the attention of a psychotic vampire bitch. Trapped in a Manhattan penthouse with the psycho, she thought she was dead meat.
Her survival lies in the hands of Vampire Master Enrique. He seems to respect her, perhaps even care. As a measure of protection, he makes her his personal Bloodslave. Helplessly addicted to his bite, Enrique rules her every moment. As always, Hope must adapt to survive.
Swept into the decadent nightlife of Manhattan’s elite, she falls in love with Enrique and prays someday he may grow to love her, too. But is it simply a relationship of convenience? Is she nothing more than a concubine desperate to satisfy his nightly demands for blood and sex?
And forever in the background is the fear that one day the cartel boss she abandoned will hunt her down to collect on old debts.
Link to all the posts in the tour with dates. Check it out!
1. Coffee, Books & Lipgloss – Review 2. Simply Sensational Book Fanatics – Review
3. The Boyfriend Bookmark – Review 4. The Book Diaries – Review
5. Crystal’s Random Thoughts – Promo 6. Manhattan Reader – Review
7. Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews – Review 8. Romance is in the Air – Promo
9. Kindred Dreamheart – Promo 10. The Fantastical World of Wonders – Promo
11. K is for Kechell – Review 12. A Bookish Escape – Review
13. Ethereal Book Reviews – Review 14. For the Love of Writing… – Promo
15. Inner Goddess – Review 16. Forest of Drago – Review
17. Tome Tender – Promo 18. A.R. Von DreamZ of Dragons – Promo
19. Debra Wattes – Promo 20. Layla Moon – Review
21. C.M.Brown – Review 22. BlookGirl – Review
23. Laura’s Review Bookshelf – Review 24. Kirstin Pulioff – Review
25. OlgaNM – Promo 26. Share My Destiny – Review
27. Galericulate – Review 28. Pamela Foreman, Published Author – Review
29. Read-Love-Blog – Promo 30. A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Review
31. Rachel Tsoumbakos – Review 32. Tugce’nin Kitapli?Ÿi – Review
33. Teen Blurb – Review 34. Fifty Shades of Tribute – Review
35. Writers on the Wharf – Review 36. My Super Book Blog – Review
37. Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After – Review 38. Drunken Space Penguin – Review
39. TwoGirlsReading – Review 40. Pezz Rambles – Promo
41. Orchard book club – Review 42. Sparkly Knickers – Review
43. Mandy – Review 44. Hardcover Therapy – Review
45. Erzabet’s Enchantments – Review 46. Booksessed Bec – Review
47. Italian Brat’s Obsessions – Promo
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And Friday, Dan O’Brien telling us the dos and don’ts of getting your work into a magazine…And remember, on Friday 1st March my YA novella  ‘Twin Evils?‘ (also in Spanish: ‘Gemela Maldad’) is FREE! For one day only. Don’t miss your chance.

Reminiscent of fairy tales but also touching subjects such as sibling rivalry gone awry, ‘Twin Evils?’ tells the story of a pair of Twins, Ruth and Max, who are extreme opposites, in looks and behaviour. Their friend Hilda tries to remain neutral but it’s no easy task. A tragedy completely transforms their lives, but was it fate or “something” else? It is also available in Spanish version ‘Gemela Maldad’.

Here are international links:

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Family, lust and surveillance. New story.

Hi all:

As you know usually I have a best author featured on my blog on Fridays. Unfortunately things didn’t work according to plan and the writer who was supposed to post today couldn’t make it. I hope she’ll come for a visit soon.

Instead I’ve decided to share with  you the beginning of a story I wrote some time ago that I’m revising. I haven’t decided what I’ll do with it, but could do with the opinions. If there’s interest I can always post a bit more of it in the future, and even consider publication…If not, it will go back to the drawer (or computer file to be more precise).

Here it is:

Family, Lust and Surveillance

The parcel was planted on my desk, brown and seemingly innocent. It had my name on it, my job denomination (Sub-Editor) and the office’s address. I picked it up, weighted it, shook it…It was too large for a CD. My heart started beating very fast, and my hands trembled. What I’d been fearing, had happened. Herman had finally got hold of me.

I jumped when I felt a hand on my shoulder.

“Sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. It’s just…which one of these do you prefer?”

Matt, one of the graphic designers, had been working on the cover of the anthology we were getting ready.

“I…Which one do you prefer?”

“I’ve made them both. I don’t know.”

He looked at me. He was a short, funny looking guy, all head and eyes.

“Is that a CD?”

I was still holding the parcel in my right hand.

“No, a DVD.”

“Anything nice?”

“I think it’s a family recording I’ve been waiting for. Do you know if any of the viewing cabins are free?”

“I don’t think there’s anybody there at all this morning. Which one…?”

“Oh…the designs…I like them both. Ask Alan. Or choose yourself. We can always use the other design when we publish another anthology.”

OK. I hope you enjoy the movie.”

“I’m sure I will…”

He left and I added to myself “not”. I walked fast to one of the viewing cabins, the one on the further and more retired corner. I didn’t want to get interrupted or seen. I had to be completely sure. Once there, I opened the parcel. There was no note of any kind. Only a DVD. Blank cover. I switched the TV on and the DVD player. I watched the disc being swallowed by the machine. And after a few blank seconds, Herman appeared on screen. He looked thinner and paler than last time I had seen him, if that was possible. His hair was long, greasy, and he’d acquired some grey hairs. He looked tired but smiled, toothpaste-ad style.

“Hi, Pat. It’s been a long time since we last saw each other, hasn’t it? Over three years now. Of course, you’re the one seeing me though, I can’t see you. Not yet, anyhow. Or do you think I can?…It wasn’t in very good taste what you did to me. Pack your things and go when we were having such good fun. And send me an e-mail. So impersonal! ‘Don’t try to contact me. Leave me alone or…’ I’ve been wondering ‘or what?’ all these years. That’s not fair. I’ve been bored stiff all this time. Watching our last recording. Do you remember it? Here is a selection.”

The screen went blank for a minute and the next images were of a couple, naked in a narrow bed, having sex. Herman, the male in the tape, seemed to be performing for the camera, trying to make the action as visible as possible. Only when approaching the climax did he seem to lose the control and forget about the performance. The woman was hardly visible until the end, when Herman just laid down next to her, caressing her abdomen and kissing her nipples. Herman seemed to suddenly remember the camera and grabbing her face made her sit.

‘Smile at the camera.’

I looked at the blank screen. My image looking at myself from the gulf of three years made me blush and feel humiliated. But it hadn’t finished yet. Herman walked in front of the camera and sat down.

“I hope you enjoyed it. I did. You didn’t give me much of a chance to ask you, actually. But, I’ve been thinking of better angles for the camera. It would be more interesting if you were on top next time. I’ll phone you this morning. Just to discuss the details. Bye. I’m happy I’ve found you finally.”

I went back to my desk and sat down. I put the DVD on the top drawer, the one I could lock. The white phone looked harmless and pure. I could not think or do anything. I contemplated the possibility of leaving the office and going home. Maybe I should have emigrated. But I felt drained of all energy. I just waited for the phone to ring. And it did.

“Hi Pat. It’s Cal here. Are you busy tonight?”

“Tonight?…I don’t know. I’m waiting for a phone-call. I can’t tell you yet. What were you thinking of?”

“Intimate dinner, movie, sex…The usual.”

“I’ll give you a call when I know what I’m doing.”

“Are you all right? You sound a bit…strange.”

“I just feel a bit tired. I’ll be all right, Cal.”

“OK. Don’t forget to phone. You know I have many admirers cueing…”

“I’ll phone you later.”

“Pat…It was only a joke.”

“I know, darling, I know. Sorry, I’m just not myself today. Speak to you later. Thanks for phoning.”

Cal…he was such a sweet guy. How could I explain Herman to him? How could anybody explain Herman to anybody else? If he would just disappear…

The phone rang again. I let it ring a few times, until Tina, the girl in the contiguous office came in. Always fashionable clothes, impeccable make-up, carefully arranged hair…Heart of model.

“Oh, I thought you weren’t in. I was going to answer it…By the way, somebody phoned earlier. Herman…somebody or other. He said he’s your stepbrother. I didn’t know you had any family.”

“We haven’t talked to each other for a long time. I’ll tell you the story some other day.”

I picked up the phone and watched Tina leave.

“Hello. Pat McKenzie here.”

“Hi Pat. Herman Stenson here.”

I didn’t say anything. There wasn’t anything to say.

“How are you? Surprised?”

“Nothing you do surprises me, Herman.”

“You probably thought you had got away with it by now.”

“I didn’t think, I hoped and prayed. What do you want?”

“OK, forget about niceties, hey? It’s only me, it’s all in the family, I understand. What do you think I want?”

I didn’t answer. I wanted to put the phone down on him, but I knew that wouldn’t make any difference. I’d grown up with the bastard.

“I want you to come and see me, Pat. I’m living here too. I moved once I found your address. I’ll tell you where I live.”

“I don’t want to know.”

“I have a very nice place here.”

“Leave me alone.”

“Oh, come on, Pat, be fair now. Have I gone to all this bother to find you for nothing? You must come and see me. I must show you my new surveillance system, cameras…I can record anything now.”

“I don’t want to…”

“All right, I’m not going to carry on playing Mr. Nice Guy. If that’s the way you want it that’s the way it’ll be. You will come to see me or I’ll send a copy of our DVD to your boss and to your lovely Carl Tom…whatever.”

“Cal Tomlinson. What makes you think I’m bothered about that?”

“The sub-editor of a serious intellectual magazine, on educational matters, star of a porn movie. I’m not sure it quite goes with the job.”

“It isn’t a porn movie.”

“I know what it is, and you do too, but do you think anybody else knows? Nobody would understand that. And I’m sure Carl wouldn’t either.”


“I couldn’t care less what his name is. Unless he wants to star in the movie…although…no, let’s keep it as it was.”

“WHY DON’T YOU SIMPLY FIND SOMEBODY ELSE TO…” I suddenly dropped my voice because I realised that probably Tina and half of the office where hearing me by now. “…fuck?”

“It’s a little bit more than that, love. Come to see me and we’ll talk about it.”

I wrote down his address automatically and put the phone down.


Let me know what you think.

And I have two announcements. Next week, to make up, I have two guest authors. On Tuesday my blog will be part of Travis Luedke’s blog tour. We’ll here about his new novel in the series ‘The Nightlife’. If you like hot and sexy vampires…I wouldn’t miss it. And on Friday, Dan O’Brien will talk to us offering his advice on how to get your work in a magazine (in his role as an editor) and his writing. Good week coming.

And the second announcement. My Young Adult novella, ‘Twin Evils?‘ is going to be free, for one day only, on Friday the 1st March. I’ll remind you, but be prepared. It’s only one day. I leave you links to previous blogs where I offered samples of Twin Evils also…for inspiration.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


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Muestra de escritura

Familia, lujuria y cámaras. Nueva historia.

Hola a todos:

Como sabéis normalmente tenemos a un escritor invitado los viernes. Por desgracia la escritora que iba a contribuir esta semana no ha podido hacerlo (aunque confío en que nos venga a visitar dentro de poco), así que pensé aprovechar y traeros el principio de una historia que estoy revisando para ver que os parece. No es muy larga, y si os interesa, os traeré algo más y quizás la publique algún día…A ver…

Familia, lujuria y cámaras

El paquete estaba plantado en mi mesa de despacho, marrón y de apariencia inocente. Tenía mi nombre escrito, mi título (Sub-editora) y la dirección de la oficina. Lo cogí, lo sopesé, lo agité…Era demasiado grande para un CD. Mi corazón empezó a latir muy deprisa y mis manos a temblar. Lo que llevaba temiendo hacía tiempo había pasado. Hermanme había encontrado finalmente.

Pegué un salto al sentir una mano en mi hombro.

“Perdona. No quería asustarte. Solo… ¿Cuál prefieres?”

Matt, uno de los diseñadores gráficos, había estado preparando la portada de la antología que estábamos a punto de publicar.

“Yo… ¿cuál te gusta más a ti?”

“Las he hecho las dos. No sé.”

Me estaba mirando. Era un hombre bajo, con una pinta algo rara, todo cabeza y ojos.

“¿Es un CD?”

Todavía tenía el paquete en mi mano derecha.

“No, un DVD.”

“¿Algo interesante?”

“Me parece que es una grabación familiar que estaba esperando. ¿Sabes si alguna de las cabinas de visionado está libre?”

“Que yo sepa no hay nadie allí esta mañana. ¿Cuál?”

“Oh…los diseños…Me gustan los dos. Pregúntale a Alan. O escógelo tú mismo. Siempre podemos usar el otro diseño cuando publiquemos otra antología.”

“OK. Espero que disfrutes la película.”


“…que no.” Me dije a mi misma cuando salió de la oficina. Casi corriendo me dirigí a una de las cabinas, la que estaba más lejos de la puerta, en el rincón más retirado. No quería ser interrumpida ni que me viera nadie. Tenía que estar completamente segura. Una vez allí, abrí el paquete. No había ninguna nota. Solo el DVD. Cubierta en blanco. Encendí la televisión y el DVD. Contemplé como la máquina se tragaba el disco, sintiéndome como hipnotizada. Después de unos segundos con la pantalla en blanco, apareció Herman. Estaba todavía más delgado y pálido que la última vez que lo había visto, si eso era posible. Llevaba el pelo largo, grasiento, y se distinguía alguna cana. Parecía cansado pero sonrió, una sonrisa de anuncio de pasta dentífrica.

“Hola Pat…Ha pasado mucho tiempo desde la última vez que nos vimos, ¿no? Más de tres años. Por supuesto, tú me estás viendo, pero yo no te puedo ver. Aún no, vamos. ¿O crees que sí te puedo ver?…Lo que me hiciste no fue nada elegante. Hacer las maletas e irte cuando lo estábamos pasando tan bien. Y enviarme un correo electrónico. ¡Tan impersonal! ‘No intentes contactarme. Déjame sola o…’ Me he estado preguntando ‘¿o qué?’ todos estos años. No es justo. He estado muy aburrido todo este tiempo. Viendo nuestra última grabación para entretenerme. ¿Te acuerdas? Aquí te dejo una selección.”

La pantalla se quedó en blanco un minuto y las imágenes siguientes eran de una pareja, desnudos en una cama estrecha, en plena relación sexual. Herman, el hombre en la grabación, parecía estar actuando para la cámara, intentando que la acción se viera lo más posible. Sólo cuando estaba próximo al orgasmo pareció perder el control y olvidarse de la actuación. A la mujer casi no se la veía hasta el final, cuando Herman se tendió a su lado, acariciándole el abdomen y besándole los pezones. Herman pareció recordar la cámara de repente y estrujándole la cara la hizo sentarse.

“Sonríe a la cámara.”

Miré la pantalla. Mi imagen devolviéndome la mirada desde el golfo de tres años me hizo sonrojarme y sentirme humillada. Pero aún no se había acabado. Herman se paseó por delante de la cámara y se sentó.

“Espero que lo disfrutaras. Yo lo hice. De hecho, no me diste demasiada oportunidad para preguntártelo. Pero, he estado pensando sobre nuevos ángulos para la cámara. Y sería más interesante si la próxima vez tú estuvieras encima. Te llamaré esta mañana. Solo para discutir los detalles. Adiós. Estoy muy feliz de haberte encontrado finalmente.”

Volví a mi despacho y me senté. Encerré el DVD en el primer cajón, el único con llave. El teléfono blanco parecía inofensivo y puro. No me sentía capaz ni de pensar ni de hacer nada. Contemplé la posibilidad de dejar la oficina e irme a casa. Quizás debería emigrar. Pero me sentía exprimida de toda energía. Me dediqué a esperar que sonara el teléfono. Y lo hizo.

“Hola Pat. Soy Cal. ¿Estás ocupada esta noche?”

“¿Esta noche?…No sé. Estoy esperando una llamada telefónica. No lo sé aún. ¿En qué estabas pensando?”

“Cena íntima, película, sexo…Lo habitual.”

“Te llamaré cuando sepa lo que voy a hacer.”

“ ¿Estás bien? Suenas un poco…rara.”

“Solo estoy un poco cansada. Todo va bien, Cal.”

“De acuerdo, pero no te olvides de llamarme. Ya sabes que tengo admiradoras haciendo cola…”

“Te llamo más tarde.”

“Pat…solo era una broma.”

“Lo sé cariño, lo sé. Perdona, no estoy muy fina hoy. Te llamo más tarde. Gracias por llamar.”

Cal…era un hombre tan encantador. ¿Cómo podría explicarle Herman a él? Era imposible explicarle Herman a alguien. Si desapareciera de una vez por todas…

El teléfono volvió a sonar. Lo dejé sonar unas cuantas veces, hasta que Tina, la chica en la oficina de al lado entró en mi oficina. Siempre estaba vestida a la última moda, impecable maquillaje, ni un pelo fuera de sitio…Corazón de modelo.

“O, creí que no estabas. Iba a contestar al teléfono…Por cierto, alguien llamó antes. Herman…no sé qué. Me dijo que es tu hermano adoptivo. No sabía que tuvieras familia.”

“No nos hablamos hace mucho. Te contaré la historia un día de estos.”

Tina se fue y yo cogí el teléfono.

“Hola. Pat Mackenzie al habla.”

“Hola Pat. Herman Stenson.”

No dije nada. No había nada que decir.

“¿Cómo estás? ¿Sorprendida?”

“Nada de lo que hagas me sorprende, Herman.”

“Probablemente te creías que te habías librado de mí.”

“No creía, rogaba y deseaba ardientemente. ¿Qué quieres?”

“Vale, olvidémonos de los buenos modos, ¿no? Solo soy yo, todo queda en familia, ya entiendo. ¿Qué crees que quiero?”

No le contesté. Quería colgar el teléfono, pero sabía que no cambiaría nada. Había crecido con el malnacido.

“Quiero que vengas a verme, Pat. También vivo aquí. Me mudé cuando descubrí tu dirección. Te diré donde vivo.”

“No quiero saberlo.”

“Es un sitio muy majo.”

“Déjame en paz.”

“Anda, Pat, sé justa. ¿Me he tomado todas estas molestias por encontrarte para nada? Debes venir a verme. Te enseñaré mi sistema de vigilancia y cámaras…Ahora puedo grabarlo todo.”

“No quiero…”

“De acuerdo, he intentado ser amable, pero ya veo que no funciona. Si eso es lo que quieres, así es como va a ser. Me vendrás a ver o le enviaré una copia del DVD a tu jefe y a tu precioso Carl Tom…como se llame.”

“Cal Tomlinson. ¿Qué te hace pensar que me preocupa eso?”

“La sub-editora de una revista intelectual seria, sobre Educación, estrella de una película porno. Me parece que no entona con el tipo de trabajo.”

“No es una película porno.”

“Sé lo que es y tú también, pero nadie más lo sabe. Nadie lo entendería. Y estoy seguro de que Carl no sería diferente a los demás.”


“No me importa nada como se llame. A menos que quiera ser protagonista en la película…aunque…no, dejémoslo como estás.”

“¿POR QUÉ NO TE BUSCAS A OTRA PERSONA CON QUIEN…” de repente bajé la voz cuando me di cuenta de que probablemente Tina y la mitad de la oficina me debían estar oyendo. “…follar?”

“Es un poco más que eso, amor. Ven a verme y hablaremos de ello.”

Escribí su dirección automáticamente y colgué el teléfono.


Y ahora, dos anuncios. Para compensar, la semana que viene (si todo va bien) tendremos dos autores invitados. El martes, mi blog formará parte del tour de Travis Luedke que nos hablará de su nueva novela en la serie ‘The Nightlife’. Si os gustan los vampiros marchosos…no os lo perdáis. Y el viernes, Dan O’Brien nos hablará de cómo publicar en una revista (ya que es editor) y información de sus libros.

Y el segundo anuncio. Mi novela corta juvenil ‘Gemela Maldad’ estará en promoción gratis en Amazon el viernes 1 de Marzo, por un día solo. Os lo recordaré el martes y el viernes, pero…el que avisa no es traidor…Y os dejo enlaces a previos posts con muestras de la novela…para refrescar la memoria.

Gracias por leer y buen fin de semana!

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