HOT HALLOWEEN HEROES : Her Lycan Lover is a Fighter

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Paranormal EROTIC romance featuring shifters of all sorts.
Leopard, Lycan, coyote, empathy skin-walking vampires, and lots and lots of wolves.
And then of course we have our own spellcaster from the Council of Sisters.
Who doesn't adore HOT romance where tensions run high?  
I am crazy for a lover who is the ultimate fighter. For his beliefs, his woman, his world.

The newest release is HER LYCAN LOVER,
Wolf & Witch sub-series. 
All you need is one out of control Lycan roaming the Earth in search of his mate. But the fates refuse to be kind in this story. In order to unlock the Lycan's heart, a devious act is required of such magnitude that his savage nature is unleashed in his desire to claim his mate and protect her from danger.
Not just any mate will do either. Only an untouchable. A pure spellcaster is a match for this immortal Lycan.
Quinn Rothschild, IV may I introduce Sherry Delacroix.
Dark Fae are crossing into Earth's realm in search of four spellcasters to permanently destroy the energy shield separating the void. It's up to Sherry to repair the rip with her magical dagger. And it's up to Quinn to keep her safe. But when Sherry's friend is kidnapped, she comes out of hiding to confront the face of evil. Only the one hiding in the shadows, isn't the face of evil she expected.
Forget about keeping her enemy near, when the one Sherry  least suspects wants you dead.
On Sale until November 1
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My Lycan Husband
Book #2 in the Wolf & Witch sub-series  
follows in
early 2014
Lettie returns from Book 1
with a shifter owl
I'm trying to decide on the gender for the shifter owl.
For a chance to win
some Den swag, I'm taking votes on whether the owl should be male
Let me know your thoughts (pink or blue)
in a comment below.
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Internationals are welcome.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013




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Meet bad boy cowboys, hot-as-hell wolf shifters,
a kickass Midnight Lycan,
empathy vampire,
a man who can charm the panties off a rocker in Nashville music scene.

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Jamie McCartney. Sculpture, photography,design. Socio-political images to discuss.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Catch Jamie McCartney here and enjoy.
So much to capture your attention.




OVERVIEW OF McCartney's Gallery

How's your vagina today? Female Sexuality isn't something to keep in the closet.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Female? You've got one.
Male and straight, you wished you had one.
Either way, a vagina is a great source of inspiration.
And confusion.
Or Joy.


Sheathed inside clothing, rarely does one take her own vagina out for a stroll...down to Starbucks or to the grocery or out to a gallery opening.

Mmm, wait.
Times are changing.


With an exhibit such as the Great Wall of Vaginas definitely.
Nine meters long and over 400 participants in the casting.
To prompt discussion about a body part that doesn't get much light and is so much apart of who we are in so far as people and individually.
What do we think of ourselves as women (the grouping) or alone. The part of oneself that weaves within the physical and intellectual and spiritual facets. Part of our in sexuality.
With the rise of plastic surgery including having one's nether regions redone, it's interesting considering the open discussion
on sexuality tends to run and hide.
A paradox, but not really.
Sex sells.
Commercialized S-E-X is not our sexuality.

We all know that if you're over the age of venturing to the mall and understanding what's in the windows.
Open a magazine, and there it is.
On TV, in the movies and songs for sure.
Bring out the talk of a vagina and all talk at a dinner table either stops or starts up...rapidly. A far different reaction than say the weather or even politics.
Genitalia isn't a secret, but we act like it is.
The human body has the tendency to be objectified
while sequestering the force behind the reason for the season.
Sex is why we're here.
Pure. Simple.
But beyond procreation, a world exists in the realm of sexual connection. And some women are getting the shaft...figuratively.
The corporeal takes the front seat in society with all eyes on the outer package. The connotation that what lies underneath is of less value. Put it on the shelf and dust it when company comes over.
The idea of sexuality is skated upon.
Women are sexual creatures and sexuality has little to do with my other packaging. 
As a writer of erotica or erotic romance,
the vagina isn't cloistered. But what is sought is a tendency to reflect society in what we're told to believe.
No denying the Cinderella story is alive and well.
Point a finger and you darn well get it, four point back.

So, what to take away from opening the discussion on sexuality?
It's a conundrum in that in that it is physical, but not.
It's the visceral responses whether touched upon *pun intended*alone or with another person. Sexual release is the point where sure bonds between characters fictional or real.
Yet for women, we're driven to believe it should.
But really?
Aren't we free to explore without ties.
For certain, the emotional expressed in the body connects readers to the words on the page.
The ability to connect and the actual connection are housed in the mind, although we deem it the heart.
Sexuality is physical, emotional, and surreal.

But it doesn't mean I'm linked with steel fencing to another human. We're doorways for each other
and sometimes to each other.
Nothing to be compulsive about nor shamed.
Welcome to the world where more than half of humanity has a vagina.
Release your psychic wounds.
Explore your sexuality.
Celebrate your femininity.
 There's no answer other than to start to ponder where you stand with a vagina?


Jamie McCartney is an English artist, trained at Hartford Art School, USA, from where he graduated with highest honours in 1991. Jamie is an artist who is hard to define. He admits to having had a largely sculptural oevre but his work crosses many disciplines and he shuns any particular label. “I blame my degree in Experimental Studio Art... I’m still experimenting”.

Playing the Edge or Edgeplay

Sunday, October 6, 2013

In writing erotic romance and erotica, characters are placed in tenuous situations. Fictional risk takers who are keen to dive into the deep end of the carnal pool. Readers must also be aware of the journey when it comes to these types of stories; first and foremost, or someone isn't going to be happy.

I adore reading romantic scorchers like Beautiful Bastard and Sylvia Day's Crossfire series. Step right up and then free fall into hot romance. Breath stealing antics of these men filled page after page. Boy was that a slice of heated heaven during the read and even afterwards…the glorious me-more-rays. Or better deemed, the ultimate sign of well-crafted erotic fiction. Swooning aftermath.

What is hotter than hot in romance?
I think I found it and am sharing. EDGEPLAY. Heck, even the term sounds provocative.
In Blood Brothers and the trilogy Playing the Edge (Taken, Swoon Romance 2014) there was a definite linear drive into pushing limits.  Hard limits of characters. Farther than I'd traveled in prior books and I hope readers who “come with” are well-informed. Because seriously, that’s what edgeplay is all about if we aim to stay…protected.
When erotica glides into the BDSM hot tub, an author must know how far a character can be pushed in terms of where boundaries exist fictionally and in reality (i.e. Safe, Sane Consensual) to stop from crossing a demarcated line between kink and abuse.
The duality of pushing limits is presented in Blood and Taken. Some readers may pick up on the pair of doorways offered in these stories. Both books feature yoga practioners. And both books explore the world of BDSM. Two realms with limits. Hard and Soft. Risks are taken, but there is a fork in the proverbial road,  in the characters’ worlds and ours.
 In yoga, what I study, explore, and practice is used to inform my writing. A practioner pushes his or her limits by "playing the edge." In yoga, this playing your edge means taking your practice to the point where your experience and ability are being pushed a tad farther to permit growth. There's a definite feel when you're there. For me, mastering a handstand, the inverted balance came over time or even now, holding a pose longer, stronger. But one must show up again and again. And yep, again. In yoga, awareness is so much part of mat play, and it's a rush to be at one's edge. Adrenaline for sure.
In BDSM, pushing limits is also a doorway and edgeplay is super serious business. Hard limits are defined prior to sexual connection. And edgeplay, if it lacks carefully constructed terms, opens the seekers to risks or worse, harm. Edgeplay is explored in explicit terms in Blood. So please, this book isn't for you if you're looking for urban fantasy wolf shifter and/or vampire tales involving a chase and some mating action. 
Blood Brothers explodes within the world where two lovers are hard core ex-military and pain is what they've known as marines in active duty. Without the means to express (articulate) their fears, they search for release in pushing limits in dangerous situations. For Tristen it's in the realm of work/business, doing what needs to be done without backup. For Fin release is sought in the bedroom. Fin’s hunger entwines his lover delivering him past the of his ability to withstand physical pain. Difficult to define because this point is woven with seductive pleasure. Fin doesn’t want protected edgeplay. He wants it cutting and spontaneous. This type of by-the-seat-of-your-pants eroticism has already gotten both these lovers in trouble.
So, we step back. How to go forward when lovers are stuck, one wanting more emotionally and the other wanting to break boundaries for the wrong reason? Fin and Tristen simultaneously stand at a couple of edges.
Within consensual kink, I had to give the men constructed boundaries where the inherent risks were addressed. And that isn’t just in fiction. Edgeplay (in serious BDSM cultures) is discussed and defined. Bondage, discipline, gear used, force exercised, who plays, how long, when to pull back. Not alluded as we can do in fiction.
In Blood Brothers, these characters skate the sexual edge of dominance and submission, and step back. And frustration sets in for Fin, driving him into action. Fin and Tris arrive at a sexual stalemate.
What's required is some objectivity in the form of a third person. For more than just aspects of an erotic ménage encounter (although, there is that sexy factor). Yet in edgeplay, as presented in Blood Brothers, it is Santo who represents what is found in the some BDSM communities as informed consent. Sounds bureaucratic. A rule based system can taste, smell, feel like a bureaucracy and that was an eye-opener for me in how rule-based and structured BDSM is in so far as some sex clubs and sexual scenarios in private (as deeply explored in Taken). Santo is a type of force and presents an edge for Fin and Tristen, representing the idea of risk must be tempered and agreed upon.
In BDSM, the connection is driven and derived by control. And the person in the submissive position has a majority of the power. The dominant or commanding partner acts on the desires of the one who lays it all out there. If may not seem that way on the outside. I found out fast it is where defining the logistics in fictional bedrooms. The strength of the bottom's wishes became evident on this side of the page. In BDSM scenarios, hard limits are defined in terms of structure, and the focus is upon what is desired. Riding the line of edgeplay packs on the tension in a place to explore sexuality. Fictional and real life.

In writing Blood and Taken, the challenge was to push the characters and yet hold back, That push-n-pull dynamic was played with over and over. Scenes were written, then rewritten, contemplating where to draw the lines based upon the psychological needs of the characters present within scene(s).

In playing the edge and edgeplay, as a writer I learned to turn and torque the heat while the characters strove to blast across boundaries. Seem impossible, it's not. In writing romance, the story can become akin to a runaway train. Reining in romance, requires distance. And that’s not always easy when dealing with personalities that seek adrenaline saturated risks.
Same thing in life. To play the edge or edgeplay, there's a point of no return and one must know where it is, to ride a searing point without getting burned.

I hope you come too, finding an edge to play. Namaste.

BLOOD BROTHERS Teaser for Seductive Studs & Sirens

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Seductive Studs & Sirens for Oct 5, 2013

It's October and what better way to celebrate seductive tales than some hawt marines. I'm talking able-bodied wolf shifters with a shot of vampire tantalization to swirl into this mix of erotic urban fantasy. These men work hard and play harder as war-torn marines returning from a tour of duty.

Their battle scars surface, leaving them without the means to communicate unless it's physically. One-on-one. So far, mind reading absolutely sucks.

These two spend the day as enforcers within the realm of Shawn Barclay's Denver business. No problems there. Who needs conversation with a Glock and extra rounds. But at night hard limits are being pushed.

Tristen suffers from anxiety attacks coming on with greater frequency and Fin refuses to deal with his pain except with a need for serious BDSM edgeplay. An innocent hook up with Santo, also ex-military and a vampire, leads to exploration of doorways. Santo uses his unique skill set in a night where all three dive into the depth of their desires.

Book Title BLOOD BROTHERS (#2)
Paranormal Romance Series Title Rocky Mountain Shifters
Werewolves, Vampire, Ex-military

Caution: This tale will tantalize, causing flaming fantasies to the point of searing. Be ready to sweat.
Enjoy the following excerpt for Blood Brothers

 What he wanted was candlelight, hot oil, and chilled vodka shots while they explored each other’s bodies.

He glanced at his partner and did a double-take. Tristen casually rubbed his hands down the front of his body, over his very prominent hard-on, and a growl worked up his throat as he smiled that mesmerizing smile of his at Santo. Fin didn’t need to be a mind reader to know Tristen liked what he saw. Goddammit. His lover was actually excited. Now the condom might very well be on the other dick.

Without another thought, he stroked downward along Tristen’s crotch and sure enough, he was ragingly rigid. The man rocked against his fingers, their eyes snapping together. Fin didn’t know if he should laugh or punch Tristen.

“Now who’s ready and willing?” Fin asked dryly.

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 Author Bio

"I don't write about sex to solely titillate. I write about being in love and the depth of this consuming emotion is expressed at multiple levels of human understanding. The creation of hot romance is varied; whether it is the weaving a primal instinct into the tension of a paranormal shifter romance or the layering of emotion where a character has learned to trust again. This instinct to connect exists and binds us together."

Susan Arden grew up in Miami, attending bilingual schools which lends itself to her interest in writing multicultural stories. Previously, a teacher in the field of special education and biology, Susan pursues her dream of writing fiction with several releases this year. Crafting sweet and spicy tales, she writes crazy-hot love stories across romance subgenres including contemporary (erotic), Western, fantasy/paranormal, and rock star. Find her stories under the name of Susan D. Taylor when it comes to mermaids and evil twin sisters. Currently, she lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two outlandish cats, a gecko and a corn snake. As of 2011, Susan became an RYT200 Yoga Alliance specializing in vinyasa flow for those with health concerns. She is a member of the RWA, CIMRWA, and Paranormal Romance Guild.


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Yoga. Finding healing from within.

Friday, October 4, 2013

EVERY JOURNEY starts when you decide it is time to take a step.

Aside from writing, yoga is a huge part of my life. Breathing. Eating. Yoga.
Back in 2008, I was a middle school teacher, soccer coach and took on coaching the junior varsity cheerleading squad. Talk about busy. A mother of three girls, and my husband’s environmental business was flourishing. Then, I began suffering from pain that sure I’d experienced, but had under control. A degenerative nerve condition where the sheath (myelin) of the main facial nerve is worn away. Trigeminal neuralgia, or as it is also called the “suicide disease” isn't easy to escape. The pain comes in electrical bursts that feel as though shards of glass were being ripped through my face. There’s no pain meds to take, only seizure meds can be taken to disrupt the neural pain impulses.
Eventually the meds stop working. And they did for me. I ended up facing neuro surgery. There’s a reason why we don’t go jumping into the brain or skull, let me tell you. Out of surgery, half my face was numb. The type of feeling like you experience at the dentist for a tooth, but this encompasses the entire right side of my face and down my throat. Pin head city. Not fun. 

Blah-blah-blah… fast forward through Mayo clinic visits, Buddhism, dark side of the moon, and I ended up in yoga.

And I fell in hope. A state of seeing a future. Coming out of a very dark time when I no longer had an identity I’d easily shrouded myself in for-oh-ever required I stand totally vulnerable. Without the hats of mother, teacher, wife…I had to discover who I was deep down. After poking around, meh...I wasn’t pleased with the bottom of the barrel. I needed healing and I needed it fast at that point. Something. Anything. And I’m so pleased I came to the mat.


What happens here, doesn’t stay here. Hey, this ain’t Vegas and that’s makes a world of difference. In yoga you’ll find the ability to just be. Present with the breath because that is where yoga starts, derives it’s source of power, serenity, and focus.
Or you can do much, much more. Yoga is also about balance. Learning to find one’s footing. Literally, how to stand like a rock, or became centered enough to fly in poses that seem nearly impossible. Levels…there are many and forms of practice varied. That’s what makes yoga so divine. From static poses to free flowing sun salutations, the world of yoga has a place for you. I choose vinyasa flow, where the movements do just that flow or move one into another for most of the practice. Music is played. I attend classes and practice alone. And you can too. Yoga classes are found all over now. Or as close as your computer. YouTube has so many devoted teachers who post classes.

My personal 411 on yoga:

Favorite pose: Triangle Utthita Trikonasana (excellent for stability, balance)

Yoga Cert: RYT 200 Yoga Alliance 2011

Mat preferred: Manduka (it matters for knees and balance!)

Preferred style: vinyasa flow followed by Iyengar for steady balance. Poses are held and instruction is spot on. Find a certified instructor and that cert is not easy to obtain. *cough* 12South Aretha !! A must for Nashville folks.

Practice time: early in the am or late evening

Teacher most admired: Shiva Rea – I attended a master class when she came to Nashville. She’s a-a-a-mazing! Sounds like hero worship. It is.

Best prop: cork blocks – 7 inches and blanket (required for many poses)

Best YouTube demonstrations: Sadie Nardini (OMG when I needed to break down a difficult pose like doing a hand stand, she is totally the online guru to help. Check her out!)

Great online resources: This one shows the triangle pose.

Upcoming posts on yoga and writing.
Blood Brothers - Fin, Tristen, Santo, and Yoga
Then stay tuned for What's your dosha?



Cover Reveal for HER LYCAN LOVER, Wolf & Witch by Susan Arden

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


An ancient law permits a Midnight Lycan to bond only during a time of imminent danger
and with a spellcaster requiring his unwavering protection.

Sherry and Quinn were fated as mates in a mystical union.
 To unleash the power of this liaison
requires a precarious event unlocking their instinct to bond.

A tear in the energy line within Denver have Dark Fae
crossing realms, seeking to harness enough power to bring down the entire shield worldwide.
It's up to Sherry to repair the break before the Fae find her.
And it's up to Quinn, her Lycan lover, to keep her safe.
When Sherry's friend is kidnapped, she comes out of hiding to face the enemy, only the person lurking in the shadows

 isn't who she expected as the face of evil.

Never mind about keeping enemies near,
when the person she least suspected wants her dead.

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