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A Naughty Aussie Christmas Winner!

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Well we’re a little late in making the announcement, but we have finally recovered from the Christmas craziness to draw the winner of our Naughty Aussie Christmas Contest.

A number between 1 and 20 was drawn out of a hat. Congratulations go to commenter number seven …

June M!

Well done June, I will email you privately as well.

Thanks to everyone for entering. Have a great weekend and a happy new year!

Sami

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Stuffed full of…..

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FOOD! Jeez, people get your minds out of the gutter. 🙂

So after the last two days of food, food and more food, I’ll never move again I’m sure. But while I’m being a sloth on the Diva Couch I’m going to load up my ereader using the GC’s I was fortunate to receive from Santa this year. But before I do I want some suggestions. What’s the one book you read this year that you would recommend? I’ve got 24hrs before I go away so I need all the help I can get to be prepared for lazy days under the hot summer sun.

And because it’s Christmas and I’m feeling generous I’ll pick one lucky commenter to win an advanced copy of my Jan 17 release, Truth Or Dare on Thursday morning Oz time.

Well come on, what should I read while on holidays?

Rhian

www.rhiancahill.com

Diva Couch special guest S.L. Carpenter

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RC:- Please welcome S.L. Carpenter to the Diva Couch. I asked S.L. to give as a little insight into what it’s like for him being a male writer of erotic romance in what is traditionally a female dominated industry.

S.L.:- A lot of people have asked me how I got into writing Erotic Romance and how writing from a man’s POV is different.

Most of the romance books I used to read were by women. I didn’t read a lot but when I did a few things did stand out as being a little off. Dialogue and perspectives were the biggest things. I’m an average guy so I tend to read and write the males in my books as men that act like I do.

The fun part of writing Erotic Romance and being a male is describing different things. Saying what a man feels during a sexual encounter is easy for me because I can talk about him thinking about baseball or fighting the urge to make a goofy face as he climaxes.

Trying to describe what a woman feels at her peak of desire gets tricky. That’s why I tend to ask a lot of questions from readers and other women in my life. It also gets me in a lot of trouble.

My appreciation for women helped me look and treat them as equals in the story. But I love spoiling the characters a little because books are an escape so why not be pampered a little. I have been very well trained.

When I started writing Erotic Romance it was always with a twist of humor. I looked at the genre from the side of reality and you have to admit, sexual situations are pretty damn funny.

Most of what I write is contemporary romances with characters that people can relate to. I have delved into a few different areas but tend to stick with what I know. Couples meeting and falling for each other, of course there is an abundance of sex.

The main thing I try to do when writing any story is to keep it real. Not all women are perfect and not all men have 10 inches of meat between their legs, can have sex for hours on end and never have gas or morning breath. Except me.

RC:- I know you’re not just a writer so where can we find out more about you and your various artistic talents?

S.L.:- To find out more about me stop by my website for details on my books, art, and upcoming contests!

I have 2 new books coming out – one this month and another in January. I will also be doing a  “Kindle” contest to kick off my new blog and celebrate the new releases. So stop by and leave a comment for your chance to win a Kindle or several other great prizes.

 Remember When

Released Dec. 18, 2011

Amazon (Kindle) —- B&N (Nook)

ARe (Multi) —- Smashwords (Multi)

 Owned

Releases Jan. 17, 2012
Samhain

So let the fun begin!

S.L. Carpenter

Website – http://www.slcarpenter.net/

Blog – http://slcarpenter.blogspot.com/

Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/SL_Carpenter

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002766103401

RC:- A big thank you to Scott for popping in to sit on the couch with the Divas today.

Dawn over at Day Dreaming is blogging about POV from the readers perspective today. Hop on over and see what she thinks – http://daydrmzzz.blogspot.com/

A Naughty Aussie Christmas Contest Link!

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Don’t forget our Naughty Aussie Christmas Contest – https://downunderdivas.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/a-naughty-aussie-christmas-contest/

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

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Procrastination Station

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So I’ve become addicted to procrastinating. I have this great book I’m writing that a month ago had me completely in thrall. I was eager to return to the characters every time I sat down at the keyboard. I saw myself finishing this book by Christmas. Then suddenly, it all stopped.

I don’t really know how or why, other than I had a few other things to do for a week or so and put writing this particular story on the backburner. No worries, I thought. I’ll get back to it. Then I got a few more things to do that couldn’t be put off. I did those, promising myself the whole time that I’ll get back to that story really soon. There’s no deadline on it so of course it is the thing that gets pushed to the back of the queue when other deadlines loom. That’s okay, that’s the way it is. I haven’t missed a single one of my other deadlines, I’ve met all my immediate obligations all while doing my boring day job and keeping the family fed and clothed. Some days I don’t know how I do it :).

But now I have to find my way back to that manuscript, back to the headspace where the story exists, waiting to be told. I’m just not sure where I left it now (maybe I’ve lost part of my mind–it was bound to happen eventually). I’m doing anything, and I mean ANYTHING to avoid it too, which is something we writers are extremely good at. Sit down to write the manuscript and suddenly the idea of ordering bookmarks or pens or redesigning the website becomes the most interesting and vital thing in the world. Why do we do this? Who knows. Perhaps we’re simply afraid. Writing a novel is one of the most challenging, frightening things a human being can do. Sometimes I’m amazed at my sheer gall in even attempting it. On those days it’s just easier to browse the net rather than face the terror of it all.

I’m going to get back to that story, I swear it. But for now, I’m going to go tweak that website design…

Have a good weekend,

Sami

 

A seriously thrilling review

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Yesterday I received a review for one of my books that might well have been the highlight of my writing career.

Now, please, don’t get me wrong.

I appreciate all the reviews I get. I still have a hard time believing anyone would a) want to read a book of mine, b) give it enough thought to write a review about it and c) actually take the time to write and post said review.

Even the bad reviews (and buh-lieve me, there have been a lot of those) are appreciated. Thank you for reading my books. I can’t expect everyone to like them. Heck, I’m the fussiest reader in the world. If I don’t like a book, I won’t even finish it. I’ll either toss it aside or put it down and neglect to ever pick it back up again.

Then of course there are the reviews that leave me smiling for days. Reviews where the reader has enjoyed my book and has taken the time to let everyone know. I’m not talking only about reviews on Romance sites, or on blogs, but also about reviews at bookstores like Samhain, Amazon and B&N. It’s difficult to voice my appreciation about these reviews without sounding completely over the top. But I seriously love them.

And then there is the review that comes around once in a lifetime. The review you have to read forty or fifty times because you still can’t quite believe your book was reviewed there. That’s what happened yesterday. See You In My Dreams, (my latest e-release) was reviewed by USA Today.

May I just say here… AhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhohmygodIcannotbelievemybookswasreviewedatUSATodayohmygodohmygodohmygodAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Mary G, Thank you!

This is a snippet of what Mary had to say. You can read the rest here.

“Jess Dee is one of my favorite authors because she’s not afraid to be a little bit brave and write something a little bit different. Her characters in See You in My Dreams just shone for me…

The path to their HEA is so very satisfying with that little bit of magic thrown in.

I just love that Jess can combine an erotic love story with an innocent dream that is unexpected but so very enjoyable.”

😀

Jess

(PS – on a completely different note, don’t forget to check the Divas’ Home Page for your chance to win a very sexy Christmas package.)

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