Rocking print releases

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The print release from the Divas this month rock. In more ways than one.

First off, they are 50% off at Samhain. THAT IS A MASSIVE SAVING!

And secondly, they’re both about rock stars!

1) Rhythm of my Heart: Jess Dee

He rocks every woman’s world, but his heart beats only for her.Speed, Book 3Makeup artist Eve Andrews is an expert at blending into the background. Landing a job with the rock band Speed is the opportunity of a lifetime, and thankfully as close to the spotlight as she’ll ever get again—until the band’s sinfully sexy drummer turns his dazzling eyes on her.

After a scandal shook his world, Zachary Pace, a.k.a. “Jonah Speed”, has given up the one-night stands and easy lays. One look at Eve, and he senses his self-imposed abstinence is about to come to a screeching halt—but he’s confused. His grandmother foretold his destiny lies with a beautiful redhead, not a tiny, brown-haired pixie.

Under the heat of Zachary’s intense focus, Eve’s resistance melts away, but not the façade that hides her terrible secret. And when she accidentally catches a glimpse of his heart’s desire—his fated redhead—her instincts tell her to let him go…before he gets too close. Before he sees the real woman behind her mask, and her heart is left in the dust of his almost-certain retreat.

Product Warnings

This is a Speed book, so you know there’s gonna be a small element of fantasy to it. And a big element of romance. Oh, yeah, and a whole lot of sex. Sex hot enough to make you throb to the rhythm of a very sensual beat…  

Rhythm of my Heart is available now from Samhain for only $6.30. (That is ridiculously cheap for a print book!!!)


2) Steady Beat by Lexxie Couper

He never missed a beat…until she taught him a whole new rhythm.Heart of Fame, Book 4Back when he was playing drums for rock star Nick Blackthorne, it was easy for Noah Holden to focus on the sticks in his hand. Now that the band is getting back together, he’s excited—and worried. His ADHD has made every minute of his post-Blackthorne life a chaotic mess.

His apprehension is blown away when a bar waitress makes him a proposition—and not the kind this king of drums is used to.

When Pepper Kerrigan overhears the band talking reunion, she pushes her self-doubt aside, calls on her encyclopedic music knowledge and challenges Noah Holden to a trivia contest. Her prize should she win? An audition. His? A kiss. Their smoking sexual chemistry guarantees victory—for them both.

With Pepper, Noah is finally able to control his stormy creative energy. But when his wild past catches up with him, he faces the fight of his life to keep from losing his smoky-voiced angel. The one woman who keeps his mind—and his heart—staying on rhythm.

Product Warnings

There’s a thrumming primitive sexual energy in every rock drummer’s body just waiting to be released.

Steady Beat is also available from Samhain for the ridiculous price of only $6.30.

Happy reading,

Jess & Lexxie


Do nice guys finish last?


I just subbed a manuscript to an editor and I’m nervous. No surprise there, authors are always nervous when they submit work to a publishing house, or a critique partner or reviewer or whomever. But this time there’s another element to my anxiety, all because I’ve written the type of hero we don’t often see in romance novels, especially erotic ones.

everyone says Ryan’s really just a nice guy

He’s a nice guy.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking. All romance heroes are nice guys aren’t they? That’s why we fall in love with them. But no, it’s not so. Romance novel heroes are sexy, they’re strong and at their core usually honorable and they certainly have appealing qualities. But they are rarely in my experience just plain nice blokes. They are alpha males, bossy doms, bad boys, cops on the edge, cutthroat businessmen with a grudge, arrogant cowboys, space warriors who hold the heroine hostage, old world pirates who hold the heroine hostage. I’ve written a bad boy myself, as well as an ex crim and a guy who’s kind of a loudmouth bastard. We love characters with flaws and we love to see really arrogant men get taken down a peg or two by love.

This time my guy wouldn’t be arrogant. He wouldn’t do anything truly jerky although I tried to make him several times. I kept worrying he wasn’t hitting the right notes, that he wasn’t larger than life. I was right, he’s not larger than life, he’s an average guy with an average life who wants to make the heroine happy. After a while I stopped trying to get him to be more of an alpha male because I finally realised he was exactly the kind of man my heroine needed, someone who grounded her and would support her no matter what.

cute, nerdy and nice

So my nice guy is cute, humble, reasonable, patient, affectionate, charming, occasionally shy, as well as very giving and inventive in bed. Oh he also has great shoulders and can fuck like a jackhammer. I haven’t completely lost my mind.

So what are the nice guy qualities you like in your man—whether he be real or in a romance novel? Do you want to see more regular blokes in your books or are we better leaving the seduction of our heroines to the billionaires and playboys?



Oh No!


From the Romantic Times Convention Committee:

“The Mr. Romance competition has certainly evolved during the last 18 years and we have had a lot of fun with it. And although we believe that our last one in L.A. was one of the best ever, there are so many new things that we want to explore for authors and fans, and no open time slots to do them in. So we have decided to retire the Mr. Romance show and replace it with an exciting new event we are calling our FAN-TASTIC AUTHOR PARTY that puts fans and authors together in a reception-style get-together. Fans of the Mr. Romance event need not fret because we will be inviting many of the Mr. Romance winners back as well as former and active cover models to participate in the social events and join in the parties.”

The FAN-TASTIC AUTHOR PARTY sounds ah, fantastic. But no more Mr. Romance? Oh Noes!!!! So glad I caught the very last one held in LA. I’m sure it will go down in history as the best ever. Sniff, sniff.


Funny Thing About Firemen


It’s funny we’re giving away a firefighters’ calendar here at the divas, because lately I seem to be surrounded by them. Not calendars, firemen.

He he he.

When Lexxie first mentioned the idea of giving away one of these hot calendars as a prize, I thought great! I’ve just started writing an erotic romance featuring not one but two Aussie firefighters. It was a fluke, not some grand promotional plan, but it does tie in nicely with what I’m writing.

And another thing—I have one of the 2011 firefighter calendars myself. My hubby, who’s apparently more open minded than I ever thought went away a couple of months back. While he was out at a shopping centre he saw they were selling the calendars and he thought I’d like one. They were even signing them, so he lined up with the mostly female queue to get a lovely guy named Rick to sign mine. I chuckle every time I think about Rick glancing up at my hubby and asking, “Ah… who do I make it out to mate?”

Hubby was very quick to assure him he should make it out to his wife. I wonder if Rick believed him.

Anyway, what I thought I’d do is give you a very brief introduction to my two fictional but-oh-how-we-wish-they-weren’t Aussie firefighters, Corey and Griff. I’m a little bit in love with both these blokes, so I’m really hoping this book is accepted so you can all meet and fall in love with them too. Here’s a couple of teasers for you:


 “Vibe is the hottest club in the Valley right now. We’re going to have the best time.”

 It was pretty clear from the tone of her voice that the club wasn’t the only thing offering a good time. It would be easy enough to take Maddison up on it, but the girl creeped Corey out. He kept getting the feeling if he went home with her he’d wake up naked, tied to a bed and minus the one credit card he owned.

Then there’s Griff (who seems to be a lot less fussy when it comes to women:)):

Maddison finally gave up and left. Corey’s sigh of relief was audible and beside him, Dale Griffin—nobody ever called him Dale, only Griff—laughed. “Chicken shit.”

            “She isn’t my type.”

            Griff remarked with a lopsided smile, “With an ass like that she doesn’t need to be.”

put them together and things get a little steamy for our intrepid heroine, Erica:

“What are you saying? That it’s okay that Griff and I… that any time I want either of you…”

She stood up in front of high-spirited teenagers on a daily basis using nothing but her words to grab their attention, but now Erica could not finish a sentence.

“I guess that’s what I’m saying.” The soft promise in his words ignited every sexual spark capable of being set alight inside her. “Anytime, Erica. You can have either of us… Or both.”

Well that’s a hell of an offer :). Now I have to go and finish this darned book. Sooooo close to the end. Have a good weekend all! — Sami

5 Reasons Life is Not a Romance Novel


  1. Romance novel heroines don’t seem to have a monthly cycle. The only time the issue of a heroine’s period seems to arise is when she skips it. i.e. the super virile hero got her pregnant that time they used a condom but his man junk burst so forcefully from his member that it broke and voila! There’s a secret baby. The rest of the time h&hne are free to do the down and dirty.
  2. There’s no PMS in romance novels (see above). When the hero says “You’re beautiful” the lucky girl in question melts. She doesn’t say “Beautiful? You’re just saying that because you think I’m fat. You were perving on that woman, weren’t you? She’s beautiful. I’m a cow! How come you never buy me flowers anymore?”
  3. One night stands routinely lead to relationships in romance novels. Because every guy who picks up a stray woman in a bar immediately thinks “Hey man, she’s totally easy. I’m going to pull out all the stops to romance her and then introduce her to my mother.” If life were a romance novel, you could forget perfectmatch.com. Just head to the nearest bar, throw back a few margaritas and wait for the gorgeous undercover cops/millionaire CEOs/hunky race car drivers to come a-sniffing. You’d find a husband like that, guaranteed.
  4. In romance novels, your best friend is always a bigger slut than you (that’s quite a feat, given point No 3).
  5. Does anyone in real life get to say “Oh my God, I don’t think I can fit that all in!”

Waking up next to him after a drunken night out? Priceless.




















You have a great weekend now :).


What’s in a Name?


I recently purchased a book I’d been looking forward to reading because I’d heard a lot of good things about it. Erotic menage romance so copious amounts naughty business were bound to occur and I was in the mood for that (it happens). I opened up the book only find the heroine’s name was the same as mine. It was a bit jarring to me because I’m not used to seeing that, but I figured I could go with it, ignore that it made me feel odd for some reason and get on with reading.

Then I turn the page and discover one of the heroes names is the same as… the husband of a really good friend of mine.


I couldn’t read the book. I’ve passed it on to the friend in question who thinks it’s all pretty funny and is going to have a go at reading it. So perhaps it’s just me. I have a weird idiosyncrasy where I can’t read books if the hero’s name is the same as a friend’s husband, my father or one of my brothers. I see that name and I just put ‘em down. I think it must have to do with the theory that as readers we view the heroine as a placeholder for ourselves (placeholder: a theory about the reader’s identification with a character.  Part of a reader’s experience with a book is to “take the place of the heroine” and fall in love with the hero). Who wants to put themselves in the ‘place’ of a woman who’s having sex with a guy whose name is the same as her brother’s? Again, EEEEEEWWWWWW.

I don’t actually read romance novels because I want to imagine myself in that heroine’s place. I read for the overall story, the character development of each person in the book, the underlying issues and to study the interesting dynamics between those two (or three) particular people, because no couple (or trio J) would ever be exactly alike, so it’s interesting every time. These are much the same reasons I write romance too BTW, not to have or create some vicarious fantasy sexual experience. Personally I’m interested in what happens to a person emotionally throughout the story, and sex brings up a lot of emotions so it’s fertile territory for the exploration of inner angst, hopes, dreams, hangups, you name it. Given all that perhaps if I did read a story where the hero’s name was the same as someone very familiar to me in my real life, I could get into it and dismiss that aspect as the pages turned. I don’t know. I gotta say, I don’t try. Eeewww.

What about you? Are there any names that turn you right off a book immediately, hero or heroine’s? Any other little reading quirks you want to share?


Careers Talk



All the jobs under the sun...

There are some professions that will automatically make me pick up a book and take a second look, and the ones that will immediately put me off. I know it combines two of the most successful romance hero types, but I just can’t see myself falling in love with a vampire cowboy. Nope, no blood sucking rodeo rider for me. Obviously billionaires are popular, entire series’ are built around the billionaire-creates-then-solves-all-heroine’s-problems trope, but I just can’t get into it. The billionaires I see in the media don’t tend to be gorgeous, generous folk and it colours my liking of billionaire heroes in fiction. That might not be fair but it is what it is.

Don’t get me wrong. Nobody wants to read about a destitute hero. You can’t go on a first date in a shopping trolley full of old shoes and cat food. I like my guy to have a job, something stable that says he’s going to be a good bet as a husband or long term partner by the end of the book. It’s a bonus if his job is interesting but that’s not necessary. It’s much more important for the man himself to be interesting.

It probably goes without saying that I seem to be drawn to chef heroes. I don’t know why. I worked for many years in restaurants and bars and most of the chefs I had to work with were complete a$$holes. Really, the stories I could tell you would make Gordon Ramsay look like a pussycat. If you’ve ever had to take a meal back to a kitchen full of busy chefs because the customer said it was flawed, you’ll know what I mean.

Maybe it’s all about the food for me. Highly likely.

I also like bar owners, bodyguards, journalists, photographers and anyone who can build something with his bare hands—like a house, or even a chest of draws. I like mechanics (because I have old cars and needs someone to be on the spot when I break down perhaps?). I enjoy cop stories but not as much as I used to. I gorged on every story featuring a PI hero back in the 90’s and I haven’t touched one since (I’ve always wanted to write one myself but I think my PI is a woman). I actually enjoy reading about sports stars even though industry speak has always insisted they are a hard sell (I don’t know that Rachel Gibson, queen of the ice-hocky tough guy, or Susan Elizabeth Phillips who sells a gazillion book based around football players would attest to that). There are rarely any books with actor heroes but the ones I have read I’ve enjoyed (e.g. Sarah Mayberry’s Burning Up. An actor AND a chef in that one, you know I was gonna pick it up).

All these are contemporary jobs, because that’s my interest area. If you’re preference is for historical or paranormal romance I’m sure the professions would differ widely. So tell me what’s a turn off or turn on for you as far as the hero’s job is concerned?