Summer Miscellany

Hi! What’s up? Are you great? I’m great. Really great. Yep.

No, actually, I’m a bit frantic right now. I’ve got a lot going on right now. I’m on top of it, more or less, but it’s coming with a mounting sleep deficit and every time my email client pings, I get a sinking feeling. I’ve got edits, am waiting for more edits, am trying to get another book out to edits, and I need to get a lot of business stuff done before I leave for the RWA national conference next week.

*cocks head to side, eye twitches*

Speaking of RWA, check out some of my conference giveaway swag!
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That blue button is especially for my fellow anemics. I’ll have some at the literacy signing, at the Kensington signing, and also in the goody room for author attendees to pick up. Hell, find me at the bar. I’ll probably have some in my fanny pack.

I’m just kidding. I don’t have a fanny pack.

*guilty look*


Here’s some announcements/pleas.

For readers:

1) Please consider this a standing request. If you’ve read any of my books and can spare a few moments to leave your thoughts at the place where you bought it, I’ll be eternally grateful. You’ve heard the spiel before – reviews help other readers discover books they’d might like (even if you didn’t like them, and that’s okay – we can’t all like every book).

Reviews don’t need to be long drawn-out tomes. When I leave reviews, sometimes they’re short things like “My favorite trope: baby-ever-after! Spicy but not erotic. Had just the right amount of humor. Second in the series – read [title of previous book] first.”

2) Have I told you that I love you lately? Well, I do.

3) In case you were wondering, after the short story in the Love Is… anthology, I won’t have another contemporary or erotic contemporary release until late in the year, and that’ll probably be a Den of Sin title. I’m going to try to sneak a cowboy novella out for Christmas. That’ll be a very last-minute kind of thing depending on how my deadlines on other projects shake out. After that, my next contemporary will likely be the fourth book in the Hearts and Minds series – Stephen’s book. That’ll be out in 2015. Paranormals are ruling my life right now.

novel engagement4) The Novel Engagement app is up and running on two platforms right now with more to come. My books are listed in the database (along with those of hundreds of other authors). It’s a free app and a new way to discover books. Grab it and give it a shot. I’ve got it, and I’ve already bought a book because of one particular search. ;)

5) I’ve got a couple of Back to Storafalt giveaways running right now. Enter to win a $25 ARe e-gift certificate at Night Owl. At Long and Short Reviews, enter to win a Storafalt book bundle (and check out my Q&A!).

Both close at the end of the month.

For Bloggers:

I’m in a few upcoming multi-author collections, and right now two are recruiting sites to spotlight (and possibly review) the releases. If you’re able to help us spread the word about these releases, we’ve got forms for ya!

-Here’s one for a short story anthology.

-Here’s one for the Extraordinary Love paranormal romance boxed set.


I think that’s it! The next time I check in will probably be after the conference.

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Teensy Weensy Teasie

Cover’s done for A Demon Found, but I won’t unleash that until the world until the day I publish the story. Hell, I haven’t even made a page for it on my website. (That’s half due to my desire to be mysterious and half attributable to laziness.) Still, here’s a teeny corner of it.
A Demon Found by Holley Trent
The story is in the hands of one of my freelance editors right now, and it’ll be out within the next couple of weeks. It’s a little longer than A Demoness Matched. It’s more than a bite, but not a whole enchilada. It’s pretty hot…but so is A Demon Bewitched. I wanted to prepare y’all for the sizzle of that book (Gail has a really dirty mouth), so there ya go.

If you subscribe to my paranormal newsletter, you’ll be the first to know about it–even before I announce it on Facebook and Twitter. It’ll be free everywhere, and I’ll need your help price-matching it to $0 on Amazon, so look out for that plea for aid!

Happy Thursday, y’all.

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That one effin’ book with the jacked-up title…

So, last week I sat down and tried to work out the remaining story sequence for the Sons of Gulielmus world.

Notice that I didn’t say “series order,” and that’s because I’m a pantser, not a plotter, and I let my worlds sprawl unfettered until I run out of characters to torture pair off. My sequels don’t always come in a straight line. Sometimes, I gotta set up a curvy, windy way to get there.

In the case of SoG, I needed to put in a major diversion before I dealt with Big Daddy G. Why that is won’t make sense until you’ve read A Demon Bewitched (coming 9/22).

This is what I ended up with:

sogseries

If that looks to you like six planned novels and two new arcs I haven’t started yet, your guess would be right. Again, I can’t say shit about those arcs at this point without raising too many questions for the folks closely following the series.

Now, if you’re really observant, you saw something called A Demon Found. That’s a novella that takes place between A Demon in Love and A Demon Bewitched. It’ll be a free read I’ll sneak out to my paranormal newsletter subscribers first, and then announce to everyone else later (as in, like, this month). Like A Demoness Matched, it’s an auxiliary story. You don’t have to read it to understand the novels, but you should because it’s got sexy-time and a super-cute heroine. Oh, and the hero shows up as a supporting character in A Demon Bewitched.

You probably also noticed that out-of-place thing in the “A Demon…” queue and are thinking, “She done went and fucked up her naming convention.”

Welp, that’s a working title and probably won’t make it to the final product, but I can say for sure that it isn’t an incubus love story. There’s obviously a wolf. And something else that’s not a sex demon. Obviously.

It’s a story I have to tell because these two characters deserve it, but it’ll be a novella…and it’ll probably be a hot one. There’ll be lots of howling going on, and not just from the wolf.

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30 Days of Summer!

I’m excited to be part of the Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains and My Family’s Heart Book Reviews 30 Days of Summer Blog Tour. We have 30 authors sharing excerpts and teasers throughout July all over the internet with the help of some wonderful bloggers! Be sure to stop by our event because there will be some flash giveaways going on plus you’ll be able to follow the tour there.
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JOIN THE EVENT!

Also enter our HUGE rafflecopter as we’ve got a lot of prizes to be won!
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Participating authors:
Skye Callahan
C.E. Black
Natalie Gayle
Christina Phillips
Anne Conley
Em Petrova
Samantha Holt
Cd Brennan
Kate Robbins
Victoria Barbour
Kristina Mathews
Eden Ashe
Gemma Brocato
Storm Chase
Annie Nicholas
Krissy Daniels
Sara Walter Ellwood
Holley Trent
H.Y. Hanna
Pippa Jay
Misa Buckley
Lisa Chalmers
Em Taylor
Sylvia Ryan
Willa Blair
Paige Thomas
Rhonda Lee Carver
Emma Weylin
Kirsten S. Blacketer
Jenn Roseton

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The End-of-Month Round-up (June ’14 edition)

Sheesh. Haven’t done one of these in a while. Here’s all the stuff you might have missed (or that I haven’t announced yet).

1 – A Demon Bewitched is turned in and has a release date: 9/22. Eventually, I’ll write a blurb for it so you know what it’s about, but I’ll tell you it’s the longest book in the series, and…what you might expect to happen at the end won’t.

I’ve got something special in the works for next month regarding the series. If you subscribe to my paranormal romance new release mailing list, you’ll be the first to find out what it is. Here’s a hint: FREE THING.

Here’s another hint: SEXY-ASS ITALIAN TRAILER PARK PSYCHIC. (Wait, what?)


2 – Have you seen this?
Extraordinary Love
A Demon in Waiting, the first book in the Sons of Gulielmus arc, will be included in the Extraordinary Love bundle releasing 8/4. That’ll have 10 novel-length romances from 10 different authors at an extraordinary price.

(I’ll remind you when it’s out.)


3 – Also coming 8/4 is the Love Is… anthology – a collection of 40+ short romances by authors you know and love (and some you should know and love). All proceeds will go to the charity Reach Out and Read.

I’ll have the official cover to share soon, but keep your ear to the ground about the bundle for more news. You’ll probably hear more about it from one of the dozens of other great authors if you don’t hear it from me, though.

Here’s the cover for my inclusion (it’ll be released on its own a couple of months after the anthology is released) in case you haven’t already seen it.
Love on Delivery cover


4 – I’ve got a sexy thing in the works — a dirty MFM thing. My poor editor is watching her inbox for it and she’ll see just how insane it is before I spill too much news about it. It’ll be out the first week of October…along with a collection of related dirty things.

That’s all I can say. Sorry. (Nope. Not a Den of Sin book, but I’ll have news about that series soon, too!)


5 – I’ll be at the RWA national conference next month, so if you’re in San Antonio, come find me at the literacy signing! If I look puffy, it’s because I’m having major dental work done just before the conference…like a dumb-ass.


6 – I’m giving away $25 in All Romance eBooks bucks to a lucky entrant to my July contest. Check out the widget at Night Owl Reviews and enter! It’s easy.


7 – The Goodreads giveaway for Melt My Heart paperback ends tonight. This’ll probably be my last giveaway for a while because summer is getting a wee bit ridiculous for me, schedule-wise. It’s getting harder for me to keep up with the admin stuff. The kids are out of school and I’ve got so many pans in the fire it’s a wonder I haven’t set the place ablaze yet.


8 – In case you missed it, these came out last month:
O for Two by Holley TrentBack to Storafalt by Holley TrentSeeing Red by Holley Trent cover
(To make up for that crazy new release bottleneck, I’ll have no releases in July.)


9 – Here’s a free summer sampler from Lyrical Press that has excerpts from a bunch of books (including one of mine).


I think that hits the biggies.

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Introducing Seth and Meg.

As I promised yesterday, I went and dug deep to find you Seth and Meg’s earliest sightings in the Hearts and Minds series. They both show up early in Saint and Scholar, though not together. Because that’s the “sweetest” book in the series, you won’t need to shield your screen for these. (I know. Boo.)

Saint and Scholar by Holley Trent

First up, a Seth sighting. To set the scene: the hero, Grant, is a graduate TA and is stepping out of a classroom only to bump into the brick wall known as Seth. (If your memory’s any good, you’ll remember Seth had more on his face than his head in these days.)

From Chapter One

Grant nearly jumped out of his Pumas the moment he pulled the door handle. His friend Seth, a bald, red-bearded ogre of a rugby player stood just on the other side with his fist raised, ready to knock.

“Jesus!” he hissed, pushing the big man back and pulling the door closed. He put a hand on Seth’s shoulder and herded him toward the fire stairs. “What are you doing here?” he asked once they were out of earshot of the students and on the way down to the second floor.

“We’re going to the club tonight and need a driver,” Seth said.

“Hell no.” They turned the landing. “If I keep messing around with you and Curt, I’ll be on some kind of international no-fly list. I need to fly out of this country next week, so I’d like to keep my shenanigans down to a bare minimum. You’ve still got another year here. Or more. What is your status with that dissertation?”

“It’s not the dissertation. My advisor has disappeared. Went poof! So you’re taking the job?”

Grant brandished his paperwork at Seth as he pulled the door open. “Faxing them now. Dropping the hardcopies in the mail as soon as Courtney finishes her exam.”

“Courtney is cute.”

“Oh, you know her?”

“Yes, sometimes when I’m bored I sit out on the wall and watch the kids file out of your class. She winked at me once. I think she’s a whore. Anyhow, girls in the physics department are much uglier than usual this year. I scout wherever I can.”

“Way to be inappropriate, bud.”

“Can’t get any if I don’t try.”

“Well, Curt doesn’t try and he seems to do okay.”

“He’s got the accent.”

“I’ve got the same accent.”

“His is better.”

Grant blew out an exasperated breath and Seth followed him down the hall into the office. They both waved at the perky receptionist as they walked past her desk toward the copy room. Once situated in front of the fax machine, Seth returned to his more pressing matter.

“Well, your imminent departure is all the more reason for you to go out with us, yes? A last harrumph?”

Grant cringed and continued stabbing at the machine’s keypad. Seth was an international student, like Grant and Curt, but hailed from “Mother Russia.” He was studying astrophysics and had plans to join the Russian space program at some point…if it still existed by the time he finished his damn dissertation. Seth regularly botched his colloquialisms and Grant had the never-ending chore of educating him on the intricacies of casual language. “Last hurrah, you mean.”

Poor Seth. He started out a bit of a caricature, but then, I started bonding with the guy.

Next up, we see Meg in the club Seth alluded to…but the two don’t actually cross paths.

To set the scene, the heroine–Carla–is a bit of a hermit. She’s agreed to let her friends drag her out to the nightclub, and Meg is one of those friends.

Ready?

From Chapter Four

Sharon kissed both of Carla’s cheeks continental style and slid an arm around her waist as soon as she’d paid her way in and had the bouncer check her purse for weapons. “Come on in. Megan’s holding a table for us,” she yelled over the house music.

“Oh, Meg’s here?”

Sharon giggled. “I know, right? Her hubby’s out of town. We would never have gotten her out, otherwise. Don’t say anything about her weight, okay?” She said that last part in an almost whisper, bending in close to Carla’s ear and making Carla’s eyes water with the scent of her new perfume. Carla crinkled her nose at the overly floral scent, a far cry from Sharon’s usual fruity mist. She took one more deep inhale just to be sure it was Sharon and not some passerby. The fragrance smelled like something her grandmother would wear. She coughed and straightened up.

At the bar, she availed herself of a double whiskey sour. The bartender was extra busy, fielding orders while simultaneously trying to maintain polite conversations with some boisterous male patrons on the bar stools. A few lushes at the tables just beyond were shouting out crude comments at the busy employee, but their distance made them easier to ignore. Carla itched to tell them to shut up. Catcalling was one of her biggest pet peeves, but she held her tongue. She didn’t want to start an altercation with a bunch of drunks and end up carted handcuffed into one of the police stations she worked with. It had happened before. She winced, recalling how a woman had made a rude comment about the way her ass looked in her jeans. Carla, drunker than she’d ever been in life, had thrown her drink in her face.

Carla stood on her toes and looked into the sea of tables to spot the miniscule Meg, and sipped her drink as she thought about how that heckler had ended up a victim of the Gill Right Hook. The members of that particular police department had razzed her about it for six months.

Ah, there she is.

“What’s wrong with her weight?” Carla asked while stuffing a five-dollar bill into the bartender’s tip vase and receiving a wink from her in thanks.

“Well, nothing labor and delivery can’t fix. She’s pregnant, and she thinks it’s a secret. Better not to discuss it.”

“That’s weird. I mean, the silence part, not the pregnancy part.”

“I’m sure Spike put her up to it. I don’t see him as the paternal sort. His fans might be turned off by it.”

That sure puts Spike into perspective, huh?

Now, we don’t see Meg in Calculated Exposure (although she’s mentioned in passing), but we do see Seth.
Calculated Exposure by Holley Trent
Here’s just a teensy snippet from Erica’s point of view that shows her meeting Seth for the first time.

From Chapter Thirteen

She put her fist up to the door before she could talk herself out of it. She was way too good at talking herself out of shit.

The door sprang inward in seconds. “Come on, we’re not being that loud.” The owner of that deep, heavily-accented voice was a man holding the knob with one hand and a beer in the other.

Dios mio.

Her eyes widened as she took in the man’s bulk. He was big. Six-three, maybe six-four, and definitely not skinny. He could probably bench press a Buick. His hair was unequivocally red, not auburn. Not strawberry blond. Red. But for a redhead, he was somewhat dark-complexioned. Not tan, but pretty close as if there was a hint of something in his ancestry not quite European. He was nice to look at in a scary, giant, Soviet Bloc kind of way.

“Well, hello. You’re not the neighbor,” he rumbled.

Erica shook her head. “No.”

“Who is it?” asked a man with a brogue who was certainly not her Irishman. Grant. It was Grant’s voice.

“I don’t know,” the man in the doorway called back. “She’s pretty. Must be selling something.”

She laughed. “I’m not selling anything.”

“Hold it, I know that laugh. Back off, Seth.”

“Damn it,” Seth murmured around the neck of his beer bottle. He walked away from the door mumbling something about lucky Irishmen getting all the good ones.

The great thing about series is that as long as you’re still building in the world, you never have to say goodbye to the characters you’ve dragged kicking and screaming through a bunch of books! In fact, you’ll see them again in On the Ropes–Stephen’s story. They’re family, after all.

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with some character dossiers–everything you need to know about Seth and Meg in a nutshell.

Don’t forget to keep rocking those tour stops, and see what bloggers are saying about my big red Russian (oh, and, you know. win stuff.)
Seeing Red Tasty Book Tours

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Excerpt! (Not even close to rated PG.)

I’m running out of pithy post titles, sorry.

As promised, I’m back today with a spicy excerpt. I put it into the handy scrolling box below so the naughty words aren’t IN-YO-FACE for those of you who are too young to be reading erotic romance (now would be the time for such people to engage in their summer educational exploits elsewhere). Ready?

“Am I too heavy for you?” He propped himself up on his forearms to redistribute the weight.“You’re very heavy, but the beautiful thing about mattresses is that they absorb some of it.” She slid her hands down his back and suddenly her right palm handed on his ass in a hard smack that made him hiss. “Now, if you don’t mind?”

“Witch.”

She closed her eyes and damn near purred as he eased into her. “Yep. What’s the Russian word for witch?”

Ved’ma…” God she felt wonderful at that angle, and she wanted to talk? “But it doesn’t mean quite the same thing.”

“Mm-hmm.” She moved her legs up higher, draping them over his shoulders. The clench of her fingers into the meat of his back urged him on, so he increased his pace incrementally, savoring the tight clench of her cunt around his shaft with each attempted withdrawal.

She angled her torso upward and pressed soft lips to his chest, kissing across his pecs, then up his neck. Given her height, that was about all she could reach.

If he eased back a bit, she could meet his lips, but before he could follow through on the thought, her head met the pillow again, and her eyes fluttered behind her eyelids.

“Do that again,” she whispered.

“What?”

“That thing you did—on your knees.”

“Oh.” He shifted into the transitional position he’d taken moments before, on his knees, sitting back at about forty-five degrees, angling her bottom up off the bed toward his core. He’d only wanted to improve his passage a bit as she was so tight—her body so narrow. He hadn’t thought she’d noticed the brief reconfiguring.

She tucked her hands around the backs of his thighs and held on as he increased his pace.

With each thrust, she let out a little whimper, growing gradually louder until he had to clamp one hand over her mouth.

Her eyes took on a malevolent glint for a moment. Then her expression relaxed as if she understood what they were doing and precisely who could catch them.

Briefly, he considered pulling his hand away, but the shuddering movements of her body and the feral grunts vibrating from her throat forced him to reconsider. And knowing that he’d done this to her, rendered her wordless and pliant, aroused him that much more. His skin tingled, belly contracted, and when her short nails pierced the flesh of his thigh backs, he toppled over the edge, bringing her along for the ride.

He pulled out of her, drawing one more whimper from her throat, and rolled onto his back. His throat burned and lips were chapped from harsh breathing. He drew his tongue over them and tried to steady his breaths as he stared at the gentle swirls in the ceiling plaster.

Was that three times? He’d never had any other woman three times. There were a few who’d come back for a second round, but they’d just wanted sex. No talking. No follow-up. They didn’t push their luck for round three. Meg had passed them in that race, but their situation was a far more perverted one. Equally stagnant, unless someone labeled their relationship as something more.

And that someone would have to be Meg. That’s what Sharon said, and Carla had hinted at as much. But neither woman had given him any clues as to how he could get her to turn the tide. Perhaps he’d been asking the wrong questions.

Perhaps he always had.

*wriggles eyebrows*

You can buy Seeing Red here:

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kensington Publishing | Kobo

I’ll be back tomorrow with a retrospective view of Seth and Meg–see what they were up to in Saint and Scholar and Calculated Exposure.

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Red hot (with plot) and ready for your e-reader!

ride you like a broom

I promised you this teaser would be audacious! But really, what did Seth expect she’d say after calling her a witch? (Share that sucker if you dare.)

If you didn’t pre-order Seeing Red, you can grab it now at one of these places:

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kensington Publishing | Kobo


Don’t forget about my virtual book tour! Seeing Red will be bouncing around the ‘net until Friday. Enter to win Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or All Romance eBook gift cards and backlist books.
Seeing Red Tasty Book Tours


Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have a seriously sexy exclusive excerpt. There may be s-e-x in it. No promises, though. Pretty sure my publisher wouldn’t like me giving away the milk for free.

*whistles innocently*

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Reading from Seeing Red

Got in under the wire with this! I said I’d post it today, and I almost didn’t make it. The book excerpt starts at around three minutes in. There’s no sex in this one, but there are a couple of curse words that make it NSFW.


Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have a teaser image that’s too outrageous not to share! Trust me: This one’ll raise your eyebrows.

And before you go, are you subscribed to my contemporary romance new release e-mail alerts? Tomorrow, I’ll be sending one out to announce the release of Seeing Red, and there’ll be some special content especially for subscribers. Sign up here.

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10 Things You Should Know about Seeing Red

Seeing Red by Holley Trent coverSeeing Red officially launches on Monday (probably around midnight EST depending on vendor). For the next week, I’m going to be posting lots of exclusive content about the book and the Hearts and Minds series–teasers, videos, steamy excerpts, character dossiers and more!

I’m kicking off the post-a-thon with a list of 10 important things you should know about the book. I’ll put links to where you can pre-order the book at the bottom of the list.

Ready? Here goes!


  1. The title of Seeing Red is a triple-, possibly-quadruple, entendre. That means it has multiple meanings. I’d tell you what they are, but sometimes my titles are jokes and I like for readers to work out the punchlines on their own.
  2. Sergei, AKA Seth, is Russian but has been in the US for all of his adult life. He finds English to be a peculiar language.
  3. Seth was originally introduced in Saint and Scholar. He shows up again in Calculated Exposure. In the course of three books, he’s stopped shaving his head.

    Thank. God.

  4. Meg was originally introduced in Saint and Scholar, but we don’t see her in Calculated Exposure. (It’s safe to assume she was going through some shit during the course of that book. Kindly refer to: rock star ex-husband.)
  5. Although Seth and Meg run in the same circles, this isn’t really a friends to lovers story. She really doesn’t know Seth the way her friends do. (That’s pretty clear in the book.) It’s definitely a marriage of convenience story, though, for those of you who eat those up. (I know I do.)
  6. There’s nothing sweet about Meg. She has a well-calibrated self-awareness, and she knows she can come off as caustic. Meanness isn’t generally her intention, though she does have a low tolerance for bullshit. If you’d like to hear what she sounds like–just wait. Tomorrow, I’ll upload a short clip of me reading an excerpt from her point of view in the tone it should be heard in.
  7. Meg’s not the kind of woman who wears her heart on her sleeve, so her character arc isn’t going to be the sort of emotional meat-grinder you experience in many romances. I didn’t try to redeem her and make her softer, so don’t look for that to come in the HEA. (The story really isn’t about that.) Of the two characters, Seth is the more outwardly emotional. He learned it from his babushka.
  8. Seth is really fucking nice. He’s super-mensch, and you might even like him at first much more than you like Meg. Yeah, I can admit that.
  9. Meg has a kid from her last marriage. His name is Toby and he’s four. (As you might guess, Meg is very, very tired.)
  10. You really need to turn your sarcasm detectors up to high for this one. I can not stress that enough, y’all. This one is stuffed to the gills with dry humor and you’ve got to watch out for it or you’ll miss tiny plot details.

Intrigued? Well, Here’s where to order it!

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kensington Publishing | Kobo

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for a video excerpt!

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