Thursday, May 23, 2013

On The Front Porch with Sahara Kelly

I'm not exactly certain when Sahara and I first met, but I must confess it has been one wild ride since;) From creating grand fantasy Faery Costume Balls at the RT Booklover's convention to resembling Thelma and Louis on your adventures of finding shopping treasures online and through rain, sleet and snow. Aside from being skilled in many things--writing, promotion graphics, web and cover art design--the woman has a sense of humor like no other and a bucket of English-born wit and wisdom that is priceless. I am honored to call her my friend, and proud as punch to get to announce not only her "free genie " read (yes, you read correctly) but also a brand new sizzling fun summer read coming in June! **sneak peek at the gorgeous cover--more later in the blog!)

Now without further adieu, Sahara, tell us a bit about you:

Sahara: First off, many thanks to Amanda McIntyre for her invitation to visit…she knows I’m really not a very good blogger and has been amazingly patient with me. ;)

Amanda: Note here , the woman also calls me squirrel...another topic...but do squirrels really have such amazing patience? I leave it to discuss among yourselves...

Sahara: I stink at blogging mostly because I don’t have a lot to say. I don’t have any cats (hubby’s allergic), so no cute shots of them to fill the void. I write – have done ever since I can remember.  I am self-published, exclusively, and have been for going on two years . Although I do have a hybrid backlist which is spread all over the place, rather like dust bunnies. LOL 

Amanda: Dust bunnies...also another topic. What have you got coming up this year in the way of appearances?

Sahara: I love meeting readers, of course. What writer doesn’t? And I recently got chance to touch base with lots of them at the RT Booklovers Convention. That’s huge, hectic and very entertaining every year. 

But now I’m eagerly anticipating Authors After Dark in Savannah (August). This is a true “readers” event. There are lots of panels, yes, but they really are geared for everyone. None of the “this is how you should plot your first chapter” lectures, or anything. Just come in, sit down, listen and ask questions of your favorite writers. I love it. It will be my second AAD and I hope it’s as fulfilling as the first one I attended in Philadelphia. 

There are costumes too. Need I say more? Let’s face it, girls. Riverboats/Savannah/Scarlett O’Hara? Oh, and let’s not forget the Steampunk Tea!  Yep, died and gone to dress-up heaven. I believe I have a delayed make-believe gene. It’s spilled over from writing fiction into wearing crazy costumes.

Amanda note: Go ahead,  ask her when she begins the process of creating her costumes for her convention appearances...
Tell us, do you see yourself as a writer or storyteller?

Sahara: My writing is pretty much make-believe, as well. I think fiction should be just that, fiction. I love fantasies (everyone should have a few), dreams and wondrous places that defy the laws of physics. I also love contemporary romances, historicals and a whole bunch of other genres (I don’t do shifters…fleas, you know. Seriously. Why isn’t a werewolf ever doused with flea powder? He’s gotta have a problem with those little buggers somewhere along the line).

Amanda: Valid point. The flea powder issue. I never thought about it. So in answer to my question?

Sahara: I suppose all this makes me an all-purpose story-teller. Right now, I’m so happy one of my favorite tales is topping the free-read lists at Amazon. If you missed it the cover and link is below. A laugh-filled ride through the world of interestingly erotic sex with two genies who have had centuries to practice. Needless to say, our heroine is quite grateful. ;)

Note: MY WISH is also available for free download at these popular sights: Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, All Romance e-Books

Amanda: You have a reputation for adding a lot of humor alongside your erotic scenes. Just how personal is your research when writing a book?

Sahara:  I repeat, Fiction. Don’t even THINK about asking me if I’ve had two genies in my bed. I’m content with the one hubby I’ve had for almost thirty years. That’s quite enough, thanks. I’m not sure why people seem to think that erotic romance writers must have extraordinary sex lives. Agatha Christie wrote some fabulous mysteries, but…to the best of my knowledge…never actually killed anyone. So please, don’t ask me (or my peers) if we really have hung upside down, naked, from a chandelier after doing tequila body shots with Mr. Universe. Odds are pretty good we haven’t. Not lately anyway. LOL

Amanda: Oh darn, you've taken away one of the great mysteries of life!
What's coming up next for you?

JUNE 2013
Sahara: I have a hot little fun summer read coming out in June called FALLING.

Amanda: Gorgeous cover! So romantic! And I'm  betting you did that beautiful art work as well. This is a contemporary , full of your usual hot scenes, but also has your humor and includes a HEA--tell us more about FALLING. 

Sahara: FALLING is a scorching summer romance as steamy as August in Florida. That's where Jennifer Hodges goes to think about her future, anticipating a few days of quiet contemplation. What she gets are a few nights of incredible exhilaration and a major attitude adjustment. Along with a new appreciation for the glorious Sunshine State...

Amanda: It sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it! Please give readers the various links where they can get to know your work and you, better.

If you’d like to check out my (relatively up-to-date) website, please do. This is where I will share none of the details of my personal life, but will urge you to buy my books so that I can write more on a beach in the Caribbean with an umbrella-clad drink beside me. I’ll send you a postcard.

My self-publishing adventures and fabulous information on the process:

Want more? Join my social networks!

"And now for something completely different…” 
A reflection of its content and my homage to Monty Python. 

Well, Amanda, I think that does it? Time for us to head out on a field trip maybe? Or plan a new event? (Both of which Amanda does extraordinarily well!!!!) Or perhaps just kick back with a cup of tea and the latest Victorian Trading catalogue… 

Thanks again for having me, my friend.  And mega congrats on the continuing success of your contemporary western romance RUGGED HEARTS. 

Amanda: Thank you for visiting and thank you for the beautiful cover art work you did on RUGGED HEARTS! I know your work on Books II and III in the Kinnison Legacy A-mazing!

Until next time, 
Kindness matters...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Allure of erotic romance? Guest blog at BOOKTOPIA

Bestselling erotic romance author Amanda McIntyre writes about getting hooked by the hot stuff.
I was asked to write a few words on what the allure of erotic romance is. I’ve written it of course, or a version of it that my editors seem to like at any rate. But what I’ve discovered is that between publishers and readers the definition of “erotic romance” is a bit blurred—or so it seems.....


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Starts today! New Summer FRONT PORCH Guest author series

With all the running about that we often find ourselves doing, its sometimes nice to stop, sit down with friends and share what's going on. On Thursdays throughout the summer months I'll be having a new author for you to meet each week here at "the Front Porch."

So grab a cuppa or glass and relax. And if you want to ask the author a question, that'd be fine. That's why they're here.

If you've got a picture of your favorite "Porch" setting, send it to me at : 

If we use your picture on 'The Front Porch" You'll win an Amazon gift card.

Here's to summer, to making friends, and talking about good books!

You remember her sizzling books on cowboys from her last visit! You wanted more and Paige delivers with these new books in her BUCKLE BUNNIES series! 

I see you've brought us something to stay cool while reading your books, darlin.' What have you got there in that pitcher? Looks good;)

Thanks so much for having me today! When I think of summer, I always think of my nana's homemade lemonade. She'd make syrup out of sugar and boiling water, then squeezed fresh lemons and mixed them with the syrup and water, and it always tasted so delicious!

You can't hardly beat fresh lemonade on a hot summer day! Tell us more about your new series, Paige.

A while back I mentioned that I hadn't written many westerns, but after the success of, and reader response to, my bestselling KARLEIGH'S COWBOYS and AND THE RANCH HAND MAKES THREE, not to mention how much fun they were to write, I couldn't wait to come up with some more in THE BUCKLE BUNNIES SERIES. This time, though, I'm focusing on hot, hunky rodeo riders and the women who can't get enough of them!

The rodeo is a nod to one of my aunts. She was crazy about the rodeo (only she pronounced it row-day-o, like in Rodeo Drive) and couldn't get enough of her cowboys. My books might be a little too risqué for her, though. She read the kind of romances where the man and woman held a hanky between their hands when they touched. Well, maybe I'm exaggerating, but you get the idea!

Okay, back to THE BUCKLE BUNNIES SERIES. There are three books in the first volume of the series, including two m/f/m ménages and one f/f/m. They were originally released individually in e-book, and were so wildly popular, I decided to release them in a complete set, which is available in e-book or print!

In the first book, RIDE OF HER LIFE, a barrel rider meets up with two hunky bronc riders at the Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas. She’s crossed paths with them other times, but before an event they'd all been too focused on competition, and afterward they’d been too sore and tired to do anything but fall into bed. This time there’s a different vibe in the air. When the flirting starts it doesn’t stop and Daisy goes upstairs with both of them for a completely different kind of rodeo ride!
In TEAM ROPING, the second book in the series, a sexy bar owner has a pair of steer ropers competing for her attention. She can't choose between the two men, so she tells them she won't sleep with either of them, unless she sleeps with both of them—at the same time!

RIDE ‘EM HARD, the third book in the series, is also a hot cowboy ménage, only this time it's about two friends sharing a hunky bull rider. While both women are game for a sexy threesome, neither of them expect to the night to go where it does!

Click on Paige's weblink  for an excerpt from each book in the series!!



For more of my sexy erotic fiction, links to everywhere this talented author is online, and other fun stuff, including how to join her Street Team, visit Paiges website at

Happy Reading!

Thanks for stopping by the porch for a visit, Paige! Much success with your writing and scorching hot cowboy romances!! Round 'em up readers, at your fav booksellers online!

May 23: Next week the gifted Ms. Sahara Kelly makes a visit to the porch!! You don't want to miss it!

Until then, 

Be well. Kindness matters~


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Romantic Times 2013 Booklovers recap

Nearly a years worth of preparation is now another page in the history books. The 30th anniversary of the RT Booklovers Convention is a wisp of memories--some hysterical, some poignant, a few awkward moments--but all in all , a very special time and here's why...

The wicked women of Rosie's Saloon and a few rascaly cowboys!

The gals of the Rosie's Saloon-A host of authors like no other, these women inspire me with their willingness to dress up and meet the attendees, have a little fun, and share premium swag every year! My thanks to Victoria Alexander, Heather Graham, Kieran Kramer, Bobbi Smith, Sharon Page, Shana Galen, Monica Burns, Sahara Kelly, Sabrina Jeffries, Mia Marlowe, Elizabeth Essex, Heather Snow, Alma Katsu, and Mary Wine. Hope to see you all back when we hit NOLA next year!

It was great fun to once again join those rowdy cowgirls over at the Cowboy Corral , where the swag was plentiful, the music was boot-scootin' and the cover models were handsome as ever, and the readers a delight! Hope we'll see you all again in Nawlins'!

Sharon Page, me, and Costume designer extraordinaire
at Heather's Vampire ball
Meeting new people, gaining fresh perspectives, and best of all, spending time with folks you may only see once a year. For that alone--the weeks of preparation are worth it. (That and being able to do a round robin reading in the lobby of the Sheraton with fab folk; Monica Burns, Lynne Connolly, Kimberly Rocha and Heather Snow...then there is that whole flash mob Harlem Shake thing....check YouTube)

Speaking of--my two minutes on televison, if only by wanted poster:

Morning anchor and bleary-eyed authors at 5 AM
I'm third from the front standing next to the talented C.H. Admirand
Hard to say what Nawlins' in 2014 will bring, but you can rest assured that it we will, as they say in NOLA--"Laissez les bons temps rouler!"