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Prince Talen Jacek has lived a cursed existence for over two thousand years, sacrificing his life so that strangers may live. Live, die, regenerate. It’s a cycle he can’t escape. He is the legendary Black Phoenix. And he can never experience true love…

At least, that’s what he has always believed.

Until he sets his eyes on the enemy’s next victim.

Every morning, computer programmer Keri Maddox gets up, goes through her daily grind, and returns home to a frozen meal and a book. Her life may not be filled with glamour or excitement or crazy burning-up-the-sheets sex, but predictability can never be overrated.

At least, that’s what she has always believed.

Until she discovers Talen in her apartment.

Wearing only a bath towel.

Suddenly her safe and tidy world is yanked from under her feet. And it’s not just because of what’s hidden under that towel.

Warning: Contains a sexy, dominant man with a fierce body, a hot tattoo and an unconventional use for scarves…and many scrumptious scenes displaying his finer assets. Sex. Explicit sex. More sex. Hot sex with light bondage. And did I mention the tattoo?

F#cking Jerk 2 is now live! Only $0.99!

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I hate that f#cking jerk Clay Walker! He’s been making my life a living hell since I was five. He punched my v-card when I was eighteen, and then, stupid me, I let him seduce me out of my panties again last week. If only I could say goodbye to the a**hole for good. But I can’t. You see, I inherited my aunt’s ranch. And guess who’s the ranch foreman? You got it. That f#cking jerk. And he’s out to make me even more miserable than ever.

Did I mention he’s also insanely hot–like, face of an angel and the body of a devil? And he’s learned new wicked, deliciously naughty ways of tormenting me?

So now there’s me, the good girl, locking horns with the untamed bad boy. And if I lose, I lose everything–my self-respect, my pride. And maybe even my aunt’s estate.

But I’m no pushover. I’m not going to take any of his shit lying down. Not again.

Clay Walker, this is war!

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A New Anthology/Collection: Plays Well With Others

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Available Now! Slave of Duty

Gay BDSM Erotica

Detective Matt Deaton is hot on the trail of a sadistic serial killer. Convinced the murderer is a Dom, Matt goes to a bondage club to investigate D/s. But his interview of the sexy, commanding Master Stahl takes an unexpected turn, and before Matt realizes what’s happening, he’s agreed to one night of no-holds-barred bondage play at his lakeside cottage.

Things don’t go the way either Matt or his new Master expect. While the few hours of intense erotic pleasure they share give Matt a glimpse into the mind of the savage killer—whom he’s determined to stop, at all costs—the unfettered passion it unleashes exposes a danger far more treacherous…to them both.

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Sneak Peek: Slave of Duty, Coming April 20th

Detective Matt Deaton is hot on the trail of a sadistic serial killer. Convinced the murderer is a Dom, Matt goes to a bondage club to investigate D/s. But his interview of the sexy, commanding Master Stahl takes an unexpected turn, and before Matt realizes what’s happening, he’s agreed to one night of no-holds-barred bondage play at his lakeside cottage.

Things don’t go the way either Matt or his new Master expect. While the few hours of intense erotic pleasure they share give Matt a glimpse into the mind of the savage killer—whom he is determined to stop, at all costs—the unfettered passion it unleashes exposes a danger far more treacherous…to them both.

An Excerpt From: SLAVE OF DUTY

Copyright © TAWNY TAYLOR, 2011

All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

“Hey,” Amsler said, offering a hand. “Detective Deaton. Good to see you again.”

“Good to see you too.” Matt accepted the proffered hand, gave it a shake, then motioned toward the corridor leading to the private rooms at the rear of the building. “Do you have a few minutes?”

“Sure.” Amsler indicated Matt should follow him. They went to the same room they’d last met in. Amsler closed the door, made himself comfortable on the large leather couch that stretched the length of one wall. “So, what’s up?”

“I’m working on another case.”

The Dom’s expression darkened for a fraction of a moment. “Damn, I thought you’d come for more personal reasons.”

Matt’s face became an instant inferno. “No, not this time. Sorry.”

Amsler merely nodded.

“It’s another murder case. Did you know Seth Wright?”

Amsler set an ankle on his opposite knee and flung an arm over the back of the couch. “Sure. I’ve scened with him once or twice. Is he your victim or your suspect?”

“Victim.”

“Damn. Good kid.”

“What do you know about him?”

“Not much. He hasn’t been coming here long. Came by himself every time. Never scened with the same Dom twice. Of course, we have paperwork on him, if you need. Sorry I can’t be of more help.”

“No apologies necessary. I appreciate anything you can give me. If you think of anything else—”

“I’ll give you a call,” Amsler finished for him as they walked out into the narrow corridor.

“Thank you.”

There was an awkward moment of silence.

“Anything else?” the Dom asked.

“No.” Matt offered Amsler a hand. “Thanks again.”

They shook hands. But the Dom held on a little longer than normal.

“Tell me the truth,” Amsler said.

“About what?” Matt’s body tightened. His breath hitched in his throat.

“Tell me why you keep renewing your membership.” Amsler stepped closer, too close. Not close enough. Matt swallowed a deep breath, drawing in the Dom’s scent. Spicy, masculine, intoxicating. “The truth.”

“The truth is, I don’t know why,” Matt admitted, intentionally standing his ground. Amsler had never been aggressive like this before. Matt’s first instinct was to shove him back and tell him to fuck off. For some reason, he didn’t do it. Instead he leveled his gaze at the Dom. “But that doesn’t matter.”

“Sure it does.” Amsler thrust his arms forward, slamming his hands against the wall behind Matt and caging his head.

“What the hell?” Acting upon instinct, Matt shoved the Dom away. “I’m not one of your subs.”

Undeterred, and wearing a look of iron-will determination, Amsler moved closer again. “I think you might want to be.”

“Fuck off. You don’t know a damn thing about me.” There was no way in hell Matt was going to run from this man. Fuck that. He’d stand his ground and let the Dom know he’d overstepped the line. Once again, Matt lunged forward, this time using his shoulder to send Amsler sailing back into the opposite wall.

“Nice shot.” Amsler straightened up, smiled. “I’ll help you figure it out.”

“Figure what out?” Matt’s fingers curled into tight fists. His heart was thumping heavily in his chest. He was angry. Or was he? A steady throbbing heat was blazing through his groin. His cock was lengthening. The image of Amsler charging him, cupping the back of his head and kissing him sparked a blaze in his blood.

“Help you figure out if you’re really a submissive or just think you are.” As if Amsler had read his mind, he stormed forward, struck Matt hard. Matt stumbled backward against the wall. Amsler curled his fingers into Matt’s hair and before Matt could say or do a damn thing, the Dom’s mouth had captured his.

The air left Matt’s lungs. His head spun. His legs went soft. His heart rate notched up to a deadly speed. He’d known for a long time that he was bi, but since college he’d stuck with dating women. It was safer. Especially considering what he did for a living.

But holy hell. What had he been missing?

The kiss was raw and hard and his balls were so fucking tight. He grabbed fists full of shirt and hauled Amsler closer, but the Dom jerked back.

“I’m the Dom here,” Amsler said. “I’m the one in control.”

Still dizzy from the kiss, Matt straightened, pushing off the wall, which had been supporting him. “I gotta go. Have a case—”

Amsler caught his arm. “Last chance. Do you want to know? Or don’t you?”

Matt didn’t answer right away. He couldn’t. He wasn’t sure what to say. Did he want to know more about D/s? Didn’t he?

Yes.

No. This was a complication he didn’t need.

And yet…how long had he been wondering?

“Maybe,” he said, still not sure if he could go through with it.

“Maybe isn’t a word in my vocabulary. Yes? Or no?”

“Okay…”

“You will call me Master Stahl.” Amsler tipped his head toward the room they’d just left. “This way.”

DARKEST FIRE gets 4 1/2 Stars from RT Book Reviews!

I am over-the-moon thrilled to report that DARKEST FIRE received a fabulous review from Jacqui McGugins of RT Book Reviews Magazine. I can’t share the entire review with you yet–the review doesn’t go live on the RT Book Reviews site until sometime later this month, but I will share a quote:

Totally absorbing, Taylor’s series first captures your attention while crafting a hot romance. With intense dom/submissive play included, the story has elements of humor and a dark and enticing backstory. It’s a well-told tale to boot.

Additionally, I found this review by Harriet Klausner on the Barnes and Noble page:

…an entertaining Dom-Sub relationship drama. The first erotic Celtic fantasy romance is an enjoyable tale as the oldest brother finds his muse in Rin who literally ties him in knots as the hunter but figuratively she ties him in knots as the hunted.

In a wicked game of seduction, who’s the hunter and who’s the prey. . .

Drako Alexandre isn’t merely the handsome billionaire playboy everyone thinks he is. He’s the leader of his generation of Black Gryffons, destined to protect humanity. And though Drako has no desire to be tied down–except at the private bondage club he frequents–the future depends on him taking a wife to bear him a son. He knows just the woman–Rin Mitchell, a delicate beauty who unleashes his deepest primal hunger. Their agreement will ensure he’ll never have to give up his desire for domination, forbidden pleasures, and multiple lovers. But Drako’s chosen prey is also hiding something. And if her secret doesn’t destroy them, the explosive passion she ignites just might. . .

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Hello everyone!

My book, DARKEST FIRE, officially releases March 29–in exactly 11 days. I need to create some buzz. This is where the gift card comes in.

I’m holding a contest and the grand prize is a $100 GIFT CARD from Amazon, B&N OR Borders (winner’s choice). Five randomly selected winners will also receive a free autographed copy of DARKEST FIRE.

What do you have to do to win?

Post something about DARKEST FIRE, including this link http://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Fire-Tawny-Taylor/dp/075824696X/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_3 on your Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Myspace page. Then email some form of verification for your post (screenshot, twitter name, direct link) to contest@tawnytaylor.net. Verification is required to win, so please don’t skip this step.

Multiple entries per person are not only accepted but encouraged. HOWEVER, a unique message/tweet/post must be posted for each entry to be counted.

The individual who submits the most verifiable posts/tweets between NOW and 11:59 March 28th, 2011 will be the Grand Prize Winner.

Five additional winners will be selected from the remaining verified entries by random.

Now the part you’ve been waiting for:

Prizes

The grand prize winner will receive one $100 gift card from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Borders (winner’s choice)

The five random winners will receive one copy each of DARKEST FIRE

The fine print:

Open to USA residents only.

Tawny Taylor is not responsible for lost or undelivered email verifications.

All entries must be verifiable to be counted.

Tawny will select the Grand Prize winner based upon the number of verified posts. The five winners of DARKEST FIRE will be randomly selected from the remaining entries by random number generator.

Questions? Email Tawny at tawnytaylor@sbcglobal.net

Good luck! And thank you in advance to everyone who enters. Ultimately, you all are doing me a HUGE favor. And I appreciate EACH AND EVERY Tweet/blog/Facebook mention.

Info about DARKEST FIRE

Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Fire-Tawny-Taylor/dp/075824696X/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_3

Release date: March 29, 2011

Price: On sale for $9.26 on Amazon

Genre: paranormal erotica with BDSM elements

Blurb:

In a wicked game of seduction, who’s the hunter and who’s the prey…

Drako Alexandre isn’t merely the handsome billionaire playboy everyone thinks he is. He’s the leader of his generation of Black Gryffons, destined to protect humanity. And though Drako has no desire to be tied down–except at the private bondage club he frequents–the future depends on him taking a wife to bear him a son. He knows just the woman–Rin Mitchell, a delicate beauty who unleashes his deepest primal hunger. Their agreement will ensure he’ll never have to give up his desire for domination, forbidden pleasures, and multiple lovers. But Drako’s chosen prey is also hiding something. And if her secret doesn’t destroy them, the explosive passion she ignites just might…

‘A delicious tale of taboo sex and intrigue-DARKEST FIRE has it all. Irresistible!’
Eden Bradley, author

Me, Myself and I: A Tale of Three Authors

Once upon a time there was a woman. She was a wife. She was a mother of a large brood of loud, crazy kids. And she was a writer.

One day, the woman decided she wanted to find some kind of work she could do from home. She loved reading romance novels, and she’d always been a pretty decent writer–if you take into account the award she won back in 5th grade. So she got on her computer and started writing a book.

Bored yet? You are? Okay, I’ll fast forward.

Before I–I mean, she–knew it, she was writing three different kinds of books, tailored to three very different markets. And so, she adopted not one, not two, but three distinct identities under which she published her books. There was Sydney, who wrote heart warming, funny, quirky romance novels; Tami, who wrote urban fantasy novels; and Tawny, who wrote deviant smut.

Now, Sydney/Tami/Tawny faced the challenge of marketing her names. Should she keep them distinct, avoiding cross-promoting of any kind? Or should she let the world know she was writing under three different pseudonyms? She took a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Keeping them separate:

Advantages
*No worries about readers being confused by differences in book content and/or voice
*Allows the new identity to start with a “clean slate”, meaning she would be completely new, fresh and exciting to reviewers, readers and book sellers.
*Allows each identity to focus on networking that is more specifically related to her books.
*Some publishers and/or agents might put pressure on an author to keep each identity separate, and failing to do so could undermine their efforts to promote the author’s work to booksellers and distributors.

Disadvantages
*Managing three different websites, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, blogs…ohmygod.
*The cost of building and maintaining those websites and blogs could be quite high.
*There is the lost opportunity of promoting books published by lesser known pseudonyms to the readers of the better known ones.
*The stress of playing three distinct roles in cyberspace is nothing to sneeze at.

Sydney/Tami/Tawny made a choice. In her case, the disadvantages of keeping them separate outweighed the advantages. Particularly, she was concerned about the time required to update blogs, facebook pages, Twitter accounts and websites. What advice would she give to writers considering taking a second or third penname? Let’s ask her…

1. Determine whether the new name is necessary. This is the biggie, IMO. The most important question to ask. If the author is writing erotica and YA, that’s a no-brainer. But sometimes, it’s not that cut and dried. To decide if you need to adopt a new pseudonym, you need to have a fairly firm grip on your readers’ expectations. This is, in a nutshell, your “branding”. What are your best selling books? What genre are they? What subgenre are they? Is there any specific content that appears in the books, content a reader would miss if it wasn’t there? On the flip side of that question: is there content a reader would find disturbing/unexpected (in a bad way) if it appeared in your book? In my case, I write a lot of BDSM and menage. My erotica readers expect to find those elements in my books. So if I write a book without it, or totally without sex, I feel it’s better to publish it under a different name. I don’t want to confused my readers.

2. Determine whether you MUST keep the identities separate. Is your publisher or agent telling you to take a new penname for some specific reason? If the answer to that question is yes, you’re probably going to have to keep them separate.

3. Create one main website to promote all of your identities. If there is no concrete reason why you must keep your multiple identities separate, I would suggest marketing them together for the reasons stated above. After all, your primary job as a writer is to write books, not waste precious hours blogging/Tweeting/Facebooking under multiple names.

Within the world of romance publishing, you can find many examples of well-known authors who have adopted second and/or third pseudonyms. Nora Robers and Jayne Ann Krentz instantly come to mind. Clearly, if they decided it was necessary, helpful, it is an option worth considering in some cases. But understand the challenges. Building a readership from scratch, building a platform and attracting followers takes a ton of time and a financial commitment.

Best of luck!

Avon Romance’s New EPublishing Imprint

The cyber world is all a-buzz with news of Avon Romance’s newest project–an ebook/POD publishing imprint, Impulse. From Impulse’s page on avonromance.com:

Welcome to Avon Impulse

Romance readers know what’s hot…in books, in technology, in trends. Among the first to embrace books digitally, they have encouraged publishers to push the envelope editorially, exploring new subgenres and new formats. With the evolved reader in mind, Avon is introducing a digital imprint, Avon Impulse. This format will allow Avon to publish more quickly, with an eye to what’s new in fiction and romance, delivering fresh, exciting content directly each month to the digital devices of today’s savviest readers.

Also found on this page is a submission form. This form, which includes detailed questions about the book, including tense, narrative, characters, best scene and best dialogue, is the vehicle through which all submissions will be delivered. Also on this page, you can find a list of FAQ’s, that address questions about the reason why Avon has decided to launch an epublishing line, royalty rates, editing, copyright registration and marketing, among others.

Smart Bitches Sarah has done some digging into the royalty structure and url registration. Her informative blog post can be found HERE.


A Lady’s Wish by Katharine Ashe is up for preorder on Kindle and Nook. The price is an unexpected $1.99–low by New York publishing standards.

Harlequin (Carina), Dorchester (they’ve shifted away from mass market into epub and POD) and now Avon. That’s three major houses moving into the epublishing arena by starting epublishing lines/sites. Makes me wonder…is anyone over at Warner (Grand Central) kicking themselves about shutting down iPublish? Does anyone, but me, remember iPublish?

The Hot Topic of The Day: The Erosion of eBook Prices

You can’t go on the Kindle Boards or read some of Publishing’s most influential blogs lately without running across an article about the falling prices of ebooks.

Nathan Bransford, the former literary agent, gives his take on pricing: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/03/amanda-hocking-and-99-cent-kindle.html

On BoingBoing, the question is asked, Will all digital books eventually cost 99 cents?

On The Technium, the author talks about why he believes all books will eventually be priced at .99. He cites Konrath.

(Let’s take a little detour for a moment here. I have some trouble with the example because it doesn’t take into consideration the difference in royalties paid at the different prices. According to his blog, Joe Konrath’s book The List was selling 40 copies per day at a price of $2.99. He then reduced the price to .99 and is selling 620. That’s a huge difference in quantity sold. However, as you’ll see, it makes a smaller difference in royalties earned.

At the original price, Joe Konrath was earning 70% of 40×2.99, or $83.72
At the new price, Joe is earning 35% of .99×620, or $214.83

Yes, at the new price, Joe is earning more than twice he was, but he’s not earning the $613 per day the Technium’s blog poster would lead you to believe.)

End of detour. Now back to the original topic…

And finally, on irreaderreview.com, the author askes “What happens if ebook prices drop to the $1 to $5 range?”

So many folks, making so many theories/guesses/speculations about the future of ebooks.

What do I think? I’ll tell you.
I have no magic mirror or crystal ball. The market is shifting, adapting as consumers, readers change their buying habits. Will prices nosedive? Will all books end up selling for $.99? Will the market become saturated, causing further erosion of prices? Will readers eventually, after buying one too many low priced, poorly written wall-banger, start associating low prices with poor quality?

I think we’re all trying to guess where things are heading, we’re all hoping we know how to adapt, but the fact of the matter is, nobody knows. I will say this: ebooks and ebook readers are finally getting the attention they deserve. After years of waiting, anticipating this day (as an epublished author), its finally come. And I’m glad. I’m happy for the opportunities the Kindle and Nook are opening up for authors and for publishers both.

Will there be some growing pains as the market shifts and changes? Absolutely. But to me, the publishing industry/market is like a growing child. It’s going through phases, swinging one way and then another. And those authors, publishers or distributors–who are lucky enough to anticipate the fickle child’s next move will be fortunate enough to reap the rewards. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending upon how you look at it) I don’t believe things will settle down and stabilize for a while yet.

Interesting times, indeed. IMO the secret is flexibility. Keep your eyes and ears open. Bend. Adapt.

And, of course, write one great book and then another and another.