Archive | May 2015

50 Word Stories: my overnight mess


I’ll Be Here

The Eclectic Poet

Will you come to me tonight
I’ll be waiting up for you
Let’s walk the river pathways
Like we used to do

Lets shelter under the live oak
Where no prying eyes can see
My body aches for your touch
Unwrap yourself for me

Your lips still taste the same
As you bend your mouth to mine
Whiskey kisses seasoned now
With experience and time

Refresh the lessons not forgotten
Only held in check until this hour
Slake this raging, growing thirst
With your own demanding ardour

Bodies crash together fiercely
Truth speaks in sweat and seed
Time reveals we are a diamond
Unwrap yourself for me

~ Kei
27 May 2015

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What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Find out with the Dream Series by J.J. DiBenedetto! Book #9, FEVER DREAM, is out today!


What’s the story?

Dr. Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason. When a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat.

After two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any lengths to make sure they stay hidden.

Now, time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone else falls victim to the illness. And before her career, her family and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know she has.

Where can you buy it?

Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)


Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback)

Apple iBookstore



Want to know more? Here’s an excerpt!

It’s one in the morning, and the last guests have gone. Other than the cleaning crew, Brian and I are the only ones left in the ballroom. I know we need to leave, but I can’t bear the thought of standing up and trying to walk out of the room, down to the garage and then to the car. I think my feet might literally fall off.

“You’re going to have to carry me out of here,” I tell Brian, and he gives me a wicked grin in return.

“I was planning on it,” he says, and he stands, takes a deep breath, and lifts me right out of my seat. I yelp and throw my arms around his neck as he carries me out of the room and over to the elevator, barely showing any strain at all. He has to put me down once we get to the elevator, though. “I need a free hand,” he says, hitting the “up” button. But the garage is – oh. I should have known.

“You booked a room.” He nods. “And you told my parents we wouldn’t be home tonight.” Another nod. It’s all part of the fantasy, I guess. He’s been imagining that he’s James Bond all night, and after a glitzy evening at the casino, James Bond doesn’t hop into the minivan so he can get home, walk the dog and collapse into bed. No way. He takes his conquest for the evening up to the five-star hotel room, where the champagne is already waiting. On ice, no doubt.

The bell dings, he ushers me into the empty elevator, and as the door closes, I feel my fatigue suddenly, instantly, drain away, and I’m all over him. I may not be a fan of those movies, but I know how they go, and it’s not as though I need much of an excuse to throw myself at my husband. By the time the door opens onto the third floor, I’m panting and extricating my hands from his tuxedo jacket. “You woke up in a hurry,” he says, panting himself, pulling his hand off the zipper of my dress, which is already halfway down my back.

“Well, I know what you were thinking, and I also know that no girl can resist James Bond, right?” By way of an answer, he leads me down the hall, opens the door to our room, picks me up again and deposits me on the bed. In seconds, he’s finished the job of zipping me right out of my dress, and his tuxedo is in an undignified mess somewhere on the floor. After that – there’s no more thought, just feeling, just his hands and his lips and his – his everything.

Interested in the books that lead up to this one?

The first five books in the series are collected in one Kindle Box Set, and it’s on sale this weekend for just $0.99!

What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can. And this gift – or curse – will lead her on an extraordinary journey.

Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined. She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them. And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too.

Here are the first five books of the Dream Series, along with bonus material created especially for this collection. Included in this set are DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR, DREAM CHILD, DREAM FAMILY and WAKING DREAM. In addition, you’ll find the short story BETTY & HOWARD’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE starring Sara’s parents. But most of all, when you open this box of dreams, you’ll find romance, suspense, humor and plenty of heart…

Where do you buy it?



Barnes & Noble

Apple iBookstore


Google Play

What about books #6, 7 and 8?

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They’re all on sale at Amazon!

But I like to listen instead of read! What about audiobooks?


The first five novels and a short story are all available on Audible! And you can hear samples from all of them right here!

So who’s the author?


Well, technically, that’s a picture of his cat, Danny. Danny is much more phorogenic than J.J. is. But J.J. (James, really) is a pretty nice guy. He’s a native New Yorker, althoguh he’s lived in the Washington, DC area for the last 20 years. He loves the opera, reading, photography, science fiction, fondue, travel and the New York Giants. Oh, and of course Danny, and also of course his lovely and talented wife.

Where can I learn more about him?

At his website, on Facebook, on Twitter and at his Amazon Author Page.

Contempoary Romance Writers Hosts Pitch Contest for Editors from Harlequin Presents 

Date: June 17-18, 2015

Guests/Judges: Editors Carly Byrne & Pippa Roscoe, Harlequin Presents

Fee: FREE!

Eligibility: The pitch contest is open to everyone – CRW members or non-members. But CRW invites non-members to consider joining its RWA chapter so you don’t miss out on other exciting events and opportunities! Published and non-published authors are welcome to pitch. Pitches must be for books not under contract as of June 17, 2015. 

Pitch Contest Policies and Procedures: The contest will be open for pitches 2 days (Jun 17 6am EST to June 19 5:59am EST) on the CRW blog. Authors will be asked to submit their pitches as a comment on the blog post. Include the following information:

  • Author’s Name
  • Book Title
  • Book Genre
  • Book Word Count (completed)
  • Blurb (maximum 200-word)
  • 1st 100 words of the manuscript

Pitches do NOT have to be only for the Presents line. The editors will consider pitches for other Harlquin lines as well. Also feel free to post general questions, but please do so in a separate post from your pitch submission.

Top Prize: The editors will select 5 submissions for which they will request the first 2 chapters. Each of the 5 finalists will receive a personalized response and critique of their work.

Questions? Contact Abigail Owen, VP of Communicaitons, at

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Release Blitz: a Wedding and a Proposal

Love, Lust & Erotic Pleasures

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a Wedding and a Proposal
by Alora Kate
Book 3.5 in The Four Seasons Series
Release date May 18th
New Adult – Romance

A Wedding and a Proposal gives us an up close and personal view on the Four Seasons and the new chapters they are about to embark on, told from Fall and Summer’s POV. These scenes mix in with books 1-3 so you must read them first.
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About Alora Kate:
“I hear voices in my head and I love that it’s totally okay.” – Alora Kate
Alora Kate – Pen Name
There are many reasons why she chooses to use a Pen Name. She battled with the idea but in the end, it’s a dedication. Alora Kate is a dedication to someone special who left this world way too soon.
She doesn’t write to get…

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