July's Cafe Chronicles
What a great time to remember how thankful we should be for our independance! So get out that bbq, call some friends, and enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted every day!
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Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women – from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at a bar in Fool’s Gold looks harmless – until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life.
Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend’s bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped “wild youth” to raise her sisters. She doesn’t want forever from Sam, but all night would’ve been nice.
His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires her to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam’s luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?
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Do you like Steampunk? Do you know Steampunk? Want to meet the authors who give us those great stories? You can see it here.
Here are our guest bloggers for the month:
- 15th - Heather Massey's Steampunk Cafe
- 17th - Revelry! Noble Metals by LA Witt
- Kimberly Adkins
- London Saint James
- Susan Lyons Fox
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July is a month to not only to celebrate with family and friends, but to enter contests for some fabulous freebies! Check out what our FEATURED CONSTS are this month: (there are three)
- Jennifer Kacey: Print copy of Together in Cyn and a swag pack - US Residents only
- Kelsey Browning: A digital copy of the first 3 Texas Nights Series books (Personal Assets, Running the Red Light, and Problems in Paradise) and an ARC of the 4th book (Designed for Love, scheduled for November Release) - No restrictions
- Lori Robinett: TWO CHANCES! Autographed paperback of Denim & Diamonds (US & Canada only), and one $25 Amazon gift card (no restrictions)
Please only submit one entry per contest.
We want to congratulate our June Featured Contest winners! If you are a winner, you will receive an email from the author in the next day or so. Be sure to check out July's Featured Contests today!
- CHERYL -
- HOUSTON -
- JENNIFER -
- JIM -
- TARAH -
- LETEISHA -
Free Reads Click here
Find some great free reads today!
Jocelyn Pearson is determined to spend her last month as a twenty-something doing everything she's too busy or scared to try. Her imagination runs wild and then fixates on Ian Baird. When Jocelyn sets her sights on him, there's no way Ian can deny her.
They agree their affair will end in thirty days. No emotions, no entanglements, just sex. The closer the end date looms, they start to question if it's possible to walk away. They'll either have to come to terms of what they've become or stick to their original agreement.
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We now have all of our chat events listed in one place (besides the calendar). Check it out here.
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- 1 - End of the Night Chat with Yasmine Galenorn
- 8 - No Chat
- 15 - Big Sister/Brother Event - The Mocha Milieu
- 22 - No Chat
- 23 - Lorie O'Claire and Laurie Fitzgerald
- 24 - J.S. Wayne
- 29 - Fun in the Sun - Champagne Book Group
Chatters Group (Yahoo) Click here
- 2: Chatting with JoAnne Myers from 9am-9pm EST
- 10: Champagne Books & Burst Chat all day
Are you a reader that loves spending time on Facebook to find new and interesting reads? Love to share new covers from your favorite authors? How about reading snippets with cliffhangers? If you enjoy all these things, and you enjoy chatting with your favorite and new authors, then join us in our Mocha Milieu Event room on Facebook today! Oh, and don't forget to join the group and get regular updates so you're in the know about which events are happening and when!
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- 11: Fun Friday with Astraea Press from 8pm-10pm EST
- 15 - Big Sister/Brother Event
- 26: HeartFelt Promos Heart of Summer Chat all day
Featured Authors, click here
- Sharon Buchbinder
- Karen Cote'
- Cheryl Gorman
- Cassiel Knight
- Gail Koger
- NEW Jennifer Kacey
- Lizzie T. Leaf
- Virginia Nelson
- Charity Parkerson
- Helen R Rosburg
Coffee Crew News
Publisher News & Events
Are you having trouble coming up with ideas for graphics for your social media? Here are three great ideas to get you started!
1. Find your favorite quote by one of your characters and then find a stock photo that looks like said character. Add the quote to the photo and post it to all your social media.
2. Find a fact about your real or fictional town or city featured in your book and then find a stock photo of your town or city (even one that looks like the town or city is fine) and add the fact in writing to your photo and post.
3. Consider creating a small collage of images that make up the people and places in your real or fictional town and then post it!
Images are everything on social media and you will get much more interaction using them rather than words alone!
Learn More about HeartFelt Promos
Congratulations to the following authors who won a month of advertising:
Coffee Time Recommended Reads
Our Coffee Crew works hard every day reading and writing those great reviews because we love it. Out of all the books that the entire staff reads, occassionally one raises to the top of our Staffer's mind. A special book that is just so wonderful, we feel it deserves an extra acknowledgement. So once a month, our Coffee Crew awards a book with the CTRR Award and share it with you.
Not every member of our Coffee Crew will have a 'special' book they recommend, so when one of the books is selected, you know it is special! Stop by our blog to see which books were nominated and won this month...or in the past!
Congratulations to this month's winners:
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Liam Scofield has a great idea for a new software system. So good that others are interested in taking it for themselves. Peter Whittington from Pyramid Corporation wants it. So does Lauren Janelle, Liam’s beautiful attorney. Cara Larson, a systems analyst, agrees to help Liam develop the software, codenamed Aerie. But where greed is concerned, even good deeds can be manipulated, and Liam finds himself competing against Cara to market Aerie. Liam faces two complications. One, he has quite inconveniently fallen in love with his competition. Two, and much more problematic for his company, he is fighting the wrong enemy.
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Another Caramel Corner Recipient Discovered!
Resources, Resources, Resources
This site has it all!
What an amazing find. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t already discovered this site. It certainly has won a ton of awards. Check this out (points to the right)
From Links for Writers to Things for Writers, it is evident much time and work has been put into this project of serving others.
Are you a new writer? This is a must for you.
Are you an old writer with a few cobwebs that need swiped away? You won’t have to go far to find this broom handle.
Any writer can definitely spend a lot of time learning on this website.
A heartfelt thanks is going out to Charlotte Dillon and her generous spirit of giving.
Congratulations. You are Coffee Time Romance & More’s Caramel Corner Recipient for July 2014 and you now join our Pinterest Page's - Board of Education.
Start learning these wonderful resource gifts now here.
Until next month…
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Check back in August..see the schedule here
A fall on the track where she runs every day, a chance meeting with the most handsome stranger she’s ever seen, and Franchesca LaCasse, an accomplished biochemist, usually able to handle any situation, finds herself hungering for the stranger’s touch. He draws her like a moth to flame.
Damon Dumont comes to an abrupt stop to avoid running over the woman lying in his path; he can’t just walk away. He turns her over to check for a pulse. He’s not prepared for her unusual beauty. She fascinates him, especially, her beautiful head of hair—flaming red, his weakness.
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Coffee Thoughts, the Book Blog Click here
1 Claudine's Sweet Treats
2 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Liz Fountain
4 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Tarah Scott
7 Book Brew with the Crew
July Book Brew: Love and War! The old saw says, "all is fair in love and war." When these two things occur simultaneously, well, it's complicated! Our theme for July features this very happening--love and war, love in war, how enemies may become lovers, when people serving in a military unit find a bond that goes beyond the usual fraternity of combat, and other dichotomies when two seemingly opposite things come together. The tales may be set in any possible era or locale so expect variety in the usual mix of exciting and different stories by some of your favorite as well as some new authors while we celebrate the US and Canadian Independence Days and honor our military as we commemorate "Love and War" Join us on Monday, July 7 at noon EDT for Book Brew.
BTW we will be taking a vacation so there will not be a Book Brew on August 4 but we will be back on September 1 to celebrate Steam Punk and the end of summer. Authors are already signing up for this one and we'll do our best to have at least one special surprise!!
8 Claudine's Sweet Treats
9 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Julia Antoine
10 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Anne Riley
11 Chat with your favorite authors
12 The Newest and Best Shifter Romance Releases
There’s nothing sexier than those alpha males who prowl our dreams as the big boy animals that personify the men we love. If you can’t get enough of these unique heroes, then Coffee Time Romance has just the thing for you. Saturday, July 12, we’re hosting the best authors and their newest shifter releases. Come on by the blog and find your next shifter hero.
13 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Diane Craver
14 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Yolanda Ashton
15 Claudine's Sweet Treats
16 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Sean Michael
17 Total E-Bound Excerpt Day
18 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Sarah Daltry
19 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Rachel Verhoff
20 Author Excerpt Day
22 Claudine's Sweet Treats
23 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Dawn Luedecke
24 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Sasha Cottman
25 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Dawn Luedecke
26 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Gemma Brocato
27 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Deirdre O'Dare
28 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Tina Gayle
29 Claudine's Sweet Treats
30 Author Spotlight: Our Men and Women in Uniform
This month is our salute to those brave men and women who serve their country and protect us with their very lives. We love and appreciate each and every one of you. Readers, spend the day with Coffee Time Romance, Wednesday, July 30, and get a peek at the newest and best romantic fiction that celebrates our finest military heroes.
31 Coffee, Books, and a Blog with Renee Rocco
Have you ever wanted to know more about our lovely Coffee Crew? Check out their staffer pages here. Surviving our crazy little group is a major accomplishment (grin) so a big hand to these survivors who have amazingly enough have stuck around through all of the fun LOL
Happy anniversaries to these poor souls who were trapped in the Coffee Crew and just can't get out (evil laugh)
Little Latte’s Readers Rule Series - Rule No. 6
Rule #6 is themed:
Coffee Time Romance & More’s Great Introduction
And it is an absolute must for the avid reader. You see - we like things personal. A place to find out more about an author. Not just what can be found between the pages of a novel but the little quirky things that make them human.
Let me explain.
Some know I have a passion for puppies and most notably pugs. Why pugs? Because they prefer people over anything else although some could be forgiven in thinking food is their main passion. In fact, I truly believe that they are called pugs because the word “pigs" was already taken. Still…it messes with my little darling when I’m not around and believe it or not, food can be dismissed in search for me. But my presence, or lack thereof, cannot.
My point? You just found out something personal about me. I love dogs, I love smart dogs, and I need to be needed. Does that make you want to read a book I’ve written? Not necessarily but it certainly gives you the information to decide as authors pretty much write with a bit of themselves bleeding through the ink.
This is what Coffee Time Romance & More delivers to readers. A way to make it personal. How?
And man do they get lively. You’ll learn so much about the author and each other that you’ll either fall in love with the personalities on display and style or know exactly where NOT to waste your time. Either way, Coffee Time’s Live Chats are fun and exciting ways to discover new things and new people.
PLUS - Coffee Time has made it possible for readers to connect in a couple of ways.
The first one is our Live Chat interaction here
The other is on The Mocha Milieu’s Facebook page here
Both are a great time and more frequently than not…quite a few prizes are given out.
We hope you’ve found this informative and thank you for tuning in.
We’ll see you next month for Readers Rule - Rule #7
Publisher & Author News
Twenty or Less Press
Twenty or Less Press is pleased to announce it will re-open to erotic submissions for release under its Sybarite Seductions imprint with a specific interest in historicals--especially ones set in the Victorian, non-Regency, Greco-Roman, Viking, and United States--and erotic horror.
Additionally, we are launching a new sweets line, TOLP Sweets, which will be home to our growing children's line as well as YA and romance stories with a focus on positive, uplifting plots. In addition to excluding stories with depraved or illegal acts, extreme violence, excessive gore, and unnecessary profanity, TOLP Sweets will not consider stories with explicit sexual content. TOLP Sweets is not an inspirational line, though we will consider stories with spiritual aspects. We are specifically looking for stories with strong multicultural elements as well as holiday-focused stories.
Have a fiction manuscript that isn't quite sweet enough for TOLP Sweets and definitely not hot enough for Sybarite Seductions? That's okay, too. We're open to all fiction genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and women's fiction. As a boutique publisher, Twenty or Less Press is looking to build long-term relationships. If you’re an author wanting highly-specialized guidance and a one-on-one relationship, then we just might be the house for you. So dust off those old manuscripts or ones that have been rejected by other houses and send it to us for a second opinion.
We accept submissions of short stories (20,000 words or less) and novella and novel length (20,001 words to 90,000 words).
J Ellen Smith (publisher) and Cassiel Knight (senior editor) will be at the RNC convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 9-13. Be sure to drop by the Champagne Book Group social and say hello! If you're an author with a book to pitch and would like to set up an appointment, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org , or catch us at the convention, and we'll be happy to make arrangements to talk with you about your work.
Waxing Deadly by Charles Pero is now available in audio format. Look for it exclusively on Audible.com. Amazon.com and iTunes. Haven by Celia Breslin finaled in Best First Book category of the Holt Medallion contest. Congratulations on a job well done! Click here
New home for our weekly Flash Fiction Challenge: http://changelingpress.wordpress.com/
New Readers' site -- Changeling Bar and Grill has a new home:
We are always open for submissons; however, we’re reading for anthologies with the information here
OPEN CALLS FOR ANTHOLOGIES
Our anthology calls are a great place to get your feet wet with a short story, or to explore a theme without committing to a full novella or novel. For all anthology calls, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about the chosen monthly theme. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!
Please send your 10,000 - 20,000 word submissions to email@example.com with the title of the theme (ie: Torqued Tales) and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Each theme has a title and due date listed on the individual call.
OCTOBER 2014 -- ETERNALLY DARK -- DEADLINE JULY 15
All vampires are creatures of darkness, but these have a twist: they're forced to endure an existence of literal, as well as spiritual, darkness. Blind vamps use all of their other senses, including their sixth sense, to find both lovers and prey. Our Eternally Dark anthology will feature fully realized, romantic, stories about blind vampires. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2014.
NOVEMBER 2014 -- PUNK'D -- DEADLINE AUGUST 15
Whether we're taking high tea in a dirigible over London, chasing exotic werebeasts through the jungles of Darkest Africa, or pitting Continental mechanical know-how against the New World's sharp-shootin' cowboys -- steampunk, gaslamp, and clockpunk stories really crank our gears! The Punk'd anthology will feature fully realized, romantic gay (m/m) stories about life and love in the steampunk (and related) genres. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2014.
DECEMBER 2014 -- SANTA'S LITTLE KINKSTERS -- DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15
We're hoping to fill our stockings this holiday season with stories as kinky as the curls in Santa's beard. Does the heat of a good spanking keep the winter chills at bay? Does practice tying up a sub help when it comes time to put garlands on the tree or ribbon on presents? Do the reindeer sometimes misbehave just so they can get a lick of the whip -- and what do those elves do while Santa's out delivering toys, anyway? Send us your fully realized, romantic m/m stories of holiday kink for our Santa's Little Kinksters anthology. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2014.
LESSONS IN LOVE CHARITY SIP BLITZ -- DEADLINE JULY 1
Every year, the generous authors at Torquere write stories and donate the proceeds of these shorts to charity, with Torquere matching each donation. We call it the charity sip blitz, and this year, our charity is the Point Foundation.
From their website:
The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
We're looking for fully realized GLBTQ stories that relate to academics, school, university and learning. We're a romance publisher, so give us a good love story, on that will make the reader fall in love with the characters and root for them. If you're going to have sexual situations, even on the sweeter side, please make your protagonists eighteen or older. While we are accepting Prizm young adult submissions on this call, we are representing an organization that caters to students, and we need to make sure our content is age-appropriate. Feel free to surprise us with non-traditional students, alternative learning, and teachers or students of more than just English, Math and Science!
All submissions must be received by July 1, 2014 for a mid-September release. Earlier is better. Word count can range from 3000-8000 words. Longer will be considered, but please query first to help us accommodate our editing schedule! Please see our general submission guidelines for formatting requirements. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with Charity Sip Blitz Adult or Charity Sip Blitz Prizm in the subject line.
TALES OF LEATHER
Like your short stories with a little bondage, dominance, spanking, or submission? So do we! In fact, we like BDSM play stories so much that we're giving them their own category. Tales of Leather will be guaranteed to bring on all the hot BDSM action that readers crave. We're looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 50,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.
- GLBT stories -- f/f, m/m, m/m/f
- 10,000 words and up
- standard royalty rates apply
- exclusive electronic 2 year contract
For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware email@example.com
Please put "Tales of Leather" in the subject line of all emails.
Follow our general guidelines.
SPICE IT UP
Who doesn't need a little spice in their life? The Spice it Up line has openings starting in January 2012. Stories need to be inspired by a spice or herb, or the spice must feature prominently in the story. To see what spices have already been used, see our bookstore at www.torquerebooks.com. Spices may be duplicated, but all stories must be original in theme and content. We're looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 30,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer's guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.
- GLBT stories -- f/f, m/m, m/m/f
- 10,000 words and up
- standard royalty rates apply
- exclusive electronic 2 year contract
For queries or submissions, contact senior editor Lorna Hinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put "Spice It Up" in the subject line of all emails.
Follow our general guidelines