Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Sizzlin' GOODREAD. . .

Mello & June is too excited to introduce to you a new line of authors from and also from the Romance group called Some Like it Hot!, who have agreed to partner with us to bring you the best of the best romance, heat, sex and spice!  Is love in the air?  You bet your G-string it is!  This new segment we're hosting is entitled Weekend's Book Affair!  And what an affair it is going to be!  September is sizzlin' baby, and we're going to give you a mind blowing experience like you've never had it before!
If you love erotica, you're in for a special treat!  So, get the kids out of the way, sit back and relax.  This is your "Me Time!"  Have your downloading fingers ready to go!  We hope you enjoy our selections!  Without further ado, drum roll please--It's Showtime!

 PRESENTS Authors Sasha S and Elizabeth Hayley
Alex Darling is one of my "mild" erotica. It is a story about a young writer (Alex Darling) who falls in love with a girl, Emily Rose. Upon finding out that Emily is a bit too adventurous with men, he decides to help her change her ways. Using his vivid imagination, he takes on the character of a masked assailant, with the goal of teaching Emily a lesson. The moment he puts on the mask, however, he loses control.  Soon, he is fighting a battle with himself, as his alter ego starts to take over. The situation intensifies when Emily begins to take interest in him - the real him, not the masked stranger.



I am a scientist and lawyer by profession, artist by passion. I have been writing all my life and have won recognition and awards for my short stories and poems. I wrote my first book in 2010. Since then, I have written and self-published five other books. All my erotica is published under a pseudonym, Sasha S. It features strong scenes, BDSM and above all, romance - because I am a romantic at heart! 



ADULT CONTENT - Only Suitable for 17+.

As a sexy ex-hockey player, Max was the bad boy with something to prove. As a handsome single father, Adam was the man most women wait a lifetime for. Each man would take me on a journey of self-discovery that was marred with lies, jealousy, deceit, and a whole lot of fun. They each offered a glimpse of happily ever after, a piece of perfect. But in my constant quest to have it all, I would risk losing everything. Only one thing was certain. I’d never be the same after this.

Book Boyfriends:
Book boyfriends are a dime a dozen. But fictional loves of your life aren’t. Max and Adam, from Elizabeth Hayley’s debut novel Pieces of Perfect, are the guys every woman dreams of falling in love with. Adam will move you with his kind sensibility, his sensual nature, and his fierce protectiveness. And he strips for his girl, ladies! There’s no beating that. Max is the bad boy your mother warned you about. A sexy as sin professional athlete who longs to be tamed by the woman who owns his heart. They both want Lily, but she faces the same problem you will: which one does she love more? Good luck in your quest to choose just one.

SPECIAL OFFER:  All This Week, Elizabeth Hayley are offering their novel on download sale for $1.49.  So please take advantage of this very nice offer!  The buy links are listed after the Author interview section!  With the weather turning cooler, this novel is sure to heat you up!  What are YOU waiting for?  Download this WEEK!


Elizabeth Hayley is actually "Elizabeth" and "Hayley," two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin). They are currently working on a novel centered around Lily’s roommate Amanda, and have plans to resume Lily’s story in a sequel to Pieces of Perfect. "Elizabeth" lives with her husband, one and a half year old daughter and nut-job of a dog. “Hayley” lives with her husband and her own crazy dog. They are hoping to adopt a newborn soon. Elizabeth Hayley's writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: "I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind." 

1. How long does it generally take for you to write your stories? Who decides on the subject, etc.?

We are surprisingly fast writers when we want to be. We wrote our first novel Pieces of Perfect in about two months from start to finish. Our second book Sex Snob, which hasn’t been released yet, took about the same amount of time. It definitely helps that we are two people, though. If one of us gets writer’s block, the other can usually come up with some good ideas or another way to say something. We write on Google Drive, so that simplifies the editing process. We just keep responding to each other’s suggestions/comments and change things until it seems as good as we can get it. Then we go back when we are finished the book and revise on a hard copy. Because there are two of us, one person is almost always doing some sort of writing or revising, so there is very little time wasted. This is ironic because one of our favorite pastimes is wasting time (at least if you ask our husbands).

We both kind of decide what we plan to write. We like to map out the book one section and break up who writes what scene. Many times it’s a toss up between whether we’d like to write something or get to read it when the other person writes it.

2. What is it like writing together? Do you have big ole fights, or is it very kumbaya?

Oh my God, writing together is so much fun!!! We love to read what the other has written. It’s the best of both worlds. We get to experience the satisfaction that comes with creating our own scenes and spins on different characters, but we also get to read parts of a good book that we haven’t written ourselves.

We don’t really “fight” about anything. We definitely have disagreements about how certain scenes should play out or the overall plot, or who Lily should end up with in the sequel (we finally agreed, but our lips are sealed), but we never fight seriously about anything.

3. As an author myself, I know the importance of what I want my readers to come away with in my message, so ladies, why is being an author important to you?

Well, the obvious reason is that eventually we’d like to quit our day jobs. Now it feels like we have two full-time jobs--which we kind of do. Actually three if you count the fact that Elizabeth has a one and a half year old daughter and Hayley is about to adopt a newborn soon.

Honestly, we’ve always wanted to be writers. But until we found each other, we were never able to write much that seemed worthy of being published. We love the feeling that comes with reading a really good book and wishing it wouldn’t end. And of course we love finding new book boyfriends and feeling like the characters are real. So it is a huge compliment when readers say they feel like the characters are real people and they can’t decide between Max and Adam. Some people have said that the book gave them a new perspective relationships. That definitely makes us feel good because we never expected that.

4. When you’re not writing, how does the Elizabeth Hayley duo like to relax?

Well, we honestly don’t have a whole lot of free time, but we both like to spend time with friends and family. And of course, we love to read. Elizabeth reads to an obsessive degree. She can read a book every other day or so, which is completely psychotic but also very impressive. Hayley also loves reading, but her addiction is more of a “one-clicking” nature. She tends to start books and not finish them unless they really capture her interest. We also have some guilty pleasures when it comes to TV, including almost all reality shows. The further it is from actual reality, the more we will probably enjoy it! So we are always looking for new suggestions.

5. Do you think self-publishing has hurt the writing industry? 

This is a tricky question, because we self-published our first novel and plan to do the same for our second. So, we obviously see the benefits that come with authors’ ability to publish their own material. However (and this is a big however), we think self-publishing could be devastating for the writing industry.

We are all about the freedom of self-expression and we would never want to dissuade people from partaking in their passion. But, plain and simple, some people don’t have enough knowledge about the English language and its mechanics to write a well-written novel. And when books like this are made readily available, it begins to give rise to a culture that doesn’t see these things as mistakes. Our fear is that this creates a large portion of society who thinks grammar doesn’t matter, writing mechanics aren’t important, and style only applies to what they’re wearing.  

Everyone makes mistakes when they self-publish. We’re all going to miss things in our own work that an editor would probably catch. But when you don’t know how to use a comma or that “their” and “they’re” are not interchangeable, you should give a second thought to whether your book is ready for publishing. That may sound harsh, but we feel that failing to adhere to simple rules of the English language is not fair to the audience who pays to read your book. 

6. For the Indie Author struggling in the publishing world, what advice could you offer to help them along?

The one thing we wish we had known before publishing our first book would be how to promote it. Make friends with other authors on social media and help them out, put your book on sale for half price or cheaper every now and then and publicize the sale, send ARCs to bloggers ahead of the book release date so they can review it and help spread the word, and consider doing a cover reveal or blog tour. 

But the most important thing to do is to write an awesome book that makes people want to tell their friends to read it!

7. Are there any other genres you’d be interested in writing? If so, which ones and why?

We really do love writing romance, so we don’t see ourselves writing anything different anytime soon. However, we have tossed around the idea of writing a short farce based on contemporary romance novels. Think gorgeous twenty-five year old rock star (who owns a few companies) meets beautiful college virgin. She of course resists him at first, despite the fact that he is a trillionaire with a dirty mouth and a rock-hard body. You know the story . . . he takes her virginity (after very little convincing), reveals the fact that he accidentally murdered a man who turned out to be his biological father, tells her she’s his world over and over again, and 243 orgasms later they live happily ever after. Well, maybe not exactly like that, but you get the idea.

8. What do you think is the key to longevity in this business?

Well, we are new authors, so we are definitely not the experts on this subject. If we had to guess, we would say don’t be afraid to write what you want to write the way you want to write it. In other words, be yourself, discover your own style, and don’t be afraid to break the mold of what is standard in your chosen genre. And most importantly, keep writing!!!
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