Monday, March 10, 2014

...GROWN ASS MEN?
*skids in on two wheels, brakes screeching*
I made it! Have you ever had a week go completely tip-tilted all at once? Welcome to my last week. ANYWHO... Who's ready for some Grown Ass Men?


Not whiny teens, not 'troubled' twentysomethings... I'm talking about real men with real jobs, taking care of their own lives. They may have some issues, but they're confident and capable. Sound like someone you know?

Yeah, yeah... I know those angst-ridded pups can be interesting sometimes, but what real woman has time for the antics they pull in so many books? In real life, how many of us would stick with a mysoginist, superior ass? No one's got time for that! A lot of my Omnific sisters felt the same, so we came up with this tour celebrating  the REAL men in our lives (and our books). Take a look at each of these blogs, and bask in the radiance of the Grown Ass Man:

Amber Belldene, author of the Blood Vine Series
Autumn Markus, author of The Art of Appreciation
Feather Stone, author of The Guardian's Wildchild
Jennifer Lane, author of the CONduct Series
Julianna Keyes, author of Just Once
Nicki Elson, author of Divine Temptation 
Rachel Brimble, author of 16 Marsden Place

What constitutes real grown-up love? Someone who holds down a job, even when it's not fun? Maybe it's taking you seriously, as an adult. Respecting your job. Taking responsibility every day for keeping love alive. My friend Sue defines it as making coffee each and every morning, in order that the children might live another day (lol). My own definition would have to include a man (or woman) who is supportive of your accomplishments, and celebrates your successes without being threatened by them. Someone who spends time with the children they helped create without calling it 'babysitting'. And laughter. Always laughter, even during 'those' times (Have you ever noticed that schmexytimes in so many books are always DEADLY SERIOUS? How much fun is THAT? If you can't laugh with the one you're intimate with, what the heck is the point?)

So here's my question for you: how do you define love with a Grown Ass Man? Leave a comment and have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate! Go to the Omnific Publishing blog to enter.

AND...

Because I'm so late getting this info posted, Imma give you a chance to win the last signed paperback copy of THE ART OF APPRECIATION, the book about my own Grown Ass Man! Matt's a sculptor, a surfer, and supremely grown up--have a read and let me know what you think of him :)

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Now, if I can only figure out why last night I dreamed about traveling to Paris with the in-laws, and why no one wanted to see anything but a tree that had been peed behind "over 15,000 times", and why Ricky Schroeder was redecorating my house by throwing out everything and replacing it with huge tapestries... whatever I ate last night to cause that trainwreck of a dream was just WRONG...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

... Happy Days?


Hope you've all had a wonderful holiday! Enjoy your evening, be safe, and remember to tell those you love how you feel.

In that light, I want to thank everyone who's bought, read, and reviewed THE ART OF APPRECIATION. Y'all made my month!

I have an urge to share an outtake from near the end of the story :) Enjoy "Abby's Dream", & come back next week for more outtakes (Wanna know just how serious things between Abby and Jason got? *fans self*) and a few giveaways.

ABBY'S DREAM:



Pounding startled Abby from her thin sleep. She bolted upright, sending her phone and the remote skittering across the floor, and looked wildly around the room. Her eyes jerked to the front door as the racket started again.
“What the hell…” She shoved aside the afghan that was cutting the October coolness. She swung her feet to the floor as the pounding recommenced.  “I’m coming, damn it,” she barked, stomping to the door and only realizing when it was swinging open that she’d not even checked the peephole.
Her sleepy brain had only time enough to register the size and shape of a man before she was swept up in strong arms. The door crashed shut as a booted foot kicked the wood.
“Pretty…”
Matt’s sigh into her hair was warm and familiar against the top of her head, and Abby didn’t hesitate to wrap her arms around him, clutching the thin material of his Hawaiian shirt in her fisted hands as she buried her face in his chest.  “Matt?” she whispered, trying to wrap her mind around the thought that he was here, in her living room, in her arms.  “What-? I thought… Christmas-”
Matt loosened his hold on her, but moved back only enough to gently tip her head back with the knuckle of his forefinger. “Sshh…,” he murmured. His eyes gleamed as he smiled down at her. “We can talk later.” His smooth hand glided down the rough wool of her sweater, tracing the lines of her body beneath. “I’ve missed you.”
She moved away from him with a gasp, gulping air as his lips traced a path from her mouth to the hollow of her throat.  Her fingers frantically tugged at the buttons of his shirt, laying it open so she could feel his skin beneath her palms. Matt lowered her feet to the floor so he could tug her sweater over her head.
She pushed the bright cloth off of his shoulders and they stood looking at each other. Abby felt tears rise to film her vision. “I’ve missed you so much, Matt.” Her voice quavered, and the bright shine of desire in his eyes softened. “Why didn’t you tell me you were coming? We have so much to talk about--”
“Later,” Matt said. He lifted her up and groaned with pleasure as she buried her hands in his auburn hair. “We have forever to talk.” He buried his face in her hair at her neck.
A faint warning bell rang in Abby’s mind. She pushed ineffectually against his shoulders. “Wait-” She gasped when one of his hands slid beneath the waistband of her flannel pants and cupped her bum. “Matt—what about Baker’s statues? Are you finished?”
“Doesn’t matter,” Matt said. His hand slid lower, between her legs. “What matters is this.” He kissed her fiercely. “And this.” He cupped her breast and squeezed the tender tip. “And this. This is what matters.”
Giving in to the temptation he offered, Abby jerked him toward her and pressed her mouth to his, tracing the breadth of his shoulders and the smooth skin of his chest with her fingertips.  Matt responded in kind, his hands and mouth alternately rough and eager.
Abby didn’t realize that they’d left the living room until she felt the springiness of mattress beneath her body. She felt the warm weight of the backs of his fingers as he ran them from her shoulder to her thigh, lingering at the curves of breast and hip.
"This..." he murmured, his voice rough, "...this is what I've been waiting for."
Abby lost herself in the sensation of skin on skin, feeling each touch as if an electric current was running directly to her nerves. The sensation was exquisite when she lowered herself on to him as he knelt on the bed.  Matt gripped her hips tightly, resting his head against her chest as he concentrated on raising himself up to meet her slow grind. Abby opened her eyes and smiled down at his wavy red hair…
Wait.
What?
The warning chimes in her head became sirens; she cupped his face, trying to raise his eyes to hers. “Matt?”
“Wait, Pretty,” he growled. “You’re almost there.”
Abby’s body stopped its headlong rush toward ecstasy. “Matt? Why won’t you look at me?”
“It doesn’t matter, Pretty. This is what you really want.”
Abby shoved at his shoulders, shuddering at their pallor. “Abby. Call me Abby,” she said. He laughed softly.
She heard banging in the next room, and cried out when it was Conor’s face that looked up from between her breasts at the sound. “Pretty is good enough for me,” he said.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday, December 16, 2013

THE ART OF APPRECIATION 12/17! Book Tour starts today!

... THE ART OF APPRECIATION?!!


So, it's been a while since I posted, but it's only because I've been getting ready for tomorrow. 

Oh, and getting ready for this. I'M TOTALLY FINISHED (Totally not. I'm such a a liar).
My second full-length novel, The Art Of Appreciation, will be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and by order from your local book seller in 12/17--TOMORROW!

Wouldn't this look GREAT when someone unwraps it this Christmas?


Can't you see yourself on the beach this Christmas, laying back with a cool, fruity drink and ogling surfers and other sand and surf lovers? Sure you can! 

That's totally me (It's totally not. But *sigh*)



The lovely ladies of Literati Author Services will be hosting a book tour from today through the December 22nd, so drop on by and take a look at their website or Facebook page. And keep an eye out later today on my Facebook and Twitter (@AutumnMarkus) for pictures of a Christmas swag pack YOU can win!

Also, hurry over to Goodreads for your last chance to enter to win a free copy :)

To get you in the mood, here's a synopsis. Let me know what you think!

Synopsis:

Abby Reynolds is burned out.

Since clawing her way into a great position at a Boston museum, she’s been saddled with a scheming intern and a nagging boss. She’s scuttled her own painting dreams, her cat refuses to be box trained, and now the most boring man on the eastern seaboard just told her, “It’s not you, it’s me."

Her bestie Sarah offers a much-needed escape: a summer of sand, sea, and younger men in Santa Cruz...

Hot young bike racer Jason is sexy, unattached, and completely ready to spend a summer in uncomplicated flirtation. Since Abby has decided love is off the table, he seems like the perfect match.

Then she meets Matt. Sculptor, surfer (and age appropriate), he’s everything she gave up wanting and then some. He’s a grown-ass man with his own life issues: does he want to sculpt for love or for profit? What about that twentysomething model who's always clinging to him? Is he ready to let a woman invade his Fortress of Solitude?

Abby has to decide whether she’s satisfied with leaving behind the idea of Mr. Right and settling for Mr. Right Now.


Grown up love. It’s complicated.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

... HORROR AND ATTRACTION?
First things first: congrats to those going on to the next round of the Men of Omnific Book Boyfriend Smackdown, and thanks to all of those who voted for Nicholas and Matt. Hey, we knew they were lovers, not fighters, right?
And we like the lovers,don't we, ladies?

Next round voting starts today at Love Between The Sheets.











NOW TO THE GOOD STUFF!

It's October, home of my favorite holiday. Y'all know how much I loves zombies and all things scary and geeky. So let's talk about horror and romance (or at least attraction).

Horror in books and films has always been heavily about sex. Whether it's the teens getting slashed because they dared to take their clothes off :
Even Kevin Bacon bought it because he got nekkid

Don't exactly inspire an 'O' face, do they?

or Dracula's Weird Sisters going down on Jonathan Harker (Don't remember that? Well, it was totally implied--look it up!),

sex infuses many horror stories.














Right now, we're having a run on Zombie Romance (HUGE PLUG: Take a look at Tara Shanley's new one, LOVE IN THE TIME OF THE DEAD!)


But nowhere are sex and death so intertwined than in vampire fiction. I'm not talking just sparking, moony vamps (though, do we ever love them, apparently) , but real, "I DON'T LOVE YOU AT ALL. I JUST WANT TO KILL YOU" vampires.

Post-Twilight, there's been a run of paranormal vampire romances. If I had to choose a horse in this race, J.R. Ward's BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD fellas would win, hands down.

My Zsadist. SSH! Going to my Happy Place...

But when I was a teen (and dinosaurs roamed the earth), the absolute pinnacle of the sexy vamp was Chris Sarandon in Fright Night. He was handsome, smooth, GQ-d out
I still get the vapours over him
I couldn't do the bat thing. JUST. COULDN'T.

(when he wasn't that freaky bat thing)...


 I gotta tell you, for girls in 1985, he was the shit.
 

I would have let him bite me. Anywhere. Anytime.

So, do you have a favorite movie or book that had you fanning yourself, even as it creeped you out?



Monday, September 30, 2013

...WINNING?!

HERE IT IS! The one you were waiting for...


ALRIGHTY, FOLKS! Let's get to smacking down!  First round begins TODAY!

In this corner, fighting in the category "Smart Ass and Enigmatic":
Nicholas Cooper (Cocktails & Dreams)


This 27 year old med student at UC Davis is a wild card. Calm, cool, and collected most of the time, but you never know what might set him off--he's a fighter! He left a job as an EMT to return to med school, is fiercely loyal to his friends, and passionate about the woman he loves. Can you ask for anything more? Nick is repped by Just Booked--visit them to enter to win an e-book, then go to Love Between the Sheets to vote! 









In this corner, fighting in the category "Swoony and Sensitive":
Matt Clarke (The Art of Appreciation--coming soon!)

Matt's a grown-ass man; he's 38, a successful sculptor and passionate surfer. He's laid-back, confident, and strong. He's self-protective, though...a loss in his past has made him wary of commitment; his Fortress of Solitude remains inviolate...until someone starts breaking down those walls we all build around our hearts as we get older.What does it take to bring Superman low? You'll have to go to All Romance Reviews to find out and enter to win an e-book! Then go to Love Between the Sheets to vote!







What's in it for you?
-A chance to win e-books every time you vote
-one Grand Prize: a $200 Amazon gift card
-bragging rights when your boy wins!
 It's a win/win situation!  

  My boys need your votes! They're lovers AND fighters, though, and don't mind being underdogs :) First round voting: 9/30-10/2

ENOUGH TALKING NOW!


**DING! DING!**

LET THE SMACKDOWN BEGIN! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

...BlogFest 2013?

It's that time of year again!
 

A Journey Of Books is once again hosting BlogFest. There isn't a better time to explore new blogs than this one, because it comes with lots of potential goodies attached--YAY! Each of the hundreds of blogs participating has an awesome prize on offer: will you win a book? Jewelery? Gift cards, or bookmarks, or note pads, or... well, the sky's the limit on this swag! 

I'm a writer of romantic, smoochy books, an unrepentant geek, and a thoroughly nice fellow. 

This year, I'm offering two raffles: first, a digital copy of my book, Cocktails & Dreams.


 It's a story of a guy, a girl, a wild night, and a question: Does a modern romance stand a chance when it started somewhere in the middle?














My next book, The Art of Appreciation, won't be out until December, but I'm so excited that I want to raffle something for it, too!


When her two-year relationship fizzles out, Abby DeSmet is done with love. She takes advantage of her vacation to escape to Santa Cruz California with her best friend. They're determined to do new things, eat new foods, meet new people, do new people... And then she meets Matt. Sculptor, surfer, and fellow veteran of the Relationship Wars, he's easy, breezy, and not looking for forever. And maybe that's okay, because twentysomething Jason is ready for anything. Throw in bikers, models, and fortune tellers, and there's no telling what might happen!

I love this story so much that I can't wait to share it! Until then, I can share a necklace: silver seashell, anyone?
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Now, take a look at a few other of the great blogs in BlogFest2013!
Felicia Rogers
Dianne Hartsock
Gemma Parkes Living and Loving
Diva's Bookcase
Bibliophilia, Please

Thursday, September 19, 2013

...SMACKDOWNS?


So, you know how you heard from EVERYONE that women are the fairer, shyer sex?
*photo courtesy of Lacetoleather*



And wasn't it a total SHOCK when "that nasty book" became a HUGE hit?
Never actually read it, but I'm assuming :)



Or maybe you heard about how women are gentle and loving, and think it's what's inside that counts?
He's so sweet! And good with the kids!


PFFFT! As if!



For your delight and edumacation, two lovely ladies of Omnific, Jennifer DeLucy and Lisa Sanchez, have dreamed up the blog challenge of the season: THE MEN OF OMNIFIC BOOK BOYFRIEND SMACKDOWN!  With the generous help of Love Between the Sheets, IT IS ON.

Imma tell y'all how this is gonna work:  

Starting September 30, each Man of Omnific who was signed up by their author will be sponsored by a different blog. Each Man will complete at the beginning in his own 'weight class' (Do you like your men Alpha and Protective? Smart-assed and Enigmatic? Broody and Broken? Swoony and Sensitive?). The man with the most votes in his class will move on up, until there is one man standing on October 14 :

THE ULTIMATE BOOK BOYFRIEND!

Participants will be eligible to win e-books from each blog, and there's a gigantic Omnific Swag Pack, including a $200 Amazon gift card, just waiting for the ultimate fan. Can it get better?

I'll be fielding two contenders: Nicholas Cooper, from Cocktails & Dreams:  
Isn't he pretty? He's Smart-assed and enigmatic, too ;)



And Matt Clarke, from my upcoming book, The Art of Appreciation:
Swoony, yes? Smart and funny, too!
 These are my boys! Real smart, pretty funny, a little moody (well, Nicholas is), and ready to take on all competition. Look out, Lance Cummings (All American Girl-Justine Dell) and Grant Madsen (The CONduct series-Jennifer Lane)--WE'RE COMING FOR YOU FIRST!