Sunday, September 21, 2014

Featured Muse It Hot Author - Thomas Briar: A Lost Love Returns

Hi there. My name is Thomas Briar. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to drop by the MuseItHOT Blog to visit with me. I really appreciate it.

Today I'd like to introduce my latest MuseItHOT release titled A LostLove Returns. It's an M/F contemporary erotic romance short story about a young woman reconnecting with the former love of her life.

You see, Clarissa once loved Jake more than life itself. He and their romantic relationship meant everything to her. This had been three years ago, before he'd abruptly abandoned her after getting a mysterious phone call in the middle of night. To make his return more poignant for Clarissa, she hasn't heard a word from him – didn't even know he was still alive – until he suddenly shows back up at their favorite sidewalk café.

So, one might say she's justified in taking great pleasure in telling him that she's engaged to someone else now and will be getting married in three weeks. Of course, he already knows this because he's been keeping tabs on her during his self-imposed exile.

Yep, life doesn't always provide people with the easiest of choices. Each person must do whatever they have to do to protect their loved ones. Then they have to live with the consequences of their decisions. Yes Sir, Yes Ma'am, circumstances can be really unfair sometimes, as they were with Jake and Clarissa.

However, now that he's returned, Jake isn't the type of guy to let anything, least of all Clarissa's resentment toward him, stand in the way of what he wants. Oh no. He's determined to win Clarissa back by fulfilling a promise he once made to her. And he will do this in spectacular fashion.

The only question is: will it work? Can his grand romantic gesture make her see that he has pined for her same as she has pined for him during their separation? Or will she choose to go forward in life without him?

Now, if I've managed to pique your curiosity in A Lost Love Returns, then please read the excerpt below or simply click on the cover for more details.
Thanks again for visiting with me!  

Clarissa looked up from her espresso to suffer a shock of disbelief. She blinked several times, thinking her eyes must be deceiving her.  It couldn't be him. It just couldn't be.

Yet, there he sat three tables away from herthe lost love of her lifehaving returned to Key West and their favorite sidewalk café from…? She honestly couldn’t say because she didn't know where he'd disappeared to or the reason behind his sudden abandonment of her three years ago.

She trembled in the warm morning air as a plethora of emotions assaulted her beleaguered mind in quick succession: anxiety, intrigue, longing, regret, anguish, love, sorrow, and finally…indignation.

With every passing second that she resisted the tremendous urge to get up from her seat and walk over to make her presence known, the more equilibrium she regained. She could not, would not, go to him. At twenty-five years of age, with more life experience than most women her age, she knew all about the virtues of having patience.

To help sustain her resolve, she looked up at the clear blue sky, the other patrons enjoying their morning coffee, a lone car coming down the street, the group of retirees huffing along the sidewalk for exercise, everywhere except at him.

When she couldn't take the suspense any longer, her gaze returned to her former lover. He remained sitting there all alone, head tilted down as he texted on his cellphone.  He looked pretty much the same as she remembered.

In fact, he still parted his dark, wavy hair on the left side, although it was now cut short. He was very tan and his clean shaven, angular face still matched his lean muscular body perfectly. The board shorts, T-shirt, and sneakers he wore lent an impression of youthful vitality. Yeah, his early thirties looked really good on him.

In comparison, she hadn't changed much either, although she now colored her curly blond hair a soft light brown. She'd also grown it out to mid-way her back but still kept it cut around her oval face. She thought this hairdo best suited her voluptuous, hourglass figure. And the pants suit with heels she wore today fit her better than the tank tops, cut-off shorts, and flip-flops ever had.

As she continued staring at him and obsessing over his reappearance, she couldn’t help remembering how safe she'd felt within his strong embrace…how lucky she'd believed she had been at finally having met a man to share her whole heart with…how well their bodies had fit together…and lastly, of how much soul-connecting lovemaking they'd indulged in. What had gone so wrong for him to abandon her without an explanation? And why had he suddenly turned up again?

Under her patient gaze, it became inevitable that he would eventually look up and see her. The moment it happened, his blue eyes widened, his face went slack, and then he mouthed her name in silent recognition. She only stared back at his stunned expression, trying her best to hide her own inner turmoil.

He promptly got up and came over. In a deeply masculine voice, he said, "Hello, Clarissa. I was hoping I'd run into you here. May I sit with you?"

She stared up into his pale blue eyes, melting a little on inside. But still, she somehow held onto enough of her composure to say, "I don't know, Jake. You'll probably disappear on me if I turn my back for a second. So maybe you shouldn't."

"I have a very good explanation for my disappearance." He pulled out the patio chair across from her and sat without permission.

"Men always do, don't they?" She'd looked across the street at an elderly couple walking along holding hands. An old scar burst open inside her heart. She'd once envisioned Jake and her growing old together.

"I went away because"

"Don't care to hear it." She cut him off, wanting to hurt him like he'd hurt her. She kept looking at the old couple while absently twisting her coffee cup around and around. "Besides, I'm getting along just fine without you. In fact, have you heard the news? I'm getting married in three weeks."

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Thomas Briar strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every erotic story he creates. He also loves writing the kind of erotica that stretches the traditional boundaries of the genre.

Book Review – 

A Lost Love Returns
Author: Thomas Briar
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance Short Story

First Line: Clarissa looked up from her expresso to suffer a shock of disbelief.

Clarissa lost the love of her life when he mysteriously disappeared. Everything changed for her in the three years after he vanished.

Jake is a dreamer and treasure hunter. He and his brother specialize in sunken ships, until something happens to shift his life forever.

Mr. Briar’s books are always packed with something new and bold, mixed with a couple twists for good measure. The title is perfect for the story—a splendid shorty with some sizzling hot tossed in and a super special ending. I loved it! A quickie that packs a steamy punch of blaze and banter, and I found most satisfying…like all of Mr. Briar’s stories.

Reviewed by Kay Dee Royal 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Dark Months Erotic Sci-Fi

After the apocalypse, two women, Kim and Calla, have survived for years surrounded by a bleak wilderness. The last night before closing their home for the dark frozen months of winter, Calla finds a stranger lying face down in the snow…a man. She’d never seen a man.

Kim disapproves of rescuing him. He’ll only be dangerous trouble.

Calla’s curiosity peaks, and she hauls him into their house for the dark months.

Will he be a danger, or something much deeper?

The Dark Months by SJ Smith
A Wild Darkness Calls theme
Releasing July 25

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

#MIHBlog - Brent Archer - Exclusive Author Intro and Interview

Welcome Muse It Hot Readers ;) We are introducing our Muse It Hot authors and also asking a couple interview questions that might be fun to know about them. We’ll be sharing our MIH authors with you as often as we can…promise.

So, for today - please put your hands together for Muse It Hot Author, Brent Archer, who has written an erotic post WWIII romance tale for the Wild Darkness Calls themed call-out. An intriguing M/M love story – tagline: Shawn Templeton stumbles into Mark Jennings’ life. Can their budding romance survive in the wilds of Post WWIII Montana?  Check out Brent’s upcoming release for fall 2014 – Halfway Out of the Dark.  Let’s hear more about Brent…

Please tell our readers a little about yourself – 5 things most people don’t know about you; )

I grew up in Spokane, Washington, and left for university in Seattle at 18 to study Oceanography. I still graduated in four years, though with an International Studies degree specializing in former Yugoslavia with a history minor.

Then I worked as an actor, dancer, and accountant until I turned 38, when my cousins encouraged me to write. Half of my first cousins on my mother’s side of the family write romance and erotica, so it seemed natural for me to continue in the “family business.”

The first story I wrote and sent for consideration to a publisher got published.

My grandfather was the most incredible and inspiring person I’ve ever met, not letting blindness stop him from learning and achieving all his life. He taught me I could do anything I set my mind to.

I’ve traveled to four continents, and my goal before I die is to set foot on all seven.

Tell us about the genres you write and what or who inspired you to write it.

I love to write with travel in mind. I have a hunger to discover new places, and observe the people in those new places to find stories. Growing up on authors like Clive Cussler and Madeleine L’Engle, I’m inspired to write suspense and intrigue, and stories with strong family elements mixed with some adventure, and, of course, lots of hot sex!

What’s your favorite movie? Why?

This is a difficult question for me as I don’t see a lot of movies. The Lord of the Rings movies are some of my favorites, but then, I also love Letters to Juliet. I need a good story instead of a lot of special effects, and it seems a lot of movies these days are all about the CGI and how big the explosions can be.

What’s your favorite TV series? Why?

Doctor Who. I’ve been addicted since I was 8 years old, and love the continuing story lines and limitless possibilities that time and space travel offer for a good story.

Where would you like to go for a week with a group of friends and why?

I want to go to the Sidney Writer’s Festival in Sidney, Australia. I have a group of writers I’m tight with that are aching to go, and we think five crazy American romance writers Down Under would be a great inspiration for a story!

Tell us a few ways ideas have come to you.

I observe people and places, often wondering who someone is and what brought them there. I look at what they are carrying, their expressions, and the purpose of their walk. Sometimes places have stories locked inside them, and I get a sense of the scenes hidden from plain sight. Inspiration comes in the strangest of places sometimes, and I have to hurry to a computer or a notebook to write down the buds of the story before they blow away like the seeds of a dandelion.

Favorite Holiday?

Christmas. Hands down. Like my story, the Christmas season is halfway out of the dark of winter.

Favorite Male Movie star?

Benedict Cumberbatch

Favorite Female Movie star?

Vanessa Redgrave

Favorite author you read as a kid?

Madeleine L’Engle. I devoured her books as a young teen, and still go back to her on occasion. I also loved Clive Cussler for the adventure. That’s where the interest in Oceanography came from.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?  Least favorite?

I love getting lost in a good story and seeing where the characters take me. Many times I don’t have an outline, but just an initial idea. The least favorite part is the waiting to see whether or not a story is going to make it out into the world.

What’s your burning question for your readers?

What stories to you want to see? Is there a favorite place of yours I should visit and get inspiration to write a story?

List your links (website, FB, Twitter, Blog, etc.)

Brent Archer on Facebook
Twitter - @brentarcherwrit

Many of my current stories will be available in anthologies through Cleis Press in the summer and fall.

Halfway Out of the Dark

By Brent Archer

Release scheduled Fall 2014

Humanity decimated itself in a global war with over six billion dead. The survivors mostly gather into gleaming megacities. Mark Jennings chooses to stay away from the jungle of metal and glass, and instead lives a life of farming in a rustic cabin outside the ruins of Billings.
One dark, snowy, December night, Shawn Templeton, lost and freezing, stumbles into Mark’s life. The two men have a passionate few days, but Shawn decides to continue on his journey. He pleads with Mark to look him up in New Bismarck when he comes to trade his crops.
At the end of the following summer, Mark takes his produce to the megacity. He decides to look Shawn up, but when he goes to visit, Shawn’s young roommate, wrapped only in a towel, answers the door.
Heartbroken, Mark returns to his cabin, but winter has a surprise for him as he trudges home through the snow with his Christmas tree.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

#MIHBlog - Jo Fenn - Exclusive Author Intro and Interview

Welcome Muse It Hot Readers ;) We are introducing our Muse It Hot authors and also asking a couple interview questions that might be fun to know about them. We’ll be sharing our MIH authors with you as often as we can…promise.

So, for today - please put your hands together for Muse It Hot Author, Jo Fenn, who has written an erotic contemporary outdoor adventure tale for the Wild Darkness Calls themed call-out. Here’s a bit of her erotic nature adventure: In pursuit of ecological information, Professor Anderson becomes the prey of nature as she moves deeper into the Dark Forest. 

You’ll never look at hiking as a mere nature adventure after this one: )

Check out her upcoming release – The Dark Forest set to release Fall/Winter 2014: ) Let’s hear more about Jo…

Please tell our readers a little about yourself – 5 things most people don’t know about you; )

I was born in the backseat of a car.  Not really, but it felt like that since I moved more than twenty times within seven different states before I left home at age sixteen.

I worked at a lumber yard helping to build trusses the summer I was 12.  They didn’t hire girls so I passed as a boy.

I speak Spanish but can’t whistle.  It’s a serious handicap living in Mexico and not being able to whistle.

Cat and dog hair skeeves me.

When I was little I wanted to be a showgirl dancer or a firefighter when I grew up.

Tell us about the genres you write and what or who inspired you to write it.

I write erotica, contemporary fiction, memoir, and articles on environmental and social justice issues.  Moving so much as a child, I turned to books for entertainment and friendship.  I was often the outsider so developed a soft spot in my heart for those less fortunate (thus the social justice articles) and for our beleaguered planet.

Reading a well-crafted sentence moves me deeply and I strive to affect readers similarly with my words.

What’s your favorite movie? Why?

My mother was a movie buff and I must have seen Singing in the Rain twenty times with her.  I love the humor and the dancing in the story, plus sharing lines with my mom so I’ll select this one in her honor.

What’s your favorite TV series? Why?

Since I’ve never owned a TV, this would seem like a tough question to answer, but my friends have made sure I’ve seen quality shows over the years.  I like the British cooking series Two Fat Ladies for the settings, their humor, and the food.  The writing and character development in West Wing are exceptional and have been instructional for me as a writer.  And then there’s the classic Sex and the City which I like for the humor and insights around sex and relationships.

Where would you like to go for a week with a group of friends and why?

There are 840 species of birds in Costa Rica!  I’d love to go there with my bird watching buddies.

Tell us a few ways ideas have come to you.

I love watching people, especially unusual folks.  I do quick character sketches then later work those up, putting different types together in various scenarios.  Also, when I see someone who excites me, I imagine what it would be like with him or her and let the story evolve from there.

Favorite Holiday? 

Thanksgiving – I love cooking, eating, gathering with friends, and being thankful.

Favorite Male Movie star? 

Brian Dennehy

Favorite Female Movie star? 

Juliette Binoche

Favorite author you read as a kid?

Oh so many… Madeline L’Engle, Louisa May Alcott, Betty Smith, Beverly Cleary, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jane Austen, John D. MacDonald…

What’s your favorite thing about writing?  Least favorite?

Favorite – I love when I am able to observe something then capture it in words so that it comes to life for others.
Least – I’d have to agree with Meg Amor and say it’s writing the synopsis to a novel or story.  How is it possible to condense so much into a few paragraphs?

What’s your burning question for your readers?

What balance of sex versus story do you like?  Or, when does the background overtake the erotic nature of the story? 
What makes a sex scene one-handed reading for you? 

The Dark Forest  (Cover not available...yet:)

By Jo Fenn

College professor Bette Anderson hikes into the Dark Forest of central Arizona with the intention of doing reconnaissance work for her upcoming natural history field trip, but quickly realizes that she has become the object of study and pursuit. 

She sees signs that something unusual is happening that she can’t identify.  Her fear grows as she glimpses possibilities of a stalker, but she presses on chalking up her worries to an active imagination. 

The deeper she enters into the forest, the more she loses perspective while a summer storm churns and darkens the world around her. 

Bette’s priorities vacillate from gathering information to getting out safely with a pursuer hot on her trail…

Coming to you in the Fall/Winter 2014

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Monday, June 9, 2014

#MIHBlog - Michele Micheal Rakes - Author Intro and Interview

Welcome Muse It Hot Readers ;) We are introducing our Muse It Hot authors and also asking a couple interview questions that might be fun to know about them. We’ll be sharing our MIH authors with you as often as we can…promise.

So, for today - please put your hands together for Muse It Hot Author, Michele Rakes, who has written an erotic paranormal tale for the Wild Darkness Calls themed call-out. You’ll never think of vampires the same…who knew any of them had this kind of power over a human – Ms. Rakes created something every woman may like at one time or another – living inside a man’s body. How amazing does that sound?  Check out her upcoming release – Cold Darkness  set to release June 13, 2014: ) Let’s hear more about Michele…

Please tell our readers a little about yourself – 5 things most people don’t know about you; )

Well, I ride a Harley.

Carry on long conversations with an opinionated cat.

Laugh my ass off at the antics of my ferret, Teeny Tiny Ferret Feet.

I assist in the removal of body parts…anything from testicles to tonsils. A nice healthy testicle is all pink and be-speckled. Rather cute if you ask me.

I’m more comfortable around testosterone than estrogen. My body kicks back my own estrogen…it explains so much.

Oh, and I’m a soon-to-be grandma of a baby girl. Yeah, Aislinn, I outed you’re baby.

Tell us about the genres you write and what or who inspired you to write it.

I write some paranormal stuff. I’ve always had a love of werewolves, heavy metal, and vampires. I combined them for a, as yet finished, trilogy. That trilogy gave birth to Cold Darkness

I also write m/m romance, which is my main genre to write. I’m thinking about expanding into some gay romance YA. Just an idea I’m kicking around. 

I also write BDSM, which is a personal passion of mine, and I’ve written a novel surrounding the themes of BDSM, bisexuality, and polyamory.

What’s your favorite movie? Why?

I can’t narrow it down. There are so many to choose from, so in order of appearance in my life: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Always, The Crying Game, all the X-men movies and Wolverine movies (mainly for Wolverine…a fan of his comic for years. Loved him in Madripoor sans the yellow spandex. The eye patch was sexy, too.)

What’s your favorite TV series? Why?

So many: Firefly, Longmire, Big Bang Theory, Scandal was pretty good. Castle. Arrow (only cuz he was scarred and shirtless at least twice an episode).

Where would you like to go for a week with a group of friends and why?

Joss Whedon’s house. Looks like a fun place to be...not sure how he’d like it though. Maybe to Loki’s lair. He looks like a partier. Maybe not as much as Iron Man, but hey…we can bring along the big guy.

Tell us a few ways ideas have come to you.

Watching football. All that slap ass, man. Good stuff. All the testosterone and athleticism. Mostly I think about people and situations just wondering what would happen if I dropped them into the f**ked up worlds in my head.

Favorite Holiday?

Samhain and Yule…Beltain’s good too.

Favorite Male Movie star?

Hugh Jackman and Gary Oldman

Favorite Female Movie star?

Zoe Saldana

Favorite author you read as a kid?

Terry Brooks and Agatha Christie…some Stephen King. The Dancers of Arun by Elizabeth A. Lynn was my favorite book. Still is…it struck a chord with me when I was about eleven. Someday, I’ll get around to reading her other novels. Her stuff is out of print, but not impossible to find. Some of it in e-format on kindle/amazon.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?  Least favorite?

Least favorite thing is editing. Ah..God…hate editing. Deadlines…hate deadlines.

Now, my favorite thing about writing is spending time with my characters, trying to figure out what comes next, and how to make their lives richer. Out of their torment comes the prize, the love, the sex, the great toll and great reward. Let’s face it…writing it is fun and writing sex scenes is a lot of fun…but it’s the adventure and journey as much as the reward.

I like introducing characters who maybe aren’t on the same page…making them hate each other and then love each other. I like to get two people with differing personalities and let that spark be the catalyst for love and great sex. Often there is justice to be had, but sometimes not so much. I like giving my characters a rich history, good and bad.

What’s your burning question for your readers?

I write characters that the reader will either love, or hate. I’d like to know what they love and what they hate. In one of my books, there is what has become known among my beta-readers as the Infamous Chapter Nine. It has even sparked debates among them about the necessity of this brutal scene. I love that debate. I love hearing what people think: good and bad.

The interesting thing is the readers who are overwhelmed by the protagonist of that book, and those who are head-over-heels for him. It’s an interesting thing to play with and to interact with the readers in such a fashion about my characters is my favorite thing to do.

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Cold Darkness

by Michele Micheal Rakes

 Back Cover

Girlfriends. Wives. Lovers.

At some point they all nag, but only Kilar, a vampire demon, can nag her way into a possession, taking over Lance’s body for a night of sexual exploration.
Lance, Kilar’s blood slave, cannot escape and giving into her whims only leads to more devastation. Trapped in a psychic link, Lance grows weary and weak with her constant demand for freedom.

Kilar’s body remains hidden by the vampire tribunal due to a loathsome pact Lance made with them in order to contain his destructive girlfriend and prevent Armageddon.

So, what’s a guy to do? Kill the nag? The thought has crossed his mind…but first he has to find her.


Love and hate was the only way Kilar could feel anything for him. Part of her ached inside for tormenting Lance, but she couldn’t help herself. The jerk was out there living his life while she rotted in a hole, sealed in by the LA vamps. Lance had given her up to save the world. Ten years ago she had loved him. Now, it twisted into something insane.

“Wake up. It's time to go out.”

Lance groaned and scratched his side.

“I said, let’s go!”

Lance fell from the bed. “What the?”

“Feeding time.”

“I'm too wasted. Let’s go to sleep.”

“No. I want to feed. You’re the only way I can, Lance. You owe me that much.”

“I seem to owe you a lot,” he mumbled. “You know it’s only psychological, right? I’m the one who gets juiced.”

Kilar tapped into the anger that ripped through him and his thoughts of being her blood whore, his body already sobering, metabolizing the alcohol and drugs.

“Blood slave, Lance. You’re not a blood whore. You benefit from it too. It’s why you look so youthful after ten years of drinking and drugging. Oh, let’s not forget driving fast. Or wrecking even faster. How many broken bones? Not to mention all the years in extreme sports. The dangerous stunts.”

“You sound like my wife. There’s good money in stunt work. You enjoy my lifestyle.”

“I’m tired of putting you back together.”

“Then stop. Let me die in peace.”

“More like pieces. Now, let’s go.”

“You’re driving. I’m gonna pass out. You’re on your own, sweetheart.”

It was rare for him to allow her complete control. Only once or twice when driving across country did he give over his body. Lazy drunk knew how much energy it drew from her mind, but she was hungry. Kilar paced in the dark. Her vision took over his and her mind commandeered his body. She stopped him in front of the mirror in the hallway.

“You look like crap, Lance. You need to brush your hair, at least.”
Kilar finger-brushed his hair into submission.

“I don’t care what you do, just don’t wake me up,” he snarled. His consciousness crawled into a dark, hushed place in his mind to sleep.


She looked in the mirror again.

“Lance?” she said aloud, watching his lips move as his voice repeated her words. “Cool, I’m going to have a lot of fun tonight, Lance.” His smile broadened. “First thing’s first, we’re going to shower and get dressed up nice.”


She brought the Lamborghini to a stop in front of a club, opening the door, she tossed the valet her keys. Lance can eat dirt. She allowed the valet to handle his baby.

Kilar needed a drink.

People stared. They couldn’t help it; her blood aura surrounded Lance. People were drawn in for the kill. It irritated Kilar. Sycophantic blood bags.
Yet, hunger drove her mad. To hell with what might happen when a little human draws her attentions. In the back of her mind Lance rolled over in a drunken haze.

Blood, warm and inviting, pulsed through the human bodies. Kilar’s cooled in Lance’s veins. Feeling crocodilian, she moved through the writhing bodies, unhurried while spindling nefarious instincts within the crowd. The music thumped in his chest. Dancing quickened despite the chill following Lance through the room. Skin glistened even as their breath frosted over as Kilar slithered through the mass of malevolent flesh. The sensation of standing in a freezer on a blistering desert day surged through the club, like breakers in a rising tsunami. Each wave greater than the next.

Tempo increased. Kilar’s bloodlust rose along with the pheromones in the room. Something else peaked. Desire. Actual physical desire

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