Monday, April 30, 2012

Castles, Guns and Contests!

I know I post news on Tuesday, but so much is going on today, that ends today, it simply can't wait until a day-after scenario. 

Castles and Guns: Today is my first blog for this awesome blog. Click right here to jump over and see what I have to say about the paranormal. 

Contest #1: My new website has run a contest this month in celebration of it's new-ness. Today is the last day to enter for a chance to win one of two $10 gift certificates - winner's choice of amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. Click here to go to my site for details and to enter. Winners will be contacted then announced this coming Friday!

Contest #2: Today is the last day for your chance to enter to win one PDF copy of my erotic horror romance The Fires of Beltane on Marie Harte's blog. Click your cursor here to go to her blog. Winner will be announced tomorrow.

Feast of Beltane begins at sundown tonight. What better way to immerse yourself in this festival than by checking out my newest release, The Fires of Beltane. Okay, my story is not all flowers and roses, but I promise you this festival will stay in your mind. Go to Total E-Bound here to pick up your own copy!

Okay, whew, enough for today. Have a terrific Monday and I'll see you tomorrow!

Cheers to Monday and Total E-Bound

Happy last Monday in April. Make it beautiful by immersing yourself in one of these love stories from Total E-Bound's new releases this week:


by Lacey Thorn

Book four in the Blood Magic Series
The greatest magic of all is love...






by Lavinia Lewis

Book five in the Shifter's Haven Series
Can two very stubborn men conquer their personal demons in order to come together as mates?





by Jan Irving

Book two in the Lightning Strikes Series
Mitchell Blake had given up on romance until a sexy biker shows up in his kitchen, claiming he’s an alien warrior sent to protect Mitchell from an assassin.




by Nadia Aidan

Book three in The Downing Brothers Series
Stuck in close quarters with the two wickedest, wildest Downing brothers of them all, Teresa West had better prepare herself for the most sensually erotic experience of her life...




by Scarlett Parrish

Everything can change in the blink of a dark-adapted eye.







by Justine Elyot

Book one in the Food of Love Series
If music be the food of love, no wonder orchestral life is so passionate.




Here's to a great week-to-come!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

In Pictures: I Am Woman

Speaking as a woman, and for women in general, we love to feast our eyes on the beauty of the male person. What's not to love? Ropes of muscle, overwhelming size and strength, planes and sharp angles. Our eyes soak up the images which translate into stories, fantasies, daydreams...or simply appreciative sighs. But we oftentimes overlook the beauty of ourselves. 

Women are creatures of beauty as well. We are strong, we are light and darkness combined. We are curves and soft spots and smooth edges. We have an inner glow that can just as easily captivate and capture the attention of others - be they male or female. 

In today's pictorial, I celebrate ourselves as women. Not so much for body image (that is completely overrated), but because I love what these pictures embody as a statement of being a woman...

 I have this image on my Facebook page. I love how she continues to move through the tangles of life...



 
We are passionate...


 
 Sheer power and glory. A prayer. A thanksgiving. An image of independence and life...


 
I *love* this image. We are warriors - never forget. Our guises may be different, but we each hold the heart of a warrior within...


Come full circle. We are who we allow ourselves to be from the inside out. Look closely. We are all Queens. We are: Woman. 


Celebrate yourself today - or a special woman you love and adore. And have a wonderful Saturday and weekend ahead.

~ Ayla

Friday, April 27, 2012

Visiting the great Marie Harte today!


Happy last-Friday-of-the-month! Yes, I do love to give days their certain, charming names. I am excited because today I'm visiting the talented and lovely Marie Harte on her blog, Bibliophily. Join me, please, as I discuss my latest release, The Fires of Beltane, and share some secrets about how in some ways, this story was a first-time for me. Like virgin territory, here. Plus, if you leave a comment on Marie's blog, under my post, you'll have a chance to win a PDF copy of this very story. And with the feast of Beltane just around the corner, you don't want to miss out! 

See you there ~ Ayla

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Changeling Press Thursday!

Feast your eyes on these great new titles from Changeling Press, out today!


by Dawn Montgomery

One bound man. One desperate princess. A curse. And dragons? WTF may never be the same.





Gray 
by Stephanie Burke

When Chaos and Death get involved, love is always a tempting shade of Gray.






by Kate Hill 

Sara's love alone can save the cursed werewolf Nathaniel from a lifetime of magical imprisonment. 





by Zenobia Renquist

The man of Lorna's dreams has suddenly become a reality.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesdays Words to Inspire: Immediacy



Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

~ Henry David Thoreau


There is something to be said for writing to a schedule. Don't, however, chain yourself into a rut where you miss the golden opportunities to pen something amazing that hits you out of the blue...



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday's News and Updates

This is my last posting of news for this month. My, how time flies! 

  • Bad Gone Better is now on the coming soon page at Changeling Press. Click here to see a preview.

  • I'm now officially a Castles & Gun's gal. That's right. Every other Monday I'll post fun and interesting tidbits on their blog. Click here to check it out - and don't forget to stop by next Monday, the 30th, for my first post with them!

  • Join me tonight with other Changeling Press authors and readers as we chat it up at Writerspace.com. Sometimes there's more fun that one internet can handle!

  • My web site is still going strong. Don't forget my contest is going on as well. Between now and midnight EST April 30, if you haven't already, drop by my site here, go to the Contact page, send me an "Enter Me" comment, and you're in the running for your choice of a $10 gift certificate from either Barnes & Noble.com or Amazon.com.

  • My best-est buddy, Marie Harte, is graciously allowing me to visit her blog this coming Friday, April 27. I'll talk about how The Fires of Beltane involved some virgin steps on my end, and I'll give you an exclusive excerpt to feast your eyes on. PLUS, *contest* one lucky commenter to her blog on Friday will be able to win their very own copy of The Fires of Beltane. You won't want to miss this!

  • I'm having the best time writing my fairy tale. Unfortunately, I'm in the middle of a fight right now between the way I want the story to progress and how the characters want the story to progress. It'll be interesting to see who wins this one. I'll be sure to let you know...

That's it for now. Have a great Tuesday, wherever you are.

~Ayla 

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's A Total E-Bound Monday

Celebrate a new week with me as I bring you all the great reads Total E-Bound has out today!


by Bailey Bradford 

Book eight in the Love in Xxchange Series
James Stratton’s moral cost him everything and he never thought he’d recover until one very stubborn, loving man showed James he deserved to be loved.




A. J. Llewellyn

Book four in the Pearl Harbor Series
World War Two brought them together...but a family's threat to take away Tinder and Jason's son, Christopher, could tear them apart.




by Cassidy Ryan

Nobody ever said love was easy. He’s finally found his soul mate, but if they’re to have their happy ever after they’ll need to survive family disapproval, tragedy and blackmail.





by Lizzie Lynn Lee

Book one in the Lions of Manhattan Series
Shape-shifters aren’t real...are they?






by Natasha Blackthorne

Book four in the Carte Blanche Series
Before he can share his deepest, darkest secrets with her, he has to show her what seduction truly means.





by Aurora Rose Lynn

Book one in the Ciaran Chronicles Series
Nude stowaways are more than a handful of steamy trouble.





Have a great week, this last week in April!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Picture Day in Silhouette

I love silhouettes. Seeing only an outline, a shadow or bits and pieces perhaps, makes my inner well of imagination jump for joy. I can immerse myself in the picture and make it mine. All mine. I can add my own colors, textures...stories. Even innocent silhouettes carry their own brand of breath-catching what-if's. Possibilities are endless, and endless ones are my favorite kind.

Enjoy today's batch of pictures where I tip my hat to the silhouette.

Being sneaky


Waiting


Pensive


Gotta love Cowboys

I had to throw this in - it's a custom made shower curtain from a shop on etsy.com. Click here to see more creative (and sexy) designs. Very clever.

Have a wonderful Saturday ~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Changeling Press has new titles out today!

What a better way to get ready for the upcoming weekend than by hooking yourself up with some of these great Changeling Press new releases today!


by RaeLynn Blue

Felicia lives in light. Jet slides between shadows. Can they survive enemies in both worlds?




by Jocelyn Michel

Cassidy and her vampire seek Vulcan, the Roman fire god often seen at Ruapehu, an active volcano.




by Cynthia Sax

Vanna is given the choice between true love and eternal life.  





by Julia Talbot

When paranormal lovers meet at the Cat House, their lives will never be the same. 




Here's to a great weekend ahead!

















Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday's Words to Inspire: Goal Setting


Goal setting in writing, as in anything in life, should be simple. What you do to get there, should be simple. It doesn't have to be notebooks filled with detailed plans - unless that floats your boat - but there is power in knowing what you want. Despite any blocks in your path. If you know what you want or what you want to be, most of your battle is behind you. This is why I love the following quote so much. Read it and let it sink in...


First say to yourself what you would be, then do what you have to do. 

~Epictetus

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday's News & Updates


Wow. It's already mid-month. Of April. The time does fly away. Here in the deep south the weather is waffling like crazy. I mean, some nights going down into the 30's and the days are hitting in the 90's. You have to carry a change of clothes with you all the time! 

Other than carrying suitcases around with me, I'm staying a busy bee. Here's a look at what's up with me lately:

  • My new website is LIVE! The URL is pretty simple - http://www.aylaruse.com   If you haven't had a chance to check it out, don't put it off another minute. Click here to head straight on over. 
 
  • *Contest* Yes, I am running a contest right now on my website. To celebrate my site's launch, I'll be giving away 2 gift certificates for $10 each to two lucky winners. GC's to where? It will be winners choice of either Amazon.com or Barnes and Nobel.com. Details are on the home page of my site. 
 
  • I'm hot and heavy into my next story - a BDSM take on a fairy tale for the Changeling Press Forever Wicked multi-author series. Click here to see what's out already in the series. What's my fairy tale? {wicked grin} you'll have to stay tuned to find out. Let's just say a spoiled female gets her comeuppance in a way she'll not soon forget...
 
 
Whew. That's it for the immediate. I do have a few other notes to share up my sleeve, but it's still early. I'll reveal my secrets in due time. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

~Ayla

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday's Total E-Bound Release Day!

Start your Monday off right with a great read from Total E-Bound. Here are this week's releases: 


by Victoria Blisse

Book three in the Point Vamp Series
A crazy vampire or an ice-queen human, it’s not much of a choice but it is the one Kyle has to make.





by Sara York

Love heals all scars.







by Elizabeth Lapthorne

Aiden succumbs to Eva, finally unleashing his dark, wild side as they passionately fulfil one of the oldest fantasies in the book – that of Wicked teacher and seductive student.





by Nan Comargue

Warrior-angel Pax is willing to risk everything to save his beautiful mate Astrid from a salacious demon’s clutches—even if it means descending into Hades.





by Paige Turner

The world had never seen anything like the RMS Titanic - enormous, opulent...and unsinkable. The Ship of Dreams. 






by T. A. Chase

Book four in The Four Horsemen Series






Here's to a great week ahead!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Picture Day - and Nothing Butt!

Okay, so a few weeks ago I explained how my want of a butt pictoral met with poor ends - pun intended. I didn't give up, however, and I have been able to slow down to gather some fantastic shots I think you'll greatly enjoy as well. 

*sigh* I don't even have to say anything, words are absolutely not necessary.


















Have a Happy Saturday and a great weekend!


Friday, April 13, 2012

I (finally) have a website!!

Woo-hoo! I don't care what anyone says, this Friday the 13th is a great day for me! 

Today is the debut of my brand spankin' new website. 

The address is www.aylaruse.com

*I am so excited*

As an extra celebration, I am holding a contest for the rest of this month. 

Two gift certificates, of $10 each, will be awarded to the winner's choice of Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com. 

Details for entry are on the Home page of my website.

Please, drop on by, say hello and cruise around awhile.

I thank you in advance for your support. 

Have a fabulous week-end!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Changeling Press and New Releases!

I love, I mean I LOVE the books out this week from Changeling Press. Don't miss these sexy reads!


by Sharon Maria Bidwell

Armand is always cold. Little does he know he's about to get "toasted" in ways he'd never imagined.






by Megan Slayer

Peter Pan grew up, all right.







by Shara Azod

Tar wants Dahlia beyond reason, but he's going to have to work to get what he wants.






by Declan Sands

Mitch is surprised when the sexy couple in the next room gives him a show.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday's Words to Inspire: Aggression

Yes, we as writers, dare to cross the line. Here's why...

Make no mistake. Writing is an aggressive act 
because you aren't leaving well enough alone.

~ Bonnie Goldberg



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday's News and Updates


 Hello, Tuesday. It is absolutely amazing how time flies around here. Long gone are the days of "I'm bored," and "there's nothing to do." Now it's all about "there's not enough hours in a day." 

Okay, so what's happening with me this week? Take a peek...

  • My website will debut this Friday. I am super-excited. Check back on Friday for the link and some bonus information. Maybe even a contest...

  • How does Buy 1 Get 5 Free sound to you? Great, right? This could be you. All you have to do is hop over to Total E-Bound and purchase your copy of The Fires of Beltane, and you'll be entered in TEB's Scared Stiff Contest for a chance to win 5 ebooks! For contest details, click here.

  • Bad Gone Better, the second Doppelganger story with Changeling Press, is turned in. Release date will be this summer. Details to come... 

  • I've started work on two - count 'em - two stories. They're at complete odds with one another in content, theme and even genre, so it'll be interesting to see if I can work this way. If not, *shrug*, I'll concentrate first on my story for Changeling Press' Forever Wicked series. 

  • I have a WINNER!!! Huge congratulations to Brandi S. She won her choice of one copy of Good Gone Bad or The Fires of Beltane. How did she win? She commented on one of my blog posts for the Hoppy Easter Blog Hop this past weekend. Thanks, Brandi, and big hugs!!
Have a great week, everyone, and take care ~ Ayla

Monday, April 9, 2012

It's a Total E-Bound Monday

Love the sound of these books. Don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hot little hands on Total E-Bound's new releases this week!


by Talia Carmichael

Book one in The Right Choice Series
A renovation brings two men together who will find that unexpected meetings can bring about the most tempting of encounters. As the contractor works on getting the project in on time he also has his sights set on building something with the owner.



by Courtney Breazile

Irresistible magic in a tempting body.








by Sopie Angmering

Book two in The Galaxy Elite Fleet Series
Who ever said Rim Lords were easy?







by Natasha Blackthorne

Book one in the Regency Risks Series
He is her most dangerous temptation, the only man she has ever trusted and now he is demanding her submission. Dare she take the risk?





by P F Whitney

When an assassin is paid to kill someone, the worst thing that can happen is falling for the target.







by Taige Crenshaw and Aliyah Burke

Book three in the Kemet Uncovered Series
I am of the primordial chaos before the world’s creation. Older than Ra himself. A component of those who constitute the Ogdoad. I am of the water, existing in a cold world. Until her.



Happy Reading!