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Have you read any good reviews, lately?

I have recently read this article from the NYT.       NYT ARTICLE

I recently read an article about bad reviews. It was well written and I have suffered the angst of someone writing a review, putting three stars out of five and saying they absolutely love it, to someone who has put a one star, describing the plot of someone else’s book, and why it didn’t work. Well, thanks for that, but it might not have worked because it wasn’t my book!?!? (we can’t do that type of punctuation in our books, Editors get testy)

And finally, the LOVELY reviewer who not only read the book but actively pulled out actual events in the story to illustrate their feelings on the book, good or bad, that is an incredible review.  But remember, you can always just say, “I liked the characters” and that’s cool too, honestly. 

Personally, I don’t leave less than a 4-star review if the effort in writing was obvious. Sometimes it isn’t, and I am tactful in my 3 star reviews or I don’t review it.

I know what one bad review can do to a book with only a few reviews to recommend it. Also, Amazon says 3 stars means you are writing a bad review. Amazon, since when do you say average, (3 out of 5 is average), is a bad thing?

So, reviews are like lovers, we all want one but most will skip the experience if he/she is going to leave us with a broken heart.  OKAY, enough said.

 

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At the end of the week, we are shooting for this Thursday, June 21, 2018, a new book is coming out. If you loved Lord Thayer’s Choice, and Lord Ashton Decides, then you will want to pick up my Scots/Irish Tale, The Black Laird Requires.

 

Here is an excerpt of this yummy tale of a Sassy Lass with a few secrets and more sass than is good for her and her stern Laird who is excited to rein in his woman, but not too much…

 

 

 

“That is the reason you like me when I am uncertain and weak.” She could feel herself shrivel inside.

“Is that how you see it? Och, that isn’t it at all. I have thought on things and this is the way of it.” He tucked her against him again and smoothed her hair as he spoke. “I know, given my business and my position in life, I need a woman who is self-assured and can keep her own house. I will need that even more now with the Scottish estate. I can’t need to direct her on how to run her part of our holdings. She can’t be intimidated by the people who come to see me whether they be aristocrat or dock rat. That is Cairistine.” He took a moment and Cairistine nodded.

“But it isn’t all of me, milaird.”

“Aye and glad I am of that. If it were only Cairistine I needed, there are many women I could choose from. I would nae have to look hard. But I want more. I need a woman who loves me and is adventuresome in bed. I need a woman who will check to see no one is looking and then rub her wantonness over me like a brazen bird and then grin when she leaves me wanting. I need a woman who will shoot fiery arrows at me and stand her ground when I skelp her arse because she resents my hand but begs for the leather. I need a woman who burns for my touch because she cannot imagine another’s and lets me take her however I wish because it fills her needs as well. That woman is you, Cairis.”

Cairis ran her hand over his and touched her lips to his palm. “But milaird, are you sure?”

“Aye, but I’m nae done, lass. Finally, I need a woman who loves me enough and is comfortable enough in who she is to be vulnerable with only me, in the privacy of our home. A lass who is my wee colleen. The bairn that is always good but often naughty. I need someone who looks to me as her Da in a grown up but little lady way, who allows us to play.” Cairis looked up at him in some confusion.

“My woman needs to be little for me but also for herself. She’ll allow the comfort she needs, the insecurities that surface to be assured away, and the naughtiness, that a grown up lady is never allowed, to be addressed by me. I need my bairn to allow me to bare her bottom for naughty spankings when she is throwing a temper tantrum and she never looks for the type of gratification that Cairis needs.”

“But that would bring ridicule down on us.”

“No, Cari needs naps and protection from the loch monsters and the Fae. She needs sweetmeats and baths because she simply can’t deal with another thing until she has that nurture. And she wants it only from me, in the privacy of us alone.”

Cairis nodded. “This is what Lady Thayer and Lady Ashton have.” It was a statement of fact, not a question.

“Aye. So, my love, you are the only woman who is perfect for me. I am the only man that can meet your needs as completely as you meet mine.”

COMING SOON… The Black Laird Requires

 

Relationships are hard work

Hello again,

I have news… I have a new book out called Piper’s Plan and I have reading recommendations below but first, lets talk about relationships.

Relationships are hard work. I know, not news to anyone who had tried to keep the romance in the relationship but in a D/s relationship, while the romance books will tell you there is a bump in the road and then the Dom takes over and life is good, that is far from the truth.

I have just celebrated my 39th anniversary so I know a few things. We were young when we married. We were rather mature for our ages and that had helped tremendously, my husband having very particular expectations for his life and ours together. I am headstrong and he is quietly insistent.

We didn’t fight for the first two years and we don’t now, but there was a few years that I had to learn to take his lead and he learned to give on somethings, very much like my O’Connor and Chase Abbey Series, experience talks. We had children. We adopted more.

He has learned to give me my space and I have learned to follow his lead. Did it happen overnight? Hell, no! Does he still take a deep breath and smack my butt on occasion for more than sex? Do I still roll my eyes? Yes, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now here is my new Book

Piper’s Plan

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Piper Gentry was not one to back down from a challenge, not in her international investments company or in her personal life. Piper looks for sense in her father’s sudden death while trying to find ways to make the family ranch profitable again and fighting her memories of Jackson’s touch in the wild heat of a Texas summer.
Jackson Knight has always loved Piper Gentry. He is determined to remind her she shares his feelings; their yearnings are the same. He’ll stop at nothing to keep her near him and safe.
Piper’s plan does not involve taking orders from anyone, including Jackson. Who will pose the greatest threat to her safety—outsiders eager to get their hands on her family legacy. Piper Gentry was not one to back down from a challenge, not in her international investments company or in her personal life. Piper looks for sense in her father’s sudden death while trying to find ways to make the family ranch profitable again and fighting her memories of Jackson’s touch in the wild heat of a Texas summer.
Jackson Knight has always loved Piper Gentry. He is determined to remind her she shares his feelings; their yearnings are the same. He’ll stop at nothing to keep her near him and safe.
Piper’s plan does not involve taking orders from anyone, including Jackson. Who will pose the greatest threat to her safety—outsiders eager to get their hands on her family legacy, or Piper herself?

HERE ARE MY READING RECOMMENDATIONS:

Ransom The Moon

A Marriage for Miranda

Conquered by the Ghost

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Quinlan’s Quest- O’Connor Series

OUT Tuesday, August 30th

The next installment of the O’Connor Series -Quinlan’s Trilogy -Book One

Quinlan’s Quest by Alyssa Bailey, is the beginning of the love story of Quinlan O’Connor brother and his lovely lady, Cheyenne.

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Here, take a nibble…

Can Cheyenne deal with his high-handed ways and higher expectations in exchange for being his woman?

Cheyenne Sterling was partners with her father in their accounting firm when he passed away suddenly. Now, one year later, Cheyenne has a healthy business and unhealthy lifestyle that is totally out of control. One afternoon control walked in her door in the form of Quinlan O’Connor, rough, handsome, and all alpha male. She couldn’t deny that he was very easy to look at, but also couldn’t deny that it was proving harder than she expected to fall in line the way he demanded. Then again, Cheyenne truly loved a challenge.

Considered the toughest O’Connor sibling, Quinn is a Sheridan, Wyoming, sheriff’s deputy with peculiar tastes. His brothers have a hint of how domineering Quinn is in his relationships but none knows the depths of his lifestyle. Finding a woman who is strong enough to stand up to him when it is the right thing to do, and woman enough to submit when she should has proven to be an elusive thing for Quinn. It makes his search for a wife a monumental quest.

When doing an errand for his father, he meets spunky Cheyenne Sterling, a young woman who needs a keeper with a firm hand and loving arms.  She reveals her wilder side and risky behaviors over a pseudo-business dinner at his parents’ home. The next thing he knows, he finds her in a private club he warned her to not attend. In Quinn’s world, there are consequences when a young woman disobeys him.

Will Cheyenne stay around after she experiences his consequences or will she run like the rest?

 

DISCLAIMER:  This book contains the spanking of adult women, elements of erotic play including anal and BDSM. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.

 

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Excerpt

Quinn pushed through the accounting firm’s outer door taking a moment to remove his sunglasses and adjust to the lighting. He strode over to the person sitting at the front desk digging in a file drawer as he automatically removed his hat.

“Ma’am, I have papers for Mr. Sterling from Emerald Isle Ranch, could you give them to him?”

The woman looked up into bright hazel eyes surrounded by darkly tanned laugh lines as she eased her chair back a bit so that she could take him in more fully.  Cheyenne Jamis Sterling, C.J. professionally, stretched out her long legs in a more relaxed manner than she actually felt. She was not a short woman herself but from her vantage point she could appreciate the height and breadth of the deputy. The creation before her was one of God’s beautiful creatures that raised her appreciation in the natural beauty and work of art that could be mankind and raised that admiration quite sharply.

Cheyenne’s cerulean blue eyes were always her proudest feature but as she gazed into brilliant and unusually vivid hazel eyes, she wondered what children with this man would be like. She could also see that he appreciated her as much as she appreciated him. He was not gorgeous in a movie star, woman swooning way but captivating in a virile, blood heating way. She was quite sure that he and men like him created and perpetuated the stereotypical persona of rugged men taming the Wild West.

 Cheyenne swung her long blonde hair over her shoulder while she chose her words.

“Mr. Sterling has passed away, but I can take the papers.”

Quinn gave a shocked look and said, “They both died?”                                      

“Excuse me? Who, both?”

“Sterling, senior and junior?”

“There is no junior, Mister…?”                                                        

“O’Connor.”

“No, you aren’t Mr. O’Connor, I know him.”

Cheyenne was beginning to be suspicious of this man, but her doubts battled with her initial thoughts of attraction and his uniform.

“Of course I am. I am just not my father, Sean. I am Quinlan. So if there is no junior, then give this to your boss when he returns.”

Cheyenne wasn’t sure whether she should laugh or be angry.

“I don’t have a boss, Mr. O’Connor but I can take the papers for your father.”

“No, I am supposed to leave them for C.J. Sterling and if he isn’t in this office, I’ll just take them back to my father.”

Cheyenne was experiencing that quickly ignited anger she usually tried to control and felt her muscles tighten with the effort in the face of the arrogance of this man.

“Don’t be such a pompous ass. I am C. J. Sterling, Cheyenne Sterling, James’ daughter. I am his accountant. I use C. J. professionally and my friends call me Cheyenne.”

 

Quinlan’s Quest is a novella and the first story of Quinlan and Cheyenne’s trilogy of love. Book 2, Accepting his Ways is a novel also out August 30th. Look for them both…

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This is a taste of ME:

Alyssa Bailey is a dyed in the wool Texan living in the beauty of Southeast Alaska with her husband, her youngest four (of eleven) children, two dogs and two cats. She lives where the sky meets the mountains, the mountains meet the ocean, and the wildlife frolic on land, sea, and air. People, the ultimate interlopers, are wedged in where allowed and are properly thankful for the privilege.

Her first memory of books was when her mother read to her as a small child. She began writing as soon as she could put letters together to form words. Her first story at the age of six was about a performing horse that ran away from the circus. As she got older and read more of a variety of books, she would say, “I can do better than that” and then rewrite them in her head. She was writing fanfiction before fanfiction was a ‘thing.’ 

In high school and college, she won journalism and special recognition for her academic and fictional writing. Alyssa is a firm believer in all things spanking. She loves writing about domestic discipline and power exchanges between strong, intelligent women who are not afraid to make a stand and men confident enough to give them their space but Alpha enough to keep his woman safe, in spite of herself. Her characters predominately live in Regency England amongst lords and ladies, in the contemporary realm amongst men and women of the world, and all things Cowboy. 

Contact her, she loves to chat, and as always, have a Spankolicious day!

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You’re invited to a Honeymoon

It’s JUNE and we all know what this month is known for…WEDDINGS! And we just got an invitation to join Kal and Demi on their honeymoon! What could be more fun than that? We followed them on their engagement in Disciplining Demi 1 and we were SO WELL BEHAVED, we are invited to their HONEYMOON!  

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Disciplining Demi

The Honeymoon

The saga of Kal and Demi continues in this romantic erotica featuring domestic discipline, intense lovemaking, and bare bottom spankings. Join the new Mr. and Mrs. as they honeymoon atop a secluded mountaintop.

Excited to spend a week alone with her groom, newlywed Demi Durango packs a pair of shiny white panties with the word Bride sparkling across the small triangular stretch of satin and wonders if Kal will make good on his promise to fulfill her deepest sexual desires, but she soon learns there is more to her wifely duties than learning the art of lovemaking. She must also master the rules of Inner Peace in order to experience the harmony and happiness the DD lifestyle promises. As she’s reading the rule book, ‘Total Submission’ blazes across the headline. Stunned and overwhelmed, she questions her resolve. What would a man have to do to deserve her absolute devotion, inside and outside the bedroom?

Dominate, loving, and protective Kal Durango takes his responsibility to lead his family very seriously. Teaching Demi to live in constant submission to him is a dream come true, and she is making great strides in yielding herself to him and his instruction. He implements maintenance spankings at once to strengthen his position as head of household and to help her accept her position as a submissive wife. What he couldn’t fix with the palm of his hand, he was sure a long wispy switch applied to her bare bottom would leave little doubt of who was in charge, and the vast forest around them offers a plethora of instruments to help Demi along her path to submission.

Join Kal and Demi as they embark on their new adventure as husband and wife.

 

NICE, RIGHT?

Here is a sneak peek at what going on this honeymoon will look like. What are you waiting for? Get that seat belt fastened!

 

“Are you going to be a good girl today?” Kal Durango asked his bride.

Heat rushed Demi’s face. Total embarrassment scorched her cheeks. Chin to her chest, she let her locks shield the redness as she busied herself with the pleats adorning the waist of her white sundress, her heart as blue as her sandals. Demi brushed the soft cotton smooth and sank into the plush first-class seat of the large aircraft bound for a week of honeymooning at Blissful Falls. She wished she could blink herself onto the secluded mountaintop and forgo the shame Kal poured on.

Kal claimed the seat next to hers, clicked into his seatbelt, and leaned toward her. Damn he smelled good. Powerful. He kissed her temple. “Hey now, lighten up.” Tender and patient fingers curled under her chin, lifting until she looked at him. His smile warmed her heart. “No one heard. Everyone’s busy getting situated.”

His words settled her racing pulse, and as the jet roared down the runway, Demi hooked her elbow with his. Resting her head on his shoulder, she held her left hand out in front of them and admired the glittery rose-gold bands on her finger. Honor, cherish, and obey until death do them part. She smiled up at the hunk of muscles sitting next to her.

Kal’s mischievous brown eyes twinkled down at her. In one hand, he held a rolled copy of Inner Peace drumming the thick cylinder-shaped tube detailing the rules of living as a submissive wife against his open palm. He winked. “Training begins now.”

 

And just what does “training” mean? Accept your invitation and find out!!!

 

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Lets learn about IVY:

Ivy Killian signed with Blushing Books last year and is excited to be releasing the second novella in her Dolphin Island series. Disciplining Demi: The Honeymoon continues the saga of Kal and Demi from book one, Disciplining Demi: The Engagement. Ivy is currently writing the next book in the series.

When she’s not writing, she likes long walks through the woods and lazy days on the beach. Her hobbies include photography and identifying wildflowers. A perfect day is finding a rare bloom to photograph.

Ivy writes romantic erotica with spanking and discipline elements. She enjoys hearing from her fans and great reviews make her smile. You can connect with Ivy on Facebook.