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#ASMSG GUEST BLOG: Milly Taiden (@MillyTaiden) brings the sexy werewolf action!

Today is a special treat everyone! Milly Taiden is here as part of her incredible BIRTHDAY BASH to talk a little about why she loves writing werewolves and her new book Wolf Protector!!!



Animal Appeal: Why I Love Shifters

The biggest reason I love shifters is because they are human but also have that wildness about them. Come on you know it’s true. The entire growling, snarling and danger is oh so sexy. I admit I may have issues, I do love me some shifters, the more dangerous the better.  I also like the fact that a shifter can be a regular human on the outside, hiding a wild beast inside. To me, that’s just hot. I like that they fight to protect their mates and their families. My werewolf shifters mate for life and are so sexy woman would want one. Shifters have this aura of sexy danger. It calls to the animal inside every woman. Makes us want to be bad with them. Plus, each one of us wants to know if sex really is as wild as we think. Is there biting? Is there snarling? Is there growling? LOL. In my books there is. So I make shifters my own and turn them into my fantasy come to life.

A little bit about Wolf Protector:

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A woman with a secret…

The Federal Paranormal Unit is an elite squad of supernaturals dedicated to solving missing persons cases. Erica’s gift allows her a special connection with the crime, but it comes at a deep personal cost… Until now, she’s kept her gift a secret, even from the other members of the team. But this case will throw her together with Agent Trent Buchanan. He’s the object of her secret desires, but he’s also a cocky womanizer. She’d rather swim in shark-infested waters with a paper cut than admit she has feelings for him.

A man with one desire…

Wolf Shifter Trent wants Erica more than he’s ever wanted any woman. He’s spent years patiently waiting for her to admit that she wants him too. Working one-on-one in a race to find a serial killer, Trent’s patience and Erica’s resolve wear thin. When Trent discovers the truth about Erica, will he accept her for who she is? And can he protect her from the horrors that her gift brings?

A case that pushes them to the edge…

Erica will have to risk it all if she wants to stop the killer, and when she does, Trent may have to put his own life on the line to make sure his mate is protected…


The Book Trailer:


Short Excerpt:

“Brock, he’s doing it again!” Erica glared at the Casanova walking beside her, hating how good he looked in his black T-shirt and ass-hugging jeans. Trent Buchanan. He was her daily temptation and ultimate fantasy. And she’d rather wax her nipples in public than admit it to him. Butterflies swarmed her stomach, twisting and twirling her into one giant, aroused mess.

“What’s Buchanan done this time, Villa?” Brock, their team leader, asked without looking up from the papers on his desk.

“He’s staring at me.” She growled and dropped in one of the empty chairs, huffing out a breath.

Buchanan, The Bastard, as she liked to refer to his cute ass, grinned at her. His full, sexy lips caught her immediate attention. “Excuse me, I can’t help it if it’s a beautiful day, and I’m glad it’s Friday. You’re a grump, Villa.”

It was so unfair that she had to keep pushing him away when her body wanted to curl around his big frame. But if she ever did that she’d turn into another Trent groupie, and that was not her thing. She’d seen the other women in the department walk after him, ogling and almost drooling, as if he were the lead singer in a rock band. Pathetic.

Buchanan folded his arms over his massive chest. Erica’s entire body throbbed every time she looked at him. She drank in the inciting vision and argued with her lust for dominance. Disgusted with her body’s responses, she glared at him again. Her eyes strayed to the scar on his upper lip. She gulped and curled her fingers into her palms, digging her nails deep. Whenever she glanced at the tiny scar, she wanted to nibble and run her tongue over it. It was driving her insane. Thankfully he couldn’t read her mind, or he’d be having a hell of a time making fun of her tough talk.

“Villa, just look at me.” He opened his muscled arms wide and did a full circle for her. Once he was facing her again, he leaned on the wall. He winked at her. “If you didn’t have a stick the size of Texas up your ass, you’d realize what a catch I am.”

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Author Bio:

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Want to know about me? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden, and Dianne Duvall among others.

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As Milly Taiden

Wolf Protector – Federal Paranormal Unit – Book 1

Wynter’s Captive

Halloween Heat III – Mate Event

Fate’s Wish

Sharp Change – Black Meadow – Book 1


Coming Soon

Caged Heat – Black Meadow – Book 2 (New)


As April Angel

Party Crasher

Wicked Valentine – Sizzling Encounters – Book 2

Stranded Temptation

Mr. Buff – Sizzling Encounters – Book 1

Coming Soon

Lucky Break – Sizzling Encounters – Book 3

A Hero’s Pride


Thanks for letting me participate in you birthdaybash, Milly!!! Come back any time!


Another Cover Reveal coming from Milly Taiden on 3/21! #ASMSG |

I’m super stoked to report you’ll get another cover reveal here on my blog this coming Thursday the 21st for Milly Taiden’s newest called Wolf Protector! I’ve had a peek at it and let me say…



You will NOT want to miss this!


Speaking of covers… I’m thinking of re-doing mine for First, I Love You. What’ya think? I really would love to hear your opinion.

🙂 Remember, stay safe while partying today!

Read a Tommy&Mickey EXCERPT from First, I Love You (The Downey Trilogy #1)! #ASMSG |

Richard Stephenson, author of the bestselling Collapse, has graciously hosted an excerpt from First, I love You on his website!

PLEASE go visit, comment, and share, share, share! Spread the word birds!

PS— Thanks and I love you guys!

Iron Writer Challenge: My kung fu is mighty!

Today I got my Iron Writer Challenge 4 items. Oh this is going to be fun! Fun, fun, fun!

I now have three days to write a short piece of fiction about: A giraffe, a microwave, an elevator and a kumquat. All of our stories will be posted for your voting pleasure next Thursday!

Now, no naughtiness can be had, so ye of the dirty minds can get the thought of me writing any elevator and kumquat scenes right out of your head! LOL

The Challenge is open to anyone with a creative brain, you don’t have to be in ASMSG, you don’t have to be a “writer” or “author” or any other such [insert title here]. ASMSG Iron Writer Coordinator Brian explains the rules here.  It’s just a fun contest us writers are having, because we are both weird and awesome. Weirsome.

Come JOIN us if you feel a little bit weirsome, too!


I received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from @JMcNamara4


Joseph McNamara nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. He’s a wonderful man (as far as I can tell having never met him) who is quite a passionate supporter of women’s rights. I love his blog because it is a very soulful prosaic exploration of the symbiotic relationship between a Dominant & submissive. I also might have mentioned before I enjoy the love filled poetry he and Gemini write for each other and their song fests on Twitter. My husband and I don’t write each other poetry but we do the songapaloozas from time to time so it brings a grin to my face to see another couple do it. Anyway, I’m babbling again (as usual), so, back to business:

I think the list of people I would nominate in return would have probably already done this award at least once (and or are really busy writing right now) so I am going to simply list the blogs I enjoy going to on a regular basis and IF they choose to share they may, if not that’s alright as well. 🙂

Here are Seven Things about me:

1. I live a very boring life which I enjoy immensely. Drama exhausts me. I like periodic doses of drama in a book, blog, or TV show. I do *not* like it in my life. I’m a very straight forward, bluntly honest person so I  tend to avoid people that can’t handle that.

2. I did my masters thesis on the Cultural Implications of Pre-eclampsia (a condition of pregnancy) specifically with regard to women’s choices/experiences within the medical paradigm they chose.

3. I’ve been married before. We don’t stay in touch.

4. I deeply enjoy writing/telling stories. I deeply *hate* having to try and sell these stories. That’s not a whine, just a self-observation. 🙂 I think it comes from the above, I’m pretty much a You Get What You See person so when I write I’m thinking, “Hey, hope you like it, if not, that’s cool, too. Whatever.” This is probably not the best approach to salesmanship. LOL!

5. I love hanging out with people who use critical thinking, who don’t take my flirting and sarcasm seriously, who don’t look down upon people who have different lifestyles than their own, and who value and practice respect for other human beings at all times. I have ZERO, and I mean zero, tolerance for those who do not. This is when I tend to lose my objective cultural relativity and get all sharptongued and viciously critical. It’s not pretty.

6.  I love doing those big giant jigsaw puzzles that you leave out on the table and do in punctuated spurts. Sadly, I can’t do that much anymore with three small children, and the Apps on my iPad aren’t the same.

7.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when people assume things about me without asking. Ask. I would give you that same respect.


The Blogs I visit most often (and I just realized there’s definitely a theme here — how incredibly unobservant of me as an anthropologist! — it seems I like blogs with poetry, romance, and erotica):

The Penelope Jones

The Red Velvet Chair

The Sacred Road

The Adventures of Pink Bonnet Girl

Gemini Words

Joseph McNamara

A Faded Romantic’s Notebook

Trashy’s Treasures

Ms Romantic Reads

For @Geminiswords: Liebster answers

Ok so I already received the Liebster from my friend Penny (Http:// which I answered here:

But the lovely Gemini nominated me as well so I am going to answer her questions without nominating 11 new blogs. (Cheating! Yes I know, the Devil’s getting thirsty waitin for me to care. ;P)

What is your guilty pleasure?

Mmnnnn, so many ways to answer this. Food wise, cheesecake. Activity wise, reading blogs, especially those with romantic and/or sensual poetry.

Who is your favorite author?

Jane Austen

What would be your perfect first date?

Some sort of group activity (like a museum or party) where I would feel like I had an escape route. LOL I’m serious, I hated dating. Haaaaated. It. Deeply. Takes me a long time to warm up to people. Once I do it’s hard to get me to shut up.

Sweet or savory?

Both! Chocolate covered pretzels, brownsugar covered bacon, french fries in a smoothie…

Where would you rather be right now in the world?

Chicago, IL.

What is your pet hate?

My what now? Thing I hate the most? Or a pet I hate? I sense a Yank-Brit confusion here. The thing I hate most in the world is intolerance/prejudice.

What are you most talented at?

Writing? I honestly don’t know. That’s the thing I get the most compliments for. That and my ability to get people to look at something from a different angle.

If you were a cocktail, what would you be called?

The Cupcake. I know, cheating! Again! LOL

What is your most treasured possession?

I was going to kneejerk say my children but they aren’t a possession they’re a gift, so I will go with letters/keepsakes from my ancestors.

What is your favorite movie?

Dang it that’s hard. I would say tie between the BBC version of Pride&Prejudice (which is cheating again I know since that’s more a mini-series) and The Godfather.

Have you ever taken anything that wasn’t yours and if so what?

Yes. Slippers. In my defense I honestly didn’t realize I hadn’t rung them up at Target. My husband laughed about it for days because I wouldn’t wear them.

If you’re over 18, please go visit Gemini’s blog! She writes such beautiful D/s poetry, sometimes soulful, sometimes sexy, sometimes both, and sometimes her Joseph writes a response (maybe I should have said following their love story is one of my guilty pleasures…)

Attention all entrants in the Reading Romances #XmasGIVEAWAY!

The giveaway ends tonight. I will announce the winners in the morning. RIGHT NOW! (LOL) You may see the winners on the right or at this link:

The first ten winners will receive a digital copy of First, I Love You by email.

Terri F. and Nikki O. will receive signed copies of First, I Love You and Second of All. The draw back is they will have to wait until next week for me to mail them out. The brightside? TWO FREE BOOKS!


A HUGE thank you to everyone that has entered especially since I have done ZERO promoting for it. It’s been crazy with family stuff and getting Second of All ready for publishing.

January 1st!!!!!! I can’t wait for your reactions.


The Next Big Thing: “Second of All” by @GenevieveDewey

I was nominated for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop by Jason Jaxx and Vanessa Ryan. The Next Big Thing is an opportunity to talk about your work in progress or work you are about to publish. Once you’ve been nominated you reblog the post of the person who nominated you as a guest blog, then you have a week to answer this set of questions on your story. After you answer the questions you nominate a few more authors who will do the same. It’s a good way for fans of different genres to get a glimpse at what will be coming out next.

  • What is the Title of your upcoming book?

Second of All

  • Where did the idea come from for the book?

It is the second book in the Downey Trilogy and is very much a metaphorical knot in which the lives of the six main characters of First, I Love You become further entangled. Each of them has to decide what emotions, loyalties, and priorities must come first, and what comes second.

  • What genre does your book fall under?

It is Contemporary Fiction, Family Saga, and Romance. Like First, I Love You it doesn’t quite fit any genre mold.

  • Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Jay Ryan would play Tommy Gates in a heartbeat. He’s pretty much just how I picture Tommy Gates only Tommy has green eyes and slightly more rugged features. I think James Hoffman would be hard because he’s a genetic one in a million in that he has dark Mediterranean skin and sky blue eyes. Good luck finding me that. Body and swagger wise he’s somewhere in between Shemar Moore and Maurice Benard. Now Mickey he’s hard because when I say he has a gravelly voice I’m thinking like Michael Wincott, but face wise I haven’t come across an actor that reminds me of what I have in my mind, black hair, green eyes, angular features. The women, that’s tough, I haven’t spent too much time thinking about it, Kiki would have to be someone very beautiful and glamorous, while Ginny is more girl next door pretty and very professional all the time (maybe the blond agent from Criminal Minds?), and Mary’s wild auburn curls are based on an actress friend of mine Amy Orlando but her face has always been my grandmother’s heart shaped face in my mind, and Amy is too young to play her.

  • What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Second of All is the introspective sequel to First, I Love You in which the six main characters’ emotions and loyalties are tested and become inextricably entangled.

  • Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am self published.

  • How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four months

  • What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Again it doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre but it has a very Godfather II feel to it in that you go back and forth in time. The romance within the trilogy is structured like a Nora Roberts trilogy, one pair off per book although the relationships are all throughout the series. The overall feel of the book is very much the Act II of a Shakespearean play, chaos and emotion.

  • Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Me. No, actually, my friend Mary who was the first person to ever read the first few chapters of First, I Love You, helped me figure out really early on writing that book that I wanted to make the story into a trilogy.

  •  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I made this book a little heavier on the romance than I did the last to balance the jaunts back into Mickey’s past which are often melancholy. When I wrote this book I did so with the idea in my mind that both the plot and the structure should fit the theme of a Celtic knot. All their emotions and roles and loyalties are tangled up as are their stories. You begin much as you left First, I Love You with Kiki and James, Tommy and Ginny, and Mary and Mickey in their separate trajectories, then by the end I have woven them together to bridge into the third. Another very important theme in this book is Family, what defines it and what purpose it holds in our minds and hearts. This book has been described by my ARC readers as mellow and exciting all at once. That’s perfect really, I meant it to be very subtle with the answers it gives and the questions it should raise in the readers’ minds going into the third.

I nominate:

Habiba Haji (Non-Fiction/Motivational Memoirs)

Penelope Jones (Erotica)

Christopher Shields (Young Adult/Fantasy)

Vanessa Ryan (Urban Fantasy/Horror)

Seumas Gallacher (Crime Fiction)

Guest Blog: The Next Big Thing Vanessa Ryan @VRyan333

Time to do another The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.

TOMORROW I will put up my own answers. Vanessa Ryan (today’s post) was kind enough to let me tag back to her which is totally cheating on my part, but I think you should be used to my moral ambiguity at this point right? 😉

Vanessa is a fellow ASMSG member and writes Urban Fantasy/Horror with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing & Midnight Hour Publishing.

1. What is the working title of your book?


2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

That’s a loaded question. I started writing the novel when I was recovering from an illness. I didn’t like being sick and I wondered why things happened the way they did. But in a broader sense, I had the odd talent of saying things that would then come true––and they were usually not desirable things. I was married at the time and it got to the point where my husband would stop me from talking––he didn’t want me to say what if…and have that thing come true. So I wrote a novel about this.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s an urban fantasy/horror, written in a chick lit style.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hmm. I think someone like Cameron Diaz, or Beth Behrs, the blonde in TWO BROKE GIRLS, could play Lorrie, the heroine. She has to be a bit zany. Aubrey Plaza, from Parks and Recreation, could play the snotty receptionist at the art gallery. Chris Pratt, also from Parks and Recreation, could play John. As to the rest, I’ll leave that to Hollywood, should they ask.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

A woman’s desire for acceptance among her peers and as an artist, leads to some tragic and unexpected events.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It’s going to be released on April 1, 2013 by CHBB Publishing (Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing). And that’s no April fool’s joke.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I wrote for four months until it became 100,000 words. Then I pared it down to just under 70,000 words.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t know. Today, I think of it as SEX IN THE CITY with a horror spin, though when I wrote it before the mid-1990s, the chick lit genre wasn’t popular. Maybe it’s a little like THINNER, where eating a certain pie makes people get thinner until they disappear, though in my story food doesn’t play a big part. But like THINNER, it’s about bad things happening and not being able to figure out know how to stop them.

9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?

Before writing A BLUE MOON, I had read the novel DEATH IS A LONELY BUSINESS, by Ray Bradbury, which takes place in Venice, California. That gave me the idea to write an urban fantasy set in Venice, where I had once lived. While writing A BLUE MOON, I attended a lecture by Ray Bradbury. I talked to him afterward. When I told him his DEATH IS A LONELY BUSINESS had inspired me to write, he winced––because it wasn’t one of his best sellers, I think––though it was quite good. He said when I got it published to send him the eighth copy, because I should send the first seven copies to reviewers and family. Sadly, he passed away this year, so I won’t get to do that.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

As the expression goes, sometimes life imitates art. As I mentioned, I had the odd talent of saying things that would come true. After writing this book, I moved to New Mexico and met some of the characters I had written about. I met someone like Suzie, Lorrie’s best friend, who became my best friend. I met a character like John, though in real life he was more malevolent than in the story. However, the worst of it was, one of the events in the book came true for me––my house burned down. I guess, sometimes you have to be careful not only what you wish for, but what you write.

Read more about Vanessa and her writing here:

Guest Blog! The Next Big Thing via @JasonJaxx

Hello I’ve been tagged by Jason Jaxx for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop (and by two others as well, so more to come!) I will be answering questions about my next book (Second of All) in a few days, then tagging a few authors with blogs to do the same. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO TAG YOU!!!!

Jason is an erotica author, so 18+ only please. 😉 Here’s what Jason’s been working on:

What is the (working title) of your book?
Secret Story Time: More Filthy Fantasies

Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is a follow up to be first compilation of erotic short stories: Dirty Secrets & Filthy Fantasies. I tend to write shorter pieces while working on longer books as a way to keep things fresh and exciting for both me and the readers.

What genre does your book fall under?
Erotica…most definitely Erotica. So definitely Adults only!

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Sexy pornstars. Not much acting skills required for these tales but they would need to be energetic!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A collection of short erotic tales designed to be read in secret, late at night when the urge to read something a little bit more dirty strikes. You will be introduced to characters placed in situations where the potential for erotic activity is realized swiftly and with explosive results.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The stories were written during the last six months. I’ve just finished compiling and refining them.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any that inspire bouts of one handed reading!

Who or What inspired you to write this book? My fevered imagination and a stressful work environment conspired to form the suggestions that allowed these tales to be unleashed from the dirtier recesses of my mind.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It will be free and it will be packed with hardcore erotic action! There is the potential for some of these stories or characters to make recurring experiences. I wait eagerly to hear which strike a chord.

Read more here: