Monday, August 15, 2016

Review of Sophie Jordan's Hell Breaks Loose (A Devil's Rock novel)

First off I'll say that I bought this book because of the sexy man on the cover. Yes, I'm a sucker for eye candy and I'm not ashamed of liking the taste. *grin*.

Anyway, I finished reading Hell Breaks Loose in a day. Why? The story was the very definition of a 'page turner' and I LOVED every minute of it.

While the heroine, Grace Reeves, worried me at first that she'd be one of those TSTL heroines, I was pleased to see she had a reason to be cowed thanks to her father's political career which dictated every aspect of her life growing up. However, she's an excellent example of a heroine we love to read grow stronger.

Her life takes a turn when she's kidnapped. She's in trouble and only bad boy convict, Reid Allister, can keep her safe. Yes, I'm not one for the criminal type hero, but Ms. Jordan did such an excellent job of writing, Reid, that I had to keep reading.

Grace and Reid have quite the emotional connection and the sexual tension is deliciously hot.

I won't ruin the ending, but let me say that this is the best example of a contemporary romance where the balance of story and sex is just perfect. I know readers enjoy books with lots of sex, (I'm one of those type readers) but this story satisfied me emotionally well before the characters got physical. Loved it!

I'm off to hunt down the Devil's Rock Novel that I missed titled, All Chained Up. I have a feeling this will become one of my favorite authors.

Here is the link to Ms. Jordan's website where you can find all of her books: http://sophiejordan.net/

Sexify your life,

Mary
 

Mary Corrales is an erotic romance/erotica author who enjoys writing in multiple genres including paranormal, contemporary, fantasy, and futuristic. Her newest paranormal erotic release is titled Sindriel and is due out September 20th 2016. This is the stand-alone sequel to Love's Demon Ways. 
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: Meet demon-bargainer, Sindriel

Desire is A Demon unto Itself

"I should know, I'm a demon bargainer, and desire is one of the reasons I'm called upon with such regularity. Whether human or demon, we all want something. It's often that which we can't have that we covet the most.
Perhaps I'm giving too much of myself to you. I know you're asking what I desire. It's dangerous to suspect my secrets. Then again, I'm in the mood to play with you a bit.
It's a woman, I desire. She's beautiful, mortal, and in need of me. What more can I ask for?"
Sindriel

Note from author, Mary Corrales:
SINDRIEL is the sequel to Love's Demon Ways which was Ren and Alexine's love story. Yes, readers, you loved Sindriel's wickedness so much in LDW, I had to grant your request and worked to bring his story to you.
Sindriel has a tentative release date of September 20th , (subject to change) from Siren publishing. I'll be publishing an official blurb and presale link as soon as possible because once SINDRIEL sells over 500 copies, the book will go to print.
Clearly he's just getting started with this blog. You'll hear from him again, and he'll bring more of his demon wit and wisdom with him. Enjoy his cover and be ready for him this September 2016.
Sexify your life,
Mary

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Upcoming release: Sindriel

Sindriel's story will be a reality. Yes, readers I received word that Siren Bookstrand will be publishing SINDRIEL with a tentative date of September/October 2016. Sindriel is the long awaited sequel to Love's Demon Ways and a full novel.

Approaching fast. I love that you, my readers, don't have a long wait. We'll get through the summer together, and in the Fall you'll have a great book to keep you warm those October nights.

I'm excited. I know readers wanted more of him, and what he delivers in this book even had my toes curling. As a demon-bargainer, Sindriel mingles in hell with the worst demons masters, but it's his desire for a mortal that throws his life into jeopardy.

Miranda met Sindriel at the wedding of her best friend and can't get him out of her mind. Who'd want to? *grin* Anyway, he's just the right type of bad boy she needs in her life, and I can't think of a better woman for him.

Mark your calendars and keep up with me on Twitter. I always announce my news there first, including any contests that might be held. Follow me http://www.twitter.com/MaryCorrales_A1

Sexify your life,
Mary


 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coming soon in August Book News

I have some exciting book news for the upcoming month of August. Things are heating up and I'm going to be very busy the next two months for a special event slated to happen in September/ October of 2016.

Check back August 1st for the big announcement. I can tell you that this Halloween will be one sexy night for staying inside and reading.

I encourage everyone to follow me on Twitter. My Twitter peeps are always the first to know the best news of the day, and read sexy snippets of my WIPS. I do love those twitter memes. *grin*

You, my readers, will be so happy with the naughtiness I've been up to.

Sexify your life,

Mary

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

There are just some days...

There are some days that life seems determined to annoy, depress, or kick you around. I'll be the first to admit that those days don't lend themselves to great creativity, at least not in me. Sometimes, I get stuck in my own head and something small becomes all consuming.

Accepting that the rhythm of life is a series of up and down isn't always easy. You'd think as an erotic romance writer, I'd enjoy "up and down" more. *grin* But I digress.

This is just a note to those like myself that feel like the day is just not going well. Everything gets better. This moment, this trouble, this worry will pass, and likely not even be remembered next year.

That's the thing about life; we aren't alone. Whatever you're going through, someone can relate. If you're lucky enough to have a good friend, reach out. Too often we think being strong means keeping everything inside because otherwise we're weak.

Not true.

People care. Family, friends, lovers, even acquaintances, can be a kind ear to listen when you're having that rough day. Anyone who looks down on you, doesn't deserve your regard.

Life is too short to worry, and too precious to wallow in dark emotions.

Truth is, we don't ever know if we'll get a tomorrow. So, let's not let today be one of regrets. Go live your life, and let everything else (worries, stress, fear, unkind words, etc.) pass by as it will.

Thanks. I appreciate you reading.

Mary


 

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Sequel to Love's Demon Ways is done

Fantasy Paranormal erotic romance, anyone?

I've finally finished writing and editing Sindriel's book. The sequel to Love's Demon Ways; readers first met Sindriel in all his badass and naughty glory, as the one who helps Ren and Alexine confront the evil succubus, Phaedra.

Sindriel has stayed in my mind from the end of Love's Demon Ways, but finding the perfect heroine for him was no easy task. Believe me, I rewrote this book many times with different heroines, but none of those females helped me even get a third of the way through writing the story.

That's when I went out on a limb and introduced Sindriel to Alexine's best friend, Miranda Contreras.

Readers also met her in Love's Demon Ways, as Alexine's spunky cheering section. I doubt that Ren and Alexine approved of my choice at first. Well, sometimes we authors have to piss off our characters for their own wellbeing. I knew Miranda would make a good equal to Sindriel. She has a way about her that would let her see Sindriel's true nature and not just his demonic side. She's more than Sindriel expects and everything he deserves.

While Love's Demon Ways is a novella of 31K words; Sindriel and Miranda's story is double that at 67K+ words. Amidst the demon realms and conspiracies, Miranda will show her strength to stand with her heart in the face of darkness.

So, where do we go from here?

Well, it's time to write that blurb and Synopsis, and get the story sent out to Siren-Bookstrand for consideration. Am I confident or afraid? Both, but I've gotten used to the feeling when it comes to submitting a book to a publisher.

I also need to come up with cover ideas. Covers aren't easy, and I always stress over what I want to convey to readers.

Titles, on the other hand, are easier. In this case, the characters did the hard work for me, and the book will be titled, SINDRIEL. (Unless, the publisher changes it on me)

I'll keep readers updated on the progress as I go. Fingers crossed, on an acceptance letter.

Happy reading,

Mary Corrales


http://www.bookstrand.com/loves-demon-ways

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dealing with Scam Debt Collection Calls

I recently received a call from a company that claimed I owned a debt. Let me tell you all that I live an exceptionally simple life; owe nothing, and never have. The caller left a message, used my full name, and claimed to this debt was tied to my social security number.

SCARY, right?

Not so fast. Why have I never received "written notification" of this supposed debt? Because there isn't one!

They said they had my social security number…*cue scary music* Well, liars lie and debt collectors are consummate liars who use fear and ignorance to intimidate average Americans.

So, after the lump in my throat calmed down, and I was able to think rationally, what did I need to consider? Here are my tips: Please remember that these are tips for those who KNOW they don't owe debts of any kind.

1)      Don't be intimidated and answer questions. If you should happened to answer the phone and not just let these calls go to voicemail, never confirm your identity or SSN to anyone, even if they claim to already have your information. 

A)    But they had my name? The internet makes name and phone number info. easy to find and easier to buy. Don't be fooled. I can find a wealth of information on anyone in today's digital age. Doesn't mean, I'm a long lost relative if I know everything about you.

B)    It's a legitimate company, though. Doesn't matter. If you know you owe no one, don't be fooled into paying. These companies survive on bulk collections. For every so many people they contact, innocents get caught up in the frenzy and it's a free payday for the company.

2)      Know your rights.

A)    What are the debt collection laws in your state? Find out, and find out your rights. Debts have a time limit, and once it expires a company has no legal right to collect.

B)     Also, research where you can enter a complaint with the Federal Government if the calls become harassing in nature. Keep and immediately submit those calls to your state's Attorney General if the caller threatens violence or harm to you.

C)    If you speak to the debt collection agency, ask that they submit the debt to you in writing. (Again, do not give or confirm you mailing address. They should already have it if they are legitimate.) The who, what, when, where, why, and how information of the debt should all be sent to you in written form.

3)      BLOCK. I immediately block these calls from my phone as I have no business with these companies, therefore I do not allow them the honor of my attention.

It's isn't always easy to shoo away the fear when you receive a call like this. The first and foremost thing to do is to "breathe before you react." Next, face your fears, check your finances and determine if you owe any debt, anywhere. When you've done this, breathe again, and decide how you'll proceed. Will you ignore them and block their calls? Will you speak with them? When you've decided, then know your rights.
There are plenty of articles on unscrupulous debt collection agencies capturing innocent Americans in debts that aren't real. Regular people pay money to stop the calls on debts that either aren't theirs or have expired. Don't let anyone victimize you and take your money.
Lastly, don't play mind games with these companies. They have the time and energy to make you miserable, so if you don't owe a debt, it's best not to engage with them on any level.
Kind Regards,
Mary