Sunday, July 19, 2015

Is it possible to have too many books?

My husband teases me (sometimes not so affectionately) about my bookshelves.  And my stacks of books.

I am a voracious reader - I average about 100 pages an hour, and anywhere between 5-10 books a week.

I take a book with me everywhere - the doctor's office, to the DMV, the bathroom, you get the idea.  I read both print and ebooks ... My tablet is full of books.

I buy print books new and used, and borrow from the library (generally when I want to try a new to me author).

I have two copies of all of my favorites - a print and an ebook.

I have books ... everywhere ...



For one of my anniversaries, my father-in-law built me a seven foot tall, seven foot wide bookshelf, with the shelves perfectly spaced for books.  It fits great on my landing going upstairs.  It's also full.

As are the bookshelves in my bedroom, in the hallway leading to my room, in my living room, etc ...

So I am always on the lookout for creative ways to house my plethora of books.  Here are a few that I have found and would love to have the ability to create.


FURNITURE



STAIRS



READING NOOKS



(This one used to be a closet)

(This also used to be a closet - and not only is it filled with books, but the doors are also bookshelves.)

(Another door/bookshelf - looks like maybe a library behind the door.)


GUEST ROOMS


Now in my search for creative book solutions, I have come across some other ideas for guestrooms, extra storage, etc.





So what do you think ...  Is it possible to have too many books?

Any book shelf ideas to share?  

~ Michelle


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Triolisme



When a man loves a woman ... and another man 

Rhiannon proposes an outrageous bet to her boyfriend Jesse, the outcome of which is sure to please them both in Nine Ball, Corner Pocket. In Their Harem Girl, Andrea is reading an article on spicing up ones sex life, and finds her imagination running wild when she reaches the suggestion about dress-up; will her husband and their lover approve of her choice? When Kara takes her pony boy to another Dom's stable to mount his pony, she never expected to be as turned on by it as she was; then again, she never expected the other pony to be a stallion in Wandering Where Led

Kurt has been keeping a secret from Candice - another man. What will she do when she finds out? Find out in Breakfast In Bed. In Dawning of Awareness, Caren gets caught watching her roommates making love - will she be asked to leave, or join in? Erika's boyfriend picks up a young man for them to share, to Double The Pleasure. Ashley and Taylor are house hunting - but find that their realtor is much more appealing than the house she is showing them in House For Sale, Realtor Not Included. Kyle has Secret Longings to submit - to both a Mistress, and a Master. Three friends become more during a night at the movies in Within Reach

When a woman loves a man ... and another woman 

Sabrina is a shameless sexual risk-taker, and discovers the delights of foreplay on the dance floor with an already-involved couple, and in being Exposed. A roommate with an exhibitionist's nature, and a willing boyfriend, leads Angela to question everything she thought she knew about her sexual needs - and her sexuality - thanks to their Spankology 101

In A Little Bit of Heaven, Bridgett's husband and her lover decide to solidify their relationship with her - together. After saving his roommates from an evil spider, A Not So Reluctant Hero is rewarded by the girls. In Introducing The Lovers Meghan has to decide is she is ready to take her relationship with Ava to a new level - inviting Ava's husband to join them. Stacy and Julie share everything - even Jim.. Will it be More Then He Bargained For? In Revelations Jared walks in on his wife cheating on him - with another woman; now he has to decide if he can accept her infidelity ... or if he should walk away. Three lovers enjoy a nice morning in bed together. in Three On A King Sized Bed.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bedtime Tales, Sexy Daydreams, and Paranormal Delights



Bedtime Tales, Sexy Daydreams, and Paranormal Delights An omnibus of over 40 erotic stories.

Summer Storms and Hearts Aflame: After ten years, Jacob is finally going to get an answer to why Marci ran away after their night together. Trapped together during a summer storm - can they rekindle their love?

Paradise Valley: A leisurely afternoon sun-bathing leads to a bit of naughty outdoor play when Amanda's husband comes home.

Castles in the Sand: A moonlight stroll on the beach with a handsome stranger leads to a night of unexpected passion ... and the possibility of more.

Wake Me Up: Two stories of sexy mornings.

Elemental Passion: Three stories of the passionate fury of nature, lust and love.

Whispers Between Lovers: A collection of short erotica to read with a lover; passionate prose to satisfy your desires when alone; and tempting morsels of desire to tease your mind, as well as your body. This collection is packed with intimate moments, raw emotions, hot sex, and lots of sexy, naughty, sometimes kinky details.

Paranormal Delights: Paranormal Delights is a collection of nine sexy tales of mortals, vampires, shifters, ghosts and angels.

... and many more ...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Procrastination for Creative Writers


Black and White and Shifters All Over

Today was my alter ego Michelle Lee's day at the Inside Books We Love blog.

My post was all about my tiny little pet peeve in shifter stories.  I love shifter stories - as should be obvious given what I tend to write.  That said, I hate it when the species humans turn in to doesn't exist.

For example ... The Big Cats

Well, I guess you will need to check out the post to find out which ones I am talking about.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Shifters, shifters, everywhere! (AKA Now available in print)

The first six stories in the ANIMAL ATTRACTION series and a combined FANGS AND FUR/TIME AFTER TIME print edition.  It's shifters, shifters, everywhere!


TAMING THE WOLF: There’s always someone for everyone. Ben didn’t believe the old saying, though. Gay werewolves weren’t frequent occurrences of nature. Then Nathan turns up on his doorstep, a rogue in more ways than one - including being Ben’s mate. If he can teach the younger man how to tame his inner wolf. 

EMBRACING THE LEOPARD: Erik lives between two worlds, a leopard shifter drawn to males. An aberration within the abnormality of the shifter world, he chooses to live apart and alone rather than surround himself with what he cannot have. Then came Brandon. And both his worlds came together. 

UNLEASHING THE JAGUAR: Michael discovers zoos are no place for shape shifters when he finds himself caged in one as their newest jaguar . He has to find a means of escape without betraying his people’s existence. Then Danny shows up. And Michael’s not so sure which option’s least dangerous—the chance of rekindling the past with his ex or staying caged. 

CAGING THE TIGER: It took magic and Meric the Magician to prove Kyle wasn’t the only one of his kind. Sometimes illusions are real. 

HEALING THE FOX: Scott knew the wildlife rehabilitation center couldn’t save an injured fox -- since he was a shifter. He didn’t intend to fall in love with Christian when he took the shifter home, just save him. Now Scott has to decide if he really believes that letting go is the only way to hold on. 

CLAIMING THE OWL: Adam is caught between duty and desire. To retain his place in the owl parliament, he has to make sure the Matriarch’s son Nick comes to his own wedding. Easier said than done, since Nick isn’t remotely interested in his bride. Or in women. And Adam’s beginning to think Nick might be worth losing everything for.



Two series in one print edition. 

TIME AFTER TIME 

Sands of Time: Like many, Nicole has told herself she would do the things she has always dreamed of "later"; diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer - later has come and she's going to see the world. Once she arrives in Scotland, she meets a man she can't resist. Ciaran offers her a hope for the future she had given up on having, but it comes with a price. For Ciaran is not what he appears to be, and his race can't risk anyone finding out they exist. 

Turning Back Time: Devastated at the news of her friend's death, Julie rushes to Scotland to find some answers. What she finds instead is Roarke. Unwilling to let go of her search, Julie winds up figuring out what happened to Nicole. Along the way, she finds her own chance at happiness, if she can accept that Roarke isn't human.    

FANGS AND FUR 

When an evil scientist starts experimenting on shifters and vampires, trying to uncover the secret to their kind, the races must join together to stop him. In the process, four couples find love and passion beyond any they could have imagined. 

Unnatural Bonds: Kali risks everything to free Riordan from the scientist. Once she succeeds, she isn't certain what to do with him. He has a good idea though ... if she's willing. 

Laws of Nature: When Shaylee escapes from a kidnapping attempt, she manages to get to safety and the shelter of her neighbor Garrett's arms. Once there, she discovers she doesn't want to leave. 

Bound in Blood: Anya is a protector for the vampire race. In the process of taking care of the threat to her people, she meets Ruben, who is delighted to find that she is his mate. Can this strong woman submit to a determined shifter? 

Nature of the Beast: As a councilor for the vampire race, Kathryn has had to make hard choices--including sending Anya to take care of the scientist hunting them. One of the hardest thought is accepting that she is a shifter's mate. As a future alpha, Vance isn't willing to accept no for an answer.


Looking for a series title ...

I am attempting to come up with a series title and I am drawing a blank.

All of the books in the series will be M/F in nature - some might have D/s aspects, others won't.  All of the stories will involve some kind of a work place romance.

I already have a series of M/M stories called 'In Love With the Boss' so that is not an option.

So ... what I am going to do is open things up to you, my readers, and offer a prize. : )

What I want from you ...  For your entry to be valid you must suggest a Series Title that is applicable to a work romance series.

You can win one of two ways.

At the end of June, I will look at all of the series title suggestions and see which, if any, appeal to me.  If there is a series title that I end up using, the first person who suggested it (in case of repeated suggestions) will win an autographed print copy of both A Second Chance at Love and Kinky Girls Do.  (For those who live outside the US, I reserve the right to offer a e-copy depending upon shipping costs).

Then - just for attempting to assist me, you will be entered into a random drawing.

Each person who enters, be it via my blog, facebook, or my website/newsletter, will be assigned a number.  I will then use the random number generator at http://www.random.org/ to pick the winners.

Depending upon how many people enter, I might give away additional prizes.  At the moment, two second winners will be drawn, one of which will be awarded an autographed print copy of A Second Chance at Love, the other an autographed print copy of Kinky Girls Do.  (For those who live outside the US, I reserve the right to offer a e-copy depending upon shipping costs).

Should you be the winner selected for any of the prizes - you will be asked to provide a mailing address.

You agree by entering:
* That your first name and first letter of your last name may be displayed on the author's website, facebook page, blog, ans newsletter.
* That you may enter the contest only once! per method.  This means one entry via facebook, one in the blog comments, and one via the website/newsletter.  Each of the entries must contain a different series title suggestion.
* That if you live outside of the US, you are willing to accept an e-copy of the anthology, should the shipping costs be deemed prohibitive by the author.

To enter via facebook, like my page at www.facebook.com/eroticpen and comment on the Series Title post.

To enter via my website - see details at michellehouston.com 

To enter via the BLOG - provide your series title suggestion in the comments field below.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

What's old is new again ...

As some of you know, but others might not, a little over a year ago I slipped two disks in my neck.  As a result, I have had sporadic pain and numbness in my left arm and spasms in my back.  I had hoped last summer that things were taking a turn for the better - however it quickly backslid.  Now I am just taking it one day at a time.

Today was a good day.  I managed to make some significant progress on a story (so I am hoping to have something new soon), and to finally get the last of my current re-releases published.  Right now, they are available at All Romance eBooks and Smashwords, and will soon be out at Amazon.

First up is ...

FANGS AND FUR

When an evil scientist starts experimenting on shifters and vampires, trying to uncover the secret to their kind, the races must join together to stop him. In the process, four couples find love and passion beyond any they could have imagined.

Unnatural Bonds: Kali risks everything to free Riordan from the scientist. Once she succeeds, she isn't certain what to do with him. He has a good idea though ... if she's willing.

Laws of Nature: When Shaylee escapes from a kidnapping attempt, she manages to get to safety and the shelter of her neighbor Garrett's arms. Once there, she discovers she doesn't want to leave.

Bound in Blood: Anya is a protector for the vampire race. In the process of taking care of the threat to her people, she meets Ruben, who is delighted to find that she is his mate. Can this strong woman submit to a determined shifter?

Nature of the Beast: As a councilor for the vampire race, Kathryn has had to make hard choices--including sending Anya to take care of the scientist hunting them. One of the hardest thought is accepting that she is a shifter's mate. As a future alpha, Vance isn't willing to accept no for an answer.

All Romance eBooks - Fangs and Fur by Michelle Houston

Smashwords – Fangs and Fur – a book by Michelle Houston


Next is ...

MAIDENS AND MYTHS

Mt. Olympus will never be the same again ...

PANDORA: Created by the Gods as punishment. It took a goddess to understand that she too was being punished, and a God to unleash the woman she was truly meant to be.

PERSEPHONE: Kidnapped by Hades, she knew that there was more to him than the Lord of the Underworld bit. Underneath his death lord exterior beat a kind and caring heart, as she knew all to well.

PSYCHE: Beloved of Cupid, she wasn't to ever know who her husband was. But she wasn't content to be kept in the dark forever.

CHARON: He had been alone for a long time; then one day a whirlwind of emotion named Ledia demanded that he take her across Styx to meet with Hades, so that she could bargain for her brother's soul. Charon never expected to fall for the demanding minx.

GALATEA. Loved by her creator, she was given life. Unfortunately, the personality had to be worked on a bit.

APHRODITE: It's quite simple exhausting to be the goddess of love. Everyone wants something from her, including the other deities. Yet Aphrodite knows that sometimes a Goddess just has to have some down time.

All Romance eBooks - Maidens and Myths by Michelle Houston

Smashwords – Maidens and Myths – a book by Michelle Houston


Then ...

ENSLAVING HEAVEN

Lyssa is disgusted by the whole sale of slaves, but finds herself drawn to one of the ladies on the selling block. After impulsively purchasing her, Lyssa now has to decide what to do with Alya -- she can't just keep her. But the former prostitute, now slave, has other plans for her new mistress, including convincing her to let her stay.

As if Lyssa doesn't have enough to deal with, her pilot and best friend Nita is having problems adjusting to the newest member of their crew, and how it makes her feel. Nita had once found what Lyssa has, but lost it thanks to her. When an accident gives Nita a second chance with the woman she loves, she risks Lyssa's wrath to be with her.

All Romance eBooks - Enslaving Heaven by Michelle Houston

Smashwords – Enslaving Heaven – a book by Michelle Houston


And finally ...

WHISPERS IN THE NIGHT

Tales of Sapphic Seduction

Thirteen erotic tales of hot and horny moments between two women as they explore soft perfumed flesh, taste of the peach of womanhood and savor the essence that leaks forth. BENEATH THE MISTLETOE is the story of a sexy woman who seduces her date at her office party. Enter a world of voyeurism in WINDOW DANCER as Amber watched her neighbor undress for bed. And many more … From slow, sensual lovemaking, to hot kinky sex, this collection has a bit of it all.

All Romance eBooks - Whispers In The Night: Tales of Sapphic Seduction by Michelle Houston

Smashwords – Whispers In The Night: Tales of Sapphic Seduction – a book by Michelle Houston