Monday, August 27, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Corsets and Contracts

Here's the beautiful corset I wore for the Harlequin 'Diamonds are Forever' cocktail party last Friday at Romance Writers of Australia's conference on the Gold Coast.

The highlight, however, was my new contract with Pan MacMillan Momentum and the breakfast (right) I enjoyed with our new editor, Joel Naoum, and the other Hot Down Under erotic romance authors at the QT Hotel.

The collection will have short stories released in November, December and January. My short historical romance, Saving Grace, is about a prostitute whose hated way of life is thrust upon her as a result of her safeguarding the secret of the man she loved and whom she believes betrayed her. Here's a link about the Hot Down Under venture from Bookseller and Publisher.

Here's the Momentum Press Release about the collection: • Commencing in November, Momentum, the new digital-only imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia will be releasing a series of 13 erotic short stories by new and established Australian romance writers • Contributing authors include Rhyll Biest, Rhian Cahill, Kasey Channing, Cate Ellink, C.T. Green, S.E. Gilchrist, Keziah Hill, Shona Husk, Beverley Oakley, Kylie Scott, Tracie Sommers, Mel Teshco and Marianne Theresa. • Each volume will be competitively priced and available globally Hot Down Under – 13 red hot stories by 13 talented Aussie authors guaranteed to make you sizzle.

Each story has an Australian setting. Some are rural, some are fantasy and some even have zombies. Announced just ahead of the Romance Writers of Australia Conference (August 16–19), the project was the brainchild of Tracey O’Hara, who will be contributing a story under the name Tracie Sommers.

‘I have loved being part of the Hot Down Under project. It originally started out as a way to help mentor new writers and soon became much more. We were all extremely thrilled when Momentum came on board. Erotic fiction has been huge long beforeFifty Shades of Grey came along. Erotic romance has been selling like hotcakes in the US for many years now and I published my first erotic short story in 2009. It is great to see an Australian publishing company supporting some great genre fiction.’ – Tracey O’Hara

Five of the authors are previously unpublished and were mentored by the established authors during the writing process. The resulting stories combine a fresh approach with years of experience. ‘Tracey O’Hara invited me to contribute and I loved the idea of being part of a solely home grown erotic romance anthology. It also gave me a great excuse to revisit the Australian post-zombie-apocalypse world of Flesh [due out from Momentum in October], only toying with the lives and loves of a different set of characters this time.’ – Kylie Scott ‘We had always planned to publish extensively in genres like romance and erotic romance when we first launched Momentum. However, we weren’t expecting such a gifted collection of new and established authors to approach us with such an accomplished project.

More than anything, this proves that there is a vibrant and talented community of genre writers in this country who are looking for support from their local publishers. We can’t wait to get this project up and running and to help connect these stories and their writers with their audience.’ – Joel Naoum, publisher at Momentum

For any further information about the series, register interest in obtaining review copies, or to arrange an interview with the publisher or one of the authors, please contact Mark Harding, Digital Marketing Executive, Momentum. +612 8021 0705

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Couture Corsets and Publishing Books

Today I published Lady Sarah's Redemption on Smashwords and bought the beautiful couture vintage corset, below - on impulse.

For months I'd been eyeing out the beautiful range of boned corsets at What Katie Did but as they cost around the two hundred (UK) pounds mark, I confined my corset envy to admiration from afar.

Now, it just so happens that my publisher, Total-E-Bound, is sponsoring a competition where they are contributing 100 pounds towards a Couture Corset for readers who are entered into the draw when they buy a copy of one of four books in the Bodices & Boudoirs collection. This includes my erotic English Civil War romance The Cavalier (details on my Beverley Oakley Books page).

Buy now for a chance to win
a Couture Corset
So there I was, preparing my blog about the release of The Cavalier and the Couture Corset competition for my August 9th slot at The Romance Studios and was checking the link to What Katie Did when, lo and behold, I discovered they were holding a fantastic sale with some lingerie reduced to nearly a third of the price, including the beautiful 'Antoinette' corset, below, and above, right that I'd fallen in love with. It was all the impetus I needed to click the Buy button.
So, with a competition like the B&B's Couture Corsets, why not do the same!

  Sale Showgirl Velvet Antoinette Corset
The link below will take you to the full collection...
Half price clearance sale - now just £75!
This breathtakingly beautiful steel boned corset could be the piece-de-resistance of our Showgirl collection. Or, the icing on the cake, if you'll pardon the pun!
The base for the design is our Antoinette overbust corset once again, but the resulting creation is anything but standard. The fabric is scarlet satin, overlaid with black floral flocking, which is echoed in the rich black velvet overboning and modesty panel. Opulent, decadent, just like the Dauphine herself, the Velvet Antoinette features a balconette bustline for gently uplifted and firmly supported breasts, and gored hips for a ravishingly wasp-waisted silhouette.
It's suitable for most shapes, and for seasoned and inexperienced corset-wearers alike as it's easy to wear and comfortable despite allowing a greater waist reduction than our non-gored versions. Wear it on a night out and you'll be stopping traffic... wear it on a night in and you might have the same effect on hearts!