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Sunday, December 28, 2008
LAST WEEK TO ENTER MY CONTEST!
WIN A BASKET FULL OF TOYS!

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER

WIN A BASKET FULL OF SEXY ADULT TOYS CONTEST ($100 VALUE!)


Okay Folks,

This is your last week to enter my ADULT TOY CONTEST.

I’m definitely going to draw a winner December 31, 2008 and announce it January 2, 2009 - to give a chance for everyone to enter. (If the winner is out of the USA, that person wins a $100 Gift Certificate from Amazon.com)

All you have to do is send me a receipt that the epublisher sends you when you order one of my books. That emailed receipt will be used to enter you into this drawing. Every book you buy is one more entry into the contest.

Send the receipt(s) to collette-thomas@sbcglobal.net PUT IN THE SUBJECT LINE TOY CONTEST!


Meantime, go to FORBIDDEN PUBLICATIONS and look for me at the following sites. Also, there are some great reads at these sites. I can’t think of a better way to start out the New Year than by ordering and enjoying a sexy, sassy, totally hot read from the publishers.


FORBIDDEN PUBLICATIONS

Hot Sex with a Stranger: A Case Of Mistaken Identity – (Hot over the top Erotic Romance by Collette Thomas)
Link to Buy:
http://www.forbiddenpublications.com/book_pages/mistaken_identity.html

Four Play (the Sequel) – (Hot over the top Erotic Romance by Collette Thomas)
Link to Buy:
http://www.forbiddenpublications.com/book_pages/four_play.html

Live the Fantasy (Hot over the Top Erotic Romance to help you celebrate that special occasion – by Collette Thomas)
Link to Buy
http://www.forbiddenpublications.com/book_pages/live_the_fantasy.html

No More Secrets, No More Lies – A Contemporary Romance by Marie Roy earning 4 and 5 stars from reviewers)
Link to Buy
http://www.forbiddenpublications.com/book_pages/no_more_secrets.html

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posted by Collette Thomas @ 12:55 PM   0 comments
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Start the year out eating healthy !!


A CATERING AFFAIR - Coming in February 2009 at Forbidden Publications!

You won't want to miss this latest erotic romance by Collette Thomas

Click here to check out the Book Trailer:

And to start off 2009 on a positive note, here's a great recipe. I had this on Christmas Day and they were fantastic!

Dates and Fig Bars

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup skinned, toasted hazelnuts, chopped
1 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup chopped dried figs (See note)
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons cognac or brandy

Place the figs and dates in a saucepan and cover with water 1 inch above
the fruit. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer until tender,
about 20 minutes. Drain. Place the fruit on paper toweling for 10
minutes to blot up any excess water.

Process the fruit, sugar, lemon zest, and cognac with the steel blade in
a food processor until a smooth paste forms.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add
the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the
vanilla and combine well.

Stir in the oats, flour baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the
chopped hazelnuts.

Pat two-thirds of the oatmeal mixture in the bottom of a 9-inch square
baking pan. Spread the date-fig puree over the oatmeal. Crumble the
remaining oatmeal with your fingers and sprinkle it loosely on top of
the fruit puree.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into 16 squares.

Note: Although the recipe calls for dried figs, make sure they are soft
and moist.

Source: THE SILVER PALATE GOODTIMES COOKBOOK
Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

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Friday, December 19, 2008
Writing and Music - a Comparison

What is Music Anyway? What is Writing Anyway?

In The Intellectual Devotional by David S Kidder & Noah D Oppenheim we are given a lot of food for thought. One thing they say is that Music has a pattern where noise only has sound. I’m afraid that could define Heavy Metal for me. Noise, loud and busy that has no rhyme or reason for being. Sorry Heavy Metal fans, it just doesn’t translate for me.

Kidder and Oppenheim say the basics of music compared to noise have to do with
Pitch —How high or low a sound is to the ear;
Scale—a stepwise arrangement of pitches;
Key—which is an arrangement or system of pitches usually based on one of the major or minor scales.

Simple isn’t it? The Ghost Music of Vaudeville as a mystery has a similar basic set up. Pitch: how intense (high) or relaxed (low) the action
Scale: an arrangement of pitches that take us from each paragraph with a beginning, middle and end, to each chapter with its beginning, middle and end; to the book as a whole with a beginning, middle and end.
Key: That is a little harder, but I think of it as all the system of pitches – the paragraph, page, chapter, and book according to one of the Major (genre) or Minor (sub-genre) scales –genre and sub-genres of the mystery from cozy, procedural, true crime, or hard boiled. The same can be said for Romantic Suspense as in Inferno - soon to be released from Forbidden.

Therefore, everything in writing the mystery/suspense can be reduced or elevated to its musical counter part. Our culture influences our pitch, scale, and keys whether that is in writing or in music. Extremes may abound even while the rules are followed. For instance music in India compared to the music here in the west such as opera, rock or Country. Or, compare the Native American Drum, to the drum of modern rock – they are nowhere in the same playing field – the Native American Drum is spiritual, the rock drum is entertainment. Both, however, are entertainment and in some circles could be called spiritual.

Music and writing are both creative processes. Whether we use pitch, scale, and key or whether we use some other method to join the parts into a complete whole – they compliment each other, and I believe they embody each other.

It is said that we each “march to our different drummer,” and I believe that is as true in creating fiction as it is in creating music.

Sing Loudly, Write Like The Wind and enjoy the rhythm you create!
Cricket

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Have yourself a Merry Zombie Christmas...

EXCERPT

I lowered my gaze to the red carpet. It blurred as thoughts of having watched a blockbuster movie in this very place returned to my mind. How could life change in a single instant without so much as an explanation?

“Are you all right?”

I looked up, startled. Larry stood over me. He’d stayed behind while the others prepared to leave.

“As all right as I can be in such a crazy situation,” I answered truthfully.

He knelt down in front of me, eyes fixed on mine. “I know you’re scared. We all are. Well, maybe not Sharon.” He stopped long enough to chuckle. “But I can tell you that I’m terrified at what we may find outside this movie theatre, or out there in the city streets. But, Jess, all we can do is try, see what happens when we get out. We can’t stay here anymore.”

“I know, but it’s terrifying to realize what we’re about to do could cost us our lives.”

He nodded. “That’s true, but staying here would do the same, although I believe we all survived for a reason.”

I was convinced my survival was a pure coincidence, yet looking into his deep blue eyes, the passion this man held for fate attached itself to me. “Maybe you were right before.”

“About what?”

“About us meeting on this day no matter what,” I answered. My heart beat faster but it had nothing to do with the dangers that lay ahead. The undeniable attraction between this man and me was really taking a grip.

Larry grabbed a strand of dark hair that had escaped from my ponytail. His fingertips rubbed the end for a few seconds, before he pushed it back behind my ear.

“Let’s face this together, you and me.” He winked.

“You and me,” I echoed.

Larry stood up, held out both of his hands in front of him. I put mine in his and allowed him to help me up. It was amazing, but as I stood there with my hands still in his, the others seemed to blend into the darkness.

Suddenly there was only us, two strangers who’d met and instantly clicked. In spite of the odds stacked against us, I wished he’d pull me in for an embrace or a kiss. The thought made my stomach fill with butterflies. But Larry didn’t do anything. He just stood there and held my hands in his, with his gaze pinned on mine.

When I looked away from his penetrating gaze, all eyes were on us.


You can read more HERE.

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Friday, December 12, 2008
My Christmas story is now available!
I'm so excited!

CHRISTMAS DAY OF THE DEAD is now available from Forbidden Publications. If you like your festive season with a little romance, terror, and zombies, then this is the story for you. ;)

This Christmas Eve, Jess gets more than she bargained for when she walks into a shopping center filled with dead shoppers. And some of the corpses are rising.

When she stumbles onto a handful of survivors hiding out in the cinema complex, it becomes a race against the clock to make it out alive. Together, they venture outside in search of safety.

Trying to stay alive with corpses at every turn is hard enough. Her instant attraction towards one of the survivors, Larry, can only complicate things further...


You can read an excerpt here.

Or purchase your own copy here.

'Tis the season to be... scared!

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Thursday, December 04, 2008
Reasoning a Gift Selection

You have to admit these are perfect gifts - Books that is - The printed word will never go out of style for any gift giving reason.

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Two pertinent lists from Jessica James, author of Shades of Gray, posted on Amazon:

Top Five Reasons Why Guys Should Give Books as Gifts

5: She can't connect with a new sweater like she can with a book.
4: Hey guys, they're easy to wrap!
3: They come in all sizes, shapes and colors--what could be easier?
2: It's cheaper than a romantic getaway but can produce the same result.
1: Books are gifts of love and joy--and can create everlasting memories.

Top Five Reasons Why Girls Should Give Books as Gifts:

5: They're easy to store--on coffeetables, bookshelves, nightstands or countertops.
4: They never go bad no matter how long they're stored--and they can be used quickly or savored over time.
3: Books can teach, educate, entertain--and distract him from football.
2: It's a small investment that can return dividends for life.
1: Books are the perfect gift of enjoyment that don't require him to leave his chair.

[Thanks to Traci A. Lower.]
Billie

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posted by Billie Williams @ 1:15 PM   0 comments
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
COMING SOON TO FORBIDDEN PUBLICATIONS
A CATERING AFFAIR!



Every night on a Caribbean cruise Valerie makes love with a man named Russ Harper. Except this is just a dream. She knows no man by that name, not until in real life does she meet up with a man who looks exactly like her dream man and then the sparks fly!

Coming to Forbidden Publication February 2009

Collette Thomas
Other Stories by C. Thomas
Hot Sex with a Stranger: A Case of Mistaken Identity - Click to Order
Four Play - Click to Order
Live The Fantasy - Click to Order
Appetite for Lust - Coming Very Soon To Forbidden Publications
posted by Collette Thomas @ 11:27 AM   0 comments
LIVE THE FANTASY!
CELEBRATE THAT SPECIAL OCCASION!

This trilogy of sexy stories will help you do just that!

Happy Anniversary, Honey - Cassie Daniels, erotic romance writer, plays out her very own erotic fantasy with handsome Mannie Rodriguez during a sumptuous dinner.

Happy Birthday, Honey – Tracy Miller wants to be a slut! Her friend Melissa helps her play out this wish. In return, Tracy provides Melissa and her husband Bruce the best birthday gift ever. (Involves a ménage.)

Happy Valentine’s Day, Honey – Gabriele Clarke and Amanda Morelli certainly know how to enjoy Valentine’s Day and do more than swap Valentine Day cards when they enjoy a delightful ménage with one man called Antonio. (Involves a ménage.)




CLICK HERE TO ORDER

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