Saturday, November 29, 2014


I'm so excited to say that I've finally received the final cover art for my upcoming book, One Night in Dublin. This is book 9 in the City Nights series from Tirgearr Publishing. #9 being one of my lucky numbers, I'm hopeful this book will be a hit with readers.

The City Night series is fabulous. Each of these erotic romances is set in a city around the world. The story takes place within a 24-hour period, with each book being a balance of romance and sexy escapades.

Current books in the series include --

One Night in Boise by Troy Lambert
One Night in Paris by Lucy Felthouse
One Night in Rome by C. Margery Kempe
One Night in New Orleans by Kristi Ahlers
One Night in San Francisco by Cass Peterson
One Night in Amsterdam by Jaz Hartfield
One Night in Edinburgh by Charlotte Howard

Coming in 2015 --

One Night in Madrid by JD Martins (30 January)
One Night in Dublin by ME! (27 February)
One Night in Salamanca by Kay Brooks (27 March)

This series publishes every last Friday of the month so watch for coming titles here, or mark your calendar.

So, I hear you asking, "Kem, when do we get to see your cover?"

Well . . . soon! I'm currently organizing a cover reveal. I'll post the cover as soon as the book goes up for pre-order, which I hope will be before Ho Ho Day. For a hint of what you can expect from the hero of this story, check out my last blog, Beardy Goodness ;-)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Beardy Goodness

Incredibeard - Isaiah Webb
So, last night, I participated in a great event to help celebrate the release of an anthology of sexy stories by some of my online buddies . . . The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires. We all had a great time and I met some new and fabulous folks...and picked up a few new friends on my Facebook page.
One of the best discussions we had on my side of things was the topic of men with beards in romance, erotica, and erotic romance. We all shared some feelings on the matter, and shared some photos of some great bearded men!

The general consensus was that a lot of women didn't realize some of the men they were attracted to were beardies! And some of those who were deadset against men with facial hair, quickly changed their minds when we shared some of photos of hunky bearded men.

Here's the link if you want to check out the discussion.

One of the main reasons I posed the question 'to beard or not to beard', was because I'm about to release a new volume in the City Nights Series from Tirgearr Publishing -- One Night in Dublin (out 27 February 2015).

In my book, the hero has a beard. Not just facial scruff, but a full-on, fist full of whiskers beard. I've never written a bearded hero before, nor a bad guy for that matter, so this was a great challenge for me.

Other great challenges were writing in the first person/present tense, and setting a full story within a 24 hour time frame. But those are subjects for another post. Today, I'm sharing some images of some great bearded men who have cropped up on the big screen in the last year or two.

I also want to shore up the prediction I made over the summer while writing One Night in Dublin. That is, we'll see more bearded heroes in 2015. Not the facial scruff kind, but the full-on, fist full of whiskers kind ;-)

Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones
Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels
Aaron Kaufmann from Fast and Loud (Gas Monkeys Garage)
Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok and Clive Standen as Rolo on Vikings
Liam Neeson in Star Wars
Timothy Olyphant from Justified
So, if you've gotten this far in the post, I'd love to hear your thoughts on 'to beard or not to beard' when it comes to the heroes in the books you read. I bet you have some favorite actors or other performers who have beards and you really never thought if you liked them because of their beard or not . . . George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Chuck Norris, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Russell Brand, Leonardo Di Caprio . . . the list goes on. I'd love to hear some of your favorites. Those above are some of mine.

You can find me on Facebook and Twitter to share your comments.

More coming soon about One Night in Dublin. Watch this space!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Holiday Specials at Tirgearr Publishing

You know what time of year it is. I won't say it, but you know!

My publisher, Tirgearr Publishing, has started their holiday sale. From now through the New Year, all of their holiday books are marked down to just 99c/89c euro/77p!

This includes The Power of Love, set in the west of Ireland over the you-know-what season.

You may have already read the current blurb here on the site, but here's a taste from a little farther into the story --

He’d practically killed himself getting to the hospital. When Ethan got the call saying Elaine had collapsed at work, he panicked and dropped everything to get to her side. He still had not been allowed to see her, as she was still undergoing tests, so he waited in the private room he had made sure their health insurance covered.

A moment later his pacing was interrupted when the door pushed open and Elaine was wheeled in on a gurney. As assistants helped her into bed and the nurse made her comfortable, his heart pumped hard in his chest, stealing his breath. Elaine looked pale and groggy. He wondered if she even knew he was in the room.

Then he was alone with his wife. She lay so still. The rise under the covers told him she had not lost their baby, but his chest tightened anyway, fear pumping blood though his body at a fierce rate.

“Are you going to stand there all day?” Her voice was thread, her eyes just barely open. She lifted her hand off the bed, beckoning him over.

Ethan instantly went to her bedside and kissed her clammy brow, stroking her once lustrous golden hair that now fell in limp strands around her shoulders. He gazed into her tired green eyes and his heart squeezed again.

“How are you feeling, love?”

Elaine grasped his hand as he stepped back, encouraging him to sit beside her on the bed. He did so and kept her hand in his, leaning in to kiss her forehead once again, as if his kisses could rouse her out of whatever had weakened her.

“I’ve been better.”

“What happened, Lany? They said you collapsed at work.”

She shook her head lightly. “I-I don’t know. I don’t remember much. I was helping a customer—talking about babies . . . you know how I am. The next think I knew, I woke up here.”

“Have you spoken with the doctor? What did he say?”

When she shook her head once more, he rose with the intention of going to find the doctor to get the test results. Just then, the door swung opened and an authoritative balding man with glasses perched on the end of his nose strode into the room. Dressed in black trousers and a white lab coat, a stethoscope around his neck and a clipboard in his hands, he had to be the doctor. He moved to the foot of the bed, going over the papers on his clipboard. It seemed he stood there for hours before he finally looked up.

“Are you the husband?”

The husband? “Oh, aye,” said Ethan, not even trying to disguise his annoyance. “What’s wrong with my wife?”

OMG, the suspense!

Other Tirgearr Publishing books on sale include --

Christmas Present by Isabo Kelly

Midwinter Masquerade by Romy Gemmell

The Trouble with Holly by Kristi Ahlers

Christmas Once More by Stella Whitelaw

Santa Takes a Wife by Betsy J. Bennett

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Kristi Ahlers

Deck the Halls by Zrinka Jelic

And of course, The Power of Love on Kindle, and all over formats here on Smashwords.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has read The Power of Love, either previously or inspired to by this sale. What did you think of this story, and would you recommend it?