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Musings 7/10/16: These are a Few of my Favorite…Authors!

I thought since my last Musings was about the scarier aspect of the business, I thought I’d do something in contrast.  So with this Musing I’m going to discuss one of the best things about this business — US!  Authors I mean.  Hell, there wouldn’t be a business without us, right?  Anyway, I thought maybe I’d just mention some of my favorite authors and their works.  This list will not only present fantasy authors, but romance and paranormal as well.  And feel free to comment with your own works.  Who knows, maybe I’ll discover a new favorite?

Charlotte’s WebEB White

This is, and always will be, my favorite book.  More contemporary fantasy, I read this so many times as a child I committed it to memory!

The Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis

Yes, that’s right.  I have the entire series.  And now that I’ve looked him up, I remembered he has a science-fiction series as well and I plan on getting that as well.  Which is my favorite?  Do you even have to ask?  And it looks like a movie for The Silver Chair is in the works!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L Frank Baum

The book, not the movie — although the movie is fabulous as well as we all know.  The link goes to the movie site.  I’ve only read the one so far but I want the whole series.

Let’s jump ahead a little bit.

The Death of the Necromancer Martha Wells

I’ve read a few more of her books but this is my favorite.  And I seriously need to catch up.

The Tortall Universe Tamora Pierce

For some unexplainable reason, I got out of her series.  yes, I know technically it’s for young adults but, so?  I want to pick up where I left off, although I may need to start over again.

Poison Study Maria V Snyder

I have the first three books in this series but once again, I got out of them but that’s going to change soon.  I actually met Ms. Snyder several years ago at a book signing.  Very nice lady.

The Evenmere Chronicles – James Stoddard

I haven’t seen or heard anything of this author in years.  The last time I saw his site, which appears to be gone now or at least I get an error message, he said he was working on something new.  A third book was published by a small press in the UK.  I guess he should have gone on my other list.

The Anteros Series Allan Cole and Chris Bunch

Starting with The Far Kingdoms.  I also met Allan Cole at a signing and made a complete  idiot of myself by acting like some silly fan-girl.  I’m cringing with embarrassment now even as I recall it and write this.  Hopefully I’ve matured.  But hey, I love me some Amalric Emilie Antero.

The Chronicles of the Necromancer Series –  Gail Z Martin

Another author and series I need to get back into.  Also I have the first three books in the series and the fourth waiting in the wings.

The Sword of Change and The Chronicles of Josan – Patricia Bray

I interviewed her on my website WAY BACK in the day before CJ Black ever came into existence.

Elemental Blessings Series Sharon Shinn

I’ve read other works of hers but I’m on Troubled Waters now and this is going to become one of my top favorites.  I just wish she was on Twitter or Facebook!

The Mist-Torn Witches (Series)Barb Hendee

I’m waiting to start on the second book of the series which is sitting on my shelf.

Here are a list of romance authors who have written too many books to mention and I’ve pretty much read everything of theirs that I can get my hands on.  Some you’ll probably know even if you don’t read romance.

Beverly Jenkins:  I absolutely love her African-American Historical Romances!  And yes, I pretty much have them all and I believe one of her contemporaries as well.  Have to check the shelves.  Hey and I just checked her site and saw she’s written others since I purchased Night Hawk.  Time for a trip to B&N.

Sharon Sala: Excellent author and Facebook friend.  Need to look over her site to see what I’m missing.  AKA Dinah McCall.

Debbie Macomber:  I am really missing a lot of new works in the romance aisles.  I need to hop to it!  And she has a series on the Hallmark Channel!

Linda Howard

Nora Roberts: Need I say more?

Dorothy Garlock

JoAnn Ross

Wow!  I have a ridiculous amount of catching up to do with some of these authors.  Time really does fly doesn’t it?  There are likely more so I may make a part two of this list.

So what are some of your favorite authors and why?

 

Peace~

CJ

p.s. Maybe I’ll tackle video-games next.

 

Soul Fires AVAILABLE NOW!!

Boo-Yah!  Soul Fires is now available for purchase at Liquid Silver Books!  So show some love and stop by the Liquid Silver Books* site and order your copy today!  And stick with me until this weekend and I’ll have a nice contest set up!  It’s been a awhile since I’ve hit the virtual shelves and I am so proud of this work!  I know you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!  And as always feel free to drop me an email and tell me what you thought!  Peace~

CJ

 

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PURCHASE HERE!

Author C.J. Black
Series Soul Fires
Book # 1
Genre GLBT, M/M, Paranormal, Contemporary, Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Incubi
Heat Level 3
Words 34,000
Content Notes Spicy, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse
Publication Date 12/21/2015

 

Re-Release: (Cobblestone Press, Soul Fires, C.J. Black)

A missing journal, a thief in the night, unbridled passion between two men with ethereal powers that sets their souls on fire … C.J. Black is pleased to present Book 1 of her paranormal romance series Soul Fires. Myles Bryce and Demetrius Jordan live in a world where things really do go bump in the night. Together, they’ll have to find a way to stop the evil stalking them. Hot, sexy, and filled with all manner of paranormal beings, you’ll love Soul Fires!

Price: $4.99

 

*And while you’re visiting check out my previous works.  Catch yourself up for the next installment!

 

Soul Fires: Available for Pre-Order NOW!

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PRE-ORDER HERE!

Series Soul Fires
Book # 1
Genre GLBT, M/M, Paranormal, Contemporary, Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Incubi
Heat Level 3
Words 34,000
Content Notes Spicy, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse
Publication Date 12/21/2015

Price: $4.99 $1.99!

*Re-Release: (Cobblestone Press, Soul Fires, C.J. Black)

 

A missing journal, a thief in the night, unbridled passion between two men with ethereal powers that sets their souls on fire … C.J. Black is pleased to present Book 1 of her paranormal romance series Soul Fires. Myles Bryce and Demetrius Jordan live in a world where things really do go bump in the night. Together, they’ll have to find a way to stop the evil stalking them. Hot, sexy, and filled with all manner of paranormal beings, you’ll love Soul Fires!


Hello all my wonderful readers and fellow authors!! I am pleased to announce the re-issue of my m/m contemporary paranormal novella, Soul Fires on 12/21/15! Want to be certain you get a copy? Currently it is available for pre-order on the Liquid Silver Books site for $1.99. That’s 20% off of the regular price of $4.99! Boo-Yah!! I’ve done some major tweaking with the work itself, so I know you’ll enjoy it! And for all of my new found friends this is the perfect chance to sample my work! And as may or may not know, I’ll usually hold a giveaway once the work is published. More information on that. And don’t you absolutely love the cover?! Major props to LSB for doing such a fabulous job! For now, rush on over the LSB site and pre-order you copy today, please and thank you!

Peace~

CJ

Mini-Musing 3/18/2015 ~ Can You Really Go Home Again?

I’ve mentioned previously that I haven’t written as of late.  I just haven’t felt like it, waiting for word from Tinderbox. I know that’s the absolute worst thing to do — not continuing to write that is. Have you ever had so much faith in a work that you don’t want to stick it into that awful box and start something new?  That’s how I’m feeling right now.

As some of you may know, I graduated from college!  The first person in my family.  My Big Brother is so proud!  Well then so am I!  I was so antsy about not passing the last class that the stress levels were very high.  And now I received the email today that my degree is on the way! Boo-Yah!! So that’s one less thing stressing me out.

I still haven’t heard about the promotion yet, although I did get the your application is still under consideration email.  I was calm about it, now I’m climbing the walls again.  Time for some deliciously fortified wine.

OK, so one stress inducer is gone, as for the second, there isn’t much I can do about it.  And the third…

Well, I’ve mentioned the writing defeat I had which was about a decade and a half ago. I’d written a young adult book, the wrong publisher got their hands on it and everything went to hell in a hand basket.  I got both good and bad reviews and a write-up in a major magazine, receiving a five star review when another more famous writer received a two-star for their first YA. But I simply haven’t been able to write like I used to since.  Well I’m thinking it’s way past time that I stopped letting that incident control my muse but on the other hand…it’s hard to kick those feelings to the curb.

While I await word on Tinderbox I’ve wondered, should I have a go at that YA again?  I’ve been doing research into what YA’s read.  It all seems to be dystopian and futuristic, which quite frankly I think is being played out (no offense intended) and that’s not what I want to write.  I noticed quite a few that followed the path of The Hunger Games and Divergent — places where the world is divided into four or more sections and someone is trying to change the balance of power — usually a young girl.

Mine is a good old fashioned YA heroic fantasy along the lines of the works of Tamora Pierce (whom I incidentally must start reading again, it’s been too long!) and authors with a similar style.  I’ve seen a few books like it but not many.

I would have to do extensive rewrites and major changes even right down to the character names. And I’m still a bit antsy about doing that.  Also that science-fiction idea keeps trying to force its way out of my brain and onto my keyboard.

I’m not going to go back to school for my Bachelors until this fall so I have a good six months to myself.

But as the title suggests — can I really go back?  Can I really make the tale into something exciting? I’ve got eleven years of additional practice and experience since then.  I’d like to think I’ve improved. Hell, I KNOW I’ve improved by leaps and bounds if you’ll pardon the cliche.  Whenever I think of it there’s that annoying nagging doubt.

So I’m not sure what I want to do right now,  Any thoughts?

Peace~

CJ


WONDERFUL WRITING NEWS!

I’m so excited, the song goes! My M/M erotic romance short story, What You See is officially out and available for purchase as an e-book from Noble Romance Publishing! It’s so gratifying to see my work in print and it feels fantastic each time! It’s the ultimate reward for all my work. Scroll down for more information and a sneak peek!

As always, I’d love comments from readers and writers alike. Let me know how I’m doing. I’m always eager to discuss the writing process. Also please feel free to take the banner provided and post it on your website. It will be much appreciated and I will be happy to swap banners with you as well.

Many thanks to Jill Noble of Noble Romance Publishing and Fiona Jayde for the great cover!

Title: What You See
Author: CJ Black
Purchase URL: https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=66
Amount: $1.99
Cautions: Profanity, explicit sex
Genre: M/M contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing – https://www.nobleromance.com/Default.aspx
Cover Art: Fiona Jayde
Format: E-book

When the older man starts frequenting the restaurant where Adam works, he doesn’t know what to think. Kent is everything that defines success and wealth. What could he possibly want with a college kid like Adam?

Kent is going through a bad divorce, but he knows what he wants and who he wants. He makes his move, but following a brief yet intense lovemaking session, Adam’s insecurities make him walk away.

Kent, refusing to let Adam go, decides to find a way to make the younger man see his worth and their need to be together.

EXCERPT:

“Hold still,” he said.

I would have been pissed at his arrogant tone if he hadn’t pushed his hands between my legs.

“What are you—?” As if his actions weren’t blatantly obvious.

He stroked me through my pants, slow and deliberate, like he had all the time in the world and we weren’t in the back of a restaurant where we could get caught at any time. And damn it all if there wasn’t something about the situation that excited me.

He pressed down harder, circling with the flat of his palm. I grunted and fisted one hand around the sleeve of his jacket, needing something to hold on to. I moistened my suddenly dry lips. My cock strained against my pants. Damn it, I wished he could undo the fly. I think I told him to stop at one point. I don’t remember. I do know I opened my legs for him. He made a sound sort of like he was satisfied he’d gotten that reaction from me.

After a while he stopped and I nearly said, “What the fuck,” until I realized what he was doing. What I’d hoped he’d do. He unzipped my pants and plunged his hand in, underneath my briefs, and grabbed my cock, a little too hard because I couldn’t help this little convulsive jump I made.

“Too . . . hard . . . .” I muttered.

He ignored me, or maybe he was too intent on what he was doing to answer. I didn’t give a shit right then. “God this feels so good . . . ,” I managed to get out, my voice stuck in my throat. He went from stroking my cock to fondling my balls and I had to bite my lower lip to keep from screaming out his name like some teenage virgin.

“Kent.” I was almost there. If he stopped now, I swear I’d . . . . “Oh hell, Kent, please, I’m going t—”

I came, spurting my seed all over his pumping hand and my stomach, my hips lifting off the seat with each burst. Kent grabbed one of the cloth napkins on the table and stuffed it in my mouth and I screamed around it, hoping like all hell that nobody heard. It took forever and at the same time I thought it ended too soon. When I was finished, I could barely stay in the seat. I would have slid under the table in a boneless heap if Kent hadn’t held me up.

“I’m not done with you yet,” he said as he lifted his hand to his mouth and licked my cum off his fingers. “I’ll be waiting for you, outside.”

And he left me there, sprawled in the booth with my pants open. I couldn’t move. I was still panting and drained . . . and suddenly pissed at him again. The least the bastard could have done was stay until I’d gotten myself together. If anyone walked up on me now I was dead.

I guess I was having a lucky night because no one did. I cleaned myself up with the napkin and zipped up my pants. Then I sat there, with my head in my hands, wondering what the fuck just happened? I tried not to think too much on it because when I did I could just feel my cock twitching, wanting more.

To hell with the silverware. I was out of there.

The 6th Annual Bettersex.Com Erotic Fiction Contest for 2009/2010 is to start the voting process today. As previously stated, I have submitted stories once again. My story Trade was the Week 9 Winner last year and I’m very excited about my submissions this year. My stories are to be presented the week of November 2nd to the 8th. Please note this week on your calendars and remember to vote. Don’t worry you’ll get many reminders from me! The stories being presented are:

A Little Knowledge – My M/F, May/December contemporary erotic romance.
Comfort Zone – An S/L contemporary
Diamond In The Rough – My M/M/M contemporary erotic romance.

Go to the BetterSex.com Erotic Fiction Contest site for more information. I will have banners available soon that I will post for your use.

And remember, my M/F fantasy erotic romance, Paint is still available for download and purchase. Purchase URL: http://excessica.com/index.php/books/paint-by-cj-black/

You can also see other examples of my work for free! Click on the links at the right sidebar for my stories published by Clean Sheets Magazine and Good Vibrations Magazine.

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