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Cailin’s Cover Ideas at Beverley Bateman’s Blog
Out and About – Cailin Briste
It all started with a dream…

Cailin’s Cover Ideas at Beverley Bateman’s Blog

Today I’m answering questions about covers over at Beverley Bateman’s blog: the elements of cover design, the kinds of covers on my nope list, and why a cover is important. I also respond to inquiries about why I write sci-fi romance, my writing obstacles, and the most pressing question of all, what I eat for breakfast. Whether you want to know or not, it’s there. No judging. Well, you can judge, I’ll probably ignore you, unless you shout a great big, ME TOO!

I invite you to read the entire interview here: Cailin Briste on Bookcovers

Out and About – Cailin Briste

The Interwebs are crawling (pun intended) with places to engage with others be they friends, family, or complete strangers who become online friends. Writers have their hangouts where they can talk shop with other authors and places they can engage with readers. Both are equally important.

Facebook groups are particularly useful. There’s a group for help writing blurbs and another for promotional opportunities. If a writer wants to become involved in an anthology or boxed set, there’s a group for that. I’m a member of several sci-fi romance groups. Recently we had a long discussion about sci-fi romance titles: what we like, what we didn’t like, what we thought worked. And all in a polite way even though opinions were varied.

Email lists are the other online means I use to engage with other authors. I belong to the RWA Pan list, IndieRomanceInk, a Marketing for Romance Writers list, and a private list for authors with my publisher. I’ve gleaned a lot over the last year from authors who share their own trials, tribulations, and successes.

I’m also part of a blogging group, Romance Writers Behaving Badly. We share the duties of posting to our blog and help each other by sharing one another’s promotions, posts, and tweets. This is the group of writers I go to when I have a dumb question.

There are a multitude of places that I use to interact with my readers. I’ve listed the links below, but I’ll highlight a couple that are particularly useful for some back and forth.

I have my own Facebook group dedicated to my street team, the readers I rely on for opinions on covers, to write reviews of my books, and to spread the word about my new releases, sales, and giveaways. It blesses the socks off me when I ask a question in the group and have answers a short while later.

The blog on my website is another place I enjoy conversing with my readers. I post regularly, and not just book promos. The Fashion Maven posts once a week. I’m not sure who I’m mimicking when assume her persona. My dears, she’s so proud of keeping up with the A to Z blogging challenge this month. Twenty-six posts. One for each letter of the alphabet. Her theme is fashion designers. Yesterday featured Calvin Klein and a plethora of male underwear models. Something bold and sexy when that zipper comes down?

The Fashion Maven is fun, even if you’re not into the latest runway styles. But you can also read a variety of posts about writing and reading, Cailin’s life, and things that catch her eye or tickle her fancy. You’re here now, why not take the opportunity to look around a bit.

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It all started with a dream…

The inspiration for the stories I write comes in many ways. Shane: Marshal of Tallav, my first romance novel, was born of an ongoing waking dream I’d start playing in my head any time insomnia struck. The second and third books in that series came from a desire to tell the love stories of characters in Shane. Maon had already found the love of his life. He was the opposite of Shane, a typical house husband from the matriarchal planet of Tallav. On the surface. Underneath, there was much more going on. Maon: Marshal of Tallav is his love story.

I’m currently writing Randolph’s story. That’s taking a lot of digging to find out what makes him tick, especially since he’s a sexual sadist. How did that come about? Rand has lots of scrumptious inner struggles pushed to the fore by unexpected events.

The novella I’ve just finished revising was inspired by a prompt in the Kink in Ink writing even in the Goodreads BDSM Group. Members posted an image and wrote a prompt, including what they hoped the story might include. I began the story that became It Takes a Cat Burglar, but set it aside when it began to deviate from the prompt too radically. I made another attempt and posted “The Key” to the group. It’s currently available as a free download to anyone who subscribes to my newsletter.

The novella I’m working on for the Cosmic Love Cabaret anthology with the SFR Shooting Stars pulls in a character from Shane, Adrianna’s mentor at the Opio Institute. Master Trey isn’t looking for love. Which is probably why I needed to write a story just for him. This is a shorty that has a happy-for-now ending. A novel just for him is a possibility to turn that happy-for-now into a happily-ever-after. He’ll have to suffer before he arrives. That’s a given.

Sons of Tallav Series

Shane: Marshal of TallavShane: Marshal of Tallav

Shane Tiernan, the Beast of Tallavan aristocratic society, needs relief from the matriarchal rules that are destroying his life. His hope lies in a female submissive, newly graduated from a top sex school. From her resume, she seems perfect. Profile and real life collide when he arrives to collect her. He’s stunned when he spots her vaulting over a bar and snatching up an ice chipper to defend herself against the giant who is chasing her. Her combination of warrior spirit and long-limbed curves fires his Dom imagination and the desire to bind her in his rope and have her under his complete control.

Adrianna Pacquin is sexually submissive, but don’t cross her outside the bedroom. She’s escaped the crime lord who plans to marry her once before. When it becomes clear he’s still after her, she doesn’t intend to get caught. A fortuitous decision to accept the contract of Tallavan Marshal Shane Tiernan promises safety until an attempt to murder him sets the pair on an investigation that will require complete trust in one another. With danger stalking their every step, the secrets they both hide could implode their blooming relationship and leave them exposed to their relentless foe.

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Maon: Marshal of TallavMaon: Marshal of Tallav

Maon Keefe has always been told he’s doomed to fail as a husband. He decides never to marry instead focusing on living life as a player and becoming a capable marshal of Tallav. When he is shot and the most-wanted criminal he’s escorting escapes, he fears that his career, his one success in life, is doomed. Assigned to ferret out the cause of missing shipments for a VIP aristocrat, he meets Selina Shirley CEO of the House of Shirley. He finds himself inexplicably attracted to her despite her frumpy appearance. When he meets a hooded and masked, scorching hot Domme, Lasair, at his friend’s BDSM club, he’s torn between the two women. Both fire his imagination and call to his submissive nature. Either might be the woman to change him into successful husband material.

Selina Shirley organizes her life like she organizes her business, taking control of all aspects of each. She’s concluded that she must marry to get an heir and that her future husband must be totally submissive. Mentored by the sector’s most famous sadist, she learns what it takes to be a proper Domme. Then, hidden behind a hood and mask, as Lasair, she meets Maon and her instant attraction to his full submission at the BDSM club leads her to break her own rules and become involved with him. But he’s also the marshal assigned to investigate thefts at her company. When his broad streak of protective alpha male comes into play, it obvious he’s not a 24/7 submissive. To stick to her plan to marry the perfect husband, she must ignore her heart and dump Maon.

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Rand: Sons of Tallav – Work in progress

Randolph Meryon is a man no woman can resist despite the whip and title of sadist he brandishes. A pariah on his home planet of Tallav, he created a new life on Beta Tau, opening a kink club, The Whip Hand. The club is wildly successful, making him the most well-known and richest sadist in the sector. Old scandal comes roaring back into his life when his sister dies and he’s compelled to return to Tallav where his mother expects him to become guardian to his niece.

Jen Claymore, reeling from the consequences of her own, more recent disgrace, must find employment. But shunned by the Claymore family, her attempt to find work without their backing meets barriers on all sides. A position as nanny with the scandal riddled Meryon family seems like a lifeline. She’s relieved until she arrives at Briarcliff and becomes further and further enmeshed in a web of intrigue, unable to discern the identity of the spider at the center.

Then a second murder happens, and the first is discovered.

It Takes a Cat Burglar

When Darcelle Lebeau throws off the invisible chains that keep her bound to her family, she discovers a new vocation. Tempted to enter the illegal playground of a man she nicknames Matou, she becomes a cat burglar in training. Deeply ensnared with each task he entices her to fulfill, she fails to discover his identity and true intentions.

Sebastian St. Croix, a wealthy businessman, has a dark side. He’s a thief, a cat burglar who steals art and historical objects. For one year, he trains Darcelle to become his assistant, remaining incognito, observing her from afar. His admiration grows along with his desire for her with every phase-one challenge she completes. Phase two will test the limits of his control. Hands-on personal training? Yes. Sex? No. With his sister’s happiness at stake, nothing, not even the tempting Darcelle Lebeau, can interfere with accomplishing the biggest break-in of his career.

Release date: May 2017

This is my first non-BDSM title.

Educated by the Master (tentative title)

Trey Johannsen’s preference is to stick to managing a private BDSM club on Beta Tau. His boss insists he’s perfect for assisting his latest hire, Patsy O’Shaughnessy, develop a BDSM cabaret styled on the L.S. Quantum’s Cosmic Love Cabaret. The goal is an accurate but entertaining portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle. Trey is nonplussed. How the hell do you make burlesque accurate?

When Patsy O’Shaughnessy first lays eyes on BDSM master Trey Johannsen everything about him impresses her. Providing him a personal tour of the on stage and behind-the-scenes workings of the Cosmic Love Cabaret isn’t a problem. Withstanding the sheer sexiness of the ultra-masculine hunk while he educates her on the nuances of BDSM? That’s going to take some doing. Not that she plans to suggest hands-on training. No, the move from stage manager at the Cosmic Love Cabaret to creative director for a new venue is something she can’t blow. But if Trey Johannsen thinks experience is the best teacher, who is she to disagree?

Cosmic Love Cabaret Anthology – SFR Shooting Stars

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