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And So It Begins…Free To Leave Excerpt

Here is a bit from the prologue of our debut novel, Free to Leave… Jana is embarking on her post-divorce life.

I’ve played out this new life a million times in my head. All fantasies of an impossible someday. Some women I know would wilt under the pressure of having to start all over again. And I might too except for one fact. I have the best friends a girl could ever wish for. Most would consider themselves lucky to find one such “would-help-you-bury-a-body-then-take-you-to-Hawaii-to-drink-and-forget” BFF. I have three. They’re the ones who watched Jillian while Jake and I talked out the details of our divorce, took me shopping for “new you” clothes that didn’t reek of failed marriage, and sent me congratulations balloons the day my divorce was final.

Rylie, Vanessa and Maura have been and will always be my saving grace. Truthfully, they may even be part of the reason my marriage slowly circled the drain. In my heart of hearts I knew that Jake would not always be there for me. He doesn’t handle problems well – he’s not one to consider he has any responsibility for the challenges our marriage faced or that he had any power to change things. They say people reveal themselves in times of crisis. And whenever a crisis happened to me, or us, it was never a redeeming moment for Jake. It was always The Girls who picked me up.

I know I will never have a relationship that’s more important than the one I have with The Girls. No one knows how to cry harder, laugh louder, and have each others’ backs like the four of us do. They’re the reason I don’t feel the need to sit in my robe and blow snot into tear-drenched tissues every day. I did that for 48 hours. On the second day Rylie came over, and after trying to reason with me sweetly, literally shook me until I snapped out of it. Sometimes you just need someone to smack you across the face when you’re being a stupid whiny bitch. I’d do the same for them and they know it.

Now it’s time to get to it: Jana 2.0. It’s hard to know which direction to go when you thought, no matter how delusionaly, you’d be part of someone else’s forever.

Free to Leave is scheduled to be published December 21st on Amazon and other retailers.

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Blog Hop: Hot Topics!

Jude and I are thrilled to be the last stop on an awesome author-filled blog hop. We were tagged by Mary Palmerin, an up and coming writer you don’t want to miss! Her first book, Succumbing to Scars and Sorrow, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. It is an emotional story of secrets, fear, love and passion. It is getting incredible reviews and it is highly recommended!

Mary is the sweetest person ever and a fellow Midwest gal. I (Rebecca) have had the pleasure of getting to know her over the past few months via Twitter. You will not meet a more supportive and encouraging fellow writer. Jude and I are so happy for her success! You rock!!

She sent us the following questions to answer about our lives as writers. Check out her answers to the same questions here.  While you’re visiting her blog, stay for a while and read some of her fabulous author interviews. Didn’t I tell you she was supportive? And once you read her book, I’m sure you’ll be back to her blog to read some of Lyla’s backstory. It’s really gripping. You can also follow Mary on Twitter @palmerin_mary.

Now on to our questions!

1. What are you working on right now?

We are busy, busy, busy! Our first book, Free to Leave, is in the final editing stages. We have received some great feedback from our beta readers and we’re making some minor changes based on that. Our anticipated publication date is December 21st, so we’re also working on some publicity. In addition, the first draft of book #2 in the Free Girl series, Free From Fear, is well underway. And of course we’re trying to keep up with our blog and Twitter!

2. How does it differ from other work in its genre?

Although our books are erotic romance novels, the stories feature the strong friendship shared by four amazing women- Jana, Rylie, Maura and Vanessa. Most books we have read focused on the romantic relationship between a man and a woman. We love that and think it’s great, and of course our books have some of that, too. But we also felt strongly that we wanted our characters and plot to be driven by something else, something maybe even more powerful- sisterhood.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Because we have dirty minds? That, and we’ve just always thought we could. So now we are! Nothing more profound than that.

4. How does your writing process work?

The Free Girls is slated to be a four-part series. After discussing what kind of books we wanted to write and getting an idea for the series, we sat down one weekend with butcher paper and post-it notes and sketched out the highlights of each book.  We did the same thing, only more detailed, for Free to Leave, then Jude got busy writing. We meet bi-weekly to hash out character development, plot inconsistencies, or other issues. During those meetings we also talk about blog posts and other promotional, “business” type stuff. In between meetings there are texts, emails and phone calls to discuss anything and everything– what if Jana did this? I think this would be great about mid-way through the book. I’m having trouble with fill-in-the-blank, etc.

One HUGE part of our writing process is Pinterest. The two of us share hidden boards where we pin things that inspire us. Right now each “Girl” has a dedicated board filled with clothing, things about her home, work and personality, and of course the type of man she goes after! We have found it really helpful having a visual reference when writing.

Once the first draft of Free to Leave was done, Rebecca did some heavy editing. Once Jude made corrections, the manuscript was off to the betas! For the second book in the series, our process will be the same only the major duties will be reversed.

Our Top Seven Sexiest Series

Rebecca and I have been friends forever. But it’s only been in the last five years or so that I started reading like a fiend. It’s all her fault, really. She dragged me to see the second Twilight movie. Well she didn’t exactly drag me, more lured me with dreams of hot vampires dancing in my head. Once I saw it, I had to know what happened next. So I bought the last two books and ripped through them. Not long after, a co-worker of mine asked, “Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?” Seven words that changed my life forever. Am I right, ladies? And gents?

Hello, my name is Jude and I’m an erotic fiction addict. (I can hear you, “Hi, Jude!) Rebecca and I have read hundreds upon hundreds of erotic / romantic novels ever since. But we aim for the really erotic ones. Every once in a while I make myself read a novel from a different genre just to make myself feel like not such an addict. The minute I’m finished though, I’m right back on Amazon looking at what they’ve recommended for my next seedy read. We love talking about the books we’ve read and it’s added a whole new dimension to our decade- plus old relationship. And it’s inspired us to become professional authors ourselves.

So what, you may ask, are our favorites? We have a lot! Because we love our fans, we’ve narrowed it down to our Top Seven Sexiest Series:

7. The Chaos Novels (Own the Wind and Fire Inside) by Kristen Ashley

6. Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris

5. Bared to You (The Crossfire Novels) by Sylvia Day

4. Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward

3. Masters of the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

2. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

1. Songs of Submission by CD Reiss

Now, don’t forget the debut of our Free Girls Series comes out in December with book one, Free to Leave. We hope that will be your # 1 soon! In the meantime which one is your all-time favorite at the moment? Vote below! If we missed one of your faves, comment below and we will definitely check it out!

Free Girls (Get your mind out of the gutter! Well – not all the way out of the gutter)

Don’t get us wrong, we love a hot-as-hell alpha male just as much as you do. But when we started talking about the kind of series we wanted to write, Rebecca and I realized we really wanted to focus on strong women. With that in mind, we created The Girls.

Maura, Rylie, Vanessa and Jana are the best friends any girl could ask for. Having met in college, they’ve grown up with each other and helped each other become the strong, complicated, vulnerable, genuine, loving people they are when we meet them in book one of the Free Girls Series, Free to Leave. Their love for each other is endearing and also fierce. There isn’t anything they wouldn’t do for one another. And that’s tested as each of the women face changes and life events none of them pictured in their fantasy filled vision boards.

Jana gets divorced, becoming a single mom. Rylie meets a man that changes everything she thought she knew about herself. All the women face challenges and adventures regarding their sexuality… but we don’t want to give it all away! So, be looking for Free to Leave by Jude Conli and Rebecca Raines in December. One thing’s for sure – The Girls are much more kick-ass because of their relationship with each other and throughout the series, we’ll see time and again how life with best friends makes everything better.

Three Steamy Books to Buy Today

Good Morning and get ready to click the ‘Buy It Now’ button!

Three big books are coming out today by some of our favorite authors. Knowing you want to be up to date on the sitch, here’s the list:

 If Only by Cherise Sinclair
This is #8 in the Master of the Shadowlands series but I wouldn’t say you necessarily have to start at the beginning. In fact, I read the first in the series after I read 3 or 4 of them ( a strategy that was recommended to me by my writing partner, Rebecca Raines ). And I would advise you do the same. While you can read the books, including this one independently, I wouldn’t recommend it only because you’d be missing out on some of the best erotica out there. This series is panty melting, find-my-lover-or-vibrator-right-now fun. Definitely in my top 5 of all time. I can’t even talk about it because I don’t want to ruin it for you but, its yummy of the BDSM variety. This book follows Sally and the agents. YES! Rebecca and I have been looking forward to this book for a long time!

Aftershock by Sylvia Day
Ok… this one comes out Nov. 12th but do yourself a favor and go ahead and pre-order it now. This is part 2 of a novella series that started with Afterburn a few months ago. Afterburn was a quick read and we assume this one will be the same. I was amazed after the first one by how much emotion Sylvia could pack into this shorty (knowing that the Crossfire Novels are going to #4). The writing in this series is beautiful and really tight – packing a lot of punch in a short format. It’s definitely helping to curb my angst over Eva and Gideon from the Crossfire series (I need that last book! Like, now.)  Afterburn, and I will assume Aftershock, have some similarities to the Crossfire series, most notably featuring a relationship that rocks its characters to the core.

The Edge of Always by JA Redmerski
Sequel to Edge of Never which follows Camryn Bennet and Andrew Parrish after they’ve completed their cross country road trip that leads them to find what they had with them all along. I don’t even care what this book is about because I love the relationship between Camryn and Andrew. The first book was not the most erotic book I’ve ever read but, it had some definite yumminess. What I loved most what the way the two characters’ stories wove together how the details unfolded. I so pre-ordered this one.

So, happy reading! Let us know what you think of these three.

Wine Shortage? Say It Ain’t So!!

We here at Contents R Hot have a long list of things we love. Wine sits somewhere in the top three.  Jude reaches for cabernet and Rebecca prefers cheap, white and sweet. So we were dismayed to read this article at Delish.com, suggesting that wine may become in short supply in the not-so-distant future.

Wine relaxes, soothes, and fuels many a hot discussion. What are we to do?

Rebecca did a little research and is contemplating this alternative: RumChata. She dug up this praise for the rum cream on drinkinginamerica.com (along with some tasty-sounding recipes)–

Naomi Bean Says:                               March 29th, 2012 at 3:45 am                

Effing delicious! Take it from someone who’s been drinking horchata her whole life and is no stranger to rum; Rumchata is hands down the most satisfying and uniquely amazing beverage I have ever tasted. It’s sweet sexy rich taste smell and texture licks each of my senses and sends my mood instantly skyward. I work at a bar in a small far west subarb of Chicago and was recently introduced to Rumchata by co-workers and I am in LOVE<3 it has become my nightly ritual to have a glass of it on the rocks each night following my shift and its smoothe pleasurable cinnamon and vanilla sweetness is indescribable=) Mmm More Rumchata please!

Well, that sounds like an orgasm in a bottle! Think I’ll try some tonight- I’ll let you know how it goes!!

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