Saturday, August 31, 2013

I asked for intense...

And I got it...

I put in a cover request four days ago, and got this last night. Ah, I adore Syneca! (Now, if those clouds just didn't cover quite so much of his lower would be purrfect...rrowrr) Not sure when the book will actually come out, but edits are about three weeks away. You'll be the first to know.

I am about halfway into my next muse has decided I'm worth salvaging, I think. If I can keep turning in one story every other month, I will be back on track. 

So...what do you think? Would this cover make you at least think about buying the book?

Hugs, sweet thing...

Fran Lee

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Getting Modern & Ouch!

I have a new personal Facebook page:
I’m also now on Twitter!  @bradford_tessie
Thanks so much to my daughter for helping (doing most of everything) and for not running screaming from the room or using the Vulcan Death Grip on me during the process! 

The following is an unembellished, 100% true accounting of actual events:
Pleasuring Anne, my next release with Resplendence Publishing, is a short contemporary love story with a mature h/h and lots of humor. In early July, I committed to a September 30th sub date. No problem, right? Well, with Megan’s Men taking off in popularity, my muse soooo wants to get back to Sci-fi, she isn’t listening to me regarding the fact we’ve promised another book first!
Last Sunday, I became completely stuck in the mechanics of a scene. Thank God the head of my Research & Development Department was on site. I went out to hubby’s man cave and told him I needed his help. He immediately backed away from the table saw and flashed the come hither look which snared me 27 years ago. I almost forgot my mission when he hooked his fingers in the waistband of his jeans.
“No, no, not that kind of help!” I said. “I have a deadline; focus!”
He sighed dramatically.
I laid out my problem. If the hero is holding Anne’s wrists, can he move her arms behind her, and grasp them in only one of his hands at the small of her back. “Let’s try it,” hubby replied.
The arm moving went fine, the one hand grasp not so much. A loud popping sounded from my right shoulder. I cried out and hubby panicked. “Are you okay? Do we need to go to the hospital?”
It hurt, but since I was able to lift and rotate my arm, I was pretty sure it wasn’t a mortal wound. As I worked out the kink, my mind raced with ideas. I started to laugh.
“You’re actually inspired by this, aren’t you?” hubby asked, shaking his head while joining me in laughing.
“Hell, yes!” I gave him a quick kiss and hurried back to my computer.
Possessing Anne is my third story where the hero and heroine are both 50+.  There may be a few physical limitations, i.e. comic relief, but Romance has no age limit.  

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 26, 2013

No British Stereotypes Need Apply... A Cussing Great Blog With Nicky Peacock!

Today’s special guest is the fabulous Nicky Peacock!  Nicky is a multi-published author who writes Young Adult and Adult paranormal romance, horror and urban fantasy. She also a charming Brit with a stingy spot for British stereotypes and she some advice on how to avoid them. She also offering something I was delighted to read—genuine British curse words fresh from Her Majesty’s biscuit tin! I hope you’ll enjoy the list as much as I did.
Risking a stereotype here… This is a picture of Nicky.

She’s gorgeous, no munter is she. If you don’t know what a munter is keep reading and you’ll find out. I’m a bit envious. I wish I were a classic English country maiden with the face of an angel, a cascade of flaxen waves, stormy blue eyes the color of the Thames on a frozen morn, a complexion like buttermilk and an insouciant curl of the lip that hints chase-me-I’m-worth-it.

Nicky looks sweet and innocent but she’s got a biting dark sense of humor and among other things is included the “Fifty Shades of Decay—Zombie Erotica Anthology”. She’s British so its safe to assume she prefers knives to guns, so watch out if you see her reaching into her boot.

Here’s Nicky Peacock’s own words, sharing a little fun with us:

Don’t fall for stereotypes in romantic fiction.

I don’t know about you, but one of the biggest turn-offs when reading a romance is when you find yourself presented with your own nationality’s stereotype. You know the ones I mean: French man wearing stripy shirt and onion necklace, Spanish swarthy gent who fights bulls, and casual Italian mobster who runs either a pizza place or ice cream parlor. Sometimes, it’s hard to stay away from them in writing – after all, if it’s not your nationality then this is all you know of them– but it shouldn’t be. These clichés can be avoided quite easily with a bit of research and a dollop of confidence.

So, I’m English. And I hate reading about an English character who has a stiff upper lip, bowler hat, drinks too much tea and has yellow teeth. It happens more often than you think and I try not take it personally, but sometimes it even stops me reading that book out of principle. These days with eBook popularity soaring, any writer, regardless of their nationality, cannot afford to alienate any nation’s readers. So what can you do? Well, if it’s a main character, you could ideally take the opportunity to have a sneaky holiday to their country and mingle first hand with its natives. Experience the whole culture and perhaps be inspired with new characteristics and story lines. Okay, so not all of us have the time or money to do that. But there are a couple of things you can do:

Rent a movie.

World cinema offers a peak into that country’s people and customs. Have a look online for a movie that you’ll enjoy from that county, sit back and let it inspire you. Do be aware though, that some movies themselves are going to be a bit cliché themselves so pick movies that are well-made and at least appear to have some credibility. If they are made in the country of origin then stereotypes shouldn't be included (unless they are trying to be funny!). These movies can give an excellent look into that culture's society and the people dwelling within. 

Read a book.

Tourist guides can be bought online and offer snatches of information about the country. Do try and buy those that are written in the country itself. There are even online sites that can give you virtual tours of places with commentary. Getting a feel for the culture can do wonders for your character.

Read a book set in that country by a native writer - again they shouldn't include stereotypes unless they are being facetious and can give you not only the feel for the people but also some dialogue tips too.

Ask a question, or several.

Social media has made interacting with other countries so much easier now. Twitter and Facebook are particularly good for making contacts for research (and not just for nationalities) finding another writer from the country your character is from and asking some poignant questions will make your characters really come alive and be accessible and comfortable for your readers. Fellow writers shouldn’t have a problem with talking to you, especially if you offer to return the favour if they ever need it.

The Englishman cometh!

Okay, so I’m English, so at the least I should give you a few pointers about writing English characters.
*Please no Dick Van Dyke accents!
*Not everyone is from London. We may be a small country but there’s more to us than our capital.
*We’re not all Cockney gangsters – regardless of what Guy Ritchie would have you believe.
*Only a minority of the English are upper class, so no watching hours and hours of Downton Abbey and assuming we’re all like Lady Mary and Lord Grantham.
*We don’t just drink tea – although it is my main beverage of choice! I do drink coffee and hot chocolate too.
*Most of us have excellent dental hygiene.
*Unless your book is set in the Victorian era, no top hats, cravats or monocles please.
*The fair majority do not have butlers and maids.
*We prefer knives to guns here - more because of accessibility than any real violent standards
*We're not all villains - although we're not all angels either!

A great way to ensure an English character is believe-able, yet not insulting, is simply by changing their choice of words to make them more English. So here is a little US to UK list, as a bit of a cheat sheet:

US                                           UK
Cookie                                     Biscuit
Biscuit                                     Scone
Gas                                          Petrol
Pants                                       Trousers
Sweater                                   Jumper
Trunk                                       Boot
Hood                                       Bonnet
Beer                                         Larger (pale) Bitter (dark)
Fries                                        Chips
Chips                                       Crisps
911                                          999
Elevator                                   Lift
Drugstore                                Pharmacy
Dumpster                                Bin
Eraser                                      Rubber
Faucet                                     Tap
Frosting                                   Icing
Hickey                                     Love Bite
Playing Hooky                        Skiving
License Plate                           Number Plate
Mom                                        Mum
Public Holiday                        Bank Holiday
Rest Room                              Toilet
Sweat Pants                            Track Bottoms
Trash Can                                Dust Bin
Vacuum                                   Hoover
Zip Code                                 Postcode
Purse                                       Handbag

There’s probably a hell of lot more variations and of course you also get regional slang words in certain English counties. As this is an adult site I’m also going to supply you with a list of English curse words, or swears, + insults too (some of these are the same, but I just like writing them!) I've included a brief explanation in brackets.

Arsehole (asshole)
Billy no-mates (someone with no friends)
Bint/ Scrubber/ Skank/ Trollop/ Slapper/ Duffer (woman of loose morals)
Bollocks/ Nuts/ Balls
Bugger (similar to fuck)
Chav (someone who thinks they’re cool when they’re not)
Cobblers (similar to rubbish)
Cock-up/ Balls Up (making a mistake)
Codger (elderly person)
Div/ Pillock/ Plonker/ Prat/ Wally (idiot)
Dodgy (something under-hand) 
Git (an insult with a touch of jealousy – usually used on men)
Gordon Bennett! (translation similar to Jesus Christ!)
Gormless (dumb ass)
Grotty/ Manky (gross)
Jog-on/ Piss off (Fuck off)
Knob (Dick)
Minger (unattractive lady)
Mucky (dirty/ also with sexual conatations)
Muppet (although this not technically a curse word, its still used in a derogatory fashion)
Munter (very unattractive lady)
Naff/ Pish/ Poxy (crap)
Numpty (more affectionate term for fool)

Shite (shit) 

If you are writing English characters and would like to talk to a fellow author/ ask a few culture questions, then drop by my Facebook page and friend me and send me a message - 

About the author: Nicky Peacock is an English author living in the UK and can be found online:

Share this blog or you’ll be a Billy-no-mates!
Thank you Nicky for a fun blog! 

Writing ain't what you think!

Pick a period in history that you love.
What do you know about it?
List that.
Can you make that into 20,000 words of BELIEVABLE text? 30K? 50? 100K? Fiction? With moving parts, intelligent characters and realistic conflicts?
What does an author of historical fiction REALLY have to know?
Say, you're writing about folks who want to revolt against the king...
You will have to research:
What they wore to the revolution.
What they ate while they revolted.
Where they went to revolt.
How they traveled there.
What their demands were...and why.
Oh, boy.
For my latest Regency, HIS DELECTABLE COOK, I had to know (among other glamourous facts):
  • 1820s English Law regarding women's inheritances. (No lie.)
  • How staff was hired. By whom.
  • How staff related to each other.
  • How an heiress could be robbed of her rights.

For WITH HER KISS, my newest erotic medieval (now on pre-order, BTW, so go save $$$), I had to become re-acquainted with:
  • Structures of dungeons
  • What Dominican monks wore
  • Geography of western England and Wales
  • Structure of one famous castle (Nope. Won't tell you which one, but it DOES HAVE a SECRET DOOR!)
  • Whereabouts of King John when I set the story
  • King John's other misdeeds
  • All of which is background to the barons' decision to make John sign the Magna Carta!

Didn't know that the Magna Carta was the first blow to establish women's rights?
Well, now you do!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Halfway through my next wip...YAY!

No cover for Skinwalker's Woman yet...
but it should be coming along soon.  As soon as I get it, I'll post it.  I have roughly half of my latest wip in the can...something totally different from Fran Lee. This is the one that hit me in the face while I was happily typing away on the one I had planned derailed me, and then I had to grab it and start writing...FAST.

So far, I am still tight with it...and every now and then it throws a new twist my way.

Has that ever happened to you? You are in the middle of a wip, and another one reaches out, grabs you by the nose, and insists on being written? Sigh. I keep paying lip service to the prior wip, and will get back to it as soon as this urgent intruder is finished.

Oh...I found this utterly adorable thing on Facebook, and stole it instantly...what do YOU think?
See you next week...



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Over The Moon Happy!!

Megan's Men hit #1 on Amazon for Kindle>Romance>Science Fiction!!!!!
It also remains an All Romance Best Seller at #5!!
Megan Lynch has had a very bad year. Her husband took off with most of their assets and a twenty year old bimbo. She lost her job and has nowhere to live. Accepting a management position at a research facility on a distant planet was supposed to be the first step to a new start. But now her transport has been cancelled indefinitely. She’s stranded, exhausted, defeated, and utterly pissed off.
Garfor, Rork and Loban came to Earth for a one day trading mission. Finding their woman alone and upset in the travel port is both a blessing and extremely upsetting. She is unfamiliar with their ways, and Garfor is forced to use deceit to get her onto their ship and off the planet. With only a few days to convince her she is destined to be theirs forever, all three men are more than willingly to rise to the challenge.
Megan’s Men
Copyright: Tessie Bradford 2013 
Megan counted eight doors, not including the one Garfor was opening at the end of the hall. He stood to the side, and Rork carried her inside. The room was huge and beautifully decorated in shades of cream, tan, brown and red. One entire wall was glass and faced the mountain waterfall. What held her attention, however, was the enormous bed dominating the space. It had definitely been designed to accommodate more than two people.
“You’re trembling,” Rork said, searching her face.
“Hopefully due to being extremely turned on?” Loban asked, trailing a finger along her thigh.
“Well, yeah, mostly.” She gave Garfor a pleading look as heat burned her cheeks.
“Megan confided to me that her previous sexual experience is limited to the man she was married to. Her intense desires for us are confusing and foreign to her, and they conflict with how she perceives herself and what is acceptable behavior.”
“Wow, good job in the explaining department,” Megan said quietly, extremely relieved and grateful for his tact.
“Rork, please put her down,” Garfor directed. Rork set her gently on the edge of the mattress. “I guarantee we’re going to push your boundaries, swaya, our ways are very different from yours.”
Megan ran her tongue along her lower lip as they removed their boots.
“But our intent will always be to bring you ultimate pleasure.” Garfor untied the laces of his pants and slid them down his hips. “And to that end, you’ll be open and honest with us, as we will be with you.”
Loban and Rork followed his lead, and suddenly Megan was in the presence of three very naked, very aroused men. Slowly, and oh so sensuously, Garfor removed the tie binding his hair. The long, straight, jet-black strands fell over his shoulders and down his chest.
With boldness she didn’t know she possessed, Megan stood, lifted her dress over her head, tossed it on the floor and removed her panties. She walked to them. First, she reached out and ran her fingers through Garfor’s hair. Then, she caressed Loban’s chest and abs with one hand and Rork’s with the other.
“I can do anything I want, with each of you, and you swear there’s not going to be any jealousy, or, um, madness” The possibilities were staggering, invigorating, kind of scary and wildly lust inducing, but she needed a tiny bit more reassurance about the dynamic before throwing caution to the wind.
“I’m mad with wanting you.” Garfor brushed his thumbs across her pebbled nipples.
“I’ll swear up a storm if it helps put you at ease.” Loban flashed his killer grin.
Megan chuckled. “It doesn’t upset you that you and I have only kissed?” she asked Rork.
“Why should it? Loving you isn’t a race or competition between us, swaya.”
Well there you have it, she marveled as her anxiety floated away.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fairy In The Flesh Materializes Friday!

I can't believe that after a long wait I have so many books coming out back to back, and I'm delighted about it. I'm editing another secret project later this week that I can't wait to share it.

Fairy In The Flesh will be available from Ellora's Cave this Friday. This story is based on one of my favorite fantasies that explores the question--what if your soul-mate was born in another century? Fortunately for my heroine Maya Rousseau she not only gets a much needed vacation in France, she gets to travel back to 1903 and meet the man of her dreams with some big repercussions.

Here's the blurb:
Fairy In The Flesh

Maya Rousseau’s fantasy vacation in Avignon France heats up when an eccentric enchantress tricks her into drinking mojo-laced absinthe.

An unexpected encounter with the green fairy causes Maya’s reality to have a serious melt down. She travels back in time and wakes up naked in the bed of her favorite bad boy Bohemian artist, the tall, dark and mysterious André Bosco. There’s nothing wrong with that except it’s 1903.

For André it’s love at first sight. He begs Maya to become his cherished model, muse and lover. The chemistry and shared passion between them is overwhelming. André’s a generous-hearted dream man but there’s a catch. Every hour they spend together bonds them tighter and time is running out. The same powers that flung Maya back to 1903 are preparing to snatch her back.

With a hundred and ten years separating these soul-bound lovers it’s uncertain if they can find a happy ending without the help of a little magic and La Fée Verte.

Note: Story contains super hot sex with an unattainable man, enchanted hallucinatory beverages, mischievous time-twisters and green fairies.

La Fee Verte the green fairy.

Here's my inspiration for André Bosco

My inspiration photo for Maya

If you'd like to see more of my book boards on Pinterest check them out:

Also I finally opened a twitter account follow me @Katalina_Leon

Fairy In The Flesh coming this Friday from Ellora's Cave Publishing!