Happy Release Day! Palm South University – Episode 2

Title: Palm South University: Episode Two
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: Sept 1, 2015
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Drama. Lies. Sex. 

Welcome to Palm South University.

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in South Florida. At a school where fraternities and sororities don’t exactly play by the rules, relationships are bound to be tested. Parties and sex are definitely key ingredients in the Palm South recipe, but what happens when family issues, secret lives, and unrequited love get tossed in the mix?

Follow Cassie, Bear, Jess, Skyler, Erin, Ashlei, and Adam as they tackle college at a small, private beach town university. Written in television drama form, each episode of this serial will pull you deeper and deeper into the world of PSU.

Where the sun is hot and the clothes are scarce, anything can happen.

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“Fuck,” she curses as I slam her back against my bedroom door. “Easy, Bear.”
I suck and bite down her neck and toss her onto my bed with ease, pulling my shirt up and over my head at the same time. “I’m not doing easy tonight, babe. You either get me hard and rough or you don’t get me at all. Your choice.”

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer. 

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.

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Just Add A Hint Of Sex To The Title

Okay, so about a week ago I wrote a post about email marketing techniques.  Remember…I said I wanted to figure out a way to get people to actually open my newsletter?  On my big BOOK LAUNCH DAY???

Well, here are the results of my efforts.  Out of 229 recipients, 45.4% opened the email. That is a ROCKING number, folks!!!!  The industry average, according to Mail Chimp, is 16.9%.

This is what I learned.

A sexy title with the promise of something for nothing WORKS!!!!!!  Eye-catching title?  CHECK!

“Steamy Shower Scenes And Swag?  Count Me In!”  – This email just screams to be opened, am I right?

Ahem…also works for blog posts…just saying… =)

Newsletters are a fantastic option for consolidating a lot of information into one communication. Yes, I blog often but not all my email subscribers may follow it so I need to pick out the most important and entertaining sound bytes and craft an intriguing note to catch them up.

Courtesy of https://getemailmarketingsolution.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/create-enticing-subject-to-gain-the-real-advantage-of-mass-mailing-software/

Courtesy of https://getemailmarketingsolution.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/create-enticing-subject-to-gain-the-real-advantage-of-mass-mailing-software/

Think about the recipient.  Why should they open your email? What’s in it for them? How are you going to make it worth their while? Because if you can’t capture them the first time around, they might not give you another chance to wow them.

Remember, lure readers in and hook them with killer content.  Add something to their lives that they were missing before!  Make them realize what they need to make their lives just a bit better and tell them how they can get their hands on it!

If you can accomplish this, you’ll have huge open percentages too!!!

Desperately Seeking Smokin’ Hot SEXpert For The Bargain Price Of $250K

It is very rare that I pick up a book (or rather, my Kindle) and lap up the words on the page (or screen) like a parched dog at a water bowl in hundred-degree weather.  VERY rare.

But last night, I sprinted through Taint by SL Jennings like a woman possessed…or more appropriately, obsessed.

Courtesy of Amazon.com

Courtesy of Amazon.com

had to finish it.  Raw is the first word that comes to mind when I’m describing it.  It’s told from the point of view of the hero and the author’s ability to spin the story through the eyes of an emotionally tortured 29-year old guy whose life pretty much revolves around sex followed by self-imposed solitude is impressive, to say the least.  While I can’t say for certain that she hit the nail on the head with the way a guy would think, speak and react to precarious situations, in my humble opinion she did a pretty damn good job.

As an aside, guy-speak is always the thing I struggle with the most when writing.  I run a lot of stuff past Hubby for validation.  He likes to remind me that guys have their own dialect and that they aren’t extensions of my female characters.  LOL.

Taint is not a typical contemporary romance.  It had edge and depth and intense passion, much more so than most.  Surprisingly, I liked the heroine, also not typical (at least for me).  So often the heroines fall short; they’re weak and pathetic or just single-dimensional and boring.  But not Ally.  I felt her emotional struggles and while she was constructed to be completely opposite the typical object of desire for the hero, that made it all the more understandable why he’d fall for her and vice versa.

I don’t typically review books here but I just had to share.  Also the cover art…YUM.  It’s what initially sold me.  Check it out at Amazon.

Maybe one day when my books are published (hopefully in the not so distant future) SL Jennings might return the favor.  =)

Please Don’t Ask Me About The Shower Scene…

My house is crazy-noisy.  Like, ALL THE TIME.

My husband and Lulu constantly break out into song…about anything that comes to their minds and at any given time.  Sometimes, they take turns with piano accompaniment.  Angry Bird telepods are forever sailing through the air.  Super Mario 3D World…UGH…the music alone makes my ears bleed after a while.

So just imagine how challenged I am to craft erotic scenes with this non-stop activity.  Three little kids, climbing on top of me, whining, crying, yelling, tattling…SIGH.  Getting through those scenes is always a major accomplishment, trust me on that.

Quick segue..I don’t know if you have ever heard of Fiverr, but it is the most awesome site EVER!!!  You need something, get it there…for $5!  I just got a kick-ass logo from Sami.  She turned my extremely non-committal requirements into the fabulous logo you see splashed across the top of my site.  Love?!?!

Anyway, I showed the last image to my dad this morning and it prompted some chatter about my book.  It was very basic at first, like the type of romance, the premise of the story and the point of view of the characters, blah, blah, blah.  But then he asked the dreaded question I knew I’d have to answer at some point but didn’t care to really answer EVER.

The hand rises to cover one half of his mouth, just in case the kids are in range.  “Does your book have…um…sex scenes in it?”

Eeek.

“Yes, Daddy, it does.” <CRINGE>

A nod.  Then, “Are they…graphic?”

Ack.

“Yes, Daddy.  They are explicit.”  <ARGH!>  (Please don’t ask me where my inspiration came from though, because THAT would make me uncomfortable.)

He took it in stride, though.  (No Daddy, I don’t really write porn.  Just a few little spicy takes, that’s all.  Almost perfectly innocent.  Except for that shower scene…)

My dad is difficult to read (no pun intended).  He almost never lets you know what he’s thinking.  Great freaking poker face if I ever saw one.  He doesn’t need sunglasses at all.  But even though he’s all calm on the surface, in his head, he’s totally freaked out that his little girl is writing about raucous bedroom romps that our friends and family might read at some point.  I know he’s also thinking about how my mom is going to take that when she finds out.  That’s  conversation for another day, though, preferably after I’ve had several Manhattans.

Sorry guys, little girl’s all grown up now.  =)

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