Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Romance author, Ivy Bateman, tells us about The Art of Falling in Love

Welcome Ivy Bateman as she share a little about what it is to fall in love....              

When you meet someone, someone you have a connection with, how do you know if the connection is lasting? In the past I've…ahem…connected with some men for a rather short time and others, for longer times. Unfortunately some of the ones that lasted longer than others I wish had been shorter but, c'est la vie.

Anyway, to get back to it, what makes a connection worth investigating? How do you know the one you think is the one really is the one? Obviously this is question that dances in the minds of many and can't be always be answered in a concrete manner or there would be no romance books, or poetry, or chick flicks. If we had the answer, if we knew "yes, this person is for me, but this one can take a long walk off a short pier", we would stop exploring romance and all they mystery that comes with it.

For me, the answer lies in how I felt when I wasn't with that person. If I thought about them a lot, if I ached to be in their presence I knew, it was a connection worth pursuing. If they tripped into my thought process from time to time, or if I felt better about myself when they weren't around, than I knew it was just a passing phase and moved on.

In my story The Art of Falling Forever, my lead heroine Amy has a connection with her boyfriend Troy, but she needs space due to an incident involving her mother. While trying to figure out how to direct the town's Christmas play, a torch passed onto her due to her mother's passing, she discovers that she has deep connection with her mother's dearest friend Eilam, a sweet, kind elderly man; or so he appears to the rest of the world as.

I don't want to give away the farm here, but through the course of the discovery, Amy needs to decide which connection is the one she needs to purse. She always thought it was Troy, but Eilam presents her with a life she never imagined was possible. Her attachment for both men is strong, but which one is best for her? Which one would last forever?

In real life, with my own forever connection, I chose the man who made me feel whole. My husband loves me for who I am, for the good and the bad, and everything in between. I can be myself with him as I can be with no other person. My heart beats with his. His is my truest connection. He is my forever.

Thank-you very much to Mary for having me on her blog today. Please stop by my blog and enter my contest for a chance to win The Art of Falling Forever, a couple other stories, and a $5 Breathless Press gift card. The contest goes until December, 20th and I'll announce the winner on December, 21st.

Happy Holidays everyone and Happy Reading!

Ivy Bateman
Thanks Ivy for coming by and sharing. It's easy to believe in true love when I hear what you've found in your husband. May we all have the chance to find that one special love for ourselves.
Readers, please continue on for a peek at Ivy's awesome new book.

Ivy Bateman Blurb for The Art of Falling Forever:

A chaste kiss on the cheek leads to the discovery of a lifetime.

Even though Eilam has always been part of her world, Amy never thought of him as more than a mother's friend. One night, after rehearsal for the town's Christmas Pageant, Eilam reveals that not only is there more to him than Amy had ever imagined, but that together they could be the next chapter in a story that has played out in her family for over 2000 years.

While struggling to cope with the death of her mother and the responsibility of being in charge of the biggest even of the year, Amy must decide whether her future lies with her estranged boyfriend Troy or the enigmatic Eilam.

Excerpt For The Art of Falling Forever By Ivy Bateman
The doorbell chimed, causing Amy to nearly jump out of her skin. She glanced at the clock. It was almost five, which meant that it could only be Eilam and he was now the last person she wanted to see. Tracy demanding she explain her new attitude, Troy begging her to take him back—either scenario would have been preferable to what waited for her on the other side of her front door.
The bell chimed again, followed by insistent knocking. "Amara, I know you're in there. If you don't open the door I will be forced to break it down which, as I'm sure you've figured out, would blow my cover."
Amy smiled a little. He somehow knew that she'd discovered the truth. She remembered his voice on the phone, his suspicious tone. He must have guessed or known she would soon be on a path of discovery. But how? She touched her cheek. Of course, the kiss.
"Please let me in. There's so much you need to know."
Amy pushed herself to standing, taking the box of secrets with her. She placed it on the table in the living room and then went to the front door. She opened it, slowly and cautiously, blocking Eilam's immediate entry with her body.
"Amara, please don't be afraid."
"Why not? You give me so much to be afraid of, being a shapeshifter, or whatever it is you are, who haunts the women in my family. I think you should go."
"No, I'm not going to go. Not until you've given me a chance to explain myself. I don't mean to be firm with you, but please let me in."
Amy looked at his beaten fedora, his crinkled coat, his bright blue eyes, and his wispy white eyebrows. There was nothing malicious in his demeanor and yet he was changed. He seemed older in a 'seen a lot of time' kind of way, and stronger too. She couldn't help feeling he was now a stranger, but Amy had to trust her mother would not let her be in the presence of a madman.

Ivy's books are available from the Breathless Press Website:
Ivy's Blog: http://ivybmisbehavin.blogspot.com/
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Or drop Ivy a line at: ivybmisbehavin@gmail.com 

Monday, December 1, 2014

What Do You Love about the Holiday Season?

I love the Christmas holiday season. There are sparkly lights everywhere, and it’s the one time of the year where decorating with glitter is never overdone. 

Last night, I saw the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert and it was an amazing experience. I try to go every year, if possible, because it’s uplifting, exciting, and reminds me that Christmas is about the simple joys in life. Okay and I admit, the men are sexy and have major swagger. ;-)

No matter whether there is dozens of presents under the tree or none at all, it’s those we love who bring the true meaning of Christmas to light. What do we remember about the holidays, anyway? Think about it and you’ll realize it’s being together with family and friends, sharing stories, good food and drinks, that make the season memorable.

A few of my favorite holiday movies are, Scrooge with George C. Scott, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. The last mentioned is a cartoon that always manages to make me tear-up. 

 So, now you know my favorite music and movies for the season. What do you love about the holiday season? What makes this time of year special to you?

As you go out shopping for gifts, please remember to be kind to each other. Hold open a door, smile at a cashier, and be patient with your fellow shoppers. It’s the little kindnesses that can impact others in a big way.

Christmas Blessings to all,


Mary Corrales is a multi-published erotic romance author who writes in multiple genres. Chat with her on Twitter, or visit her website.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Autumnal Equinox: A Heralding of Change

Finally, the official beginning of Fall. Night and Day are of nearly equal lengths today as we begin our journey to cooler weather. I love autumn with the leaves turning gold and red, and the crispness to the air. This also means I'll soon be able to cook a roast with all the trimmings. Mmm.
So, what's been up with me lately?
Currently, I'm on the hunt for a new computer. Yes, mine is just too old to do what I need it to do. I admit I don't like change, so you can understand how stressful this search is. I don't know a lot about computers, despite being a writer and using them daily. Once I buy a computer, I'll have to figure out how to get my files from the old one to the new one. Yeah, there are a lot of new challenges ahead of me.
While I know in the scheme of life learning to use a new computer isn't a big deal, I'm still human and bound by the frailties of self. Okay, let's get away from the psychological before I start analyzing myself. Yeah, even I don't want to hang out inside my psyche too long. Lol.
Exciting news for my readers; I'm nearly finished with the sequel to Love's Demon Ways. Yes, Sindriel has been a bad boy and made me wait for him at every turn, but he's become well worth it. This book will be longer than LDW, which I hope readers will appreciate and enjoy. Once I'm finished, there are still the revision and submission stages to go, but finishing brings me one step closer to the book being in your hands.
I'm still waiting to hear back from a publisher about the romantic novella, Bet on the Lady. Keep your fingers crossed for that one to be accepted.
Readers, are there any changes coming to your life this Autumn? Writers, are you finishing work on a story or about to have a new release?
Cheers to a wonderful last quarter of the year!

Saturday, July 5, 2014


The amazing Kari Thomas has awed the romance community once more with her new release, HER DEMON, HIS ANGEL. This book is redone and just so great that paranormal lovers will squeak with joy.

Sara Winters never had reason to acknowledge the existence of Angels or Demons. Not until a rare being, half angel and half demon, rescues her from a demon attack. As an antique book dealer she has spent her adult life looking for one particular, mysterious Book, and her search has led her straight into Drake Domitaine’s arms.

Drake doesn’t have time to deal with a frail human woman but he has to protect her from the very same demons that are now planning a war on the human race.

Sara and Drake’s fated love is doomed from the start. Or is it? Can a human woman and Angel-Demon be together? It’s now a race against time to find the Book which has become an important part of pending war to save humankind.  And in the end, will Sara and Drake overcome the insurmountable odds of their love continuing?

Check out this new release if you're looking for an evening read that you just won't want to put down. Click on the book cover and find excerpts as well.

Readers: Due to issues with blogger, here is the longer link in case clicking on the book cover doesn't take you to Secret Cravings Publisher site:

Happy Reading,
Mary Corrales

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Seduce Your Man before Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's week and time to get those romantic ideas flowing. While I appreciate that most think Valentine's is for women, I believe it time men received some enjoyment from it as well.
Ever gone to the store on Valentine's Day? Hectic to say the least. Men are waiting line with candies and flowers appearing stressed, tired and none too happy. Not exactly a good way to be romantic, in my opinion.
So, how do we get men to relax and enjoy the week leading to Valentines? Here are a few tips (Remember: you must not expect reciprocity. These are gifts of the heart):
Appreciate him with a massage. Yes ladies, a massage after work will help him de-stress and remind him of all the reasons why he loves you, the main being that you are caring and considerate.
Listen to him. Ask about his day and don't multitask as he's talking. If you must make dinner or do some other tasks, make sure you look up frequently and make eye contact to assure him that he's being heard. Sometime when we have years with a partner, we forget to pause a moment to really listen and look at the one we love.
Long, slow kisses: Surprise him with a long slow kiss somewhere other than his lips. Perhaps the back of his neck or on his inner wrist for a little mystery. He'll both wonder what you're up to and enjoy the change-up.
 A short story before bed: Do you have a favorite moment from when you were dating? Remind him of that moment and tell him why it meant so much to you. The first kiss, the first time he held your hand making you feel all tiny and female; it's all about you revealing the emotions of that moment to him.  
Lastly, the banana trick: Men love to watch a woman eat a banana. So ladies, next time he's watching t.v. and you want his attention, get yourself a nice piece of fruit and savor the flavor of that sweet length in your mouth. Don't make it obvious, but take every bite slow and use lips and tongue as well as your teeth to enjoy.
These tips can be used throughout the week, so feel free to play when it's convenient. What's important is that romance is more about seducing someone's mind than their body. We fall in love with those who make us feel cherished and special. Though love evolves through the relationship, appreciating the man who captured your heart is as easy as being considerate of him in the little ways. Plus, he'll always want to know you desire him. So what are you waiting for?
Go forth seductresses and romance your man!
Mary Corrales

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Resolution Me Not, Guilt-Free in 2014

Happy New Year!!! Let's talk Resolutions to start the year out right.
Is the New Year's resolution the best way to start the New Year? Many may say yes, and for those whom resolutions work, I say go for it. I am not one of those people.
Momentum is hard at work on January 1st as we're enthusiastic for all the possibilities a new year might hold. I love it. That said, as a writer this may exert more pressure than necessary.
I've decided that 2014 will be a year of modest "hopes" without all the hard, guilt ridden deadlines that promise to haunt for every failure. Yes, we don't need resolutions to see through our goals.
There will be setbacks, and frustrations in 2014, much like 2013, but what's important is that like water, we flow over these to continue on our journey. So what if you had too busy of a day to get any writing done. Don't spend the next two days lamenting your one lost productive day, move forward and write a page today.
Hoping to lose weight? Judge yourself not by the bathroom scale, but by a pair of jeans or dress you want to wear. Take sodas out of your life and replace them with water. Notice when your own clothes start to loosen and congratulate yourself that you're making progress.  
Goals are great and if they work for you then go with them. For those of us who tend to wallow in our setbacks, I say be guilt free about not having resolutions in the New Year.
Trust that you will have successes and never stop believing in yourself.
God Bless us all in 2014!
Mary Corrales