Sunday, January 8, 2012

Celebrating A Hot New EC Anthology Featuring Stories From Desiree Holt And Kathy Kulig

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating the release of the first book in a hot new anthology series from Ellora's Cave, featuring stories from two AuthorIsland authors Desiree Holt and Kathy Kulig!


Captain of Nara’s Heart by Laurann Dohner

Nara knew she was taking a risk with illegal trading. Sure enough, she's been arrested, caged - and will be auctioned as a sex slave. One look at the scary alien buyers and she frantically makes a deal, agreeing to be sold to Captain Vellar, who turns out to be large, sexy and seriously in heat. Offering her body to the captain is a given...but Nara didn't expect to lose her heart in the process.

Dragon Heat by Mel Teshco

A highly skilled operative, Grace has been trained to track, fight and kill paranormal creatures. Only after she's in the clutches of her latest target, a devastatingly sexy dragon-shifter, does she discover betrayal in her ranks. Suddenly the hunter is the hunted. Grace will soon uncover her ex-agency's horrific agenda - but not before seeking solace in all the pleasures of the flesh her new dragon ally has to offer.

Dangerous Addiction by Desiree Holt

Having finally realized his dream to own a ranch, Cord is ready for the next step - settling down with the perfect sub. And he's found her in Fallon. A single glance from the smart, sultry beauty makes him hard, but abuse at the hands of her ex-Dom has kept Fallon away from the lifestyle she loves. Needs. It will take bondage, mind-blowing sex, a gentle hand and expert flogging for Cord to help her rediscover her favorite dangerous addiction.

Highland Tryst by Eliza Knight

Having sworn off love, Kari Howard isn't adverse to a little lust when a hot Highlander lands at her feet. Literally. Fin has traveled through time, and given what he's packing under his kilt (good Lord!), Kari expects the sexy Scotsman to make her quake. But she doesn't expect Fin to shake her very foundation...or cherish her for who she is.

Tattoo Witch by Kathy Kulig

There cannot be good without evil, light without dark... At a seaside resort, lovers Sam and Anita meet a mysterious, heavily tattooed couple who refers them to Sinful Designs. The owner is a witch whose magical tattoos grant scorching, kinky sex beyond their wildest fantasies - but there's a catch. Each successive tattoo comes with a darker and scarier curse. Sam and Anita can break the spells...but at what cost?

The Addiction by Jaid Black

The long-awaited sequel to The Possession!

John Calder has everything most men would kill for - golden-Adonis looks, endless money, a steely reputation as a savvy businessman and beautiful women throwing themselves at his feet. Then he meets Shelli Rodgers, a quirky, klutzy Ph.D. student who takes John on an emotional and sensual journey, giving him the one thing he's never attained - happiness.


WIN - Leave the authors a question today and your name will go in the hat for several fun prizes with have up for grabs today including ebooks and Ellora's Cave Gift Cards!  Please be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you are one of today's winners!


  1. The anthology sounds great! I have it on my tbr list. Who are some of your favorite authors?

    amysmith98 @

  2. Good morning authors and super congrats on the fantastic new release and for kicking off EC's hot and sexy new anthology series!!

    Please stop in and tell us a bit about you and your story in this new anthology and tell us how we can learn more about you too!

    Laurann Dohner, super congrats on hitting the NYT bestseller list! Everyone at EC is just pumped up and you must be on cloud nine!

    Hope the new book is a huge seller for you guys and hope you enjoy your party today! Thanks for the giveaways too!

    Btw - just saw SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES for half off today at ARe!!!

  3. This anthology sounds great.Can't wait to read it

    for each other
    in 3 words describe your main character?


  4. Amy: I have so many authors if I tried to name them all I'd take up too much space! LOL! But a few are: Joey Hill, Sherryl Wood, Lisa Gardner, Lauren Dane..Ooh! I have to stop!

  5. Okay, Elaine, here goes. Hot, alpha, sensitive. Heroine: kickass, talented, conflicted.

  6. Sounds like one I'll have to add to my wish list. Laurann Dohner and Mel Teshco are new to me. How soes an anthology like this come about?

    1_trouble AT msn DOT com

  7. Congrats to all the authors!! Sounds like a fun, sexy anthology. How did you decide what story to contribute? Was it something you were already working on or completely new?

    smaccall AT

  8. I love anthologies because so many times we pick it up for one author we recognize and end up loving the other new authors we just read, which has happened to me on several occasions.

  9. Hello all! Thanks so much for featuring us today :)

    @Amy-- my favorite authors... there are so many! But I love Ken Follett, Julie Garwood, Jane Austen, Vonda Sinclair, Kimberly Killion, just to name a few!

    @Elaine--great question! Okay... Heroine: independent, jaded, smart. Hero: HOT, tortured, intense

    @Donna--When I saw Jaid was putting together the anthology, I wrote HIGHLAND TRYST and submitted. I was lucky enough that she enjoyed it :)

  10. @Bookwyrm--I love to write Highlander time-travel stories, and the few I had out were quite popular and readers wanted more. When I saw that Jaid was putting together an anthology, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give my readers (and new ones too!) something fun and wicked to read :)

    @Mary-- I agree!!! This has happened to me too :)

  11. Do you enjoy writing short stories? Or do you prefer the longer novel?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  12. This looks like a great book. There's some of my favorite authors in it and some new ones too.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. The anthology looks great. Sexy and hot. Good luck with it.

  14. Thanks Author Island for hosting us. I'm so excited about this anthology. And thrilled for Laurann. I just started reading my copy of SWTWC and thoroughly enjoying the other stories.

    @Amy: It's so hard for me to name favorites. I read a variety of books from hot romance, thriller, sci fi, YA, etc.

    @elaing8: 3 words to describe characters. Hero: Sexy, risk-taker, sensitive. Heroine: smart, bold, troubled.

    @Donna: EC will put a call out for these anthologies, usually to in-house authors first. We'll get a theme (if there is one), a word limit and a deadline. There's no guarantee that your story will be picked. I got lucky.

  15. @Bookwyrm369: When I heard the title of these anthologies, I knew I had to submit a story. Something Wicked This Way Comes is also the title of one of my fav. books by Ray Bradbury. So I brainstormed a story flipping through stories by Bradbury that I might use as a theme. I remembered the Illustrated Man and decided to take a very naughty and wicked twist on the idea.

    @Mary: I think anthologies are a great way to learn about new authors too.

    @Debby: Good question. I like writing both. But short aren't necessarily easier. You can't develop the characters as much, and plot has to be simpler.

    Thanks Callie and Sherry!

  16. As a long time EC fan, it's great to see collections like this with stories from my favorite authors.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  17. All the authors are new to me except Desiree. I will definitely have to check this anthology out.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  18. Love anthologies because it gives you a chance to check out other authors that you have never read before. I have read some stories by Desiree and Eliza before, but all the rest are new to me.
    My question for all of you is: Do you prefer to write the short stories or do you prefer the full length novels?
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  19. Donna, Jaid Black, owner of EC and a fabulous authors, asked us to participate. There will be 5 more volumes, by the way.

  20. EAch of us has a genre we right more than an other so we wrote what our writers identify us with. It was a nice blending of voices

  21. Debby, A lot depends on the story itself. Sometimes a short story plot is simple enough that making it longer would look like stretching it. Then there are other stories that are so complex I need the full length to tell it properly. It just depends.

  22. Jane, I can assure you the stories are all great.

  23. Hanging it up for the night, but thanks to everyone who came to party with us. Be sure to get your copy of the anthology if you haven't already.

  24. Just popping in late to say congrats, you guys! This anthology sounds amazing, and I'm definitely adding it to the TBB pronto!

    Excited to hear there will be 5 more volumes--will you all be contributing to those as well?

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  25. This is the reason I love anthologies. So many of my favorite authors in one place! Congrats on the new release ladies!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  26. AuthorIsland - Sorry I'm coming in late. Thank you on the congrats. I'm still in shock but it's the best kind.
    Amy S - I read about everyone from EC, plus I'm a huge Lara Adrain and Nalini Singh fan.
    elaing8 - Fun. Sassy. Determined.
    Donna - Jaid Black is amazing and when she asked for stories, I wrote them. LOL!
    Bookwyrm369,Debby, and Chrisbails - I had a blast writing shorts but it was rough keeping the word count down for me. It was a challenge but really fun.

  27. @CathyM, Hi, Thanks so much. :)

    @Jane, I agree w/ Desiree. I'm sure you'll enjoy the stories.

    @Chrisbails, I like writing long and short but tend to write long.

    @flchen1, Hi! And thanks! Only Laurann and Jaid are in the other Anthologies as far as I know.

    @StacieD, Thanks so much. and thanks for all the good wishes everyone.

  28. Congratultaions on your release.these stories all sound fantastic, I cant wait to read this anthology.This just became number one on my must have list .

  29. Hi everyone!!
    What a great party - sorry I'm late (pops an extra champers bottle)- I'm so thrilled to be part of this antho with such great authors =))

  30. these stories sound really good :)

  31. Congrats on the release of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: VOLUME 1. It sounds great!

    Is it harder to write a short story or a longer one? In an anthology, are all the stories the same word count?


  32. @ wandaf, Thanks so much! Enjoy!

    @Regina, Thank you. I think there's quit a variety of stories, something for everyone.

    @Annalisa, Writing shorter or longer. I think it depends on the story and the author. Some authors like to write a bigger story. some stories can be told in fewer words.
    All the stories are about the same, a short novella length.

    Like Mel said, this has been a great party. Thanks everyone for helping us celebrate our release. I'm thrilled too to be a part of this anthology with such talented authors.

  33. I just read The Possession over the Christmas Holiday and I am so excited that there is a sequel!

  34. Congratulations Authors on the new anthology. the cover is beautiful and the book sounds wonderful. i can hardly wait to start reading.

  35. Congrats to you all on your release! I cant wait to get my hands on it! I see a few of my favorite authors and a few that ive never read before. ;) This sounds like an awesome collection of stories. And its a plus that im an EC fan. ;D How many volumes are you planning on writing together? Thank you for sharing! Happy new year!