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“Dragoon Serenade” to be published

It would seem that the revisions I had completed for book 2 in my Romance in War series “Dragoon Serenade” have paid off. Although I had wanted to keep this series as “sweet” romances, where sex remained behind closed doors, it has proved to be no longer a viable option.

Since the revisions I recently carried out, the story was sensual enough to be offered to Luminosity Publishing. This is the comments I received along with their offer of a contract for the story:

I loved the plot in this story. It held my interest, and I read the whole book in one session. The writing is very good. I am sure readers will love it as much as me.

Luminosity Publishing have set a projected a release date of October 2017 for the e-book.

They will combine Books 1 and 2 into a paperback version to be released hopefully by November 2017.

Also as Dawné Dominique has created such fantastic covers for “The Sword and the Rose” series Luminosity has agreed for me to approach Dusktildawn Designs to create a cover.

Needlesstosay, I am over the moon that this latest story is soon to be released.

Best wishes

Louise

 

Story Revision?

How far does one go when revising a story without losing the original plot?

As far as “Dragoon Serenade” is concerned I have pondered on how to best tackle the issue. The remarks from a couple of editors who both felt that although the story was well written and strong in both content and historical accuracy, the romantic element appeared only as a sub-plot.

After all this is a romance story and as such the romance element should be the dominant factor; and as the publishers in question specialize in romance that is what they want to see.

I was also told the Prologue was confusing and that the story might work better if I took it out. On reviewing it I tended to agree, but rather than remove it I replaced it with an entirely different start. So much so that I subsequently was obliged to go through the entire manuscript to ensure the continuity of the story reflected the beginning.

Onto SEX….. Unlike my “Sword and the Rose” series which one would definitely consider as erotic [and made me blush at times writing it], I did want the Romance in War series to fall into the ‘sweet’ category where things happened behind closed doors and left the ‘sex’ to the imagination. Unfortunately it has now transpires that peoples’ desires have changed to the point where ‘sweet’ is no longer a viable option. Sadly therefore I have been forced to increase the heat level of my story and I have also added a few extra graphic sex scenes just to whet the readers’ appetites. Although in my defense, I would say that I have kept the scenes tasteful [no pun intended] not vulgar as that would be out of character of my heroine and hero.

“Dragoon Serenade” is set during World War Two and is centered around the towns Cannes, Golfe Juan [where I currently reside today], Biot, Vallauris, and Agay which are located in the department of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in southern France.

My heroine, code name ‘Simone’ is an agent of the British Special Operations Executive [SOE]. The SOE were highly trained and were specifically used for espionage, sabotage, assassinations, and reconnaissance. Although Resistance fighters had been formed when these people’s countries capitulated to the German forces, it was the SOE who coordinated them into organized fighter networks, ensuring they were supplied with military stores. This was particularly the case in France during the lead up to the invasions of Normandy and the Cote d’Azur.  The latter was code-named “Operation Dragoon”.

The hero in the story is code-named ‘Hibou’ the French word for ‘owl’.  Simone had previously known him from the time she had spent in northern France several months before the D-Day landings. The two had been romantically involved.

Now as Simone is being transported by submarine to Golfe Juan she hopes to be able to reignite their love.

I have done what I can to show the strong bond between Simone and Hibou but not at the expense of the action which occurs throughout the story. And I have tried to emphasize their romantic relationship in all its aspects. From tenderness to strong sexual prowess; desire, kindness and love, but inevitably where romance is concerned there is always a hint of jealousy. Just as in real life where there’s romance there will also be tears. However as with all good romances there is ALWAYS a Happy Ever After Ending.

“Dragoon Serenade” may be a romance, but it is one set in the most difficult of circumstances. War is not pretty at the best of times, and when your main characters are operating in the shadows with the Gestapo close on their heels, the tensions run high.

I pray that I have done enough with the revisions to satisfy those who would publish my story, and I can only hope that they will appreciate the efforts made that aim to keep the romance and action elements working alongside each other and not at the expense of losing the story’s personality.

Of all the stories I have written so far “Dragoon Serenade” gave me the most enjoyment, and at times even made me cry – but as a romance writer I can get quite emotional.

My biggest wish is that I will find a publisher who equals my love for Simone and Hibou so that together we can share their story with you.

Best Wishes

Louise

A New Book by Jennifer Denys

Title of book: To Claim a Mate

Author: Jennifer Denys

Publisher: Luminosity Publishing

Genre: Contemporary, Wolf shifter, gay, BDSM

Type: Novella (21,600 words)

Sexual orientation: MM

Blurb:

Cole Linley is a gay wolf-shifter. In order to appease the Alpha within, he has taken up the BDSM lifestyle and become very experienced. This placates his wolf to a certain extent, but his dearest wish is to find a mate—male, of course. Except, the question is, how to find one in a city surrounded by humans where other wolf-shifters are rare.

Then, one night, he enters Balls & Chains, a BDSM club he frequents, and immediately senses another of his kind. And not only that, it is the scent of a potential mate, Jared Gray. There is only one problem—Jared is collared by another Master.

Jared’s relationship shows all the signs of an abusive relationship. Can Cole get him away from the other Dom and show Jared the delights of BDSM when done properly and what it means to be a beta wolf to Cole’s Alpha?

Reader Advisory: The submissive in this Gay Paranormal Romance doesn’t realize he is in an abusive relationship until he meets his true Master.

What’s hot?: Making love in the forest as wolves, then in the bed as humans.

Buy links:

 Luminosity – http://luminositypublishing.com/product/to-claim-a-mate/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Claim-Mate-Balls-Chains-Book-ebook/dp/B0713ZLXWD/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1494072501&sr=8-2&keywords=Jennifer+Denys

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Claim-Mate-Balls-Chains-Book-ebook/dp/B0713ZLXWD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494072800&sr=8-1&keywords=Jennifer+Denys

 Excerpt:

 Moving on, Cole was drawn into a room which had a cross in each corner of the room with plenty of space to wield the equipment. The walls were covered with floggers of varying types, although nothing stopped a Dominant using an implement from another section.

Cole halted. He’s here.

The scent was at its strongest, practically dragging him toward a slender man in his late twenties, with brown hair the color of hazelnuts. The sub was in the process of being tied face up against a cross on the far side. His chest was bare and sleek, and he wore skin-tight jeans.

The Dom wanted to rip the man’s clothes off and devour him on the spot. So intent was he on reaching his prey, he nearly missed the Master who had finished tying the submissive and came around to inspect the restraints, standing directly between Cole and the object of his hunt.

Stopping in his tracks, Cole’s hackles began to rise. A possessive instinct rose in him to fight off his rival. Except there were rules in BDSM and it didn’t include tearing out the throat of another Master.

Andy caught up with him and saw him staring. “Who have you found? Oh, this is Master Dirk. Jared is the sub he is playing with.”

Cole took a moment to calm his inner wolf, unclenching his fists before he triggered his claws. His voice was raspy as he asked, “Are they new? I don’t recall seeing either of them here before.” Actually, he couldn’t care less about this new Master. He only had eyes for Jared.

He didn’t hear Andy’s answer, because, at that moment, he caught the gaze of the bound man. Tangible electricity crossed the room and hit Cole like a silver bullet, slamming into his heart, nearly causing him to change into his wolf in front of everyone. It took everything he knew about Dominance to keep hold of his human side and push down his animal half.

Meanwhile, the submissive’s eyes opened wide in shock, and he bit his lip. Cole’s keen wolf eyesight could detect Jared’s fierce trembling, as he tightly gripped the ropes that held him. Cole willed him to hold on and not transform in front of everyone as the two shared a look of instant attraction, desperate need, and the desire to have sex.

And yet it was more than that. So much more—an inner knowledge, assurance one has finally found one’s other half, and didn’t even know one was looking.

Taking a deep breath, Cole narrowed his eyes as he gazed on Jared, drinking in the beautiful sight before him.

He gave a slight smile of acknowledgment.

Oh yes, this is my mate. And woe betide anyone who comes between us.

 

Author bio:

Jennifer is a bestselling author in various genre (BDSM, contemporary, sci-fi, paranormal, with historical and fantasy in her works in progress) with several different publishers.

An Englishwoman through and through, she lives in a beautiful historical city and is game to try most things once. She’s had a tattoo done on her calf, flew down zip wires 100 feet up in the trees, and was photographed nude by a professional photographer. All of which have taken place since she turned 50!

Many of her experiences end up in her books… but you will have to read them to find out what!

Do contact Jennifer – she loves to hear from her fans. She posts to her blog three times a week and is on Facebook daily.

Author links:

Blog/website – http://jennifer-denys.blogspot.com/

Email – Jennifer.denys@yahoo.com

Facebook – http://facebook.com/JenniferDenys

Twitter – http://twitter.com/JenniferDenys

Sensual Liaisons Released Today

It was my desire to create an anthology incorporating books 2, 3, and 4 of “The Sword and the Rose” Series as it would be the only way I could get these three e-books into a print version.

Thanks to Luminosity Publishing who not only brought my books to life, they also made my little dream come true.

As of today, Sensual Liaisons: The Sword and the Rose Collection is available on major distribution sites, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The buy links are as follows:

https://www.amazon.com/Sensual-Liaisons-Sword-Rose-Collection/dp/1544976666/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492249253&sr=8-2&keywords=sensual+Liaisons

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sensual-liaisons-louise-roberts/1126235521?ean=9781544976662

I hope my followers will purchase a copy and that you will enjoy the stories if you haven’t already read them as e-books.

If you can review the book and individual stories it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and regards

Louise

PS. I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and safe Easter xx

 

“Lady of Seville” is released today!

Book 4 of The Sword and the Rose Series was released by Luminosity Publishing today, 15th March 2017.

You can read an excerpt from the book by clicking on the following link and if you enjoy it then perhaps you might want to purchase a copy. Luminosity is selling it at a special promo price of $1.71.

The buy links are:

http://luminositypublishing.com/product/lady-of-seville/

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Seville-Sword-Rose-Book-ebook/dp/B06XC5K3QB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489586605&sr=8-1&keywords=Lady+of+Seville+by+louise+roberts

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lady-of-seville-louise-roberts/1125862418?ean=2940154030790

Smashwords: [Ensure Adult Filter is on]

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707033

This story is the last one in the series for the time being.

Although I had planned three more books I decided it was time to give the characters a break and allow myself to explore new adventures with new characters in another time zone and different setting.

Thanks for your follows and support.

Best Wishes

Louise

Introducing Sensual Liaisons: The Sword and the Rose Collection

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Cover Art by Dusktildawn Designs and Luminosity Publishing

Original Artwork is the Copyright of Dawné Dominique

I’m pleased to introduce Sensual Liaisons: The Sword and the Rose Collection which is to be a paperback consisting of books 2, 3, and 4 of The Sword and the Rose Series.

So that these three great e-books can be available in print, Luminosity Publishing has incorporated them into a paperback.

The book is due for release on 15th April 2017 and can be purchased through the usual distributor channels such as Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Luminosity Publishing’s own website.

Although there had been plans for three more books in the series it was decided that it was time to end the Spanish 17th century saga after book 4.

 

I will now concentrate on my “Romance in War” series comprising of different stories set during World War II.

Book 1 – Letter from a Stranger is set in London during the Blitz was published by Luminosity Publishing in June 2015 and is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble.

Book 2 – Dragoon Serenade is set in the south of France during the three weeks leading up to the Allied invasion of Operation Dragoon on 15th August 1944. Although this book is completed it is currently awaiting publication.

Book 3 – Balor’s Landing is set on the tiny island of Toraigh [Tory] off the Irish coast of county Donegal starting in September 1944. This book is my current work in progress, with four more books planned after this one.

In addition I am considering starting other adventures with new characters set during the 18th century but at this stage I won’t give anything away as to where and when those characters will emerge.

Regards

Louise

Lady of Seville – Three Year Worldwide Publishing Contract Signed

What a great way to start 2017…

I have today signed a three-year worldwide publishing contract with Luminosity Publishing for Book 4 in the Sword and the Rose Series – Lady of Seville.

The projected release date is set for March 2017.

The book will be released in a paperback version the following month in conjunction with books 2 and 3 of the series.

I had planned at least three more books in this series over the next two years, but I have since decided to defer these for some time in the future.

Although I will miss the characters I have grown to love, I feel the time has come to leave them alone for a while and move on to another time and location in history.

Meanwhile though I am ecstatic that Luminosity Publishing has confidence in me and my writings, and I look forward to our continuing association.

Finally, I would like to thank Dawné Dominique at Dusktildawn Designs for creating yet another masterpiece for me. The cover for “Lady of Seville” is gorgeous and describes the storyline beautifully.

Kindest Regards

Louise

What will 2017 bring?

As the year-end fast approaches I’m in a bit of a dilemma on what I should be writing in 2017.

Certainly I will continue with my “Romance in War” series even though at this stage I haven’t got a publisher on board to take them on – Book 2 – Dragoon Serenade anxiously awaits to be released to romance readers.

I am currently writing Book 3 – Balor’s Landing which is set on the small island of Toraigh, Ireland in September 1944 and have plans for at least four more books afterwards.

“The Sword and the Rose” Series is another matter. Although Book 4 – Lady of Seville nears completion, and I had envisaged a further 3 books, feedback I have recently received seems to suggest that I should be thinking of writing something else completely different.

It will be hard to let go of the characters I have grown to love, especially Elena de Cellorigo-Borja, my heroine in two of the four books, but even so perhaps a change would be good for my readers as well as for me. Who knows maybe I shall return to complete those three other stories at a later date.

What to write instead is a question I will have to ponder over. It has been suggested that I might consider historical romances with a Scottish flavor – apparently books of this nature are best-sellers regardless if they are sweet or erotic romances, so is it something to consider? I shrug – your guess is as good as mine – sigh!

I have been toying with the idea of either returning to the early to mid-19th century Australia to pick up where I left off with my first novel Beneath Southern Stars or doing something completely different and dabble in fantasy?

For now I suppose I will just enjoy the Christmas holidays with my family and see the New Year in before I put on my thinking cap to overcome this difficult situation I’m finding myself in.

In the meantime I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes

Louise

 

Passionate Harvest is released today

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I am happy to announce that Book 3 in “The Sword and the Rose” Series has been released today by Luminosity Publishing LLP.

The story continues… when I was writing book 2 I began to feel guilty at how Magdalena Lorca was being taken advantage of and mistreated by her employer.  Señorita Elena de Borja-Cellorigo from Seville, as we learn, is a very willful young woman who always has to have her way. I was determined therefore that Magdalena should have her own story and so “Passionate Harvest” was created for her.

You will also catch glimpses of Magdalena in book 4 – this is my current work in progress – where things get better for her, and I am also planning another story for Magdalena and her lover Joquim in book 6 that is scheduled for the end of 2017.

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this latest adventure located at the Villa Sant’ Angelo in Cullera, eastern Spain.

The book is available on Amazon, All Romance E-Books, and on Luminosity’s site. You will find links to these on the “Passionate Harvest” Page.

Kindest Regards

Louise