hard-rhythm-cover-200x300Yes! It’s finally here! The third book in the Secrets of a Rock Star series went live on Amazon at midnight and by now you should be able to buy it from every other bookselling place, as well, including:

IndieBound (local independent bookstores) | Amazon | Publisher website | Walmart (!) | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

If you’d like to read a hot relatively spoiler-free excerpt, RT Magazine posted a Hump Day hotness one a few weeks ago: Hump Day Excerpt of Cecilia Tan’s HARD RHYTHM

Reviews coming in!

“As always, Cecilia is at the top of her game, giving hot, steamy sex together with characters you care about. Relationships you want to succeed, packed full of naughtiness. I’ve said it before, and I continue to stand by it, Cecilia Tan is one of the greatest writers of smut out there. Few others can combine the tenderness of a budding romantic relationship together with the endorphin packed beginning of D/S relationship the way she has with the Secrets of a Rock Star series.” — Robin just posted that to her BookLikes blog!

“Madison and Chino are a bit older [both 29] than the previous characters and their internal dialogues as well as their actions show more maturity.” and “The Hamilton sisters and [Madison] address a threat to their club in smart and calculated ways emphasizing that even if each woman in this series feels best on her knees before a hot man, she is still a powerful force to be reckoned with.” — From BDSM author and educator TammyJo Eckhart on Goodreads

If you missed it before, Publisher’s Weekly gave it a starred review, too!

“If you, like me, adore cocky heroes with soft centers, then Chino’s the one for you,” says Stacey Voigt’s Bedtime Stories! “Cecilia Tan handles the sizzling hot sex scenes with an expert touch, keeping the action going while still addressing the realities that take place alongside intimacy, particularly kinky intimacy.”


(Loved this comment from a reader on FB today!)

Excerpts!

Throughout the day today various excerpts will be appearing, shared online by various folks. I’ll add links here as they go live or you can see them in my Twitter feed (@ceciliatan) and Facebook page!

Excerpt 1. On Cailin Briste’s blog
Excertp 2. On Tara Sue Me’s Facebook page

Official description:

Are they ready to go all the way?

Maddie Rofel has seen it all. Even the kinkiest games she witnesses working as a hostess in L.A.’s most exclusive private sex club fail to shock her, much less turn her on. Until the night she has a very personal encounter with drummer Chino Garcia, and the two discover an intimate connection neither can deny. Suddenly the jaded hostess is softening under Chino’s touch, and submitting in ways she never expected . . .

All his life, Chino has been running from something. Normally he beats back his demons by losing himself in his music. Now he’s losing himself in Maddie. And, while it drives Chino wild when Maddie bares her body to him, what he really wants is for Maddie to bare her soul. For that, Chino will have to push Maddie past her furthest limits-and share his own dark secrets.

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hard-rhythm-cover-200x300Hard Rhythm hits the shelves next month (January) and the ebook goes live on Jan 31st so we’re starting to see reviews and notices come in! I’m super excited about the reception it’s getting so far!

Starred Review in Publishers Weekly!

I’m very psyched to say this means all three of the books in the Secrets of a Rock Star series have earned the coveted star from PW. The whole review is great but the first sentence rocks my world, “Tan skillfully makes her third Secrets of a Rock Star novel (after Wild Licks) do double duty, first as a wildly creative, enthusiastic, immersive, and incredibly hot romance between experienced kinksters, and second as a public service announcement that clearly illustrates the difference between BSDM and domestic abuse.”

RT Book Reviews

RT, meanwhile, gave it three stars: “This is the third book in a trilogy on rock stars but the author keeps the focus on the person and not the profession. When [Chino] finally makes his move, they quickly move from casual acquaintances to a deep and fulfilling D/s relationship.”

Goodreads

And some readers who have gotten advanced reading copies (both through my newsletter — which you can sign up for — and through NetGalley) have begun to review the book on Goodreads. In particular I was very happy to see TammyJo Eckhart, a longtime BDSM presenter, educator, and writer herself, thought it was the best of the three books, and says “The emotional complexity of all of the relationships and situations in this novel feel real, feel engaging.” Also, “Even if each woman in this series feels best on her knees before a hot man, she is still a powerful force to be reckoned with.”

If you can spare a tweet (or reblog or FB share), to help spread the word about the book, please join my Thunderclap! It only takes a couple of clicks and will only share a one-time message when the book goes live. Click here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/51269-spread-the-beat-of-hard-rhythm

Pre-order the book now, everywhere: IndieBound (local independent bookstores) | Amazon | Publisher website | Walmart (!) | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

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Christmas Magic cover 2016Remember last December when the Magic University digital box set became available? The new piece in that set–a 15,000 word sequel to the series entitled CHRISTMAS MAGIC–is now available to purchase on its own!

I originally wrote the novella as a holiday gift for MU fans to thank them for helping to spread the word about the box set and supporting the series. Christmas Magic is from Frost’s point of view. There is a lot about Frost we don’t see in the MU books because they’re from Kyle’s point of view, although if you’ve read the short stories in Spellbinding you’ve seen a few in Frost’s voice, now.

Get it at:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Apple iBooks/iTunes
  • Kobo
  • AllRomance eBooks
  • Riverdale Avenue Books

    OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:
    In this novella sequel to the Magic University series, Christmas Magic picks up the tale a few months after the end of The Poet and the Prophecy, at Christmas time.

    And who better to tell a Christmas tale than Frost? After the cataclysmic events that shook the magical world, it’s time for Frost to come to grips with the changes in his magic and his body–with the help of the people who love him most.

    Un-official description:
    That’s right. There’s a Christmas tree, and stockings, and hot cocoa by the fire… but this is a Magic University story, so of course there is also deeply emotional sex and a mystery which fills Frost with existential dread.

    And we get to see a bit of what Kyle and Frost are like as a couple. It’s a 15,000 word novella, only 99 cents, and I hope you enjoy a return to the campus as much as I did!

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  • I thought I would pass along the latest call for nominations for books, articles, and stories published in calendar year 2016! NLA: International is a pansexual leather/SM/fetish community organization with chapters in many cities.

    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
    Nominations may be sent to the contact email at awards@nla-international.com

    (Columbus, OH) — NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2017. The finalists will be announced in March 2017. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are:

    Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)
    Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)
    Novel (Pauline Reage Award)
    Short Fiction (John Preston Award)
    Anthology (Samois Award)

    Eligibility for all awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, non-fiction article and anthology) requires first time publication of writing in the 2016 calendar year.

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    At last I can reveal the new, beautiful cover art for The Prince’s Boy! The very talented cover designer Kanaxa created this and I couldn’t be happier. Look at those gorgeous guys! (Bigger sizes below!)

    Dark erotic magic ensnares a prince and his whipping boy in a world of castle intrigue.

    The new bundle/box set collects together volumes 1 and 2 into the complete story, and also includes two bonus stories, “Sergetten’s Tale” and “Jorin’s New Spell.” Pre-orders can be placed now and it’ll go live on November 15th.

    Pre-order now at: Amazon | Barnes&Noble

    Still to come: Kobo | Apple iBooks | Google | Smashwords | etc.

    Full description & full size images under the cut:

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    Wow! I’ve been blown away by how universally awesome the reviews have been pouring in for WILD LICKS! Apparently folks out there love dark, angsty Mal Keanneally and deeply kinky Gwen Hamilton as much as I do. Some excerpts:

    “This one is great for those of you looking for plenty of smoking hot consensual BDSM sex.”
    Bustle “Ten Romance Novels for Steamy Afternoons”

    “Emotional angst, drama, and a seemingly impossible romance are just the tip of the iceberg for a couple whose dark erotic desires can either bring them together in the ultimate salvation or drive them apart forever.”
    Heroes & Heartbreakers “Erotic Romance Best Bets, July 2016”
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    It’s here! It’s live! Get it now from all your favorite places!

    wild_licks_pb_cover_200x300WILD LICKS
    Paperback: $12.99 ISBN: 9781455533640
    Ebook: $5.99 ISBN: 9781455533657

    Indie Bookstores | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Hachette

    In this book the dark, broody guitar player we met in Taking the Lead gets together with sunny heiress Gwen Hamilton and discovers she has a dark side, too. But can Gwen bring out the light trapped in Mal’s heart?

    Gwen wants to succeed at acting without using her family name: she wants to be judged on her own terms. But when an exercise in Method Acting leads her accidentally into the arms of Mal Kenneally, the rock star with a reputation for unusual sexual appetites, Gwen thinks maybe she’s found the ultimate test of her acting abilities. Or maybe she’s finally met the man who can see, and appreciate, the real Gwen…

    Mal Kenneally has done his best to leave his aristocratic British family behind. The Rough, the rock band he started with his childhood friend Axel, is his family now. But will he be forced to choose between the brotherhood of the band and his growing obsession with Gwen Hamilton?

    Mal and Gwen push each other’s limits, each convinced that one day they’ll go too far. But the farther they go, the more they discover that two can delve far deeper than one.

    I’ll post an excerpt later! Just had to get this live before the day slips away!

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    And… it’s live! That’s right, the latest volume in my gay coming of age series, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, is live in all ebook stores! It’s 99 cents for TODAY ONLY and then the price will be jumping to full price. So now’s your chance to grab it cheap!

    Amazon Kindle | Kobo | Barnes & Noble Nook | Apple iBooks | Smashwords | or direct from Daron’s Guitar Chronicles home website

    dgc_ebook_9_cover_final_400The year is 1991 and Daron Marks stands at a crucial crossroads in his career. He’s on tour with Nomad and his mentor Remo Cutler, but Ziggy wants him…as musical director, and more. Ziggy always wants more…
    Collects chapters 637 through 708 of the web serial.

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    Ten Things I Learned at SFWA Nebulas Weekend

    by Cecilia Tan

    This past weekend was the SFWA annual gathering known as Nebulas Weekend, which is not only when the Nebula Awards are given out, but also a conference for professional science fiction writers. People tell me that in the past Nebulas Weekend was mostly a party/schmoozefest and not so much of a professional development seminar. That might explain why I never bothered to attend before. I go to plenty of schmoozefests at other cons and book industry functions where I can rub elbows with the elite writers and editors in science fiction/fantasy (viz: the SFWA suite at any Worldcon or World Fantasy, the SFWA annual “Mill & Swill” in NYC, ICFA, miscellaneous book launches and parties, various regional fan cons, et cetera). I didn’t need another one. But a pro development seminar for sf/f? Sign me up.

    Before this, there was no open attendance professional development seminar for sf/f writers. There are the application-only writers workshops like Clarion, Odyssey, and Viable Paradise. There are science courses like Launch Pad and the Schroedinger Sessions. But nowhere within sf/f except occasional tracks or workshops at cons to learn career skills, i.e. self-marketing techniques, social media management, website management, legal issues, and so on. I had been advising writers I know to attend their nearest regional romance writer conventions (even if they didn’t write romance) in order to get some of that.

    Thanks to the co-location of this year’s Nebs with BookExpo America, presentations at the conference included many by service providers of various companies in the publishing ecosystem, as well as the opportunity to sit down one-on-one to pick the brains of many presenters. (Schedule) Reps from Kobo, Draft2Digital, Patreon, Kickstarter, Amazon/KDP, Audible.com, and others were here, and also various members put themselves forth for brain-picking in the Ask an Expert area. So I picked some brains, went to some seminars, and here’s what I learned during Nebulas Weekend: (details below the cut)

    1. We Clean Up Pretty Good
    2. Kickstarters Should Be Pretty
    3. At Patreon a Little Means a Lot
    4. Dictate for Artistry
    5. The Myth of Self-Publishing
    6. White Knights and Online Harassment
    7. Think Globally
    8. You Can’t Be in Two Places at Once
    9. John Hodgman is Really Funny
    10. Not the Hugos or the Worldcon

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    Here I am in Chicago! It’s very foggy here. Figured I’d post a rundown of what I’m doing and where to find me in case any of you need it:

    SATURDAY May 14 at The Book Con

    at the McCormick Place convention center, Chicago

    1pm – 1:30 pm AUTOGRAPHING
    at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Booth 1716
    I’ll be signing copies of TAKING THE LEAD, my latest kinky rock star romance.

    1:45 – 2:45 pm AUTOGRAPHING (YES MORE AUTOGRAPHING)
    at the Grand Central Publishing/Hachette booth 1716
    with my fellow Forever Romance authors Elizabeth Hoyt and Debbie Mason!
    I’ll again be signing and giving away TAKING THE LEAD

    3:00 – 4:00 pm DIVERSITY IN ROMANCE PANEL
    in Room W470
    Very excited to be speaking on this panel on a subject very important to me, moderated by Joyce Lamb of USA Today’s “Happy Ever After” blog. Official description: The #WeNeedDiverseBooks initiative is being passionately embraced by readers of all genres – and authors of romantic fiction are absolutely passionate about the movement! Browse the selection at booksellers, and you will see ever-increasing title offerings that feature LGBTQ characters and couples; books that feature multi-ethnic perspective and give love to the silver fox set. In this panel, moderated by Joyce Lamb, curator of USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, and featuring Cecilia Tan, Taking the Lead (Forever), Sona Charaipotra, Tiny Pretty Things (Epic Reads), Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things (Epic Reads), will frankly discuss meeting reader demand for Diverse Books in the romance genre; as well as propose tactics on how to support the growth of this market segment.

    Sunday May 15 at the SFWA Nebulas Weekend

    at the Palmer House Hilton

    11am – 12pm Web Serial Toolbox
    I’ll be teaching a crash course in everything you need to know to start your own web serial. If you can blog, you can publish a web serial! I’ll be talking about both creative and business reasons to serialize, as well as why *not* to serialize, and discuss what free & inexpensive tech tools are out there to keep your overhead costs non-existent to under $25.

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    Hello, bloggers, readers, and fellow writers! I’m re-launching my much-lauded BDSM gay high fantasy romance serial THE PRINCE’S BOY shortly, and am looking for folks who would like to be part of the brigade of those posting the cover reveal, excerpts, and so on. Here’s a Google form to fill out if you’re interested in participating in:

    • Cover reveal on your blog and/or FB group and/or Goodreads group
    • Cover reveal share on your social media (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, G+)
    • Host an author Q&A
    • Publish an excerpt on your blog
    • Host some other form of blog tour stop (your choice of topic)
    • Review on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads, or elsewhere you specify

    THE PRINCE’S BOY tells the story of young lovers Kenet and Jorin and their fight to save their kingdom from evil and their love from destruction. In this world “night magic” is a powerful form of sorcery powered by the lust of male for male. The Prince’s Boy was originally serialized from July 2009-June 2011 on circlet.com and Livejournal and was awarded Honorable Mention in both the Rainbow Awards and the NLA: International Writing Awards for BDSM-positive fiction.

    I’ll be revealing new cover(s) in July, a new box set ebook will go on sale in November. (Hopefully with a new bonus story included…? I’m working on that!)

    Reminder what the old covers looked like:

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    Here we go! It’s been two whole years since my last Kickstarter, there are over 200 more chapters of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles accrued since then, so it’s time to produce a new omnibus paperback! (And generally have some fun with producing nifty swag. I like T-shirts for fictional rock bands, what can I say…)

    Daron’s Guitar Chronicles (in case you’re new around here…) is my long-running web fiction serial about coming out and coming of age in the 1980s. Daron is a guitarist trying to make it big in the music industry while coming to grips with his sexuality (he’s gay) and his complicated relationship to his art, public performance, and by the way his band’s lead singer. Ahem.

    The full rundown of rewards and budget is detailed in the Kickstarter campaign of course, here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceciliatan/darons-guitar-chronicles-third-omnibus

    A short version of the link for sharing: http://kck.st/1RFanDN

    You can support for as little as a dollar, for which you’ll get thanked in the book and your choice of any of the DGC ebooks. A bargain! And we’ve also got — in addition to the book itself — T-shirts, guitar picks, custom songs written for you, and much more.

    More details below the cut!

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    I’m trying it! A “Kindle Countdown” deal for Spanish Nights started at 9am (Eastern) on Monday March 7th (today) dropping the price from $2.99 to 99 cents! On Wednesday at 11am it will jump to $1.99, and then on Friday at 5pm it will return to the regular $2.99.

    What’s Spanish Nights? It’s an 80-page novella chronicling the torrid affair of Daron on a nearly yearlong jaunt to Spain and his lover Orlando and their adventures in the street music world of Seville. Daron’s the main character of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles but this novella can be read as a stand-alone.

    Official description:
    Two men, a chance meeting, a torrid affair.

    One an internationally known rock star, the other from the streets of Spain: they meet in an erotic tale as hot as a summer night in Seville, as seductive as red wine and song.

    Daron Marks didn’t expect to find a lover that day at the airport. He didn’t expect to suddenly change his plans and fly to Spain instead of Boston. But sometimes opportunity knocks and you have to grab Fate by the lapels and kiss until you’re breathless. Daron’s career, and his acceptance of his sexuality, are about to take a sudden, unexpected turn.

    Orlando is as mysterious as he is beautiful, doe-eyed and nimble-fingered. To Daron, his presence seems to beckon something from deep within. When the two guitarists meet, they play duets and jam together to pass the time, but music sparks a deeper desire to connect, to touch, to love. But when Daron arrives in Spain he finds Orlando entangled in something more than simply sweaty sheets…

    The Spanish Nights ebook also contains the complete erotic story “Home Sweet Home” as a bonus.

    If you’re in Kindle Unlimited, you can read the book for free as part of the KU program, as well!

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    spanish nights cover 200x300SPANISH NIGHTS is a new novella based on material that originally appeared in my web serial, but with new elements added, additional sex scenes, and made to stand alone. It’s the story of a torrid affair between two men whose common languages are music and sex. It’s also my first experiment with Kindle Unlimited, so this particular ebook is only available right now on Amazon for $2.99 (or free if you’re a KU member)!

    It’s got lots of what I do best–sex scenes–and lots of what I do almost as well, which is writing about art and music. :-)

    For those who haven’t read Daron’s Guitar Chronicles–YOU DON’T HAVE TO! You can jump in and read this novella without needing to read any of the rest of DGC. If you’re a fan of m/m or my erotic slash fiction or my books like The Prince’s Boy, please give this one a try, and tell your friends!

    If you’re in KU, I will receive a small royalty from Amazon for every page a KU member looks at. So please do page through it if you’re a KU member!

    I’ll post a hot excerpt tomorrow. I’m on the road today at a convention and need to pick something suitably hot out!

    Official description:

    Two men, a chance meeting, a torrid affair.

    One an internationally known rock star, the other from the streets of Spain: they meet in an erotic tale as hot as a summer night in Seville, as seductive as red wine and song.

    Daron didn’t expect to find a lover that day at the airport. He didn’t expect to suddenly change his plans and fly to Spain instead of Boston. But sometimes opportunity knocks and you have to grab Fate by the lapels and kiss until you’re breathless. Daron’s career, and his acceptance of his sexuality, are about to take a sudden, unexpected turn.

    Orlando is as mysterious as he is beautiful, doe-eyed and nimble-fingered. To Daron, his presence seems to beckon something from deep within. When the two guitarists meet, they play duets and jam together to pass the time, but music sparks a deeper desire to connect, to touch, to love. But when Daron arrives in Spain he finds Orlando entangled in something more than simply sweaty sheets…

    This Spanish Nights ebook also contains the complete erotic story “Home Sweet Home” as a bonus.

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    taking_the_lead_tame_200x300Reviews are coming in for my new book TAKING THE LEAD! It’s been out for one week so far. Before launch I was super-happy to have gotten great reviews in both Publishers Weekly and RT Book Reviews, but now that the book has officially launched, a slew of review sites and bloggers have posted this week! Here are some excerpts and links to the full posts:

    Reviews

    “What set this book apart, for me, are the love/sex/kink scenes. Ms. Tan’s descriptions of Axel’s and Ricki’s encounters are more than just incredibly arousing. They’re full of insight, emotional nuances, truths to which I can vouch from personal experience. Ms. Tan understands how power exchange works and she brings that knowledge to the page. She also manages to communicate how dominance and submission can offer not just incandescent pleasure but soul-deep healing. Ricki requires the surrender Axel coaxes from her, to balance the warring factions in her personality and claim the strength to manage her complicated life.”
    Beyond Romance, Lisabet Sarai

    “I really enjoyed this sexy rockstar romance – it’s a nice easy read that kept me gripped from start to finish. …Axel is a fabulous character, he is very sexy. His bad boy image hides a soft heart and a good man. I also love his relationships and banter with his band mates and friends. Ricki and Axel had great chemistry, they were so hot together. The storyline was interesting, the characters were likable and the sex was steamy – five stars.” —JJ’s Kinky Books

    “So that’s what sets Taking The Lead apart, for me at least: It’s more than just another steamy, erotic romance. It’s an emotional and psychological examination of being a feminist with also being sexually submissive.”
    Only One More Page

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    taking_the_lead_tame_224pxIt’s here! First book in the new Secrets of a Rock Star series, written by yours truly and published by Hachette/Grand Central Publishing’s romance imprint Forever, TAKING THE LEAD was released in ebook and paperback today!

    Join me TONIGHT (Tuesday January 26th) for a live video chat from 8:30 to 10:30 about the book! I’ll read from a steamy section of the book, take questions, and talk about my influences and how I wrote and researched it. (Yes, there’s research… there’s always research!) It’ll be on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/arkd9wjXcdA, and if you want to ask questions in advance add them to either the Facebook event or comment below!

    Here are the official blurbs on the book:

    Buy links: TTL_sidebyside_500opx
    Order the book:Indiebound bookstores | Amazon | Barnes & Noble|Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

    When the rich and famous come out to play, nothing is off-limits . . .

    Everyone knows Ricki Hamilton as the icy heiress living in a billion-dollar mansion, high up in the Hollywood Hills. But few realize that behind the gilded gates, Ricki is the mistress of LA’s most exclusive private club. A place where no fantasy is forbidden and no one goes unsatisfied-except for Ricki. If she had her way, she’d leave the business behind . . . until she meets the one man with the power to change her mind.

    The hottest rock star in the world, Axel Hawke, has the requisite sexy look and bad-boy reputation. Yet even his biggest fans have no clue just how decadently dangerous he can be. From the moment he meets Ricki, he knows there is no other woman who will satisfy him. He can feel the heat hiding beneath her cool demeanor and he’s determined to stoke her flame.

    Together Ricki and Axel indulge their every desire. The deeper they go, the more she craves. Submitting to Axel opens her eyes, and for the first time Ricki knows exactly what she wants. All she has to do is take it . . .

    Praise for TAKING THE LEAD:

    “Everyone knows Cecilia Tan is the queen of hot, but she’s also the queen of wit and angst and voice. Taking the Lead is a book that grabs you by the collar and gives you flirty-eyes. It will tell you, ‘Go sit, over there in the corner chair, and don’t get up until you’re done.’ You will do it-absolutely and happily-because Cecilia knows exactly what you want.”
    —Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard and Sweet Filthy Boy

    “Cecilia Tan writes erotic romance the way it was meant to be written: full of emotion, intensity, and chemistry that’s so hot it burns the page. Taking the Lead is no exception; it’s deliciously sexy and utterly satisfying.”
    —Tara Sue Me, New York Times bestselling author

    “An emotional whirlwind romance. Axel is as strong and sexy as readers expect in a rock-star hero without being an overly brooding jerk. The length he goes in order to win over emotionally closed-off Ricki will melt your heart.”
    —RT Book Reviews

    “With a satisfying plot and an engaging cast of characters, the only thing slowing readers down will be their refractory period.”
    —Publishers Weekly

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    I’m pleased to offer up a tasty sample of my new book from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing/Forever which officially launches in six days! It’s already popped up in some bookstores, though!

    On sale: Indiebound bookstores | Amazon|Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Google Play

    I originally shared this sex scene from TAKING THE LEAD with my newsletter readers back 14 months ago, shortly after I’d written the first draft. It has since passed through my beta readers, critique partners, and my editor at Hachette, and has more depth than that early draft. (Just as much sex, though…heh.)

    This segment is from our heroine’s point of view. Ricki Hamilton is a young Hollywood heiress, fresh out of business school, while Axel Hawke is the lead singer of a rock band who are just hitting it big. It’s the night of the Grammy Awards, and at one point, as a publicity stunt, Axel is supposed to joke-kidnap a mutual friend of theirs out of the audience. But Axel, who has gotten interested in Ricki, ends up making off with her instead. Here’s what happens after they land in the “getaway limo.”

    (Also after all the limo scenes in the Struck by Lightning series, especially the first few in Slow Surrender, I thought it would be fun to have very very very different limo sex this time around. Remember how James doesn’t even touch Karina at first? This time I think Axel has extra hands…!)

    When Axel Hawke dove into the back of a limo with me and we sped off, I was lightheaded from being unable to breathe. The moment he had picked me up I had started to laugh, and then partway up the aisle he’d switched to carrying me over his shoulder like a pirate making off with a wench. His shoulder dug into my stomach, which made me laugh harder but also made it even harder to breathe.

    Maybe it wasn’t the way he was carrying me that made me so breathless. My mind was awhirl—the tabloids! They were going to have a field day! But part of me didn’t care. My fantasies of him carrying me away came roaring back, and the giddy feeling only intensified as I realized that any of the blame for this stunt was going to fall squarely on Axel Hawke, not me. I was merely the innocent bystander dragged along for the ride. Literally.

    I realized I still had my arms around his neck while I fought to catch my breath.

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    taking_the_lead_tame_224pxThis coming Tuesday the first book in my new Secrets of a Rock Star series will be launching!

    To celebrate, I’ll be hosting a live video chat from 8:30 to 10:30pm that night about the book! I’ll read from a steamy section of the book, take questions, etc. Please feel free to post questions in advance either below or on the Facebook event where you can RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/202209060126813/

    YouTube direct link: https://youtu.be/arkd9wjXcdA

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    Yesterday was a holiday for a lot of people but social media never stops and I got wind that a review had appeared in Publishers Weekly for the book I have releasing next week, TAKING THE LEAD. I was a little afraid to go read it so I made my agent read it first.

    See, the last time a book I wrote was reviewed in PW, bookselling and publishing’s trade magazine, was in 1998. In that review, they panned my HarperCollins erotic short story collection (Black Feathers) by saying my “sinless creations” were “for people who didn’t like sex.” I’d called up Susie Bright after that and cried.

    She’d heard that attitude before, and patiently explained that the reviewer was almost certainly male and one of those throwback guys for whom if the sex wasn’t “dirty” or “illicit” then it was only meant for “prudes” and therefore wasn’t any fun. Put another way, because the book was written by a woman to satisfy a woman’s idea of what was sexy, he was angry it wasn’t for him. The fact that everyone in my book was actually enjoying all the consensual sex they were having was a turn-off for this dude.

    After that I felt kind of sorry for the reviewer, because although he’d panned my book, he almost certainly had a miserable sex life. I would encounter his attitude sporadically, always from men, in the nineties, and then I guess those dinosaurs died off because I stopped hearing it. Or maybe my message and the message of the other sex-positive women writing and publishing in those days was finally getting through–Susie Bright, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, etc.–if not to literary critics at least to the bookstores and the readers.

    Of course romance wasn’t ready yet for my style of BDSM and consensual power exchange, or for the level of explicitness I brought to the table, so back then my work wouldn’t have fit there, either. Thankfully that’s no longer the case, and a book like TAKING THE LEAD has all the BDSM and character angst and negotiation and arrival at consensuality that turns ME on, and it seems like both the world of romance and Publishers Weekly are super-happy about it!

    They gave it a “starred” review! And I quote, they say my new series is off to a “sultry start.” The moneyshot in the review: “With a satisfying plot and an engaging cast of characters, the only thing slowing readers down will be their refractory period.” Yessss!

    Read the whole review here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4555-3363-3

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    The Arisia science fiction convention is next week in Boston, at the Westin Waterfront, with guest of honor John Scalzi. My panel & appearance schedule has finally settled down and shaped up to the following four panels, two parties, and one erotica reading! Details:

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