Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Little Taste of the Future for Red Phoenix

What is Red Phoenix Writing Now?
Now that Brie Learns the Art of Submission is out, what is Red up to???

Well my friends, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter then you have a pretty good idea. However, I realize there are some of you who do not have accounts on either and are in the dark. It's not fair, so today I shall remedy that. :)

I am currently working on four projects. Yes, that's right... 4.

Here is a little taste of each:

1) Varick: The Reckoning is due out the end of December. It is the sequel to the free eBook, Varick: The Reluctant. It's my unique take on the world of vampires. It is labeled erotica, but it is so much more than sex. Vampires represent to me all that is cruel and unfair in the world. Varick is the shining light in that darkness. This is a character who has haunted my dreams since I was a teenager.

Quote from the upcoming Varick:

"Varick looked down at her still form, his blood trickling from the wound in her throat. He steeled himself as he gazed into Aleshia's eyes, knowing what he would find..." (~Red Phoenix, Varick the Reckoning)

2) My 'Secret Project' will be revealed when it is complete. It is still in the creation stage, although I am pleased with its progress. This project idea was given to me by my husband. I will announce its publication when the time approaches. Consider it ongoing for now, with no set date of completion.

Quote from my secret project: 

"It was a rush like no othertransporting a woman to an intense level of passion she could not reach on her own. The ability to deliver both pain and pleasure in equal portions while leaving the woman desperate and hungry for more was… a gift. " (~Red Phoenix, Secret Project)

3) Brie: The After Story is due out the end of January. It will follow the lives of Brie and her Master, as well as the other characters you have grown to know and love. Find out what happens after the elevator doors close...

Quote from the new Brie: 

“We’re just going to talk. What’s the harm in that?”
“But I don’t think I should...”
“Brie,” he cocked his head and smiled sadly, “don’t you think I deserve an explanation?” His blue eyes drew her in and she became acutely aware of the pain behind them. (~Red Phoenix, Brie: The After Story)

4)  The Phoenix Series is the other project I am working on. Some of you may not be aware that I write under another pen name, Michelle Stevens. I have published two novellas, Phoenix Rising and Phoenix Takes Flight, and am currently working on the third of four in the series. The Phoenix Series is loosely based on the 1980's romance with my husband of 20 years. Fair warning: This is NOT erotica, it has a spiritual element and a sad (but inspiring) ending.

Quote from the next installment of Phoenix: 

Scott jumped in, “Hey! Are you making a pass at my girlfriend?”
I looked at both of them apprehensively. “No Scott, I'm sure he wasn't...”
“Actually I was,” Greywolf replied, gracing me with a charming smile before telling Scott, “What are you going to do about it, Keeper?” (~Michelle Stevens, Phoenix Soars)

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into what the future holds for Red Phoenix. :)

Thank you for all of your support and many comments. I cherish every one!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Elizabeth Woodham Guest Blogs for Red Phoenix

I am thrilled to have Elizabeth guest blog for me! She is a woman of exceptional words, delightful humor and total sexiness. I highly recommend checking out her erotica on Amazon, her delightful personality on Facebook, and her latest adventures on Elizabeth's blog. I love this Brit!

Hello, I’m thrilled that ER Pierce  invited me to join the Next Big Thing blog hop. At the end of my post, you’ll discover links to my ‘Next Big Thing’ blog hop partners, ER Pierce, Jason Jaxx, Jezabel Mynx and Red Phoenix.

Q & A With Elizabeth Woodham
What is the working title of your book?
Erato is the working title of the book, but it’s likely to evolve before publication.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Erato is the sequel to Her Sugar Daddy.

What genre does your book fall under?
Erotica, dominant older man, mild bondage, spanking, and domination

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I will throw that question open to readers, Eleanor is feisty, yet vulnerable, while Matthew is far older than she, debonair, self-assured, wealthy and handsome, possessing all the qualities common to many popular leading men, including the desire to dominate. Vote HERE

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Retired RAF pilot teaches young military nurse the ropes in bespoke medieval manor house

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Erato is still a work in progress, but a novella usually takes around six months from inception to completion

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Erato contains scenes of submission and domination, which, since the publication of FSOG is common to many in the genre, nevertheless, I wrote Her Sugar Daddy in early 2011, before the explosion of popular interest in erotic content.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I left Her Sugar Daddy with the intention of writing a sequel. Recently fans of the book asked for more so I decided to begin writing the follow-up a little sooner than I originally intended

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The story is set in a medieval manor house, set up by Matthew and Eleanor as an exclusive hotel, offering special services described in detail and designed to appeal to a wide erotica readership.

My Next Big Thing authors
Jason Jaxx  Hardcore yet beautifully expressive erotica from Jason. Connect with Jason at Facebook  I just adore ‘Dirty Secrets and Filthy Fantasies’  and it’s FREE at Amazon, but you won’t stop at one Jaxx story, Dirty Secrets will make you greedy for more, Jason’s work is so hot it will melt your ereader.
Jezabel Mynx Connect with Jezabel at Facebook  - Jezabel’s debut book ‘The Key Party’ is available on Amazon. Hot and exciting, ‘The Key Party’ is a fabulous first outing.
Red Phoenix, prolific, exquisite author of Sensual Erotica, visit her blog  (UK link, for US simply add dot com in place of the dot Red’s website  or connect with Red and her many fans on Facebook.
E R Pierce  a unique, and eclectic author writing emotionally charged contemporary, paranormal, romance, erotic fiction and urban fantasy. Word perfect erotica, beautifully researched and expressed. Connect with ER Pierce at Facebook
Thank you, Elizabeth! I am deeply touched you included me in your list of authors.  ~Red 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Brie Learns the Art of Submission - A Novel by Red Phoenix

Brie Learns the Art of Submission Now Available on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and CreateSpace
First published as the popular nine-part eBook serial, Brie Learns the Art of Submission is now available as a full-length novel. On sale for $5.99/eBook and $12.95/paperback! At 484 pages, this 6 x 9 book is one big, gorgeous, sexy novel! I have priced both as considerable savings so you can enjoy Brie's journey. :) 

There are little changes throughout (clarifications really), but the story is still the same. I did not mess with Brie, so there is no need to buy the novel if you have already purchased the nine novelettes ~ unless you desire to have them all together in one novel. To read the one extra scene I added, please see the post below.

* Brie has been professionally edited with a professionally designed cover for your reading pleasure!

Brie Learns the Art of Submission:

Join Brie as she discovers the erotic world of submission...

Brie Bennett’s life changes the day Sir comes to her tiny tobacco shop. His invitation to the Submissive Training Center is about to rock this young woman’s world. The renowned school is famous for its elite submissive instruction. She has no idea what will be asked of her or the boundaries that will be pushed. One thing is certain: Brie is about to learn more about herself in six weeks than she has over the previous twenty-two years.

From formal classes, hands-on practicums and weekly auctions, Brie will confront her deepest fears and desires. In the process, she will also forge lifelong friendships with fellow submissives and fall for several of the Center’s skilled Doms.

As graduation day approaches things begin to unravel, forcing Brie to make an unexpected choice of Master. Which Dom will ultimately earn her devotion and capture courageous Brie’s heart?

Adult Material (18+)

Warning: This book contains sexually explicit content and scenes that some readers may find objectionable.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Scene in Brie Learns the Art of Submission by Red Phoenix is Revealed!

Brie Learns the Art of Submission, the novel that includes all nine of the Brie Submissive Training serial series, is due out tomorrow. It includes a new scene, one that I promised my fans I would post on my blog. Why? Because I have a tons of people who have already purchased the series and I want to share it with them. :)

I added this scene because it was needed. When I wrote Brie on Display, Brie #7, there was one chapter that people begged me to expand. While revising the series into novel form, I realized that I agreed with them.

For your reading pleasure, I am posting the new scene BEFORE the release of the novel.

Brie has just scened with a training Dom - a man she has encountered before in the 'vanilla" world. She is supposed to evaluate his performance with her trainers (as well as his). Being a submissive to Blue Eyes has thrown her off a bit, but Faelan planned out his scene well and tailored it just for Brie. How will she rate the young wolf pup?

Find out by reading below:

After the three Doms had left the room, Sir began the discussion with the Dominant trainers still in attendance.
“We would all like to hear your honest opinions of your Doms’ performances.” He turned to Lea first. “Ms. Taylor, how would you rate Master Allen’s scene with you?”
Out of the corner of her eye, Brie saw Lea look up and smile. “Master Allen really seemed to care, Sir. He continually asked my color, eased up when I indicated that I was reaching yellow but did not stop. He pushed me like a good Dom should. I enjoyed the session with him.”
“On a scale of one to ten, what would you rate him?” Master Coen asked.
She said without hesitation, “I would give him a six.”
A well-built, bald trainer from the other table spoke up. “What would you say is his major weakness, Ms. Taylor?”
She shifted in her spot, making Brie wonder if it was difficult for her to answer. “I didn’t feel like he was reading me as we went. He was so dependent on asking my color that he didn’t notice what should have been obvious.”
The female trainer at the table replied, “I concur with the submissive. Master Allen was oblivious to her discomfort until he asked.”
“Thank you for your observations, Ms. Taylor,” Sir said. “You may kneel.”
Lea immediately settled on the floor in a graceful motion.
Sir addressed Mary next. “Give us your assessment of Mr. Hall’s performance, Miss Wilson.”
Mary answered smugly, “He still has a lot to learn, Sir. The cautious way he used the crop was a complete turn-off. He might as well have hit me with a wet noodle.”
The silence in the room was deafening.
Sir replied with ice in his voice, “Miss Wilson, a respectful evaluation is expected of a submissive. Demeaning your Dom’s performance is neither welcomed nor appropriate.”
Brie felt a chill course through her, even though she was not the one being corrected.
Mary answered meekly, “Sorry, Sir.”
“Reword your statement,” Marquis Gray instructed, his face expressionless.
Mary took a deep breath before starting again. “Lord Hall was not confident with his use of the crop.”
The bald trainer at the other table interjected, “I believe some of the fault lies with you, Miss Wilson. I noticed you were emotionally unreadable, which made you difficult to work with. It surprises me, considering the extensive training you’ve received at this school.”
Brie shuddered at the trainer’s assessment of Mary. She had never thought that by evaluating the training Doms, they might end up inviting negative comments from the Dominant trainers themselves. However, she realized she had been foolish to think otherwise. As submissives, they were always under scrutiny—always.
Ms. Clark challenged Mary by asking, “You started with his weakness, but I would like to know his strengths.”
Mary took quite a while to answer. “He was…good-looking and pounded me decently.”
All eight trainers stared at her without comment.
Mary was failing with her evaluation, so Sir mercifully cut it short. “What would you rate him?”
“A three, maybe four.”
“Since I find your evaluation a waste of our time,” Sir stated, “kneel down and rethink your answers. We will speak after class.”
Mary sank to the floor slowly.
“Miss Bennett,” Sir began, his voice tainted with irritation. Although she knew it wasn’t directed at her, Brie still felt a quelling of her spirit. “How would you evaluate your Dom’s performance?”
“Sir, I would rate Faelan a seven.”
The brawny trainer from the other team jumped on her statement. “Why so high? Explain yourself.”
“I know it may seem odd, considering we did not have intercourse, but it was that very fact that set him apart.” Brie braved a look at the Dominant trainer. “I’m not sure how well I would have handled a more intimate encounter because I’m acquainted with Faelan outside of class. The fact he chose to tease rather than conquer me was shrewd. It left me craving another session with him.”
Ms. Clark asked, “Had he demanded intercourse, would you have complied?”
“Of course,” Brie answered, remembering to keep her eyes lowered when she answered the Dominatrix. “However, it would have been out of obedience, not personal desire.”
Brie heard the woman trainer at the other table remark, “I did find his choice of scene odd, but it makes sense now.”
“Miss Bennett.” Brie looked up, and a distinguished white-haired gentleman nodded to her. “What do you see as a weakness of Mr. Wallace?”
She answered with apprehension, “Although Faelan read me well throughout the scene, he did come across a little overconfident.”
Brie saw the female trainer smile. The fourth man, a striking Native American, replied, “A valid point.” Brie had presumed the bald man was the leader of the panel, but the authoritative way this Dom spoke said differently. He glanced over to Sir. “I think we have what we need from your submissives.”
Sir ordered Brie to kneel. She followed his command as all of the Dominant trainers got up from their table and left the room. Sir followed them out and spoke to the head trainer in the hallway for several minutes. 
It allowed Brie time to reflect on the scene with Faelan. It shocked her that through that short encounter, Blue Eyes had accomplished the one thing she did not want. The light caress of his feather still lingered on her skin, causing goose bumps of desire for the boy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Brie in Paperback Coming Next Week!

The 'Brie Series' has captured the imaginations and hearts of avid Ereaders worldwide, and now she is about to expand. 

First published as the popular nine-part eBook serial, Brie Learns the Art of Submission, will soon be available as a full-length novel in both paperback and eBook form.  
Due out November 23, 2012.

The cover is uniquely Brie. I personally picked the models, clothing (or lack thereof) and the pose. I also hired a professional book designer to create my vision of Brie. The emphasis being on the 'Art of Submission', which is both alluring and classy.

Brie Learns the Art of Submission has also been professionally edited for your reading pleasure. I invested in a highly experienced editor to provide the same quality of work one would expect from the major publishing houses. 

In addition, readers will save significantly by purchasing the collection as a novel. The series currently sells for $9.92, where as Brie Learns the Art of Submission will be priced at $5.99.

* Paperback price has yet to be determined (but will be undated shortly).

Now is the time to start thinking who on your naughty list deserves a little taste of Brie for Christmas.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Danish Proofreader - Red Phoenix

Gentle Man
I will never forget the day I received this email:

My wife and I are both fans. We've been overwhelmed by your skilled writing in the Brie series and have bought every new installment.

However, for all your superb takes on mind, matter and sensitive sexuality it is a constant distraction to find so many typos slipping through.

I was wondering if you would allow me the privilege of proofreading your material to weed out such distractions. Your novels are over and beyond anything I have found for Kindle on Amazon and it would be a breeze to correct the odd - but disturbing - error.       

- Gentle Man

I laughed out loud when I read this. Leave it to a Danish professor to tell me like it is, but also bring humor to the mix. (Humor is the best way to reach this little Phoenix, BTW.)

After that email, I added him to my editing team and yes, my proofreader does not speak English as his first language. How do you like them apples? ;)  Tameika is still my talented and equally humorous content editor, but now I have an extra pair of eyes to catch those wicked grammar errors. He is an associate professor of English at a Danish university and teaches grammar for a living. Interestingly, he lived in my home state for a year pursuing a BA at a college near me. It's a small, small world.

My proofreader "Gentle Man" has saved you from reading about a 'wonton' woman. :)  His reason for helping: "My wish to proofread only and not interfere with the craft of Tameika and yourself. My aim is to help you stay in the emotions, focus on the personae and think up the story ..."

Recently, he made me laugh again after proofing Blissfully Taken. "For the first ten or more pages I felt sure that Tameika had already been over this. Further on I started to find some meaning in my life: I found a few typos.."  I just love his humor.

Gentle Man has remained true to his word. I can trust that he will save me from humiliation and spare you, my cherished readers, from distracting errors. He also provides a male's perspective. Very appreciated, as my husband is not an avid reader. Most of my male perspective comes from having observed hubby closely the last 20 years, so it is nice to have additional feedback.

As you can see, it takes quite a team to get these books out. From Tameika and Gentle Man, to my many dedicated beta readers, all play a role in improving my work. I am truly grateful.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What's Ahead for Red Phoenix?

Red Phoenix, 2012
So, you finished Brie and are checking out the countdown clock wondering what on earth Red Phoenix could be doing for three months. Well...let me tell ya!

1) I am currently finishing the professional edits of the complete Brie collection. The full-length novel previously published as 9 novelettes will be hot off the presses sometime in the next two weeks - definitely before Thanksgiving, 2012. I not only hired a highly experienced editor, but I have also commissioned a custom photo shoot. I think you'll agree when you see the cover that it totally captures the allure of the Brie series. The title of the over 400 page soon-to-be released novel is Brie Learns the Art of Submission.

2) While doing the edits, I am also finishing up the second novella to my Phoenix series, Phoenix Takes Flight. This is written under my pen name Michelle Stevens because it is a romance novel - NOT erotica. If you like my writing style and you want to read a fictionalized account of my 80's romance with my incredible husband of 20 years, then you might want to give it a read, Phoenix Rising. The first novella is free on all the major eBook stores (except Amazon, which I expect to match soon).
 3) At the same time, I am also working on a secret writing project - one assigned to me by my hubby. He is pleased with the results to date, and I hope you will be too. :) I will reveal when it is complete.

4) But that is not all folks! I will be finishing up the year writing the second book to the Varick series. Varick: The Reluctant introduced my vamp; it is a vampire story like no other. If you have read any of my books, then you know I march to the beat of a different drummer and so do my stories. My vamps are cruel not wimpy, but the love that emerges from one unusual couple will change the vampire world forever. Hence the sequel, Varick: The Reckoning.

I promise this little chick is working hard. I am thrilled to bring Brie's Submissive Training to you as a novel in both eBook and paperback! (Now all the non eReaders can finally have their first taste of Brie.) Know that the story has NOT changed; it will just read a lot smoother. If you have purchased the series, you do not need to purchase the collection. The one scene that has been added in the novel will be posted on this blog so you won't be missing out. :)

Thank you for all your support this year. I wouldn't be having this much fun without you!

Sincerely with hugs,