Today I am excited to present you all with an interview with erotica writer Melissa Craig. She kindly agreed to be here today to talk about her herself and her books. She has a weekly podcast radio show she co-hosts with Charity Parkerson where she regularly interviews other authors. Now I'm turning the tables on Melissa and putting her in the hot seat.
Yep Charity does it again. She gets me all flustered with one of her books. OUT NOW… Episode 63 has been out for a week, but I have been a little busy as I had a photo shoot for a magazine feature… OMG it was so much fun… the pictures look awesome…The magazine will be out on the 18th May, 2013. Which hopefully I will blog about in a minute. Hopefully, fingers crossed.
Anyway, this episode we talk about making audiobooks as we are in the process of recording them… well Charity is, mine is still on my to do list… (Dreams of being a full-time author one day so I can do the things I plan. Come on people buy, buy, buy so I can… ha-ha.) I learnt a lot so hopefully it helps you as well.
Poor Charity has had troubles with her laptop so we had ups and downs with the sound, but please persist. It is worth it just listening to me stuff up reading her excerpt as I couldn’t stop laughing or having visuals as I normally do with her books… Haha…
Have a great Tantalizing Tuesday… Mwah to all and thank you for all your support. It really is greatly appreciated.
Yep, another Aussie on the show. Actually three erotica authors…oh my… FFF. I know you all love the accents so I hope I see LOTS of downloads from iTunes (I know I’m cheeky, you love it). http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/melissa-craig-charity-parkerson/id527048995?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Seriously Ann B Harrison joins episode 62. She is such a beautiful person. I made her blush on her first ever podcast interview. Oh Baby, another virgin and her books are HELLO>>>> HOT. I met Ann when we had our Sunday Mail Newspaper Shoot “Erotica Steams Ahead”. We hit it off instantly, straight into a cuddle. We had so much FUN!
I was fortunate enough to be considered in the same category as Ann in the 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards for the Favourite Erotic Romance. Ann and I sat next to each other at the award ceremony holding hands listening to our books/names announced. We didn’t care if we didn’t win… hell we knew Sylvia Day would. We both felt like a winner just making it to the finals. It was awesome, out of all the Erotica books in the World… Australian Readers decided on these 10 books… Ann’s Book was ”RED HOT”.
Listen to us banter and carry on. Find out how she started out. This lady from the outback brings a piece of Australia into her writing any way she can… mmmm and she is climbing up the amazon charts… Read Ann B Harrison… I have all her paperbacks. Podcast interview link is below.
I know how awesome does this look? Mmmm… My books are so getting Turkey Slapped… He he. Okay seriously a big thankyou to the wonderful Charity Parkerson. Yep she owns her own Publishing Company, writes full-time, she’s a parent and co-hosts on “The Melissa Craig & Charity Parkerson Show”. Damn that girl is busy. Make sure you go and check out her page… scoff… pages ha ha. http://t.co/cPKe6oUWSo Big smiles all the way from Australia.
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Oh, I was all flustered having Kristine on the show. I even forgot the front bumper … My bad… That’s okay Charity can thwack me later. He he. We had the wonderful Best Selling Author of “Under his Command” on the podcast and wow we thought we could stick to an hour. Nope, it’s a long one (Yes I know I said long) sorry we started talking writing and we let it all out. Plus three erotica authors together, what do you expect, FUN!!
I have added a lot of behind the scenes discussion, but don’t stress Kristine we know you truly do walk around the house in those fish net stockings… LOL. Kristine not only writes erotica, she writes romantic suspense as well. She has two series that are taking the world by storm. She even liked my voice so much I think an Aussie chick is going to make an appearance in her next book. *clear throat* she better be sexy as.
This, once software engineer used to spend her time writing computer programs now spends her nights diving into the ultimate fantasy world of romance. We talk about her fun facts, we ask her questions about her ultimate fantasy, the bachelor TV program even came up.
I even asked her to explain what BDSM was… so funny. Check out the show by clicking the link below.
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OMG! @inclassicstyle has been on Fox News for his eMagazine, now on the @TheMCandCPShow for his Traveller Guide
I have been following In Classic Style Magazine for a while now, oh my gosh it has been nearly a year. The word I use as a description would be… AWESOME. Awesome is an adjective, causing awe. Every time I sit down and go through it, it inspires a yearning, an awe and a story from within. It is beautiful and everything about the magazine shows class in every way.
I am just grateful and fortunate enough that Carl could join us on the show. We discuss his magazine, we find out a little bit about him and his favourite places in the world. Ps. I love his favourite author answer hehehe. Listen and find out on episode 60. http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-120588/TS-735556.mp3
Join us while we discuss a quality of travelling that gives pleasure to your senses or your mind. www.inclassicstyle.com is a must. Go and add your email to the mailing list, get lost in the world of classic style. If you get a chance check out his wonderful new travellers app, a mobile travel membership that is designed so you can have a ‘Personal Concierge’ at the push of a button.
Thanks for listening, enjoy it any way you can!
Yep. Just Charity and I on the podcast. We read from our new manuscripts. Well a book in Charity’s case… Which is now available, was available from the 2nd April, 2013. Find out which ones we read from…Hint… it involves a Librarian. Be warned though it is not edited yet so the final product will change.
This episode we have a catch up on shout outs, mentions needed. Make sure you listen we haven’t had a podcast with just us girls for a while.
Seriously wow! If you know someone who is an avid fan of the World Wrestling Entertainment industry…then this is the man you should be looking out for. His name is Brian Shields and he is the Author of the WWE Encyclopedia. I know the WWE Encyclopedia. Ahhh! “With more than sixteen million people tuning in to WWE programming every week, this guide will be a welcomed addition to the homes of WWE fanatics everywhere.” Book overview on Barnes & Noble.
He is the most down to earth guy you could meet and he loves good food and wine. Just thought I would throw that in. (He is Italian ladies) Oh yeah plus he is involved in video games, screenplays, adverts, marketing major… I know I am missing something else… mmm what is it? Oh yeah a comedian. He is heavily involved with the Friars Club Film Fest and the Long Island Authors & Writers Society supporting the craft of writing. Which I am also a part of even though I don’t live there.
Brian has met the most famous people in the world researching for his books so why not join us on the trip down memory lane and his writing carer. New York Times Best Seller Brian Shields. Click the link below.
Yep she is an Author, yep she writes erotica and yep we had her on The Melissa Craig & Charity Parkerson Show… Well she not only writes erotica she has an awesome IMP series involving… wait for it… A succubus that can also be a incubus… mmmmmmm right.
Debra was so much fun to interview. Mind you this one is not to be listened to around little ones as it is an explicit show and she reads from her Naughty Mom series. We have known Debra for a while so we do banter a bit about um BIG things… how she hasn’t been ridden for four weeks… Sore cheeks… Pizza boys are part of the succubus diet… so funny. Make sure you check it out. Click the link below.
A nice short podcast this week. Charity and I talk all things writing, self publishing, Amazon, PayPal for book payments.
Authors, writers or if you are thinking of self publishing should listen to this show, as you may be experiencing the same thing. We discuss the ups and downs of being an author. It is amazing how much we can cover in thirty minutes. Hmm… Alpha males.
Yep I sit here early Wednesday morning, yep 17 minutes past midnight. After a crazy day of trying to get everything done in the normal world like washing, ironing, groceries, gym paying bills, cleaning, before heading to Brisbane on Friday for the Australian Romance Readers Conference 2013 as 2012 Finalist Melissa Craig Erotica Author. Why am I going? Because AMPLE ATTRACTION has made it to the final 10 in the Favourite Erotic Romance Category. Not only am I up against New York Best Seller Sylvia Day. I am up against other brilliant authors that the Australian Readers have chosen.
I have packed my bags, I have my award dress finally arrived from America, but I am still waiting for the newly edited paperbacks of Plentiful Package to arrive and I am set. I won’t be taking as many paperbacks as I wanted as they are so damn heavy and I will be charged excess baggage. Yes I know I should have got them delivered directly to the hotel, but then I was taking a chance at them getting lost. Trust me if it was going to happen to someone it would happen to me.
I have yet to find the excerpt to read out during the author panel on Sunday, but that can be a job for when I am on the 2 hour plane flight. The book signing is at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane at 3:30 to 5:30 pm with around 50 other authors so I really hope I get some book sales as I am going to be surrounded by “the” authors of the Romance community you all love.
I can’t wait. I am not nervous at all, unlike I was with the Sydney 2GB radio interview. Maybe it is because I know some of the authors, I get to meet readers and I get to learn more about writing, taught from the ladies who have won so many awards I couldn’t count on my hands. Can you imagine the conversations for how to write a love scene… oh my… um… Yep a bunch of women talking about biceps, tapered hips, veins that run down ones arm… the way he smells, the way his hair blows in the breeze… hang on… I think I better pack another notebook… I might be inspired to write. haha…
Well I better go. Time to record another podcast. No rest for the wicked.
Yay! My first book signing, only 3 more sleeps.
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If you listen to the following interview I know some of you will go… OMG Melissa is serious. Yep, I was serious, I can be you know. Why? Because it was an interview about podcasting, more like a teaching episode for new people starting out in the podcasting world. It was about the programs I use, how I got started. So of course I talk about how we started with the FromPage2Screen network in the UK and how it has changed in the last year.
For those that don’t know I produce the Melissa Craig and Charity Parkerson Show now, well I have for the last 44 episodes. I just put out our 54th show about 10 minutes ago and we are going to be recording our one year anniversary show in a few hours time. Wow a year…
I had a great time with Jay and Aaron and I feel part of the family. I know I have only been doing this for a year but hopefully something I say may help you start out.
Since the recording of this episode I have also been nominated for the “International Women’s Day in Columbus, Ohio” for my contribution towards podcasting and spreading the word of the indie authors and musicians. However, since I am in Australia I am unable to win this award so I will be getting a ‘Honorable Mention’ at the Awards Luncheon on the 8th March, 2013.
Check out this interview http://t.co/bk86Zc8hce
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Episode 54 is such a funny one. Charity and I read from our short stories with lots of throat clearing. LOL…
We discuss the things coming up in the writing world, like the book signings we both have on the 2nd March, 2013, the Australian Romance Readers Conference and Comic Con in America. Then we discuss formating books, the ups and downs with createspace, premium catalogue, tax on international book sales. The truth behind writing and little hints that may help you.
Charity also tells us an exclusive bit of information involving her new published books.
Make sure you listen and find out what has happened and of course we talk about things on twitter.
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Here is our final instalment in the series about concurrent sessions at ARRC2013. If you have missed information on any of the panels, you can find them all here. If you want more information on the convention and registration, you can find that here:
And finally, Session 4C--Meet the authors (part 2).
Discover new and new-to-you authors…
Click on this blue link below, check out the clip I made.
I had to share a snippet of my Media Blitz from the last few days. I went to Brisbane for a photo shoot and interview with the Courier Mail Newspaper. Then I headed straight to Sydney for my 2GB radio interview. Why did all this happen? Because AMPLE ATTRACTION is nominated in the 2012 Australian Romance Reader Awards for the FAVOURITE erotic romance category.
I will discuss my weekend in more detail soon. Check out this clip I just made… Yes it is a Valentine’s Day theme. Plus grab ‘Ample Attraction’ digital copy for only $1.99 on Amazon… The book that was built by EBOOKBUILDERS.
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Wow! I wake up this morning with an email from the
’102nd Celebration of International Women’s Day Columbus’
stating that I had been nominated for an award. I was nominated for my contribution to media with the podcast I produce “The Melissa Craig & Charity Parkerson Show’ and my contributions towards helping indie authors & musicians. However, the fact that I don’t live in the US I am unable to qualify for voting so instead they are giving me a ‘Honorable Mention’ at the award event on the 8th March, 2013. As Heather the organiser of the event said “It is important to support all women everywhere!” Awwww….
“The IWD (International Women’s Day) is a celebration which has been taking place since 1909. With a purpose to empower and encourage women around the world, this event honors their many contributions within the community. On March 8th, 2013, Columbus, Ohio will celebrate IWD through a day full of engaging events, international inspired arts, music and cuisines.” from the Facebook page via www.IWDColumbus.webs.com
Not only am I getting a mention, they are going to promote me as well by adding my bio, links and picture to the site… woo hoo! Which I have yet to write my bio for podcasting…first task on the list. Plus they are looking at holding a summit here in Australia at the end of this year and would like me to be involved in this awesome opportunity. Wow! When I know more you will be the first to know.
I am grateful for the ‘Honorable Mention’ and very thankful for the recognition on the amount of hours that go into podcasting every week. We do it voluntarily and yes it takes away from my own writing time every week, but Charity and I believe that all authors/musicians deserve to be recognised for the hard work they put into their creativity. This is our way to help spread the word and we would still do it even if we only had a few people listening every week.
This has made my day and I never in my wildest of dreams thought I would be one of those women mentioned at a IWD event.
This is a link to our podcast page: http://melissacraigauthor.wordpress.com/podcast/ or you can check it out on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/melissa-craig-charity-parkerson/id527048995?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Thank you ’102nd Celebration of International Women’s Day Columbus’ and enjoy it any way you can!
Melissa Craig is a debut author of erotic, contemporary romances novellas (‘Plentiful Package’ and ‘My Package of Paradise’) and her first erotic full-length novel Ample Attraction was just released in December 2012. Melissa has reached the bestsellers list on Amazon for her novellas in UK, USA, France and Germany with ‘Plentiful Package’ one spot under EL James in France. Melissa is from North Queensland where the reef meets the sea, inspiring the stories she writes.
It’s official, we’re having a sale! For two days only, you can save on a weekend or day registration ticket for the Australian Romance Readers Convention, 2-3 March 2013.
Starting tomorrow, and finishing at midnight on Saturday night, you’ll save $10 on a day registration, and $20 on a weekend registration when you book to join us in Brisbane.
With keynote authors Anne Gracie, Kristan Higgins and Rachel Vincent; sessions galore including ‘Clueless – an ARRC2013 whodunnit’; a mammoth book-signing event and heaps of freebies--do you really want to miss out on the fun?!
YAY! Charity and I made the 2012 Australia Romance Readers Awards against NEW YORK BEST SELLERS… EEEEKKKK! Charity made the finals in the Favourite Paranormal Romance and I made the finals for the Favourite Erotic Romance.
We are up against well-known traditional published authors, against finalists that have won several awards in Australia, internationally or authors that have over 20 books and are a household name. We never believed that our names would ever be read along with these wonderful authors. Our dreams have already come true whatever the outcome on the awards night.
This episode we discuss the ARRA in full … We read excerpts that we haven’t read before. Make sure you listen to episode 52 with just Charity & I. I talk about my week on twitter with a few tweets with E.L.James, Kevin Smith and how Erotic Boutique of Kendall have taken on my paperbacks for the erotic store.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for voting ‘Ample Attraction’ in the 2012 ARRA. I am very grateful it has made the finals. I would love all readers to read it before the voting closes on the 13th February so I have dropped the price of the digital Amazon kindle version until Valentine’s Day. Grab ‘Ample Attraction’ at $1.99 normally $3.99. http://www.amazon.com/Attraction-Simply-Breathtaking-Series-ebook/dp/B00AB052I4/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_6 PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.
If you aren’t a member of the ARRA and would like to join you still can. http://www.australianromancereaders.com.au/
AMPLE ATTRACTION amazon kindle version REDUCED… ONLY $1.99 until Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I know everyone rushes to the shops to find that one Valentine Card, but really the card will end up in the bin and that $5 is thrown down the drain. I have the perfect solution, gift an Amazon Kindle version of ‘Ample Attraction’. Yep Amazon can do that… pre-organise it and they will email it with a special message on what ever day you want. It will be the gift that will give you a return. Have some cream, syrup and maybe a set of handcuffs ready for when your other half finishes reading it… mmmm…
So what are you waiting for… it is available on all Amazon sites around the world and it’s 50% off the normal price making it only $1.99 for the kindle version until and including Valentine’s Day.
Plus. it is finalist in Favourite Erotic Romance against Sylvia Day for the 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards so grab it now.
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Matt was one of the first people I followed on twitter nearly a year ago and wow, so much has happened since then. Not just for me, but for Matt as well. He finally got around to finishing the book that he started at 16. Yay!
At the age of 30 he made a vow (telling 36 people) he would finish and publish ‘Horn’ by New Years Eve. I was one of these people and I didn’t think he would get it done as it was September at that stage. I should have known better. When a writer is determined to finish something nothing will get in his/her way. Especially someone who is a sub editor at the Daily Star in the UK.
A year has passed, several dm’s from me asking Matt for a different word for whatever story I was working on and now he is guest author on ‘The Melissa Craig & Charity Parkerson Podcast’. We had a few technical difficulties at first and I added the behind the scene chats at the beginning of the show. Charity wasn’t able to join us with the time difference, so it was just Matt and I discussing his book, his writing, his love for music, twitter and more.
Check out the interview, link below. I know after Matt reads this blog post I will get a message saying Melissa you really should have got me to edit it first. Haha, but I couldn’t disappoint you now could I? Thanks Matt and I wish you all the best with your debut book ‘Horn’.
EPISODE 51 – Matt Robbins
23 January 2013, 12:00:00 AM | email@example.com
UK Author Matt Robbins joins the show. Not only do we talk about his debut book “Horn”we also discuss editing, writing and twitter. This interview was just Matt and Melissa. Todays music was provided by Kayo Marbilus ‘I Will’ ft Quis.
We finally reached episode 50 on ‘The Melissa Craig & Charity Parkerson Show’ and what better way than to have our friend Author Michelle Franco on the show. She writes paranormal romance and is currently working on her first spicy historical romance involving a cowboy.
We had such a fun time. We talked about her books, pro football this season, her ultimate fantasy involving Gerard Butler and she tells us a frypan story… haha. Charity snuck up on her during question time and broke her… she came out of the pervy closet. Yay! We made her that hot her cheeks could melt the icecaps.
We couldn’t stop laughing. Michelle is so funny and such a great person. This is not to be played when kids are around… use the headphones, explicit tag is needed for sure. She even read an excerpt from her next book.
You can check out M.E.Franco on the following Amazon link. http://www.amazon.com/M.-E.-Franco/e/B008NAKQW6 She has paperbacks, amazon digital books and is part of the amazon prime. Her twitter feed is @MEFranco1.
Check out episode 50 via iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/melissa-craig-charity-parkerson/id527048995?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Or directly through this link below.
I thought this ending song was very appropriate… ‘Ain’t No Other Man’ by Christina Aguilera.
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No, not the first time I have been in one. The first time my books will be available in an Erotic Store…EVER… Yay! It has been discussed on and off over the last few months, but I wanted to wait until AMPLE ATTRACTION was available as I knew it was “the one” to have in a store. When it became a 2012 finalist in the Australian Readers Romance Awards I thought okay, now is the time.
I spoke to the owner of Erotic Boutique of Kendall, Miami Florida over the weekend and he has ordered ‘Ample Attraction’ and the Simply Breathtaking books ready for Valentines Day… Add a set of red hand cuffs, a bottle of Syrup and Cream and you are set. The gift that shows return… haha… What? It will.
Umm… thoughts have drifted… focus… ahh…what was I saying? Oh yes. Yippee! People in Miami are going to walk into Erotic Boutique and see my baby and hopefully, hopefully think mm I need to get me a piece of that. I know that they have an erotic book section and all things related to 50 shades and now Melissa Craig will be next to it… I so can’t wait to get Robert to send me a photo of it on the shelf. Fingers crossed it sells.
As thanks I have sent 12 paperback copies of MY PACKAGE OF PARADISE (short story) to the store so they can add it to Valentines Day Bundle packs…. imagine ‘My Package of Paradise’ with a studded lead, collar and a pink whip.. mm chapter 4… or even the corset. Yes the shop sell corsets as well. Of course I have left it up to the manager to do as she wishes with the books. She may even give them out to anyone that purchases AMPLE ATTRACTION and PLENTIFUL PACKAGE.
So excited, my babies are reaching the market they have been written for… Plus the next story to be published… a single title… ”The Unblemished Librarian” has a lot of sex toys and products that will work in well with an erotic store… mm I think I need to start-up an account…purely for reasearch. *look towards the ground and shuffle side to side*
Anyway… it is official. It is even on the Erotic Boutique Facebook Page. It’s all happening. Now if you are in Miami you so need to go and check it out. http://eroticboutiqueofkendall.webs.com/ or follow them on Twitter @KendallBoutique Please go and grab an erotic book for your other half this Valentines Day… PS. don’t forget the red cuffs.
Go and see Robert or Hedy today.
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Oh my gosh…I just received an email from the ARRA about some of the authors on the erotic panel at the convention. I am up against some of these authors in the finals and I’m totally freaking out. Why? Because I read how many awards they have won, how many books they have written, how long they have been writing… Heart flutters.
How on earth did AMPLE ATTRACTION make it against these books, was my exact thought. Everyone has been telling me this is huge Melissa and I don’t know if I was in denial or had other things on my mind. But now I can see what people are talking about… Oh my gosh. Hand to mouth, tears in the eyes…
I have been published for a year and an indie author at that. A change with the times. That in itself is an accomplishment for all the hard work promoting, twitter etc over the last year. I am up against authors with traditional publishers which is wow! I have already won in my eyes as becoming a finalist in the AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE READERS AWARDS 2012 was my dream one day… This day has come and I am thankful, I am nervous, I am going to rock the beds of Australia… Oi… I mean the readers will. LOL.
Eeekkkk….thank you everyone that has believed in me, voted and read “Ample Attraction” mmmm grateful for all time.
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