Taken by the Dragon God: A Fresh Look into the World of Interracial Romance and Erotica

With everything going on in the world right now, from school shootings to the blatant rejection of social and scientific progress by a particular political party, as a Romance author I believe now more than ever love is something we desperately need to cling to.

I wrote Taken by the Dragon God for a plethora of reasons, the most important being to celebrate cultural differences and explore characters of color in ways we don’t typically get to see them. American media paints both Black women and Asian men in not so positive ways. From negative stereotypes, body-shaming and flat out racism; we need diversity in character types just as much as the characters themselves. Taken challenges racial stereotypes in the most thrilling way, making the characters human first and POC second.

Taken by the Dragon God is the first in the Dragon God series and follows a Nigerian Historian and archaeologist Risa Vance as she and her team travel rural China in search of the remains of an ancient Tang Dynasty princess. When she survives a car crash that is fatal for her colleagues, Risa is left to fend for herself. But, little does she know, a sip from an midnight Well will be her saving grace.

Xiao is capable and strong, but the laws that govern his kind are precise in what they expect from him. He is expected to claim a Mate, a human woman who survives the fire from the Black well, or he will lose his kingdom to his power-hungry sister forever. He may not have all the time in the world to woo his potential Mate, but he is a fearsome lover and protector of anyone he calls his own.

These characters are meant to be more than just fillers to meet some racial quota. They are real. They are whole. They are people who live, learn, love, make mistakes and most importantly remain true to themselves in the face of any adversity. This project is one that is dear to my heart and to my cause as an author of color dedicated to bringing you authenticity, diversity, and most of all love.

I look forward to your feedback!

If you want to check out the first book in the Dragon God series, check it out exclusively on Amazon.

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Book Review: The Bounty by Author Ashlee Jay!


Author:
Ashlee Jay

Genre: Erotica, Romance, Interracial, Multicultural

Publisher: Lillium Publishing House LLC

Summary:

The Bounty is the first story published by Author Ashlee Jay under Lillium Publishing. It’s an erotic short that details the explicit sexal encounter between Lara, a young woman just getting home from work who inadvertedly stumbles on the murder of her beloved neighbor, and Lorenzo, a demonic bounty hunter who’s doing the murdering. After deporting her neighbor–who also happens to be a demon–back to hell, he sets his sights on the only witness; Lara herself. After she stops him in his tracks with a well placed command that feels more like a spell to the seasoned hunter, and she freaking STABS him, they head back to her apartment and the tables turn. Fear and lust are only separated by a thin line. And it snaps.

My Review:

I genuinely enjoyed this story. I collect short stories to read in my downtime or between work and this one didn’t disappoint. Ms. Jay’s writing style is crisp, clean, and easy to understand, and the erotic scenes leave you feeling both satisfied and craving more. My only complaint was the pacing and what seems to be a missing story arc. While this is only a short story and obviously isn’t going to have lots of details, I felt a little jipped that more of the story wasn’t included. I want to know more about Lorenzo, his history and his powers. Speaking of powers, whatever Lara is has to be tied into the story somehow. I really hope she does a sequal to this as The Bounty is shaping up to be a great start to a long writing career.

Excerpt:

“Lara Ferreira took one step out of the elevator and into the depths of hell. The pained cries of her neighbor, high pitched and guttural, sounded like a car dragging a box of helpless kittens. Her ears rang, but her feet refused to move. What on earth was going on in there? Glass shattered. Thump after painful thump vibrated the floor beneath her. Her body coiled as she backed away, only to be hit by the fast closing elevator doors. She sighed. How much crap would she have to deal with before she finally made it home? The sound of metal striking flesh came to a brutal halt around her. Someone was slammed into the metal apartment door, sending the six-inch slab of steel into the hallway and her neighbor tumbling after it.

Jackson, her neighbor, rolled off the door and promptly regurgitated his dinner on the hall carpet. His clothes were torn, his eye beaten shut and his once flawless jaw structure swollen beyond recognition. He was a complete and utter mess. Lara ignored her natural response to move forward and help him, choosing instead to stick as close to the elevator as possible. If he knew she was there, he didn’t show any signs of acknowledging her presence, and that was fine with her. His body shook violently as he raised a bent and broken arm over his face. The other, he used to try and push himself away from his attacker who stepped over the debris. Lara’s knees quaked as a silhouette appeared in the doorway. Large hands brushed at the fibers of his a dark blue suit. Her eyes were immediately drawn to blood dripping off of his knuckles to pool on the carpet below his feet.

She watched him step through the doorway, finally getting her first real glimpse of the attacker. Sweat beaded on her forehead, her treacherous heart betraying her stoic expression as it thud loudly against her ribcage. His head was close to the ceiling he was so tall, his body large and intimidating. She watched his equally large hands lift the door and toss it to the side like it was nothing more than paper. He tugged at the lapels of his suit, straightening, the Italian fabric and attempting to wipe the blood from his hands. His footsteps thumped loudly as he neared her hiding place and her breath caught in her throat but, luckily, he was fixated on his target and didn’t appear to notice her.”

Excerpt From: Ashlee Jay. “The Bounty.” iBooks.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Grab The Bounty by Author Ashlee Jay here!

You won’t believe how simple and FREE creating an authors website can be!

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In the past, an author’s personal website was the holy grail of finding information on our most beloved writers and storytellers. From book tours to correct reading order, to a mailing address where you could send fanatical letters and wail about the death of your favorite characters. Like a brick house we built with our bare hands, they were our personal spaces, our platforms through which we reached our readers. But, with the rise of blogging and social media, the authors website is slowly fading into antiquity. Or is it? Times are constantly changing and with it comes a flux of new technology and social platforms that overwrite the old. If you’re a millennial like me you no doubt witnessed the death of MySpace and the rise of Facebook and Twitter. But, who’s to say that in ten years these popular sites will still be around? Having a Facebook “like” page and a booming twitter account are fine, but in the case that Facebook nosedives at any time in the future, having your own platform that’s controlled solely by you may be your only saving grace. I can already hear you screaming at me, “But websites are expensive! I can’t afford that!” and “I don’t know how to code a website! I can’t be in control of something I know nothing about!” Relax friends and colleagues, I’m here to provide a comprehensive guide on building a simple website that you can operate without entirely on your own. Follow along and in three simple steps, you will have your own FREE platform that no one can take from you, not even the Facebook banning police. I know we’ve all had our run in with those jerks. Here we go!

STEP ONE: Choosing a host website

A.C. GreenleeThere are many platforms that allow you to host your website with a custom domain name, which is what we’ll be using here so that you completely “own” your website. The host I think is the best and personally use is Tumblr.com. Tumblr is a blogging website that allows users to create their own blogs and seamlessly share content from millions of users all around the world. This both allows authors to find and interact with new and prospective fans while simultaneously keeping their blog or website fresh with new content. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you already have an email address. If not, I highly recommend Gmail for all your emailing needs. Grab your email and navigate to http://www.tumblr.com and create an account. Account creation is extremely simple. Simply enter your email address, password and select a username. I suggest creating a username that in some way correlates to what you’re trying to accomplish.  AuthorJenineHadwick is perfectly fine as apposed to PrincessPonyGlitterBootyShorts. I’m serious, tumblr usernames get pretty rediculous. Now, open up a new tab and get ready for step two.

STEP TWO: Acquiring a domain name

Head over to http://www.dot.tk/. This is your domain provider.A.C. Greenlee Website Creation Guide A domain provider, in a nutshell, is a computer network server where your website will be hosted 24 hours a day, seven days a week without disruption. Essentially, your personal computer, the one you’re using right now could act as a host for your website. With a few apps and minor HTML and coding knowledge, you really wouldn’t need a domain provider at all. Except for the fact that your computer isn’t turned on and connected to tA.C. Greenlee Website Guidehe internet all day every day and your internet connection probably wouldn’t have the strength to support all the people flocking to your website. Domain names usually range in price from $10 a month to over $100 a year for a .com domain. But, with the dot.tk website, you will be
provided with a .tk domain name completely free of charge. Yes, COMPLETELY free. The only catch is that you have to renew your domain name every year. But, for a free website, that doesn’t seem too daunting now does it? Head over to http://www.dot.tk and pick your domain name. Now, this will be the NAME of your website, the name through which users will find you. For example, my website is http://www.acgreenlee.com. I opted to pay for a .com domain name for personal reasons but, notice how simple the web address is. Your domain name could be anything from FamousAuthorHeather.tk to HankHillSellsPropane.tk. Just make sure it’s exactly what you want and something you won’t regret choosing later. After checking that your domain is available, proceed to the signup process.

Configuration:

  1. Select Use DNS.
  2. For the IP address slots, enter the IP from Tumblr (66.6.44.4) in both slots.
  3. Select 12 Months from the drop down menu.
  4. Enter the CAPTCHA.
  5. Complete registration.

Head back over to tumblr:

  1. Click Settings (the gear icon) at the top of your Dashboard.
  2. Click the blog you’d like to update on the right side of the page.
  3. Click the pencil to the right of the username section and enable “Use a custom domain.”
  4. Enter your domain (e.g. mywebsite.tk).
  5. Click “Test your domain.”
  6. Correct problems if the test finds any, and click “Test your domain” until the test is successful.
  7. Hit “Save.”

If you navigate to your username.tumblr.com blog and it tells you that theres a problem, don’t panic, this is a good thing! It means tumblr is pointing correctly to your domain name and all there’s left to do is wait until all the mechanical stuff updates iteslf. Now lets move onto step three, the fun part!

STEP THREE: Customization

The thing I love most about tumblr is how easily customized it is, even if you have no knowledge of coding. After you’ve beaten your website into shape and you have your AuthorsWebsite.tk website set up and tested, head back to tumblr and go Blog Settings and Edit Theme. You can choose from a million free (and paid if you’re about that life) themes to make your websiteScreen Shot 2015-08-28 at 11.04.09 PM look however you want. By uploading a header image and profile picture, most themes will give you an entirely personalized website at the push of a button. For even more personalization, hit Edit HTML in your blog editor and get ready for your first, simple HTML coding lesson. Head over to any free tumblr theme code site (we’re going with http://kawaiilayouts.com just because I love them) and copy one of their free theme codes. Head back over to the Edit HTML section of your tumblr editor, select the HTML that’s already there, hit paste, update preview and TADA. Completely new website with the click of a button.

With your new website you’ll be able to truly build an authors platform independent of any social media sites personal fate. And, in the case that something happens to tumblr, there are quite literally a million different alternatives to hosting, and your domain provider dot.tk even has its own page builder if you ever want to cut your ties to a host all together. You can have your cake and eat it to by using social media in conjuncture with your personal website, extending your reach and your influence exponentially. Make them work with each other and for each other! Now that you have the foundation laid out for you, what are you still doing here? Go! Go build a website!

If you enjoyed this post or found it useful consider following the author on Facebook. Happy creating!

A.C. Greenlee writes tailor made romance and erotic with real women in mind

Her General Knows Best: Short Erotic Fiction

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The iconic businesswoman and world renowned Surgeon CHESKA IVANOV has no time for silly whirlwind romances or sexual encounters of the casual variety. But there’s something about First General NIKLAUS REID that leaves her unable to resist the flames burning in his eyes, or the heat of his hands against her skin.

Right hand to the President of the United States Niklaus hates being ignored and when he sets out to make something his, not even the leader of the free world himself can stand in his way. Cocky, egotistical and just a bit more sure of himself than any man should be, he knows that behind Cheska’s cold demeanor and workaholic ways beats the passionate heart of a woman just waiting to be claimed.

In a battle for dominance that is guaranteed to leave them sweaty and breathless, will Cheska give in to the heat her body craves? Or will Niklaus be forced to take matters into his own hands?

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Genesis Character Introductions: Meet Axel Mariselle

Genesis: Meet the First General who needs no introduction.

Axel Mariselle has dedicated his life to the service of Führer Ezra Dresden and his cause, whatever it may be. From conquering dates in High School to the vanquishing of nations–Axel has remained dutifully by his masters side. Yet, behind those eyes that smolder like simmering coals, is an undeniable madness. He’s quite insane, quite literally off his rocker, but he’d sooner take his own life than not be the man that hand delivers to his lord everything he’s ever dreamed. Ezra’s Dark Knight, he is an assassin, homicidal genius, master of war and best friend. And his unquenchable thirst for destruction is leading him down the irrefutable path of his own demise.

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Name: First General Axel Mariselle

Age: 31

Birthday: August 1st

Zodiac: Leo is the lion, this well suited symbol represents Leo very well. They possess a kingdom which they protest and cherish. The are high esteemed, honorable and very devoted to themselves in particular! The kingdom could be anything from work to home to a partner, whatever it is, you rule it. Leo is always center stage and full of flair, they enjoy basking in the spotlight. A Leo always makes their presence known. Leo are full of energy that acts like a magnet for other people. Others are attracted to Leo’s wit, charm, and what they have to say for they speak of things grand and very interesting. Leo will never settle for second best. They want only the best which can cause lavish excessive spending habits as they enjoy their life of luxury, which is all to easily justified by the grand and magnificent Leo! Public image is very important to Leo, with luxurious possessions and ways of life, this keeps the public image in high standing. They will do whatever it takes to protect their own reputation. Leos are very generous, kind and openhearted people. If a Leo is crossed, they will strike back with force but they are not one to hold a grudge, they easily forgive, forget and move on. Leos are always trying to make things right in the world, they have larger then life emotions and they need to feel like they have accomplished something at the end of the day. They react to situations with action instead of sitting back and thinking about it, they are not impulsive however because they look at the future and consider consequences of their actions.

General information: Prominent First General of Führer Ezra Dresden and son of Colonel Augustus Mariselle, a war hero who served alongside Baal Dresden in the first, third and fourth Great Demon Wars.

Personality type: ENTP – The Visionary – Creative, resourceful, and intellectually quick. Good at a broad range of things. Enjoy debating issues, and may be into “one-up-manship”. They get very excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life. Generally outspoken and assertive. They enjoy people and are stimulating company. Excellent ability to understand concepts and apply logic to find solutions.

Hero Archetype(s): 

  • The SWASHBUCKLER: Mr. Excitement, he’s an adventure. This guy is action, action, and more action. He’s physical and daring. Fearless, he’s a daredevil, or an explorer. He needs thrills and chills to keep him happy.
  • The BAD BOY: dangerous to know, he walks on the wild side. This is the rebel, or the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s bitter and volatile, a crushed idealist, but he’s also charismatic and street smart.

Best strength: Executing complicated plans, following orders, taking care of tough decision making, reliable. He has a strict preference for duty and policy over ethics and will always see things done, even if they aren’t the right thing.

Worst flaws: 

  • Berserker – The Berserker is a character who throws himself into a fight with such reckless abandon, it seems like he WANTS to die. It could be over-enthusiasm, overconfidence,Unstoppable Rage, or the desire to die in battle. Whatever the cause, it’s usually accompanied by a bellowing warcry Sometimes with total obliviousness to whether he’s actually fighting the enemy. And he never, ever retreats.
  • Deadpan SnarkerProne to sarcastic and cynical remarks.
  • Entitled to Have You – Believes that he is entitled to the affections of his love interest simply for existing.
  • Fearless Fool – Not scared of anything even if it is dangerous.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Making them angry is suicidal.

Ego flaw: 

  • Hair-Trigger Temper – This character will get extremely angry for many particular provocations — or has never learned how to control his temper.

Ambitions: Serving the Führer until there is no one left to serve. Be it Ezra or another, he’s tied to the position by a strong sense of honor and duty that later transfers to Ezra himself, in whom he finds a friend/brother.

Motive: Duty, Honor, Fulfilling the destiny of his father.

Internal conflict: None. He’s the most mentally fucked up yet harmonious character I’ve ever met.

External conflict: Kaizer, Mischa, Ezra–Basically everyone who apposes his way of thinking.

Biggest fear: Dying in battle as his father did. Though this fear isn’t nearly enough to keep him off the battlefield, it just makes him work harder.

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Genesis Character Introduction: Ezra Dresden

Ezra Dresden is the man every woman wants in her bed. Dark, powerful and dangerously sexy, it’s his pride both as a man and a Grim Reaper that keeps him at the top of the heap. Introducing, the Führer. Ezra the Third.

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Name: Ezra Dresden III

Played by: Kim Woo Bin

Age: 331 (Looks roughly 31)

BirthdateDecember 29th

Zodiac: Capricorn

General information: The eldest and current Patriarch of the Dresden Clan. The commander. He’s Ezra the Third, and the fourth Führer spawned from the impressive Dresden lineage.

Personality Type: The Protector. Quietly forceful, original, and at times insensitive. Thanks to his mother, he has a very well-developed value system which he strictly adheres to. Is known to very respectful of women, a real gentleman, he refuses to strike or even curse in front of a female. Well-respected for his perseverance in doing whatever it takes to get a job done. A born leader. Has trouble losing or accepting defeat. Hairpin trigger. Enraged by idiocy. Will lay your ass out flat for disrespecting a woman in front of him.

Hero Archetype: The WARRIOR – A noble champion, he acts with honor. This man is the reluctant rescuer or the knight in shining armor. He’s noble, tenacious, relentless, and he always sticks up for the underdog. If you need a protector, he’s your guy. He doesn’t buckle under stress and he doesn’t “go along” just to get along.

Best strengths: Forceful, Trustworthy.

Worst flaws: Attack Attack Attack! Hair-Trigger Temper Blood Knight

Ego flaw: Enraged By Idiocy

Ambitions: Keeping his family in line, cleaning up after his idiot brothers, ascending to Guardianship

Motive: Familial ties and power.

Internal conflict: Constantly fights with a need be perfect in mind, body and spirit.

External conflict: He thinks his brother is an idiot and can’t do anything right.

Biggest fear: Losing more family members to Lucifer or anyone else.

Bio: While most Grim Reapers are worrying about reaping their first soul at the age of twelve, Ezra Dresden was preparing to take over the worldin not so many words. At the tender age of eleven he worked as a naval captain under Charon Bartlett, by thirteen he was elected by the Guardians (the four sovereign entities that rule the Guardian Realm, home to the Reapers) as Viceroy and took on the role as Führer. The commander in chief, head of the military and militarized police force, Ezra is the embodiment of power. After over three hundred years of micromanaging his people, he is just weeks away from realizing his ultimate goal of ascending to the coveted seat of Guardianship. Forceful and trustworthy, he plays the overbearing father figure who rules his family like he rules his realm; with an iron fist.