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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sensual Treats Magazine - FREE AD SPACE


I know there are a few authors and lots of readers who can spread the word, so here we go, feel free to repost this information.

Over the next few days, there is going to be a small change in policy here. The Sensual Treats Website is going to be a little bit different from the magazine in regard to advertising. As of this issue, I'm not repeating all the magazine ads on the site. The new change will be that Sensual Friends is becoming Sensual Whispers and all the sites listed on that page are going to be those currently there, and bunches of stuff for romance and women: things like links to Victorian's Secret, Aren't We Naughty - just playful, sexy stuff.

The change in the magazine is that I'm creating a Classified page called De-Classified Secrets and will list, for free, a short text only ad. I'm using Twitter as the guideline. If it's the length of a Tweet, it's free - you want more than that, and you pay a couple bucks. Your adline, or promo can run 150 characters (spaces included), plus your link. How's that sound to you?

If you have any questions at all, please let me know.

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Webmistress / Editor - Sensual Treats Magazine
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Monday, March 29, 2010

GUEST: Anita Philmar


Banished Scoundrel

Blurb:

Known scoundrel Jack Avery must earn the queen's forgiveness by rescuing her missing daughter from the human world. His sources reveal the Princess Noelani is being held by a powerful man who likes a good game of chance. So with twenty borrowed pieces of gold Jack enters the high-stakes game. Only the lady he encounters is no princess. This pretty Kitty makes him want to hear her purr.

Under a memory spell, Kitty recalls nothing before the governor bought her from her parents and offered her protection from those he claims would kill her kind. So what if, in order to control her, he forces Kitty to morph then deprives her of sexual release after transformation. But the crafty card player she is assigned to “entertain” reveals himself as a kindred spirit—a shape shifter—and unravels the lie she’s been forced to live.

Together Jack and Kitty risk it all, for the stakes are high and the prize is worth it...freedom, forgiveness, love.


Excerpt:


“Have you dropped off your stipend for the game tomorrow?” She laid her finely, manicured hand on his arm. The dainty touch sent sparks of awareness through him, and his cock swelled. “The governor likes to put all the money in his strongbox for safekeeping before the party begins.”

Jack reined in his desire and reminded himself of his primary objective—to transport the lady back to Ardenia.

However, he liked Sloan’s clever rule. If a man didn’t contribute the required gold coins to the game, the governor shouldn’t waste resources entertaining him. “No, I can’t say that I have. I arrived just a few moments ago.”

“Then let me show you to the study, and I’ll fetch you a drink.” She touched his arm again and stepped into the foyer.

He bowed his head slightly and played the unfamiliar part of a refined gentleman. “And you are?”

She fluttered her hand over her face and brushed a wisp of light brown hair from her brow.
“The governor calls me Kitty. It’d probably be best if you did, too.”

“What an alluring name? It makes me think of a cat with its lips covered by a luscious coat of cream.” Jack stared at Kitty’s mouth, and his tongue tingled at the idea of tasting her rich, flavorful lust.

She giggled and wove her hand through the crook in his arm. The soft swell of her breast bumped against his arm. “Oh, you’re naughty, but I love the alluring image.”

“Then, I hope you’ll let me have a taste later.” He didn’t crowd her but allowed her to step back. She led him across the entranceway to a door on the other side.

Remember she’s a princess.


Purchase the book at: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/wilderroses/index.php

Also, Black Dragon's Blood is in the Affaire de Coeur’s Hot Guyz Patrol Contest
Check out my competition at: http://astore.amazon.com/affairedecoeu-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=19

And comment on Affaire De Coeur blog about the contest and tell them which bookcover should win. http://www.affairedecoeur.com/blog/

Anita Philmar
www.anitaphilmar.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

Solstice Publishing




After a brief disappearance from the virtual bookstores - my last three books are back, with fabulous new publishing house Solstice Publishing. These three books are currently on sale at the new website, which can be found clicking on either of the above images, or HERE.

ROYAL CONSORT and ROGUES are the erotic touch, pirates, princes, grand epic fantasy and high seas adventure - even a vampire prince and were-witch in that mix....

SHADES OF DEATH is my first novel in awhile, it's paranormal, has combined elements of horror, romance, vampires, and mystery.... so a little something for everyone - and it's non-erotic, more mainstream.

I hope you'll drop by the new website, grab the books, and please do post your reviews there, ok?

Thanks for your support. Oh, and I'll unveil my newest cover now, too... this is for my debut title with Moongypsy Press, coming in May - Part One of three, let The Game of Seduction begin... Dawné Dominique's stunning cover for Book One:


Thursday, March 25, 2010

GUEST: Sky Purington

Sky's WINNER is Carol L.
Your book has been sent, Carol.
Thanks to everyone!!!


My wonderful guest today is fellow Wild Rose author, Sky Purington.... welcome, Sky.... and let's have some fun!

Thanks so much for having me at your blog, Denyse! Though I classify myself as a paranormal romance writer, I’m really more a cross genre writer of fantasy and paranormal romance. My Scottish trilogy touches on sexy Scottish wizards, time-travel and magick. My latest release, Darkest Memory, focuses on a career driven journalist and an intense, overprotective vampire.

Twists and turns saturate Darkest Memory. Nothing is as it seems. Yes, like many vampire tales, my heroine, Calah, can’t contemplate the existence of vampires. That’s where the similarities end. If Calah was here she’d say, “I would have never believed my part in this. How is it I’ve lived my whole life and not once felt there existed a being that loved me so much? That would sacrifice so much for me? That would risk all he cared for to keep me safe?”
If vampire Gabriel could respond he’d say, “You never deserved the fate served you. Give me decades, centuries, I’ll make it right. You need to grow old this time. You must find true love with one who can give more than I.”

This story, while a contemporary that takes place in Maine, will walk you down the path of history as well. Expect to experience what it felt like to be at King Richard I’s coronation in medieval London, England. Look around Westminster Abby as they celebrated. Hear the cries of outrage beyond the walls as people rebelled against injustice. See the fire’s spark as riots ignite over the city. It was a historical time worth remembering. A night many vampires were made.

I won’t give away too much more. For another glimpse feel free to check out Darkest Memory’s Book Trailer.

Think this is a story you might be interested in purchasing? CLICK HERE

Swing by my website (http://www.skypurington.com/) to learn more about my stories.

Okay, on to the fun stuff. Contests!

Let’s start here at this blog. I feel like celebrating the release of my first vampire tale and its recently contracted sequel, Heart of Vesuvius. (Think ancient Italy with this one) Leave a comment after this post for a chance to win a free copy of Darkest Memory!

Interested in a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press? Join my Yahoo Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skyromance/ linked behind Yahoo Group) by June 1st. Remember, you can set it to digest and view posts at a more leisurely pace.

Pop over to my blog (http://www.skypuringtonwrites.blogspot.com/ linked behind blog) where author contests are ongoing every week through June. Become a follower and keep updated on constant freebies.

It’s time for me to be off. Another thank you to my gracious host, Denyse─I loved being here!

Best Regards.
~Sky

It was just great having you here! And, before we're done... for readers who are curious: a few review statements....

There is so much packed into Destiny’s Denial the story is gripping. I couldn’t put it down until I finished the last page but don’t take my word for it, you really need to read these books. Simply Romance Reviews

Ms. Purington writes a compelling novel. It was easy to accept the time travel and her descriptions of Scotland were excellent. I was surprised by several twists in the plot that I didn’t see coming... Once Upon a Romance

If you like romance AND time travel you will love this book!...The sexual tension snaps and vibrates through the entire story…Did I mention I read this story twice? Long and Short Reviews

Thursday, March 18, 2010

GUEST: Trent Kinsey

So, today my guest is talented author Trent Kinsey, who also happens to be the VP/Assistant to CEO over at Moongypsy Press!

Behind the Ghosts of the Storm

First I'd like to thank Denyse' for having me on her blog today. One of the greatest strengths I've noticed about working in the e-publishing industry is how much the authors support and cheer for each other. In a world of rejections edits and self-conciousness always floating around, having the support of so many wonderful people helps when trying to write and continue to be published.

I came here today to talk a little about my latest release, Ghosts of the Storm from Moongypsy Press. To give a little background, Ghosts of the Storm is a short story I wrote based on parts of my life. When the characters and setting and plot began to develop itself, I had no idea what genre to tell people it was. The only thing I could think was that it's a love story or it's a tragedy. Thank God Foery allowed me to submit it without a genre because otherwise it would have sat on my computer until I could think of one. But once she finished it, she came back with the idea of classifying it as a paranormal romantic tragedy. And that made a great deal of sense to me.

Before I get too much into some of the background of Ghosts of the Storm...here is what the story is about:

Have you ever felt the sense that there's a happily ever after?When Bobby finds his neighbor, Joe, sitting out by the highway during the night a hurricane is making landfall, he is compelled to find out what is going on, because Joe always appears happy. Except tonight. Bobby finds that Joe's wife isn't the love of his life, that the girl every man in McDavid, Florida, has wanted once was his lover. And that Joe blames himself for her death. Even more concerning to Bobby is that Joe admits seeing the ghost of his lost love dancing in the median of Highway 49. And she wants him to join her.

Now I'm not going to speak for every author, but it always seems that we put ourselves into our books. Locations, emotions, memories, heartache all seems to come up when we write. That goes the same for Ghosts of the Storm.

I first thought of the idea after a particular night in my life that carries with it a good deal of heartache, but I will not get into that today. What I will say is that when the night ended, the story began. I opened a new text document on my computer and wrote a note to myself to not forget the night of the storm and then berated myself just to make sure I wrote it. But I didn't know how, or what to say. Thanks to my muse, that came not too long after when she introduced me to the character, Bobby, who gives us his narration of the story. I might add he does a great job of telling a story and I was ever so happy he shared his with me.

I wrote Bobby's story and wanted to do more with it, perhaps a novel, but it would have required taking Bobby's part out of it almost completely. And if you've already read Ghosts of the Storm, you'd know, it really isn't as great of a story without Bobby telling it. So after some soul searching, I let the story go as is and never felt such a rush of "being accepted" as I did when Foery came back, asking me if she could edit it because she just couldn't put it down. Not only that, but then Foery sent it to Diana to assign a copy editor, but Diana asked if she could take on the role because she too couldn't put the story down. I love my works, but even I will be first to admit, I have never had such a strong response from someone reading my work as I did when Ghosts of the Storm began going through staffing channels, everyone seeming to absolutely enjoy it.

Next thing I know, I'm being asked if it would be ok to release it early. How can I say "no" to that? So now it's on the shelf and out for multiple reviews. And before I go, I'd like to share a small part of that story with you.

Excerpt from Ghosts of the Storm:
Available now from
Moongypsy Press

"I've heard the rumors." "Like hell! I'm amazed she hasn't tried to get you in the sack with her." I felt a pang of guilt seize my chest but I fought it back. It's not like I screwed the woman, regardless of what fleshy parts she tried rubbing against me at the Pig.

"Joe, you're starting to confuse me. What's this gotta--" Joe waved his hand at me in a shooing nature and I knew I was out in left field so I shut my mouth to see what he had to say.

"I know she's been sleeping 'round on me. It's part of the deal we made a while back." Joe stopped and looked at the spot in the road again. I couldn't help but look with him. What did he see that the rest of us kept taking for granite?

"I have to tell you, Bobby. Not because she'll be blabbing to everyone in town--"

"You know no one will believe her Joe." He gave me the wave again.

"I have to tell you because if I don't, the rest will seem even more crazy than it already does."

I could see the street lights refracting through the tears in his eyes. Seeing a man of thirty-five crying in the dead of night just ain't something anyone should see. A man of Joe's age is supposed to be vibrant, robust; past the age of trying to stick his dick into everything, yet still young enough to feel life flowing throughout his body. Joe looked like a man who made his peace with death.

"Oh did I love that girl. And what many didn't know is that she loved me too. That boy Michael was just window decorations for her. As long as everyone thought the two of them were a couple and he kept being an asshole, they'd never dare think the two of us were a thing.

"Fact is, we would’ve been married had I not been stupid. We'd known each other for years but my being five years older never set right until after she turned twenty-four. A twenty-five-year-old seeing a twenty-year-old doesn't sound nearly as bad as a twenty-year-old seeing a fifteen-year-old. By the time she turned eighteen, I was graduating college and she was heading to it. Then there came Becky.

"I tried to catch a falling star when I started seeing Becky. Oh you could get close enough to make a wish but trying to hold on for the ride? Never possible with her 'cause she'd burn you right up. The first month with Becky I could never described but by month two, everything started to crumble. Then came the scare of pregnancy and of course what did I do? I went off and hitched myself to a falling star, burning up in the atmosphere each second after we both said 'I do.'

"A miscarriage and two years later, Amanda comes home from college and I'm stuck married to a woman that can't keep her drawers in the up position and I can't seem to catch her in the act." Joe stuck his hand in the air, seeming to know what I was going to ask.

"I know the stories, Bobby. That didn't happen until after Amanda's death."

"So Amanda finds me after so many years and we feel it. That sense that there's a happily ever after. You ever feel that, Bobby?"


Trent
VP/Assistant to CEO (Moongypsy Press)
E-mail: trent.kinsey@trentkinsey.com
Come see what's "On the Shelf" and find out more about all of my works.
Do you love horror as much as I do? Visit my friends and me at http://devilsoak.blogspot.com and let’s talk about it!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guest: Frances Pauli


Today my guest is author Frances Pauli, please welcome her, and ask questions... she's a very cool lady!!

Roarke by Frances Pauli
Published by Devine Destinies
Short Science Fiction Romance

Blurb:

They have to be lying when they tell her she was dead. With no memory of her past, and no idea who she actually is, Nora has little options. Alone, and at the mercy of the Mercenary Defense Conglomerate, she searches for clues into her past, and the truth about her supposed demise.

If she is a prisoner, robbed of memory and held against her will, then she must trust no one. If she has, in fact, returned from the dead, then who could possibly help her? Armed with only her wits and her inexplicably sharpened senses, she is forced to play along, to search for the holes in their story, and to piece together the flashes of memory that serve only to taunt her.

But the visions seem to confirm the impossible. The man who is supposed to be her fiancé seems bent on confusing her, and the one person she is desperate to be near may very well be responsible for her death. If the silent Roarke is her enemy, why do her visions draw her closer to him? And why, when nothing else seems remotely familiar, does Nora find herself remembering, or wanting to remember only him?

Author Bio:

Though she always held aspirations to be a writer, Frances originally chose to pursue a career in visual arts. Her stories, however, had other plans for her. By the time she entered her thirties, they were no longer content existing solely in her head. Compelled to free them, she set aside her easel and began to write in earnest.

She currently resides smack in the center of Washington State with her husband and two children. When not writing she dabbles in insane things like puppetry, belly dance and playing the ukulele. She collects rocks, and is a firm believer in good wine, fine chocolate and dangerous men.

Her short fiction has appeared in Alternative Coordinates magazine.

More information on Frances and her writing can be found at http://www.francespauli.com/

She offers a free online serial at: http://spaceslugserial.blogspot.com/


MY interview with Frances:


Frances, having visited your very cool website, and enjoyed thevarious goodies and fun things - how would you classify the style ofstories you tell?

I write romantic speculative fiction that, I hope, has a humorous edge. Some of the stories like Space Slugs lean further toward the funny end of things than others, but most of them have a thread of silliness in there somewhere. Even my Urban Fantasy trilogy, which is pretty serious, has a lighter side to it.

What elements do you feel you use to best advantage in telling yourtales? Do you feel there are rules that you've made for yourself, or does your genre dictate certain "rules of etiquette" in the story-telling.

I have a few rules that have developed on their own as I continue towrite regularly. My romances tend to require a deeper connection thanjust the physical aspect, for one. I stick pretty darned true to"happily ever after," at least with my primary characters, and I likea touch of a message in my fiction. That can be a drawback, I suppose,but even my humor usually needs to have a point to it. Except for Slugs--that one is pure silly.

Is there a special book that you want to "measure up to" that you keepin your mind when you're writing? What about a special story that youhaven't told yet?

I cut my teeth on great authors of Speculative Romance. They didn't call it that, back then, but my all time favorite books are basicallyparanormal romances. I'd love to write something on par with Norton'sYear of the Unicorn, or McKillip's Forgotten Beasts of Eld. Maybe that's where I get the whole "story with a message" thing. Back then most Spec fic. had something to tell you. Still, I can enjoy a story for pure entertainment too.I have it in mind to write an epic sort of trilogy set entirely underwater. Not really mermaids, but amphibious humanoids of one variety or another. That one's going to take research though, and alot of time.

What books/authors have influenced you over the years?

Andre Norton, Patricia McKillup and Tanith Lee are probably my top three. I love the unique worlds they've created--really out of the box individual stuff. I've read a lot of McCaffrey, DeLint, and from the comedic angle: Pratchett, Adams and Christopher Moore, who vies for my all time favorite with Norton.

What's your own personal favourite of your books and why??

I'd have to pick the Fly in Paradise. (Book two in my Changeling Race trilogy) That series is near and dear to my heart. I love the fairies, the revlery and the primary characters--probably too much. As the second in the series, it's also the story where the action really takes off and all hell breaks loose. A lot of fun for me as the author.

THANKS so much!!

Thank you for having me! I'm running a contest along side the tour. Anyone who comments will be entered into the drawing and details onother stops and prizes are available on my site at: http://francespauli.com/

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

GUEST: Lisa Vance

I've just been over to visit my guest's wesbite, Having a Great Time, Wish I was here! and it's a lot of fun. Enjoy it. Meet Lisa Vance....

How long have you been writing?

Actually, I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. My mother was a writer, and I watched her tear open replies from publishers, always hoping to get a contract. Sadly, she never did. But her enthusiasm, faith and determination were contagious.

How long have you been a published author?

‘Passing Whispers’ is my first novel. It’s a paranormal romance.

What titles do you have available?

My novel won’t be available until the fall of this year.

Do you have any new titles coming soon?

I’m almost finished the first of a series involving a Nursing Supervisor who begins to wonder if one of the patients brought into the Emergency Room was actually murdered. Undaunted by the disinterest of the local police and county coroner, she begins an investigation on her own. Although she loses her job and is almost killed in the process, it opens new doors for her, both personally and professionally.

What is your favourite genre and why?

I really enjoyed writing my paranormal romance, but ever since my divorce ten years ago, my heart is in murder. LOL. What does that say about me? Just whispers the words “blood splatter analysis” and you’ve got MY attention!

What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?

I am so psyched when I get a new idea and actually start the story. It’s like a new romance. The beginning is always the best part!

If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

There are so many talented authors out there! If I had to choose just one, I’d have to say Sara Taney Humphreys. Her first book, ‘The Amoveo Legacy’ inspired me. She is a friend of mine on Face Book and has offered lots of advice and encouragement to me. Her writing style is refreshing. Her characters come to life on every page.

Where can readers find you on the web?

My Blogs: The… Occupant - http://theoccupant.blogspot.com/
http://tbrnetwork.ning.com/profile/LisaVance
My Web Page:
Having A Great Time… Wish I Was Here! http://havingagreattime.net/
http://www.authorsden.com/lisaavance

Thanks for having me, Denyse! I can’t wait for you to be a guest on my Blog!

Thanks so much for being my guest. And MUCH success with your book!

Monday, March 15, 2010

GUEST: George Earl Parker

You know, once in awhile you get really lucky when you're a host on someone's blog tour - you not only meet a really cool author, but you discover some amazing books that might have otherwise escaped your notice. Today is one of those days! I know a lot of you vampire lovers are doing to want to check this one out, so please do... I'll be reviewing later on to remind you! Now, though, over to our guest....

GOOD AND BAD


Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble, just like life, is so chock-a-block full of interesting characters and situations that you won’t be able to put it down. If it were a movie it would probably have been made by The Coen Brothers, the producing and directing team who gave us O Brother Where Art Thou, Raising Arizona, and the Big Lebowski, among others.

My book is populated by lawyers, who do good and bad things, mobsters, who do good and bad things, and Count Dracula who’s been so busy doing bad things for as long as he can remember, he wants to know how it all got started.

When characters flip around in this way, it isn’t enough for a writer to imply they were just built like that. You have to work from inside their heads, you have to psychoanalyze them, you have to understand their seemingly odd behavior, and you have to explain it to the reader, plausibly.

There are some characters that just do bad things as a matter of course. Like the vertically challenged, gypsy gun running dwarves, the Momar Brothers, and their aged mother who is lethal with a pair of size zero knitting needles. Not to be outdone are members of the press for whom bad news is so important they will scour through a universe brimming with the good stuff in order to find that one bad thing that will get them ratings.

Of course some bad things create good things, albeit for completely perverse reasons. But that’s what happens when you get deeply involved in these concepts; you have to admit that the universe is a very strange place. Take Bradley Harrington Chester III our hero lawyer, who gets tossed off the hood of a speeding car and falls to the asphalt so hard his spirit leaves his body.

His distraught wife Julia sits beside him in the ambulance as he is dragged through the air behind it in a balloon of consciousness, only to be pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Where he floats off into a gray amphitheater populated by gray shapes being herded toward a light.

This is not good for Julia, she sits in a hospital waiting room balling her eyes out and twisting her hair because the last thing she said to Brad was, “I want a divorce.” All of this is terrible, intolerable; there is not one jot of good that can come out of this, is there? Well yes, this is exactly where it starts getting good, because you see Count Dracula is looking for a lawyer, and he has taken steps to make sure that Brad Chester gets a transfusion of his blood. Blood that can rebuild him from the inside out, blood that will save his life, and much, much more.

And for the Count, this is his first good deed in more than four hundred years, and for a universe that doesn’t give a hang about time, it is an extremely important event indeed.

George Earl Parker is an Author, Singer/Songwriter, and an Artist.

As director of the short film The Yellow Submarine Sandwich, included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, Parker received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, and three of his songs have climbed the European Country Music Association charts.
Vampyre Blood-Eight Pints of Trouble is his first novel. He currently lives in California where he continues working on music, and his second book.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

GUEST: Leonard Rosmarin

Getting Enough, by author Leonard Rosmarin, reveals a scandalous portrayal of a beautiful seductive Jewish Diva named Vera Rose, whose life is at a tipping point and ready to implode.

The story delves into the disheartened life of a woman trapped between a mid-life crisis and the affliction of an unfulfilling sexless marriage. Vera is compelled to escape her repressive existence after an explosive argument with her husband, Sidney. She reflects on her life and decides to unleash her true self, taking her niece’s husband, Boris, as her lover. As relationships begin to crumble around her, Vera is surprisingly struck by the realization that she has unfairly misjudged Sidney – in truth he is the despicable wretch and sexual failure she loves to hate. Together, they unexpectedly manage to work out a loving reconciliation making Getting Enough an irresistible read that leaves a melodramatic impression.

Bio

Leonard Rosmarin was a university professor for over forty years. He published nine books on various aspects of French literature, presented hundreds of papers at learned conferences and has written many articles. The French Government has also decorated him twice for exceptional service in the cause of French letters. He feels as though he’s been writing all his life and writes fiction to see more clearly into himself and the human condition.

The inspiration for this book comes from his fascination with the extended Jewish family he grew up in. Even though Leonard is currently retired, he has recently published two scholarly works and has translated one of the finest plays to come out of France in the past 50 years.

Leonard was an expert on the Advice.LoveDetour website and wrote The Ice Queen episodes for the site. He's a self-confessed opera addict and has written a book about the relationship between literature and opera titled When Literature Becomes Opera.

Leonard was featured in a video by Ontario, Canada's Mississauga News. Watch the video by clicking HERE. He pays tribute to his wife of 44 years, Beatrice, who has kept him on an even keel. He and his family lived in St. Catharines, Ontario for over forty years and presently reside in Mississauga, Ontario.

Have a wonderful day, Kelly
Founder of Author Autobahn

I Can Review You At: Read A Review

Friday, March 05, 2010

Music that is Magic....


For the first time ever, I am going to write a kind of review about music that I am listening to – because I’ve just discovered someone who sings with so much beauty and passion that I want you all to know him. In the past two days, I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire two of the CDs released by Pasquale Esposito, and believe me when I tell you – he does not simply sing, he makes love with his voice… and you are indeed under his spell within minutes.

The song that I heard first was one Pasquale himself posted to my Facebook page, it’s a breath-taking piece called Aria Leggera and if you want to see him at work – he’s as seductive to look at as he is to listen to, ladies – it won’t hurt a bit, I promise! – I’ve posted the video at the bottom of this post.

Pasquale slips flawlessly between his native Italian and English, both in flowing, smooth vocal style that keeps your heart flying with the incredible scope of the music. The title track of A Brand New Me is a familiar message of discovering love and how it can change your life entirely in the shortest spans of time. The orchestration on this one flies, and there’s a breathless, new feel about it that conveys the message as clearly as the beautiful lyric itself. Lines like "you’re my direction when I have none… you light up my soul…” etc. – THESE are the words that all lovers feel, but few will ever voice for whatever reason – usually embarrassment. (I know, that’s what love songs are for, right? WRONG – but that’s got nothing to do with this post, so we’ll save it for another time!)

There are songs of all styles, those influenced by jazz, some with operatic aria grandness, and others that are the stuff of the finest pop music. ALL are touched with a bit of special magic with this man’s voice being the catalyst that propels them to honest, passionate declarations of love in all its forms and moods.

The CD opens with Aria e Cielo (I Am The Air): strong, powerful lyric again, Italian and English, it fills your mind with positive emotion – energy that is as elemental as the air, fire, water, and earth Pasquale is singing to us about…

That’s What The World Sees is a kind of anthem of our times – not always pretty, but powerful and moving. Reality isn’t always pretty – and yet, once again, there is the fire of hope in each line, the determination to be free and better… to make LIFE better… "No one individual can save the universe… but it is within the grasp of every one to understand – do you believe it – can you believe it – can we believe it?” Strong stuff, isn’t it?

Girotondo “feels” Italian and if you can resist the urge to smile and tap your feet, you’ve got more control than I will ever possess…

Believe Your Intuition is another of those songs that makes you LISTEN to what is being said – and feel it deep inside your mind and heart. The lyric here shows us the wisdom of a man who has seen good and bad in life, but chooses to turn to hope and beauty, to use it as his strength, and then offer it to us as the gift it is, to inspire us and reassure us that at the end of each day, the only part worth keeping is the part that makes us strong and keeps our faith and dreams alive.

There are 16 songs on this CD, each one of them is unique and lovely. Every note carries the incredible power of a voice that is rare and exceptional in its expression. If you want to listen to something that will transport your imagination, or simply make your heart smile, listen to Pasquale Esposito and you WILL find both those things.

ALL of his CDs are available via Amazon.com, or his website store: http://www.pasqualeesposito.com/


The second CD I have is Authentic Italian, and like A Brand New Me, it’s filled with wonderful songs, but many of these are familiar to audiences everywhere. The covers are excellent – each one made new by this talented man with a voice that is pure gold! Some of these songs have been done by other artists recently, but none have done them better than they are here. Songs like Mambo Italiano or Parla Piu Piano, or the traditional O Sole Mio that everyone knows in one form or another – they have never sounded so good.

In short – this man is not only very attractive, and a very nice guy, he’s got a rare and special talent, a gift few have been Blessed with. Listen to his work, and know your heart has just been kissed by a bit of Italian Magic at its finest! ENJOY it!!