Issue No. 12

March 2012

  Message from Afton  

Is it 2012 already? It's hard to believe I've been published for four years already! Over the past couple of years, life has been a very bumpy ride, but you know what? I still write. Maybe not as often as I like when lots of distracting change is going on, but laying the pen down temporarily is not the same as putting it away forever.

I'm proud to say that in the midst of chaos, I created my biggest masterpiece so far, a meaty historical. Plucking the Pearl, my latest release, is an interracial erotic romance set in the 1930s. I've read plenty of historicals beginning in my teens, dreamed of getting one published someday, and reality has finally met the dream! I must have done it right too because five-star reviews from readers are pouring in. Some have even read it two and three times. I have two sequels to this story I can't wait to get on paper.

This newsletter brings you details on my new release, my latest news, and an interview with the fabulous author Koko Brown. Read on...

  New Release!    

Genre: interracial historical erotic romance
Now available from Ellora’s Cave!
Publisher: Jasmine Jade
eBook ISBN #: 978-14199-38993
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When Pearl's sheltered life shatters in the 1930s when her mother dies, her only option is to move in with poor family relations and shuck oysters in the local plant on Oyster Island, Maryland.

Determined to live a morally proper life, the last thing she wants is an affair with a white man, but Caleb, the plant owner, knows a pearl when he sees one. The successful widower is the “oyster king” of the island, but his intense desire for his forbidden new employee, a woman of color, threatens everything he’s built.

What begins as a private sexual liaison flowers into strong feelings that don't fit the social mores of the island. When their secret is discovered, they risk losing everything. They dared to pluck the pearl, but will their love be strong enough to keep it forever?

Copyright © AFTON LOCKE, 2012
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

“You’re standing awfully close,” she whispered.

“I am, aren’t I?” he whispered back. “Do you want me to move?”

Yes! No! Oh Lord, help me. I’ve never felt so weak.

“Show me the next step—with the oyster, that is,” she said quickly.

“Certainly.” He gripped her hand around the knife again and made deft movements to cut the meat from the shell. “Cut here and there. That’s all there is to it.”

“You make it look so simple,” she said, realizing he could pull her out of her shell just as easily.

When he stepped away from her, her legs nearly gave out. It was as if the hardness that had been nestled against her was the only thing that had been keeping her standing upright in front of the table.

He stepped beside her and she watched, fascinated, as he tipped the oyster half with the meat on it to his mouth. Watching the wet creature slide past the dark hairs of his moustache intrigued her in a way she couldn’t explain.

When he bent forward to kiss her, she was too aroused to refuse. His pale blue eyes came closer than they ever had and all she could do was stare helplessly into them. It was as if she floated higher and higher into the sky, never to set foot on firm earth again.

She felt his moustache first, hot and coarse, and then his lips, cooler and wetter. As his mouth worked over hers, something pushed between her lips. His tongue? She met it with hers, stroking with an abandon she refused to acknowledge as her own.

He tasted of the sea. No, not just one tongue. Two? She was too distracted by the heat boiling through her belly to care. When he removed his mouth, she realized he’d put the oyster inside her mouth.

Without thinking, she spit it out and it landed on the floor.

Caleb tipped his head back and laughed. It was a beautiful man’s laugh, musical and deep. Unfortunately she didn’t feel very amused.

“Now Ernie would have a fit if he saw you messed up his clean floor,” he said. “I take it you don’t care for oysters.”

She crossed her arms. “No, I don’t. I thought you had swallowed it. And you shouldn’t have kissed me.”

He wiped his hand on one of the clean rags nearby and she did the same. Then he leaned an elbow against the table and looked at her.

“Why not, honey? We’re not married.”

“In case you haven’t noticed,” she said, “we’re not the same color—or social class, for that matter. You’re the owner of this establishment and I’m just a poor—”

He put two fingers to her lips to quiet her. The lingering scent of oysters drifted from them, making her breathe faster. She was beginning to like oysters…

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What do you all think of this cover?
It's the steamiest one I've gotten so far. Is it:
  • just right?
  • too hot?
  • not hot enough?

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  Interview with Koko Brown  
  Author Koko Brown joins us to tell us about her new release and writing life.

Afton: Tell us about your new release.
Koko: COOKING WITH SIN - release date March 13, 2012 from Loose Id

Official Blurb:

From the moment Senior Chief Petty Officer Cole Rodriguez lays eyes on celebrity TV chef turned restauranteur, Sinclair Fletcher, he realizes his celebrity crush is something more. But convincing the petite dynamo harboring a secret that could ruin her career and reputation proves more difficult than a six hundred meter dive for the Naval master diver.

Out of the frying pan into the fire, Sinclair Fletcher has rested her laurels on a hundred-year old spell that makes everyone fall in love with her cooking. Only drawback, they fall in love with her as well. So it only makes sense she doesn't allow anyone to get close, not even mouth-watering SCPO Cole Rodriguez. But when she gets one taste of the sexy sailor, things start to heat up and he has her hungering for more.

Afton: Food and passion combined. What's not to love? What are you working on now?
Koko: I'm working on the sequel to Player's Ultimatum entitled Player's Choice and also Charmed, I'm Sure, which is a sequel to Charmed.

Afton: What inspired you to write these books?
Koko: I was a huge fan of erotic interracial romance. But the stories weren't coming out as fast as I was reading them. So, I decided to write my own. I had a daydream one day then put pen to paper and banged out Charmed in two weeks.

Afton: Wow, two weeks! The muse must have been doing her thing. Where do you usually get your inspiration?
Koko: I usually draw my inspiration when I'm walking/working out. The process is so boring, my mind tends to drift and I end up creating my storylines.

Afton: Those boring tasks really put the creative right brain in the driver's seat. How do you choose the settings for your novels? Do you choose places you've visited?
Koko: Nintey-nine percent of my books feature settings I've either visited or lived at some point of time. In fact, two of them, Frozen In Time and Cooking with Sin, are based in my hometown and a city I lived in while attending college.

Afton: What did you learn about yourself or in general from writing this book?
Koko: I learned that I really hate writing sequels. I'm not really fond of reading series, so I was somewhat uninterested in writing Cooking with Sin, which is a sequel to Forever, I Do.

Afton: Of all the characters you've created, who’s your favorite and why?
Koko: I think Paulo Saito from Player's Ultimatum is my favorite. He's such a bad boy yet so charismatic and sexy, I just want to wring his neck or kiss him.

Afton: How did your writing career develop?
Koko: My writing career is still evolving and it doesn't get any easier.

Afton: How do you balance being an author with life’s other demands?
Koko: Since I work full-time and have a pretty busy social life, I try to keep myself to a 1K word a day limit. And I try to complete my goal in the morning. The earlier the better. I can knock out my word count in less than an hour. Anytime after noon, forget it. I'm practically pushing myself.

Afton: I'm a morning person too. What do you think is the most romantic food and why?
Koko: I think chocolate is the most romantic food, especially when it’s melted and used as a dip for strawberries, marshmallows or practically anything.

Afton: Yeah, chocolate is #1 in my book too. Which of your books would you most like to see in film and who would you cast as the hero and/or heroine?
Koko: I think I would like to see Player's Ultimatum made into a movie. I would cast Japanese-Brazilian model Hideo Muraoka as the male lead and video vixen Maliah Michel.

Afton: Thanks for joining us, Koko!
To learn more about Koko's books, check out her web site

  Afton's News  
  Seven Minutes of Seduction gets rave reviews!

Night Owl Romance - 4.5 stars - Reviewer Top Pick!
While the story is short, it’s fast and furious. The chemistry between Zach and Eliza burn the pages and they have a few surprises for each other. Once everything is laid out between them and their real thoughts and feelings were said out loud, I wanted to shout out loud, too. I fell in love with both of them. Afton tells a really good, quick and hot story about two people that realize that they need each other in their lives and how they are going to achieve that in the end.
Read the full review

Whipped Cream (Long and Short) Reviews - 4.5 cherries
Office fantasies are something most of us have thought about, but only few of us have had a chance to experience…Zach is definitely a man I can see being infuriating one moment and the next you just want to submit to his every whim. A drop dead gorgeous boss is enough to tempt any girl and Zach is just that. I loved his domineering personality. It proves why women want him, and why he has been so successful within the business setting…The story was jam packed with sexual tension…This short story was definitely entertaining and anyone who ever had a sexual fantasy especially one about an office affair would definitely enjoy this story. Read the full review

To see the rest of the reviews (from JERR and more) for Seven Minutes of Seduction, visit the Afton Locke web site

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