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The Rock Star Dom is in the House – Meet Teo in Harmony, a Masters of the Order Novel

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First love. Obsessive Love. Lost love.

Teodor Rey is a sinner. A rock star with a guitar in his hand and the world at his feet, Teo wants the one thing he cannot have: the woman he calls his silent harmony. The only one who ever soothed the artist’s tortured soul and satisfied the dark passions that rule him. The same one he betrayed with a narcotic mistress. Teo conquered his addiction to drugs. Never his addiction to Eva.

Eva DelZotto is a freak. A runaway with a finger in the air and a pen in her hand, Eva finds solace in words. Secret poems about pain and self-punishment and the submissive desires of a misunderstood girl who the world refuses to love. Until a boy with a guitar steals her secrets and teaches her how to live them. The same boy who leaves her behind. The one who will always own her heart.

Judas is the savior of rock and roll. An explosive band with a bad boy reputation and bonds that run deep, Judas is on the way to international superstardom, yet their front man is far from satisfied. Teo resurrected the band’s career, but without his muse, nothing can resurrect his soul. When the band takes a hiatus from touring in New York City, divergent paths cross again.

Addiction is hell. Love is far and away worse. Can Teo regain what he lost? If so, at what price?

The Point of No Return – Harmony, a Masters of the Order novel, releases June 7

It will be available first at: Loose Id

Finding the Character: Teo Rey from Harmony, a Masters of the Order Novel. Release Date 6/7/16

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I did not find Teodor Rey. He found me.

I’ve written on social media about “finding” my characters. I found Nicolai from Masterpiece in the Musée d’Orsay. I found Jacques from Paradise in my husband of over two decades. I found Sabin from Godsend in the Salt Lick BBQ in Texas. (All right, I’ll admit it. I also found Sabin in a mountain of sappy, arguably cliched, beach-read romance novel heroes, but I like candy and Sabin is my sweet, sweet indulgence.)

Teo is different.

Teo comes from a place deep inside me. He personifies so much that is simply me. My passions, my fears, my darkest desires, my religious conflict, my need for something greater than myself, my abiding love for my one and only, my art, my dichotomy. He was the easiest “character” to write because when he whispered his story into my ear, I’d heard it before. I’d lived it before. The outward manifestations of his story may be different from my own, but the underlying emotions are identical.

People often ask me whether my characters are expressions of myself. Some tell me that they are (and that makes me giggle a bit). In the case of Harmony, if you would like a glimpse at the real Jillian, look at Teo.

Because Teo is my intimate, I was able to do something in his book that I’ve never done. I gave my poetry to the world. I’ve written poems — if you can call what I write poetry — for years. I’ve never shared them. Until now. Until Teo showed me that my words are his voice. I could not tell his story without telling my own.

Even his appearance is familiar to me. I did not have to craft his physical characteristics. I simply saw Teo. The first time I looked at the cover of Harmony, I literally squealed in delight. April Martinez, my cover artist, saw Teo too and created a perfect blending of the music men who combined in my mind’s eye to create my rock star.

Teodor Rey is the character I love more than any other I have written, and Harmony is the book about which I am most proud. As happy as I am to give Harmony to the world, I am also sad to part with my Teodor.

Love him well, world. He is yours now.

Further reading on the craft points of characterization:

Writing-World.com assembled a super list of articles on all things characterization: http://www.writing-world.com/menus/characters.shtml

Gotham Writer’s Characterization Questionnaires: https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire

Author’s Craft Narrative Elements-Characterization: http://udleditions.cast.org/craft_elm_characterization.html

“Masterpiece is a book that should be on every BDSM lover’s bookshelf.”/Literary Nymph Reviews

Tastes in books is as varied as tastes in lovers, but every once in a while…Aaahh! Music to my artist’s ears. “Masterpiece is a book that should be on every BDSM lover’s bookshelf,” says Literary Nymphs Reviews. 5 Nymphs

The complete REVIEW:

JV_TMOTO1_Masterpiece_coverfrTitle: Masterpiece
Author: Jillian Verne
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-68252-039-0
Genre: {M/F/M}, BDSM, Contemporary, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph

Julianne can’t believe she won the apprenticeship with Nicolai. Her life has been so restricted by her father that she has a difficult time when she realizes that Nicolai could mean so much more to her than just being her teacher. What happens when she realizes she can have everything she wants after Nicolai finally acknowledges he wants her as his is wondrous.

Masterpiece is the first book in the Masters of the Order series. For readers that love a good BDSM story, this is one for the shelves. It was wonderful to watch Julianne blossom as she discovered her own sexuality, as well as being what is known as a natural submissive. Nicolai struggled to balance his own dark desires as he discovered what Julianne can handle.

The Order is a group of men and women that are in the extreme upper echelon of society in France. There is a code of honor that they follow including helping each other when one falls in love and finds ‘their one’. Things are a little more complicated with Julianne since before she was born, her mother had been the love of the Order’s leader’s life. As friends help Nicolai protect Julianne, Xavier is plotting.

This story has so many twists and turns that kept my interest. I did not want to put this book down. Readers should be aware that this book is intense. The relationship that Nicolai and Julianne have is explosive especially when cousins, best friends and mentors sometimes are invited to participate. I liked that this story stressed communication and expressing yourself when limits are reached. Even though safe words were discussed, they weren’t used. The story also stressed that the difference between abuse and consensual activities.

Readers should be aware that this book was previously released by another publisher, but it has been revised and re-edited according to Loose Id. I have to say that after reading this book, that Jillian Verne has been added to my must read authors of BDSM based on this story. I am looking forward to reading more in the Masters of the Order. Masterpiece is a book that should be on every BDSM lover’s bookshelf.
Posted by Literary Nymphs at 3:58 PM
Labels: BDSM, Contemporary, Het Ménage, Series

My Mom Writes Porn – Reflections of a Slutty Writer on Mother’s Day

“My mom writes porn.”

My teenage daughter said that to me on Mother’s Day, and I thought, “Not porn. Smut for the smart. There’s a difference,” but something deep inside me cringed. Then she added, “It’s the most inspiring thing ever. I have the most amazing mom.”

Holy cannoli, Batman! How about that? What mother doesn’t want to hear that she inspires her daughter? Still, it begs the question: should I write what I write and put it out to the world?

Kinky billionaire Dom fantasy is well, for lack of a better way to say it, edgy. People who know me in “real life” know I’m a novelist, but most don’t know my pen name. Most of my “vanilla” friends haven’t even read my books. Even in my writer’s group, the “bodice rippers,” as I call them, clear their throats, ahem, at the erotic romance writers.

My husband’s answer: “Damn straight. You go, baby.” It’s the whole rock role he’s played in my life for more decades than I care to admit. In fact, he’s become sort of obsessed with my career. Let’s just say my man is a true master of the universe in the finance world. I’m not sure if I want his intensity involved in my art.

Art. Is that what I write?

I’m not sure. Some days, I think yes. Others, no. Either way, I thoroughly enjoy what I do. Mostly because of the many, many people I meet while doing it. I work very hard at my craft, encourage other writers, and feel truly proud of my novels. And if I inspire even a single person, I have accomplished something worthwhile.

So I suppose the answer to my question is yes. I should write what I write and put it out to the world.

Happy Mother’s Day to me.

Harmony, a Masters of the Order Novel, is set for release on June 7, 2016.

BTS Book Reviews Magazine Features Masterpiece

Does this make me famous?

BTS BOOK REVIEWS magazine is featuring JV_TMOTO1_Masterpiece_coverfr

Romance Reviews Recommends Paradise

How cool is this?

ROMANCE REVIEWS has posted Paradise, A Masters of the Order Novel, on its MAIN PAGE

THE REVIEW

Isabella Rey learns a lot about life as an oncology nurse. It’s not until she faces challenges of her own that she realizes how precious life is. In PARADISE, author Jillian Verne pairs up a woman who is afraid to think about tomorrow with a man skilled enough to make her forget her fears. Jacques Meszaros is a member of the Order, a group that shares a common bond of dark fantasies. As a Dom, he knows just what Isabella needs. I found Isabella’s attitude about her illness to be quite realistic, especially for a caregiver. Her efforts to push away those around her were well described. Jacques’ determination is compelling because he is the epitome of a caring Dom. That trait comes in handy as he introduces Isabella into the submissive role in plenty of spicy scenes. Since this book has a significant international flavor, there are multiple instances where text appears in another language. While a certain amount can enhance a story, too much serves as a distraction — especially when dealing with three languages. I can see where heavily emotional situations might cause a character to lapse back into a native tongue, but too much interrupts the flow. As part of a series, the book provides an excellent springboard for future installments about the Order.

Walking to the Dungeon – A Free Short on Loosen Your Id

Giving is better than receiving. To thank my readers for their love and support, I have posted another free short story starring Sabin and Alessandra, the protagonists from Godsend, A Masters of the Order Novel.

Check it out on my publisher’s blog, Loosen Your Id

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Pay It Forward For Texas Hockey

Please vote for the Nytex Sport Center in North Richland Hills, Texas to win $150,000 from the Kraft Hockeyville contest. My friend, Kade, is five years old. He and his buddies play hockey at this arena.

Go to www.krafthockeyville.com to vote and for details.

Voting begins at midnight on April 12, 2016. You can vote up to 50 times a day.

Sabin loves hockey and so do I. Thanks for your help.

The Sheila Contest Opens on March 13, 2016. Do it. Enter. I Know You Want To

I’m a judge in the VFRW Sheila Contest this year. It’s a great opportunity to get valuable feedback on your work along with some exposure. The deets:

Contest Name: The Sheila Contest
Sponsor: Valley Forge Romance Writers
Fee: $25 for VFRW members, $30 for non-members
Opens for Entries: March 13, 2016
Deadline: April 16, 2016

Eligibility: Participation is open to all romance writers who are unpublished, self-published, and published. Entry must be the author’s original unpublished work and not under contract.

Entry: First 20 pages of manuscript and up to 5 page unjudged synopsis.
First Round Judges: Three (3) qualified, trained judges, including General, PRO and PAN members. Judges are strongly encouraged to comment directly on the entry as well as overall comments on the scoresheets.

Categories and Final Judges:
Single Title: Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House
Historical: Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Management
Erotic: Sara Megibow, KT Literary
Romantic Suspense: Alicia Condon, Kensington Publishing
Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal: Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency.

Best of the Best – 1st place winners from the final round will move on to the Best of the Best round, judged by Best Selling Authors and Booksellers:
Madeline Hunter – New York Times & USA Today Best Selling Author
Mariah Stewart – New York Times & USA Today Best Selling Author
Terri Brisbin – USA Today Best Selling Author
Joan Silvestro – Indie Bookseller – Hamilton Book Trader
Heather Soligo – Traditional Bookseller – Barnes & Nobles, Christiana Mall

Grand Prize for Best of the Best: $100
Top Prizes: Certificates, and the 1st through 4th place winners will be printed in RWR Magazine.

For more information please visit our website: http://www.vfrw.com

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