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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pairing Your Romance (and Accidental Victories) with Wine by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Last Sunday, I published the second novel in my Accidentally Yours Series, ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED TO…A VAMPIRE?  The story of a young woman who unknowingly gets hitched to a vampire and discovers it’s not exactly like the movies.

Yesterday evening, for no apparent reason, it hit the B&N Top 100 list.  After I finished jumping, screaming, and doing a victory lap around my living room, I wondered…How? Why?  Is it because my novel is freaking awesome?  Nope. 

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s fun, maybe a little different, and will hopefully make you laugh—at a minimum entertain you.  But since it had been on the market about 48 hours, I can’t claim it was selling due to raving reviews.

My conclusion is that it’s luck!  In any case, it is imperative…IMPERATIVE…that one celebrates the victories in life, no matter how small or “Accidental.”  You only live once! (I think?)

To mark the biggest event in my writing career, I did what any good Romance fan would do: I read a book and made sure to pair it with the proper wine.  That’s right.  Wine isn’t just for food.  Oh, no, no.  Getting the right wine to accompany your Romance is just as important as a good reading chair.

First, to pick the correct wine, you should consider the following things:
1.    Subgenre (Historical, Paranormal, Contemporary, Cozy, Erotica, etc…)
2.    Writing Style (Snarky, Dramatic, Contemporary, Traditional)
3.    Indie or Traditionally Published
4.    Level of Steam (White Gloves, Respectable Fun, Oh Maybe My Mom Shouldn’t Read This, I’m Blushing, and Is That Even Legal?)
5.    Main Male Character’s Primary Traits (Because it’s all about the hotty.)
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Example:  Gena Showalter’s, The Darkest Seduction.
      Subgenre: Paranormal
      Writing Style: Contemporary
      Traditionally Published
      Level of Steam: I’m Blushing
      Main Male Character’s Primary Traits: Bad to the Bone, and Hotter Than Molten Lava

IDEAL WINE PAIRING:  Moscato Spumante (My fav’s are Bottega Petalo or Barefoot—from California).

First, Paris—the hero—is tragically bitter to the core and gives a new meaning to the word “bad.”  This calls for a sweet wine to balance him out.

That said, he’s so dang hot, that drinking something cool is an absolute must to avoid spontaneously combusting.

Finally, the bubbles help to lighten the mood while Paris runs the gauntlet to find love.  It’s a nail bitter, I’m telling you!

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I bet you’re getting the hang of this, but here’s another example, just in case:

Example:  ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED TO…A VAMPIRE?  (Look!  That’s my book!)
      Subgenre: Paranormal
      Writing Style: Snarky
      Indie Published
      Level of Steam: Oh, Maybe My Mom Shouldn’t Read This (But she did!  Love you, Mom!)
Main Male Character’s Primary Traits: Charming, Tough as Nails, Slightly Arrogant, and Extremely Strong (and Hunky!)

IDEAL WINE PAIRING: The Big Red Monster Wine (California Blended Wine)

First, any Romance novel with a vampire in it automatically gets a red wine.  Let’s get that out of the way.

Second, because my hero is big, tough, and strong, this calls for a bold wine that can stand up to a giant heap of testosterone like Niccolo DiConti, the fiercest vampire warrior ever know.

Third, like my novel, this wine has a spicy finish.  Oh, yes.  It lingers on the palate and keeps on going.  Just like Niccolo.  Sigh.

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Okay, I hope you’ve enjoyed this.  And next time you reach for that great romance novel, don’t forget the wine!

Have a great day!

MJ

Accidentally in Love With...a God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff



Series: Accidentally Yours, #1
Publisher:  Self/Indie
Length:  88,000 Words
Sub-Genres:  Contemporary, Paranormal
"Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.
In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.
So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.
However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she."
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Chapter 13
With his golden face beaming, the man smiled as he stroked my sopping wet hair and cradled me against his warm, smooth chest. “I love this dream,” I said with a breathy voice, then stretched my arms above my head, gazing happily into the most striking set of luminescent, turquoise green eyes I’d ever seen.
To boot, they belonged to a breathtaking, masculine face, a face one would expect to see on the cover of a magazine named something like, I’m Way Too Hot to Be Your Man, or In Your Dreams, Honey.
Oh, yeah. Without a doubt, I’d topped myself this time. Sculpted cheekbones, thick dark lashes, chiseled jaw, and lips so full they simply had to be meant for kissing or eating something really juicy. He was way hotter than the specimen of perfection from my last dream, and bonus, he didn’t have that scary vibe. I reached up and ran my fingertip along the ridge of his hard-lined warrior nose.
“Emma, what in the name of the gods’ creation are you doing?” he scorned. “We really don’t have time for your immature little fantasies. We’re in the middle of a crisis. Do you not remember?”
I blinked and slowly moved my eyes from side to side.
Jungle? I was in the jungle. And my clothes were wet. Come to think of it, for a dream, I didn’t feel so hot. My lungs burned, my body felt like it’d been chewed up, and my head was throbbing. So, aside from the perfect man with long, damp, wavy black hair holding me in his arms, none of this felt like a dream. It felt…
“Holy Mother!” I pushed myself away and rolled into the dirt, pointing in disbelief. “Wha—you—you—?”
“Aaah. So eloquent as always, my sweet. It is astounding; you actually have a college degree, yet cannot find better words.” He pushed himself up off the ground.
As he rose, my heart stopped, started, then went into overdrive. His legs and spine straightened into a towering mass of unforgiving muscles. With shoulders like a lumberjack and thick, powerful thighs, I didn’t know if I wanted to run away or climb him like a tree. He was utterly enormous. Jolly Green Giant enormous. Except, obviously, not green. More golden brown. He was a gorgeous, towering mass of golden brown perfection.
No. Definitely not a cave-dwelling, wart-infested troll. Great. Just great.  Now I knew I wasn’t crazy—Guy was definitely real—but now I also knew I was way over my head. He was gorgeous.
I stood in awe, my mouth gaping as my eyes attempted to register every rope of muscle, every capacious curve packed with power. Christ, he had to be at least seven feet tall.
“Six nine, actually,” he said, guessing my thoughts.
“This can’t be possible,” I whispered, my eyes continuing to dart up and down the length of his body, stopping right on dark trail of hair that started just below his navel and continued down, down, down to his enormous beast of a—“Oh! You’re naked.” I turned sharply, but only to stop myself from reaching out to touch it; no man could be that…that…endowed. Wow. “This can’t be happening.” I covered my face.
“Emma,” he moved behind me, placing his powerful hands on my shoulders. A jolt shivered its way through my body.
I was wrong about the vibe. Way wrong. This man, or whatever he was, radiated hazard. He should come equipped with a set of blinking lights or flares. He was…“Bad. Very, very, bad,” I mumbled, pinching the bridge of my nose.
And pathetically, after everything that had happened, all I could think about was this naked, hard-bodied, glorious “man” who’d just permanently seared his image inside the storage compartments of my female DNA. All men from this day forward would have to survive a mental side-by-side comparison against him. They’d all lose.
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Editorial Review (From Amazon.com):


"Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is hysterical. This is the first in her Accidentally Yours series. Can't wait for more.
You will love Emma and the arrogant god she can't see. She does not dare let people find out she has a relationship with someone she only knows through dialogue in her thoughts. Her friends and family will think she is bonkers.
But when he calls her into the heart of the Mayan jungle to free him from some ancient ruins, with a promise to finally leave her alone after that, she finds that he is not only real, (and gorgeous) but about to further turn her world upside down.
Her desire to have a normal life, without some voice bothering her, may be a futile desire. Because desire is the word. This ruthless warrior-god is the most amazing male she has ever seen or imagined.
Emma is in big trouble. She realizes that her god is as dangerous as the other crazy gods, including my total favorite, wild and crazy Cimil. You are going to love Cimil and laugh out loud at her antics. Is she going to help Emma with the evil that has been unleashed into the world, the terrifying Uchben, or is she only going to make things worse?"

ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED TO…A VAMPIRE?
Book #2, The Accidentally Your Series
Expected Publication Date: March 15th, 2012

“If you love her, set her free.  If she comes back, she’s yours.  If she doesn’t…Christ!  Stubborn woman!  Hunt her down, and bring her the hell back; she’s still yours according to vampire law.”
- Niccolo DiConti, General of the Vampire Queen’s Army.

The Determined Vampire: Niccolo DiConti has faithfully served as leader of Her Majesty’s army for over a millennium, but he’d rather sunbathe in the Sahara than spend another grueling day under his demented queen’s command.  However, no one has ever left her side and lived to tell.  So when a powerful goddess prophesizes he will meet his salvation—a human woman he must turn into a vampire with her consent—he eagerly rises to the challenge.  After all, how hard could it be to seduce a human female into taking the immortal plunge?  Harder than he thinks.  Because his mate won’t be born for another three centuries, and when he wakes up in the goddess’ tomb, not only is his life a mess, but his destined female isn’t about to settle for a coldhearted vampire.  Can he win her over before it’s too late?  Not if his enemies have anything to do with it.

An Unwilling Bride: On the night Helena Strauss meets the fierce, devastatingly handsome vampire who saves her life in the jungles of Mexico, she knows her world will be forever changed.  Because an attraction this mind blowing only comes along once in a lifetime—or existence.  And when he claims she is his one true mate, destined to be his for all eternity, it’s a fairytale come true.  So what if her knight in shining armor is a vampire?  Nobody’s perfect. But discovering the powerful, overbearing immortal doesn’t “do love”?  Deal breaker.  Helena will flee and set out to accomplish the impossible…sever the otherworldly bond between them. And it turns out, Helena is just the leverage Niccolo’s enemies need to break the mighty warrior and wipe out his people. 





Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.





2 comments:

  1. Thanks for HOSTING me again, Holly!

    Mimi

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  2. I like your blog,and also like the article,and thank you for provide me so much information :)) wine bottle bags

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