Rough Edges $0.99

Rough Edges is sort of the one that started it all. It was the first anthology I put out through Pen and Kink Publishing, and I’m super infatuated with it.

And it’s on sale.

If you like steamy stories featuring cowboys (and cowgirls) you can’t go wrong picking this one up for less than a buck.

I mean, you can’t go wrong picking it up at full price either, but why pay more than you have to?

For the next few days (until the 29th) you can get Rough Edges for only 99 cents.


Buy it now


Barnes and Noble

Amazon *


*double-check the price before buying, the discount isn’t showing up everywhere yet. If it’s more than $0.99, buy it from Kobo or B&N

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Call for Submissions: Power Play

Call for Submissions: Power Play

Power Play is all about the action and competition of hockey combined with the drama and emotion of romance.

I’m looking for consensual power exchange romance stories that revolve around the rink. Stories like the superstar who sobers up one day to find himself stuck coaching a peewee team and falling for the dominating mother of one of his players. The trainer with creative uses for sports bandages who is looking for her perfect match. The coaches of two rival teams who discover the spark of their competition continues even outside the arena. The goalie who loves being tied to her net and finds her no-strings arrangement with the opposing team’s forward growing into something more… I want all these and more.

You needn’t be a hockey expert to write for this anthology but do keep in mind that women play hockey too, ice is cold and skate blades are sharp.

Open to stories at every heat level, and any sort of pairing (or more-ing) that you can imagine. Stories must have a real conflict and tension with a HEA or HFN ending.

All hockey teams and players must be fictional – please don’t use any real teams or players in your stories.

The details:

• Minimum word count 2,500. No maximum.

• Reprints accepted but not preferred. When submitting a reprint include information about its original publication in your submission email.

• Open to all gender pairings and multiple partners

• Simultaneous submissions = No

• Multiple submissions = Okay

• Some sort of consensual kink is required. Preferably one involving a power differential.

Payment: $20 USD and a paperback copy of the anthology in exchange for the non-exclusive right to include the story in both the print and electronic versions of the anthology.

Open submission period: Until October 1, 2019

Expected publication date: April 2020

To submit: Please submit a .doc or .rtf in something approximating standard manuscript format to Subject line: [Power Play] STORY TITLE

Failure to use the correct subject line may result in your story being misfiled.
Confirmation of receipt will not be automated and so may take up to three days.


As questions come up I will post them and the answers here so that everyone has all the same information 🙂

Q: Do both MCs have to play hockey or be connected to hockey in some way?

A: No. Only one of your love interest characters needs to be connected to the game in some way. That connection should be central to the story though, not just an interesting background note.


Q: Can the kink be light (for example, just blindfolding someone and tying them up)?

A: Absolutely.


Q: What do you mean by ‘power exchange’ or ‘power differential’?

A: By ‘power exchange’ I mean where one person has more power than the other. For example, if someone has tied someone else up, the person who is tied up has less power than the person who is not. In your story, the power differential might only take place during a sex scene, such as with my example, or it might be a lifestyle choice such as with people who chose to live in a 24/7 D/s relationship (where one person is the Dominant and one submissive). I’m pretty flexible in regard to how the power exchange happens or how profound it is, but it is absolutely necessary that it be consensual.

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INKredible Sale

Mara Malin’s INKomplete series is on sale right now, and it’s a gooder! Honestly, I think these books are worth paying full price for, but then again, I’m biased. Now, however, you just can’t go wrong. The first book, INKarnate, is completely free and the other three are less than a buck each.

So, basically, for the price of a good cup of coffee you can pick up all four titles.

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But wait! There’s more!

To accompany this sale we have a series of awesome bonus content. First, Mara wrote a guest post about the realities of publishing with a micro-press and how much work goes into producing a book and getting it into the hands of readers. You can read that here –> The Aftermath

Then, if you’re the kind of reader who enjoys a free preview before you pick up a book, you can read the first chapter of INKarnate for free right here –> INKarnate: The First Chapter

Mara also re-wrote one of the scenes from INKarnate, the one where our main character Emily is interviewing for a job at the tattoo studio. In the book the scene is told from Emily’s point of view. In this new, re-written version we get to see it from Matt’s. Matt – The Other Side of the Interview

And lastly, Mara shares the fruits of some of her tattoo research in another guest post. This one is Top Five Tattoo Stories. The stories in this case are non-fiction 🙂

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These Hollow Hearts Freebies

These Hollow Hearts by Em Shotwell is coming out tomorrow. This is pretty exciting for me because I edited and am publishing it, so obviously I really want it to do well LOL

Leading up to the release we ran a small series of blog posts connected to the book over on the Pen and Kink website. If you’re subscribed to my mailing list you’ve definitely heard about the first two, but if you’re not I want to make sure you don’t miss out on this.

First, Em wrote and shared a short story. The thing about These Hollow Hearts is that it’s about a trio of witch sisters whose magic is seriously messed up. Not only do their spells require all three of them working together to cast, they also shorten their lifespan every time. The reason their magic is so borked is because of an old family curse… this story Em shared, “Sisters Cursed and Broken” tells the story of how that curse came to be.

If you’re up for a short story about an old family curse, click here to read it now.

After sharing the short story, we also put the entire first chapter of These Hollow Hearts up on our blog for people to read for free. We wanted to introduce new readers to the world of the Murphey sisters and to one sister in particular — the eldest, Cheyanne.

First chapters give you a really good window into the style and tone of a book, and this is no exception. Click here if you’d like to read it totally free.

Finally, some of the characters in These Hollow Hearts have been called unlikable so Em offered her thoughts on why she was drawn to unlikable characters, and why she thought they were important. She also recommended three books that contain some of her favourite unlikable female characters. You can check that out here.

As we move toward tomorrow’s release day a lot has been said about how the characters in These Hollow Hearts are polarizing, and how unlike most of what Pen and Kink publishes this is less a romance than it is an urban fantasy with romance — because we want people have an idea of what they are getting going in. But while I believe that is important I don’t want it to start to sound like apologising for the book because I don’t.

I joked with Em that we should put a blurb on this book that said:

“I really dislike all the main characters (except the house) but somehow I still really like the stories?” — Cori Vidae, editor of this book

because it’s true. And I don’t want to spend so much time focusing on the first half of that sentence that we lose sight of the second half.

Because even though I find some of the Murphey sisters decisions incredibly problematic, and I don’t like them, I really like magic that has real consequences, and believably fucked up family relationships. And the house? You have got to meet this house.

And you can.

Tomorrow 🙂

Available tomorrow!

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kINKED Covers

kINKED, my steamy anthology about where kink and ink meet, came out in March 2017 with this cover:

I love this cover. Unfortunately it was a little too risque for Amazon so finding our book organically using their search engine was next to impossible.

But I loved our cover and didn’t want to change it.

However, whether we like it or not Amazon is king and it is important that people be able to find our book there without performing some sort of magic trick first. So I asked the cover artist, the amazing Amanda C. Davis, if she could help me out and badaboom badabing, just like that kINKED had a new cover. One that Amazon doesn’t want to hide.

Check it out:

So now if you’d like to pick up a copy on Amazon it should be much easier. But let me just give you direct links LOL

kINKED on Amazon

(US) (CA) (UK)

However, if you prefer the old cover you can still get that at Kobo.

Whichever cover people like better, I am pleased to have the chance to increase our audience and share this book with more readers who like steamy kinky short stories 🙂


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