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book gourmet logoWelcome to a new feature, here on Patricia Green Books. I’ll be sharing some of the current events in books, both my books and others’. It would also be nice to get to know you better, as well as be open to you, so please chime in when it suits you. I hope you find this format both entertaining and yummy.

First Course – The Amuse Bouche

Books come with tag lines, little one or two sentence gotcha moments. Here are a few for books you’re going to love:

Striker (by me): “I knew it was taking a step toward danger, but some part of me was committed to the adventure that was Angelica Piccolino.”

Irresistible Attractions (Rod and Cane Society) by Cara Bristol: “What happens at the Rod and Cane Society stays at the Rod and Cane Society.”

Disciplined Date: The Spanking Murders (by Mark S. R. Sterling): “Nikki is torn between two powerful men who seek to control her life. Mobster Lenny Fusco coerces Nikki into helping him develop a fetish dating website.  Homicide detective Carl Howard needs her knowledge of the mob to track a serial killer. Each man will put her over their knee -panties down – to get her cooperation.  Nikki must decide which man’s discipline to accept.”

Second Course – The Appetizer

For this week’s segment, I’d like to highlight Grey by E.L. James. I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard a lot of criticism of it. Some people seem disappointed that it re-tells the 50 Shades story all over again, though from Christian Grey’s perspective. I think those people are glad to hear from Christian, but not so glad that there’s no new plot to sink your teeth into. Other people point out the irony of a fan fic writer essentially writing fan fic on her own book. That is rather amusing, though, hey, if she can carry it off, more power to her. Another comment I heard was that “Christian is a controlling bastard.” Um. This surprises readers, why? Grey is only the retelling of the first book (Fifty Shades of Grey), not Christian’s thoughts as he progresses from classic dominant into his next phase of life. In the first book, he’s very much a controlling bastard. That’s why so many women fell in love with him. He had the whole “bad boy” thing going on.

But these are all negative comments making the rounds. I wonder if any of you like the book, why you like it and if you are looking forward to more in the series. So have you read it? (Or have you decided not to read it?) What did you think of it, and are the critics right or wrong?

Third Course – The Entree

My last release was Striker, an erotic romance, murder mystery. It did well in its first month, holding a place on the Amazon Top 100 for erotic mysteries for the entire month. As always happens, sales are reduced after the first month, but, let’s face it, whether it’s a day old or a year old, it’s the same great book. You can find more info on Striker on its page, here.

One tidbit about Striker that many of you don’t know, or might not have picked up on, is that the book takes place in Los Angeles. There are two reasons I set the book there: (1) I’m a Los Angeles native, born and raised there, though I don’t live there anymore; and (2) I’m a total fan of hard-boiled detective/crime fiction from the 50s and 60s, and Raymond Chandler’s works are favorites of mine. He uses LA as a backdrop, and I figured, why not? If it was good enough for him, why not for me?

Fourth Course – Dessert

I’m starting on my next book, a new novel in the Romantek series, this week. Tentatively, it’s titled “My Vacation in Rio.” Like the other Romantek books, it is set in the future and in the fabulous Romantek dream world. The evil villain from book two (Charlotte & the Pirate) will return to create havoc again for the Romantek staff and some customers as well.

Thank you for joining me here today. Look for another installment of The Book Gourmet next week.

woman duh 31500817_sHello, everyone. Those of you who follow me on Facebook (see link, upper right corner) already read this announcement, but for those of you who aren’t on my FB feed, I wanted to tell you that the “Sonata’s Moon” serial set will not be published in the time frame originally planned. Due to some changes at Amazon, particularly pertaining to self-published books, I had to re-package the books, not as a serial set of two, but as one volume. You will still get both books, but you’ll only have to pay once. I will have the volume out in July, but the date is uncertain at this time since the cover must be redone, as well as the formatting. The editing on the second half is still in the works as well. I will alert you when the book is finally scheduled, but in the meantime, if you want status updates, follow me on Facebook. You’ll get the latest news there because I limit myself to one blog post a day, 3-4 posts per week, but on FB I sometimes have two a day on my author page.

Thank you for your patient understanding. If you want to complain, Amazon would be your best target.


Kallista Dane is a prolific writer with a wide range of offerings. Her latest is His to Command, an erotic, sci-fi adventure with spanking. Take a look at what follows and I’ll bet you’ll want to snap up your copy – links after the excerpt.

Before we get too far, I’d like to share a little something about Kallista with you. Here’s a one-question Q&A.

Patricia: Has your writing changed and evolved over time?

Kallista: My first book was published exactly two years ago. His To Command is number fourteen and I’m on the very last chapter of my next one already. I’d say the biggest change in what I write is in the way my characters develop. I’m a lot more relaxed with them now, trusting that they will grow and change as the story builds.

cover: histocommand-kd

And here’s the sales blurb:

When Amanda Jane Norris sets out on an undercover mission to infiltrate the ranks of a rogue general on the planet of Neodyma, a world which has turned its back on modern technology, she has complete confidence in her ability to complete her task. But then things go terribly wrong…

Captured by the power-mad general, Amanda’s ordeal begins with a thorough, intimate physical examination which leaves her both utterly humiliated and helplessly aroused. Her body’s intense response to the embarrassing procedure ensures that she will be sent to join the harem the general provides for his men, but only after she is punished for her failed attempt at espionage. After a long, hard spanking in the public square, Amanda is fitted with the red tail of a harlot and prepared for her training.

She is given first to Kaden, a warrior on a secret errand of his own. He quickly proves more than willing to compel her submission with a firm hand applied to her bare bottom, but his plans for her are very different from the general’s. When Amanda first experiences the intense pleasure that a man’s mastery of her body can bring, it is unlike anything she has felt before, and though it fills her with shame she is left begging for more. But can she afford to risk asking for Kaden’s help bringing down the general?

Publisher’s Note: His to Command is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, extensive anal play, elements of medical play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

How about an excerpt?

“Keeping order on these distant outposts is an on-going problem. Frankly, Commander, the Interstellar Federation isn’t concerned about some cult indulging in obsolete sexual practices in the mountains on a faraway planet. Rumor has it that this rogue band is mining vast quantities of rare minerals and selling them to planets outside our Federation. With them, terrorists hold the key to building superweapons capable of taking the entire Universe hostage.”

With a sigh, he turned and met AJ’s eyes.

“We’ve already sent out one undercover team. But as you know, modern communication devices can’t survive the bombardment of electromagnetic forces unleashed in the Portal. We’re limited to receiving live reports from our scouts or antiquated devices like sheets of paper bearing written words. There’s been no word from the team for three months. The Minister fears they’ve been captured or killed. Frankly, I’m inclined to agree with him.”

He paused, sizing up the slender woman in front of him. Shoulders back, head held high, she stood strong and proud in her dress whites. She wore her chestnut hair longer than most. However, per regulations, it was drawn back into a severe knot at the back of her head. Wide amber eyes regarded him steadily, displaying no hint of emotion.

“Command Central has decided that rather than risk the lives of another full team, this time they’ll send in a single spy. A female, more likely to be kept alive, if the rumors are true. Because of the danger, we’re reluctant to order anyone to take on this mission. So, Commander Norris – we’d like you to volunteer.”

She didn’t disappoint him. “Certainly, Sir. It is an honor to be of service to the InterStellar Federation.”

“We’ve prepared a cover story for you. Although you’re average in height here on Earth, women on Neodyma do not grow to six feet tall. There’s no chance of disguising yourself as a local wanting to join his cult. Instead, you’ll pose as a reporter eager to score the first intergalactic interview with General Tok. Appeal to his vanity. You’re going to make him a superstar, bring his amazing new concept in social structure to the entire galaxy. Assure him that women everywhere will want to know how they too can be worshipped as Goddesses.”

His expression grew somber. “But your real mission is to get as much information as you can about what’s going on in General Tok’s mountain fortress – and then get back here alive to tell us.”

You’re excited to buy this now, I’m sure. Well, here’s where to get it:


Barnes and Noble

AllRomance eBooks

About Kallista:

Like my ancestor Scheherezade, I cannot sing or dance or paint.  I have but one talent.  I am a weaver of words.  I love to tell stories of strong women and the even stronger men who suddenly show up in their lives when they expect it least and need it most.

As a little girl I was afraid to take risks.  But when I grew up, I vowed never to let the thrills in life pass me by because of fear.  Since then, I’ve walked on the Great Wall of China, gone scuba diving in underwater caves, and skied a black diamond run in Vail. But the greatest risk I’ve taken is sharing my naughtiest secret fantasies in the books I write.

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