Friday, August 22, 2014

"I'll Call You Alice" is released and is having a tea party on your computer.

Hello Sweet Bees!

It's a big day, a good day. Today, my fifth story with Breathless Press (not to be confused with my second Breathless Press Release which was actually called The Fifth Story (and still is) ) is out about for you to purchase and read upon whatever electronic reading device you desire.

As is often the case on release day I'mvisiting with Linda Kage. She's not only an author, but also offers help with self publishing, editing, covers, and more. So, check her out when you have some time.

Right now though, you can see what I'm up to over at her blog (she pretty much took care of the post  which was very nice of her)

and then you can hope on over to Breathless Press to pick up a copy of  "I'll Call You Alice". It's only 50 cents and seriously, it will take you less than 50 minutes to read. It's my shortest story with Breathless Press, but it is one of my favourites.

Thanks to all who have had me on during this week of blog tour business. It's been a tougher week than most and knowing that people have your back when you're down always helps, don't you think?

And before I go, and I really should have posted this sooner, Breathless Press is having a Fifth Birthday Celebration! Not only are all the e-books 50% off, but there's a contest to win gift cards and free books! Here's the info!


Happy 5th Birthday Breathless Press!!

In August, Breathless Press is turning 5! To celebrate we are releasing a limited edition Hardcover collection of our special birthday Wonderland Tales and to make sure that you're able to indulge in a little birthday fun, we are also having a month long 50% off sale across our site (

Released August, 1/2014, Wonderland Tales. 14 deliciously naughty tales inspired by Alice of Wonderland and her crew and written by 12 different Breathless Press Authors.

Wonderland Tales Buy Link

Finally, 3 lucky winners could win prizes in our birthday giveaway through Rafflecopter!  

5th Birthday Rafflecopter Giveaway
1st Prize: 1 x Limited Edition Hardcover copy of our birthda Wonderland Tales, a $20 Amazon GC and a $5 Breathless Press GC.

2nd Prize: Paperback print edition of our birthday Wonderland Tales, a $10 Amazon GC and a $5 Breathless Press GC

3rd Prize: A paperback print edition of our birthday Wonderland Tales, a $5 Amazon GC and a $3 Breathless Press GC

So be sure to enter the contest before it's too late!

Many thanks to all of you who purchase my work. I hope you enjoy my latest story.


Ivy B

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"I'll Call You Alice" at Books and More.

Hello and Happy Thursday Sweet Bees

And welcome to day four of my "I'll Call You Alice" blog tour. I'd just like to say that this tour has been put together by an amazing lady named Jo Huysamen. She does incredible marketing work for Breathless Press and if it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't be doing much of a tour for this book. This tour has fallen on one of the worst weeks of my life and the support of Jo and others at Breathless Press has given me the strength to keep Ivy up this week. If you're an author looking for a place to send your manuscript to, I cannot recommend Breathless Press enough.

And speaking of support and Breathless Press, today I'm visiting

She's a fellow Breathless Press author who is always willing to give an hand to other authors and help with promotion. She herself has things going on in her life that could also slow her down, but she keeps going and she's very inspiring.
Out tomorrow, Aug.22/14!
So, come on over. Tomorrow this wee story of mine goes on sale, but if you'd like to order a copy in advance, click the link that is the rest of this sentence!
See you tomorrow!
Ivy B

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"I'll Call You Alice" Over at Urban Fantasy Investigations

Hello Sweet Bees

 And Welcome to Day Three of my blog tour for my story "I'll Call You Alice".

Today I'm over at

Urban Fantasy Investigations

 I'm very chatty over there today. I've got a couple interviews going on and before you head over, just a quick note or disclaimer or side note...not sure what to call it...anyway, in my interview, in the first question I say that the picture I use for my profile and publicity photos (hmmm...that makes me sound a bit vain...) is one my husband drew of me. That is still true, but since that interview, I have gone from this lovely drawing (or one similar) 

To this

 I thought I'd have some fun, dress up, and try to capture the essence of Ivy with my real face. Yes, I'm still hiding, but I've got my reasons. :)

So, pop on over to Urban Fantasy Investigations and find out what makes me tick, tock. And if you've a mind to, hop on over to Breathless Press! "I'll Call You Alice" is available for pre-order. It's on sale right now for only 50 cents!!

See you tomorrow,

Ivy B


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"I'll Call You Alice" over at Romance Reviews Today and Breathless Press

Good Tuesday Sweet Bees

And welcome to day two of my blog tour for "I'll Call You Alice."

Like yesterday I'm promoting over at two blog. You'll find me at

Romance Reviews Today


on the Breathless Press Blog

Actually to be clear, I'm over at RRT and Val, my heroine in the story is over chatting away on the BP blog  chatting away about all these horrible things I "made" her do in the story. I know, I know Val. It is rough to be admired and be sexy and confident enough to seduce three hot guys in the woods. You poor tortured soul. 

So, hop on over and say hello! And don't forget. Even though my story isn't out until Friday, you can pre-order it now. For August,  it's only 50 cents which I think is a pretty good deal.

See you tomorrow,

Ivy B

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Blog Tour for "I'll Call You Alice" Begins.

Hello Sweet Bees!

All week I'll be out and about on other people's blogs promoting my short story "I'll Call You Alice".

Is this available for pre-sale? Why yes it is! 
Today is the first official day of the tour and my stops are twofold. 

Ivy B At You Gotta Read

& at

Erzabet's Enchantments

Please stop by and say hello. It's always nice to connect with my bees.

Hugs, wee kiss and that's all because I have to draw the line somewhere.

Ivy B

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ivy Is One Happy B!

Hello there Sweet Bees

This is a special post for any of you who have stopped by during my half hour of hosting the Breathless Press Wonderland Tales Release Party! If you're here to find an answer to one of my scavenger hunt questions, you need look no further than this page.

My latest tale, "I'll Call You Alice", has a variety of characters being silly, daring and well - to be frank- naked in the woods, but only one was inspired by an actual person. He needs no introduction. I'll just post a lovely photo.

This man makes we want to do all sorts of R rated things, but I save those kinds of insights into my character for my stories. I believe he would make the perfect Mad Hatter for he is both a bit odd looking and sexy as all get out. He's incredibly talented, has a voice that would melt the darkest, hardest chocolate melt and I am delighted to say that was able to get my hands on three tickets to see him in Hamlet in London, England in October, 2015!! I'm so excited...I may be a little sick. 

This is a huge deal for me as I've a passport that has never been used and it's dying to see another country. My family and I are hoping to spend two glorious weeks in and around London with the main event of this holiday being seeing this divine actor of a man deliver the most famous of famous soliloquies with is musical, bass like tones. 

And that is why I, Ivy, am one lucky B!

Thanks for stopping by and please, join me on twitter or follow my blog.

Here's to all things creative,


Monday, August 11, 2014

Please Welcome Brantwijn Serrah to Ivy B!

Hello Sweet Bees!

Today I am happy to have fellow Breathless Press author Brantwijn Serrah over here on Ivy B. Her book Goblin Fires is available to all of you via ebook, but if you prefer to hold a real life book that you can hug, and physically turn the pages of, and keep on your shelf than you'll be happy to hear that Goblin Fires is now available in paper back from Breathless Press!

So please welcome Brantwijn who is here today to talk to us about what inspired her to write Goblin Fires.

What Inspired
Goblin Fires?

Goblin Fires is a project that completely altered my perspective on "fan fiction" (the other huge factor in that was the end of How I Met Your Mother, but that's a different rant for another day). I have to be honest, before I realized the inspiration in this, I didn't understand fan fiction at all, and I certainly didn't appreciate it for what it could be for writers.

Anyone in the Dresden fandom will understand the instant inspiration I had for Goblin Fires. I put down Cold Days and my head was full of faeries and Knights and forbidden, sensual desire. The idea for a fae Guardian passionately devoted and helplessly smitted with his Lady simply took over my mind. (Dear Dresden fandom: yes, I ship the hell out of Hary and Molly. Just in case that wasn't obvious.)

I suppose, then, at its heart Goblin Fires began as a sort of fan fiction. In November of 2012 I went to a book signing and met Jim Butcher, one of my favorite authors. He was also the first full-time author to give me a shot of real encouragement like a slug of strong liquor. That in itself was wildly exciting, and I left that meeting ready to write. I didn't get my real inspiration, though, until two days later, when I finished Jim's new book, Cold Days (I'm actually ashamed it took me two days to finish, but I do have a day job, after all).

Quickly, though, my story wanted to be its own entity, and the characters wanted to be their own people. My Knight was a woman; my princess was a goblin. My fae world wanted to be its own distinct entity, with four courts, one for all the seasons, instead of the classic two. I know it all stemmed from the inspiration I drew from Butcher's work, but it started to take on its own shape very quickly.

Goblin Fires was incredibly fun to write, and I got immersed in folklore and fairy tales for days. I never really planned for it to be published in the end. My friends were excited for it, so I was writing it for them. My best friend occasionally asked me to video-chat her with a screen-share so she could read as I wrote. That's where the real bulk of my inspiration came from: my people, wanting to read it. Asking what happened next, feeling excited when a character came up whom I'd written specifically for them.

So those are the really inspired this book. The genuine encouragement of someone I admired, a terrific story that lit a fire in my brain, and the knowledge that my story was exciting others. I've always said the reason I wanted to be a writer was to share wonderful stories with others, and to know I had created something others would enjoy. Goblin Fires sort of surprised me when it turned into exactly that kind of book. I'm very excited for it, because the world of fae mythology is so rich and has so many layers, I already have ideas for three sequels—one for each remaining Fae Court. The next book will be Finn's story, and the one after that will belong to Talaith. The fourth one...well, we'll meet the protagonist for that one soon enough. Together, they're all going to come together to solve the mystery begun in Book One.

I'm so excited to share with my readers what happens!

Link to Book Trailer:

Buy Links:


Breathless Press:

Goblin Fires By Brantwijn Serrah


From the moment she laid eyes on sweet Ceri, Reagan knew she would be lost forever. A Sidhe Royal, though, could never return such feelings for a War-Child...

As the daughter of the fae Goddess of War, Reagan was sworn into service to the Sidhe monarchies before she was born. Her contract forever binds her to the beautiful goblin princess Ceridwen. When an unseen enemy threatens the Fae Courts, Ceridwen is caught in the attack, and Reagan must fight to the ends of the earth to save her. But will this battle tear her away from her princess forever?


I surprised her when I showed up without warning at her door; I hadn't called ahead. I'd barely recognized I meant to go there myself. When Talaith appeared in the doorway, though, one eyebrow cocked, I didn't offer any kind of explanation. I threw myself at her.

I kissed her, hard and desperate, wrapping my arms around her luscious frame. I pushed her backward into the entryway of her apartment and kicked the door shut behind me. She squeaked. She actually squeaked.

"My Lady Knight!" she huffed when I let her up for air. "To what do I owe this pleasure?"
"This?" I teased, and kissed her again. "This isn't pleasure, Majesty. What I'm about to do to you, that will be a pleasure."

"Mm," she chuckled, and then she returned the embrace, twining slender arms around me and sliding fingers into my tawny hair.

Though the sun had set less than an hour ago, it appeared as though Tala had already been settling in for the night. She wore an oversized blue nightshirt hanging carelessly off one shoulder, a pair of slim and shimmery satin boy shorts, and dark fleece socks. She held a mug of cocoa in one hand, holding it expertly away from the violent crush of my body against hers to keep from spilling it. I reached out and stole it from her, taking a long drink.

"Reagan!" she exclaimed. "You don't drink hot cocoa!"

"Tonight I do," I countered, and pressed her into another kiss, the sweet taste of creamy chocolate mingling on our lips. Tala of course had loaded her cocoa with the decadences of whipped cream and sprinkled chocolate shavings; the saccharine overdose made me wince. It hit me like a slug of strong alcohol, going down about as smooth. A quick, sleek burn kindled up through my limbs, bubbling all the way up to my head, and I slid both hands underneath her nightshirt to strip it up and off of her. The lace-and-satin bra underneath matched her panties. I nuzzled my face between her breasts and uttered an appreciative little sound of delight.

"Ridiculous creature!" she laughed, but arched against me all the same.

I came up to take the hot chocolate again, this time tipping it to her lips. She happily took a drink, and when I brought the mug away, a white trail of whipped cream marked her upper lip. I ducked in for another kiss and slowly licked it away—even the small bit of sweetness made me shiver. Her tongue met mine and we kissed over and over, tasting, sucking, and trading soft murmurs of pleasure. Each new kiss sent a pulsing, dizzy little thrill through me, and then the chocolate really started to kick in.

This is why I don't take sugar in my tea. All it takes is the littlest taste...

...and I'm smashed.

Vicious arousal caught fire in me. I tangled one hand in the pretty red hair at the base of Tala's skull, gripping tightly, while the other slipped down, under the cup of her bra, greedily caressing the warm, soft shape of her breast. I touched the tiny stiff peak of her nipple and squeezed it, teasing. Tala rewarded me with a quick, gasping giggle. I practically tore the nightshirt over her head and then the sheer designer bra as I fell upon her breasts with relish.

"The couch—"she managed, and she grabbed me by the shoulders to drag me to it. The room was dim, lit by the glow of the fire in her hearth. She tumbled backward onto the plush black leather and I followed, landing on top of her.

Author Bio:

They say you should never meet your heroes, but Brantwijn Serrah says otherwise. At a Los Angeles book signing in 2012, Brantwijn met one of her all-time favorite authors of urban fantasy, Jim Butcher, who couldn't have been kinder or more encouraging to her as an aspiring novelist herself. As it turned out, the book he signed for her that night gave her the first spark of inspiration for Goblin Fires, the story of a goblin Knight hopelessly in love with her princess.

When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology. She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on. She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog.

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Thanks for stopping by everyone and thanks to Brantwijn for coming to play on Ivy B!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Ivy has 10,000 Reasons to be Happy

Hello to all my Sweet Bees

As you know, or maybe you don't know. This could be your first time here! Anyway, I write for Breathless Press as Ivy Bateman and am very proud to be part of this publishing family. Today is an exciting day for a number of reasons. The first being that it is the 5th Anniversary of Breathless Press! The company was a couple years new when I joined and I hope to be a writer for BP for many more years.

Also, to help celebrate this special occasion, there are sales galore on the Breathless Press site so be sure to check them out!

 Second, by sheer coincidence on this big day for BP, I have reached 10,000 page views here on Ivy B. I know many people have reached 10K long ago, some blogs out there are lucky enough to have this be a daily occurrence, but I feel proud none the less. No, I didn't plan on noticing when I reached 10K. I was just popping on to do a wee post and my dashboard revealed the big number.

And the third exciting event of today is that the limited edition of Wonderland Tales from Breathless Press has been released!.

Here's a description of the book for you...

Dive into a world of seduction, mystery, and adventure as Breathless Press plunges head first down the rabbit hole with these fourteen tales inspired by Lewis Carroll's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Travel the road to a coffee shop or make a pit stop with a Detective on the hunt. Meet an intergalactic assassin or follow someone who is very, very late. Slip into a brothel or party with Ailis in a strip club. Celebrate a sweet 21st birthday gone wrong, or very right! Help solve a mystery with only one clue. Will you be claimed by the seductive Mad Hatter? Open a door to carnal passion and dangerous secrets. Watch as the crowning of the true Queen of Wonderland hangs in the balance. Take a journey through the Tulgey Wood alongside a handsome Wonderland hero. Take part in a resistance to take down the Red and White Queens. Wherever the path may lead you, it's guaranteed to leave you breathless.

This 3lb book, which I'm already in possession of and may I say, it's very pretty, contains 14 stories by 12 Breathless Press authors, including myself. In case you're curious, here's what you will find inside.

Collection includes the following stories

Mad Hatter's Alice by Kelliea Ashley

Down the Rabbit Hole by Monica Corwin

Leave Your Hat On by Mia Epsilon

A Cat Without A Grin by Jen Bradlee

Reclaiming the Rabbit Hole by Torie James

All Mad Here by Brantwijn Serrah

The Queen's Heart by Jo March

King Of Hearts by Ishabelle Torry

Tea For Three by Gayl Taylor

Descending Into Madness by Kelly Ryan

Painting The Roses Red by Monica Corwin

The Vanishing by Rebekah Lewis

Follow The White Rabbit by Shelli Rosewarne

I'll Call You Alice by Ivy Bateman  SEE??? That's ME!!

You can order one for yourself and have all the stories on your book shelf in a handy collection, or you can buy them individually in ebook form as they come to the interwebs on the BP site. My story will be released on August, 22/2014. I'm very excited!!!

And now, I must dash. I will be back often this month so come back soon!

Here's to doing what you love,

Ivy B