Quick Question For Fans… Which Cover Do You Like Best?

WOW! What a response, and so much helpful information. The OVERWHELMING consensus is that B feels like a better read and has a better feel, although A’s pink is eye-catching but it’s too much.  Basically, too much pink.

Personally, I like “A” a lot. Although I agree there’s too much pink. The best covers have contrast–light, dark and color. But what I like most about “A” is the titling–fonts and design.

So… I’m still going to punch-up my existing covers but stay closer to the current concept 🙂

THANKS SO MUCH for your input. I truly, truly, truly appreciate it!

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7/27/2016

I had to remove “A” because the cover is back on the market.

But “B” was my existing cover below. We’re going to punch it up and I’ll do another comparison soon! So stay-tuned! And thanks again for your abundant feedback–that was really helpful!
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Read what it really takes to get a contemporary couple down the aisle.

Also keep your eyes peeled open for the release of Say You Love Me (Charlie & Angel).

A brief mistake comes back to torture Charlie. At least Mrs. Maggie Adams is on the case and she’ll do everything in her power to keep her cousin’s life from falling apart–but will her efforts be enough?

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A Taste of “The Sexy Artist – Fixation”

We’ve released “The Sexy Artist – Fixation” a day early. It’s available now at ALL marketplaces!

If you’ve read The Sexy Boss – Sedition, then we have a special treat for you.

The Sexy Artist –  Fixation is a continuation of Liza “Sharp” Patrick, Nolan’s sister’s, story. If you haven’t read the Sexy Boss – Sedition, then you can get it now! The book is FREE at all retail outlets.

The Sexy Artist_100x150And now here’s a sample of “The Sexy Artist – Fixation.”

Newly divorced, Liza must learn to open her heart and love again.

 

 

THE SEXY ARTIST – FIXATION

I sit on the chair, stooped over with my face buried in one hand. What my older brother, Nolan, just told me hits me so hard that it somehow knocks my soul out of my body.

“Liza?” he says.

Tears fall in a steady stream as I smash my lips together more tightly and whimper like a hurt puppy.

“I’ll give you a moment, Mouse,” he says, realizing that it’s impossible for me to speak when I feel this way.

My brother just said that my ex-husband, John, has been arrested for murdering our father. Nolan claims that the evidence against John is mostly circumstantial but strong.

The most hurtful thought going through my mind right now is the fact that I’m not shocked. Everyone accepted that John was bad news even before we said, “I do.” After my father died, I conceded to the fact that John was a selfish prick. While my father was still alive John stole and falsified documents in order to get his grubby hands on my inheritance and more.

Nolan had uncovered John’s dirty dealings and threatened to go to the police with the evidence if he didn’t offer me an uncontested divorce in which he got nothing, not even unsupervised visits with our son, Aiden. But after the lawyers left John and I in the room to have a final conversation, I learned who he really was.

“So why did you do it? Why did you lie and steal?” I asked.

He gave me an evil scowl as if he was mocking my existence. “I never loved you, do you know that?”

My face dropped. I remember wondering how I was supposed to answer that question. Do I answer truthfully, or do I continue deluding myself? 

“You never loved me?” I said.

John continued to glare at me as if he wanted to rip off my head. No, he couldn’t love me because all I saw in his eyes was hate.

“I did it because it was what I was owed for being married to you.”

After a long moment, I cleared my throat and said, “What about our baby?”

John sniffed bitterly and stood. “The kid was your idea, not mine.”

His words made me feel as if I'd shattered into a million pieces. My lips parted. I watched him turn and leave, not even closing the door behind him. I wanted to bawl like baby or scream while pounding the table until my knuckles bled. Not because this cruel individual had broken my heart or hurt my feelings. No… it was because the truth had gushed to the surface like a soda pop shaken in a bottle. And when that illumination struck me, I shut my eyes tightly and shoved it back into its hiding place.

But now, with this new information that I’ve received from brother, the walls around the deep, dark space where I’ve hidden my true feelings have been demolished.

“I don’t know what to do now.” I sigh briskly. “What do you think I should do?”

“Liza, what do you want to do?” Nolan asks.

For a moment, I consider leaving Italy and returning to Minneapolis. I have a job here, and I’m in the midst of preparing for a big interview with Michael Donatello in three days. He’s the executor of Castello di Donatello, one of the most exquisite and famous castles in the region. This is a make-or-break interview for me.

I’m the host of a luxury living show for TV Adesso in Bari. My ratings are flat though, because the producers at TV Ora, our competitors, run a show exactly like mine. And someone over there keeps swiping every interview I book. I’ve managed to keep Castello di Donatello off their radar, and I so very much need this interview to materialize. My job is to take viewers into the halls and grounds of the great estates of Italy. I haven’t booked an estate this luxurious in six months, and if my ratings continue to slip, then my show just might be canceled. I don’t want that.

“When is he going to be arraigned?” I ask in an unsure tone.

“Listen, you don’t have to come home. You’re not married to the guy anymore.”

“I was thinking the same thing.”

“Plus, I’m keeping a close eye on the proceedings. I’ll let you know if you’re needed for anything.”

I lose my breath for a moment as dread rushes through me. “Are you saying that I might have to testify?”

“I don’t know. It’s a possibility.”

I detect irritation in his voice. Choosing not to push the envelope, I close my eyes and shake my head. “Okay. Well, thank you.”

“No problem. Listen, I have to go, but I love you.”

“Okay. Nolan, I’m sorry.”

“For what?”

“For what I’ve done.”

He goes silent.

“Nolan?” I say, checking to see if he’s still there.

“Liza, don’t you ever apologize for what that fucker chooses to do, hear me?” He sounds angry.

I gulp. “Well… okay.”

I say it to appease him, but I don’t believe it. No. I brought that monster into our family. My father’s death is my fault.

Nolan and I say our good-byes, our voices sad. I pick up the glass of merlot I was drinking before he called. I have dinner plans tonight with my boyfriend, Salvatore Bovetti. Suddenly, I lose my taste for the wine.

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A Taste of “He’s So Good (Robert & Carter)”

He’s So Good
(Robert & Carter)
Sample

She moans, and it makes me harder. We’re in the bedroom. I’m at Jack’s house in Denver for Vince and Maggie’s wedding. It’s way past midnight. It sounds as if the reception party is finally winding down. I can hardly believe I’m doing this again. She’s on top of my bed, positioned on her hands and knees, cheek kissing the pillow and ass up. I shift in and out of her steamy wetness, infatuated by her sexy profile. I’m giving it to her slowly, and it feels too damn good.

By the way she’s moaning, it feels good to her too. But these deep, overwhelming sensations racing through me are not only confined to my groin—something’s happening in my heart. The music in the distance isn’t helping me contain my emotions. The chords are slower than they’ve been all day—sultrier—and my thrusts are in rhythm.

“Oh, Robert,” she sighs and bites the tip of her thumb.

“Shit,” I whisper, trying not to let loose inside her. It’s tough because I’m so fucking turned on. I’d been fighting the urge to make love to her since seeing her three days ago. We both traveled to Denver for the wedding. I was ecstatic when Vince asked me to be his best man. He said that I was his clear choice even though I’d betrayed him.

My excitement is about to explode. Not yet. I concentrate on not coming and pull out of her pulsating wetness. I push a deep breath past my clenched teeth as I grasp her by the hips and rotate her onto her back. I open her thighs and bask in the sight of her dripping slit. Our eyes connect. The seductive way she’s looking at me makes me lose my head. My tongue itches to get a taste of her juices. She’s been creaming since I plunged myself inside her. I close my eyes and suck in air sharply between my teeth. Suddenly a feeling washes over me, and my eyes pop open. My mind starts racing because I’m confused about everything that’s going on between this sexy woman and me.

Nine Hours Earlier…

End of sample

This book releases on May 17, 2016.

You can pre-order now on iBooks and Amazon.

Nothing Compares 2 U… Prince

 

Today my heart is broken. It’s so hard to believe the Prince is actually gone. The man taught a generation the TRUE meaning of sexy. The man who taught us to be bold. “Make the rules, the break them all cause you are the best.” But I think the reason I can’t stop crying is because musical artists dispense more than great music. They capture emotion, they strengthen the soul and the real great ones that are few and far between give us power. Power to be what’s deep in us, beyond scripts and programming and socialization. They allow our spirits, minds and souls to break free. And that’s why I can’t stop crying.

I’m so thankful I caught two shows during his Welcome 2 America tour at The Forum. If you’ve been following me for years, then you’ll remember that was one of my first blog posts. I was so excited, enthralled and satisfied. I wanted to catch so many more concerts. I planned to do so in 2017 and hopefully this year, waiting for his Piano and Mic tour to reach Cali. 🙁 The reason why I could plan to OD on Prince concerts is because he was so accessible to fans–tickets weren’t overpriced, he preformed often and gave us his ALL.

Okay. I must leave it. I know that he will RIP and will always be my favorite–always.

The stage at Prince "Welcome 2 America" concert series at The Forum, Inglewood
The stage at Prince “Welcome 2 America” concert series at The Forum, Inglewood

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… Prince …

(REPOST on 6/21/2016. ORIGINALLY POSTED on 5/15/2011)

The memory I will always hold dear.


I warn you…

This post is not about writing…

It’s about an earth shaking explosion of an experience I had last night!

The stage at Prince “Welcome 2 America” concert series at The Forum, Inglewood

Okay–so, I’ve seen the man himself in concert on the TV screen and still somehow found myself infused by his greatness. And you know when you go to a concert, they’re all “pitchy” and lip syncing because they’re moving around doing all this extra dancing to make up for their lack of singing ability?

Well, not Prince.

Listen–he is really only like — 5’2″ (a little guy) with an astronomical, inflated, humungous, and all the rest of those adjectives that means BIG x 3000 or more–presence!

I just kept saying, “wow” and again, “wow” and over and over again… He never misses a note (NEVER). I mean, how old is this guy? 20???? He looks 25 and moves like a teenager.  I mean first he’s at the tip of the symbol, next thing you know he’s jumped on top of the piano, next thing you know, he’s doing the splits at the back of the stage where the pit is about to lose their minds, reaching out for him begging for MORE! MOOOORE!!!  And did he even sweat? Or did he look absolutely perfect, through my adoring lenses? And those facial expressions–the definition of true sex appeal…Man … sighh…. And let me tell you, there were men in the audience mesmerized by him too…

And you know you have to be good when you can get us LA’ians off of our feet and dancing and shouting and out of our pretentiousness for a solid 2 hours–

And you know you’re unmatched when you get us pretentious LA’ians to sit around for thirty minutes after you TRULY packed it up, begging for more… no, really, like BEGGING… shouting and stomping our feet–watching the detail pack Shelia E’s drums set up and we still are staring at the stage just hoping he’d come back for at least ONE MORE song…

But here’s the thing about us LA’ians–we don’t get mad. We don’t complain… We drop another $180+ for next week’s concert!

We have discussion with the person sitting next to us precisely about that!

“I’m coming back.”

“How many times have you come?”

“This is my third time”

“My friend’s, friend, neighbor’s, dog walker, said he comes back three times and stays on stage as late as 2:00AM!”

“Oh well, see you next week.”

None of us mentioning which show we’ll catch because he’s been sold out for every one of them…

Ahhh…twas nice…

And now, back to reality…I must return to writing the vampire novel!

Apologies My LOVE in the USA Readers… Apologies.

Apologies because I certainly didn’t make reading the LOVE in the USA series uncomplicated.

So… you’re emotionally invested in one character and their continuing story and then WHAM, the next story stars an entirely different character and his or her love story. However, to my defense, at least the characters in the previous book are related to the character in the next book. And, the main characters in the previous book will show up in the next book. I mean… At least. Right????

🙂

I think I did it because A–I’m a nerd and B–I was intrigued by the thought of people/characters living while something significant is happening in other characters’ lives (see, I’m a nerd). Does that make sense? Like, while Maggie & Vince are getting together, the honeymoon is over for Belmont and Daisy from Find Her, Keep Her (A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story).  We learn about what’s going on with them through incidences in Maggie’s life.

You see… I thought that was clever.

But then I left you hanging so long to find out what happens next in the primary characters’ lives from book 1 that I had to wait until book 4 to get to them. However, if you read books 2 and 3, then you know what sort of difficulties Daisy and Belmont had faced. First in the story about Maggie, Belmont’s cousin, and then in the story about Charlie, Belmont’s brother. However, this madness continues because you have to wait until book 5 to get back to Maggie & Vince, and then book 7 and then book 9.

Sigh…

Well, at least I’m going to give you an option to read through all of Maggie & Vince books soon. I’m compiling them into a boxset just to see how it goes (It’s now available on Google Play). I sort of have mixed feelings about releasing this version because I don’t want  you to lose the rich experience of reading each story back to back and in order. Here’s what I would say to you–know that if you read There’s Something About Her (book 2), then you will learn more about Daisy & Belmont (book 1) in that story. The same goes for later books. So you read, He’s So Bad ( A San Francisco Love Story). Well, if  you read Made To Love Her (9), then you will see more of Robert and Carter’s relationship before He’s So Good (Robert & Carter) is released.

Let me digress for a moment. OMG, tonight’s sunset is miraculous. I live in the desert and I promise you every I’m privy to a spectacular sunset. I’ll show a picture below.

Anyway… I would like to say THANK YOU for sticking with me.

I forgot… The third reason why I wrote the books so complicated was out of sheer ignorance. I never considered sitting on the other side of this keyboard. I mean, I, myself, usually wait until a series is completed to start reading it.  I mean, I’m still making you wait for the final Charlie & Angel story and Daisy & Belmont story. Actually, I want to have a lot of fun with those two stories so they should be interesting. I’m outlining Say You Love Me (Charlie & Angel) now!

Also, there’s a lot of sex in the earlier books but my writing partner and I have spent the last three or four months pondering the value of sex in romance and we’ve come to some interesting conclusions. I think from He’s So Bad (A San Francisco Love Story) onwards you have seen and will see a healthier expressions of sex. Where this (circling a finger around my nether regions) isn’t the full value of a woman’s worth and a couple’s expression of love

You know what I mean????

Like what makes a lasting relationship is being able to share your deepest fears with that other person and not get judged, penalized or shunned for it.  Basically, they’re in love because they have become really good friends, who are attracted to and are in love with each other. Other expressions of love are loyalty, support, humor, sharing, compromise and respect.

Okay… So I  conclude this with a promise to never do that again. Disrupt a story by changing the main characters in the next release. I do plan to write Monroe, Hannah, Dexter, Rose and possibly Anton’s story but I’ll do them in sequential order. For instance, I’ll release She’s So Bad (A XXXX LOVE Story) and She’s So Good (Monroe & ?) back to back, and possibly at the same time or no more than a month apart.

At least that’s my goal!

Also…

T.R. and I are coming up with a remarkable series. Have you tried the Sexy Series? That’s not the series I’m referring to but the books in The Sexy Series are  not as sexual as the LOVE in the USA books but you still get an emotionally charged story that draws in you and won’t let go of you until “the end.” The reason why they’re not as sexual is because I don’t have three or four books to solidify the characters bond beyond the stand-alone novel. I have to get to the emotional/real bond.  And let me tell you, all the hot, steamy, butt licking sex ends at some point–always. Unless he or she has some issues. LOL! We’re definitely going to deal with issues in the next series we’re writing (again, a different one besides the LOVE in the USA series). The idea is novel so I don’t want to give it away! 😉

Okay. It’s time for me to get back to writing on the outline for  The Sexy Chef – Domination. Also, He’s So Good (Robert & Carter) cleared it’s first round of editing. Guess what??? I’m super happy with the story. I can’t wait to get it to my ARC readers, get you some samples and then finally release it! Yay. Also, The Sexy Artist Fixation is in the second phase of first round editing. T.R and I are going through the edits this week.

So as you see… I have A LOT to do, and that’s after taking off the week before last. But never fear, I’m determined to get  you the books that are supposed to be released this year.

Oh and here’s that sunset! Sigh…. Amazing, isn’t it?

Toodles! And until next time!
Z

Tonight's sunset

 

A NEW RELEASE ON VALENTINES DAY FOR YOU!

Valentines Day New Release

MADE TO LOVE HER
MAGGIE & VINCE, #3

by
Z.L. Arkadie

Available one day early on iBooks, Google Play and Barnes & Noble for Nook!
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Made To Love Her (Maggie & Vince, #3)
The final book in the Maggie & Vince series!
eBook Price: $2.99

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Finally, the story you’ve been waiting for.  Will Maggie and Vince make it to the altar with their sanity still intact?

Passion. Love. Romance… A Little danger and a Lot of sex.