#Spotlight: I Heart Book Publishing & Gray Dixen @GrayDixon 1


Welcome to I Heart Book Publishing.



We are not a vanity press, but a new model for publishing. Neither are we a “pay-as-you-go” company. After going the traditional route for years, we decided to open our doors to those authors wanting to self-publish but didn’t want to deal with the “business” side—like formatting, uploading, recordkeeping, etc. Our straight-forward offer takes care of the tedious task of doing all those tasks and in return, you receive higher royalties and maintain more control over your manuscripts. We like to consider this new model publishing house as a “bridge” between both worlds, helping you navigate through the process. Our books can be found on all on-line retailers such as Amazon, Smashwords, IBooks, KOBO, and Barnes & Noble. Print, no matter the size, are available through Createspace.


Cynthia and Mike Arsuaga







I Heart Book Publishing is currently accepting submissions, but we are a different kind of publishing house. We are NOT a vanity press. We are NOT a pay-as-you-go company either. Think of us as a “bridge” between traditional publishing and self-publishing. We offer the “back end” of the business that self-publishing authors don’t have the time to handle.


Before you submit a query, please read below. With the ever-evolving publishing world, we saw a need for authors who wanted to self-publish their books, but didn’t know where to begin. Or, they didn’t have the time to handle the business side of the industry. Are you an author who thinks the only choices are self-publishing or traditional publishing? You can maneuver the overwhelming and tedious job of learning the ins and outs of formatting, uploading to different distributors and their guidelines, pricing conundrum, and creating artwork for covers. You can write queries and synopses for your book and submit to many publishers and wait six weeks, ten weeks, twelve weeks before you get a rejection letter and then start the process all over again until you get a yes. Then, you can look at what IHBP can offer. We do all the “business” side of this publishing realm and in return you get more control over your work with higher royalties. Yes, you read that right–higher to the tune of 75% on net. We have only a few requirements:


  1. Your manuscript has to be professionally edited prior to submission. (Don’t fret, we have a list of editors you can choose from if you haven’t done so.)


  1. You have created an attractive cover to showcase your story. (Again, don’t fret, we have a list of cover artists with prices ranging from $35 on up to $100 or more.)


  1. We send your finished book to review sites for consideration. We also have a list that you can also send your book (most sites prefer the author to submit directly).


  1. You have a say in pricing. Most houses set the prices, but we give you a choice.


  1. We accept the following genres:


Historical, Contemporary, and Futuristic Time Periods Paranormal (shape shifters, ghosts, vampires, were-animals) Westerns Time Travel Menage Science Fiction (hard core, speculative, fantasy) Erotic Romance of all genres BDSM Pirate Mystery Fantasy (fairies, dragons, myths and legends) Steampunk Chick Lit Mainstream Interracial Military Sports Themes Cougar Over 50 Heroes and Heroines Sweet Romance Erotica Suspense Urban LGBT Horror

Big Women Regency Civil War Medieval Highlander Gothic


  1. Submissions are made online–No paper copies.


  1. We publish electronic and paperback formats. Distribution to third party websites include Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords (who distributes further to IBooks, Kobo, and several other sites). We are working on other channels. Any book length will go to print. If your book is less than 50,000, don’t worry if you want to see your novella in print. Remember, you have control. We’ll do it!


  1. Our terms of contract are for three years and require full digital and print rights, but contracts are always negotiable on some terms. A SAMPLE CONTRACT is available for review prior to any commitment.


  1. We DO NOT ask for any fees and upfront money in order to publish.


  1. Your manuscript doesn’t have to have a happily ever after or happy for now ending. Is that real life? Sometimes, but we believe there is a need for reality in our stories. Now, if you want to abide to the formula for Romance, then yes make sure you have that happy ending.


  1. Do you hate preparing those query letters and the scary synopsis? No worries. As long as you’ve done everything mentioned above, we can talk. Just go the Contact page and drop us a message. Remember, you have control.


  1. Never been published before? We can point you to professionals to assist you in preparing your manuscript for submission. You’re already published but looking for a new home, no problem. We encourage you to submit previously published work. We only ask you provide the termination agreement letter stating your termination with whomever you have published the work in the past.


If this sounds good and you want to go ahead and submit, please make sure the following information is on the title page of your manuscript when you submit:


If you have questions about I Heart Book Publishing, please feel free to email publisher@IHeartBookPublishing.com. We would be more than happy to give you information about the company, our experience and our plans for promotion and distribution. You are also encouraged to email our authors and talk to them about the company and their experiences.





Mike Arsuaga/M. J. Segar

Cynthia Arsuaga
Joyce Humphrey Cares
G. J. Cox
Molly Daniels/Kenzie Michaels
Julie A. D’Arcy
Gray Dixon

Ariana Gaynor
Judith Kammeraad
B. A. Knight
Janelle Lee
Shannon O’Connor
Marty Rayne
M. S. Spencer



















About the Author


Gray Dixon, the nom de plume of erotica writer of hot, sexy stories for the adult crowd, loves walks along the beach at sunset, a glass of wine over a romantic dinner and a night of love. She also writes under the name Cynthia Arsuaga with her husband, Mike.

On the serious side, she currently resides in Orlando, Florida, the land of magic, surrounded by the treasured gems in her life, a caring, loving husband, dutiful and loyal daughter, and precious, delightful granddaughter. Oh and not to forget her mischievous Silky terrier, Fitzy.

Many things excite Gray—crafting, watching the History Channel, reality shows (not all, but some), travel, and of course writing. She’s worked hard all her life in many interesting fields and enjoyed all of them, but she finally found enough time to relax and enjoy escaping into the worlds she creates through her stories. She writes contemporary and paranormal erotica with BDSM elements, and hopes readers will enjoy the tales she weaves.


Gray Dixon can be found on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gray.dixon.50

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrayDixon

Between the Pages of Black and White… Blog: http://graydixon.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gray-Dixon/e/B00ED8U5L4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdQx7aa87kRVpa0XdjG4Tzw?feature=watch

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GrayDixon




Questions & Answers



When and why did you begin writing?


Long story, but I’ve always written from grade school forward. I didn’t get serious until 2009 when my husband had retired from government service. He refused to become a “couch potato” and began writing. He also had been writing off and on since grade school. I read and did editing for his stories and when I “retired” from my day job, decided I’d write down all the stories that had been circulating in my head for years. I was picked up by two publishers in 2010 and my first book went live January 2009. I’m still going!


Who encouraged you or what made you decide to write a novel and seek publication?


If I didn’t emphasize from the previous question, I have to give credit to my husband for the encouragement and help getting my first book published. As to why I sought publication in the first place—because I wanted to free my creativity bottled up for years. If one person read my stories and enjoyed them, all of the time and hand-wringing over edits and creating an appealing cover, and marketing, and more, then it was worth every minute spent.


Do we “see” some of you in your characters?


*Laugh track* I’m sure some psychiatrist would say that is a strong possibility, but I’d say it’s a strong possibility. In all seriousness, I try and extract certain aspects of me, beliefs, thoughts, experiences and infuse them into all my characters. No one else is writing the stories, after all.


Tell us a little about the community you’re building through your blog and social media.


I have to admit, recently I’ve had a number of personal complications in my life and haven’t been able to put much needed attention to my blog and social media. With the expansion of I Heart Book Publishing this past year helping other authors, I haven’t even had time to finish works in progress of my own manuscripts. Maybe, just maybe, this coming year things will settle down enough for me to get back to the basics.


Where do you go when you need to recharge?


Nothing fancy, getting out of the house for a few hours is enough. A vacation doing nothing but relaxing would be nice, but doubt I’ll get one any time soon. I attend conferences and book signings and that is enough to get me.


Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?


Touch question. All my characters are special in their own way. I spend so much time with them, creating them, living with them, letting them speak through me, I can’t help but love each and every one as I tell their story. Whether they are a male or female character doesn’t matter. I try and dig deep into each of their psyches to make them come alive off the page and because of that they become more a part of me. They are me in a way. If I were to say one is a favorite, I’d say a toss-up between the male and female protagonists I’m writing now—Chris and Brooklyn in Book 2 of the Park Avenue Trilogy—A Murder in Apartment 18B. They are intense characters and in this one they are reuniting after a bad break-up at the end of Book 1.


What about your books? Do you have a favorite? What about it do you love?


Again, picking a favorite is tough like picking a favorite character. Each one was special at the time I wrote them. As I’m re-editing each to re-release under I Heart Book Publishing’s house, I’ve fallen in love with each all over again. Apartment 18B is the most recent and I poured everything I had into that one. If I had to choose, that one would be my favorite.


What would you love to write someday but haven’t yet?


This year was to be the year I took a year off to research and consolidate my ideas to write a historical based on an ancestor. Over the past five years, I’ve been doing a family history and discovered one that grabbed at me over and over because of her life story, I knew there was a story there. But, alas, life gets in the way and plans change. I’m still going to write it, but when is the big question.


What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?


I’m not serious all the time. I might come across like that on-line or in person, but I’m a nice person who likes to have fun. I have a weird sense of humor and do quirky things when the opportunity strikes. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was young and later an interpreter at the United Nations. Neither happened except moving to the Cape Canaveral, Florida area and watching the first, and many more after, space shuttle launches from our backyard.


Anything else you’d like to share?


I believe in “paying it forward” and that is why I opened the small press I co-own with my husband to other authors wanting to self-publish, but didn’t know how to maneuver the mechanics of going it alone or didn’t want the hassle of the backend of the business. They want to write (so do I) and not worry about learning how to format or upload to the different distributors. I hope I can inspire and help those who ask for my help.



The Next Section you can pick what parts you wish to add:



(Book One, The Park Avenue Trilogy)


by Gray Dixon





Buy Links:


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019X8W1UG?*Version*=1&*entries*=0


BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/apartment-18b-gray-dixon/1123181968?ean=2940152542875


Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/603485


All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-apartment18b-1955957-147.html


IBooks/Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/apartment-18b/id1071142166?mt=11


Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/apartment-18b


I Heart Book Publishing: http://www.iheartbookpublishing.com/apartment-18b.html





Unlock unimaginable pleasure…

Christopher Nash, a man of the world is disgustingly wealthy and to some a notorious womanizer. His methods in sex and women are the same as in his business dealings—execute a plan and always get what he wants. After rescuing a sassy and gorgeous woman, something behind her eyes makes him want to take care of her.


…and surrender to him.

Brooklyn Jameson literally stumbles at the feet of a mysterious man. Handing her an unusual business card offers the opportunity to meet again. At the appointed time and place, he makes an offer she can’t refuse. Life is about to change when she accepts the proposition—four weekends unlocking her wildest fantasies of pleasure. In the end, can Brooklyn trust Christopher and surrender to every dark desire inside Apartment 18B or run away when he breaks her heart?

“Welcome to my playroom, Miss Jameson.”

She returned focus to the room. “May I touch things, Sir?”

“Anything you want. Ask questions. I want you to know what you’re getting into.”

She cut a mischievous eye at me. “I already figured out I’m in trouble, Mr. Nash. It just depends to what degree.”

She stepped cautiously toward the centerpiece of the room. The apparatus was something I called my chain spider web. The chains were linked in concentric circles and I could restrain a sub of any size or weight.

“Is this an industrial-type room divider?” she asked.

“It can be.”

She stared at me for a few seconds, forced a smile and then turned away. Walking toward the red leather padded wall behind the web, she approached the bishop’s chair. “This looks like something out of a medieval torture chamber, but with modern touches.”

“Some subs might consider the use of it painful. Or not.”

“And all these? Every color in the rainbow. These are floggers, right?” She pointed to the row of floggers, crops, and whips, all aligned like a military drill team on the right-hand side wall. I was a stickler for a clean and orderly play area.

“Some consider me a neat freak.”

She grinned. “You think?”

I snickered. “They are various sizes and material composition for different impact variances. Deerskin, elk, cow, buffalo, and this last one is made of rabbit fur. Each sensation ranges from thuddy to stinging. Would you like to test one?” I took a step forward.

“Maybe when I finish the inspection.”

“You’re making an assessment? Excellent.”

“You worried I don’t approve?”

“Absolutely not. I’ve prepared for every contingency. Except for the large apparatus like the furniture pieces, all the other devices and toys are new. I don’t reuse them from one participant to another. They’re fluid bonded and are either destroyed or given as a gift when we part ways.”

“Oh. So what we use I can keep. A reminder?” She sucked her bottom lip between her teeth.

Little tease. Did she realize that act drove me crazy?

I didn’t answer, so she turned and walked to the opposite side where I had a spanking bench and another long-bed bench with a built-in cage beneath, one of my favorite and couldn’t wait to use that one on her. I could hook up a vibrator at one end for forced orgasms.

The wall displayed my ropes of different fibers, colors and lengths. Again, all of them neatly hung from hooks on a pegboard mounted on the wall. A sleek glass and metal built-in cabinet housed the small implements—vibrators, clamps, dildos and some medical instruments with applications to the lifestyle.

“These are scary, yet intriguing. Rope is for restraining, right? You might tie me up on that chain contraption?” She nodded toward the spider room divider.

“You’re not ready for that yet.”

She didn’t say a word, only stared at me and blinked a few times. She was thinking about what to say. I’d given her some leeway in here because she needed to see what she was in for, but my lenience came to an end quickly.

Brooklyn broke eye contact, reached for the red rope, and unhooked a hank coiled in a bundle. She ran it through her hands, like she was caressing a fine piece of jewelry. “It’s soft.” She continued running her hand up and down a foot long section.

My cock came to life. “It’s meant to be,” I said. “It’s a good one to use on beginners who aren’t used to being tied for extensive periods of time. If there’s any kind of movement involved, it won’t chafe the skin like some of the others might.”

She remained silent, seemingly deep in thought, so much so, I moved up behind her without her noticing. I put an arm around her waist and leaned down to whisper in her ear. “You look lost in thought, Miss Jameson.”

“I am.”

“What are you thinking?”

“What you would do to me with these ropes. Imagining being tied up and how you’d do it, how I’d feel bound in them…what will happen if…” She spoke softly, trailing the words off as she continued running her hands over the rope.

I turned her around, capturing her eyes with mine. “Will you trust me to show you? We can go slowly to start.”

“Yes.” The single word fell from her lips like a feather fluttering to ground on the wind.

I unbuckled the cuffs and rubbed my thumbs across her skin. I hadn’t fastened them tightly, but I wanted to check just in case. I pulled a piece of the same kind of rope off the wall.

“Hold out your wrists.”

She did. I wrapped the rope firmly around them. I moved her sideways until she was aligned under one of the many large hooks and rings anchored in the ceiling beams. I ran the ropes through the ring, pulling her arms above her head.

She moaned.

“You like this?”

She nodded.

“I need verbal responses when we are in the playroom, Miss Jameson. I can’t read your mind, so answer me.”

“Y-yes. Yes, Sir.”

“Good.” I pulled another hank of rope and continued wrapping around her body, taking my time and due care to make sure the knots didn’t impede pressure points.

“I’m surprised you didn’t ask me to take everything off and be naked for you again.”

“You might as well be. This fabric doesn’t conceal anything. Now, be quiet and feel what I’m doing or I’ll blindfold you.”

A soft giggle came out before she answered, “Yes, Sir.”

“Good girl.” I paused. “We haven’t discussed this yet, but use red as your safeword if you feel uncomfortable at all. Understood?”

“Yes, just say red.”

“I mean it, Miss Jameson. For any reason, call it and I’ll stop.”

“I understand. Keep going, please.”

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