Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Please bid on my books at OPERATION AUCTION!

There's a fantastic auction going on at the moment, in aid of a much loved member of the romance community who has suffered a horrific tragedy...

"Fatin has been an integral part of the romance community for years – she owns and runs the RR@H Novel Thoughts and Book Talk blog, is an administrator of the WriteMinded loop, an author assistant and a tireless advocate for romance novels. She is also a friend to many in this community.

On Tuesday, March 8th, she lost her husband in a senseless act of violence, leaving her alone with four children. You can read more about the tragedy here: 


There's not much anyone can say to make Fatin feel better in the wake of such a horrible personal disaster, but people have gathered together to show practical support for her at this tragic time through the means of OPERATION AUCTION.

My own small contribution is a couple of signed books in the auction - NAUGHTY BITS 2 and GOTHIC HEAT - so please consider bidding on them to help this most deserving cause.

Portia Da Costa - 2 signed books [auction ends Apr 01, 201100:01:58 PDT]

While you're there, please bid, bid, bid on the many other stupendously fabulous lots on offer! You have to see the selection to believe it, so get stuck in!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

I've been interviewed again!

I've been interviewed again, this time at Fierce Romance, with the lovely Natasha Moore asking the questions. It was a fun Q&A and I really enjoyed the experience. :)

Guest Interview with Portia Da Costa at Fierce Romance

Why not pop over and leave a comment?

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Authors for Japan

UK author Keris Stainton has organised a huge auction to raise funds in support the stricken people of Japan. The money raised will go to the British Red Cross to aid survivors and those affected by the earthquake and the tsunami. The bidding is in UK pounds but many of the prizes are items such as online mentoring, artwork, critiques etc etc that can be enjoyed globally, and I'm certainly happy to ship my book prize to anywhere in the world, so I'm sure all the other authors are too.

There's a *massive* selection of prizes here on the blog, page after page of goodies: Authors for Japan

And here's my contribution, a copy of KISS IT BETTER [my last ever Black Lace, boo hoo, surely a collectors' item?] and one of NAUGHTY BITS 2, the Spice Brief print anthology containing my story CHANCE OF A LIFETIME [many other authors too!]

Bid on books signed by Portia Da Costa!

[NB. As many of the items in the auction are books for children and young adults, the saucy adult blurbs of my books are inappropriate for the listing. But you can find out about the items by clicking the links above, before bidding on them.]

As I say, I'm happy to ship anywhere in the world and might fling in an extra pot luck book or two.

Please consider bidding. The situation in Japan just seems to be getting worse and worse by the day...  

Currency converter here if you're outside the UK and want to know how much you're giving.

Thanks for your attention.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Another fantastic Poirot!

Lord Edgware DiesLord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fantastically convoluted crime, and a really rather chilling murderer. Dame Agatha portrays a person completely without remorse in an audaciously believable way. Genius!

This is also the first Poirot story I've read that's narrated by Captain Hastings, and he's such a dear. :)
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Monday, 7 March 2011

I've been interviewed!

Romance Writers Behaving Badly: Best Interview Ever from a Legend: Portia Da Costa...: "APRIL: Portia, I'm so excited to meet and talk with you today. Your name and brand have been around for a long time and when I first started..."

Want to hear more about how I began as an author and how I think romance writing has changed since I began, all those years ago, back when the dinosaurs roamed? Want to know a bit more about my latest release FAR FROM PERFECT and its hot alpha hero Nick Lisitano?

Check out my interview by April aka R. A. Morelock, over at Romance Writers Behaving Badly! :)

New release from my buddy Saskia!

My writing buddy and critique partner Saskia Walker has a brand new release today. HOLLY'S INTUITION is the second in a trilogy of stories about three psychic sisters, and if you enjoyed the first in the series, MONICA'S SECRET, you're bound to love this one too!

Here's the blurb:

Holly's neighbours, Joshua and Stewart, are fit, gorgeous, and gay -- or that's what she thinks. Then one day, after coming to his aid following an accident, she forms a deep connection with Joshua, and subsequently becomes a psychic voyeur into his love life with Stewart. Holly has never experienced anything so intense, erotic, and arousing before, and despite her confusion about why this has happened to her, she can think of little else but being in the bed with the two men.

Joshua is trying to come to terms with being gay, and he's about to announce his sexuality to his family. But now Holly has entered the scene and he's drawn to her as well as to his partner, Stewart. Since his accident he feels close to Holly. She calms him…and arouses him. Sharing Stewart with her shouldn't be this much of a turn-on, but it is.

Stewart is bisexual, and his attraction to Holly is something he's been keeping under wraps for the sake of his relationship -- until he discovers Joshua is attracted to her as well. When they end up in a threesome, sex has never been this hot, but Joshua is even more confused about his sexuality as a result. Then Holly confides her psychic ability, adding a whole new dimension that none of them can ignore. Her intuition has brought them together, but will it also tear them apart?

HOLLY'S INTUITION is available from Total-E-Bound now

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A most auspicious day today!

Wahey, it's a big publishing day for me today. Not only do I have a new book out myself - FAR FROM PERFECT, my first ever release with a new-for-me publisher Samhain Publishing - but my fabulous writing buddy and critique partner, SASKIA WALKER, also has a new title published today. So you might say that Tuesday, 1st March 2011 is a bit of a Yorkshire double, as we both live in the same region, not ten miles apart. Saskia is on holiday at the moment, taking a well earned break, so we won't be able to lunch out to celebrate our new books, but I'm sure when she's home again we'll soon be hitting our favourite cafe to mark this occasion.

Anyway, first, my offering:

FAR FROM PERFECT is the first out and out romance I've had published in a while. As readers will know, I'm mostly known for writing women's erotica and erotic romance, but I am a romance author too, and have had a couple of releases over the years, under an earlier nom de plum MEGAN PAUL. However FAR FROM PERFECT is my first non erotic romance release as "Portia", and it's a sort of "friends to lovers" plot crossed with an "engagement of convenience".

Anna Felgate has loved Niccolo Lisitano since she was a teenager, and four years ago, she kind of forced the issue with him somewhat, by sliding into bed with him one night and pretty much offering herself to him "on a plate". She knew he was the man for her, and was convinced that if he could just see her as the woman she'd become, rather than the girl he'd always looked out for in a brotherly way, the path would be open for their relationship to blossom. However, as so often happens, the best laid plans of mice and lovers went awry, and though the lovemaking was blissful, the aftermath was a mess of recriminations and emotional over-reaction, leading to an outcome was a polite estrangement between Anna and Nick.

However, four years later, Nick needs Anna's help in cheering up his dangerously ill father, and only an engagement between his playboy son and the daughter of his old and dear friend will suffice for the elder Lisitano. Cue a high drama of spiky verbal jousting, love-hate confrontations, and a desire between Anna and Nick that just won't quit.

So, if you want to find out how these two stubborn people resolve their differences, and what Nick's special patent migraine cure is, you can find out by taking a chance on FAR FROM PERFECT! It's available now direct from Samhain Publishing here, or you can nip over to my website, and read the prologue and check out various buying links for your preferred ebook vendor or ebook device [I'll be adding more choices as they become available]. But do remember, if you're a Portia Da Costa fan who's looking for edgy erotica and kinkiness, this book might not be the one for you. It's got highly sensual love scenes, and emotional intensity, but no raw, graphic descriptions or perviness.

You can also read quite a generous sized portion of FAR FROM PERFECT here at Googlebooks. That should give you a fair idea if it's hot enough for you!

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But if you want a read that's guaranteed to be red hot and raunchy, as well as wonderfully written, look no further than HER FANTASY by my chum Saskia Walker. This is a Harlequin Spice Brief, so the level of eroticism is super high, and Saskia's story is themed around a sizzling menage a trois.

Here's the description:

"Which sexual fantasy is your ultimate turn-on?"

How is Anya Reid supposed to control her lust for her sexy coworker Warren McClure when he asks questions like that on their very first date? She has wanted Warren and to be more adventurous in bed for a long time, but she never expected him to be so direct...or to correctly guess that a ménage is her secret desire.

Soon Warren isn't just talking about Anya's fantasies—he's making them come true. But does he want a true relationship, or is he only interested in their erotic games?

You can find more delightful details about HER FANTASY here at Saskia's site, along with a taster excerpt and links to purchase it.