Stare Him Down by Riley Murphy – Spotlight and Giveaway

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TOP This Dom’s life is turned upside down when he agrees to enter into a modern-day marriage of convenience with a woman who’s sassy and vanilla.

Only problem?

She’s not vanilla. And the side of sassy she comes with is sure to get them both into trouble when he finds out.

Enjoy an excerpt:

She closed her eyes and softly banged her head against the door. If she didn’t get the romantic ball rolling with him soon, her every chance with him could disappear. She hated having to throw Logan in the ring every time to get a reaction from James, but damn, how else could she…?

Suddenly another idea came to her.

She opened her eyes and looked down at the package. Did she dare?

The sounds of James moving around in the room next door cemented her decision. Absolutely. She’d do it.

In fact, by the time she’d washed up, unpacked the box of toys, and had given them a thorough going over, she’d convinced herself that James had really left her with no choice in the matter.

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James got into bed and was determined to push thoughts of his in-name-only wife out of his mind. He was ready to count imaginary sheep, pennies, bouncing balls, real balls—damn—a picture of himself stationed quite happily between Michaela’s legs as he slammed into her over and over materialized—no.

“Think sheep. Count sheep. Sheep, sheep, sheep,” he whispered. Hoping to use this power of suggestion technique to his advantage. And it was working. He was slowly drifting off to sleep watching the…mechanical sheep? He tried to sink deeper into oblivion by overlooking the gears and metal parts that made the robotic animals leap effortlessly across the starlit landscape in his mind until…

He opened his eyes and stared at the ceiling. Why was he dreaming about mechanical—?

“Oooh…”

That soft moan woke him right up, and when he snapped into a sitting position he knew why he’d been dreaming about machines. Mickey had opened her package and if he didn’t miss his guess, that was a Hitachi humming away.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_StareHimDownRiley Murphy writes sexy, humorous, and emotional romance, happy ending guaranteed. An optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are complicated, but in a good way, and we should never stop learning. Riley currently calls Florida home with her gorgeous husband. She has two phenomenal kids, one adorable-to-the-max grandchild, and a very bossy pooch.

When Riley’s not working she enjoys reading, oil painting, and getting to the Sunday crossword before anyone else does, so she can fill-in all the easy answers first, and pull the smart card with the family.

Things Riley loves:

Writing books

Connecting with readers

Doing giveaways for her readers

Things Riley Hates:

Laundry. Seriously. She’d rather slam her fingers in a car door than do the dreaded bleach load.

A few of Riley’s favorite reviewer quotes:

If you love intellectual mind candy, read Ms. Murphy’s work!

Creative, profound and soul searing scenes abound…

One wonders if Ms. Riley is in the sex therapy and marriage counseling business as a day job. The D/s part of this story is Fabulous.

If Riley wasn’t an author she’d be an international spy with top-level security so she could have a peek at Area 51 and decide for herself if those green guys are for real. Failing that, she’d likely go with chicken sexer.

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European Paperback Release! Bind by Sierra Cartwright

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Congratulations to Sierra Cartwright on the European release of the paperback version of Bind. You can see our review of the book here.

51zECx9mzvL__SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Only one man can help her. Is she willing to pay his price?

Faced with the potentially overwhelming loss of her family’s fortune, Lara Bertrand turns to the one man who can help her, the gorgeous and powerful Connor Donovan.

She knows he’s dangerous to her on every level. Only desperation would drive her to make such a risky proposition. After all, she knows all about his ruthless nature and relentless determination to succeed.

When the classy, elegant Lara walks into his office with an outrageous proposal, Connor is stunned and more than a little intrigued. Ever since he first met her, he’s been attracted to the cool beauty, but she’s more than kept her distance.

Connor is absolutely willing to help her out. For a price. He not only wants her hand in marriage, but also her total submissive surrender…

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Interludes by Harmony Kent – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_InterludesA collection of short erotic fiction that will tickle more than your taste buds and wet more than your appetite.

With a range of genres and styles, this book has enough steam for everyone.

GREY MANCHESTER—contemporary romance in 1000 words. Will Nadine choose to drop her knife or her knickers?

DOUBLE TROUBLE—ménage a trois in 2000 words. After a dry spell, Sophia gets more than she bargained for with a solicitor and a teacher.

DRAGON KISSED—shifter romance in 3000 words. Jenna’s life is fairly run of the mill until she has a flying accident. With a dragon. All is not as it seems in this fiery romance.

TRYST—contemporary romance in 4000 words. Polly pushes the boundaries on a workplace night out.

LOVE ON THE CORNISH LINE—contemporary romance in 5000 words. Becky falls flat on her face, and madly in love. Her weekly commute home proves to be anything but routine.

THE INLAW—contemporary romance in 6000 words. At 43, amputee Carla never expected in her wildest dreams to be called a MILF by a hot young stud. Trouble is, he’s her son in law’s brother. And young enough to be her son. Sparks fly when she’s caught with her hands in the biscuit tin.

NIGHT NURSE—contemporary romance in 7000 words. Denise has only weeks left to live. What constitutes life, though? What fills the yawning hours of empty days? Who are you once the chemo and the cancer have stripped you bare? What to do?—Go out on a slow fizzle, or with a big bang?

OVERBOARD—contemporary romance in 8000 words. When Stella falls overboard in the middle of the Pacific, she gets more than she bargained for. Sharks and storms not withstanding.

ALIEN LIAISON—alien romance in 9000 words. When the military transport, Lunas Two, crash lands on Zorth, Jay is given the job of liaising with the locals. She’s seen plenty of aliens in her four years of service, but never one as finger licking good as Lemo. How far will she have to go to keep the peace?

SAVING FACE—historical romance in 10,000 words. Non-related step brother and sister, David and Annalise, break all the rules in this steamy historical romance. Forced to live apart from the love of her life and into an arranged and loveless marriage, Annalise has to grow up fast. When all is lost, will she be able to save face?

READER ADVISORY: This book contains explicit sex scenes and language hot enough to melt your Kindle. For mature readers only.

Enjoy an excerpt:

From “Grey Manchester”

‘What do you want?’ Nadine asked. The metal handle of the knife felt hot in her hand. Why hadn’t she put it down yet? What did she intend? Which kind of payment would she give him?

They returned to their silent stare-off, and Nadine felt even more ambivalent toward this man who had been her friend since primary school. As a precocious five-year-old, his deafness had intrigued her and drawn her to him. She’d learned sign language for him, and how to lip-speak. Today, she deliberately withheld signing. Make him work for her words.

She hated that they couldn’t yell and scream at one another when they needed to blow off steam. Well, she could yell at him, but his deaf-muteness always rendered her thunder pointless and ineffectual.

Frustration … such an apt word. It described a multitude of feelings and unfulfilled want.

Noisy thoughts tore the taut silence asunder. Could she, in all fairness, continue to blame him for the attack? One punch—that’s all. Self-defence. He hadn’t heard her approach. She ought to have known better. His recent assault had left him jittery and vulnerable.

Nadine stared at his delicate hands, now clenched while his arms hung at his sides. She loved those hands. Those flexible fingers. The things they could do to her. A memory grew wings and fluttered in front of her. Their first time. His touch. The first time he’d touched her in that way. Two not-quite-sixteen-year-olds discovering each other.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_InterludesIndie Author Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved
The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015
Elemental Earth (YA Fantasy Fiction)
Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015
Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)
Slices of Soul (Contemporary Poetry)
Interludes (Erotic Romance short stories)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

For all her books, check out her author pages at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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April Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon

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Taste of Ink by Francis Gideon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (200 pages)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

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Trevor Dunn has never gone to the Calgary Stampede, in spite of living in the city all his life. He would much rather listen to music and draw comics in his basement than hang out with a bunch of cowboys. When his sister drags him to the Stampede’s opening parade anyway, Trevor is drawn to a cowboy sporting a green hat.

Charlie opens Trevor’s mind to the world of country music and country boys. But then an old flame appears in the middle of the festival and Trevor is torn. He adores Charlie, but Mathieu—a punk singer turned acoustic crooner—was Trevor’s first love, and Trevor lost him by being too afraid to chase the dreams they shared.

When the Stampede ends, Charlie will go back to Toronto, Mathieu will go back on tour, and Trevor will go back to his basement. Realizing that’s not what he wants, Trevor enters a mechanical bull-riding contest in hopes of winning the heart of his true love—or maybe both of them. This time, fear won’t stop him from going after what he wants.

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Breathing Life Back Into a Story by Wendi Zwaduk – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Wendi Zwaduk whose new print anthology, Second Chances, recently released.

Breathing Life Back into a Story

Something that scares an author is when their publisher collapses. It might not be a huge explosion or a minor implosion. It could be something as simple as the publisher decided to shut its doors. Simple and clean.

That’s what happened to me. I love all of my publishers. I do. Even the ones I’m no longer with. I love them. Why? Because they’re doing something I think is remarkable—publishing a book. That’s awesome. Now, I could do that myself. I could and I did with Second Chances, but they take the work out of it for me. Yes, I have to complete edits and approve of the covers and all that, but they do the formatting and distribution. Fantastic stuff.

So, one of those publishers of mine closed. Turquoise Morning Press. I learned so much there and love the friends I made along the way. I have no regrets except that they’re no longer in business.

But this is where the rub is. Those stories I had with TMP ended up without a home. What’s an author to do? I could shop them to another pub or dip my toes into self-publishing. I’ll be honest. Self-publishing, although it’s been done by a lot of people—kind of scares me. But…I tried it anyway. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, lots, but I won’t get into that.
So I tried. I put my chin out and gave self-publishing my best shot. Second Chances is what I have to offer. I breathed life into stories that might have otherwise have disappeared. How cool is that? It is to me. I loved these stories and didn’t want them to go away forever. Now, I control the destiny of them. That’s very cool.

Want to know more about my first foray into self-publishing? It’s only in print, but hey, there’s something awesome about holding a print book.

4_19 wendiAnything is possible when you only accept the best, even if it takes some second chances. Four stories of white hot romance from bestselling author, Wendi Zwaduk.

SIMPLY THE BEST
Can this seasoned officer accept what he never knew he wanted? She longs to wrap herself in his muscle-bound arms, but can a chance encounter really be simply the best?

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL
He drives fast, lives on the edge and loved once, but things ended in disaster. Can he accept the woman who holds his heart, despite all of their gagged past? She never intended to leave him, but life got in the way. Is coming to terms with her past the key to winning the love of her life back?

BEST I EVER HAD
All he wanted was a pint of ice cream, not to be a witness to a double murder. Good thing she has not one, but two sexy men willing to keep her safe. Sam and Quint had it all until she came along. Can these three find love beyond the bedroom or will things go up in flames?

SWEET IN HIS ARMS
Gage Bell considered Ryan Dane the one that got away—except he never pursued Ryan in the first place. He’s done trying to ignore the way Ryan makes him feel, and an incident on the track has given him the right incentive to find the sweetness he’s always known was in Ryan’s arms. If Ryan will give him an inch and let him take the wheel, Gage is ready to run the right man over and over again.

About the Author: Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009.Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com and AllRomance Ebooks.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

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Did I Rescue Them or Did They Rescue Me? by Megan Slayer – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes back Megan Slayer who has stopped in to chat with us today.

Did I Rescue Them or Did They Rescue Me?
My latest release, Wild Card, is about a guy in porn who just so happens to be trying to get out of that line of work. He wants to be in mainstream movies. That probably won’t be an easy feat. Then there’s the guy he’s lusting after. He’d love to hook up with the guy, but would the guy really want to be with someone in porn? The not-so-easy feat just got exponentially harder.

But this post isn’t about the people in the book. Not really. It’s about a side character who happens to be vital to the main character. Kris, the porn star, lives next to a person who has a dog. I’d say owns, but the person is a real piece of work and mistreats the dog. Kris feels for the dog and adopts Nugent.

That’s what this post is about. Pets. I’m a huge animal lover, like Kris. I don’t want to see any animal harmed. It churns my stomach. I might not have rescued my pets in the same manner as Kris, but I did rescue critters—six to be exact.

4_12 megan catsOne cat came via an ad. I saw an ad for two orange kittens at one of the local stores. I told DH and it happened that he knew the woman who’d rescued them. She kept one, but the one with the crooked tail came home with DH. He might have a crooked tail, but he’s sweet and loyal and he’s much happier than how he was found—covered in muck and fleas by the side of the road.

Cat #2 came via the neighbors. They seem to be a Mecca for unwanted cats. Since they don’t believe in fixing those cats, kittens are born. One kitten, a little black one, took to my DS. The spunky kitten thought he was a dog, too and became fast friends with the dogs. This cat is DS’s best bud.

Cat #3 was the product of me trying to help a friend. She took in the mother cat and didn’t realize momma was preggers. Oops! I volunteered to take one of the babes. He’s a pistol, but I love him.

Then there are the dogs. #1 came along because we wanted to get a dog to grow up with DS. She swears she’s a person and that DS is her baby. Oh and she’s ultra-protective of DS and DH.

4_12 megan dogDog #2 is all mine. I say that because well, she adopted me. I wanted a beagle or a Bassett hound. She’s a little of both and so loyal, but so stubborn. She decided I was her person and she’s got wicked separation anxiety. Yeah, I have to call my dog to reassure her if I go away.

Now Dog #3 is well…he’s original. We got him because we wanted a noisy dog. Seriously. He fits the bill. He’s also, for a black lab, a horrible swimmer. Yeah. He HATES water. Loud noises are a no-no for him, too. But like the others, he’s loyal. He loves DS. He might be a little pushy—he is 110 lbs of dog, but his heart is in the right place.

See that’s the thing about my dogs and cats. We rescued them, but they really rescued us. They’re the best companions and loveable. The house wouldn’t be the same without all of them. I know the time will come when they’ll eventually leave us—that’s how life works—but I’m glad we’ve had them all.

That’s how Kris feels about Nugent. They’re kindred souls. Nugent was neglected and abused. Kris was, too. The porn industry isn’t exactly kind. When they get together, they save each other. That’s what I loved about writing these characters. I saw myself, so to speak, in them. I hope you do, too.

Want to know more about Wild Card? Here you go!

4_12 megan wildcardFollowing his heart and passion will be his biggest role of all.

Kris Hunter wants out. He’s done pornographic films for the last six years. The pay’s been good, but his creativity is nearly dead. His passion is to act and to be a star on the big screen in mainstream films. When he auditions for famed casting director, Zayn Mason, he’s convinced he’s on the right path. He doesn’t want to take the casting couch route to success, but he certainly wants Zayn in his bed. Can he follow his dreams and the man he desires or will forces beyond his control derail his progress?

Zayn Mason sees the potential in Kris. As a casting director, he looks for the right actor to fill the roles in movies. He’s seen plenty of talent come and go, but no one stirs his soul both creatively and physically like Kris. But Zayn knows the pitfalls of the movie industry. Crossing over from porn isn’t easy and Hollywood isn’t always forgiving. Besides, he’s got demons of his own. Can these men get beyond their pasts and find a future together under the bright lights of the silver screen?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyeurism and intimacy with multiple partners.

About the Author: Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009.Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com and AllRomance Ebooks.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

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Deep by Skye Warren – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_DeepDark. Powerful. Dangerous.

Philip Murphy has all of Chicago under his thumb. Except me.

We met in a perfect storm of violence and lust. He saved me and then disappeared from my life. Now I pretend I never knew that kind of darkness. I focus on midterms and campus parties, as if they can wipe the slate clean.

Then he turns up outside my dorm room–wounded and barely conscious. He’s the head of a criminal empire, a powerful man, but he needs me now. There are traitors in his midst.

I can help him, but I can’t fall for him.

Not again.

Enjoy an excerpt:

The sound came again, louder. A shiver ran through me. It was coming from outside the room, but not from either side. It was coming from the door.

I crept over and looked out the peephole. An empty hallway bulged in the distorted lens.

Now I was doubting myself. Had I actually heard something? Maybe it had come from the dorm room across the hall. When I first moved here, it had been shortly after my “ordeal,” as my adoptive mother called it. I had jumped at every sound, both real and imagined, more traumatized by my brush with danger than I’d wanted to admit.

My gaze snapped to my phone.

I could call my adoptive mother right now, but I knew she wouldn’t want to be bothered. I could call the building management, but I knew what would happen. The same thing that had happened last time I called them. They’d send my floor advisor to check on me. If there was anything scary in this hallway, she’d have to face it first.

And if there wasn’t anything scary, if it was my imagination again, the PTSD I didn’t want to acknowledge, well then everyone would know how fucked up I was inside.

No, I had to be overreacting. This was nothing. There was no one in the hallway. And even if there was, it would be some drunk guy, passed out on the wrong floor.

I’m a normal college student, I reminded myself. I’m not afraid of anything.

Both of those things were lies, I was neither normal nor brave, but at least I could send a drunk frat boy on his way.

I opened the door a crack. Nothing.

Relief filled me, and I opened the door wider.

A body slid inside, slumped over without the door to support him. A short scream escaped me before I caught myself.

He was wearing a three-piece suit stained with blood, his expression slack, eyes glassy with pain and delirium. Philip.

Oh God, he was hurt. Really badly hurt if he couldn’t stand up. Horribly hurt if he’d ever have come to me of all people. I didn’t have time to process the shock of it, of seeing him again. I had to get him out of sight. If he’d been injured like this, someone was after him. Someone would want to finish the job.

“Come inside,” I whispered urgently, pulling his arm.

All that earned me was a weak groan.

Panic beat in my chest. Was he losing consciousness? Was he dying?

I managed to sling his heavy arm over my shoulders, staggering under even that much weight. Christ. Awake he was pure packed power. Half-conscious and injured, he was like a pile of steel bars—unmovable and unwieldy.

“I’ll never forgive you if you die on my doorstep,” I said.

Something like a grunt escaped him—it might have been a laugh. Either way, he surged up, tapping into some deep well of energy or survival instinct. His effort and all my strength pushed us through the doorway and into my dorm room. It had seemed small before. Now it seemed tiny as we bumped into walls and staggered to the bed.

I wanted to lay him down gently, careful with his wounds, but in the end we both fell under his weight, tangled on the bed in a heap of exhausted limbs. With a coarse shove I managed to get him on his back so I could shut the door.

The hallway was just as empty as when I’d found him. There was a little smear of blood on the doorjamb. It turned a mottled brown when I wiped it with my shirt.

That would have to be good enough for now.

I just hoped no one had followed him. I just hoped no one found him.

And I really hoped no one found me.

About the Author: Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

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One Night in Budapest by Lucy Felthouse – Spotlight

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by the author celebrating her new release – City Nights: One Night in Budapest

4_6 lucy OneNightinBudapestbyLucyFelthouse-500Hermione’s in Budapest on a romantic weekend break. Or at least it should have been romantic—an unexpected break-up means she’s visiting the Hungarian capital alone. Determined to make the most of it, she goes on a night-time river cruise, the perfect opportunity to see some of the city’s beautiful sights after dark.
On the boat, cute Budapest native Emil serves her cocktails. They chat a little on the journey, engage in some banter, and when Emil asks Hermione out for dinner, she’s seriously tempted. But she’s a long way from home, by herself—is dinner with a complete stranger a good idea? Hermione decides to take a chance, and what follows is an unforgettable night which will transform her life forever.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Locating the correct pier, Hermione pulled her ticket from her pocket and showed it to the girl welcoming passengers onto the boat. The girl—the badge pinned to her blouse giving her name as Reka—glanced at the ticket, and smiled. “Thank you. Please take a seat inside until the boat arrives. Enjoy your trip.”

With a nod, Hermione gingerly headed along the gangplank and boarded the vessel, wondering what Reka meant. Surely this was the boat? She shrugged, smiling at the other members of staff she passed, and followed the buzz of chatter to find the other passengers. Maybe it had been a misunderstanding, her meaning lost in translation or something.

Heading up a couple of steps to a bar room full of other tourists, she quickly took a seat at an empty table by the window. She’d have a great view of Budapest’s riverside highlights from here—and she was sure they’d look different again once night fell. Already the sky was darkening—it was almost four p.m. on a chilly January day.

She was so intent on admiring the Chain Bridge that she didn’t know there was anyone beside her until someone said, “Excuse me, madam? Would you like to take advantage of our special drinks offer?”

Turning to the source of the voice, her fluttering heart the only indication that she’d been startled, she smiled. “Maybe. What’s the offer?”

Her smile widened as she studied the man who’d spoken. He looked to be around her age—early twenties, and damn cute. Dark, slightly overlong hair curled on his head, deep brown eyes gave him an intensity that increased the flutters in her heart, and the dimpled smile he flashed as he replied lit up his handsome face. “It is happy hour. Two drinks for price of one.” He paused, looked at the empty seat beside her, then glanced over his shoulder as though checking if anyone was coming to join her at the table. “But perhaps you would only like one? Maybe I can see if yours can be half price…”

“It’s okay,” she replied firmly. “I’m going to be on the boat for a while, I’m sure I can manage two drinks. I don’t have to have them at the same time, do I?”

He shook his head. “No. I will be serving on the other boat in a moment, so I will look after you and your drinks to make sure you get special price.”

Immediately following his mention of an additional boat, a loud voice rang out. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are now ready for you to board the tour boat. Please be very careful while stepping from one boat to the other. As soon as you are all seated, we will begin the trip. Thank you.”

It was then Hermione realised that as she’d been gazing out of the window to one side, a smaller boat had pulled up alongside the one she was on. Everyone was getting up and moving to the staircase. “Thank you,” Hermione said, glancing at the man’s name badge. “Emil. I would absolutely like to take you up on your offer.”

He smiled, and she returned the gesture, only allowing the grimace to take over her face once she was out of his view. She was glad of any language barriers at that moment—hopefully it had prevented Emil recognising the blatant double entendre in her words, inadvertent though it had been.

As she emerged into the main space of the tour boat, she worried there wasn’t enough room for her and she might have to share a table with someone else. Not that it would be the end of the world, but over the past couple of days in the Hungarian capital, she’d become accustomed to her own company, even begun enjoying it. And the beautiful city had been more than enough of a distraction, in any case.

About the Author:

Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller) and Eyes Wide Open (an Amazon bestseller). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 140 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

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We’re Texan. We Bring Food. It’s What We Do by BA Tortuga – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes back BA Tortuga who is visiting with us today.

We’re Texan. We Bring Food. It’s What We Do.
Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and the person voted most likely to bring food to any possible emergency.

You see, I’m a Texan.

Wedding? I bring food.

Illness? I bring food.

Death in the family? Lots of food.

Kidnapped baby? OMG, call the Ladies’ Auxiliary. That requires a metric shit ton of food.

Honestly, Southerners are obsessed with pot lucks and Texas cookin’ is one of the greatest things you’ll ever experience (I would kill from my stepmom’s homemade tortillas right now).

Food features hugely in my stories, and in Trial by Fire, it’s set outside my hometown and I let those beloved folks that I grew up with tell me what all they brought to the ranch when the shit hit the fan.

They responded with recipes.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

1 big jar of grape jelly
1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
1 bag frozen meatballs

Dump these in the crockpot and stir. Low for 6 hours.

Chicken Spaghetti

1 lb. spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 lb. cooked, cut up chicken
12 oz Velveeta cut up
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can RoTel
1 can mushrooms
1/3 c milk
1 c. shredded cheddar

Heat up chicken, cheese, soup, RoTel, mushrooms and milk until melted. Add spaghetti noodles and mix. Put in a greased 9×13 pan. Top with cheddar cheese.

Cook at 350 for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Pie

4 tablespoons cocoa
3/4 cups sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks, beaten slightly
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon of butter
1 unbaked 9-inch piecrust

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a saucepot, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, and milk.

On medium heat, cook while stirring until it bubbles and thickens, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.

Poke holes in the piecrust with a fork and bake it until it’s brown, about 20 minutes.

Pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell and bake 10 minutes. Serve cooled with whipped cream.

Grins

I have to admit, I’m starving now and I’m thinking about making chili for supper (that recipe’s not up for sharing, sorry. You want some, come on and visit. I’ll cook).

Much love, y’all.

BA

perf4.250x7.000.inddOne Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

See our review here.

About the Author: Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her at her website.

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What Would I Tell a New Author? by A.K. Leigh – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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What Would I Tell a New Author?
By A.K. Leigh, author of The Venus Cure

The first thing I would tell a new author is that writing is hard work and often requires personal sacrifices. It is hours of writing, crafting, and drafting–alone–followed by hours of editing and re-editing. Then more editing once the publisher gets a hold of it. The process is long, and sometimes tedious, but worth it when you have the finished product. The difference between someone who says “I want to write a book one day”, and somebody who actually does, is the hours they are willing to commit.

When writing my debut novel, See Her Run, I had two small children, worked out of the home part-time, and was studying full-time. I would stay up until 2am most mornings just so I could get the book finished. I was living on about 4-5 hours’ sleep per night and missed many extended family functions. Many authors will tell you the same thing. And yes, this still applies to people like Stephen King. He is famous for saying that being a writer is not good for one’s social life. Are you prepared to work hard and make the necessary sacrifices? If the answer is “no”, you are not ready to be an author.

Secondly, when you are first trying to break into the field it can seem impossible. There is a lot of competition. It gets frustrating at times, especially when you receive rejection letters one after the other. However, if you believe in yourself and the stories you have to share, don’t give up. The right publisher is out there waiting for you, the trick is to persist until you find them.

Alternatively, you can self-publish. Many authors nowadays, myself included, are what is known as “hybrid”, meaning they both self-publish and traditionally publish. If you do go down the self-publishing route, don’t skimp on production cost. Pay for a quality cover and editing. Readers and reviewers will notice and comment on it if you don’t.

The third piece of advice I would give relates to the dreaded self-doubt. We all have it, whether it’s our debut novel or out thirtieth. In fact, in James Patterson’s Masterclass–which I recommend as a basic introduction to the writing craft–he admitted to experiencing self-doubt. Accept it, but don’t let yourself wallow in negativity and remain in self-doubt for too long.

Instead, focus on what you can control: hone your writing skills, find your unique voice, attend workshops, read books in your genre to get an idea of the market, read books on the writing craft, network with authors and readers, and go to conferences. All of these help. But, the most important thing you can do is … write, write, write (and edit, edit, edit)!

P.S. Thank you for having me 🙂

MediaKit_BookCover_TheVenusCureTorrance Monroe couldn’t be happier. She has landed her dream job as a botanical scientist for the Parks and Wildlife Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her specialty will be the conservation, study, and propagation of the native plants that have fascinated her since her earliest memories: the Venus Fly Trap.

Dominique Black isn’t happy. As a Wildlife Officer, he has been working at the grass roots level to save the endangered traps from poachers looking to make a quick buck. It is grueling work, with the majority of offenders going unpunished. How could a scientist with zero experience in the field help him when even the law was failing?

The two are at immediate odds even though they share the same underlying passion for the plants…and each other.

However, after a well-known poacher harvests traps from one of the local swamp lands, Tori and Dom must set aside their differences in order to catch the criminal and keep the remaining plants from being harmed.

In the process, Tori learns to rely on the mysterious Venus Fly Trap folk lore she remembers from her childhood. Dom learns to release control and have faith in another person.

The Venus Cure is a fast-paced, erotic, and lightly mystical romantic suspense novella that centers around the serious issue of Venus Fly Trap poaching. The author chose the title based on five possible meanings. See how many you are able to discover!

Enjoy an excerpt:

Dom said, “Can I ask you something personal?”

She faced him, “Sure.”

“Are you and Frank, you know?”

She saw discomfort cloud his features. The thought of her and Frank being an item bothered him. He liked her. Tingles of pleasure shot up her spine at the knowledge. She liked him liking her. There was no denying it now. This wasn’t a misguided attraction. This was real, and he felt it too.

Somehow she was able to shake her head, “There is nothing going on between us.” She almost left it there, but an impulse made her add, “And there never will be. Never.”

She emphasized the last word. He had to know where she stood now, right?

His eyes stayed locked with hers. She could feel the tingles warming her, pulling her toward him like a magnet. Her body shifted by itself; her lips softened with the expectation of his lips against hers. The look on his face told her he wanted to kiss her. She wanted him to.

So why wasn’t he?

… This time he couldn’t talk himself out of it. His body seemed to take control. The next thing Dom knew, he was leaning toward Tori’s red-stained lips. He lowered his mouth to hers. It was a quick, soft peck. Nothing he hadn’t done with other women, but when he thought about pulling away, something happened. Something he had not experienced before.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TheVenusCureA.K. Leigh is an international selling romantic suspense author, huge Michael Jackson fan, martial arts movie buff, astrologer, and identical triplet. She has a Graduate degree in Counselling, which she uses to help her develop rounded characters in her stories. When she’s not reading, writing, dreaming, or star-gazing, she spends her time with her three beautiful children. Though her books are set in North Carolina, USA (because she loves the state!), she lives in QLD, Australia.

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