Cover Reveal: Dating Wars by Ravyn Rayne

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Title: Dating Wars

Series: Federal Agent Chronicles #2

Author: Ravyn Rayne

Publisher: Blushing Books

Expected Publication: July 2015

Finding love in all the wrong places.

When a serial rapist and murderer targets women on an online dating website, FBI Agent Leslie Hunter must pose as a potential match at a bar. How hard could it be? She’s been dating online for years.

While undercover, Leslie meets a handsome gentleman. She can’t tell Kevin her profession without ruining the investigation. How long can she keep this man out of danger without revealing she’s an FBI Agent?

A taste of pole dancing, phone sex, and spankings combined with a lick of danger. A romantic erotica story that’s sure to leave your heart racing and pleased afterwards.

Recommended for readers 18+. Can be read as a standalone.

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Burning Desire by Ravyn Rayne

Federal Agent Chronicles #1

Published May 6, 2015 by Blushing Books

Saving people is FBI Agent Kaitlyn Rivers drug of choice. That’s not the only thing she loves about her job. The sexual tension is mounting between Kaitlyn and her alpha boss, Agent Joel Connor.

Assigned into an undercover operation to stop a serial child abductor with the pathetic Cole Sommers, Kaitlyn is silently thrilled when Cole is forced off the case and Joel steps in.

Intense romance, steamy sex scenes, and a nail-gripping case that will attract fans of crime dramas and thrillers. This action-packed erotica is sure to leave you pleased three times over!

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Ravyn RayneAbout Ravyn

Ravyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation, wherever it might be.

Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.

She has been published professionally since 2013. Prefer less steamy novels? Try her out here.

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Elysium by Thea Landen – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookClover_ElysiumTwo years have passed since April Patterson’s husband was shot and killed in the line of duty, and she’s trapped in a haze of grief and uncertainty. Having grown frustrated by all other efforts to engage her in activities where she could meet new people, her cousin pays for a date via 1Night Stand. Not thrilled with the idea, April nevertheless contacts Madame Eve and requests the impossible: a date with her deceased husband.

Brilliant software engineer Drew Monroe created his company, Elysium, to help give closure to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, through the use of virtual reality. Though passionate about his work, being constantly surrounded by heartache and death has taken a toll on his mental health. When he accepts the case of a young widow referred to him by Madame Eve, her tragic tale depresses him further, but he commits himself to programming April the romantic date she desires.

April arrives at Elysium and prepares to enter Drew’s virtual realm. Will she find the solace she seeks within? Or will she discover she doesn’t need a fantasy world to discover happiness again?

Enjoy an excerpt:

I tried to think back and pinpoint exactly what had attracted me to Kevin in the first place. He’d had a way of making me feel like the only person in the room, even when I thought there were plenty more fascinating people around. I’d never believed I was special, and he’d done a pretty good job of convincing me I had something to offer.

Since his death, I’d heard all the platitudes about moving on and how he’d want me to be happy. Deep down, I knew everyone from grief counselors to well-meaning acquaintances were right. Perspectives changed so much, though, I didn’t know how to find happiness anymore. How could I feel the way I used to? Should I feel that way? Everything was so different without him. I was different.

Blink, blink, blink went the cursor. Somehow, telling a complete stranger about what I found attractive in a potential partner led me to completely idealize what I’d once had, and pretend we’d never argued about him leaving dirty socks on the bathroom floor or how I didn’t want to go on vacation with his parents for the Fourth of July. He wasn’t perfect, and no marriage is either. Yet whatever flaws we had were our flaws, and I missed those, too.

Hidden desires. Forbidden fantasies. I needed to write the email that night or else I’d never get it done. My fingers flew across the keyboard in a show of defiance, an act of desperation. Before I could stop, I issued a challenge.

I want a date with my husband.

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorAvatar_ElysiumThea Landen lives in New York with her husband and a variety of houseplants. A former educator, she strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.

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Morality and Erotica by Vanessa Vale – Guest Blog and Giveaway

A special Long and Short Reviews welcome to Vanessa Vale whose latest book Their Kidnapped Bride was recently released. Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

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People read erotica for the heat level. If they didn’t want to read about sexy escapades of their hero and heroine, they’d read sweet stories. Just like in real life, everyone has different values for when to have sex, whether it be a one night stand or after three dates or when ‘just know’ it’s the right time or even waiting until marriage. Some people read erotica that matches this personal value. For example, some don’t like one night stands or hook ups in books. Others can ‘buy in’ to a sex scene if the hero and heroine have connected enough for it to be genuine.

As a historic western author, the values of the time period I write were stricter than modern day. Extramarital relations were far from the norm and if a woman participated in such activities, she was branded a harlot or not virtuous. A reasonable alternative would be a widow. In all of my stories, the hero and heroine get married. There’s no ‘official’ hanky panky before marriage.

Why?

I feel that during this time an honorable man would wait until marriage for sex. He may not want to do so (neither the heroine, for that matter), but they recognize a legal union is an expectation prior to consummation. It’s this honor that makes a man really, really hot and makes the sex scenes that much hotter because what they do together (and it’s pretty dang panty melting) is because of the freedom found of the confines of marriage.

What do you think?

5_19 WC their_kidnapped_bride_200x300Emma James felt secure in her life. Money, social standing and the protection of her step-brother. Or so she thought. When she discovers his dark secrets, he turns on her and sells her to a western brothel to keep her quiet. There, she’s forced to work or participate in an auction. A virgin auction…and she’s the prize.

One look at Emma James and Whitmore Kane and Ian Stewart know she would belong to them. Marriage was the only way to truly claim her…so they bid and bid well. As their bride, they return to the Bridgewater Ranch and teach her the ways to please not one husband, but two. But danger has tracked Ian around the world and threatens their newfound relationship. Together, can they fight the demons of the past while forging a future?

This is the first book in the Bridgewater Ménage Series, where you’ll meet all of the men in Kane and Ian’s army regiment and discover their unusual beliefs on marriage. Read the entire series to follow along as the men, two or three at a time, claim their brides. Bridgewater: Where ménage meets marriage.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“You are a virgin,” she stated.

I blushed furiously, my cheeks hot.

“Yes, I can see by your reaction to that word alone that you are,” she replied, going over to her desk, sitting down at the chair beside it. Her back was straight and she adjusted her full skirts. She might be a Madame, but she had the mannerisms of a lady.

I looked down at the pale blue morning dress I’d donned just this morning. I thought back, realizing Thomas must have laced my coffee with the laudanum. I took it black, so the bitter taste would have been well masked. The last I remember was eating a piece of toast with marmalade in the dining room.

“I suppose virginity is quite a commodity in your line of work. You are a Madame, are you not?” I countered, wanting to confirm her profession. I doubted she arranged for governesses.

She nodded once. “I am. Unlike your Mr. James, I offer you two choices.”

I arched a brow as I waited to hear them. My options, which I doubted were going to be to my liking, might be better heard sitting down, so I returned to sit at the end of the velvet covered chaise on which I awoke.

“You may work here to pay off your debt. As you are innocent, you will be quite popular, I assure you. You are also quite lovely, which will make your long-term appeal guaranteed. This is the finest brothel between Kansas City and San Francisco and we cater to more unusual requests. The other girls will teach you all that you need to know above and beyond basic fucking with regards to meeting the men’s needs.”

My mouth fell open at her base language, but I supposed it was relevant to her profession and part of her everyday conversation.

I glanced down at my hands in my lap trying to collect my thoughts. A dull throb filled my head, the lingering after effects of Thomas’s deviousness, it made clear thinking difficult. “And…the other choice?”

“You can pay off your debt in one evening. Tonight, in fact.”

This sounded appealing, but I knew there would be a high personal price. She might be selling carnal pleasures, but this was all business.

“Oh?” I queried, very nervous about what she would say.

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About the Author: #1 Amazon Bestseller in Erotic Western & Erotic Historical!

Vanessa Vale writes escapist fantasy (aka erotic romance) in the form of historical westerns for Blushing Books. Everyone loves a cowboy–at least she does! A cowboy who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to take it. Oh yeah.

She lives in the West where she has lots of subject matter to drool over…

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How Impromptu Characters Can Become Good Scenes by Lori Bradley – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Lori Bradley, author of the Soiled Dove Saga series.

How impromptu characters can become good scenes later

While working on my Soiled Dove Sagas series I found that the suggestion of virtually non pertinent characters such as a parent or friend have come back later to create good scenes. Sometimes they do not move the story, but add color, conflict, and humor.

I have been working on Book 2, The Queen of the Cow Towns and my main character shoots someone. During a court proceeding scene I mention her seeing the man’s wife and mother in the courtroom. Later I added a scene where the wife comes to the main character’s hotel to apologize for her husband’s actions. Later my character and the wife of the man are in a restaurant and have an encounter with the man’s mother that is both dramatic and humorous. These two women were never planned in my original outline, but came to me as I was writing. I find that this happens quite often. Seemingly unwarranted characters just pop up.

But, when you think about it, in our real lives people just pop up who add color, conflict, and humor all the time. Just yesterday I heard yelling from across the hall in my apartment building. I went to the door and my neighbor was evicting her brother who’d been staying with her for a few months. He’d called other family members and they were taking televisions out of the apartment. My neighbor was screaming that the televisions were hers and trying to block them from leaving.

Writing this into a story would be colorful, dramatic, and possibly humorous depending on dialogue used. Life happens to others around us. We must remember as writers that life happens around our characters too that can contribute to your story. Try to remember that life happens even to the characters in our novels. It helps to add believability. Life happens.

Thank you for your time and I hope you will take the time to enjoy Book 1 of The Soiled Dove Sagas, The Ruby Queen, available on Amazon free if you have Kindle Select.

5_19 BookCoverImage Ruby QueenMattie Wallace is rejected by her family and her community when she refuses to marry one brother because she loved the other. She is labeled a trollop and run out of town when she runs away with the brother she loves. He backs out after one night together on the road and returns Mattie to her parents, who turn her out.

While on the road with her meager possessions and little money, she meets Roxana North, a woman in the Trade. Mattie is impressed with Roxie’s confidence, independence, and her lovely wardrobe. She is also impressed with the fact that Roxie is making her way in the world without having her life dictated by a man. She has her own money, she can travel when and where she pleases without the accompaniment of a husband, father or brother. She is an independent woman of means. Mattie joins Roxie on her way to a new and profitable life in the West where women are few and men will pay for the company of those who are. They make their way to Abilene Kansas, a cow town where cowboys spend their money on whiskey and women.

Mattie learns the ways of the women in the Trade and the hazards of the west where she becomes The Ruby Queen.

About the Author:5_19 author imageLori Beasley Bradley was born in 1958 in Benton, IL, a small town in southern Illinois. Her mother was from that area and her father from Alabama. She has a great love for the South and has traveled extensively and studied the histories of most of those states. Her book, The Legend of the Swamp Witch takes place in southern Louisiana one of her favorite destinations. She is currently working on her second novel about a Kentucky girl who finds herself practicing prostitution in the Old West after the Civil War. Book 1 of The Soiled Dove Sagas, The Ruby Queen, was published in February 2015. Book 2, The Queen of the Cow Towns will be available later in 2015.

Cover Reveal: Taking the Lead by Cecilia Tan

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5_13 WC Tan_Taking The Lead_TPThe first book in a steamy new rockstar series that will appeal to fans of New York Timesbestselling authors Sylvia Day and J. Kenner

Ricki Hamilton and her sister have just inherited a vast estate in the Hollywood hills. Unfortunately, with that legacy comes the most exclusive club in Hollywood history, a secret BDSM establishment where only the rich and the naughty come to play. Ricki wants nothing to do with this business, and is trying to find ways to get out of having to run it…until she meets Axel—a sexy enigmatic rock star who makes her want to submit to needs she didn’t know she had.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Axel’s mouth moved down to my neck. How he found the spot on my neck that was like a direct line to my sex, I don’t know, but once he did, he didn’t let up. The zone was just below the array of diamonds of my choker and his tongue worked it softly but relentlessly. I moaned. Why was I trying to push him away? My hands were pushing at him but he was not letting me deter him from his goal, which seemed to be mouthing my neck like his life depended on it. He had a bit of stubble on his chin but instead of giving me rug burn it made my skin tingle deliciously.

I was trying to push him away because it was too much, too ticklish, too stimulating, and yet it wasn’t, because when I didn’t succeed in dislodging him I didn’t shatter in a million pieces: I melted even more.

And so the game went. He didn’t let up pleasuring that spot on my neck with his mouth, and every time it got too intense for me, I’d try to wrestle him off and he wouldn’t let me. I could say “no,” isn’t that what he said? But I wanted to try to push him off, to see if I could, or to see what he’d do, where his limit was.

But I wasn’t close to Axel Hawke’s limit. He was single-minded in his goal to make me writhe. One of his hands strayed to the diamond-hard nipple that was pushing at the fabric of my gown and his thumb brushed it, teasingly light in contrast to the never-ending motion of his tongue and mouth. I felt my clit twitch with that touch.

It almost felt like he could make me come like that, without ever getting into my panties. Amazing. I had never felt a touch like that.

I tried one more time to get free. He was simply too good, too balanced, too determined… I was along for the ride, I realized. This was completely on Axel. It was like my body finally caught up to what my brain had been trying to tell it and I stopped fighting him entirely. I surrendered to the incredible gift of the sensation building in my nerve endings. I’d never felt anything like it before. Instead of trying to push him away now, I was grinding against him, pulling him closer, harder, needing…something.

“I… I…” I gasped. “I’m going to come.”

“Yes you are,” he murmured.

About the Author:5_13 WC TanSLOWSURRENDERCeceliaCecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball. Not only is she an author, but she has also edited over 50 erotic anthologies and founded her own publishing house, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball Magazine, Yankees Magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere. Cecilia currently resides in Cambridge, MA.

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Cover Reveal: Pushing the Boundaries Series by Amanda Abbott

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PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES is all about Hot & Sexy meets Adventure. These books are on fire hot! (Reader beware.) But they also have a sweet, sexy heartbeat. These are happily married couples exploring the “what if” in the bedroom, finding that ultimate “thing” that turns them on. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I love writing them! PS. They all have Happily Ever Afters, and there’s no cheating!

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What Caroline Wants

Release Date: May 18

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Caroline and Jason Stratton have always been hot for each other. Married right out of college, they’ve had a great sex life. But when they discover that their best friends and neighbors, Piper and Michael Collins, have experimented with a few extracurricular adventures during their ten year marriage, Caroline and Jace’s sexual world is rocked.

The Strattons quickly find that inviting others into their bedroom might be something they want to explore. But getting Caroline to reconcile her Southern guilt is another matter altogether. So they decide to take it deliciously slow, exploring every avenue.

Their adventures lead them to Emma and Pete, and after a fun, sexy dinner date out, and an incredibly hot car ride home, they’re in. But once they decide to scale that mountain, all bets are off. In the end, Caroline must make a decision—and it’s one she’ll have to live with forever.

*This book is ridiculously sexy, filled with high-octane moments between the couple as they figure out what makes them tick. The book contains: explicit sex, voyeurism, and light couple swap. **There is no cheating, everything is consensual between all participants.

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What Piper Needs

Release Date: June 1

Piper and Michael Collins have it all. They’re in love, both have successful jobs, live in a nice neighborhood, and have a great sex life—that is, up until recently. Over the past six months everything has started to drag. Even though they’ve led an “extracurricular” lifestyle for a long time, things have gotten boring.

It’s up to Piper to liven her marriage up, which she does with a little encouragement from her pal Caroline at their weekly STD happy hours. She jumps in without pause and sparks between she and Michael fly. First with hot selfies, office sex, and later with some much needed risk-taking.

From there, Piper and Michael make a Top Ten Sex List and start ticking off their wildest fantasies. Piper is fearless, but when they both arrive at Michael’s number ten, is Piper really ready?

*This book is super steamy hot, filled with out-of-the-box moments. The book contains: explicit sex, hardcore toys, and group sex.

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What Emma Craves

Release Date: July 20

It took a lot for Pete Slater to convince his wife, Emma, to move to the suburbs. But once she arrived, she found it had a deliciously steamy underbelly. Her neighborhood is filled with hook-ups, affairs, and scandal. But Emma and Pete have no need for all that, because they’ve built their own Pleasure Paradise inside their own home.

After all, they’ve been living the swinging lifestyle for too many years to count.

But Emma finds she isn’t satisfied any more. As she’s drawn more to what’s outside her doors than inside, it’s time to reevaluate. With help from Piper and Caroline, she decides to start exploring that place she once had with Pete when they first started dating. But to get there, it’s going to take a lot of experimentation—with and without the neighbors.

*This book is off the charts hot. It contains: explicit sex, voyeurism, and mild BDSM.

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Burning Desire by Ravyn Rayne – Release Day and Giveaway

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Series: Federal Agent Chronicles #1

Author: Ravyn Rayne

Published: May 6, 2015 by Blushing Books

Genre: Romantic Erotica

 

Saving people is FBI Agent Kaitlyn Rivers drug of choice. That’s not the only thing she loves about her job. The sexual tension is mounting between Kaitlyn and her alpha boss, Agent Joel Connor.

Assigned into an undercover operation to stop a serial child abductor with the pathetic Cole Sommers, Kaitlyn is silently thrilled when Cole is forced off the case and Joel steps in.

Intense romance, steamy sex scenes, and a nail-gripping case that will attract fans of crime dramas and thrillers. This action-packed erotica is sure to leave you pleased three times over!

 

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I swallow anxiously, my heart racing at lightning speed in my chest. “I never do as I’m told. You should know that.” We’ve had our own share of disagreements and butting heads in the past. This feels different, hotter, sexier. I feel my insides ache for release. Will he give it to me or tease me into submission?

Joel’s hand slides beneath my back. His warm touch startles and arouses me. I feel his leg move between mine and his knee climb closer to my groin, adding enough pressure to elicit a moan. I don’t know what will happen tonight and for the moment I don’t care. I want him, more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life.

“Bad girls get spanked,” Joel whispers into my ear and flips me onto my stomach. Before I have time to respond or fight back, I feel his hands at my sides pulling down my pants and underwear, just enough to expose my bare flesh.

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Ravyn RayneAbout the Author

Ravyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation, wherever it might be.

Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.

Although BURNING DESIRE is her debut romantic erotica novel, it is not her first published book. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her other books here.

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Vegas Miracle by Liz Crowe – Spotlight and Giveaway

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5_6 liz MediaKit_BookCover_VegasMiracleRyan and Grace Sullivan have all the outward indications of a happy life: money, success, an undeniable physical attraction that quickly evolved from whirlwind relationship to marriage. But lately, Ryan’s become moody and distant. As their relationship starts to crumble, Ryan discovers something about himself he can’t admit just as Grace realizes the young man she encounters at an invitation only party, Henri Christophe, a celebrity chef with the most successful restaurant in Las Vegas, is her husband’s lover. But Henri holds a secret himself. He wants to be more to both of them.

As they attempt to make their unconventional arrangement work, Ryan’s deep-seated fear of relationship failure continues to thwart everyone’s happiness. When he finally walks away instead of confronting the emotional connection the trio shares, he returns to find their lives flipped inside out. A sought after hotel and resort consultant, Ryan has yet to meet a problem he couldn’t solve. But when it comes to his own heart, he may be too late.

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When Henri bent down to kiss her lips and let his tongue caress her a moment before he raised himself up and off her, she felt more wrong than she ever had, but somehow right a the same time. Pulling the blanket back up to cover her sated body she stretched again and flipped over.

When her eyes met Ryan’s across the room she yelped. Her husband sat directly across from the massage table, a drink in one hand, the other arm stretched over the back of the couch. His eyes shone with the sort of light that made her want to weep.

“How long have you been sitting there,” she demanded.

“Long enough, baby.” He drained his glass, set it on the table and made his way over to her. “Long enough.”

She sighed as he knelt down, pulled her up and kissed her hard and deep. His bourbon-tasting lips were delicious.

“Did you like your Vegas surprise,” he asked as he pulled her to sitting and wrapped his arms around her. But he pressed his mouth to hers before she could answer. The familiar strength of his body, the crisp feel of his dress shirt against her naked skin, the clean smell of his cologne all enveloped her at once and she wrapped herself around him, ready to thank him in a way he’d never forget.

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About the Author: 5_6 liz MediaKit_AuthorPhoto1_VegasMiracleAmazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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La Brat by Ashe Barker – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Paris – City of Romance

When I was offered the opportunity to write the Paris story for the Totally Five Star series I didn’t take a lot of persuading. Paris is without doubt one of my favourite places in the world, and I have fond memories of the city, reminiscences collected over more than thirty years.

My first visit to Paris was when I went there on honeymoon. We arrived at Gare de Nord station all fresh-faced and naïve and just dived in the first taxi we saw. We sat back to watch the frantic whirl all around us. Paris never stops, it seemed to me then. Always hustling, always busy. Our hotel was close to the Eiffel Tower, and we spent a glorious five days exploring the main tourist haunts, or just strolling along the Seine among the street artists and vendors.

I’ve re-visited the city several times since then, most recently for my thirtieth wedding anniversary. My husband arranged the trip in secret, aided and abetted by our daughter who was then aged eleven. It was a re-creation of that first visit, same hotel, same chic Left Bank artists, same atmospheric Parisien bistro at the end of the street. Of course, having an eleven year old in tow made a bit of a difference, but she felt she’d earned her ticket. I guess she had.

We’d changed a lot over the thirty years, but the city hadn’t. Despite being an ultra-modern capital, a sophisticated European hub, Paris somehow manages to retain a timeless quality. There’s an elegant permanence about the city and that’s one of the things I love, and one of the reasons I’ll never get tired of going back there. I really hope I did the place justice in La Brat.

The Totally Five Star hotel is situated right in the heart of the city, close to the Champs Elysées and within an easy walk of all the main tourist sights. I loved writing those scenes where Eugenie and Aaron go out playing at being tourists, strolling through the Tuileries gardens, visiting la Louvre to pay their respects to the Mona Lisa. I recall vividly my own joy as I did those things for the first time and tried to recapture it in the story. I hope it worked.

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Blurb for La Brat:

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Thou shalt not attack thy Dom—especially not with his own cane.

She’s committed the cardinal sin, broken the eleventh commandment for submissives. No wonder the Dom she adores wants nothing more to do with her.

Eugenie believes her luck has turned when she lands an interview for her dream job—Events Organizer at Totally Five Star’s flagship hotel in Paris. This is her chance to return to the city, which holds cherished memories for her, and pursue a career she loves. Most of all it’s a golden opportunity to leave behind the bitter taste of her disastrous breakup with Aaron, the one Dom who can make her melt with a look, a word, a lift of his finger.

Her dream crumbles when she comes face to face with her nemesis, now Director of Security at Totally Five Star Paris, the one man who can wreck her dreams with just a few words.

Aaron has never forgotten the lovely little submissive who broke all the rules. He can do without the hassle of such a high-maintenance sub, but his sexy new colleague proves hard to resist. It’s not long before he finds it hard to remember just what his objections were.

Determined not to dwell on the past, Eugenie throws herself into her wonderful new job. If she can only convince Aaron to give her another chance, her life will be perfect. A natural in her new role, against the glamorous backdrop of one of the world’s finest hotel chains, Eugenie is in her element arranging a high-profile celebrity wedding. But when things start to go wrong, Eugenie finds herself at the heart of a series of inexplicable accidents.

Aaron doesn’t believe in coincidences. Is someone else, apart from him, out to hurt his little Genie? And why? He is determined to protect Eugenie—and get to the bottom of who might want to harm her.

 

About Ashe Barker:

I’ve been writing seriously for about two years but I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, erotic and other genres.  I love reading historical and contemporary romances in all pairings – the hotter the better. But now I have a good excuse for my guilty pleasure – research.

In my own writing I draw on settings and anecdotes from my own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to my plots and characters. My stories are often set in the north of England where I live but I draw inspiration from all over. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea. But ultimately my tales of love, challenge, resilience and compassion are the conjurings of my own lurid and smutty imagination.

On the rare occasions I’m not writing my time is divided between my role as resident taxi driver for my teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises.  And most recently a very grumpy cockatiel.

My other titles include the ‘Black Combe’ trilogies, The Dark Side, Sure Mastery, The Hardest Word and A Richness of Swallows, all set in the atmospheric moorland of West Yorkshire or Cumbria and with a strong BDSM theme. The Three Rs, part of Totally Bound’s What’s Her Secret? imprint is a stand-alone novel set in Berwick in the Scottish border. I’ve also written a couple of short stories, Re-Awakening, and a raunchy pirate tale, Right of Salvage, as well as a novella, Carrot and Coriander.

I have a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keep thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from me.

I love to hear from readers. You can find me on my blog, and I’m on Facebook, and twitter too. And more recently on Tsu

 

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Excerpt from La Brat:

An hour later, they were strolling along the Champs-Élysées, their fingers laced together. Although they were both familiar with this part of the city, the magic never seemed to fade. As the golden arches of McDonald’s came into view, Aaron steered her inside.

“I promised you breakfast.”

“Here, Sir?”

“Here. The full works—a breakfast wrap with coffee and a hash brown.”

“Ah, you are so English, Sir.”

“I am. McDonald’s is American, though.”

“True. Do they do croissants?”

“We’ll ask.”

They ate outside, watching the growing crowds scuttling past. Even on a Sunday morning, Paris absolutely buzzed with activity, the pavements of the city seeming to throb under their feet.

“You know, it is said that if you sit on the Champs-Élysées for long enough eventually everyone in the world will pass by.” Eugenie mentioned this snippet as she contemplated the bustling crowds.

“Yeah?” Aaron was too engrossed watching her to contribute more to the conversation. She truly was exquisite. Her slim build hinted at fragility, but he knew better after yesterday. Now that he was coming to understand her emotional responses too, he really believed they could make a success of this. He could make a success of it.

“Sir? Am I boring?” She gazed at him, her expression quizzical as she licked crumbs from her fingers.

“No, you’re being absolutely breathtaking.” He couldn’t take his eyes off her pretty little pink tongue as she captured a stray flake of her sausage and egg bagel from the corner of her lip. Christ, what plans he was making for that tongue.

“Sir?”

He leaned across the small metal table to brush his lips over hers. “I’m glad you’re here, Genie. Here in Paris and here with me. Have you finished?”

“Yes. Thank you for the breakfast, Sir. It was delicious. I do not usually come here.”

“You should. I like it. It helps to keep me grounded.” He loved the luxury and perfection of the hotel, the Michelin-starred perfection of their haute cuisine. Perhaps this was why he enjoyed the contrast with the bright plastic glare offered by this star of the fast-food industry.

He stood and held out his hand again. Eugenie took it, and they resumed their stroll along the wide pavement. They gravitated toward the Arc de Triomphe, resplendent at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. They dodged the traffic to reach the island at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle where the monument was situated, then stood to admire the architectural precision laid before them. The length of the Champs-Élysées stretched away as far as the Place de la Concorde at its eastern end. The Jardin des Tuileries continued the vista, the whole cutting a perfectly straight line through the heart of the city, testimony to the precise art of town planning. Beyond lay the palace of la Louvre, once home to the kings of France but now housing one of the finest art collections in the world.

“Should we go see the Mona Lisa?” Eugenie turned her face to Aaron, her smile eager and hopeful.

“If you like. I’ve never seen it.”

“Me neither. Not the original anyway. Shall we walk there?”

“Of course. Ready?”

They took over two hours to reach la Louvre, stopping to window-shop under the ornate galleries of the Rue de Rivoli then lingering to enjoy the lawned perfection of the Tuileries. Eugenie declared this one of her favorite haunts and told him she often came here when she had a couple of hours off. Previously, she had always been alone, though.

Aaron squeezed her hand, reminding her that she was not alone anymore.

Archangel by Jamie Salisbury – Spotlight and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jamie will be giving a $20 Amazon/BN gift card to one randomly drawn commenter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

5_5 archangel MediaKit_BookCover_ArchangelArchangel. A musical angel hiding in the dusty, smoke-filled London clubs, she performs with reckless abandon. Few know the woman behind the mask she adorns.

Mary Tudor, twin sister to Amadeus Tudor – a well-known rock star- has all but given up her up and coming photography business to become the personal photographer, and fiancé to Daniel Kennedy. Daniel, a world renowned violinist, is one of the few who knows Mary’s secret. Together they scheme to devise a way for her to fulfill a secret dream.

Postponing their wedding until after Daniel’s much anticipated European tour, Mary juggles many jobs. One however alludes her every month. Motherhood.

Making unannounced, surprise appearances during Daniel’s tour, the mysterious Archangel rules the concert stage. Suddenly everyone wants to know who this masked woman is. Fans clamor for more, the press want to know every detail about her, and a few others are sure Daniel Kennedy is quite aware at who this phenomenon is. And if that weren’t enough drama, a sinister enigma from her brother’s past threatens both her future and her life.

Will Archangel’s identity be revealed as planned, or will the chaos of Amadeus’ past catch up to them?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Donning my mask I walked next to him in silence. Peering out through the curtains I could see the wall of fog rising. I waited for Danny’s cue, his playing to begin. As he did, I stepped out from behind the curtains and into the fog.

The mystique fit the rock number perfectly and by the time the stage cleared all spots were on the two of us. All our hours of practice had come down to this one moment. Our playing meshed perfectly, flawlessly.

As Danny and Ben had pretty much put the skids on letting me make my entrance through the audience this time. This stalker or whoever he was. Don Roberts. A part of Amadeus’s past, not mine. I needed to be in charge here, and not let some person who had a beef with my sibling try and intimidate me.

Launching into the Paganini number I turned away from Daniel and started towards the set of stairs leading down to the audience. Walking down into the crowd, I made my way up one of the aisles. I knew Ben or one of his guys was behind me. They were so close I could just about feel the body heat.

I walked to the top of the section and cut across to begin my trek back to the stage. By the time I made it to the stage, Danny and I would have plenty of time left until the ending of the piece. After that Ben could help me make my great escape.

It was on the final path towards the stage. Things became a blur. A face, an arm reaching out, grabbing me. Ben and his guys all around me. I vaguely recalled being whisked away into Danny’s dressing room, never getting to finish Paganini. But then Paganini had a flair for the dramatic, and this was certainly that.

The next thing I was truly conscious of was being in Danny’s dressing room changing out of my outfit. A knock at the door and Ben entered, a very stern look on his face. Danny of course was finishing his show.

“What happened?”

“He tried to grab you as you were walking back to the stage. You don’t remember?”

“Vaguely. I was focused on the music and getting back onto the stage at exactly the right time. Then I saw this man-his face-his hand reaching out to grab me.”

About the Author:Writing romance stories with passion and sass, Jamie Salisbury has seen several of her books soar to #1 on Amazon. Her novella, Tudor Rubato was a finalist in the 2012 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) awards. The cover won for Best Contemporary Cover. Now in 2014, her novel, Life and Lies was nominated for a RONE in the Erotica category. Her books are both self- published and now include several published through Secret Cravings Publishing.

Music, traveling and history are among her passions when not writing. Her previous career in public relations in and around the entertainment field has afforded her with a treasure trove of endless story ideas.

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