Character Interview with Illion from DRAGON KISSES by Michele Zurlo – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Character interview: Illion from Dragon Kisses

I’m here with Illion, a dragon shifter. On Zmaj, when dragons shift into a humaniod form, they appear as aspects, or parts, of one being. Though Illion appears as five separate men—Illion, Aurelio, Beck, Cashel, and Fayne—he considers himself one person. Speaking with one aspect is the same as speaking with all of them. They’re telepathically linked, and even when separated, they can function as one. When Cassie, Niall, Arabella, and Laurel first appeared on Zmaj, Illion was the one who found them. As such, he reserved the right to claim whichever one he wanted, and he chose Cassie. In Dragon Kisses, we don’t get to hear directly from Illion, but luckily he’s agreed to sit down with us today for this interview.

Q: From the start, you seemed quite smitten with Cassie. What went through your mind when you first saw her?

Illion: I noticed the spark in her eyes. She did not seem afraid; rather she seemed intrigued by my appearance. I may have noted her pleasing physical appearance at the same time. She has amazing curves that I find quite attractive.

Q: When Cassie left you, why did you not go after her and demand an explanation?

Illion: Zmaj are raised to view humans as pets, useful for scratching a sexual itch and nothing more. From an early age, I questioned this philosophy. I questioned everything we were taught and all Zmaj customs, which frequently landed me in trouble, but that is another story. My mother was human. She died a few years after my younger brother was born, so my memories of her are few, but the ones I have are powerful. My father treated her as a true mate. She was proud and strong, with a powerful personality that I greatly admired. I recognized those traits in Cassie, and I prized them. When a strong woman comes to you of her own volition, it carries momentous meaning. I wanted her to want me as much as I wanted her.

Q: Jonathan is the biological son of your brother. What kinds of challenges did he present to you?

Illion: Having been raised to fear the Zmaj, Jonathan wanted to reject his dragon when he reached maturity. This would have caused his death. I had to work to earn his trust and help him come to terms with his true nature. I blame myself for that, however. When my brother was killed, I did not notice what happened to Evelyn, his mate. I did not understand the nature of their relationship until Cassie opened my eyes to the concept of love. If I had, I would have kept them close so that Jonathan could have had a Zmaj father figure. Evelyn did the best she could under the circumstances. It seems my brother fell in love with a woman who was strong like our mother.

Q: Your point of view doesn’t appear in any of the Dragon Kisses novels. Will future installments feature chapters where you get to tell the story?

Illion: I do not know. My fate is in the hands of that wondrous force who directs all action.

Q: Thank you for hanging out with us today. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Illion: If a Zmaj somehow appears on your world, please greet them with more kindness than humans are typically shown here. Do not replicate our mistakes. I must go. Cassie awaits.

BookCover_DragonKisses1Dragon Kisses #1 (Cassie and Niall)

Waking up in a strange barn was just the tip of the iceberg. Cassie and Niall find themselves transported to another world, one full of dragon shifters who want to possess them. Cassie is claimed by Illion, an electric blue dragon who shifts into five hulking men, and Niall is claimed by Wynn, a lime green dragon who shifts into two men and two women.

The Zmaj feed from the sexual energy of humans, and finding a cache of five in an abandoned barn is a momentous occasion. Convincing them to stay and protecting them from the Inamanida, their sworn enemy, is another task altogether. And falling in love? Zmaj don’t do that.

When Cassie runs away, Illion is forced to confront his prejudices and his brethren in order to save her from a fate worse than death.

Warnings: MMMFF, MMFMMM, light bondage, dominant dragon shifters

BookCover_DragonKisses2Dragon Kisses #2 (Arabella and Jonathan)

Waking with no memory, Arabella finds herself courted by three men claiming to be her mates. Dragon shifters Tobin, Gerrit, and Blakely woo her with sweet words and deeds, convincing her that she’s always lived this fairy tale existence. Life is perfect until the Inamanida King decides the experiment has gone on long enough—and Tobin is ordered to turn Arabella over to be tortured and used by the entire clan.

Meanwhile Jonathan is working to help settle the humans in Zmaj’s outer city. As the son of a prominent human leader, finds himself thrust into a leadership role and having to liaise with creatures he was raised to fear. Soon he falls for Laurel, a beautiful woman recently arrived from Earth, but as secrets emerge, he faces a stark truth that could cost him everything.

Tobin and Jonathan must risk everything and deal with consequences that could cost them the fragile relationships they’ve built with the women they love.

Warnings: MFMM, MF

BookCover_DragonKisses3Dragon Kisses #3 (Laurel, Niall, Jonathan)

In the months following Jonathan’s transformation, Laurel struggles to come to terms with her feelings for him and the horrific memories of time spent as a dragon’s slave. Jonathan struggles to be patient, but Laurel’s fear is breaking his heart. Niall and Cassie open a popular bakery and revel in the bliss of love and their new lives. Arabella pines for Tobin’s aspects to be reunited, and Nora discovers the secret of creating Zmaj offspring.

Meanwhile all Zmaj braces for the Inamanida attack that Tobin warned them about. When it finally comes, the Zmaj find themselves vastly outnumbered by enemy forces. In the violence that follows, everything changes.

Enjoy an excerpt from Dragon Kisses 1:

Dragon Kisses #1 (Cassie and Niall)

Excerpt 1:

“Cassie.” The deep voice calling my name belonged to the dragon man standing next to the one who had watched over us. “Come.”

Was it wrong that his commanding tone had me close to coming? Nora’s assurance came from, I knew, deep inside my psyche. After all, in a dream all the characters were aspects of myself. Niall was my caution, and Nora was my sense of adventure. I pried myself from Niall’s hold. “We’ll be fine.”

Even facing the weirdest situation and the worst odds, I was an optimist. Before Niall could process what I was doing, I left the safety of the group. Taking those first steps toward a new life was easy when I knew I’d soon wake up in the safety and comfort of my bed, and I figured nothing was to be gained by huddling against a barn. Plus, this would make one hell of a diary entry when I woke up, and it would help keep my mind off Chad, the jerkweasel who’d dumped me yesterday.

Laurel and Oliver followed me. Both of them seemed to be dazed and confused. The blue-haired men morphed into a dragon, and we climbed onto its back. The three of us fit easily. I sat forward of the wings. Oliver situated himself behind me, and Laurel wrapped her arms around his waist.

“Hold onto the scales,” Nora shouted.

I slid my hands around the edges of two blue scales. Each was a large as a dinner plate, but they had ridges on the top which were perfect for holding. One leap, and it took off.

Flying on the back of a dragon was unlike anything I’d experienced. My tummy fluttered from the quick ascent—or from that niggling bit of sense that told me I wasn’t playing it safe, and wind whipped through my hair. I had the feeling the dragon was flying slower than normal, and I appreciated his restraint. Any faster, and I might have freaked out.

Or not. Who could be afraid of heights or strangers in such a wonderful fantasy?

About the Author:I’m Michele Zurlo, author of over 20 romance novels. During the day, I teach English, and in the evenings, romantic tales flow from my fingertips.

I’m not half as interesting as my characters. My childhood dreams tended to stretch no further than the next book in my to-be-read pile, and I aspired to be a librarian so I could read all day. I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions, especially when it’s something I’ve never done before. Writing is just one in a long line of impulsive decisions that turned out to showcase my great instincts. Find out more at www.michelezurloauthor.com or @MZurloAuthor.

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Q&A and Giveaway with Grey Francis

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Grey Francis whose newest book, Bound to a Vampire was released earlier this year. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a print copy of the book (US/Canada only please).

Bound to a Vampire is an erotic paranormal romance that takes place in both modern-day New York and 17th century Europe. What inspired you to write a vampire novel set in those times and places?

I wanted to set my novel in the present and in the 17th century, going back in forth through memories, in order to show how the past shapes a vampire after centuries of living. This time-shifting allowed me to show vampires not only living, but being hunted, having love affairs and experiencing great tragedy. I also wanted to take my readers deeper into my characters’ histories, exploring how they became vampires, how they found each other, how they lived, and ultimately how they lost one another. Since the 17th century is one of my favorite time periods, and a dramatic contrast to the times we currently live in, setting the book during that time allows us to understand the past, so we can sympathize with a particular vampire’s motivations and desires.

Bound to a Vampire features the female healer, Cassandra, who is turned into a vampire by the mysterious and powerful Master Vampire, Killian, and who becomes the member of a sexual triad that includes the dark and brooding Protector, Alastair. What’s special about Cassandra and how did you come to choose her as the main character for your first Into the Dark Woods novel?

This genre is dominated by male vampire protagonists. What I wanted to see was a strong female vampire, who is driven by ambition, passion and romance and willing to fight for those she loves. As a 17th century human midwife, Cassandra’s talents were misunderstood and feared, and ultimately she is persecuted as a witch. As a vampire, her former talents are transformed, giving her ability to heal and create life, making her very powerful. She goes from a simple peasant to vampire royalty. Flame haired with an exquisite kind of delicate beauty, Cassandra is spirited, strong-willed, and nurturing. She quickly finds herself in a passionate love triangle with her Sire and her Protector. Cassandra is the perfect compliment to each of them, but her true gift is her ability to bridge the gap between these two powerful males, whose love for one another is dark, tangled and complicated.

There are strong erotic elements, including passages that describe submission and bondage, in Bound to a Vampire. What made you decide to pursue these thematic issues in your Into the Dark Woods series and in this new novel?

When I envisioned my vampires, I saw them as highly sexual creatures. But I didn’t think that vampires would express their sexuality the way most typical humans do. BDSM and the power exchange between a dominant and a submissive rang true to me in terms of the vampires’ natures and their ability to attain nourishment from that exchange. I also think there is a connection between pain and pleasure with vampires. The vampire bite, at least in my books, is both painful and euphoric. The pain some submissives crave, as Alastair does, is a component of that particular crossover. There is also a strong psychological component to BDSM that parallels the emotional bonds within my vampire world. Some vampires, like Killian, are Masters and demand ultimate trust and surrender from their mates. In return, their submissive mates feel protected and ultimately loved. This dynamic felt so organic to me, I believe it was the perfect way to structure the sexual relationships of my vampires.

What do you find the most fascinating about the paranormal romance genre?

There are interesting fluctuations in what creatures are capturing the interests of readers. Recently, I’ve seen a popular rise in books about shape shifters, dragons, sexy demons and angelic warriors. A few years ago, the Fae world was popular. Before that, it was witches. Many writers have been combining a number of different supernatural creatures in their books for years, creating very developed and complex worlds where vampires, shifters, Fae, and others creatures, co-existed to varying degrees of animosity and peace. I find many of them fascinating, and I faithfully follow a number of writers. And yet, I see vampire stories enduring, being recreated, the rules of their worlds ever changing and expanding. For me, the vampire remains as intriguing and sexually charged as he was 30 years ago when I picked up Interview with a Vampire.

What would you like readers to remember most about you and your books?

The characters. They get under our skin and we can’t shake them. What I would like people to remember are the emotional layers that exist between my characters as they develop and evolve. All three main characters go through transformations, be it with through love, sex, power, loss, or reconciliation. Their pain haunts us. Their love grips us. It is these emotional resonances that I hope stay with my readers.

Are you working on a new Into the Dark Woods novel and, if so, what can you tell us about it?

Yes. The second book in the Into the Dark Woods series is called A King in Chains, and it focuses on Alastair and his dynamic yet tumultuous history with Killian. The story also explores Alastair’s present day struggle to move forward as king without Killian by his side, while battling a powerful and malevolent vampire from his past who threatens everything he holds dear. In order to save his kingdom, Alastair must make the ultimate sacrifice for those he loves. That’s all I can say for now!

6_17 Bound to a Vampire - Front CoverCassandra Montclaire is a three-hundred-and-sixty-year-old vampire living in modern-day New York. Her human life ended three centuries earlier when, condemned as a witch, she was rescued and turned by a Master Vampire named Killian. Bonded in a passionate trio with their Protector, the three lived an exciting and dangerous life full of love, decadence, and dark passion. But then Killian vanished without a trace. Until now.

A human ally of Cassandra’s has proof Killian is alive and is killing off members of his organization. Killian is now a marked man, and Cassandra must find him before time runs out and he is eliminated.

But Cassandra must first journey into her torrid past and face her demons before she can fight for what was lost.

Filled with erotic passion, great tragedy, and dark mystery, Bound to a Vampire is a turbulent thriller that delves into the history of vampires and the dramatic events that shaped them into who they are. For fans of Vampire Mistress by Joey Hill, author Grey Francis creates a vibrant world where secrets abound and the BDSM power exchange between mates is as essential to their survival as the blood they drink.

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About the Author: 6_17 Grey Francis - Author PhotoGrey Francis, a native of Los Angeles, has been writing since she was a teen, penning stories about ghosts, witches and vampires, among other denizens of the night. After graduating with a B.A. in Journalism from San Diego State University, Grey was employed in the New York publishing world before relocating back to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. She later explored her fascination with the paranormal as a screenwriter, but it wasn’t until the birth of her series, Into the Dark Woods, that she found her voice as an erotic novelist. When Grey isn’t writing her next book, she is busy full-time mother of two children.

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Fueled by Lust: Makar and Baruch by Celeste Prater – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Releasing 06/17/2015 exclusively at www.bookstrand.com/celeste-prater and 6-8 weeks later at major retailers

MediaKit_BookCover_FueledByLustMakarAndBaruchA quick mission to retrieve a bag of blood leaves Makar Decanus and Baruch Abella’s head spinning when they stumble upon their potential mate. Unknown to them at the time, this isn’t just any ordinary doctor with sea-green eyes and a tantalizing scent of violets. She might very well be the catalyst leading to the destruction of the Insedi race.

Dr. Keely Anderson thinks she’s on to something wondrous when not one, but three patients reveal they’ve seen men disappearing before their eyes. Undaunted by her prick boss’s demand she stop investigating, Keely finds herself swept into the arms of two overwhelming males that want to see her permanently positioned between their sexy as hell bodies. But will her heartrending past keep them at arm’s length?

Book 7 in the Fueled By Lust Series will pull at your heartstrings, make you gasp at the action, and have you fall head over heels in love once again with the Insedi race.

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“I want you to be comfortable, sweetness. You have a look on your face as if you’re expecting me to crush you. That’s not an ideal mindset to instigate your desire.” He rolled to a sitting position, leaned against the couch, and patted his thigh.

“Here, sit on my lap. We’ll just hold each other for a bit.”

Muscles melting in relief, Keely threw her leg over his and settled onto his lap.

He caressed her arm and spoke softly. “Ready?”

She nodded and glanced over to Baruch. He was trying to focus his eyes.

Keely jumped when Makar’s hands landed on her hips.

“Relax. You’re in charge. Okay?”

She stared into his golden eyes and tried to figure out why she was so damn jumpy. Releasing her breath, she placed her hands on his shoulders and leaned forward. “I’m going to kiss you. Will you do that electrical charge thing again? I need some warning.”

“No, sweets. That was a one-time deal. Lay it on me.”

Moving closer, she felt his palms slide up her back. The moment their mouths touched, she closed her eyes and fell into the most sublime experience imaginable. His lips were soft, his motions gentle, and his tongue warm and inviting. Gradually, she grew bolder and demanded more from the kiss, withdrawing, nipping his full lower lip, and kissing the sting away before starting the intimate exploration all over again. His palms pressed harder against her back, pulling her closer.

Coming up for air, she sighed when her breasts smashed against his chest and he nibbled along her neck. A slight tug on her earlobe sent tingles shooting across her skin. His sensuously accented words had her wiggling on his lap.

“That’s it, sweetness. I smell a slight aroma of violets. Let go, baby. Give us more. Umm, yes. Keep moving your hips. Yes, just like that. Ride me. Ah, you’re making me so hard, Keely.”

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_FueledByLustMakarAndBaruchCeleste was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than her small Texas town, she joined the Marines, which satisfied her craving to see more of the U.S. and her drive to see if she could be one of the few and the proud.

A firm believer in educating the mind, Celeste has achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.

Her true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.

Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim and many more have swirled in her dreams until she had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the Fueled by Lust book series.

Book 1 DRUSUS was nominated as Top 5 Finalist and placed 3rd in the 2014 RWA Passionate Ink’s 9th Annual Passionate Plume Book Contest in Erotic SciFi/Fantasy Category, Book 2 SEVERUS achieved BEST BOOK review rating and won April 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, Book 3 CATO won the May/June 2014, and LUCIEN won the September 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. All currently released books in the series have made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at Bookstrand.com within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.

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Where Do I Get My Ideas? by Kate Deveaux – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Where Do I Get My Ideas?

As an author, I am frequently asked ‘Where Do My Ideas’ come from?

I am always happy to answer questions about writing as it is my passion, and I think that every day I write, I learn something new about the craft. I am constantly learning, whether that be from other authors, from my awesome editors, or from the books I read. I’m a big sponge just soaking up the nuances that I hope make me a better author with each book I craft.

As for ideas for books, I have always had a fertile imagination and sometimes something just catches my attention as funny or challenging or unusual and I find myself thinking Wow, that would make a great book! These instances don’t have to be the makings of an entire book; just a place, event or personalities that make me think I would like to write about.

In the beginning of my career I wrote What I know. Books from the heart, based on personal experience. That’s because every writing class I ever went to commanded the basic tenant of novel writing: “Write what you know.” And so I did. I wrote and I wrote. My first erotic romance novel Academy of Love is set it in a girl’s boarding school. Something I knew first hand. I told the tale of lovers reunited, something I also know much about as well, and of course at the Academy there were horses and I know a thing or two from my years of riding.

What about the ideas for the erotic scenes, you ask? Where do you get those ideas, personal experience or research? Where did the impetus for those so-hot-your pants-are-on-fire-sex-scenes-in-the-barn come from in Academy of Love?

I like to write hot; that’s no secret and when I had always written short stories since college that were very steamy. So when I turned my hand to my first full-length novel it seemed natural to write it just as erotic, just as intimate and explicit as my short stories. The imagination is a wonderful thing and I am always trying to push the envelope on the type of sexual intimacy that is most revealing about my hero and heroine. The ideas for the sex scenes pretty much come from what the hero and heroine need as I craft the book.

All my books are different, yet all are sensual romances filled with toe curling sexy scenes that I hope allow you, the reader, to go further into the depths of my story than you could if I shut the bedroom door in your face. Something I assure you I would never ever do! 

After my first completed full length erotic romance, Academy of Love, I branched out. Sure the settings are usually somewhere I’ve been, but with the characters and the situations I took more liberty. In Sail Away with Me, the girlfriends are based on my personal experience of how my best friends I interact on vacation. The sexy celebrity guest on board is pure fantasy. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. 

Next, I stretched my writing wings and wrote A Butler Did It, about a boss and her uber hunky butler. No, I have never had a butler, or been a multi millionaire businesswoman, but I sure had no problem getting right into that story and dreaming up the sexy hijinks those two got up to.

Bride Undone popped into my head because I used to be a wedding planner and sometimes I witnessed the most unusual family dynamics at play while working with the bride in her big day. I witnessed my share of cold feet and jilted lovers, but the idea of the bride falling for the long lost father of the groom was one that intrigued me. Enough for me to tuck that idea away for over 10 years and come back to it when I had time to properly explore how such a love story would unfold. I have to say I think Bride Undone is one of my most unconventional novels as it makes readers both uncomfortable and intrigued by the intimate romance that evolves.

MediaKit_BookCover_AVixenInVeniceHe’s an art thief on the run…with her heart

Look closer, into Hotel Totally Five Star Venice, where art curator Monique Le Bres has just walked through the doors of the newly opened swanky luxury hotel to assist with their art collection.

Alessandro Bonnard, the world-renowned art connoisseur and collector has been sent incognito to supervise Monique and oversee her acquisitions for the hotel.

Concealing his true identity, Alessandro is intrigued by the art-loving vixen with an appetite for kinky sex. He pursues Monique, charming her at every turn — taking her to places she’s never been — both in and out of bedroom.

Monique falls hard for the man who has utterly captured her body and soul. Only to find out he isn’t who she thought he was after all…he’s an art thief on the run…with her heart.

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Glancing down at the small map she clutched in one hand, Monique looked back up at the tiny storefronts crammed along the waterway, trying her best not to be overrun by the barrage of tourists filling the tight corridors that ran between buildings and the canal’s murky edge. Searching for landmarks and any discernable signage, she bumped her way between tourists who were busy ogling the unusual architecture that at that moment proved more of an impediment than an attractant.

Tugging at her suitcases, Monique forged on.

The last thing she wanted to do was be late for her new job.

Lurching sideways to avoid a family carrying ice cream cones and pointing enthusiastically at the sights, Monique teetered on her heels to avoid bearing the brunt of their gelatos as they passed. Oblivious to the obstacle they presented to Monique, they carried on, leaving her in their wake.

The wheels on her cumbersome luggage stuck on a rogue stone at the same time her heel gave way. Tumbling down towards the uneven cobbles Monique gasped out loud.

A hand reached out from the crowd and grabbed for her just as her bottom grazed the ground, protecting her from the brunt of her fall by swooping her back up on her feet in one motion.

“Mademoiselle, soyez prudent,” a deep voice urged her to be careful in French.

Monique squinted into the late day sun at nothing short of a vision. A majestic man, early forties, with chin length sandy blonde hair, a goatee and deep set blue eyes that were rimmed by thin metal glasses stood before her. Her hand clasped in his. The man’s tailored camelhair overcoat told her he was distinguished as did the flash of his fancy watch, probably Swiss and very expensive from the sparkle of the crystal that caught her eye as she steadied herself.

“Stai bene Signorina?” he asked if she was okay in a beautiful swoosh of Italian. The words slipping between his lips like honey pooling onto the cool stones.

First he spoke French, then Italian. It was official. Monique must be in heaven. She’d heard the stereotypes and the holiday stories of her friends vacationing in Europe, but nothing had prepared her for the man who still had her hand in his.

“Fine, yes, thank you, merci…I mean grazie,” she offered, flustered and realizing she was quite able to stand on her own. Reluctantly she let go of his hand to reach down and remove her broken-heeled shoe. “Just tripped on a stone. Una scarpa verso il bass… dieci per andare.” She hoped her Italian wasn’t too rusty.

He just looked at her. Oh damn, it must be more rusty than she’d thought.

“One shoe down, ten to go,” she repeated in English with a nervous laugh, motioning to her luggage. Hoping to make a joke of how many shoes were crammed in her overstuffed bags to cover her embarrassment of very nearly being splayed out on the canal sidewalk if not for the efforts of her handsome saviour.

“Are you sure? I can fetch someone for you if you need assistance Signorina,” the man asked and then glanced anxiously over his shoulder. Monique suspected from his unease that he must have a wife who no doubt would appear any moment and be less than happy to find her hubby fraternizing with Monique. It wasn’t the first time that had happened.

“No, I’m fine, really. Mille grazie.” She thanked him as she looked into his eyes, their depth making her off balance as well as her having only one shoe on and the way he called her Signorina. The word slipping from his mouth like silk.

“Just tell me where I am, that would be very helpful,” she shifted her weight to the shoeless foot and immediately dropped down a few inches, making her even shorter against his tall stature.

“Calle Ostreghe,” he said the name of the street as she dipped her head down to remove her other shoe.

“See much better,” she said, now even footed in her stocking feet, now firmly planted on the cool stones.

But her words were met by empty space.

The man was gone as quickly as he’d appeared, the swish of his long coat disappearing through the crowds, barely visible around the corner as Monique looked on as if it had been an apparition. A tall handsome apparition. And one that was seemingly desperate to get away from her before his wife showed up. Lucky woman having a man like that.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_AVixenInVenice Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! Kate is currently working on several fictional stories – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She currently resides with her husband in the U.S. When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too.

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Bring Me Home by Candi Wall – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_BringMeHomeHome is Where the Heat Is, Book 1

Miya Jackson always believed life had more to offer outside Dead End, Texas. So when circumstances turned her life upside down, she took her chance to break free. A few years—and some brutal doses of reality—later, her little sister’s wedding brings her back to the hometown she left behind.

The last place she expects is to end up is in the arms of the man she’s tried and failed to forget. One scalding, passionate night is all it takes to make her rethink her damn good reasons for leaving.

Shawn Dalton always hoped this day would come. Hell, he and Miya have a history, and any misunderstandings can be fixed if she’ll only stay in one spot long enough. Now that’s she’s back, he’s determined to make her see that she belongs in Dead End. With him.

Her obstinate nature is intact, but he can deal with that. It’s the cold, detached woman she’s become that worries him. Melting that wall—and reminding Miya of her roots—is going to take every hot, sinful moment he can wrangle.

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Downing the rest of her beer, she threw a twenty-dollar bill on the table and rushed to the door. She didn’t look back. Didn’t want to know if that sinful gaze followed her—or worse—laughed at her knowingly.

Cool night air washed over her the moment she stepped on the porch. She nodded to several men standing at the opposite end of the wooden porch and leaned against the railing to support her shaky legs. Millions of stars glimmered down from the clear night sky. Honeysuckle climbed up the trellis covering the outside of the porch, filling the night air with its sweet aroma. The scent was so thick, she could almost taste it.

She closed her eyes and breathed deep, needing the calm reassurance of childhood nostalgia to center her frazzled mind. Home. She really hadn’t thought she’d missed it at all, but being back satisfied her more than anything had in years. A quiet peace welcomed her home, so different from the city, where she’d never experienced true acclimation. Even after Chloe had taken pity on a homegrown vagabond and led her through the tangled streets of city life.

The sad memories of leaving Dead End were never far from her mind, and now, with Shawn’s appearance tonight, the decision to leave all those years ago welled up inside her with ferocious intent.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_BringMeHomeCandi Wall is probably the only person whose real name is more epic than any pseudonym she could have come up with – even as an author! She writes because the voices in her head have to come out somehow. Animal rescue-ess, mother of four, and soccer mom by day, she spends her free time writing – often on napkins at kids’ games because she never knows when a juicy story will reveal its delicious self. She once wrote a sex scene at a wrestling meet. Shhhhhh!

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May Erotic Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Heart of the Serpent by NJ Walters

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Heart of the Serpent by N. J. Walters
Hades’ Carnival Book 5
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (95 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

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Just when you thought the Devil had gotten his due, he’s back for more.

Hades’ Carnival, Book 5

Now that the five-thousand-year curse that kept him and his fellow shapeshifting warriors trapped in animal form has been lifted, Mordecai doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. He is free—in theory.

Hell left its stain on his soul, and his relationship with the warriors who once trusted him is uneasy. The only bright spot in his life is Jessica, whose shining innocence he dare not taint with his inner darkness. But it’s getting harder and harder to stay away from her.

Jessica longs for the days she and Mordecai shared an easy friendship. Now he seems as distant as the stars. He denies there’s a problem, but she’s determined to penetrate his shields.

Hades has been plotting his revenge from his prison. He can’t harm Mordecai without harming himself. But there’s nothing to stop him from wreaking havoc by hurting the one woman Mordecai would give his life to protect—Jessica.

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Character Interview with Bryant Holt from His Target, His Desire by Aspen J. Lee – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Character interview with Bryant Holt (ex Black-0ps)

Who has had the most influence on you?

My father. He was a tough son of a bitch but with a good heart. You always knew where you stood with him. His boundaries were firm but fair. When me and my brother hit our teens, we both went a bit wild, as you do when the testosterone kicks in. My mother didn’t know what to do. Poor mom fretted a lot. But dad took us a side and had a little talk. He said “You have your fun because you’ll never live this life again, but remember, if you respect yourself then you can’t help but treat others with the same regard. You do that, it will come back to you in return. Be good to your woman because the happiest times of your life will come from sharing it with someone you love, and I ain’t never pulling you from jail.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Falling in love with Cypress.

What is your greatest regret?

Not being there when my mom passed away. I was away on assignment and only found out two days later. She endured a long fight against breast cancer. She was courageous throughout, even when in excruciating pain. She never complained or felt sorry for herself. It killed me to see how gutted my father was when she died. A large part of him died with her.

When was the time you were the most frightened?

When I thought I would lose Cypress. When those guys came out of no where and tried to kidnap her, man if I’d been a couple of seconds later, she would’ve been gone. At this point I wasn’t sure who was after her. If it had been military, she’d be dead already.

If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?

I never told my mom enough times how much I loved her. It’s only once they’re gone and you’ve lost your chance, do you realize how much you took them for granted. I take the time now to show my respect and love for my father. I’m making sure he knows my feelings for him. You’ve got to see the positives in everything you experience, even if it’s shit, otherwise the bad in life will start to weigh you down. Mom’s early death was a tragedy for us, but also a gift. I choose now not to take for granted those that matter to me the most.

What is your best memory?

Fishing. We lived close to the beach and in summer, every Friday evening mom would pack us a picnic dinner and we’d spend the evening fishing. Those times were the best. All of us together, sharing jokes, laughing, chilling as a family. Mom and Dad would usually end up talking about their childhoods and the sorts of things they got up to. Sometimes it’s easy to forget your parents had a history. That their life didn’t start the moment you were born.

Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable?

Yes. I have. It’s part of my job. But I never do it without a heavy heart, and I’ve never forgotten the men I’ve killed. It’s your duty. It’s your leveler. Otherwise you’re no longer human. But the truth is, not everyone deserves the life they’re given.

Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?

I never did until I met Cypress. I’d been looking in the wrong places and at the wrong women. I thought I was going to be a drifting bachelor, never finding fulfillment with one woman. But when you find the right one, falling in love is unavoidable and giving of yourself is easy. You want to please her.

What do you look for in a potential lover?

A woman who disarms me. Physical beauty is great, but if there’s nothing more beyond the border, than my interest won’t hold for the long run. I love to be kept guessing. I need a woman who challenges me, makes me strive harder to keep up, doesn’t take my shit. Strength is great in a woman, and I’m not talking physical. I mean a woman who knows her worth and won’t allow herself to be diminished.

Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?

No. I think you’ve got to find your own strength, learn to depend on yourself. There’s no guarantee that the people you love and trust will always be there. If you’re not prepared to help yourself then you should never expect others to do it for you. My dad started me and my brother with martial arts when we were young. He felt it was good for discipline and confidence. He also believed a man had to know how to protect himself and his own.

What is your greatest strength as a person?

Courage and loyalty.

What is your greatest weakness?

I don’t know when to let go.

Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at.

I’m good with weapons, hand-to-hand combat and pleasing a woman. I’m useless at cooking, table tennis and picking up after myself.

What is your idea of good entertainment (consider music, movies, art, etc.)?

Cuddling up with my girlfriend, cozy on a cold night, with a quick and easy feed, perhaps pizza, and a good action flick.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza, Mom’s lasagna, hot curry. I’m a savory food kind of guy. A good home cooked meal wins hands down. My mom was a fantastic cook. She used to make the best samosas, ever. She spent some of her teens in India as her dad worked for some shipping company based in Mumbai, Bombay, back then. She could make the hottest vindaloo I’d ever tasted.

How do you deal with stress?

I pump weights, pound the turf, kick box, parachute or anything else that gets the heart rate flowing. I find exercise is the best way to clear stress from my system. It also helps me streamline my focus. I usually find my solutions when my muscles burn. And I mean exercise in any form, including sex. A long session in bed is guaranteed make me forget what the hell I was worried about.

MediaKit_BookCover_HisTargetHisDesireThe rules of survival in this line of work: trust no one, hold no assumptions, don’t fall for your target. Bryant Holt breaks all three.

For 1.5 million, Cypress Howard is now his target. Ex-black ops, Bryant finds he can’t resist her temptations.

He’s way out of her league, sexy as hell and asking her out for dinner. It just doesn’t make sense. But Cypress is frightened of letting any one in.

Why? Because Cypress now lives incognito. The real her is dead, or so everyone thinks.

A deal is struck between secret factions and Cypress is now being hunted. Bryant’s claimed her, and he’ll do anything to save her. But first he must unravel the maze of her past.

When her life begins to implode, Cypress’s lover turns into James Bond. Who the hell is he? It’s too late to question, Bryant’s already chained her heart. All she can do is hold on.

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“Sorry.” She gave him a quick glance as her cheeks heated some more, determined to give him only a moment’s eye contact, enough to endorse her apology, before turning her attention back to the broad shoulders in front, but the arresting smile and deep brown eyes held her head in place.

“Pleasure’s mine.”

O-k-a-y. A delicious yet confusing comment.

“Bryant Holt.” A hand came toward her in the ritual of welcome.

Long fingers laced around, encapsulating her hand, locking it to his warm palm. When she glanced up, the intensity of his gaze, lessoned only a little by his generous smile, swallowed her.

“Cypress Howard.” The words came out quick. Great, now he would think her childish, gushing or simple. “I wasn’t looking.”

His brow furrowed, then one eyebrow shot up quizzically—sexy, in a cute, alluring way.

“Your screen, I mean. I wasn’t peeking at your typing, or rather what you were searching through.”

He gave a small nod to show he understood her bumbling explanation. “Doesn’t matter. My cells littered with work stuff, boring as hell and riddled with jargon even I can’t understand.”

“You work in this building? It’s just that I’ve been riding this lift for a year now and haven’t seen you before.” Left off the sentence end was an elaboration that went something like “yours is a face I wouldn’t forget,” but it was way too much of a pickup line. And what about everything else she’d said? Did it all sound cheesy?

About the Author:After joining her local writers’ centre and attending a workshop on romance writing, Aspen J lee decided she was set on the wrong career path. Swapping sides from factualising to fictionalizing life, she quit her job and started a Masters in Writing.

Soon after she discovered passion rather than academics was the key ingredient, so picked up the pen and began to fashion her own stories. Another workshop introduced her into the world of spicy writing. The end result was Slipping Through His Fingers, published by Siren-Bookstrand (2014). Two novels followed His Target His Desire (Siren-Bookstrand, 2015) and Bound (Eternal Press, 2015).

Aspen is currently crafting her fourth erotic romance and dipping her quill into a dystopian, both of which she hopes to have published later this year.

When Aspen can extract herself from her characters, she can be found in her kitchen, crafting magic of a different nature, with dogs and cats in tow. She lives on 6.5 acres, which she shares with the wildlife, a husband and three children.

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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?

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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

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Morality & Erotica
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.

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“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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