Intoxicated by Jeana Mann – Spotlight and Giveaway

 

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Love is intoxicating, but the hangover can be agony…

Conservative, straight-laced Ally Taylor has the perfect life – successful fiancé, beautiful home, great career – until she catches her fiancé and best friend in bed. Desperate to shake off the sting of rejection, Ally heads to Felony, a notorious heavy metal club on the bad side of town. Even more dangerous than the bar is Jack Jameson, the hunky alpha male bartender whose smoldering dark eyes and dimpled smile turns her common sense to mush and her knees to noodles. After eight long years in a failed romance, the last thing Ally wants is to hook up with someone like Jack, but she can’t help wondering if he’s really as good in bed as his reputation suggests.

Jack Jameson has had his eye on Ally for months, drawn to her smart mouth and tightly wound self-control. When Jack finds Ally sitting on a barstool in his club, heartbroken and miserable, he’s more than happy to offer a little heat between the sheets to distract her. Too bad Ally’s not interested in his “hit-it-and-quit-it” philosophy. If only Jack could convince Ally that he’s tired of the endless parade of girls through his bedroom, she might see him in a different light.

When Jack and Ally get together, everything goes wrong and it’s more than either of them bargained for. Ally’s got serious trust issues and a need for control that makes Jack crazy. Jack’s got more baggage than an airline carousel; the constant stream of women from his past stirs up all of Ally’s insecurities. Can Ally overlook Jack’s womanizing past and learn to trust him? Will Jack be able to commit to just one woman or will a secret from his past ruin everything?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Miss Ponytail had taken up residence in Jack’s Seat of Shame. The girl had one hand on Jack’s arm, rubbing the swell of his tattooed bicep with a sly smile on her crimson red lips. Upon seeing Ally, Jack deserted the new girl, grabbed two shot glasses and a bottle of Jack Daniels from behind the bar, and took up the empty barstool next to her.

“That’s some crazy shit, them showing up here like that,” he said as he filled both glasses and pushed one towards her. “I admire your control. I probably would’ve punched one of them in the mouth.”

For the millionth time that day, she withered with embarrassment. She decided to pretend indifference to cover her shame. “I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.”

“That. Over there.” He jerked his head in the direction of the happy couple. “They’re having a bit of a disagreement over whether to leave or stay. Seems your presence has shaken them up a little. Wanna know what they said?”

The question gave birth to a dozen more emotions that she didn’t want to face. A flush crept up her neck and into her face. The heat of it burned her cheeks. “Didn’t your mother ever tell you that eavesdropping is impolite?”

“She did,” he admitted with a flash of dimples, “but I learn the most interesting things that way.”

About the Author:

Jeana Mann is the author of sizzling hot contemporary romance. Her debut release Intoxicated was a First Place Winner of the 2013 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest and a finalist for the 2014 Carolyn Readers Choice Award.

Jeana was born and raised in Indiana where she lives today with her two crazy rat terriers Mildred and Mabel. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Speech and Hearing, something totally unrelated to writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up steamy romance novels, she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. Over the years she climbed the ruins of Chichen Iza in Mexico, snorkeled along the shores of Hawaii, sailed around Jamaica, ate gelato on the steps of the Pantheon in Rome, and explored the ancient city of Pompeii. More important than the places she’s been are the people she has met along the way.

Be sure to connect with Jeana on Facebook or follow along on Twitter for the latest news regarding her upcoming releases or at JeanaEMann.net, Amazon Author Page, or Goodreads.

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Charlesgate by Dina Keratsis – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MEDI AKIT charlesgate_fullEver since Zylla Berry first saw the dilapidated mansion in Boston’s Back Bay, she’d become enchanted. When she walks by one day to find that someone is renovating the old beauty, she walks through its open door and meets Jabe Thayer.

Determined to restore The Charlesgate to its former splendor, Jabe is thrilled to meet Zylla, who shares his passion for the building and knows its history. As they get to know each other, they find that their love for The Charlesgate is not a coincidence and as supernatural forces intensify, they begin to uncover a sinister secret that will threaten their future.

From the piratical seas of the seventeenth century, to Boston’s Gilded Age to the present, The Charlesgate is a haunting novel of ancestry, fate, and the unfailing power of love.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Zylla couldn’t think and she had to think. She stumbled past the recessed Charlesgate East entrance, past the windows of the new restaurant, past the iron-gated door to the Barnes addition, and then stopped.

Something about the door caught her attention, sent tingles down her spine. Retracing her steps, she wiped her blurry eyes, found the knob, and easily opened the door that should have been locked. All those times she’d tried the doors of the abandoned mansion, hoping one would open for her, and now it did, as she’d known it would.

The Charlesgate was hers now, just as she belonged to it, and the building offered her solace.

About the Author:MEDIA KIT dina_photoDina Keratsis is an award-winning author of romance fiction in which all roads lead to illumination and magic is found in the mundane. A New England girl, she has a penchant for punk rock, Scottish tea rooms and a mad crush on Sirius Black. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

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Release Day and Giveaway: He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

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9_30 Shalvis_HesSoFine_MM For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor?

 

 

 

About the Author:9_30 Jill Shalvis author photo_longer lengthNew York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Dinner for Two by Drea Stein – Spotlight and Giveaway

 

 

 

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Sean and Darby love food – but is their relationship a recipe for disaster – Or a chance to make kitchen magic?

Find out in Dinner for Two, Book 1 in The Queensbay contemporary romance series

Sean Callahan was a hot shot big city chef whose high handed ways got him into trouble one too many times. Now he’s in a small town hoping for another shot at the big leagues.

Darby Reese is a big city lawyer who can bake like an angel. Unfortunately, a life lived according to the law has left her burned out. So when the chance comes to run her family’s deli in the small town of Queensbay, Darby’s happy to take it.

But when Sean, the former chef du jour walks into her kitchen, she’s definitely not prepared for sparks to fly. Will the two of them be able to find the recipe for happily ever after?

Book one in the Queensbay Series, a contemporary romance series.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Fancy meeting you here.” Sean Callahan’s voice floated up and she jumped, hitting her head on the inside of the counter.

“It is my deli,” she said when she finally came up, resisting the urge to rub the back of her head where she had hit it. The look of amusement in Sean’s eye was enough to have her folding her hands across her chest and do her best to stare him down. Two days, she reminded herself. It had been two days since he had kissed her and nearly lifted her straight out of her socks.

“I have the afternoon off tomorrow,” he said, grinning at her. “I was thinking, since you’re a hometown girl, that perhaps we could go on a drive, that maybe you could show me around a bit.”

“Haven’t you already been here a couple of months?” she said. “Because this sounds like another one of your pick-up lines. Are you planning on running out of gas on Lover’s Lane?”

“Never heard of it,” he said quickly and in a deadpan voice. It earned him a smile. “But I’ve been living in the hotel since I got here and I realized that I haven’t really left it, since I was so busy getting everything up and running with the restaurant. But finally, things are where I want them and I feel like I can, actually should, step back a little, see what the team at the restaurant can do without me. So I thought an afternoon off, with you, might be a nice way to test the theory out.”

“Are you asking me out on a date?”

He shook his head. “If that’s what you want. Or,” he amended, before she could answer, “how about we call it me-asking-a-local-to-show-me-around outing. We can sit next to each other, in the car, and talk to each other, get to know one another.”

“I already know you,” she pointed out, moving down the counter to straighten her jar of homemade granola.

He followed. “True, but I was hoping we could start over. Pretend that all the stuff in the past didn’t happen.”

About the Author: Drea Stein is the author of the Queensbay contemporary romance series. She lives in rural New Jersey – yup, there really is such a thing – with her family and writes in an old barn. Visit her at her website or on Facebook. Buy the book at Amazon.

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Ten Things Most People Don’t Know About Me by Charlotte Howard – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ten Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

Well first of all, I should say thank you so much for hosting me and my new contemporary erotic romance novel, The Black Door. I thought I’d use this time to tell you ten things that most people won’t know about me.

1. I didn’t start off writing romance. I’ve written a lot of poetry, and when it came to writing fiction, my passion was crime. I self-published my first novella in 2010, and most of the comments I got were with regards to the sex scenes. It wasn’t until I read a certain trilogy that I considered writing to the romance genre. I think I’ve found my niche now.

2. I was a veterinary nursing assistant and freelance pet health care writer before being published. I’ve had over 800 articles published on the web and in magazines, worldwide. I can’t say I was a vet nurse because I didn’t finish my qualification, but I worked in vet surgeries as either a student nurse or veterinary assistant for several years before having children.

3. I am terrified of chickens. The big red hens anyway. And I generally don’t like birds. My phobia started when I was about 3 and got pecked by one (a red hen). Ever since, I’ve been wary of birds and their beaks, and will never forgive a certain vet for making my cry by putting me in the same room as a duck and trying to get me to stroke it.

4. I met my husband on the internet. And I hate admitting to it. But yes, the fact is that my husband and I met through Lycos chat rooms. We’d been chatting for 2 years before we finally met, and have now been together for 11 years, married for 8.

5. I was gothic as a teenager. Thick black eyeliner and lipstick, baggy trousers, Spiral Direct tops, bullets chained together for necklaces and bracelets, numerous piercings – the whole caboodle. The piercings have now been downed to just two earrings in each ear, but sometimes I contemplate the idea of having all of them redone.

6. I have a tattoo on my left wrist. It’s an infinity loop with three hearts to represent the eternal love I have for my husband and two children, and I had it done in July 2014.

7. My daughter, Rebecca, is named after one of my favourite books – ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier.

8. I have Irlen’s Syndrome and have to wear purple lensed glasses to read or use the computer. It’s a bit like dyslexia, but is my eyes not my brain causing the problem, is how it has been described to me! Basically what it means is that when I see black writing on a white background, the words begin to jumble up and I find it difficult to concentrate. I also get migraines (proper migraines, not a bad headache – flashing lights, sickness, the lot) if I’m not wearing my glasses when I use the computer.

9. I have broken my nose more times than I care to count. I think it’s about 7 or 8 now. Mainly through horse riding – being head-butted by the horse, falling off, I got kicked in the face once… But also through being stupid like not switching on the light and walking into the wall. Or not ducking when getting out of a horse trailer and smacking my face into the doorframe.

10. My hair hasn’t been its natural colour since I was 14. Naturally I am a dark red. NOT ginger! More a chestnut-y colour. Or I was. I found my first grey hair when I was 14 and have been dying it ever since. I’ve been pretty much every colour you can think of too, but tend to stick to dark brown / red.

MEDIA KIT The Black Door by Charlotte Howard - 1800HRImogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?

Enjoy an excerpt:

We sat down on a pair of large leather sofas and prepared to play our usual game of ‘who says what’. I looked around and spied a young woman with a laptop open, and a tall, skinny, something hot by her arm. The woman was in her late twenties, perhaps early thirties, with pale skin, dark hair that had been let loose around her shoulders, and a slick of crimson lipstick.

“She’s a writer,” I said, leaning close to Caroline so that nobody could overhear. “She’s writing a hot, steamy, romance where the two main characters are having a clandestine affair, and it’s all based on her life.”

Caroline tried to hide her giggle by taking a sip of her drink before hunting out a new victim.

“Okay, him,” Caroline said, pointing towards a man standing at the counter. “He works in a bank, but is trying to remain discreet and blend in with us common folk, not give away his fabulously wealthy background. He’s having an affair with a married man, and secretly likes to wax his legs.”

The man turned around. “Oh no,” I said, adding a few choice curses under my breath.

“What’s the matter?” Caroline asked, watching as I tried to shrink into the sofa and blend with my surroundings.

“That’s my boss,” I whispered.

About the Author:MEDIA KIT Author photo 1British author Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.

Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.

During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.

Charlotte is an active member of Yeovil Creative Writers.

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Molly Harper and Duets by Emelle Gamble – Spotlight and Giveaway

 

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Movie star Molly Harper has it all, beauty, success in her field, and a loving family and marriage to actor Ben Delmonico. Norma Wintz, Molly’s mother, has it all, a lovely life style and two children who adore her, and a respite from the battle against cancer she’s been fighting. Anne Sullivan, at age fifty, is optimistic that her move to sunny Santa Barbara, California, will allow her to be closer to her youngest son and his family, and help her start her life anew after the death of her beloved husband.

But all three of these women, despite their considerable blessings, are plunged into turmoil when the most intimate of secrets that ties their lives together is revealed. At this same time, Molly Harper is confronted with the news that her marriage to actor Ben Delmonico is over. As she navigates this heartbreak and tries to keep the personal details of the drama off the front pages of the newspapers, Molly must also find a way to once and forever negotiate a way forward with her ex- lover and best friend, the volatile and compelling Cruz Morales.

How each of these characters handles the resulting upheaval in their own life, and in their relationships with one another, forms the compelling story of family, secrets and trust in the romantic women’s fiction novel, Molly Harper.

DUETS offers alternating looks into the lives of two women who would seem to have little or nothing in common.

Screen star Molly Harper has it all…beauty, success in her profession, a loving family and an upcoming marriage to actor Ben Delmonico. But as Molly is on the verge of marrying the man who has swept her off her feet, she still wonders if he hasn’t swept all her feelings for her first love away, Cruz Morales.

A handsome and cerebral college professor, Molly and Cruz have an on-again, off-again history stretching back to Molly’s early teen years. He’s not a man who a girl can ever forget about, and his feelings for Molly are equally conflicted.

Anne Sullivan, happily married for twenty-five years, is fighting to hold onto the man she loves, and hold off a confrontation that could shatter her family’s image of what they are. It involves the beautiful screen star and her mother, upper crust matron Norma Wintz, who Anne has traveled to California to meet under the most dramatic of circumstances.

Duets confronts the most intimate type of family secret that ties these two women’s lives together, just as chance events turn Molly and Anne’s worlds upside down.

Enjoy an excerpt from DUETS:

Anne Sullivan looked down at her watch.

One twenty-one p.m. Norma Wintz was twenty minutes late.

Anne leaned back against the banquette and avoided making eye contact with the hovering waitress. She folded her hands together and wondered if her face looked tight as cellophane stretched over a bowl of tuna salad. That’s how it felt.

I shouldn’t have come. She glanced around the unfamiliar restaurant. It was all glass and mirrors; chock full of shockingly glamorous Californians surely leading shockingly exciting lives. People who wouldn’t understand why a widow from Potomac, Maryland was breaking into sobs and intruding on their lunch experience.

Which is probably what I’m going to do once Norma arrives, she thought. She had tried to prepare herself for meeting the woman, face-to-face, who had adopted her baby thirty-five years ago, but Anne wasn’t sure she was going to be able to handle it as she hoped.

Calmly. Dispassionately. In control.

Anne’s chest suddenly ached, as if all the emotion she’d suppressed for decades gathered into a knot under her ribs.

I should call the number for Norma Wintz and tell her not to come. Which was a great idea, except she’d left her cell phone in the car. And if she went to her car to get it, she might not have the emotional courage to come back.

To say nothing of the fact that if she walked the two long blocks to where she was parked, there was a good chance she would miss Norma Wintz altogether, and the woman would probably think she was a crack pot.

Anne took another peek at her watch.

One twenty-two.

That’s impossible. It felt as if an hour had passed since she’d last looked at the time.

“Excuse me, are you Mrs. Sullivan?” A waiter, his eyes jade green against his tan skin, smiled at Anne. His name tag read ‘Taj’.

“Yes, I’m Anne Sullivan.”

“There’s a call for you.” Taj held out a phone.

Anne pressed it against her head. “This is Anne Sullivan.”

Taj clasped his hands behind his back and smiled at her as if she was a small child on the first day of school.

“Hello, this is Norma Wintz calling,” a voice said in Anne’s ear. “I’m on my way but there was an accident and traffic is wretched. I got no answer on the number you gave me, but I wanted to let you know I wasn’t standing you up.”

“Oh, that’s no problem.” Anne nodded at Taj and repositioned the phone an inch higher on her ear. “I don’t have other plans for this afternoon.”

“Fine. I’ll be there in about ten minutes.” The phone went dead.

“Okay. Thank you!” Anne met the waiter’s eyes and wondered how Taj had known to bring it to her.

Norma Wintz must have described me to him. But what could she have said, since we’ve never met? Look for a woman who seems the sort to give up her first-born child for adoption?

Emelle Gamble was a writer at an early age, bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection. These evolved into bad teen poetry and worse short stories. She took her first stab at full length fiction in an adult education writing class when her kids were in bed. As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin. She contracted with Soul Mate Publishing for Secret Sister, published in the summer of 2013, and Dating Cary Grant, an April 2014 release.

Once and Forever, an anthology which includes the novella Duets, came out on November 1st. Molly Harper, a full length novel starring the characters from Duets 3 years later was released by Posh Publishing in January, 2014. Duets is now available as a standalone novella. Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her husband, ‘Phil-the-fist’, her hero of thirty years, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. These girls, like all good villains, have their reasons for misbehaving.

Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

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Praise for SECRET SISTER…

“Along with being a very unique and captivating plot, SECRET SISTER offers a shocking turn of the paranormal kind… This is a story of friendship, family, and most of all, true love and what those things can mean. I cannot recommend SECRET SISTER strongly enough… “ Fresh Fiction, Fresh Reviews

DUETS…

“I’ll admit I grabbed this book for review more because Emelle Gamble had a story in there – I’ve loved her significant touch brought to family relationships in a previous book of hers that I’ve read, and I wanted to confirm if this sort of embroiled-relationships type of tale is really her niche or not. Turns out, it is!” Zee Monodee’s Author’s Corner reviews
MOLLY HARPER…

“MOLLY HARPER …is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be my last! Ms. Gamble does a wonderful job of drawing these characters and making them just leap off the page.” Long and Short Reviews

DATING CARY GRANT…

“Fantasy and reality blend together in this mesmerizing tale from Emelle Gamble…It’s not your typical romance, making it a breath of fresh air in a market currently inundated with new adult contemporary romances (which I do love, but need a break once in a while!). I continue to be a fan of this author…” Andi’s Book Reviews

Links:

Email: emellegamble@aol.com

Website: www.EmelleGamble.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Emelle.Gamble

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123746.Emelle_Gamble

Emelle Gamble BOOKS:

DATING CARY GRANT book of the month at Long & Short Reviews. eBook exclusively at Amazon.com
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SECRET SISTER… RONE Award Honorable Mention for BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL of 2013
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DUETS, a prequel novella to MOLLY HARPER, now available at Amazon http://amzn.to/1cagyNa

MOLLY HARPER, available in paperback and eBook at Amazon http://amzn.to/MOJUXa

MOLLY HARPER and DUETS now available in one Paperback volume! http://amzn.to/1hW6YSj

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The Players of the Wild Hunt – the Unseelie Dark Court by Nancy Corrigan — Guest Blog and Giveaway

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The Players of the Wild Hunt—the Unseelie Dark Court
In any good epic myth, there are good guys and bad guys. My new series, Wild Hunt, is a sexy take on the Wild Hunt myth. There’s love, heartache and sacrifice. There’s also the epitome of ‘the bad guy’ in the form of an evil immortal named Dahm.

When I sat down to create him, I knew I wanted him to be unredeemable and so wicked he’d give the reader chills. With those goals in mind, I delved back into my research for a mythological character to base his character on. There are so many potential villains in mythology, but the one that lined up with the Wild Hunt myth were the faeries or more specifically, the faeries of Scottish folklore.

Those faeries are divided into two courts—Seelies and Unseelies. The first being the honorable, good fairies who seek to help the mortal world and aid humans wherever they can. The second, however, are the corrupted ones who enjoy toying with humans. When I read this, I knew I’d found my ‘bad guys’ and Dahm became their Dark Prince.

Dahm is a monster in the truest form—trapped in a grotesque body with a crazed mind. He’s been loose for a millennium and has been slowly building his army in order to free his Court and unleash the creatures of Hell upon the world. Only two things stand in his way—the Huntsmen and his daughter.

Of course, like most bad guys, there’s a story behind his downfall. The Wild Hunt series will reveal it along with the game that’s turned everyone into pawns that might destroy the world once and for all.

9_29 Cover_HunterBetrayedTainted from birth, Harley lives a life cloaked in darkness and temptation. She resists the lure of her evil legacy by holding the memory of her ghostly savior close. Every night without him is agony. She fantasizes about him and yearns for his body, but he’s not the protector or lover she’s envisioned. He’s a Hunter bred to eliminate her kind. He’s also her only hope of salvation.

Calan, the leader of the Wild Hunt, was created to protect mankind from the Unseelie Court. For a millennium, he’s sacrificed to ensure the horrid creatures remain in the Underworld, but his strength wanes. He must rely on his enemy’s daughter to save him, but he doesn’t expect the intensity of their lust or love. Her touch calms his wild nature and ignites his carnal desires. He’ll risk all to save her, but doing so forces him to make the ultimate sacrifice, one that’ll damn him to suffer forever in his own living hell.

A Romantica® Paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Wh-who are y-you? What…” She focused on where his chest should be. He glanced down and saw the ground, not his body or even a ghostly apparition. “What are you? A g-ghost?”

“Not a ghost. I’m alive. I’m just not here.”

He stretched an invisible hand out… and touched her cheek. The surprise in connecting with her in a tangible manner nearly pulled him away from her. With mental fingers, he tugged her closer. He wouldn’t lose her.

Not now, not ever.

He slid a hand to her bottom and pressed her body flush to his. The cushion of her breasts stirred his lusts. His erection thickened in response to her nearness. Impossible, so he would’ve thought.

The half-breed fairy in his arms would one day become his enemy. A child of Dahm, she carried the chaotic taint he’d willingly invited into his body. It should’ve begun to corrupt her, turning her into a monster too. Yet…it hadn’t. Why?

Calan tipped her head back. Her dark blue eyes captivated him. Fear shown in them. After a moment, a desire to match his flared. He skimmed his fingertips over the contours of her angelic face. Possessiveness rose within him and mixed with an intense need to protect her. She was special. He sensed it, but didn’t have time to explore it.

“You need to run. You cannot allow them to steal the goodness you’ve managed to retain.” Because it belonged to him. So too did the female. He would claim both and she would be the one to free him.

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Nancy Corrigan believes in unending love and epic tales with a paranormal flare. She enjoys transcending the boundaries of reality to take her readers on an erotic, emotional and romantic journey.

She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. When she’s not weaving sizzling fantasies, she works as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.

 

 

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Interview with the Duke of Marchford from A Winter Wedding by Amanda Forester – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Welcome to Amanda Forester who has brought the Duke of Marchford to Long and Short Reviews as part of a virtual book tour organized by the publisher.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book (US/Canada only).

For readers out there that may not know you, can you briefly tell us about yourself?

Thank you for inviting me here today. I am the Duke of Marchford, inheriting the title after my elder brother died. It is no secret that I was never intended for this position. I was sent out of the country to work for the Foreign Office, a respectable way to dispose of the unwanted second son. Unfortunately for all concerned, I was called back when I unexpectantly inherited the title. To my mind, however, my work for the Foreign Office will always take precedence, particularly during these difficult times in our struggle against that crafty foe, Napoleon.

Did you give Amanda Forester a hard time while writing A Winter Wedding, or was it more the Miss Penelope Rose causing trouble?

I am certain I never give anyone any trouble, though I beg you would apply to my grandmother for support of such a claim. Miss Forester was always asking about my feelings or some such rot. I am currently involved in some potentially dangerous affairs of state and cannot be bothered by irrelevant questions about the affairs of the heart, which in my experience are more treacherous than a horde of foreign spies.

What are some of your favorite qualities of Miss Penelope Rose that made her irresistible?

Irresistible? Miss Penelope Rose is a capable person but I assure you, I can resist her without difficulty. Her main attribute is that she is of practical assistance to me. She is a sensible person, intelligent, brave, capable, and utterly trustworthy. In truth, I have found her assistance invaluable to me in my work for the Foreign Office. This is why I have decided she must remain in London to assist me…whether she wishes to or not.

Why is it important to you to keep Miss Rose in London?

Miss Rose has been exceedingly helpful in my investigations, which are of the greatest import for the security of our great empire. I have come to depend on her quite a bit in my work. So it is for these reasons, and these reasons alone, that I have decided we must be wed. It has nothing to do with how her figure has lately been shown to advantage in her new Town gowns, nor the way her hair falls in loose curls, nor the stolen kiss that nearly took my breath away. No, it has nothing to do with any of those irrelevant things that I cannot get out of my mind. Unfortunately, Miss Rose has decided not to wed without a firm declaration of love. Thus, she has forced me to do something against my natural inclination as a gentleman. She leaves me this one choice…I must trap her into marriage.

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Read more about Penelope and Marchford, in A Winter Wedding now available. To get you started in the series, the first book in the trilogy, Wedding in Springtime is being offered FREE for a limited time, and Midsummer Bride is currently only $1.99. Amanda loves to hear from readers so visit her at her website, facebook, or twitter.

Amanda Forester holds a Ph.D. in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highland hills or a Regency ballroom, Forester’s critically acclaimed novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her supportive husband and naturally brilliant children in the Pacific Northwest.Visit her at www.amandaforester.com.

 

9_29 forresterThis adventurous duke…

The Duke of Marchford requires a suitable bride, but catching spies for the Foreign Office takes up most of his time. Not wanting to face another London season as an eligible man, he employs the notorious Madame X to find him a match.

Has met his match

Miss Penelope Rose knows the rules of marriage among members of the ton better than most. Her own unsuccessful attempts at matrimony did not stop her from becoming London’s most exclusive matchmaker. Marchford proves to be a difficult client, but as he draws on her social expertise to help him flush out a dangerous traitor, they find that falling in love may be the riskiest adventure of all.

 

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Q&A and Giveaway with Trent Evans- “Last Day” in Take the Heat

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Enjoy an interview with Trent Evans, whose story “Last Day” is in TAKE THE HEAT.

What comes first, the plot or characters?

It really seems to depend upon the project. Like a lot of writers, ideas come to me at frustratingly inconvenient times (meetings, the shower, kids events, etc), but I’ve found the Notes feature on my iPhone to be a lifesaver. I just enter in the idea or the line of dialogue or a description of character or their motivation. Then as soon as I get the chance, I’m frantically e-mailing the idea from Notes to myself as if the ideas are written in disappearing ink (or, er, electrons). Okay, I’m weird — I own it;)

I’ve had whole novels whose genesis was a single line of dialogue that just stayed with me and refused to let go. I’ve had others where the inherent conflict between the characters was what sparked the creation of a story too. Ideally, considering the genres I write in, having characters be the impetus is probably preferable, but sometimes a really compelling plot idea just can’t be ignored!

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

Ha! Schedule? What schedule? Blink Blink. Sorry. Seriously, when I’m in drafting mode, I try to focus solely on that work in process. I’ll try to set aside a 3-4 hour block of time right after I get up, then lunch and some exercise, followed by another block of 3-4 hours of time devoted to writing. If I’m feeling particularly inspired, or I’ve managed to get enough sleep (the planets need to be aligned just right for the latter to occur), then I’ll crank for another 2-3 hours late at night before bed.

Unfortunately, well, I tend to get bored when I stick with the same project for too long. Paradoxically, this is probably one of the main reasons I ended up as a writer in the first place — that inherent dislike for rigid schedules, and doing the same thing all the time.

To combat this tendency to boredom, I rotate through WIP — usually 4-5 going at the same time — which I’ve found helps keep the gears turning. The mind is an amazing, mysterious thing, and what I’ve discovered is that even if I’ve set aside Project A in order to work on Project B, my mind is always working Project A in the background. Turning things over, taking them apart, synthesizing ideas. Even though I’m not consciously thinking about it, my mind the mind is always chipping away at Project A somewhere deep in the recesses of the sub-conscious. I don’t really know how that works, but I know that it does:)

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I don’t talk about them much online because I’m very, very protective of them, but I spend most of my non-writing time with my two sons. They ensure Dad has plenty of things to fill up the day, thank you very much. I love it though — my children give my life purpose. I’m extremely close with my family, and love them dearly, and spend as much time as I can with them.

As for what else I do, I’m a voracious reader. I firmly believe reading is the fuel that fires creativity. I’m that guy who loves books so much, that he actually has the CSPAN Book TV channel on in his home. I know, embarrassing. I’d guess I read 5 or 6 books a month, on average. I know that’s not much compared to some readers, but all things considered I think that’s a fairly good clip! I read lots of smut and e-rom (of course), but I’ll also read anything from military history to current events to fantasy and science fiction. I don’t read that many thrillers, but I’m a huge Chelsea Cain fan, and snap up everything she puts out. My God, that woman can WRITE. I’m a retired D&D nerd and that’s always whispering my name trying to get me to start up playing again. Thus far, I’ve resisted the siren’s song. It just takes up too much time I need for writing!

I get asked from time to time whether or not I’m a Dom in real life (considering I write D/s erotic romance), and the short answer is, technically, yes. However, the life of most real-life Doms is a LOT less exciting than what you see in fiction. No clubs, no scening, no drama, no fighting off werewolves;) I lead a pretty boring life IMO — but I’m incredibly grateful for every single day of it.

What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?

This is actually a very difficult question to answer. I sat and thought about this for a long time. I think the thing I keep coming back to is the impossibility of perfection. I know a lot of writers (and a few aspiring writers) who are nearly paralyzed by their need to make their writing perfect. I found early on that this is simply impossible.

If you’ll forgive me for nerding out (and absurdly simplifying physics) I think of writing in the same way one thinks of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Stay with me here;) The closer you look at a particle, so goes the Uncertainty Principle, the more difficult it is to precisely pinpoint the physical location of that particle. With writing, the more you drill down, and revise, tinker, and obsess, the less likely you’re going to ever finish the book, or find that “perfection”. And often there is a point — like the Uncertainly Principle — where things get more difficult the farther you go with it.

At some point, a writer needs to say: “That’s as good as I can make it, with my current skills.” Then let it out into the world. I learned the truth of this early on, fortunately, and it’s allowed me to be okay — if not totally at peace — with “the best that I can do”.

I’ll end this with a quote from Roy McAvoy in the underrated golf movie, Tin Cup: “Perfection is unattainable.”

What are you passionate about these days?

Well, writing, of course, but I’ll be more specific:) This is without a shadow of a doubt, the best time to be a writer. Ever. But there’s more to it than that, so read on and I’ll try to explain. I am unapologetically a BDSM writer. It’s what I am, and it’s what I write. I can’t tell you how uplifting, inspiring, and sometimes heartbreaking the letters I get from readers are. BDSM writers, when they’re doing it right, make readers feel. And see. When I read posts from people who say that reading book X gave them the courage to tell their husband what they really want, and in some cases admit who they really are, it makes me want to jump for joy. I LOVE to see these people reconnecting with themselves — and with each other.

Can the written world still change the world? Perhaps not in a global sense. But I believe its power to change can still be profound in the vital, intimate worlds of peoples’ lives. Maybe that sounds self-serving, but when I hear someone who says they’ve found such happiness, and joy, and satisfaction, as a result of reading a book, there is nothing, and I do mean nothing, better than that.

Writing can be a lonely, frustrating pursuit, but it’s days like that when it seems like the best job in the world ;)

9_11 Cover_Take the HeatThe ultimate bad boys, criminals capture our attention and awaken our darkest desires. Celebrate the illicit in this romantic suspense anthology, where handcuffs are used for more than play. These stories are shocking, sexy, and thought-provoking.

In New York Times Bestselling Author Skye Warren’s Magnolia Hotel, meet the heroine who pays her brother’s debt to a loan shark—who happens to be her childhood crush. Find out if the jury made the right decision in Acquitted by award-winning author Giselle Renarde. Explore a dark and sensual psychology with New York Times Bestselling Author Pam Godwin in Unlawful Seduction.

Ride the edge of desire and see if you can TAKE THE HEAT…

Skye Warren – Magnolia Hotel
Cynthia Richards – Captivated
Pam Godwin – Unlawful Seduction
Sheri Savill – Slipknot
Shoshanna Evers – This Might Hurt A Bit
Candy Quinn – The Bombshell
Tamsin Flowers – Playing with Fire
Elizabeth Coldwell – Disposing of Donnie
Audrey Lusk – Surprise Witness
Trent Evans – Last Day
Giselle Renarde – Acquitted

 
 
 
 
 

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Galactic Treasure by Theodora Marie Adams – Spotlight and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a grand prize of a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour and five $5 Amazon GCs as runner-up prizes. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Connor Masterson has finally managed to take some time off and go to Earth Con. For three days and nights, he’s going to get his geek on without worrying about work or the latest edition of his science fiction manga novel. He never expected to find two men who embody all his dreams and fantasies there and certainly not right after signing in.

Neither Valvik nor Zaraheed are looking forward to their current assignment: go to the Earth Con located in Austin, Texas and track down any and all rumors on the Ark scrolls, an ancient collection needed for the betterment of their dying people. Neither warrior expects to be drawn to a human, especially the same one.

The two men are determined to stay as low key as possible while searching for the scrolls, but that might be hard to do with an intergalactic killer wants the scrolls for himself.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Personally, Valvik didn’t think there was a chance in all the known solar systems of the Ark scrolls being at the convention, but he went where his commanding officer sent him. Even if it was the stupidest mission ever. “If it is… I’m not entirely sure what I will do, but I know it will include lots and lots of blood,” he muttered. And intoxicants. He would need barrels and barrels of wine to drink away the insult.

Zaraheed stilled. Valvik turned to look at his compatriot in question. The brunet officer shook his head as though confused, then, eyes bright, Zaraheed laughed. The booming sound caught the attention of the people waiting around them and they watched the brunet mesmerized.

Valvik knew how they felt.

“Looking to break in your new blades?” Zaraheed asked, amusement lightening his words.

Valvik arched one eyebrow. “Of course. A day without bloodshed is a wasted opportunity.”

“Bloodthirsty bastard.” Zaraheed shook his head and chuckled. “We are coming up soon.” He jerked his head toward the check-in desk.

Valvik glanced forward and then swept his gaze back. One of the convention goers was bent over at the waist signing into the event. He couldn’t tell the sex or species of the individual from where he was standing but he had a clear picture of his or her backside.

And what a lovely bottom it was. It was high, round, and muscled. He wondered briefly what it would feel like to slide inside. He groaned. He already knew it would fit him like the tightest sheath.

The mission was certainly looking up.

“What are you…” Zaraheed trailed off and Valvik’s gaze landed on his face briefly. Golden eyes were wide with surprise. Zaraheed followed his eye line and smiled. Seemed Valvik wasn’t the only one who appreciated a beautiful ass. “Lovely isn’t it?”

Zaraheed’s gaze snapped to his. “We need to focus on the task at hand.”

Valvik smiled. “Does that mean we should have no fun? Are you clearing out of my path? Because I fully intend to meet both of my goals.”

“Both?” Zaraheed questioned with a frown.

“Yes, of course. I will do all that is possible to find our target.”

“And ?”

“And discover if that ass…” He jerked his chin toward the being — male, human, his mind supplied as the young man straightened and accepted the packet the check-in team handed him, before returning his attention to his commander. “Is as tight as it appears,” he finished.

About the Author:Theodora is an avid traveler who discovered Japanese manga and anime in her youth, closely followed by yaoi. She’s been in love with pretty boys who love equally attractive men since then. Theodora can usually find her in a local coffee shop drinking black tea and typing furiously.

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