Cover Reveal – Hard to Hold On To by Laure Kaye!!!

April 18, 2014 Avon, Cover Reveal 0

Laura Kaye is thrilled to share with you the cover to her next Hard Ink book, Hard to Hold On To which releases on August 19, 2014! Check it out:

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Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

Pre-Order at Amazon | Amazon.ca | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes

Hard to Hold On To on Goodreads

And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can

A Note from Laura:

Hey guys! I am so excited about Easy’s book that I can hardly wait for August to get here! Easy’s character was a total surprise to me. When I initially plotted out the series, there were four surviving members of the Army Special Forces team and therefore I planned for and sold four book in the series. But then, when I sat down to write Hard As It Gets, all of a sudden the story demanded there were actually five guys, and Edward “Easy” Cantrell was born. And I’m so glad! Because Easy’s character is a totally tortured hero, which I adore writing! So I’m super happy that we added his story and this novella into the series, and I can’t wait for you to learn about Easy in Hard to Hold On To!

Is it August yet???

xo, Laura

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:

“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

Laura-Kaye-croppedAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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Bodyguard – Jennifer Ashley – 4 Stars – Dark & Deadly Box Set Reviews #1

April 15, 2014 Read in 2014, Tours 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bodyguard – Jennifer Ashley – 4 Stars – Dark & Deadly Box Set Reviews #1Body Guard by Jennifer Ashley
on 2014
Pages: 223
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
four-stars
Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully bare human. But when it's revealed that the robber is the brother of a dangerous criminal, Elizabeth finds herself the target of a vendetta.

Ronan, the Bear Shifter, takes her to Shiftertown, where she finds that mateless Ronan takes care of Shifters who have no families or clans of their own. Having grown up in foster care herself, Elizabeth can only admire how protective Ronan is, even while she chafes at the confinement.

But Ronan will only let her leave the safety of Shiftertown if he becomes her 24/7 bodyguard. Elizabeth finally agrees. The trouble is, the sassy human Elizabeth is triggering Ronan's long-buried need to find himself a mate.

Yesterday I posted a look at the full box set and promised to follow up with individual reviews of each story – Today is Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley.

I really enjoyed this installment of the Shifters Unbound series and can’t believe I didn’t read it when it was first published.  The pair are of course well matched but I really appreciated that they both were able to get a real home as a part of this story.

Elizabeth is used to taking care of everything around her and trying to take care of herself.  She’s got a past that I wouldn’t wish on anyone but she has emerged from it as a very strong willed woman.  She’s taking care of her younger sister and the pressure of making sure their lives are safe and happy have made her tired but aching for someone to share it with.  She’s lonely…  I know hard to think but she’s been burned by so many things that when she’s confronted with an armed robber she isn’t 100% willing to back down but is trying to figure out how to get out of the situation alive when out of nowhere a bear comes to save her.  As she gets drawn in to a mess caused by her being willing to do the right thing to defend him she’s going to end up with a man who will do everything he can to make her happy even if it means letting her go.

Ronan just wanted to protect Elizabeth since she’s been nothing but kind to the shifters who frequent her store.  When he saves her from the robber he ends up having to take her into his protection in Shiftertown.  Unfortunately she isn’t willing to back down even when it is uncovered that she’s managed to catch the attention of one of the drug lords in Austin.  As he fights to protect this strong woman he discovers that she has a lot of secrets and is also at her core lonely like him.  He’s such a great character and seeing him interact with his wards will make you smile.  This is a man who has such a deep heart and sense of what should be done even at sacrifice to himself that you will smile as he finds the perfect mate.  I loved how willing he was to fight for what was right and to be willing to do anything that Elizabeth needed without pressuring her even though it would cost him dearly if she left.

This was such a sweet story and I’m glad that I was able to get my hands on this box set so I could enjoy it.

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Dark and Deadly Blog Barrage Tour – 8 Great Stories!!!

April 14, 2014 Tours 1

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Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set is now available worldwide for a special introductory price of only $0.99!

 

This ebook boxed set of eight hot paranormal romances by eight New York Times and USA Today best-selling romance authors features powerful alpha male bad boys who will satisfy your darkest, most deadliest desires.

 

Here’s more about this fantastic eight book boxed set, including an excerpt from one of the stories.

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/dark-and-deadly/  

 

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance

By Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Bonnie Vanak and Caris Roane
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

 

BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters–having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

 

ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day

He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

 

BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton

A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

 

DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison

Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

 

ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for Olivia…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

 

THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn

Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

 

THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak

Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

 

TRAPPED by Caris Roane

Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/dark-and-deadly/  

 

 

EXCERPT FROM TRAPPED BY CARIS ROANE

Just before dawn, Alesia turned the diner lights out and stared at a shadow beneath the lone pine tree at the far edge of the gravel parking lot. She held her breath, waiting to see if the dark shape turned into a friend or someone out to kill her.

 

The last of the cars had left over an hour ago. Most of her customers had headed home for the day to avoid the damaging, or in the case of vampires and fae, deadly sunlight rays. She owned a small diner in the south of Merhaine Realm, an area known to have a lot of enemy traffic.

 

The shadow finally moved, heading in her direction, and her heart set up a loud thumping in her ears. Sweet Goddess, she went through this every night, wondering if this time one of the dreaded wraith-pairs had finally shown up to finish her off.

 

However, when Zephyr came into view instead, the air rushed from her lungs, both in relief and with the excitement she always felt when she saw him. He was a powerful vampire who made war against the wraith-pairs and who saw her home every night just to make sure she was safe.

 

Even though she’d already dated him, slept with him and broken up with him several months ago, she still had such a thing for the man. Which begged the question, would she ever really get over him or would she feel this hunger forever?

 

As he made his way toward the diner, she left the lights off but warmed up her fae vision so that the closer he drew the better she’d be able to see him. Her vision was one of the most useful abilities she’d gained from her fae mother. Her human side, however, wreaked havoc with her sensibilities, having decided that this warrior vampire was exactly what she wanted to take home with her tonight. He walked up the steps of her diner, carrying his two-hundred-and-forty pounds like a god.

 

He opened the door with an easy shove of his hand. He stood six-five and because he worked out, he had massive shoulders and arms, which were well-defined by a snug t-shirt. He had clear blue eyes and his thick, wavy black hair hit the space just above his shoulders. A freaking sexy look for him.

 

She’d always loved his hair, the coarse feel beneath her fingers and especially the way it had moved when he’d made love to her, swaying in rhythm. His hair even smelled good, the same way he smelled, like a woodland of oaks: strong, slightly bitter, woodsy.

 

As he stepped inside, his scent wrapped her up and made her feel about a hundred things she shouldn’t be feeling. As attracted to him as she was, she’d ended things for a reason and had no intention of resuming their relationship. But for her, perhaps forever, he was nothing short of temptation on two legs.

 

 

Grab the boxed set for just $0.99 to read this story and seven others…

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/dark-and-deadly/  

Keep an eye out over the next few days as I review each of the stories in this bundle!!

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Cover Reveal – Carrier by Anne Tibbets

April 10, 2014 Carina Press, Cover Reveal 0

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Carrier by Anne Tibbets 
Publication date: June 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
Synopsis:

 

Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.

A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

 

 
AUTHOR BIO
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit www.annetibbets.com and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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Play – Kylie Scott – 5 Stars

April 8, 2014 Purchased 0 ★★★★★

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Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-03-25
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
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Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

Be prepared to laugh when you read this story as Mal has some of the funniest lines and most outrageous thoughts that just spill forth from his lips at the most inappropriate moments.  All is not rosy on his path to love but he lucks out and finds the perfect woman for his insanity which in turn leads to the most stable relationship his unexpected lover has ever had.

We meet Anne in a really bad place with a roommate that has taken off with not only furniture but without bothering to pay back past due rent or providing any sort of notice.  As Anne lives paycheck to paycheck it hits her rather hard and this is a woman who is used to everything being difficult but she always soldiers on to make the best of a bad situation.  Her only constant is her love for her sister and her male friend who she wouldn’t mind having as something more if he wasn’t such a man whore.  She’s basically allowed herself to become a doormat because of her innate need to please and help people but a chance encounter at a party she’s persuaded to go to puts her in the path of Mal.  He pushes her buttons and she ends up not only finding her inner strength she also finds her sense of self again. As she gets pulled in to his orbit she discovers the man behind the image and finds out that they are a lot alike in their tendency to push people away to handle things on their own.  I loved how she didn’t put up with his crap and while she didn’t have a backbone before they met she found one rather quickly where he was concerned.  She is a great counter to his manic personality but he pushes her to expand her horizons and not take being second best.  He pushes her to finally believe in herself and her own worth which was painful but needed.

Mal… sweet adorably inappropriate Mal… I loved him in the last book but seeing him on his own made me laugh but also made me cry for him.  He meets Anne and decides without telling her that he’s moving in.  He’s overheard her troubles and he needs help from her to show that he’s in a relationship.  The reasons he needs this aren’t explained until later in the book and he’s pretty adamant that this is to be a surface thing only but as he spends more time with Anne things don’t work out the way he thought.  He’s pushed to be more open with her but even as he fights her we see that he really does want her but his secret is eating him alive.  I won’t reveal the secret but as you see more of his interactions with Anne and the band you get to see a man that really is hurting but covers everything with jokes and antics.  His moments with Anne in both the bedroom and outside of it were not only humorous but heartwarming as his inner sweetness is exposed.  He’s vulnerable with her as neither expected to find love or home in this faux relationship but when push comes to shove the heart speaks volumes.  My heart broke with him as things began to unravel and come out but where he ends up was worth the journey.

I can’t wait to see more of this series and hope that Ben’s HEA is who I think it is… (not saying but would be awesome in a lot of respects).  Jimmy is next and dude he and Lena should definitely spark!!

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Live by Mary Ann Rivers – Contest!!

April 7, 2014 Contest 0

A few months ago I wrote a review for a lovely title by Mary Ann Rivers that I gave 5 stars to.  A bit of it is used below but to see the entire review go here.

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My main reason for loving the story was due to her “amazing way with words and I am glad that I was able to read my first full-length novel from her.  She took my breath away with how masterfully she pulled off The Story Guy and I had high hopes for her in a longer format.  She pulled it off and I think readers will be amazed at how much emotion and heart that this book conveys.”

I hope you will give this lovely story a try as it is only 99 cents for a short time right now and in honor of this Mary Ann is sponsoring a contest that ends tomorrow evening so go enter it…

Buy links are in my original review and to enter the fun contest see the Rafflecopter below.  Please take advantage of this sale to fall in love with the wonderful images and thoughts that her writing evokes…  plus more is coming soon from this series so go read…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Nobody – Sarah M. Anderson – 5 Stars

April 6, 2014 Read in 2014, Samhain, Sent 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Nobody – Sarah M. Anderson – 5 StarsNobody on March 31, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
AmazonBarnes & Noble five-stars
Nobody Bodine came from a nobody and will always be a nobody. He can disappear into the shadows—no one can see him if he doesn’t want them to. He exists on the edge, in neither the white man’s world nor the tribe’s, dispensing vigilante justice when he sees fit. There’s no other place for a man like him in this world.

 

Until Melinda Mitchell shows up on the rez. From the first moment he lays eyes on her, he can tell there’s something different about her. For starters, she’s not afraid of him. She asks where his scars came from, and why he has so many. But more than that, she sees him. For the first time in his life, Nobody feels like a somebody in her eyes.

 

Melinda has come west to run the new day care on the White Sandy Reservation. She’s intrigued by this strange man and his tattered skin, and when she discovers that he’s a self-appointed guardian angel for the boy in her care, she realizes that there’s more to Nobody than meets the eyes. But how far will he go to keep the boy safe? And will she be able to draw him into the light?

NOBODYYYYYYYY!!!!!! Ok I’ve been wanting this story since he first appeared on the page in Mystic Cowboy and while Sarah made us all wait I’m actually glad in a way.  We get so much from this story and having her wait until the time was right was difficult but ohhhhhhh soooooo worth it!

Melinda has always been the odd person out in her family.  She’s always just lived life and while it hasn’t taken her down the same “respectable” path that her sister has gone down she has been semi-content with it.  She comes to the reservation after yet another disastrous relationship but this time she’s convinced that she’ll get her head on straight and do some good.  She’s unsettled by what she discovers as she spends time on the reservation but decides to roll up her sleeves and work on the new center but also finds herself wanting what she sees her sister has with Rebel.  The only man she’s met that stirs her blood is the man no one sees or if they see him they see him as a threat and not a human being.  While she is scared of this man at first she decides to confront those fears and recognizes that in this man there is something special that she should hang on to.  I have to admit that there are times when I wanted to yell at her for the way she was behaving but a bigger part of me saw what the big picture was and how much hurting him hurt her as deeply.  She’s a bit flighty but when she decides something is worth fighting for she does it even as it scares her to death.

Now…  I have to talk about the man who stole my heart in Mystic Cowboy…. continued to perk my interest in Masked Cowboy… I just don’t know why I wanted his story so badly but there is something about this man that just called to me and now knowing his story I just…  *melts*

Nobody is the hero that we as romance readers all want to read about.  Well, we want to have him for our very own even as he rips our hearts to shreds.  He’s such a damaged man who has convinced himself (actually been told by those who should’ve shielded him) that he is nothing.  Actually he’s convinced himself that he is beneath nothing and there is nothing that he deserves more than being scorned or mistreated.  He’s always lived outside the tribe and the law but yearns for something he just can’t put a name to.  This is a man who does nothing but protect the land and people he loves in his own way but others don’t see him as anything other than trouble until he meets a woman who actually sees him.  I just wanted to take him in my arms and try to take away all the pain he has ever felt…  well and do all sorts of naughty things with him as damn the man is sexy!!!  Yes in real life a man like him would scare me to death because of all of his scars but in a book I can get my fill of finding out what makes this scarred, damaged hero tick.

Get ready to have your heart broken over and over watching him struggle with the idea that someone really does see him, wants him and trusts him to be the man that he’s never seen himself as… a lover, partner and ,best of all, human.  The struggle he goes through to understand that he is worth loving and trusting is heartbreaking but so worth the journey that I’m honored to have had the chance to read it and gush over it to anyone who will listen.  You want this story!!!  You really do…  It is worth every tissue you will use as you read it!

I can’t thank Sarah enough for letting me get my eyes on his book early and while I am sad in some respects that his story has been told I am happy that it lived up to every single expectation I had for it.  He’s a hero that you want to cuddle and make everything perfect for then do all sorts of naughty things with.

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Copper King – Vivian Arend – 4 stars

April 6, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Copper King – Vivian Arend – 4 starsCopper King on April 1, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
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Available April 1st in the ALPHAS AFTER DARK box set. Coming as a solo release May 1.
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Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.

Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.

With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.

Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…

I’ve got to admit that Vivian Arend is one of my drop everything to read authors.  I adore her work and love that I’ve not only met her but that she seems to consider me someone that she can tease without fear of feelings getting hurt.  I have to share not only how I found out about this story but how fun it was joking with her on Twitter about her teasing of me…

So out of the blue I get an email with a tease…

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 11.39.41 AMYes…  Just this with no blurb or other information..  Did I whine and call her all sorts of names under my breath???  YES YES YES!

Did she do what she loves to do and just laugh at my muttering?  Yep…  she just laughed and felt no shame for teasing me with the small part of the cover.  Did it then slip that the hero was a BEAR!!!?  Yep.  This might’ve elicited more crying from me but I know it’s Viv and I just need to be patient.  The story will be worth the wait and the torture is all done in fun…. but I’m not going to admit that it is easy to wait for things to make their way to me.  I’m glad that she feels comfortable enough to tease me and I look forward to getting to see her again in New Orleans next month!

Now on to why you are here…  What oh what did I think of Copper King?

I truly enjoyed this short story of two bears who find their perfect match but don’t feel comfortable to tell the other what they are feeling.  You’ve got a wolf best friend that will make you laugh (BTW- when is his story Viv??  huh huh huh???)  The whole premise to this story is Jim is in Vegas to complete the annual challenge to win a lucky coin from his best friend.  He’s got a few days to unwind and let go before the challenge begins so when he meets a woman he’d like to spend some time with he runs with it.  I mean a night to relieve some sexual tension and he’ll be good to go with the challenge but when he has his night with her he realizes that maybe he wants more. As they spend more time together he realizes that maybe he has found something that doesn’t usually happen for his kind but by the time he realizes this she’s gone.  Now he’s headed home to handle the delicate matter of what to do with his life when…. (ok not telling you more on this line so now….)

Lily is trying to enjoy one taste of freedom before she heads on to the rest of her life.  She’s not used to being around a lot of people so when she starts to panic she’s very appreciative of her rescuer.  As he seems to be interested in her she decides to let herself enjoy this stopover in Vegas and indulge in releasing some of her own tension with a man who is willing to fulfill her fantasies.  She’s finding out that she wants more of Jim as the days wear on but she hasn’t shared everything with him including exactly who she is.  As their time together ends she’s torn but knows she has to do the right thing and make the rest of her journey no matter how much she doesn’t want to.

I loved their chemistry and enjoyed the fact that they both brought out the best in one another to allow them both to shine.  She brings out his relaxed side and he brought out her love of life.  Add in a fun loving wolf who just happens to appear at the right times and you have a story I think everyone should enjoy.

This story is available as part of a set called Alphas After Dark and all the stories were enjoyable.  I have to thank Vivian for giving me a copy of this particular story before the set released and without pressure of a review.  I always appreciate it!

 

 

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Guest Post – Stacy Gail – My Method for Dialogue Creation – Contest!

April 2, 2014 Contest, Guest Post 2

Please welcome Stacy to the blog!  Even though she’s made me ugly cry (Starting from Scratch) I still love her stories and hope you will go check some of them out including Dangerous Angel!  I love having her visit and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Be sure to check out the contest for some great prizes!

Before we begin, I’d like to thank Stephanie for allowing me to pop onto her blog to chat about my latest paranormal romance, DANGEROUS ANGEL. I’m so excited about this release, as it’s the action-packed conclusion to The Earth Angels, a miniseries published by Carina Press, and the culmination of a project I’ve been working on for almost two years. Thanks, Steph! :D

You know how writers generally have this image of being quiet and shy in real life? Yeah, that’s not me. :P I don’t think anyone who knows me would use the words “quiet” or “shy” to describe me (though I have my moments). So is it any wonder my favorite part of writing a book is putting together dialogue? It’s like having a perfect conversation. I never get interrupted and I always get to say exactly what I wanted. Win! :D

I have a process in creating dialogue. I talk out loud. In a silent room by myself, I’m talking up a storm! When I was writing DANGEROUS ANGEL, a dialogue-heavy book, there were a couple of times when I made myself hoarse by the end of the day. But it was necessary, as the two main characters are so different. The hero, Kyle, is ADHD and fun-loving, whereas the heroine, Nikita, is much more grounded. With two such disparate personalities, I had to make sure they didn’t clash. In the end, I allowed their dialogue to highlight how their differences complimented each other. Hopefully this harmonious blend of personalities comes through in this scene, where Kyle is trying to get information out of fellow bounty hunter, Nikita:

“Let’s have it.”

“I don’t think so.”

“What?” Maybe it was because he seemed so relaxed as he slouched against his car, but Nikita couldn’t stifle a little squeak when he suddenly moved so that he was face to face with her, propping his hands against the car’s hood on either side of her hips. He stood between her knees, their faces so close together the delicious threat of his breath feathered across her lips. With that sensual menace to her peace of mind hovering so near, her heart decided it was time to play out the Great Escape by knocking a hole through her chest. “Sorry, but I didn’t quite catch that. I could’ve sworn I just heard you say no. You didn’t tell me no, did you?”

Her brain had to be sun-fried. Having her personal space invaded should have filled her with indignation, not feverish excitement. “What if I did?”

“I thought we were working together on this one. Combining our resources, using teamwork. You know, like Sherlock and Watson, or Laverne and Shirley.”

“I don’t want to be Laverne, and have you noticed how close you are?”

“No one wants to be Laverne, she had bad posture and a funny accent. And nothing’s escaped my notice—especially that part about you telling me no.” He loomed closer still, until every breath was filled with the scent of him—like an exhilarating rush of fresh air after a wild storm. “Denying me like that for no good reason makes me want to spank you for being a bad girl. You don’t want me to spank you, do you, Nikita?”

Oh my God, yes. “Depends. Over the panties or bare-butt?”

“Bare-butt’s the only way to go.”

“This is so true.” It was nice they agreed on something. “But since I don’t enjoy the idea of flashing my ass in the parking lot of The Toy Box, I suppose I should explain why I’m not in the mood to play nice.”

“Go right ahead.” He pushed deeper between her knees. “I’m all ears, Sparkle.”

Oh, no he wasn’t. The proof of that was pressing closer, his body heat radiating through the folds of her skirt to sear the hidden cleft between her legs. “You had all that time to chew things over with the Beirs twins, yet you haven’t shared a thing with me yet.”

“There’s not much to share.”

“I’ll be the judge of that.”

“Nothing spectacular comes to mind. Not with the twins, anyway.” He tilted his head and shifted his weight. The sandpaper-like rasp of his unshaven cheek brushed the smoothness of hers, and she feared he heard her breath flutter. “Dibby’s offering a reward for the return of his wee lost lamb. Isn’t that sweet?”

“A reward?” Her eyes widened, but she wasn’t sure if it was his newsflash or the hard press of his aroused flesh against her inner thigh. “My, my.”

“I know. Impressive, isn’t it?”

Oh, wasn’t he the funny one. “Depends. How big are we talking about?”

The corner of his mouth curled. “Big enough to make both of us happy.”

“I don’t know about that. I’m hard to please.”

“I’m not worried. I’m up to the challenge.” And with that he closed the meager distance between them and captured her mouth.

So, my dialogue-producing process might be a little odd, but it works for me. Here’s hoping everyone else enjoys it as much as I do. ^_^

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DangerousAngelbyStacyGail
Read on if you’d like to learn more about DANGEROUS ANGEL:
Book four of the Earth Angels series

Miami’s best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive, including stepping into a stripper’s stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from “Hurricane” Kyle. After all, she can’t get hurt if she doesn’t care.

A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he’s a lover, not a fighter, and he’d much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita’s. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together…

But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart—even stop the apocalypse. But he can’t do it alone.

80,000 words

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About Stacy Gail: A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

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Cover Reveal – Master of the Game (Demons of Elysium #3) by Jane Kindred

April 1, 2014 Cover Reveal 0

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Title: Master of the Game (Demons of Elysium #3)

Author: Jane Kindred

Genre: Paranormal m/m BDSM erotic romance 18+

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Cover Designer: Kanaxa

Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 

Synopsis

Love is the ultimate game changer…and this time it’s winner take all.

Now that his lover is back in his arms, Belphagor is taking his own sweet time to say the words Vasily longs to hear: “You’re my boy.” And savoring the sweet torture of driving the firespirit into a frenzy of unfulfilled need.

As the undisputed master of Heaven’s gaming tables, Belphagor never plays unless he’s certain of winning. But this time, political machinations send the game—and Vasily—tumbling to the brink of even his formidable control.

Vasily can’t deny enjoying their delightfully edgy play—until the airspirit auctions him off for a night to the one demon with a gift for taking things too far. Seductive Silk, tight-lipped about the end of his relationship with the sweet submissive Phaleg, may also be involved with a new faction threatening the pregnant queen of Heaven.

Belphagor couldn’t be less interested in the games angels play, but when angelic and demonic intrigues overlap, he’s drawn in against his will. And forced to break his one inviolable rule: Never gamble what you can’t afford to lose.

Warning: Contains more than a mouthful of m/m ménage, with intense D/s situations featuring intricate rope work, balaklavas, and a flurry of snow.

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About the Author

Jane Kindred is the author of The House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, the Demons of Elysium series, and The Devil’s Garden. Born in Billings, Montana, she spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.

You can find Jane on her Twitter account and Facebook page—both of which are aptly named “janekindred”—and on her website, www.janekindred.com.

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