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Day 5 – Hopes for the Next Year – Giveaway 5/6

September 12, 2014 Uncategorized 10

Hiya everyone!!!!  Today is going to be a nice relaxing day of reading, sleeping and in general just vegging.  My hope is that I can reset my reading mojo and also get some much needed relaxation before I have to start doing more homework on Saturday.  I also am going out for a nice dinner with my partner in crime at RT – Rochelle.

My hopes for this next year are pretty mundane…

  • School – finish more classes and stay on the dean’s list.  I really dislike school but if I can keep this up I will be done in 2016 and can move on to the next level.
  • Personal – Eat healthier, workout and hopefully lose some weight.  I’m not good at making myself a priority but I need to get better at it.  I’m going to start taking yoga, be a bit pickier in what I eat and in general start working out more.  I hope to take things slowly but I think it is time for change.  Notice I’m not saying that I’m looking for a new relationship but if something turns up then I’m ok with that but it won’t be a priority to me.
  • Blog – I really want to find a happy balance between work, school, personal and blog life.  I hope to foster my current relationships with those who have been so generous with me over the past 2 years but I also want to grow.  I want to be more regular with my postings and hope that people will continue to enjoy what I place out here on this site.

 

I look forward to working and speaking with everyone!!  Thank you so much for being there for me and I hope we will continue to enjoy our love of books!!!

 

Today I have 2 wonderful prizes to give away!  One winner will receive the books, bag and flask while the other will receive a flask.  The flasks are items that a lot of people love including myself!!!  To enter just comment below with one of your hopes for this next year.  I’ll pick one winner for the set and one for the flask from entries received by September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm US Central.

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Day 4 – Pushing the Boundaries – Giveaway 4

September 11, 2014 Uncategorized 3

I have learned over the past couple of years that I am not as conservative in my beliefs or my choices of titles to read as I used to be.  In my personal life I was always someone that most people would guess is very staid and potentially vanilla in nature.  Those who really know me know that I am more open to new experiences and love to surprise people with facts like having been a cast member of a local group that acted out “Rocky Horror” every Friday and Saturday night.  If you told that to most that know me thru work they’d be shocked….  I am honestly an introvert but I am comfortable acting and performing in certain situations.  I’ve found that under the right circumstances I can push past my internal comfort zone to have fun playing a part.

In my reading life I find that I love reading books that take me to places, lifestyles and situations that I have never experienced nor will I ever experience but love to read about them.  Some of these include sexual situations and relationship types that I will never personally be privy to but reading a strong story that happens to include these situations makes me more open to seeing these relationships in real life.  I have never had an issue with alternative lifestyles but couldn’t understand why BDSM or polyamory would be something you would intentionally seek out.  By reading some of the authors I have read over the past couple of years I can understand why it might be attractive to some and understand a bit more than I might’ve had I not had those boundaries pushed.

One thing I wish people who don’t read romance would understand…. Romance today isn’t all bodice ripping and heaving bosoms…  Romance today covers subjects that are much more powerful while still allowing readers to escape.  Sure there are still the frilly, silly titles but I’ve read titles that have dealt with rape, suicide, PTSD, depression, religion, coming out, accepting you are homosexual, and many other topics that are deeper than I had expected.  I’m glad that I pushed past my own prejudices and started to read this genre as I’ve found a great set of people to talk with about books and deeper subjects than I had ever expected.  So….  now to the important stuff…

How has reading pushed your boundaries?  Have you started to see things that you never expected and have it impact your personal beliefs?  Just let me know something in the comments by September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm Central Time for a chance to win….

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Day 3 – A Few Things That Make Me Happy – Giveaway 3

September 10, 2014 Uncategorized 3

Since this is later than I would have preferred to have this go live… I’m gonna make it an easy post..

Things that make me happy –

  • Books – Yeah I know… easy peasy one but you don’t understand how much having books has meant to me in my life.  As an only child they were my way to escape reality and entertain myself if no one was around in the neighborhood.  I loved and still love the ability to get away and lost in the pages of a good book.  Those who know me well know I will read almost anything that strikes my fancy.  While you do mainly see romance on the site please expect the unexpected from me because if I am wandering the web I might just find something else that I just need to read.
  • My cats – Those who follow me on Twitter and some who see me on Facebook know that I enjoy my duo, Macaroni and Bella, even as they might annoy me with some of their antics…  You see Mac knows how to open cabinets and drawers so it can be a bit entertaining to see what he might do next time.
  • My new apartment – I’m loving my new space.  I have new furniture, new cookware and all around a much healthier space from both a physical perspective but most importantly a mental one.  I can do what I need to do without worrying about what the consequences might be if it doesn’t work for my partner.  I also can eat what I really want to eat which means that I’m eating less and in a few respects healthier.  This pattern will continue as I get more comfortable in this space.
  •  My friends both local and virtual – I cannot believe the outpouring of support I received from everyone as I dealt with the ending of my relationship.  From just being there for me to text, tweet or speak with to being understanding as reviews and other items slipped past my notice I cannot appreciate everyone enough.  I feel lucky to have such support from people that I’ve met and not met in person.  You make me happy to be a part of this community and I cannot thank you enough!
  • This blog – I know at times there are gaps in my review pattern but as everyone knows life has a way of throwing curveballs at you.  This site allows me to share books or things that strike my fancy and is an outlet for my normally introverted self.  To those who have visited, contributed posts or shared my site with others-  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  This is why I love to be here and it is a big reason why I’m doing this week of giveaways…..

In general I hope that you can identify with some of the items above and hope you’ll share with me some items that make you happy…

In fact that’s what the question of the day is…  Share with us what makes you happy for a chance to win the items below.. Yes that’s a Jill Shalvis Snowglobe.  Just share below and I’ll pick a winner from all entries received by September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm US Central.

 

 

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Release Day Blitz – Rock Addiction – Nalini Singh

September 9, 2014 Uncategorized 2

 

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RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014

 

Blurb

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

 

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

 

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

 

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

 

Meet the Author

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NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

 

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

 

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Linger by Lauren Jameson – Excerpt and Sponsored Giveaway!

September 8, 2014 Uncategorized 4

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So I reviewed this book last week and was blown away (read my review here).  I’ve been recommending this book to as many people as I can because who wouldn’t find an Alpha cowboy that craves submitting to a strong woman in the bedroom???  Add to it some angst as they both have to work thru Logan’s issues and you’ve got a thrilling read!

Well the lovely folks at Berkeley have been nice enough to share not only an excerpt with me but…  I can give away a copy of it to one lucky commentor!!!!  After you read the excerpt below you can either tell me what you thought of it or if you find the idea of an Alpha submitting in the bedroom as sexy as I do….  Comment by 11:59 pm Central, September 12th, 2014 to enter.  This contest is only open to US winners.

 

Excerpt:

Logan felt a wicked surge of excitement as the small Mistress planted herself in front of him, hands on her hips. Very sexy hips, he noted yet again, ones that flowed into a slender waist and the curves of full breasts. He’d felt a deep sense of satisfaction to find that she appeared every bit as interested in him as he was in her.

Something in him again warned him to find a different partner for the evening, one who would be satisfied with administering a flogging, then sharing hard, impersonal sex.

Every other part of him wanted the woman currently standing in front of him, though he knew somehow that she was going to push him further than he was comfortable. Just having met her had thinned the barriers he always kept in place.

He hadn’t been in the club for very long, but he was already feeling the pain from being trapped in the crush of people. A scary looking Mistress—or Master, he wasn’t quite sure—had started bearing down on him at the same time as the tasty treat in front of him, and he’d felt as if the walls had been closing in on him, stealing away his air.

But it was different with this one…

An experienced submissive, he could tell that she was a fairly new Mistress. The nerves were there, in her eyes, around the corners of her mouth. Still, despite the sweet features of her face, dominance seemed to seep out of her very pores, an exotic perfume that caught his attention like a dog with a steak.

And then there was that strange pull between them, the one that had snapped into place the second his arms had wrapped around her outside. The one that made every other dominant woman in the room seem dull and unappealing.

It was an irresistible combination for a man who ran the show everywhere besides the bedroom.

And he couldn’t ignore the fact that, since she’d introduced herself and glared at him with that bitchy expression that made his cock hard, he’d found it a little easier to breathe.

“What’s the problem, sweetheart?” He grinned down at her, his expression deliberately cocky. He needed to keep his defenses up from the start around this one, to keep her from sneaking too far into his psyche.

He waited to see if she would dismiss him immediately for his rudeness.

She arched an eyebrow at his term but didn’t comment on it, which left him mildly disappointed. Instead she nodded at his feet, looking like nothing so much a wet dream of a stern schoolteacher.

“Bottoms go barefoot in Veritas, sub. Remove the boots.”

Her voice was whiskey smooth with an undercurrent of sin, at odds with the girl-next-door face. Logan found himself wanting to fall to his knees and obey, to please her, and despite how much he wanted her, the notion didn’t sit well with him.

A mistress had to work much harder than saying a few words and looking pretty to earn that kind of response from him.

He’d felt the punch of attraction when their eyes had first met, but now he was wary. What kind of hold did she have on him already, to make him want so badly to please her?

Shaken by the notion, he grinned insolently and shook his head. “Make me, baby.”

Logan watched as heat flickered in her eyes which, upon closer inspection, were stormy grey rather than the expected blue.

He watched as she shrugged one shoulder, a simple gesture that was nevertheless full of innate grace.

“We’ll do it the hard way, then.” So caught up in the siren’s song of her voice, Logan was caught off guard when the little minx kicked her leg up with the smooth flexibility of a trained dancer and pressed her sharp stiletto heel against the thin denim of his crotch.

He froze when the perfectly positioned boot heel dug into the tender sac of his testicles, just enough to catch his attention.

“No need to get nasty, sweetheart.” Though he wasn’t overly concerned that she was one of those mistresses who took joy in cock and ball torture, he was still uncomfortable enough from the feelings coursing through him to be a smartass.

“Take off your boots.” Damn her, she looked completely calm and in control. Like she knew he would do as she said, simply because she had said it.

Their little standoff had drawn an audience, too, and the press of bodies around them made his throat constrict with the beginnings of claustrophobia.

“A hundred bucks on the little blonde.”

Logan flicked his eyes around the gathered crowd to find the speaker and glowered when he saw that it was Luca, the only acquaintance he had at In Vino Veritas. He would have snarled if Mistress S hadn’t chosen that moment to dig that stiletto in just a bit harder.

“I warned you.” She shrugged and smiled at him, and the smile made Logan’s entire body clench with pure, undiluted need. She leaned forward, a calculated move, he knew, but still he found his attention caught on the creamy swells of her breasts, offered up as they were in the almost indecently low neckline of her black lace corset.

He wanted to get his hands on those breasts more than he wanted his next breath.

His attention was still caught on them when she lowered her leg, and he grinned as he hoped, prayed, that she would lean forward a bit more, just enough for him to see a hint of nipple that he knew would be rosy pink.

“I’d still be happy to give you the ride of your life—” Logan’s words were cut off when the slender woman whirled behind him, her movements precise and controlled. He felt the sharp toes of her boots dig into the backs of his knees, and then he landed on his knees on the floor, his breath leaving his lungs in one uncomfortable jolt.

“What the—” He threw his hands out in front of him to protect his face when she pushed him down further and straddled his hips backwards. Despite the surprise and the uncomfortable position, his cock pushed against the thin denim of his jeans as his body registered the heat of her naked legs, pressing tightly into his torso.

Her ass was sweetly rounded and close enough to touch. Her skirt had ridden up when she moved, and he caught a hint of the sexy panties she wore beneath.

With firm hands, Mistress S tugged off one of his well-worn cowboy boots, and then the other. His socks followed. Standing, she caught his eye as she very deliberately stuffed a sock inside each boot, then handed the pair off to Luca, to tuck out of reach behind the bar, he assumed.

“What’s your name?” She asked, her voice steady, certain he would answer… and he did, though he hadn’t intended to.

“Logan.” He could hear the wariness in his own voice, and rightly so—this woman was nothing like he’d expected.

“Well, then. Logan.” Her words were stern. “I told you. Subs go barefoot here.”

Logan felt twin desires pulling inside of him. He wanted to apologize, to earn her favor.

He also wanted to wipe that smug smile off of her face. She’d won this round—and he hadn’t seen it coming, so points for her.

But he wasn’t tamed that easily.

“You going to punish me now, baby?” He ran his tongue over his lips, deliberately provoking her. He knew what would happen now, and he was looking forward to it.

She would take him to a private room, or to one of the many pieces of equipment set up around the massive play area of Veritas. She would try to dig deeper, and he would deflect. She would flog him, and he would be able to lose himself in the pain.

They would fuck, and then they would go their own ways. He’d head back to Montana until his needs could no longer be assuaged with his imagination and his own hand.

The fact that he didn’t care for the idea of leaving her was just a signal that he needed to do exactly that. She looked like she could draw out all of his secrets, and that just wasn’t going to happen.

Still, he thought he just might die if he didn’t get a taste of that creamy flesh spilling out over the top of her corset.

“Yes,” Mistress S replied, her face calm, though those grey eyes of hers reflected more than a hint of the turmoil that he was feeling himself. “I am.”

Then the woman did something Logan never could have seen coming.

She turned on her slender stiletto heel and walked away.

 

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Book Blast – Sculptor’s Desire – Kerry Adrienne – Contest!!

August 27, 2014 Uncategorized 1

Kerry Adrienne is back with another novel that’ll keep you up way past your bedtime.

Rocco Lazzaro meets the a new age, yoga instructor Devin in SCULPTOR’S DESIRE, the second novel Kerry Adrienne’s sizzling Gallant Gentlemen’s Guild series, out on August 27th. 2014  from Ellora’s Cave. 

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About SCULPTOR’S DESIRE:

Rocco Lazzaro is on a mission to find the perfect male body to sculpt. His inability to find “the one” has affected his creativity and he’s frustrated by his failure. With a Guild charity auction coming up, he’s expected to provide high quality sculptures, but the pieces he creates feel soulless.
When Devin, a yoga instructor, approaches him and offers to help, Rocco can’t quit thinking about the red-hot ginger. Devin’s New Age beliefs push Rocco away—he can’t deal with reality, much less mysticism. No auras and rainbows for Rocco—just stone and chisel and hammer.
But Devin is persistent. He knows he’s supposed to help Rocco find his muse—and he’ll stop at nothing to show him that the line between art and skin is very thin and a true muse can provide inspiration in many ways.

 

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Also in the Gallant Gentlemen’s Guildseries: ARTIST’S TOUCH by Kerry Adrienne! On sale for just .99 cents from August 25th – August 31st, 2014.

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About Kerry Adrienne:

Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals, including a panther chameleon.

 

In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, and editor. Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures.

 

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Excerpt/Review – Wingmen Warriors – Grayson’s Surrender/Taking Cover – Catherine Mann – 4 stars

May 30, 2014 Uncategorized 0

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Today is my blog tour stop during the Wingmen Warriors blog tour by Catherine Mann. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs the whole month May on weekdays only, you can view the whole tour schedule here.
So far the Wingmen series contains 14 books, view all books in the series here.

GS_TC_FrontGrayson’s Surrender (Wingman Warriors #1) and Taking Cover (Wingman Warriors #2)
by Catherine Mann

Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Age category: Adult

Blurb:
See how it all started with the first two books in Catherine Mannís RITA Award winning ìWingmen Warriorsî series!

***This 2-in-1 is available in print only. If you wish to order the books digitally, they must be ordered individually.***

GRAYSON’S SURRENDER: Flight Surgeon Grayson Clark and NGO worker Lori Rutledge shared a passionate summer full of promise and ultimately heartbreak. After his turbulent childhood, Grayson knows well heís ill-equipped to offer Lori the security she craves. But Grayson can’t escape Lori’s allure when theyíre paired on a military rescue operation to an overseas orphanage. When one heart-tugging orphan charms her way into Lori’s life and Grayson’s heart, Lori and Grayson discover a new understanding of family and a free-falling surrender to love.

 

Excerpt from Grayson’s Surrender:
“Nice patch there, Major.”

The words fell from her lips with a light Southern drawl, whiskey warm and just as potent.

Gray glanced down at his sleeve. Anything. Anywhere. Anytime.

The insinuation crackled along the humidity-laden air. Gray let his gaze slide back to her. “Wanna test the motto out?”

Lori laughed, husky, if a bit tight. “Same old gray.” Her chin tipped. “Been there. Done that. Lost the T-shirt.”

His arms folded over his chest. “You left it at my place.”

She laughed again. The great husky laugh of hers that rolled right into him. Just as fast, she had his hormones bombarding the defenses of his reason. Of course sex, great sex, incredible anything, anywhere, anytime sex, had never been their problem. But the minute they’d set their feet on the floor….

TAKING COVER: Battle lines are drawn when Flight Surgeon Kathleen O’Connell temporarily grounds Captain Tanner Bennett from flying combat. No way does Tanner plan to watch his crew from the sidelines. Not that he has a choice, thanks to by-the-rules Kathleen and his ground duty assignment to investigate a crash. When Kathleen is teamed with him in the investigation, theyíre both diving for cover as they battle an attraction ready to detonate!

Excerpt from Taking Cover

He twisted in the chair. Looking. Finding. Her.

Kathleen stood silhouetted in the doorway.

His chair thudded to the barroom floor in a teeth-jarring landing. No flight suit for her tonight. She’d changed.

Man, how she’d changed.

Leather pants molded themselves to her every curve. They sealed over her trimly muscled calves, up her thighs to cup that bottom he’d been trying not to watch all day. Her hair flowed in a fiery curtain around her face, brushing the collar of her satin shirt. Scorching his eyes from across the smoky room.

She leaned over the bar to place her drink order. Her blouse inched up, baring a thin stripe of skin along her back.

Twelve years.

Twelve years hadn’t dimmed the memory of how soft, how warm, that skin had felt beneath his hands…

My thoughts:

Grayson’s Surrender – I really enjoyed reading about a couple who really never quit thinking about one another even when they were apart.  Grayson was hard-headed but sexy as hell and even when I wanted to slap sense in to him he proved he was worth the risk that Lori took in letting him back near her.  He’s misguided in his belief that he isn’t made for commitment but she’s also misguided in her thoughts that the only way for her to be happy was to be settled in one location.  Both of them find love with one another by rescuing an orphan from a war-torn country.  You’ll love the heat between them and feel for them as they struggle to decide for a final time if what they have in chemistry is really worth the biggest risk of all…
Take Cover – My favorite of the two stories…  Imagine having an amazing kiss 12 years previously but not being able to act on that attraction and longing.  Add to it two very stubborn, proud people and you have our couple.  They both have major issues with trusting others but as they both let their walls down they find that both hide damage that is not only hard to recover from but that they really do have what it takes to go all the way.  I loved seeing Kathleen finally find someone that truly accepted her for who she really was beneath the ice queen exterior and seeing Tanner find someone who really saw him.  She sees the damaged, sensitive yet strong man who needs someone to care for him and accept him for who he is.  They both had moments in this story where you will sigh with happiness because they are so sweet.  I adored the heart behind the bickering and when they finally gave in to the chemistry it was HOT!

You can find the 2-in-1 book Grayson’s Surrender and Taking Cover on Goodreads

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TAKING COVER is a RITA Award winning novel.

About the Author:

USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Booksellerís Best win. A former theater school director and university instructor, she holds a Masterís degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelorís degree in Fine Arts: Theater (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children ñ and still have 5 four-legged, furry ìchildrenî (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her ìbucket listî by completing the hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online daily. To receive an autographed bookmark, send a SASE to: P.O. Box 6065, Navarre, FL 32566

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Spotlight – The Reluctant First Lady – Venita Ellick

May 27, 2014 Uncategorized 0

New Women’s Fiction That’s Stirring Up a National Debate

by Venita Ellick 

About the Author:
Venita Ellick was
fated to be a writer. She was named for a character in a book her mother was
reading at the time of the birth. As a young girl, she spent so much time in
libraries that librarians would save books for her almost daily visits. She
began writing stories in the first grade, which her mother

patiently read. The intervention of a career as an educator and raising three
sons delayed her focus on writing, but she has now completed three novels. The
Reluctant First Lady is her fourth.

Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
captivated her as a teenager. The power and imagery of the printed word made
her wonder what each heroine was thinking and feeling. She wanted to be the woman
with the cape and hood standing on the edge of the cliff with the wind whipping
around her. The mysteries that could be found in stories fascinated her and are
echoed in The Reluctant First Lady.

Ellick draws on her experiences as a wife, mother, teacher, and principal to
create her characters. Her sense of humor and recognition of the absurd and
often whimsical nature of life have allowed her to capture her characters’
lives with authenticity and emotional resonance.

Venita and her husband David have experience as a two-career couple. They live
on an island in the state of Washington.

The Reluctant First Lady asks – 

“Just how much should a woman sacrifice for the person she loves?”

Summary:

Ashley Taylor has been straightforward with her husband, the president-elect of the United States. She supported his candidacy, but she has no intention of assuming the traditional role of First Lady—a position she describes as “First Hostess.” Instead, she will resume her own career as head of one of the largest art museums in New York. The aftermath of her decision triggers reactions from the public, news commentators, late night comedians, and other political factions. While Ashley and Michael wrestle with saving their marriage and preserving their professional lives, the country debates whether the role of First Lady is a necessity, how the media influences the lives of public figures, and how much a woman should sacrifice for the person she loves.

Excerpt: 

From Chapter 3 of The Reluctant First Lady

Applause and pandemonium broke out on the other side of the curtain, indicating Michael had reached the end of his speech.

A stage manager nodded and, with Ashley and the twins leading the way, followed by the vice president- elect, his wife, and family, she stepped onto the stage and into the bright lights. The noise from the crowd grew in intensity as each of them came into view. They all walked forward to stand beside Michael, Ashley and the twins to his left; Robert Hughes, Catherine, and their children to his right.

The chaos and elation vibrating through the crowd was intoxicating. Cheers from a wildly exuberant audience and music blocked out what individuals were saying, but the camaraderie of those on the stage was evidenced by their smiles, hugs, and claps on the back. Before the world, she and Michael looked like the perfect couple. Michael pulled his family, plus Richard and his family, toward him while photographers snapped pictures of this historic event.

Amid the excitement, it almost went unnoticed that a reporter shouted a question at Ashley. She ignored him, hoping he would go away.

The reporter repeated his question. “Mrs. Taylor, what causes do you intend to champion during the next four years in the White House?”

Ashley winced inwardly, but no outward expression marred her serene expression. She had a choice. She could tell the truth or continue to go along with the lie. Damn it. She’d been dodging questions like this for months about what special causes she intended to champion if her husband were elected. In fact, she’d become a master of evasion, not something she was proud of. Unquestionably the smartest thing to do would be to give the same canned response she’d been giving throughout the campaign. It would be a lie, all of it. But then she wouldn’t be accused of rocking the boat, a boat, she might add, that she knew was taking on a lot of water.

She was tired of being evasive. She was sick to death of lying by omission. Michael’s managers had convinced her that he wouldn’t be elected if she declared her intentions. But, Michael had been elected. Was it possible that she was making more of this than necessary?

She leaned toward the reporter and his microphone and began speaking in a quiet, clear voice.

“First, I’d like to thank everyone here and at home for their incredible support throughout the campaign. I’m extremely proud of Michael and have always believed he’d be a great leader and a great president. The American people have chosen wisely and well this day. As for me, with the election over, I’ll be returning to my job as director of the Cameron Museum of Art in New York. It’s never been my intention to serve as the First Lady. Over half of the families in our country are two-career families. Our family isn’t any different. In fact . . .”

Ashley felt Michael’s hand on her elbow. “Ashley, just smile and wave. We’re getting off of the stage now.”



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Spotlight – Make Me Burn by RG Alexander – Excerpt & Sponsored Contest!

May 22, 2014 Uncategorized 1

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Make Me Burn

Book 2, Fireborne Series

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Aziza Jane Stewart is the last of the Fireborne, and so far it’s been nothing but a curse, destroying her family and putting everyone she loves in danger. Now she’s on a quest to find her brother’s portion of the power that flows in her veins and track down the murdering Jiniyr who are a threat to her loved ones.

She and her Enforcer lover Brandon are officially “in a relationship”, but she’s still torn between two men who both set her on fire. Brandon’s duties are driving a wedge between them, and her need to protect her Jinn guardian isn’t helping. Exiled and stripped of his powers, Ram is focused on satisfying his darkest urges…and tempting her to come along for the ride.

When Aziza discovers Brandon has been keeping news of ritualistic murders from her and the evidence is pointing at Ram, all bets are off. It’s time to find her own answers, embrace what’s inside her and make her own rules, damn the consequences.

Warning: Explicit content, and even more danger and heavy drinking than book one. Fetish clubs and role-play, whips and chains, voyeurism and exhibitionism. More inappropriate use of supernatural powers for deviant activities. In other words, burning down the house.

Excerpt:

Copyright © 2014 R.G. Alexander
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

It’s almost time. All you have to do is let go.

No.  If she let go she would fall.

Adrenaline made every muscle in Aziza’s taut, outstretched body tremble and her grip tighten instinctively on the silk fabric, the only thing keeping her from crashing to the floor far below.

Her mind was flooded by the memory of falling backward carelessly and plummeting from Penn’s roof with her arms wide. Though the world had gone black, before she realized it, Ram had saved her from crashing into the unforgiving ground.

He wouldn’t save her this time. He wouldn’t need to. Things were different now.She was different.

A small handful of people standing beneath her craned their necks, waiting in absolute silence to see what would happen next. They wouldn’t save her either, but she had their undivided attention.

Show them how to live. Let go…or I will.

Pushing away that disturbing thought, Aziza listened for the cue of the music through the pounding of blood in her ears. When she heard it, she relaxed her pose and let go of the silk. Her body dropped, twirling down, the floor rising up to meet her so swiftly that to the untrained eye it may have seemed accidental. But she was in complete control. That was the point. She wasn’t falling. She was in control.

Of this, if not her love life. If not of the Jinn or the Niyr or her emotions. Of this, if nothing else.

The silk that had been coiled purposefully around her waist was now held in both her hands as she swung her legs upward and wrapped the fabric around her ankles. The swaying rigging helped as she used her body’s weight and momentum to spin in a dizzying circle through the air.

Flying.

The music she’d brought to practice on the aerial silks—a club-style remix of “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine”—reminded her with every precise movement who she was. The vocals were haunting, the beat hard and invigorating.

Discordant.

It was how she felt. Just a little…off. Not completely herself. She was missing something.

Brandon. She wavered on the silks before pushing him out of her mind. The song. Focus on the song.

The tune from her nightmarish dreams had now become a sort of anthem, a melody meant to keep her mindful of what she’d done…what she’d been told she still needed to do. The more she listened to it, the more familiar it became. Not only from the dream, but from a childhood memory that remained frustratingly out of reach. Sometimes she saw flashes of laughter and her father’s smiling, bearded face, but nothing else.

She never forgot anything. Every word she’d heard spoken and every moment in her life was filed away and easily accessible in her mind. Even the memories she’d rather not keep—like the lifeless eyes of last night’s victim—would always be with her. So why was this apparently happy memory eluding her?

Her arms and legs straightened as they’d been trained to do, slowing her spin and pulling her body up with a strength she’d never had before, a strength that had only grown in the last few weeks, giving her this newfound agility.

Aziza pushed her legs back against the silks, her body curved and breasts jutting out like the busty carving on the prow of an ancient ship, her skin warm, more from excitement than exertion. Forgetting her pain and fear, she let herself fall forward once more, loving the momentary sensation of weightlessness as she did flip after perfectly controlled flip until she landed on the padded mat and the music came to an end.

Back on solid ground again, she sighed in disappointment.

The smattering of applause made her grin in spite of her dark mood, as her instructor, Anthony, left the others who’d been watching her and came to her side.

“Either I’m a miracle worker, which you are perfectly free to profess to anyone within hearing distance,” he said with the self-effacing British charm that was so much a part of his personality, “or you, Aziza Jane Stewart, are a prodigy. One week at your American school and not much more time here, and already you’ve given our seasoned performers some true competition. That was inspired. Are you quite sure you won’t join in this season’s student performance?”

Aziza laughed, placing her hand on his arm as she bent down to grab her towel and water bottle. “Thanks, Anthony, but I’d rather be in the audience than in the spotlight. It’s the best place to watch your show.”

“I am glad of that.” Anthony cupped her shoulder in a friendly gesture before dropping his hand awkwardly. “Though my joy is tempered with the knowledge that my charm is not what it once was. Both you and your handsome friend have turned me down again.”

Handsome friend. Her instructor was no more immune to Ram’s charms than anyone else in this city. He drew people to him like moths to a dangerous flame. From what little she’d seen, the Jinn had the market cornered in the sultry and breathtakingly beautiful department. And Ram was a prime example of his species, even without his powers.

“Ram was here today?” She looked around, attempting a casual air, as if she weren’t dying to see him. To warn him about the murders. To be near him. Usually she passed him on her way in or saw him watching her practice, but she hadn’t caught a glimpse of him yet this morning.

She’d talked him into coming with her a couple of weeks ago when she saw him at Underbridge. Dared him, really, since “talking” implied a conversation between two people and Ram tried to avoid those whenever possible. She’d had to do something. His body had healed but the rest of him was taking longer. Whether he admitted it or not, he was hurting and she owed him.

Luckily, the dare had paid off. He still wasn’t back to his old self—with her, at least—but as soon as he arrived here, so many people had fallen all over themselves to be near him, she wasn’t surprised when he came with her the next time. And the next. Ram had trained as a warrior most of his life, and he had enviable skill and control over his body—and enough arrogance and ego to appreciate the way everyone here admired it. Admired him.

“He’s still here.” Anthony tilted his head, his smile broadening. “I understand he and another man are having an impromptu sparring session in one of the training rooms. I believe that’s why it’s so empty in here. Shall we go take a look?”

Smiling back, she nodded and followed him through the grand room crisscrossed with ropes and wires, carefully staying out of the way of a young man in a harness who was running along the wall.

The Hangar was a large industrial building in Greenwich, a little bit hard to get to but more than worth it for Aziza. The Aircraft Circus held performances throughout London, and The Hangar was where they all worked and trained in aerial silks and trapeze, among other things. With four studios, acrobatics, yoga and flexibility classes, along with these one-on-one sessions, this was the best place to get the kind of workout she needed. One where she was her only competition, and all her battles were internal. It was her meditation, her workout. And it was by far the preferable option to werewolf boot camp.

Thank God she’d discovered this place—this very human, no-magic-needed-for-feats-of-daring place. When she’d marked “running away to join the circus” off her bucket list back in Texas so long ago, she’d been sad to leave the small class behind. Because of her memory—the woman performing on an aerial hoop beneath a hot air balloon—but also because of the atmosphere. The acceptance…the feeling of joy and family. The trust.

When they arrived in a crowded hallway, Anthony steered her through the huddled group so she could look inside.

“Speaking of perfection,” a woman behind her muttered. “You ever seen anything tastier than those two fit devils grappling shirtless?”

Aziza was too busy catching her breath to answer.

Ram and a man she didn’t recognize moved together in a dance-like circle on the exercise mat, close enough to either kiss or beat each other bloody as they ducked kicks, dodged punches and held each other’s arms down. The spectacle was breathtakingly erotic.

Her Jinn was still godlike and beautiful, but the word “pretty” was no longer entirely accurate. His time in exile had hardened him, made him look more like the warrior he was than the mischievous, deviant devil she’d first met. He’d cut his hair close to his head in a militant look and his side still carried the slashing scar from the wound he’d suffered that fateful night. The solid cuff on his wrist that she knew couldn’t be removed glinted as he threw a punch, reminding her that his actions had left more than physical scars behind.

He was stronger, his lean muscles more defined than they had been a few weeks ago. When she first met him she’d thought, despite his behavior, he looked like an angel. Now, he was all man.

Ram bent his knees and rolled, a move that should have knocked his opponent on his ass, but instead the man jumped with a laugh and winked at the audience. “Fool me once…”

A collective sigh echoed through the crowd, and Aziza wasn’t any more immune than they were to the smiling stranger. She’d been surrounded by hot men for months, and yet this man still managed to startle her with his attractiveness. It was as if someone had taken all the best qualities of her hunky entourage and poured them into one cool, lean package that reminded her a little bit of a young, short-haired Lenny Kravitz.

And she’d had an all-out, posters-in-her-high-school-locker crush on Lenny.

The man had obviously been getting a workout because his light-brown skin was gleaming. He wore low-riding black sweatpants and nothing else, and what she’d at first assumed were tattoos, on closer inspection merged into a series of scars across his chest, raised marks that had form and had obviously been put there on purpose. Designed. Scarification? He had small-gauge piercings in his ears as well. They only made him look more masculine and dangerous. So did his eight-pack abs.

He’s different.

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Release Day Blitz – J. Lynn – Tempting the Bodyguard!!!

May 12, 2014 Uncategorized 0

We are extremely excited to celebrate the release of J. Lynn’s TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD!!! TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD is an Adult category romance novel being published by Entangled Publishing’s Brazen imprint and is a part of Jennifer’s Gamble Brothers Series!

Tempting The Bodyguard

TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don’t protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he’s caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she’s at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

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Author PhotoJennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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