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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!

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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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Read-A-Thon Update Post – Will Update Throughout the Day!

April 26, 2014 Uncategorized 2

Ok the first three hours are done and as of 10 am:

3 novellas read with 240 pages – 2 reviews up – Burn For Me & Break For Me plus the review for Long for Me has been scheduled for May 13,2014.

 As of 12:30 –

3 novellas and one book read with a total of 576 pages read – Review scheduled for July 1,2014 for Riding the Wave.  🙂 Very hawt surfer read..

As of 3 pm-

3 novellas and 2 books read with a total of 763 pages read.  Review for Salvation by Stephanie Tyler scheduled for May 14, 2014.  Trust me Bish is worth the read!!

As of 4:30 pm –

3 novellas and 3 books read with a total of 881 pages read.  Review for Play With Me by Alisha Rai is live.  HOT HOT HOT!!!

As of 11:40 pm:

3 novellas and 4 books read with a total of 1256 pages read.  Review for Poster Boy by Anne Tenino will go live at midnight Central April 27, 2014.

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Hard Time – Cara McKenna – 4.5 Stars

April 21, 2014 Uncategorized 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hard Time – Cara McKenna – 4.5 StarsHard Time by Cara McKenna
Published by Penguin on 2014-04-15
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 191
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In this all-new novel from the author of After Hours and Unbound, a woman with a rocky past finds romance in the last place she’d ever expect... Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind—or eyes—off inmate Eric Collier. Eric doesn’t claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he’d do it again if that’s what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more. When Eric begins courting Annie through letters, they embark on a reckless, secret romance—a forbidden fantasy that neither imagines could ever be real...until early parole for Eric changes everything, and forces them both to face a past they can’t forget, and a desire they can’t deny. Praise for Cara McKenna and her novels “Cara McKenna is my go-to author for gritty, hot love stories full of honest emotion.”—Victoria Dahl, USA Today bestselling author “McKenna writes dark, lush, erotic romance.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers “Sweet, smoking hot, standout erotic romance.”—Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author Before becoming a purveyor of smart erotic romance, Cara McKenna worked as a lousy barista, a decent designer, and an over-enthusiastic penguin handler. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes...and bring one another to their knees. Cara now writes full-time and lives north of Boston with her bearded husband. When she’s not trapped in her own head, she can usually be found in the kitchen, the coffee shop, or jogging around the nearest duck-filled pond.

This book was not 100% comfortable and it isn’t meant to be.  It was raw, thought provoking and sensual as hell.  I found myself torn about how to rate this but I found that while I wasn’t completely comfortable with everything in the story I found it to be honest and made me think about my own prejudices about felons even as I know I personally would gladly commit a felony should I ever meet up with someone from my past that still has an impact on my life more than 20 years later.  I’m going to make this review fairly short and try to keep things as general as possible because I think if one spills to much about the story it ruins some of what made me think hard not only as I read this story but after I read it.

Annie is in many ways a truly naive, innocent woman.  Sure she’s had a relationship or two but even with the abusive last boyfriend she’s still incredibly sheltered.  As she starts to work around inmates once a week the blinders begin to come off but she still falls in to a secretive relationship with an inmate that pushes her boundaries and makes her want something that she isn’t completely prepared for.  I liked her strength but also found her to be a bit too wet behind the ears for me.  I understood her motivation but at the same time there is a part of me that was screaming “WAKE UP GIRLIE!!!!  Grow up and live outside your head!”  Luckily for her she ends up with someone that has good intentions and really does feel something for her.  I think her strongest point in this story is her belief in him and need to see him safe.

Eric was an intriguing character that weaves a masterful spell with his words as raw as they are.  I found myself incredibly drawn to him as we find out more about him but finding out why he was in prison and the details surrounding his crime definitely cemented my understanding of this strong yet sensitive soul.  He’s raw, dirty and at the same time has such a strong sense of duty to people that he really sacrifices everything for.  I appreciated his ownership of what he did but I also wanted to scream at him for putting himself in jeopardy out of a sense of duty to someone who really didn’t comprehend the cost he would endure.  He’s very compelling and you will find yourself drawn to learn more about this complicated man from not only his writings but his choices after he gets out for parole.

Again this isn’t an easy read but I’m glad I took the chance on it.  I was pushed a bit with some of the themes in the story but ultimately it made me think and perhaps look at some things a bit differently.

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Intermix for giving me the chance to read this one in exchange for my honest review.  I now have a new author to glom so….  😉

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Guest Post – Vivian Arend – Contest!

April 1, 2014 Uncategorized 0

Please welcome Vivian Arend to the blog in support of Copper King which is a part of an amazing box set called Alphas After Dark.  I admit to saying “GIMMEE!!!” when Vivian first teased me with a bit of the cover for this one and when I found out it had a bear shifter… well…  let’s just say she knew I wanted it!  Check out more information below including a fun excerpt and a great contest!

 

When I started writing, it was all about sharing the things I loved. Venturing into the great outdoors with shifters seemed a natural thing to do. Something fun happened along the way—an entire world of friendly, interesting and involved people showed up. It’s been five years now since I discovered the Granite Lake Wolves, and from there I’ve traveled to meet their friends in Whitehorse, and beyond. I’m not ready to leave, only those particular series weren’t meant to go on any longer.

Thus I’m opening the door to the North in a new way. The Takhini Shifters are novellas set in the Granite Lake and Takhini Wolves world. Some of the heroes and heroines you’ll meet will be new, some vaguely familiar from their appearances in previous books, but you don’t have to have read the earlier books to enjoy these stand-alone stories.

In this first book, I bring you two characters who are also in DIAMOND DUST. There they are already a couple—COPPER KING explains how they got together. Writing Jim and Lillie was so much fun. I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it!

ALSO—this is the even more exciting part—I’m releasing COPPER KING as a part of a box set with 8 other novellas! ALPHAS AFTER DARK gives you a chance to catch up on my shifter world AND try some other fabulous paranormal and contemporary books. Something for everyone for .99!! (I’ve read a few of the other stories already and OH BOY, you want this!!)

Want to hear a little more? Read on for an excerpt from COPPER KING!

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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…

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Jim Halcyon was in lust.

Or maybe obsessed was a better term. Whatever it was, he couldn’t pull his gaze away. Her bright coppery tones reflected the overhead lights, sparkling back as she rotated before him. Soft edges, infinite value—not because she was so rare, but because of what she represented.

This time, she wasn’t getting away from him.

“You’re the easiest person in the world to distract,” Damon Black taunted.

Jim instinctively closed his fingers over the coin lying in the palm of his hand, tempted to slam the fist he’d formed into the pretty-boy face of one of the only shifters brave enough to mock him.

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Beyond Jealousy Spotlight Tour & Contest!!

March 21, 2014 Uncategorized 4

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She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two.

When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.
A saint…
Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin.  In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.
…and a sinner.
Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned.  He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.
Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two.  One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.





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Kit Rocha is actually two people—Bree & Donna, best friends who are living the dream. They get paid to work in their pajamas, talk on the phone, and write down all the stories they used to make up in their heads.
Beyond Shame was their first dystopian erotic romance. They also write paranormal romance as Moira Rogers. You can find them on the web at the following places:
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BEYOND SHAME (book 1)

All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.
Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.



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BEYOND CONTROL (book 2)
She refuses to be owned.
Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude and survived danger on the streets to become one of the most trusted, influential people in Sector Four, where the O’Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. Lex has been at the top for years, and there’s almost nothing she wouldn’t do for the gang…and for its leader. Lie, steal, kill—but she bows to no one, not even Dallas O’Kane.
He’ll settle for nothing less.
Dallas fought long and hard to carve a slice of order out of the chaos of the sectors. Dangers both large and small threaten his people, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. His liquor business is flourishing, and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire, something he wants almost as much as he wants her. And no one says no to the king of Sector Four.
Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.




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BEYOND PAIN (book 3)
A woman with no future…
Live fast, die young–anything else is a fantasy for Six. She’s endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They’re completely open about everything, including their sexuality–but she hasn’t survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.
A man without a past…
Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can’t afford–until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn’t enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes–voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won’t share her.
In Bren’s arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they’ve forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human–her love.




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BEYOND TEMPTATION (novella 3.5)

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in “ALL THAT REMAINS”. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch – the man she loved three years before. While she’s not sure she’s cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.

Take a “ROCKY RIDE” with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and he’s not giving up until she’s his.

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in “BEYOND TEMPTATION”. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown up–and wearing O’Kane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an O’Kane woman always gets what she wants.

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In Response to Lynn Shepherd – A reader’s view

February 24, 2014 Uncategorized 0

I’m sorry that I woke up today to read a post on the Huffington Post that insults both authors and readers alike…  I wanted to have a nice day and yet this post has succeeded in pissing this avid reader off!  I tried to let it go but the more I thought about it the more pissed off I became so we are going to rant for a minute…

In your post you state that Ms Rowling should quit writing if she really cares about it.  My response is to say “Um, no maybe just maybe someone that is showing their jealousy of someone else’s success should quit.”  Obviously you feel that since she’s had her success she should stop but if that happened in other fields we would have missed out on so much.  Should someone like Spielberg, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Van Gogh, Renoir and Robert Heinlein have stopped once they got one successful item?  I don’t think so.  I don’t think anyone should stop doing something once they succeed a single time.  I think if you love something then you should be able to do it as long as you want and as long as it doesn’t hurt others in a physical way.  Having a successful author continue to publish work does not hurt other writers but can help bring more people in to reading as a whole which in turn can help authors.  I don’t know of a single reader who only reads a single author and ignores all others.  If there are some out there they are people I have never met but I don’t begrudge them their viewpoint.  I’d love to meet one so I can see why they are so focused to that single view and understand what makes them tick.  I’m pretty much a reader that is just happy to have someone be willing to share their gift with me.  As many people that know me can attest, I’m ohhhhhhhh BOOOOOOKKKKK!!!  WANTS THEM ALL>>>>  GIMMEEEE kind of reader.

Now to the second point that really hit me hard,  how dare you try to shame the adults who read and loved the Harry Potter series.  I gladly admit to being one of them and even admit to making my first stop when I got to Canada a bookstore so I could get the British version of the Philosopher’s Stone.  Yes I am that big of a book nerd…  I don’t care what age you are or what you read as long as you are reading.  To have an author try to say shame on someone for reading something is just shameful because those of us that are fans of the written word should be encouraging people to read not trying to shame them for what they choose to.  My personal thought is as long as you are reading something you are expanding your mind and horizons even if you might be reading something that I did not like I will not shame you for doing so.  I love to read and supporting the community as a whole is more important to me than trying to tell someone what they can or cannot read.  If you cannot see beyond your jealousy and see that what you are saying is more harmful than helpful, well I just feel sorry for your narrow-mindedness.

As for me I choose to read stories from authors that support the community as a whole and have the presence of mind to understand that while it is ok for them to envy another’s success they should not choose to let that envy color their thinking to the point that Lynn Shepherd has.  To insult the writing community and readers to the extent that she has with her thoughtless post is just something sad to see and I hope that she looks back on this incident and learns something from it.

Ok…  rant over and now on to more fun stories with authors that hopefully understand that one person’s success doesn’t taint the industry as a whole and that a reader grabbing any book is better than no readers at all.

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Paperback Release 1/7/13 – Mystic Cowboy!!! 4 Stars

January 7, 2014 Uncategorized 0

 

 

 

 

 

I am sharing this old review that I wrote for Mystic Cowboy to help Sarah celebrate the paperback release!!  Come join me in loving the men of White Sandy and our need for more of these stories… *cough* NOBODY *cough* (Hint hint..  we are beyond ready for NOBODY!!!)

 

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I have to start this review by taking a moment to appreciate the cover of this book.  I mean “YUM!!”   Who wouldn’t want a Rebel for their very own?

Madeline has decided to make a major change in her life by agreeing to be the resident doctor at a Lakota reservation.  She’s unaware of the issues unique to work on a reservation and the fact that money or cooperation are non-existent between the white and Indian worlds.   Reality hits her in the face very quickly as she sees the condition the clinic is in, the lack of supplies, the sheer volume of patients, and the utter lack of funding.  Luckily she has some money of her own and starts to bring much needed supplies and help to the area.  Maddie runs in to Rebel when she is treating a gunshot victim and while immediately drawn to this fine specimen of manhood she is also a bit wary of the mystery he keeps around himself.  I liked watching her figure out how to balance her need for Western medicine and Rebel’s need to preserve the Lakota way of life.  She finds out very quickly that he is more than what he seems but that no matter how different their life-styles are they are meant to be together.

Rebel is just an amazing person.  He helps everyone on the reservation with groceries, life, money, and everything in his heart.  My heart broke as you find out what has made him withdraw in to himself and lose a bit of his way.  His grandfather, Albert, has been an amazing influence on the man he has become and plays a vital role in making him understand the man he needs to be.  He feels conflicted during most of this book by what society seems to think of him as an Indian and what he wants as a real man.  His need to immerse himself fully in the Lakota way of life doesn’t completely fulfill him and watching as he reconciles his need for Maddie with his shame of what his culture has sunk to was interesting to see.  Sarah does a great job making the conflicts realistic as most of these prejudices between the white and Indian worlds do exist if you have ever lived near a reservation.  Rebel is sexy as hell though and his need for Maddie just shines through all the conflict.  She heals his soul and gives him the partner he never thought he would have.  Let me tell you the skinny dipping scene alone is worth the time and money for this book.  I had to fan myself a few times as I read it.

 

Please take a chance on this novel as I don’t think you will regret it.  I am hoping that Sarah will give us Nobody’s story and more about others on the reservation.  I mean I can’t pass up more chances to read about Rebel and Maddie plus the ending with Nobody made me sniffle a bit…  Not truly a bad thing but he’s just something else.  I want to know more about him and why he is the way he is….

Special thanks to Sarah for giving me a copy of this book to read.  I truly enjoyed it and this gift did not influence my rating in any way.  I just loved the characters and the world she brought to life.

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Guest Post – Stacy Gail – Cookie Monster – Contest!

November 29, 2013 Uncategorized 5

Please join me in welcoming Stacy to the blog!!

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She wrote the wonderful Starting From Scratch that I recently reviewed here.  Anyway…  I have enjoyed many of her stories and invited her to share with us anything that came in to her head…

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Before I begin, I’d like to thank Steph for giving me a chance to chat about STARTING FROM SCRATCH, a military homecoming-themed holiday novella.  It’s one half of Carina Press’s GIFTS OF HONOR, with the other half comprised of Rebecca Crowley’s wonderful story, HERO’S HOMECOMING. Happy holidays, everyone!

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            When I first outlined STARTING FROM SCRATCH, I decided to make the heroine, Lucy, a baker.  Why?  I needed something familiar about her that would trigger a response in the amnesiac hero, Sully.  I chose the scent of cookies, coupled with a never-ending craving for them, to represent his subconscious desire to find his way back to the woman he loved.  And it made sense.  This was a holiday novella, so naturally cookies would be an everyday part of the background.

Sounds simple, right? Yeah.  This is how it actually went.

Day 1: I name this latest project A Craving for Cookies (Harlequin later changed it to Starting from Scratch).  Opening scene is in a kitchen with spiced cupcakes and mounds of cream cheese frosting… Mmmmm.  Frosting.  I spend the evening baking. You know, to get in the spirit of things. Yay, new project!

Day 3: Research-mode.  I had to find the right kind of holiday cookie.  Something unique yet memorable.  An ordinary Tollhouse cookie wouldn’t cut it.  I shuffle through about a hundred cookie recipes on Pinterest and try some of these recipes out. For research.

Day 9:  My jeans are tight.  Must’ve shrunk in the wash.  There’s a scene where Lucy’s decorating sugar cookie cutouts.  That sounds like fun.  I should bake some…

Day 16: My feet are gaining weight.  I know this, because my day job is a figure skating coach, and I just busted a skate lace and am now oozing out of my skates.

Day 21:  The end of the book is in sight, and there’s a gingerbread house scene.  I have to describe the rich aromas of vanilla, ginger and so much sugar it can be tasted with every breath….  God, I want sugar so freaking much.  But no.  No more baking for me.  After all, why bake WHEN I HAVE THIS ENTIRE BAG OF OREO DOUBLE STUFS ALL TO MYSELF???

Day 23: I have no clothes that fit anymore. I consider wearing a bed sheet to work.  Togas were once cool, right? But I don’t really care about my wardrobe, because I finished my holiday novella! I should celebrate with cookies…

I’ll admit it—I may have lost my mind and turned into a cookie monster when I wrote STARTING FROM SCRATCH, but I gained something too.  Weight.  Lots and lots of weight. What’s more, I don’t have a single regret about it, but I really do wish togas would come back into style. I’d rock that look.

 

QUESTION: Have you ever read a “food” scene in a book that inspires you to eat? (Harry Potter’s Hogwarts feasts usually did me in).

 

Blurb for STARTING FROM SCRATCH:

Christmas is the perfect time to start from scratch

Lieutenant Sully Jax saved his unit during an IED attack, but he couldn’t save his marriage. He can’t even remember it. Recovered from his injuries, he’s come home to the family and friends he knows—and an ex-wife who’s a stranger to him.

Lucy Crabtree was heartbroken last Christmas when Sully announced his plan to go on one last tour of duty, and devastated when he asked for a divorce after he awoke in the hospital with no memory of her. She’s finally moving on from her hurt and from losing the man she loved more than anything, and her cookie-baking business is taking off just in time for the holidays. But now Sully’s back, and she can’t deny she still loves him. But how can she trust her heart to someone who breaks it every time she sees him?

Sully might not remember Lucy, but something inside won’t let her go. With every bite of her cookies, he finds a new love for Lucy, and he soon realizes he wants to rebuild his life… with her by his side.

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Author Bio: 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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Guest Post – Brian Freyermuth – The World Underneath – Demon Dance Tour (Contest)

October 29, 2013 Uncategorized 1

Please help me welcome Brian Freyermouth to the blog in support of his novel – Demon Dance. I found the premise of this story intriguing and asked him to share with us how he came up with the idea about a split reality…

The World Underneath
by Brian Freyermuth
What if there was a hidden world that lies beyond the edges of what we call reality? As a child I walked with Lucy through the wardrobe to Narnia and rode the tesseract with Meg and her friends in A Wrinkle in Time. My favorite, though, was adventuring with Jon-Tom as he traveled from our world to a place where giant otters cursed like sailors and turtles were wizards in the Spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster. All of these novels hold a promise of a magical world that exists just beyond our fingertips

Hidden World at Home
As a young adult I came across another kind of hidden world, where magical places exist right here in our own backyard. My first real experience with urban fantasy was the Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman. The world looked like ours, but take one step through the curtain and you entered a terrifying and wondrous place where dreams were real and ancient gods walked among us.

Demon Dance
In Demon Dance, magical beings walk among us in secret. As I began outlining the story, I realized that in this day and age of YouTube and cell phones, how would a world like this stay hidden? If a demon with no eyes went on a rampage in a small coffee shop in Seattle, wouldn’t people know about it?
A secret group called the Watchers were the answer. These figures in scarlet are anonymous in nature as well as judge and executioner. They don’t care about one or two witnesses, but when a major event spins out of control, they show up to clean up the mess. Wiping the memories of witnesses seems to be only the tip of their powers, and even the major heavyweights of this hidden world are terrified of them.
The Watchers appear briefly in Demon Dance, but they are a major part of the mythology of the world. Later in the series, as we delve more into the adventures of Nick and his friends, we’re going to learn a lot more about who this group is, and how they’ve been able to function in secret for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

The World Beyond Ours
This secret world of magic, demons, angels and forgotten gods is the core of Demon Dance and the Sundancer series. They walk among us without our knowledge, and all it takes is one moment, by accident or design, to make us walk through the curtain and see the wonder and horror that lies beyond.

 

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Demon Dance

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Brian Freyermuth

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You can run all you want, but the game’s in your blood. And blood never forgets…

Nick St. James was born different. His extraordinary gifts have saved him time and time again, but they couldn’t save the one thing he loved most: his wife.

Now he just wants to forget his old life, but more importantly, he wants to forget the magical underworld that lives beneath the “real” world. A place where a man’s faith can determine the very fabric of reality. Where ancient forgotten gods walk hidden among us, and angels and demons fight for our very souls.

But nothing stays hidden forever. Nick’s peaceful world is ripped apart when a demon slaughters his ex-partner and marks him for death. Now he must use all his gifts to find the one who summoned the nightmarish creature, but more importantly, he needs to find the one thing he lost long ago.

Himself.

 

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Since 1994, Brian Freyermuth has designed and wrote for bestselling video games such as the award winning Fallout, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy and WGA Award Nominee Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.  In July of 2011 he participated in a panel discussion at the San Diego Comicon where he explained how he helped bring a voice to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for the first time in Disney’s history.

Brian now has added novelist to his bestselling career. In April 2013 he released a hot new urban fantasy, Demon Dance, on Kindle. After only a couple of weeks it reached number 13 on Amazon’s Bestseller Rank for Kindle Urban Fantasy eBooks.

Since the days of the Commodore 64, Brian spent his youth writing novels or playing games. Writing has always been a passion for him, whether it was entertaining his teachers with his short stories, creating elaborate characters for the role playing games he played with his friends, or creating screenplays for the home movies he made for his class projects. He earned a B.A. from the University of California Irvine in Comparative Literature which he uses in both writing for games as well as crafting his novels.

Today, Brian leads a content team at Xaviant as they create an exciting new game, Lichdom: Redeemer, scheduled for release in the summer of 2014. When he’s not at his computer working on the sequel to Demon Dance, you can find him exploring the wilderness of Georgia with his wife, Juliet, and their son.

For more information about the projects Brian has worked on and new projects, visit http://www.middark.com.

Email:  brian@middark.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/bfreyermuthofficial
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/BrianFreyermuth
Website:  http://www.middark.com/
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7066403.Brian_Freyermuth/blog
Interviews and Articles:  http://www.middark.com/middark_links.html

 

And I promised you a link to the contest…  Please go enter and let us know what you think of a world hidden to most of us…

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Cover Reveal – Serena Bell’s Still So Hot plus Upcoming Titles!!

October 23, 2013 Uncategorized 0

All I have to say is this cover is STEAMY HOT!!!!  I wouldn’t say “No” if he were to show up and make a move…  I’m just saying…

 

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It’s wrong to play favorites, but I’ll confess that Brett Jordan is my favorite hero I’ve written so far. And not just because of that hip dip, that expression on his face, or whatever is happening off-screen at just-below-waist-level. He’s my favorite because he starts out at the beginning of Still So Hot! as an unrepentant serial womanizer and ends up dismantled, worked over, and thoroughly enjoyed by the matchmaker heroine whose dating boot-camp weekend his shenanigans have almost ruined. He’s not the same man by the end, except maybe for those bits you’re visually devouring right now.

 

Here’s the official blurb for Still So Hot!

 

Your “Dating Boot Camp” Itinerary

 

Day One:

 

Fly to a luxurious, five-star resort in St. Barts with your personalized dating coach, Elisa Henderson. Show up on the plane with a guy you just picked up. Find out Brett Jordan isn’t just a drool-worthy hottie with a rockin’ hard bod—he’s also a total player…and Elisa’s former best friend!

 

Day Two:

 

Be problematic. Disappear with a cute paparazzo. Besides, Elisa and Brett are now alone in a tropical paradise, and Elisa’s about to break the first commandment of date coaching: Thou Shall Not Sexily Ravage Your Client’s Date. Lost clients, naughty nighttime shenanigans, sleazy paparazzi… Can Elisa avoid a complete PR disaster, or is her reputation about to get the boot?

 

Pre-order Still So Hot! today, or add to your shelf on Goodreads:

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If you can’t wait ’til January, no worries. On October 28, Loveswept releases its steamy Heating up the Holidays bundle—including my red-hot reverse-Cinderella romp, After Midnight. Then, on November 11, Loveswept introduces my first novel, Yours to Keep—which USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox hails as “sexy, emotionally rich, and heartbreakingly lovely.” You can see covers and read blurbs below.

 

 

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On Sale November 11, 2013

 

Serena Bell makes her Loveswept debut with the captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her.

Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she’ll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic. Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules.

Even though pediatrician Ethan Hansen is a natural when it comes to little kids, as the single father of a teenage son he just can’t seem to get it right . . . except for the Spanish tutor he’s hired for his son, Theo. Ana has managed to crack Theo’s shell—and he isn’t the only one taken with her. The sexy tutor has fired up Ethan with a potent mix of lust and protectiveness. But as he starts to envision a future with Ana, Ethan is devastated to learn the truth about her citizenship. Somehow he’s got to find a way to help her—and hold on to the woman he’s falling hopelessly in love with.

 

Here’s what advance readers have said about Yours to Keep:

 

“Sexy, emotionally rich, and heartbreakingly lovely.”

 

—Ruthie Knox, USA TODAY bestselling author of Roman Holiday

 

“‪I adore Yours to Keep. It’s sexy and incredibly smart, with a unique, compelling plot and a hero and heroine I love. I was blown away by the authenticity of the emotion and how real the characters felt, especially when combined with great drama and delicious romance. I was completely wrapped up in this story!”

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Noelle Adams

 

“Serena Bell delivers a fully adult romance with authentic characters, genuine stakes, and the kind of sweet-hot yearning that turns pages and stops your breath.”

 

—Mary Ann Rivers, author of The Story Guy

 

“Serena Bell’s debut weaves a sultry, satisfying romance into a heartbreakingly authentic story.”

 

—Megan Mulry, USA Today Bestseller

 

Pre-order Yours to Keep today, or add to your shelf on Goodreads:

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On Sale October 28, 2013

 

As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.

 Pre-order Heating Up the Holidays today, or add to your shelf on Goodreads (make sure to also enter yourself into the Heating Up the Holidays Goodreads shelf-add sweepstakes):

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About Serena:

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Photo credit: Susan Young Photography

Serena Bell writes stories about how sex messes with your head, why smart people do stupid things sometimes, and how love can make it all better. She wrote her first steamy romance before she was old enough to understand what all the words meant and has been perfecting the art of hiding pages and screens from curious eyes ever since—a skill that’s particularly useful now that she’s the mother of two.

For a while, Serena took a break from penning love stories to explore the world as a journalist, where she spent time shadowing and writing about a cast of fascinating real-life characters.

When she’s not writing or getting her butt kicked at Scrabble by her kids, she’s practicing modern-dance improv in the kitchen, swimming laps, taking a long walk, or reading on one of her large collection of electronic devices.

Serena blogs about reading and writing romance at www.serenabell.com and www.wonkomance.com. She also tweets like a madwoman as @serenabellbooks and posts to Facebook at www.facebook.com/serenabellbooks.

 

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