Friday, September 28, 2012

Fresh Friday Reads: I love Romance!



Howdy y'all! I'm currently at Lora Leigh's RAW and I hope to see you at the book signing on Sunday, but this is what I bought this week! Yay! Oh, and yes, CHARMED SPIRITS IS NOW OUT!!!!



Charmed Spirits - Carrie Ann Ryan


Jordan Cross has returned to Holiday, Montana after eleven long years to clear out her late aunt’s house, put it on the market, and figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Soon, she finds herself facing the town that turned its back on her because she was different. Because being labeled a witch in a small town didn’t earn her many friends...especially when it wasn't a lie.

Matt Cooper has lived in Holiday his whole life. He's perfectly content being a bachelor alongside his four single brothers in a very small town. After all, the only woman he'd ever loved ran out on him without a goodbye. But now Jordan’s back and just as bewitching as ever. Can they rekindle their romance with a town set against them?

Warning: Contains an intelligent, sexy witch with an attitude and drop-dead gorgeous man who likes to work with his hands, holds a secret that might scare someone, and really, really, likes table tops for certain activities. Enough said.





A Fool's Gold Christmas - Susan Mallery

The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage the Fool's Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.Jaded lawyer Dante JeϬ€erson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister—oϬ€-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen….


An Outlaw's Christmas - Linda Lael Miller

With his wild heart, Sawyer McKettrick isn't ready to settle down on the Triple M family ranch in Arizona. So he heads to Blue River, Texas, to seek a job as marshal. But in a blinding snowstorm he's injured—and collapses into the arms of a prim and proper lady in calico.The shirtless, bandaged stranger recuperating in teacher Piper St. James's room behind the schoolhouse says he's a McKettrick, but he looks like an outlaw. As they wait out the storm, the handsome loner has Piper remembering long-ago dreams of marriage and motherhood. But for how long is Sawyer willing to call Blue River home?

As the gray skies clear, Piper's one holiday wish just might bring two lonely hearts together forever.



Never Seduce a Scot - Maya Banks

This sinfully sexy new romance from Maya Banks features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.
 
Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her dutyunprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.
 
Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday Tales: Character Destiny with Marie Rose Dufour



Fated Mates: Are your characters destined to be together?

First off, I would like to give a huge thank you to Carrie Ann Ryan for even considering giving little old me time on her blog. It is an honor and I’m quite giddy about it. I’m fairly new to the writing scene. This month is actually my one-year anniversary of being published. My first novella, Fated Mates, was released last September from Secret Cravings Publishing. So when I saw one of the suggested topics for a blog post was fated mates, I knew it was meant to be.

I am a huge believer in fated mates, especially in romance. I know you’re all shocked that a romance writer believes in fated mates. Pardon the pun, but I find the whole idea romantic and if I can’t write about things I find romantic, why write anyway? The couples in my books are in some way always fated to be together whether it’s overtly stated or not. Sometimes, as in life, the road is direct and other times it’s all twisty and takes a while to get to your destination but they’re always meant to be. In the book, Fated Mates, Dragon crossed the universe to be untied with his mate, Liz. Dragon is such a wonderful character, a war veteran, physically and psychologically scarred who never believed there was someone out there meant for him. Their story is special in my heart because Dragon visited in my dreams for years before I ever had the courage to write his story down. Once I did, it was as if a floodgate opened and my characters haven’t left me alone since then.

Kim and Aidan, in Irish Rising, met on a rainy street in Ireland in front of his pub and their attraction is explosive right from the beginning. For them, is it too much, too soon or do they have the foundation for their love to last.

In Saddle Up, Devin falls in love with his best friend’s sister from a picture in a wallet. It takes an accident two years later to get him and Tasha together. Despite their age differences, Devin never waivers in his conviction that they are meant to be together.



What are you feelings concerning fated mates? One lucky commenter will win a copy of one of my books and a ten dollar gift card to Amazon.com.

Marie Rose Dufour Bio

We know that we are no longer alone in the universe. Descendants of Earthly ancestors have returned to find the other halves of themselves, their destined mates.

Dragon, a scarred Serralian warrior drawn to the planet of his ancestors, never believed the Goddess had a mate for him but no matter what he believes, he’s unable to resist the pull of the planet deep within in soul.

Liz, a curvy teacher who escaped an abusive marriage three years earlier is afraid to take another chance on love. Tired of being a bystander in her own love life, she participates in an ancient ritual to identify Serralian mates. Taking that chance changes her life forever. Can these two people overcome their pasts to become each other’s true Fated Mates?

TITLE: Saddle Up
GENRE: Cowboy/Cougar Erotic Romance
WHERE TO BUY THE BOOKS ON LINE
Secret Cravings Publishing: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=4&products_id=300

Blurb: Tasha Lane never realized how boring her life had become until one phone call in the middle of the night totally changed it. Can this forty-two year old accountant put aside a nine-year age gap and perpetual “foot in mouth” disorder to find love and happiness with an ex-rodeo star turned rancher?

Three years ago, Devin Grant traded the rodeo circuit for a cattle ranch. If someone told him, he would fall in love with a woman he’d never physically met, he’d think they were kicked too many times in the head by a bull. When her brother is thrown from his horse, it was finally time to meet the sexy woman of his dreams and convince her, he was worth taking a chance on.

Can he convince her before she goes back to her boring life? Will she be able to overcome their age difference and her own insecurities?


TITLE: Irish Rising
GENRE: Contemporary
WHERE TO BUTY THE BOOKS ON LINE


Blurb:  Famous romance writer, Kim Green went to Ireland with her two cousins to research the setting of her new book and have some quality girl bonding fun. She’s in the business of writing about love. She didn’t expect it find her on the street in a sleep Irish town with a sexy, “I want to drown in your chocolate eyes” pub owner.

Duncan Murphy never believed in the old family legend. The idea a trapped mermaid granted his family the ability to recognize their one true love was absurd to him until he spots a sexy American across the street from his pub. Something deep within him recognized her as his other half

They’re drawn together in an explosive first encounter. Life is blissful until a misunderstanding threatens to tear them apart. Is their fragile newfound romance something legends are made of or the misguided belief in an ancient fantasy?

TITLE: Fated Mates
GENRE: Sci-Fi
WHERE TO BUY THE BOOKS ONLINE:

Blurb:
We know that we are no longer alone in the universe. Descendants of Earthly ancestors have returned to find the other halves of themselves, their destined mates.

Dragon, a scarred Serralian warrior drawn to the planet of his ancestors, never believed the Goddess had a mate for him but no matter what he believes, he’s unable to resist the pull of the planet deep within in soul.

Liz, a curvy teacher who escaped an abusive marriage three years earlier is afraid to take another chance on love. Tired of being a bystander in her own love life, she participates in an ancient ritual to identify Serralian mates. Taking that chance changes her life forever. Can these two people overcome their pasts to become each other’s true Fated Mates?




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Writer Wednesday: A Book Spotlight with Nicole Morgan





BLURB
Jace Walker served his country for ten years in the Army. Years of combat and war left him with invisible wounds which bring him to the lowest point in his life. In a moment of crisis, he meets his angel.
After years of being an attentive and loyal wife, Alexis Foster catches her husband’s infidelity. Her life changes as she gets divorced and becomes a single parent.
Years pass and Jace finds his angel once again. Only this time she’s no longer married. He vows to do anything in his power to sweep her off her feet and make the angel he remembered from all those years before become his. Despite her insecurities, the two find an attraction stronger than either of them anticipated.
Will he entice her into letting down her walls? Or will she entice him into finding a true and unrelenting love?


ADULT EXCERPT

“Undo your jeans.”
His demand startled her, and she turned to see a look in his eyes that scared and excited her all at once. She could’ve asked questions. She could’ve stopped to think about what she was doing or even protested just a little. That wasn’t what she wanted though. She wanted him. Whatever Jace was willing to give her, she would take.
Unsnapping her jeans, she stared at him as his eyes gazed at her movements. Once the zipper was down she was left with a moment of embarrassment. The paunch in her belly was showing, and she pulled her T-shirt down to cover it in hopes he didn’t see it.
“Pull them down.”
Her eyes grew wide, and she looked to him, certain she hadn’t heard him right. “I’m sorry?”
“Pull your jeans down to your ankles.”
His voice left no room for argument. She didn’t know what turned her on more. His kiss, tongue, and taste had been driving her crazy just moments ago, but now his dominant instructions were fueling the fire which raged inside her.
“The panties, too,” he added.
She lifted her hips and pulled at the sides of her jeans and panties. Working them down little by little, she finally got them to her knees, and they started to fall more freely until she was sitting in the front seat naked from the waist down. She felt like a teenage girl on a hot Friday night with her boyfriend.
“Kick them off,” he told her.
Her chest was pounding, and her once still breaths were now replaced with heaving as she struggled for calm, but could find none.
Jace reached his hand down and pulled a lever. In slow motion she watched as his seat went backward into an almost flat position. He didn’t say anything, instead reached his hand out to her and waited until she took it. 
A moment later she was straddling him, nothing separated the two most intimate parts of their bodies as his hard cock lay against her wet pussy. She wanted to move, slide, and rock her hips until he was inside her, but waited for his direction. The way he spoke to her and told her what to do excited her. She had no idea why, but it did.
“Do you want me?” he asked.
Biting on her lower lip, she nodded her answer.
“Tell me.” He swiped his tongue along her lips and nibbled on her lip, pulling it free from her bite. “Tell me what you want, where you want me.”
“I…”
She stopped herself before the words came out. How could she tell him what she was honestly thinking? Everywhere would have been her answer, but what would he think? She wanted him inside her pussy, she wanted to feel him thrusting inside of her, but more than anything she wanted to finish what she started. She wanted to take him in her mouth and not stop stroking and sucking on him until he exploded into her. That was  what she was dying for.
“Jesus, look at you. You’re so beautiful. There is nothing I wouldn’t give you. Nothing at all. So tell me, what do you want?”
Her pussy was dripping with lust for him. So much so that she forgot about her fears and just allowed the words to be said.
“I want you in my mouth.”
“Oh God. Yeah?”
“Yes. That’s what I want.”
He placed his hands on her waist and helped lift her a little. “Turn around. If you’re going to get what you want, so am I.”
A moment of adulthood hit her, and she hesitated. Looking around the car for signs that anyone was around, she stopped. “Maybe we should stop until—”
Quickly Jace interrupted her, “Turn around. I am going to eat your pussy while you suck on my cock. Do it now.”
A tremor wracked her body when his demanding words hit her. She wanted to do whatever he said. She wanted to listen to his requests, follow through, and please him.
Jace helped her as she struggled to turn in the confines of the front seat of the car. A few bumps of her head and an adjustment of him lying on the seat and she was now hunched over him, her mouth an inch from that beautiful cock which she sucked on so hungrily minutes before.
“Take it in your mouth, baby. Suck me off.”
Just as he said it, she felt the warm glide of his tongue swipe across the outside of her pussy lips. Then his hands grabbed onto her ass and pulled her down to him. In a tornado of sensations he slid past her wet slit and started to work his tongue in and out of her pussy.
Her mouth opened, and she gasped in pleasure while he thrust his hips up and slid his cock inside until it hit the back of her throat. Her lips closed over his shaft and began sucking with adoring attention. He fit so perfectly inside her mouth. She wanted to keep him there, so hard, thick, and full while she gave him pleasure with nothing more than her mouth and tongue.
He flicked his tongue across her clit and a jolt shot through her body. Her hips started to move of their own accord as he teased the area around her sensitive nub. She wanted that again, needed to feel the friction once more.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CHARMED SPIRITS RELEASE DAY


ITS RELEASE DAY FOR CHARMED SPIRITS!!! YAY!!! I hope you enjoy the first book in my Holiday, Montana series about a sexy witch and an even sexier lost love.
Charmed Spirits - Holiday, Montana Book 1 - Coming Oct 2nd, 2012
Jordan Cross has returned to Holiday, Montana after eleven long years to clear out her late aunt’s house, put it on the market, and figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Soon, she finds herself facing the town that turned its back on her because she was different. Because being labeled a witch in a small town didn’t earn her many friends...especially when it wasn't a lie.
Matt Cooper has lived in Holiday his whole life. He's perfectly content being a bachelor alongside his four single brothers in a very small town. After all, the only woman he'd ever loved ran out on him without a goodbye. But now Jordan’s back and just as bewitching as ever. Can they rekindle their romance with a town set against them?
Warning: Contains an intelligent, sexy witch with an attitude and drop-dead gorgeous man who likes to work with his hands, holds a secret that might scare someone, and really, really, likes table tops for certain activities. Enough said.

Find it On:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe | Kobo


 Find it in Print Here:

eStore Amazon | Barnes & Noble Coming Soon

My BookShelf: Instant Temptation by Jill Shalvis

Here's a little something on a backlist that's newer to me. Have you read it?

I love me some Jill Shalvis!











T.J. Wilder is the perfect package of breathtaking adventure and raw sex appeal. Even better, he's about to reconnect with the one woman he's never been able to forget...
Get Your Pulse Racing
To Harley, the landscape around Wishful, California, is exhilarating, untamed, and more than a little dangerous. The same could be said for T.J. Wilder, who's invited himself along on her trek to study a rare coyote. Harley's career is riding on this trip, and she doesn't need a stubborn, incredibly sexy distraction. But T.J. is a professional guide who knows when to stay back and when to provide invaluable expertise-just like he's done since they were in high school. And Harley, as usual, is torn between throttling him and giving in to the raw attraction that's been smoldering all these years.
T.J. knows how proud and capable Harley is, but he's damned sure not letting her put herself at risk when there are illegal hunters in the area. She needs him, with the same soul-stirring urgency that he's always craved her. And here, in this beautiful place days from civilization, he'll finally have a chance to prove it-over and over again...

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Quote from CHARMED SPIRITS


I'm in the mood to share, so here's a snippet from Charmed Spirits, out Oct 2nd:



“Hey, stranger,” a voice called out, and she screamed, her heart racing. “Hey, Jordan! I’m sorry! It’s only me.”
Jordan turned to see Matt, his face flushed and a small smile on his face.
“Dammit! Stop sneaking around! It’s spooky as all hell.”
“I’m sorry, Jor.”
She ignored the way his nickname for her rolled off his tongue. He shrugged and held out his hands. That’s when Jordan noticed the steaming cup of coffee in each hand. Yep, this man was a god. A sexy god. No. Not thinking that.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

CHARMED SPIRITS: Six Sentence Sunday



Howdy!! Thanks for coming today. Below is a snippet from my upcoming release CHARMED SPIRITS, out Oct 2nd. Thanks again!

The hammer caught the edge of his thumb, and Matt cursed. Well, that seemed about right for the kind of day he was having. He paused, no, not the whole day. The early morning when he’d been buried in Jordan had been fucking spectacular. It had just happened to go downhill after that. Annoyingly downhill.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Release day for Ranae Rose: A TASTE OF HONEY



It's a new release for my friend Ranae Rose!!! I love her Half Moon Shifters series and now we get to meet a new shifter...a sexy, honey-loving bear! Yum!! I've already read this one and loved it. !! 

You can find this gem on most e-book retailers including Amazon.



Love at first sight? Not exactly. Things work a little differently for wolf shifters, though hunky park ranger Ronnie is a dream to look at, especially when he’s in uniform. Violet’s senses have been telling her he’s the one since the first time she caught a hint of his scent. Could she really be destined to be the mate of a bear shifter? Their differences are undeniable, but that hasn’t stopped her from wondering what it would be like to live happily ever after with the drop-dead sexy ranger who also serves as war chief of the Great Smoky Mountains’ resident bear shifter tribe. But bears don’t detect their mates by scent – their methods are scintillatingly personal. Tension simmers, and one thing will either make or break both of their hopes for the future – a taste of honey.





Ranae is also giving away $10 Amazon gift card to someone who comments. :-)


A Taste of Honey - Excerpt

His heart kept time, marking each passing second with ferocious beats as he guided his truck off the road and into his driveway. Adrenaline coursed through his veins, making them tingle and causing his throat to ache as he exited the cab and firmly closed its door. Maybe it was nothing – it was probably nothing – but it was his job to act as if it might be something and past experience had primed him for this moment, for any moment when it seemed danger might be threatening his tribe.
Or his mate. He was too intent on his current mission to eschew the thought completely. Violet might not be his mate, but clearly his heart was convinced otherwise. Each heavy beat urged him to find her, to protect her and the longed-for possibility that she embodied. It was impossible to guard his heart or his hopes when he feared for her safety. Twisting the knob and walking through the unlocked front door, he called her name.
No response.
He strode quickly into the cabin and checked every room, even his bedroom. It was easy to imagine her there, but she was nowhere to be found. Upon returning to the kitchen, he found a full pot of coffee waiting, untouched. A quick glance afforded him a glimpse of the worm container, still tucked behind the coffeemaker. Had he really been worried about it? If Violet felt anything like what he felt for her – if they were really meant to be mated – it would take a lot more than a container of earthworms to drive her away.
He had to find her. The backdoor beckoned. He opened it, imagining her small hand closing around the knob after he’d left. She must have gone for a walk, like she’d mentioned. Why had he left her alone? He should’ve taken her along for the ride to the station, even if it would’ve meant her having to suffer through a meeting with Hargrove.
Remaining a man was out of the question. He needed to be fast, strong and able to rely on his senses when they were at their best. Without sparing a thought for his clothing, he shifted. His flannel, t-shirt and jeans fluttered to the ground like soft confetti as he assumed his bear form. This way, he could find her quickly and defend her if necessary.
It probably wouldn’t be necessary – a fact he kept reminding himself of as he entered the red, brown and gold shadowland of the forest and charged through, his heavy paws crushing small branches underfoot and compressing the dense carpet of fallen leaves that had accumulated over the past several months. He inhaled deeply as he ran, scenting the air for any trace of Violet. He’d grown accustomed to her clean, sweet fragrance and his heart leapt when it drifted to him on a breeze.
He was huge, but his bulk didn’t slow him down. He wasn’t slow in his human form either, but never would’ve been able to race through the forest this way, dodging only the largest of obstacles and flattening all others in his path. Was this what it felt like to race to protect one’s mate? He’d done a lot of defending in the past but the urgency had never felt quite this potent, not even when he’d helped Jack and the rest of the Half Moon pack rescue Mandy when she’d been kidnapped.
 Each breath seared his lungs as he flattened saplings and leapt over boulders. If there really was a danger to bears lurking in the mountains, he was a sizeable, noisy target in his current form, but it didn’t matter. He felt buoyed by the importance of his mission, invincible because he had to be in order to protect Violet.
When he found her, he almost trampled her. Stretched flat on a rock that hung over his favorite fishing stream, he didn’t see her until he was almost on top of her. He skidded to a violent halt, his claws tearing up the earth and sending it flying along with a spray of pebbles and colorful, papery leaves.
Violet’s eyes went wide and she curled in on herself, protecting her vital organs by instinct as she threw up a hand in protest and toppled over the edge of the rock, her mouth open in a silent scream.
A sound of regret tore its way out of Ronnie’s chest as he lunged forward, too late to help. By the time he landed on the edge of the rock, he was a man again and gripped its edge with an ink-stained hand as he threw his other arm out into open space, reaching for her. “Violet!”
A wolf stared up at him from the stream, chocolate brown and shoulder-deep in running water. Even in her lupine form, her blue eyes were clearly recognizable and there was no mistaking the sweater that clung to her body, torn along most of its seams.
For a moment, he simply stared, eyes locked with hers. She was a beautiful wolf but he couldn’t take her hand and lift her out of the water in this form.
“Change,” he said, speaking loudly enough that his voice rumbled clearly over the sound of the stream. “I’ll lift you out.”
She glanced first at the rocky little overhang he was stretched across, then at the steep, muddy bank on the other side of the stream. Apparently, he was the most appealing option. In the blink of an eye, she became a woman again.
When she extended a hand, reaching for him, he took it and hoisted her up onto the rock. She was light as a feather, even in her dripping clothes – or what was left of them, anyway.
Her sweater was loose enough that it hadn’t been completely destroyed during her transformation, but it had torn along most of its seams and now clung to her – just barely – displaying generous views of milky flesh and what looked like the tattered remains of a camisole. Her jeans had fared even worse and floated down the stream in a cluster of dark-blue denim ribbons as she gasped and looked up at him with wide, blue eyes.
Until that moment, he hadn’t spared a thought for his nudity.
Water glistened and fell from her lips in tiny drops as their gazes locked and he was suddenly aware of being naked in a way he’d never been before. It wasn’t just a state of being or simple lack of clothing; it was a temptation, a glorious absence of physical barriers between himself and her. The deep ache of desperate desire that had been driving his racing heart and surging through his veins, urging him to find her, finally made its way to his cock. He reached out and laid his hands on her shoulders, gripping her slender arms as a shiver wracked them. He was done waiting – he had to know, now, whether she really was the one.
He pressed his mouth to hers, too eager to hold back. Her lips were soft and warm beneath the superficial chill her submersion had left them with and she smelled as crisp and clean as a mountain spring, the floral notes of her shampoo sweet highlights in her scent. As she parted her lips, his heart surged ahead and he pressed his tongue inside, past her teeth, in search of one thing – a taste of honey. Just a taste of honey, and she would be his forever.


Author bio: Ranae Rose is the bestselling author of over a dozen
paranormal, historical and contemporary romances, all of them delightfully
steamy. She lives on the US East Coast with her family, dogs and horses
and spends most of her time letting her very active imagination run wild,
penning her next story. When she's not writing, she can usually be found
in the saddle or behind a good book with a cup of tea.

Website: www.ranaerose.com

Twitter: @Ranae_Rose

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ranae.rose.33



Friday, September 21, 2012

Fresh Friday Reads: Paranormal Romance


It's a Paranormal Week!! I bought a couple paranormal books in series that I love, plus my Redwood Pack is now in print and digital in a pretty bundle! What have you bought this week?



Redwood Pack Vol 2 - Carrie Ann Ryan

Redwood Pack Volume 2 contains the third book in the Redwood Pack series, plus a novella in a print copy.

Trinity Bound Redwood Pack book 3

Hannah Lewis, a rare earth witch, is taken from the only life she’s ever known. Held at her will by a sadistic wolf, she almost gives up hope that she’d ever see her real life again. But as her fellow captive, a werewolf named Reed, tries to calm her fears, she begins to feel a spark of something she never thought she’d feel – love. But is Reed, alone, enough to get her out of this dark basement so she can move on with her life?
Reed Jamenson, the artist of a werewolf Pack of Alpha males, knows instinctually that Hannah is his mate. Thus, despite their imprisonment, he will do all to protect her and then worry about their hearts. But is he strong enough to find a way for both of them to escape? And why does he feel as though something else is missing?
Josh Kolb, an ex-military human, stumbles upon Reed and Hannah and finds he must trust this new world of supernatural beings to survive. But that desire will lead the three to a triangle of attraction that will test the boundaries they all possess and its consequences in defeating the enemy. Can they all trust one another to save themselves and life as they know it? Even at the cost of their own hearts?

A Night Away Redwood Pack Book 3.5

Kade Jamenson has been mated to Melanie for almost two years. They’ve been through mating circles, battles, loss, misunderstandings, and finally, the birth of their son, Finn. The world is in turmoil around them as the Redwoods engage in war with the Centrals. But for Kade and Melanie, the turmoil is also happening at home. The responsibility of a restless baby and their Pack has taken a toll and they need a break.
Not from each other. But from their Pack. Just for a night.
Kade takes Mel away for a romantic getaway and leaves Uncle Maddox alone with baby Finn. The Omega of the Redwood Pack may be adept at emotions but the idea of a baby may be beyond his immense capabilities.
Author’s Note: This is a novella set between books 3 and 4 to give you a taste of Mel and Kade. It is best that you have already immersed yourselves in the Redwood Pack world, however even new readers will enjoy a glimpse of one of the Redwood’s favorite couples.



A Taste of Honey - Ranae Rose

Love at first sight? Not exactly. Things work a little differently for wolf shifters, though hunky park ranger Ronnie is a dream to look at, especially when he’s in uniform. Violet’s senses have been telling her he’s the one since the first time she caught a hint of his scent. Could she really be destined to be the mate of a bear shifter? Their differences are undeniable, but that hasn’t stopped her from wondering what it would be like to live happily ever after with the drop-dead sexy ranger who also serves as war chief of the Great Smoky Mountains’ resident bear shifter tribe. But bears don’t detect their mates by scent – their methods are scintillatingly personal. Tension simmers, and one thing will either make or break both of their hopes for the future – a taste of honey.

Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha

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 the gang, to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.



Hunter's Season - Thea Harrison

A Novella of the Elder Races

Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards.

As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.

Aubrey’s trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.

Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly!



Shadow of the Wolf - Dana Marie Bell

Strike a match, light the candle…and fall into the spell.

Heart’s Desire, Book 1

Christopher Beckett is from an ancient line of wizards, but with one aspect that sets him apart. His wolf. Right now that wolf is howling for a mate. Knowing it’s only a matter of time before the wolf’s needs override everything else in his life, Chris casts the spell all the Becketts have used to call their mates to them.

His wish list is short: She must be of a lineage at least as old as his own. And she must accept his wolf. When his mate appears, he realizes his list should have been one item longer. 

Alannah Evans, a powerful witch of the Evans Coven, has no problem with Chris’s wolf. It’s the wizard part that sticks in her magical craw. Witches and wizards have always been at odds, so by rights, she and Chris shouldn’t be striking sparks of attraction this bright. But Chris will not be denied, and gradually she finds herself trusting him—then falling into the fire of desire.

When it becomes clear an old enemy has targeted them both for death, Chris charges into a duel that could cost him his life. Or worse: Lana.

Product Warnings
Product contains explicit sex, graphic language, magic, mayhem, and a wet, naked wolf shifter bearing hot chocolate. Mmm… chocolate.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday Tales: Interview with Christy McKee and a Giveaway



Hi! Thanks so much for coming today. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

It’s my pleasure to be your guest today, Carrie Ann. You’ve got a nice looking blog here. Lots of sexy covers and, well, I guess everyone can see for themselves.

Tell us a bit about your book.

The premise: the heroine receives a windfall that completely changes her life. This is not  a rags to riches tale, although that’s part of it,  but a story about a talented woman in the enviable position of suddenly having the means to make her biggest dream come true and being too filled with self-doubt and guilt to embrace it. She’s met the perfect man for her, but fears she will never fit in his high powered, sophisticated world.  If she can’t pull herself together, she runs the risk of losing it all

Is this part of a series?

Yes, it’s book #1 of the Shores of Lake Champlain series.

What was your favorite part?

It’s a funny scene where Pierce is giving their housekeeper, Mille, static about her suddenly being everywhere and never giving him and Gabrielle any privacy. She tells him it’s a PG rated household and to knock it off. Then she rolls her enormous watering cart right in front of him and gives him a big squirt in the face.  

Why did you choose to write romance?

I write romance because I want a happy ending.

Rate your story in terms of steaminess

Looking at Maybe Too Good to Be True in terms of the “steaminess” factor, I’d have to give it 4 steam puffs out of a possible 5. How do I explain the “puffs” system? I’ll break it down. One steam puff for a hot love scene, half puffs for sexy, stolen kisses or those sensual seductive “almost got there” scenes. You will just have to read the book to determine how many whole and half steam puffs add up to 4.

What are you reading right now?

Wilder by Christina Dodd. It’s part of her Chosen series. 

I know this is like asking who is your favorite child, who is your favorite romance author (s)?

I’m taking a little wiggle room here. For humorous contemporary, I’d say Susan Elizabeth Phillips; for paranormal, definitely Lara Adrian, for more mainstream, Jodi Picoult.

What is your favorite romance book or series?

The Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian

Boxers or Briefs?

I think boxers look dorky. Of course it could be because I’ve never seen them on the “right” person. Until then, I’ll go with briefs.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

I come from a noble line of chocoholics, so it’s in my blood. Chocolate, of course.

Do you have a special piece of clothing you wear when you write?

Not really, but I always write in my bare or “socked” feet.

What is next for you?

I have two WIPs going. I’m working on another contemporary romance, Too Close for Comfort, and my first ghost story.

Interviewer: Gabrielle and Pierce, what were your first impressions of each other?

Pierce:

Pierce chuckles as he wipes one of his big hands across handsome face. “First time I saw Gabrielle was in an 8 x 10 glossy and my heart stopped.  She is one beautiful woman,” he looks across the room at her. “Curious about who she was,” he continued, “I flipped the photo over and felt like I’d been kicked in the gut. Stamped in blood red ink, was the name of a private instigator. No one wastes time and money checking out a friend, so I knew one thing, Gabrielle had to be an enemy.”

Gabrielle:

Gabrielle gave a baby pig snort. “Yeah…well that certainly didn’t stop you from putting your hands all over me.”
“That’s right. This Neanderthal came charging into the dining room while I was trying to retrieve my dog, Max. He almost tackled me to the ground, ranting about someone stealing his cookies. My first impression was that he was a raving lunatic. Then when he tried to explain away his actions, telling me he’d mistaken me for a little boy named Jimmy, I decided he was delusional and had probably escaped his cage in the attic.   No matter how handsome, confident and sexy he appeared, none of that trumped crazy.”

What are your favorite parts about each other?

“I’m assuming this isn’t a question about favorite “body parts,” Pierce grins. “Because Gabrielle has...” He sighed. “Okay, I get it. First off, we are not into finishing each other’s sentences. It nauseates me when people say that about their partner.  This might sound too simplistic, but at the end of the day, I can hardly wait to go home and see her. No matter how rotten a day I’ve had, I know when I look into those green eyes of hers; all of the crap that I’ve dealt with that day vanishes.”
Gabrielle smiles. “I don’t want to name more than a few or Pierce will get a stupendously large head. “For the first time in my life, I have a man who never judges me; Pierce never criticizes my choices and backs off to let me figure things out on my own.” She crosses her long legs. “I grew up in a house of conditional love. If I was good, my father would reward me; if I was not, he withdrew his attention as punishment; sometimes not speaking to me for days. I know if I screw up, Pierce will always be there. He’s already proven it several times.”

What’s next for you?

I have two WIP. Too Close for Comfort is a companion to Maybe Too Good to Be True. It will be the second book in the Shores of Lake Champlain series. There’s a male ghost who is haunting me, telling me he won’t “leave” until I tell his story so he can move on.

Secondary Characters

Practically every good story, including romance, has its secondary characters. They come in all species, shapes, and sizes, and can range from the family dog—who is an excellent observer—to the curmudgeon of a grandfather who gives surprisingly sound advice. These characters can’t simply “be” in the story; they have to add something of value to it, even if it’s advice. Having a forty something woman knocking on a widow’s door selling Avon adds nothing to the story, but if the Avon lady was at the hair salon and over heard that the little grandmother is going on her first date in over 40 years, she has a purpose. She’s going to do granny’s make up and give her the confidence boost she needs for her date and probably get a healthy order for her trouble.

Secondary characters can also have their own story lines albeit a minor one in the overall scheme of the main story. For instance, there is a newly engaged couple who invites their “single” parents to meet and discuss wedding details; the parents might meet and detest each other on sight. Surprising everyone, the two fifty year olds end up deciding to live together—to their children’s shock— is a thread that will interest other middle age readers. Appealing to a broader reader base is something we all need to consider.

Thank you so much for having me over today, Carrie Ann.


Christy

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

My addiction to reading emerged  when I was ten and down with measles. My mother, trying to keep me entertained,  brought home a stack of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books. Within days, I’d consumed them all and asked for more. That’s when it truly began−the pleasure of reading which would eventually lead to my writing.

I can’t pin point precisely when I knew I was different from everyone else−at least from my tight group of  hometown friends. Didn’t everyone have movies playing in their heads starring beautiful  characters leading adventurous lives in exotic places?  NO—they did not. Did that mean  they  were normal and I was the odd, slightly wacky duck?  My answer to that conundrum came when I attended my first writer’s conference in Savannah. Nervous about being on my own at the crowded event, a kindly writer from Texas took me under her wing and introduced me to at least a dozen writers.  Surrounded by so many writers who were so like me, I  fit  right in. I wasn’t an “odd” duck after all; I’d simply been in the wrong pond!

As a result of that conference, my desire and conviction to write blossomed. Still working a full time job at  a Louisiana cancer center,  I carved out time to write every night and on weekends. My first manuscript went through four incarnations, and a year under the bed,  before success came knocking.

Today my family and our two Labs—Lambeau, the Green Bay Packers unofficial mascot  and Gracie, who is just plain, sweet Amazing Grace—live  in a picturesque little town in Ohio wrapped around a lovely town square with an intricately carved gazebo where weekly band concerts take place all summer long.   




BLURB:

Gabrielle March is summoned to an oceanfront estate in Massachusetts by the matriarch of Atlantic-Hastings International where she is presented with a hefty block of shares as amends for a crime committed against her family. The stock—worth several million dollars—can give her the means to make her dream come true if only she can muster the courage to break free from her past and believe in her unique creative talent.    

Pierce Hastings, son of Gabrielle’s benefactress, grudgingly agrees to take her under his wing and acclimate her to Atlantic-Hastings.  Never one to mix business with pleasure, Pierce stuns himself when he ignores his own self imposed rule. Gabrielle’s complete lack of artifice, unvarnished honesty and quirky sense of humor are intoxicating to him―and he’s rapidly becoming addicted. He’s blindsided when Gabrielle confesses that, in spite of her growing feelings for him, she will never fit into his world of power and privilege and has no desire to try.



Excerpt 

             So much for him making this easy on her. Was he enjoying making her squirm? "For making a giant leap to the wrong conclusion and for calling you some pretty nasty things."
            His blue eyes held hers, giving no clue to his thoughts.

            Why didn’t he say something? "Pierce, I made a hasty assumption without bothering to check my facts. If one of my employees did the same, I’d fire them on the spot. It was completely unprofessional. I’m sorry."

            "Apology’s not necessary, Gabrielle. Believe me, I’ve been called considerably worse.”

            “So, we’re good…we’re even?” After all, he’d put his hands all over her yesterday when Max swiped his sugar cookies.

            “Even?” His steely eyes fixed on hers; the black wolf daring Red Riding Hood to blink.    “As in the score is tied?”

            “Yes.” No way was she going to be the first to blink.

            “No.” The wolf’s eyes grew more intense.

            “No?” Shit. She almost blinked. “Why not?”

            “I only play to win.” He smiled like the true wolf he probably was.

            “Good for you. But I don’t want to play anymore.” Snappy repartee wasn’t in her skill set. She took a sip of her still piping hot coffee. Why had she even bothered to apologize? It was just making everything worse.

            “Taking your toys and going home, are you?” A sexy chuckle rumbled up from his broad chest.

            “No.” She tried to sound blasé, unaffected by his male intensity. “I’m going to enjoy the day and get to know the Hastings family better.”

            “Excellent.” He blasted her with a charming smile. “You can start with me.”  




 Christy will be awarding a digital copy of Maybe Too Good To Be True to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop and a $30 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.