Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Just looking for some opinions! Thanks!

Guest Post w/ Brenda Novak + giveaway!

Morning chickies! We've got Brenda Novak chatting with us today! Check our her guest post and her new release and leave her some comment love. She's got a tour wide giveaway game going on too so check that out :) ~Anna
Sometimes home is the refuge you need—and sometimes it isn't....

Adelaide Davies, who's been living in Sacramento, returns to Whiskey Creek, the place she once called home. She's there to take care of her aging grandmother and to help with Gran's restaurant, Just Like Mom's. But Adelaide isn't happy to be back. There are too many people here she'd rather avoid, people who were involved in that terrible June night fifteen years ago.

Ever since the graduation party that changed her life, she's wanted to go to the police and make sure the boys responsible—men now—are punished. But she can't, not without revealing an even darker secret. So it's better to pretend….

Noah Rackham, popular, attractive, successful, is shocked when Adelaide won't have anything to do with him. He has no idea that his very presence reminds her of something she'd rather forget. He only knows that he's finally met a woman he could love.

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Welcome to Day 3 of my blog tour!

I hope you’ve managed to find your two gold mining items as well as your two character names from the blogs I’ve visited so far, because we’re moving on! (If you’re new, it’s not too late to join the fun. Just visit to get directions, a scorecard and a description of the Whiskey Creek package* I’m giving away as a prize to all who follow me on this adventure.)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guest Post w/ Milly Taiden-- edit me?

When Raine Bowe volunteers for a sleep study for the extra cash, she didn't expect to wake in a lab or to be victimized by a mad scientist. She escapes with one objective--to find someone strong enough to wage war with the evil growing inside her.

 Ryder Storm is a man with a reputation--the bad boy of his own universe. He doesn't take prisoners, won't give into a sweet smile, and doesn't cut his pack an inch of slack. He knows the desperate woman in his bar is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He'll give her anything she wants, except the one thing she's begging for. Death.

 Raine enlists Ryder’s help to unravel the mystery surrounding the hours she lost in the lab and to help tame the beast inside her. In their search for answers, the road will lead them to a twisted experiment involving shifters, humans, and the creation of the ultimate Alpha. He's ready for the adventure and she's ready for her answers. Neither are ready for the lust that calls down from the mating moon. But a wolf knows its mate, and an alpha will not stop until he or she gets what they want.

Edits…Why We Need Them

Edits can be something that a writer absolutely despises. Think about it. You had this wonderful story. It was PERFECT. Right? Or was it? Well you go and send it to your editor and what you get back is enough to make a person color blind. Red lines cutting here and there and things are replaced and a few comments or 800 of them is possible. And you want to cry to the heavens that this person hates your story and you don’t know why they are destroying your work…until you read through the comments. Then it’s like: Oh. Yeah. I see what they mean. Hm. I thought I made that clear. I guess I didn’t. Hah! This person is hilarious. And so

Monday, July 29, 2013

Quote-tastic (13) --hotter than a wha?

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Bonus Scene! From Fling by Lauren Hawkeye--it's a little bit spicy!

We've got a fun little bonus excerpt for yall today from Fling! Check it out and let me know what you think... ~Anna
Welcome to Fetish Week.

Unleash your kinky side with three tales of BDSM romance in an exclusive Mediterranean sex resort from three hot erotica writers, including New York Times bestselling author, Sara Fawkes.

TAKE ME by Sara Fawkes
The minute sexy hotel manager Alexander Stavros spots shy, sweet Kate Swansea at the Mancusi resort, he can tell she’s begging for release. This Dom is the perfect man to help her… if she’s willing to let go of her inhibitions and enjoy the ride.

TEACH ME by Cathryn Fox
There’s nothing Luca Mancusi loves more than lingerie. So much so, he’s made it his business. Fashion design intern Josie Pelletier is supposed to be negotiating a deal with him, but as talks heat up, he can’t wait to teach her the ways of business…and BDSM.

TAME ME by Lauren Hawkeye
CEO Marco Kennedy can’t help being drawn to Ariel Monroe. When he follows the pop star abroad to the Mancusi resort, she agrees to a deal: He’ll win her as a sub through pleasure…or he’ll disappear from her life. Ariel’s game…just as long as she doesn’t lose her heart too.

Tame Me by Lauren Hawkeye
Bonus Scene

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dark Wolf (Spirit Wild #1) by Kate Douglas

Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes.

Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel. Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?

Type: Erotica/Paranormal Romance (Shifters-Wolves)
Heat: 4 out of 5-- menage m/m, m/f/m, m/f/f/m, f/f--okay pretty much all the f/m combos
Rating: 4 out of 5

Shifted Shifter Sex. Mmmhmm. Gotta hand it to Douglas. She is a unique one. LOL Dark Wolf is a spin off of her Wolf Tales series-- focusing on the next generation of Chanku which are shifters-- and it was a fun one. The characters are entertaining, the world creative and interesting and the sex. Well it's pretty damn good too.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye **Pick of the Litter**

Two strangers…

Makenna James thinks her day can't get any worse, until she finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call, the pin-striped accountant catches only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights go out.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is amused when a harried redhead dashes into his elevator fumbling her bags and cell phone. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he's terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he's trapped in his own worst nightmare.

One pitch-black elevator…

To fight fear, they must reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

Type: Contemporary Romance, novella
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Oh my god. If you haven't read this novella you need to pick it up now. Like go straight to Amazon and one click the hell out of Hearts in Darkness. Holy crap it's good. It's sexy and fun and will make you wish you lived in a place with taller buildings and elevators. Gah. Stupid short buildings in North Carolina!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton

Miranda is a high-class escort at the most prestigious escort agency in Sydney, Australia. Her Madam, Miss Stephanie commands the highest standard from her working girls and has taught Miranda the very best in the art of seducing men. Although it was never the life Miranda imagined for herself, she makes more than a decent living from it and always seems to be in demand from the Agency’s top clients.

American-born Joe Tench is one of Sydney’s most prominent businessman, owning the majority of the nightlife in Sydney, and across the country, but there is a dark side to Joe Tench. He is a regular client of Miranda's, he is also demanding, dominating and hard to handle. Miranda finds herself falling for Joe Tench’s unfamiliar, yet enticing charm. Until she meets Tom Smythe, heir to a wealthy mining company and amongst the top ten wealthiest families in Australia. The two develop a strong friendship after a chance meeting.

Miranda is caught between her feelings for these two very different men until a personal tragedy sees Miranda embark on a journey of discovery... and into a world she finds difficult to escape from.

Type: Not really sure. Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance, maybe?
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Buying Thyme was a fascinating read and pretty damn unique. The heroine? She's a hooker. Really. A hooker. I mean, how often can you say that?!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Spotlight/Giveaway: Dishing Up Desire by Barbara DeLeo

Morning Chickies! Just a quick spotlight for Barbara DeLeo's Dishing Up Desire. It's a foodie romance from Entangled :) There's a giveaway down at the bottom too so be sure to check that out!  ~Anna
Image consultant Blake Matthews is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. Once he does, he’ll be able to acquire LA’s most successful PR firm. But Kirin’s no easy fix. She’s stubborn about changing her comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a junior staffer. She needs a PR lifeline fast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over...

Kirin doesn’t need a makeover—her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Kirin agrees to let model-perfect Blake work his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near.

Have you read DeLeo?
Do you have a favorite foodie romance? 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

Darcy Trent is lucky Cooper Hudson is on hand to sweep her off her feet—literally—when she nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean. But life-saving aside, Mr. Perfect's timing stinks: Darcy's career is about to take her to the complete opposite side of the Atlantic. Still, a little summer loving with the tall, blond and sexy former cop is far too tempting to pass up.

When his plans to enter the Secret Service went south thanks to a bum knee, Coop retreated to the family beach house to mull his future. Romance is the last thing on his mind, until he fishes a curvy brunette out of the sea. Now, spending time in Darcy's arms seems like the ideal distraction, even if it is just for a week.

But with Darcy's departure date fast approaching and their careers on the line, can they realize in time that their beach fling might become the real thing?

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Seriously, if all trips to the beach resulted in a Cooper Hudson my ass would be on it's way there right now. And I might never leave. He was such a cutie!

Love at High Tide was a really fun beachy read. It's a little flirty, a little sassy, filled with great characters that are just...likable. OoOoo. Almost put lickable there but damn yeah that applies too...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Love Him or Leave Him (Small Town, Big Dreams #2) by Sara Daniel

Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them.

Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor's back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.

Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 1.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Love Him or Leave Him was one of those reads I just love. It's filled with characters that are passionate and complex, there's drama and unwavering heart and small town quirkiness--complete with hot chocolate contests. It's just a sweet romance that kept me smiling and entertained.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Spotlight/Giveaway: Collared for a Night by Susan Arden!

All it takes is one mistake to be marked. One bite, she crosses a line...into forever.

Diana Hambre's body is blazing. For days, this leopardess shifter has spun through a body-searing heat cycle. Alone. Her senses reel when Shawn Barclay, her boss, walks into her reserved room at the Downtown Den, a stud club for shifters. He gives Diana a choice: spend the evening with him, give into his every desire, and she'll find out what it means to quench her heat-crazed thirst—or try her luck with a stranger, one of the club bangers.

Shawn hates when his back is against the wall. One sip of Diana’s pheromone-laced scent is enough to force his alpha hand. The tables have turned and it's Diana's back he wants up against a wall or any other surface for that matter.

As the moon rises toward midnight, Shawn and Diana come to understand the difference between sex and bonding. For a night, neither resists their primal instincts, blindly giving into carnal desire. Her wild nature fights being subdued and she risks spontaneously shifting without warning.

Now, bearing Shawn's bite marks, she can’t simply walk away from him; not when he has the means to teach her to harness her leopardess nature.

Shawn accepts the challenge of training Diana to control her untamed cravings. While employing every method available in and out of the bedroom, he discovers he's the one on the verge being ensnared.

Warning: Scorching, erotic scenes hot enough to peel paint's a spicy one...

Quote-tastic (12) -- whips and floggers?!

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blind Attraction (Reckless Beat #1) by Eden Summers

Peering down at a sea of fans, rock star, Mitchell Davies can’t deny the innocent beauty of a woman in the front row. He’ll stop at nothing to get to know her. When a public altercation leaves her weak and defenseless, he takes the opportunity to be her savior.

Alana Shelton wants to spread her wings and experience life away from her restrictive upbringing. But she isn’t prepared for a gorgeous stranger to sweep her off her feet while at her most vulnerable.

He wants to teach her how to trust, but she’ll show him how to love. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Blind Attraction was my first rockstar read and a damn fun time. These guys are funny, snarky, talented, give each other hell--in the best way, and each have a little bit of darkness hounding them. Throw in a fabulous heroine, some sexy times and a love story on top of it and *girly swoon* I'm a goner. Summers has me completely hooked on this group of rockers.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Randomly Random: Oh you're a "romance" reader....tsk tsk

If you've been by the blog you know I love my romances. All types. From the sweet and sassy to the dark and twisty. Simple kisses to full out menage and any and every kink you can throw at me. I love them all. 

And I'm good with people knowing what I read. I take my paperbacks with their half nekkid covers out in public and will chat with pretty much anyone about what I read. I don't really care if people don't "get" my books. They're my release, my entertainment, my way to relax from the stresses of every day life and I'm not harming a single person reading them.

Where's all this going?

Well, earlier tonight my easy going, laid back reader girl self snapped just a little bit. All because of a post that was up on B&N's blog for about 7 hours--before they decided to quietly take the post down after a not so positive response from romance readers out there. [For yall outside the US B&N (Barnes & Noble) is I'd say our biggest book retailer with actual stores.]

The Seen Trilogy by Cynthia Sax

I'm doing a 3-in-one review for this one since it's one story broken down into 60-80 page increments :)
She desires to be seen. He wants to watch.

Anna Sampson has a naughty secret. Every night, she slips into her neighbor's yard and swims naked in his pool. She fantasizes that the dynamic young billionaire watches her nightly nude aquatics, his brilliant green eyes gleaming with lust.

She discovers this isn't pure fantasy. Gabriel Blaine has been watching her via his security cameras, and now that he has returned to L.A., he doesn't plan to stop. That's all he wants—to watch. Anna knows she shouldn't allow him and she certainly shouldn't want more, but she craves Blaine's attention, needing his gaze fixed on her body.

Type: Erotica, serial format novella
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Format: 1 out of 5

Oh you know I love a bit of kink. I love it even more when two kinky characters find each other and their kinks just fit. Exhibitionist meet voyeur...what a perfect match. She loves being watched and he loves watching. And damn, so did I. He Watches Me pulled me and my kink loving self right in.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

One Night with a Cowboy (Oklahoma Nights #1) by Cat Johnson

One Sweet Ride…

Oh yeah. A single look at the leggy blonde in the stands and Tucker Jenkins is ready to buck all night long. It’s time to forget all about his cheating ex and his usual hands off policy.

One Hot Night…

Becca Hart is an East Coast professor. Not a buckle bunny. But no degree can prepare her for the moves of the sexy bull rider she hooks up with at her first rodeo … Or the shock of finding him at her first Oklahoma State University staff meeting.

One Happy Ending…

Tuck knows it’s all about holding on, no matter how wild the ride. Now he just has to convince Becca that a rough start out of the chute doesn’t mean they aren’t a smokin’ combination …

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Ahh a misplaced Yankee deep in cowboy country. That's always entertaining. Add in a sexier than hell cowboy, lots of heat, a little bit of drama and you know it's gonna be a good time. One Night with a Cowboy had me smiling and laughing, near compromising my vegetarian morals for a pair of really fucking sexy leather chaps (and the cowboy in them) and damn ready to go check out the nearest rodeo. Yeah boy, *fans self* Cat Johnson definitely has a new fan.

Cat Thursday.... I needs a...nap...

Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

Spotlight/Giveaway: More than a Maid by Reeni Austin

Ramon Barboza loves two things: his ranch and his freedom. An occasional drunken fling is all he needs to satisfy his desire for a woman.

Marcy Cameron never wanted to be a live-in maid, but her cleaning business is falling apart. When her friend offers her an overpaid position as housekeeper for a month, it's an offer she can't refuse. Marcy packs her bags and heads to Texas. But the house comes with a grumpy, secretive, and obstinate occupant: Ramon, who thinks his life and his house are fine just the way they are. The sassy, headstrong Marcy quickly butts heads with the master of the house. But is the tension between them merely anger, or something more?

As Cara and Victor plan their wedding at the ranch, Henry's secrets cast a shadow. Ramon has his suspicions, but refuses to discuss them with anyone.

What made Henry run off? Why is he living off the grid? Why has he still not returned? Victor and Armando are determined to uncover the truth, but will the answers be more than they bargained for?

In the conclusion of the Barboza Brothers trilogy, all of these questions will be answered.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Guest Post w/ Jane Lark-- historical characters...

Trapped under the reign of a cruel keeper, Ellen Harding longs to be free. Under his oppression, her soul and conscience have died while her body lives on, fulfilling his dissolute desires. She is empty––a vessel––deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame.

When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines what it would be like to escape her chains for a night by giving her body to him.

But Edward Marlow is kind and gentle when he touches her, and her subconscious whispers, this man could be her salvation. Yet how can he help her when she has secrets which prevent her freedom?

Edward is restless, lonely, and a little angry with his lot in life—it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man’s mistress.  The woman’s dark hair and pale eyes are striking, and he cannot take his gaze off her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes.

Once he’s known her, he cannot forget her, and once he’s seen the evidence of her supposed benefactor’s brutality, he wants to help her. But how can he when she will not run any more than she will speak of her past?

When a desperate Ellen finally relents and shocks Edward from his sleep, he doesn’t hesitate, he helps her flee .He just doesn’t know he’s running headlong into the secrets of her past.

Can love redeem a life of sin?

Picking characters out of history

I love researching history just as much as I love writing stories in a historical setting, but the thing which captures me most is memoirs and letters. Don’t get me wrong as a historical romance writer you do need to read text books too, but what really drops my imagination into the era is reading the words written by the people who lived then.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Guest Post w/ Melissa Schroeder-- all kinds of firsts...

When this Dom falls hard, he will do anything to protect the woman he loves.

Elias St John has lived a life most people wouldn’t believe. An Aussie by birth, he has found his way to the Big Island working as the right hand man to Joe Kaheaku. When his boss dies and leaves the ranch to Eli and Joe’s niece Crysta Miller, Eli finds himself more than a little attracted to her.
After finding her fiancé in bed with another woman and helping her father through his illness, Crysta is ready for a new start. The offer of the ranch far away from home is perfect. The only problem she has is with Eli who constantly tells her what to do. When an argument turns into a passionate kiss, both of them get more than they were expecting.

Eli finds himself completely enthralled with Crysta as his submissive. As seemingly simple accidents turn deadly, Eli realizes that someone is bent on destroying the ranch by any means possible—even murder.

» WARNING: this book contains the following: A cynical Dom, a woman ready for adventure, Hawaiian cowboys-yeah they have them, horse rides, stunning sunsets and a new island for Addicts to cherish. Remember, it’s Harmless so bring on the ice water and towels.

Hi, everyone! I want to think Herding Cats and Burning Soup for having me here on the blog today.  If you don’t know who I am, my name is Melissa Schroeder. I write romance in genres from historical through futuristic and sensual to erotic. My latest release is A Little Harmless Ride, the ninth book in my Harmless series.

This book has a lot of firsts. The first cowboy, the first time on The Big Island, and it was the first Harmless book on a cover of a national magazine.

Monday, July 15, 2013

After Hours by Cara McKenna-- *5 stars! Pick of the Litter*

A dangerous infatuation with a rough and ready man…

Erin Coffey has been a nurse for years, but nothing’s prepared her for the physical and emotional demands of her new position. Needing to move closer to her dysfunctional family, she takes a dangerous job at Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital, where she quickly learns that she needs protection—and she meets the strong, over-confident coworker who’s more than willing to provide it.

Kelly Robak is the type of guy that Erin has sworn she’d never get involved with. She’s seen firsthand, via her mess of a sister, what chaos guys like him can bring into a woman’s life. But she finds herself drawn to him anyway, even when he shows up at her door, not eager to take no for an answer.

What Erin finds even more shocking than Kelly’s indecent proposal is how much she enjoys submitting to his every command. But he can’t play the tough guy indefinitely. If they want to have more than just an affair, both will have to open up and reveal what they truly need

Type: Erotica/Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

McKenna made working on a psych ward so fucking sexy. I loved everything about After Hours. Hot hero, strong/determined heroine, unique setting, sex that was so fucking hot it could singe the pages and just the right amount of drama added into the mix to make things even more exciting.

Fangs for Nothing ( The Fangover #2) by Erin McCarthy and Kathy Love

Attending their bandmate Saxon’s wedding seemed simple enough for Johnny Malone and Drake Hanover. But after waking up in a dominatrix’s dungeon, they realize their cash and cell phones have been stolen—along with the bride’s wedding dress and the groom. And then there’s the matter of the two women in the room….

Loose cannon Johnny is handcuffed to Lizette, an uptight paper pusher. She wants to help save Johnny from the horrible fate in store for him at the hands of the Vampire Alliance, but he won’t sign the paperwork. Then there’s Josie, the waifish caterer from the reception, who rescues Drake from a sex swing. Josie may be cute and make a great cupcake, but Drake knows she might also be the thief. Or it could have been that gang of drag queens all dressed as Cher….

Regardless, Johnny and Lizette need to get out of these handcuffs. Drake and Josie need to find their missing belongings. And Saxon needs to be located before the Vampire Alliance comes down on them hard….

Type: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Heat: 3 (but very little actual page time)
Rating: 4

Waking up with your friend's ass-less leather chaps clad rear hanging from a sex swing--inches from your face, while handcuffed to a French chippy intent on making you crazy, in a decked out BDSM dungeon and not a single clue how you wound up there... Worst. Hangover. Ever. lol

And what kicks off an entertaining romp through NOLA filled with gangs of Cher drag queens, random guard alligators and a creeper Domme as vampire rockers Johnny and Drake (and the women they woke up with) piece together the night after their friends oh so bizarre BDSM themed wedding-- think cat-o'-nine-tails bridal "bouquets". Yeah it was an...interesting one. And not only is everyone rather clueless on their after hours "adventures" but the groom's gone missing too.

Quote-tastic (11) ---wolves are all the same....

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Spotlight: Bishop's Angel by Tory Richards-- holy sexy cover!

After ten years of sacrificing everything for his country as a Navy SEAL, Bishop is looking for salvation, and a little something more permanent in his life. Angel, a pretty kindergarten teacher, thinks she's just what he needs. Their chemistry is instant, and explosive, only Bishop has trouble letting go of his commitment to his country. It's up to Angel to prove there's room for her in his future.

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Hi folks!

I’m so happy to be here! July 15th marks the release of my 20th ebook, Bishop’s Angel. When my first book became published in 2005 I never dreamed that I would reach this milestone. I don’t believe it’s a goal any writer sets, as who knows what life will bring, or what kind of distractions get in the way. During the years that followed 2005 I’ve had a best seller, attended the 2009 Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention, bought and sold several homes, traveled to Europe, experienced the joy of becoming a grandmother twice, lost my mom and hubby, retired from Disney, and moved in with my daughter and her family.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Duchess Hunt (House of Trent #1) by Jennifer Haymore

Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother's disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved--and the last woman he should desire...

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon's touch. But dukes do not long for lady's maids--or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer's web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family's future or break Sarah's heart.

Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Total. Book. Swoon. 375 pages and I adored each and every single word. The Duchess Hunt is exactly what I look for in a historical romance. A story where I can get completely and undeniably lost in it's pages and in a world that feels so incredibly real you can almost taste it. Where it breaks your heart and mists up your eyes and makes you smile in pure joy as the characters you meet fight for their happily ever after.

Spotlight: Seductive Shadows: "Cameron" by Marni Mann

Ooo just a quick spotlight today. We did a little something last week on Seductive Shadows but this week it's a little different and we've got an excerpt about Cameron. Yum. Check it out and let me know what you think!  ~Anna
Charlie is a passionate, sensually inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from an abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure and contact leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security, the money provides financial freedom, and the madam’s authority is the mother figure she longs for.

But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets the renowned yet mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense, baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. He’s sexy, and not in a subtle way. Cameron stimulates her art, intellect and desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, Charlie discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.

Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows is the unforgettable tale of a young woman’s discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a memorable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.

This book is for mature audiences 17+.  It contains explicit language and sexual content.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Guest Post w/ Barbara DeLeo-- Scarlett and Rhett salt and pepper shakers?

Image consultant Blake Matthews is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. Once he does, he’ll be able to acquire LA’s most successful PR firm. But Kirin’s no easy fix. She’s stubborn about changing her comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a junior staffer. She needs a PR lifeline fast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over...

Kirin doesn’t need a makeover—her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Kirin agrees to let model-perfect Blake work his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near.

It’s so great to be on “Herding Cats and Burning Soup” today. I definitely feel like a cat herder with my four kids and miniature schnauzer, and my cooking disability is legendary. Maybe that’s why I wanted to write about a celebrity chef in my latest book.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Brother's Honor (Grangers #1) by Brenda Jackson

As the eldest brother, attorney Jace Granger is determined to take responsibility for Granger Aeronautics, his family's failing business. But the years of mismanagement seem impossible to untangle. As CEO, he hires a consultant to turn the company around. Smart, sexy Shana Bradford is the right person for the job; and the right woman to turn Jace's world upside down.

But the passion between them is jeopardized when old secrets begin to emerge. A woman from Jace's past suddenly reappears. And an explosive discovery changes everything Jace thinks he knows about his mother; and his father, who was convicted of her murder.

Jace Granger tried to leave his family history behind once before. But this time he needs to face the past; or risk losing his future.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Damn. There is just something about a man in a suit. The second I saw this cover I knew I was going to need to read A Brother's Honor. Yes, yes. I know. I'm a cover whore. I'm good with it LOL and I'm really glad I gave this one a read. It did take me a little while to warm up and get pulled in by the storyline but by the end of the book I was antsy and flipping pages as fast as I could.

Cat Thursday-- the dark side...

Welcome to the weekly meme hosted by The True Book Addict that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats!

Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Interview w/ Karina Halle-- she might be just a little bit sadistic--in an awesome way of course ;)

Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest.

When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past swallows her whole.

Meanwhile, Camden’s new life is short-lived. Fueled by revenge and pursued by authorities, he teams up with an unlikely partner in order to save Ellie. But as Camden toes the line between love and retribution, he realizes that in order to get back the woman he loves, he may have to lose himself in the process. He might just turn into the very man he’s hunting.

Karina! Girl get on in here it is hot as blazes out there. Whew. I've got lemonade and fruit salad in the kitchen and figured we'd munch while we chat. Because I need some gossip on this series of yours. It sounds fantastic! 

So what are the dirty deets on Camden, Ellie and Javier? How'd they meet and what are they up to in Shooting Scars? 

Thanks for the lemonade. *spikes it with vodka* Well, pull up a chair because this might take a while. Ellie, Camden and Javier have quite the convoluted background, their lives twisting in and out of each other’s. Ellie and Camden knew each other in high school where they were the resident “freaks” and best friends until Ellie kind of screwed Camden over.  

Spotlight: Bayou Heat--Talon & Xavier by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Morning chickies! Quick little spotlight today for this make you want to lick the screen book. Check out the snipped and let me know what you think!  ~Anna
TALON by Alexandra Ivy

After the tragic death of his parents when Talon was young, he’s dedicated his life to protecting the Pantera. To the strikingly gorgeous man, loyalty and honor mean everything. So it’s no surprise that he’s determined to treat Isi Rousseau as the enemy. If the elders believe she is a danger then he will do whatever necessary to prevent her from destroying his beloved Wildlands. But discovering the delicate beauty sleeping in his bed, Talon discovers his noble intentions wavering. The female, with short, jet black hair streaked with blue, and a pair of dark eyes, might act tough, but it’s obvious to him that she’s as desperate as he is for a place to call home. More importantly, her presence is helping keep Ashe and her baby alive.

Suddenly things are not quite as black and white as Talon assumed, and he must decide if his loyalty to his people is worth losing his true mate.

XAVIER by Laura Wright

The drop-dead gorgeous leader of the Geeks, Xavier has one goal: find the human male his enemies seek. Devoted to his work, and to the Pantera, there is nothing that can distract him from accomplishing his goal. Until he spots his best friend’s little sister alone and partying it up with a bunch of human males at the local bar. Consumed with possessiveness, Xavier takes her home and refuses to leave her side until her brother returns. He tries to convince himself he’s just looking out for her, but the longer he’s around Amalie, the harder it is to deny the molten attraction that burns between them.

 Beautiful and strong-willed Hunter, Amalie is free. No brother to tell her what to do, and no Pantera watching over her because she happens to be the last Pantera born. But before she can truly enjoy herself, her brother’s best friend tries to put her on lockdown. Xavier has been the star in all of Mal’s fantasies, and there’s no one she’d rather give her virginity to. But the sexy male refuses to open his eyes and see what’s right in front of him. Mal knows she has three days to change his mind. Three days to make him see her as grown, and the one female he can’t resist.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Spotlight: Wulfe Untamed by Pamela Palmer--oh damn it's sexy!

Oh damn. Yall this is a steamy spotlight today. Check out Pamela Palmer's next Feral Warriors novel...Wulfe Untamed and the excerpt. Can't wait to hear what yall think!  ~Anna
Wulfe knows the end-game is approaching.  The Mage are preparing to free the Daemon plague and Wulfe’s own small strain of Daemon heritage has been awakened. Worse yet, the beautiful human he once rescued needs saving again. Though Mage sentinels are the ones after Natalie Cash, Wulfe knows his heart is what she really should watch out for. He’ll do everything he can to protect her…and keep his distance.

Running for her life while trying not to fall for this gentle, wounded warrior, Natalie’s world’s been turned upside down. But when the Mage begin to free the Daemons, it becomes clear that the Ferals’ only chance of defeating them is for Wulfe to use Natalie to harness the dark forces-and risk becoming evil in the process. The future of the world hangs in the balance, but can Wolfe endanger the woman he loves to save her?

**Coming Jan 2014!**

Interview w/ Bella Love-- find out what her hubby gets her every year!

Jane MacInnee doesn't get spun up much. Only three times in her life, and two of those involved Finn Dante, the youngest of the dangerous Dante boys who roamed the backwoods town where her family reigned supreme at the top of their swampy social pile.

But eleven years ago she broke free and started an event planner business.  Now she's aimed at the stratosphere with her newest, richest client. Nothing's going to stop her from succeeding.

All she has to do is what she's best at: fake it till she makes it.  Relentless determination, white-knuckled control and a perky smile.  No one wants anything else from her.

Except Finn.

When their paths cross again, eleven years after their river-side, body-firing kiss, Jane is about to lose the white-knuckled control that's got her so far from the backwoods she's spent her life running from. 

Finn knows he doesn't need to chase her down.  He just needs to show her what she's made of.  Unwind her, slow and hot.   And never let up, not even when she begs him. 

Because he's been waiting for Janey Mac to come undone his whole life.

Bella! Good morning hun! Come on in to the kitchen. I'm working on chocolate croissants this morning and they just have a few more minutes. I want to hear all about Spin while we wait. So, what can you tell me a little about Jane, Finn and their journey? These two have a little bit of history together, right?
Did you say chocolate croissants? You did??  :sidles up closer:  It's just that Janey, the heroine of Spin, is really into food, and she would love chocolate croissants.  Unfortunately, her subconscious (coughmecough) hadn't yet provided that particular bit of information, that such things exists. I'l be sure to let her know. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Interview w/ Lisa Renee Jones-- she's totally obsessed with...

We've got Lisa Renee Jones chatting with us today! Woot! I love this series. Our review of Being Me is here if you want to check it out...
Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

Well good morning Lisa! Come on in and lets chat while I pop these cookies in the oven for a few minutes.

I've gotta say I am just smitten with your Inside Out series but I have a couple friends that haven't read it yet. What would you tell them about the series that would have them rushing to the stores to grab it?
I love that you are smitten! The series is in development for a cable television show so perhaps that will entice them? However, I think the realness of the series is what speaks to people, or that is my goal as an author. It's dark and passionate, and it does not hide from the part of life that is not always rosy. It does, however, take you on that emotional journey and show how

Cover Reveal: Forever Freed by Laura Kaye!

Oooo Laura Kaye's Forever Freed got a bit of a makeover! And it is very sexy. I'm loving it. What about you? Like it? Love it? Leave it?

There's a steamy excerpt to check out too. Give em a read and let me know what you think! ~Anna
A heart can break, even one that no longer beats.

I stalk my new neighbors, a single mother and her child, drawn by the irresistible scent of their joy and love. I crave their blood, starved for some healing respite from my ancient guilt and grief. Now to lure them into my grasp.

But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear--talking, smiling, offering innocent affection that tugs at my long-lost humanity. Her mother, Samantha, seeks me out when she should stay away, offering sweet friendship, and tempting the forgotten man within me. They lure me instead.

Ah, Dio, Lucien, run and spare them while you can...


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