Monday, December 31, 2012

Angel's End (Angel's End #1) by Cindy Holby

In the mountains of Colorado, a small town called Angel’s End welcomes everyone with open arms—even a man fleeing his past… 

Wounded and on the run, Cade Gentry stumbles into a kind man who’s on his way to become the new pastor of Angel’s End. But not long after Timothy Key takes him in, Cade’s enemies catch up with him, and the young pastor is killed in the crossfire. Cade survives, stealing Timothy’s identity to escape, and arrives in Angel’s End on the brink of death. 

Leah Findley is the sheriff’s widow, trying to make ends meet for herself and her son. Having the new minister as a boarder will help, but she isn’t expecting him to be wounded when he arrives. And she definitely isn’t expecting the feelings that the new preacher stirs deep inside her. 

The more time Cade spends with Leah, the deeper he falls in love. To Cade, she’s an angel who’s saved his life and given him the sense of hope he’s never known. But he’s not the man she thinks he is, and before he can find permanent shelter in Leah’s arms, he must learn to have faith and put his former sins to rest...

Type: Historical Romance, America/Western
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

I spent a good chunk of the last day finding anything I could around the house that would keep me busy so I could avoid finishing Angel's End. Oy, I know that sounds kinda bad but really it's so not what you're thinking because I absolutely loved this book. I kept stalling because I just didn't want my time with Leah and Cade to actually end. 

Guest Post w/ Cindy Holby + grand prize entry

Happy end of 2012! Can you believe it's the last day of the year already?! 

We're spending the last little bit of 2012 hanging out with Cindy Holby. If you haven't met her she writes historical westerns and is just fabulous. She has a new release, Colorado Heart , that I'm itching to get my hands on. 

She also writes YA dystopian as Kassy Tayler! The Huffington Post called it a likely successor to Hunger Games. Pretty neat, right? She works with animal rescue too which makes her even more awesome in our opinion since we do too!! 

So, I'm handing off to Cindy for a bit so check out her guest post and leave her some love!

I had to laugh when I saw the name of this blog. Herding Cats pretty much describes my life in the past year. Since October 2011, we have had a wedding for my youngest son, and then a few weeks later we lost my dad, which was not un-expected as he’d been dealing with a lot of health issues. In January my oldest announced his engagement and my youngest, the newly wed announced that we were going to be grandparents in September. In May our oldest broke up with his finance for all the right reasons and met somebody else. In September my oldest announced he was getting married the end of October of 2012 and the same week, Hayes was born. During this time I also wrote two books while promoting the release of three.

Deep breath. Did I mention that these two books are totally different genres and published by two different houses under two different names?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Spotlight: Gena Showalter + giveaway

We've almost reached the end of Authors for the Holidays but not quite yet! 
We've got 3 more ladies for yall to meet!! 

And today that's Gena Showalter who is just fabulous. She writes all kinds of Paranormal Romance from angels to immortal warriors and their demons to alien hunters. Dragons, vampires and even a bit of contemporary. And they're all really damn good with action, romance and steamy goodness. So, check out our review and the spotlight on the Lords of the Underworld series and head on down to the giveaway!

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapp ed in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments... and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love...

Type: Paranormal Romance, Demons/Mythology/Immortal
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Oh damn. I have seriously been missing out on something fantastic here! I've had this one sitting at the house for over a year now and man do I regret not getting to it sooner. That cover is really flipping sexy and one of my all time favorites and the story to go along with it was just as delicious.

Alright so if you've been living under a rock like me and have managed to not pick up this series it's centered around Pandora's box and a group of immortal warriors possessed by the demons they unleashed on the world. Pain, Violence, Disease, Promiscuity, Death, Wrath, etc. So you've got lots of tortured hero goodness to dive into if you like that sort of thing <g>

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Spotlight: Kelly Gay + giveaway (open INT)

Alright dearlings we're nearing the end of Authors for the Holidays but we've still got a couple more awesome authors for yall to meet and today that's Kelly Gay (who also writes Adult &YA books as Kelly Keaton)!

Kelly writes the Charlie Madigan series which is Urban Fantasy and set in Atlanta. Personally I think it's pretty damn awesome :) So check out those books and the sweet giveaway of a SIGNED copy of The Better Part of Darkness!

Okay and aren't these covers fantastic? I love the gritty badass look of them. Really I just love a badass heroine in general and that she's written by one of our NC authors. Damn I've gotten really lucky with my state and having so many freaking talented authors right here. LOL


"Thirteen years ago, scientists discovered two parallel planes of existence, hellish Charbydon and heaven-like Elysia. The beings in these worlds inspired our myths of angels, demons, gods, and monsters.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Spotlight on C.J. Ellisson Vampire Vacation + giveaway!

Vampire Vacation (the VV Inn #1) by C.J. Ellisson

Meet Vivian. She's a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot-a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true. Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. 

Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests. Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

Type: Paranormal Romance, Vampires/Werewolf
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating:  5 out of 5

Ahhh total book love! I had a damn good time with Vampire Vacation. It's the first in the VV Inn series and omg it's so good. With a quick pace, irresistible characters, a fun plot and a kinky locale it's one I didn't want to put down for a single second.

Friday Finds! Free & On Sale books!

A couple freebies and on sale books for your weekend! Hope yall all survived Christmas and are getting excited about the New Year! I can't believe 2012 is almost over and with it Authors for the Holidays!

So, yall read any of these? Whatcha think of em? Grabbing copies of any today? 

I loved the two on sale books. Gena is one of my faves (and being featured on the 30th) and Lara's was pretty entertaining too :)  Oooo and on the freebies. VK Sykes is the writing team of Vanessa Kelly (who was here early this month) and her husband!

Until Next Week! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Make Me, Sir (Masters of the Shadowlands #5) by Cherise Sinclair

Her job is to make his life miserable. His job is to make her submit. Whose heart will surrender first?

Across the country, rebellious BDSM submissives are being systematically kidnapped, one from each club. When her friend falls prey to the slavers, FBI victim specialist Gabrielle volunteers to be bait in a club not yet hit: the Shadowlands.

She finds that being a bratty sub comes naturally, especially when she gets to twit the appallingly conservative Master of the trainees. But she soon discovers he's not as stuffy as she'd thought. Or as mean. She'd expected punishment, even humiliation, but she sure never expected to fall in love with a damned lawyer.

Courtesy of a prima donna ex-wife, Marcus loathes disobedient submissives. When the club owner insists he admit an incredibly bratty trainee, he's furious. But as he comes to know Gabrielle and sees the alluring sweetness beneath the sass, he starts to fall for her.

Unfortunately, Marcus isn't the only one who believes the feisty redhead is a prize worth capturing. And in the world of the slaver, such treasure is worth a hefty fee.

Type: Erotica, BDSM
Heat: 5 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Oh damn this book was scorching hot! It had been a while since I'd spent time in the Shadowlands and Make Me, Sir definitely reminded me why I love this series. With the pairing of a Dom who has a thing about disobedient subs and an undercover agent who has to act the part of a very bratty submissive assigned to said Dom you just know you're in for one hell of a ride.

Interview w/ Cherise Sinclair + giveaway! (open INT)

Oh. My. God. Cherise Sinclair is on the blog. If I was gonna go all fangirl on would be Cherise. But I'm gonna try and play it cool and not squeal at her too much today. <g> If you've been around the blog yall know Cherise gets talked about often and that her Shadowlands (and Mountain Masters) series are two of my favorites and some of my first ever erotica (and definitely first ever BDSM) books. We reviewed My Liege of Dark Haven last month *swoon* if yall'd like to check that out too.

If you're looking to try out the genre she's the place to start. The characters are sexy, the sex is scorching and the relationships will make you do that happy little sigh thing. 

So come check out our interview and enter to win some goodies down below! And feel free to leave Cherise some love!

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Cat Thursday! Big kittehs vs gifties...

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!

Because they're just too darling...

Hope you and your herds had just as much fun this Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Guest Post w/ Claudia Welch!

 Well, did yall survive Christmas?! Hope you found lots (and LOTS) of yummy books under your tree and in those stockings! If not you've come to the right place because you can win some here this month!! Love that! Joining us today is Ms Claudia Welch! She's also Claudia Dain for yall historical lovers and is one of my local authors in NC. She's an awesome lady so give her a nice big welcome and check out her guest post!


In 1975, trying to find a place to belong, four young women found each other in the same sorority pledge class. Through parties and pranks; finals and skipped classes; boyfriends and break-ups, they forge a bond that takes them by surprise. No one expected it to last beyond college graduation. But some bonds are too strong to break. Now they’re sisters. And with sisters, it’s not about what happens. It’s about no matter what happens.  

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Interview with Maggie Shayne!

Well Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!! I hope you're having a lovely day with your family and friends and of course your own person herds <g>

We've got Maggie Shayne joining us today. She's a fabulous lady and writes some crazy good books. I'm reading her Portal series now and loving it! So, kick back and check out our chat with Miss Maggie and leave her some Christmas love :)

Get the Portal Series! The prequel is FREE until the end of the month!
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Legacy of the Witch (the Portal #0.5) by Maggie Shayne

As a child, Amarrah loved her grandmother’s stories of three witches who were members of the king’s harem—but they were more than just stories. Amarrah knew she had been there with them…and now their legacy, along with an ancient box that once belonged to them, lies in her hands.

Charged with keeping the box safe, Amarrah is heartbroken when it is stolen from her while she moves to America. Years later, she is shocked to see it on TV and is determined to get it back. Tracking the artifact leads her to Sergeant Harrison Brockson, a handsome soldier who stirs memories of a man she knew centuries ago in ancient Babylon. Is Harrison the key to finding the box—or could he be her destiny?

Type: Paranormal Romance, Witches, novella
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

As soon as I spotted Legacy of the Witch, I had to grab it up and you know, it was a great little novella. It really does a fantastic job of setting up the world of the Portal series (which is awesome) and easing you into a storyline that can be a little complicated at times since it deals with past lives and the reincarnation of a group of sister witches.

Iced Chiffon (Consignment Shop #1) by Duffy Brown!

Reagan's messy divorce has left her with nothing but a run-down Victorian and a bunch of designer clothes. Strapped for cash, Reagan makes use of the two things she has left, turning the first floor of her home into a consignment shop and filling it with the remnants of her rich-wife wardrobe.

Thanks to his cunning lawyer, Walker Boone, her ex got everything else, including the Lexus--not to mention a young blonde cupcake. When Reagan finds the blonde dead in the Lexus, she's determined to beat Boone to finding the murderer. As it turns out, the gossip fiends flooding Reagan's shop can give her a lot more than just their unwanted clothes--they have information more precious than a vintage Louis Vuitton...

Type: Cozy Mystery
Heat: 1 out of 5. Not even a little bit but it's got some potential!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
"They only make so many of those crab cakes, and I've been thinking about them all day long."
"What about the cheesecake?"
"Been thinking about that, too."
"How's the foot?"
"It'll be much better once I have crab cakes and cheesecake in me. Notice how all good things have the word cake in them--except fruitcake. Even Paula Deen doesn't do fruitcake."
With "no-count, low-rent, conniving, scum-sucking lawyers", an abundance of pineapple doorknockers, dead "Cupcakes" showing up in trunks, dogs named Bruce Willis, gangsters and little old ladies gossiping it up over coffins, drag queens, a slew of potential suspects and an auntie with a Cher obsession Iced Chiffon is a real Southern treat that had me smiling and guessing at whodunit until the very end. 

Tasty Delights--Baked Spaghetti!

Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 

Something simple and everyday served just a little differently. 
Perfect for a quick easy meal during the holidays when you've got a house full of guests and don't want to spend all of your time in the kitchen.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Guest Post w/ Duffy Brown + giveaway (open CAN/US)!

OOoo yall it's almost Christmas!!! And we've got even MORE authors and giveaways for yall!

Today we've got Miss Reagan visiting us from down in Savannah, GA. She's the heroine of Duffy Brown's new book, Iced Chiffon, and she's gonna tell us all about doing Christmas...Savannah style!

There's a fabulous giveaway down at the bottom for some awesome tote bags too!


Reagan's messy divorce has left her with nothing but a run-down Victorian and a bunch of designer clothes. Strapped for cash, Reagan makes use of the two things she has left, turning the first floor of her home into a consignment shop and filling it with the remnants of her rich-wife wardrobe.

Thans to his cunning lawyer, Walker Boone, her ex got everything else, including the Lexus--not to mention a young blonde cupcake. When Reagan finds the blonde dead in the Lexus, she's determined to beat Boone to finding the murderer. As it turns out, the gossip fiends flooding Reagan's shop can give her a lot more than just their unwanted clothes--they have information more precious than a vintage Louis Vuitton...

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Tales from Savannah, where guys are gentlemen, gals are belles, food is king and those of us from the Consignment Shop mysteries all hope to high-heaven someone doesn’t wind up dead before we open presents.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Spotlight: Claudy Conn + giveaway!

Morning, or rather afternoon, kittens! I'm a little behind with today's post since I was getting my mom all ready to head back home to FL. Sorry about that!

Today we're doing a spotlight on Claudy Conn's Legend Series! Claudy is just a sweet, sweet author and one of my local to NC authors too! Claudy's got a killer giveaway going for yall today too. So check out our review of Spellbound, check out the rest of the series and enter that giveaway!

Maxine Reigate faces danger everywhere she turns. An evil and ancient beauty wants her dead – and Maxie needs to keep her at bay. Dark and monstrous Fae are slipping into the human Realm and causing havoc. Maxie has to be instrumental in stopping them and keeping the FaeWall in place. Confusing these matters more are two men who have entered her life. Julian, the moody High Druid Priest awakened after a two hundred year coma, and the Fae Prince who wants her for his own. She has decisions to make. . .

Just a quickie review so the post doesn't get tooo long :) 

Spellbound is an interesting start to the Legend Series. I have this thing about Fae. I'm totally fascinated by them but also kinda weirded out at the same time. LOL. So needless to say this one kept my interest. 

Show me those trees!!!!!!

I LOVE Christmas!! It's my 2nd favorite holiday and only beat out by the 4th of July and we love doing it up here at herding cats & burning soup! 

We're doing a contest over on our FB page and we wanna see your trees! Or if you celebrate a different holiday show off your favorite decoration for the one you celebrate! 

We love ALL holidays here and the spirit that goes with them even if they aren't ours!

So come on over and show off your decorations! Don't be shy :) 

Just drop by herding cats & burning soup on FACEBOOK

Not on FB? You can email your favorite shot to us instead at!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

How to Marry a Duke (How To #1) by Vicky Dreiling

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.

Type: Historical Romance, London
Heat: 3 out of 5 (but there's not much)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

With some authors it takes me a little while to warm up to them but with Vicky Dreiling... I was instantly and undeniably smitten with her writing from the very startHow to Marry a Duke was an incredibly fun, sweet read with a delightful cast. It didn't have the steamy factor I usually go for but, seriously, I hardly even realized it I was so taken up by the characters and the entertaining story.

Interview w/ Vicky Dreiling + giveaway!

Woohoo! We've made it to day 22 of the Authors for the Holidays event! 

And we have a wonderful guest here visiting with us today...Vicky Dreiling! Who writes delightful historical romances that are so much fun to read! And don't you just LOVE her covers?! How to Ravish a Rake is one of my favorites! I love that dress :)

So, sit back and enjoy. Feel free to leave Vicky questions and don't forget to enter the fab giveaway down below :)

How to Marry a Duke (How To Series #1) How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To Series #2) How to Ravish a Rake (How To Series #3) A Season for Sin

Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Nights of Christmas Interview & Giveaway!!

Hey All!! I was interviewed yesterday by the chickies over at Beach Bum Reads and Darkest Addictions!!

Pretty cool, right? They're two of my fave bloggers and just great girls who are a hoot. They're doing a 12 Nights of Christmas event with a bunch of giveaways and interviews and such right now which yall should all go and checkout :)

Anywho, thought yall might like to know. They're giving away a copy of one of my favorite 2012 reads too!! 
So head on over. Leave em some love and maybe win an awesome read!

Deadly Offerings (Deadly Trilogy #1) by Alexa Grace

Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest building a wind farm. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her!

As the body count rises, Anne realizes a cold-blooded serial killer is patiently waiting and watching her every move. And he won’t stop until he ends her life. It is clear there are no limits to this killer’s thirst for revenge or how far he will go to get it.

Michael Brandt, the ruggedly handsome new County Prosecutor, is the last person Anne can trust, but may offer her only chance at survival from a psychopathic killer. But will she survive the passion that rages between them?

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
"Are you hungry or not? I'm asking because in about a minute, you're going to be flat on your back on that bed with a very aroused man on top of you."

Interview w/ Alexa Grace + giveaway! (open INT)

Welcome to day 21 of Authors for the Holidays! 

We've got a wonderful author, Alexa Grace, stopping by for a little chat today. Alexa writes some oh so yummy romantic suspense that'll keep you coming back for more :)

We're giving away a set of the trilogy today and don't forget to check out the buy links down below! 
Deadly Offerings (book 1) is *free* on both Nook & Kindle! Score!
But be sure to pick it up soon b/c it won't be free for long!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Friday Finds!! Free & On Sale Books!

Morning dears, alright today I've got an interesting one for you today. 

Four free full length books by Nicky Charles. What's so interesting is that she just doesn't charge for her books. Ever. She writes as a hobby and just doesn't charge. Instead of paying for her books she suggests making a donation to your local animal shelter or foodbank. Pretty damn awesome of her! So I listed all four for yall today. Plus a couple extras :)

There's also a link to 99 ebooks by 99 authors for 99cents TODAY only 12/21!!

Are yall picking any up today? 
I love to hear what yall are reading or if you've read any of these before :)

Reno’s a tough Enforcer for Lycan Link who finds himself drawn to Brandi but duty rules his life. Brandi, just on the edge of starting her career as a Disaster Control officer, falls for Reno at first sight, but are they really meant to be? Is it love or lust and does it really even matter? Enforcers and DCs don't get along...unless fate forces them to.

*FREE*  B&N  Smashwords  (Full length, 0.5 in Series)

Cat Thursday! LOLcat meets Christmas!

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! 


Dear Addi by Regina Cole

When Addison Laine discovers her famous late-aunt’s love letters, she never expects a lawsuit over the information they contain.Enter Jackson Poole, son of the woman responsible for the lawsuit. Addi knows any relationship with Jackson would be disastrous but she can’t fight her attraction to his quiet intelligence and sexy-professor style.

As Jackson works on authenticating the letters, he finds himself falling for the free-spirited Addi. His fierce need for her overcomes all his reservations—and his inhibitions. And sweet, exciting Addi is more than willing to help him explore his secret kinky side.

Type: Erotica, Novella (<100 pages)
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

My mom is in town visiting right now and we decided to spend a quiet night at home just reading. Now, my momma and I do not read the same things. At all. About as spicy as she reads are the Stephanie Plum books by Evanovich (and those are pushing it LOL).

So we get all settled for the night and I picked up my Nook, opened up Dear Alli and starting reading along. And oh. my. god. I'm totally glancing around like a guilty little girl as I'm reading because my mom would just die if she knew I was reading something so steamy right there in front of her. Holy freaking sexy book! This was my first time reading Cole's books and damn did she just find a new fan. I loved the characters, the storyline and all the steamy goodness.

Guest Post w/ Regina Cole + giveaway! (open INT)

Welcome back to Authors for the Holidays! 

We've got Ms Regina Cole joining us today with a fabulous guest post about erotica and the holidays plus and an amazing giveaway so definitely check that out. 

Gotta say I'm LOVING Regina's thoughts on erotica! And whew, look at these books?! I've read Dear Addi and holy hell it's scorching hot and utterly delicious!


Indelibly Intimate...

Quinn LaBrea got ditched. Her jerkwad ex-boyfriend trashed her credit and left behind a mountain of debt. Worse, his initials are tattooed on her thigh, an ugly-ass reminder of her utter failure at life. Not to mention her horrible taste in men. 

Hamilton Dean-"Hammer" at his tattoo shop-may be an unlikely white knight, with his piercings and bad-boy persona, but he takes one look at Quinn and knows exactly what she needs. A new tattoo to cover the old one? Easy. A place to stay when her power's cut? Done. A night filled with hot, sweaty sex and mind-blowing orgasms? Hell yeah. 

Addicted to Quinn's touch, Hammer brings her to the Inktastic Tattoo Convention. In his booth where anyone could see, alone in the hotel, anywhere and everywhere, Hammer has to have her. But he wants to give Quinn so much more than mindless pleasure and multiple orgasms. He offers her forever, if she has the courage to take it.

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What Happens Under the Mistletoe         

Thanks to the lovely and wonderful Anna for hosting us authors here on her blog for the holidays! It’s great to be a part of such a wonderful community of readers and writers.

I’m Regina Cole, and I write erotic romance. I want to talk a little bit about what my brand of erotic romance is, what it isn’t, and give you a little taste as a holiday gift. How does that sound?

I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of INDELIBLY INTIMATE and two ebook copies of DEAR ADDI, if the lovely Anna is amenable!

Okay, so let’s relate this smexy romance stuff to the big holiday that is literally around the weekend from us. A lot of people get really nervous when you mention the word “Erotic.” It evokes mental images that may startle or even frighten some people. When I tell people that I write erotic romance, their eyebrows climb to their hairlines, they blush, and sometimes giggle.

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