Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Author Interview: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye



Extremely happy to have Laura Kaye with us today!!! Welcome! 


HARD AS IT GETS is one steamy read! How did you first get into writing?

Thanks so much! And thanks for having me here! I've been a writer all my life. I’m a historian by training, so writing non-fiction was a part of my job for the fifteen years I worked as a college professor. But I started writing fiction in 2008 in kind of an unusual way. I hit my head on July 4, 2008. I didn’t think much of it that day, but soon after I realized I’d really hurt myself, and it turned out I had a minor traumatic brain injury. As I recovered, I was filled with an amazing urge to be creative, so I started taking guitar lessons (still not very good at that!) and wrote my first novel in 12 weeks (fortunately, I’m better at that LOL!). The experience of writing that first book was truly transformative. It was what I was supposed to be doing, so I revised that book until it sold and kept writing new ones. And I haven’t looked back since!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Spotlight Tour: Ever After Box Set



From five bestselling authors comes five brand new novellas sure to heat up the night.

From Carrie Ann Ryan's Dante's Circle series, a demon from the fiery depths of hell must make his choice to follow in the footsteps of his father or love the submissive wolf who lays claim to his heart in His Choice.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Guest Post: Teased by Jamie Begley


A warm welcomed to author Jamie Begley! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it be nice to know what Jamie is thankful for! 


Thanks! 
Glad to be here! 
What I am Thankful for:
1) My children.  The other day my daughter told me she was lucky to have me as a mom. Of course, she also told me that I was lucky to have her as a daughter. My son is a kind man who I am proud to have raised.

2) My family. I have a wonderful family who has always supported me in my writing.

3) My fans. Who I feel truly blessed to have taken my books to their hearts.

4) Jessie Lane who has helped me find my way in this new adventure.

5) Kalypso my malti-poo, Khaleesi my morkie, and Saphira my goldendoodle. They make me laugh everyday.

That's a great list Jamie!! Now tell us what you're grateful for and find out more about TEASED, book 1 of the VIP Room series! 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Review: First Ink (Wicked Ink Chronicles #1) by Laura Wright

First Ink
(Wicked Ink Chronicles #1)
By Laura Wright

Blurb:
Rush

Women in his bed, celebs and rockers in his chair and a killer bank account at his disposal, life is pretty freaking swell. Then she walks back into it again. With her mismatched eyes, perfect pink mouth and a laugh that still haunts him, she gave him nothing but marvelous misery. Now she wants his hands on her again. Not for pleasure, but for pain. For Ink. A bleeding heart to match the one she left him with five years ago.

Addison

She can’t forget him. No matter how hard she’s tried. The pain she caused him in the past eats at her daily, and she can’t move on with her life. But she has a plan, a hope for redemption – a way for him to take his revenge out on her flesh. But it’ll only work if he lets her inside his exclusive world, under his famous artist’s needle and into his bed—and heart-once again.

*First Ink can also be found in the Wicked Firsts Anthology released on August 19, 2013.*



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Viviana's Review
I do LOVE Laura Wright! She always manages to get you hooked on the characters and the story!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Covers Reveal: CLIPPED WINGS and sequel INKED ARMOR by Helena Hunting

Clipped
By Helena Hunting

Blurb: 
An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?



Release Date:
March 2014



Inked Armor
By Helena Hunting

Blurb: 
In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker's tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn't believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents' death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.





Release Date:
May 2014

About the Author
Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Spotlight and Giveaway: Just Desserts by Barbara Bretton

Just Desserts 
By Barbara Bretton

Blurb: 
Hayley had sworn off bad boys until Finn Rafferty set out to win her heart...

Once upon a time, Hayley had believed that a good woman (her) could turn a bad boy (her ex) into a knight in shining armor (pure fantasy). Ten years of marriage had finally drummed the truth into her head. In the real world bad boys didn’t turn into knights in shining armor. Bad boys grew up to be even worse men and the world would be a much happier place if little girls were taught that basic fact along with their ABCs.

Hayley Maitland Goldstein knew all about how these things worked. First a girl giggled, then she sighed, and the next thing you knew she was in Vegas taking her wedding vows in front of a red-haired Elvis with an overbite. You knew you had made a bad choice when Elvis slipped you his divorce lawyer’s business card while you were still shaking the rice from your hair.

But then Finn Rafferty came into her life and everything changed.

Hayley should have seen the kiss coming but it surprised her just the same. He had been looking at her with a crazy kind of unfocused intensity and she had been about to ask him if he was having a stroke when she realized she was about to be kissed by a man she actually wanted to kiss back. 

Every now and then life handed you a perfect moment but the secret was figuring out how to make it last.



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Monday, November 11, 2013

Release Day Blitz: A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden


A Vampire's Christmas Carol 
by
Cynthia Eden

Blurb

This holiday season has bite.
Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season.  While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows.  Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book Review: Messenger's Angel (Lost Angels #2) by Heather Killough-Walden

Messenger's Angel 
(Lost Angels Series, bk #2)
By Heather Killough-Walden

Narrator: Gildart Jackson

Blurb: 
Since the beginning of time, the archangels have longed to know true love.

When four female angels were created for the four archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael, a chaos spurred by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted away to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia…

For hundreds of years, Gabriel has passed himself off as a common Scottish villager. Few know he is the Messenger, a powerful archangel who has secretly scoured the world for the only woman who can complete him. Now, he’s shocked to discover the object of his desire in his own backyard.

Researching her Ph.D. in the Outer Hebrides, Juliette Anderson has always been the rational type—until she looks across a quaint pub into the silver eyes of a stranger. He’s handsome. He’s intense. And he claims her with a searing kiss on the spot.

Every instinct tells her to run. But when a dark force rises, and the truth of her identity is revealed, she must put her faith in the mysterious man who inflames her.


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Viviana's Review:
I really, really liked this one!! Significantly more than the first one! I couldn't put it down. Once it finished, I sat back and tried to figure out why I liked it so much more than the first. Definitely the location. I'm a sucker for Scotland and the fact that Gabriel has the Scottish accent, dreamy! The pace of this one was much better as well. While I understand that there is a lot of explaining that needs to take place in the first book of any new series, but I felt that it was too repetitive in the first. Also, while this is the second book in the series, I believe it can be read as a stand alone as this book does also explain the whole concept. Lots of action and great tension between the heroine and hero.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Review: Bayon/Jean-Baptiste (Bayou Heat #3-4) by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Bayon/Jean-Baptiste
(Bayou Heat Series, bks 3 & 4)
by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Blurb:
The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.

BAYON
Charming, drop-dead gorgeous Hunter Bayon is thirsting for revenge on the enemies who slipped into the Wildlands and attacked Ashe and her vulnerable child. Pledging to track down the cowards, Bayon goes on the hunt, pursuing the humans to a nearby town. But searching their shabby hideaway, he makes a discovery that shocks him to his very soul and might very well destroy the heart of the Pantera.

JEAN-BAPTISTE
Tattooed and pierced, sexy Nurturer Jean-Baptiste has been living in utter isolation. His cat is out of control, and the only thing that soothes the beast is a rare mineral he keeps inking into his skin. Until he meets her: Genevieve Burel. The beautiful and buttoned-up female puma is unlike anyone he’s ever met. She makes his cat purr, and he knows he must possess her, mate with her. But the secret she's keeping might threaten not only their unbridled passion for one another, but the very future of the Pantera race.


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Viviana's Review:

I loved that we got to learn more about the Pantera history and legend at the beginning of the book!

Alexandra and Laura continue to provide us with delicious alpha males that we devour! Woke up early in the morning to have some quality "Vivi & Book" time without any interruptions. Read both Bayon and Jean-Baptiste in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down! Both authors do a fantastic job in creating not only sexy characters, but they are also intriguing individuals that just draw you in wanting to get to know them better!

Book Review (Audio Book): Eternal Demon (MOTV #5) by Laura Wright

Eternal Demon
(Mark of the Vampire Series, Bk #5)
By Laura Wright

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

Blurb: 
When Erion’s son is kidnapped by the evil vampire Cruen, Erion vows to stop at nothing to find his hideaway—including intercepting the traveling party of Cruen’s beautiful bride-to-be. But instead of a vulnerable caravan, Erion is met by a feral band of female demons that includes Hellen, the bride—a creature of dark magic and darker passion. 

Though the safety of his son is foremost, Erion can’t deny his unexpected connection to Hellen—inflaming a manic desire as primal as it is irresistible. As their bond intensifies, they move toward an inevitable and terrifying battle. With time running out, Erion realizes he must not only find and rescue his son but protect Hellen from Cruen and the underworld forces waiting to destroy her for her betrayal.



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Viviana's Review: 

Eternal Demon, the fifth installment in the Mark of the Vampire series, continues where book 4 left off. I'm a huge fan of the series and Laura and had been looking forward to this book just find out what comes next!! Laura has done a great job of expanding and developing the world and characters, both original and new. She could easily create a spin-off series and lovers of the MOTV series would love it as well! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guest Post: Stolen Innocence by Vivi Dumas



Welcome Vivi!!! I'm excited to have you with us today!!! 


First, I want to thank Viviana for allowing to come chat up the lovelies who frequent her blog. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite topics, who do we love more? Bad boys or Boy Scouts?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review (Audio Book): Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones

Fifth Grave Past the Light 
(Charley Davidson Series, bk #5) 
By Darynda Jones

Narrator: Lorelei King 

Blurb: 
Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.

When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her - body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay…


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Viviana's Review:

O.M.G! Words truly elude me! How to describe the awesomeness that is Darynda Jones and her story of Charley and Reyes!?! As with all great series, the next book tends to be better and continues to progress in that direction. This series is one of those where each book is better than the previous one, which tends to be hard to do as all the books in this series ROCK!! 

Book Review: First Exposure by Elisabeth Naughton

First Exposure
(Aegis Series, bk # 0.5)
By Elisabeth Naughton

Blurb: 
A film that could make her career…

America’s sweetheart, Avery Scott, is up for the biggest role of her life, one with Oscar potential. When her girl-next-door fame prevents Avery from doing the in-depth research for the sensual role herself, her assistant insists on traveling to an exclusive couples resort to handle the job. But when her friend goes missing, Avery’s focus shifts from landing the role of a lifetime to finding out what happened on the sultry Caribbean island.

A weekend that will change her life…

Avery contacts Aegis Securities and hires one of their elite operatives to accompany her to the resort. She just doesn't expect to get former undercover FBI agent Cade Blackwell—the man who ripped out her teenage heart twelve years before. Avery’s a good actress. With a little work and a convincing disguise, she’s confident she can fool the staff at the resort. The question is…can she fool Cade? Because one weekend at the sexiest resort in the world with the only man she’s ever loved will expose her to more than just a kinky new lifestyle. It’ll expose her to numerous wicked firsts that will test every ounce of her self-control. And if she’s not careful, she could lose her heart—and her life—in the process.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Release Day Blitz: I'll Be Home For Christmas by Jessica Scott

I'll Be Home For Christmas
(Coming Home #2.6)
By Jessica Scott

Blurb:
There's nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband's tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic's bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.



Release Day Blitz: Jagged by Kristen Ashley

Jagged
(Colorado Mountain #5)
By Kristen Ashley

Blurb: 
An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Release Day: Sing for the Dead (London Undead #2) by P.J. Schnyder



Sing for the Dead
(London Undead #2)
by P.J. Schnyder

Blurb: 

Kayden, a lone were-leopard allied with the London werewolf pack to keep the zombie infestation in check, is used to working solo—until he discovers a beautiful fae woman surrounded by the aftermath of battle. He’s immediately drawn to Sorcha, but quickly discovers she’s much more than a pretty face.

Cover Reveal: Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 1) Felicity Heaton


Kissed By A Dark Prince
(Eternal Mates Series, Bk #1)
By Felicity Heaton

Blurb: 
Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?



Saturday, November 2, 2013

Book Review: Destruction of the Soul (The Guild Series, #3) by J.L. Vallance

Destruction of the Soul
(The Guild Series, bk 3)
By
J. L. Vallance

Blurb: 
“There is more at stake in Aedan’s war than any of you realize.”
Vivienne Drake is lost. 

She’d let every one of her walls down, finally allowing others into her guarded circle, and all it brought her was pain and devastation. Now, out of fear and desperation, she’s turning to the one being she believes will be truthful with her; the only being that’s dared to give her anything resembling an honest answer--Linux, The Cruciatum. 

The Daemonium is dangerous and mysterious, and offering Vivienne things that she’s been begging for. He offers her a chance at discovering what lies just beyond her reach. Though his motives remain far from clear, there is something within him that Vivienne is drawn to. And she wants nothing more than to believe in him, to believe in the things he tells her. 

Together, they uncover details of Aedan’s plans, and discover what he intends to use his daughter for. Vivienne learns that she carries within her a destructive darkness, that if she allows, will consume her, and destroy the goodness she contains. 

Fighting an endless battle against lies and deception, Vivienne must find the strength within herself to remain on a virtuous path. She’ll be forced to overcome pain and obstacles in order to discover the truth of just how deep the deceit runs within The Guild. 


Can she remain above the darkness for the sake of Humanity and herself, or will she allow it to devour her light and destroy her soul?


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Candie's Review:
OH MY DEAR LORD…This book was amazing!!! I can’t even tell you how fast I read it.  This story took a turn that I never expected and has blown me away. I don’t want to spoil anything for you readers, so let me just say this - LINUX!!!!!  From the beginning this has been an emotional roller-coaster for Vivienne and in true form continues to do so. When J.L. says Vivienne is lost, she means it. Having everything torn from her, she seeks refuge with Linux. She needs answers to her questions and leaves it up to him to help her find them.   Many crazy, sad, revelatory things ensue, and the ending…oh the ending is quite awesome. I think it maybe may be my favorite part of the book. 
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