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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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Melissa Cutler here and I'm thrilled to be visiting Book Lovin' Mamas today to talk about my latest action adventure release, TEMPTED INTO DANGER. I had a great time writing this book, in part because of the sizzling sexual tension between black ops commando Diego Santero and math whiz Vanessa Crosby, but also because I loved the setting of Panama.
Panama is a vibrant crossroads of culture, commerce, and history set amid a lush tropical jungle. The official currency is the US dollar and the official language is English, yet all the roads are measured in kilometers and there are pockets of indigenous people who refuse to participate in the modern world. US senator John McCain was born in the canal zone, which only recently ceased to become official US soil, and in a matter of hours, you can drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea—or you could always take a boat from one side to the other along the storied Panama Canal. Or, like Diego and Vanessa, you could always see the sites from a helicopter. I'm not going to say their helicopter ride in the book is slow and scenic—this is a romantic suspense, after all—but they certainly get a birds-eye view of this amazing place.
Here's a scene to Tempt you:
“You’re not going to cry, are you?”
The ludicrous question jarred Vanessa from her trancelike melancholy. Diego’s brow was furrowed and his lips had stretched into a cringe. He fidgeted with the rifle, his gaze darting anxiously to the car as though he was contemplating escape. Here was a man who’d jumped onto the roof of a moving minivan, shot and killed at least one man and shielded her from an explosion with his body…and yet he was threatened by the possibility of a few tears?
Despite everything she’d been through and her fear of the future, a spark of affection had her biting her cheeks to hide a grin. Apparently there wasn’t much difference between the college football players her dad coached and macho military alphas. Nothing brought them to their knees faster than the threat of genuine emotional expression.
She drilled him with her best offended look and set her hands on her hips. “I might cry. What are you going to do about it?”
He squirmed, then scratched his head. His eyes shifted to the car again, then the jungle beyond. “Look, forget I said that.”
She shouldn’t mess with him, really. This man was the only thing standing between her and certain death at the hands of a whole bunch of bad guys—but she couldn’t help it. She sniffed to draw his gaze back to her, then blinked hard, jarring a tear loose. It started a slow roll over her cheek.
He stared at her, his eyes dark and serious. Then he startled and took off in a fast stride to the car. “Time for us for bolt. The longer we’re on the grid, the more danger you’re in.”
He opened the backseat door for her and jumped into the driver seat. Yep. Her assessment had been right. The man of steel had a soft and gooey center.
From the back cover of TEMPTED INTO DANGER:
When a simple mission to deliver the beautiful and brilliant Vanessa Crosby to a safe house goes horribly wrong, ICE agent Diego Santero’s life gets complicated. Keeping the anti-crime analyst safe from the notorious mercenaries after her program will put everything he’s worked for at risk. Relentlessly hunted and not knowing whom to trust, Diego takes Vanessa on the run, deep into the heart of the deadly Panamanian rainforest. Vanessa reminds herself that she’s just another asset to the ruggedly handsome black ops agent…until their intense situation leads to a release of passion neither expected. But even if they make it out alive, how can they ever have a future together?
Tempted into Danger is in stores now:
You can read Anna's 5 Moon Review HERE
Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances for Kensington Books and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.
My thanks to Book Lovin' Mamas for hosting me today. I love hearing from readers and am really easy to find at www.melissacutler.net, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaCutlerBooks ), and Twitter (@m_cutler). And you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for my newsletter (http://www.melissacutler.net/newsletter/ ) to find out about my latest books and upcoming events.
Labels: Excerpt, Guest Post, ICE:Black Ops Defenders, Melissa Cutler, Romantic Suspense | 0 comments
Monday, June 17, 2013
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Oh gosh! I’m like an open book but I guess there are some things that readers may not know. I am actually one of ten half siblings, but I’m the 4th youngest. My husband and I met in High School, but didn’t start dating until I was twenty-one. I started doing theatre when I was in 3rd grade and didn’t stop until I was a junior in High School. I’m allergic to bananas, watermelon, cantaloupe, and avocados but eat despite the reactions because they’re so yummy. I was diagnosed with anxiety when I was eighteen and there have been times when I couldn’t even go to the grocery store by myself without having a full fledged panic attack. Now, I manage it on my own and most people who meet me say they would never have guessed it!
2. Tell us a little bit about Promise Me This and why readers should check it out?
Promise Me This goes beyond just a regular love story; it’s so much more than that. Charlie and Jhett are two people, both shattered in different ways but the same tragedy, who find exactly what they need in each other to heal and start to live again. There’s a huge emotional rush throughout the entire book. It’s a story of loss, grief, and hope, but also of a love that if you let it, will push you to be the best version of yourself you can be.
3. What was the easiest and hardest scene to write in Promise Me This? (without giving too much away)
I think the easiest scene to write was when Charlie and Jhett first met. They have this very easy, back and forth banter between them, and I loved how laid-back and slick Jhett thinks he is compared to how annoyed Charlie gets with him. The hardest scene to write was one that happens towards the end. I don’t want to give away too many things, but everyone who has finished reading so far has told me that the started crying at this scene, and didn’t stop until the end. I totally believe this because I pretty much cried the entire rest of the way as I wrote it!
4. What inspired you to write Promise Me This?
For the past few years, I’ve kept a log of how many pages I’ve read for that year. And I’ve read a lot, probably over 50,000 over three years. I had a ton of people telling me that I should write a book and I just remember thinking, ‘I could never do that. No way!’ I had a few ideas swimming around in my head, but nothing that ever struck me enough to captivate my interest. That was until Charlie’s story came to life in my head. The only thing that I knew when I started writing was the very first chapter; it played over and over in my head for days. And then little pieces would just start filling in the blanks throughout each day, and I would write a little more every night. I think what I really wanted to make happen in the story and what really inspired the entire book, was that just because people think your life is supposed to be one way, doesn’t mean you don’t have to power to change it to how you want it to be. This is a lesson Charlie learns and one I have learned recently as well. So, I hope people take that away from this book!
5. What are some of Jhett's qualities that will make readers swoon over him?
Well, Jhett has been described to me as ‘sex personified.’ He’s a tall, almost completely tattooed, Rockabilly guitar player who also sings when he thinks the audience won’t run away. He’s slightly arrogant, cocky, and quick-witted, but is completely devoted to the people he loves, Charlie included. She’s got something about her that makes him go completely weak in the knees, and who doesn’t love a bad boy with little splash of romance?
6. Who designed the beautiful cover of Promise Me This?
That would be the fabulous and amazingly talented Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations. I was lucky enough to work with a photographer and two friends of mine to make Charlie and Jhett come to life, and the end result between everyone just blows my mind! The whole thing just makes me all giggly like a little girl!
7. Fun question: Describe yourself in three words.
Loud. Colorful. Compassionate.
8. Fun question: If you could meet one famous person (dead or alive), who would it be and why and what would you say to them?
This was actually the hardest question for me to answer! Oddly, the first person that popped into my head is Jason Segal. I love him so much, especially on How I Met Your Mother. As for what I would say to him? I would probably just hope I could form some type of comprehendible sentence inside of just drooling. I would also ask him to say “Oh! I love it!”
9. What is up next for Sarah Ashley Jones?
Well, there will be a second book to follow Charlie and Jhett’s story in the future. I have also begun to work on a fantasy/paranormal series that I am super excited about as well! I will be at a Nashville signing on June 27th, Indie Romance Convention in October, and Indie Girl in February 2014! Lots of fun and exciting things!
10. Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?
Just that I seriously love you guys and cannot thank everyone enough for their support! I love social media and all it has to offer, so please find me on Facebook or Twitter and leave me a message or tweet me or anything and I will be sure to respond! I can’t wait to ‘meet’ everyone!
Promise Me This
by: Sarah Ashley Jones
Publishing Date: 6/17/13
Genre: New Adult
WARNING: This book is intended for mature readers due to strong language and sexual situations.
Welcome to the South - where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her.
Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move.
Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should.
Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it?
Purchase soon on 6/17/13
I'm Sarah! I'm a total goofball. This is pretty much the most important thing to know about me. Just kidding! I may be an adult but I have the heart of a child. I know when to be serious but I'm a hard worker with serious control issues, and maybe a splash of wit and a side of sassy. I'm addicted to Coca-Cola, obsessed with cupcakes, and also a Chapstick hoarder.
When I'm not writing, I'm probably rounding up my crazy clan of four dogs or adventuring around town with my husband who encourages me to embrace me inner outdoors woman by fishing, camping, canoeing, and hiking.
I'm a huge nerd, so please feel free to send me a friends request, email, or leave a comment. I will jump for joy any time of of those things happen. I am blessed beyond belief with all the love and support I have received this past year and I thank all of you for that!
Labels: Author Interview, Indie Romance Convention Author, New Adult, Promise Me This, Sarah Ashley Jones | 0 comments
Today is an exciting day - we have FOUR HUGE SURPRISES for you! Jennifer L. Armentrout's (writing as J. Lynn)
FRIGID is set to release on e-book at the end of July. If you're anything like us, you're probably on pins and needles and just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy of this book.
FRIGID has already been given the honor of being named a Romantic Times Top Pick and we're super excited for you to be able to read it as well!
Well, there's good news! Are you ready for those four awesome surprises? Here we go!
1. Due to all the excitement surrounding FRIGID, we have decided to run a special e-book pre-order promotion. We have worked out a deal with the distributor to release FRIGID a full two weeks early -- on JULY 15th!!! -- if we meet our e-book pre-order goal. EEEEP! That's right, if you are like the rest of us and want to be able to read FRIGID in its entirety before its original release date, all you have to do is PRE-ORDER THE E-BOOK NOW! What are you waiting for? GO! Pre-order it!
Pre-Order Links: Barnes & Noble / Amazon
2. Need something to hold you over until FRIGID releases? Well, starting right now, you can read the first three chapters of FRIGID for free! Just read below!
3. Can’t get enough of the hot FRIGID cover? Want to see some behind the scenes photos that are sure to make you swoon? You’re in luck! Below you can watch a slideshow of all the behind the scenes photos from the photo shoot! Go on and watch it. We’ll wait, because there is still one more great surprise!
4. And last but not least, if you live near Philadelphia, PA, you're in for a very special treat -- Jennifer will be in Philly in November signing not only FRIGID but also the last book in her immensely popular COVENANT series, SENTINEL! But that's not all, Adam, the super hot cover model from FRIGID will be there as well! So, yes, you'll get to meet Jennifer and Adam! Plus, there will be other great prizes that you seriously won't want to miss out on (dinner with the author and model, perhaps?)! Stay tuned for more details to come!
We hope you're as excited as we are! So now....Go pre-order FRIGID! Go read those chapters! Go watch that slideshow! And Enjoy!
Labels: Chapter Reveal, Frigid, J Lynn, Jennifer Armentrout, Preorder Promo, Surprise Information | 0 comments
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Welcome to our virtual tour stop on Kym Grosso's Tristan's Lyceum Wolves Blog Tour brought to you by Book Monster Promotions.
Kade's Dark Embrace
(Immortals of New Orleans #1)
By: Kym Grosso
Publishing Date: 3/5/12
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him.
Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.
The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?
Luca's Magic Embrace
(Immortals of New Orleans #2)
by: Kym Grosso
Publishing Date: 10/18/12
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.
Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.
In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?
Tristan's Lyceum Wolves
by: Kym Grosso
Publishing Date: 3/28/13
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
An erotic paranormal romance...
Charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves' Alpha, Tristan Livingston, is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack. Not only did he survive a building collapse, he orchestrated the rebuild of his chic, state-of-the-art nightclub within a week. Determined to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.
Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. After being tortured by a savage vampire, she's reluctantly agrees to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who'd kill her on the spot if they knew she existed. As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.
Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. As he discovers her secret, he teaches her the meaning of trust, helping her learn how to be true to her nature. After living a lifetime alone, will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her, acknowledging the soul binding connection between an Alpha and his mate? And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?
Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes, including m/f/m menage, and is intended for adult readers only.
Labels: Book Monster Promotions, Erotic Paranormal Romance, Giveaway, Immortals of New Orleans Series, Indie Romance Convention Author, Kym Grosso, Spotlight, Tristan's Lyceum Wolves | 4 comments
Saturday, June 15, 2013
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by: Shelley Munro
Warning: Condoms were tested and a few harmed during the writing of this story.
It’s not every day a girl inherits a condom company, and to say accountant Alice Beasley is astonished and out of her depth is putting it mildly. For an almost virgin, she needs a quick education in all things condom because her inheritance is in danger. Someone is intent on sabotage and trying to destroy her new company.
Alice is suddenly getting down and dirty with charismatic James, the factory manager, all in the name of business, testing new condom designs. The sex is hot. Mind-blowing. It’s a dark thrill and an erotic journey. Yeah, it’s a hard job, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s gotta do.
Alice wants James. She craves his talented touch and sultry kisses, she desires passion and physical pleasure on a permanent basis but first she must convince bad-boy James to give up his fancy-free ways.
This was a fun and sexy read! Great for a Summer afternoon for sure!!! I really enjoyed the characters. They were hilarious at times and quirky. The story was fun and original. I am SO glad I read this book!!!
I'll start with my one issue with the book and it really isn't issue, more of a dislike. James was a jerk! Always jumping to the worst conclusions before he could even blink. But he was raised by a shrew and her little shrew minion so I can't blame him for being a little uneasy all of the time! Seriously, I very strongly dislike his mom and sister. They're awful!
As for the rest of the book, I loved it! Alice the almost virgin inherits a condom company! I mean, what better storyline? The poor girl was so out of her comfort zone but she handled it well! I LOVED the oldies! They were SO funny! Old people as condom testers! Hilarious! The little bit of a mystery thrown in was fun too.
All in all I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all of my erotica reading friends! If you enjoy a fun, sexy story then check out this one! You are sure to love it!!!
Shelley Munro is tall and curvaceous with blue eyes and a smile that turns masculine heads everywhere she goes. She’s a university tutor and an explorer/treasure hunter during her vacations. Skilled with weapons and combat, she is currently in talks with a producer about a television series based on her world adventures.
Shelley is also a writer blessed with a VERY vivid imagination and lives with her very own hero in New Zealand. She writes mainly erotic romance in the contemporary, paranormal and historical genres for publishers Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. You can learn more about Shelley and her books HERE
Shelley Munro's FANCY FREE Book Blast Schedule
June 10 - 22
6/10 - For the Love of Reading
6/10 - Mimmi's Musings
6/11 - Reading Between The Wines
6/11 - United by Books
6/12 - Books, Books & More Books
6/12 - Sassy Book Lovers
6/13 - Urban Girl Reader
6/13 - In Shadows
6/14 - Wicked Readings by Tawania
6/15 - Book Lovin' Mamas
6/15 - Feeling Fictional
6/16 - Mama's Reading Break
6/17 - The Book Chick
6/18 - You Gotta Read
6/19 - Cocktails and Books
6/20 - Scorching Book Reviews
6/21 - Book Monster Reviews
6/22 - Flirting with Romance
Shelley is giving away a $20.00 Amazon Voucher
Labels: 4 Star Reviews, Blog Tour, Book Monster Promotions, Giveaway, Review by Anna, Shelly Munro | 6 comments
Friday, June 14, 2013
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How often do you get to pick the cover model for a book?
Now’s your chance.
From a pool of over 200 candidates, I’ve narrowed down a small group of finalists possessing the best attributes for Logan–the dark and dangerous leading male in the next installment of my Sons of Wrath series. These guys not only have a smokin’ hot bod, they’ve got the gorgeous face to go along with it.
· Check out their spotlights.
· Vote for your favorite
By doing so, you’ll not only exercise the power to choose my next cover model, you’ll also be included in the acknowledgments of my book on a special ‘Contributors’ page AND you’ll score a VIP pass to nab book 2 before it goes on sale!
Bring a friend to vote and you’ll increase your chances of winning one of two $50 Amazon gift cards that I’m giving away in celebration of this event! The more friends you bring to the party, the better your odds of winning!
I’m also randomly giving away Sons of Wrath t-shirts and other swag to those who leave a comment!
BOOK 2 IS GOING TO BE AS HOT AS THE COVER MODEL YOU CHOOSE!
Ready to get started?
Click below to check out the sexy spotlights and then follow the links to vote!
Have you read SOUL AVENGED yet?
Grab a copy here:
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It's Friday and the weekend is here and there is a lot to celebrate this weekend (True Blood is back!!! Sunday is Father's Day and Monday is my(Anna's) 7 year wedding Anniversary and also my mom's birthday. See, a lot!) so I thought it was time for another swag giveaway! I have lots of extra goodies laying around and I just got packages of the awesome swag you see above recently so TWO lucky winners will receive all you see in the picture plus a few extra things I'll dig up to throw in as a surprise. :) All you have to do to enter is fill out the rafflecopter below!
This giveaway will last until 11:59PM Sunday so hurry and enter now!!!
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Conquer Your Love
Release date: June 8th, 2013
Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.
Meeting Jett was like bad luck. Dangerous. Unpredictable. And better avoided. In his game, the stakes are high. But are they worth the risk?
Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, finds forgetting is hard, but forgiving is harder. When the man she trusted, betrayed her, the only way to forget is to move on. Brooke is determined to start a new life, until she meets him again: the green-eyed, sexy as sin, six foot two sex god. The man who played dirty. The man who played her.
Sexy, handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield knows he has made mistakes. He could have any other woman, and yet it’s Brooke he wants. When second chances collide with secrets and Brooke is threatened by the past, Jett is determined to protect her. She accepts his help unwillingly because she needs him but she wants to play his game on her own terms. And she has no intention to forgive or let him back into her bed.
When the man she is supposed to hate is the one she should trust, will he conquer her…or lose her forever?
A woman who can’t forgive.
A man who has made mistakes.
Two lives that are about to cross again and more secrets laid bare.
Connected with J.C. Reed -
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Labels: Conquer Your Love, Contemporary Romance, Excerpt, Giveaway, J.C. Reed, New Adult, Promo | 1 comments
Thursday, June 13, 2013
The Devil's Concubine
Author: Jill Braden
Series: The Devil of Ponong, #1
Publisher: Wayzgoose Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
QuiTai, ruthless concubine of Levapur’s mysterious crime lord, the Devil, receives an unexpected invitation to cocktails with disgraced Thampurian Kyam Zul. She doesn’t trust Kyam enough to drink anything he pours, and won’t help him no matter how hard he begs – or threatens. But when QuiTai’s ex-lover is murdered, Kyam is the only one who knows the name of the killer, and he won’t tell QuiTai unless she helps him first.
The torpid back alleyways of Levapur’s tropical colony hide more than lovers. There are things with claws, beings with venomous fangs, and spies lurking in the jungle. Most of them want to keep their secrets. One wants QuiTai dead.
Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781938757075
Upon completing her studies at Miss Havisham's School for Girls, Ms Braden earned a degree in Finance. Armed with a smattering of monetary theory and an understanding of capital markets, she invaded Los Angeles with such stealth that most of the population remains unaware that she lurks within the borders. While her lifelong dream of owning James West's train remains elusive, the underwater lair is coming along quite nicely, thank you. Do drop in. She's been looking for an excuse to test the hound's SCUBA gear.
Jill Braden's THE DEVIL'S CONCUBINE Book Blast Schedule
6/10- United by Books
6/10- Confessions of the Paranormal
6/11- Paranormal Book Club
6/11- Froggarita's Bookcase
6/12- Spiced Latte Reads
6/12- Mythical Books
6/13- Sassy Book Lovers
6/13- Book Lovin' Mamas
6/14- Salacious Reads
6/15- Scorching Book Reviews
6/16- Kristina's Books & More
1) The Devil's Concubine, paperback
2) The Devil Incarnate, paperback
3) bracelet (http://www.etsy.com/listing/93780168/sherlock-inspired-brainy-is-the-new-sexy)
First runner up:
1) The Devil's Concubine, paperback
1) The Devil's Concubine, ebook (chose of .mobi, .epub, or .pdf)