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A FINE LINE Sue Horsford Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM Publisher: Totally Bound Publication Date: November 22, 2016 No one would un...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Featured Book with Interview and $15 Giveaway: A Fine Line by Sue Horsford

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A FINE LINE
Sue Horsford
A Fine Line
Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
Publisher: Totally Bound
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
No one would understand that my submission empowered me, that I felt stronger kneeling at Gabriel’s feet than I ever had standing at Paul’s side.
Faye Austin seems to have it all--a fulfilling career, a successful husband, a beautiful home. But appearances can be deceptive and sometimes Faye can’t help thinking she’s living the wrong life. A lifetime of being compared to her beautiful younger sister, Ginny, has left her feeling second best, and a chance discovery while looking at her husband’s laptop has led her to realize that her marriage is not all it seems.
Then she meets the handsome Gabriel Scott, a man who likes to play sexual games of power and control, and suddenly everything makes sense. Gabriel’s natural dominance is so compelling that Faye feels her own submissiveness awakening in response, a reaction that both horrifies and excites her. She works with victims of domestic abuse and is adamant that no man will ever tell her what to do. But there’s something about Gabriel that draws her in and gives her a glimpse of who she really wants to be.
Can Gabriel give her what she needs? Or will Ginny get there first?

Interview

We have the pleasure of conducting this interview with Sue Horsford, author of A Fine Line. Read on.
  1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.
    I didn’t set out to publish an erotic novel. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could finish an entire novel and I thought writing sex would be fun! Then I saw an advert for a critique service and sent my first three chapters off out of curiosity. The editor who read the chapters said, ‘I hope you’re publishing this. I can’t wait to read the whole book.’ I’d never even considered publishing, but she gave me the confidence to have a go.
  2. What draws you to write BDSM?
    I’m drawn to writing BDSM because I find the whole subject fascinating. I wanted to explore the dichotomy between how a woman can be strong and independent, how she can consider herself a feminist, and yet find fulfilment in submission to a man. Yes, it is exciting to research and write about the ‘technical’ details, but in any form of erotica, it’s always the emotional content that turns me on. For research I read hundreds of blogs by female submissives and was genuinely moved by their emotional journeys with their Doms.
  3. Tell us about Faye Austin. Why did she feel drawn to Gabriel Scott?
    Faye has never felt important. Her mother was disinterested at best, and her father preferred her beautiful younger sister, Ginny. Even Faye’s husband doesn’t make her feel special. Faye has learned to live with being second best convincing herself that she doesn’t mind, finding her fulfilment in her work, supporting victims of domestic abuse. Gabriel’s dominance makes her feel that she matters, and through her submission, she comes to a new understanding of herself. ‘No one would understand that my submission empowered me, that I felt stronger kneeling at Gabriel’s feet than I ever had standing at Paul’s side.’
  4. Who is Gabriel Scott?
    Gabriel is seven years older than Faye, yet he’s never been in a committed relationship. Maybe this is because of his parents’ unhappy marriage or maybe he just hasn’t found the right woman. Unlike Faye, who discovers submission for the first time, Gabriel has always known he’s a Dominant. He’s only ever really had one relationship that could be described as BDSM but as he tells Faye, ‘Dani’s submission to me was a game, something she liked to do in the bedroom, but she never gave herself to me the way you’ve done’.
  5. What's up next for you?
    Next, I need to finish editing my second book which is about a business woman who is receiving threats from her ex and decides to hire a bodyguard who she subsequently learns is a member of an S&M club. He’s not her usual type but she finds herself intrigued and thinks it won’t do any harm as long as she doesn’t become emotionally involved. Again, I’ve really enjoyed exploring the emotional connotations of submission and I hope I’ve succeeded. My fantasy novel is quite experimental! It’s written from a few different viewpoints and contains a story within a story.

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About Sue Horsford

Sue Horsford
I am a qualified hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner living in the North of England with my husband and soul mate. Over the years I must have started and abandoned over fifty novels before I decided to try my hand at writing erotica. Finally I had a finished novel and a new hobby all in one. I never realized writing could be so much fun!
Connect with Sue on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fingal1962

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Featured Book with Review and $10 Giveaway: Watch the Skies by Tanith Davenport

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WATCH THE SKIES
Tanith Davenport
Watch the Skies
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
She wants him. He wants her. They want to watch.
Alien hunter Aster is frustrated in more ways than one. Her team hasn't had a proper encounter in months, and her cute teammate Wade is never going to see her that way - and no other man would let a woman like Aster take charge in a relationship anyway.
Until one night, out in the woods, when the team is engulfed in a white light - and overwhelmed with desire like they've never known. Suddenly Aster sees a new side to Wade, one that will let her give her alpha tendencies free rein...
But as the creatures they met return again and again, Aster begins to wonder what they really want - to see her and Wade together, or something more sinister?

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My Review

Rating: 5 Stars
Watch the Skies is a relatively short story, but I was pleasantly surprised as I found it quite an entertaining read.
I can't say I've ever read an alien romance or fiction before, but Tanith Davenport certainly gave a great introduction. The pacing of the story was superb and for the plot, I think it is just the right length. There was a plot twist which was a delightful revelation. Rather than give out the spoiler, let's just say that I certainly hadn't expected the story to go that way.
I also enjoyed the chemistry between the two lead characters Aster and Wade. There was a bit of femdom but nothing too overwhelming.
Overall, I find this story a great read, and would recommend this to anyone looking for a short easy entertaining read.

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About Tanith Davenport

Tanith Davenport
Tanith Davenport began writing erotica at the age of 27 by way of the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme. Her debut novel "The Hand He Dealt" was released by Total-e-Bound in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012.
Tanith has had short stories published by Naughty Nights Press and House of Erotica. She loves to travel and dreams of one day taking a driving tour of the United States, preferably in a classic 1950s pink Cadillac Eldorado.
Tanith's idea of heaven is an Indian head massage with a Mojito at her side.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review with $25 Giveaway: The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami

The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci
THE GIRL WHO KNEW DA VINCI
Belle Ami
Series: Out of Time Series Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Tema N Merback
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
What she knows could kill her.
In the spirit of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and Shadows of the Stone Benders by K. Patrick Donoghue The Girl Who Knew Da Vinci by Belle Ami unravels an unforgettable mystery.
Three destinies, one remarkable painting.
Will her visions lead her to the truth?
Art historian Angela Renatus is haunted by dreams of Leonardo da Vinci and a mysterious painting of Giuliano Medici and his mistress Fioretta Gorini. A painting that, as far as the world knows, doesn’t exist. Compelled by her visions, Angela is determined to find out the truth.
When Angela is contacted by art detective, Alex Caine, she’s shocked to learn that he too is seeking the same painting. Alex’s client, a wealthy German financier, is determined to clear the name of his late uncle, Gerard Jaeger, an art historian, who went missing in Florence, during World War II. In letters written before his disappearance, the historian describes his love affair with a beautiful young Italian woman named Sophia Caro, and the discovery of an extraordinary painting by the great master himself—a painting depicting Giuliano and Fioretta.
Alex and Angela journey to Florence in search of the priceless treasure. Is it a lost da Vinci, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, or a wild goose-chase that will only lead to a dead end? But someone else is searching for the illusive painting—Alberto Scordato is a powerful man in the art world and a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even murder. Scordato knows something about Angela that even she doesn’t know, something that could threaten both Angela and Alex’s lives, forcing them into the crosshairs of fate.

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I had to admit I was slightly misled by the initial statement on the blurb, as there was a reference on The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. The Girl Who Knew DaVinci however, with a paranormal backdrop to the overall plot, is undoubtedly fiction and the genre leans more towards the romantic element than on the thriller side.
After recalibrating my expectations for the book, I can say I actually found the book interesting. Romance lovers will definitely be entertained. I especially found the romantic build-up excellently written and quite hot!
The pacing of the story and shifting from one timeline to another was well written and easy to follow. I'm not really sure how Angela is able to transcend to her previous life, but I believe the paranormal nature of the story does not require a scientific explanation.
I find Angela's character realistic and loveable, though she does come out as a bit vulnerable. Enter Alex, the male lead. In contrast though, I find Alex's back story a bit lacking, and wished this portion could be expounded further.
Overall, this is a nice novel following the popularity that The DaVinci Code generated. But don't be misled like I was...this is in fact totally original, totally unique and totally refreshing.
Rating: 4 Stars

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About Belle Ami

Belle Ami
Belle Ami writes intriguing romantic/suspense/thrillers with a teaspoon of sex. A self-confessed news junky she loves to create cutting-edge stories about politics, espionage, and redemptive love.
She is a Kathryn McBride scholar of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Writing, cooking, spinning, hiking, boxing, and skiing are her passions.
She is the author of The Only One series, The One (#1), and The One & More (#2). Her third in the series titled One More Time is Not Enough, was published July 13th, 2016. She was honored to be included in the RWA LARA Christmas Anthology Holiday Ever After featuring her short story The Christmas Encounter. Her next series entitled The Tip of the Spear begins with Escape, published January 10, 2017. The sequel to Escape, entitled Vengeance was published September 12, 2017.
The Girl Who Knew da Vinci is her latest release. It’s an intriguing romance/paranormal/thriller. She is currently working on book three of The Tip of the Spear Series, titled Ransom.
She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, a horse named Cindy Crawford, and her brilliant Chihuahua, Giorgio Armani.
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Friday, June 15, 2018

New Release with Giveaway: Jersey Ghouls by A.L. Sirois

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JERSEY GHOULS
A.L. Sirois
Jersey Ghouls
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
A disabled cop and his ex battle giant centipedes and ghouls in a small riverside community that's about to be flooded out.
The rain-drenched riverside town of Sherwood's Landing, NJ is invaded by a species of centipede from Central America armed with psychedelic venom. Former cop Lafferty "Hoff" Hoffman and his ex-girlfriend Beatrice St. John are swept into terror as their neighbors are enslaved by a centipede-generated group mind. Those remaining free must band together to survive the onslaught of ravenous ghouls.

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Excerpt

Terry Haggerty was no pushover. She had gone to work at sixteen to save money for college, which is where she met Rook. Before the kids came, they'd often spent weekends at campsites throughout the region. Rook was an avid fisherman and hunter, and although she hadn't had any familiarity with firearms before she met him, Terry now owned two or three guns and was proud of her ability to shoot.
Under Rook’s tutelage, Terry always made sure her guns were in excellent condition. She went now to the gun cabinet in the living room. She kept most of her attention on the sounds from the back porch. From the cabinet she took out her .22 pistol and loaded it. Then she stuck it into the waist of her jeans, and pulled her shirt out to hide it.
She went into the kitchen. She paused at the door to the back porch and drew a breath. Someone out there swore quietly, and there was the tinkle of glass.
Enough, she thought, and opened the door.
Grant White and Rick Carrington stood in the dusk outside. They looked in at her with dull surprise on their faces. She relaxed. She knew them well. They were friends of her late son, Loren, even though they'd been a year ahead of him at school. But what the devil were they up to?
"Hi, guys," she said. "Que pasa?"
Rick snarled in response, and her hackles rose as she realized they were both filthy, covered with mud and dried blood. Something was very wrong here. She pulled the gun out of her waistband. "Just stop right there," she said, pointing it at Rick, who stood slightly in front of Grant at the broken window.
Rick snarled again, but Grant laid an arm on his shoulder. "Hi, Ms. Haggerty," he said in an oily voice. Her hackles rose even further at the sound of it. "We were just wondering where Greg was."
"He's upstairs having a nap."
Grant grinned in a particularly nasty way. She'd never seen such a feral expression on anyone's face. "Oh, I don't think he is," he said. "I think maybe he's out looking for... Jessa."
Unconsciously she took a step or two toward the boys at the window. Their eyes... she leaned forward for a better look.
Rick's arm snaked out faster than she would have believed and seized her sleeve. Terry staggered back and broke free. Rick shrieked wordlessly at her, a sound that didn’t sound as though it could have come from a human throat. Grant shoved him aside and tried to force himself through the broken window. She watched in horror as the glass gashed his flesh. He ignored it. Terry realized she was in mortal danger. She raised her gun and discharged it into his face. He slumped forward without a word. Though her ears rang from the shot, she heard the thud thud thud of Rick Carrington’s feet as he fled into the woods.

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About A.L. Sirois

A.L. Sirois
A.L. Sirois is a writer, developmental editor, graphic artist and a performing musician. His publication career began in 1973 with the appearance of the short-short story "War Baby" in Fantastic. (It would be called "flash fiction" nowadays.) He has gone on to have fiction in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Fantastic, Amazing Stories, and Thema, and online at Electric Spec, Mystery Weekly, Every Day Fiction and Flash Fiction Online, among other publications. His story "In the Conservatory," from Thema, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In addition to JERSEY GHOULS, other Sirois works include a children's book, DINOSAUR DRESS UP (Tambourine Press / William Morrow), a graphic novel, THE ENDLESS INCIDENT (2014), and a fantasy novel, THE BOHEMIAN MAGICIAN, published in 2017.
As an artist, he has hundreds of drawings, paintings and illustrations to his credit. Al has contributed comic art for DC, Marvel, and Charlton, and has scripted for Warren Publications. He wrote and drew "Bugs in the System" for witzend #12, the famous comics fanzine started by for MAD artist Wally Wood. He lives in Rockingham County, North Carolina with his wife and occasional collaborator, author Grace Marcus. Together they are writing a Young Adult novel set in ancient Egypt.
Social media links: Facebook | Twitter

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pre-Order Blitz with Giveaway: The Priestesses of Levet by Victoria Lynn Osborne

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THE PRIESTESSES OF LEVET
Victoria Lynn Osborne
The Priestesses of Levet
Series: A Jason and Mortyiene Mystery # 3
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Jason and Mortyiene investigate the deaths of several priestesses
A priestess is dead hanging in an iron maiden.
The conclave of priestesses are meeting with new instructions from the goddess Levet.
A new floor is opening and the sealed rooms are scenes of horrific crimes discovered after the room opens. Jason and Mortyiene are called to investigate. Who is killing these women? Why? Does this have anything to do with the ongoing war?
To complicate things further, the sky rangers led by general Valairia, war mistress of the Kylvar are in town to fight a rampaging dragon. There is well known animosity between the clergy and Valairia. These spats erupt into battles as the general assumes privileges not granted to her.
Don’t miss another exciting book in The Jason and Mortyiene Mysteries.

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Excerpt

Her fingers slipped on the blood-soaked key but she drew it out carefully.
Her fingers, now numb from the poison, fumbled and the key slipped from her grasp. Desperately she felt around with her toe, trying to grip the key and bring it back to her lock. She caught the key on her big toe and started to lift it to her hand. The toe and hand met. She clutched at the key, but it slipped through her fingers, falling to the floor again.

Other Books by Victoria Lynn Osborne

Jason is a young wizard sent to the Library there he learns he is the new investigator assigned to investigate crimes in the library and important crimes in the surrounding lands. Unfortunately he is given the darkly beautiful Mortyiene as a partner and the cat Edwardynah. He must not only solve crimes but keep Mortyiene in line and deal with his severe cat allergies.
The Student Librarian
BOOK ONE
The Bankers of Zurix
BOOK TWO

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About Victoria Lynn Osborne

Victoria Lynn Osborne
Victoria has been involved in writing since she was a child. She has her Bachelors in Creative Writing and is getting her Masters. She lives in southern Oregon catering to the whims of her muse which takes the form of a fuzzy black and white cat.

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Featured Book with Excerpt and $25 Giveaway: It's All About the Duke by Amelia Grey

It's All About the Duke
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DUKE
New York Times Bestselling Author
Amelia Grey
Series: The Rakes of St. James Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
He could be a rake if he means only to steal a kiss but steals your heart as well.
Nearing thirty, the Duke of Rathburne is finally ready to make amends for the wager that caused him and his best friends such scandal, but taking on a ward who needs a husband is a feat he’s not sure he can manage. The last he saw of Miss Marlena Fast, she was a spirited little ruffian, not the sort of bride most bachelors on the marriage mart sought. But one glance at the lovely lady she has become is enough to convince him otherwise…
Orphaned young and shuffled from family to family, Marlena counts on her fierce independence and quick wits to keep herself content. Being the responsibility of a notoriously wicked duke who upended so many lives is an unexpected challenge when she realizes he arouses her decidedly feminine desire. Marlena must be careful. She has her own scandalous secret to protect. If he finds out, will it shatter her chances of a happily-ever-after with the notorious rake?

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Excerpt

Marlena felt the duke’s fingers touching her bare skin. She couldn’t have been more surprised, more intrigued, more fully engaged if his lips had actually been on hers instead of his warm touch under her chin. He wasn’t looking at her face but on his task at her throat.
She should have been frightened but it wasn’t fear she felt. It was something else.
Something far more worrisome.
It was attraction.
Inexplicable sensations stirred restlessly inside her. She didn’t know exactly what was happening. He wasn’t choking her, but she couldn’t breathe. He wasn’t hurting her, but she trembled. She wasn’t in pain, yet she had the most intense yearning and urgency inside herself for something she couldn’t describe.
“What are you doing?” she whispered, unable to look up at him.
“Kissing you deeply, madly, and thoroughly,” he mumbled and continued with his undertaking.
“What?” Her gaze flew up to his face.
He smiled down so innocently at her that for a spark of a second she thought he might be serious.
“That’s ridiculous,” she said, reclaiming her good sense. “How can you say something like that? It’s so outrageously untrue. You’re doing no such thing and you know it. You aren’t kissing me. You’re untying the knot in my ribbon which is highly inappropriate.”
He centered his attention on his job at hand again. “If you knew what I was doing then why did you ask?”
She didn’t know. How could she think properly when the duke was this close to her? The tips of his fingers touching her. She had to say something.

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About Amelia Grey

Amelia Grey
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen. She's been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.
Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.
With more than thirty books published, she is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award. She's also won the Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill Awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia's books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.
Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.
Official website: http://www.AmeliaGrey.com

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Book Review with $20 Giveaway: Holden's Regrets by Dianne Zparkki

Holden's Regrets
HOLDEN'S REGRETS
Diane Zparkki
Series: Branson's Kind of Love Book 2
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 25, 2018
Second chance love with secrets to be revealed
Ever since they were kids, Shannon has been in love with her best friend's old brother, Holden. She once hoped that Holden would come to his senses and accept that they are meant to be together.
Holden, on the other hand, only ever saw Shannon as his kid sister's best friend, and a royal pain with her crush. That was, until one night in college when his sister and Shannon visited him. That was when Holden saw Shannon for the beautiful, vibrate young woman she had grown into.
When he returned home from college, he planned to declare his feelings to her; to tell her that he realized what he had been denying all these years and to give them a chance. However, he was too late. Shannon had finally taken the hint and moved on, dating another man, one she agreed to marry. The only place left for Holden was in the friend zone.
In a turn of fate, circumstances change and Shannon feels like she has no choice but to leave town with a secret of her own. Holden, meanwhile, will do anything to mend their friendship and hopefully build it into something more.
Will Holden be able to handle the surprises that are coming his way and continue to love Shannon the way he really wants to? Can Shannon trust the man who drove her out of her home and hurt her yet again?
"This was a great read and although I shouldn't have liked Holden to begin with but I did because I felt his pain and understood he was lost in the sorrow of his bad decisions. He had to hit rock bottom before he could make things right. It made it real for me."
- Anne Citro, Goodreads Reviewer
"This book has a lot of twists. Some you may see coming, but not all. Zparkki did well in keeping a lot under wraps so things will blow up in your face in the end."
- Kristin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer

My Review

Rating: 5 stars
Holden's Regrets is a heartwarming tale of Holden and Shannon as they navigated through life and the consequences of their and other people's actions. In a way, it's the story of Holden's growth as he manned up to the things he'd done. More focus was made on his growth and development, which took up about the first half of the book, and in the next half, we see him trying to mend his relationship with Shannon. Although, of course, we also see Shannon making a new life for herself as a result of the events in the first book.
Diane Zparkki creates unforgettable characters, especially Roc and Sofia and the ordeal they went through. The story moves at a steady pace, and the twist toward the end came as a pleasant surprise. Two twists, to be exact. Though the story was told mainly in Holden's and Shannon's alternating first person point of view, we're also given some insights when other people took hold of the scene--like Roc, Sofia, Grandpa Cole and Techie.
It's the relationships between the different characters and the way they support one another without question that made the story for me. That said, I can't wait to read this author's other books!

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About Diane Zparkki

Diane Zparkki
I was born and raised in the greater Toronto area and raised my own family in the suburbs of the city. I'm a busy working mom with writing being my second full time job. With my husband, we have raised three great kids. Who constantly keep me on my toes and laughing. I enjoy planning themed parties and traveling with my family creating memories. Thrill seeking of some sort is always on the menu which I usually drags my family along with me. Going to the movies is always a good night out or curling up with a book and a steaming cup of tea. I have been known to do some Netflix binge watching.
I was never a big reader or writer in my youth-Coles Notes were my best friend throughout college. My enthusiasm for reading came later in life when I joined a book club. I enjoyed reading those initial books that got me hooked into the literary world, but I wanted raw, simple, and happily ever after with a bit of get down and dirty. That was when my love for Alpha bad boys on a Harley was set in motion.
After becoming an avid reader, my mind started to create my first story, and I needed to get it out.
Fixing Sydney and Holden's Regrets are the first two of Branson's Kind of Love Trilogy. I hope you enjoy Sydney and Holden's stories with Logan's coming in the near future.
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Friday, June 8, 2018

New Release with $10 Giveaway: Watch the Skies by Tanith Davenport

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WATCH THE SKIES
Tanith Davenport
Watch the Skies
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
She wants him. He wants her. They want to watch.
Alien hunter Aster is frustrated in more ways than one. Her team hasn't had a proper encounter in months, and her cute teammate Wade is never going to see her that way - and no other man would let a woman like Aster take charge in a relationship anyway.
Until one night, out in the woods, when the team is engulfed in a white light - and overwhelmed with desire like they've never known. Suddenly Aster sees a new side to Wade, one that will let her give her alpha tendencies free rein...
But as the creatures they met return again and again, Aster begins to wonder what they really want - to see her and Wade together, or something more sinister?

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About Tanith Davenport

Tanith Davenport
Tanith Davenport began writing erotica at the age of 27 by way of the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme. Her debut novel "The Hand He Dealt" was released by Total-e-Bound in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012.
Tanith has had short stories published by Naughty Nights Press and House of Erotica. She loves to travel and dreams of one day taking a driving tour of the United States, preferably in a classic 1950s pink Cadillac Eldorado.
Tanith's idea of heaven is an Indian head massage with a Mojito at her side.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Book Spotlight with Character Interview and $25 Giveaway: Venomous Hunger by Mary Auclair

Venomous Hunger
VENOMOUS HUNGER
Mary Auclair
Series: Eok Warriors Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: Eclipse Press
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
His lust devours their worlds. Her love will free them both.
After being left for dead by her people, Aliena wakes up under the care of alien pirates. She escapes, only to be captured by a creature straight from her darkest nightmares, bent on the destruction of everything she holds dear.
An Eok warrior turned pirate, Kamal is one to be reckoned with. He is on a mission for the Eok nation, and his only goal is to find and save the humans before he can return to his life, a life he excels at. He has no intention to allow a headstrong human female to get in his way.
As Aliena embarks on a mission to rescue her uncle from Minister Knut’s clutches, Kamal is at a crossroads. If he chooses help the human, the price might well be his own life.
When the Mating Venom unleashes its torment, Kamal has to decide. Will he change his ways and claim Aliena’s heart, or is the life of an outlaw too hard to leave behind?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy, thrilling sci-fi romance is the second in the Eok Warriors series, however it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

Character Interview

Here's a character interview on Aliena, the lead character in Venomous Hunger. Read on.
  1. Please tell us about yourself
    I’m nothing special, really. I’m just a girl trying to survive in a world where humanity is an endangered species. What’s special is what happened to me, and who happened to help me along the way. I am part of a small group of humans, escaped from the Breeding Facility twenty-three years ago. I don’t remember anything from those days inside the facility, as I was only two years old at the time. All I know is that my mother died to give me a chance at freedom, and that I intend to honor her sacrifice by not only living my life free of oppression, but also do my damn best so that no human has to live in slavery, ever again.
    Family is everything to me, and I will do what I must to protect those who depend on me.
  2. Can you tell us a little about your world? Please also tell us about the Eok and alien pirates.
    We live a hard life in the wilderness of Earth, with only the weapons and shelter we can make ourselves. It’s not a perfect life, but it’s a better life than the one we had in the Breeding facility. Since our near extinction, over two centuries ago, the few humans that were left on Earth were collected and brought to live in what the Ring calls the Human Preservation Laboratories, where we’re kept like zoo specimens, forced to reproduce and live in captivity. Sometimes, the owner of the facility, Minister Knut, sells a specimen to an extremely rich buyer as an exotic pet. No one except our group has ever escaped the facility.
    My first contact with the alien pirates was when I awoke in their medical pod. I was able to knock down one of them and escape, but I was still too weak to make my way back to my people. There I was, free but about to die out there in the snow, all alone. This is when the big blue hunk caught me. I tried my best to escape from Kamal, and from the attraction I felt for him. Because, as we all know, Eoks are the scourge of the Ring. They’re the most brutal, ruthless species of warriors known to the Ring, and probably beyond. They kidnap females from other species and enslave them, as their species produces only male offspring and they need the females of other species to reproduce. Just hearing their names makes most females run away screaming, human or not.
    Kamal is as ruthless as Eoks are rumored to be, worst, he’s the captain of a pirate ship. A true outlaw, without conscience or honor. His crew is only a representation of himself, cruel, violent and thinking only of turning the highest profit, no matter the cost to others.
    At least, that’s what I thought.
  3. Why were you left for dead by your people? How do you feel about that?
    I cannot blame my family for what they did. We were hiding from the aliens who found our village, in caves deep under the surface. I was dying, and Martin thought my only chance at survival was to leave me for the aliens to find. Turns out he was right, and Kamal did save me.
  4. What was your experience in the hands of the alien pirates?
    The pirate crew of the Mellark is exactly what you would think a group of cutthroat outlaws could be, for the most part. There are a few people amongst the crew that I grew fond of. Marmack is Kamal’s second in command, and him and his mate, Tailan, fast became my friends.
    Apart from them, the crew wants nothing more than to turn out a profit, and as a rare human female, I’m worth a fortune on the black market. It’s only because Kamal took me as bloodmate that I was protected from their greed. It didn’t prevent them from betraying us in the end, but as they found out, having Kamal as an enemy is something one should try to avoid…
  5. What's your personal experience with an Eok? I believe you were captured by one.
    Eoks are forces of nature, and Kamal is no exception. He’s tall, muscular, has fangs and retractable talons, making him the perfect predator! He’s also strikingly handsome, with his metallic blue skin, his angular features and a body to die for. He’s all male, all the time, and sometimes, it can be a lot to manage, especially when he has it in his head to protect me.
    He’s also caring and kind, in a way that still surprise me. He would never harm a person weaker than him, and puts himself in danger to help those he cares for. He surprised me at every corner by doing the exact opposite of what I expected from a terrible Eok warrior.
  6. If you could turn back time, what would you change?
    I wished I didn’t judge Kamal so harshly in the beginning, but as a human female, I had to be wary of those big aliens.

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About Mary Auclair

Mary Auclair
Mary grew up in the quiet peace of a small rural village in the heart of Quebec, Canada.
She spent her childhood chasing butterflies and catching frogs, playing in the mud and generally being as unladylike as she could. Her love of science led her to complete a mechanical engineering degree at the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, where she met the love of her life.
Years later, as she enjoyed the role of full time mom to her two wonderful children, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
She now write as much as her busy schedule allows to bring to life her inner world, filled with exotic planets, mysterious creatures and off course, hot, alpha heroes and the women who melt their hearts.
When she's not writing, she can be found in the garden, walking her dogs or playing with fire in her kitchen as a part time hit-or-miss chef.
She loves to hear from her readers, so don't be shy and drop her a line!
Official website: https://www.maryauclair.com
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Monday, June 4, 2018

New Release with $25 Giveaway: Untamed Hearts by Colleen O'Connell

Untamed Hearts
UNTAMED HEARTS
Colleen O'Connell
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Two destinations lead to one destiny
Fleeing her wavering feelings for her fiancé, Taryn Ashford boards a westbound train to visit relatives. Her journey awakens unbridled passion with the dangerously handsome, Jared King. When Jared is accused of murder, she is faced with providing him an alibi at the risk of her own reputation. Did he use her to save himself or can she trust her heart – and him - to discover the truth? A truth they must work together to reveal.
Gunman, shooter, the brand is Jared King’s life. His skill with a gun creates an existence forever searching – searching every face for the bounty hunter in constant pursuit, for the settled life he is certain he will never find and for one woman’s love. Taryn Ashford jeopardizes his need to remain emotionally detached. She represents the happiness denied him, but if he pursues her, will he risk both their lives?

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Excerpt

“Jared please…don’t.” The contact consumed her, chipping away her control.
He kissed her cheek, then pulled back. He encircled her waist with both arms, drawing her body slowly to his. “Why do you deny your feelings?”
She tilted her chin upward. “I’m not feeling anything.” She wanted her words to sound indifferent, a pathetic attempt when her breathing was so pronounced.
His brow shot up in question. “No?” His mouth swooped down over hers to prove her wrong, to entice her.
She pushed him, trying to disengage his hold before she allowed the feeling to take complete control. He would have none of it. Passionate and demanding, he continued to kiss her. When she would turn her head away, his hand reached up, his fingers holding her jaw. Her heart pounded wildly, her senses reeling as she felt herself weaken. She must resist. She should think of Brad. He was her fiancé. In one final attempt, she shoved him hard staggering back herself as the support of his arms fell away. Righting herself, taking deep breaths, she returned his gaze, shaking her head. “I don’t want you to kiss me.”
“You want more than kisses from me, Taryn.” His eyes blazed with passion. “If there were a decent bed to be found, I’d show you how much you want.”
“How dare you! I don’t want anything from you, including your kisses.”
A muscle in his jaw tensing, his eyes narrowed. He caught her chin holding it firmly in his hand. A slow smile formed on his face. “As I said once before, you lie extremely well.”
He turned, walked back down the aisle, leaving her to consider his words. She never experienced such an arrogant and insolent lack of manners. Stomping on each rung of the ladder back into her berth, she mumbled her irritation with him. Her fury prevented sleep. Punching her pillow, she tossed and turned. How she despised him. The words raged repeatedly in her mind, but her heart felt the truth.

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About Colleen O'Connell

Colleen O'Connell
Colleen has been an avid reader her entire life and has a particular love of the historical romance genre. Having enjoyed reading romances early on, she began writing them herself when she wanted the stories to take a different turn and determined the only way to achieve it was to craft her own. She currently lives in Northern Kentucky and has a background in Human Resource Management.

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