Friday, May 29, 2015

Promo: Rematch (Chinese Zodiac Romance)

Hi everyone! Today, we have a hot fantasy romance! I hope you will check it out!

Title: Rematch
Series: Chinese Zodiac Romance, #1.5
Author: Rachael Slate
Self-Published
Pages: 102
Buy Link: Amazon

Blurb:

Thirteen Zodiac animals entered the Great Race. Only twelve became Chosen...
After failing the test to join the Lotus League, Wen Pierce will do anything to prove herself worthy. Even if it means being demoted to a maid in the house of one of the Eight Immortals--Li Tieguai. But this seductive yet surly immortal wants only one thing--her surrender to his rigid control. On his remote, magical island she'll fade into the background of his tortured existence. Unless she can convince him she can steal anything...including the one thing he believes he's lost forever.

A spirit outcast and denied...
Tricked by the Monkey King, Li Tieguai lives in shame and surrounds himself with other outcasts, like the spirit animal Cat. But when the vibrant and sultry Wen is assigned to his household and offers to thieve for him, she just might steal more than he planned.

On the edge of redemption, lies temptation...
Li isn't the only one who can't resist Wen. The spirit Cat offers Li the solution he's longed for, but to atone for his past, he'll have to risk a future...without Wen.



About the Author
Rachael has explored forgotten temples in Cambodia, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, and stood inside the Roman Coliseum. She loves studying people and cultures, current and ancient. Her appetite for romance began with Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, which she later nurtured with a healthy dose of Jane Austen.

As a writer of scorching hot fantasy romance, Rachael blends the lines between mythology, reality, and fantasy. In her worlds, you'll encounter strong, sexy alpha males and the capable women who challenge them. If her heroines can't meet their heroes toe-to-toe, then they'll bring them to their knees.

No matter what torture she puts her characters through, true love will always prevail. Love is, after all, the most powerful force on Earth, and beyond.

Rachael holds an Honours BA in anthropology, as well as a CELTA. Her secret indulgence is her passion for baking, which she offsets with her addiction to running (she's completed four marathons). She resides on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, two children, and cat.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Promo/Giveaway: Shades of Desire Box Set

Today, we have a lovely boxed set of sweet and spicy romance! This would be perfect for summer!




Title: Shades of Desire
AuthorsJ.A. Coffey, Wendy Ely, Dorothy Callahan, Diane Escalera, Lena Hart, Chanta Rand, Emma Leigh Reed, Cindy Stark, Valerie Twombly & Kristina Knight
Self-Published
Release Date: June 8, 2015
Buy Links: Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | ARe | BN | Google





Blurb:

Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire.


J.A. Coffey - Bestselling Author
LIAR, LIAR
Divorced certified fraud examiner Jessica Barlow catches liars for a living. Sparks fly when she’s assigned to investigate a dating website owned by a man determined to guarantee she finds love, even if he has to pretend to be a client!
Wendy Ely - USA Today Bestselling Author
DANGEROUS FLAMES
Sometimes good men are taught to do evil things and it takes the strength of a sheltered woman to make things right. When Gabi learns of her father, she is asked to leave for her own safety. Fine. She’ll go... but she is taking her secret love with her, even if it’s at gun-point.
Dorothy Callahan - Bestselling Author
A DECADE FOR DARIUS
Jess never forgot her first kiss, especially since it came from the guy who taught her everything she knows about antiques, her livelihood. But if she wins the priceless inheritance, Jess will risk losing Darius Covington all over again.
Diane Escalera - Bestselling Author
STILL HOT FOR YOU
Shay LaCosta screwed up a damn good marriage. Now she's on a mission to get a little submission, and get her hunky husband back in her bed.
Lena Hart - Bestselling Author
HIS BEDPOST QUEEN
Athena Lewis has a sharp mind and an even sharper attitude. Except when it comes to “Davie,” the only man who’s ever truly made her feel safe. Yet to protect the only family she has left, she must embark on a mission that goes against everything she believes in, and that includes using the last trick she has left. Her body.
Chanta Rand - Bestselling Author and Debut Author of the Year
RESISTING DESTINY
Thrown together for ninety days by a spiteful judge, womanizing attorney, Cayson Sullivan and street-smart hustler, Destiny Jackson find the only thing they can agree on is their red-hot attraction for each other.
Emma Leigh Reed
TRUSTING LOVE
Pregnant and running from her abusive boyfriend, Chloe Wilder takes refuge in the sleepy coastal town of Arden. Police chief, Jayden Peterson, thinks the worst crime that could happen in Arden is jaywalking. Could the real danger be the two of them falling for each other?
Cindy Stark - Bestselling Author
WOUNDED
Battle-worn soldier, Jerry returns home intending to avoid his ex-fiancĂ©e. The shrapnel that wounded him pales in comparison to the gash she left in his heart. Kimber lost everything when she broke off her engagement, and she’ll fight to win him back.
Valerie Twombly - Bestselling Author
SPANISH NIGHTS
Armand has lost everything. His magic and his freedom are taken when an evil curse is placed on the Jinn, but a newcomer to town may be his savior. When evil emerges from the shadows, Makayla learns she must choose between her mortality and Armand’s freedom.
Kristina Knight - Bestselling Author
MR. RIGHT NOW
Dumped by her celebrity boyfriend, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash needs a break. But, between the male escort trying to get into her bed and the tabloid reporter intent on getting her story, Casey might have been smarter to stay in New York...

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review: Risky Business

Today, we have a little workplace romance review. Enjoy!

Title: Risky Business
Author: Dena Garson
Self-Published
Release Date: March 12, 2015
Pages: 66
Buy Link: Amazon

Blurb:

Mia Sanford has admired Jake Hudson from afar ever since she transferred to Marketing. She might be comfortable tangling with the company playboy in meeting rooms but not in private. Facts and figures she can handle, but that blue-eyed devil is out of her league. 

Jake was impressed with Mia, the sexy analyst who provides his monthly Marketing data, the first day he met her. Not only is she smart and reliable, she has legs that have inspired a few sizzling hot workplace fantasies. However, her girl-next-door demeanor and the company’s no fraternization rules force Jake to keep things strictly professional. 

When Mia becomes the target of an embarrassing betting pool at the annual office party, Jake alerts her to the danger. But since he never expressed an interest in her until now Mia isn’t certain if he’s really looking out for her, or just trying to win the pool himself. If she trusts him, it might place both her reputation and her heart on the line.




Their romance started at the company party... 

This could only get interesting, couldn't it? I love it when a girl liked a guy and that guy turned out liking the girl in return. How romantic is that?

Jake secretly wanted Mia for as long as he could remember and vice versa. He wanted to make a move on her, but didn't really know when is a good time. He also had the misfortune of being a playboy. A company party sounded like a good place and time, didn't it?

There was a bet going around about Mia and I actually liked that she wanted to win it herself. She was not a woman who would back down and I really admired that.

I also liked the little bit of humor injected in the story between Jake and Seth.

"Oh, whatever, man. I'm not stalking anyone."

If you want a short read with a hot romance, I would recommend this book :)


Arianne

Friday, May 22, 2015

Promo: Cold Fear

I really love romantic suspense! Check out today's hot read :)

Title: Cold Fear
Series: Cold Justice, #4
Author: Toni Anderson
Self-Published
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Pages: 420
Buy Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | iBooks | Kobo | Nook | Google Play

Blurb:

A relentless FBI profiler hunts a vicious killer. 

When old evidence turns up on a fresh corpse, ASAC Lincoln Frazer is determined it won’t delay the execution of a convicted serial killer. But when more young women are brutally slain, it becomes clear—this new killer is intimately familiar with the old murders. 

A dedicated emergency physician hides a dark secret. 

Former Army Captain Dr. Isadora Campbell helped her mother conceal a terrible crime. After her mother’s death, Izzy resigned her commission and returned to the Outer Banks to raise her rebellious teenage sister. But it doesn’t take long for Izzy to suspect that someone knows exactly what she did, all those years ago. 

If they work together, maybe no one else will die. 

With pressure mounting to reopen the old case, Frazer will use any means possible to catch the killer. Thrust together during the investigation, he and Izzy find themselves reluctantly attracted to one another, and begin an affair. Meanwhile the killer is much closer than they think. Izzy’s confession of her secret drives Frazer away as he struggles with her deception. By the time he realizes he’s fallen in love with the stubborn woman, the killer has her. Now the race is on to save Izzy, and any chance of a future they might have together. 



Want to read the rest of the series?
Book 2: Cold Pursuit

About the Author

Former Marine Biologist-turned-NY Times Bestselling Author Toni Anderson, writes dark, gritty, Romantic Suspense novels. When not working, she’s being walked by her dog, Holly. For more info on her books, check out her website. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Promo: The Crystal Slipper

Here's a twist to a fairy tale we all know and love :) Enjoy!

Title: The Crystal Slipper
Author: Selena Fulton
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Pages: 222
Buy Link: Amazon

Blurb:

Sometimes you just have to believe...
 
A single crystal slipper. It was probably the weirdest gift librarian Celinda Branham ever received during a Christmas gift exchange. Who would even wear these in the real world? Not Celinda, wearer of sensible shoes and fairy tale naysayer. That said, she certainly has the requisite wicked stepmother, irritating stepsister, and empty bank account. Of course, if she actually believed in all that fantastical junk, she could wait for her Prince Charming...
 
Only Prince Charming doesn't exist.
 
But Preston Chandler believes in fairy tales. Oh, does he ever. All he did was spurn the advances of a certain witch, and now his sister is under a sleeping spell. And the only way to break it? Find the other glass slipper and give someone "Love's First Kiss." But when Preston finally tracks down Celinda, he's dismayed to discover that the shy librarian who owns the other shoe has no interest in anything remotely resembling magic—including love. Now he must find a way into his Cinderella's cynical heart, or lose his sister... and his only chance for true love.

About the Author

Selena Fulton was born in a small town in Indiana and moved to Florida as a teen. She enjoys camping, morning strolls along the seashore, making jewelry, and reading. She discovered her love of writing at nine years old, when she wrote her first poem, and has been writing ever since.  She worked on her school newspaper where she created a poetry section, which exists to this day.

A multi-published author, she believes in “paying it forward” by working with fellow authors in her critique groups and judging contests.

Come check her out on Twitter, Facebook, or go to her blog, because it's all about the journey.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: If You Need Me

I think Cassi Carver is quite underrated as an author. Just look at her ratings on Amazon: she has 4 and 5 stars, but not enough exposure.. Here's to hoping this one review will change that, even if just in a small way...

Title: If You Need Me
Series: The Ashford Legacy, #1
Author: Cassi Carver
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Pages: 99
Buy Links: Amazon | Samhain | BN | ARe

I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review.

Blurb:

How far will she go for love?

Erotica author Rayna Sommers wears a daring smile in her publicity photos, but the truth would shock her legions of fans. The woman whose stories take readers on wild sexual adventures to exotic locales is terrified of the world outside her front door.

Isolation may be safe, but it’s also quite lonely until Rayna meets a charming fan online. Kyle is sexy, funny, everything Rayna desires, and soon their daily emails flare into sizzling-hot video chats. Too bad Kyle lives on the East Coast and Rayna on the West. For a woman who can’t even cross the street, much less the country, her dream of a life with Kyle is just too far out of reach.

Kyle has an even bigger problem than getting Rayna Sommers to step outside her comfort zone. He’s head over heels in love with her, but he hasn’t told her the truth. He’s really Kyle Ashford, billionaire heir to the Ashford empire. The owner of the company that’s about to shut her publisher—and her livelihood—down for good.

Warning: This book contains a sexy billionaire who knows what he wants, a housebound author who’d love to give it to him, and a special-needs pet hen that just might steal your heart.


Contemporary is one of my favorite genres of romance. I just think it's the most relatable genre and most realistic.

I came across this book when Samhain was having a sale on their website. I contacted the author and it turns out, I had the perk of getting review copies for being part of the author's street team. Since this was the first book, I went ahead and accepted it to see if I would like it.

Rayna had agoraphobia which meant she couldn't leave the house without getting really panicky. I could understand the struggle since I have anxiety and sometimes being out in public is a difficulty. Having a relatable character certainly was a winner for me.

Rayna's relationship with Kyle could be viewed as too good to be true. However, Kyle proved that he was real and he was not messing around. I really appreciated the way he cared for Rayna and tried to understand her situation without judging her. 

I sent a message to Cassi a few times commenting on the book as I read, and one of my favorite parts was when Rayna shrieked at Kyle saying "give me my chicken!" I mean, not only did she have a phobia, but she also had a pet chicken. It was an interesting combination.

Overall, this was such a fun read. Just be warned that this book isn't a clean contemporary. I mean, Rayna was an erotica author. What do you expect? ;) I do think it's worth the read. I really enjoyed it.

P.S. I just bought the second book on Amazon. Watch out for a review in about a month or so :)


Arianne

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Promo: The Loyal Steed

Today's new release is quite interesting because men are considered second-class citizens. It's an interesting way to reverse the roles of society.

Title: The Loyal Steed
Series: Pleasure Hound, #1
Author: Ines Johnson
Publisher: Heartspell Media, LLC
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Pages: 70
Buy Link: Amazon

Blurb:

Jaspir has been in love with Lady Merlyn since they were children, but she has always been out of his reach. Trained as a Pleasure Hound and now surviving by selling his body to rich women, his heart has always remained loyal to his true love. 

Liam was promised to Merlyn in their youth, but he’s always known that he's not the man in her heart. With their betrothal approaching, Liam seeks out Jaspir for help. Eager to ensure the happiness of the woman they both love, Jaspir agrees to train Liam in the pleasure arts. 

What starts as rivals in an uneasy truce, soon turns carnal when Merlyn learns of their secret lessons. In a society where men are second class citizens, Merlyn is torn between the attentions of two men who would do anything to rule her heart. 






"Our time is up, Merlyn."

"Should I buy more?"

Jaspir hesitated. He closed his eyes, resting his forehead against hers. She had his heart, but he would never be allowed to possess hers. He set her back on her chair.

"No," he whispered. He lifted his head and looked into her eyes. "No," he said more firmly. Another hour, another day would change nothing. It had taken years to get over her. Who was he kidding? He'd never gotten over her. He never would.

"My time is up because you have another lover coming?" she asked. Jaspir pulled away from her, staring into her golden brown eyes. "No. There is no one else."

She cocked her head to the side, the birdlike motion signaling that she was investigating his words. Just as Merlyn only spoke facts, she had a knack for sensing when someone told half-truths.

"I have no other lovers coming today." Something compelled him to go on, to assure her of her place in his heart. "You own my heart, Merlyn. I have loved you, and only you, every day since the first day I met you. I will continue to love you every day of my life."

She searched his eyes, her head cocking the opposite way as she considered every angle of his new statement. "Why is it that I believe you? There is no possible way to prove your declaration. Love isn't a tangible thing that you can point to. It isn't measurable."

Jaspir took her hand and placed it on his heart. "Do you feel that? What reason does a heart have for racing?"

"It’s a fight or flight response from the autonomic nervous system."

"Do you think I'm preparing to flee due to fear of you? Or that I'm preparing to harm you?"

Merlyn shook her head.

"Look at me, Merlyn. What do you see?"

"I see that your pupils are dilated." Her eyes dipped lower. "Your nostrils are flaring, and you are panting."

"I can tell you that my stomach aches when I think of you. My palms sweat and I feel light headed. Not to mention what happens in my sex organs. That's nearly every system of the human body engaged at the very thought of you."

"These symptoms happen every time you think of me?"

"Without fail."

"Fascinating," she breathed, eyes bright.

Jaspir grinned at the curious creature before him. She pressed one hand to his heart. The other she ran over his forehead. Her fingers came away with beads of sweat. Her thumb returned and traced his lower eyelid.

"I'd like to study this phenomenon some more." She looked into his eyes. Her own pupils were large, her nostrils flared, her breath came in small pants. "May I return to make more observations?"

About the Author:

Author of erotica, paranormal, and fairytale romance novels, Ines Johnson writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Promo: Wolf Hunter

Today, we have one of my good friends and local author, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom! I'm so glad to finally have her on the blog! Note: She LOVES werewolves.

Title: Wolf Hunter
Series: Wolf Moon, #2
Author: Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Pages: 233
Buy Links: Amazon | BN

Blurb:

Sworn enemies fated to be supernatural lovers... 

Only a few know about a race of Lycans hidden deep within Miami's underground. And those who do not embrace the wolves seek to destroy them. Cameron Mitchell has sought to protect his kind...at any cost. But one beautiful woman may be his undoing. 

Born into a family of wolf hunters, Abby Stark has never actually confronted a Lycan. Then Cameron steps out of the shadows and Abby is overcome with the need to be devoured. With her father vowing to destroy all of Cameron's kind, Abby knows they have no future. Coupling with a were is not her destiny. Yet walking away is proving impossible.


About the Author
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance novels and novellas, with books published by Kensington Brava, Amazon Montlake, Harlequin Nocturne and Harlequin Desire.

Linda lives in the west, and is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She loves more than anything to write, has a million ideas in her head, and hopes you will come along on the wild, wonderful ride with her.