Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Spotlight: Lord Heartless #Romance #VictorianRomance #Historical @Tessa_Berkley

Title:  Lord Heartless
Author: Tessa Berkley
Genre: Victorian Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing

An arranged marriage may be the death of Lord Landon Montague, a man who earned his rude moniker, Lord Heartless, through the distaste of the Ton. When he makes plans to collect on a debt from Lord Charles Gilbert by foreclosing on Holly Grove, Gilbert commits suicide. Only then does Lord Montague learn that Lord Gilbert has left a nineteen-year-old daughter, Juliet, at his mercy.

Lady Juliet Gilbert suffered the stigma of suicide as best she could. But losing her home and the servants who raised her and stood by through her father's drinking would be the last straw. Unable to secure a position, Lord Montague's offer of marriage gives her hope. All she must do is produce an heir. But arriving at Broadmoor proves more taxing than she anticipated for her dark Lord already holds an heir conceived out of wedlock.

Will this doom any hope of finding happiness and label him forever Lord Heartless, or will London's society have its last laugh on Shakespeare when Montague wins his fair Juliet?

Even though she was alone, Juliet skin tingled with the knowledge of what his nearness did to her body. How it awakened places she did not understand and sent a deep want to the pit of her belly. A need she recognized that would ultimately lead to her fall. A deep, melancholy sigh slipped from her lips. If only.

Something soft brushed her cheek. Startled from her contemplations, she brought her glance up to find a pair of deep blue eyes questioning her.

“Your Grace,” she whispered, realizing that her dream had manifested itself into reality. The knitting slipped into the chair as she attempted to rise.

“Careful, you shall lose a stitch.” He reached down and plucked the needles from the chair. “No need to rise, milady. Sit.”

She watched him hold the heather blue beginnings to the light and study them.

“A sweater?”                                                  

“No, milord.”

His brow wrinkled. He held it next to his shoulder. “A scarf?”

“Afraid not.”

He grew thoughtful then a devilish twinkle emerged in his eye. “Kilt?” He asked lowering the needles toward his waist.

Juliet’s eyes followed. A hard blush rushed to heat her cheeks as she realized what part of his anatomy would be covered by her loose stitches.

“No,” he murmured in a voice so sultry her thighs clenched together. “No, I believe that might be a bit too drafty and too daring even for a Scot.”

“’Tis no more than a shawl for the countess.” Juliet reached out to take her endeavors from his hands, grabbing the needles, and their fingers brushed together. A scorch of heat traveled along her arm as the yarn fell from his grasp and he took hold of her fingers. The slightest pressure moved her legs to stand and she fell hard underneath the warmth of his gaze.

Her breath quickened as his thumb stroked the sensitive center of her palm. She could only stare and marvel as his eyes grew from sky blue to that of dusk, the dark velvet ribbon of midnight widened.

“Such beautiful fingers.” His voice surrounded her with the warmth of a sultry, humid day and her heart skipped a beat as he lifted and brought them to his lips. She watched, fascinated as his mouth brushed so lightly across that only the air stirred. Yet, somehow it commanded her thighs to grow damp. Juliet could hear the rush of air leaving her lungs and she could not draw it back.

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Tessa Berkley loves nothing more than to be immersed in a good story. Growing up in Tidewater, Virginia, she studied history and science gaining a B.S. degree in Education. But, her heart was in storytelling. Urged by friends, she began creating her own worlds to share.  She lives in a rural area, surrounded by farmland, cattle, and her family. She loves to hear from readers.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Wolf’s Desire #Excerpt #NewRelease #Paranormal #Fantasy #Romance

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my new release, A WOLF’S DESIRE (Reluctant Mates!) A WOLF’S DESIRE is book one in my new Reluctant Mates Series, but each book can be read as a stand-alone!  

Here’s the blurb:
Sadie McCallister wants to find a mate and start a family, but the only man her wolf recognized as a potential mate rejected her nearly four years ago. To make matters worse, Noah follows her every move and his popularity with women is hard to ignore, especially when she can’t get another man to come within ten feet of her. Any hope of finding a mate seems foolish. When a summons from the Council leaves her mated with Noah, she buries her feelings deep and resolves to live a life without love.

Noah Alexander recognized Sadie as his mate the moment they met. Their budding friendship occupied his every thought and he couldn’t wait to claim her and mark her as his. Unfortunately, tragedy and fear for her safety forced him to push her away, but he couldn’t stay very far. A summons from the Council leads to a mating with the only woman he ever wanted, and the one woman he should never have.

In order to sustain the numbers of all mythical beings, the Council, the governing body of the Mythical Realm, intervened and found prosperous matches for several of their subjects. Rather than create an act of treason punishable by death, Sadie and Noah reluctantly agree to the mating, but hide their true feelings for one another. When Noah’s worst fear threatens to destroy their unstable union, he realizes his worries could have been prevented if he’d been honest with his mate. Now he must find Sadie before it’s too late, and prove his desire and love are worth claiming.

Here’s an excerpt:
Sadie McCallister sighed as she walked into her dark, lonely, one-bedroom apartment. She flipped on the light and locked the door before looking around the spacious room. Designed for one person, or one couple, the floor plan didn’t lack in either space or comfort. It contained the best of both. She wished she had someone to share it with.

Being completely honest, she wished she could share it—or any space—with Noah. Why did she have to see him again tonight? It seemed it didn’t matter where she and her friends went, sooner or later Noah would appear and invade their newfound hangout. Her friends were convinced he followed her because of his interest, but Sadie knew better. Noah had made his feelings perfectly clear: he didn’t want her. Still, he eventually showed up wherever they went and she found it increasingly harder to find new places to hide. Noah seemed intent on ruining the little fun she had in her life, and her friends, though they supported her, thought she was crazy for hiding from the man with the “God-like” looks. Their words were irritating, even if they were accurate. Even though he never smiled and often scowled in her direction, nothing took away from his appeal.

Noah’s looks rivaled Adonis, the Greek God of beauty and desire, and every woman wanted him. How could they not? He was six feet, four inches of pure muscle. His tanned skin, combined with his dark blonde hair and blue eyes, gave the illusion of a glowing aura around him. He was larger than life, and when he walked into a room, he attracted the attention of everyone inside. The men wanted to be him and the women wanted to be with him.

No one was immune to his magnetism, herself included.

Here’s what Reviewers are saying:
“Jane Wakely has hit the bullseye again!” 5 Stars!
“I highly recommend this novella to my shifter lovin' friends...!” 5 Stars!
“This is a must read!” 5 Stars!

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Happy Reading! :)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fantastic Forty: Alissa Baxter #Romance #Author #Interview @Alissa_Baxter

~Alissa Baxter~

Author name: Alissa Baxter

Fave food? Sushi
Fave drink (non-alcoholic)? Coffee
Fave candy bar? Lindt
Fave flower? Rose
Fave gemstone? Diamond
Fave day of the week? Friday
Fave time of day to write? Morning
Fave season? Autumn
Fave holiday? Christmas
Fave color? Blue
Fave animal? Puppy
Fave hobby? Reading
Fave sport? Netball
Fave song? I Hope You Dance
Fave TV show? The Good Wife
Fave movie? The Shawshank Redemption
Fave book? Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Fave author? Georgette Heyer
Fave word? Lovely
Fave quote?What I spent, I had; What I kept, I lost; What I gave, I have.”

Lightning Round:
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Cake or pie? Pie
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Salty or sweet? Salty
Veggies or fruit? Veggies
Owl or lark? Owl
Plot or not? Plot
Desktop or laptop? Laptop
Pencil or pen? Pen
Rain or sun? Rain
Land or sea? Sea
Plane or train? Train
Run or walk? Run
Casual or dressy? Dressy
Indoors or outdoors? Both
Reading: EBook or paperback? Paperback
Reading: Novellas or novels? Novels
Theater or rental? Theater
Vampire or shifter? Neither
Jedi or Sith? Jedi

Tell us about your new/latest release:

Title: The Blog Affair
Genre: Chick Lit

Twenty-something, white, South African Emma Bradshaw has a pattern of falling for unsuitable men and starts a blog about these so-called “serial datists”. Her search for new beginnings takes her to Cape Town, where she gets a job working for sexy author, Nick Reynolds. Romance with her boss is a no-no, but slowly, Nick works his way around her defenses. Trust him, or not, especially with her awful track record with men?

When an anonymous male reader of the blog challenges her on her ideas about the male species, Emma realises she must confront her past and find her true self before she can move forward...and love can blossom again in her future.

Damn him. Damn him. Damn him. Like a bad apple, he just had to pop up in her new home. She’d left Durban to escape him, and here he was, back again, tormenting her as ever. Awful enough that memories of him were with her all the time, without him turning up in the flesh. And what flesh it was….

“You had a good time in Italy?” she inquired.

Phil nodded.

“Great. Well, I have things to do. Bye.”

“Running away, Em?”

Emma, who had starting walking toward the door, stopped in her tracks and turned around. “I’ve moved on, Phil.”

“You mean you’ve moved away. You haven’t moved on.”

“What makes you so sure?”

Phil gazed into her eyes before looking down at her mouth, and Emma swallowed hard. He always made her insides twist into knots, and the fact she couldn’t bear to be in the same room with him for even five minutes clearly showed she hadn’t moved on.

She had to put him behind her, though, and stop allowing him to upset her equilibrium to the degree he did.

But as she studied his once-loved face, she let out a tiny sigh. How did you just move on and forget someone? Especially when you’d once believed that someone was the love of your life?

She stood immobile for a long moment. Then, without a word, she turned around again and walked out of the room.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Spotlight: Light My World @ZeeMonodee #Romance #Multicultural @DecadentPub

Title: Light My World (Island Girls Trilogy, Book 2)
Author: Zee Monodee
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Interracial Multicultural Romance/
Bollywood/Humor/New Adult
Publisher: Decadent Publishing

It is a truth universally acknowledged that to find a prince, a girl has to kiss a few frogs along the way. But what happens when a modern-day princess comes across…an ogre?

So what if a girl has to kiss a few frogs to find her prince?

Tired of her Indian-origin mother’s relentless matchmaking, Diya Hemant is determined to find her Prince Charming on her terms. Armed with a definitive list of requirements, she is sure she’ll know her man when she meets him…

But looking and finding are two different things, especially on the tiny island of Mauritius…

When her path crosses surly British widower Trent Garrison’s, it’s hate at first sight. And though fate keeps pitting her against him, she’s certain he can’t be turned into a frog let alone a prince.

Can this modern-day princess overcome her own expectations and see beyond the ogre to the man beneath?

Diya spun around when the warm, strongly male hand closed over her wrist. She risked a startled glance at Trent’s face, to then train her focus to where he touched her. The heat from his palm filtered into her arm, yet she stood frozen.

She glimpsed back up, into his face. What is going on here? In the blink of an eye, everything seemed to have changed.

Lines had appeared on his forehead, his features drawn and pale. But his eyes held an intense light, and the warmth in them took her aback.

Trent Garrison’s grey eyes had always peered at her with ice in them. She remained unprepared for the assault on her mind when the softness of this look washed over her. A quiver thrummed in her chest, tingles shot up from her fingers, and a lump lodged itself in her throat while her mouth went dry.

She parted her lips to speak, but no sound escaped her; only a small, husky breath.

“Thank you, Diya.”

She’d never heard him say her name before. Not like this, anyway. His voice rumbled deep and ragged at the edges. The phrase came out thick with the emotions echoed in the depths of his deep-set eyes….

Something, or someone, tugged on her jeans.

“Can we go now?” a little voice asked.

Startled out of her thoughts, she shook the unreal, dream-like sensation as she emerged from the mist she’d been plunged in by the touch of his skin on hers.

Trent’s touch.

He released her hand, and she bent to scoop Josh in her arms.

“Let’s go, sweetie. I hate hospitals. I’ll meet you at the gate,” she said in Trent’s direction as she left the room.

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Stories about love, life, relationships... in a melting-pot of culture

Zee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she'd stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing.

From this resolution spanned a world of adaptation and learning to live on said wall. The realization also came that many other young women of the world were on their own fence.
This particular position became her favourite when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing – her heroines all sit 'on a fence', whether cultural or societal, in today's world or in times past, and face dilemmas about life and love.

Hailing from the multicultural island of Mauritius, Zee is a degree holder in Communications Science. She is a head-over-heels wife, in-over-her-head mum to a tween son, best-buddy-stepmum to a teenage lad, an incompetent domestic goddess, eternal dreamer, and an absolute, shameless bookholic. When she isn’t penning more stories and/or managing the Ubuntu line at Decadent Publishing, you can bet you’ll find her with her nose in her tablet, ‘drinking in’ a good book.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Spotlight: Revelations From the Past @Gordon_writer #RomanticSuspense

Title: Revelations From the Past
Author: Lori J Gordon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Rebel Ink Press

Attending her best friend’s wedding, the last thing on Lisa Rose’s mind is falling in love. Surviving a gunshot wound inflicted by her late husband stole her faith in men. So why can’t she ignore the best man’s attempts to charm her? Unable to fight the chemistry between them, Lisa invites him to her hotel room. With the sheets still warm, she learns Colby is an undercover detective. Her worst nightmare. A man with a gun.

Hoping to understand her attitude toward cops, the subject that suddenly changed her mood, Colby does a quick search and learns of the tragic night Lisa narrowly escaped death at the hands of her husband.

Digging further, he uncovers a web of deceit when one of the crime scene photos doesn’t support the case’s theory. Colby is torn between being the cop who needs to solve a murder and the man who understands pursuing the case would upset the woman he loves. The cop wins, putting Lisa in jeopardy when the real murderer is revealed.

Revenge, greed and betrayal lead to Lisa’s kidnapping leaving her no choice but to trust Colby with her life and eventually her heart.

When the music suddenly increased in volume, Colby used his sexy smile to try and convince her to dance. For the truce, he’d told her when she declined. “It’s just a dance,” he assured her gesturing toward Brandon and Kari locked in a passionate kiss on the dance floor. “It’ll put us back on their good side.”

Seeing her friend’s passion only escalated her own unwanted desires. When he leaned in closer, Lisa sucked in a breath as his lips grazed her ear with his husky murmur, “Or are you afraid it could lead to something more?”

Lisa slowly exhaled. God she wanted more. For the first time, in over three years, Lisa wanted it all. But all was no longer an option for her. Not tonight. Not ever. And definitely not with Colby Durran. One-night-stands weren’t her style. No matter how much her body ached, she wasn’t going to start something they had no chance of finishing. Because Kari and her sister planned to spend the night with her and Colby was staying with Brandon, Lisa figured seduction was out of the question and finally gave in. “Okay. Let’s dance. For the truce,” she added on the way to the floor.

It didn’t take long to realize she’d been seriously mistaken. It wasn’t possible to dance innocently with Colby. The moment his arms slipped around her she shivered.

In response, he stroked her bare shoulders, murmuring, “Did I mention how incredibly hot you look in that dress?”

Lisa swallowed hard. “Uh-huh.”

He grinned. “I can’t wait to see you in your gown tomorrow.”

That snapped her out of the trance. Leaning away from him she snorted. “You do know they make those dresses unflattering for a reason, right? It’s so the bride gets all the attention. But at least Kari isn’t making us wear cotton-candy pink. Still, there’s enough material in mine to make a tent.” Lisa shook her head. “No, there’s nothing flattering about my bridesmaids dress.”

Colby dipped her back, looking into her eyes. Incredible doe-brown eyes. “Darn,” he managed with a straight face. “Cotton-candy pink’s my favorite color.” When Lisa’s lips curved into the sexiest smile he’d ever seen, Colby didn’t think twice before capturing them with his. Surprised at the raw hunger in her response, he pulled back before he ended up dragging her off to the janitor’s closet and taking her the way he’d dreamt of doing since he’d first seen her on the plane. Before he’d even known her name. Tonight, Lisa lived outside his wet dreams. She was real. And she kissed him as if she’d had a few dreams of her own. He rested his forehead against hers. “I guess that seals the truce,” he murmured before leaving her alone in the middle of the crowded dance floor.

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Lori J Gordon started writing in 2006. In about two months she had written Black Night which would become book one in The Lost Night Trilogy. Three books set in outer space that fall into the YA category. With her best friend’s encouragement she went on to write her first romantic suspense, Victim of Circumstances. In 2011 she submitted it to Rebel Ink Press and they accepted her into the family. Since then they have published Victims of Circumstances, Jenny Hit’s the Jackpot, and the Lost Night Trilogy, Black Night, Castle of Doom, and Legend of the Night. Lori shares her home in Northern California with her husband, David and their two dogs, Skittles and Bandit. When not reading or writing, Lori works as Retail Supervisor.

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Twitter: @Gordon_writer