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Monday, May 7, 2012

Feature and Giveaway: Sea Swept Seduction Series by Tracy Sumner

She is his greatest temptation.
He is her forbidden desire.
A battle of wills leads to love.

Spirited Savannah Conner is passionately committed to stamping out social injustice. Yet when she arrives in the seaside town of Pilot Isle, North Carolina, ready to take up a new cause, she quickly finds herself on the outs with the town constable. Zachariah Garrett is the most arrogant, infuriating, maddeningly attractive man it’s ever been her misfortune to meet. And suddenly, Savannah is fighting a whole new battle – this one against her own yearning for a man who is impossible to resist.

Ever since his wife’s death two years ago, Zachariah Garrett has dedicated his life to keeping the peace. So when he sees the pretty newcomer atop a wobbly wooden crate stirring up the crowd, he doesn’t hesitate to haul her off to jail. But Savannah Connor isn’t any ordinary law-breaker. She’s a beguiling beauty with the power to awaken emotions he thought he’s never feel again, and the tenderness to help him forget his fears…and risk his heart once more.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting by Jessica Clare

First just let me say that this book is HOT! Seriously. The chemistry between Dane and Miranda is electric and I found I had to fan my face quite a few times after reading one of their love scenes. I wasn't really sure if I would like this book. I'm not too big on revenge story-lines, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. I really liked this book and I definitely can't wait to read more from this author.

Miranda and Dane dated briefly when they were in high school. While at a graduation party together they played Seven Minutes in Heaven and things got pretty hot and heavy between the two. Then the next day Dane was off to play hockey in the NHL and Miranda was left to deal with the aftermath. Not only did Dane leave without a goodbye but apparently photos were taken of the two in the closet and then posted on the internet for all the world to see. Miranda has spent the last nine years with being known as the "Boobs of Bluebonnet" as well as living with the hurt and anger at being betrayed. When Dane moves back into town and starts a survival training school with two of his buddies from high school, Miranda sees this as on opportunity to finally get the revenge she has always wanted. So she enrolls in the school with plans to destroy Dane.

Dane has returned to Bluebonnet with hopes of reinventing himself and his reputation. For the past year he's been living of the grid in Alaska with some buddies from high school and now they've decided to start a survival training school. He's shocked to see his old girlfriend Miranda has enrolled in his class. Dane has always thought of Miranda as the girl that got away and has thought of her often in the past nine years.

In order for Miranda's plan of revenge to work, she needs to seduce Dane, post compromising photos of him on the internet and then leave him high and dry just like he did with her. But all of that goes awry when Miranda starts to get closer to Dane. It seems he's not the guy she thought he was and the more time they spend together the more Miranda seems to fall for him and her plan just seems to go out the window.

I really liked this book and I really enjoyed Miranda and Dane together. When I first picked up this book I thought Dane was going to be an asshole that seems to redeem himself in the end, but that was not the case at all. Dane is an all-around good guy. He has genuine feelings for Miranda and he's actually quite sweet. Also, Dane is freaking HOT! Seriously, these two were smoking together and I just couldn't stop reading about them.

I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. I find myself fascinated by Colt and Grant and I am eager to get my hands on their books.

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Weekly Winners-Historical and Grand Prize

Below is a list of all of the winners from last weeks Historical author and blogger castings. 

Kieran Kramer
Jess S-Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage
Mel Bourn-If You Give a Girl a Viscount

Elise Rome
Joanne B-Seducing the Duchess
Mary Doherty-Romancing the Countess

Delilah Marvelle
Diane S-Forever and a Day
Carrie @In The Hammock Blog-Forever and a Day

Jenn LeBlanc
Maria pronounced Mariah-The Rake and The Recluse
Jeanine Miro-MacKinnon Rangers books by Pamela Clare

Vicky Dreiling
Jen B-How To Ravish a Rake
Rakisha W-How To Marry a Duke

Kim @SOS Aloha
Eli Yanti-Hawaiian Gift Pack
Lori Lee-Hawaiian Gift Pack

Grand Prize Winners
Booklover62-Giant Box of Books
Megan G-Book Bundle from Me
Annissa Casillas-Kati's Book Bundle
Nancy Gilliand-Jamie's Book Bundle

All winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and a HUGE thank you to all of the authors that have participated and donated books for the event. You all rock.  

Feature: My Wicked Gladiators by Lauren Hawkeye

Alba has spent her entire life pleasing others.

As an upper-class plebeian woman in Ancient Rome, that is her place in life. But when her husband Lucius, the owner of aprestigious gladiatorial school, uses her body as a bargaining tool to increase his fortunes, she is faced with doing as he demands, or finding herself on the street.

Forced to lay with masked gladiators chosen by Lucius, Alba is surprised to discover pleasure in being powerless. Only in the forbidden arms of Caius and Marcus does she find comfort, however temporary it may be.

But with Lucius’ demands looming and the threat of death for her gladiators ever-present, will Alba’s fleeting pleasures be enough? Or will Alba finally grab hold of her happily ever after, no matter the consequences?

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Guest Post with Author Cheryl Douglas

Today I would like to welcome author Cheryl Douglas to the blog. Cheryl is currently on tour for her book Ruthless and has stopped by the blog to chat a bit about her characters from the book. Before I give the floor to Cheryl, let's get to know her a bit.

It took me thirty-seven years to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I thought I'd found my calling. In fact, I worked as a nutritionist for twelve years before I finally admitted to myself that while I enjoyed my work, I couldn't imagine doing it for the next thirty years.

My sub-conscious knew that I wanted to be a writer long before the conscious part of my mind decided to get with the program. While my sub-conscious was hard at work creating character profiles, plots and storylines, my conscious mind was telling me it was crazy to give up a successful business on the off-chance one of my manuscripts might rise to the top of someone's never-ending slush pile. After years of listening to that negative voice, I was finally ready to stop making excuses, face the fear and follow my dream of becoming a full-time writer, no matter the outcome. I'm so thankful I did.

I love bringing my characters to life and I am so grateful to have readers who love those characters as much as I do.

When I take a break from writing it's to spend time with my husband (a.k.a. my real life hero), my son, and my writing partner, Tia, a spirited Havanese who enjoys tapping her paw on my keyboard whenever I need a little comic relief.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

ARC Review: A Gentleman Says "I Do" by Amelia Grey

When I first saw this on NetGalley I immediately added it to my queue. I've had other books from this author on my TBR pile for quite sometime and I found myself very excited to pick this one up. I shouldn't have gotten myself so worked up because this book left a lot to be desired. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't really bad it was just okay. There wasn't anything that really stuck out for me with this book. It's just a book that has been done before by others and better.

Iverson Brentwood is seething mad. When a story is written in the paper about him and his twin brother depicting their mother in not such a good light he decides the only that can be done to rectify the situation is to confront the author himself. When he arrives at the mans home he is confronted by Miss Catalina Crisp, the authors daughter. Of course Iverson immediately finds himself attracted to Catalina. She's beautiful, feisty and she challenges him like no one else.

Catalina has a secret. She is actually the one behind the story. For the last three years she has been working on her fathers stories that he leaves unfinished so that they can get paid and keep their roof over their heads. When she is confronted by Iverson, she feels bad for the pain she has caused him and his family but knows he can never learn the truth behind the stories. He will tell everyone and ruin her father. So she keeps it a secret while at the same time she begins to look for her father so he can possibly put a stop to future stories about Iverson and his family from being released in the paper.

While all of this is going on, Catalina and Iverson are growing a lot closer. Iverson awakens feelings Catalina has never had before and likewise for Iverson. Iverson is known as the Rake of Baltimore and he in no way wants to settle down, but there is just something about Catalina that calls to him and he keeps finding himself drawn to her.

While I felt that the story-line has been done before and it was a little predictable, I will say I really enjoyed the way Catalina and Iverson reacted with one another. The way they both would go back and forth with each other was entertaining to read. They had some really funny moments with one another and some terrific one liners.

All in all, this book was okay. Nothing spectacular but not necessarily bad. Just kind of forgettable.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

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Guest Post with Jessica E. Subject and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog Jessica E. Subject. Jessica is currently on tour promoting the release of her book The Zurian Child and has stopped by the blog to chat. Before I give the floor over to Jessica, let us learn some about her.

Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Guest Post with Author April Fifer and Danielle Hylton-Outland and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog Danielle Hylton-Outland and April Fifer, otherwise known as Fiferhylton, the writing team behind the book Flesh and Feathers the first book in the Flesh Series. They have stopped by today to chat but before I give the floor over let's learn a bit about them.

Danielle Hylton-Outland was raised in Virginia. She grew up having a huge appetite for daydreaming; always wanting to live in the spectacular worlds she created in her mind. She now lives with her husband and dog where she is pursuing a degree in literature. Danielle is a strong animal activist. She is currently co-writing the second book in the Flesh Series, "Flesh and Flames".

April Fifer grew up in a small town in Virginia, where it was common practice believing that dreams could only be found in stories. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She was told that she would struggle through life and would never pick up a book to read for pleasure. Although school was hard, she was able to find her way with the help of two teachers who taught her self-discovery. Ignoring what she was taught growing up, she turned it around and found that your dreams could become stories.

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Forever Blog Tour: Interview with Author Roxanne St. Claire and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Roxanne St. Claire. Roxanne is currently on tour promoting her newest release, Barefoot In The Sand. Roxanne was kind enough to take the time our of her busy schedule to let me ask her a few questions, but first let's get to know Roxanne a bit.

Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling author of thirty novels of romance and suspense. A five-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for outstanding romantic fiction, her books have also won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, five Awards of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and many others

Prior to launching a full time career as a novelist in 2003, Roxanne spent most of her professional life as a marketing executive and public relations consultant. She is a graduate of UCLA, an active member of several national writing organizations, and a lecturer on a wide range of writing-related topics. She lives in Satellite Beach, Florida with her husband and their two teenagers, and if you know her, you call her Rocki.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ARC Review: Wicked Road To Hell by Juliana Stone

This was a great beginning to what looks like a great new series by Juliana Stone. I really enjoyed this book and I'm super excited that I was finally able to see Declan and Ana get their HEA. Ever since I picked up Juliana's first book His Darkest Hunger, I've been dying to see what was going to happen with Declan and Ana. There were just so many sparks between them both. It sucked having to wait so long to finally see them get together but it was worth it.

Boy oh boy is Declan one hot, sexy man! Him and Ana were super hot together and I found myself fanning my face on more than one occasion. These two just sizzled. But once I got past their sparks and obvious chemistry I found myself a little annoyed. I understand Declan has been in love with Ana for years and it just about killed him when he watched her die a few years ago, I just wish he wasn't so Alpha with her at times. He tended to treat her like she's a delicate flower who can't take care of herself when in actuality she's a fierce, kickass heroine who can not only take care of herself but others also. Because of this I found myself getting anxious quite a few times. It aggravated me to see him be so domineering. Did he not remember that she fought alongside of him for years when there were PATU? Forgetting all of that, I still liked Declan. He's fierce and willing to do anything to protect the woman that he loves. I found that commendable.

I really like Ana. I mean really, who doesn't love a heroine who can kick some ass? She's caring and watching her fight herself over her feeling for Declan was slightly heart-wrenching. I just wanted to scream at her a few times but I completely understood where she was coming from. It's because of her love she's stayed away. Ana is just like Declan when it comes to caring for the ones she loves. She will do whatever she can to take care of the ones she cares about and I really liked that about her. Previously, I found Ana slightly cold and uncaring, but that definitely is not the case.

I really enjoyed this book but towards the second-half of the book it kind of started to drag for me. It just felt like too much was happening but not enough was happening. Does that make any sense? So much is happening to both Declan and Ana actionwise. One second they are fighting demons, the next vampires, and the next moment something else. It just became to much action after awhile. And while all of this is going on both Ana and Declan are trying to figure out their relationship. For me, it just felt like some things were lost in all of the action. I think I would have like there to be a bit more focus on their relationship. I don't feel like either one ever really talked to the to other and that I didn't like. I feel like there are some things that were never answered. I think if I were a reader who hadn't read Juliana Stone's previous Jaguar Warriors series I would feel slightly disappointed. I don't feel like I ever really got to know either character that well. What's their backstory, why are they here? Especially with Ana. I feel like there is so much that I still don't know about her and her past and I just would have liked to know a bit more.

Though all in all, I really enjoyed this book and I loved the idea behind this series. This is definitely a series that has caught my attention and I will definitely be reading and keeping an eye out for. Juliana introduced many characters that I am dying to get to know better and I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

**ARC copy provided by Publisher**

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Guest Post with Gabrielle Bisset and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Gabrielle Bisset. Gabrielle is currently on tour promoting the release of her book Blood Avenged and has stopped by today to chat. Before I give the floor over to Gabrielle, let's get to know her a bit.

Gabrielle Bisset spends her days teaching college students American and European history, but by night she's an erotic romance author. Her first book, Stolen Destiny, was released by Siren Publishing in June 2011, and since then she's released the novellas of The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy--Vampire Dreams, Love's Master, and Masquerade--in addition to Destiny Redeemed. In December 2011, she released Blood Avenged, the first book in the Sons of Navarus series about eight vampires who must protect their world against an enemy that travels among their kind. She lives in Pennsylvania with her teenage son and a herd of pets.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Guest Post with Lori Toland and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the RFTC author Lori Toland. Lori is currently on tour promoting the release of her book The Long Con and has stopped by the blog to chat. Before I give the floor to Lori, let us get to know her some.

CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.

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Random Acts of Kindness: April Wrap Up

R.A.K, otherwise known as Random Acts of Kindness is put together by the lovely ladies from Book♥Soulmates. It's a way for fellow bloggers to get together and give eachother items on their wish lists. I love participating in R.A.K. It's so much fun and rewarding to give others items from their wish list and it's exciting to see if anyone is going to give you something too.

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