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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from the past week.


Mariann
Racing To Love by Amy Gregory

Proserpine Craving
Lord of Fire and Ice by Mia Marlowe

Yadira
Maidensong by Mia Marlowe

Kerry
Talk Dirty To Me by Tory Richards


All winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

Guest Post with Author Lilly Cain and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Lilly Cain to the blog. Lilly is currently on tour promoting her book Undercover Alliance, and has stopped by to chat with us all. Before I give the floor over to Lilly lets get to know her some.

Lilly Cain is a wild woman with a deep throaty laugh, plunging necklines and a great lover of all things sensual - perfume, chocolate, silk! She never has to worry about finding a date or keeping a man in line. She keeps her blond hair long and curly, wears beautiful clothes and loves loud music. Lilly lives her private life in the pages of her books.

Lilly lives in Atlantic Canada, although she spent eight years in Bermuda, enjoying the heat and the pink sands. She returned to her homeland so she could see the changing of the seasons once again. When not writing she paints, swills coffee and vodka (but not together), and fights her writing pals for chocolate.

When not living up to her pen name, Lilly is a single mom who loves reading and writing, dabbling in art and loving and caring for her two daughters. She loves romance and the freedom erotic fantasy provides her imagination. She loves the chilling moments in her novels as much as the steaming hot interludes. Her stories are an escape and a release, and she hopes that they can give you that power, too.

Places to find Lilly:

Friday, July 6, 2012

Guest Post with Author Freda Lightfoot


Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Freda Lightfoot. Freda is currently on tour promoting her book The Queen and the Courtesan and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Freda, lets get to know her a bit.

Born in Lancashire, Freda has been a teacher, bookseller and, in a mad moment, a smallholder on the freezing fells of the English Lake District where she attempted to live the ‘good life’. She has now given up her thermals to live in an olive grove in Spain, where she produces her own olive oil and sits in the sun. She began her writing career by publishing over 50 short stories and articles, and has published 39 novels including many bestselling family sagas and historical novels.

Places to find Freda:

Feature and Giveaway: Melt Into You by Roni Loren

Her first love has returned, and he's brought a friend...
After running away from home and the boy who broke her heart, Evan Kennedy has kick-started the perfect new life with her celebrity fiancé. So what if said fiancé prefers guys? She knew the deal when they got engaged. And with her ticket to The Ranch, an exclusive resort where any fantasy can be satisfied, she can find someone to fulfill her less-than-traditional desires on the side.

She just never expected that man to be Jace Austin, her old heart-breaker—all grown up, hard-bodied, and holding out a collar. She knows it’s a world-class bad idea—especially since Jace has brought along his buddy Andre, who’s every bit as irresistible. But if they can stick to the no-strings rules, so can she.

Too bad Jace has never been so good with rules. Evan is convinced “forever” is a word used only in greeting cards, but Jace and Andre have one last fantasy of hers left to fulfill. It’s time to go big or go home. And neither man has ever been a fan of going home.

Feature and Giveaway: Blind Lust by Annie Seaton

A wager between the gods can change your life. Even if you are a witch…

When Venus has a wager with Cupid, that prudish librarian, Lizzy Sweet cannot be enticed to love, she neglects to tell her son that Lizzy is a three hundred year old witch. The first man Lizzy sees after Cupid shoots his arrow is Josh Deegan, a famous country and western singer who has come to town to rediscover his muse, in an old farmhouse haunted by a culinary ghost. Local warlock, Wesley Gordon, who has been hitting on Lizzy to no avail for over one hundred years, is not impressed. The quirky old folk of Silver Valley watch fondly as the battle between love and lust plays out. Leaden and golden arrows zing around, spells are magicked, potions stirred, and ghosts hunted. Who will fall in love and who will let the other go forever?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Guest Post with Author Shiloh Walker and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Shiloh Walker. Shiloh is celebrating her latest release Hot In Handcuffs and has stopped by to talk about her favorite qualities in a hero and heroine. Before I give the floor over to Shiloh, lets get to know a bit about her.

Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

Places to find Shiloh:

Guest Post with Author Stephanie Beck and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Stephanie Beck. Stephanie is currently on tour for her book Just One More and has stopped by today to chat. Before I give the floor over to Stephanie, lets get to know her a bit.

Even before she understood what all the thrusting meant,  Stephanie Beck loved reading romance. When the stories didn’t end the way she wanted, writing her own was the perfect solution. From ridiculous humor to erotica, Stephanie loves being transported within a story. When she’s not elbow deep in words, her husband and three children command her attention. After they are sleeping she knits or bakes cookies…or squeezes in more writing.

Places to find Stephanie:
| Site | Blog | Facebook | Twitter |

Feature and Giveaway: Wishing For Love and Denise McCray

As a witch, Luvenia Spells has the worst luck in the world. With a snap of her fingers, she can grant anyone their deepest desires, except herself. All she wants is a man to love and for him to love her in return.

Marcus Rush is a man used to getting what he wants. With a stellar career and women tripping over themselves to get next to him, what more can a fellow ask? For a start, a real woman not looking for material things is at the top of his wish list.

Can Marcus fulfill Luvenia’s wish for love?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

ARC Review: Tell It To The Marine by Heather Long

I hate to say it but I did not like this novella at all. In fact it was my least favorite in the Always a Marine series. It was just so slow. It just dragged on and on and I never felt any real connection between the James and Lauren. Their story just seemed too convoluted and far fetched.

James is a PFC who also happens to work as a clinical psychologist at Mike's Place. He cares about the work he does helping rehabilitate fellow Marine's when they come back from war. He devotes all of his time to his work and because of it his love life is seriously lacking. When his boss recommends that he try 1Night Stand dating service he figures "why not." It worked for the captain so maybe he'll have good results also.

Lauren Kincaid is a popular movie star who has been in the lime light for the past twenty years and she's so over it. She's tired of people being fake and using her just to get ahead. She wants to meet someone who likes her for her, not the movie star actress she plays on-screen. Lauren decides to take up her agents offer to get her set up with the 1Night Stand dating service. Lauren never expected to meet anyone special. She just wanted to spend the nigh in the company of someone who wasn't using her. She never expected to find a connection with someone she never met before, but that is exactly what happens when she meets James.

Both feel an instant connection and are reluctant for the night to end. But when a patient of James needs help, cutting the night short, Lauren is quick to offer up any assistance that is needed.

Like I said before, for me this story was just too slow. Most of the novella is spent with James and Lauren talking. By the time things start to happen, I just didn't care. I had become so bored with the story and the direction that it took. For me, the romance was lacking and that was such a shame because I really enjoyed the first story in this series so much.

**ARC copy provided by CBLS Promotions**

Purchase:
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Guest Post with Author Hailey Edwards and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome author Hailey Edwards to the blog. Hailey is currently on tour celebrating the release of her newest book, Eversworn. Hailey is here today to chat about music and is sharing some songs that influenced her. Before I give the floor over to Hailey, lets get to know her a bit.

Hailey is a wife turned mother turned writer, who loves her husband, her daughter and alone time with her computer. Whenever southern living strikes her as too ordinary, she can be found squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after or with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen. Wings and/or cupcakes are usually involved…

She loves to hear from readers. Drop her a line here.

You can also swing by her blog or subscribe to her newsletter for all her latest news.
Places to find Hailey:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Guest Post with Author Jana Richards and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Jana Richards. Jana is on tour promoting her book Home Fires, and has stopped by today to chat about love at first sight. Before I give the floor over to Jana, lets get to know her some.

Jana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy. She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side. She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.

Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou.

Places to find Jana:
| Site | Blog | Facebook

Feature: The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children; four were girls. In this first book of the sensual historical romance series, Princess Louise, known as the "wild child" of the royal family, marries amidst scandal and threats against the Crown from Irish radicals. But when Louise discovers love, it isn't with the man the queen arranged for her daughter to wed.

Monday, July 2, 2012

ARC Review: Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti

This was my first book by Rebecca Zanetti and while I did enjoy it I think I made a mistake trying to jump into this series with book four.

I have seen this series around and have had it on my TBR pile for sometime. When I saw this book pop up on NetGalley I just knew I had to give it a try. The premise seemed intriguing and I love the cover, but all of that can get you only so far. Once I got into the heart of the book I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed and a tad lost. There is just so much going on and so many different characters and stories being thrown at us that at times I had to just stop for a moment to let it all sink in. From the first page to the last, Consumed takes you on a thrill ride and it never slows down. So if you are new to the series, like myself it becomes a bit hard to follow along.

For the last ten years Jordan Pride has been doing everything in his power to keep his people safe from the deadly virus that turns shifters into werewolves. When Jordan himself is infected he knows there is nothing that can be done to reverse his outcome.

Ten years ago Katie Smith was infected with a virus that has rendered her unable to shift into her mountain lion form. As a result she trained and is now part of an elite force that is tasked with taking down werewolves. She is one of the best in her class and she doesn't take anyone's crap. She is ruthless and focused on her mission, to kill all werewolves. All that changes when the only man she's ever loved becomes infected. Now Katie will do everything she can to help Jordan. She refuses to believe there is nothing they can do because she refuses to live without Jordan.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Jordan and Katie. Both have been harboring feelings for the other for a long time and I always enjoy when those types of feelings come to head. Jordan has spent the last ten years trying to forget Katie and the feeling he has for her. She is the only woman he's ever loved and now that he may potentially turn into a werewolf he regrets never making a move. Now more than ever he tries to keep himself in check because it would be wrong to let her get close just to watch him die. 

Katie is bound and determined to do anything and everything to save Jordan. She refuses to give up and roll over. She loves him and that's all that matters. Together they will find a cure and they will get their happy ending.

I really enjoyed this story, but as I stated before it was a bit overwhelming at times. There is just so much going on that I found it hard to keep up at times. Don't get me wrong, I still really liked it and I do plan on going back and reading the other books. I love the world the author has created and I loved getting to know all of the characters. I just think that things going on with the war that is occurring it would be better if the reader start from the beginning.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

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Guest Post with Author Lila Munro and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome author Lila Munro to the blog. Lila is currently on tour promoting her book Assumed Master. Lila is here today to talk about her inspiration behind the book but before I give the floor over to Lila, lets get to know her a bit.

Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series. She’s a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012. And has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13.

Places to find Lila:
| Site | Facebook |

Sunday, July 1, 2012

ARC Review: Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here by Heather Long

This was one hot short story. It's packed with passion and lust and I loved it. Though it may have been missing the emotional connection I crave, it sure made up for it with hot sex!

Jazz has spent the last ten years serving her country and is tired of being treated like one of the guys. For once she wants to feel sexy and wanted. Not only that, but she wants to be girly and flirt with guys that desire her before she has to go off and fight again. She figures one last night to get everything she wants before she re-enlists with the Marines.

Logan and Zach have been the best of friends for as long as they can remember. Both do everything together including sharing woman. At least they used to before both were in an accident and were injured. Logan's injuries were pretty bad and he faces the possibility of never being able to be with a woman. Zach feels horrible for what happened but he thinks Logan's issue is just mental. He knows that if the right girl came along Logan will be able to forge ahead. So they both join the 1Night Stand dating service with the stipulation that they go on a threesome date.

As soon as Jazz arrives to the hotel room things get heated pretty quickly. There is no getting to know each other first. They just hop to it. They are driven by the fierce passionate connection they are all experiencing.

I really enjoyed this story and thought it was wicked hot. I liked the dynamics with the three. I really enjoyed being inside the guys heads. Both are extremely attracted to Jazz and are enjoying themselves immensely.

I hope the author revisits these characters either in another short or perhaps in the series. I feel there is much more to their story and I would love to seem them together again.

**ARC copy provided by CBLS Promotions**

Purchase:
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Random Acts of Kindness: June 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.


Received: 

Debdatta @B00k r3vi3ws 


Laurie, Caity & Meg @Reader Girls 



Here's how to participate:
  • Sign up each month you would like to participate
  • Show off that you are a R.A.K. participant by grabbing the button
  • Create a wish list(on Amazon, Goodreads, on your blog etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K. post for the month
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K. for someone, check out their wish list and contact that person for their address
  • If sending an eBook you must gift through AmazonKobo, or Barnes and Noble
  • If you receive any items during the month you participate in, please email or tweet @Bookbrunette so she can update the Google doc.
  • At the end of the month SHOW US YOUR R.A.K! Make a post saying "Thank you" to whomever granted one of your wishes and then share it with Book Soulmates 


OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Let's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there is always Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!
Simple and easy!


Guest Post with Author Gabriella Hewitt and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Gabriella Hewitt. Gabriella is currently on tour promoting her book Shadow Visions and has stopped by today to chat. Before I give the floor over to Gabriella, let's get to know her a bit.

Gabriella Hewitt is the pen name of creative writing talents Sasha Tomaszycki and Patrizia M.J. Hayashi. Together they weave tales of romantic suspense and dangerously sensual paranormals. Check out the website www.GabriellaHewitt.com to find out about upcoming releases and events on her blog.

Places to find Gabriella:
Site | Blog | Goodreads | Twitter |