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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekly Winners

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


Regina
Rodeo Rebel by Debra Kayn

Joanne
Tropical Cougar by Tamaria Soana

Phoenix
Supernaturally Kissed by Stacey Kennedy

Maria pronounce Mariah
At Last and Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis courtesy of Forever Romance



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

Feature and Giveaway: Seeking Pack Redemption by Eve Langlais


Sometimes even outcasts can earn forgiveness.

Thrust into a nightmare, Thea thinks all hope is lost, until an unexpected rescue by three strangers. Forget returning to her old life though, because not only does a psycho vampire want her back, a trio of wolves wants to claim her as their mate.

What started out as a search for his missing sibling, turns into a rescue mission of a woman who makes his inner beast howl. Trent knows it wrong to want his dead brother’s mate, but he can’t help himself, and neither can his friends. However, danger stalks the one they want and they’ll have to face true evil before they can set her free.

And for an outcast wolf, the path to redemption is lonely. Can Jaxon ever atone enough to be welcomed back to his pack and into the arms of the woman he loves?

Feature and Giveaway: Before the Darkness by Leslie Lee Sanders

After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. And then he meets fellow survivor Adam. Together, the two search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path when they find spray painted symbols directing them to a mysterious place: Refuge Inc.

As ominous clouds slowly shut off all light to their devastated world, they are forced to come to terms with their pasts and their growing attraction for each other.

Neither thought their pasts and personal crises would affect their ability to endure the horrors they're forced to live through. Neither thought they would be drawn so close to one another in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. By working together, can they continue to survive? Or will the mystery of Refuge Inc. cause diverse expectations and lead them to decisions that further threaten their lives?

Friday, July 27, 2012

ARC Review: Lessons From a Scandalous Bride by Sophie Jordan

I really enjoy this story. I liked the chemistry between Cleo and Logan. I liked the dynamics between them.

Cleopatra Hadley has wants no part of being married. She has watched her mother time and again get used and discarded by her step father one too many times and is not a fan of the consequences. So when her long father comes to collect her in the hopes that she will marry and marry well she know she must think of a plan. She decides to set her cap for Lord Thrumgoodie who is just one step from the grave. She knows that he would never be able to consummate the marriage and that is exactly what she wants.

Lord Logan McKinney is a nobleman from Scotland and desperately needs to find an heiress to marry. His castle is falling apart and there is no money to take care of his family. He knows it's his duty to marry an heiress but all his plans go awry after meeting the vibrant Cleo. She tempts him as no other has and he can't deny that the more he's around her the closer he wants to be to her. There is just something about her that pulls him in and he finds it increasingly difficult to stay away.

Cleo wants no parts of Logan. Yes, he has awakened desires inside of her she didn't know she had or even craved, but there is no way she can be trapped into a marriage like her mother was. What starts out as a innocent kiss quickly leads to more and the two soon find it impossible to keep their hands off of each other.
Cleo knows she must resist Logan, but how can she when his kisses are like a drug and she keeps wanting more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the chemistry between Logan and Cleo. It was refreshing. Logan is thoroughly pursuing Cleo throughout most of the story and I quite enjoyed it. It's not too often when we see a hero so persistent. I like that Logan was able to help bring Cleo defenses down. Not only that, but he was incredibly passionate and tender with her.

I liked Cleo but at times she had me a bit frustrated. She was so hung up on what happened with her mother that she doesn't look to see what's right in front of her. She continuously pushes Logan away because she doesn't want to let him in or tell him the truth. I just hated that she was so stubborn at times.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to the next installment in the series.

**ARC copy provided by Edelweiss**

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Interview with Author Charlotte Stout and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Charlotte Stout. Charlotte is currently on tour for her book Seattle Delight, and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Charlotte, lets get to know her a bit.

Charlotte lives in Arizona with her hunky husband Warren, and her spoiled Silky Terrier, Tess. Her life has been filled with serious endeavors, including earning a Master's degree, owning her own business, consulting and working in the corporate world as a human resources executive. Before penning her first novel, Charlotte had written several practical guides for business applications, not exactly steamy stuff. Luckily, she never lost sight of her dream to write a novel that would encompass her passion for gorgeous men, adventure and a love of life.

Places to find Charlotte:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feature and Giveaway: Star Crossed by Kele Moon


Heavyweight UFC fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

Guest Post with Author Michelle Beattie and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Michelle Beattie. Michelle has stopped by today to talk about her most recent release, Heart of Mine. Before I give the floor over to Michelle, lets get to know her a some.

Michelle Beattie has been writing for 15 years. Her first pirate novel sold to the Berkley Publishing Group in 2007 and hit the shelves in December 2008 under the title, What a Pirate Desires.

Wanting to build a readership, Berkley encouraged Michelle to turn the book into a series and 6 months later she signed a two-book contract. Her second novel, Romancing the Pirate was released in 2009 and the third book, A Pirate's Possession was released in December 2010.

Her books have received wonderful praise from publisher's weekly, Romantic Times and several on-line review sites as well as have been published in several languages.

Places to find Michelle:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Feature and Giveaway: Fournicopia by Delilah Devlin


Forget the sugar. Send her the spice.

Delta Heat, Book 2

Gus Taggert knows a setup when he sees one. The doughnut shop his police officer buddies have sent him to, Cornucopia, is too frilly. Too pink. Then the woman behind the counter serves up a mini-lesson in submission that leaves him ready and willing to obey her order to see her tonight at La Forge BDSM club.

The large, burly cop is exactly the kind of alpha guy that newly minted Domme Aislinn Darby has been dying to tie up and spank. Yet after she puts him through his paces, she finds herself eager to let him take control—something she’s never before enjoyed with a man.

Determined to find out once and for all if she has what it takes to control a scene, she orders him up for one more go. Only this time, she intends to ensure he remembers who’s in charge. She’s even willing to offer a little bribe: accept her dictates, and his reward is her—any way he wants her.

Except when it’s time for payback, it comes with several twists she never saw coming.

Product Warnings: When a male sub decides to turn the tables on his pretty Domme, he calls for backup from his best friends. Contains scenes with m/m/f, m/f/m, f/f, spanking, restraints, and an orgy of pleasure no woman can resist.

Guest Post with Author Ashlynn Monroe


Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Ashlynn Monroe. Ashlynn is currently on tour for her book A Gift Of The Darkest Magic and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Ashlynn, lets get to know her some.

Ashlynn Monroe is a busy wife and mom. She enjoys writing about anything and everything paranormal or fantasy related. She spends most of her time daydreaming up her next tale of romance.

Visit her website at http://ashlynnmonroe.com/ to learn more about the worlds she imagines.

Places to find Ashlynn:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ARC Review: Pleasures of a Tempted Lady by Jennifer Haymore

When I finished reading the last book from Jennifer Haymore, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I had such high expectations for it. Unfortunately I think my high expectations ruined it a bit. I just couldn't really get into this book and it just felt like it moved so slowly.

Eight years ago while sailing home to Antigua with her sisters Meg accidentally fell overboard and was never found. She was presumed to be dead, but in truth she has spent the last eight years held captive by a pirate. Finally Meg has been able to escape and she has taken the pirates son Jake whom she has come to love as if her were her own son. During her escape Meg and Jake were caught in a terrible storm and both are now just floating aimlessly in the ocean hoping to find help.

Captain William Langley has spent the last eight years thinking about Meg and just how much he loved her. Will would give anything to just see her once again and let her know just how much he loved her. Will is out on a mission to find smugglers when he comes across a small boat with two passengers. Imagine his shock when he discovers one of the passengers just happens to be his long lost Meg. While can't believe his eyes to see Meg again. Will is bound and determined to never lose Meg again, and he will do everything he can to keep both her and Jake safe.

For me, I just had such a difficult time connecting with Meg. I just never really warmed up to her and I honestly didn't like her all that much. She just came off as cold and a bit uncaring towards everyone but Jake. I understand that she's been through a lot with being held captive for the last eight years, but I would have liked to see her make more a connection with her family and Will. She continuously keeps them at an arms length and seems so uncaring to their feelings. She purposely makes irrational decisions regardless of anyone else's opinions. She is very stubborn. Instead of asking for help or even just unburdening herself of the truth, she runs and keeps everything a secret. It was very aggravating to read.

As for Will, oh my goodness but he was an amazing hero. For the last eight years he has held a torch for Meg and never gave up his love for her. Even despite the rumors of her death, he stayed truthful to her and I found that so endearing. His emotions jumped off the page and slapped you in the face. I like that even though you know just how much he loves Meg he doesn't come off as a pansy.

One thing I did enjoy with this story was the secondary characters. I liked seeing more of Meg's family and seeing more of Jessica. I'll be honest, at first I found Jessica really annoying and slightly snobby but by the end of the book I really liked her. I also really liked getting to know Briggs. I liked him so much that I wish he would have gotten his own book. There is just so much more I would have liked to see from him.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

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Guest Post with Author Tabitha Rayne and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Tabitha Rayne. Tabitha is celebrating the recent release of her book A Clockwork Butterfly and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Tabitha, lets get to know her some.

Tabitha Rayne has been told she is quirky, lovely and kinky – not necessarily in that order or by the same person. She writes erotic romance and as long as there’s a love scene – she’ll explore any genre.

Her short stories, published and upcoming, are included in anthologies from Xcite, Oysters & Chocolate, Cliess, Ravenous Romance and House of Erotica. She has two stand alone titles from Beachwalk Press.
Places to find Tabitha:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Guest Post with Author Calinda B and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author Calinda B. Calinda is here today to chat about her Wicked Series and why the Pacific Northwest makes the best setting for her series. Before I give the floor over to Calinda, lets get to know a bit about her.

The Fun Part: Calinda B was told early on that she should be a writer. She heard frequent praise for her writing, as well as her sense of humor. Scoffing at such admonitions and praise, she went on to pursue her life of adventure, chock full of the things that make up a well-rounded adventurous life: music (yup, she was a singer in a rock and roll band), dance (even performed hip hop in Russia), rock climbing (ever hung from a rock wall a few stories up? Yikes!), fire walking (taught high-ranking Moscow fire officials how to walk the coals), kayaking, scuba diving (she’s in love with sharks), travel, and falling in love again and again.

The Daily Grind: An award-winning web designer and certified SEO specialist, Calinda B has worked in the Internet industry as a web page designer/developer since the early 1990′s. She has also taught web site design and computer graphics at community colleges in Northern California. In addition to writing, Calinda B creates fine art and music, and enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, and bike riding. Calinda B makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with the love of her life and her two cats. She is currently working on the fourth book in The Wicked Series, tentatively entitled A Wicked Ending.

Places to find Calinda:

Guest Post with Tori St. Claire and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome back to the blog author Tori St. Claire. Tori is celebrating the recent release of her book Lie To Me and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Tori, lets get to know her a bit.

National Bestselling author Tori St. Claire grew up writing. Hobby quickly turned into passion, and when she discovered the world of romance as a teen, poems and short stories gave way to full length novels with sexy heroes and heroines waiting to be swept off their feet. She wrote her first romance novel at seventeen.

While that manuscript gathered dust-bunnies beneath the bed, she went on to establish herself as a contemporary, historical, and paranormal author under the pen name, Claire Ashgrove. Her writing, however, skirted a fine line between hot and steamy, and motivated by authors she admired, she pushed her boundaries and made the leap into erotica, using the darker side of human nature and on-the-edge suspense to drive grittier, sexier, stories.

Her erotic romantic suspense novels are searingly sensual experiences that unite passion with true emotion, and the all-consuming tie that binds -- love.
Places to find Tori:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Guest Post with Author Ella Jade and Giveaway


Today I would like to welcome back to the blog author Ella Jade. Ella is currently on tour for her book Make Me Stay and has stopped by to chat. Before I give the floor over to Ella, lets get to know her a bit.

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialog have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBooks industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing and scrapbooking. She hope's you'll get lost in her words.
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Interview with Jeffe Kennedy


Today I would like to welcome to the RFTC author Jeffe Kennedy. Jeffe is celebrating the release of Rogue's Pawn and has stopped by to answer some questions. Before I get to the interview, lets get to know a bit about Jeffe.

Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.

Her contemporary fantasy novel, Rogue’s Pawn, book one in A Covenant of Thorns, will be published in July, 2012. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training.

Places to find Jeffe: