Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sealed With a Kiss Event Winners

We have lots of winners to announce but first I wanted to take the time to say a SUPER BIG THANK YOU to all of the authors that participated and donated goodies for the Sealed With a Kiss Event. You all rock my socks and I can't thank you enough for sharing your character love letters with us all. 

ARC Review: Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielman

When this book first came to my attention I found myself dying to read it. I'm a huge fan of tropes where the characters already know each other and this one and once I learned that not only were the hero and heroine longtime neighbors who once had a one night stand and that one of them had always been in love with the other, I quickly jumped at the chance to read. Oh my goodness this book did not disappoint. I know some people had a few issues with the heroines antics but I loved the book completely and I can't wait to read more from Robin Bielman.

Lyric and Quinn grew up together living next door to one another and weren't always on the friendliest of terms. Where Lyric gravitated to Quinn's brother and fancied herself in love with him, Quinn always felt like the odd man out who was secretly in love with Lyric. Rather than express his true feelings towards Lyric he acted as all guys do while faced with that situation, he teased her mercifully which prevented Lyric from ever really wanting to get to know Quinn.

When tragedy strikes and Quinn's brother is killed in a car accident it leaves both Quinn and Lyric reeling. When a moment of shared grief between the two becomes so much more intense than either ever expected, it finds Quinn running from the one thing he's always wanted.

It's been four years since Lyric has laid eyes on Quinn. After the one night they spent together she doesn't really know how she feels about him. On the one hand Quinn is the one person she thought she always hated. But on the other, she is beginning to release that the feelings he invokes are as far away from hate as possible. The more time she spends with him the more evident it is that it's not hate she's feeling. If only her feelings for Quinn were the only thing that Lyric had to worry about. Lyric has a secret that if Quinn finds out about, he might just hate her for.

I loved the relationship between these two. The sparks and chemistry these two have is evident to everyone but them. Somehow they are both blind to the fact that they are in love with one another. I loved watching them interact with one another.

Quinn has spent his life feeling like he was living in the shadow of his brother, never feeling good enough about himself especially when it came to Lyric. Oh how my heart broke for him. He has so much pain and guilt deep inside and he's struggling with it all. I enjoyed watching him let it all go and accept that he isn't second best.

I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more from Robin Bielman.

**ARC provided by Entangled Publishing**

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Feature and Giveaway: Moon Shifter Series by Katie Reus

Fear has a scent. So does desire…

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository |

Guest Post with Author Natalie-Nicole Bates and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome Natalie-Nicole Bates to the blog. Natalie-Nicole is visiting and she is sharing the inspiration behind her book, See Me. Please give Natalie-Nicole a warm welcome.

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

Places to find Natalie-Nicole:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Interview with Author Ashlyn Macnamara and Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome debut author Ashlyn Macnamara to RFTC. Ashlyn is gearing up for the release of her book A Most Scandalous Proposal and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Please give a warm welcome to Ashlyn.

They say that once you reach your forties, you undergo some sort of mid-life crisis. That must have been what happened to Ashlyn Macnamara when she finally made up her mind to set down some of the stories that had been accumulating dust in the dark recesses of her brain for years. As space becomes available, other plots and characters have developed the pesky habit of moving in to take their place.

Ashlyn lives in the wilds of suburbia outside Montreal with her husband, two teenage daughters, and one loudmouth cat. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading and wasting time on the internet in the guise of doing research.

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Guest Post with Author Wendy Sparrow and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Wendy Sparrow to RFTC. Wendy is celebrating the release of her novella Frosted and has stopped by to chat. Please give Wendy a warm welcome.

At home in the Pacific Northwest, Wendy Sparrow writes for both an adult and young adult crowd. She has two wonderfully quirky kids, a supportive husband, and a perpetually messy house because writing is more fun than cleaning. She enjoys reading with a flashlight under a blanket—the way all the best books should be read—and believes in the Oxford comma, the pursuit of cupcakes, and that every story deserves a happily ever after. Most days she can be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks back, and occasionally just to herself.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Guest Post with Author Nancy Naigle and Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome to RFTC author Nancy Naigle. Nancy is super awesome and nice and is one of the authors that is part of the Dangerous Darlings Street Team. Nancy has stopped by to chat and share some info about the Dangerous Darlings team but first let's get to know a bit about Nancy.

Nancy Naigle writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, Nancy spends her extra time writing the kind of stories she likes to read, in hopes that just maybe other career gals can find an escape from their hectic lifestyles in the make believe worlds she creates.

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes with friends, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets.

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she and her husband of 15 years moved inland to the quiet of Southampton County. They now live in a log-sided home on a working goat farm with their two labs and more kids (the four-legged kind) than they keep count of, where they live their own small town love story.

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Guest Post with Author Juliet Madison and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Juliet Madison to RFTC. Juliet is celebrating the release of her book Fast Forward and has stopped by to chat. Please give Juliet a warm welcome.

Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put these characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.

Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her days homeschooling her son and running her internet business and her nights writing fiction while doing her best to avoid housework.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ARC Review: The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter

I was surprised by how much I liked this book and when I say liked I really mean loved. I loved this book. It was so good and I just couldn't put it down. Looking at the cover I thought I was going to be reading something light and cheery, but that was definitely not the case. This book was deep and filled with so much emotion.

Several years ago Evie and Logan spent one passion filled week together that left a lasting impression on both. Neither has been able to get over what happened between them even though they both went their separate ways to live their lives. Now their paths have crossed again and both try to act like nothing serious occurred between them. The passion between Evie and Logan is apparent to everyone around them. Both continue to deny their feelings but before long neither are able to keep their hands and mouths off one another.

When Logan and Evie spent that one week together, it scared Logan to death. The passion and heat between them was explosive and brought out a side of Logan that he was afraid of. Evie just gave in too easily to his demands and his need to dominate her freaked him out. When Evie is accidentally hurt during one of their interludes, it's a wake up call to Logan. He sees himself becoming like his father who was abusive to him and his mother and he is terrified. So he makes the decision to walk away from Evie and all of the feelings and emotions she brings out in him.

Seeing Evie again brings back all of the feelings and emotions that Logan had long ago buried. Logan would like nothing more to be with Evie but he just doesn't do relationships. He keeps himself closed off from everyone and no one really knows the real Logan, not even his family.

I loved the relationship between these two. It was hot, explosive and in your face. Yet at the same time it was sweet and tender. The way that these two were able to grow and learn from one another was great to see. They both have such a strong bond and I love that Evie was patient and strong enough to stick with Logan and help him conquer his demons.

This was such an amazing book filled with so much love and passion. I definitely can't wait to read more from this author.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository |

Feature and Giveaway: Lucky Charm by Marie Astor

Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy's betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel's best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.

A few weeks later, Annabel meets a new love interest, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn't know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.

Purchase: | Amazon |

Guest Post with Author Patricia Eimer and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Patricia Eimer to RFTC. Patricia is celebrating the release of Devil May Care, book 2 in her Speak of the Devil series and has stopped by to chat. Please give Patricia a warm welcome.

I'm a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made me a bratty child but fated me to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in my twenties I earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but my passion has always been a good book. I currently lives in Pittsburgh with my two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give me more time to write. When I'm not writing I can be found fencing and arguing with my dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. I'm in a distant third.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Guest Post with Author Juliana Stone and Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome back to RFTC one of my most favorite people, author Juliana Stone. Juliana is celebrating the release of Collide, book 2 in her Barker Triplets series and has stopped by today to chat. Please give Juliana a warm welcome.

Juliana Stone's love of the written word and 80's rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as Contemporary Romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.

Places to find Juliana:
Site Blog Facebook Twitter |

Guest Post with Author Heather Thurmeier and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to RFTC author Heather Thurmeier. Heather is celebrating the release of her newest book Stuck on You, and has stopped by to chat. Please give Heather a warm welcome.

Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. Her passion is contemporary romance—writing stories filled with laugh out loud moments, uber-hunky heroes, feisty heroines, and always a happily ever after. You can find out more about Heather's books by visiting her blog:

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Interview with Author Linda Morris and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC, author Linda Morris. Linda is celebrating the recent release of her book Melting the Millionaire's Heart and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Please give Linda a warm welcome.

Linda Morris is a multipublished writer of contemporary and historical romance. She writes stories with heart and heat. Her latest book, By Hook or By Crook, will be coming in spring of 2013 from the Wild Rose Press.

When she's not writing, working, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's Ashes in the Wind that her mom bought for her at a garage sale years ago was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels. Her all-time favorite romance writers include Laura Kinsale, Patricia Gaffney, Elizabeth Delancey, and Marjorie Ferrell. Current favorites include Julie Anne Long, Erin McCarthy, and Shannon McKenna.

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Guest Post with Author Lisa Burstein and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Lisa Burstein to RFTC. Lisa is celebrating the recent release of her book, The Next Forever and has stopped by to share her top 10 favorite love story movies. Please give Lisa a warm welcome.

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Interview with Author Addison Fox and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC, author Addison Fox. Addison is celebrating the recent release of her book Tempting Acquisitions and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Please give Addison a warm welcome.

Addison Fox can’t remember a time when words weren’t part of her life. An avid reader, her love of the written word started at the tender age of one with The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (a poem she could recite by heart to any family member who would listen.) Dr. Seuss, C.S. Lewis, Judy Blume and a host of others quickly followed until she discovered THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel while writing a paper at the library in the seventh grade. Although not a classic romance, Ayla and Jondalar’s love story moved her firmly into the romance section and she hasn’t looked back!

Her paranormal romance series, The Sons of the Zodiac, launched with NAL in March of 2010. The series recounts the adventures (and path to true love!) for an immortal band of warriors, granted the powers of their astrological signs and charged with protecting humanity.

Beginning in November 2011, Addison will have a new contemporary series on shelves as well. BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE is the first in the Alaskan Nights series. Set in the fictional town of Indigo, Alaska, a couple of city girls are about to learn that the wide open spaces of Alaska just may hold everything they’re looking for.

Addison lives in Dallas. She loves to get email from readers.

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Guest Post with Author Sable Hunter and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC, author Sable Hunter. Sable has stopped by to chat about her newest release I'll See You in My Dreams. Please give Sable a warm welcome.

My hometown will always be New Orleans. I love the culture of Louisiana and it permeates everything I do. Now, I live in the big state of Texas and like most southern women, I love to cook southern food – especially Cajun and Tex-Mex. I also love to research the supernatural, but don’t tell anyone.

I love intimacy and my favorite erogenous zones are my nipples and the nape of my neck. One of my fantasies is to have my beloved rub an orchid lightly over every part of my body. Hope that’s not too much information – although, I do enjoy giving you ideas. . . . .

About my writing – As most of you know, I write erotic romance. I write what I like to read and enjoy putting my fantasies on paper. My stories are emotional reads where the heroine is faced with challenges; like one of my favorite songs – she’s holding out for a hero – and boy, can I deliver a hero. One of the best compliments that I ever received from a reader was that I write ‘luscious sex’ – my aim is to write a story that will make you laugh, cry and sweat. If I can wring those emotions out of a reader, then I have done my job.

So, please join me in my world of magic, alpha heroes, sexy cowboys and hot, steamy, to-die-for sex. Step into the shoes of my heroines and escape to places where dreams can come true and orgasms only come in multiples.

Places to find Sable:

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop. This hop was organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Read For Your Future and will run from February 17th - 24st.

Up for grabs:

  • 2 Bags of swag
  • Vampire Dragon
  • Always Ready
  • 1-900-Lover/Silk Confessions
  • These Boots Were Made for Stomping
  • Notorioius
  • Scoundrel
  • The Legend of Michael
  • Touch of a Thief (used)