Monday, March 31, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Color of Danger by Alexa Verde





Title: Color of Danger
Author: Alexa Verde
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 2014

SYNOPSIS
Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother's - aka the Smiling Killer - signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fights for her life. To rescue herself and those she loves, will she be able to stop the murderer before he strikes again?
Luke couldn't save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he'll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer's sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul and the perpetrator's next target in Mari, Luke is determined to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. But Mari would rather face danger than risk the safety of the man she comes to love.

AUTHOR
Alexa Verde fell in love with writing at age eight when she penned her first poem. After publishing 200 short stories, poems, and articles in the five languages she speaks, Alexa has turned her creative passion to writing novels. Her 2014 debut inspirational romantic suspense, COLOR OF DANGER, is the first in her Secrets of Rios Azules series, set in a fictional small Texas town where rivers and emotions run deep and the richest family in town has a fine taste for food, jewelry, and murder. 

Part of the proceeds from the book will go to Brenda Novak's Auction for Diabetes Research at brendanovak.auctionanything.com 

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss *GIVEAWAY*

Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss Blog Tour Stop

 

Men of Inked Series Book #1

SYNOPSIS:
Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out - work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down. City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship. A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?

“Do you swear?” I asked as she set the glass back on the bar.
“What?” She gaped at me.
“Do you swear? Simple question. You’ve said ‘heck’ and ‘friggin’’ so far, but nothing dirty.”
“Oh, um, yeah, I swear.” Her cheeks turned pink and a small smile spread across her face. “I’m just used to watching my words with the kids around all day.”
“Prove it,” I said as I stared in her blue sapphire eyes.
“What? Why?”
“Cause I need to know if it’s in you. Are you all good girl or is there more under there dying to come out?” I hid the smile and laughter that was so close to breaking free from my lips. The pink of her cheeks spread across her face. I know I embarrassed her, but fuck, I needed to know if I stood a chance.
“Yes, I swear. What do you think I am? I’m not a child, City.” She glared at me as she raised the drink to her lips and wrapped them around the rim. Fuck I wanted those lips wrapped around my shaft, taking me deep and sucking me off.
“Never said you were, babe. Do you drink besides tonight?” I asked, now smiling because I knew she was upset. I liked the fire I saw in her eyes when I pointed out her good girl qualities – she obviously didn’t like being labeled.
“Sometimes. I’m just responsible. I don’t drink and drive. My dad used to be a cop and it was drilled into my head at an early age.” The words she spoke hit me like a ton of bricks. Drunk driving was the one thing in the world that caused my blood to boil.
Good girl teacher with a cop father? Just my luck. “Nothin’ wrong with that. Virgin daiquiris aren’t always your thing, then?”
“Why? Do I have to be a drinker? I mean does it make me less of an adult?”
“No, Suzy. Just trying to get a feel for who you are – what you are.”

 
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BLOG TOUR: Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni


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Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Excerpt
I nodded my head and watched as Adam’s hand lingered on the neck of the Ibanez™ before he picked it back up and slipped the strap over his shoulder.
I sat on the edge of the bed as he began to play without an amplifier.
The noise was tinny without the electric part hooked up but that didn’t matter. Adam’s fingers moved effortlessly from fret to fret as he strummed the guitar. His head nodded ever so slightly to the beat and his bare foot tapped the floor as he closed his eyes and a smile formed on his lips.
I stood and placed my hands around his neck, yet he continued to play, nod his head and tap his foot with eyes closed. The only change was on his lips as they crept into the seductive grin.
I leaned into him, letting my hands comb through the hair on the back of his head as my breath washed over his lips.
Still nothing. The guitar continued to hum with his talent.
I let my lips hover over his, then let them wander over the soft skin of his neck and up the stubble of his chin. The beat remained smooth, undisturbed as the strings squealed and he deepened the riff.
I paused as my lips reached his again, lingering at the corner of his mouth where the cold metal of his lip ring teased me just as much as his fingers on the guitar.
I let my mouth run over the metal until it caught in my teeth and I sucked it in.
Finally, his body reacted tensing as he groaned—but his playing didn’t cease, didn’t change. He still resisted, hand strumming a tease over the strings next to the skin of my belly.
His mouth responded to mine as I let the ring and his lip slowly slip away from me. That was it— the guitar spun to his back and he yanked my hips to his own.
“I need you to play me like that guitar,” I gasped as his hand tilted my head and his tongue ran over my trembling neck.
His other hand drifted down my torso.
“Good, because I wasn’t done with my song,” he growled into my ear.

about the author

twitter picCassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She's currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
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BOOK BLITZ: Final Hours by Cate Dean *GIVEAWAY*




Title: Final Hours (Love In Time Book 1)
Author: Cate Dean
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 24, 2014
Cover: Jes Richardson Photography and Design: http://www.jesrdesign.com/


FINAL HOURS
One man’s death will change the future.
Only two people can save him – if they have the courage to trust each other.
Elizabeth Barritt fought hard for the life she has, finally putting the ugly memories of a childhood trapped in the foster care system behind her. She has the chance to move forward, to reach out for a new, exciting future, surrounded by the art that is her passion. All she has to do is take the first step.
Enter Jackson Kane, who bursts into her life, literally out of thin air. He is a time traveler, on the hunt for a rogue agent. Colliding with Elizabeth is not on his agenda, as much as she intrigues him.
When Kane is injured protecting Elizabeth from that agent, she makes a decision that will change her life, in ways she couldn’t even begin to grasp. She takes him home.
Once he is healed enough to travel, Kane goes after the agent, chasing him back to war-torn London. But his journey back takes a sideways turn, forcing Elizabeth to make another choice. She follows him into the past, to help him stop one man from changing their future.
Together, they learn to trust. What they don’t expect is the connection between them - a connection so strong they can’t fight it, even as they try. Because how can it work, when their lives are centuries apart?

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Elizabeth knew, when she saw his eyes change, just what he had planned as he stalked back across the lab.
She couldn’t move, could hardly breathe.
When he swept her up and his lips possessed hers, she expected a hot, fierce, angry kiss. Instead, his lips gentled, exploring hers. The effect was devastating.
He broke through every barrier she’d spent years building, and she felt her heart open to him, trembling, vulnerable.
Both arms reached up to wrap around his neck, and her fingers slid into his thick, unruly hair. He tasted like mint. She let out a low moan when he eased her mouth open, deepening the kiss. She forgot their audience, forgot her fear of becoming attached to a man who would leave her alone, forgot everything but the feel of his lips, the strength of his arms, the heat of his body.
His hand slipped up her back, tangled in her hair as he angled her head, pulled her in deeper. Heat spiraled through her, and the need to get closer had her arching in to him.
She could feel his rapid heartbeat, hear his ragged breath as he started to lose control. Or was that her breath, so fast and hard it made her lightheaded?
Kane broke off the kiss, staring down at her.
“God help me,” he whispered, just before he dove in again.
This time it was fierce and hungry, and she rode the wild emotions, abandoning any attempt to hold back. His demanding mouth, the hands curving over her hips and pressing her tight against him refused to let her retreat.
She lost herself in the heat, in the need for another person she had never felt before. A need she protected herself from, in a life that had no guarantees, and more disappointment than she thought she could ever take and stay whole—
This time she broke off the kiss, fighting to catch her breath, terrified that it was too late. Kane rested his forehead against hers, his own breathing just as labored. “I simply meant to say goodbye.”
“That was some goodbye,” she whispered.
“Too much?” Humor edged his deep voice.
“Unforgettable.”
With a quiet sigh, he pressed his lips to her temple. “Ready for this?”
“No.”
His laughter soothed her nerves. “I need you to ease your death grip on my neck, love.”
The endearment had her tensing again. Oh, yes—it was too late. She liked him before they landed in his time. Now she wanted him. How the hell was she supposed to forget the way his lips felt on hers, the raw, uncontrollable emotion he stirred in her?
She lowered her arms, and Kane eased her to the floor. Heat rushed across her face as everyone in the lab applauded.
To her surprise, Kane bowed, flashing a smile. “Thank you, for your good wishes.” He took her hand, nodded to Mac, and led her to the steps next to the platform. Sparks danced around the perimeter of the circle. “Now I will give you a proper goodbye.” Her heart jumped as he leaned in, but his lips touched her cheek, warm and brief. “Take care, Elizabeth Barritt. Be proud of who you are, live your life for you.”
How could saying goodbye to someone she barely knew hurt so much? Tears stung her eyes at his quiet words. He made it worse by brushing hair off her forehead, his touch gentle, almost more intimate than kissing her.
“Please be careful,” she whispered. Her voice threatened to lodge in her throat, along with her tears. She laid her hand on his left wrist. “Guy is going to do whatever he needs to do to stop you.”
“The constant twinges will be a good reminder. Not a word, Beth.” His fingers cupped her chin. “I will be ready for him. Now, I believe I need to kiss you again. For luck,” he said against her lips, just before he claimed them.
This time the kiss was achingly sweet, and far too short. Kane ended it, tracing the line of her cheek before he backed out of reach.
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AUTHOR
My name is Cate, and I write romantic suspense and paranormal, with some action packed YA paranormal and fantasy thrown in.
I am a huge history buff, and with my English/Irish heritage, I have always gravitated to English history. That love has taken me across the pond on a regular basis for the last 15 years. I got to combine the thrill of being in a country I love with my research addiction. :)

The Love in Time series is the culmination of those trips - and my love for romantic suspense.

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Other Books:

The Claire Wiche Chronicles   The Monster Files   Short Stories/Novellas

FUN FACTS 
Cate Dean

1.      I have been making up stories in my head since I was about five. Full blown, plot and subplot stories, with multiple characters.

2.      I collect rocks and crystals from every place I’ve been. I even have a bit of Roman stone from the 2nd century.

3.      I base most of my trips to England around castles, and I have been thrilled and awed by every one I’ve been able to visit.

4.      I’ve had so many amazing experiences in my years as a traveler – one of my favorites was dancing with a group of Arabic teenagers under a bridge on London’s South Bank. I came across them dancing to a trio of musicians, and they pulled me in to their revelry. I waltzed with three of the sweetest boys, kissed their cheeks, and went on my way, smiling the rest of the night.

5.      I love to travel on my own. The absolute freedom, the immersion in the places I go, the people I meet – I wouldn’t travel any other way.

6.      I grew up with the twins who played Tabitha on the series Bewitched. I am still friends with one of them.

7.      I love cemeteries, and have visited my share – every type from the huge and spooky Necropolis on the hill overlooking Glasgow Cathedral, to a small graveyard surrounding the old church on Dover’s high street.

8.      I am a huge Doctor Who/Torchwood fan – and I went all the way to Cardiff Bay to see where they filmed Torchwood. I’ve even touched a TARDIS, and stood eye to eye with K-9.

9.      I love love love Red Dwarf. If you’re a sci fi fan, and you haven’t seen it, go now. It’s smegging hilarious.

10.  I am a die-hard Anglophile – if you didn’t already guess. ;)



INTERVIEW
Welcome Cate Dean,  and thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down for an interview with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I am a romantic suspense and paranormal author. I have been writing since I was in first grade – I still have the illustrated science fiction story I wrote for a school contest. I am also a huge history buff, a travel addict, and a photographer. Heading over to England every year hits all three addictions at once. I love how travel opens my mind, feeds my spirit, and changes me, every time I go. I am a visual writer, and I love being able to walk where my characters walk, to feel and see what they experience in the story.

Tell us about your work.  What are you writing now? 
I just wrapped up my paranormal series, and my focus is on my romantic suspense series, Love in Time. Book one is out now, and I have plans for quite a few books in the series.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
Everything – what I watch, what I read, where I go. Travel has been a huge inspiration for me. Since I travel on my own, I get to live as a temporary local, and experience more than I would have as a tourist just passing through.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
When I was fresh out of high school. I was a theatre major, and I started writing fiction on the side. I gradually blossomed from there.

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
The Flame and the Flower, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. It was the only book I read by her, but it sparked my love of romance.

What do you do while you write? Do you listen to music, watch TV, eat snacks, etc.? 
Depending on what I’m working on, I listen to music, or have the TV on in the background. I rarely write in complete silence – I started writing in bookstores, with the sound of voices swirling around me as I created my own worlds. I still write at my local Barnes & Noble at least once a week.

Tell us 3 surprising things about yourself.
1. I am incredibly limber – and yes, I can still do the splits, on both sides.
2. I am a direct descendent of Betsy Ross.
3. I can write in iambic pentameter – yes, I am a Shakespeare geek.

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
I love movies, and I’ve seen a few since watching this one, but I thought Argo was brilliant. Even though I knew the ending, the suspense, and the question of how drove the story. I could go on and on and on about the movies I love, so I’ll stop now.

What’s your idea of a perfect date?
An intimate dinner, a walk on the beach, kissing to the sound of waves crashing on the sand.

If you could take a romantic trip anywhere, where would it be?
The Dordogne Valley, in France. Gorgeous countryside, castles, a winding river, and medieval villages – it has everything I’d want, and more.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Absolutely. I had it happen to me, my first day of school in sixth grade. The world did really stop, for the first few seconds I saw him. He became my best friend, and we were inseparable, until he moved right before high school.

Top three things on your bucket list:
1. Take the Red Carpet Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand. 
2. Stand on every continent at least once. 
3. Have my book on the NY Times bestseller list. J 

Boxers or Briefs?  
Boxers, definitely.

Alpha or Beta?  
Alpha. Grrrrr.

Tattoos or Piercings?
Can I say both? I love both.

Brains or Muscles?  
Brains – muscles are pretty, but brains are – stimulating.

Planner or Wing it?  
Both – it depends on the situation.

Favorite feel good drink?    
London Fog (Earl Grey tea with milk), on a cold morning in England.

Vanilla or chocolate?  
Chocolate! Rich, dark, melty chocolate.

Laptop or desktop?  
Desktop at home, laptop on the go.

Beach or mountains?  
Beach, beach, beach.

Winter or summer?  
Summer at the beach. ;)

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us interview you Cate Dean

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Knights & Kink by Jill Elaine Hughes




KNIGHTS AND KINK ROMANCE BOXED SET, by Jill Elaine Hughes

Check out this AMAZING boxed set of four hot alpha-male romance novels by renowned indie author and award-winning journalist Jill Elaine Hughes. KNIGHTS AND KINK ROMANCE BOXED SET is a super ebook bargain that offers FOUR full-length novels for the rock-bottom price of 99 cents.
These novels are a sampling of Jill Elaine Hughes’ diverse writing talents, and offer either swashbuckling, sword-wielding knights, BDSM kink — OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH. You’ll be up all night reading these books, who have some of the hottest, sexiest book boyfriends you’ll ever encounter.
Sexy heroes, smart independent heroines, passion, kink, historical settings, even time travel. No matter what kind of romance stories you like best, you have your choice of many different options with this set. These edge-of-your-seat, action-filled romance plotlines and alpha males are sure to keep you hot and bothered. Almost 300,000 words of reading enjoyment for less than one dollar!

KNIGHTS AND KINK ROMANCE BOXED SET contains the following books:


A CAPITOL AFFAIR

 A contemporary erotic romance that blends BDSM elements with American politics, Secret sex clubs, backroom dealings between sexy aides and hot young congressmen, bondage, submission, ménage a trois, and more.

“This is an inventive work of erotica with a wonderful storyline." --Coffee Time Romance

KNIGHT MOVES 

A red-hot sex farce that blends paranormal time travel with contemporary romantic comedy.

“Knight Moves is a tantalizing romp peppered with inferno-heat level sex, saucy humor and a good sprinkling of action.”--- Joyfully Reviewed

MERCENARY BRIDE  

It’s the year 1101, and England is still reeling from the Norman conquest a generation earlier. Lady Sabina of Angwyld is fleeing an unwanted marriage on her way to become a nun at Glastonbury when she meets Robert de Tyre, a swashbuckling Norman mercenary. Sparks soon fly!

TENDER IS THE KNIGHT 

Assembly-line forewoman and Dayton, Ohio resident Lisa Marie Smith’s co-worker and best friend Pegeen Palmer forcibly drags her to an event showcasing Pegeen’s latest hobby---the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a living history organization that specializes in the Middle Ages. Lisa is skeptical at first, but pretty soon she falls for Sir Phillip Reginald of Whitestar, a swashbuckling SCA Knight and top favorite to become the SCA’s most important new King.

“Very fun romp through the SCA. Really enjoyed this!!!”----Vanessa Barger, Bestselling Indie YA/Paranormal Author


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