Saturday, August 25, 2012

The time has come..

And not just to pay the rent. :) It's vacation time! Hurray! Believe me when I say, lives were at stake. Now as long as this Isaac storm business doesn't throw a kink in my chain, then I'll be on my way early Wednesday morning.

This time I'll be flying in to San Fran and driving up through the Redwoods, ending my trip in Portland. I'll let you know how that all works out. Have a lovely time while I'm gone. :)

I'm off to kick back and relax. I'm sure there will be pictures to come. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Confessions of a Swagaholic

What's this post about, you ask? Yep, you guessed it - SWAG!

Recently, it has come to my attention just how much I really enjoy swag. Granted, I haven't received a lot of it in my time. Actually, only three to date, but still. It's rather awesome for many different reasons. Let's just go ahead and cover a few, why don't we? Please, bear in mind, this is all strictly my own opinion.

1. Builds Reader Loyalty - I think it's a fabulous way to build a loyal fan base. Personally, I get tickled when a author sends me my very own swag pack and a lovely thank you note. You better believe that will facilitate my continual purchase of their books in future, which leads to my next point. 

2. Boosts Sales - (In theory) When you offer a numerous amount of swag packs, it will no doubt encourage readers to pick up their own copy of the book. Especially if the swag is quite flashy and eye-catching. I admit, I would buy a book based solely on the swag I receive. The bookmarks and postcards peak my curiosity and push me toward Amazon and that sometimes evil "Buy Now" button. Not to mention, when I receive two or three bookmarks in a pack, I tend to give the spare/s to a fellow reader pal that will no doubt check out the book as well.

3. Personalization - This is what attracts me. It's that bit of personalization, the note thanking you for your support, that really grabs me. It's a nice touch for an author to show their appreciation for your support as a reader. By sending that little 'thank you', in an odd way, I feel like a little bond has been formed. Even though that just might not be the case, still I'm left with a good feeling. It's nice that many authors make the effort to show their gratitude to their readers. 

4. Time and Effort - Sure, it's easy to get on an email mailing list, which I usually sign up for as well. But in the age of all-things-electronic, it's refreshing to actually receive a physical piece of mail. Do many of you really remember the last time you opened your mail box and pulled out something other than a bill? That the author took the time and effort to physically put together a swagpack and mail it says a lot to me. I appreciate them for it, which leads us back to point one. 

All in all, swag is a bit swagtastic to me. But that's just my take on it. What about you? What do you think of swag?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Interview with Katherine Grey


Today I've very happy to have Katherine Grey on my blog. She's such a sweetheart, and I really enjoy her writing. Also, today is a very special day because it is Impetuous' one year anniversary. Happy Book Birthday!! ***As a special treat she is celebrating by offering one lucky commenter a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to comment with your email for a chance to win.***

 So I'll start by asking if you could tell the readers a bit about yourself, Katherine? 

I grew up surrounded by books and love to read. I started writing when I found myself reworking in my mind the storylines of some of books I read. Let me say, a lot of the Nancy Drew books had completely different endings. As I grew older, I started writing short stories and such, but didn’t really pursue writing as a career until a few years ago. On a personal note, I live in upstate NY with my family. I’m 5’10” and have 5 tattoos. That surprises a lot of people. I’m told I’m not the type to have tattoos. I haven’t decided if that’s a compliment yet or not. LOL.

Ha, I can understand that. Many people have no clue I have the amount of tattoos that I do, nor would they have guessed I had any. It's interesting what lurks beneath some people's clothing. :) So how long have you been writing? And what inspires you to write? 

It seems like I’ve been writing forever, though I did take a nearly 10 year hiatus from it due to other life demands. What inspires me to write…that’s a hard question to answer. The first thing that comes to mind is everything, but what first inspired me to write was wanting to create a book that touched others the way some books have touched me over the years. 

Now that is an excellent answer, in my opinion. Out of genuine curiosity, how was your road to publication? Anything you would have changed or done differently? Do  you have any tips you can offer to new writers? 

My road to publication was long. There was that 10 year hiatus, which I don’t recommend. But once I settled down and got serious about pursuing publication, it was only about a year before I was offered a contract from The Wild Rose Press. One thing I would have done differently is I wouldn’t have stopped writing for so long. I sometimes feel like I wasted a lot of time.

The best tip I can offer new writers is to write. Write every day if you can, even if it’s just one page a day. Writing only when you feel like it or when life allows you to will lead to a very long road to publication, if at all. I read somewhere that Stephen King says you should write every day so you don’t lose interest in your characters, because if you lose interest, your readers surely will too. (I’m paraphrasing here.) If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. I can’t tell you the number of unfinished manuscripts I have from years ago when I wasn’t writing consistently that I never finished because so much time went by without me working on them that I lost the thread of the story.

That's a nice piece of advice. I can see where you wouldn't finish a manuscript if you lost interest in your characters. Perhaps you might could read through your old stories again and see if any really catch your interest again. What made you choose to write Historical Romance in particular? 

When I first started reading romance, it was historical romance. The big sweeping sagas they published years ago. I also am fascinated with the Napoleonic wars and that era. I have a bunch of books on the subject that I purchased long before I decided to write for publication. I guess you could say I went with the adage – Write what you know.

What sort of research did you do for your time period and characters? I thought it was interesting you chose a Spanish hero for Impetuous.  

I knew a lot about the war Napoleon waged on Spain but not a lot about the Regency era in London so I did a lot of research on the Regency era and the proper terms of address for the nobility. I also had a lot of help with the Spanish terms used in Impetuous because I don’t know the language. While a Spanish hero isn’t common, I couldn’t write Mateo as anything else. He came to me first before anything else about the story. He kept talking to me, telling me his back story, why he’d come to London, etc. 

Hey, if your characters are talking to you, then I suppose you should listen. :) Is there a favorite scene of yours from Impetuous that you could share with us? And why is it your favorite scene? 

My favorite scene is in the Teresa’s greenhouse when Mateo reads Don Quixote to Teresa while they are sitting together on the bench. When he realizes she’s fallen asleep, he stays there, wondering if he’s found peace with her after so many years of hardship. I think it’s my favorite because it’s when Mateo realizes Teresa has become so much more than a means of revenge.

I'll have to agree with you there. That was a very endearing scene to me because we see how much of a good guy Mateo really is. So I have to ask, will I ever read a story for the notorious Lazarus? :) I’ve actually heard you are working on a contemporary. Is that true? If so, can you tell us a little about your works in progress? 

I’ve just finished working on the edits requested by my editor for Lazarus’ story. His story is called An Unexpected Gift, and I hope it will be released early next year. No official release date yet though. 

I am working on a contemporary. It actually has a touch of paranormal to it as well. It revolves around a former navel officer who is roped into acting as a body guard to protect the daughter of the Secretary of State. I’m also working on a contemporary novella about a woman running from her past, and the man who convinces her life is meant to be lived and not hidden from.

I'll be sure to check those out. But, I have to say I'm excited about Lazarus' story. He seemed to really hit home with me when I read The Muse. I instantly wanted to know more about him. Alright, I like to ask this question of all authors, just because I’m nosy. Finally, I'll admit it. What was the first thing you did when you found out you were going to be published? 

I told my mom. Then I told my closest friend who surprised me a couple of days later with a cake that had a picture of the cover of Impetuous on it.

How exciting. That must have been exciting to see your cover on top of your cake. Now, are there any authors or books that have influenced you or your writing? 

There are so many books and authors that I don’t think I could name them all. I do have to say that it was after I read, “Whitney, My Love” by Judith McNaught that I knew I wanted to write for publication.

Right, so now we’ve come to the hypothetical portion of this interview. If you suddenly woke up tomorrow as an impoverished, titled lady with the single-minded goal of landing a rich husband, what would be your plan of action to snare a gent?

I’d probably end up as one of the wall flowers that no one seems to notice. I’m terribly shy until I get to know a person, so I can’t imagine I’d be able to put a plan of action in place. I’m even worse when it comes to crowds, so I’d probably be hyperventilating in a corner somewhere during a ball or at Almack’s, which I’m sure would send every eligible gentleman running in the opposite direction. :o)

Well you know, the wallflower-types tend to attract a lot of fellows in romance. :) If you were whisked back to Regency England, what sort of character do you believe you would most likely be? (Personally, I’d like to be a “rich as Croesus” eccentric, old Duchess no one would dare snub because I’d ruin them. Ha!) 

I’d love to think I’d either be a rich widow so that I could pretty much run my own life or that I’d be happily married to the man of my dreams. But I’d really probably be the upstairs maid who has the wonderful duty of emptying the chamber pot. LOL

Ha, yeah me too, most likely. :) I want to thank you so much for stopping in today, Katherine. I wish you lots of luck with all your books, published and those to come. I really enjoyed what I've read so far and will continue to read them as long as you release them. You're always welcome back here anytime you like.  

 Blurb: Mateo de Montayas, an impoverished Spanish count, comes to England to recover a stolen family heirloom and to satisfy his hunger for revenge against the man who destroyed his family. Arriving in London, he learns his hated enemy died three years before but has left behind a daughter. What better way to retrieve the heirloom and exact revenge than to use her to his advantage?

Teresa Darlington will do anything to keep scandal away from her frail mother and prove her father wasn't a thief, even risk her reputation in a race to find the missing heirloom before the Count does. But she didn't count on falling in love with the man determined to ruin her family. Can she find the heirloom before he does and protect her family, or will her heart lead her in a different direction?

Review: If you guys haven’t figured it out by now, I love historical romance. So, I was tickled to win a copy of The Muse, which is a novella following this book. After I read it, I knew I had to get my hands on Impetuous.

I really loved the heroine, Teresa. She has every bit as much honor as the Spanish hero, Mateo, as she attempts to protect her family from any scandal. The author infused her with such humane characteristics, which made her all the more relatable to the reader. You are warmed by her caring nature, you root for her during her adventures, and you shed tears over her trials and heartbreak. Well, I did at any rate.  

The hero, Mateo, is on a mission to restore his family to respectability in Spain. I could sympathize with his plight throughout the story. Even with his ulterior motives, he treated the heroine with nothing but honor and respect. I really liked that he didn’t take advantage of Terera’s naivety when he had more than the opportunity to do so. Don’t get me wrong, toward the end, a swift kick the groin was in order, but he completely redeemed his momentary lapse in judgment, in my opinion. Apparently, like some men in real life, Regency heroes can experience moments of temporary stupidity as well.

Nonetheless, I found this a charming read that captured my attention from the very beginning. I enjoyed watching the hero and heroine’s love grow throughout the story. And I’m certain I had a silly smile on my face when they finally found their happily ever after together. If you are looking for a sweet, lighthearted Regency, this is the story for you. 

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Blurb: Noted poet Blaine Hobson counts the Prince Regent among his patrons. But ever since the socialite he wished to marry took her life, he has been unable to compose a single line of poetry. With a sonnet commissioned by the Regent due in a few weeks, Blaine spends his time alternating between trying to write ... and wishing he had the courage to join his beloved in the grave.

Raised in an orphanage with her sister, seamstress Emma Tompkins lives with the guilt of her sibling's death. Accidently finding a suicide note penned by Blaine, she resolves to keep him alive at all costs. Vigilant, she returns each day, pushing her way into his home--and losing her heart.

Can Blaine forget his beloved and return the affections of the seamstress? Or once finished with his work, will he cast Emma out of his life forever?

Review: I actually read The Muse before I read Impetuous. However, after reading Impetuous, I had to go back to reread Blaine’s story. He was a fantastic secondary character in Impetuous.

This was a sweet, warming short read. As with Impetuous, the author does a great job adding realistic qualities to her heroine, Emma. She has such a caring heart, a heart that led her to “save” the hero, Blaine. It was quite endearing to read how a love formed between these two characters. Ms. Grey has way of inserted the “awww” factor in her writing. You can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy at the end of her stories.

Though, I have to say, there was one thing that stood far out in this novella for me. Lazarus. I’m completely intrigued by this secondary character. I can only hope the author is considering a happily ever after for him.

All in all, if you are looking for a short, sweet read, look no further. 

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Please feel free to contact Katherine atWebsite 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Spotlight on Call of the Wolf by Kristy Centeno

Blurb: When desire battles with the forbidden and passion overrules obligation, at the end of the night, which will win?

Victoria Bonvalet, a purebred werewolf, has no desire to mate to an alpha not of her choosing and after a one of a kind encounter with the mysterious blood lord Tristan Garland rattles her existence, she knows that she could never share any part of herself without love being the number one incentive.

Tristan, a vampire of over a thousand years, no longer cares much for the world or the creatures inhabiting it. But when he meets the beautiful she-wolf invading his deep woods territory, he realizes that it’s never too late to find your perfect match, even if she belongs to the opposite branch of all mythological beings. But even as they begin to explore their in-depth feelings for each other, can they find a way to be together without starting a war between two enemy species?

Excerpt: Even as she took several steps towards her car, Victoria could still sense it getting closer. The scent emanating from this being wasn’t one she was used too. It was different, unique somehow. It was not unpleasant by any means, just different. The incredibly fast speed in which it traveled was another clear indication of its supernatural origins. No human on earth could move that fast. Victoria was certain of two things, this being wasn’t human and neither was it a werewolf. Then what could it be?

Victoria refused to be afraid even though she did not comprehend the nature of this being. It was different from what she was used to. All she had to do was identify what it was. Normally, she would rely on her keen sense of smell for that, but since she didn’t recognize this scent, it was nearly impossible to pinpoint what it was. The only supernatural creatures she was familiar with were her own kind, werewolves. But this thing hiding back there was no werewolf, of that she was absolutely sure.

Once Victoria was close enough to her vehicle, she stopped and turned to face the woods. It was dark out but she could see her surroundings very clearly. A slight breeze picked up, bringing this unknown being’s aroma in to fill her nostrils. It was strong and male, very male. If this being were a werewolf he would most certainly be an alpha, a powerful one at that. But this was no huge puppy, this was something else.

 Victoria surveyed the area with her eyes. So far she detected no movement which meant this thing was still too far away to see. But it was getting closer by the second. The speed in which it traveled made her slightly uneasy. Werewolves were known to move fast but this thing moved faster still. She could sense it moving, gliding through the forest as if it was flying. She was utterly amazed by it and she hadn’t even seen it/him yet.

Victoria waited, her eyes focusing in on her surroundings. Her she-wolf abilities ready to strike if this thing presented itself to be a threat. She gripped her car keys tightly in anticipation of what would happen next. She waited patiently for it to show itself. She wasn’t looking for a fight, she didn’t want to ruin her outfit, but if push came to shove she wouldn’t hesitate. She was a she-wolf, therefore she was a fighter. She could defend herself quite readily. She didn’t need the pack to protect her despite her father’s beliefs.

Victoria’s eyes narrowed when she caught movement up ahead. At first, it seemed like one big blur moving from one side to another but then it started to get closer. The woods seemed to disappear as all she could see was this black and white mass moving towards her. She couldn’t make out any features because of the speed in which it traveled. Her entire body tensed as she readied herself for a fight. If this thing attacked her she would fight back. There would be no hesitation at all to use all her armor, and she was well packed.

Soon, the white mist finally appeared before her, a tall figure was now clearly identifiable. Victoria gasped as she caught sight of a man standing not twenty feet from her. She blinked several times to make sure her eyes weren’t playing any tricks on her. She noted, after opening and closing her eyes for like the tenth time, that there really was a man standing nearby. He didn’t move. He just stared at her with as much intensity as she was gazing back at him.

Even in the darkness encasing them both, she took in every distinctive feature of his. He was tall, as tall as the trackers from the pack usually were. Shoulder length hair as white as a hand full of snow framed the sides of his face. His eyes were a shade of blue so pale, they appeared almost translucent. Unusually whitish skin and a lean and well-muscled figure finished his physical description.

His inhuman eyes assessed her in much the same manner she did him. Victoria watched as the breeze toyed with his hair, bringing a few stray locks to caress his right cheek. Werewolves tended to have unique features but this being was unique even for her. His white hair, pale skin, and clear eyes made him look like a marble statue. Had it not been for the few strands of hair being tossed around his shoulders by the light breeze, she could have easily mistaken him for one.

“Who are you?” She managed to ask at last. “What are you?”

His eyes narrowed as she spoke but he said nothing.
“What do you want?” She asked angrily when she noted he refused to answer.

The man took several steps towards her then stopped. He cocked his head to one side as if he was having trouble hearing her. Victoria did not flinch or move as he approached. There was no need for her to back away like a frightened kitten. She refused to show any form of fear. Not that she feared him; she was more intrigued than anything else.

“I was once known as Tristan Garland,” His voice startled her; it sounded so deep and gruff that she couldn’t help but think that perhaps he used it very little.

“Once?”

He nodded.

“Why are you following me?” She dared to ask.

The being now known as Tristan eyed her with curiosity.

“I do not follow you.” His eyes narrowed as he glared at her. “You invade and hunt in my territory.” He stated simply. She couldn’t tell whether he was angry or not. His passive face revealed nothing of what he was thinking. “You are the one trespassing, not I.”


Available for purchase at: Amazon
 
 Author Bio: As a child, Kristy used to lose herself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that she’s all grown up, she gets to create her own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect.
 
Writing has always been a passion of hers but she never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options, she realized that writing was what she loved the most and so she decided to give it a shot. As it turns out, her very active imagination helped her achieve her goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that move the stories along in one way or another. 
 
As she keeps achieving her dreams of becoming a published author, she divides her time in between four children and a very understanding husband.
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Interview with Rosanna Leo


Today I'm happy to have the very rocking Rosanna Leo with me. She's a complete sweetheart and has three wonderful releases this year! ***As a special treat she is also offering one lucky commenter a copy of Sweet Hell. Please be sure to leave your email so you can be contacted.***

So we'll jump right on in. Can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?

Sure, Melissa, and thanks for giving me this opportunity to talk about myself! Ha- my kids are getting tired of hearing about me. I am a happily married mom of two boys who are way too smart for their own good. They scare me and I hope they use their powers for good one day. But enough about them….I’ve been writing for some time although my writing dreams have only come to fruition in the past year. When I’m not writing, I spend my time working in the local library and haunting the stacks. However, I’m not one of those old-school librarians who wear rubber-soled shoes and who wave their bony fingers at you if you get a fine.

Ha, yeah, I totally have never gotten that impression of you as a librarian. How long have you been writing? Is there anything in particular that inspires you to write? 

About ten years now. As far as what inspires me, it’s love, plain and simple. I always get carried away by a sweeping love story. And when the imaginary boyfriends in my head start making me obsess, that’s when I know it’s time to give them their own books.

Have you ever received any piece(s) of writing advice from someone(s) that have always stuck with you and spurred your determination to write?

My writing journey has always been a solitary one. I was always too intimidated to join writing groups, etc. However, I have always been a big believer in “Write what you know.” There’s something in each of my books that has come from my life. I would love to write a cowboy story, but likely never will. Here in Toronto, Canada, I don’t get to rub elbows with a lot of cowboys (more’s the pity!)

Perhaps a vacation is in order to some working ranch somewhere? Is there anything about your publication process you would have changed or done differently?

No. Liquid Silver Books, my publisher, has been superb to me. They have provided great guidance and even provide writing craft workshops and chats for their authors. It took me a while to get to this place, but I wouldn’t change it now that I’m here.

That's awesome you've had a great experience. I'm happy for you. So you’ve been a busy lady and had three books, For the Love of a God, Up in Flames, and Sweet Hell, release this year. What else is in the works for you?

Thanks for asking! My newest, The Selkie, comes Sept 6! Selkies are Scottish seal shapeshifters from the isle of Orkney, and are reputed for their lovemaking abilities. So…I had to write about one!

Ooo I do love the Scots. Can you share one of your favorite scenes from your latest release, Sweet Hell? And why is it one of your favorites?

There are a couple that I’m really proud of, and that I had so much fun writing. There is a scene in the basement of Josie’s bakery that involves a huge amount of cannoli…I can’t even say any more than that! It would spoil it! There’s also a cute scene in which Josie insists Dionysus prove he’s a god. Let’s just say she makes him do it in an unusual, touching way…and that it involves a very odd, little creature.

Well, I've gotta read it now. :) I have to say, I love the covers of your books. Did you have any control over the design?

Thank you so much! I’m really proud of them. Liquid Silver Books gives us 100% input on these covers, and the cover art process if so much fun. We receive a sheet in which we detail all our desires for the cover, from fonts to colors to what the characters look like and how they interact. The graphic artist interprets our wishes and makes them come to life. My artists, Amanda Kelsey and Valerie Tibbs have been amazing!

From a previous review, I read you were a singer. That’s a neat bit of information. What exactly did you sing and are you still doing so?

I trained as a classical soprano for many years, and went to university to study vocal performance. I sang with a chamber ensemble for a couple of years and loved it. However, it’s a very hard career to have with a family, and do it wholeheartedly. I reached a stage where I knew I was okay to give it up. I’m still available for weddings and funerals! LOL.

Ha, I'll keep that in mind. I’m just going to put this one out there, and let you decide what to do with it. Coronation Street??

Now, Melissa…listen to me on this one. I know you’re in Alabama, and you probably don’t get Coronation Street there. It’s a British soap opera that’s been on for, like, 100 years. Seriously. Check it out on the web. It’s super addictive, once you get accustomed to the accents. Because Canada is still very British in some ways, it’s HUGE here. In Australia too. It’s not like All My Children. It feature regular people on a regular British street…and like every other soap opera, they all ending up sleeping with each other at one point. It’s my crack.

Oh trust me, I know Coronation Street. Along with East Enders and a couple others. I was just surprised you really loved it. Now, Rosanna...it’s also come to my attention you are a notorious Nutella addict. :) If you had to convince someone to try it, how would you do so?

There is only ONE way, and you must never deviate from my method. Use a teaspoon, or a tablespoon if it’s been a bad day. Insert spoon into Nutella jar. Scoop out heaping portion and insert into mouth. Close eyes. Dream. If necessary, lather, rinse and repeat.

You know, just today I picked up a sample of Nutella to try. I've learned not to take everyone's word until I sample things. I remember I tried that with Vegemite. :\ Now since we are discussing fiction after all, if you woke up tomorrow and found yourself Queen of the enchanted land of Nutella Island. The roads paved in chocolate-nutty goodness, a sun-baked Nutella crown with a gold plated hazelnut, you know, that sort of stuff. What sort of laws would you mandate for your followers?

I’m sorry…I’m still imagining me as Queen of Nutella Island…ah! There is only one law there. Feed the Queen.

Hahaha sounds like the only important law to me. :) Thank you so much for dropping by, Rosanna. It has been a pleasure having you. I wish you success with all your releases, present and future, and hope to see you back here soon.

Blurb: Conservator Maia Douglas is an expert on ancient Greece and its mythology. She would never tell anyone at the museum where she works, but she's always had a secret crush on the mythical Eryx, Greek god of love. There is nothing she loves more than to tend to her favorite statue of him, and her nighttime dreams are filled with luscious images of Eryx making love to her.

One day, the peace at Maia's beloved museum is shattered when a new director arrives. A man who looks exactly like her image of Eryx. As Maia watches, he manages to upset her ordered museum world, at the same time he inflames her with unwanted desire.

Maia does not know that her new boss is actually the god Eryx, disguised as a mortal so he may work in antiquities. Although he is the god of love, he has forsaken his sexual nature because of a curse that has killed any woman he's dared to love. Though he fights it, Eryx is drawn to Maia with a force he's never experienced in a thousand years. But can he convince her of his true identity? And can he protect her from a vengeful goddess who seeks her destruction?

Available for purchase at: Amazon
Blurb: Juliet Baker is not looking forward to coming home after six months. Yes, the fiery brunette wants to make a go of turning her parents' farmhouse into a B&B. She’s just not looking forward to seeing the place where they died. To make things worse, she knows she'll finally have to face her cheating, firefighter ex-boyfriend.

Luckily, her sister has found Jules a boarder. Easy money, right? Not when she realizes the boarder is Captain Shane Gaskill. Not only is Shane a firefighter, he’s the town's hot new fire captain.

Jules is determined to hate all firefighters. After all, the men of that precious brotherhood protected her cheating ex. Shane, however, proves he’s different from the start. He's protective and kind, and she can't stop looking at his smoking, Viking-hot body. She learns, though, that Shane isn't so willing to love again either. He's been hurt, too. They both fight the sexual chemistry, and resulting tenderness, between them. But when a stalker begins to target Jules, they realize they can't fight their desire forever.

As the threats escalate, Shane and Jules are thrown together. The resulting passion overwhelms them. But are they willing to trust each other and surrender to the flames of love?

Available for purchase at: Amazon
Blurb: Dionysus, Greek god of wine and theater, is the world’s original playboy. But lately, he has been restless, moody, and he knows something is wrong. His carefree and bacchanal lifestyle is starting to feel like one long string of meaningless, sexual escapades. Even worse, he is suddenly aroused by the idea of marriage. And to top it all off, Josie Marino, the mouthy, disheveled, and eternally annoying woman who serves him coffee at the local bakery, sets him on fire.

Josie, a Toronto baker of Italian heritage, is not looking for love or lust. Especially not with Dionysus Iros, the most aggravating, demanding customer she'd ever had to serve. With his rippling muscles and sexy, knowing eyes, he's obviously trouble with a capital T. Unfortunately, he's also the star of her every X-rated dream. She’s known players like Dionysus before, and one of them almost got the better of her. Josie determines she will not fall for his considerable physical charms, come hell or high water.

But Dionysus turns strangely protective when a sinister character arrives at Josie's bakery, and they can no longer deny their unwanted feelings for one another. They are forced to embark on a bizarre, sexually-charged journey to hell itself, which threatens to either change them for the better, or destroy them.

Available for purchase at: Amazon
Please be sure to visit Rosanna atWebsite 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

And we have winners!

First, I'd like to thank all of you for your comments with your favorite heroes. I really enjoyed reading them. And second, since I had such a great response, in addition to the $10 Amazon GC, I decided to offer a $5 Amazon GC to a second person. The winners on my blog are:

andieleah78(at)gmail(dot)com - $10 Amazon GC

 brunettelibrarian(at)gmail(dot)com - $5 Amazon GC

The three grand prize winners are:
 After over 8,000 comments our Hero Hop has some grand prize winners!!
Congrats!
Grand Prize Winners:

Kindle Fire Winner:
Michele Ann Oboyle
(from Carrie Anne Brownian’s Blog)

$50 Amazon Gift Card:
Daphne Deaton
(from Kristine Cayne’s Blog)

Swag Pack:
Jan D
 (from Karen McCullough’s Blog)

Thanks again for your participation.