Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spotlight on The Couple by Harlie Williams


Blurb: A woman has one thing on her mind tonight…sex. Dirty, sweaty, kinky sex with a cowboy. With her man gone more than he is at home, she needs the release.

After being away for two weeks, a cowboy goes looking for someone to play with for the night. Being away is part of the job but not having someone to come home to is hurting his soul. Feeling disconnected in his love life, the red head will be perfect.

Once they meet, can one night of pure passion led to more than just a one night stand for either of them?

Communication is the key to every relationship. Can these two find a way to connect emotionally or are they destined for heartache.


Excerpt:
“What’s a girl like you doing at a bar like this?” he asked.
Her voice was a purr, like a cat well satisfied with its stolen pitcher of cream. “I’m looking for someone special.”
Hoping that she meant him he asked, “Did you find him yet?”
“Maybe.” The glint in her eye told him he was definitely in the running. However, I’m not looking to hook up with just any old cowboy. He must be able to go the full eight seconds and come back for more.”  She eyed him from head to toe. “Think you can handle that?”
Oh, I can most definitely handle you sweetheart.
Not wanting to seem too eager he replied, “I’m not sure but I’m willing to try.”
“Do or do not. There is no try.” He struggled not to let his grin escape. The fact that she was trying to seduce him made his dick twitch.
“Let’s just say I’m looking to burn off some pent up frustration. A little excess energy. And I’ve got plenty to burn.”
The way she shivered at his words, he knew he almost had her. He winked as she licked her crimson lips and blew out a small breath. Damn what this woman is doing to him
He pushed her knees apart with his left leg and was rewarded with the amazing scent of her arousal.  The knowledge she was wet for him had him close to going off in his jeans. 
Houston, we have lift-off!
“Why don’t you have a seat cowboy and we’ll talk about it.”
She gasped when he shocked her with a brush of his lips against hers; fighting with everything he had not to deepen the kiss. 
Patience, patience.
He would play her game for the moment but sooner or later, she would be his. Tied up and begging for more. 
           He asked her, “Now about that eight second ride?”
 Available for purchase at: MuseIt Up Publishing
Author Bio: Growing up in Dallas, I never thought I would write. My goal was to teach the love of books to students. Now as a stay at home mom, I write and teach my son the love of books.

I live in East Texas and I'm married to my own hero who encourages me to write. I can't ask for a better mate.


Be sure to visit Harlie at: Website

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cover Reveal for Daryl Devore's new book, Capri's Fate

I am so tickled to be the first person to reveal the new cover of Daryl Devore's new book, Capri's Fate. She's a sweetheart and always has the best covers. In addition, I was fortunate to read the beta of Capri's Fate and loved it. The release date hasn't been scheduled yet, but it'll soon be available. :)

Now with all that said, I feel I must also point out how this cover has changed my life in some jarring way. While I normally deplore marriage and those little children that tend to follow. One peek at this guy on the cover and well, as you might have guessed, I rethought my whole stand on the subject. Just saying, I would totally have that guy's babies. Now, after that creepy declaration, on to the cover! Be sure to wipe the drool from your chin afterward.



Blurb: What's a woman to do when a voice follows her home and makes mad, passionate love to her?

Corporate business woman, Capricious Gray, is dragged to a sex toy convention by her best friend. Once a shocking, mysterious disembodied voice helps her with her purchases, it follows her home. Passion ensues, leaving Capri torn between lust for her fantasy lover and the desperate need for reality in her life.

Thall, son of one of the Fates, harbors the irrepressible need to be with the woman he's desired from afar for years. In order to make her his, once and for all, he must help Capri get past her fears, including the fear of what he represents - a fantasy.

Can fantasy become a reality for these two lovers?


Excerpt: This excerpt begins with Capri flying to a remote island on a private corporate jet with a hot sexy pilot.

"Ms. Gray. We've fifth in line for takeoff. No wandering around the aircraft until we're in flight. Settle back and enjoy the flight."
She returned to reading her ebook. The roar of the engines enticed her to glance out the window. The forward shift of the jet pushed her back. A few moments later, she heard the landing gear retract into the belly of the plane. At last! We're on our way. Hotel bed, look out, I'm coming! She picked up her glass and swallowed the last of her wine.
Having finished the book she was reading, Capri tucked her tablet away and stared at the door blocking her view to the cockpit. She picked up her empty glass, walked to the galley, and filled it, then knocked on the cockpit door. "Anybody in there?"
"No."
She raised her eyebrows and opened the door. "No? No is not the answer the passenger wants to here."
Captain Hall sat facing the window with his fingers interlocked behind his head. He lowered his arms, turned his head and smiled, then pointed to the empty co-pilot's seat.
Capri stepped closer. "Is it okay that I'm in here? You know, FAA rules and all."
"It's fine."
She slipped into the seat and cast her gaze over the numerous dials, switches and display screens. "Oh, wow. Probably should be able to think of something more intelligent but…" She shook her head. "Look at all the electronics."
"Flying 101. This is the throttle." He gripped his hand around it. "Think of it as the gas pedal." He placed his hands on the metal object in front of them. "This is the steering wheel of the plane. And see this." He pointed to a small screen in front of him, blue on the top and brown on the bottom. "When it is level like that, life is good."
Capri waved her hand at the other devices. "What about all these?"
"Haven't the foggiest?"
"Pardon?" She laughed. "You are not instilling confidence in your passenger here."
"Well then, my telling you that I only got to chapter two in Flying for Dummies is probably not a good thing?" His eyes twinkled with delight.
A brilliant flash of light interrupted Capri. "Oh my God, did we just get hit?"
He did a visual scan of the instrument panel. "Don't think so. But no worries. Planes are designed to take lightning strikes."
She swallowed two mouthfuls of her wine. "I didn't think it would be this dangerous up here. Maybe you were right, and we should've waited."
"Well, I tried to tell you that."
"But? You left a but hanging on that sentence."
"You were being a bit of a corporate bitch, and since I like my balls where they are, I figured I'd get you to where you wanted to go."
Capri fingered a switch on the mid console.
"Be careful. You can finger the switches, but if you flick them, you might not get the result you expected."
She glanced sideways at him.
"It's best to handle a plane like a beautiful woman. Twist the knobs gently. Move the switches with a gentle flick and when everything is ready, apply a full power thrust."

Release date TBA
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Guest Post with Rosanna Leo

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Happy Valentine's Day!


I have a special treat for you today. The lovely Rosanna Leo is here to share a special Valentine's Day Post with you. She's also sharing an excerpt from her newest release, Sunburn. ***In addition, she is offering one lucky commenter a digital copy of Sunburn, and I'll pick one commenter who will receive a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. So be sure to leave your email address with your comments so we can contact you.***

Always a pleasure to have you here, Rosanna. :) Take it away, chickie.


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Rosanna: I’d like to thank the lovely Melissa Limoges for welcoming me back to her fantastic blog, and on Valentine’s Day yet!

I suppose for this post I could go all anti-Valentine’s Day, but you know what? I’m not going to do that. I’m an erotic romance author. Love is not only my bread and butter, it’s my passion. There, I’ve said it. I love love.

More than anything, I love the idea of everlasting love. Knowing there is one special person out there who will love you until his or her dying day is an incredible feeling.

So what if that person doesn’t die? Will love endure?

I am primarily a writer of paranormal romances. In other words, my supernatural heroes live a long time! So for me, the idea that a man like that, one gifted with unique talents and powers, could love you forever is very appealing.

Isn’t this why we gravitate to these heroes? They not only show us a world we’ve never seen, but they promise to be ours and ours alone for all time. The very idea takes my breath away and makes me long for that reality.

In my latest paranormal romance, Sunburn, my hero is the Greek god Apollo. I really wanted to play with the idea of everlasting love in this one. After all, Apollo has been around forever. However, when he falls in love in my story, it’s with a woman fated to die. What does an immortal hero do with that?

Leave a comment today and tell me about your most memorable love, whether real or fictional, and you could win a copy of my Sunburn!


Blurb: Patience O’Conner is a travel blogger who lives for her work. Her dedication to her readers brings her to the famed Helios Resort in Mexico, a locale that stuns her with its beauty but at which she suffers from some very strange accidents.

Luckily, hunky resort bartender Apollo Delos is always there in the nick of time, a malcontent guardian angel. Apollo stuns Patience again and again with his life-saving abilities, to say nothing of his smoldering looks and apparent desire to keep her alive.

Before long, Patience wonders if there is more to the sexy bartender than mixed cocktails and insane first-aid skills. Something strange is happening at Helios and Apollo doesn’t want to talk about it.

Can Patience open herself up to this enigmatic man, even though she is terrified to be vulnerable again? And can Apollo recover from an eternity of hurt and learn to trust once more? They must both decide before Death comes calling. 

Excerpt: "She put her hand on his arm to get his attention. A sensual shiver ran up his spine. “You do understand why I can’t drink, right? I come from a family of addicts. The addictive gene is in me. I can’t slip up even once. I’m terrified I’ll fall into the same patterns.” She paused, her eyes haunted and dark. “I was addicted to something, to someone, once. And I didn’t recognize myself by the end. I can’t go back there again. I have to stay strong.”

His head spun. Who was this person to whom she was addicted? He had to know. Was she married before? Was it a boyfriend?

Who hurt her?

He had to know, but there’d be time to find out later. Right now, she looked ready to crumple. Damn. Their conversation had struck a nerve in her.

He rushed out from behind the bar, knowing only he had to make her feel better, and pulled her into his arms. She yielded, all warmth and softness against him. She laid her head against his neck, and a tear dripped onto his skin.

Shit.

“Patience,” he whispered into her hair. “Please don’t cry. I won’t let him hurt you.”

Apollo with all his heart was making a vow. He wouldn’t let anyone hurt her; not the demon, and certainly not the little shit who’d hurt her once before.

She looked up, tears streaming down her face and her chest rising and falling with shaky breaths. “I’m sorry. It’s not like me to cry. I don’t know what came over me!”

“By all the gods,” he murmured, in a trance. Even in pain, she was mesmerizing. There was a healthy sheen to her skin. Her cheeks were rosy with emotion. Stray hairs had escaped her ponytail, ornamenting her face. “You are so beautiful.”

Her lips parted in a welcome she probably didn’t even realize she was extending. She sighed, and her breath poured over him, heating him to the core. He had to kiss her. There was suddenly no option but to kiss her.
He brushed his lips against hers, feeling no resistance. He moved slowly, bestowing feather-light kisses all over her mouth. And then, shocking and exciting him, her tongue slid into his mouth. Penetrating, seeking more.

Hungry.

Inflamed, he held her tighter, moving his body between her legs as she sat on the bar stool. Their kiss deepened as their tongues played and probed. He bit her lip, none too gently, and she moaned.

Oh, sweet Pandora’s box!

But as quickly as the kiss had crushed them, it was over. Patience pulled away and out of his arms. Dazed, his heart palpitated as she scrambled off the stool. And before he could recover to stop her, Patience ran away down the wooden path toward the lobby."

Sunburn is available at: Liquid Silver Books

You can find Rosanna atWebsite 
  
**Don't forget to leave your email address to be entered to win one of two prizes. Now, go eat lots of chocolate. :)***

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Interview with Nancy Gideon (Review/Giveaway)


I'm happy to welcome Nancy Gideon to my blog today. Not to mention, she was kind enough to let me quiz her about her new release, Betrayed by Shadows, which is the new release for her By Moonlight Series. She also has a great tour-wide contest with some goodies up for grabs. Be sure to enter. :)

Nancy, so very glad to have you on my blog. Without further ado, I suppose we'll jump right in.

Melissa: I’ve read your bio on your website, and I have to say you are a busy, productive lady. To start, can you tell the readers a few things about yourself that they might not know? I think I read something about movie theater popcorn and independent horror movies?

Nancy: Yes, popcorn!  Now that I have a big screen TV, that’s the only reason I’ll go to the theater – unless it’s a big action film that requires ‘the full experience!’ I am a movie-aholic.  Love, love, love movies of all types, genres and budgets (sometimes the mini-budgets are the best – Take that, Michael Bay!) I really enjoy Indie films because of the unexpected quirky factor. They do things that a big budget could never sneak past all the bean counters . . . kinda like the difference between a Big Six and a small press publisher . . . more creative freedom to explore. That’s where the fun is.  I had an absolute blast working with a local Indie film maker, doing a novelization for his horror film and tinkering with the screenplay. A movie groupie’s dream come true.  I even got a cameo as Bar Extra that has me listed on IMDB as an actor. Seeing my name in Fangoria magazine gave me incredible street cred with my son’s friends. The acting career is over, but I’d love to do more screenplay work.

Melissa: Ha, I bet you that did make you popular with your son's friends. :) Now, I’ve also discovered (aka read. The internet is quite astounding) that you have a number of books published under different names. Historical romances published under Zebra, as a matter of fact. Can you tell us a bit about that? And how did you branch out to suspense and paranormal from Historical?

Nancy: Historical romances were my first love, so that’s what I started out writing as Dana Ransom back in the romance boom of the mid-‘80s and continued as Rosalyn West for Avon. During those years I was a stay at home mom/writer and crazy prolific. To keep me busy, my Zebra editor asked while we met at a conference if I’d ever thought about writing a vampire romance. I never had. But while I was easing my aching feet in my hotel room, I drew up a three book proposal to pitch at him that afternoon. That was the start of my “Midnight” series, writing for the first time under my own name so I could get more titles out in a year. Still I wanted to explore other genres and love suspense so I branched out into doing Silhouette Intimate Moments. Because the romance industry is constantly changing, I’ve changed along with it, putting out different projects with different houses to keep doing what I love to do. FYI, I just got the rights back to those Zebra historicals and am looking at the best way to get them back into readers’ hands.

Melissa: Well, I love historicals. Just putting that out there. :) So, how on earth did you come up with the By Moonlight series and the character Max Savoie? Which idea came first, the characters or the plot? Do you happen to hold a soft spot for him as a favorite hero from all of your books?

Nancy: The “By Moonlight” series was born from an entirely different werewolf story I’d submitted. The publisher loved the prologue but wanted a new plot and characters to go along with it.  I built the whole series off that prologue by just writing as the story came to me . . . one book, two books, three books and four. It was the first time I’d EVER written ‘organically’ without a detailed outline and the plot just kept rolling just like one of my favorite movies. By then the story concept had outgrown the original publisher and I found a home for those books and the four that followed with Simon & Schuster. Max?  What can I say?  I adore him. He’s one of those characters who can take a writer in unexpected directions, who is dangerously unpredictable and yet consistently loyal. He’s one of my top three heroes along with Harm Bass from my Texas historical series and Cale Terriot the hero in PRINCE OF SHADOWS, my next “By Moonlight” book.

Melissa: I have to ask this, since I’m an unorganized writer. How do you keep all your characters, the world you’ve built, and all those pesky minor details in order and consistent in your novels?

Nancy: I’d have done a better job if I’d known upfront that I’d have an eight book series! Thankfully I’m OCD and a rabid list maker so I keep a list of plot points, character sketches and plot arcs. It’s the little things like how tall is one of the secondary characters or when was this fact first disclosed and to whom that keep me jumping.  I’m due for another read through the all the books just to freshen up the story in my mind.

Melissa: I'm always find myself a bit more intrigued with stories where I'm thoroughly acquainted with the place settings. And Granted, it is steeped in history, both good and bad, and has a certain charm, but what drew you to base your By Moonlight series in New Orleans?

Nancy: How could you go to New Orleans and NOT think about the paranormal? It’s my favorite place to visit. The wealth and diversity of its culture and history presents infinite avenues for creative adventure. The atmosphere becomes a character of its own. Every alley, every open doorway, every twist of the river in the bayou sparks a new story. And then, of course, there’s the fun researching and eating your way from one side of the Quarter to the other!

Melissa: Ha, yeah, I won't lie. I love the food. But you are right. It does have a certain atmosphere that's all it's own. So, in the first few books of the By Moonlight series, the story centers around Max and Cee-Cee. What made you expand your next books in the series to other characters such as Brigit and Giles in Betrayed by Shadows, for instance?

Nancy: I’d planned the whole series to center around Max and Cee Cee, but my publisher wanted to keep the series fresh by expanding it to feature new couples while continuing the same underlying story arc within the same world. Thank goodness I had lots of secondary characters I enjoyed enough to give them their own story. I get the best of both worlds, exploring new characters and getting to revisit Max and Charlotte in each book.

Melissa: Not to say I judge a book by its cover, but there are many that will draw my eye. And I have to say the covers of the By Moonlight series are quite appealing. Have you had a lot of say with the content and design of your book covers?

Nancy: I’ve been VERY lucky to be included in all the major planning for the early books of the series, including pitching ideas for a progressive cover concept. The settings and character poses were mine and the art department brought them deliciously to life. I’ve also written all or most of the back cover blurbs and picked the teaser scenes. It doesn’t get much better for an author.

Melissa: Ha, that's awesome. Now, what does the future hold for your By Moonlight Series? Can we expect more intriguing characters? Possibly some characters revisited? I know I saw an upcoming Book Eight in the works. Can you tease us a bit here? :)

Nancy: Oh, yeah! Cale Terriot, my rowdy, tattooed, rock and roll prince in PRINCE OF SHADOWS . . . le sigh!  It will be out 5-27-13 (my birthday!) as another Pocket Star e-exclusive. I could have gone on to do three more books with him . . . For a change of pace, it takes place in Lake Tahoe (another favorite spot!) instead of New Orleans and spotlights the rather dark and dangerous Terriot clan that causes so much trouble in BETRAYED BY SHADOWS. Here’s a tease . . .

Held hostage until she chooses a mate, Kendra Terriot must play a careful courtship game when choosing from among dangerous Shifter heirs. As a prince in the House of Terriot, Cale knows with Kendra at his side he can be the leader his clan needs, but first he must learn to become the kind of man she desires. In a treacherous race for the crown, where weakness means death, for Cale to prove he’s not the beast his gentle beauty fears, the only way to win her trust could mean surrendering his throne. But the only way to win her heart could mean letting her go.

As far as more books in the series, I could go on forever. I would love to do that Max and Cee Cee book my readers have been dying to get their hands on. We’ll see . . .

Melissa: I can't wait to check out Prince of Shadows. Right. Now since we are talking fiction after all. So you walk into a Shifter bar and find yourself surrounded by Shifters. You… (Take it away, Nancy.)

Nancy: . . .  won’t be back to answer any follow up questions! And don’t expect to see me at the office anytime soon, either. Sorry, I have priorities, after all.

Melissa: Hahaha great answer and I can't say that I blame you. :) Thank you for stopping by today, and I wish you lots of success with Betrayed by Shadows. I look forward to reading more from you, and perhaps, I will see you back here again soon.


Blurb: Balancing a criminal empire and a preternatural clan war, reluctant front man Giles St. Clair doesn’t need a problem like Brigit MacCreedy . . . How much trouble can the head-strong and manipulative Shifter beauty get into in two weeks? Plenty when her schemes range from kidnapping to fleeing the retribution of her dead lover’s clan.

With her family’s lives on the line, Brigit is willing to do whatever it takes to save them. The only thing standing in her way is an immovable stone wall of a man she can’t bully or beguile . . . a human, no less, who has promised to protect her from the secrets and dangers she conceals.

Risking her own safety gets complicated when an honorable and annoyingly desirable man puts himself between her and her powerful enemies in a battle he can’t win in this Taming of the Shrew meets Shifter Goodfellas on the Bayou tale of consequences, redemption and finding love in all the wrong places.

My Review: Since I typically start things off this way, let's just go ahead and incorporate this in reviews from now on.

Preamble - I could kick myself for now reading this series sooner. I've always had them on my ever-growing TBR list, but I just don't have the time to read like I used to. And I would occasionally look at the covers and drool. Yep, who feels like a jackass now.

Thankfully, I've read the blurbs and kept up with that was going on in the other books, so I wasn't lost coming in this late in the series. From page one, it was easy enough for me to dive right into. After finishing Betrayed by Shadows, I clearly need to go back and read the whole series. Not because I was lost, far from it, but because the book was so good. I wanted to read about the other characters and know everything about them.

I loved our hero, Giles St. Clair. I wasn't too sure about Brigit in the start, but it didn't take me long to understand her a bit better as the story progressed. Once you gain insight as to why she acts the way she does, it's easier to sympathize with her character. Personally, I loved these two characters together. Giles is just the type of man Brigit needs in her life. Now, if I just had my own Giles, everything would be A-Okay.

All in all, I really enjoyed the writing style, storyline, and characters. I'm looking forward to going back to read the rest of the series, and then I'll anticipate the next book in the series, Prince of Shadows.

Excerpt: "Music?

Brigit slit her eyes open to the brightness of midmorning. She was alone in the bunk. Harsh-smelling coffee warmed on the hot plate, and Giles was nowhere in sight. Then she heard the unmistakable crack of ax into wood.

Feeling tired and sticky and . . . fabulous, she stretched and reached for the crimson-colored sweatshirt Giles had left folded on the edge of the mattress. Harvard? She slipped it over her head to swim in generous folds that came almost to her knees. Rolling back the cuffs, she found the shoe she’d tucked Boyd’s cell phone into, discouraged to see no message from Silas. She tucked it under the sleeping bag on the top bunk, pushed bare feet into her shoes, and went to pour coffee. Her whole body ached gloriously, making her smile as she stepped out onto the tiny back porch.

Because she could still hear his voice, rough with passion.

Bree.

Giles had his back to her, splitting wood in the glare of morning light, a beautiful sight in his revealing muscle shirt. Strong, sexy. A light sweat had broken out on his shoulders, gleaming amid scores of scratches, some nearly healed from their passionate tussle in New Orleans and some raw stripes from hours ago. Chagrined, she put a nail trim and manicure on her agenda for the day.

He’d taken the batteries out of the flashlight to power an old cassette player and was timing his swings to the raucous beat of a late-eighties hip-hop tune that probably dated back to days spent here in male bonding. Something ridiculous about Humpty Dumpty dancing? Her gaze followed the suggestive rock and bump of his hips as the sassy backup singers crooned, “Do me, baby.”

Oh, yay. Good idea.

Time to whip up something for breakfast.

She’d taken a step forward, intending to initiate some moves of her own, when the music dialed down and muted as another sound reached her.

The cup fell from her hands, shattering on the wood planking, as all her senses trembled and went taut.

And a single cry ripped from her.

“Giles, behind you!”

Giles spun, continuing his momentum with the ax so it caught his assailant midleap in the upper chest, flinging him to the ground. Even as he wrestled the blade free, his attacker was gaining his feet, falling into a menacing crouch as his lips pulled back from a mouth full of dagger-like teeth.

Alarm became coldly dangerous intentions when he recognized the disfigured Shifter from Brigit’s description.

“Brigit, get inside!”

He didn’t look around to see if she obeyed. There was no time as the creature sprang.

Driven to the ground on his back, Giles couldn’t angle for another swing as he was forced to grip the ever thickening throat to keep those deadly teeth away from him. A battle he knew he wasn’t going to win as the beast completed its change of form into something monstrous and impossibly strong.

Run, Brigit! That was all he had time to think. Run!

All he had to do was stay alive long enough for her to get a head start.

There was a deafening report from the porch, and suddenly, the figure hunching over him was plucked off and sent rolling away.

Giles risked a glance toward the cabin to see Brigit with her feet planted wide, his pistol braced in both hands. The pistol he’d wisely loaded with silver rounds.

As he scrambled to his feet, his attacker was gaining his own, obviously struggling not to revert back into humanlike form from the effects of the silver. Brigit’s shot had taken him in the other side of the chest. Giles’s first blow from the ax had already healed. Making him no less lethal as he sprang a second time. No less quick.

And this time Giles didn’t respond fast enough."

Available for purchase at:Amazon

Author Bio: An author of over fifty novels since 1987, Nancy Gideon thrives on variety. Under her own name and several pseudonyms, she’s written award-winning series suspense, historical and paranormal bestsellers, earned a “Career Achievement for Historical Adventure”, and has had two original horror screenplays optioned for film. A Michigan native, she works full time as a legal administrative assistant and feeds a NetFlix addiction.

Be sure to visit Nancy at: Website

Giveaway: Be sure to enter the rafflecopter to enter Nancy's tour-wide giveaway. She's offering a $15 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of Betrayed by Shadows. You can follow her tour at Buy the Book Tours. Good Luck!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review of Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston


Blurb: Ricky Lee has no plans of getting serious about anyone, but he will protect Toni Jean-Louis Parker. Not just because he’s been hired to do so, but because it’s the right thing to do. And if that means traveling around the country with one complicated She-jackal, dealing with chocolate-eating wild dogs, instigating trouble between his brothers, and having the most amazing sex he’s ever had…well, who said his job didn’t have perks?

Toni doesn’t know how she keeps getting herself into these situations. But even she has to admit there’s something about Ricky Lee Reed that she finds kind of interesting…and downright sexy. Now they just have to survive long enough to figure out if what they have is worth fighting for…


My Review: Come on, you guys know me. I start most things off with a preamble. And thus, my preamble here is - I squealed like a little girl who'd been given a cutesy little pony for her birthday when I received this book as an ARC to read. 

Why, you ask? Because I absolutely love Shelly Laurenston's books.  This is book eight in her Pride Series, and to be honest, while I tend to wane in interest with series that just seem to keep on going. I have yet to tire of this one, nor do I see myself losing interest anytime soon. 

I remembered Ricky Lee Reed from a few of the other books as a minor character that I hadn't really paid much attention. So, I was surprised to read this book and actually love this guy. He's so laid back and casual with that "Southern Charm" of his. It's just what Toni Jean-Louis Parker, the heroine, needs in her uptight, overwhelming life. The two are perfectly matched for each other. And I loved their interactions.  Ricky Lee Reed.. hmm, never thought I'd love a "good ole boy".

Something else that I love about Laurenston's books, she loves to revisit some of her other characters in each new book. This particular one was so very awesome with that aspect. Wolf with Benefits provided a great "catch up" with most of the characters from previous books. Not only did we see many of my favorite characters from the previous Pride books, but she also brought in guest appearances from her Magnus Pack Series.

The author also introduced a couple characters I am anxious to learn more about. Once you read the book, I'm sure you can figure out which ones I mean. One in particular is quite compact-sized and exceptionally mean. I'm curious to see if she will have her own book in the future. If so, I'm definitely wondering if she might be paired off with another new character we met in this book. *Sigh* Now I have to wait.
 
You just can't beat this author's sarcastic humor, flawed heroes, and quirky, fierce heroines. So, with all that said, is it any wonder Ms. Laurenston is an automatic "pre-order" author for me?

In a nutshell, my thoughts about Wolf with Benefits can be summed up in two words - Flipping Sweet!

If you haven't read any of Shelly Laurenston's books before now, you are definitely missing out. I would urge you to check out something by her soon. Or even, check out her Dragon Kin Series written under G.A. Aiken. Basically, just check her out, period. 

Favorite Quote: ' "You put your own brother in a dog kennel," she said.
     "He wouldn't calm down. Kept trying to rip the front door open. Look at this..." He lifted the arm that currently held a can of Coke and showed it to her. "Tried to take my dang arm off at the shoulder. I only got two, Dee-Ann."
     "You're whining about that scratch?"
     "I wouldn't call it whining..." '


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Spotlight on Rosanne Bittner's Ride the Free Wind


Blurb: Abigail Trent Monroe abandons the only life she’s ever known to live among the Cheyenne with her half-breed husband, Zeke.  Together they face peril and enjoy a passion most never experience.  Their love is so strong that no amount of danger or rugged living can come between this man and woman so devoted to one another. 

Against the backdrop of a magnificent landscape and during a time when freedom meant everything to the Native Americans, Zeke and Abbie cling to one another for courage and strength.

Excerpt: Clinging to Zeke tightly, Abbie pleaded.  “Don’t let go!  Don’t ever let go!”

“It’s all right, Abbie-girl,” he told her quietly.

He gladly kept his arms around her, and she kissed his neck, breathing in the wonderful, manly scent of him, running her hands across his broad, strong shoulders.  He moved his lips back to her own in one long, lingering, hungry kiss, then he swung her up into his arms.  She rested her head on his shoulder and asked no questions. … It did not matter at the moment where he had been or why.   All that mattered was that he was here now. …


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 Author Bio: I've been writing for nearly thirty years and to date have had 57 novels published, all about the American West of the 1800's and Native Americans. I write romance, but not the typical bodice-ripping adventures. My stories are deep love stories, often family sagas told as a series. It is the hero and heroine's love that holds them together through the trials and tribulations of settling America's western frontiers. I absolutely love the Rockies, the Tetons, the Sierras, and the wide-open plains, prairies and desert land west of the Mississippi. In my books, I strive to tell the truth about the settling of the West and how it affected our American Indians, as well as the gritty depth of what our brave pioneers suffered in their search for free land and a better life.

I am a member of the Nebraska and Oklahoma Historical Societies, my local southwest Michigan historical society, Women Writing the West, Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America (treasurer) and the national RWA, and a local charity group called the Coloma Lioness Club. I help run a family business and love doing things with my three young grandsons. If you visit my web site at www.rosannebittner.com, where all my titles are listed as well as a page that lists all my many writing awards; or you can visit me on Facebook. At either site you will learn news of new books to come as well as reprints of many of my past titles soon to be published in trade paperback and as e-books! I also have an author site at Amazon.com.
 

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