Friday, March 29, 2013

A Freebie from Casea Major for a limited time!

Beginning on March 28 going through April 2, 2013,
Night with a Dom is FREE and One Knight in Brooklyn is .99 cents!



Blurb: Melody Manning’s workaholic ambition, coupled with a slave-driving former boss, has made her the youngest market analyst in her firm. It’s also killed her personal life, including losing her fiancé. When she receives a message from him on New Year’s Eve announcing his engagement to another woman, Mel loses it. Her new, more compassionate boss has the perfect solution for her—get laid. Good and laid.

At his suggestion, she signs up with the 1Night Stand service, listing her deepest sexual desires on the application. A speedy response from Madame Eve has Melody on her way to Sonoma Valley wine country and a one-night stand with a mysterious Dom.

The sexy, masked Master promises to get to the bottom of her guilt and provide ultimate satisfaction under the safety of his stern hand. After an emotional night of submission and uninhibited passion, will her lover’s unmasking lead to the end of their encounter or give Mel another chance at love?


Blurb: After signing up for a one-night stand through an exclusive matching agency, hopeless romantic Marianne Caldwell is swept away to a medieval land where she hopes to spend the night with a worthy man of honor.

Unsure of how she got from the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas to a castle in the English countryside, Mare finds Robert, whose stunning physique and winning smile immediately convince her he's the Robin Hood she's been seeking.  But despite his efforts in saving her from a corrupt sheriff, his Jersey Shore accent and coarse ways unravel her romantic visions.

With her fairytale fantasies coming unhinged, Mare must decide if Robert is just a crass car salesman from Brooklyn or the chivalrous knight she's looking for.

Author Bio: Prior to becoming a writer of romantic fiction, Casea Major worked in the legal field for a non-profit dispute resolution company for ten years.  She is now a full-time mom to three preschool children with whom she and her husband live happily...most of the time.  When she isn't chained to her laptop, she enjoys Cary Grant movies and crocheting.

Be sure to visit Casea at: Website

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spotlight on Allison Merritt's The Turncoat's Temptress (+Giveaway)

Congratulations to Allison Merritt on her release of book three in the Legends & Lovers Series, The Turncoat's Temptress.

I've really enjoyed this series so far and can't wait to check this one out. ***As a special treat in celebration of Allison's new release, I'll be offering three commenters a digital copy of the first in the series, The Treasure Hunter's Lady. Be sure to leave your email to be entered to win. I'll pick three winners this Saturday. :) ***

Legends & Lovers Series: Book Three
Blurb: Basil Tinwhistle's life changed when he was nine years old and he revealed that he had a proclivity for finding the paranormal. Taken from his family and raised by a special order of men dedicated to memorizing legend and hunting monsters, he's risked life and limb to keep the United States safe from terror in the night. More than that, he left behind the only woman who ever held his heart.

Foreseer Nora Frost's parents abandoned her in favor of pursuing sideshow careers in a circus. Her grandmother raised her with a strict hand to prevent history from repeating itself. Nora has never felt comfortable with herself, except for the brief summer Basil spent at her grandmother's antebellum mansion. When Basil vanished without a word, he broke her heart and she vowed never to fall in love again.

Years later, on one of Nora's worst days, Basil suddenly reappears. The attraction between them is as strong as it was that long ago summer, but Basil is about to reveal a danger Nora never imagined—one that might tear them apart before they can repair the past.

Excerpt " He pushed through the door pistol first. Inside the circle of his protection ward, the goblin held Nora to its chest. Warty gray flesh covered its tall frame and pointy teeth grinned from beneath a bulbous nose hanging over its fat lips. At eight feet tall it dwarfed both him and Nora.

“There you are. We were beginning to worry.” Its cackle sounded like a draft horse walking over gravel. One big, gnarled hand swept across Nora's sable hair. She shuddered at the touch. Basil willed himself to be calm, to keep a rational mind. He wanted to kill the goblin and take her into his arms, reassure her that he wouldn't let anything like this happen again.

The Lighthouser wouldn't keep the goblin from slicing Nora's throat with its ragged fingernails. It needed magic to be undone, not the science of a laser beam. They had old business, he and the goblin. As long as the wards were unbroken or Basil roamed in the daylight, the creature couldn't touch him. It seemed things had progressed into a more difficult stage.

“I was detained by that wretched selkie. Forgive me. You were preparing to devour my lady love, weren't you?”

Nora's eyes widened and he heard her little gasp of breath.

“The selkie is your betrayer.” The goblin smiled, drawing its scaly lips back from green teeth. “Someday I shall talk her out of her real name so that I may coax her from the house as well.”

Suspicion confirmed, Basil made his way down the steps. “She gave you Nora's name, did she?”

“Oh, aye. Wouldn't set foot outside the house, but was eager to relinquish Miss Eleanor Frost to me.” As it spoke her name, it caressed her face. Then it spotted the bread in his arm. “What's that?”

“An offering. A tithe of bread in exchange for the woman.” The gun was useless, so he set it on the top step. His hand free, he removed the bread from the crook of his arm and held it out. The monster licked its lips and took half a step, forcing Nora forward. Her eyes pleaded with Basil to do something more than hold a conversation.

The goblin froze abruptly. A phlegmy growl rose out of its throat. “It's a trick.”

“A business transaction,” Basil corrected. “That's all this is. You have something I want and I have something to trade. No reason for bloodshed.”

Thick drool rolled down its chin. Desire for his offering flickered in its golden eyes. The monster smacked a thick purple tongue against its lips. Shaking its head violently, it lifted Nora's feet from the ground. She let out a sob.

The goblin's arm tightened around Nora's waist. “No! I came for the caibe-sith. You took it and you must have it.”

Basil's heart skipped a beat. “Your fairy spade isn't here. I sent it to the Guardians. Right now they're busy figuring out how it produces its magic.”

“Guardians.” The venom behind the word almost caused Basil drop the bread. “This is our world, Tinwhistle. The Guardians have no right to hunt us, to steal from us. They are no better than us. You are no better.”

Deep down, the goblin's words fanned his own ember of hatred for the Guardians. He snuffed out the thought of what they'd taken from him. "

Available for purchase at: Amazon
 
Be sure to visit Allison atWebsite 

***Be sure to leave your email to one of three winners for a digital copy of The Treasure Hunter's Lady!***

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cover Reveal for Laura Kaye's new release, Hard As It Gets



Blurb: Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome-pure catnip to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...




 Author Bio: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Be sure to visit Laura at Website

Guest post with Susan Taylor (+Review)


Today I have romance author Susan Taylor with me as she promotes her new release, Secret Desire. Susan was asked one particular question about romance, now let's see how she responds. :)

Question: What the hardest scene to write in an erotic romance?

Susan: The last one. The ending is perhaps the only point that keeps me up at night. I don’t suffer from writer’s block except at this point. I end up writing and rewriting the parting words that my characters speak. Knowing this is the last time they get to say something to the world…to each other, it can’t just be, “Pass the salt, won’t you?”

Some books I’ve tried to keep it up beat. Some stories get to spin a play on words. I’ve even tried a surprise at the end with a pregnancy in one book. Spoiler but then again which one? Right?

I’ve read, and reread more ending words and some authors are masterful, poetic. Wordsmiths.

It’s all hit or miss for me. And I think that those words aren’t necessary the most memorable, at least not for me as a reader. It’s the totality and essence of romance and the creation of a realistic emotional relationship that I draw from into the future. But as a writer, I’m sweating the moment I begin writing, knowing that eventually, the words and a particular story world must come to an end. What will be the last thing two lovers say to each other?

Melissa: Excellent answer, Susan! I think you are right on the money as well. The final parting words of lovers are absolutely so important.

Susan will be on tour from March 25, 2013 to April 15, 2013. Be sure to click the tour banner to visit her.

Author Bio: "I love the concept of falling in love. The type of romantic journey that is so intense, it's borders on insanity."--Susan D. Taylor

After growing up in Miami, she moved to Nashville where she taught biology and special education. No longer a public school teacher, Susan now writes about consuming passion, how attraction plays out, and characters that are either going to incinerate or meld like warm caramel.

Susan lives with her husband, two blue heelers, two cats, a gecko and a snake. An RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance) practicing in vinyasa flow when she's not writing her next hot romance.


Be sure to visit Susan atWebsite
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Blurb: The problem with twins is that they look so much alike…

By day, Claire Robertson is a staff writer for a small publication in Seattle. But when the lights go down, she writes sizzling and oh-so-naughty erotica. She keeps these stories safely tucked away, hiding her secret fantasies of her hero, Dustin Murray. The man who stole her heart six years ago. And then jumped into bed with her twin sister.

Dustin never forgot Claire, or her twin sister’s lies that tricked him into sleeping with her. Nor has he forgotten that her sister’s threats have kept him silent for six years and cost him the woman he loved. Now that Claire’s returned home, Dustin isn’t about to lose her again. But it’ll be another thing to convince Claire he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to win her back.

When Claire accidentally sends the wrong story to her editor, things really heat up. With hot the new black in publishing, her editor thinks he’s struck gold and queues the story for publication. The last thing Claire needs is for everyone to learn that she’s got secrets of her own…


Excerpt: "The man’s gaze fell to her legs still carelessly strewn across her desk. Her heart thundered in her ears. Warmth from his sharp exhale caressed the skin at her ankles.

She bit her lip and decided—no regrets for trying “And?” She returned his mocking raised-brow expression in an eye-for-an-eye stare down.

“I’m Thornton Maxwell…your attorney.” He turned away, but not before she caught his look of displeasure. “God. Woman, do you even know what a mess you’ve got on your hands? We need to talk. A real pressure cooker is about blow.”


Cynthia froze. This wasn’t part of her erotic fantasy. What was he talking about? Should she just come out and admit she had no idea of what was going on or get him to divulge what demanded damage control?

She pretended unconcerned boredom in an attempt to buy some time to think. “Someone’s got his panties in a real twist.”

This wasn’t the first time she’d needed legal. But if he was her new go-to man, she was tempted to screw more things up.


This was a conundrum. He was too damn good-looking. This type of man didn’t appreciate a dumbbell. Did he know how hard she worked or that sometimes contracts needed to be bent? “Explored” is what she liked to call it. Wasn’t that why McGavock Publishing hired a boatload of first-year attorneys anyway? Shoot, he was probably upset because his weekend golf game was about to be rained out.

He paced in front of her desk while raking fingers through his thick, dark hair. Cynthia noticed the way he flexed and moved his arms, his muscles pumping and expanding. He stopped, spun around, and marched back to her desk. 

“Lewis, when you cross out clauses and write your own notes into a publishing contract, we don’t have a legal leg to stand on in court when an issue is disputed. The things you’ve included to get an author to sign without consulting legal is tying us in knots. The next time you promise a writer the moon, you better consult me first and NASA second. Not whatever pops into that pretty little head of yours. You need my help with this lawsuit, and I expect your cooperation. You might as well know now that’s going to mean during office hours as well as evenings and weekends.” 

His finger was pointed directly in front of her face. She imagined sucking the tip until her sex-crazed brain finally grasped his message. 

What? She was floored. Her stomach felt punched, the fist of surprise still lodged in her ribcage. Her mind reeled. It wasn’t possible. She was being threatened with a lawsuit for a couple of silly additions to a contract, and now this man expected her to drop everything. Was he joking? Slowly she inhaled.

“I’m innocent.” She stared back at him. “Sure, I’m not beyond bending the rules, but a lawsuit? No, that’s not possible; it’s impossible. You’ve got to help me.”

“We definitely need a sit-down. Not your usual brush-off and expectation for legal to jump through a hoop. This one is serious.” His gaze swept over her face and downward. The space between them crackled with static energy. He was more than steamed. But he was ready to step in and help her. A spasm of pleasure trilled in her veins. He was her knight in shining armor. She wasn’t the enemy. Not his at least. With all that pent-up fury of his, it was a shame to let it go to waste. He was handsome beyond belief…another time, over cocktails or at a party, she’d not think twice about what her body wanted. His dark eyes weren’t all anger…passion brewed there, pulling the cords to her attraction, making her skin tingle. Oh, my. He wanted to school her good. But maybe she could teach him a thing.

“Thor…Thornton, sit down.” She recouped her confidence. He was in her dominion. The door was closed. Her assistant always knocked before entering. The glass panels were mirrored. He was so near…all she had to do was reach out to him.

She met his bad-boy stare with excitement screaming in her ears.

“Please.” She was almost purring, beseeching him over the rim of her eyeglasses.

“Fine, I’m all ears.” He pulled up a chair closer to her desk. “Well?”

She studied him. If the man ever smiled, he’d be drop-dead gorgeous. She let the papers slip out of her fingers, and she pushed her glasses up on top of her head. Cynthia rubbed her ankles together, and his eyes fixed onto legs.

Ding, ding. Johnny, she had a winner.

She lifted her legs and stood, acting as if arranging her papers was vital. She felt, rather than saw, that his gaze was upon her.


“Client-attorney privilege?” She rounded the desk, trailing her fingers along the surface. 

"Yes, whatever you share. Go on.”

“Where shall I begin?” She stopped and leaned back on her desk, directly in front of him. Eighteen inches of space separated them.

“Haven’t you ever longed for something to the point of breaking a few rules? Just once?”

He held his spine erect. He gripped the armrests. She noticed the fine hairs on his fingers, but no ring. She placed the toe of her shoe on the corner of his chair, her ankle only an inch away from his grasp. Her silk skirt lifted, sliding up her thighs, and his gaze shot to the revealed set of black lace Agent Provocateur garters.


She licked her lips and unbuttoned a pearl button. He flared his nostrils ever so slightly. He stared at her fingers. She undid another button. He became a statue. A rather alluring, attentive one. She continued unbuttoning the rest of buttons. She didn’t open her shirt, hoping he’d notice her breasts were unhampered by a bra. The only sound in the room was their breathing.

“Don’t stop now.”

She opened her shirt, revealing ample cleavage. Her nipples hardened at the thought of his mouth teasing her skin.

She rubbed her leg against his thumb. He touched her ankle, lightly at first, before running his fingers up the back of her calf. She pushed her hips forward, her skirt lifted further up and over her thighs.

He made a low, primal sound, melting a reserve within her.

“Do you like what you see?”

Their eyes locked and she smiled. She traced a finger along the bottom of her lip. She stuck just the tip into her mouth and sucked, playfully removing any doubt of where this was going.

“Hmm,” she whispered. “What do you want?”

He closed his eyes and moved his hand over her knee. She went beyond merely teasing him to wanting to feel him deep inside her body. "

Review: So obviously you guys know how I received this book, as part of the tour of course. :) Totally voluntary though. I read the blurb and really liked the sound of the book. 

I thought this was a nice, quick read. It had a lot of sweet and steamy scenes that were well done. Actually, the entire book was well written in my opinion. In the first half, we get a lot of insight into the heroine's mind - her emotions, what makes her tick, her struggles and fears. Also at one point, there is a story within a story that I thought was well executed. 

Later, once our hero is introduced, the two have an instant connection. Well since they share a past, I suppose that's to be expected. But in the second half, I loved getting more insight into Dustin's mind. It's quite sweet when you realize these two have been pining after each other for years. Many of the actions in their lives have been shaped by each other and their pasts together, rather consciously or not. 

My only complaint was the timing. At times, I felt the timing was off. Things seemed to happen extremely fast so much so that it had me stopping to question how long she'd actually been back home. Of course, I'm a bit of a weirdo, so that could've just been me. 

All in all, I really enjoyed the book and thought Ms. Taylor had a strong writing voice that I would love to read more of. So, if you enjoy "second chance" stories with sweet characters and a good dose of steam, give Secret Desire a try. 

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review of Milly Taiden's Wynter's Captive

So, you guys can thank MsRomanticReads for this one. She just has a way of reviewing books that makes me go and grab them. Thanks for another great recommendation, Michelle! 


Blurb: Being held captive for winter never felt so good.

Lili is on her way to her cousin’s wedding when she thinks she hit a man in the road. Leaving the safety of her car to check on him turns out the be a big mistake, and pretty soon Lili is being abducted and held against her will by a super-sexy wolf who her body longs to touch. But just because he’s hot doesn’t mean she’s going to remain a captive.

Cade is not just an alpha, he’s a very wealthy man, used to getting what he wants. So when he attempts to abduct his ex-friend’s fiancé, in an attempt to teach him a lesson, he doesn’t expect to wind up with the wrong woman. Just how did he wind up with the maid of honor? And why does the woman melt every inch of him? But when the woman escapes, real danger awaits. And Cade must convince her to see beyond his deception if he wants to keep her alive.


Review: So I grabbed this book based on a review. Of course, after a peak at that cover and reading the blurb, there really wasn't any reason for me not to grab it. 

Bear in mind, I'm not the biggest "erotic" sort of reader. Yeah, I can dig the "fluff and stuff" scenes, but I tend to lean more toward the "prettified" type of romance. But, I'll try anything once, maybe even twice. 

I'm sure I've said before that I love humor in my books. Well, there is no shortage of it in Wynter's Captive. To be honest, I thought the book was pretty flipping hilarious. The heroine thinks the way I might in certain situations. 

Example - "Lili hated the fact she wore a dress with no shorts under it. Heat spread with each rub of her thighs and made it uncomfortable for her to run. Pretty soon they'd be chafing. Dammit! She should've worked out. She should've lost some weight. Fuck it; she should've taken the damn flight Jaylin offered to buy her. If she had, she wouldn't be running in the damn forest, from some kind of werewolves, in an ugly-ass white dress and flip-flops."

Aside from the awesome humor, the story was a quick read that flowed quite nicely for me. Once I finished, I would have loved to have kept on reading more. The hero and heroine complimented each other oh so well, and the intimate scenes were pretty scorching. I mean, really? Who can pass on hot, sexy alpha shifters? Apparently, I can not. 

So while this may have been my first book of Milly Taiden's, it won't be my last. If you're looking for a quick, steamy read with lots of humor and alpha male hotness, grab a copy of Wynter's Captive.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Be sure to visit Milly atWebsite 
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Kristine Cayne's Guns 'N' Tulips - Free on Amazon for a limited time


Blurb: Officer Connor Kavanagh lost everything--his badge, his friends and his fiancée--when he agreed to go undercover with the mob and infiltrate the ruthless Bank Bandits. After months of scheming and strategizing, the day of the big heist--and Conner's chance to get his old life back--finally arrives, but right from the start, Conner's plans fall apart. Even worse, the woman he loves is trapped in the crosshairs of the Bank Bandits' murderous leader, and Connor is her only hope for survival.

Mini Review: This was a quick, short read the author offered for free on Amazon. Since it was so short, I decided to go ahead and try it out. 

While it might be a fast read at 38 pages, it's attention grabbing. The author packed just the right amount of backstory, tension, and character development to make this short read work for me. And there's a cute HEA to boot. 

Now I definitely have to read some full length books by Kristine Cayne. Of course, I've already picked up her Deadly Vices Series. They're just hanging out on my kindle, waiting for me to have more time to read (like usual). 

In my opinion, this is a great chance to get a taste of this author's writing style. Guns 'N' Tulips is free on Amazon for a limited time. Be sure to pick up your copy and try out this author. 


Be sure to visit Kristine at: Website
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Review of Julie Ann Walker's Thrill Ride

Book 4 in the Black Knights Inc. Series

Blurb: He's Gone Rogue

Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose.

She Won't Back Down

Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist
very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…


Review: And once again, Netgalley has proven just how awesome they are. So, from that statement, you can take it to mean I received this book through Netgalley. :)

I had to test this one out because I've seen this author around for a while and have yet to find time to try out one of her books. The blurbs all sound promising, and I mean come on, what's hotter than ex-military men riding bikes involved in covert operations. Yeah, see? That's what I thought.

I have to say what really pulled into this book was the fast paced writing and the humor. There were several times I laughed out loud at some of the characters' dialogue or internal thoughts. Of course, that's just a personal preference that I enjoy a good bit of humor with my romances. But, I also appreciated, with it being a "special ops" romance, that the plot was continually moving. So no lulls in this one for me. 
  
All of the characters were fairly interesting, and I definitely liked the males throughout the story. With that being said, the one thing that I didn't really care for in Thrill Ride was the heroine. There was just something about her.. Hmm, I suppose I think she was a bit weak to be working with these hard ass men. Then she was a bit prone to tears (and I mean sobbing) a bit too often for me. It was the only thing that seemed a bit out of place to me since I was given the impression she wasn't a 'crier' earlier in the story. 

Don't get me wrong, she had some funny thoughts and dialogue. Plus, she was on the hero's side from page one. I wavered between liking/disliking her the entire story. But, the hero.. yep, he was pretty awesome in my opinion. One of those good and honorable sorts of heroes that you want to read about. 

So, all in all, I enjoyed the book and look forward to going back and reading the rest of the series, starting with book one, Hell on Wheels. 

Available for purchase atAmazon
 
 Be sure to visit the author at: Website

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Author Jessica Scott Guest Post (+Giveaway)

I'm thrilled to announce that after a long way, the cover for The Long Way Home is finally out. The fabulous Shawntelle Madison did an amazing job with this, didn't she? Want your own copy? Buy it at: Barnes & Noble| Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo

The Long Way Home cover

The Long Way Home cover From the back cover:
My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a mother. I am a wife. In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. She thought deploying was the hardest thing she'd ever do. She was wrong. This is the story of a mother coming home from war and learning to be a mom again. This is the story of a lieutenant making the grade and becoming a company commander. This is the journey of a writer persevering through a hundred rejections. This is the story of a soldier learning to be a woman again. This is the story of a wife waiting for the end of a war. This is the journey as it happened, without commentary. This is her blog. There are many blogs from the Iraq war, but this one is hers.
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Make sure you check out the reviews on Goodreads and if you haven't already, add it to your shelf! Get your copy today: Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo

Author Bio: Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
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Oprah has called her. True story.
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Her debut novel BECAUSE OF YOU launched Loveswept, the first Random House digital imprint.
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She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood.
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Most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.  

Connect with Jessica hereWebsite 

***As a special treat in celebration of her latest release, Jessica is offering one very lucky commenter digital copies of her entire backlist (romance and nonfiction)! How rocking is that? Be sure to leave your email address with your comment for a chance to win some awesome books by this talented author. ***

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Interview with Stacey Brutger (+Review/Giveaway)


Today I'm happy to have author Stacey Brutger return for a visit. She's a super cool lady who writes about some super cool magic. ***As a special treat, she will be offering one lucky commenter a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card or the winner's choice of a digital copy of one of her books. So be sure to include your email with your comment.***

Melissa: Welcome back, Stacey. See, I've even brought out one of my cheesy lion pictures as a welcome. :) Glad to have you here again. To start, why not tell us what's been going on in the world of Stacey lately?

Stacey: I’m working on book two of my Raven Investigations Novel series called Electric Moon. It’s great to get back into their world. I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it! I’m also finishing a kitchen remodel that seems to have taken on a life of its own. Thank goodness it’s almost over.


Melissa: Ha, yes, I've heard about the kitchen remodeling. Still can't help but chuckle about your husband's mishap. And that's great news about Electric Moon. You left me hanging with Electric Storm! Now which comes to you first, the world or the characters? Do you build your world around your characters or vice versa?

Stacey: Since I don’t plot, the characters come first for me. Usually a character and a scene form together, and they take off running…right into trouble. Although the characters come first to me, my stories are usually a little plot heavy.

Melissa: Well, that just makes them all the more interesting to me. So, I know you've delved into the world of magic, vampires and shifters with your previous release, Electric Storm, so how did you get the idea for BloodSworn

Stacey: Merrick was the first character that came to me, a fully formed lion with trouble riding hard on his *ss. Trina was a little more difficult to pin down. The plot came easier to me than trying to pin down the secrets Trina didn’t want revealed. She didn’t want anything to do with me until she met Merrick. A few chapters into the story and everything fell into place…more or less. :)

Melissa: Yeah, well I'd have no problem meeting Merrick either. So will BloodSworn be a part of a series? Do you have any more books planned for other characters in the series? Or will it be a single release? Just tossing this out there, but Weston and Judith. I could see a match happening there. Ha. :)

Stacey: I have a lot of stories on the burner, too many to count. I might have a short story brewing in the back of my mind for Weston and Judith. I wanted to leave my options open with them. I also might have plans for a novel, NightSworn, and why a vampire needed a magic vial of blood that he was willing to betray his king to get.

Melissa: A short about Judith and Weston. Oh yeah! And I was a bit curious about that vampire and his motivation! So I have to ask, can you share one of your favorite excerpts from BloodSworn with us?

Stacey: I have just the scene, a little something to peak your interests. Merrick has been wounded and needs the damaged muscles of his back massaged in order to function. Be warned, it’s a little naughty. lol

"Trina set down her pen and paper then massaged her hands. Part of her trembled at touching Merrick again, but the bigger part of her was eager for it and that scared her more than anything. “I’ll warn you now. This is going to be painful.”

Trina knelt at Merrick’s side, her hands on his body, doing her damnedest to try and not get aroused. No way in hell would she survive if Merrick learned of her weakness to him. It was that sheet, the way it draped over his ass, revealing the upper swell of those muscles that her fingers itched to explore.
 

No matter how hard she tried to prevent it, her eyes trailed over his form, her fingers lingered on his well-defined muscles more than was proper for a doctor.

Even the nape of his neck drew her attention. She wanted to scrape her nails through the fine hair then lean over and lick the strong cord of muscle to see how he’d react. Worst of all, she knew he wouldn’t protest anything she wanted to do to him.

She glanced around the room, her breathing a little fast, her heart thundering, desperate for a distraction before she followed through on her fantasies.

The sword.

She latched onto the topic with the desperation of a kid with a Popsicle in his grip. She was a doctor. Violence should sicken her, but she’d been on the razor edge of it for years. She respected violence, the need for it to protect those weaker. “Tell me about the sword.”

Air exploded out of his chest at her demand. Between the pain and lust, his beast was going wild. He wasn’t in much better condition. Those hands of hers were pure heaven and hell.

The smell of her arousal tinged the air.

Light.

Barely there.

Humans might not detect those signals, but shifters sure the hell could and often used that skill to their advantage.

If she hadn’t spoken, he wasn’t certain if he’d have had the strength not to roll over and demand she work the front side as well for the agony she put him through. Devil take it, if her hand swept down and touched his ass one more time, his dick was going to hammer a permanent impression into the mattress. "

Melissa: Great excerpt to tease us with! So, something I noticed, you didn't stick with the romanticized version of the vampire in romance, you tend to stick with the more gruesome side of their characters (smell of decay, etc.). What made you decide to deviate a bit and take the non-traditional route? 

Stacey: I’m all for romance and a happy-ever-after, but I like to have my characters work for it. Most of my characters feel that they are too different, are in too deep to be saved. I like to see that love can redeem them. Then there’s the fact that I might have watched a wee bit too much SciFi as a kid. <big grin>

Melissa: Lol I'm sure you're not the only one. :) Now I've heard that you've written historicals before? Can you tell us anything about that?

Stacey: I have five historicals written! They were my first books. I’m not sure if I’ll ever publish them, but I sure had a blast writing them. Two are straight historicals and the other three are paranormal historicals with Druids. The drafts are very rough, needing a good polish before they are fit for anyone’s eyes but my own.

Melissa: Mmm I like druids. Since you're an avid reader, what are some great books you've read lately? You tend to keep this up-to-date on your website also, if I'm not mistaken. Probably a bit weird of me, but I typically like to know what the authors I like are reading.

Stacey: I do try to read a book a week, posting on my blog to keep me honest. I love reading, but don’t have near enough time as I would like. I’m between books right now, but I’ve read a couple of great books this year. I’ve really enjoyed Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series.

Melissa: I haven't tried that series yet, but have heard great things about it. I also like that you post reviews of what you've read for the week on your blog as well. So, what's in the works for you? What are you working on currently?

Stacey: While waiting for my edits on BloodSworn, I plotted out a short story I was going to try. I’ve always written longer pieces, so we’ll see how it goes. The story has werewolves, fey, magic, castles and Scotland. What’s not to love? But I put the story away to finish Electric Moon.

Melissa: Any teasers you are willing to share? :)

Stacey: Here’s a short blurb/excerpt:

Raven’s very private life explodes into the spotlight when she is nominated to the elite paranormal police force. It couldn’t happen at a worse time. She needs to keep the secrets of her past hidden. Nothing could interfere with her application for pack status with the paranormal counsel, or she could lose her claim on those closest to her.

As the two worlds collide, she must juggle the demands of both, battle the effects of the moon on her love life and catch a killer targeting the most vulnerable of the paranormals, shifters without pack protection. If she can’t maintain the delicate balancing act, the resulting casualties might be more than she can survive.


"“Dance with me.” Taggert carefully reached across the table and withdrew her touch from Jackson. 

Only when she was on the dance floor with him did he take a deep breath, dragging her body up against his. The moon heat came back with a vengeance, and she groaned in complaint. “Taggert—”

 “Now isn’t the time to distract Jackson.”

She peeked over Taggert’s shoulder to see Jackson’s hungry eyes devour her, and she quickly jerked her gaze away. “I was only trying to help. It worked with you and Durant.”

“But we’re pack. Your touch impacts us differently than it does him.”

Raven closed her eyes. “Shit. What did I do?”

The smile that lit Taggert’s face did little to sooth her. “I’d say you just made yourself a target for one very determined wolf. And you know how they love to stalk their prey.”

“Shit.”

Taggert laughed, seemingly undisturbed, drawing her closer to feel him twist and move to the beat of the music. His body flowed around hers, making her feel inept and very much worshiped by his. Each light brush of his body lured her closer.

“You don’t seem worried.”

Teeth flashed as he smiled. “You’ll make him pack.”

“You seem awful sure.”

“You claimed him when you first met him. You just didn’t get around to sealing the deal.” Taggert shrugged.

“You like him too much to let him go.”

The dance floor grew crowded, the air around them warmer. They were nearly of height, him with only a few inches on her. His lips hovered around hers, and she curbed the irrational need to taste him.

“Do it.”

She blinked, a little dazed by the heavy pounding of the music, the flashing lights in the darkness, and the heavy taste of his arousal that swamped the air around him. “What?”

“Taste.” He cupped the back of her head, drawing her inexplicitly nearer until his body covered hers, and they were hardly moving.

She found his leg pressed between thighs, the movement of his hips heating her blood to boiling. Her lips pressed against his throat, and she inhaled deeply, enjoying the smell of forest. She licked her lips, accidentally brushing against his neck and felt him shudder. A low groan vibrated in his throat, and he pulled her closer.

“Again.” His hips moved in time to the music, his hard thighs rocking against her. The pressure building between her legs was almost overwhelming, the need for more nearly drowning her under the onslaught. That they were in public didn’t matter.

She lifted her chin, brushed her lips against his neck and felt his hands settle on her ass, moving them in a rhythm that made her muscles turn to mush.

She licked him again, enjoying the way his breath caught. Then she nibbled on his neck, her teeth nipping lightly at his skin. Power thrummed under the tender skin, the pulse of his life. His arms turned to bands around her, squeezing the breath out of her. Not that she minded.

She inched her hands down his back, enjoying the flex of his muscles under her palms, the way he shuffled her closer as if in invitation to take more.

Then he was ripped from her arms. Jackson’s hand settled on her elbow, his grip bruising, though she didn’t think he was aware of it as he dragged her toward the table.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?”

Raven had to clear her throat twice before she could speak. “Dancing?”"


Melissa: Well damn. Just damn. I feel like I need to read some more now. So glad you shared that sneak peek! I can't wait now. :) And thank you so much for stopping by today!

Stacey: Thank you for having me on your blog. I had a wonderful time! 


Blurb: Ten years after they bound her powers and banished her, Trina Weyebridge had successfully carved out a new existence in the human world. She put her life as a witch behind her. But, her magic would not be denied, the bindings holding them in check are weakening. Vampires who crave a taste of the powers stored in her blood are hunting her with deadly force and have kidnapped her sister to lure her out. In a desperate bid to free her sister and gain her own freedom, Trina bargains with the all-too-tempting lion shifter who calls out the long forgotten wild side in her...she would be his concubine in return for pack protection. She’d be safe…until they found out the truth.

UNDENIABLE DESIRE. FORBIDDEN LOVE. INESCAPABLE DESTINY.

When Merrick spots a female intruder living on his property, he’s intrigued by her daring. Curious to find out more, he follows her and comes to her aid when she falls prey to an attack. After weeks of unnatural silence, his beast awakens at her touch, and he suspects that she might be the only one able to save his race from a disease killing his kind. Not willing to take the chance of losing her, he binds her to him the only way he knows how…by claiming her as his own. All he has to do to save her is uncover the secrets of her past, stop a pack revolt, convince her that she’s desperately in love with him in return, and prevent a war.


Review: I know there were some complaints with the typos and font size, but I managed to get a corrected copy that was reissued through Amazon by the author. So, not a lot of issues on that front for me. Any minor typos in my copy were easily overlooked because I was too wrapped up in the story. And no issues with the font size in my copy either.

Personally, I love Ms. Brutger's books. This makes my third that I've devoured and I can't wait to read more. I read a sample of this particular book at the end of The Demon Within and have been waiting for it since then.

This author has a great way of writing the element of magic in action scenes in her stories which I really enjoy. Definitely keeps me flipping the pages, or in this case, touching my kindle screen. I've never been the biggest "magic" or witch lover, but it's really starting to grow on me. Of course, throw some shifters in the mix, and I can't help but get caught up in it since I love shifters.

Merrick and Trina are both likeable characters. They seemed to compliment each other and it was pleasant to read their attraction shape up into a romance while they're dodging attempts on both of their lives. There was a nice balance of romance and suspense in Bloodsworn in my opinion.

And Merrick...There's just something about an alpha male chasing after the woman he's fallen in love with. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he's a possessive, sexy, lion shifter either. So, it should come as no surprise that I love this hero.

There were also some secondary characters I would love to read more about, such as Weston and Judith. Weston had that air of secrecy that made me quite curious about him. And Judith, well, I just liked her, even in the beginning. I like tough women that don't mind doing what needs to be done in order to get to the top.

All in all, I thought Bloodsworn was another great read by this author, and I can't wait to read more.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

*Also Stacey is offering a giveaway on Goodreads for Bloodsworn

Author Bio: Stacey Brutger lives in a small town in Minnesota with her husband and an assortment of animals. When she’s not reading from her thousands of books in her tbr pile, she enjoys creating stories about exotic worlds and grand adventures…then shoving in her characters to see how they’d survive. She enjoys writing anything paranormal from contemporary to historical.


Be sure to drop by and visit Stacey here: Website

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cindy Paterson's The Senses Series

Right...so you guys already know I read reviews and pick up books based on those reviews a lot of times (good, bad or indifferent). So, I found this particular series while reading the rocking review site of the lovely MsRomanticReads (very awesome review site, by the way). Back in December, I picked up a book she reviewed called Jump by Cindy Paterson. Now, being the awesome person that I am (no really!), I felt it's my literary duty to inform people this book is now free at Amazon for a limited time. Don't even bother questioning it. Just go ahead and grab a copy while you can.


The Senses Series: Book 1
Blurb: Book One of the Senses:
A band of extraordinary warriors walk in the shadows of the human world with capabilities derived from the senses: Trackers, Sounders, Healers, Tasters, Visionaries and the rare Reflectors. Collectively, they are known as the 'Senses'.

Centuries of loyalty

His code of honor was respected without question, until he consumed the blood of an enemy in exchange for a mortal woman to be set free from certain slavery.

He can't forget her

Despite knowing, he will be imprisoned and put to death if caught, Balen, a fierce Senses Tracker, returns to Toronto to find the mortal woman, Danielle, he left behind two years ago. Haunted with memories of the torture they endured in the hands of a Senses enemy, Balen's determination to see her again, drives him to risk everything. But when he does, a new enemy comes into play, one he can't defeat.

To conquer the wrath of fear

Determined to find some sort of peace after her abduction, Danielle finds solace in painting a man from her nocturnal unconsciousness. When he comes knocking on her door, her world is shattered and Danielle must face her worst fears in order to survive what is coming after them. It won't stop. It can't. For the ancient spell has no compassion.

A journey of tenacious desire that refuses to fade even though that is what will destroy them. Because--in order for Danielle to live, first she must die.

Review: You guys already know I sometimes start with "preambles" so here we go. I could kick myself for not reading this book sooner. That being said, I could also kick myself for starting the book at eleven at night.

I wasn't entirely sure what I expected when I picked up this book. I read the blurb and I liked the sound of it. Of course, with limited time to read, it took me a while to get to it. Late at night, I was messing around on my kindle and figured I would read a couple pages to see how it was written. Well... I stayed up till four in the morning reading the book.

Honestly, I couldn't put it down. It flipping grabbed my attention and just wouldn't let go. The characters are well-developed and the dialog was smooth. Definitely a pleasant surprise, to say the least.

I loved Balen and Danielle together. He's one of those possessive, alpha males that knows how to handle his lady with delicate care, which she needs. Lord, the lady had a bit of rough time in the beginning, with due cause of course. 

The secondary characters are really something else as well. They are all well fleshed out with backstories of their own that you're anxious to learn more about. After finishing book one, immediately, I picked up book two. I had to know what would happen with the next hero and heroine in Step.


Speaking of..

The Senses Series: Book 2

Blurb: ‘Only her love can restore his trust—only with his trust can she win her battle.’

Kilter, an immortal Senses Visionary, excels at being rude and crass with little hope of finding peace after being betrayed and tortured by his brother more than a hundred years ago. Reckless and stubborn he has alienated everyone—just the way he likes it. Until the day he meets Rayne and emotions he buried long ago are reawakened.

Rayne suffers from Anorexia Nervosa. Trapped by debilitating thoughts and a false sense of control, Rayne is slowly dying. Her husband has kept her secluded and alone for years, causing her to withdraw into an emotionless shell. But Rayne’s outward behaviour is deceiving for beneath her delicate existence is a woman with strength. The trouble is—can she find that part of herself that has been driven away? Or has her cruel husband broken her fragile existence?

The two tortured souls are brought together only to be torn apart and forced to relive their horrific pasts in order to find salvation. But Rayne’s past has more significance than the Senses realize and their enemies will do anything in order to get her back.

The Senses are in for one hell of a fight as Waleron is forced to make the hardest decision of his life—Damien is tortured beyond his emotional capability by the witch Abigail—and Delara is drawn into a vampire’s arms only to have him use her darkest secret against her.

Review: Ha, at least I was smart enough not to start reading this second book at eleven at night.

Once again, you have a well-structured world with well-developed characters and a whole lot of action and drama.

After reading Jump, I had to read this book the following day. I couldn't help it. After the interaction between Rayne and Kilter, it was a necessity for me to find out how these two would end up together. 

And I can't help myself. I loved Kilter. He's crude, rude, and really a bit of a bastard to absolutely everyone except Rayne. He's protective of her and determined to see her well. To be honest, he was just the type hero Rayne needed in her tragic life. Even though, she's hard-pressed to step (ha, get it) outside of her shell and open up (with good reason), she saw through all his direct, abrasive mannerisms and speech. I loved the bond formed between these two.

And revelations.. this book had a couple that took me by surprise. With one in particular, it's sort of like I could feel, yes feel, that it might head in that direction, but I thought to myself, "Nah, there's just no way." Then BAM! I gasped and my mouth dropped open.

So, yeah, Cindy Paterson has become one of my pre-order authors now. And my final thought is.. why, oh why must I wait so flipping long for book three. I HAVE to know what's going to happen next with a few secondary characters. 


You can find Cindy Paterson here: Website

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Interview with Christine Warner (Giveaway/Review)


 I'm happy to welcome back Christine Warner to the blog today. She's a sweetheart of a lady and writes wonderfully sweet romances. ***She's also offering one lucky commenter a digital copy of either Some Like it in Handcuffs or Two-Timing the Boss. So be sure to leave your email address with your comment to be entered to win.***

Melissa: Glad to see you here again, Christine. Can you tell us what's been going on in your world lately since you last visited?

Christine: Life has been busy. Full of the normal ups and downs like everyone. In my writing world I’ve been busy working on a few projects and also tweaking my book coming out with Entangled Publishing in a few months titled Bachelor’s Special. I can’t wait :)

Melissa: Congratulations to you, Christine! Now where did you get your idea for the premise of Two-Timing the Boss?

Christine: I come up with a lot of story ideas while I’m driving, or in the shower—never at the same time though…lol. Two-Timing the Boss I came up with driving into work one Saturday morning. I was thinking of my sister and I thought it’d be fun to write a story involving sisters who were close. Then I thought I’d step it up a notch and make them twin sisters. From there I decided to have one be responsible—my heroine—and one who was more carefree and living in the moment. I knew I wanted disguises, twins, a super-sexy hero and for the romance to take place between a boss and his employee.

Melissa: Out of curiosity, if you were Keller, how would you have reacted to a similar deception?

Christine: I admit that there is always a little bit of me in all of my characters. So, if I were Keller and I had been deceived as he was—I would’ve handled it in the same manner. I’d have wanted to learn more of why Farah did what she did, but I also would’ve been able to have a little fun with it in the form of payback.

Is that naughty or mean? I don’t think so. Nothing he did was done in a mean or malicious sense, so I’m good with it :)


Melissa: Ha, yes, all in good fun. :) I'm sure I would have a little fun with it as well. Now, I have to know, have you ever found yourself in a similar predicament, working under the guise of subterfuge, or just plain disguised yourself to accomplish a goal?

Christine: Great question. I really had to think about that one. I know I’ve never dressed in disguise to get a job, or lied on a resume or job application…hmmm. I’m going to have to say I’ve never been put in a situation where I had to disguise myself to reach a goal. Unless of course you count Halloween. I had to dress up for several years in a row in my younger years all with the purpose of gaining sugary treats! LMBO

Melissa: Lol, is it sad to admit I still wish I could dress up for free candy? Hmm, perhaps a sheet would do the trick. So if you had to describe Two-Timing the Boss in five words, what would you choose?

Christine: Sexy, emotional, fun, romantic, heart-pounding

Melissa: Great words to describe it. :) Can you share one of your favorite excerpts from Two-Timing the Boss with us?

Christine: Ooh, I’d love to. I have several favorite scenes but here’s a short one that I’ve never shared while being interviewed before. I like the fact that it shows both Keller and Farah conquering a fear and doing it together.

“I can’t believe you talked me into this.” Farah
bit back the quiver in her voice in an attempt to
sound calm, but she swallowed hard, hoping he
didn’t notice.
“Are you sure you can handle it? Your pasty
complexion is giving me doubts.”
“Oh, don’t even act like you’re not enjoying this.
But let me point out something you didn’t think of,
Keller Donovan.”
He snickered. “Go for it, chicken girl.”
She teased him with a false scowl. “We’re not
only facing my fear of heights, but your fear of losing
control.”
The last thing she saw before they shot one
hundred and sixty feet into the air within two
seconds was Keller’s smile and reassuring look. Her
stomach clamped when the ride reversed. She
squeezed her eyes closed as they plummeted
downward. A gust of wind shot up the pant legs of
her jeans and stole her breath. Nothing supported
her legs as they dangled beneath her. Somewhere
above her, her heart hovered and she hoped it would
find its way back inside her chest.
With a death grip she fisted the straps
positioned across her torso and shoulders to hold her
in place while a jarring scream ripped past her lips.
Full of exhilaration and fright at the same time, she
calmed when the pressure of Keller’s palm engulfed
her hand.
Minutes later it was over and they stood to the
side watching the next group of tourists take the
same ride.
“That was crazy. I can’t believe I actually did
that,” Farah said, voice breathless, but excited.
“We both did it. We rode the Big Shot. You
conquered your fear of heights and I gave up
control.”

Melissa: Aww that was a cute excerpt. :) I like that you write light-hearted, sweet romances. So, I'm a bit curious, what types of romances do you typically read and really enjoy in your spare time? Any favorite reads?

Christine: I really do write what I like to read. Lol I cut my teeth on contemporary romance but promised myself last year that I’d expand my horizons and try other genres. I’m also a hard-core true crime junkie. Always have been, but I know it’s something I’d never write myself. I seem to go in phases with my reading—from romance to true crime.

As for picking a favorite—I’m not sure that’s possible. I’ve enjoyed so many good books and usually the one I’m reading is my favorite. Lol

 
Melissa: I can understand that for sure. Now, I know you’re a pretty busy lady, working and writing all the time, but you’ve also started a book tour company as well, right? Can you tell us a little about that?

Christine: I really like to help promote other authors and after doing a couple of book tours myself, I thought it’d be fun to come up with promotional ideas and packages that other authors could use to help spread the word about their books. After talking to a really good friend of mine who also runs a virtual assistant website where she helps authors called MY GIRL FRIDAY, we began work on Buy The Book Tours.

It’s been a fun ride and a great learning experience. Unfortunately I found it difficult to balance my time between working 30 hours a week outside the home, my family life, running Buy the Book Tours and writing and promoting—something had to give. So, I stepped back from Buy The Book Tours the beginning of the year. I’m still a sounding board for my friend who continues to run it and we also have an agreement that whenever I decide to come back—if it will work in with my schedule—the door is always open.  


Melissa: That's sounds pretty reasonable to me. So what's in the works for you, Christine? By chance, are you working on any books that just might feature any of Sunny Kennedy's brothers (from Some Like it in Handcuffs)?

Christine: I truly planned to write a book for each of Sunny’s four brothers and actually have Derek’s story completed. But I haven’t submitted it because I’m not sure if I’ll continue with my idea of writing the other brother’s stories. I thought it might be odd to just have written one brother’s story and then stopped. So, I’m sitting on it until I decide what I’m going to do.

I loved the characters, but have several other projects in the works that might make writing a series a bit difficult.

So, I can’t really give a good answer to that question. I’m sorry. It’s all in the air for now.


Melissa: Any work in progress you can give a sneak peek of?

Christine: I’m working on several other stories. One book I’m targeting toward the Brazen line with Entangled that deals with second chances, water, cars and smexiness. :)  I’m also tweaking a story I finished writing last year that centers around an island romance. My goal is to get both of them submitted this year and then start on a few other ideas that I have outlined. I have more ideas than I do time. Lol

Melissa: That sounds wonderful, Christine. You are definitely busy as always. Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I look forward to having you back on again some time soon. :)

*Christine will also be on tour at the beginning of next month with Buy The Book Tours. Be sure to drop by and visit her on tour next month.* 

Blurb: To secure the funds for her twin sister's surgery, Farah Smith will need to sacrifice her values as well as alter her appearance to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. With a blonde wig and stilettos strapped on, Farah's a clone of Keller Donovan's harem of past assistants, insuring a position within his company.

The moment Farah and Keller meet, she realizes her most daunting task isn't the job, but fighting an attraction to a man whose ruthlessness is as legendary in the bedroom as it is in the boardroom.

Disillusioned by his parent's disastrous marriage, Keller Donovan is determined no relationship should have more than a six-month shelf life. But after he meets Farah Smith, all bets are off. Suddenly he wants more than a personal assistant and private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn't sit well with her, despite the stranglehold she's put on his heart.

Can Farah and Keller find happiness and love over deceit and libido? Will the two embrace each other or hold fast to past history?

Review: I really enjoyed Some Like it in Handcuffs so I had to pick up a copy of Two-Timing the Boss

At the end of a long day spent taxing my brain way too much, I don't want to have to think about heavy plots or feel angry at fictional characters. I like to unwind and read something that will leave me in a sappy, good mood. Enter Two-Timing the Boss. I actually thought this was a sweet, light-hearted read with a nice dose of humor sprinkled in (the faulty eyelash tickled me). Definitely what I was looking for that particular night. :) 

I admit there was a degree of unbelievability since it took Keller a while to realize Farah and Fifi were indeed the same person. But to be honest, it didn't distract from the overall story for me. Instead, I was more interested to learn what his reaction would be once he made the connection. And I wasn't disappointed that he decided to have a bit of fun with her. 

Believe it or not, Keller was actually a character I could easily relate with. Odd, I know. You would think I would relate more with the heroine, but nope. It was Keller all the way, with his commitment-phobic tendencies. Despite those tendencies, I still thought he was respectful of Farah/Fifi and admired her for taking care of her family, even if it did lead to deception. He could've easily thrown it back in her face, and I was pleasantly surprised he didn't.

All in all, I thought it was a well-written sweet romance with likeable characters. If you are looking for a carefree, pleasant romance to put you in a better mood, you should definitely pick up a copy of Two-Timing the Boss.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Author Bio: Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.  

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com. 

Be sure to visit Christine at: Blog

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