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Promo Spotlight and Excerpt: In Your Arms by Merry Farmer

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Today, I'm featuring a Promo Spotlight on Merry Farmer's Western Historical, In Your Arms, newest in her Montana Romance series. Scroll down below for the info on the book, an excerpt and the author links.

In Your Arms
Merry Farmer
(Montana Romance #3)

In Your Arms Merry FarmerLily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart?

Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down.

But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Promiscuous by Missy Johnson

Friday, November 29, 2013

Today, we're revealing the cover for Missy Johnson's Erotic Contemporary, Promiscuous, book 2 in the Tease series. Also, scroll down for a teaser of Always You, a new adult book from the author coming in December. There's a giveaway of 5 ebooks from Missy Johnson (Winner's Choice), do enter via rafflecopter (below)!

Missy Johnson
(Tease #2)
Expected Publication: January 2014

When you're a twenty-year-old triple platinum singer you get an image.
Except mine was all wrong. On drugs; pregnant; fucking my manager.
But I wasn't; it was all lies. I was a good girl.
But now I'm done being the good girl, because it has gotten me nowhere.
I spent the last year in love with a guy who I was paying to fuck me.
A guy who fell in love with someone else.
But now I’m over it. Now it's about me.
If the world thinks I’m a bad girl, then hell, that’s what I’ll be.
I'll show them bad.
Let's find out how promiscuous I can be.

Guest Post and Giveaway: Writing a Sequel or Series by B.J. Scott, Author of Highland Homecoming

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Today, I have this interesting Guest Post, an author's take on writing a series or a sequel, connecting B.J. Scott's own Fraser Brothers Trilogy. Alongside the post, you'll also find a book promo on Highland Homecoming, a short excerpt and the author links. Take a look at the giveaway below and comment to enter please.

B.J. Scott will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC, Scottish shortbread cookies, can cooler and mouse pad (US/CANADA ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a beaded book thong with silver charms, book marks, pen, and canvas tote to a randomly drawn host (US/CANADA ONLY)
 Writing a Sequel or Series

Will my book stand on its own or be part of a series?

When an author writes a book, one question often comes to mind. Will this be a single title or a series? There are pros and cons to both. The beauty of a single title book is that once the book is finished and published, the author can move on to the next story. But all too often as the first story evolves the characters start to take on individual traits and personalities of their own. The secondary characters, while meant primarily to round out the story, but are supposed to stay in the background, can take on a strong personality that hits a cord with the reader. When the book is done, it is not uncommon for readers to ask for a sequel. They want to know what happened after you wrote the end. They want to know what happened to the other characters in the book, be it a sibling, a child or friend. The desire of readers to know what transpires after the book is completed can spawn the writing of a second book and sometimes multiple books.

When I wrote Highland Legacy, I had a series in the back of my mind. I wanted to tell Bryce’s and Alasdair’s story too, but had not planned to write them right away. I had other books I wanted to write that were not related to the first book and intended to work on those first. But after Highland Legacy was published, readers started to email me, asking for the Fraser brothers’ saga to continue. They fell in love with Bryce and Fallon and thought their story should be told. When my editor requested a sequel as soon as possible, I put aside my other work and started to work on Highland Quest.

I won’t say it was an easy road. While I had worked very hard to give Bryce his own distinct personality, living up to the expectations of the readers was challenging. Especially when I found myself struggling through writer’s block and the story was not progressing the way I had envisioned. But together with help from my critique partners and my editor, Highland Quest was ready for publication one year after the release of the first book. I was pleased with the book, and tried to write is not only a continuation of the first book, but as one that could stand on its own.

Writing Highland Homecoming, Alasdair’s story, was much easier to do. As I wrote Highland Quest, the ideas for the third book fell into place.  I was fortunate to choose a time period in Scottish history that had events the stories could revolve around, which happened in a convenient chronological order and gave me a backdrop for each book.  I was pleased with the end result and to my surprise, Highland Homecoming ended up to be my favorite book of the trilogy. Again it is a continuation of the first two books, but can also stand on its own.

The hardest part about writing a series is getting the readers to view each book as an independent project. If doing their job properly, an author’s books should improve with each one they write.  Sometimes getting people to look beyond the first and to judge them on their own can be a challenge. I have been very fortunate and all three of the books were well received.  Was I sorry to see the series end? Yes and no. I enjoyed telling the stories of my three dashing heroes and the spirited women who changed their lives forever, but part of me was happy to be finished and free to move on. I am currently working on a new book. Another Scottish historical that has nothing to do with the trilogy. But I have already had requests for books to be added to my trilogy. Which is very flattering and something to think about.

Disciplining the Duchess by Annabel Joseph

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Disciplining the Duchess

Annabel Joseph
Historical Romance/Erotica (Mild BDSM)
Published in 2013

H/h - Benedict "Court" Hawthorne, the Duke of Courtland/Harmony Barrett
Setting: England, Regency era.

Read in Nov, 2013.
My rating:

                                                 [spoiler alert]

Disciplining the Duchess was my second Annabel Joseph novel. I’m a sucker for Erotic Historicals but BDSM stories always make me a little uncomfortable, not knowing how far ‘things’ will go etc. But I must admit I enjoyed this much better than the author’s other EHR, Lily Mine. Got me hooked right from the beginning and I felt the need to know what’s going to happen next. This book also made me very emotional at the most unexpected moments. Why, I’ll try to explain in the following...

At the beginning of the story, our h, Harmony, a spinster almost on the shelf, is attending the country house-party of a prominent family, the Darlingtons. She’s rumored to be ‘odd’. Harmony is not from a very rich family, being the daughter of a shy baron who was never very good at socializing himself. But it’s mainly because Harmony doesn’t know the practiced coyness and ‘arts’ of banters that young ladies her age or the debutantes are so good at. Moreover, she rather smart! Harmony can’t stand the girls with whom she is forced to act as ‘friends’. Most of them aren’t kind to her, with veiled barbs and sweetly-packed jabs coming her way at every opportunity. All Harmony can do is roll her eyes at their activities and try to stay away whenever she can.

Book Blast and Giveaway: The Pulse by Shoshanna Evers

Monday, November 25, 2013

Book Bast of The Pulse by Shoshanna Evers is happening today as is the pub date for the book. Take a look at the following post which contains the book and author info, an excerpt and a giveaway (enter via rafflecopter below!).

Shoshanna Evers will be awarding a $50 GC for either Amazon or B&N to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 
The Pulse
Shoshanna Evers
(The Pulse Trilogy #1)

Book One in the heart-pounding Pulse Trilogy—a gripping erotic romance set in post-apocalyptic New York City one year after an electromagnetic pulse destroys America’s power grid. "Intense, exciting, and sizzlingly sexy—a perfect post-apocalyptic romance!" (Heather Thurmeier, bestselling author of Escape to My Arms and Stuck on You)

Emily Rosen lives in a military camp at Grand Central Station, where women sell their bodies to soldiers for extra rations. When she discovers a dark secret—that America is rebuilding outside of New York City, and everything the city’s refugees have been told is a lie—she escapes, the soldiers hot on her heels…

But Christopher Mason, a convict who broke out of prison after the Pulse, finds Emily first. Although he’s survived this long on the streets by looking out only for himself, Emily is beautiful, alluring, and impossible to leave behind.

Now Emily must convince this intimidating, magnetic stranger to be her guide as they journey out of New York and into the unknown. She’ll barter with her body, but sex with Mason can never be currency—it’s pure passion, and everything she desires. Despite the crumbling world around them, can Emily and Mason discover true love blooming in the darkest of places?

Scandalous Desires Epilogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Scandalous Desires Epilogue
A very short free installment

Elizabeth Hoyt
Historical Romance
Published in 2013

H/h - Michael Rivers/Silence Rivers
Setting: England, 1740.

Read in Nov, 2013.
My rating:

5 wonderfully toe-curling stars.

This is the epilogue that Ms. Hoyt promised to her fans when Duke of Midnight (book 6) reaches 100 reviews on Amazon. When she asked us of which book's epilogue we'd like to read, I voted for Scandalous Desires because, gosh, I really wanted to know what Silence and Mickey were doing. They're still my favorite couple of this series and this epilogue was worth every.single.word, leaving me wanting for me! Hell, I'd probably love to read another full-length book on Mickey and Silence!! I was so, soooo happy when I finished it that I probably was grinning like a lunatic. :D

If you're a fan of Maiden Lane, READ IT NOW! If not, what are you waiting for? Start right from book 1 because trust me, this is a fabulous series.

This free epilogue can be read at Elizabeth Hoyt's Website.

Maiden Lane Series:

1. Wicked Intentions ~ (Temperance and Lazarus)
2. Notorious Pleasures ~ (Hero and Griffin)
3. Scandalous Desires ~ (Silence and Mickey)
4. Thief of Shadows ~ (Winter and Isabella)
5. Lord of Darkness ~ (Margaret and Godric)
6. Duke of Midnight ~ (Artemis and Maximus)

Promo Spotlight and Giveaway: Remy by Katy Evans

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Oh my! Remy Blog Tour is starting from today and I'm so excited to feature Remy by Katy Evans, book 3 in Real, Raw & Ripped on my blog. I also think I'm in love with that cover. ;) Following will have the usual- the book info, author info, a teaser and the giveaway where you can win an iPad Mini, alongside autographed copies of Mine and boxing gloves!

The buy links for Remy are still not available as the book will be out on Nov 26, 2013 but you can find the PO links on my post.

Katy Evans
(Real, Raw & Ripped #3)
Publisher: Gallery Books 

New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans expands upon the intense love story begun in Real and Mine; this time from Remington "Riptide" Tate's point of view.

Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.

Through it all, there's been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he's ever had to fight for.

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