Thursday, March 31, 2016

Author Showcase: Anne Jolin

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Anne Jolin, who would be, I think, the youngest author I've had on the bloggity. Please give Anne a very warm welcome. And aren't her doggies gorgeous? :-)

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Well, I’ll start off by saying hi. Hi. *waves* I’m Anne. I’m twenty-five years old and I live in a condo by the water with my two blue nose pit bulls, Ghost and Saint. I’m an avid movie lover, especially action movies. My all time favourite would be Die Hard, followed closely by Lethal Weapon. I mean, Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson back in the day? Who wouldn’t love them. I find my love of movies and music to be of great inspiration to my writing and I use them to help me tap into an emotion I am trying to convey - sadness, anger, suspense. It can really help put me in the write mood to write a certain scene.

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I’ve only been writing for a little over a year and a half so I find that my craft is still very much evolving. My newest release, Hell On Heels, I believe is a book that really showcases my growth as an author. It was a very personal and emotional book for me to write, but hands down, it has been my greatest accomplishment as an author thus far. I certainly hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This book will be available for an Amazon exclusive Pre-Order on March 28th. Thank you all so much for wanting to get to know a little bit more about me.

Best,
Anne

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Manview: Base by Cathleen Ross

Welcome to a new review feature on the bloggity which I am calling "Manview". Why Manview? Because these will be reviews of romance novels specifically from a man's perspective, the reader being my beloved Steve. Please give Steve a very warm welcome to the very first Manview. I've gone with an interview style review to help Steve along this first time round. I expect this style will evolve as he goes and he will develop a way of writing reviews later on. He's told me he'll do one a month. We'll see if that's a schedule we can keep to. Stay tuned and I hope you enjoy this Manview.

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Base by Cathleen Ross
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star starstar star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame


The world’s gone to hell, and her only chance of survival is the sexy, dominant soldier determined to keep her safe…

Doctor Ruth Parker has always taken care of herself, and that’s what she’s doing now, hiding out in her apartment and avoiding her neighbours: once privileged Mosman residents, now flesh-eating braindeads, thanks to the virus that’s turned her world—and everyone else’s—to hell.

Captain Jack Lang has always taken care of others, and with the newly secured Base he and his loyal commandos control the only safe place in the city. But the Base has needs that he can’t meet—doctors. And women. So when he discovers Ruth and her two friends in an unsafe apartment, he brings them back to Base where he knows he can keep them safe, and where he will do anything to make them stay.

Ruth is used to giving orders, not taking them, and the Captain’s methods for making sure she stays put don’t gel with her fierce independent streak. But the world has changed, and Jack will make Ruth understand that he is in charge and that her survival is more important than her control-freak tendencies—even if he has to chain her to the bed to do it.

Cover Reveal: Dishonor Thy Wife by Belinda Austin

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Dishonor Thy Wife
By: Belinda Austin
Releasing June 13, 2016
Self-Published

Buy link: Amazon

Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Dirty Sexy Saint (Dirty Sexy #1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Book coverDirty Sexy Saint (Dirty Sexy #1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame


New York Times bestselling authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a dirty, sexy, smoking hot SERIES featuring three bad boy brothers bonded by shocking secrets and their damaged past. Sinful, addicting, and unapologetically alpha, these men are every woman’s erotic daydream ... And your ultimate dirty fantasy.

Are you ready to get Dirty Sexy with a Saint?

Clay Kincaid knows he's more a sinner than a saint. Especially when it comes to women. With a rough and damaged past that has left him jaded, he doesn't do committed relationships. But he does like sex—the hotter and harder, the better. He likes it fast and filthy, which is why he refuses to even touch someone as sweet and guileless as Samantha Jamieson. Until he discovers that she likes it just as down and dirty as he does. Let the sinning begin . . .

DIRTY SEXY INKED & DIRTY SEXY CUFFED coming in 2016!

All books in the DIRTY SEXY Series are full-length novels with no cliffhangers!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Coming Soon: Hot Dudes Reading by Hot Dudes Reading

Today I'm taking a little departure from the usual romance fare I normally dish up to bring you something which combines my two great loves - eye candy and reading.

I give you: HOT DUDES READING.

Seriously, is there anything sexier than seeing a guy reading a book?

And what's even more laudable than a guy reading a book? Someone compiling fabulous pictures of hot guys reading books.

Really ... a WHOLE book filled with pictures of hot guys reading books.

Be still my beating heart!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Re-release: World of Sin series by Lucy Felthouse

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The World of Sin M/F erotica new adult series by Lucy Felthouse has been re-released with brand new covers and great prices. And more books are in the pipeline… the boys’ adventures are not over yet!

These bite-sized adventures are best read in order.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

New on my bookshelf #10

Welcome to another New on my Bookshelf.

I'm not sure how I've managed it but I seem to be hoarding books. Anyone else have that problem? Lots of free books of late and specials. Lots and lots of specials, and if you follow enough authors on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up with Bookbub, it's free and 99c books galore. I may or may not have done the one-clicky thingy. Don't judge me! :-)

I know others have called it "Stacking the Shelves" and my girlfriend Bambi does it on her blog weekly too. Be sure to check hers out. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by TyngaReviews.

I know most do this once a week, but I'm only doing it either fortnightly or monthly depending on the blog schedule, plus I don't have much if I do it weekly, makes for a less fun and pretty post with much less book cover porn. :-)

Books I've bought recently: (free and paid for)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance #3) by Cara Bristol

Book coverStranded with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance #3) by Cara Bristol
Purchase link: AmazonAmazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | All Romance

My rating: star starstar star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame


A science fiction romance by USA Today Bestselling Author Cara Bristol

Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….

An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.

Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.

Book Spotlight: The One Who Got Away by Ava Claire

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The One Who Got Away
An Alpha Billionaire Romance
By: Ava Claire 
Released January 27, 2016. 
Self-Published

Buy Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo

Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires #1) by Tina Folsom

Book coverSamson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires #1) by Tina Folsom
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame


NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Tina Folsom presents: Samson's Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires Series #1)

Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he's a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.

"I'm addicted to Tina Folsom's books! The Scanguards series is one of the hottest things to happen to vampire romance. If you love scorching, fast-paced reads, don't miss this thrilling series!" --- Lara Adrian, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Midnight Breed series

Coming Soon: Reunited with the Rebel Billionaire (Bayou Billionaires #3) by Catherine Mann

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Reunited with the Rebel Billionaire
Bayou Billionaires #3
By: Catherine Mann
Releasing April 1st, 2016 (Ebook)
Releasing April 5, 2016 (Print)
Harlequin

Buy Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Release: Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance #3) by Cara Bristol

I would like you to welcome Cara Bristol to the blog today. Cara has visited the blog before through my reviews of her Cyborg books. I discovered Cara through a book tour asking for reviewers and I do love a good sci fi romance, so I signed up. I've enjoyed both of her first two installments into the Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance series featuring some hunky, sexy cyborgs. I'm looking forward to reading her latest installment, Captured by the Cyborg.

Is a cyborg’s “manhood” affected by being a cyborg? An #SFR Q & A
By Cara Bristol

Inquiring readers want to know.

Since I started writing the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series, readers have become curious about cyborgs. To satisfy their curiosity, I’ve compiled a Q & A to answer some of the questions I’ve been asked:

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Author Showcase: Juliette Cross

Greetings!!! I have the pleasure of bringing you another Author Showcase and this time it's with the lovely and talented Juliette Cross. Juliette is no stranger to the bloggity since I've read and reviewed a number of her books but she's got some exciting things happening on the book front and I wanted her to share what's coming soon. Please give Juliette a very warm welcome.

As a professed paranormal addict (who plans never to recover) I thought it might be interesting to delve into why I chose paranormal and fantasy romance as a writer over other genres. Kind of like the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter, I feel quite like it chose me rather than the other way around. I believe this is true for all writers, quite frankly.

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So, what is the great appeal about paranormal and fantasy romance? Besides the inevitable tall, dark, and deadly leading man with supernatural powers, that is. I could say “escapism” or “entertainment,” but those are truths that hold for all books. Even nonfiction carries us away from our own reality into another. Let us dig a layer deeper, shall we?

When I was young, I remember watching the old black and white version of Jane Eyre with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles and being utterly enraptured. I can still clearly hear Orson’s booming voice, calling out in desperation for his beloved “Jane!” After seeing the film, I immediately found myself a copy of the book and fell madly in love with the novel—the Gothic setting of Thornfield, the haunted howls in the night, the dark and brooding Mr. Rochester, the mystery in the attic, the steadfast and true character of Jane, and of course the happily ever after. And while the paranormal elements are fleeting but essential to the story, it has always been this kind of tale that could lure me in, capture my heart, and keep it for days, weeks, months later. So it is no wonder that I often seek to spin stories of a dark and wounded hero, a tenacious heroine, and a haunting setting that appeals to my Goth heart.

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Yes, I read contemporaries and romantic thrillers and adventurous historicals—all of which feed my romantic appetite. I truly adore every kind of romance. But when it comes down to it, my deep love of stories with magical possibility and with strong heroines and dark heroes who find redemption and love by story’s end will always reign when I long for a book to read…or one to write.

Thank you for having me on the blog today, Deanna. It’s always a pleasure to be here.

And now for a sneak peek at Juliette's upcoming book, Dragon in the Blood.


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Dragon in the Blood
Vale of Stars #2
By: Juliette Cross
Coming Soon in 2016
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Synopsis


While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.

Valla Moonring, an assassin for an order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered to lead an expedition through the Wastelands of Aria, a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.

To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.

Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…

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Isn't this map of Aria stunning? I love maps like these. They remind me of those high fantasy stories I used to read when I was a young'un.



Excerpt

From Valla's POV ...

    And what was with all the scowling over breakfast? We kissed. So what? Did he think I planned to force him into a relationship or something? That was a mistake—a delicious, heart-pounding mistake—that wouldn’t be repeated. No matter what he said about my beast wanting to play with his. I could resist the smoldering, sex-wielding Conn Rowanflame if I wanted to.
    Conn slowed his descent as treetops came into view beyond the fading mist, which had thinned to nearly nothing in the past hour. Whipping open my wings, I landed softly on the hard ground among a grove of evergolds. Even in this frozen tundra, the giants famous for their flora of fire-gold leaves, grew in abundance—tall and thick-branched. I lifted my visor to a brilliant burst of color contrasted against the brown earth and snow-swept embankments.
    Bowen landed quietly behind me. “How about some lunch before we set out on foot?” He removed and tucked away his visor, unpacking his crossbow from its sheath on his back for the first time on this journey.
    “Let’s get into the cover of trees,” said Conn, moving along the natural path. “And lunch sounds perfect.”
    “Benta’s breakfast wasn’t enough for you?” I asked, meeting his long stride.
    “I always have an appetite, sweetheart.”
    “While you two continue flirting, I’ll find some small game nearby. Set up the hotpad over near that big evergold.”
    Without a sound, Bowen disappeared into the trees.
    “Flirting?” I scoffed. “I wasn’t flirting.”
    “I was.” Conn grinned.
    “Stop it.”
    “I haven’t even gotten started yet.”
    “You’re infuriating.”
    “So you’ve said before.”
    “Listen—” I put up both gloved hands to stop his snarky banter for just one second. “I’m glad we’re finally alone.”
    “Me too.” His lopsided grin made my heart flutter.
    Exhaling a frustrated sigh, I stopped under a thick oak with ample coverage from above and unhooked my chestpack, dropping it to the ground. “There’s something I’ve been meaning to talk to you about…about last night.”
    “Mmm. Last night.”
    He removed his own pack and gloves, unzipping and pulling out the small, electronic hotpad. Opening the tripod that kept it off the ground, he turned it on. Gisa ordered us to use the hotpad instead of fire when we were in the open to avoid alerting predators or criminals of our presence.
    Conn stood and propped his hands low on his hips. “Would you like a second round?”
    “No…no.” I cleared my throat and shook my head, my ponytail sliding on the smooth leather of my jacket. “Actually, that should never have happened. As the senior officer, I shouldn’t have let that happen. But I—”
    “Couldn’t resist,” he finished, a devilish smile brimming his beautiful face. “It’s okay. It happens a lot.”
    “You’re such an ass.” I rolled my eyes. “I could’ve resisted.”
    “Could you?”
    He broke his rigid stance and sauntered closer, a feral glimmer in his gaze. By instinct, I backed up a step, my wings scraping the rough bark of the evergold behind me. He moved farther into my personal space.
    “What are you doing?” I asked, heart hammering.
    He flattened one hand against the tree above my head, his finger grazing the arch of my wing. I shivered.
    “Are you sure you could resist?”
    I cleared my throat. “Of course,” I said, trying to sound confident, but my voice betrayed me and broke.
    “Well…I couldn’t.” He brushed the back of his knuckles along my jaw. I held still, caught. “Actually, I want to taste you again. Right now.”
    Even stone-cold sober, I felt drunk from a single touch, longing to fall back into his arms and let him show me what his hazel-gold eyes promised without a word. He leaned close to my ear, warm breath grazing.
    “Let me taste you again, Valla.”
    I planted my hands on his chest, wishing there weren’t the layers of thermal suit and leather between my palms and his rock-hard chest. He nuzzled the shell of my ear with his nose, then his lips.
    “Let me.”
    His darkened voice pleaded and demanded at the same time, spreading warmth straight between my legs. What had gotten into me? I pushed him out of my way and stormed toward a densely wooded area.
    “Where are you going?” he laughed. “Running away?”
    “I’ve gotta go to the bathroom,” I yelled over my shoulder.
    “Not by yourself, you’re not.” His footsteps crunched across the thin blanket of snow and leaves behind me.
    I whirled, heat burning up my neck, now from anger not lust.
    “Whoa, there, big boy.” I threw up a hand, halting him several feet away. “Look. You’re not my keeper. And just because we shared one kiss doesn’t mean anything. I’m going to relieve myself, by myself. Do you understand?”
    His wings twitched at his back. Agitated. Whatever.
    “And stop scowling at me,” I called back as I spun and trekked off the path into the brush.



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About the author

Juliette CrossJuliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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