Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway ~*~ It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole








It Ain’t Me, Babe Blurb
Sinning never felt so good…

A fortuitous encounter.

A meeting that should never have happened.

Many years ago, two children from completely different worlds forged a connection, a fateful connection, an unbreakable bond that would change their lives forever…

Salome knows only one way to live—under Prophet David’s rule. In the commune she calls home, Salome knows nothing of life beyond her strict faith, nor of life beyond the Fence—the fence that cages her, keeps her trapped in an endless cycle of misery. A life she believes she is destined to always lead, until a horrific event sets her free.

Fleeing the absolute safety of all she has ever known, Salome is thrust into the world outside, a frightening world full of uncertainty and sin; into the protective arms of a person she believed she would never see again.

River ‘Styx’ Nash knows one thing for certain in life—he was born and bred to wear a cut. Raised in a turbulent world of sex, Harleys, and drugs, Styx, unexpectedly has the heavy burden of the Hades Hangmen gavel thrust upon him, and all at the ripe old age of twenty-six—much to his rivals’ delight.

Haunted by a crushing speech impediment, Styx quickly learns to deal with his haters. Powerful fists, an iron jaw and the skillful use of his treasured German blade has earned him a fearsome reputation as a man not to be messed with in the shadowy world of outlaw MC’s. A reputation that successfully keeps most people far, far away.

Styx has one rule in life—never let anyone get too close. It’s a plan that he has stuck to for years, that is, until a young woman is found injured on his lot… a woman who looks uncannily familiar, a woman who clearly does not belong in his world, yet a woman he feels reluctant to let go…

Dark Contemporary Romance/New Adult Novel.  Contains sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up*

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Excerpt ~

Styx moved to the chair, sitting before me yet again, as though he could sense my dismay. He tilted his head in question, asking silently what was wrong.

I had managed to evade my reality long enough. Part of me could almost pretend it was just a horrible nightmare, more so as I sat in this strange darkened room with Styx. However, flashes of Bella, motionless, lying broken on the floor of that cell, stabbed relentlessly at my conscience, piercing emotional walls. I shook my head profusely, trying to rid my mind’s eye of those horrific scenes.

Severe punishments were common amongst my people, a necessity to prevent others from falling from the path of righteousness. But Bella was my sister, she could not love Gabriel, and that was her downfall, plain and simple. I would rather live in eternal damnation here on the outside than marry the man who sanctioned the relentless abuse of my true flesh and blood.

Awkwardly, Styx moved toward me. He gently ran his thumbs over my cheeks, wiping away the wetness. It took me a moment to realize I was crying. Emotions were forbidden in the commune, but I could not stop the tears. My chest tightened and I gripped his wrists, needing his support. Silent involuntary cries ripped from my chest and I let the pain take hold. I really cried for the first time in my life.

Styx moved beside me and an arm circled my shoulders, which made me jump. I glanced up at Styx’s rugged face: those hazel eyes, big soft lips, rough cheeks marked by a few small scars. His tongue licked at the silver ring through his bottom lip and a large set of dimples set on his cheeks. Those dark, soft delves made him seem less… severe, more human.

As I once more fixed my eyes on this big, silent man, so different from the boy I met, I crumbled. I gave in. This was everything I had been taught was wrong, but I could not help but cherish his touch. His strong arms encased me, warming me, comforting me, letting me feel safe. I held on tightly to his leather vest—he smelled of leather, soap, and smoke, and something else, something really… good. I had never ever been held like this before, never soothed. The only type of affection I had ever received was on those days. Even then, touching like this was strictly prohibited.

Styx guided my head to the crook of his neck and only then did I set my sobs free.

I cried for a long time before I gave in to exhaustion and drifted off to sleep, still unsure if I was being lured into a den of evil. But I felt completely and utterly safe in the strong arms of the only boy I had ever kissed…

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Review ~
I have to admit that this is one of the harder reviews to write.  Tillie Cole really packed a punch with It Ain't Me, Babe.  There is a lot going on and the story has some darker elements mixed with some really sweet elements that make It Ain't Me, Babe impossible to put down.  

A quick look at the characters, Styxx and Salome, while they have been faced with extreme situations, they are realistic.  You can put yourself in their shoes and really feel a connection with them. I was amazed at how well Tillie Cole delved into the depth of these and supporting characters and made me love and hate them.

I will honestly say, I hope there is more with some of the supporting characters.  While the ending isn't a cliffhanger, there is an opening for more and I can't wait to read it.  This is one of the best books I have read this year thanks to its uniqueness, depth, and realism.  I highly recommend picking it up and jumping right in, you won't want to miss it. 


Author Bio
Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother -- a farmer's daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses. 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Interview & Giveaway ~*~ Second Chances by Evan Grace



Interview:

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Really, just to love yourself and be open to love. Everyone deserves it.

How do you come up with your characters? Sometimes one of the main characters will pop into my head and once I get them down on paper the others all start popping up.

Do you have any writing rituals? Not really. I usually listen to music while I write. I usually drink lots of coffee while I write.

What types of books do you enjoy reading in your free time or what do you like to do with your free time? I read anything romance. (Contemporary, erotic, erotica, PNR, Urban fantasy, dark, NA, YA) I don’t have a lot of free time these days so I try and read when I can. I love to talk books so my friends and I get together and I give them my recommendations.

Favorite Type of Music? I listen to everything and anything. A lot of times it depends on the scene I’m working on. I’ve got angry music, sexy-time music and crying music J

Does your family read your book? Yes they do and I just learned that my eighty-three year old grandma is and she asked my mom if I did those kinds of things! YIKES!!

Blurb:
Stacy Hutchins thought she’d finally met the one, until a startling realization that shatters everything...

Mark Jefferson, her undercover DEA agent boyfriend lied about one tiny little detail…his wife and kids. Stacy hates liars and cheaters so she kicks him to the curb. But Mark makes it very clear he will not go willingly.

Has his obsession with Stacy tied them together forever? Or will Mark finally walk away?

Dustin Carmichael swore off women a long time ago, until his sister reconnected with her best friend from high school, Stacy.

But after a perfect month together, a year ago, Stacy played the ‘friends’ card. Unfortunately, they’ve been good friends ever since.

When Stacy life turns to shambles, Dustin’s more then willing to be there for her. As she tries to get herself together, Stacy finds herself in another dilemma, she can no longer deny the feelings she’s always had for Dustin.

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Twitter: @evan76grace

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Box Set Sales ~ $0.99 Check them out ~



There are so many great box sets and deals out there, I thought I'd put a page together, dedicated just to box sets . . . All those listed (except the very last one) are priced at $0.99 at the time of this post! Check the price before you one-click.


Modern Wicked Fairy Tales:  The Complete Collection by Selena Kitt
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review & Giveaway ~*~ The Erotic Escapades of a Married Couple by Lynda Bailey



The Erotic Escapades of a Married Couple
By: Lynda Bailey


Blurb
Being a settled, married couple doesn’t have to be boring…

Griffin Jensen has it all. He owns a successful advertising agency, has a great kid, beautiful home and the hottest wife known to man. He and Deana make it their mission to fulfill each other’s every erotic fantasy. So why does he feel like something is missing?

Deana Jensen has been head over heels in love with her husband since they first dated in college. Back then, Grif was a player—with both sexes. Deana never considered his bisexual past a threat, but after twelve years of marriage, she fears she’s no longer enough for him. She’ll do whatever it takes to satisfy her husband, but can she share him with another man?

Vance Korbett swore off women years ago when his fiancĂ©e left him at the altar. Now he finds “love” in the arms of different men. It’s simple and easy. Eat. Sleep. Screw. Nothing could be better—other than the marital bliss he sees with his best friends, Deana and Grif. Too
bad three’s a crowd. Or is it?

Erotic Escapades of a Married Couple is a hot, sexy anthology which includes explicit sex, group sex and M/M sex. It is intended for mature readers only.

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 Review ~
The Erotic Escapades of a Married Couple . . . intriguing title as sometimes life gets a little dull.  Well Griffin and Deana are about to spice things up.  This is a novella that is sizzling hot.  While I wished for mored depth, there was enough in the story to make me invested in the characters - so I will say it is the sign of a good story to leave the reader not wanting to let the characters go. 

Deana and Griffin have had a successful marriage for years, but they both know something is missing, and that something is someone, namely Vance. As they Deana and Grif start to communicate more and realize they both need and want Vance, they need to convince Vance of the same thing.  Not as easy as it might seem. 

I really did enjoy this short story, and I don't usually go for novellas because I find most lacking the depth I love.  But, Lynda Bailey did a great job of giving us three characters that are realistic and likable.  The story gives a nice glimpse into a marriage where both parties have communication and recognize that it's time to add another dimension to their lives.  A must read if you are looking for hot, hot, hot in a compact package that will leave you wondering what you would do ;) 

Author Info
I’ve always loved stories.  Especially love stories.  Growing up in the Midwest, I’d make up stories to my favorite TV shows – usually westerns.

As I got older, the stories didn’t relent.  In fact, they only got stronger, the characters more insistent, until I had no choice but to put it all on paper.  It’s become an obsession for me.  One that I love.

When not sitting at my computer, I spend my time working as a substitute teacher and fitness instructor.  Guess you could say I’m an equal opportunity “persuader” of the young and, ahem, not so young.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cover Reveal ~*~ Edge of the Enforcer by Cherise Sinclair

Available
May 13, 2014




One sadist. One submissive

One extraordinary love


WELCOME TO DARK HAVEN

AND MAY ALL YOUR DARKEST WISHES COME TRUE



Fleeing false murder charges, Lindsey lands in San Francisco. There she builds a satisfying life until, in the notorious Dark Haven BDSM club, she encounters deVries. Moth, meet flame.

A security specialist and occasional mercenary, deVries needs an adorable submissive like a knife to the gut. Hell, she’s not even a masochist. But here she is, all big brown eyes and sweet body and sassy mouth. Loyal. Tough-minded. Honest.


Or maybe not, considering her ID is forged. If she thinks to lie to him, she’ll learn better. He’s the Enforcer of Dark Haven—his discipline is absolute, his punishments harsh, and his heart untouched...until now.


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Get caught up on the Dark Haven Series

Master of the Mountain
Doms of Dark Haven anthology
Master of the Abyss
Doms of Dark Haven anthology 2 Western Nights
My Liege of Dark Haven


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Excerpt ~*~ Letters to a War Zone by Lucy Felthouse



Letters to a War Zone by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985)

Blurb:
When lonely insurance broker, Bailey, gets himself a new hobby, he ends up exchanging letters with a war zone. But he’s not expecting what happens next…

Bailey Hodgkiss is lonely and dissatisfied with his boring life as an insurance broker. In an attempt to insert some variety, he signs up to a website to write to serving soldiers. He’s put in touch with Corporal Nick Rock, and over the course of a couple of letters, the two of them strike up a friendship. They begin to divulge their secrets, including their preference for men.

Nick encourages Bailey to add more interests to his life. As a result, Bailey picks up his forgotten hobby, photography, and quickly decides to team it up with his other preferred interest, travel.

Booking a holiday to Rome is his biggest gesture towards a more exciting existence, and he eagerly looks forward to the trip. That is, until Nick says he’s coming home on leave, and it looks as though their respective trips will prevent them from meeting in person. Is there enough of a spark between them to push them to meet, or will their relationship remain on paper only?


*****
Excerpt:
After clicking all the available links on the website to find out more about it, Bailey decided to go ahead and sign up. He’d never know what it was really like unless he gave it a go.

He’d read about the site in an article somewhere, about how it linked people with serving soldiers, pilots, marines and sailors in order to write to them. It had been proven that receiving mail—even from someone they didn’t know—improved military morale. It sounded like a damn good use of time to Bailey, and it would be interesting, too.

He began typing his details into the online form. Of course, the chances were that he’d be paired up with a man, given the ratio of males to females in the forces. It didn’t matter, though. He could still exchange letters with a guy, become friends. It seemed like such an old-school way to communicate with someone, given how technology had come on over the years, but at least it was different. Perhaps it would give him something in his life to look forward to, something other than getting up, showering, going to work, coming home, eating, watching television and going to bed. The watching television—and even the eating—were occasionally replaced by nights out with friends or seeing family. Weekends were spent cleaning, washing clothes, gardening and odd jobs. Dull stuff, in other words.

He had an utterly mundane life, and Bailey knew it. It wasn’t even as if his job was exciting. Insurance broking was hardly thrilling, game-changing, or going to save the world. He didn’t expect having a pen pal to change his entire life, but it would certainly break the monotony. Hopefully.

He went through the various steps to fill in his details and create a profile, then continued right through to the information on actually writing and sending the letters. It looked straightforward enough.

His mind made up, Bailey immediately went in search of a pen, some nice paper and an envelope. Armed with a print out of exactly what to do when the letter was finished, he settled down at the kitchen table. Instantly, his mind went blank. What the fuck was he meant to say? He didn’t know any soldiers or other military personnel, didn’t know anything about their lives, other than there was a great deal more to it than shooting people and being shot at. His own existence was so fucking boring that he didn’t want to write about it. Unless there were any insomniacs in Afghanistan—telling them about his day would solve that particular condition right away.

After chewing on his biro until it broke, covering his lips and chin with ink, Bailey replaced it, resolving to try harder. He’d tell his pen pal the bare essentials about himself, then ask lots of questions about them and their work. That was bound to rustle up some conversation.

That decided, he began to write, absentmindedly swiping at his inky skin with a tissue. He’d have to scrub it off when he was done with the note. His wrist and hand had begun to ache before he was halfway down the page. He rolled his eyes. He sat on his arse at a desk all day, using a computer. As a result, even writing something short by hand was hard work! There was no way he was going to divulge that particular piece of information to someone that was willing to lay down their life to protect their country.

He just about managed to fill a single side of the A5-sized paper. And that was only because he’d formed large letters and spaced his words and lines out plenty. But he tried not to worry—at least he’d finished it, his first letter to a war zone.

He read through it carefully, relieved to find no mistakes. He’d forgotten how much more difficult—and messy—errors were on the written page. Computers let you edit and rewrite to your heart’s content. No correction fluid or crossings-out necessary.

Finally, he addressed the envelope. It felt like the longest address ever. The area and country was bad enough, even without including the soldier’s name and BFPO address. But it was done—Bailey Hodgkiss had penned a missive to Corporal Nick Rock, currently stationed at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Now he’d just have to post it and wait for a reply. The website had said his missive would take between one and three weeks to reach Corporal Rock. Then he had to allow for time for him to read it and send a reply. It could be around six weeks before he heard anything. If he heard anything at all.

*****
Author Bio:
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, and is book editor for Cliterati. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9




Monday, April 21, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway ~*~ Something to Lose by Tamra Lassiter



Background of the book

Something to Lose is set in lovely Canandaigua, New York, one of my favorite places in the world. My cousin moved there eight years ago and my family has visited every summer since. The downtown area is quaint and the lake is beautiful. Canandaigua is one of the Finger Lakes, which means that the lake is long and skinny. Yep, like a finger. I love boating right down the middle of the lake and checking out all the houses that line the shore, wishing that someday, one of them could be mine.

I wanted to write a romantic suspense novel set in this area, which to its credit doesn’t ooze suspense There was a time, however, when the Rochester area did have its share of trouble. The mob was very active in Rochester and Buffalo in the seventies and eighties. The mob is a horrible reality, but people are intrigued by mafia life and the stories somehow make for good entertainment.

In Something to Lose, I present the idea that the mob is still active in this area. I have no reason to think that it is, but I have no reason to think that it isn’t either. It doesn’t seem like a far stretch to think that it’s still around, working underground and trying to conduct their business under the radar. I have a very active imagination, but in the end, Something to Lose is a work of fiction.


In addition to setting my book in Canandaigua, I wanted to write about a woman with a Polish background. I’ve been blessed with a large, Polish family myself and I wanted to pay homage to the greatness that it is. My family isn’t all sunshine and roses, I don’t think any family is, but the good outweighs the bad a hundredfold.


Something to Lose
by Tamra Lassiter

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BLURB:

Everyone has something to lose.

Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it’s not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won’t help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth’s version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?

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Excerpt:

I finish and place my plate and fork on the coffee table and turn to face Joey. He’s totally into me, or seems to be, but is it enough for him to want to go for the full gusto? He leans towards me and lightly kisses me just below my right ear. The motion does absolutely nothing for me other than make me feel a little nauseous. It’s not like when Seth’s lips touch me. Thoughts of Seth make my cheeks flush. Joey must take that as a good sign because he goes for my lips next. I fight the urge to flee and try to fake enjoyment. Does it work? Can he tell?

Joey’s hands move around my neck. He pulls me closer. I pull away and look to him shyly.

“You feel it, don’t you?” he asks, a creepy smile on his face.

I smile, as if I’m embarrassed. I know my cheeks are still flushed, mostly with worry for what I’m about to do. I nod my head towards Comb-Over and Crooked Nose, who have just taken seats at the table. “Can they go somewhere?” I ask as innocently as possible. I even bat my eyelashes a couple times just for effect. Joey smiles again, this time triumphant, a knowing smile and then snaps his fingers. The men exit my apartment without saying a word.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing.


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