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What to Read Wednesday

Thank you for joining me for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Mimi Sebastian :) Mimi is here today to share her latest release DEVIL’S ISLAND along with a giveaway :)

So come along and read about Mimi’s favorite pirates, enter her giveaway, and check out her latest book :)

~~Mimi is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway of a Prize Pack: Print Copy, Swag and $10.00 Amazon Gift Card~~ Click HERE to enter :)

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My Favorite Pirates

Mimi Sebastian

It’s great to be here today. Thanks for featuring my new release Devil’s Island! On my Sea Rovers Passion website, I explain how the pirate captain Black Sam Bellamy inspired my hero Boone Wilder in Devil’s Island. Black Sam was often called the prince of pirates, a Robin Hood type, who strove to even out the playing field. While his brief but adventurous life was cut short by a storm off the coast of New England in 1717, just after he scored an amazing treasure and ship, he was one of the more successful pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy. Barry Clifford, professional treasure hunter, described Black Sam Bellamy as equal parts hero, freedom fighter, and likable scoundrel. My kind of pirate J. Leader of the expedition Whydah, Clifford located Bellamy’s ship wreck in the 1990s and found an amazing trove of treasure and artifacts, helping to fill in many of the gaps about piracy.

While Bellamy is my favorite real pirate, turning to fictional swashbucklers, I have to include the characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Its undeniable Johnny Depp created a revolutionary character in Jack Sparrow, and while I love Sparrow, I also loved Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. He reminded me of Long John Silver from the 1950s Treasure Island movie. Very salty. Rush eats up the screen every time Barbossa strides on deck.

Errol Flynn swung from the ratlines in Captain Blood in 1935, and was the first pirate to capture my imagination. Blood’s back story was interesting. A doctor who was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and sent to Jamaica to toil as an indentured servant. I recently re-watched Captain Blood and was pleasantly surprised at the decent production values and portrayal of pirate life, in the sense that they showed the crew playing a role in decision-making. It wasn’t perfect, but for the time period, when movies tended to be more melodramatic, good. But the romance took center stage and I understand why he and Olivia de Havilland made so many movies together. They had great chemistry.

Hook from Once Upon a Time! Like Sparrow, Hook works the eye shadow. Hook killed it this past season. He won over Charming and worked on Emma with redeeming deeds, penetrating gazes, and poignant insights. And Colin O’Donoghue rocks the part. Holy cow! If Emma doesn’t wake up and take this pirate, send him my way!

Speaking of…I can’t leave out the Dread Pirate Roberts. In fact Hook, in Once Upon a Time, pays homage to the Princess Bride, by quoting lines like “as you wish”. I was never a fan of Buttercup, too wishy washy for me, but give me Dread Roberts any day!

Who are some of your favorite pirates?

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Blurb

Captain Boone Wilder leads a cadre of powerful and notorious pirates that rule the West Indies. He’s survived the cutthroat’s life, bearing the scars to prove it. Fearless, he seeks only the freedom of the seas and an enemy he’s hunted with a vengeance for years. When Boone waylays a fat merchant vessel bound for Port Royal, he discovers more than he bargained for in the luscious bounty of Miss Sabine Tanner. But Miss Tanner hides more than tempting curves in her skirts. When Boone finds her sneaking about the Port Royal taverns, meeting with dubious captains, he’s determined to learn what devious game she’s playing.

The daughter of a condemned pirate captain, Sabine Tanner took to the seas to clear her father’s name and locate her father’s legendary treasure. When her ship bound for Port Royal is boarded, she’s captured by the sun-bronzed, muscular Captain Wilder. While the man is dangerously attractive, she knows from experience that Wilder is nothing but a scabrous bilge rat. Circumstances force her to sail with the scoundrel to find her father’s ship, lost on the phantom Devil’s Island. Driven by opposing agendas, will they survive the hidden truths, or does their greatest threat lie with each other?

 

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Island-Mimi-Sebastian/dp/1494853795/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391129893&sr=1-1&keywords=mimi+Sebastian

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2013/11/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for_26.html

 

Author Info

Mimi Sebastian raised herself on books and the strange and unusual with an unhealthy dose of comics and swashbuckling Errol Flynn movies. Loving angst-filled romance thrown in, she decided to blend all those elements in a steamy mix in her first Urban Fantasy series, the Necromancer Books. The first book, The Necromancer’s Seduction, debuted July 15, 2013, with ImaJinn Books.

Mimi spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps and loves to introduce tidbits from her experiences in her writing. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Mimi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.

 

Author Links

Mimi Website: http://www.mimisebastian.com

Sea Rover’s Passion Website: http://www.searoverspassion.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sea-Rovers-Passion-Series/447246538658245

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SebastianMimi

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mimisebastian/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7135317.Mimi_Sebastian

 
 

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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! 

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun. :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Chrys Fey! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4, and then an excerpt of her book Hurricane Crimes. :)  Amazing cover Chrys….love it!

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First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Floridian and a vegetarian. Hurricane Crimes is my debut, which I am thrilled to share with you. I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey, but one of my sisters let me borrow the trilogy. I guess you could say I’m a little skeptical about reading them, so tell me . . . did you read them? What did you think?

I have them on my Nook, but I haven’t read them yet. From what I hear you either love them or hate them….hmmm.  What genre (s) do you write?

Romantic-suspense, supernatural-thrillers, and romance. I also dabble in fantasy and sci-fi.

You sound like a busy writer! Share your blurb for Hurricane Crimes!

After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.

Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he’s trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.

As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?

What’s a genre you don’t write but would like to try?

I don’t write horror. I can write suspense and gore, but I just don’t think I have that scary bone in my body. If someone could teach me how to scare my readers, I’d definitely take the opportunity.

I’m the same, I think I would add too much funny in there somewhere lol. Where do you prefer to write?

I have a desk nestled in the corner of my apartment where I can see out the sliding glass door and take a peek at the TV. I spend quite a bit of time here pounding away at the keyboard, but I also love to curl up on the couch with a notebook and pen.

Sounds like a good writing spot! What’s the easiest part of writing for you?

Getting story ideas. I get story ideas when I’m trying to fall asleep, when I’m watching TV, and especially when I’m trying not to get story ideas. I have a list of books I need to write and it keeps getting longer.

What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

My favorite part was creating Hurricane Sabrina. I tried to make the storm as human as possible by giving it characteristics many people, and especially women, have. There are only three characters in my book, so Hurricane Sabrina was my fourth character.

I don’t have a least favorite, but I will admit that I did have a bit of a problem with the POV, but after I got that squared away everything was fine.

Why should we read your book?

I would never want to claim anyone should or has to read my book, so instead I’ll say why someone may want to read my book . . . I think people who love suspense will have fun trying to figure out if Donovan is a killer. I think romance lovers will enjoy the tension and passion between Donovan and Beth. I believe women will enjoy rooting for Beth during her insane moments of strength. I also think avid readers will be satisfied with Hurricane Crimes because it is a quick read and thorough story.

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish HURRICANE CRIMES?

I hope readers will finish my book feeling entertained. More than that, I want them to feel as though they can battle a hurricane like Beth did, even if the hurricane takes shapes as another hardship in their life.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

Absolutely! I am editing my next eBook, 30 Seconds, which is about a woman who finds herself in the middle of a war between a police force and a deadly mob. I am also writing a book about a wrestler and a librarian. This WIP is titled, In the Ring, and is a romance story with intense situations involving wrestling matches and family conflict.

Great titles….looking forward to learning more about them :)

Now the 4:

How would people communicate in a perfect world?

In a perfect world people would communicate with eye contact. With a simple locking of eyes you can have a complete conversation and even understand someone’s mood/emotional state. This would probably work better in a sci-fi novel though. Now there’s another story idea! ;)

All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?

My addiction is Scandal, so I would definitely pick that show to run on repeat for a whole year. It has everything a person could want: murder, crimes, irresistible romance, intensity, shocking twists, a great storyline, amazing characters, and, of course, scandal!

You were in a head on collision with Santa and his reindeer! Whew…everyone is okay, but the accident was caused by you running a red light! Now you’re in court and Judge Judy sentences you to a year of duties where you’ll need to take the place of one of the following holiday mascots….who will you choose? The Easter Bunny, The Tooth fairy, The Grim Reaper, Santa, Uncle Sam, Cupid…or another. And why did you choose the one you did?

I would choose to be the Tooth Fairy because I’d get to wear a cute costume. I’d also have real wings and an endless supply of money! ;) Plus, I’d enjoy visiting toothless boys and girls, especially my nephews, and rewarding them for losing a piece of their childhood.

What’s the most amount of money you’ve found while doing laundry?

Fifty cents. I’m never lucky enough to find forgotten bills.

Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4, Chrys Fey Please share an excerpt from HURRICANE CRIMES! :)

On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.

She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.

“The name of the—”

The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.

“Donovan Goldwyn.”

Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.

She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.

“Oh my god,” she gasped.

She had brought a murderer into her home!

Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online. :)

Thank you for having me, Christine! I had a blast!

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Here are my links. I hope to see all of you around. :)

Amazon Book Link: http://amzn.com/B00GVK921G

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18757793-hurricane-crimes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrysfey

Blog: www.writewithfey.blogspot.com

Google +: www.google.com/+ChrysFey

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts

 

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday. If you are visiting today from the US you are probably taking a break from getting ready for Turkey Day–be that traveling or hosting. So I want to say an extra big thank you for taking your break with me and our guest Alana Albertson, author of  Love Waltzes In.

Alana is visiting today sharing the inspiration behind her story and also a wonderful blurb and excerpt for her book. It sounds wonderful and I hope you’ll add it to your reading list like I did.

Also, Alana is offering up a fun prize! Either a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Click HERE to enter.

Take it away Alana…

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Inspiration behind the story.

I was a professional ballroom dancer and I was always fascinated by the intricate world we lived in that was unknown to the non-dancing world. Not until the success of Dancing with the Stars, did America really learn about ballroom dancing. But the show rarely gives real glimpses of the realities of life as a ballroom dancer.  I wanted to give readers a glimpse into our world and see the dark side: immigration fraud, fake marriages, abusive partnerships, extreme diets and training.

My first professional dance partner was a former Marine. My husband is also a Marine (albeit the non-dancing variety). I loved the contrast of a tough Marine forced back in this glitzy ballroom world.

 

Playlist for Love Waltzes In

1. Cha Cha: Sexbomb by Tom Jones

2. Foxtrot: Feeling Good by George Michael

3. Rumba: Nobody Knows by Tony Rich Project

4. Mambo: Get Busy by Sean Paul

5. Quickstep: It Don’t Mean A Thing by Duke Ellington

6. Swing: All Summer Long by Kid Rock

7. Waltz: Open Arms by Journey

8. Bolero: Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake

9. Jive: Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne

10. Tango: Objection (Tango) by Shakira

11. Paso Doble: Final Countdown by Europe

12. Viennese Waltz: Time of my Life by David Cook

13. Hustle: Canned Heat by Jamiroquai

14: Samba: Salomé by Chayanne

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Blurb

To her millions of fans, ballroom champion Selena Marcil seems to have the perfect life: a great dance partner, a hit reality show, and celebrity perks. But underneath the glamorous ball gowns, Selena longs to find someone to share her life with when the stage lights dim.

Selena’s childhood sweetheart, Bret Lord, hung up his dance shoes after winning two national titles with her as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He never saw his former fiancée again, except on television and on the cover of men’s magazines. Ten years and three deployments later, Bret gets an offer to audition for Selena’s dance show. When the Marine Corps gives him temporary leave to appear on the series, Bret can’t refuse the quick cash that will enable him to provide financially for the widow of his buddy, even if it does mean coming face to face with his past.

When Bret shows up at her national championship, Selena is shocked. For years she searched for him to no avail. After spending time with Bret, Selena realizes despite their past romance, they have no future. He has no desire to live under a spotlight and she has no desire to leave it. Can Selena and Bret recognize when Love Waltzes In?

Excerpt – Love Waltzes In 

Staff Sergeant Bret Lord sat on the dirty floor of his tent, going through the day’s mail: the latest Men’s Fitness magazine from his sister, a care package from his mom. He ripped open the package—socks, lip balm, sunflower seeds, and a thin letter that contained an old magazine clipping.

Dear Bret,

I miss you very much. Benny asked me to send you this article. I really wish you would consider his offer. Please stay safe.

Love, Mom

He swallowed hard. A neon sticky pressed on the wrinkled page had a note scrawled on it from his former master dance coach.

Bret, m’boy,

We’ll make it worth your time.

Cheers, Benny.

Thumbing the edge of the article, Bret stared at the sixteen-year-old boy in the picture and could barely recognize himself. His shoulder length, wavy blond hair was slicked back, not shorn in a “high and tight” like his current haircut. No signs of the tattoos or muscles that currently defined his body. Golden skin stained from a bottle, not the harsh sun of Iraq. His arms were wrapped around a gorgeous, curvy young girl with long jet-black hair. The jade Latin gown she wore matched the color of her almond-shaped eyes.

Bret tossed the article aside and removed his nine-mil pistol from his holster to clean it.

Lance Corporal Hernandez walked by Bret and snatched the article off his cot. After staring at it, Hernandez’s face brightened.

“Hey, Staff Sergeant, this you?”

“No, it’s my clone who’s also named Bret Lord.” Bret slid the rail back on his weapon and began disassembling it.

“Staff Sergeant, you know Selena Marcil? Did you hit that?”

“Shut up, Hernandez, or the one getting hit will be you—with the butt stock of my rifle.” Bret grabbed the paper out of Hernandez’s hands, and smacked him on the side of the head. The kid didn’t flinch.

“Staff Sergeant Twinkle Toes. Hey—can you hook me up with Selena? I’ll be her boy toy. I love her. Man, she’s smoking. Has the nicest ass. Not like all those skinny, Russian chicks on that show.” He nodded to himself with an eyebrow dancing. “Selena’s on my list. She’s Latina, too. We’d be perfect together. What was she doing with a gringo like you?”

“Hernandez, you’re way out of line.” Bret reassembled his pistol.

“My bad, Staff Sergeant.”

Bret grabbed the article, his pack, and his rifle. It was impossible to get some privacy in the tent. His only option was to sit outside in a sandstorm but even that sounded like a welcome retreat from his immature men. He walked about five hundred feet, then plopped down in the hot sand.

The red sky hung above him, thick from smoke from the nearby town. Bret struggled to catch a glimpse of the distant mountains. Sand seemed to pelt down from the heavens, blinding him and settling into every crevice in his body. He closed his eyes against the sting of the sand, and turned his thoughts to Selena. Was she the diva the tabloids made her out to be? Even after ten years, he could almost smell her buttery-coconut scent. A welcome change from the overflowing shitters, toxic diesel, and stench of his fellow Marines who hadn’t bathed in three weeks.

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Waltzes-Dancing-Under-Stars-ebook/dp/B00DY1TKRQ?tag=bbook02-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-waltzes-in-alana-albertson/1116093304?ean=2940148739807&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-bdFl5aS*Iag-_-10:1&r=1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-waltzes-in/id681697547?mt=11

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Author Info

Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and  Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through  Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

 

Author Links

http://www.alanaalbertson.com/waltz-like-a-man/

https://twitter.com/AlanaAlbertson

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlanaAlbertson

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7189293.Alana_Albertson


 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Book Excerpts, What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday!

Today we have my awesome friend and fellow author Kristina Knight guest blogging. She’s written a great post I think we can all relate to, and she’s also celebrating her latest release Mr. Right Now. I just love that title and love the cover even more.

So, grab your favorite drink and snack and sit back for a treat :)

Take it away Kristi…

Calgon, Take Me Away!

I live in a fictional world 75% of the time. Playing with my characters, ‘seeing’ new sights, getting emotionally overcome because my hero (or heroine) does something really, really … um…unheroic. The other 25% of the time I’m a mom and wife. Housekeeper. Cleaner of the toilet. Shopper for the groceries who gets the, ‘why can’t we eat hotdogs all the time?!?’ questions that make her want to poke her eye out with red-hot spoon.

Good, I see you’re all still with me!

As much as I love bebe and RadioMan, there are days when I just want to stay in my insular little fiction world. Like, maybe forever. I don’t want to clean puke off the carpet and if I have to fold one more load of laundry I’m going to lose it. Those are the moments I look for a little escape. Sometimes I’ll escape back into my fictional world. Sometimes I’ll go scouring Pinterest for a little eye-vacation. Because, for me, dreaming about a fabulous tropical vacation is almost as good as actually going to that paradise. Note I said ‘almost’ there.

My favorite vacation spots have always been tropical – I blame my mid-west upbringing with that. When you’re surrounded by Oak and Elm trees, a nice palm sounds heavenly. Plus, there is the beach aspect and maybe a hot cabana boy to help you while away the time. These days I’d rather take RadioMan along and skip right over the cabana boy … and we could all play on the beach away from social networks and pinging email and ringing phones.

That sounds heavenly.

In my new book, MR. RIGHT NOW, Casey needs a vacation from her life. She’s got reporters hanging out on her doorstep, a constantly ringing phone and jangling nerves. So when her best friend and agent suggests a cruise she goes along. Little does she know there is more to this cruise than she expected….

Tell me, readers, do you have a favorite vacation spot? And, what is your favorite thing about vacations – seeing something new? The ability to avoid email/social networks without guilt? What?

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Blurb:

The wrong guy might be just right for her. When her celebrity boyfriend of three years dumps her and claims he’s now gay, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash decides to get out of New York. A cruise seems like the perfect escape: everyone onboard will be locked away from television, newspapers and internet gossip pages, allowing her some much needed relaxation. There’s only one problem: her oh-so-helpful agent has hired a male escort for her…and a big NYC paper has sent a pesky reporter on-board, vowing to get the dirt. Mason Drury doesn’t want to write an expose on Casey, but he’s in a bind. After a source flipped on him, he’s persona non grata at his newspaper. Celebrity trash or not, this story will put him back on top. Too bad he finds himself breaking the first rule of reporting by getting attached to his subject and letting bias influence his story. Casey’s much more interested in sexy Mason than the annoying escort who’s bunking in her room. Mason might even have romantic potential if she can shake her well-meaning-but nosey-fans. Oh, and that reporter. She’s got to avoid him at all costs…

CONTENT WARNING: A smattering of sass, sex and a heaping happily ever after. A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Excerpt:

Casey needed things to slow down. And she desperately wanted whatever was happening to speed up. She didn’t know who Mason was. Didn’t know if he was the reporter or just some random guy. Her head said he was the reporter. Why else would he have hit on her so hard from the time she came on board? It had to be part of his plan.

But then, why would a reporter waste time talking to a random woman about her life? Setting her up with another harmless guy who would bolster her self-confidence and help her bounce back from rejection. That was something a nice guy would do. Casey wanted badly for Mason to be a nice guy. Just for a little bit.

Then she’d go back to the craziness of Tyler and figuring out who the reporter was. How to avoid him and save what was left of her reputation.

Surely her future could spare her a few more minutes with Mason Drury.

“What’s your plan?” he asked, his eyes intent on hers.

What was her plan? She knew she had one. It was a good one, too. What was it again?

He pressed his lips to hers, and she didn’t care about plans or who was following whom.

One little kiss.

What could it hurt?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Right-Now-ebook/dp/B00G3HEFF0/ref=la_B0081LO6DM_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383596872&sr=1-4

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mr-right-now-kristina-knight/1117213467?ean=2940148705611

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mr.-right-now/id687704564?mt=11

Author Bio/Links:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and daughter. Happily ever after.

Kristina’s Links:

Website: http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor
TW: @AuthorKristina
GR: http://www.goodreads.com/authorkristina
PI: http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina

 
 

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday. Today we have author Melissa Eskue Ousley visiting with an interesting guest post about two brothers and a cautionary tale. She’s also giving us a sneak peek into her latest release SIGN OF THE THRONE Book One in the Solas Beir Trilogy. This is in the young adult genre and sounds like a wonderful read. And check out her amazing cover…WOW!

Also, Melissa is offering a wonderful giveaway. Click HERE for your chance to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card or one of ten signed copies of Sign of the Throne.

Take it away Melissa…

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Two Brothers: A Cautionary Tale

(In Sign of the Throne, Queen Eulalia tells Abby Brown a story regarding the founders of Newcastle Beach. I hope you enjoy her tale.)

 

A long time ago, there lived twin brothers who found a magical hand mirror in a cave by the sea. The two young men discovered that mirror had the remarkable ability to transport a person from one place to another. When they opened the clasp of the mirror’s silver case, they were no longer in the cave, but standing within a faery ring in the forest outside their village.

 

Soon the brothers found they were able to travel greater distances, which proved very profitable. They could journey from their homeland in Scotland to anywhere in the world in seconds, bringing back valuable goods from exotic locations. Because they were not limited by conventional methods of travel, the brothers had an advantage over their competitors, and became wealthy businessmen. While other traders were robbed by bandits or lost ships at sea, the brothers continued to prosper.

 

Eventually, to avoid inquiry into the secret of their success, the two men and their younger sister immigrated to the coast of California, to the place that would eventually become the city of Santa Linda. Although they were already very rich, the brothers profited from others who had dreams of finding gold.

 

Even though they had traveled the world, the brothers’ wanderlust was insatiable. The two men longed for adventure, and continued to use the mirror, seeking out places they had not yet explored. It was only a matter of time before their ever-widening circle of travel expanded so much that they broke through the membrane separating their world from Cai Terenmare.

 

There, the brothers met the Solas Beir, ruler of a magical parallel kingdom. And there, they learned about the mirror’s origins. The Solas Beir had encountered the mirror before. It was created by the ancient one who first dwelt in Darkness and took pleasure in the destruction of others. The Solas Beir told the brothers that the mirror had a dual nature—while it initially showered them with good fortune, sustained use would reveal its darker side. The mirror was alive with an energy that testified to the nature of the one who made it. Its purpose was one seduction and destruction. Once a traveler had fallen under the mirror’s spell, gaining confidence that he or she had control over the mirror and the destination, the mirror would turn on the traveler, abandoning him or her in a savage land ruled by monsters.

 

After hearing the warning, the brothers promised the Solas Beir they would stop using the mirror. The Solas Beir agreed to create a portal between the two worlds, and the brothers would be charged with guarding it, in exchange for continued prosperity. Two mansions were built, one for each brother, and a stone circle was laid to protect the portal, establishing what later became Newcastle Beach.

 

The first brother, Thaddeus, was able to forget about the mirror. He went on to live a long life, and had many children and grandchildren. The other brother, Samuel, met a very different fate. He traveled frequently between his world and Cai Terenmare, and this only fed his desire for discovery. At night, he could feel the mirror calling to him, tempting him to break his covenant with the Solas Beir.

 

One night Samuel no longer resist. He forced his sister to give him the mirror she had locked away, and with a mad wink, he disappeared. Unfortunately, it was then that the mirror chose to betray him. He found himself at the feet of a beautiful monster who called herself the Western Oracle. The Oracle claimed the mirror for her own and no one ever saw Samuel Buchan alive again.

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BLURB:

Abby is an ordinary girl haunted by dreams of an ivory castle, blood-thirsty monsters, and a striking stranger. Working as a babysitter for a family of mythology lovers in wealthy Newcastle Beach, California, she struggles to define herself among the elite class while trying to make sense of her strange visions. Upon meeting David, the doppelgänger of the mysterious young man in her dreams, Abby’s life is changed forever.

Encountering the queen of Cai Terenmare, a magical kingdom in a parallel world, Abby learns of an evil lord hell-bent on usurping the throne, the murder of Cai Terenmare’s king, the Solas Beir, and the kidnapping of the Solas Beir’s infant son.

As the kingdom struggles to endure, the queen shows Abby the full extent of her destiny. She must convince her mysterious crush, David, that he is the lost heir. While braving attacks from the dark lord’s sadistic minions, David must realize his true identity and return to Cai Terenmare to claim his throne before time runs out, lest the evil that was temporarily locked away be unleashed, threatening to destroy both the kingdom and all of humanity.

EXCERPT:

Abby spent the next evening babysitting for Cassandra and Riordan. She putthe kids to bed and laid out her homework on the coffee table downstairs. She was immersed in her work when she realized—the house was quiet. Eerily quiet.

She was used to the familiar creaks and groans of the old house, and night ushered in the occasional chirp of a cricket or flutter of moth wings around theantique sconces lighting the room. Tonight she heard nothing—there was only dead silence. She felt a prickle at the back of her neck and realized she was shivering. The room had gone unnaturally cold, and she had the distinct sense that she was not alone.

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a shadowy presence, someone standing still, watching her. She turned to look, but there was no one there. She felt a terrible unease twisting in her gut. Something was wrong.

Responding to her intuition, she got up and climbed the stairs to check on thechildren. Ciaran was snoring, perfectly at peace. He had wriggled out of his covers in his sleep. Abby tucked him back in.

Leaving his room, she walked down the hall to the twins’ room. The nightlight inthe hallway began blinking erratically. She entered the room and froze. Perched monkey-like on the corner of Rowan’s crib was a shadowed figure thesize of a small boy, leaning over the sleeping child. Sensing Abby, it turned its head, blood-red eyes meeting hers.

Abby gasped with horror as the creature leapt with unnatural agility from thecrib and crouched like a spider high on the wall, staring down at her. Slowly, it smiled, revealing rows of pointed narrow teeth, sharp as razors. And then…it pounced.

Abby raised her arms to shield herself, scrunched her eyes shut, and screamed. But there was nothing. She heard a low chuckle behind her and saw the creature near the door. The shadow boy laughed and ran out. Thesmoky form changed into a large black housecat before disappearing throughthe hallway wall.

Abby ran to the twins’ light switch and turned on the lights. She checked to make sure Rowan and Siobhan were unharmed, and then hurried to Ciaran’s room, flicking on lights as she ran. Ciaran was still fast asleep—her scream had not disturbed him at all.

She jerked open his closet door and found his aluminum baseball bat. Then, scooping him and the quilt up from his bed, she ran back to Rowan and Siobhan’s room. She shut the door and nestled the five year old into a make-shift bed on the floor. Sitting against the dresser next to him, she hummed, trying to reassure herself. Armed with the bat and the adrenaline coursing through her body, she waited.

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Melissa Eskue Ousley is the author of The Solas Beir Trilogy. “Sign of theThrone,” the first book of this young adult fantasy series, will be released onSeptember 14. She is currently working on the second and third novels in thetrilogy, “The Rabbit and the Raven” and “The Sower Comes.”

Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found swimming, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, she had a number of educational jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway to years spent conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona.

 
 

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BOOK COVER TOUR: Still the Best Woman for the Job by Sharon C Cooper

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Joint heir to the largest construction company in the state of Ohio, master plumber, Toni (TJ) Jenkins has been groomed to behave in a way that is befitting of the respected Jenkins’ family name. But after she breaks up with the only man she’s ever loved, to protect a secret she holds close to her heart, poor decisions lead her down a path of destruction that risks ruining the reputation of the company her family has worked hard to build.

Cincinnati police officer, Craig Logan, knows Toni is the woman for him. They’ve been apart for months, but when they run into each other at a party, the passion between them sizzles stronger than ever. She says she can’t handle dating a cop, but he senses that something else keeps her from rushing back into his arms. Craig wants her to be his wife, and he’ll do whatever it takes to prove no matter what she’s hiding, she’s still the best woman for the job.

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EXCERPT:

A wave of giddiness gripped Toni the moment she pulled up to Craig’s house. She wasn’t sure what had come over her. She grinned like she’d just learned the secret to keeping a manicure fresh for a month. It wasn’t like she hadn’t seen Craig every day for the past week and a half. Maybe the joy flowing through her veins had something to do with the fact that they were meeting for their first afternoon rendezvous at his place.

She climbed out of her work van and practically floated to the door, and then rang the doorbell.

“Who is it?” Craig asked through the closed door.

“It’s the plumber. I’ve come to fix the sink.”

She heard him laugh before he pulled open the door. “You’re crazy. Get in here.” He tugged her inside and into his arms. Toni couldn’t think of any other place she’d rather be than right there molded against his lean body.  “Well hello,” he mumbled, his lips brushed against hers as he spoke. “I have to admit, you’re the finest plumber I’ve ever laid eyes on. But,” he broke off the kiss suddenly and released her, “you have to hurry and take care of that sink problem before my woman gets here. She’s the jealous type and doesn’t like fine-ass plumbers hanging out in my house.”

“Ha, ha, ha, very funny. I see you’ve got jokes.” Toni took off her work boots and followed him into the kitchen.

“So do you use that ‘I’m here to fix the sink’, line often?” He glanced over his shoulder as he removed a long pan from the oven. “Maybe to pick up unsuspecting men like me?”

“Actually my dear, you’re the only man I’ve used that line on.” She wiggled her eyebrows at him and grinned.

He flashed a goofy I’m-the-luckiest-man-in-the-world smile that lit up his hazel eyes and jump-started the giddiness that swirled around inside her body. When he turned back to his delicious smelling dish and sprinkled additional cheese across the top, Toni couldn’t help but recall the first plumbing job she did for him, he was cooking then too. A small smile tilted her lips as she admired how easily he moved around the kitchen. Unlike the first time they met, today he didn’t have his police uniform on and didn’t look as intimidating. She loved a man in uniform, but Craig’s tall figure in blue jeans hanging low on his hips and a white tank top showing off thick muscular arms and washboard abs were just as sizzling.

“Ahem.”

Toni’s gaze shot up to find Craig checking her out and wearing a crooked grin. She swallowed hard and rubbed her sweaty palms down the thighs of her jeans. Hopefully he couldn’t read minds. If he could, he would know that she was now imagining him naked.

“Uhh … so what’s for lunch?”

Craig sauntered across the room. He pulled her close and nuzzled the side of her neck, his hands easily sliding underneath her T-shirt. “My version of baked Ziti, but now I’m thinking that maybe I should have you for lunch, and we save the Ziti for dessert,” he mumbled against her burning skin. “We have about fifteen minutes before I have to take it out of the oven. Just enough time for a quickie.”

He backed her up to the granite countertop and her entire body went liquid with anticipation when he lifted her shirt over her head and cupped her breasts, sending a spark of desire straight to her midsection. His mouth covered hers in a deep penetrating kiss as he skimmed his skillful fingers over her lace bra, tweaking her nipples, immediately making them rise to attention. All thoughts of food flew out of Toni’s mind and was replaced with a yearning desire to have their bodies joined as one when he paid her other breast the same attention as the first.

Craig lifted his head. “I have to get you out of these clothes,” he said, his gruff voice turning her on almost as much as the quick work he did in stripping her out of her jeans, leaving her with only her bra and bikini panties on. He stood back, his hungry gaze raked over her body and lingered on her breast. “Damn, girl, you’re sexy with or without clothes, but right now I need you up higher. Sometimes I forget how short you are without your heels on.”

“Craig!” she yelped when, without warning, he lifted her and placed her on the cool granite countertop. “My grandmother would have a fit if she saw me sitting on a kitchen counter. Especially if she knew what we were about to do.”

“Well, it’s a good thing she’s not here.”

Bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, lives in Atlanta with her husband and enjoys reading, writing, and rainy days. She writes sweet and contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense. Sharon is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), member of Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), and a member of the Page a Day Writers Group. To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Publication Date: September 25, 2013
 
 

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What to Read Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for joining me for another round of What to Read Wednesday.

Please help me welcome author Liv Morris! She’s sharing her list of TOP TEN facts about her latest release Adam’s Apple Touch of Tantra #1.

Liv is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon or Apple iTunes Gift Card, Two Signed Copies of ADAMS APPLE, Five Digital Copies of ADAMS APPLE, and One Swag Pack...click here to enter :)

So, without any further idle chit chat from me….let’s enjoy Liv’s post, excerpt, and blurb…

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ADAM’S APPLE TOP TEN

  1. Adam Kingsley is the leading male character in the story and the entire book is told in Adam’s point of view. The reader gets to experience every aspect of the plot in from his mind, warped though it maybe at times. A unique approach in the erotic romance genre.

  2. The book takes place in the gritty yet intriquing setting of New York City. There are a few flashbacks to Adam’s youth in Philadelphia where memories of his mother haunt him.

  3. Adam is a successful entrepreneur in New York City. At thirty-two, he’s amassed a large empire with the help of three friends from his college days at MIT.

  4. As the consummate playboy of Wall Street, Adam is known to go from one hook-up to the next, rarely seeing the same woman twice. The word, “manwhore,” fits him perfectly.

  5. Adam meets Kathryn Delcour, a beautiful socialite, in the first chapter of the book after having a horrible day in which he learns his trusted business partner and former classmate at MIT has betrayed him.

  6. Kathryn is strong, independent, and not one to easily succumb to Adam’s charms. She challenges him and  initially rebuffs his interest in her.

  7. After the initial meeting between Adam and Kathryn, Adam is unable to get Kathryn off his mind.

  8. Kathryn is a teacher and instructor of the ancient sexual practice called Tantra.

  9. The chemistry between Adam and Kathryn sizzles both in the bedroom and beyond. The draw between them leaves them literally helpless to deny it.

  10. Adam becomes Kathryn’s lifesaver, literally.

Blurb

Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold, making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money falls out of his pockets, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta.

What more could a thirty-two-year-old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his past stays far away? Sounds reasonable, but life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is a beautiful and alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds her too tempting to resist. He has to have her, but she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. She tries her hardest to keep him at arm’s length, but Kathryn’s arms may not be strong enough to hold Adam at bay.

Hidden secrets, Kathryn’s passion for an ancient sexual practice, and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for a wild ride as Adam tells the story in his own words.

EXCERPT

Tom turns to me and smiles. “Thanks, Adam, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea. The last time you took me out for drinks, you ended up abandoning me at the bar. You left with two women, if I’m not mistaken. Rubbed my married ass into the ground with that move. Damn, they were hot as shit, too. Remember?”

“Distantly.” I pause while my mind travels back to that night. The hotel room. The shiny surface of handcuffs. Ties attached to bedposts and long slender legs. “They were recent college graduates. Sorority sisters. Kinky fucking must’ve been their majors. They were practically pros. Who carries bondage shit around in their purse, anyway?”

“Man, the life you lead, Adam. Sometimes I envy you, other times I think you’re a crazy motherfucker. One day, you’ll fall for someone and it will be hard. Who knows, maybe this woman from last night? What was her name again?”

“Kathryn Delcour.” Her name rolls off my tongue. Just the thought of her makes me smile and erases any trace of the kinky night from my mind.

 

Link to Follow the Tour:http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2013/07/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for_7.html

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Adams-Apple-Touch-Tantra-ebook/dp/B00E7JHL4I

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/adams-apple-liv-morris/1116239496?ean=2940148621980

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343560

 

Playlist for Adam’s Apple: http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Adam+s+Apple/88118839

Adam’s Apple Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/Ps1Z0gwQsTw

 

Author Info

Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. After relocating eleven times during her husband’s corporate career, she qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experiences to her writing.

A native of the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Liv feels blessed to have a supportive and close family. Her three grown daughters are scattered across the country, but thankfully call home on a regular basis.

She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Liv has published five short story series, Love in the City. Two of her short stories have landed on Amazon’s top best sellers list in Contemporary Romance. Her novel, Adam’s Apple, is due for release this summer.

Author Links

www.livmorris.com

@Living_Write

https://www.facebook.com/livingwrite

 
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