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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Shannyn Schroeder ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome a special guest to the blog today :) Author Shannyn Schroeder is visiting. I believe that you learn something new everyday and I definitely did from Shannyn’s guest post. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Afterward, please check out her latest release HER PERFECT GAME and then enter her giveaway :)

Take it away Shannyn….

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Her Perfect Game

Hot & Nerdy # 2

By: Shannyn Schroeder

Releasing October 26th, 2014

Kensington

 Blurb

Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn’t quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she’s entering a “hackfest” over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who’s been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can’t fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they’re face to face again, he doesn’t know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he’s offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?

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EXCERPT

The elevator dinged on the fourth floor, and Jonah ushered her out and down the hall. Their steps shushed against the carpet, and Charlie wanted to talk, say something, but she didn’t know what. At her room, she slid the key card in, and as she pushed the door open, she tugged Jonah inside.

“What are you doing, Charlie?”

She wrapped her arms around his neck and breathed in his scent. “I don’t want to be alone.”

Charlie held her breath, waiting for him to push her away, but he didn’t. His arms came around her and stroked her back. Memories flooded her brain. Jonah holding her, touching her, kissing her senseless. She’d give almost anything to have that again, even if it was only for a night. To feel grounded again.

She turned her head slightly and brushed her lips against his warm neck, and his hands paused on her back. She pressed on, though, kissing his jaw and loving the rough feel of the stubble.

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“Just kiss me, Jonah.”

She didn’t look into his eyes, afraid to know what she’d find, but she knew he wanted to kiss her. If for no other reason, out of sheer curiosity. She kept her eyes closed as she tilted her head.

His lips met hers with tenderness at first. Then they became more insistent, and she softened against him, inviting his tongue into her mouth. His hand reached up and cradled the back of her head, and she wanted more. This heady feeling wouldn’t last the night, but Jonah could give her more.

She tugged at his T-shirt, searching for his warm skin. When her fingers met his flesh, he jerked back. “Charlie.”

But she didn’t stop.

He grabbed her hands. “Charlie.” Then he waited for her to meet his eyes. “We’re not doing this.”

She swallowed hard. His steel gray eyes sparked with lust. She didn’t misread the signs. He wanted her. “Why not? Got a girlfriend?”

“No girlfriend. You’re well passed halfway to drunk. I don’t want you to do something you’re going to regret in the morning.” He grabbed her shoulders and turned her toward the bed. “Get some sleep and we’ll talk tomorrow.”

“What if I don’t want to talk tomorrow?”

He sighed. “Then I guess we won’t.”

She crawled on top of the covers. “Will you stay and talk for a while if I promise not to molest you?”

He glanced to the other side of the room. “Sure.” He scooted the armchair a little closer to the bed.

“There’s room here.” She patted the bed beside her.

He simply shook his head.HerPerfectGameTease2

“Who is it that you don’t trust—me or you? I already gave my word.”

He laughed and stretched his legs out in front of him. The light from the hall cast him in shadows. Between his dark hair and black T-shirt and jeans, he blended into the dark.

She tucked her hands under her head as she lay on her side to watch him talk. “Tell me about the people you work with.”

Jonah accommodated her again and spoke in quiet tones until she became sleepy and struggled to keep her eyes open. He stood, leaned over, and kissed her head.

“Hey, Best?”

“Yeah?”

“I’d never regret you.”

Another heavy sigh came from him, but she didn’t know how to interpret it. Then she heard the door close with a quiet thunk.

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Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/08/her-perfect-game-hot-and-nerdy-2-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23000375-her-perfect-game?from_search=true

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Buy Links Amazon Barnes iTunes

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Her-Perfect-Game-Hot-Nerdy-ebook/dp/B00KM9O6W2/ref=sr_1_9_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402932308&sr=1-9&keywords=shannyn+schroeder

B&N:

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iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/her-perfect-game/id883290114?mt=11

 

Author Info

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

 Shannyn Schroeder

Author Links Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.shannynschroeder.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shannyn-Schroeder/536050196443173

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SSchroeder_

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6575201.Shannyn_Schroeder

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLITZ ~ Sweet Texas Series ~ 3 books by Candis Terry ~ Giveaway

Trick or Sweet

Sweet, Texas Series
Anything But Sweet, Sweetest Mistake & Something Sweeter: Sweet, Texas # 1 – 3

By: Candis Terry

Avon

 

Blurbs

Anything But Sweet

Anything But Sweet

HE’S STUBBORN AND THOROUGHLY MALE . . .

If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder’s hometown upside down, he’ll be happy to prove her wrong. The x-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn’t. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.

SHE’S TENACIOUS AND WICKEDLY TEMPTING . . .

Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn’t budging. It’s clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.

THEY’RE ABOUT TO FIND THAT LOVE IS ANYTHING BUT PREDICTABLE.

 

Sweetest Mistake

 Sweetest Mistake

 

WHEN FRIENDS BECOME LOVERS . . .

Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.

IT CAN LEAD TO DISASTER OR . . .

When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?

THE SWEETEST MISTAKE.

 

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Something Sweeter

 

The men in Texas are hard to resist . . .

Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding—even if she might not exactly believe in the whole “’til death do us part” thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn’t expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her “true love doesn’t exist” theory all to hell.

And they always promise . . .

Veterinarian, former Marine, and Sweet’s favorite playboy Jesse Wilder takes one look at Allison and knows she’s a handful of trouble he can’t deny. But even after a sizzling kiss and obvious mutual attraction, it seems Allison has no such problem. When Jesse uncovers her sweet side, can he crush his playboy image, melt her cynical heart, and change her mind about taking a trip down the aisle?

 

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/sweet-texas-series-by-candis-terry.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/113447-sweet-texas

 

Buy Links

ANYTHING BUT SWEET: B&N | Amazon | iTunes

SWEETEST MISTAKE: Amazon | B&N  | iTunes

SOMETHING SWEETER: Amazon | B&N | iTunes

 

Author Info

Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.

Candis

Author Links

Website: http://www.candisterry.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candis.terry
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CandisTerry
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4935263.Candis_Terry

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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Laura Simcox ~ Giveaway

Happy Wednesday :) Thank you for joining me for Part I of What to Read Wednesday. First up we have author Laura Simcox visiting. She’s sharing her 10 favorite words and then her latest release Various States of Undress : Virginia. I love this cover, and the blurb draw me right in. This sounds like a fun book :)  (please come back for our second author who will be visiting later today)

Laura’s also got a fun contest going on…so check it out….and she’s offering up a wonderful giveaway :)

So, Enjoy!

Take it away Laura…

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My Ten Favorite Words

By Laura Simcox

 

Understatement of the year—I love words. I’m an author. Awesome words? Right up my alley—which, I’ll warn you, is a random, winding alley that involves stops for food. (I could use a snack at the moment.)

Anyway…my favorite words:

  1. Selection: Okay, not a big, impressive word, but such a great one. It’s pleasant, and makes me think of making good choices. “Have you made your selection?” “Why yes, I have. I’ll take the hot guy who’s nice to kittens, please.”

 

  1. Cartography: Maps are totally fun. When I think of map-making, it makes me want to take a nap, but when I think of looking at maps, plotting adventures (especially for my characters) or finding impossible-but-true town names in real life, it’s a blast. No, it doesn’t take much to entertain me, thanks.

 

  1. Buffalo: Again, the adventure thing. I don’t write Western-themed romance, but the idea of plains, whipping wind and a cowboy are pretty cool. There’s also the chicken wings thing. I think I love buffalo sauce more than ice cream, and that’s saying a lot.

 

  1. Dupioni: My favorite kind of silk. It shimmers, it’s soft but tough, and it has layers of color. Back when I designed costumes for a living, if a theater’s budget would allow it, I always reached for it!

 

  1. Shasta: I love grape soda, that’s why, and if I could find it in diet (any suggestions?) I would buy it by the case, unless it ended up tasting gross. I also want to name a cat Shasta someday. Wouldn’t that be an awesome cat name?

 

  1. Benediction: Okay, going all churchy for a moment, but a blessing before parting ways is a good thing. It also calls to mind very cool names: Benedicta. Benedict. Cumberbatch? Or Benedict the Shakespeare character, who is so much fun.

 

  1. Breezy: It’s a multi-use word, and it rhymes with stuff. Characters can be breezy (a lot of mine are) and the weather can be, too, which makes me happy because I hate being hot. I have also named a fictional cat Breezy.

 

  1. Gack: I use this word all the time, in place of the F word, because I have a little kid. “Mama gacked up dinner again.” I was curious, so I looked gack up in an online dictionary and found that it meant “an exclamation of disgust”. Close enough.

 

  1. Petite: When referring to food, it makes me feel as if it’s okay to have two or three of something, because it’s small. Petite items are also generally cute and fun. Everyone needs more cute and fun in their lives.

 

  1. Serendipity: Well, first of all, there’s the wonderfully romantic movie with John Cusack. Secondly, it’s a word with amazing promise. It makes me think that the future’s so predictably bright, I’ve gotta wear my petite, breezy shades. (I have some, too! They have flowers on them.)

 

So those are my ten words! What about you? Do you have a favorite word—why?

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Blurb

When the president’s daughter risks everything with her sexy new boss, they’re bound to find themselves in Various States of Undress!

If she had it her way, Virginia Fulton—daughter of the President of the United States—would spend more time dancing in Manhattan’s nightclubs than working in its skyscrapers. Tired of dodging paparazzi, she needs a change. And a real chance. So when she finds herself in the arms of sexy, persuasive Dexter Cameron, who presents her with the opportunity of a lifetime, Virginia sees it as a sign … but can she take it without losing her heart?

CEO-to-be Dexter Cameron knows he’s taking a risk by hiring a stylish party girl to jumpstart his family’s legacy department store. But the president’s gorgeous daughter has her thumb on the pulse of Manhattan, and the partnership seems like a win-win … until Dex discovers that his goals now include more than securing the corner office—they include Virginia herself. Dex must decide: does he make a move up the ladder? Or on the girl of his dreams?

Excerpt

Putting on her best smile, Virginia took a slow, deep breath; nodded to people on the sidewalk; and walked into the museum with Dex.

The usual gasp that occurred when she walked into a public place barely registered in her mind, but the short silence afterward did. Her lips curved into an automatic, friendly smile. “Good evening,” she murmured.

Dex nodded and glanced around the room. “We need to move before half the people in here come this way.”

Virginia looked over her shoulder at several society matrons who crept forward like zombies wearing couture. Ugh. She glanced back, her eyes resting on an area where a string ensemble was playing softly. “Want to dance?”

“Really?” His gaze followed hers. “Nobody else is yet.”

“So? They will if we will. But if you really don’t want to—”

“It’s not that.” He stared down at her. “I’d love to dance with you.”

Suddenly, she wanted nothing more than to see what it was like to be in Dex’s arms. Her breath caught at the unexpected thought. Yes, he was attractive—but so were a lot of men, and she’d danced with plenty of them without getting all giggly about it. He wouldn’t be any different, right? Taking his arm, she winked up at him. “We’re going to put on a show.”

“No, we’re not.”

“We already are,” she pointed out and raised her chin toward the crowd who was pretending to be too worldly to watch them, but were anyway.

“Right.” Dex let out a breath. “Virginia, maybe I spoke too soon. I’m a bad dancer, just so you know. Maybe this is a terrible idea.”

Virginia grabbed his hand and led him forward. “How bad can you be?”

“Spasmodically bad.”

Her eyes widened even as she pulled him onto the dance floor. “Well, it’s too late now.” She placed one hand on Dex’s shoulder and felt a rush of heat as his fingers slid across the bare skin of her back. Swallowing, she raised her other hand and placed it in his. “Box step?”

“Box what?” He began to haul her in a diagonal motion.

Oh hell. Giggles threatened to spill out of her mouth, and she gently tugged on his shoulder. “Slow down and just move around in a circle.”

He tried. He really did, but the look of concentration on his face—teeth gritted in a fixed grin, eyebrows knit tight—made her lose it, and she laughed.

“Thanks,” Dex muttered. “Thanks a lot.”

“I’m sorry for laughing,” she said. “You did warn me about your dancing ability.”

“I did.” He glanced around. “Oh, thank God.” Several couples had joined them, and after a moment he relaxed into a smoother rhythm. “At least they’re only staring at you.”

Virginia wanted to tell him that a lot of the people were staring at him too—with quite a bit of curiosity—but she held her tongue because if he got super nervous, he might rip her arm out of her socket. She needed to concentrate since she was acutely aware of his hand on her back, which had begun rubbing gently against her skin in time to the music. She doubted he realized he was doing it or that his chest brushed against her breasts every time he attempted to turn her—but she knew, and the longer they danced, the shorter her breath became.

This situation wasn’t good. Like, at all. She needed to be able to think straight, and how could she even entertain the idea of working with him if she couldn’t quit looking at him and fantasizing that . . . no. No. Why would she turn down a job in fashion just because she’d danced with the man and liked it a little bit too much?


 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/various-states-of-undress-virginia.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18869597-various-states-of-undress

Series Link on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/133838-various-states-of-undress

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Various-States-Undress-Laura-Simcox-ebook/dp/B00GR0A5MU/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1410280531&sr=1-1&keywords=various+states+of+undress+virginia

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/various-states-of-undress-laura-simcox/1117447089?ean=9780062304667

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/various-states-undress-virginia/id757744560?mt=11

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes | iBooks

 

Author Info

After spending years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura Simcox eased out of the hectic whirlwind of opening nights and settled in a comfy desk chair to write romance. She believes that life is too short not to appreciate heartwarming, quirky humor and her novels are lighthearted journeys into the happily-ever-after. She lives in North Carolina with her true love and adorable little son.

 Laura Simcox

 Author Links

Website: http://www.laurasimcox.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorlaurasimcox
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Simcoxwriter
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6451974.Laura_Simcox

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Suggest A Secret Service Nickname for VSOU: Georgia

Laura Simcox, author of the fabulous VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS series, wants your help for the next installment of VSOU: Georgia! Simcox concludes her fun, flirty Various States of Undress series featuring three presidential daughters with the tale of love at the ballgame.

Each sister in the three story series has been given a nickname from her Secret Service agents. VSOU: Carolina was lovingly called Care Bear and VSOU: Virginia was nicknamed Candy Cane.

Laura would love readers to suggest a nickname for the last of the President’s daughters! Help decide what the Secret Service should dub Georgia, the sexy intellectual of the three!

*****If your nickname is chosen for VSOU: Georgia, Laura will include your name in her personal acknowledgments in the book, and you will receive a free copy of the first two books in her series!*****

FUN FACT: Historically, all First Family code names begin with the same letter. The Obama’s are Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance and Rosebud.

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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Lori Wilde author of Christmas At Twilight ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Lori Wilde to the blog today :) I’m so excited to have her visit. She’s giving us a little insight into a writer’s life and sharing her latest release Christmas At Twilight.

And, please remember to enter her awesome giveaway! The link is at the end of the post.

Take it away Lori…

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Five Surprising Things About Writers’ Lives.

 

  • We burn dinner a lot.

You’re busy cooking. A character whispers something in your ear. You run off to the computer to jot down a word or two and the next thing you know, someone is saying, “What’s that smell?”

 

  • We know a lot of random things.

The other day, my husband had watched The Amazing Race and he was recapping it for me. “They were in this flat-bottomed boat, kind of like a gondola—” Without missing a beat, I said, “Oh they were punting the Cam.” His jaw dropped and his eyes rounded and he said, “How did you know that?” Um, ‘cause I researched it for a book.

 

3) We can go days without seeing anyone other than family and the UPS man.

And even then the sightings are limited when you’re in the deep throes of deadlines.

 

  • We get our idea from you.

Everyone wants to know where we writers get our ideas. Ideas are a penny a million. We get them from everywhere. Including you. How do you think I came up with the idea for number four on this list? So watch yourself. You could end up in a book.

 

  • Writers never take vacations.

We can’t. It’s the nature of our job. Wherever we go, we take notes. We observe. We analysis. We visualize. And the next thing you know we’re off writing…

 

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Christmas at Twilight
Twilight, Texas # 5
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing October 28th, 2014
Avon Romance

Blurb

It’s Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator “Hutch” Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who’s taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn’t easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she’s really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he’d do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

Link to Follow Tour:

http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/08/christmas-at-twilight-twilight-texas-5.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20705716-christmas-at-twilight?from_search=true

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Twilight-Texas-Novel-ebook/dp/B00I7V3X2Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408461643&sr=1-1&keywords=Christmas+at+Twilight%3A+A+Twilight%2C+Texas+Novel
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-at-twilight-lori-wilde/1118477575?ean=9780062310248
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/christmas-at-twilight
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/christmas-at-twilight/id814134806?mt=11

Author Info

Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 works of romantic fiction. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in nursing forensics. An animal lover, Lori is owned by several pets, and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

Lori Wilde

Author Links

Website: http://loriwilde.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lori-Wilde/126384860719020
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loriwilde
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/38217.Lori_Wilde

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLITZ ~ Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

A sizzling story of a woman who risks her life and her heart to find a wealthy man’s missing sister—the first novel in a sexy new romantic suspense series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

When Caleb Devereaux’s younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot.

While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie’s vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will do risk everything to protect her—including his heart. . . .

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Excerpt (Complete Chapter One)

Chapter 1

 

Caleb Devereaux turned out of the sharp switchback and onto the driveway leading up to the tiny mountain cabin, swearing when he hit pothole after pothole. Fury and impatience simmered in his blood but the anticipation of having finally found Ramie St. Claire after an exhaustive search kept his mood from being completely black.

Ramie was his sister, Tori’s, only hope.

The moment Tori was kidnapped, Caleb had begun his search for Ramie St. Claire. She certainly wasn’t the first person on most people’s go-to list when looking for a loved one. Ramie was psychic and had been helpful in locating victims in the past. While many would be skeptical, Caleb absolutely believed in Ramie’s abilities.

His own sister had psychic abilities.

He and his brothers, Beau and Quinn, had always been extremely overprotective of their baby sister. With good reason. Caleb was the head of a veritable empire. Security was always top priority. They’d always feared kidnapping for ransom, but in their worst nightmares they’d never imagined that Tori would simply disappear and be at the mercy of a madman.

There’d been no ransom demand. Simply a video of Tori bound hand and foot and the maniacal laughter of her captor as he told Caleb to kiss his sister goodbye.

He just prayed he wasn’t too late. God, don’t let it be too late for Tori.

It infuriated him that Ramie St. Claire had simply dropped off the map three months ago. No trace of her, no forwarding address. No evidence that she even existed. How could she simply disappear when she was such an invaluable aid in finding kidnap victims and missing persons? How selfish of her to simply refuse, by her actions, to help anyone?

He’d worked himself into a rage by the time he finally pulled up to the small cabin that looked as though it wouldn’t weather the upcoming winter at all. He wasn’t even certain there would be electricity. Only a person determined not to be found would live in a place like this.

He got out and strode to the ramshackle front door, his fist up and pounding. The door shook and rattled under the force of his knock. Only silence greeted him and it sent his blood pressure soaring.

“Miss St. Claire!” he roared. “Answer the goddamn door!”

He beat on the door again, shouting again for her to answer. He likely looked and sounded like the madman holding his sister, but at this point he didn’t care. He was beyond desperation. It had taken every resource available to him to finally track Ramie down. No way in hell he was leaving until he’d gotten the information he’d come for.

Then the door swung open and he was greeted by the sight of a petite woman with wary, gray eyes. He was momentarily taken aback, going silent as he stared at Ramie St. Claire for the first time in person.

The photos he’d seen of her didn’t do her justice. There was a delicate air to her as though she were recovering from an illness, but it in no way detracted from her beauty. She looked…fragile. He felt a brief moment of guilt for what he was about to ask her to do, but he brushed it away. There was no price too high to pay for his sister’s life.

“I can’t help you.”

Her softly spoken words slid like velvet over his ears, a direct contrast from the anger her refusal caused. He hadn’t even made his request yet and she was already giving him the brush-off.

“You don’t even know what it is I want,” he said in an icy tone that would wither most people.

“It’s rather obvious,” she said wearily, fatigue drooping her eyelids. “Why else would you come all this way? I don’t even want to know how you found me. It’s obvious I did a piss poor job of covering my tracks if you managed to find me here.”

Caleb frowned. Had she been ill? Was that why she’d dropped out of sight so she could recover? It didn’t matter why now that he’d found her. He didn’t care what her reasons were.

“With your abilities why would you purposely make yourself difficult to find?” he demanded. “My sister’s life is at stake here, Miss St. Claire. I’m not merely asking you to help me. I’m not leaving until you do.”

She shook her head adamantly, fear chasing the lethargy from her eyes. “I can’t.”

There was quiet desperation to her words that told him there was more to her refusal than what appeared on the surface. Something was wrong and yet he couldn’t summon any regret for forcing her compliance. Not when Tori’s life hung in the balance.

He reached inside his jacket and pulled out Tori’s scarf. The one item they’d found at the sight where she must have been taken. In the parking lot of a grocery store beside the open door of her car. He should have never let her go alone. He’d failed her. Failed to protect her. Failed to ensure proper security.

Ramie immediately backed away, a desperate cry on her lips. He shoved forward, forcing the scarf into her hands and holding her and the scarf so there was no escape. She emitted a broken sob and she looked up at him, stricken, her face going unnaturally pale. Her pupils flared and then clouded, pain and devastation clearly outlined on her features.

“No,” she whispered. “Not again. Oh God, not again. I won’t survive it.”

Her knees buckled and she would have gone down, but he caught her, ensuring the scarf never lost contact with her hands. He watched in horror as Ramie’s body sagged, slipping from his grasp despite his best effort to support her weight. She was simply lifeless, as limp as a rag doll. He quickly followed her down to the floor, determined that she not lose her grip on Tori’s scarf. But it didn’t seem to matter now. Ramie was somewhere else.

Her eyes glazed over and her body began to twitch spasmodically. She curled into a fetal position, the fragility of such a self-protective measure gutting him. She moaned softly and then began to weep.

“Please don’t hurt me again. Please, I’m begging you. I can’t take any more. If you’re going to kill me, just do it. Quit torturing me.”

Chill bumps spread rapidly up Caleb’s nape as Ramie’s voice, which sounded nearly identical to Tori’s, filled his ears. Dear God, was he witnessing what was happening to his sister through Ramie?

The scene Ramie was painting was horrifying. Not only for the fact that his sister was even now enduring the absolute worse. But from all appearances, Ramie was suffering with her.

He’d certainly done his research on Ramie St. Claire’s abilities but there was little information beyond her astonishing success record. No mention of how she managed to help victims or what it did to her. God help them all. What had he done?

Her body jerked and it took only a moment for Caleb to realize what was happening. It was too unmistakable. Bile rose in his throat and he had to suck in steadying breaths to keep from heaving the contents of his stomach on the floor. Tears burned his eyelids as he helplessly watched his sister being raped through the window of Ramie’s awareness.

Ramie’s weeping tore at his heart and he gathered her into his arms, not knowing what else to do but rock her gently. “Tori?” He whispered his sister’s name experimentally, not knowing if a link had been established through Ramie. “Can you hear me? It’s Caleb. Tell me where you are, honey. I’ll come for you. Hold on please. Don’t give up, no matter how bad it is.”

Ramie’s head jerked sideways and the imprint of a hand immediately appeared on her cheek. Caleb was horrified, unsure of what to do now that he’d crossed a line he couldn’t come back from. He tried to push back his guilt, telling himself that anything that helped him recover his sister was worth it. But was torturing an innocent woman worth it?

He hadn’t given her a choice. She’d told him no and yet he’d forced this on her not knowing the heavy toll it would take. He had no idea how her powers worked and now that he did he was sick to his soul. No wonder she’d been so resistant. No wonder she’d told him she couldn’t do it anymore.

“Ramie. Ramie!” he said in a more forceful voice. “Come back to me, Ramie. Come back so you can tell me how to find her.”

Ramie’s eyes were opened but so distant that he knew she wasn’t here. The imprint of the hand on her face was bright and vivid, red against deathly white skin. There was a look of such defeat and despair in her eyes that once again he found himself battling tears.

Suddenly she hunched inward, her entire body jolting as though absorbing a blow. She wrapped her arms around her stomach and he realized that she’d been kicked. Or rather Tori had been kicked. It was a horrific, helpless feeling to know that two women were being victimized, one because of him.

Then she simply rolled away, her cheek lying against the cold floor, her eyes fixed and vacant. She was completely still and terror gripped him. Was Tori dead? Oh dear God! Had he just witnessed his sister’s murder?

“Ramie! Wake up! God, please wake up. Tell me how to find her. Tell me that she’s still alive!”

He picked Ramie’s slight weight up, swearing because she was so thin and fragile, weighing nothing in his arms. He carried her to the worn sofa and carefully laid her down, not wanting to hurt her any more than she’d already been hurt.

He sat on the edge, gathering her icy hands in his, rubbing, trying to infuse warmth. He had no idea what to do. Should he take her to a hospital?

Then after several long moments, she blinked and seemed to come out of her trance. Pain immediately swamped her features and she began to silently weep again, each tear cutting him to ribbons.

“Is she still alive?” he asked anxiously. “Do you know how to find her?”

“Yes,” Ramie said dully.

Hope surged in his heart and he found himself nearly crushing her hands in his.

“Tell me where,” he urged.

Slowly and painfully she whispered the location down to the minutest detail. Chills once again slithered up his spine at the precision in which she described not only the location but the kidnapper. She even provided a license plate number.

He picked up his phone and immediately called his brother, relaying the information that Ramie had provided. When he was done, he stared helplessly down at Ramie, grateful and yet deeply regretful for what he’d just subjected her to.

“What do I need to do to help you?” he asked softly.

Resignation dulled her eyes even further. “There’s nothing you can do,” she said in a flat voice. “Just go.”

“The hell I’ll just leave you here!”

He was already calculating in his head that he could simply bring her with him. He could get her the care she so obviously needed at the same time Tori was receiving what she needed.

“Your sister needs you. Just go. I’ll be fine.”

The lie was so obvious, but it seemed to be all she could muster. He was torn between rushing to be with Tori and staying to ensure Ramie would be all right. But how could she be? Two women would live with this for the rest of their lives. His precious sister and the woman he’d forced to help him never knowing the price she’d pay.

“Please,” she begged, her voice breaking. “Just go and leave me be. I gave you what you wanted. I helped you, now go. It’s the least you can do.”

Caleb stood, wiping a hand over his hair and down the back of his neck in agitation. “I’ll go, but I’m coming back, Ramie. I’m going to make this up to you.”

“You can never take this back,” she whispered. “There’s no making up for what’s been done. Just go and take care of your sister. She needs you.”

She closed her eyes, tears seeping from her eyelids. How could he just leave her like she asked? And yet how could he not go and ensure that his sister was safely recovered? He’d never felt so torn in his life.

“If you have any humanity whatsoever, you’ll leave and never tell anyone where you found me,” Ramie said hoarsely. “Please, I’m begging you. Just go. He plans to kill her tomorrow. At dawn. You don’t have much time.”

Her words proved to be the impetus, driving him to action. But goddamn it, he would make this up to her. Somehow, someway.

Regret swamped him. Worse was the fact that even knowing now what he hadn’t known before, he couldn’t say he would have done anything differently. Not when it meant the difference between Tori’s life and death. But at least now he better understood Ramie’s resistance. No longer did he look at her and think she was selfish and cruel. Now he realized her disappearance had been self-preservation. He didn’t know she’d survived this in the past. He just prayed he wasn’t the tipping point in pushing her so far over the edge she’d never recover.

Caleb closed his eyes and then gently touched her cheek. “I’m so sorry. You’ll never know how much. My family and I owe you more than I can ever repay. I’ll go for now and pray to God I’m not too late. But I’m coming back, Ramie. Count on it. I’ll make this up to you if it’s the very last thing I do.”

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Author Info

Maya Banks is a #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a Calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.

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BOOK BLITZ ~ Covering Kendall by Julie Brannagh ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

Kendall Tracy, General Manager of the San Francisco Miners, is not one for rash decisions or one-night stands. But when she finds herself alone in a hotel room with a heart-stoppingly gorgeous man-who looks oddly familiar-Kendall throws her own rules out the window…and they blow right back into her face.

Drew McCoy should look familiar, he’s a star player for her team’s archrival the Seattle Sharks. Which would basically make Drew and Kendall the Romeo and Juliet of professional football…well, without all the dying. Not that it’s an issue. They agree to pretend their encounter never happened. Nothing good can come from it anyway, right? Drew’s not so sure.

Kendall may be all wrong, but he can’t stop thinking about her and he finds that some risks are worth taking. Because the stakes are always highest when you’re playing for keeps.

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EXCERPT

Kendall couldn’t seem to let go of Drew’s bigger, rougher hand. She’d told him they shouldn’t date. She was risking public and professional humiliation by even talking with him. Yet she couldn’t bring herself to tell him to leave. The guy had dropped everything to get on a plane. Anyone else kind enough to return her iPhone would have taken it to the nearest overnight mailing facility, paid the fee, and sent her the tracking information via e-mail or text instead of buying a last-minute airline ticket. The phone was a convenient excuse, and they both knew it. She should be worried about the difficult to resist energy between them, but instead, all she could think was This is the most romantic thing any man has done for me. She was in over her head already. She kept telling him this couldn’t happen, but she wasn’t convincing herself of that fact.

“The last flight to Seattle is at 8:00 this evening.” He pulled his phone out of his pocket and consulted the screen. “I could still buy a ticket –”  “I don’t want you to,” she blurted out, and barely resisted slapping her hand over her mouth. If he stayed, they would sleep together, and saying goodbye to him again would be worse. But she couldn’t stand the thought of his leaving. He’d just gotten here. The part of her that was so fixated on getting him out of her hotel room was gone, or at the very least, silenced temporarily. He tried to hide his smile while blotting his mouth with a napkin. “Maybe I should look for a morning flight instead?” She bit her lip and nodded. Despite her behavior in that hotel room, she wasn’t really into one-night stands. She wasn’t altogether sure about “friends with benefits”, either. She’d prefer someone she could develop a relationship with. That could never be Drew. Despite all of her misgivings, however, she knew she was going to sleep with him tonight. He glanced at his phone again, but not fast enough to hide the hungry expression in his eyes. He had more on his mind than dinner. He scrolled down the screen of his smart phone with a fingertip. “Here’s a flight for six-thirty in the morning.”

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Author Info

Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Gemma Brocato author of Exposed to Passion ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Gemma Brocato to the blog today :) She’s talking about the five senses and sharing her latest release Exposed to Passion.

And don’t forget to check out Gemma’s awesome giveaway at the end of the post!

Take it away Gemma…

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Hello, and thank you for inviting me to visit today to talk about Exposed To Passion, Book #3 in The Five Senses Series.

Each of the books in the series is based on one of the senses. Cooking Up Love featured taste, Hearts In Harmony dealt with sound. Exposed is based on sight. I give my heroines a career that is tied to a specific sense. A chef; a music therapist; a photographer. I’m working on a story about a florist right now, which is book #4. I weave as much of the sense into the book as I can, but still focus on the other senses to enrich the reader’s experience and involvement in the story.

I got to thinking about how my five senses effect my perception of the world.Since fall is my favorite time of year, I thought I’d share how each of the senses translates to my world experience.

Sight: I love the colors I see this time of year in the leaves on the trees. I love to drive past a hillside carpeted in reds, oranges, browns and the occasional green from pines. The color repeats often in other things. The sight of gorgeous mums, my favorite flower, bright red apples and pumpkins on display is exciting to me. In Exposed To Passion, Rikki Salerno, a photographer has a similar interest in the beauty of nature.

Sound: Rain pattering on my roof is a soothing sound. The drip of overflow from gutters filled with fallen leaves. The sound of tires splashing on pavement as school busses carry kids out of the neighborhood. I love a rainy day.

Taste: Don’t know about you, but I love all things pumpkin spice. I crave the taste all year long, but especially in the fall as the season shifts and the temperature starts to drop. I have great recipes for pumpkin spice fudge and pumpkin spice truffles. I also have a couple of pumpkin soup recipes I like to unleash on my unsuspecting family. They think I’m crazy, but they don’t complain once that savory bowl of soup is placed under their noses with a piece of crusty bread for dipping. Have I made you hungry? In Exposed To Passion, Rikki Salerno gets to share a seasonal beer with Sam Kerrigan. Even though the story is set in the spring, as I wrote that scene, I was thinking of an October fest kind of brew.

Smell: I adore that first hint of burning leaves and wood smoke. The smell of an apple orchard or farmer’s market this time of year evokes fond memories as a child. We’d rake all the leaves in our huge back yard and jump in them for a while. As soon as we’d exhausted ourselves, we’d head inside for warm apple cider. When Dad got home, we’d rake the pile to the curb and he’d set them on fire (back in the days when that was still acceptable). People don’t burn leaves in the city any more, but I get an occasional whiff of one of the neighbors’ fire pit and it takes me back younger days. I wrote a scene at a campground in Exposed, complete with a campfire, hot coffee and chocolate brownies.

Touch: I drag out my fall sweaters at the first hint of cool in the air. When the temperature drops and I’m feeling chilly, nothing beats pulling on a sweater or fleece, or wrapping up in a fluffy blanket. On cool afternoons I like to fix a cup of tea and slip out to my back yard. Sunshine warming my skin, wrapped in a fleece and sipping on, you guessed it, a cup of pumpkin spice tea. That’s my idea of heaven. Rikki’s idea of heaven in Exposed To Passion is the way her feet feel when they slap the pavement on a head-clearing run. That, and the bristly feel of Sam Kerrigan’s stubble when she runs her hand over his jaw.

So now I have a question for you. What is the one sense you couldn’t live without?

Five Senses

Exposed to Passion

Five Senses Series # 3

By: Gemma Brocato

Releasing October 20th, 2014

Lyrical / Kensington

 

Exposed to Passion

Blurb

They walked through the shadows individually. Will they emerge into the light together?

Leading a vagabond life as a curator for a traveling photography exhibit translates to a lot of bad days for Rikki Salerno. But her trouble doubles when a careless high school student shoves her into a marsh. Being rescued by teacher Sam Kerrigan should have made things better, but Rikki’s inability to confess her true identity casts a shadow over their budding affair.

When Sam refuses an overly aggressive parent’s marriage proposal, she’s determined to ruin him. Not only does she doctor photos to make it look like Sam’s behaved inappropriately in front of students, she hacks the foundation website to reveal Rikki’s true identity. Faster than the blink of a shutter, Rikki’s focus changes from pursuing her full-color future to the black and white necessity of clearing Sam’s name.

 

 

 

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Author Info

Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying. After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy.

Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author. Her gamble paid off when she was a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Golden Pen contest for Romantic Suspense and she received contracts for her first and second book.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.gemmabrocato.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gemma.brocato
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gemmabrocato
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7229886.Gemma_Brocato?from_search=true

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