April 14, 2014

Book Blind Date #56

 
 
This is a brand new meme for those all to boring Monday's. Book Blind Date is inspired by a Facebook post Adria from Adria's Romance Reviews and I saw on Lawrence Public Library Page about a book blind date. This really got us thinking, what if the only thing you new about a book was what the story was about? No character names, no pretty covers to suck you in. Here's how it works, you know the old saying never judge a book by its cover? Well you won't be able to, for this meme you are going to decide which book you would go on a "date" with based on the synopsis. Names are removed just in case you have heard about these telltale heroines/heroes. 
 
 
Blind Date #1
 

K*** S***'s had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can't resist. C*** S*** has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman.When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist. In surviving the waves, they find they can't stand to be apart, in or out of bed. K*** seizes a chance for happiness, seeing in C*** a man she can finally trust to love her. C*** can't let go of K*** because she's the only woman able to see the man he wants to be.But the price of fame is high and when the world wants to drive them apart, life only seems safe in K***'s bed.


 Blind Date #2
It's not everyday that you get to move to New York City and reinvent yourself. I was tired of being boring, predictable E*** M***. I was convinced that my life would be totally different in the Big Apple.

And I was right.

J*** R*** was irresistible and I had no plans on resisting him. J*** was the epitome of tall, dark and handsome and I was more than happy to let him sweep me off my feet. I expected a summer fling but instead I got a heart-stopping romance. I realized that I had met the love of my life. I just didn't realize that sometimes love isn't enough.

It's hard enough getting over an ex. It's even harder when he becomes Hollywood's next biggest heartthrob and his face is plastered on every magazine cover. But the hardest part? The hardest part is when he thrusts himself back into my life and won't let go of the past.

I survived losing the man I loved the first time. I don't think I'll survive it again.

 
 
 
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April 8, 2014

The Great Scots Blog Tour

 
 
 

A TEMPTING PROPOSITION
As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It's a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can't resist taking her up on her offer . . .

AN UNQUENCHABLE DESIRE

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call "Hawk?" As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.
 
 
 
 
Excerpt

The scream of the pipes and the thunder of stamping feet made it difficult to talk, but speech wasn’t needed for him to know that she liked him.  Her sparkling eyes stayed on his and a fine blush colored her high, delicate cheekbones.  Her braids swung about her shoulders, the brilliant strands golden in the firelight.

     Slender as a wisp, she moved with fluid grace.  Her braids began to unravel, her hair spilling loose and lustrous to her waist.  Sorley’s breath caught, her disarray giving him bold, wicked thoughts.  His body heated, and not just from the dance.  She laughed as if she knew, her merriment encouraging him.  When she spun closer, her pert young breasts brushing his arm, he was sure of it.

     “You can dance our reel.”  She twirled and her hip bumped his, sending a rush of pleasure through him.
     His heart swelled.  “I can do more.”
     This night he’d believe he could do anything.  Uproot trees singlehandedly, move whole mountains, and swim the deepest, wildest seas.  All he wanted to do was spend a few moments alone with Mirabelle.
     He hoped to kiss her
     But he didn’t trust himself to say so.

 
About Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to 
Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to 
Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in 
Florida. 

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Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss.

Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?




Excerpt


Miss Amelia Bell could make a man happy, Edmund thought, basking in the delicate smile she cast upon him, in the sensual sway of her hooded gaze—like horses racing on the moors. Seafield, traitor to Scotland that he was, did not deserve her. Edmund knew seducing her out of Queensberry House would be an easy task when her lips parted on a suspended breath before she addressed him. He vowed that before the night was over, he would kiss that mouth.

“Do ye speak such painted words to all the ladies ye meet, my lord?”


He smiled, delighted by her boldness and the glint of humor in her eyes. “None have heard me speak so.”

 
She graced him with another, more genuine smile that brought a soft groan to Malcolm’s throat. Edmund shared the sentiment but remained silent about it. “Well then,” she continued, oblivious to her mother’s horror above her, “as far as dreaming goes, I share yer sentiment.”

About Paula Quinn
New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven.  She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.
 
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April 2, 2014

Happy Release Day #Giveaway Evidence of Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel

 
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Having grown up under the excessive expectations of her CEO father, Brittany Lucas is as resistant to authority as the mustang she’s training for her boss. It’s a fault that lands her in more danger than she bargains for while camping in the back-country of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ranger Joel Morgan is used to having the upper hand in all his cases—until he runs into the headstrong blond while investigating disturbing incidents of poaching in the park. Brittany’s imprudent lie of omission awakens ghosts in his past, making the sizzling attraction between them unwelcome.

As he searches for evidence he can trust her, the monster mutilating wildlife turns his sights on Brittany, and Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even give his own life.

Meet Stacey
 
Wisconsin native Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. A member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA), she credits her parents for encouraging her dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends she’s made in WisRWA since joining in 2004. Her Christmas anthology, MISTLETOE RULES, took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award. Check out her romantic suspense Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered trust, and Shadowed Trust. Other titles include: Lost In Italy, Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series, Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk.

An avid reader and big fan of movies with happy endings, Stacey lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.
 
 
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One winner will receive a paperback copy of Evidence of Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel. Giveaway open to US only.
 

 
 
 


March 27, 2014

Lit Connect Tour Stop: Venessa Kelly


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Genre: Regency-set historical romance
Tone: witty, sexy, emotional
Heat Level: hot
Elements/Tags: historical romance, royalty, Regency era
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Publishing Date: April 1, 2014
 
 
ONLY ONE WOMAN IS WORTHY OF HIS SECRETS...
Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…
Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…

Meet Vanessa
 
Jaunty Quills:  http://jauntyquills.com/
 
Vanessa Kelly is a nationally bestselling author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance." Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, the first book in her new Renegade Royals Series, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Vanessa also writes USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.
 
 
Excerpt
 


Griffin and Dominic Hunter discuss the mystery of the unknown baby left on Griffin’s doorstep, along with an antique ring and a note warning of danger.

 

Griffin stared at him in disbelief.  “Do nothing?  What the hell is going on here, Dominic?  What aren’t you telling me?”

The older man gazed imperiously down his long, arrogant nose.  “I cannot come to any conclusions until I launch an investigation.  I need to find out more about both the note and the ring.”

Griffin resisted the impulse to rub the knot forming at the back of his neck.  “And how do you propose to do that?”

Dominic held the note up to the light, his eyes narrowing in speculation.  “The paper is good quality—although I don’t recognize the watermark—which suggests that our mystery lady is a woman of means.”

“The baby’s blankets and clothing are well-made and of the best materials,” Madeline piped in.  “And he’s obviously well-cared for and healthy.”    

Dominic absently brought the note to his nostrils, as if searching for an elusive scent.  “So it would seem.  Someone loved this child, which begs the question as to why he would be given up, and in so odd a way.”

“Obviously, because he’s in danger,” Griffin replied sarcastically, waving his hands in the air.  “It’s all nonsense, if you ask me.  Why the hell would a baby be in such mortal danger that he needed to be hidden in a brothel?  With me, of all people?”

Dominic thought for several long seconds.  “Perhaps because a brothel is the last place one would think to look for a well-born child.  And you have a reputation for being a dangerous man to cross.  A well-earned reputation, I might add,” he finished, gently sardonic.

“I’m assuming that’s a compliment,” Griffin responded.

“What interests me,” Dominic mused, ignoring the jab, “is why this woman would pick you, specifically.  She obviously knows you.”

 “A lot of women know me,” Griffin snapped.  “The real question is why the hell would she leave a mewling infant on my doorstep?”

“Because she thinks you understand what it means to be abandoned?”

Griffin jolted slightly in his chair, then stilled as the words tapped into the cold rage that ran deeply and swiftly within him.  That emotion was a subtle, thrumming current underscoring every part of his life.  He’d struggled for years to harness the power of it, mostly succeeding.  But those close to him knew that certain subjects were forever barred from discussion.  Those who made the mistake of raising them never did so more than once.

Except for Dominic, naturally.  He knew too much, and he had no compunctions about using that knowledge to his advantage.

“I’d advise you to be careful, my friend,” Griffin said in a soft voice.

Dominic gave a casual shrug.  “I’ve made my point.”

“And I suggest you not make it again.”

The other man bowed his head in gracious retreat.

“To return to the problem at hand,” Griffin said in a blighting tone, “I would be profoundly grateful if you could take this blasted infant off my hands.  Before something happens to him.”

“I think not.”  Now Dominic sounded almost amused.  “Little Stephen must certainly remain here.” 

Griffin felt his mouth drop open.  “Surely, you’re joking.”

“I am not.”  Dominic rose smoothly to his feet.  “I’m inclined to agree with your veiled woman.”  He paused as a curious shadow crossed his face.  He gave a slight shake of his head as if to dispel it.  “Your establishment is a very safe place for a child who is clearly in some sort of peril.  Stephen can remain hidden here while I conduct an investigation.  With any luck, I’ll discover his parentage within a few weeks.”

Griffin sprang to his feet.  “A few weeks?  How the hell am I supposed to take care of a baby until then?  I can’t even tell if he’s old enough to be weaned.  Who’s going to take care of that little detail, may I ask?”

“You needn’t worry,” Madeline said in an annoyingly cheerful voice.  She stopped to coo at the baby, now coming awake with a sleepy yawn.  “Rose is just weaning her own son.  She has plenty of milk to spare.”  When Dominic raised an inquiring eyebrow, Madeline explained.  “Rose is one of the girls at The Golden Tie.”

“It’s entirely unseemly to have this baby living in a brothel, nursed by whores,” Griffin said, starting to feel a bit desperate.

Dominic snorted.  “For a supposed crime lord and a whoremaster, you’re a bit squeamish, aren’t you?”


 
 
Giveaway
 
One print of SECRETS OF ROYAL BODYGUARD, book one of The Renegade Royals series per the total number of stops. (US/Ca only) Please see Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter widget.
Vanessa is also hosting a giveaway on her website for a chance to win one of three gift baskets stuffed with books, cookies and candy, and other fun gifts. 
Link to contest on Vanessa’s website:  http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/contest/


 
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March 25, 2014

Literati Author Services Tour Stop: Beautiful Lies

 
 
 
Title: Beautiful Ties (The Beautiful Series #4)
Author: Alicia Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Synopsis

While watching her brothers find their happily ever afters, Abbey dreams of falling in love. Smart, fun, and sexy, Abbey is also independent and works hard alongside her brother, Kyle. When Kyle joins his business ventures with his wife’s cousins, Jason and Damon, Abbey struggles with keeping things professional.
Jason is instantly enamored with Abbey, and he becomes determined to win her over. Although she does not want to mix business with pleasure, he uses his good looks and sweet charm to work his way into her heart. All the while, Abbey begins building a friendship with a neighborhood child, Pearl. Abbey’s heart warms to Pearl, and their friendship quickly blossoms into a loving relationship.
Can Abbey find a way balance her growing feelings for Jason and her need to take care of Pearl? Or will Abbey need to sacrifice one relationship for the sake of the other?
 
 

About the Author

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...
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