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Monday, April 29, 2013

Mafia Secret Review Tour and GIVEAWAY April 29-May 10





The Tasty Review Tour for my mafia romantic suspense, Mafia Secret, is starting today! I hope you will follow along for your chance to win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card. Leave a comment at each blog stop to double, triple, etc. your chances of winning the gift card. Here are the tour stops:

April 29th- My Love for Film and Novels
April 30th-Crazy Four Books
May 1st- Reading Renee
May 2nd- I am a Book Addict...and Proud of it
May 3rd- Emerald Musings
(Stop 2)   Book Bling

May 6th-  Illustrious Illusions
May 7th- Romance Bookworm
(Stop 2)- Tattooed Book Reviews
May 8th- Busy Moms Book Reviews
(Stop 2)  The Self Taught Cook
May 9th- The Guardian's Hangout
May 10th- For the Love of Bookends
(Stop 2)    The Book Enthusiast


Mafia Secret by Angie Derek - A romantic suspense published by Tell-Tale Publishing.
 

Lessa Noelle grew up never knowing she was the illegitimate daughter of a mafia king pin. After his murder, she finds herself a surprise heiress immersed in the dangerous world of organized crime with only the guidance of Marco Santo her father’s second in command to help her.

Marco searches for her father’s killer and tries to keep the realities of his life from touching her. An uneasy attraction blossoms between the two. An already dangerous situation turns volatile when a killer turns his attention to Lessa. 

Available in multiple ebook formats from Amazon, Barnes and NobleCrossroads, Diesel, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony.

Available as an audio book through Audible.com, Amazon, iTunes.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Plotting to Win by Tara Chevrestt

Plotting to Win by Tara Chevrestt. Releasing June 1st.



Blurb

In New York City, seven writers compete for a hundred thousand dollars, a publishing contract with Bright House, and the title of the next bestseller. One is Felicity James. One is Victor Guzman.

Drama, plagiarism, and trash talk play out to enthralled audiences across the country as all seven contestants compete against each other in a range of heated challenges, with tensions reaching breaking point. As Felicity and Victor start up a show‐mance, their relationship burns up the ratings.

Will this sizzling fling escalate into a vicious battle for money and fame, or will these two authors manage to write their own happy ending?


Author Info

Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.

Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She shares a website with her naughty pen name: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index.html and they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Chevrestt-Sonia-Hightower/218383211513877

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Charmeine by Emily Guido FREE on April 19th

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Can romance develop between a Heavenly Light-Bearer and a Hellish Vampire Blood-Hunter? Tabbruis is an extremely attractive Blood-Hunter who has reconciled himself to be alone forever. Over millennia Tabbruis has wandered the Earth alone, aimlessly living through many historical events. Charleen (aka Charmeine) was found in 1997 as a teenager, unable to remember where she was from or where her family was. She was sent to an orphanage where she met her best friend, Shane. With determination, she works hard and becomes a school teacher. Tabbruis comes to her aid when she is attacked by a Blood-Hunter. Charmeine’s power as a Light-Bearer, one who throws lightning, is triggered when she meets Tabbruis, and it grows exponentially. When they meet, the attraction is immediate, romantic and passionate. They are polar opposites and clash together in a dramatic way. Will Charmeine and Tabbruis fulfill their destinies? Will they realize their importance in both the Blood-Hunter and Light-Bearer world?





RAVE REVIEWS for “Charmeine” by Author Emily Guido
Romance between a Vampire and a light bearer is something so new, I had to read this book to find out what the buzz and feel is all about …
All I can say is that book didn't disappoint at all! A must read!”
Fathima Amiruddin
This is a great read, and a terrific debut novel!”
Susan Ashcraft
The author's story got me hooked. I think the readers will feel the same.”
Carol Fitzpatrick
This story is a fantastically tender, romantic one of timeless love.
This story is well worth a read!”
Melanie Adkins
The scenes were beautifully described and the plot is creative and intriguing.
The Light-Bearer Series is sure to be the next fabulous Angel series on your
To-Read” shelf!”
Cassie
Well done Emily, this is a great debut novel!”
Samantha Adams  

Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing "Charmeine" because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough. The novels “Mactus,” “Accendo,” “Seditious,” and “Ransom,” are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine! Emily is currently writing “Conundrum” the Sixth Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” She works at a College full time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration. YA, PNR, Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Angels, Action and Adventure, Historical
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Spotlight: Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell


Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell

Beautiful, sweet Shaye and dark, dangerous Tanner don’t have a lot in common. He’s a suspicious big city cop come home to his family’s ranch and she’s a bleeding heart who works for a group that seeks out ranches to conserve after the owners have passed away. 

But the suspicious death of Tanner’s uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together and sparks fly. 
Working as a pair, using Shay’s sweet personality and town connections, as well as Tanner’s experience, they set out to find justice - they never expected to find love along the way as well.
They both say it will just be temporary but when Shay is put in danger, Tanner realizes that he’ll give up just about anything to save the woman he loves. But will he have to sacrifice his life to save hers?

Author Info:

Elizabeth Lowell’s many remarkable historical and contemporary novels include New York Times bestsellers, Forget Me Not, Only Love, A Woman Without Lies, Autumn Lover and Winter Fire. Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove and Midnight in Ruby Bayou were also instant New York Times bestsellers. Ms. Lowell has more than twenty million books in print. She lives in Nevada with her husband with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Release Day Blast & GIVEAWAY: Emma: The Wild and Wanton Edition


Blurb

Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley won the literary world’s heart 200 years ago when Jane Austen first penned the story of their friendship-turned-love.  Emma is the young, rich, beautiful heroine with too much time on her hands and an overactive imagination; Mr. Knightley is her long-suffering friend who is always trying to steer her in the right direction. 

Their love story is one of deep, dedicated affection blooming into passion.  But what about all of that sexual tension that crackles in the subtext?  In this Wild and Wanton edition of Austen’s classic, Emma and Mr. Knightley burn up the pages as they give in to their baser natures.  Discover the sexy scenes that readers of Emma have been imagining between Austen’s lines since 1815.

Excerpt (Less Spicy)

Mr. Knightley smiled, and Emma noticed that his lips were distractingly full.  It was the only thought she was capable of before he startled her by moving from the settee to the chaise to sit beside her.  The movement was slight and one he had often made in the company of others, but Emma was of a sudden reminded that she and Mr. Knightley had not been alone together, as decorum and Miss Taylor had dictated, since Emma was perhaps fourteen.  Perhaps decorum was in the right.  The moment they were alone, Emma’s thoughts were running rampant.

Mr. Knightley leaned toward her slightly, and she unconsciously mirrored the movement.  She could feel his breath on her cheek as he spoke.  “Come,” said he a bit roughly, “you are anxious for a compliment, so I will tell you that you have improved her. You have cured her of her school-girl’s giggle; she really does you credit.”

His words momentarily penetrated her focus on the way his mouth moved as he talked.  She realised he had complimented her.  Emma could not have anticipated the warmth she felt in her cheeks any more than she could have anticipated his praise.  He was not one to throw around flattery lightly.  “Thank you. I should be mortified indeed if I did not believe I had been of some use; but it is not every body who will bestow praise where they may. You do not often overpower me with it.”  The last had slipped from her lips unheeded, and Emma wished the words back again.  She could not tell what had driven her to reveal that thought, and in such a tone as to betray an injury Emma did not want to admit feeling.  Emma could only blame the odd state of her mind at present.  If she were to ever have hope of keeping her composure for the rest of Mr. Knightley’s visit, she must keep a tight rein on her thoughts.

Mr. Knightley gazed at her intently.  Those eyes that she now saw had flecks of green in them had heat swirling within.  He was sitting extraordinarily close.  The chaise was small and afforded no ample space.  She could feel the heat of his skin through his breeches and her skirts.  Her gaze dropped to her lap where her hands had fisted together quite on their own.  Oh dear, she thought as she felt her thoughts slip her control.


About the Authors

Jane Austen is one of the most beloved authors of all time.  She never married, and as far as we know, she died a virgin.  More’s the pity.

Micah Persell is the award-winning author of the paranormal romance series Operation: Middle of the Garden.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a double master’s degree in English pedagogy and literature, and she found particular delight in driving her professors to madness by imagining the characters’ salacious untold stories during class discussions of “serious literature.”  She is beyond thrilled that the object of her professors’ horror is now her profession.

Author Links: website - twitter - facebook - pinterest


Emma: The Wild and Wanton Edition Tour starts on April 15th.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

April Kindle Fire Giveaway



Kindle Fire HD 7" Giveaway


The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

  Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fairy Tale Fortnight


I love fairy tale adaptations, retellings, and inspired bys. There's just something about the dynamics and little tidbits from the fairy tales that make such interesting stories. My first published romance was a fairy tale retelling or inspired by depending on your viewpoint.

The Beast's Redemption came from Beauty and the Beast. If you haven't read my The Beast's Redemption beware there are some spoilers below, but I thought it would be fun to share what I included from the original fairy tale as well as other adaptations.

Names
My heroine is named Belle - the original name of Beauty (and the Disney version). Her surname and the hero's name are also French. My little nod to the fairy tale's origin.

Rose
I wanted the rose as a symbol in the story. It makes three appearances. 1) As a single red rose Alexander gives to Belle. 2) The rose emblem on the amulet Alexander wears. 3) The rose journal which has the answer to breaking the curse.

Gold Dress
I had fun inserting the gold ball gown from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It isn't the same style, but it is gold and sets up a scene for Alexander to offer his assistance to Belle and show his kindness.

Curse
The curse is the core of the fairy tale and I tried to keep it at the core of The Beast's Redemption.

Lion
In Disney's Beauty and The Beast, The Beast looks similar to a lion. This gave me the inspiration for Alexander to be a mountain lion shape shifter.  

Father
In the original story, the father trades his lovely daughter to the Beast to save himself (it's a little more complicated than that as she does volunteer to go). I wanted to keep this idea of the father sending his daughter to the Beast which is why Mercer asks Belle to keep Alexander occupied after Alexander calls in a loan Mercer can not repay.


Cursed shape shifter, Alexander LĂ©andre, is resigned to his fate, but that doesn't stop him from hunting down the descendants of the sorceress who bewitched him in hopes of obtaining a cure.

Belle Beaumont is used to men never looking past her curvy figure and pretty face. She dutifully agrees to befriend Alexander in order to protect her father's herbal company.

A single touch changes all. Passions flare. When Belle discovers what Alexander is truly after and why, will she accept him for what he is? And will her love and family knowledge be enough to break a hundred-year-old curse?

Available in multiple ebook formats from All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BookStrand.com, iTunes, Fictionwise eBooks, Sony, The Wild Rose Press.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Release Day Blast: Tempted by Trouble by Susan Arden


Blurb

When a woman is the magnet for the wrong man, it takes a bad boy to break old habits.

Carolina Rodriguez is a large animal veterinarian on a mission to escape South Florida and her overprotective family. Willing to do just about anything, she accepts a job in Annona, Texas over the Internet from a family connection. 

At her cousin’s wedding, she runs into Matt, a handsome Texan in the church parking lot. Matthew McLemore is more than gorgeous, he’s Carolina’s new boss, and needs her help to determine why his cattle keep dying. Matt’s instantaneous attraction to Carolina sorely tempts him to push the boundaries of their work contract, but a roll in the hay may prove too volatile to handle. Until she arrives on his ranch and is too hot to resist. 

Carolina refuses to admit Matt’s raw sexuality is more than overpowering or that she's the least bit tempted by this smooth-talking bad boy. But by the time the pathology lab reports comes back, they’ve explored every inch of each other. All of a sudden, this fiery affair is more than just a fling. And when a past flame threatens to overwhelm their new found romance, Matt must find a way to stake his claim to Carolina's heart before it's too late.

Warning: Contains a smoking mess of scorching love scenes.
Ice may be needed for blazing imaginations.

Author Info

Susan grew up in Miami, Florida and spent summers with her father, a college philosophy professor. Surrounded by stacks of books, she voraciously read throughout her childhood. Her father gave her the Little Prince not once, but several times over the years and the ideas of heartfelt vision stuck. "What matters is beyond the tangible. I love the concept of falling in love. The type of romantic journey that is so intense, it borders on insanity."--Susan D. Taylor 

Susan moved to Nashville where she taught biology and special education as well as coached girls' soccer. No longer a public school teacher, Susan now writes about consuming passion, how attraction plays out, and characters that are either going to incinerate or meld like ribbons of warm caramel. She lives in TN with her husband, two blue heelers, two cats, a gecko and a snake. An RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance) specializing in vinyasa flow when she's not writing her next hot romance.

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