Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stephanie Rowe's DARKNESS POSSESSED Blog Tour & Giveaway

Order of the Blade, #9
by Stephanie Rowe

A fatal mistake stripped Zach Roderick of the powers that define him, leaving him a tormented shadow of the warrior he once was. Now, his teammate's life depends on Zach resurrecting the fire that once burned within him. As he undertakes a battle he has no way to win, he is derailed by a tempestuous beauty that awakens in him the dark desires that destroyed him once before.
 The scars etched on Rhiannon Diaz's soul are so deep that she will never again be free. The once-powerful guardian is facing her last and greatest battle, and failure means a return to a sexual enslavement that is far worse than death. Her intense and passionate need for the powerful warrior who has vowed to protect her threatens the very foundation of her survival, but his refusal to abandon her drags them both into a world where wild, untamed passion rages, and surrender is their only chance.

All books in the Order of the Blade series are intended to be standalones that can be read in any order. The chronological reading order, however, is as follows: DARKNESS AWAKENED, DARKNESS SEDUCED, DARKNESS SURRENDERED, FOREVER IN DARKNESS, DARKNESS REBORN, DARKNESS ARISEN, DARKNESS UNLEASHED, INFERNO OF DARKNESS, DARKNESS POSSESSED 
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About the Author:
Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than forty published novels. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie is the author of the bestselling Order of the Blade paranormal romance series, and she will be launching a new vampire series in Sept/Oct 2014. She also writes the intensely passionate Ever After series, and the gripping Alaska Heat romantic suspense series. She also published in teen fiction, middle grade fiction, and motivational nonfiction.
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In an incredible miracle that required the alignment of all the stars in the universe, I am thrilled to announce that I have managed to wrangle together the main players in Darkness Possessed . I'm joined byCalydon Warrior Zach Roderick, his teammate Thano Savakis, and Rhiannon Diaz for a brief interview. It wasn't easy to track them down in the South American jungle, but I managed to catch up with them for a brief moment. "Welcome everyone. Thanks for coming. Let's start with Zach. Zach? What's up with the outfit? Where are your jeans? The Order of the Blade is all about the denim, but you've gone outside the box. "

Zach is wearing black and gray camo pants, a microfiber black shirt, a gray baseball hat, and a pair of lightweight waterproof hiking books. Sweat is gleaming on the back of his neck, and fresh dirt streaks his arms. Strapped to his hip is a machete that is almost as big as Ryland's. His body is relaxed, but it's easy to see his restlessness. He doesn't want to be standing still, talking. He wants to be moving, protecting, guarding. "It's hot down here in the jungle. Jeans limit my movement. It's not that easy to keep up with the natives, you know. I adapt."

Rhiannon grins, a red amulet glistening around her throat. She's wearing camouflage pants similar to Zach's, set low on her hips. Her tank top is black and fitted, showcasing muscles that she didn't use to have. "He's just a big, slow oaf compared to me." She flashes a ruby-hilted dagger with a dangerous blade. "He's lucky I let him stay."

Thano leans back, his arms clasped behind his head as he uses his massive black stallion for backrest. Apollo is lying down, his head over Thano's shoulder. As always, Apollo's brown eyes are constantly moving, always searching for threats to his master. "Don't listen to them," Thano injects. "They're perfect for each other." He leans forward. "They're different, you know. Not like the other Order of the Blade couples. It's better, what they have. Takes grit and hell to get where they are, but it's good shit."

Zach looks over at him and slams his hand on Thano's shoulder. Something passes between the two men, something private that seems loaded with danger and secrets. In that moment, it's easy to see why they are Order of the Blade. Both men are lethal predators, rippling with muscle and a deeper, darker strength that very few possess. What they have been through together has created a tighter bond between them, a bond shared only by those who have been to hell and back together, barely surviving.

Rhiannon turns suddenly, her hand going to the dagger on her hip. Zach spins around at the same moment, moving to stand beside her as they face the jungle toward the east. Their shoulders are touching, a silent camaraderie while they scan the thick foliage. "Do you hear it?" Rhiannon asks.

Zach nods, moving closer to her. The shift in position is subtle, but there's no doubt that he's putting himself in a position to protect her. His need to safeguard her is instinctive, and it says much about the strength of what lies between them. A warrior woman like Rhiannon would not let many men that close to her. "Yeah. What is it?"

She tilts her head, listening. I do the same, but all I hear is the rustling of the jungle, the scrape of small claws on tree trunks, and the melody of birds. That's not what they're listening to, I am sure of it.

She looks at him, and they both nod. "We have to go." Zach says, while Rhiannon takes off in a dead sprint into the jungle. Zach slaps Thano on the shoulder. "Later." Then he, too, is gone, sliding into the darkness of the jungle like a wraith as it swallows them up.

Thano grabs Apollo's mane and swings himself aboard. The sleek, black stallion surges to his feet, his hooves planted in the damp earth. Thano is wearing jeans and hiking boots as he always does, but there is something different about him. A darkness hovering around him, haunting him. He gives me a small salute. "You know where I need to go," he says.

I nod. I do know where he needs to go. "Good luck."

He winks at me. "A real man makes his own luck, and I'm much more of a real man than those old dudes I hang around with, so I'm good." He swings Apollo around, in the opposite direction of Zach and Rhiannon and the horse leaps forward. For a moment, Apollo and his rider are silhouetted against the setting sun as they gallop away, and then they, too,vanish into a world of secrets, darkness, and danger, as is the life of a Calydon. 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Veiled Target by Robin Bielman

Book Name: Veiled Target

Author: Robin Bielman

Series: A Veilers Novel #1

Release Date: July 22, 2014

Main Character's: Hugh & Tess

Category: M/F - Paranormal Romance

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Heat level: Steamy

Blurb: Never take Fate along on a date. The kiss goodnight could be deadly.

Tracking down Veilers—non humans—is only a sideline for Tess Damon. Vengeance for her fiancĂ©’s murder is her reason for living. But with two botched jobs on her record, if she fails to eliminate her next mark, she’s dead.
She’s not afraid to die, but not before she gets even. Too bad fate has a really bad sense of humor.
Hugh Langston, a wolfen half shifter, lives to keep both humans and his pack safe. But when rogue humans kidnap his apprentice, his rescue mission is compromised by a hot-as-hell, kick-ass woman who makes him think only one thing: mine.
Tess tries to ignore her feelings, but temptation trips her up. Especially when Hugh figures out he’s her next target and forces her into an inconvenient alliance that tests all the laws against their attraction.
Now, with the line between good and evil getting blurrier by the minute, it becomes clear Tess’s only hope of living to see another day—and finding a murderer—lies with the one man she’s supposed to kill.

Warning: Contains one obscenely hot alpha and the woman who wants to love him before she kills him. Look out for a blind date, scorching sex, humor, lies, and untamable attraction.

Reviewed by LT

My Rating: 4.5
Tess is very sure of her life and her job. Kill the bad guys to save the good guys. That’s until she is talked into a blind date with a Wolfen.  Her job is to eliminate Veilers, things that can shift. She has been searching for the Wolfen that killed her boyfriend for 5 years, believing them all evil. Then she meets her blind date and has an unnatural pull to him unlike any she’s ever felt. Almost making her forget her job.
Hugh is the head of the Wolfen pack, but he's ready to give the job over to his pack mate Trey, but he's missing. So what better way to try to find information about him. Go on his set up blind date and see if the woman has any idea. Seems like a good plan until he quickly learns, but wants to fight, the knowledge that Tess is his mate.
They team up to help each other find the person they are each looking for, but on the way will they be able to find each and live to tell about it?

No Prince Charming by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue

Book Name: No Prince Charming

Author's Name: Angel Payne & Victoria Blue

Category: M/F- Contemporary

Main Characters: Killian & Claire

Series: Secrets of Stone #1

Release Date: May 11, 2014

BLURB "Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…”

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery...and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.

Why doesn’t “ready” include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?

My name is Killian Stone...and they call me the “Enigma of Magnificent Mile." That’s just the way I like it. Elite tycoons want into my bank account. Their wives and daughters want into my pants. They’ll all do anything for a piece of the enigma—until a crack in the castle is too huge for anyone to ignore. What they all don’t know is that I’m thrilled about the fissure. Their fascination with the scandal means nobody will look at the bigger secret of the Stone family. I’m safe.

Until Claire Montgomery walks through my doors.

Her honesty, her bravery, her humor…they pull me in, a prism against the gray walls of my tower. I’m captivated. For the very first time, I long to shed the enigma. To share my secret. But what the hell will that get me? Even if she fits the slipper I offer…I’m no Prince Charming.

Reviewed By: Wendy
My Rating: 4.5
Very rich, very sexy, very selective of his women and very much becoming obsessed with Claire. That is how I would describe Killian Stone. Running a multi-million dollar corporation is what Killian does day by day, but being the youngest of three brothers he doesn't always want the responsibility that comes with it. Having one of his older brothers gracing the front pages of the rag magazines is not something he needs right now. Killian is working hard on getting his brother's scandal taken care of and that means hiring one of the best PR firms in the country. What he didn't expect was the redheaded angel that walked into his life and turned him inside out. Claire is there to work, not get involved with the man that hired her soon to be step-mothers company. Denying what she wants gets harder and harder for Claire, and Killian is not a man to give up on what he wants. Secrets and lies are flying around these two all the time making what they want almost impossible, but when a man is as determined as Killian is to win his hearts desire nothing is impossible for long. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway- Little Red by Trista Jaszczak

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TITLE - Little Red 
SERIES - Believe Series #1 
AUTHOR- Trista Jaszczak 
GENRE - Semi Erotic/Paranormal/Fairy Tale Retellings 
RE-RELEASE DATE- June 13, 2014
LENGTH (Pages) - 266 
PUBLISHER - Wolf Paw Publications 
COVER ARTIST- Bookworm Productions


Samantha Wentworth has one mission in life; to get as far away as she possibly can from her troubled past.

When she finds herself on the Louisiana bayou she runs straight into the arms of a very sexy Big Bad Wolf that she just can’t seem to resist.

Will Samantha continue on her journey, or does the full moon have other plans in store for her?

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Character Bio - Ethan Parker   Character Bio - Samantha - Red - Wentworth



I stand up slowly and begin to fight what I’m about to do. I beg myself to sit down, look away, anything, but instead I trail up to her. She doesn’t flinch, doesn’t shudder; strangely, her eyes stay locked onto mine. I take the extra towel from her and draw her body to mine. I hear her left out a small gasp, and I can tell her heart rate has quickened. I bring a hand to her face, letting it trail from her cheek to her neck, all the way to the back of her head. I pull her in for a kiss. A proper one. That feeling I felt before returns as something inside me nearly loses control. My legs begin to feel weak as I realize that she’s kissing me back. It’s as soon as my tongue flickers over hers that I really feel I may lose it. I pull away for a moment and close my eyes. “This is how it’s supposed to be,” I mumble to her. I work to keep myself under control, I remind myself to keep a slower pace, not to rush. I catch a sudden wave of Red’s feelings…the want and need is there, and it makes it more difficult to control myself. I try to relax, remind myself to pace myself but when Red pushes her body into mine, I fully lose any control that I had. Her arms fly around my neck and I do nothing to stop her. Her lips find mine as her hands reach for my belt buckle. She wastes no time in unbuckling and unzipping my jeans. I reach for the last towel and yank it from her body as she pulls my tee shirt off and throws it across the room. She wraps her arms around me again and lets her lips find mine as I wrap my arms around her, lifting her in one swift movement. Her legs immediately cinch around my waist and I steady myself quickly as I push her against the nearest wall. She moans loudly and I feel her nails dig into my back briefly. I begin biting tenderly down her neck in a way that leaves tiny little marks but enough to make her groan with pleasure. I feel all self-control leave my body as I steady her against the wall and begin using my strength to lift her upwards as I move my mouth down her body. I feel her hands tug at my hair as I clamp my teeth down on one of her nipples. She releases another moan and I feel her breathing become choppy as I work my way down her core; kissing, biting, licking, and unable to control myself. I finally find myself in a squat position, I quickly adjust Red’s over my shoulders and I feel her shake. Everything in me wants to have her, every single piece of her right this minute. I need her. Not to just satisfy the raw animal craving that his built up inside me, but because I need every piece of the one thing that I ever wanted and needed so badly. I slow my kisses past her belly button and move to her inner thighs. I look up at her and her eyes catch my gaze. She’s breathing heavily, her legs begin to tremble more as I steady her against the wall as I drop to my knees to maintain my own balance. When my mouth finally latches to her, letting my tongue do the work for me, she releases a noise filled with such intense pleasure that there’s no going back. I need her even more now.

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Trista Jaszczak is the Amazon.com bestselling author of Loverboy and Little Red that hit #1 in Fairy Tales on Amazon.com on release day!

She is an Air Force spouse and mother to two mischievous and rambunctious little girls. She is creative by nature and not only writes, but is a photographer who braves the cold to chase the northern lights. She also plays guitar and sings, two things that have become a favorite past time of hers when she’s not behind the glowing screen of her computer. And, though she considers it just a hobby, loves to sketch and paint.

She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the Air Force sends her. She currently resided in Anchorage, Alaska where she finds endless inspiration in the pure Alaskan wilderness. Though the rain can seem endless in the fall, and the constant daylight is a burden in the summers, she considers it a privilege to live there.

When Trista isn’t writing, she loves to spend her time with her family in the vast Alaskan outdoors, plucking away at her old guitar, working out in the gym, or baby her two over-grown Labrador puppies. She loves the great outdoors, the moon, old movies, and music. She loves being creative, practicing her photography, and wildlife. If you need to get in touch with her, since her life is 10 ways of crazy right now, you can always Email her PA. pa@author-trista.com



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Adam (The Protector Series) by Teresa Gabelman

Book Name: Adam

Author's Name: Teresa Gabelman  

Category: M/F- Paranormal romance 

Main Characters: Adam and Angelina

Series: The Protectors #5

Release Date: June 22, 2014 

BLURBHalf-breed vampire, Adam Pride, has an almighty chip on his broad shoulders. Trying to move on after finding Angelina married to another, Adam has a decision to make. Remove the chip and move on or kill the man who took what he wanted most in the world, his Angel. 
With his heart in pieces, Adam’s on a mission to become the best VC Warrior he can be. It’s not long before fate steps in, turning his world and life as he knows it upside down. Shocking revelations will realign allegiances and draw the VC Warriors onto a new path. This journey is not Adam’s alone. Every Warrior, half-breed and human will be affected by what is to come. The unknown awaits. The battle has just begun. 

Shonna's review
My rating 4.5
This series is one of my favorites. Not only do you get the love story of Adam and Angelina in this novella, but a shocking new turn of events leading the whole series in a new direction. The big bonus was the "OMG" ending that leaves you hoping that the author writes faster! I know I have said it before in another review, but I really enjoy the way all the characters are very involved in each book. They all play an important role and make the story so rich and complete with everything a good read should have. Packed with fantastic sub-stories, Gabelman teases you with bits here and there that set the wheels in motion for future stories to be brought to the front. All the while driving you crazy because you want to read more about them now, not in upcoming installments. (Did I mention I’m not very patient, LOL) Another great addition to The Protectors Series.

East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

Book Name: East of Ecstasy

Author's Name: Laura Kaye

Category: M/F- Paranormal Romance

Main Characters: Devlin and Annalise
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi #4

Release Date: April 22, 2014

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BLURB: Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost

Reviewed By: Wendy
My Rating: 5
There is something about a broken man that I just love- lol. Devlin is certainly broken, in more ways than one. His only family that believed in him has died, and now he feels like he must not only fight his evil father but now his uncles as well. Eurus,  Devlin's father is pure evil, going so far as  trying to kill one son and imprisoning the other. Hiding out in what he thinks is an old abandoned warehouse he finds Annalise, a human who has a gift of painting horrific scenes she sees while in a trance.  Annalise thinks she is going insane when the man from her paintings just appears out of thin air in front of her. Devlin knows the moment he sees Anna that he wants her but knows being around her only puts her in danger from his father. When good and evil collide not everyone comes out alive. 
I really hated seeing this series come to an end, to me there is one more character in this last book that could definitely have his own story. Fingers crossed that happens!!  
And I loved that Devlin was not so broken at the end of the book!

Sid (The Protector Series) by Teresa Gabelman

Book Name: Sid 

Author's Name: Teresa Gabelman 
Main Characters: Sid and Lana

Series: The Protectors #4

Release Date: January 3, 2014
BlurbRenowned for his playboy lifestyle and wisecrack remarks, Sid Sinclair knows he is the last pick for the lead investigator of human/half-breed trafficking. Never one to play by the rules, Sid takes his new position seriously, but not without driving the leader of the VC Council and fellow Warrior’s crazy.
A human with a special gift, Lana Fitzpatrick’s life is complicated. When Sid Sinclair charges into her life, her complicated life becomes torturous; his charm and wit draws her in like no other. Having dealt with alpha men most of her life, she is a match made in heaven for the VC Warrior who thinks he is God’s gift to women.
As the world of vampires and humans try to coexist, Sid and Lana’s lives intertwine. It doesn’t take long before the sparks between the two fly and for them to realize they have both finally met their match. 

Shonna's review:  Full of spit and vinegar, Lana Fitzpatrick is a sassy little firecracker. As a policewoman, many times in her career she has been able to use her special gift as a medium to help people. Yet the last thing she expected while on an undercover operation was to come across a VC Warrior, who makes her so mad she punches him in the face.
  With a twist of circumstances, this particular cocky smartass vampire soon becomes her boss.
Honestly feeling he is idolized by all woman that lay eyes on him, Sid “Sidilicious” Sinclair is an arrogantly brash hottie, with an endless sense of humor.   As a VC Warrior, he has been given the role as the lead investigator of human/half-breed trafficking. To top it off the only woman that has ever been able to knock him off his worship me pedestal is now working for him.
This is a great series! I really enjoy all the wonderful characters that are a part of each warrior story. The humor, love, danger, and excitement spun into Teresa Gabelman’s writing always makes me look forward to the next installment. Once I start one of her books, I don’t put it down.

My rating: 5

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blood Vengeance by Teresa Keefer

Book Name: Blood Vengeance

Author's Name: Teresa Keefer

Category: M/F- Paranormal Romance

Main Characters: Vincent and Abigail

Release Date: 07/21/13

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BLURB: The heroine, Abigail Cooper, has a gift. She discovered that she has the gift of mediumship, inherited from her grandmother who visits her from the 'other side'. When her teenaged sister-Reilly-goes missing with a suspected cult leader, Abigail uses her sixth sense which leads her to steamy, mysterious, modern day New Orleans.
Abigail herself is met with some danger when she is attacked by a serial rapist/murderer but is rescued by a tall, dark and mysterious man and returned to her hotel room unharmed but missing most of her memory of the attack and the events that followed. However, with help from the other side, she soon comes to understand why.
Her rescuer was none other than the wealthy, attractive, seductive and centuries old vampire by the name of Vincent Adcock. Vincent and his group of fellow vampires have been ridding the south of criminal predators in their own way for many years as a means to feed as well as a means to seek solace from what they are.
Knowing the danger of entering the vampire's lair, Abigail follows him home from a club one night and puts herself at his and his colleagues' mercy to ask for their help in locating and rescuing her sister. This comes with a price as she becomes a prisoner in his home.
The tale takes Abigail into a world of vampires, the supernatural, drugs, prostitution, and murder as the group searches for the errant teen. But will they be able to rescue Reilly before the psychotic cult leader uses her for his bizarre ritual in which he hopes to conquer mankind? Will Abigail be able to resist the sexual magnetism of Vincent or will she find herself caught up in an attraction that could result in losing her heart and soul to a creature that is doomed to walk the earth for all of eternity?

Reviewed By: Wendy
My Rating: 3.5-4

A good vampire who thinks he is nothing more than a soulless man that no one could possibly love and a human woman with a special gift that she does not think she can rely on come together in a supernatural love story. Abigail's younger sister goes missing and now Abigail will do anything to find her, even using her gift as a medium to track her down. Ending up in New Orleans, Abigail is attacked and almost raped by an evil man, but Vincent comes to her rescue. Vincent is a wealthy vampire who lives in New Orleans working with other good vampires to clean up the streets. Having Abigail in his arms and protecting her is something that feels good to Vincent and he wants more. Helping her find her sister sets him on the right track to get her back in his arms but his fellow vampires don't want to help her. They would rather kill her and be done with it all. He agrees to help but with conditions, the main one being that she move into his penthouse with him while they search for her sister. Knowing she needs his help she moves in with him becoming his prisoner and at the mercy of his vampire friends while they decide the fate of not only Abigail but her sister Reilly too.   

ETERNAL SIN by Laura Wright

Book Name: Eternal Sin

Author's Name: Laura Wright

Category: M/F

Main Characters: Synjon and Petra

Series: Mark of the Vampire #6

Release Date: 11/05/13 

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BLURB: Love and Vengeance... 
The violent attack left Synjon destroyed and his lover dead—at the will of the evil vampire Cruen. Syn’s passionate savior was Petra. When she became pregnant with his child, it should have been a blessing—until Syn vanished after discovering the truth: Petra was the daughter of the man he despised above all others. The daughter of Cruen.
When Petra’s health begins to decline, she contacts Syn to help save their baby. Though reluctant to see Petra, he cannot turn his back on his own innocent child. But night after night, as his feelings for Petra are rekindled, Syn becomes increasingly torn.
Although everyone assumes that Cruen is dead, Syn is not convinced—and is still hell-bent on finding and destroying him once and for all. But will his thirst for vengeance keep him from seeing what is really worth living for before it is too late?

Reviewed By: Wendy
My Rating: 5
I love this series, I can't explain why I love it so much, not sure if it's the authors writing or the hot male characters. 
Knowing you want something and thinking you don't deserve it are two things Syn struggles with every time he is around Petra. After a tragic loss in his past, Syn thinks he will never be happy again, that is until Petra makes him feel alive again. Still burning with rage and vengeance for Cruen, the evil vampire who he blames for taking away his lover, Syn will do anything to find him. The time he spends with Petra, healing and growing to love her comes to a quick end when he learns that she is Cruen's daughter. Petra finds herself alone and pregnant with Syn's child. Syn knows he must choose between his hate for Cruen and his love for Petra and their child. Does love win out in the end or will his all consuming hate for Cruen ruin everything he needs in his life to heal and live?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Amanda McIntyre's THE DARK SEDUCTION OF MISS JANE Blog Tour & Giveaway, Plus Review

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Amanda McIntyre

For me, there is as much fun in researching for obscure tidbits of history as writing in the genre. Aside from medieval (A basketful of oddities that one!) the Victorian era has always captured my interest, in particular, Victorian England. And that is usually where I begin when I prepare to write historical. Add a liberal dash of other genres, say, thriller and erotic romance, and you have what NYT/USA best seller, Caridad Pineiro  says is, “wonderful blend of sexy romance and sinister mystery”
THE DARK SEDUCTION OF MISS JANE came about after finding an article on one of my favorite research sites called, Casebook; Jack the Ripper. I shan’t go into the full scale article but will provide the link so you can enjoy it and the site on your own. However, when all the world has heard of Mr. Ripper, very few realize that a few years  before “Jack”—Scotland yard was dealing with another set of mysteries—that of the Embankment murders or sometimes called, the Thames murder mysteries.
I was intrigued. My mind started clicking off the possibilities—what if there was an American woman desirous of becoming the first female investigative reporter? What if one of the top level detectives of Scotland Yard (part of the elite CID) carried a dark secret of his own that both drove him in his work and tortured him in his personal life?
This was getting better, I decided.
Add in a Boston engagement scandal that forces the young woman to the newly formed Writers House in London until things settle for her family back home, mix in a strange encounter with an illusionist that leads to a private gentleman’s club, sprinkle in a host of quirky secondary characters, and blend with the twists and turns of a serial killer’s diary and you have THE DARK SEDUCTION OF MISS JANE.
An historical erotic thriller.
Over four years (at least) in the making, Jane and I have been on quite a journey.
I hope you too, will enjoy the journey awaiting you with Jane and Inspector Randolph! 
A scandalous betrayal sets Miss Jane Goodwin on an unexpected journey to London to pursue her dream of being the first female investigative journalist, but she soon finds herself in a hotbed of murder and controversy. Seduced by the passions of a mysterious lover and stalked by a madman, Jane falls prey to her desires as tensions mount, only to discover a deadly secret that threatens more than just her trust in men. 
Inspector Randolph Mansfield is one of Scotland Yard’s elite, battling the dark secrets of his past while trying to solve a rash of grisly murders threatening to mar Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. His respite is the anonymity he finds in the decadence of a private gentleman’s club, until a determined American journalist goes undercover in search of her stalker and he finds the lines between protection and passion blurred. But as tensions heat and her life is threatened, he must choose whether to reveal his true identity at the risk of losing both her trust and his career.

The Dark Seduction Of Miss Jane
By Amanda McIntyre


A scandalous betrayal sets Miss Jane Goodwin on an unexpected journey to London to pursue her dream of being the first female investigative journalist, but she soon finds herself in a hotbed of murder and controversy. Seduced by the passions of a mysterious lover and stalked by a madman, tensions mount as Jane falls prey to her desires, only to discover a deadly secret that threatens more than just her trust in men.
Inspector Randolph Mansfield is one of Scotland Yard’s elite, battling the dark secrets of his past while trying to solve a rash of grisly murders threatening to mar Queen Victoria's Jubilee. His respite is the anonymity he finds in the decadence of a private gentleman’s club, until a determined American journalist goes undercover in search of her stalker and he finds the lines between protection and passion blurred. But as tensions heat and her life is threatened, he must choose whether to reveal his true identity at the risk of losing her trust and his career.

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My parents believed that women should be independent and capable. What is your thinking along those lines, Mr. Hampton?” she asked, purposely goading him.

He emitted a long-suffering sigh. “I do find a capable woman refreshing, Miss Goodwin. I have no qualms with a woman who wishes to be independent and, moreover, isn't afraid to speak her mind.”

She slid him a glance. “Indeed, I think your aunt is correct. You are a charmer.”

He shrugged. “A woman can profess to be independent in many things, but there are still times when a man’s involvement is necessary.”

“That is quite enough, Wesley Hampton,” his aunt spoke.

“Name one,” Jane fired back as she crossed her arms.

“Jane!” Isabella turned in her chair and pinned Jane with a shocked expression.Wesley’s mouth curled into a wicked smile. He lifted his brow and set down his cup. “A conversation left to another day

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Amanda McIntyre grew up the daughter of a father who was a distributor for a New York magazine publishing firm, and usually had her nose stuck in the latest issue of Vampirella magazine or a Hitchcock Mystery paperback. She has been called "a true artist in the writing realm' and her zest for life inspires her "character-driven" stories. Her passion is to take ordinary people and place them in extraordinary situations. She is a best-selling, multi-genre hybrid author and has received numerous awards and nominations for her work. Amanda is published internationally, in audio, e-book and in print. She currently writes sizzling contemporary cowboy romance and is about to release her first historical erotic thriller.

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Shonna's review:  Tall, beautiful, and intelligent, Jane Goodwin stands strong with a willful  determination few women in 1887 are willing to outwardly express. Not afraid to seek what she wants, circumstances take her abroad to begin a new adventure across the ocean. A new woman’s writing group in London is being formulated and sparks Jane’s journalistic interest to be a part of it. Staying at Writers House proves to be even more than Jane ever imagined, steering her into a whirlwind of mystery, intense seductive excitement, and a serial murderer that now targets her as the next victim.
Inspector Randolph Mansfield of The Criminal Investigation Department excels at his job and has quickly climbed the ladder of success. Thick black hair, with long legs, dark eyes, and broad shoulders, Randolph harbors a need in his heart to find revenge for a past he can’t change. Carrying tortured demons in his mind, he seeks dark deviations to ease a side of him that lurks in his soul and gives him no rest. As an anonymous member to the exclusive McFarland Manor, few know what goes on behind the walls. Here Randolph experiences release for his promiscuous pleasures and decadent sexual needs. Unable to stop thinking about the new American woman nosing around in his investigation, Randolph, hopes to bluff her back across the line she keeps stepping over. Yet when his plan fails, all is revealed and a fiery passion  is unleashed between the two of them. 
I was immensely captured by the writing talent that Amanda McIntyre has. Oh how I enjoyed reading this story! So full of striking characters and a twisting plot, I couldn't read it fast enough but was sad when I finished. A wonderful read.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

S. J. Harper's CAPTURED Book Blast & Giveaway


The Fallen Siren Series, Prequel #0.5

GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Join FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf.
Their mission is redemption.

Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way. 
Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman. 
When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or denied.
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I should run while I have the chance.
I know it with a certainty that shakes me to the core of my very being. Just like I know how impossible running away would be, how unforgivable. A child is missing. A life is at stake. A life that’s mine to save. Then my eyes connect with his. I take a slow, steady breath, reach for the handle of my roller bag, and walk toward him.
Agent Zack Armstrong isn’t exactly what I expected. He’s taller, darker, and if my instincts are correct, three nights every month he’s a whole lot furrier.
“Agent Monroe, it’s nice to finally meet you in person.” He offers me his right hand, reaches for my bag with his left. “You travel light.”
His voice is low and lilting, the Southern cadence as compelling in person at it was over the phone.
“I’m hoping to wrap this up quickly,” I tell him.
“You and me both.”
The handshake is professional. Warm. Firm. No-nonsense. The cut and quality of his tailored black suit, the crispness of his shirt, and his choice of tie—a bold gold that brings out the exotic ring around dark brown irises—are all more James Bond than Seeley Booth. Even the hair sets him apart. Thick and dark, it’s slightly longer than regulation and swept straight back, accentuating the lines of a strong jaw.
“Car’s out front.” He gestures to the wall of doors leading outside. “You’re already checked in at the hotel.”
“Decent place?”
“I’ve been comfortable there. They put you next door to me. Hungry?”
“Starving,” I admit. “We were late getting into O’Hare. I barely made my connection. Didn’t have time to grab anything for lunch and the peanuts wore off long ago.”
“Good. We’ll grab a bite while I fill you in on our progress.”
The instant I step outside I’m hit with a wall of oppressive air. Although it’s past nine and March, it’s hot and humid enough to make my hair curl. A strand escapes from the bun at the nape of my neck. Without breaking stride I tuck it behind my ear and remove my blazer. Like all of my suits, the one I’m wearing is conservative and black. I unbutton the cuffs of my dove-gray blouse and roll them up.
“Is it normally this humid in March? ”
With a push of a button on the key fob, Zack unlocks the standard issue Chevy Suburban waiting for us at the curb. “What’s normal anymore?” He opens the passenger door. The gallant gesture reminds me that we’re in Charleston—home of the Southern gentleman. I slide in and suppress a smile. “Freak tropical storms in the winter? Temperatures in the 70s and 80s in the spring?”
My carry-on is quickly stowed in the back. I pull down the visor and flip open the vanity mirror. Not to check my makeup. I don’t wear any—no mascara, no lipstick, no makeup. Period. I do it to track Zack’s progress as he walks behind the car. Admiring him openly is a luxury I’d never allow myself. But as I sit here, alone, I take a moment to study the man whose voice for the past month has starred in my fantasies. Dangerous, I know, especially now that I’m here instead of thousands of miles away. But I just can’t help myself. A Siren is a Siren. A sexual creature, born of Gaia. I’m one of three, cursed by Demeter thousands of years ago for failing to protect Persephone. For failing to rescue her before she was dragged by Hades to the Underworld. It’s for this I atone. For this I pay. It’s the reason I couldn’t run. The reason I need to see this through. The reason I must find Cooper Anderson.
Zack climbs into the driver’s seat and fires up the engine. I push the visor back up, take a deep breath, and silently repeat the words I always do at the start of a new case. Redemption could be one rescue away.


The Fallen Siren Series, Book 1 
Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She's cursed. He's damned.
Together, they make one hell of a team. 
Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

  Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them. 
Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.
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About the Authors:
S. J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic- Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.
Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real- life” day job in the psychiatric !eld to pursue writing full- time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and terrier pup, Olive, in a century- old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths, and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.
Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the U.S. and the U.K. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she !nds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.
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