Sep 01

BOOK SPOTLIGHT/ GIVEAWAY: Alexis by Night-2 by Bianca James

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Alexis by Night-2

by Bianca James

The Blurb

Bestselling author Bianca James takes, erotic romance to new heights in the second book of her Alexis by Night series.

*** The third and final part will be released in October 2014 ***

Trent Hudson: High profile, soon to be billionaire and corporate magnate has a dark secret which could ruin is corporate empire.

Alexis: Mom-turned-escort knows his dirty little secret. Will she keep his secret? Will he keep hers?

Mark: There is more to this successful, enigmatic, hard bodied and likeable rogue than his easy going nature, emerald green eyes and soft curls might suggest. Lauryn has already had an addictive taste of what he can offer her in the bedroom. But, does she want more?

Lauryn: Has captured the hearts of both men, under vastly different circumstances and they both desire her. Can she choose between them?

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Author Bio

From the time she opened her Mom’s laptop as a small child and wrote her first story, Bianca James knew she wanted to be a writer, although her Mom probably wouldn’t approve of her current stories.As an award winning freelancer, Bianca has made her mark in the world of magazine journalism over the past decade, during which time she has been a voracious reader of erotica and romance. Now, she has found her true calling – writing hot, uncompromising and highly entertaining erotic romance. With a penchant for sexual fantasies (yes, we all have them, even if we like to think that we don’t) Bianca’s stories are never predictable and always push the sexual boundaries to their limits, including some acts which many may regard as taboo. Never say never is a recurring theme in her stories as Bianca believes that exploring sexual boundaries can have a profound and exciting impact on other aspects of life. Bianca enjoys her new calling with a passion and hopes you will enjoy reading her stories as much as she does writing them.

Giveaway Final

To celebrate the release of Alexis by Night- 2 Bianca is giving away two $10 gift cards to Amazon!!

To enter her giveaway, comment below and leave your email address.

If you sign up for her mailing list, here, just tell let us know in the comments and you will get an extra entry.

Contest ends 9/8 @ midnight!

GOOD LUCK!

Kaylyn

Sep 01

REVIEW: Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Highlander Most Wanted 

(The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #2)

by Maya Banks

4.5 HEARTS

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From Goodreads

Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.

Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

My Review Final

I loved, loved, loved this story. Highlander Most Wanted is the second book of the Montgomerys and Armstrongs series by Maya Banks. I think I liked this book even better than the first and that’s saying something because I loved the first one.

Bowen Montgomery has a lot of expectations when he storms the McHugh keep, but finding a wee woman who is about to turn his life inside out isn’t one of them.

Genevieve McInnis had pretty much given up all hope. Abducted and kept locked up by the cruel McHugh laird was bad enough, but the McHugh clan treated her with so much contempt you would think that she asked to be there. When Bowen and his men storm the keep Genevieve isn’t sure if this could be her saving grace or just a different life of torture waiting for her.

I am such a huge fan of highlander romances and Maya Banks is the master at writing them. I would recommend this book and this series to anyone who loves an alpha male that is all hot and protective, yet thoughtful and sweet when he needs to be.

Hotness Rating

4 out of 5

4 Flames

RELATED REVIEWS

Click here for my review of Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1)

Click here for Alyssa’s review of Highlander Most Wanted (The Montgomery and Armstrongs #2)

Tina

Aug 31

SUNDAY SWAG GIVEAWAY: Nicole Flockton

Sunday Swag Post

Welcome to Sunday Swag! I absolutely love swag. I think it’s the perfect thing to collect. You can have a whole bunch and it doesn’t take up a lot of room. One day it occurred to me that a lot of people might have the same feelings about swag as I do. That’s when the idea of a Sunday Swag feature came to me. I could both show off my love of swag and give some away! Plus, it’s a great way of spreading the word about all the fabulous authors out there!

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This week I’m spreading the word about Nicole Flockton!

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On her very first school report her teacher said ‘Nicole likes to tell her own stories’.

It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

The stories she writes are contemporary romances with either a medical setting or in the boardrooms of high powered businesses. She enjoys taking two characters and creating unique situations for them.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids.

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Here are some of Nicole’s books. To learn more about them just click on the covers.

           

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This week I have 2 sets of the above pictured swag to giveaway. Just fill out the form below to enter this international giveaway. Good luck!

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For another spectacular Sunday Swag giveaway check out I Smell Sheep!

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Megan

Aug 30

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT/GIVEAWAY: Nightfall by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

 

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Nightfall

by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

From Goodreads

Ranch owner Quinn Pedraza has to find someone to run the saloon he won in a bet, but more than that, he needs a woman who can handle his alpha personality…and closet submissive sexual cravings. When vampire Selene Torres arrives on the scene, he gets everything he wants – and learns what he really needs.

Read the steamy Chapter One Excerpt on both Joey W. Hill’s website, Storywitch, and Desiree Holt’s Website.

Buy Links:

ARe // Amazon // Barnes&Noble // Ellora’s Cave // iTunes // Kobo

PLEASE NOTE: If Nightfall is not yet up at Barnes&Noble or iTunes readers can purchase the Nook and Epub formats through Ellora’s Cave.

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EXCLUSIVE FOR RIVERINA ROMANTICS

 

“This isn’t really the greatest place to take a lady,” he began. “We can—”

“All I want is you, right now, right here. And shut up.” Even though she liked the masculine rumble of his voice, she wanted to hear it strained by harsh groans, punctuated with fierce, fervent oaths as she did everything she wanted to him. She moved to the bed, lifting a hand to stop him when he followed right behind her, hands reaching for her.

“I know you’re a cowboy, so you probably come with your own whip. But now I’m in charge. Take off your clothes. Slow. I want to savor.”

His lips twisted at that. She could tell he knew women found him pleasing in all the right ways, a matter-of-fact thing helpful to get between their legs but sometimes maybe a pain in the ass to him when he wanted something more. She stretched out on the bed, leaning back on her elbows. Though she was conscious of the heat of his gaze on her, she lifted a brow expectantly.

He slid open the buttons of his shirt, keeping to a gradual pace to suit her demands. Maybe he didn’t do it in a striptease fashion, but he wasn’t that type of man. She didn’t mind that about him.

He had a gorgeous upper body, layered with a working man’s musculature, marked with some scars. He’d worked shirtless enough that there wasn’t much of a tan line between his exposed neck and forearms and the rest of him. She loved the look of a shirtless man in jeans and boots. When he sat down on the end of the bed to pull his boots off, she shifted and closed the distance between them, standing up behind him on her knees to slide her palms over his shoulders and back, feeling the way the muscles rolled as he performed the simple action. As he stood to slip the button of the jeans, he turned to face her, and she sat back on her heels, watching attentively.

“I’m used to girls talking when I do this. You don’t talk.”

“Why would I talk when that takes attention away from what matters?” She met his gaze, then lowered it pointedly, a nonverbal message. Get on with it.

An attractive quirk of his lips, and he pulled the jeans open, the zipper making its pleasing tick-tick noise. He wore basic cotton boxers, nothing fancy, and he took them down with the jeans, removing socks so the whole man stood before her.

He was tough and lean from head to toe, and sporting a cock stand that made her pussy even wetter just to look at it. Sliding off the other side of the bed, she gestured to the mattress. “On your back, cowboy. Legs shoulder length apart. I want to be able to see everything I intend to touch, lick, suck and taste.”

“Jesus.” He paused, giving her a once-over. “You’re a little overdressed.”

“That’ll change when I’m ready. I gave you an order.”

She was testing him. If she’d put a little flirt into it, she knew it would give him an out. He could laugh it off and rationalize that it was silly sex games, nothing serious, but she wasn’t in the mood to give him that much mental lubrication. She was going to be honest with this man from the very beginning and all the way through. Maybe because she sensed the yearning in him to cut through a world of bullshit and find something real, something solid, that she’d always needed herself.

Selene, this really might be a mistake.

Their gazes held. “Trust me, Quinn,” she said. “If only for this.”

Another weighted moment and then he moved to the bed. She wished she could be inside his mind, hearing every turn in the decision wheel that brought him to the mattress, but pleasure surged through her at the end result. He stretched out that long, powerful body, linking his fingers behind his head in a pose of deceptive casualness, even as his brown gaze stayed locked on her expectantly.

Moving to the end of the bed where he’d dropped his jeans, she picked them up. Sliding her hand inside the seat, she enjoyed the warmth of where his ass had been. Then she stripped the belt out of the loops. It still carried the heat of his body as well. She came to the head of the bed, leaned over him. He watched her as she curled fingers around his wrist, tugging so she guided his hand to the iron rails of the headboard. She brought the other there, too, making him cross his wrists before she looped the belt in a figure eight around them, cinching and doing a tie that would hold them unless he gave serious effort to getting loose. He didn’t look as if he had that plan.

Instead, his breath had stilled, then become a little shallow, even as the pulse in his throat jumped, increasing her blood hunger. His lips parted, tongue wetting them, an unconscious act of anticipation or anxiety.

“Feels good, doesn’t it?” she said.

He swallowed, eyes staying on her, jaw tight. “Don’t know.”

“What a strong man says when the answer is yes, but he doesn’t know how that reflects upon his masculinity. Grip the rails of the headboard,” she said. “Don’t let go.”

Keeping an eye to the lower latitudes, she saw his cock surge again as she gave the order, as she cinched the belt and did a loose loop around the rails to reinforce the hold of his fingers. She heard the expulsion of breath, saw the glitter in his eyes. Yeah, he liked this, even as she saw him continue the internal war over it. “Big, tough cowboy,” she said quietly, running a nail over his sternum, circling his nipple, biting into it with the edge. “Always in control. In control of your men, your ranch, this place, with women. But there’s a different kind of male power, Quinn. One that you’ve always known is waiting for you, waiting to serve a woman if she knows where to look for that treasure.”

He swallowed again, but he didn’t speak. Didn’t deny it. He was listening, learning about himself. About her. She could see all the wheels going in his head. He didn’t know what to say. He’d think about all of it later and they’d probably hit a few bumps as a result when he tried to backpedal. That was part of the pleasure. For now, it was all reaction, and she was fine with that. Very fine.

She stepped away, stood by the bed as she began to lift the hem of her knit shirt. “Close your eyes.”

“No.” His voice was hoarse.  “Hell no.”

She stopped, gave him a leisurely once over. “You can look at me, or you can feel me. Which would you prefer?”

“You get both. Why can’t I?”

“Because you get what I give you. No more and no less.”

“What if I’m not willing to give you…everything you want?”

A smart question, and one he didn’t realize had gone beyond his control the minute a vampire walked into his bar and decided she wanted him. Correction. It was beyond his control if she embraced the whole humans-are-inferior-and-ours-to-use-however-we-want vampire credo. And if she decided she wanted everything from him.

No. Forty years ago, she’d been human herself. Albeit sometimes she felt like she was clinging to a mortal conscience by her fingernails, she still made the effort. Beyond that, she couldn’t want everything from him. She wouldn’t be able to stay here that long.

Wanting everything meant making him her fully marked human servant, and she’d not yet taken that step with any human. Female vampires were choosier, usually taking that step as they drew closer to the century mark, whereas male vampires might do it before hitting fifty. But looking at him, restrained by his belt and their mutual desires, she felt a clenching in her lower belly that was part sex, part need, part longing.

God, Selene. Shut up and fuck him already.

She hadn’t answered his question, too busy wrestling with her own, but now she summoned a smile. “If you close your eyes, you’ll find out if you’re willing to give me everything I want.”

He sighed, hard, but shut his eyes, probably not realizing his fingers clenched as he did it, a quiver running through all those impressive muscles. His cock just got thicker, standing up tall and eager. She removed the shirt, shimmied out of boots and jeans, leaving on the dark blue silky bra and matching lace panties. Then she leaned over him, sliding a hand over his biceps on the far side, pressing her breasts to his chest. She blew on his lashes, making him frown and then smile.

“You want to give me everything I want, Quinn, but you think you need to fight about it. I like a fight, for the right reasons. This is not that moment. Let yourself feel. Let me enjoy you.”

She straddled him then, and he groaned as she rubbed her lace-clad pussy, the crotch already soaked through, against the length of his cock. Reaching behind her, she cupped his ball sac, a nice weight in her hand, as she rotated her hips on him. “Feel how wet I am?”

“Yeah. Fuck, yes. Want your panties off. Want to feel your cunt.”

“Then ask me for that. Nicely. Remember ‘please’?”

“Please.”

“Please what?”

“I want to feel your cunt against my cock. Please.”

“Very nice.” She stood up, removed her bra and dropped it on the floor. Then she shimmied out of the panties. When she sat back down upon him, she draped them over his face, pushing the crotch against his lips. “Taste, Quinn.”

He licked, then his lips closed over the fabric, giving it a gentle suck. She took her hand away, leaving the sheer garment spread over his face like a veil. His nostrils flared beneath thin silk.

“That’s all for you, Quinn. When you had Artie shoved against the wall, and I reached out and touched you, I wanted your cock right then. I wanted us to fuck right up against that worthless piece of shit like he didn’t matter at all.”

She also wanted to rip into Artie’s throat, make him howl in pain and gush blood for stealing from Quinn, for feeling like he had a right to take advantage of her cowboy. But she’d save that vicious tidbit. The sex side of being a vampire was overwhelming enough to humans.

“God…” His hips twitched, pressing his cock up against her labia.

“Easy there, bronc,” she said breathlessly, tightening her thighs on him. “Keep it in the chute right now.”

She reached between them, gripped him. Yeah, he was thick as a tree branch, and when she squeezed and stroked, his thigh and biceps muscles bunched, body straining to stay still. She let him go, stroked her pussy along his length, working him with the moisture between her slick lips as she leaned down and began to taste his chest, his nipples, his shoulders, moving back toward his throat. His fingers stayed clenched around the head board. He was fighting the restraint, but the arousal was also intensifying because of it.

As she reached the carotid, her fangs lengthened, not to be denied this time. So hungry. She turned her head, lifted it enough to see his eyes open beneath the thin silk, staring at her through that hazy barrier. His lips parted, seeking air, seeking her. She rose up over him, let him see her body arch as she gripped him once more, guided him into her, controlling the pace, the descent.

“Condom…” He had the presence of mind to protect them both, but she shook her head.

“Not needed, cowboy. Promise. That’s the one way you’re totally safe with me.”

Maybe the only way.

She was sure he wasn’t naïve enough to let that pass, not normally, but this wasn’t normal. That was obvious from how she could feel his passion unfolding beneath her, reckless, uncertain, wild. It was what she’d meant when she’d said if he ever unleashed it for the right woman, his response would overwhelm them both in a way he wouldn’t anticipate.

But he wasn’t the only one taken unawares by that. As she descended, inch by inch, feeling his cock stretch her, slide in deep, her eyes were caught by his behind that silken barrier. She should tell him to close his eyes again, but it was as if that lock held them over a chasm. Neither one looking away, knowing to do so would be to fall. The worse part wouldn’t be the tumble, but falling alone.

“Free yourself,” she whispered.

It took him a couple minutes. He twisted his hands in his bonds, pushed and pulled, strained, while she rode him like she might a cantering horse, enjoying the unexpected thrusts, slides and angles of his cock inside her. He was a good-sized man, filling her in a way that had her pussy spasming, clutching him hard. When he finally got one hand free, that took care of the other. He surged up from the bed, banding his arms around her to drive her down hard and snug on his loins, ripping a cry from her. She bowed back in his hold, gasping as his lips clamped over her right nipple. Gripping his hair, she worked her hips on him in a circular rhythm as he sucked, drawing deep.

“So fucking good,” he muttered. “Want to taste your cunt. Taste all of you.”

He thrust with the skill of a man who knew how to bring a woman’s body to pleasure, and the first orgasm took her fast and quick. Her clit swelled and hardened, pussy gushing over him. She cried out again, digging her nails into his back. It had been too long since she’d gone this route to feed and she didn’t know her own strength. She raked hard enough to draw four furrows of blood.

The scent filled her nose, and she brought her fingers to her lips, tasting what she’d taken from him. He flipped them then, all effortless strength. She was always an on-top girl, so it surprised her how much she welcomed the feel of him on her like this. She gazed up at him as he pressed her into the quilt, kept thrusting, giving her searing aftershocks that had her moaning, holding onto him, taking full pleasure in the ride. Since she stared into his face as he stared into hers, she saw that rigid state that took over right before climax, knew when his body was gathering. She reared up, slid her arms around him. When he thought he couldn’t hold out any longer, she spoke against his ear.

“Hold out for me, Quinn. Not until I say. Ssshh, cowboy. Hold…”

He groaned against her temple, kept thrusting, but she felt his body taut as a bowstring, obeying her. It was a drug all its own, none like it.

“Come for me, Quinn,” she commanded at last. Then she bit him.

She could release a rush of pheromones with her bite, and she did so now, propelling his orgasm to a much higher intensity, though if his was anything like hers, it was already more intense than expected. His blood flooded her mouth, and she’d never tasted a man that was so every-kind-of-taste she wanted. Bittersweet chocolate, just like the color of his eyes. Leather and sweat, open prairie, the heat of a horse’s flanks, sunsets over open land, the terrain she’d driven in darkness since she entered Texas.  All of it was in him.

Oh God, she was so hungry. She really had waited too long to feed. A couple of his more thoughtful looks in the bar had suggested he’d picked up on some sense of vulnerability in her, and maybe it was the weakness that came with hunger. That wasn’t acceptable in normal circumstances, but all she could think of right now was that he would nourish her, help restore her in so many ways.

She knew how much to drink without endangering him. He’d be a little lethargic tomorrow, but he’d be fine, no worse than an aggressive blood donation. If she gave him the first mark, she could figure out where he was, imagine what he was doing…

It was good she was on the downhill side of her climax when she had that thought, because the shock of it might have stopped her mid-peak. She’d never been tempted to give a man any one of the three marks that were the steps toward making a human a vampire’s full servant. She was too young, right? Or maybe it was because she’d been dealing with too much shit from Laurent to have time to focus on it.

Quinn might just be wrong time, wrong place. But it didn’t feel that way.

The geographical locater, the first mark, wouldn’t be too bad. She’d always know where he was, would be able to tell when he was coming to the bar. Of course she’d scented him over a room full of people, so that was a weak justification.

Nevertheless, she did it, releasing the serum as she drank. It tingled through his blood in a way that made him shudder once more, but it also had the least side effects of any of them. It was okay to know where he was. She wanted to know where he was. Always, even when she had to leave him behind as a fond memory. Part of her history.

He groaned out the last of his release, her holding him close. She didn’t want to let him go, and he gave a half chuckle against her temple when he tried to shift off her and she merely tightened her grip.

“I’m too heavy.”

He wasn’t. He was like the shelter in a storm, his heat, his scent, the steady thump of his heart. What was wrong with her? He couldn’t protect her.

No one could.

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About the Authors….

 

BioPhotofromCroppicAAD2010Winner of the 2011 Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her characters include everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, www.jwhconnection.com.

Twitter: JoeyWHill    Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeyWHillAuthor

 

 

 

Desiree Holt picKnown the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt

is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

www.desireeholt.com // www.desiremeonly.com

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Giveaway Final

Joey Hill and Desiree Holt have one hot Giveaway for you all! The winner will get an ecopy of Nightfall along with winner’s choice of one (1) ecopy from each of Joey and Desiree’s backlist! Yee haw! All you have to do to enter this INTERNATIONAL Giveaway is fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!

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Delilah (1)

Aug 29

INTERVIEW/GIVEAWAY: Nightfall by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

 

Nightfall

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Nightfall

by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

From Goodreads

Ranch owner Quinn Pedraza has to find someone to run the saloon he won in a bet, but more than that, he needs a woman who can handle his alpha personality…and closet submissive sexual cravings. When vampire Selene Torres arrives on the scene, he gets everything he wants – and learns what he really needs.

Read the steamy Chapter One Excerpt on both Joey W. Hill’s website, Storywitch, and Desiree Holt’s Website.

Buy Links:

ARe // Amazon // Barnes&Noble // Ellora’s Cave // iTunes // Kobo

PLEASE NOTE: If Nightfall is not yet up at Barnes&Noble or iTunes readers can purchase the Nook and Epub formats through Ellora’s Cave.

Interview Final

DELILAH: You both have a collection of absolutely gorgeous covers under your belts and the one for Nightfall is no exception. How did you originally envision the cover?

DESIREE: I’m going to leave a lot of that to Joey, but I do see a black sky as a background (for the night, of course) and Quinn wearing nothing but his jeans. I think it needs to convey the darkness, his masculinity and sexuality, Selene’s deceptively delicate appearance.

JOEY: Ooh, I like that lots. No blood and fangs. I’ve never seen those done well, they always look cheesy. But the darkness could convey the supernatural elements. Maybe a lightning forked sky. I think it would be cool if we see Quinn in his jeans and cowboy hat, facing away from the viewer, with Selene pressed up behind him as if she’s running her nails over his back, while clasping a coiled single tail on her hip. He has the chaps and hat, but she’s carrying the whip. Great message! Desiree, we need to remember this when they ask us to fill out the cover request form (laughter).

DELILAH: What new and exciting things have you learned about each other while working on Nightfall?

JOEY: I’ve learned Desiree is my go-to girl for learning how to use a single-tail whip. And she has some very awesome Dom/sub friends, including the very hot Master Mike! (fanning self). I also learned she has just as crazy a schedule as I do. A typical email exchange has gone like this –

Joey: “Okay, I’m sending you the latest draft of Nightfall. You don’t have to have it back to me this week because I have to write a trillion words for the latest Berkley book, do ten blog posts and satisfy my husband sexually a dozen times.”

Desiree: “Sounds like a light week for you. I’ll be writing seven books this week, handling ten TV interviews, taking care of my grandchildren and attending a few demos at the local BDSM club. Oh, and then I have to ravish my muscular new yard boy. Only for research on my latest book, of course. I should have Nightfall back to you in a couple hours.”

Seriously, the most important thing I learned is there is an author out there with whom I can write a story that I love, and that was something I didn’t expect. I’m glad she gave me that experience and the opportunity to enjoy her company even more! She’s a lovely, generous spirit in every way. That was something I already knew, but it was a pleasure to discover it even more deeply through the writing process.

DESIREE: Oh, yes, the yard boy. He had become so demanding. I managed to squeeze him in between Books 3 and 4 this morning but he’s just insatiable. Of course, it’s better exercise than my treadmill and much more enjoyable. (Takes drink of ice water.)

First of all, you have to know that for me writing this book with Joey was the fulfillment of a dream. If not for falling in love with her work, I might not be writing erotica of any kind right now. So here I was, chewing my fingernails and wondering if I’d have a nervous breakdown, and I learned what I already knew-that Joey is a very disciplined writer, skilled with words, a pleasure to work with and generous of spirit. Sometimes it was actually scary, as if we got inside each other’s heads. She’d send me a one that said, Do you think we should…And I was already writing her one that said, We should try this….

The thing that made it work really well however, is that there were no egos involved. The important thing was producing a killer book and I believe that’s what we did. And another bonus: we blended together so well that I defy any reader to tell who wrote what sections.

It was a pleasure to work with a writer as disciplined as I am and I hope we get to do it again. Just as soon as I finish with that pesky yard boy. Oh, wait, he said he’s bringing a friend next time…..

JOEY: I’ll be right over!!

DELILAH: You both are having a busy year as far as releases go. Besides your collaboration on Nightfall what tasty morsels can your fans look forward to reading from you in the future?

DESIREE: I am waiting on the edits for SAVAGE LUST, Book #5 in my paranormal Night Seekers series from Elllora’s Cave, about a privately-funded group hunting the Chupacabra. Also upcoming from EC is SNATCHED, #6 in The Phoenix Agency series and the introduction of Lone Star Phoenix. Also SEXY DESIGNS, the first in a series of short in the Paradise Valley series about couples in an over-55 community. NAKED DESIRE, #5 in my Naked Cowboys series from Samhain is scheduled for December release but I am already at work on #6, NAKED FLAME. And #7, NAKED HEAT, is after that. I’m in a Christmas anthology based on The Twelve Days of Christmas from The Wild Rose Press. The verse I got is Twelve Drummers Drummer so my story is BANG THE DRUMMER. Two more short novellas from Secret Cravings in my Club Fantasy series, CUT THE CARDS and BLACKJACK. Three more on tap after that. An erotic fairy tale from Decadent Publishing. MY first release with Kensington, FINDING JULIA, is now available for preorder and releases September 29 and I am currently at work on FORWARD PASS, the first book in my football series for them GAME ON.  And of course I hope Joey and I will be able to collaborate on another book. This was such an awesome experience for me and I was so trilled to work with my favorite author. It was a real work of love. I think that’s it! Whew!

JOEY: My current work in process is another vampire-related book. Elusive Hero is part of the ongoing Invitation to Eden series, which has 27 books being released three books a month, Apr-Dec (so yes, that means there are already fifteen books out there for you to read!). While these books are each standalones, the common thread is that the hero or heroine has been issued an invitation to the exclusive Eden resort, an island located in the Bermuda triangle, where they have the chance to make their deepest fantasies or dreams come true. For those of you who are thinking Ricardo Montalban and Tattoo calling out “da plane, da plane”, yep, you’re on target. It’s a similar concept, only with a lot more romance and sex thrown in (wink).

In my vampire series, vampires are ALWAYS sexual dominants. It’s as much a part of their nature as the need to drink blood. In Elusive Hero, my vampire heroine is the secret exception. She craves submission, and not to a vampire male. She wants a human Master. There’s probably no worse desire for a vampire to have, and there’s no way she can actualize it in the shadowy and power-driven vampire world. But then she receives an invitation to Eden and a 10 day chance to indulge her fantasy without fear of exposure. But once she gets her deepest desire, how does she walk away? Because the only way she can bring him back with her is as her human servant, and what Master would agree to be a servant?

I’ve already started on the book and plan on working on it pretty exclusively through September so it will be ready for November 4 release. After that, I’ll start working on another Knights of the Board Room book. This one will focus on Leland, a Baton Rouge police officer, and Celeste, a crime beat reporter. Leland was introduced in the book Afterlife, and he’s been seeking the right submissive for a long time. He’s imagined a lovely, doe-eyed and docile type of woman, but just like most relationships, there’s what he wants and what he really needs. Celeste is prickly, angry and desires submission, but fights those desires. Leland is just the type of Master to go toe-to-toe with her to help her get where she needs to go – and into her heart. I’m really looking forward to bringing these two together.

Anytime someone wants to see what’s percolating, there’s a page on my site called In the Works (http://www.storywitch.com/in-the-works) where you can check on what’s currently burning up my keyboard.

Join us tomorrow, August 30th, for an Exclusive Excerpt from Nightfall that you will only see here on Riverina Romantics!

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About the Authors….

 

BioPhotofromCroppicAAD2010Winner of the 2011 Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her characters include everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, www.jwhconnection.com.

Twitter: JoeyWHill    Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeyWHillAuthor

 

 

 

Desiree Holt picKnown the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt

is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

www.desireeholt.com // www.desiremeonly.com

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Also on LinkedIn and Google+

 

 

Giveaway Final

Joey Hill and Desiree Holt have one hot Giveaway for you all! The winner will get an ecopy of Nightfall along with winner’s choice of one (1) ecopy from each of Joey and Desiree’s backlist! Yee haw! All you have to do to enter this INTERNATIONAL Giveaway is fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!

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Delilah (1)

Aug 28

INTERVIEW/GIVEAWAY: Nightfall by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

 

Nightfall

Nightfall Pic

Nightfall

by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

From Goodreads

Ranch owner Quinn Pedraza has to find someone to run the saloon he won in a bet, but more than that, he needs a woman who can handle his alpha personality…and closet submissive sexual cravings. When vampire Selene Torres arrives on the scene, he gets everything he wants – and learns what he really needs.

Read the steamy Chapter One Excerpt on both Joey W. Hill’s website, Storywitch, and Desiree Holt’s Website.

Buy Links:

ARe // Amazon // Barnes&Noble // Ellora’s Cave // iTunes // Kobo

PLEASE NOTE: If Nightfall is not yet up at Barnes&Noble or iTunes readers can purchase the Nook and Epub formats through Ellora’s Cave.

Interview Final

DELILAH: In the story Quinn owns a bar and Selene comes along and manages it for him. One of the most common occurrences to happen when hanging out in a bar seems to be the good old pick up line. We have all either been on the giving or receiving end of one. Give us a little teaser of what Quinn and Selene are like together won’t you? Knowing your characters the way you do, think up the best pick up line you can from Quinn to Selene or vice versa.

DESIREE: Quinn to Selene: “I’d love to wrap you up in my lasso and haul you off to the barn.” Or, perhaps, “You’re the best looking thing in this place since I took it over. I’ve got an empty spot in my bed that’s just waiting for you.”

JOEY: “I can tie you up in your lasso and make you beg me to dig my spurs into your hide, cowboy.” Lol…though I have to say one of the best pick-up lines for me came in the story itself, when Quinn was hiring Selene. She gave him three conditions for working for him, and this was condition number three (you should have heard me and Desiree squeal with delight when we came up with this!):

He didn’t smile, but neither did she. “You’re sending me one of two messages, honey,” he said. “Either ‘hands off, my past is off limits’ or ‘I’ve already proven I can do this job, unless you’re too much of a dumbass to see it.”

“It could be both,” she responded, then flicked a glance over him. “Except for the hands-off part”

His brow creased. “I’m not following.” Was she warning him to stay hands off? Hell, except for him holding her wrist a couple times, she’d been the one doing the most touching. Though the chemistry was undeniable. Maybe she’d noticed he’d been nursing a perpetual hard-on since she’d walked into the bar.

But no matter how he felt,he wasn’t one of those dickheads who didn’t understand the word no.

“You don’t have to worry about that,” he said, meeting her gaze head on. “I don’t go where I’m not invited. Ever.”

“Your behavior behind the bar earlier tonight suggests you’re not that well-behaved.” Her tongue slid out between her full lips, the tip of it touching the lower one.

Oh, sweet Jesus. His balls already ached from her proximity, enough he knew he’d be jerking off tonight when he finally hit a bed. But she apparently had other plans for his cock.

Her gaze was a lick of flame along his skin. Then those blue eyes did that laser thing that speared him right down into his scrotum.

“You misunderstood me,” she said. “Condition number three. You’re one of my employment benefits.” She laced her fingers over her bent knee. “And that starts right now.”

Who could resist that line?

DELILAH: Your delectable descriptions of Quinn and Selene have me chomping at the bit to read Nightfall! I am sure that your secondary characters are equally as intriguing. Can you give us a sneak peek of the supporting cast in the book? And I know that I am putting the cart before the horse here, but is there any chance that one or more of these characters spoke strongly enough to you that there might be a future collaboration in the works?

JOEY: My favorite is Butch Dorn (aka Caleb Buford Dorn). He’s a made vampire who’s achieved the rare status of overlord for the Texas territory. He’s also a cattleman with a pretty pragmatic view of vampire politics, and a taste for male cowboys (wink – yep we love our male/male interaction). I could well see him and his servant, Dix Conner (who’s also his foreman) coming back in a future book.  Selene and Quinn have to petition Butch’s help to get Selene out from under the thumb of the New York overlord, so you’ll have to see whether or not he agrees to help—and what he wants in return for his trouble!

DESIREE: One of my favorites is actually Maria, the waitress at After Hours, the bar Quinn owns. I envision her as struggling to get along in a small town with few opportunities. Perhaps she had a relationship that turned sour and now she has a bad attitude about everything. It reflects in all the things she does, including her work at the bar. She resents the hand life has dealt her, hates the scummy manager, loses patience with the customers because they just remind her of what a trap her life is. But with the arrival of Selene everything changes, and she begins to get a new outlook on life. If we did another book (and I am always open to the honor of working with Joey) I’d like to see a new ranch hand come into the picture, someone who could also make a big difference in her life. Maybe someone a little “otherworldly.” *wink* But of course, nothing ever runs smoothly, and old lovers have a habit of showing up when you least want to see them.

DELILAH: Now that Nightfall is complete, is there anything that occurred in the storyline that took you by surprise?

DESIREE: Oh, yes, but I don’t want to give away any secrets! I think no matter how carefully you plot a story, as you write it and your characters develop they can often drop some surprises in your lap. I know for me, the development of Quinn’s personality and his underlying desires became much more complex than I envisioned to begin with. I thoroughly enjoyed fleshing him out (no pun intended!) I was also surprised that I was able to get into Selene’s head during the scenes it fell to me to write. I have to give most of that credit to Joey, who made her so very real to me and gave me good markers to follow. There is one very emotional scene between the two of them that I wasn’t sure I’d be ab le to do justice to, but it actually turned out better than I hoped. Again, big thanks to Joey. Hope our readers agree.

JOEY: Pun ENTIRELY intended, I thoroughly enjoyed fleshing Quinn out. So did Selene (lol). Ahem. Ah, cowboys. I wasn’t expecting the depth of Quinn’s willing submission, which I think is kind of along the lines of what Desiree is saying above, so I’ll focus on what I found surprising about Selene. Her vulnerability. In this series, I’ve written so many totally kick ass, over-the-top powerful female vampires. I love them, but Selene’s still a baby in their world. Though she’s tough as nails, she’s basically a tough bar manager, versus a tough vampire. She’s still learning the best way to get along in the fanged world, so she isn’t as guarded and on top of things as a lot of my vampires usually are. It made her a great deal more “human”, which fits, since she is a turned vampire. That surprising twist to her character led to one of my absolute favorite scenes in the book, involving a situation where Selene got into a bad situation and Quinn didn’t get there until too late. I didn’t anticipate the depth that her vulnerability and his protectiveness brought to that scene, but I’m so glad it did. One of the pleasures of being an author is seeing where the characters take you that you didn’t expect to go.

Join us tomorrow, August 29th, for Part Four of the Interview where Joey and Desiree will talk about the cover of Nightfall, what they learned about each other and what fans will have to look forward to from them this coming year!

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About the Authors….

 

BioPhotofromCroppicAAD2010Winner of the 2011 Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her characters include everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, www.jwhconnection.com.

Twitter: JoeyWHill    Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeyWHillAuthor

 

 

 

Desiree Holt picKnown the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt

is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

www.desireeholt.com // www.desiremeonly.com

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Also on LinkedIn and Google+

 

 

Giveaway Final

Joey Hill and Desiree Holt have one hot Giveaway for you all! The winner will get an ecopy of Nightfall along with winner’s choice of one (1) ecopy from each of Joey and Desiree’s backlist! Yee haw! All you have to do to enter this INTERNATIONAL Giveaway is fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!

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Delilah (1)

Aug 27

INTERVIEW/GIVEAWAY: Nightfall by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

 

Nightfall

Nightfall Pic

Nightfall

by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

From Goodreads

Ranch owner Quinn Pedraza has to find someone to run the saloon he won in a bet, but more than that, he needs a woman who can handle his alpha personality…and closet submissive sexual cravings. When vampire Selene Torres arrives on the scene, he gets everything he wants – and learns what he really needs.

Read the steamy Chapter One Excerpt on both Joey W. Hill’s website, Storywitch, and Desiree Holt’s Website.

Buy Links:

ARe // Amazon // Barnes&Noble // Ellora’s Cave // iTunes // Kobo

PLEASE NOTE: If Nightfall is not yet up at Barnes&Noble or iTunes readers can purchase the Nook and Epub formats through Ellora’s Cave.

Interview Final

DELILAH: I need to back the truck up here a minute to revisit Joey’s “GREAT strap-on scene” comment in the previous question. How can I not? *laughter* I would have killed to have been a fly on that hotel room wall when you ladies where fleshing out this story! Both of you write scorching sex scenes. They are HOT, HOT, HOT! So I’m curious as to what happens when you put two of the best Erotic Romance minds together for one book. Have you found that one of you tends to be more creative in this department than the other? And will I need to go shopping for some flame retardant panties in order to read Nightfall?

JOEY: Well, you know anything Desiree writes requires a fire extinguisher close at hand and I try to do my part as well, so long story short – maybe just don’t wear any underwear at all. Then you won’t have to worry about it! (laughter)

I think we come at erotic scenes from different angles. As I noted in earlier comments, one of the things I really enjoy about Desiree’s writing – and her erotic scenes – is she doesn’t get bogged down in so much emotional conflict (er, like I do). She just wrote a scene for our book involving chocolate cake. I won’t give away anything, but I found myself craving sex AND cake when it was done. My husband didn’t know which need to handle first! I should have had him read Desiree’s scene, because she figured out the answer to that dilemma – wink. But the scenes don’t come off Slot A/Tab B at all; she gives you the rush with the characters’ personalities still fully integrated. The overall tone has a light-heartedness to it that makes you smile and think about the times you’ve had sex with someone you love and it was just pure FUN, from beginning to end.

Whereas from my side, I can say my weakness is also my strength. I’m all about the psychology of an erotic moment – the breathless significance of a Mistress’s hand closing around her sub’s wrist, to slowly, irresistibly draw it behind his back, seeing his biceps become a rigid curve as he fights something inside that tells him to resist. Even as the look in her eyes tells him he’s not going to do that, that he’s going to surrender to this moment and to her, because he knows his willing submission will bring her pleasure, and will satisfy a nameless craving in his own gut… Ahem, where was I?

DESIREE: Pause to laugh here because Joey is so right. We do come at erotic scenes from different angles. But the nice thing about it is, when you combine both styles the story blossoms. She is so skilled at getting into the psychology of the moment and of the partners involved that when she has written her chapter (or two) and kicked it back to me, I get so lost in the reading I forget I’m supposed to be writing! If you read Joey’s books you know how incredibly beautiful her prose is. She wrote a very intense scene involving an overlord and the intricacies of vampire politics which often involve violence  that is as erotic as it is emotional. I read it three times. My weakness is that I have to keep taking a step back to develop the psychology of a scene so I’ve picked up a lot of pointers from Joey. She wrote an incredible scene where the heroine first introduces submission to the hero and when I finished reading it I did the booty dance in my chair and pumped my fist shouting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Thank heaven only my cats were around to hear me.

For my part, I tend to write emotional scenes, sometimes maybe overly so but I want the sex to be more than, as Joey said, Slot A/Tab B. Does her breath catch at the sight of his naked body? Does her heart go into double time when he closes his mouth over her most intimate parts? Does he feel an emotion so unfamiliar it knocks him to his knees? It’s all about the reaction to touch, the slide of bodies, the-Oh, wait, I’m supposed to be answering a question here, right? Yup, Joey’s right. No underwear. Because whether the scene is one of hers or one of mine set fire to even flame retardant lingerie.

DELILAH: Since we are currently on the subject of sex let’s talk a little bit about accessories shall we? It would probably be safe to say that you both have written hundreds of sex scenes over the course of your careers. Do you find that you favor certain props or pieces of equipment? And what has been the most unusual prop or piece of equipment that you have used during a scene?

DESIREE: Oh, yes, props and pieces of equipment figure large (no pun intended) in a lots of my stories. Of course, that required a lot of research. (No, I didn’t try them ALL out personally.) But I have attended your average adult toy party (did I say average?) and of course took very careful notes. Also, you’d be totally amazed at what you can find on YouTube. I mean, unbelievable! Also, some adult toy sites have videos that demonstrate the use of equipment. I find the best time to watch them is when I’m eating my toasted lowfat waffle in the morning. After all, you need sustenance for some of these activities. As far as favoring certain equipment, I use handcuffs and blindfolds as often as I can. Not just for the dominance factor, but because when you take away sight every other sense is enhanced, and the effect of restraint, of being powerless, really ups sexual response. But I’m also one who likes to make use of whatever’s at hand. I write a lot of cowboy stories. I mean, A LOT! And there are always things around a ranch that can be utilized, everything from rope to crossties to—well, you’ll have to read our book to find out! It’s also where I came up with my most unusual toy yet.  But I will say, my characters are always very grateful for the toys I give them to play with, everything from a dildo to the well-known single tail whip. And oh, yes, there’s always Ken and Barbie. I started using them a few years ago when an editor told me a ménage scene I wrote was physically impossible. Since then Ken and Barbie and Ken and Barbie and Ken have been part of my regular routine. Unfortunately two of my Kens got a little acrobatic and had to be replaced. It appears some things really are impossible!

JOEY: Okay, I had to stop laughing about that last bit of Desiree’s answer before I could type. And she’s telling you the truth about the waffle. There’s a strap on scene in Nightfall that she wrote and I vividly remember the morning she emailed me “Oh, yes, I’m sitting here eating my waffle and watching YouTube videos to learn more about strap on scenes!”

I love discovering new stuff. Like the urethra jewelry Lyssa uses on Jacob in Vampire Queen’s Servant happened because my husband was browsing a sex site and I happened to glance over when he passed over a screen full of those. In a blink, I was leaning over his shoulder, asking him to zoom in and click on the different options. I said, “Wow, that would be perfect for that first scene with Lyssa and Jacob.” My husband gave me a severe look and said, “Fine, but NO home research!” Spoilsport.

Then there was the latex vacuum “cocoon bed” Ben uses on Marcie in Hostile Takeover. I discovered that one while browsing the Stockroom and then was able to pull up a YouTube video to check out its use.

Early on in my writing career I didn’t really have access to the Internet, so a lot of ideas came from my imaginings and things you just encounter. For instance, in Make Her Dream Come True, I had Daniel position Meg strategically against a wooden ladder in the back stockroom of a store, and it fascinated me enough I used that idea again in Something About Witches – only the ladder was in a barn. The idea of anything with slats grabbed me and so I went with a vertical idea – banister railings – for the sequel, In the Company of Witches.

Of course, sometimes I get very enamored of a particular object and have to remind myself I could be overusing it. When I discovered the potential of a flexible metal ruler, I almost used it in three books. The first was Afterlife, then I think Ben used it on Marcie in Hostile Takeover (I may have changed it, can’t remember right off top of my head) and then in the upcoming Training Session (Naughty Bits series, release date May 20), I caught myself trying to use it again, so I changed it to a plastic ruler. But it’s just such a scary, fun, pain-pleasure kind of thing, it’s hard to resist!

But overall, I’d say I jump around a lot, depending on what the characters themselves desire to use, and whatever household or out-and-about item catches my eye. And I never overlook the potential of the flat of a palm. There’s really nothing like that flesh-to-flesh contact.

Hmm…as far as the most unusual, the readers might have to call that one out, because since nothing ever feels off limits to me, I don’t ever really think of anything as outlandish (laughter). A lot of my readers hadn’t heard of the vacuum bed when I used that, so I’ll say that one was probably the most “different” that I’ve used so far.

DELILAH: You mentioned earlier that you both wrote from Quinn and Selene’s POV. Joey you are well known for your seductive vampires and Desiree for your hot cowboys. In Nightfall you got to enjoy writing both. What is it about these two types of characters that make them so irresistible to us ladies?

DESIREE: Let’s talk about Quinn first. He is the quintessential cowboy, all alpha, the product of hard years on the rodeo circuit now running the bar he ended up with and settling down on the ranch he bought and hoping to find someone to share his life with. Despite his hard edge he is a caring person and he certainly could write a manual on How to Have Hot Sex. Imagine him sitting on his black gelding, Midnight, his Stetson lowered to shield his eyes from the sun, square-jawed face tanned by his work outdoors. Is that not a yummy vision? He is fair to his men, well-liked in the county, but don’t ever get on his bad side. He’s the man women want to tame because the end result is so worth it.

Now Selene, she is a complete physical opposite. Slender, with a cascade of golden hair and delicate features, she has an inner strength that can knock you off your perch. Make no mistake, she is a kickass woman.  In a short time she whips Quinn’s bar into shape with just her soft voice, her core of inner steel and her don’t mess with me attitude. As a vampire Mistress she is able to turn Quinn’s sexual identity upside down without infringing on his alpha personality, and teach him, with her special rules, the pleasure of submission.

I think it is the interaction between these two that is so fascinating and that we hope the reader will connect with.

JOEY: Yeah, what she said (grin). Seriously, she said that so well I’m at a loss on how to add any value…okay, hmmm. For all our PC “sensitive male” world, I think romance readers love the cowboys. Their unapologetic masculinity, the rough, physical world they inhabit, how they live their lives by actions, not words. And for those of us who like the bondage end of things, OMG the cup just runneth over – ropes, saddles, spurs, reins, bridles, bits…the comparison of a powerful man’s body to a stallion… the smell of leather, sweat and a hard day’s ride…shall I go on? I think Selene and Quinn’s relationship puts an interesting twist on that, because we’ve read the books where the cowboy is the one who uses the rope and whips, but in this one, Selene uses those things on HIM, which must be an interesting experience for a man who’s used those tools a lot for his day to day work but never been on the receiving end in an erotic context.

I found Quinn so appealing because he’s a different experience for me as well. In my past vampire stories, the human male that becomes a female vampire’s servant is often an alpha, and though he may have a deep craving for service that allows him to take on a submissive role, he’s not a submissive in terms of sexual orientation. Quinn is an alpha male who does want to embrace the role of a sexual submissive, but he’s never been with someone who can help him understand that desire doesn’t dilute his masculinity. With Selene, he’s able to face and accept that side of himself, and explore it for mutual pleasure. It was very cool to watch that happen, all in the package of a sexy cowboy (wink).

And the fascination of vampires are endless. They’re like us, only way faster, more powerful and pretty much immortal. They see themselves as superior, and yet they need a safe place to confide emotional vulnerability, and the vampire-servant relationship is the perfect repository for that. Throw in the Dom/sub dynamic, it gives it an intriguing twist. Selene eventually becomes Quinn’s Mistress, but he’s her safe place in the world as well. I think we like power exchange relationships with that kind of give and take (I may have said that in an earlier question, but it’s still true!)

As far as why Selene herself will appeal to readers, she has a wonderful mix of strength and vulnerability. She’s young in terms of the vampire world (about 62), but she’s found the personal strength to resist their dictates and carve a place for herself in the world, despite considerable risk to herself. She’s a made vampire, so she’s retained some of the emotional vulnerability that humans have, and that integrates into her relationship with Quinn. On one hand she can be the tough Mistress he needs, yet she can still reach out to the part of him that also wants to protect and nurture the woman he loves, because SHE needs that, too.

Join us tomorrow, August 28th, for Part Three of their Interview as Joey and Desiree talk about pick up lines, supporting characters and what took them by surprise!

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About the Authors….

 

BioPhotofromCroppicAAD2010Winner of the 2011 Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her characters include everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, www.jwhconnection.com.

Twitter: JoeyWHill    Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeyWHillAuthor

 

 

 

Desiree Holt picKnown the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt

is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

www.desireeholt.com // www.desiremeonly.com

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Also on LinkedIn and Google+

 

 

Giveaway Final

Joey Hill and Desiree Holt have one hot Giveaway for you all! The winner will get an ecopy of Nightfall along with winner’s choice of one (1) ecopy from each of Joey and Desiree’s backlist! Yee haw! All you have to do to enter this INTERNATIONAL Giveaway is fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Delilah (1)

Aug 26

INTERVIEW/ GIVEAWAY: Nightfall by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

 

Nightfall

Nightfall Pic

Nightfall

by Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt

From Goodreads

Ranch owner Quinn Pedraza has to find someone to run the saloon he won in a bet, but more than that, he needs a woman who can handle his alpha personality…and closet submissive sexual cravings. When vampire Selene Torres arrives on the scene, he gets everything he wants – and learns what he really needs.

Read the steamy Chapter One Excerpt on both Joey W. Hill’s website, Storywitch, and Desiree Holt’s Website.

Buy Links:

ARe // Amazon // Barnes&Noble // Ellora’s Cave // iTunes // Kobo

PLEASE NOTE: If Nightfall is not yet up at Barnes&Noble or iTunes readers can purchase the Nook and Epub formats through Ellora’s Cave.

Interview Final

I am beyond thrilled to bring you a five part interview with the dynamic duo of Joey W. Hill and Desiree Holt! From August 26th through August 30th these rock stars of Erotic Romance are going to be here on Riverina Romantics to give you the skinny on their new book, Nightfall, their characters Quinn and Selene, and even each other. And we are going to top it all off with an Exclusive Excerpt from the book as well as a totally fabulous Giveaway!

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with both of these lovely ladies for breakfast the morning after each of them won multiple Bookie Awards at the Authors After Dark convention in Charlotte. It is no surprise that between the two of them they brought home enough glasses (awards) to throw their own cocktail party! The three of us, along with Desiree’s friend and beta reader, Margie, and my friend and writing partner, Lisa, enjoyed some lively conversation over coffee, eggs and bagels about their new book, the Chris Hemsworth/Thor obsession that Joey and I both share, and how YouTube can provide you with some of very interesting research!

While I have had the pleasure of knowing Joey for some time, this was my first face to face meeting with Desiree. It is easy to see why these two are friends. Both of these ladies have an easy, relaxed aura that surrounds them and both are incredibly kind, funny and generous with their time. They are also two of the hardest working authors I know, each adhering to a strict work ethic to make sure that they provide readers with the best story possible. If you are a fan of either of these authors, you know that their dedication to their craft shines through in each book they write. And they have written a lot of books. Between the two of them they have a combined total of more than 210 releases!

So please sit back, relax and enjoy the interview. And don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself craving low fat waffles, chocolate cake, hot cowboys and dark, desirable vampires!

20140808_085833Pictured from Left to Right: Margie, Desiree, Delilah, Lisa and Joey

Delilah xoxo

 

DELILAH: How long have you known each other and where did you first meet?

DESIREE: I first discovered Joey when I judged one of her books, The Ice Queen, in the 2006 EPIC ebook competition. I was simply awed by the beauty and flow of her writing. She also introduced me to a world and a genre—BDSM—that I knew nothing about. I was quite simply totally hooked and began to devour her books. Then I met her at the 2006 RT Booklovers Convention and discovered what a really nice person she is. As we continued to see each other at conferences like RT Booklovers Convention our friendship began to develop and we discovered a kindred spirit. Joey is so easy to be with and so easy to talk to. We’ve discussed books and our lives over time and she was a great sounding board for Beyond Addiction.

JOEY: While Desiree covered that question perfectly, I have to say she reminded me of something I’d tucked in the back of my mind behind the day-to-day debris field, so it gave me a smile and fuzzy feeling all over again to rediscover it. I’d forgotten she’d found me through judging one of my books! Her answer also reminded me of the pleasure of getting to know her through our meets at conferences. One of my early thoughts about her was thinking that pursuing a dream at any time of your life is difficult, but a lot of people reach the latter part of their life and think “well, my chance for that is past”. My enduring impression of Desiree is not just of her commitment and pursuit of being an erotic romance author, but the joy and passion she brings to it. Maybe because she HAS come to it at the latter part of her life, she always remembers how much FUN it is to craft and write these stories and I never hear her gripe about anything the way the rest of us do (edits, publishing, etc). I also remember being so touched by her love for her late husband and thinking “That’s why we write romance. Because we believe in love stories just like that.”

DELILAH: Fans were eagerly awaiting Nightfall, a collaboration between you both about a cowboy and bar owner named Quinn Pedraza, and a female vampire named Selene Torres. You ladies have been friends for quite some time. What prompted you to finally work professionally together? And how did the concept for Nightfall come about?

DESIREE: The idea actually came about through a Twitter party we did to celebrate simultaneous releases. A lot of our readers who came to the party tweeted questions about us doing a book together. We had never thought of it but the idea appealed to us and we emailed back and forth about it. It looked like a good opportunity to pair my cowboys with her vampires. Then, at RomantiCon 2013 we spent a long evening plotting out the entire book (cue the shrieks and screams and the neighbors knocking on the door of the room!). The title seemed a natural because vampires are awake at night, our hero Quinn won a bar in a poker game that he needs a night manager for, and all the interaction between them happens when “night falls”. We’re very excited about the way the characters and the story are developing.

JOEY: I’ll have to add “giggles” to the “shrieks and screams” that happened that evening. There we are at the con, and we’ve finally carved out some time to sit down together in my hotel room and brainstorm. I had no idea how it would go, because everybody brainstorms differently, and sometimes styles don’t click, but honestly we were like a couple of girls at a slumber party. Desiree would come up with a plot twist and I’d shriek “Yes!” and type it into the computer, then I’d add in a line and she’d clap her hands, giggle, and have that wreath-her-whole-face smile everyone knows who’s had the pleasure of being around her, and then we’d both do the booty-shaking chair dance before moving on to the next plot point. When the knock came at the door, I was all prepared to apologize for being too noisy, but turned out it was just a girl from next door needing a phone charger. From the wary way she looked at us, we must have seemed a little wild-eyed. I found myself wanting to reassure her: “it’s okay, we just thought up this GREAT strap-on scene between our vampire heroine and cowboy hero, and it’s a pivotal emotional moment where Quinn surrenders his body and Selene opens up her heart…oh, and right before that we were going over the part where she has him strip down and hits him with a single tail whip…” But I had this weird feeling she might run for security.

I love cowboy heroes, but have only been able to play around the edges of having one, and I’d also been interested in doing a story where my vampire was more a day-to-day working person, rather than a big, powerful Council member or someone larger than life, like many of my Vampire Queen series characters. So when Desiree suggested bringing together one of my vampires with one of her cowboys, the concept was incredibly appealing and the ideas just started churning. How does an alpha cowboy reconcile himself to having a female vampire calling him boss during the bar hours, but dominating him afterhours? How does a vampire scrape together a living in the human world and still deal with having extreme Dominance and blood cravings?

DELILAH: Both of you have a unique writing style. When brainstorming together about Nightfall did either of you have concerns that maybe your styles wouldn’t mesh?

JOEY: I did, big time. It was nothing against Desiree at all. As you can tell from my answers to the questions above, I have nothing but adoration for her, but I am the ultimate control freak when I write. Deep in my head when I write and hugely OCD about how I want a story to read and feel, I’ve always said I’m not a co-author type of writer. Hell, I’m critique partners with Ann Jacobs, and she’ll tell you that I’ve never sent a manuscript back to her with less than a million suggestions for change. Fortunately, she hasn’t taken out a contract on my life yet (or maybe she’s just hired someone that’s working on poisoning me slowly through my chocolate addiction…hmm).

Anyhow, when Desiree sent me the email that said some of our Twitter party people wanted us to try writing a book together, and she wanted to give it a go, my immediate internal reaction was “No. No. No. Not just no, hell no. Terrible idea, Desiree will end up hating you, don’t say yes, don’t say yes…” And of course I said, “Yeah, why not?” Because honestly, can anyone say no to Desiree?

Besides that, one of the things I learned early in my writing life was that getting too set in your ways as a writer is NEVER good. Earlier that same year, another author who does great marketing had suggested a couple co-author projects to cross promote my work. I was dragging my feet on that idea, but Desiree’s timing turned me in that direction

The brainstorming session actually helped alleviate some of my concerns. As noted under that question, we really had a good time fleshing out the story together. I’ve always been so serious and proprietary about how I want a story to unfold, and this story belonged to both of us from the beginning, so it was like working on a meal together, each of us coming up with a different dish to make the whole thing work. And then when we started writing it, that feeling continued. We’re both egoless when we write – we both want it to be the best story possible, and we’re willing to give and take feedback freely to make that happen. A lot of times, a suggestion for change has each of us going “oh, yeah, that’s a great idea, I like that – awesome!”

We initially thought we’d take the POV of “our character” (i.e. I’d write everything that was from Selene’s POV, Desiree would write everything from Quinn’s) but what worked out best was far more organic. We each write as much as we can to progress the story forward, then kick it back to the other author to do the same, and we’ve picked up on the personalities of both characters enough we can both write them. In short, it didn’t take us much time to figure out a system that worked great for us both in terms of the way we each write.

DESIREE: I think Joey hit the nail on the head when she said we’re both egoless. You have to be, whether you write by yourself or on collaboration. I have collaborated before, twice, and it was a great learning experience for me. I learned how easy it is to embrace another author’s changes and how to edit each other’s work and still respect it.  And like Joey, when I popped the idea to her, I thought, oh hell, she’ll hate me when this is over. She’ll look at what I send or and think…How did I get myself into this? Because Joey has always been my aspirational author. Oh, did I say that already?  Her writing has such fluid grace to it, her words like a caress. And here I am, with my rough and tumble cowboys and…well, you get the idea.

But it’s really turned out to be a hugely great experience. Yes, initially we decided she would write Selene’s POV and I would write Quinn’s. But as we got into the story and we learned each other’s characters, we discovered that what really worked was to pick up the story where the other person left off. For example, I had a couple of scenes in my head that were Selene’s and I knew I just had to write them. Ditto Joey for Quinn.

The thing that helped us so much was working through the outline in advance and using it as a roadmap. We each “fluff” the other’s sections and depend on each other to make sure we’re each getting the right flavor and emotion in the story. And it’s really working well.

I’m really loving the experience. And of course, I have a truckload of chocolate to send her just in case I screw up. But I am really enjoying the love story between our cowboy and vampire and how we deal with the conflicts of two such completely opposite characters.

Join us tomorrow, August 27th, for Part Two of their Interview as Joey and Desiree talk about writing sex scenes, the use of toys and how it felt to write from both Quinn and Selene’s point of view!

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About the Authors….

 

BioPhotofromCroppicAAD2010Winner of the 2011 Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her characters include everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, www.jwhconnection.com.

Twitter: JoeyWHill    Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoeyWHillAuthor

 

 

Desiree Holt picKnown the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt

is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

www.desireeholt.com // www.desiremeonly.com

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Giveaway Final

Joey Hill and Desiree Holt have one hot Giveaway for you all! The winner will get an ecopy of Nightfall along with winner’s choice of one (1) ecopy from each of Joey and Desiree’s backlist! Yee haw! All you have to do to enter this INTERNATIONAL Giveaway is fill out the rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!

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Aug 25

REVIEW: Brought To His Knees by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Jennifer Kacey, Lynne Silver, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace, Tina Donahue & Felice Fox

Brought To His Knees

by A.M. Griffin, Amy Ruttan, Anya Richards, Cynthia D’Alba, Danica Avet, Jennifer Kacey,

Lynne Silver, Sabrina York, Sayde Grace, Tina Donahue & Felice Fox

 4.5 HEARTS

4-5 hearts (1)

 From Goodreads

The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

A.M. Griffin ~ Dark Wolf Enterprises ~ Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.

Amy Ruttan ~ Building Bridges ~ A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other…

Anya Richards ~ Three Strikes ~ Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.

Cynthia D’Alba ~ A Cowboy’s Seduction ~ One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?

Danica Avet ~ Born To Sin ~ A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.

Felice Fox ~ The Sound Of Your Name ~ Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.

Jennifer Kacey ~ Beneath The Pages ~ One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.

Lynne Silver ~ Cruising For Love ~ A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.

Sabrina York ~ Whipped ~ A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…

Sayde Grace ~ Chief Sin ~ A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.

Tina Donahue ~ Make Me Surrender ~ When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.

My Review Final

This is by far the best boxed set I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot of them! I have never given so many 4.5 to 5 star ratings on the short stories that make up a boxed set. These authors all deserve to be commended for the well-written, erotic, and sweet stories that made up this collection. There is not one story in this series that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone that loves a hot romance.

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Dark Wolf Enterprises

by A.M. Griffin

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

I have pretty much gotten away from reading shifter romance. This book made me regret that decision and miss the hot alpha world of a wolf pack. I loved Kristof and Trudy! 

Kristoff suspects a member of their trusted pack is embezzling from them. With no other choice he hires an outside human accountant to go through the records and confirm his worst fear. What follows is a series of horrific events that throws Kristoff right into Trudy’s life. He vows to keep her safe, even from himself. This proves to be harder than he thought considering Trudy is his soul-mate. 

I loved Trudy! The strength and resilience she showed in the face of all that was happening around her was so fun to read. I love when an author doesn’t create unnecessary drama and lets the story speak for itself. Kudos, Ms. Griffin. I can’t wait to read more on this pack and the hot brothers of Dark Wolf Enterprises.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames
Building Bridges

by Amy Ruttan

3 HEARTS

3 Hearts

Building Bridges is a story of facing your fears and chasing your dreams. In William and Molly’s story we get both ends of that spectrum. 

William chased his dream only to find it more than he had bargained for. Who says you can’t go home, again? He made his mark and now he’s back to his roots and basing his future on the ranch that his grandpa left him. 

Molly trusted her heart to the wrong guy and learned the hard way to never trust a man. Sadly, that experience has scared her away from putting herself out there for anything including her dream to become a vet. 

Although, the story between William and Molly was sweet there were times I didn’t feel a true connection between the couple. That is until they took their clothes off. Then the air crackled with the sizzle between these two. Overall, I enjoyed this story and would give this author another read.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames
Three Strikes

by Anya Richards

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

**This story is m/m** 

I wasn’t sure about Three Strikes in the beginning. It was really hard for me to follow at first. I think it was the issue of the mention of the Jamaican posse, the Jamaican slang and the different references that I wouldn’t know living in the States. However, once I figured it out and gave it a chance I loved the story. 

Vincent is a Jamaican immigrant living in England. He’s made lots of mistakes and paid a dear price for it. But, now his life is on the straight and narrow and he couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe he could be happier, but the thought of having a good man in his life is just a dream – a dream that he knows can’t come true.

Kyle has to be in the closet. As a police Sargent all he’s ever worked for would be destroyed if he wasn’t. He’s okay with it since a forever after kind of love is not anything he wants. At least he thinks it’s not anything he wants. Enter Vincent and poor Kyle’s life is turned upside down – in a really great way.

Vincent and Kyle were sexy, sweet, and loving. Reading the different experiences that each man had when dealing with their sexuality was heartbreaking and bittersweet. These men were both so strong and wonderful! I am so glad they found each other.

Hotness Rating

4 out of 5

4 Flames
A Cowboy’s Seduction

by Cynthia D’Alba

4.5 HEARTS

4 Hearts

A Cowboy’s Seduction is a fabulous, hot & spicy summer read. On second thought, it would make a great winter read, as well. Sure to warm you up. 

Natalie Diamond is tired of the cold and snow. Thank goodness she’ll be leaving soon to visit her parents in Florida for the Christmas holiday. At least that was her plans until she gets a call from her mom saying they are going on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise, but not to worry her gift is in the mail. That gift just happens to be an all expense paid trip to a Caribbean Island.

Brock Wade lost his parents way too young leaving the ranch and the care of his siblings square on his shoulders. All work and no play is all he’s known for longer than he cares to admit. But, when his brothers and sister give him an already booked and paid for Caribbean vacation Brock isn’t sure he can accept it. He can’t leave the ranch. However, his brothers convince him none too gently that they can cover for him while he’s gone. 

When Brock and Natalie meet on their exclusive vacation sparks fly. The connection between this couple is as heartwarming as it is hot! I loved the Wade siblings and would love to read more about them. Hint-hint, Ms. D’Alba. 

Hotness Rating

3.5 out of 5

4 Flames
Born To Sin

by Danica Avet

5 HEARTS

5 Hearts

Born To Sin is my first read by Danica Avet and I can honestly say she has a fan for life. I seriously want to go out and buy any title I can find that was written by this author. If you love a sizzling hot story with an equally alpha, hot guy then this is the book for you.

Sinclair “Sin” Rivas does not do relationships which is why he has kept his distance from the super tempting mechanic that works with him. She’s the closest thing he has to a real friend and the thought of losing that just because he can’t control himself doesn’t sit well.

Taylor Guillory is one of the guys. She always has been and is comfortable with that distinction. But, she’s had it with lusting after the infamously sexy Sin Rivas and she’s got a plan to go after him. Yes, there is a chance it could ruin their friendship, but she’s willing to take that chance for one night of passion. She just secretly hopes she can have it all.

I can not believe how much heat and emotion was packed into this short story. The characters were well developed, the background and story was so well written, and the dialogue was fun! And did I mention the sex was smoking hot? 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a hot read with a great story and even better characters.

Hotness Rating

4 out of 5

4 Flames
The Sound Of Your Name

by Felice Fox

3.5 HEARTS

3-5 Hearts

The Sound Of Your Name is best if read after Hold Me Together (Cameron Ranch #1). Although, you can read it alone it left me a little confused and floundering in parts. I think my rating and enjoyment level would have been much higher if read in order.

Brody Cameron wants nothing more than to help save the family ranch. Sadly, he’s been in a slump and hasn’t ridden a bull in far too long. That is until he meets his little good luck charm. The problem is he wants more than their little quickies, but he doesn’t want to risk the riding streak he has going on.

Ellie doesn’t like fooling those around her, especially now that she’s starting to really feel like a part of the crowd. But, she has to continue hiding her identity to get the story she needs for the city magazine she works for. Now, she has even more at stake. She’s done the unthinkable and lost her heart to a cowboy.

I found the instant acceptance of being used odd. Ellie was supposed to be a worldly, city girl. Yet, she had no problem with the arrangement. It just didn’t work for me. I liked the secondary characters a lot and would probably give more books in this series a chance. But, I would read the first book before.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames
Beneath The Pages

by Jennifer Kacey

5 HEARTS

5 Hearts

Holy Hannah, this book is hot! Hot with a capital HOT! I would love to have read more of this story, but I’m not positive my Kindle wouldn’t melt, so maybe it’s a good thing it was a short story. This book has it all – a hot, alpha hero and 2 equally hot and sexy bodyguards that are perfectly happy to join in. 

Acacia is used to living amongst the rich and famous. She’s done it her whole life. And now that her beloved father has died she has inherited the magazine and will continue on with the life she has been trained to live. She enjoys her life for the most part, even if it does get the best of her at times. Tonight is one of those nights. Her house is filled with the rich and famous and she’s just too tired to deal with the fake smiles and small talk. Even worse, she is on edge scared he’ll show up. Or maybe scared that he won’t.

Radigan is used to the world bending to his will. It’s kind of a side effect of fame. He can have what he wants, when he wants it and he uses that to his advantage a lot! One night is he what he gives and then he moves on to the buffet of women that flock to him. That’s always worked for him until one night with Acacia. He hasn’t been able to get her off his mind ever since. He’s a man that knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to act on it. Now that he’s set his mind to making Acacia his she doesn’t stand a chance.

The characters in this book were more than just hot. They were well-written and enjoyable. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. 

Hotness Rating

4 out of 5

4 Flames
Cruising For Love

by Lynne Silver

4 Stars

4 Hearts

Cruising For Love is a story of second chances. This story was sweet and funny all wrapped into one.

Andi and Jonah were high school sweethearts. Between the distance, college, and med school both parties decided to go their separate ways rather than try to hang on and lose it all, anyways. A decade later they find themselves thrown together, with a little help from Andi’s best friend, on a cruise ship. 

Jonah is a physician on a cruise line and for the most part he likes it. He tried the traditional route, but due to some trouble, not of his doing, he decided to salvage his reputation and move on. Seeing Andi again was never a thought he entertained, but now that she’s back in his life he’ll stop at nothing to win her back.

Andi can not believe that her friend tricked her into going on a Whipped theme cruise. At least she has the option to not join in on the bdsm filled festivities. It’s not that the thought doesn’t interest her, but not with a random guy that she just met. Of course, with her luck she just happens to get hurt in a demonstration and comes face to face with the teenage love of her life. She’s mortified that he’ll think she is into the whole random theme, but is even more embarrassed to set him straight.

Between lack of communication and the theme of the cruise you get a few chuckles when reading this story. The two main characters were sweet and really very human. I enjoyed this story quite a bit.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames
Whipped

by Sabrina York

5 HEARTS

5 Hearts

Oh my goodness! I loved, loved, loved this story! The sex was off-the-charts hot! And I mean HOT! The characters were witty and so entertaining. 

Dane can’t believe that his best friend and Ranger team member is tying the knot! He shudders at the thought of ever settling down to one woman for the rest of his life. Heck, the bachelor party is even a bust since Cody won’t allow strippers or hookers – his head almost exploded when they told him they had already paid for a hooker and she was on her way. Claiming a headache Dane heads out early only to run into the hooker in the elevator. She’s all kinds of hot and Dane figures why let her go to waste, so he invites her back to his room for an amazingly sexy, hot, night of no-holds barred loving.

Tina Marie can’t believe her luck when she stumbles upon her childhood crush in the elevator. As the best friend of her brother she knew she would see him, but not this soon. Quickly, realizing that he doesn’t remember her hurts, but when he mistakes her for a hooker she decides she is all in for the chance she’s always wanted. And boy does she get what she’s always wanted and more. She expected Dane to be a take-charge kind of guy, but he’s more than that. His dominant side is sizzling and Tina Marie knows she’ll stop at nothing to get more.

As always, Ms. York’s humor and witty writing is on full display. I honestly don’t think she could not write a story that doesn’t leave me in awe of her slightly sarcastic, yet always smartly written style. I bow to the master.

Tina Marie to her brother “I can never have sex? Never have a man? A husband? Never have babies? Just because we once exited the same vagina” See? Hilariously sarcastic.

When Dane learns that he not only slept with his best friend’s baby sister, but tied her up and spanked her, too I laughed out loud. His reaction and the reaction of all of the guys when they learn she is Cody’s sister is hilarious. Tina Marie is nothing if not tough and outgoing. I loved how she didn’t take any crap from Dane or Cody. 

Hotness Rating

4 out of 5

4 Flames
Chief Sin

by Sayde Grace

3.5 HEARTS

3-5 Hearts

Chief Sin was a bittersweet love story that made my heart ache a little for what the characters were going through. All of the characters, not just the primary characters, are going through life-changing events and this story got very deep. Not that that’s a bad thing at all. The story was a really good read and well-written.

Chief Bowie Sinet lost the love of his life many years ago. She never returned, so he’s never had the chance to find out what made her leave without a goodbye. But, now she’s coming back and he will have his chance to get it out in the open. That’s assuming that he can keep his clothes on and not make the same mistakes. 

Mavis escaped her hometown and has refused to go back. That is until she gets the call that her twin is missing and she can’t just ignore that. She just hopes this isn’t another trick from her brother and his best friend, who just happens to be the sibling of her high school love, to get her back in town and in the path of Bowie.

What follows is a hunt for a troubled man that has set out to do the right thing and to find his own peace, a visit down memory lane that is very bumpy at best, and a chance at the happiness that was stolen from Bowie and Mavis at way too young of an age. 

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames
Make Me Surrender

by Tina Donahue

4.5 HEARTS

4-5 hearts

Holy hot threesome! This book was amazing! I loved the characters in this story. They all had very different personalities, strengths, and backgrounds, yet I can’t imagine their lives turning out any other way than they did by the end of this story. 

Dutch and Travis have shared many women over the years that they’ve been friends. Their life has always worked well for them. Love ‘em and leave ‘em whether that be together with the same chick or one on one. The only hard core rule that they held was no commitment and they made always made this clear to the woman of the hour. But, with Mercy things are different. She’s off limits!

Mercy has always wanted Dutch and Travis. She’s heard of their escapades, so she knows this idea has some merit. But, they just never treat her as anything more than a friend. She has decided to take matters into her hands and to do that she appeals to their kindness begging for the cook position open at the bar that Travis owns and to move into the extra cabin they have available. She needs them to see her as a capable woman.

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Tina

Aug 24

SUNDAY SWAG GIVEAWAY

Sunday Swag Post

Welcome to Sunday Swag! I absolutely love swag. I think it’s the perfect thing to collect. You can have a whole bunch and it doesn’t take up a lot of room. One day it occurred to me that a lot of people might have the same feelings about swag as I do. That’s when the idea of a Sunday Swag feature came to me. I could both show off my love of swag and give some away! Plus, it’s a great way of spreading the word about all the fabulous authors out there!

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Surprise!

I totally missed posting a SS giveaway last week so this week I will be giving out 3 mixed swag packs that will have at least 30 pieces in them! Fill out the form to enter this INTERNATIONAL giveaway.

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Megan

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