Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#Excerpt & Giveaway: KISS THE ENEMY by Dianna Love


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Her only hope is in the hands of her enemy.

Slye Temp operative Margaux Duke is chasing an international terrorist who murdered the last of her family. But her plans go up in smoke when her agency is in the crosshairs of the dangerous killer, forcing her to turn rogue to protect the only family she has left - her team. This is no time to get involved, especially with an enemy who steps between her and the terrorist she has to stop.

Logan Baklanov has been known by many names in the underbelly of international terrorism and will do whatever it takes to shield those he loves from the treacherous world he lives in. When his brother’s life is in jeopardy, Logan takes on a role that places him at the top of the most-wanted lists of government security agencies in every country. He accepts the no-win situation, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice until a long legged beauty draws the attention of his deadly target and screws Logan’s carefully planned mission.

Margaux and Logan must join forces in a dangerous game to save a major city from a powerful psychopath, but their ruse escalates out of control when the heat smoldering between them threatens to explode.

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AUTHOR Bio:
New York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. She now writes high-octane romantic suspense, thrillers and urban fantasy. Her new Slye Temp romantic suspense series launched its first four books in 2013 to rave reviews and more will follow in 2014. Her books are available in print and ebook.  On the rare days she’s not in her writing cave, Dianna enjoys touring the country on her BMW motorcycle. She lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her motorcycle-instructor husband and a tank full of unruly saltwater critters. Read excerpts of her books at www.authordiannalove.com or join her Dianna Love Street Team on Facebook and get in on the fun!

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Excerpt:
Logan lowered his face to hers and said, “Do you ever let go?”

“Of what?”  Margaux knew what he was talking about, but she wasn’t going to admit to anything.

“The need to always be in control, to always be one step better.”

Her infected arm had swollen tight as a stuffed sausage all the way to her fingers. She was alternately cold and hot, and sick of being in this heat. He should consider his timing for psychobabble, especially when she had a pistol within reach. “Do you want to spend today analyzing something you’ll never understand or getting out of here?”

The sucker smiled. Straight teeth that glared white. “I’ll tell you what I want.”

She was not up for this crap. “World peace? A razor? Is it a long list? Because—”

“To hell with that.”

“What?”

“Telling you anything.”  He caught her to him and closed the short distance between their mouths. He had a really nice mouth. There was his beard again. She could get used to it on a man who kissed like this one. How did he manage to kiss her so tenderly and still turn her insides into a bunch of wobbling Jell-O?

Margaux had never understood why Jane gave up everything to stay in the jungle with Tarzan, but she was starting to get a clue. 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book Tour Blast: UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

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UB1 BT 3d front coverAn Angela Panther Novel

Stay at home mom Angela Panther is living the good life. Happily married with two kids, a house in the suburbs and, a fantabulous best friend, she's got it all. But hours after Angela's mother dies, her ghost pops in for a visit, leaving the door to the other side wide open. Suddenly Angela's life is jam-packed with ghosts - ghosts that need her help. Now Angela must find a way to balance the needs of the living along with the unfinished business of the dead, all while keeping her mother's ghost in line. Hilarious and bittersweet, Unfinished Business tackles the emotional ups and downs of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the desperate desire for that one last chance to tell someone we've lost how we feel.

 

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Editorial Reviews:

"It definitely touched a chord with anyone who has ever lost a loved one. The writing was strong and the dialogue -- which many people simply cannot write -- was terrific." - Christie Giraud, editor, Editingpro.com 

 "What a fantastic read! I couldn't put it down! I had to keep reading just to see what twist life was going throw out at Angela next!" - Chicklit Plus 

 "The author has a great sense of humor, even about death, but when the story called for it, she was reverent and empathetic in the way her characters handled each other." - Caroline Fardig, Bestselling Author 

 "This story captures how a real housewife would likely feel if her dead mother popped up and became a regular part of her life. Angela does her best to muddle through with life throwing her curveballs. There are plenty of moments of laugh-out-loud absurdity and interesting ghost trivia to entertain readers." - Sarka-Jonae Miller, Amazon Bestselling Author of Between Boyfriends
 

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson Bio:

carolynAmazon and Barnes & Noble best selling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson left her career in the health insurance industry to be a stay at home mom to her two daughters and son. When not carting them to and from whatever was on their busy schedule, Carolyn spent her time writing for various websites about things that interested her—raising kids and the insanity it created, ABC soap operas and fitness. Soon Carolyn's writing expanded into freelance works for small companies, newspapers, print and online magazines. 

An avid fitness buff, Carolyn currently now writes a monthly health and fitness column for Northside Woman Magazine as well as regular weekly news articles for various Atlanta area media outlets including the Forsyth Herald, the Milton Herald, the Revue and News, and the Johns Creek Herald and features for Countyline Magazine. She is the Amazon and Barnes & Noble best selling author of Unfinished Business; An Angela Panther Novel, Unbreakable Bonds; An Angela Panther Novel, both published through Booktrope, the novella Santa's Gift, a Cumming Christmas Novella and The Quick Start Weight Loss Program. A native of Indiana, for over eighteen years Carolyn called the northwest Chicago suburbs home. When not writing Carolyn likes to read, exercise and spend time with her family and pets. She resides in the Atlanta area with her husband, three kids, two dogs and cat and the slightly more than occasional foster dog.
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Interview with J.B. Salsbury


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Fighting to Forget is the third book in The Fighting Series. Every book in the series covers a different MMA fighter, and this is the story of Rex “T-Rex” Carter. He’s damaged beyond repair and uses pain as an anesthetic, a way to cope with his demons. Until the past walks back into his life in the form of a beautiful barmaid and destroys the fragile balance he’s managed to build.

Do you have a favorite character?
It’s a toss up between Rex and his love interest Mac, but if I had to choose I’d say Rex is my favorite. They’re both insanely strong and equally weak, which is such an unfathomable dynamic and yet somehow makes complete sense, but Rex pulls at my heart a little differently. He’s an alpha male like the rest of the guys in the series, but he’s sugary sweet and so vulnerable that it’s hard not to love him.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Yes! There’s a biker in this book named Hatchet who was supposed to make an appearance in chapter one, but as I wrote his scene he exploded onto the page and made it very clear he wasn’t going anywhere. He ends up being a huge player in the plotline and climax of the book and I’m now entertaining the idea of giving him his own book somewhere down the road.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
No. I’ve always been dead set on self-publishing.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
I got my first offer from an agent about three weeks after I published my first book Fighting for Flight. More rolled in after, but I went with Trident Media Group and am still with them for foreign, audio, and movie rights.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
Traditional publishing was always the direction I was headed until I hooked up with a fabulous group of writers who were working on getting traditionally published. I knew I’d never go that route, but what solidified it for me was listening to their struggle. I’m not anti-traditional publishing and I’m not saying that if the right opportunity presented itself I wouldn’t jump all over it, but spending years and years working on getting an agent and then years to get a publisher didn’t appeal to me. I suck at delayed gratification.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
Because I’m self-published I have 100% control over my cover designs. I have an incredible graphic designer, Amanda at Pixel Mischief, who tells me when my ideas are horrible and she’s an artistic and marketing genius so we brainstorm the covers together until we come up with something that we’re both in love with.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I do. There’s a group of six girls including myself that all write different genres of romance. Some are traditionally published and some are self-published. They’ve absolutely helped to improve my writing. I’ve learned more from them than I have anywhere else. They always let me know when I’m on to something great or when I need a swift kick in the butt. They’re honesty is what I appreciate the most. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
First thing I always do is take off my bra! :D Comfort is key. No, but really I do try to find a comfy place to curl up with my laptop. Silence is good for certain scenes, but others I prefer to pop in my earbuds and have music playing. It just depends on what I’m writing and where my head’s at.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
No, I don’t outline. I’ve tried and find it’s a complete waste of time because I always end up veering away from my outline. For me, writing is like sitting across from a friend and listening to their life story. I quiet myself, listen, and type what I see and hear from start to finish.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes! Absolutely, yes. It’s impossible for me to find my own mistakes. I’ll read the same sentence ten times and because I know what I want it to say my mind reads it that way. It’s crazy, but true. A good editor is worth his/her weight in gold. I’d never put anything out there that hasn’t had a thorough scrub down.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Write what you love, and never read your bad reviews.

What’s next for you?
Next book with be Fighting the Fall, Eve’s book. I introduce her love interest in Fighting to Forget and I’m really excited to throw these two together on the page. 
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Fighting to Forget

Every fighter is drawn to the violence, the release that a perfect hit can bring. But very few are drawn to the pain. Rex Carter lives behind a wall of indifference. The demons from his childhood act as an anesthetic, keeping him distant from emotional connections. Only the ache from a knock to the jaw, the sting of a tattoo needle, or the heat from a piercing can jolt him back from the numbness. The fiery pain is all he can feel, and nothing compares to the burn. Or so he thought. Working in a Las Vegas bar isn't Georgia McIntyre's dream. But she hopes it'll be an end to the nightmare. She's watched him, followed him and kept tabs, all in preparation for this moment: to make amends and share the secret she’s been carrying since she was a kid. But she didn't count on the feelings that seeing him again would stir up, the vacant look in his stormy-blue eyes, and his perfect body now mutilated by ink and metal. And she knows why. She's lived his pain every single day, since the day he left. Changed by time, Rex doesn't remember the girl from his past. If only she could do the same. Will she get the absolution she's spent her life seeking? Or will he continue Fighting to Forget?

 

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Author Bio

JBProfilepicJB Salsbury, USA Today Best Selling author of the Fighting series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

 Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing. Fighting for Flight, Fighting to Forgive, and Fighting to Forget are the first three novels in the MMA romance series. Fighting the Fall is due to be released in October 2014.

 For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

#Excerpt: FIVE OUT OF THE PIT by Holli Anderson


Book & Author Details:
Five Out of the Pit by Holli Anderson
(Five #2)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: March 31st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
The Five find their way to Moab, Utah where, before they’re even settled in, evil finds them.

As Paige fights to keep from succumbing to the pull of an Incubus that has her marked as his next conquest, Johnathan seeks to find a way to rid her of a curse she willingly accepted in order to save him.

A surprising revelation initiates a long-awaited, yet unexpected, reunion for Alec who discovers a new magical talent he possesses.

The FIVE, along with their mentor, Joe, must figure out what was meant by the last words of a Demon as it was sent back to the Netherworld—a promise of Gathering darkness—and stop the evil before it’s unleashed on the small town of Moab. And, the world.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.

Along with her husband, 
Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.

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Excerpt:
He was big. He towered over me by at least a foot. A piece of greasy hair fell over his eyes as he lunged for me at the same time as I grabbed for my summoning necklace—that wasn’t there. I’d left it on the bathroom counter. I wasn’t prepared as he tackled me to the ground. I landed hard, with the grease ball on top of me. My breath came whooshing out and the pressure in my chest incapacitated me. I couldn’t breathe. Panic overtook me for a moment before I realized the breath had just been knocked out of me and my respirations would return shortly. The Big Greasy Giant laying atop me didn’t help the breathing problem.

As I lay there in the dirt, a rock jutting into my back below my backpack, I worked hard to inhale. I turned my head toward Halli. I wasn’t sure what had happened to her, I just saw two of the men crouched over her limp body, blood flowing from a large cut on her forehead. I struggled to push my assailant off me. He held me down while another of the goons grabbed my arms. Grease Ball put his face right up to mine and said, “Stay put little lady . . . or don’t. ‘S always more fun if ya don’t. Don’t even think about usin’ yer voodoo on me. One little spark and yer friend over there gets her throat slit.”




#Excerpt: A SECRET WORTH KEEPING by Lakisha Johnson


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Shelby is a career woman turned housewife who enjoys the friendships that have been built with her 5 best friends; Camille, Lynesha, Raylin, Kerri and Chloe. They are all career women with different businesses, husbands and even children but something is missing and they can’t seem to find it at home, in a store or even in a book. So, they search for this missing piece in the beds, arms, cars and even offices of other men who don’t mind paying for what Dem Dam Divas can offer.

They enjoy the thrill of sneaking, creeping and even vacationing on someone else’s dime but they soon find out that all good things come to an end. What happens when it becomes too much? From secretly wanting someone who doesn’t want you, loving only to not be loved back and being caught up in a dream that you’re about to be awaken from; will it be worth it in the end? Will they regret their actions or stand by them? Will they finally question whether this secret is really worth keeping?


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AUTHOR Bio:
LaKisha Johnson is a girl after God’s own heart; doing what she believes to be her purpose..writing.  In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 15 years, mother of 2 and native of Memphis, TN. She comes from a huge family and has always been the go to girl whenever someone needed a poem written or read, an acknowledgement that would convey just what they were thinking or even an occasion written for that special day. She’s an all-around talented lady that makes everything she touch turn to gold. She has 2 degrees from Southwest TN Community College both in Information Technology and has worked in the corporate field for over 15 years. She is also a dedicated blogger, delivering a devotional blog 5 days per week entitled ”Kisha’s Daily Devotionals.”

LaKisha wants readers of her books to step outside the box and read with imagination.  She wants them reeled in from the front cover to the last word, enjoying every second in between, asking for more.  She doesn’t proclaim to be the best writer or even author in the world..she just proclaims to be blessed because her motto is ”God’s purpose is bigger than any problem!”


Email address – authorlakisha@gmail.com

Excerpt:
Girls, this has been an amazing trip.  I’m kind of sad that it’s ending but I am ready to get home to see my babies.

“Well, good for you; I can’t say the same,” said Kerri.

“Listen ladies, I know that these trips are supposed to be a release to renew our minds but they do no good if you go back to home and accept the same mess you left. If you all are not happy then make some changes. Life is too short to keep living in hell. You all are beautiful, educated and capable of taking care of yourselves so why continue to take less from your husband than what your husband is supposed to do? Please don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that you all should head to divorce court, however, I am saying stop lying down and accepting everything. Stop accepting less than what your husband should be giving. Why should you have to find part time love in the hands of someone else? Why should you find pleasure in the bed of someone else when your husband should be fulfilling your every fantasy and you should be filling his?”

“Shelby, I hear you but you have all that at home, we don’t” Chloe said with tears streaming down her face.

“Yea, you have a husband whose eyes light up when you enter the room, one who notices your new hairdo, one who doesn’t mind shopping with you, one who holds you when you cry, sit with you when you’re sick, stay up with you when the baby is sick; you have all that,” Kerri added.

“Yes, I do but this is because I wouldn’t accept anything less. Understand, we have our ups and downs but we work through them. We are not perfect and I’d be lying if I said anything differently but he knows my faults and accepts them and I know his and accept them.” I said.

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#Excerpt: SOMETHING TO LOSE by Tamra Lassiter



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Everyone has something to lose.

Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it’s not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won’t help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth’s version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?

Publication date: May 7, 2014


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing.


Excerpt:
I finish and place my plate and fork on the coffee table and turn to face Joey. He’s totally into me, or seems to be, but is it enough for him to want to go for the full gusto? He leans towards me and lightly kisses me just below my right ear. The motion does absolutely nothing for me other than make me feel a little nauseous. It’s not like when Seth’s lips touch me. Thoughts of Seth make my cheeks flush. Joey must take that as a good sign because he goes for my lips next. I fight the urge to flee and try to fake enjoyment. Does it work? Can he tell?

Joey’s hands move around my neck. He pulls me closer. I pull away and look to him shyly.

“You feel it, don’t you?” he asks, a creepy smile on his face.

I smile, as if I’m embarrassed. I know my cheeks are still flushed, mostly with worry for what I’m about to do. I nod my head towards Comb-Over and Crooked Nose, who have just taken seats at the table. “Can they go somewhere?” I ask as innocently as possible. I even bat my eyelashes a couple times just for effect. Joey smiles again, this time triumphant, a knowing smile and then snaps his fingers. The men exit my apartment without saying a word

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Interview with Emily Kimelman


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
THE DEVIL'S BREATH is the 5th novel in my bestselling Sydney Rye Series of mysteries. My series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

One of Sydney Rye’s dearest friends, Hugh Defry, has been accused of brutally murdering his business partner. All the evidence points to Hugh and he has no memory of that night. But Sydney refuses to believe that Hugh is capable of such violence.

Called to investigate by Robert Maxim, a man she has, until now, considered her greatest enemy, Sydney flies to Miami searching for the real killer. Her investigation leads her from the mansions of Star Island to the depths of the Everglades. Rye’s suspicions are raised when she learns that Robert Maxim not only wants to work together, but also wants to build a friendship. She doesn’t begin to understand Maxim's motives until her former lover, Dan, arrives in Miami to tell her a devastating secret.

As more people from her past turn up, and not knowing whom to trust, Sydney begins to recognize that her personal fight for justice has become much more than she'd ever imagined. Sydney is pushed towards making a decision that will change not just her life, but possibly the future of crime fighting.

The Sydney Rye Series:
UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)
DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)
INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)
STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)
THE DEVIL'S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5)

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
One of my very best friends, Autumn Whitehurst, is an incredible illustrator and I knew the moment I decided to self publish that I wanted her to make my cover. I traded her a one of a kind stacking terrarium that my husband, a third generation glassblower, made.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I do not belong to a critique group. In college I took some writing classes but never found the comments that helpful. Instead, I work with several people whose opinions I trust. They read all my work and let me know how to improve it.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I listen to music most of the time that I write. It helps me slip into that other world. It also keeps people from interrupting me. I’m easily distracted so my headphones are kind of like the blinders they put on scared horses.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I do a combination. For about a month before I start my first draft I think about it, free write a lot, and allow my brain to run wild around the different ideas swirling in there. Then I sit down and write the first draft as quickly as possible. The shortest I’ve ever done is three weeks and I’m hoping to do that again with the draft I’m working on now. Once I’ve written the first draft I let it sit for at least two weeks, and up to several months, allowing the story to settle once again. Then when I go back in I’m usually surprised by what I find. Often there are entire scene I don’t remember writing. I’ll also think there are scenes in there that are not. So then I go and write everything the story is missing and take out anything that doesn’t make any sense. Once I’ve gotten it to a point where I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with it I turn to my friend, Mette, who will read it and help me figure out how to make it better.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes, I have two editors who go over my work. A copy editor I found online and my father, who was a professional editor in the newspaper business for decades. Finally, I send it out to my street team who ferret out any last little mistakes.

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
Haha, that’s a big question. I’ve learned so much. Faith is a big one. There are a lot of ups and downs in this business. You can be ranked in the top 100 one month and down in the 100,000 the next. The key is finding your audience, connecting with them, and having faith that everything is as it should be.

Also, gratitude. I’ve never felt so incredible lucky and grateful as I have in the last couple of years. The number of people who have taken an interest in my work beyond just buying the entire series astounds me. My readers are amazing, how they promote me and send me notes of encouragement. It’s enough to make you think the worlds a pretty beautiful place.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
I sell on all the major sites. Barnes&Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes! This is such a huge thing for any writer. I feel like it’s really different parts of my brain that are needed for each task and switching modes is hard. Both are so vitally important though so it’s something I’ll continue to work on.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
For sure. I love to ride horses, hike, swim, read (naturally :), spend time with friends and family, cook, and do Pilates. I find that the more active I am away from my writing hours the more I get done. Except sometimes when I spend the whole day at the barn instead of my desk. But I figure it’s all the way it’s supposed to be.

What’s next for you?
I’m filling out this interview on a plane so the next thing I’m doing is landing in New York City. After that I’m going to keep writing Sydney Rye #6. I’ve got the first draft of a paranormal/zombie/romance thing that I wrote during Nanowrimo and plan to edit into something in May. I’m hoping to publish that by late Summer and then get Sydney Rye #6 out by Fall.

Friday, April 18, 2014

#Excerpt: DARK & DEADLY, 8 BAD BOYS OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE


Book & Author Details:
Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance
Authors: Alyssa Day, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Erin Quinn, Felicity E. Heaton, Jennifer Ashley, Laurie London
Publication date: April 14th 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

Featuring the bad boy heroes of:
BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day
BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn
THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
TRAPPED by Caris Roane

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Excerpt from DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison

Want? There was that word again, piercing through the conversation.
He wanted to put his hands low on her hips and feel her arch back into him. He could forget what haunted him with her. He knew he could.
 “Are you making me feel like this?” she demanded. “Why do you make me feel like this?”
“Like what?” Did she feel it too, then? This atomic attraction, like molecular bonds straining to attach?
But her eyes just got wider, her glare accusatory.
“It’s your dream, Jordan,” he said. “I can find you within it, but I can’t make you feel anything.” Though there were some agents who had the knack. He was just a humble tracker.
“Well, you don’t have to stand so close.”
“Your dream,” he said again. “Push me away.”
He knew she could—it was well within her ability—and soon she’d be able to do so without thinking. Her dreams were her playground. It was only deeper into the waters of sleep, Darkside, that she’d have difficulty.
But she didn’t push him back.
Okay, still scared. Still disoriented. He needed her trust, so he’d give her the space she requested, and he would back off.
Except…his backward motion was met with stiff resistance. She wasn’t pushing him away; she was keeping him close. He could break her hold. However strong she was, he had considerably more experience. He could break the dream, but he didn’t.
A smile of deep satisfaction pulled at his mouth, an entirely foreign feeling to his face, to his soul. If he begged, would she let him stay here? He’d promise to keep the darkness at bay, because it would come. It always did.
“Michael?”
The false name was a reminder. There are rules. There are rules. There are rules.
She rose on tiptoe.
His hands found her hips, knew just the angle to his grip—she didn’t protest. He pulled her flush against him, and her back arched, just slightly, exactly as he’d hoped it would, her ass pressing—good God—into his groin.
Warmth coursed through his gut and spread out to his limbs and mind. It was part lust—no helping that—and part peace. It was a full-body sensation, burning out pain and loneliness, leaving only this feeling of want and connection.
She tilted her face back.
All her little adjustments meant yes, yes, and yes.
At the moment, hers was the only permission that mattered.
So he kissed her.