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How Beauty Loved the Beast – Jax Garren – 5 stars – Contest!

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The Blurb:

It’s all been leading to this.

Jolie Benoit has become a skilled agent of the Underlight, relying on her savvy to complete assignments while Sergeant Wesley Haukon was out of commission. But an unexpected clue to the Order of Ananke’s diabolical scheme rattles Jolie, and she turns to Hauk for comfort.

It’s been years since Hauk took comfort from the touch of another person, though his love for Jolie is deep and powerful. Uncomfortable in his skin, scarred by a terrible fire, he is unable to give in to the pleasures that Jolie so desperately wants to grant him.

Meanwhile, the Order is lurking in the shadows—and when they strike, the blow is swift and terrible. Hauk and Jolie scramble to fight for their community, but with the future of the Underlight threatened, no one is safe. And Hauk will never be the same…

My Thoughts:

I really wanted this story but at the same time having this story makes me sad.  I mean I have been craving watching Jolie and my so worthy Hauk find their HEA but at the same time knowing they have their HEA means that their story arc is over.  Others who are as addicted to them understand my quandary but I hold out hope that Jax will get a chance to show more of the Underlight and give us more glimpses of this amazing couple.

As those of you who have been following the series know, Hauk has had a major thing for Jolie since the moment he met her but his scars and status as a fugitive make him feel that he is unworthy of such a beautiful person (inside and out).  He always dreams for more and at the end of How Beauty Save the Beast we got to see Jolie make her intentions towards this honorable man known.  When we start this story Hauk is still healing from his injuries and it is causing Jolie to go a bit crazy with both missing him and worrying about him.  She also is having to own up to her own blindness when it comes to fitting in to the Underlight and what she needs to do to make them feel like she really is there for the movement.  She works hard to become accepted and I really enjoyed her willingness to see things from their side and not just get hurt/pouty when not everyone warmed up to her.

This is not an easy story to write a review on as I want to let you enjoy the twists and turns Jax takes us on even when they break your heart a bit.  I have to admit to sobbing a few times in this as their road to bliss is not an easy one and watching both of them struggle to help Hauk with his self-confidence was at times painful to read but so worth every second and tear it brought out of me.  I’m keeping this review short but I have to tell you that if you haven’t read this series you need to do so as it is such a worthy storyline to read and enjoy.  These are two people that really deserve every ounce of happiness they can get and I adored that it did take so long to get there as neither character would have stayed true to themselves without all the pain and angst.

Beautiful story and a wonderful ending to an amazing pair.

Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  Oh and I was lucky enough to meet Jax Garren at the RT Convention so I can say truthfully she is as lovely a lady in person as she is a wonderful writer.  I cannot wait for more stories from her and I hope that she goes far in this business.

As always if you wish to purchase this or other Carina Press titles please visit the sidebar for the link to their site.

Now for the good stuff…  I adored this series and want to share my adoration with 2 lucky commentors to this post.  I will draw 2 winners that will get all 3 stories (Met, Saved, Loved) in either a Nook or Kindle format.  Contest will end at 11:59 pm CT Sunday May 19th with winners getting emails early on Monday May 20th.  Please just tell me what you like to see in a love story and the format that you would prefer if you win.  If for some reason you cannot get a comment to save on the site please tweet me at @sac402 to enter.

Strangers on a Train Blog Tour & Contest

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Welcome to the Strangers on a Train blog tour! Strangers on a Train is a series of five short, sexy romance novellas that take place on (or near!) trains. It was born when authors Samantha Hunter and Ruthie Knox started riffing on a “Hot Guys on a Train,” a Tumblr featuring photos of unsuspecting (hot) male subjects as they ride the rails to work. Serena Bell joined the conversation, we roped in Meg Maguire and Donna Cummings, and the five of us brought the series to life. A big part of the fun has been seeing how different steamy love stories can be, even when they start from the same idea!

Today, we’re thrilled to be visiting Bookaholic Anon (Thank you, Steph!) to talk about our favorite real-life train experiences, just a sampling of the way that a train ride can stick in your head and get under your skin.

Donna Cummings: My favorite train ride has to be when I toured Europe on the Orient Express … oh, wait. That hasn’t happened yet! While I’ve been on several trains in the U.S., I have to admit my favorites were in England. I remember taking a train from London, enthralled with the hustle-bustle excitement of the train station, feeling like I was on a movie set. And I was impressed with the booth-like chairs with tables in the train cars—they were designed for writers! But who could write with such beautiful scenery to watch the entire four-hour ride? The best part was arriving at Edinburgh, at night, and stepping from the train station to see Edinburgh Castle looming over us, lit up in welcome. So far no other train trip has come close to that for magnificence. Just one more reason I need to give that Orient Express a try.

Samantha Hunter: I’ve never traveled on a train, unlike the heroine in my novella, Tight Quarters, but I love riding them around cities.  I have some fond memories of traveling on city trains, since I usually do it as a tourist, not a commuter (that takes the fun out of it, from what I hear). One of my fondest experiences of riding subways was when I went to Boston with my husband and he was on a business trip, leaving me to amuse myself during the daytime for several days. It was the first time I was on my own in a city, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but I set out on the adventure, starting with learning the subway.

The Boston T has to be the most user-friendly train system I’ve ever used. It’s so clean, bright, and easy to navigate (versus the NYC subway, which I love with a special kind of love, being a native New Yorker, but it’s not easy to get around in). In Boston, I went everywhere—Harvard, Fenway, museums, parks, and stores. I sat on the steps of Harvard Library, read a book in the Public Garden while watching the swan boats, and rode the trains while looking over the landscape of the city. I may have missed a stop or two, but I could find my way back quite easily. By the end of the two days, I felt like I knew the train system like the back of my hand. One of the best moments was coming home from a Red Sox game on the train, awash in a wave of boisterous Red Sox fans…it was awesome. I was already a Red Sox fan, of course, but touring Boston solo on the T really helped me form a bond to that city. Definitely a great experience on a train!

Meg Maguire: As much passionate love/hate as I have for Boston’s T, my best train ride took place nine thousand miles away, in New Zealand. After a week in Wellington, I took a ferry to Picton and boarded the TranzCoastal train that winds through the South Island’s absurdly beautiful surrounds en route to Christchurch. I was traveling solo, and I spent the journey soaking up the nature-porn that streams past the windows, and sipping flat whites and cans of Speight’s. I remember an American family boarded, and the father slung a Red Sox duffel onto the luggage rail. But I kept my mouth shut. As some new friends had explained to me, Kiwis of my generation and older grew up with very few channels, and one the most popular things shown on one of those few channels was Cheers reruns—hence Bostonians are very well received in New Zealand. I had begun to feel rather popular. So I chose to ignore the Red Sox family, content in imagining I was the lone ambassador for my city currently touring the most beautiful country on Earth.

Serena Bell: It’s possible the reason I chose to write Ticket Home about a train commute is that I love the experience of learning a route so well that all its minor features become significant. My favorite train ride was my commute from Salem, Mass to Boston on the commuter rail out of North Station. I knew all the scenery by heart, but I also knew the soundtrack through and through. The individual conductors recited the stop names in their deep Boston accents, and it was a lovely incantation: Chelsea, Lynn, Swampscott, Salem, Beverly (sans “R”), north Beverly (ditto), Hamilton-Wenham-and-Ipswich—which is pronounced all as one sing-song word,  “hamiltonwennumunIPswich.”

Then sometimes my husband and I took the train in the other direction, past Salem to Singing Beach, a white sand beach where the sand makes a squeaky singing sound, and that was a treat because instead of heading south through the grittier parts of the North Shore, you’d go north past gorgeous seaside territory. It was as if someone had magically inverted my commute so I could literally retreat from work.

Ruthie Knox: When I was in my early twenties, I spent most of a year living in London doing research for my dissertation. I lived in Greenwich, but during the week had to go to all these different archives—a month or two at the London Metropolitan Archive, a few months at the newspaper archive, and so on—which meant that most days I spent between forty and ninety minutes waiting for trains, riding trains, switching trains. My favorite was the Docklands Light Rail, which I often took from Greenwich to its stop at Bank on the London Underground.

One fun thing about the DLR was that a lot of men who worked in the City of London got on at Canary Wharf and rode the train in to work. I liked to ogle them in their fancy suits with their mobile phones. In my fantasies, I ended up meeting and dating one of these perfect English bank-working train men, and we had a lot of excellent sex and stayed together forever. This never actually happened, so I wrote a book about it instead—it’s called About Last Night.

But my *best* train ride took place when a male friend was visiting me during that year in London. We flew to Glasgow for the weekend and took the train into the city from the airport. We had a lot of fun on that train, and somewhere along the way I mentally tripped over that friends-to-lovers line that I thought only existed in books. Later, there was physical trippage, as well. Reader, I married him.

Strangers on a Train

April 2, 2013

Samhain Publishing

 

Romancing the rails…

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Tight Quarters by Samantha Hunter

Reid isn’t happy about the mix-up that saddles him with a claustrophobic roommate on his New York train tour. Then his weekend with Brenna progresses to a weekend fling, and so much more.

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Ticket Home by Serena Bell

Encountering her workaholic ex on her commuter train is the surprise of Amy’s life. Especially since Jeff seems hell-bent on winning her back.

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Thank You for Riding by Meg Maguire

At the end of Caitlin’s commute, her extended flirtation with a handsome stranger finds them facing a frigid winter night locked in an unheated subway station.

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Back on Track by Donna Cummings

A wine tour isn’t enough to take Matt’s mind off his baseball slump—until sexy, funny Allie plops into the adjacent seat and tells him three things about herself. One of them, she says, is a lie. Then Allie lets slip one truth too many…

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Big Boy by Ruthie Knox

Mandy doesn’t want romance, but monthly role-playing dates with her stranger on a train—each to a different time period—become the erotic escape she desperately needs. And a soul connection she never expected.

Preorder/order links:

Strangers on a Train at Amazon 

Strangers on a Train at Barnes & Noble

Strangers on a Train at Samhain

Other links

Serena Bell website

Serena Bell on Twitter

Serena Bell on Facebook

Serena Bell on Goodreads

Ruthie Knox website

Ruthie Knox on Twitter

Ruthie Knox on Facebook

Ruthie Knox on Goodreads

Samantha Hunter website

Samantha Hunter on Twitter

Samantha Hunter on Facebook

Samantha Hunter on Goodreads

Donna Cummings website

Donna Cummings on Twitter

Donna Cummings on Facebook

Donna Cummings on Goodreads

Meg Maguire website

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Meg Maguire on Twitter

Meg Maguire on Goodreads

Tell us about your favorite train ride, or just comment to be entered to win. One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win a full set of all five Strangers on a Train stories. Good luck to all!

Contest closes on 4/1 at 11:59 pm CDT.  If you are experiencing any difficulties in getting your comment to save please tweet me @sac402 to get entered.

Cover Reveal – Jessica Scott’s The Long Way Home – Contest

I’m thrilled to announce that after a long way, the cover for The Long Way Home is finally out. The fabulous Shawntelle Madison did an amazing job with this, didn’t she?

Want your own copy? Buy it at: Barnes & Noble| Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo

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From the back cover:

My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a mother. I am a wife.

In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. She thought deploying was the hardest thing she’d ever do.

She was wrong.

This is the story of a mother coming home from war and learning to be a mom again. This is the story of a lieutenant making the grade and becoming a company commander. This is the journey of a writer persevering through a hundred rejections. This is the story of a soldier learning to be a woman again. This is the story of a wife waiting for the end of a war.

This is the journey as it happened, without commentary.

This is her blog. There are many blogs from the Iraq war, but this one is hers.

Check out the trailer for The Long Way Home:

Below is an exclusive look at The Long Way Home Excerpt:

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Make sure you check out the reviews on Goodreads and if you haven’t already, add it to your shelf!

Get your copy today: Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo

The rest of the bookstores links will be live soon!

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About Jess

Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

Oprah has called her. True story.

Her debut novel BECAUSE OF YOU launched Loveswept, the first Random House digital imprint.

She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood.

Most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

Connect with Jessica at

Website: http://www.jessicascott.net
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jessicascott09
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jessicascottauthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5131118.Jessica_Scott

 

Jessica is being incredibly generous and letting me give away to one lucky commentor her entire backlist in eBook form.  To win just tell me what format you would prefer and anything you would like to tell Jessica about either her books or her service.  Contest will close on March 22nd, 2013 at noon Central.

Night Demon by Lisa Kessler – Launch Party and Contest!

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Gretchen Finch’s job would be much easier if she weren’t alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature—the Night Demon—that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it’s impossible, she’s beginning to believe the ancient Mayan tales as the sinister jungle comes alive around her.

Lukas Smith has spent hundreds of years searching for answers to his immortal Night Walker nature. As a series of ancient glyphs become clear, he’s about to find out more than he’d ever hoped, but the more he learns, the more his fate intertwines with the Night Demon, and the harder it becomes to hide his immortal secret from the beautiful, intelligent Gretchen.

Together, they must find a way to stop the inexplicable violence and mass destruction surging across the earth before the Night Demon destroys more than just mankind.

Goodreads –  Amazon –  B&N

Also, check out the first book in the series,  Night Walker, as well as the prequel,  Night Thief.

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Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

Website –  Facebook –  @LdyDisney

To celebrate the launch of Night Demon, Lisa is giving away four prizes: A $25 Amazon gift card, a Mayan Glyph necklace, a signed paperback of Night Walker, and an ebook of Night Thief.

To enter the giveaway click here!

Raid – Kristen Ashley – 4 stars – Contest

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The Blurb:

Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow, Colorado all her life. The great-granddaughter of the town matriarch, she’s sweet, cute and quiet.

Too quiet.

Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.

Raiden Miller is the town of Willow’s local hero. An ex-marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while but, eventually, Hanna catches his eye.

But after all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is, why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she’s sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?

This has some BDSM

 

My Thoughts:

I know a lot of people who are Kristen Ashley addicts and I can see why they love her over the top heroes just by my first dip in the pool with Knight, Creed and finally Raid.  These men are definitely Alphas but when they meet their one they fall hard.  I don’t mean they clean up their acts or quit being complete cavemen but their devotion to their women shines through the caveman attitude.

 

Raid isn’t a perfect man even though he is a former Marine with major skeletons in his closet that he hasn’t dealt with yet.  He’s absolutely gorgeous and when he decides what he wants is Hanna she doesn’t stand a chance.  He does a lot of things that technically are against the law but I liked that when he told her about them he didn’t whitewash it or try to lie about why he was doing what he was.  He also does some great things in taking care of her great-grandmother that made me smile at the sweet side under the “me man, you woman” attitude.  Would I kick this man out of my bed with what he can do in it?  No…  would I let him back in my bed after some of the stunts he pulls…  No.  But this is a book and fantasy so even though his attitude pisses me off in real life, it makes me swoon in a romance novel.  He’s broody, possessive, sculpted and bad-ass so you can understand why women who meet him want to jump him and why even when he behaves like an ass Hanna forgives him.

Hanna is a good girl.  No seriously she is a ray of sunshine that is goofy, insecure and wants the whole picket fence thing.  She’s been in love with Raid since she was six and over the years this yearning has made her unable to find the one.  She gets a wake-up call one day after seeing him with a petite, blonde, big-breasted piece of tail and decides it is time to do something different with her life.  She changes her hair, finds some new hobbies and truly starts to break out of her shell.  Unfortunately it also brings her some people who aren’t what they seem but it also gets Raid to see her for the first time.  She pushes his buttons in a major way but I did like that even though she knew things would be hard with him that she did at times push back and stand up for herself.  Did she always?  No but I liked that she wasn’t completely spineless even though he did get her to back down more than stand up to him.  She’s exactly what he needed and seeing both of them come in to the people they were meant to be was interesting.

I have to say I liked seeing Creed and Knight plus the side characters in this were fun and interesting.  I hope we get a bit more from this series as it was interesting to read.

 

Now… I am one of the stops on a fun Blog Tour to support the release of Raid by Kristen Ashley.  There is also a great contest running that you can enter via Rafflecopter here.  Prizes are:

 

First prize pack:

Signed Copy of Raid (when it’s available in print)

Amazon or BN.com $25 gift card

Raid, Knight and Creed E-books

 

Second prize pack:

Amazon or BN.com $10 gift card

Raid, Knight and Creed E-books

 

Third prize pack:

Amazon or BN.com $5 Gift card

Raid, Knight and Creed E-books

 

Along with e-copies of Raid to 5 additional winners.

Guest Post – Ruthie Knox – Contest!!!!!

15761442I am a lucky lucky blogger today to have Ruthie Knox making an appearance.  I don’t know about you but I fell in love with her when I read About Last Night with her yummy hero City and have not looked back.  With that being said here she is:

 

Hello, fellow Bookaholics!

 

I’m here today to talk about Along Came Trouble, my latest novel (and longest so far). Out next week from Loveswept (Random House), it’s the second story in my Camelot series.

 

Along Came Trouble is about what happens when a woman meets the right man at the wrong time and has to decide how much of herself to give him when she doesn’t feel like she’s got any self to spare. And most of all it’s about how hard it is to find a balance between dependence, independence, and interdependence—and how love can lift our burdens and help us become better versions of ourselves, if we are brave enough to let it.

 

Because Steph was such a sucker for the book’s hero, Caleb, I picked an excerpt that gives you a sense of what he’s like. In this scene, he’s just met Ellen, moved into full-on “here’s how I’m going to make you safe” mode, and gotten shut down. All in the span of about two minutes. Now he’s regrouping . . .

 

Caleb didn’t know what had happened. A minute ago, Ellen had been high-fiving him. Now she was narrowing her eyes and bracing her bare feet in the grass as though she anticipated an assault.

“You can’t fire me.”

“Well, make up your mind,” she said. “Either you work for me, in which case you’re fired, or you work for somebody else, in which case you’re trespassing.”

Trespassing? “I had your permission to step onto the property.”

“I’m revoking it.”

He checked her expression again. Dead serious. Ellen didn’t want him here.

Tough luck for her, because she had him whether she wanted him or not. He needed this account for about five different reasons, all of them nonnegotiable. Breckenridge said Ellen Callahan had to be kept out of harm’s way, and he was the man for the job.

The trick, apparently, was going to be getting Ellen to accept that. She might dress like a bohemian, but the woman had a drill sergeant’s mouth. Fifteen years in the military police had taught him to tread softly around a mouth like that.

He glanced at his watch, then over at Carly’s place. He’d told her he’d be by at eight to talk about security, but this was more important. He could spare a few more minutes.

So what’s going to work on you, Ellen?

Not brute force, obviously. You couldn’t club a woman over the head and force her to accept your protection. If that were an option, he’d have done it to his mom and both his sisters months ago. Feisty lot, the Clarks. Probably explained why he liked women with a bit of steel in their spines.

Because he already liked Ellen Callahan. He’d seen her around town with a towheaded toddler who had to be her son, and she’d certainly caught his eye. Under different circumstances, he might have started angling for her phone number the second he’d witnessed her trying to topple that photographer with her kneecaps. Unfortunately, circumstances being what they were, she was off-limits.

That didn’t mean he couldn’t turn on the charm. Caleb was a big believer in catching flies with honey.

 

About the Book

Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox

Camelot series, book 2

Releases March 11, 2013

 

Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series continues in this sizzling eBook original novel, featuring two headstrong souls who bump heads—and bodies—as temptation and lust bring nothing but delicious trouble.

 

An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

 

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?

 

E-book. 350 pp. ISBN 978-0-345-54161-1.

 

 

Buy the book from  Amazon (US) |   Barnes & Noble |   iTunes BookstoreAmazon (UK) |   Amazon (Canada) |   Other buy links via Random House

 

About Ruthie

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Ruthie Knox graduated from Grinnell College as an English and history double major and went on to earn a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use. She debuted as a romance novelist with Ride with Me—probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story yet to be penned—and followed it up with About Last Night, which features a sizzling British banker hero with the unlikely name of Neville. Other publications include Room at the Inn (a Christmas novella) and How To Misbehave, book 1 in the Camelot series. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia.

 

I can’t thank her enough for appearing and I hope you love Caleb and Ellen as much as I did.  As a special treat because I love this series so much (I know it’s early but trust me it hits you) I’m going to give one lucky commentor a copy of Tony/Amber’s story, How to Misbehave, and once it releases a copy of this one in e-format for either Nook or Kindle.  

My question for you is…  What makes you swoon over a hero in a book?  Are you an Alpha adorer or does a man who has softer edges appeal to you?

Contest is open until release day, March 11, 2013 at midnight Central.  

Down and Dirty Blog Tour – Win a Kindle Fire!!

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Blurb: He was a dare she’d never been able to resist?

Cat Thomas has never been the kind of girl to stick. A self-professed infatuation junky, she latches on the newest, hottest guy on the block, then finds a reason – real or imagined – to dump him. When she accepts a dare to rekindle her high school flame and jump in bed with her brother’s best friend, Shane Decker, she knows she’s in trouble. She can’t resist the man, even after all these years apart, and that just won’t do.

Shane has come back to town for a couple reasons. The biggest one? He’s tired of living away from those he loves, including Cat. But now she’s spooked and will do anything to drive a wedge between them, including trying to fix him up with other women through an online dating service.

What does he have to do to make her see that settling down doesn’t mean settling, and he’s ready to spend a lifetime proving it?

“Heroic hunk, fun heroine, and smoldering sex … I loved Down and Dirty from beginning to end!” ~ USA Today bestselling author Kathy Lyons

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Down-Dirty-Dare-Me-ebook/dp/B00BKEKQTA
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/down-and-dirty-christine-bell/1114695825
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17411381-down-and-dirty

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Bio: Christine Bell is a romance author and also writes erotic romance as Chloe Cole. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory. She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold-Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate… or, like, a ninja maybe. Christine loves to hear from readers, so please contact her through her website, www.christine-bell.com

Twitter: @_ChristineBell 
Facebook: http://facebook.com/http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-BellChloe-Cole-Author/150917174953849
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4466856.Christine_Bell

The publisher is sponsoring a contest for a free Kindle Fire via Rafflecopter that you can enter by clicking here.

Anything for You – Jessica Scott – 5 Stars – Contest!

The blurb:

From the author of Because of You comes an all new Coming Home short story.

Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison has spent a year recovering from his combat injuries. A year spent in the arms of the woman of his dreams. But loving Jen comes with a price: every time he touches her, he faces the uncertain fear that loving her might mean losing her forever.

Jen is a breast cancer survivor and with Shane, she’s found a man who loves her despite her scars. But her scars may be too much for their love to survive.

As their love grows, so does the risk to Jen’s life. And Shane must make the toughest decision any man can make to save the woman he loves.

 

My thoughts:

I’m going to start this off by saying – You cannot read this without reading Because of You.  Please don’t try it…  really…  don’t do it.

Ok now that the warning is out there I get to gush over getting to see two characters I fell in love with in Because of You again.  I adored their initial romance and knowing that the love they share is still going strong made me extremely happy.

Do they still have problems?  YES

Do they truly love one another? YES

Do I want to see more of this amazing pair?  OH DEAR GOD YES

Did I sniffle a bit at the obstacles thrown in their way?  Oh yeah…  Jessica made me a bit weepy.

 

Jen is a breast cancer survivor which due to her age and the type she is at a high risk for a recurrence.  While she wants to have everything with Shane this may just not be a good idea with this history.  This is a story of two people who truly know what it means to love and are willing to make compromises even if they aren’t really able to sit down and discuss them in a timely fashion.  I adored the love that shows through everything even when things look bleak.

 

I can’t really say more than that other than read Because of You so that you get the entire picture of the hell they both have been through to get a love that most people only dream of.

 

Thanks to Jessica for sending me a copy of this without the guarantee of a review.  I adored this …  so much so I am going to do a giveaway.

 

Ok…  One lucky commentor is going to get a chance to get Because of You and Anything for You in a Kindle or Nook format just by saying they love reading romances about military men and the women that love them.  Just put a comment below by 2/9/13 at 11:59 pm CT and I’ll pick one lucky winner.

 

Anne Calhoun – Breath on Embers – Guest Post and Giveaway!

Please help me welcome Anne Calhoun to the blog… This short story was by far one of the best I have read this Christmas season and I cannot tell you loud enough to go read this… Anne has been nice enough to answer some questions so join me in learning more about her…

 

Q&A With Anne Calhoun

 

Q: Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

A: Writer who holds citizenship in 3 countries on 2 continents yet lives in a flyover state for love. Wife. Mother. Loves Frye boots, wool, and character more than wit.

 

Q: Your current release is BREATH ON EMBERS. Deets!

A: It’s the story of a FDNY lieutenant whose relationship with a widow goes from hot to white-hot and intensely emotional over the holidays.
Q: What three words best describe Thea?

A: Trapped. Fighting. Passionate.

 

Q: What three activities would Ronan never engage in?

A: Coercion. Quitting. Smarmy superiority.

 

Q: What is the one accessory Thea won’t leave the house without?

A: Her scarf. It’s practically illegal to leave the house without one in NYC. 😉 Ronan wears them, too.

 

Q: What are your greatest creative influences?

A: Music, although what I’m listening to may not play a role in the current WIP. I read a ton of nonfiction, sometimes for research, sometimes for curiosity. Travel.

 

Q: What three things do you need in order to write?

A: MacBook Air. Quiet (or the steady background noise of a coffee shop). An idea of what I need to write that day.
Q: What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

A: Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island. I’ve read Rainbow Rowell’s two 2013 releases – Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl – and they are wildly different and both incredible.
Q: If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

A: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

A: Read. Knit. Take yoga class. Walk the dog. I’ve got an eight-year-old boy so much of my non-writing time is occupied with homework, having friends over, activities he’s in. I also like to talk to (or at) my husband. 😉

Q: How can readers connect with you?

A: Annecalhoun.com has an email form. I’m on Twitter as @annecalhoun, and Facebook. I also have a fan group on Goodreads.

 

Now for more about the story that has quite a few of us in awe of her talent….

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Christmas is the perfect time for Firefighter Ronan O’Rourke to take things to the next level with his sexually adventurous girlfriend. He knows she has feelings for him—and he’s sure of his feelings for her—but when Thea refuses his invitation to sample Christmas in New York City because what they share is nothing more than sheet-burning sex, Ronan sets out to change her mind.

Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.

Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?

 

For more information about Anne–

 

And finally…. the good stuff… Anne is being generous enough to allow one lucky commentor to win a download of this wonderfully touching story… Just answer this question for me below to have a chance to win… What was your favorite Christmas present you ever received?

Contest will close on 12/26/12 at 11:59 pm CST.

Aftershock by Jill Sorenson – Print Giveaway!

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THERE’S A FINE LINE

As an emergency paramedic, Lauren Boyer is dedicated and highly capable. Until an earthquake strikes, trapping her beneath the freeway with a group of strangers-including Iraq war veteran Garrett Wright…

BETWEEN PERIL AND PASSION

Handsome and take-charge Garrett aids Lauren in her rescue efforts, even as the steely look in his eyes seems to hide dark secrets. When a gang of escaped convicts goes on the attack, Garrett’s bravery makes him more than a courageous bystander to Lauren. If they can save the others before time runs out, maybe, just maybe, they can explore the fire igniting between them-if the truth about who he really is doesn’t pull them apart forever…

 Now…  who wouldn’t want a chance to read this one…

Jill is being amazingly generous and giving away a print copy of this to one lucky commentor below.  This is open internationally as well so answer the following:

Who you would want with you in case of a disaster?

Entries must be in by 12/19/12 at 11:59 pm CST.

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