Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway with Keri Ford


 
 
 
Thanks, Danielle for having me! And sorry I’m a day late. Ack! Kids. When they’re sick, it changes everything. So because I was a loser and didn’t get this early enough, I’ll give away 2 SETS of books. That’s two winners who will each win a copy of ALL I WANT IS YOU (A Chester Farms Novella) and NEVER STOPPED LOVING YOU (A Chester Farms Novel, 1).
 
 

On to the blog!

Do you know what time of year it is? Yes, yes. It’s spring. And it’s been all march madness and school is soon coming to an end and so much more stuff. BUT, it’s also planting season.

Or, it’s supposed to be planting season. Excuse me while I make a face. If you have a garden, you’ll know why I’m making a face. Two words for you: Cold Weather.

I got all my tomatoes in the ground. It won’t stop raining and guess what? It’s in the thirties tonight and tomorrow. That’s right, we’re bumping freezing temps here.

What does all that have to do with my Chester Farms series? Chester Farms is a family owned/operated fruit and vegetable farm. I can tell you, they’re having way better weather than I am right now.

 

If you could grow any fruit or vegetable, what would it be? I’d grow pineapple. We don’t have the weather for it, but man, I would LOVE that. And a banana tree too.

 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway with Lily Dalton


Historical Romance, My Love - by Lily Dalton
 
 

Over the last year, I’ve participated in some booksignings. I’m friendly, and love talking to people but there’s one comment about historicals that I’ve heard a good handful of times, and it always makes me want to put my head down on the table and cry.

**drum roll**

“This looks like something my grandma would have loved.” 

Ouch. Mind you, I love grandmas. I also hope they enjoy my books. But I think there’s an unfortunate belief by many that historical novels are an old fashioned choice, unchanged over the previous decades as far as style and content, and packed page to page with purple prose. That fear was confirmed last year when I happened to meet a Ph.D. professor of literature who teaches at a national university. She told me one of the classes she taught covered romances as a form of literature. How wonderful, I thought, and asked what historicals were on the syllabus. I expected to hear names like Sherry Thomas or Sarah MacLean or Eloisa James.

Her answer: Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna. What?

Don’t get me wrong. I love the book myself. It’s a classic. But I was disappointed to hear that a book published in 1977 was being held up as a representation of historical romance in the year 2013, as if nothing along the way had changed. Keep in mind I have a bookshelf full of vintage romances that I love and often reread. But just as the world has transformed in three and a half decades, so has historical romance. Yet the evolution of the genre has kept me engaged.

Still, one can’t deny that at its core, so much about the historical genre remains the same. The original plot devices continue to draw me in. Why do I love them so much? Aside from the simple joy of being transported across time, I love, love, LOVE, reading stories about exceptional women facing and overcoming challenges, and finding love with an uncommonly heroic, sexy man along the way. Though it’s easy to look back at history through a very rose-colored, romantic lens, reality wasn’t that kind. People married for survival. To continue bloodlines. To bolster fortunes. To continue dynasties. Marriage, under those circumstances, didn’t lead to many happily-ever-afters. Truly passionate and enduring love matches had to have been very rare.

That’s why it’s magic for me to immerse in that world, and imagine the circumstances of how such an unlikely and unexpected love might begin and unfold.  

What about you? Do you love historical romances? If so, what differences do you see between historicals published now and those published 2-3 decades ago? Did you read historicals at one time and have since given them up? If so, spill the details, and tell us why.
 
Lily will be giving away 1 copy of Never Desire a Duke. Please enter with you email address. This giveaway will end on April 25th at noon. Good Luck!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Q & A with Author Cynthia Sax

Today I want to Welcome Cynthia Sax !!! Welcome Cynthia!!
At What age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Cynthia Sax: Ive always written since I could hold a crayon. I wrote daily in a diary until I was a teenager. Then I started writing for blog sites. I was asked to write for a daily and a weekly newspaper and that was when I first discovered I could earn an income from my writing. Coming from a long line of manual laborers, it blew my mind that I could be paid for words.

 What is the process on how you create your characters?

Cynthia Sax: I usually start with one aspect of one character and then build around this. With Breaking All The Rules, I knew Camille was a rebel child. She has green hair, piercings, tattoos. Why would she look like this? What does she want from life? Why is stopping her from being in a happy, loving relationship?


 

Do you have any plans to venture out and write different kinds of romance books in the future? If so what kind would you be interested in writing?

Cynthia Sax: I
ll always write erotic romances. I like the blunt language (no purple helmeted warriors or blossoming flowers) and I believe that sex is an important part of any romantic relationship. I have explored different subgenres (Contemporary, SciFi, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic Light) and different romantic pairings (male/female, male/male, ménages, ménages plus). My most natural stories to write are male/female contemporary erotic romances.  

I know Authors work hard but when you aren't writing what do you do in your down time?
Cynthia Sax: LOL Down time? Does that exist for writers? Right now, Im writing story 7 in Sinful Rewards, my 12 novella serial releasing from Avon (the first story releases in July). I havent been outside the house in two weeks. 

 This might sound totally silly but what made you pick green hair for Camille?

Cynthia Sax: That is a GREAT question and I
m so glad you asked it. (big excited hugs) Camille aka Goth girl is a woman of contrasts. She rebels yet is the most loyal friend a woman could wish for, breaks rules yet lives by her own personal code, pushing people away yet yearns for love. It made sense that she would have a hair color that exists in natural (with plants, birds, and lizards) yet is unnatural for people. She also has a deep connection to the Earth (again, contrasting with her love of technology).

 I have read a few of your books and the ones I have read all have men in a power position. Is this something you planned on writing about or did the story just come together that way?

Cynthia Sax:  Before I switched to writing full time (thanks to the support of my dear, wonderful, hard working hubby), I played in business, helping to develop new products for big corporations. I worked along side and pitched to top level executives. They
re the people I know and understand so its easy to write about them. Im also happily married to an alpha male, a very talented salesperson. Hes my real life romance hero.


Do you imagine maybe writing a series one day?

Cynthia Sax: I always think in series. Once I enter a world, I love to explore it for a while. Breaking All The Rules is part of the Blaine Billionaires series. The previous stories are The Seen Trilogy (He Watches Me, He Touches Me, He Claims Me) and Flashes of Me. Camille makes an appearance (and trouble- grins) in all of these stories.


  Who are some of the authors you enjoy to read if you get the chance?
Cynthia Sax: This is where I get into trouble because I cant possibly list all of the writers I read and enjoy. (Please note: Romanceland is a very small place so almost all of us know each other and I consider just about every writer to be a friend.)

I enjoy reading romances by Laurann Dohner (Fury from New Species is MINE, all mine), Christine dAbo (her Gilded Hearts steampunk series ROCKS), N.J. Walters (Im waiting impatiently for Wolf At The Door from her new Salvation Pack series), Eve Langlais’ Freakn’ series, and oh boy, the list goes on.

I started sending my stories to publishers to help pay for my reading habit (I speed read and read a romance novel a day).

You have written about many characters. Do you happen to have a favorite one or one that was more fun to write about then the others?
Cynthia Sax: Camille, the heroine from Breaking All The Rules, is definitely one of my favorite characters. She was with me throughout the entire series, making trouble, and I couldnt wait to hear her insights. I cant believe some of the things she thinks and says!

 I can honestly say I enjoy your writing!! Do you have anything else in the works now that all your readers can look forward to?

Cynthia Sax: Awww…. Thank you (another big hug). I’m currently working on Sinful Reward, a 12 novella serial with the first story releasing from Avon in July.

(looks around) I don’t know if I’m supposed to share the premise yet but we’re all friends here, right?

 Here is Sinful Rewards…

Good girls are rewarded, that’s what the mysterious text message says, and cash strapped Belinda (Bee) Carter is a very good girl. She has previously only fantasized about the increasingly naughty tasks she’s challenged to complete. The incentives are too decadent to resist. The sexy assignments appeal to her inner bad girl. The sender knows her better than she knows herself.

 
Who is leading her into temptation? Is it the reclusive billionaire businessman with the wicked past, the tattooed leather-clad motorcycle-riding former marine, the aging high-class escort searching for a protégée, or a stranger Bee hasn’t yet met? Why is this person targeting her, what does he or she want, and will Bee be able to walk away with her good girl reputation and her heart intact?

Visit Cynthia Sax  here to see all her past and upcoming releases.

Thank you so much for coming by and we are looking forward to reading Sinful Rewards :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Excerpt from On the Surface by Kate Willoughby


I’m so glad to be here today sharing an excerpt from On the Surface. The book comes out on April 14 and I swear the anticipation has been killing me. It’s been fun to see early reviews, like Danielle’s, come out. People have been overwhelmingly complimentary so far, which only adds to my excitement.



 

In order to set the scene for the excerpt I need to ask you a question. How would you feel if you woke up to find you’d cuddled up to a man you barely knew? Weird? Uncomfortable?

 

What if he was a sexy, professional hockey player who had, only the day before, leapt to your defense when a bully pushed you to the ground? You might feel a little different, right? 

 

Well, this is what happens to Erin Collier, the heroine in On the Surface. Earlier in the day, she’s in line to get Tim’s autograph and a man assaults her. Tim, not being the type of guy who sits on the sidelines, takes the guy down. What with everyone being so ready to snap pictures and shoot video, Tim quickly gets into some hot water, PR-wise, and Erin participates in a joint press conference to explain what really happened.

 

Unfortunately, right after the press conference, Tim gets a horrible case of food poisoning and Erin helps him through a rough night. We find the two of them in Tim’s hotel room, where he’s been living until he can find a more permanent place to live in San Diego. The worst of the food poisoning is over…

 

When Erin woke for the second time, the sun hadn’t been up for long. No one had pulled the blackout curtains. Her back was cold. She normally found hotel rooms to be nippy, but bad enough she was sharing Tim’s bed—she wasn’t about to get under the covers. So, she’d resigned herself to being cold.

 

Oddly, her front was warm.

 

Mainly because she’d spooned up against Tim Hollander’s back.

 

Oh my God.

 

She froze, mortified. Luckily, her sleep self hadn’t gone so far as to wrap an arm around him, but that was definitely his mighty fine ass against her groin area.

 
He had remained on top of the covers too. Meager daylight allowed her to see that after his shower, he’d dressed in a white T-shirt. What he had on the bottom, she couldn’t see. Her field of vision was limited to his broad shoulders and back. She could detect his man smell beneath the showery soap now, and that sort of went to her head like an aphrodisiac. Ever so slowly she raised her head.

 
He had sweatpants on.

 
Thank God.

She let out a careful sigh of relief. Now all she had to do was extricate herself from her predicament. If Lady Luck smiled on her, she’d get free and he’d never know she’d stealth cuddled him.

 
Millimeter by millimeter, she eased her upper body away. She figured if she moved slowly enough, the temperature change wouldn’t wake him up. Her chest and tummy were pretty toasty.

She didn’t get far. He reached back and clapped a hand on her behind.

 
“Stop moving, damn it. You’re messing up my dream,” he muttered.

 
She froze again. He sounded annoyed, but if they stayed spooned, what the heck was he going to think? That she’d snuggled up to him on purpose? Plus, she was…well, getting turned on. He had big hands. Strong hands. One of them was now caressing her butt cheek, and man, it felt good. Wow. Wow. Wow. Desire like she hadn’t ever felt before started to spread over the entire bottom half of her body. She hadn’t had sex in forever, but that didn’t really explain the intensity of the feelings. She was actually tempted to reach around and find out if he was as turned on as she was. But she didn’t. She couldn’t. She barely knew him. She didn’t do things like succumb to wild monkey sex with guys she’d met a little over twelve hours before.

 
“Er, Tim. It’s me, Erin,” she whispered, nudging his arm with stiff fingers. “Nurse Erin?” she clarified.

 
This time, he froze. His body tensed. He groaned and his shoulders hunched. He uttered a soft but fervent F-bomb.

 
Poor Tim. Kind of awkward for him. Erin too, actually.

 
If you want to find out what happens next, click on one of the links below. And if you are into sports romance as a genre, check out the other five books included in Carina Press’s first ever Sports Week. There’s something for everyone!

 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: On the Surface by Kate Willoughby




If you are a hockey fan this will be a fantastic read for you. From the first moment I was introduced to Tim who happens to be an aging hockey star just blows me away. Tim knows his time in the NHL is coming to an end since he is in his mid-thirty's. He was traded to a new team, divorced and continues to be haunted by the death of his 8 year old daughter.

Erin is a pediatric nurse who has a crush on a doctor at her hospital. In order to get the Doctor to notice her
she goes to a autograph signing at a burger place where some of the players from the Barracudas are signing autographs. The funny part is that Erin has no clue about hockey. Tim comes to the rescue after one of the fans push her. Tim becomes totally smitten with Erin and decides he wants something permanent with her. He doesn't want children because of his daughters death. Erin really likes Tim but she has no idea if she can give him what he is looking for. 

I have a thing for sports romance books and this one made the list of a must read. Tim and Erin are so right for each other. The love scenes in the book are hot! Kate Willoughby writes her men really well and the banter between his team and Tim were very enjoyable to read. I loved how Tim falls for Erin right away and doesn't hold back his feelings for her. I am excited to read the next book in the series!!

On the Surface is truly one of the best books I have read this year and it happens to be the first book in this new series. If you want a good contemporary romance this is the book for you!! A must buy!
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway by Claudia Y. Burgoa




EXCERPT:



Nights meant sleep and dreams—my archenemies. The Crowley to my Dean Winchester, the Green Goblin to my Spider-man, the list of superheroes and their opposites was long, and so became the analogies I used on a daily basis. My lack of sleep began with Dad and his conditions for me to continue my art. Then came my parents' deaths. Those took a toll on me because I mixed dreams with realities and hopes. Not once did I have a nightmare, all of them were sweet and real. Seeing Mom and Dad on those nights filled my gut with nails, and my head pounded with the reminder that they were gone the next morning. Those had been merely fantasies that would never become a reality.

For the past three months I had been evading sleep and working overtime, over the overtime. The dreams of elevators, trips to sophisticated-secluded spots after a week of work and delicious nights with a man who I was required to forget in order to move on, came daily—nightly. They not only hit me with vengeance, but they came tangled with what humans liked to call hope. The urge to crawl inside myself to avoid the need of his touch, kisses and whatever it was that we had not long ago, consumed me. If I had the powers to morph into an animal, it’d be a sea turtle and I’d stay inside my shell for the next hundred years. Past the stage of melancholy and into the real world, I pushed my body outside of the bed and into the shower, where I got ready to face the Clements and the house next door.



Getting By (A Knight’s Tale I) by Claudia Y. Burgoa is a new-adult contemporary romance novel, published February 18, 2014.

Synopsis:

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.



This is the first book in the 4 book series.  The second book will be released later this year. 

About the Author:

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. Claudia writes romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. She has published two novels: Where Life Takes You and Getting By. Claudia is currently working on Standing By, the second book in the Knight series. For 2014, Claudia plans to released three, perhaps four novels.


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7202946.Claudia_Y_Burgoa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaYBurgoa

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yuribean

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