THE AMBITIOUS BARRISTER AND THE MAID by Marianna Green

GENRE:   Steamy Historical Romance/New Adult
Amazon
This novella is priced at 99¢

About the Book

Sarah-Ann Jennings is quite happy to satisfy her master’s lust. Forced into domestic service by a penny pinching aunt, she is determined to make enough money to secure her own future and that of her eccentric younger brother. She rather enjoys him, besides.

There is, of course, no question of any emotional entanglement between them. Mr. Alfred Grand is a cold-hearted fortune hunter in search of a wealthy wife, after all.

For all that, when Sarah-Ann comes to suspect that somebody may be trying to poison him for reasons of their own, she is ready to put all her energy and determination into finding out who it is. This steamy romance set in the mid-Victorian UK is definitely for over eighteens.

Read an Excerpt

“Any bed that has you in it, my girl, must be a more desirable one than without.” So saying, he sat down and drew me towards him, lips parted.  His mouth moulded mine. I liked that kiss, though a detached part of my mind could still note how he had been at the tooth powder again. He was a vain man, I knew, and besides, he made a habit of drawing in unwary witnesses with his flashing smile.

After more kisses, and much fondling and stroking through my nightdress, his hand slipped under it to fondle one breast, the fingers teasing the nipple.

After yet more kisses, each one deeper and more passionate, he broke off fondling me to draw my nightdress down to my hips, gazing delighted on my body and marveling at my breasts. Being so newly grown, they were round, and stood up as proudly as was a certain part of him that I was soon to discover.

“Such pretty ones: you have the body of one of those statues of Venus, come to life and warm.”

“I am quite shy of seeing yours, Sir, this being my first time.”

He smiled. “Then we’ll introduce you to it slowly.” He slipped the dressing gown off his shoulders.

I had guessed him to be well made, and so he was, with the muscular lean build and the chest raised above a hollow waist and hard belly of an athlete. Seeing him undressed, I was pleased to note his proportions were as fine as I had guessed.

He drew me to him to kiss again. I ran a shy hand down over that chest, and over his belly. There I paused. Hussy though I might be, I was yet too shy to explore further.

His breath rasped as he said, “Should you be shy of greeting Alf?” He drew his hand down. Mr. Grand’s first name was Alfred.

“I am always happy to oblige you,” I said, and let him slowly move my fingers under his dressing gown. Of course, unlike the shameless Molly with her wicked young man, I had never had to do with a man’s organ before. Many girls were terrified of them, but I found Alf interesting. He was standing to attention, of course, and a perfect size. That flesh felt strange to my fingers.

My Review

The story itself is well-written with only a few minor (easily overlooked) errors. I do wish the actual emotional gist of Alfred and Sarah-Ann’s relationship would have begun sooner. As steamy as the love scenes were, they delayed the beginning of what turned out to be a nice story for far too long. Plus, there was a good deal of repetition in the actual physical contact.

Also, because of their age and experience difference, it took me quite some time to warm up to both characters. However, once Alfred realized he was attracted to Sarah-Ann, despite the disparity in their social backgrounds, I could relate to them

If you enjoy short, quick reads with nubile young women and more mature men, you should enjoy this story. The hint of historical storyline adds to the appeal of the book.

About the Author

Marianna Green is lives in the UK, has a geekish fascination with English Literature and History, and an irrepressible sense of humour.

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A Giveaway

Marianna Green will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

April 1: Bri’s Book Nook
April 1: Beyond Romance

April 8: Kit ‘N Kabookle
April 8: Two Ends of the Pen – promo

April 15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

April 22: The Book Connection
April 22: Sharing Links and Wisdom
April 22: Iron Canuck

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Marianna today for this stop on her tour.

Nancy

 

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FRIDAY FRIENDS ~~~ AUTHOR KARA O’NEAL

We Asked and Kara Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I would love to step into the shoes of Elinor Armstrong. She’s a secondary character in book 10, The Cowboy’s Embrace. She’s fun and daring and does what she pleases. It sure would be nice to have the courage to throw caution to the wind and grab life by both hands!

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

The central plot is the love story between the characters and how they learn to trust their instincts and a take chances.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Oh, goodness. I never thought I would be a writer. In fact, my freshman English teacher would laugh if she ever learned I was published. Of course, while proper mechanics are important, they don’t matter if you don’t have a story.

I started writing because I’m a day dreamer and a reader. When I didn’t like the ending to a story, or when I had to stop reading, I would imagine what was going to happen, or what I thought should happen. Scenes and dialogue developed. And then when I was a senior in college, as my professor droned on, I started writing Welcome Home, book 1, in my head. And it wouldn’t go away. Finally, when I was pregnant with my first child, I wrote the book. It was a shock to me when I finished. I never imagined I would write a story.

Every bit of this journey has been one surprise after another. And I’m so glad I can tell stories. I love the characters and the development of this series. By the time I’m done I’ll have lived through two decades in Pike’s Run. It’s truly been a blessing.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Sweet tea
  2. Music preference? Texas Country music, also known as Red Dirt
  3. Favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice with Tangled running a close second
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Dog
  5. Favorite author? Jane Austen

About the Book

Andrew and Ben Lonnigan, brothers and private investigators, have accepted an important case—to reunite the long-lost DuBois daughters with their rightful inheritance. Abducted from their childhood home in New Orleans when they were three and two-years-old, Jo and Charlotte were adopted by separate families.

Andrew heads north to find Josephine Tatum—a pants-wearing, spitfire veterinarian who challenges his mind and captures his heart. Ben travels south to find Charlotte Ryan—the financial mind behind her father’s ranch, with a sweet disposition and, unfortunately, a fiancé.

As the sisters journey toward destiny, Charlotte must guard her heart against Ben, a man too daring to ever return her love. And Andrew must hide his feelings from Jo, a woman determined to carve her own path. While the foursome battle feelings, they must also war with a villain from the sisters’ past, one with the will and the means to destroy everything the DuBois daughters hold dear.

Find your copy of Destiny’s Secrets on Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Read an Excerpt

With a shake of his head, he stopped her. “It’s all right. I understand why you’re upset, and I have an explanation for why I haven’t carried through with what I promised.”

Intrigued, she straightened and scooted closer to the table. “And what’s that?”

He waited a beat, studying her with a soft expression and a heart-meltingly warm look in his eyes. “I’m in love with you.”

Her breath caught. All thought ceased.

He said nothing else, just watched her with a cautious, uncertain gaze.

He loved her? Impossible.

The sing of bows against strings announced that intermission had drawn to a close, but she couldn’t move. She blinked at her companion as people moved past them, talking and laughing, oblivious to Jo, who felt she stood on her head.

He sat back, one strong hand still on the table, his tan skin a contrast to the white linen.

She swallowed. “H-How is that p-possible?”

About the Author

Born and raised in Texas, the state had to be the setting for my first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in my blood that inspires me. My family and friends take center stage in my books. My sisters and best friends are my heroines, and my husband created my favorite hero. Love and family are the point of my stories, and I seek to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people.

Books can take one on a journey that one can relive over and over. I am extremely grateful to those authors who did that very thing for me. I learned and I fell in love with their words and characters. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Kara today on Friday Friends. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and a couple of giveaways!

Nancy

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EDGER LIVES by David Beem

GENRE: Comedy, Action/Adventure, Fantasy
Amazon

About the Book

Our dork of destiny rides again!

Edger is falling for Mary, his bodyguard, kick-ass spy, and cover wife. But she’s so hopelessly out of his league, it’s clear someone’s going to get hurt. Less clear? That someone may be the Prime Minister of Australia.

When Mary confesses her desire to kill the world leader whose assassination Edger’s supposed to prevent, Edger’s superpowers pick the worst time to stop working. Without a fully functional psychic superhero, their team of spies can no longer order him to probe Mary’s mind for ill intent. The stage is set for a confrontation that threatens to strip a defenseless Edger of his loyal protector just when he needs her most.

Return to the Collective Unconscious, this time with Listerine-chugging stoners, Hollyweirdos, commie-alien-kung fu robots, one space gorilla-unicorn, and an exceedingly lovesick Vladimir Putin.

Mind your fingers and toes on page 270. Those skydiving mind-control monkeys have been known to bite!

Read an Excerpt

All the trucks are in the air.

“Run!” Dad yells, peering upward, one leg bent, hands raised toward the airborne fleet rocketing toward space.

My knees buckle, and the action serves to reboot my body mechanics. I hobble off as fast as I can manage, making it three steps before the shock force of an explosion slams me from behind. My ears pop. My feet leave the ground. Shoulder raking across concrete, I skid to stop. More explosions ring out behind me. I cover my head.

Something wet drops from my brow. I prop myself up on one elbow, wince, collapse onto my side. My arm is a mass of gravel and scrapes. I touch my finger to the inside of my cheek—blood. A spike-like blast erupts, so loud it glows in my ears, a pure white sound. The movie reel of life sputters and jams. The air is incinerator hot. Someone’s moaning. It takes me a second before I realize it’s me. I’m on my side.

The air shimmers. Another explosion erupts from the far side of the parking lot, the flash briefly outlining Dad and Nostradamus. Dad falls backward. Nostradamus faces me, his head cocked sideways. His arm makes another throwing motion. High above, a tiny Peterbilt is bearing down on me like a meteorite. I struggle to get to my feet, twist my ankle, fall. The rising trill of the incoming missile hollows my throat. This is it. I’m going to die.

My Review

I admit, I struggled with writing this review. This book, in its entirety, is difficult to pigeonhole into a category. If you love sci-fi characters and conventions, you’ll love this book. If you enjoy a humorous spy novel and saving the world, you’ll love this book. If you can imagine Vladmir Poutin getting laid on horseback, you’ll … well never mind … that’s an image I don’t particularly want.

It helps to have read the first book in the series to get a glimpse at the characters and their unusual abilities. Thankfully, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy the unique story line and writing style.

I do warn you though, you may just get a case of the giggles and your heart may race. However, if you can get past the quirky style of storytelling, you will enjoy this book.

About the Author

David Beem loves superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. To help actualize David’s inner confidence, visit his website and buy all the stuff: www.davidbeem.com

A Giveaway

David Beem will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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March 28: Long and Short Reviews

April 4: Beyond Romance

April 11: Sharing Links and Wisdom
April 11: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

April 18: Kit ‘N Kabookle
April 18: Andi’s Book Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting David Beem on his tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal/Fantasy, Part of a Series, Science Fiction | 6 Comments

FOUND by Meg Benjamin

GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Amazon

About the Book

Some think she’s a monster. He thinks she’s the love of his life.

After she sent several men to the hospital, Dame Blanche Eva Winchester is learning to control her power. But she’s also bored to tears. Enter Prince Bertie, who offers her the chance to go undercover as a waitress in order to find out who’s attacking men in the parking lots of Folk-owned clubs. Bertie’s motives aren’t entirely innocent—he’s smitten by the lethal lady’s charms. But he and Eva discover the attacks are part of a more wide-ranging conspiracy, involving the very survival of the Folk.

As their investigations bring Bertie and Eva closer, Eva finds the downside of dating a prince, even one as yummy as Bertie. But when the prince is attacked, Eva swears to protect him. To overcome a ruthless enemy, the two must stage a last-ditch battle in the blizzard-ridden mountains. And this time they’ll need more than love and super strength to survive.

Read an Excerpt

As he handed her back her key, she placed her hands on his chest and went onto her toes to kiss him. She felt his muscles stiffen beneath her fingers, but then his arms went around her waist, almost unwillingly. She opened her lips beneath his, tasting him, savoring the heat. Another moment, and he pushed her back against the wall, pressing his body to hers.

Not a lack of interest, far as I can tell. Most definitely not.

She rubbed one heel against the back of his leg, relishing his increased rate of breathing, the faint groan as he drove further. She could probably get the front door open, but she didn’t want to. She didn’t want to move away from what was happening.

And then not happening. He pulled away, raising his head as he caught his breath. “That wasn’t fair.”

Eva flexed her fingers. This was becoming ridiculous. “I’m not thinking about fair here, Your Highness. Let’s hear it. Why are you so opposed to having sex with me? Am I too common? Too scary? What’s with you, anyway?”

Bertie closed his eyes, as if trying to pull his scattered thoughts back together again. “You’re not common at all. You’re extremely rare, in fact. As for being scary, do I look frightened to you?” He stared at her, a muscle dancing in his jaw.

My Review

The third book in the Folk trilogy, Found, is an entertaining read that mixes romance with a bit of danger and mystery.

I’d not read the first two books in the series but had no difficulty in following the storyline. I also enjoyed the way the mystery unfolded even though the actual identification of the perpetrator was kind of anticlimactic.

The relationship between Bertie and Eva was believable with just the right amount of steam. If you’re a fan of characters with paranormal abilities, you’ll enjoy this book.

About the Author

Meg Benjamin is an award-winning author of romance. Her newest series, the Folk, is a paranormal series from Soul Mate Publishing set in Colorado. Meg’s Konigsburg series is set in the Texas Hill Country and her Salt Box and Brewing Love trilogies are set in the Colorado Rockies (all are available from Entangled Publishing). Along with contemporary romance, Meg is also the author of the paranormal Ramos Family trilogy from Berkley InterMix. Meg’s books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers, the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers, and the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers.

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A Giveaway

Meg Benjamin will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

April 9: Locks, Hooks and Books
April 9: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

April 16: Kit ‘N Kabookle
April 16: Sharing Links and Wisdom

April 23: Iron Canuck
April 23: Fabulous and Brunette

April 30: ReneeWildes1 Weblog

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Meg for this first week of her tour. Please come back again on Thursday and Friday for more authors, books, and givaways.

Nancy

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FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ JAN SCARBROUGH

We Asked and Jan Answered

 Q1:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

She’d had the great love of her life. Was she foolish to want another one?

Q2:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I learned that I liked to write in ninth grade because of my wonderful English teacher.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Hot coffee and iced tea
  2. Music preference? Country and classic
  3. Favorite movie? Romancing the Stone
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Dog, cat, and horse
  5. Favorite author? I’ve recently enjoyed Tess Gerritsen

About the Book

Liz McKenna’s dreams died along with her husband. Now she’s become the keeper of dreams for others. She’s done everything she can to keep the McKenna ranch running and to move on with her life. She’d learned to knit and play the piano. Distracted herself with hobbies. And yet, there was no avoiding the deep, unspoken unhappiness. Was it the burden of running the dude ranch? The responsibility of keeping her husband’s dream alive? At fifty-five, was she put out to pasture, too old to have dreams of her own?

Producer and scriptwriter Chaz Kingston is burned out by the ruthlessly competitive world of Hollywood. He’s tired of the empty celebrity lifestyle of his ex-wife and her daughters who are only famous for being famous. He’s tired of a life chasing the next hot trend, the next hot script. And he’s mourning the senseless death of his brother. Then he’s offered the chance to write a script based on a real-life feel-good family novel about a dude ranch in Montana. Maybe blue skies and open spaces are what this silver fox needs. But he never dreamed his R&R would include a beautiful widow.

You can get your copy of Liz here: Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Nook

Read an Excerpt

Prologue

Malibu, California

Charles Martin Kingston pulled off the main road into the parking space beside his half-brother’s twenty-five million dollar beach house. Fronted by the Pacific Ocean with views of the mountains beyond the highway, the six-thousand-square-foot luxury home had been his brother’s peace offering to his second wife.

Even six bedrooms, seven baths, a chef’s kitchen, infinity pool, and spa hadn’t worked. The ungrateful bitch had divorced Dalton Kingston anyway, throwing his baby brother into the deepest, darkest depression Chaz had yet seen. Women.

His own track record wasn’t much better. He’d married once and divorced once, vowing never to get tied up with a crazy woman like Adrianne again. From the first, he should have been wary of her because she came with baggage from one failed marriage—twin daughters Alena and Amalee. God, he still couldn’t tell those girls apart, even though they’d turned twenty-one and he’d known them for fifteen years.

The only good to come of his marriage was his daughter Ashleigh. Fifteen—going on forty—she was the light of his life. But she was her mother’s daughter more than his. Hooked on glamor and fashion, she knew every pop trend that, of course, she tweeted, blogged, or whatever kids today did to call attention to themselves. Chaz had kept her out of her mother’s reality TV show so far, but it was getting harder to do.

Alena, Amalee, and Adrianne Wade (she’d taken back her first husband’s name) were big stars in the celebrity world. Famous for being famous. No real talent except for making themselves the objects of curiosity for paparazzi and gossip magazines. Chaz didn’t want that for his daughter.

That’s why he needed to see Ashleigh more often. Make time. Not skip his visitation. But it was all so complicated. His life. His job. This business he was in, trying to make it in the ruthlessly competitive world of Hollywood. He was constantly trying to keep ahead of the sharks that would eat him alive if he didn’t remain current. Find the next trend two years before others knew it existed. Be the first with the best script. The best ideas.

(Read the remainder of the Prologue and Chapter 1 on Amazon.)

What’s Coming Up

Liz: The Montana McKennas has a “seasoned” heroine. She’s fifty-something. This makes the book a seasoned romance: love stories with heroes and heroines in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. Sex and love can get better with age. Liz is part of a multi-author #SeasonedRomancesSale book sale for just 99¢ from 4/10-4/12. http://seasonedromances.com

 

About the Author

Whether it is the Bluegrass of Kentucky, the mountains of Montana, or Medieval England, Jan Scarbrough brings you home with romances from the heart.

The author of two popular Bluegrass series, Jan writes heartwarming contemporary romances about home and family, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a Bluegrass horse race or a competitive horse show.

Also popular is the Montana McKenna series, the story of the family of James McKenna, a Montana rancher whose death changes the lives of his wife and children.

Jan leaves her contemporary voice behind with two paranormal gothic romances, Timeless and Tangled Memories, a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart finalist. Her historical romance, My Lord Raven, is a medieval story of honor and betrayal.

A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press. Today she self-publishes her books with her husband’s help.

Jan lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with two rescued dogs, one rescued cat, and a husband she rescued seventeen years ago.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Jan today on Friday Friends. Please come back all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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THE BASEMENT by Dianne Hartsock

GENRE: Paranormal Horror
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About the Book

Alex is haunted by visions of the dying, but now it seems the ghosts he’s seeing are real as well.

In this sequel to ALEX and THE SHED, Alex wonders if he’s seeing ghosts. His friend Justin has bought the Fulton place, a beautiful old mansion on the edge of Oakton. But something’s wrong in the house. Alex has visions of a small boy, trapped in the basement, and a man at the top of the stairs who won’t let him leave.

And Logan Fulton has come to town, Helen Kramer’s cousin, a psychic medium who wants something from Helen, whatever the cost. He and Helen had spent time in the Fulton house as children and Alex suspects Logan has something to do with the spirits now awakening in the old mansion. But whether Logan is calling them forth or if something else is controlling them, Alex can’t be sure.

The child’s spirit calls to Alex, as do others trapped in the house. There is a dark entity holding them there, keeping the child forever in the basement, the others for his amusement. But Alex has never believed in ghosts, so what is really going on? As he strives to learn the boy’s secret, his friends are one by one pulled to the Fulton place and put in danger while Logan works against Alex, having an agenda of his own. Will Alex be able to solve the haunting of the old house, or will he and his friends be taken one by one, doomed to walk the dark hallways forever?

Read an Excerpt

“So, Alex… What’s up?” he drawled, shaking his head when Alex gave him a confused look. He waved his hand at Alex’s clothing and Alex glanced down. Dark color flooded his face, and he plucked at his shirt, coughing as dust rose up around him.

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking,” Alex said quietly. He sounded humiliated, not meeting Justin’s gaze. Justin could have kicked himself. He hadn’t meant to make him feel self-conscious.

“Not a problem,” he hastened to say. “Just wondering what you’re doing under my house.”

Alex glanced at him, eyes dark with emotion, definitely troubled. “I had to get in…” He covered his face with his dirty hands, voice catching on a ragged breath. “Give me a minute. This one’s hard. He’s so scared…”

He began to shake, obviously fighting for control. A sob escaped him, and Angie flung an arm around his waist despite the dust. “Hey, we’re here. Everything’s okay.”

They waited, and Justin unclenched the fists he hadn’t known he’d made, his hands sore.

Taking a deep breath, Alex looked up at them, and his expression turned puzzled. “What’s going on? Justin, you look like you’ve seen a…ghost.”

“I think he has, but he won’t tell me,” Angie said, frowning at Justin.

He tried to shrug it off. “I thought I saw something… A little girl.”

“Oh, her.” Alex looked unimpressed. “She’s just residual, a memory of a girl who once lived here. No consciousness. Nothing to be afraid of.”

“Oh really?” Justin said dryly. “Well, she scared the crap out of me.”

About the Author

Dianne grew up in one of the older homes in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. A house where ghosts lurk in the basement and the faces in the paintings watch you walk up the front stairs. Rooms where you keep the closet doors closed tight at night. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, the occasional thriller, and anything else that comes to mind.

She now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. Dianne says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee in her hands, which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

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A Giveaway

Dianne Hartsock will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

April 1:
1: Casey’s Corner
2: Christine Young
3: Danita Minnis
4: Fabulous and Brunette
5: fundinmental
6: FUONLYKNEW
7: Readeropolis
8: Andi’s Book Reviews

April 2:
1: BooksChatter
2: Wake Up Your Wild Side
3: Edgar’s Books
4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
5: Straight From the Library

April 3:
1: All the Ups and Downs
2: Jazzy Book Reviews
3: Kit ‘N Kabookle
4: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
5: The Avid Reader
6: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

April 4:
1: Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
2: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
3: It’s Raining Books
4: Long and Short Reviews
5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
6: wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

April 5:
1: Iron Canuck REVIEW
2: Just Books REVIEW
3: T’s Stuff REVIEW
4: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
5: JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
6: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
7: Independent Authors

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Dianne for this stop on her tour. Please come back again later in the week for my Friday Friend’s feature and then again all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Horror, Paranormal/Fantasy | 4 Comments

It’s a Book Birthday for TOUCH ME

Release day is always exciting. It’s time to shove your newest creation out into the world! Once it’s done there’s nothing left but to wait … and wait … until the first sales are tabulated. What makes today’s release all the more special is that it’s my first erotic short story and part of the new line of quick reads from the The Wild Rose Press.

It’s also the start of a new series for me. The Lusty Liaisons series is a collection of five short stories that are beyond uber-sexy beginning with Touch Me.

High school teacher Maggie Lewis has decided to start looking for lust instead of love, and the right place for that is through Lusty Liaisons, a unique and exclusive dating service. Her friends are always bragging about their fantastic sex lives, and Maggie wants a man who will ignite the fire that burns deep inside her, a man who’ll satisfy her every desire…without the hassle searching for him through the tedious dating process. She’s hesitant but excited to give in to temptation and agrees to a one-night only liaison with a sexy suit, a virtual Greek God who immediately puts her at ease. Maggie only hopes he’s half as good in bed as he looks.

Business mogul Evan Steele is a workaholic. His recent sexual conquests have left him wanting something more, something different. He longs for a lusty, no-holds barred night with a woman who still borders on inexperienced. The demure teacher might be exactly what he needs. But can he break through her shy shell to delight in the fire that simmers below the smooth surface?

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Permanently priced at just 99¢

(Slightly naughty!)

The distance from the living room to the bedroom was minimal, yet Maggie was growing impatient with the wait. She needed Evan with an urgency she’d never felt before.

When he slowed down near the bar, she tugged on his hand, steering him back in the right direction “I can’t wait any longer. I want that big, fat cock inside me.”

He shot her a wide grin, her demand obviously amusing him. “My cock is at your beck and call, along with any other part of me you’d like to use.”

Scooping her up into his arms, he carried her through the doublewide doors, across the expensive Persian carpet, and tossed her into the center of the king-sized bed.

“Finally!”

Her victorious exclamation drew his hearty laughter. “It’s time to choose your protection, Maggie.” Motioning toward the nightstand, he asked, “Ribbed, studded, menthol iced, warmers, or thin skin? I may even have a couple of glow-in-the dark ones for later.”

She lifted the lid off an expensive crystal bowl that sat in the middle of the bedside table and scooped out a handful of foil packets. “You were obviously a Boy Scout.”

“Always prepared, that’s my motto.”

“Good. I appreciate prepared almost as much as I do hard.”

Evan took the condoms from her hand and lined a half dozen or so along the edge of the table within arm’s reach of the bed. “Now, what was it you were saying about wanting my cock inside of you?”

Award-winning author Nancy Fraser has been writing since the early 1990s. Published since 1996, she writes in multiple romance genres. From sweet 1960’s vintage romance, to paranormal/time travel, to sizzling erotic romance, she never knows where her muse will take her.

When she’s not writing (which is almost never), Nancy loves to travel with Las Vegas being her favored destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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Nancy

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FRIDAY FRIENDS: AUTHOR JENNIFER CAROLE LEWIS

We Asked and Jennifer Answered

Q1:  If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

That’s a tough decision.  I’d love to be able to transform into a grizzly bear like Lou (It would give a whole new edge to my mama bear persona).  I’d be fascinated to speak to the dead like Bernie, Martha’s daughter.  I’d be proud to have Martha’s strength and determination to do what’s right for her family.  But I think that if I truly had to choose, I would pick one of my secondary characters, Kal, who is able to see into people’s hearts and minds.  I think that would be a comfort most of the time, seeing people’s good intentions directly and in the cases where they weren’t acting in good faith, having the warning to avoid them.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

In my mind, the central story of Judgment is all about learning to see more of the world around us.  We only see very narrow parts of other people’s lives and the events that shape our worlds and we make assumptions about those thin slices.  When we start to see more, we can have more compassion and understanding, but I think it also rouses us to action when we see injustice.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I’ve always told myself stories, as far back as I can remember.  I was the nerdy kid who loved visiting my grandmother’s house because she had a typewriter in the basement that I was allowed to play with.  I wrote for myself and my friends for a long time but it was my kids that gave me the courage to give professional writing a chance.  I was encouraging them to follow their dreams and realized that publishing was my cherished dream that I hadn’t pursued.  They’ve been my number one fans ever since.  My youngest tells everyone that his Mommy writes awesome books that he’s not allowed to read until he’s older.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

Coffee, tea, or other?  I’m a cola kind of gal, though I prefer hot chocolate in winter.

Music preference?  Anything. I have a huge music library from opera to pop to techno.

Favorite movie?  Too many to pick but for the last 10 years, I’ve been loving the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Dog, cat, or other?  I have both.  Cats for cuddling, dogs for company.

Favorite author?  Again, too many to pick just one.  Rebecca Roanhorse, Sherry Thomas, and Jenna Black for my latest recommendations.

About the Book

How far would you go to protect your child?

Martha Anderson gave up everything to help her daughter: her career, her marriage, and her life.  She devoted years to Bernie’s therapy and medication, only to discover the voices that her daughter heard were real: the voices of the dead.  For the last year, they’ve been hiding in Ekurru, a remote sanctuary in the Alaskan wilderness, to keep Bernie safe from those who would exploit her abilities. But not everyone has been so lucky.  Other lalassu have been sent to an isolated evaluation camp. It was supposed to be temporary, but no one has been coming back.

Lou Charging Bull, a skin-walker and one of the Guardians of Ekurru, agrees to go with Martha to the camp so that he can protect her and Bernie, surprising himself and his family.  But ever since Martha came to Ekurru, she has been on the mind of its strange and silent protector.  Alone even in his isolated community, Lou sees a hint of a kindred spirit in Martha.  He sees something extraordinary in the ordinary woman who chooses to stand against overwhelming forces.

Together the two of them will discover things are far more dangerous in the camp than anyone could have imagined.  With human experimentation, restless prisoners and a murderous ghost, finding the space for love to grow might seem like a hopeless goal.  But Martha and Lou will find strength in each other that they never knew was possible.

They’ll teach the world an important lesson: Never underestimate a mom with a mission.

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Martha narrowed in on that tiny weakness, eager to shatter Lou’s superior sulkiness. “We didn’t ask to come here. You’ve made your feelings quite clear, and trust me, it’s as uncomfortable for us to be here as it is for you to have us here. But this is where we need to be to keep Bernie safe. So you can keep your opinions about our right to be here to yourself.”

He seemed uncertain, his eyes darting to the side in search of escape. But when she paused for breath, he growled. “I am the Guardian here.”

“Then shout it to the trees or the rocks or whatever you have to do in order to get it off that ridiculously muscled chest. But don’t you dare tell me or my daughter that we don’t have the right to be here.”

About the Author

Jennifer Carole Lewis is a full-time mom, a full-time administrator and a full-time writer of paranormal romance, which means she is very much interested in speaking to anyone with a functional time-travel device.

She is a member of the Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association and the Romance Writers of America.  She is a devoted comic book geek and Marvel movie enthusiast.  She spends far too much of her precious free time watching TV, especially police procedural dramas.  Her enthusiasm outstrips her talent in karaoke, cross-stitch and jigsaw puzzles.  She is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and always enjoys seeking out new suggestions.

You can find more about Jennifer Carole Lewis and her books on her website, including her monthly Heroine Fix about the strong female characters who inspire her writing and her monthly Hidden Diamond feature about authors who write amazing paranormal romance and romantic suspense.  You can also find out about her upcoming paranormal romantic suspense release with Soul Mate Publishing.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Jennifer Carole Lewis for this week’s edition of Friday Friends. Please come back all next week for more authors, books, and even a few giveaways!

Nancy

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WHERE SLEEPING LIES LIE by M. Naidoo

GENRE:  Romantic Suspense
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About the Book

“Two men… two worlds… one desperate promise…”

If Anna had only known how the simple push of a button would turn her life upside down, she would never have pressed ‘Play.’

Just 22 seconds into the recording she’s hit by the realization that, if the voice in the thick German accent is right, she has been living with an unthinkable lie for the past thirty years.

There is only one way to find out: Follow the instruction left by a dead person and head back to Germany, to a life Anna has next to no conscious memory of.

To her surprise, she finds an unexpected ally in Peter, an old childhood friend whose law degree and language skills prove to be more than useful. Besides, he has the most gorgeous blue eyes and the uncanny ability to push Anna’s buttons without the slightest effort. At every turn, their search for answers is littered with more lies and revelations.

Anna must ultimately decide whether even the noblest of ends, truly justify the means and whether some secrets should better stay buried.

Read an Excerpt

“Happy now?”

“I’ll tell you in a minute.” Peter grabbed a cookie and took a slow and careful bite. Like a wine connoisseur would taste a sip of rare, expensive wine, he chewed slowly, eyes closed, a pondering frown on his forehead. Anna waited for the verdict, patiently, while everything in her wanted to pick up a sofa cushion and smack his smug face. She had never been a physical person, but somehow he brought out that side of her. God, could he be any more obnoxious?

“And?” He just had to make her ask, hadn’t he?

“Not quite….” He grinned. “But the closest any cookie has ever come. Martha would be proud.”

Before she could stop herself, reflex took over, and the sofa cushion landed on the back of Peter’s head. Bam!

“Ouch! That hurt!” He rubbed his head and looked at her more in surprise than pain.

“Good.” Anna crossed her arms in front of her chest, jaw clenched, eyes shooting off invisible darts.

“Okay, guess I deserved that. Sorry, I’m not usually this…” He was looking for the right word.

“Chauvinistic?” Anna jumped in.

“No. Good one, but not quite.” He looked up at the ceiling, still pondering.

“Obnoxious?”

“Wow. Don’t hold back now.”

“Irritatingly annoying?” Anna offered.

“I was going to say delightfully charming,” he paused before adding, “or failing at it. Anyway, is that how you treat a friend that’s doing you a favor?”

Now it was her turn to apologize. “Sorry.” She reached out and offered her hand, “Truce?”

Peter took it, but instead of shaking it he held on and pulled her onto the sofa next to him. “Are we gonna do this or what?”

About the Author

M. Naidoo lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. Born and raised in Germany, she was able to draw on a wealth of memories and passed down stories for Where Sleeping Lies Lie.

When she is not in front of her computer, pounding out story lines and characters, she enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family, and long walks on the beach – her proverbial ‘happy place’. M’s love for the shore line and ocean shine through in the vivid descriptions of the coast in her debut novel The Pelican.

“Juggling my life as a writer and a full-time ‘real’ job has its challenges. I don’t get to spend half as much time as I’d like doing what I love, and there are never enough hours in the day. Still, I feel extremely lucky to be following my passion, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Getting here has been one heck of a ride!”

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March 21:
1: Christine Young
2: Down The Rabbit Hole
3: Linda Nightingale
4: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
5: Our Town Book Reviews
6: Romance Novel Giveaways
7: So Many Books
8: Viviana MacKade

March 22:
1: All the Ups and Downs
2: BooksChatter
3: Edgar’s Books
4: Fabulous and Brunette
5: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
6: Iron Canuck
7: Jazzy Book Reviews
8: Just Books
9: Straight From the Library

March 25:
1: A Writer’s Life
2: Andi’s Book Reviews
3: Beyond Romance
4: Readeropolis
5: Sharing Links and Wisdom
6: T’s Stuff
7: Welcome to My World of Dreams

March 26:
1: The Daisy
2: The Moon Who Listens CANCELLED
3: BOOKISH REVIEWS
4: Independent Authors
5: It’s Raining Books
6: Literary Gold
7: Mixed Book Bag
8: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

March 27:
1: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
2: Cassidy’s Bookshelves
3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
4: Wake Up Your Wild Side
5: Long and Short Reviews
6: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
7: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
8: Harlie’s Books REVIEW

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on M. Naidoo’s tour. Please come back again on Friday for my Friday Friend’s feature and then again all next week for more authors, books, and giveaways from Goddess Fish Promotions!

Nancy

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HIS SECRET LOVE by Anya Summers

GENRE: Erotic Romance
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About the Book

Meghan Mallory has a plan for her life and it does not involve falling in love. She doesn’t have the time nor the inclination. She’s too busy trying to save the world. But when a freak snowstorm puts her in the path of a man she has secretly been fascinated with for years, she is forced to reconsider her stance on dating. Spencer is rude and obnoxious with his bad boy swagger but then he rescues her when she gets stranded on the side of the road, like a knight in tarnished armor, and sweeps her away to his house to ride out the blizzard.

Spencer Collins likes his life just fine, thank you very much. As the owner of the lifestyle club Cuffs & Spurs in Jackson Hole, he has a bevy of available subs who are his to command – not that any of them have held his interest in longer than he can remember. When his best friend’s sister-in-law gets herself into trouble, Spencer heads out to rescue the little brat who is in need of a firm hand. But he never expects to be forced to confront the incendiary heat that has always existed between them.

As the storm rages around them, they surrender to a passion hotter than the sun. Now that he has felt her surrender, Spencer attempts to lure Meghan into his world. But will they let go of their pasts or will they allow secrets to destroy them?

Read an Excerpt

“You’re wasting time. If we don’t get a move on, we’ll both be stuck out in this mess. Just leave it. No one’s going to mess with it.”

She hefted the bag and slammed the car door before she whirled on him. Snow and wind battered her face as she glared at him. “First of all, I didn’t ask for your assistance although I am grateful for it. Second, some of this equipment is worth more than my car so there’s no way I’m leaving it behind to freeze, and wind up losing my job. Third, what crawled up your ass today? Or any day, for that matter? Would it kill you to, I don’t know, not be a complete asshole?”

Spencer’s full mouth, framed by his black beard, firmed into a hard line and he glowered. The man made curling up with a mountain lion seem downright appealing.

“Depends on the day. Give me those and get your ass in the truck.” He didn’t ask, just reached out and removed the bags from her hands before he stomped up the embankment to his big black monster truck. Even trussed up as he was in his black parka, she could detect the power in him. It emanated from him, was an integral part of his essence. His confident strides were long and chock-full of determined purpose. His jeans carried a fine dusting of snow.

Meghan locked the car with her key fob, then slogged up the embankment behind him. In the last two hours at least another three inches of snow had fallen, blanketing the ground in a sea of white. If she remembered the weatherman’s forecast correctly, they were predicting over two feet. At least her hiking boots were suitable for snow and her thick parka insulated her well enough.

Spencer had already tossed her bags in the back seat and had the passenger door open for her when she stepped up beside him. Before she could comment on his rescue, needle him as was her fashion, his big hands gripped her waist. The simple touch acted like a lightning rod slashing her composure, making her slow to react. He lifted her up, shoved her inside, and dumped her rather curtly so that her butt plopped onto the leather bucket seat. The snarky—and most likely bitchy—remark stuck in her throat. Their gazes clashed and a jolt of unbidden desire razored through her system. It left her breathless and shaken. And, if anything, Spencer’s face hardened even further into a stern mask of disapproval, like he was in a competition with Mount Rushmore for whose face looked more like stone. With a scowl furrowing his black brows, Spencer retreated as if she’d burned him.

“Buckle up,” he commanded and slammed the door shut.

She curled her hands into fists, even as warmth from his heater spread through her. The man had the proclivity and seemed hellishly bent on driving her to physical violence. And why, oh why in the holy hell did her body respond to him the way it did? Every. Time. It was like sticking her finger in an electrical socket.

She didn’t even like the overbearing jerk. But tell that to her body and girly bits. They sure as hell didn’t see it that way. Her damn fool hormones would prefer she cozy up to him and give him carte blanche permission to do whatever naughty things he could cook up. Word around the sub club campfire was that the man knew how to cook… and then some.

He vaulted into the driver’s side seat without a word, shifted the vehicle into drive and steered the behemoth truck back onto the road. He was traveling in the opposite direction from Carter’s house. It was on the tip of her tongue to correct him but Spencer saved her the headache as he piloted the truck around snow drifts and over slick stretches of road where the pavement disappeared entirely beneath a blanket of snow. His wipers swished furiously on high, headlights and floodlights on to illuminate the path forward. Not that it did much good in the white out conditions. Visibility was at zero. They could see about ten feet in front of his truck and that was all.

He placed his phone to his ear. “Carter. I found her. Roads are too bad to make it out to your place tonight. I’ll take her to mine and she can weather the storm there. Yep, will do.”

His place? He was taking her to his place? They were going to be in the same location, alone, the two of them, without supervision? Would they survive the night without strangling each other?

About the Author

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Anya Summers will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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March 25:
1: T’s stuff
2: Wake Up Your Wild Side
3: Readeropolis
4: Romance Novel Giveaways
5: Books to Light Your Fire
6: Mythical Books
7: It’s Raining Books

March 26:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Erotica For All
3: In a Dream Beyond 
4: Edgar’s Books
5: Notes From a Romantic’s heart
6: Iron Canuck
7: BooksChatter

March 27:
1: Beyond Romance
2: Christine Young
3: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
4: Jazzy Book Reviews
5: Punya Reviews…
6: Independent Authors
7: Musings From An Addicted Reader

March 28:
1: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
2: Long and Short Reviews
3: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
4: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
5: Deal Sharing Aunt
6: Author Deborah A Bailey
7: Author C.A.Milson

March 29:
1: underneath the covers
2: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
3: The Avid Reader
4: Reviews by Crystal
5: Harlie Williams, Writer

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As always, it’s been my pleasure hosting Anya Summers for this stop on her tour. Please come back again tomorrow and Friday for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

 

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