Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Painter is a Lady by Adriana Kraft (cover reveal)

Bring on the trumpets – we need a fanfare! We’re so excited to share this fabulous cover for our upcoming Romantic Suspense The Painter is Lady! Secrets. Trust. Courage. Who will knuckle under first—the war hero? The spirited single mom? Or the former high school bully who still hates them both?

Book Info:

Title: The Painter is a Lady Release Date: March 17, 2017 Author: Adriana Kraft Publisher: eXtasy Books Word count: 74,600 Genre: Romantic Suspense Heat Level: Three flames

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When war hero Michael Jarvis returns to his home town on the shores of Lake Superior, he doesn’t plan to stay—he’s undercover, investigating a possible sex trafficking ring operating on the Great Lakes. But he does want to sample the pesky girl next door he always turned down—and it wouldn’t hurt if she’d clear up a few mysteries of her own along the way. Successfully established as an interior house painter, Brenda Tower finally has her act together as a single mom—but it hangs by a thread, a secret she’ll guard with her life. The return of her youthful crush Michael Jarvis threatens to unravel everything. Jealousy has inflamed Brett Hill’s hatred of Michael and Brenda for as long as he can remember. Revenge will be so sweet—and it will fit in perfectly with his high stakes game. When the secrets break open, can Michael and Brenda find the courage to trust each other, or will revenge and betrayal triumph?


Brenda bent over to pick up her sprayer, and Michael had everything he could do not to reach out and clamp his hands around her tight butt. She’d tempted him so many times, but he didn’t think she was intentionally provoking him this time. Yet she was in his blood. There was no way to tell her she was one of the reasons he’d accepted the Ashland assignment. It was memories of her that had kept him going, that had kept him alive in Iraq and Afghanistan. He placed a hand on her shoulder and gently turned her to face him. She didn’t resist. He watched her chew on her lower lip. So she wasn’t much calmer about their initial meeting than he’d been. “We’re going to have to talk about your boy.” Her shoulders slumped. He kept himself in check. It would’ve been so easy to gather her in his arms and make that tremble go away. 


We loved working with Syneca Featherstone of Original Syn designs (and what an original title for her business!) One shot, over and out – she nailed our concept, our characters and their hot moment in her first try. We hope we can work with her again and are so glad she’s now in the eXtasy Books stable of cover artists! Here’s what she had to say about putting this cover together: “When I read the cover request I remember thinking how important it was to find an image of a couple with obvious chemistry and with luck, appeared to have real emotion. I was starting to despair that I was not going to find what I wanted and then tada!! It went so well with the background I selected and gave the overall feel of the location and the couple. I was on pins and needles waiting to hear back from Adriana. When she approved the cover I did my little happy dance (no worries, it was in the privacy of my office so no children or fuzzy animals were scarred for life because they saw it). I hope I get the chance to work with Adriana again and hope this book sells a MILLION!!” Us, too!   Subscribe to our Newsletter for sneak peeks, extra excerpts, and more about how we came to write this book!


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We are a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Our Romantic Suspense line delivers “warmth, blazing hot sex, and well-developed characters” (Romance Junkies Reviews) as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love. We write our Erotic Romance stories to entertain, of course, but most of all we write them because we believe in happy endings for all who fall in love, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or numerical combination.


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Contests and giveaways and an invite...

I invite you to scroll through some of the past posts on my blog, there are still several giveaways open!

There are also fun contests at the following sites (just click on the contest name or site name to be taken to the contest page):

Romance Books 4 Us has a February Valentine contest

Night Owl Reviews has A Tea Party & Books Scavenger Hunt
and other contests at this link

For those of you who like reading excerpts, there is a fun contest at Alicia Dean's blog. Make sure you go to Amazon and read the free previews, that makes it much easier to figure out which snippet goes with the book!

Reviews by Crystal always has plenty of giveaways along with lovely reviews

Coffee Time Romance has revamped the site (beautiful!) and has plenty of contests

Feel free to share more in the comments!

Also, if you like interacting with authors and sometimes winning prizes, please feel free to join us at the chat or every other Monday at Night Owl Reviews!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Eye Candy by Pauline Allan (VBT, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT ADULT title

Eye Candy

by Pauline Allan
ADULT title





Gavin Rossi is one sexy piece of Eye Candy wrapped in a tight body and sweet smile. The hot breath on his neck, the mesmerizing rhythm as he rolls his hips, the strong chest rising and falling beneath his hands make for a distraction he’s terrified to see play out.

When Dutch Williamson feels a set of perfectly sculpted thighs slipping over his lap, the last thing his liquor-hazed brain registers is this is my future. The tempting piece of Eye Candy grinding on his lap is going to cut him at the knees, and he knows it.

This is a dance. This is a tease. God, this is so much more.



The thought of going back to the crowded apartment after his shift made Mr. Stranger that much more important. Every customer counted as one step closer to being on his own. Granted, sharing a room with three guys didn’t compare to living on the streets, but dreams could change. Life meant more than a warm bed now.

The song switched. A new rhythm pulsed through the air, and they all bobbed their heads to the hypnotic vibe. Knowing the rhythm by heart, he stuffed the dark memories in his life into the hole where he’d pushed all the other messed-up experiences and focused on the gentleman’s wide-eyed expression.

Had his sexy new customer noticed the thickness behind his stretched white shorts? The way those eyes widened gave away the secret. Ah, two bets to one, the swelling behind that zipper had nothing to do with a balled-up sock.

Tingles sparked down his thighs when his toes finally tapped the rough tips of a pair of black boots. “Can I dance for you?”

Watching the man’s Adam’s apple bob before he nodded lent all the confidence anyone would ever need. Gavin filled his lungs and parted his knees, planted them on either side of Mr. Stranger’s lap, and gripped the back of the couch. Unruly silky waves tickled his cheek when he leaned forward.

“I can touch you, but you can’t touch me. Don’t grab my butt. Okay?” Jesus, he never wanted that to happen again.

Mr. Stranger cleared his throat. The guttural sound massaged the side of Gavin’s cheek, forcing him to dig his knees into the cushions.

“Got it.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Pauline lives in the Midwest with her hero husband, two handsome boys, one ornery cat, and a lovely Pitbull. She enjoys writing erotic romance for all readers. From MM contemporary romance series to LGBT fairytales, Pauline shares stories that she holds close to her heart. By day Pauline is a special care baby registered nurse and by night a hopeless romantic. She loves to travel to New Orleans twice a year to recharge her creative battery and enjoy a bag full of powdered sugar covered beignets. Sit down, relax and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (review)

Children of Earth and Sky
by Guy Gavriel Kay

Blurb:  From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world...


My review:

5 out of 5 stars

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay follows a disparate group of people who become ensnared in the machinations of the rulers of their various sections of the world. A young girl who is driven by her thirst for vengeance, a woman who has been sequestered by her family in disgrace, an artist searching for fame and fortune, the younger son of a prominent merchant family, and several others, all discover that attempts to make them instruments in a power struggle have unexpected costs and benefits that will either elevate them beyond their wildest dreams or cut their lives short, depending on their choices.

This epic fantasy tale is one of those books I am really reluctant to pick up because I know it’s going to take some effort to work my way through it. The sheer cast of characters is always daunting to me, because I have to learn how they are connected, and then throw in all of the political maneuverings and history between the different factions, and my head starts feeling overcrowded. In other words, I know it’s going to be a challenge. But wow, it’s worth it.

I’ve read other series by this talented wordsmith and I am always mesmerized by the delicate threads that are laid down encompassing action in geographically separate areas that nonetheless start coalescing into a wondrous tapestry with characters that become so real that I start rooting for them and mourning them when they are struck down. The vivid scenarios and harsh lifestyles that are depicted in this story aptly reflect the historical cultures that underlie some of the events in this tale. One should be warned that there is a fair amount of violence that accompanies the various struggles, but there are also inspiring tales of courage and feats that show the strength, mental and physical, of the players in this giant chess game of dominance and commerce.

I adore strong female characters and enjoyed the various maneuvers and feats that several of the women excelled at, even as I ached at the crucibles that they underwent. The third person omniscient voice allows the reader to get insight that would otherwise be cumbersome to attain, and the tinge of mysticism combined with the battles both in the field and closer to home keep one enthralled. This was another fantastic tale that kept me ensnared for far too long but it was well worth the lost sleep. I am pleased that many of the characters’ journeys are told to completion and although I was sad that the book finally came to an end, I was also satisfied when I was finished. An excellent addition to the genre.

A copy of this title was provided to me for review, a version of which was submitted to Night Owl Reviews.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Becoming Dragon by Eve Langlais (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT ADULT

It is my pleasure to share a guest post from author Eve Langlais, who gives us...

My take on critique groups

by Eve Langlais

First and foremost, authors and readers alike need to remember everyone’s taste is different. What works for one reader, what truly elevates a story for them will be something another reader will hate. I was too shy when I first started writing to let anyone see my stories before publishing. But I made an exception with
Bunny and the Bear, I sent it to one of my avid readers to see what she thought. She hated it. Thought it was silly. And it was, that was the whole point of the story and to this day is still one of my most popular titles. Another example is Naomi. Some readers truly disliked the heroine in Delicate Freakn’ Flower, while others absolutely adored her ballsy attitude. Always remember, taste is subjective. We all have things we like and hate. With that in mind, I don’t use a critique group. I have a ‘writing voice’ and I trust it to be able to give me what works. My stories might not always follow trends. It might not have a heroine or hero, everyone can love, but for every person that doesn’t feel a connection, there will be a reader with whom it resonates. And whatever that story is—even if it involves shapeshifters or aliens or cyborgs--it will work for that couple because the book is about their meeting and journey to a happily ever after. This isn’t to say critique groups aren’t useful. To some people, they are an invaluable fount of feedback, it’s just not for me.


Becoming Dragon

by Eve Langlais


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Can he embrace the beast within?

I’m a monster. That’s what Brandon thinks when he flees the medical institute that changed him. Living a normal life isn’t in the cards for him because, while he can hide his scaly skin, his wings are hard to miss. So he runs and lives in the shadows where monsters belong. What he didn’t expect to find were others just like him, and they call themselves dragons. Or so Aimi with the violet eyes tells him when she pins him to the ground.

Seriously, though, dragons?

He doesn’t want to believe, but the evidence is mounting. Not helping his resolve is the fact that the woman with the silver hair doesn’t fear the monster and wants to claim him.

However, before he can think of his own happiness, he has to rescue his little sister. Uncle Theo kidnapped her, and Brandon will do anything to get her back, even if he must embrace the monster within to become the dragon.



“What do you mean, what am I?” Her brow crinkled. “I am the same thing you are.” Her shoulders drew back, her head tilted imperially, and for a moment, shadowy wings glistened silver at her back. “We are dragon.”

At her serious claim, he gaped then snorted before he outright laughed.

“Why are you giggling?” She seemed perturbed at his reaction.

“Men don’t giggle. We guffaw. And I’m guffawing because that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. I’m no dragon. I’m nothing anymore but a fucking mess.” Bitter words for a bitter fate.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

Hello, my name is Eve. I’m a stay at home mom who writes full time in between juggling my three kids, hubby, and housework, I write hot romance with a bit of a twist. I like strong alpha males, naked chests and shifters. Lots of different breeds of shifters. I am also extremely partial to aliens, you know the kind who abduct their woman and then drive them insane…with pleasure of course.I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a happily ever after.

Web page to find out all there is about Eve
Twitter: @evelanglais



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Age of Order by Julian North (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

It is my pleasure to share a guest post by author Julian North, who explains...

Why Dystopian
Julian North
I didn’t set out to write dystopian. My novel, Age of Order, was inspired by my experiences fighting to get my two young children into school in my adopted home of New York City. You could say that the book was born out of anger and frustration, then raised on glimmers of hope. What started as a way to blow off steam evolved into a vessel to discuss the unfairness, inequality, and occasional brilliance I saw around me through my favorite medium: dystopian science-fiction.
 Despite not setting out to write in a particular genre, dystopian fiction is one of the genres I enjoy most as a reader. The Road is one of the most powerful works ever written, in any genre (IMHO). Every father should read that book. I’m counting the day till Pierce Brown’s Iron Gold is released. The Giver brought Dystopia into the modern world, Hunger Games made it a sensation. I think people are drawn to the opportunity to imagine a new place, how they would start over. The popularity of shows like the Walking Dead is an illustration of that.
Ultimately, I write dystopian for the same reasons I read it: I enjoy it. One of the best things about writing in this is you get to create a brand new world, but one that still looks familiar to the reader. It’s that familiarity--the plausibility of the world--that makes dystopian compelling. At the same time, I try to guard against letting my own voice or opinions creep into my writing. I want to create characters and let them experience the world. It’s their story, not mine.


Age of Order

by Julian North

GENRE: Dystopian Young Adult/New Adult

What if the people who thought they were better than you… really were?
In this world, inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal.
Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and Daniela soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. She may have a chance to change the world, if it doesn’t change her first.
Age of Order is a novel that explores the meaning of merit and inequality. Fans of the Hunger Games, Red Rising, and Divergent will enjoy this world of deception and intrigue, where the downtrodden must fight for a better future.


I dashed towards the dilapidated collection of storefronts hugging the fringes of the worn avenue, the rusted metal gates firmly closed, lean-to homes piled on their concrete roofs. Makeshift cardboard dwellings crowded the sidewalk. I ran for one of the lightless alleys between the buildings. Lurkers lived in those narrow corridors as surely as rats lived in the sewer, but I’d rather face them than the machines. I leaped towards the darkness.
A finder beam latched onto me as I sailed through the air, the comparative safety of the alley as tantalizingly close as candy in a shop window. I imagined the tight little dot on my leg, hot and hungry. I could almost touch the alley wall. But not quite. The hulking metal slave fired.
A correction pellet sliced through the fabricated leather of my sneaker and bit into my flesh. The force of the impact was enough to screw up my balance too. I landed on one foot instead of two, falling forward. Chewed-up concrete surged towards me. I sacrificed my right palm and left elbow to protect my head, and the viser strapped to my left forearm.
I scrambled to my feet and ran down the alley, my jaws clenched, but the pain wasn’t what was bothering me. I told myself that my shoe had blocked a lot of the pellet. That I probably hadn’t gotten hit with a full dose. That what was coming wouldn’t be that bad.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I’ve been writing since I could grab a pencil (remember those?). Then I had kids. Not much time for writing anymore. Until they started school… in New York City. I’m not from here, and the tumult of that experience inspired me. Age of Order grew from a diary of injustice. Now I write what I’m feeling, and let the rest flow from there. I hope you enjoy it. 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Paging Dr. Cupid by Nancy Fraser (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT

Paging Dr. Cupid

by Nancy Fraser


GENRE: Vintage (1960s) Historical



Newly appointed Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Garrett Langley can't seem to find a secretary to keep up with his demands. His love life isn’t going so well, either. He recently lost his long-time girlfriend to his older brother and saw a workplace romance end in disaster, leaving him with a busy career but no love life.

Piano prodigy Grace Valentyne forfeited the second half of her Julliard scholarship to come home to California and care for her mother. Now, with her mother gone, she must find a job in order to pay for the remainder of her education. When offered the opportunity to work for the physician nicknamed Dr. Cupid, she jumps at the chance.

Grace soon finds herself in over her head—and not just with the office equipment. But falling for the boss won’t get her back to Julliard. She needs to keep her focus and not let the sexy doctor derail her professional goals.



A half-hour later Grace tossed back the last mouthful of lukewarm coffee and closed the cover on the first of two instruction manuals. “Okay, new electric beast, let’s see what you can do.”

Tentatively, she rolled a piece of blank paper into place and poked at the stationery carriage. When she pressed the switch on the side of machine, the motor hummed to life. She’d barely placed her hands on the keyboard when the font ball began spinning wildly and spitting out the letter ‘j’ across the width of the page. Her heart hammered inside her chest in perfect time with the tiny metal device.

Jerking her hands back from the keyboard, she reached for the power button and flipped it to the ‘off’ position then drew a breath to calm her racing pulse.

She reached for the second manual. Obviously, there was more she needed to know.

The second manual held no information regarding the typewriter but, rather, was a set of guidelines for the perfect secretary. “The perfect secretary does not turn in a letter that is less than letter perfect. She does not smudge her carbon copies. She does not gossip.”

Grace pressed her fingertips to her lips and fought back an outright laugh. Were it not for the daily rounds of gossip, she doubted the secretaries she’d met thus far would make it through their work day.

Tracing the next few items on the list with her fingertip, she lowered her voice and continued. “She does not bring personal affairs to the office. She does not watch the clock. She will inquire if there is any little thing she can do before saying goodbye for the day.”

Closing the second booklet, she set it aside. It all sounded like common sense to her.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Media Links:

Twitter @nfraserauthor
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