Friday, April 11, 2014

Alpha Males Madness Giveaway Hop

Alpha Males. You know you love em. And so do we! We're celebrating them and all their delicious alpha male glory for an entire week with giveaways at every single blog. Stop by and check out which males are making us pant with all that sexy swagger they have going on.

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Giveaway & Spotlight - Rising Shadows by Bridget Blackwood

Rising Shadows
World in Shadows
Book One
Bridget Blackwood

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: February 1, 2014

ISBN: 1494891751

Number of pages: 107
Word Count: 32,404

Cover Artist: The Killion Group

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Book Description:

Rachel Ryan wakes up with no knowledge of where she is or how she got there. Thrown into a world she thought only existed in myths, she finds more questions than answers.

Shape shifters, faeries, and vampires hide in plain sight among humans. There’s a war quietly brewing in the shadows. Rachel stands between mankind and those creatures that live in the darkness.

Enhanced with power she doesn’t understand, she’ll tip the scales, but who is the real enemy?

Excerpt #1

Gates is in the center of the club. I follow behind him curious to see what happens next. I should grab Livia and run. I look up at the loft. People are lined up against the railing watching the display below. My eyes are drawn to one man in particular. From my angle and with the low lighting, I can’t tell much about his features or height. His clothes and hair are dark, he rests one arm on the top rail and holds a pool cue in the other hand. His gaze is a penetrating green and I swear they glow, I have to make myself look away.
“Guns are not appreciated here, sir,” says a young woman behind the bar.
Liquid courage, come to mama! Moving around Gates, I walk over and take a seat in front of her. “Can I get a drink please?” I ask politely.
“What do you think you are doing?” Gates grinds out through clenched teeth. He is standing directly behind me.
“You folks had me locked up playing lab rat. I just want a few minutes of me time before the shit hits the fan.”
Gates doesn’t know what to say to that. Patrons watch me curiously. Let them. I am past the point of caring. The bartender grins at me. She has hair that’s a silvery lavender dancing around her shoulders. Her eyes are a mesmerizing shade of purple. She doesn’t seem real. I am spellbound. Not a shifter, what is she? I have to stop myself from reaching out and touching her.
“What would you like?” She asks me breaking the trance.
Back to reality, in a room full of doom. “What would you recommend for a woman’s last drink on earth?”

About the Author:

Bridget Blackwood is a hopeless romantic and a fan of happily ever after. She grew up in East Texas where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Together they moved to Southern Illinois, it's been home for over a decade now. Bridget began telling stories at an early age, she writes in self-defense because the characters in her head are loud and bossy. A social butterfly by nature, Bridget loves to talk and laugh. When she isn't writing she enjoys watching horror movies, playing video games, and not cooking.

Bonus Materials

Quotes from the Book:

Quote 1

“I whooped the personal guards of the Vampire big kahuna. Whoops. In my defense, it’s not like they wore nametags.” – Rachel Ryan

Quote 2

“Is your plan to make me stupid with your sweet hands so I’ll agree to anything? Because it’s working.”    - Sebastien “Bastien” Bonvillian


1. My Medicine by The Pretty Reckless
2. Freak Like Me by Halestorm
3. Titanium by Madilyn Extreme by Valora
4. Not Strong Enough by Apocalyptica
5. Oceans by Evanescence
6. Echoes of an Empire by Picture Me Broken
7. Carnival of Rust by Poets of the Fall
8. Never Go Back by Evanescence
9. Secret Door by Evanescence

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3 Rising Shadows chainmail charm key chains

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Guest Post - Affair in Athens

Title: Affair in Athens
Author: Matina Nicholas
Genre: Literary Fiction
Release Date: April 1, 2013

Fulfilling her mother’s dying wish to discover her roots, Athena Vallas journeys to Greece and finds more than history as she reunites with a part of her family she didn’t know existed. While documenting her grandfather’s heroic role as a Greek Orthodox priest in Plaka, sheltering Jews during the Resistance in WWII, Athena meets Luke, a dangerously charismatic man who sees her as the ideal wife.
Drawn into an extravagant lifestyle, her attraction to Luke is intense until she discovers that he plays a high stakes game of illegal pursuits. When she attempts to distance herself, Luke refuses to relinquish his plans. Ruthlessly, he keeps his eye on the prize—Athena—who won’t compromise love for wealth or fidelity for lifestyle.
Affair in Athens includes a set of authentic Greek recipes at the back of the book, passed down through Matina’s family. Read, eat, and enjoy!

Guest Post & Giveaway - No Refuge by Annie Nicholas

Space Travel
Imagine one day a couple going on their honeymoon, but instead of boarding an airplane to Hawaii they board a space ship to the rings of Saturn.  
This all seems like fantasy for us but there was a time where people used to dream of crossing an ocean just like we dream of crossing the universe. This dream gets closer to being fulfilled ever year. Just this January I came across this article.
Nasa is developing a theory for almost faster than light travel. Woohoo!
I remember as a kid hoping by the time I retire I could go live on the moon. Hey younger generation, you have 25 more years to make this happen before I retire. *wink wink*
The best part of writing science fiction is working with advance technologies that don’t exist yet and playing with the circumstances like what happens inside a space ship when the space station it’s docked to stops spinning?  ;)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Guest Blog - Two for One by Ann B Harrison

When I first started writing I was a little bit scared of writing sex. Why you might ask? Truthfully I have no idea. Maybe I was scared I wouldn’t write believable love scenes. Maybe I thought I sucked at it, period. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination. It felt like the first time you made the decision to do anything you hadn’t done before. It can be exciting or terrifying. I was literally shaking in my boots.
I remember getting to the part in my book where they were going to get it on and thinking, “Can I really do this? Why do they have to do it now?” I shut myself in the office and just wrote, no editing, no thinking, just fingers on keys. Then I got up, walked out and made a cup of tea. “I feel like a voyeur,” I said to my husband. Poor guy didn’t get it.
After I calmed down I went back in and read over my words, made a few changes and carried on. The next sex scene got easier and that book ended up with three all up. That was a huge effort for me, not so much my characters. They enjoyed themselves immensely.
Nerves took hold once again when I sent it to my editor. I waited for her to shred the scenes to pieces. It never happened. “Hey, great sex,” was her reply. Thank goodness for that. It boosted my confidence to no end. After that, it got easier and easier. Now I’m even brave enough to tag my latest book erotic. I hope you enjoy the sex as much as I did

Two for One
The Club Series
Book One
Ann B Harrison

Genre: Erotic/contemporary


Number of pages: 123
Word Count: 35,914

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

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Book Description:

Nothing is going Lizzie’s way. Her sex life is unsatisfying, her job sucks and she has more debt than she needs thanks to her loser brother. Against her better judgment, she lets her best friend sign her up to be auctioned off at a high-rolling venue called the Club. Agreeing to a weekend of adventurous sex with a stranger is one thing, but being bought by the brothers who own the Club means Lizzie is up for a weekend beyond her wildest fantasies.

Ryan and Lizzie hit it off, in bed and out, but it’s his quiet brother, Trace, that has her heart pounding and her panties in a twist. But is Lizzie what Trace needs? Having been burned before, will he take a chance on what his heart is telling him or trust his instincts and send her home after their weekend is over?

About the Author:
Ann swears she was born with a book in her hands and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reader has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing...and publication.

She lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.

Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.

When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Celebrate Romance Giveaway Blog Hop

Can you remember who your first Romance Novel Author love was? I can recall fan girling hard on Johanna Lindsey in my teens!!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway - Risky Return by Nicole Helm

Tell me about your literal hottie and why am I going to love him.

Thanks so much for having me today. My "literal hottie"'s name is Ryan Harrington from my current release, Risky Return. He's a former divorce lawyer now working with his brother at his family's private airport in rural Kansas, helping his brother's girlfriend create a reality show about Ryan and his identical twin fixing up planes for celebrities.

In order to accomplish that, Ryan calls in a favor from a friend. Okay, an ex-wife. Well, actually technically, still his wife, and also a world famous actress, America's Sweetheart if you will.

Celia's none too happy to be brought back to her home town, and Ryan isn't particularly thrilled to still have feelings for the woman who left him high and dry. But he does, and sparks fly, as they tend to do.

Ryan doesn't always make the best decisions, but at his heart he's a man who wants home, belonging, and love. He also wants what's best for the people he loves, and goes about helping them get it, which is probably his best trait. He sees Celia, the real Celia, in a way no one else does, and once he realizes his mistakes, he isn't afraid to do what it takes to atone for them.

Oh, also, I like to picture him as a green-eyed, not-Australian Chris Hemsworth, if that helps. ;)