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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Adult Paranormal. Beyond Your Touch by Pat Esden.



Today it’s my pleasure to feature Beyond Your Touch, Book Two in the Dark Heart Series by Pat Esden.

Genre: new adult paranormal

Publisher: Kensington

Date of Publication: August 30, 2016
           
ASIN:  B0190HGU52
ISBN: 9781496700070
ISBN-10: 1496700074

Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 85k

Book Description


She wants more than he can promise.

His desires could lead to betrayal.

But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.

Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.

If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.

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About the Author



PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales. 

Her new adult paranormal novel, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) is available from Kensington Books. BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) will be released August 30th. 









Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fierce Vikings. Powerful Romance. Rise of a Viking: The MacLomain Series- Viking Ancestors' Kin #timetravel #dragons #shifters



Hello, all! I hope you’re enjoying a fabulous summer so far. Mine’s been extra busy between writing and moving. I’ve been in Virginia Beach for over a month now, and though I miss New Hampshire on occasion, I really like it here. It's a beautiful state. I'm still trying to get used to the heat (and traffic!) but I can confirm that ‘Southern hospitality’ exists because everyone’s incredibly nice.  

Now that I’m settled in, I'm once again focused on Vikings. I know many of you have been waiting for Heidrek’s story, so I’m thrilled it’s finally ready to be shared. He warmed readers’ hearts when he was a young boy in the The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors. After that, he went through his teenage years in The MacLomain Series: Next Generation. Then he was a full grown man and part of a love triangle in Passion of a Scottish Warrior. Well, now it's his turn to find true love.

I hope you enjoy spending time with Heidrek and Cybil in tenth-century Scandinavia. If you were always fond of these sexy dragon-shifter Vikings, then enjoy the ride in The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin.

Rise of a Viking


Cybil is thrilled when she and her family inherit a million dollar ocean-side house in Winter Harbor, Maine. It’s a chance to finally bring her sisters back together and right old wrongs. But problems arise. Her gift of prophecy grows stronger. A Viking from the past haunts her. And that old ash tree in the front yard? It has taken on the otherworldly qualities of Yggdrasill, a tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse mythology. Soon caught in its power, she’s whisked back in time to tenth-century Scandinavia.

Of dragon blood and set to inherit the throne, Heidrek Sigdir tries to keep Cybil away, but the gods have other plans. A fate designed to make him pay for past grievances. Yet when he finally lays eyes on her, he wants nothing else. They share a connection unlike any other. Poignant desire. Incomparable need. Tempting change. Even so, he must let her go. She should be with his brother. Still, nothing is what it seems. A new enemy is determined to destroy all and Cybil is special to him and his people in ways nobody anticipated.  

Many revelations come to light when Heidrek and Cybil are forced to journey through the rugged lands of Norway to reach the home of the seers at the peak of Mt. Galdhøpiggen. Hearts will be tested and lives forever changed. Will a new Viking King rise up and keep his people safe? Or will his endless draw to a modern day woman be his ultimate ruin?


Excerpt


Their eyes held for a long moment before a heavy drop of icy rain hit her cheek. He wiped it away gently then took her hand. “Let us find shelter.”

They didn’t go far before he pushed aside a heavy swath of roots and led her into an alcove about the size of a large walk-in closet. Plush green moss crawled along the walls and floor. Stones created a semi-circle at the rear with a small bushel of roots and sticks at its center. When Heidrek’s eyes glowed pale blue, sparks hissed then ignited a fire.

“Won’t it get smoky in here,” she started before she realized a fist-sized hole was above it, effectively sucking the smoke away. Cybil peered up. “That goes all the way to the top? This mountain is easily hundreds of feet tall.”

“Yes, it goes to the top and is one of many. All of the mountains in the Place of Seers house sanctuaries like this,” he explained as he removed his fur and laid it on the ground. “They come here not only to worship but to mate.”

“Mate?” She perked her brows and couldn’t stop a small grin. “Where they worship?”

“They are Viking.” A rare twinkle lit his eyes. “Our mating and religion go hand in hand. Both are afforded equal devotion.” The corner of his mouth inched up. “And of course, a fair amount of worship is applied whether communing with the gods or mating.”

“So no churches or sex behind closed doors.” She chuckled as she removed her fur and laid it beside his. “Interesting.”

“Many of my people prefer mating in the open.” He returned to the entrance. “Sex is something to be enjoyed wherever and whenever the urge comes upon us.” There was a mischievous glint in his eyes when they slid over her. “Have you mated in front of others, Cybil?”

“Not that I know of.” She met his blossoming grin and held her forefinger within centimeters of her thumb. “Though I always had a little thing for leaving the light on at night and the curtains open during sex. Does that count?”

The flash of desire in his eyes as he envisioned such a thing spoke volumes. “My lodging at the fortress has plenty of torchlight and firelight as well as windows.” He shot her a predatory look. “And I will make more windows if you wish. Many more.”

“It might get pretty cold,” she murmured.

“No.” His eyes were full of promise. “If anything, it will likely get too hot.”

It occurred to her that this was the first time she and Heidrek had come close to flirting, and she liked it. There was more to him than what he showed the world. A playful side she would enjoy exploring for years to come.

She tore her eyes from his at the thought, surprised by how easily she had fallen into seeing a future for them.




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Vengeance of a Viking
The MacLomain Series: Viking Ancestors’ Kin
Book Two

Coming November 1, 2016
Available now for pre-order

Recently divorced, Samantha is all about new beginnings. Her own company. A beautiful seaside house in Winter Harbor, Maine. A chance to reconnect with her sisters. But fate has something else in store. Tenth-century Scandinavia and a reality she never could have anticipated. After being whisked back in time not once but twice, she ends up in a situation she didn’t see coming. Kidnapped by a Viking.

Of dragon blood, Bjorn Sigdir knew the moment he met Samantha that she was nothing but trouble. How else could it be? She bears the mark of Gungnir, the sword given to Odin by Loki. A blade he is convinced will ruin his people and all affiliated with them. Determined to keep his kin safe, he concocts a plan that will keep Samantha and her unfortunate tattoo far away from trouble. Or so he thinks when he yanks her back in time.

One a captor, one a prisoner, Bjorn and Samantha embark on a journey full of unending strife. Feisty and independent, she has her own mind. Headstrong and stubborn, he does too. However, they soon have bigger problems than their mutual dislike of each other. Secrets. Ones that force them closer and forge something unexpected. Respect. Attraction. Desire. Yet they face a huge obstacle. If they give into love, all could be lost, including everyone they care about.

Follow the turbulent, heart-wrenching journey of Bjorn and Samantha in Vengeance of a Viking.





Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nothing Can Stop Him From Making Her His. Destiny's Favor by Dariel Raye.



Today I'm thrilled to welcome back talented author, Dariel Raye, to celebrate her latest release, Destiny's Favor. Congratulations, Dariel!



Destiny’s Favor
(Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2)

His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.

Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?

Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.

When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.

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Dariel Raye




Dariel is an animal lover who writes IR/MC (interracial/multi-cultural) paranormal and dark urban fantasy romance. She is presently writing a shifter series, “Dark Sentinels,” a reluctant hell-dweller series, “Kushiel’s Keep,” two Nephilim series with vampire-like heroes, “Orlosian Warriors” and “Cain’s Progeny,” “Lifegivers,” a paranormal romance series with a variety of beings, a crossover paranormal thriller shifter trilogy with romantic elements, “Gateway,” and an erotic fantasy newsletter serial. To learn more about Dariel and her books, visit her blog join her newsletter, and follow her on Amazon.




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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Erotic Paranormal Romance. Destiny's Chance by Cara Bristol.



Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Cara Bristol, author of Destiny’s Chance. 

Genre: erotic paranormal romance 

Publisher: Cara Bristol 

Date of Publication: July 25, 2016 

ISBN: 978-0-9961452-9-9 

Number of pages: 116

Word Count: 31,000 

Book Description 


Fate gave her a gift.  Is she brave enough to accept it?  

Destiny Grable has loved Chance Everett for as long as she could remember, but he was never interested in her until a tragic act of fate grants her heart’s desire.  

Chance is all hers—body, mind, and soul. But once they’re together, she discovers he has a kinky side she never knew about. Is she ready for it? Can she handle it?  

And Chance isn’t the only one with a secret. If he discovers what Destiny is hiding, will he still want her? 

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Interview Time! 


What inspired you to write Destiny’s Chance? 

Unrequited love finally realized. What if you loved someone you couldn’t have, but when you finally got him he didn’t know it was you? He loved you back, but his love wasn’t really for you – it was for the person he thought you were. Would it be worth it?  

How did you come up with the title? 

“Destiny’s Chance” is an oxymoron, which is a figure of speech that is seemingly contradictory, like “jumbo shrimp” or “minor crisis.” How can something that is extra large be tiny? A crisis by definition is an emergency. So how can it be minor? Destiny is fate, an act that is predetermined. A chance is a random occurrence or a gamble. Both are at play in the story. Fate hands Destiny what she’s always wanted, but it’s still a huge gamble . So the heroine and hero are named after those concepts: Destiny Grable and Chance Everett. 

If you had to sell your book based on one run of dialogue (start quote to end quote), which would it be?  

“Other than our shared kink, what did you like about me?” 

“Kink?” she squeaked. 

He narrowed his eyes. “Beyond that. There had to be something more.” 

“Do you believe in reincarnation?” she asked. 

“No.” 

“Not at all?” 

“No. Why?” 

She rubbed her neck. “Because…because maybe sometimes people aren't who you think they are.” 

Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Is it indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc. 

I have my own office. My husband and I used to share an office and a computer until I started writing erotic romance. I now have my own office, with a lovely and large L-shaped desk and a view of the field across the street. I see deer and squirrels scampering outside.  I have my laptop and all my writing reference materials at hand. 

It’s time to promo. What is your favorite marketing tool? 

My favorite is probably my author newsletter because I can reach out to my readers and fans directly and let them know about new releases, sales and discounts, and contests. I have prize drawings just for newsletter subscribers. Readers can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/9aRJj 

Are your book/books available in audio? In other languages? If so, give us more details about where we can get them and what languages they’re in.  

Only in English. Two books are available in audio: Stranded with the Cyborg and Mated with the Cyborg. Both are standalone reads in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series. They’re available on Amazon and Audible.com. 

What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?  

I write science fiction romance, paranormal romance, and contemporary spanking romance. I’ve also written one nonfiction book, a sex scene thesaurus for authors: Naughty Words for Nice Writers. I think I’m going to stick with these genres. It’s more than enough! 

Do you prefer to write short stories, novellas or novels? Why?  

I write all three, but I prefer novellas. There’s less middle! The best part of writing a story is the beginning –starting a brand new story—and the end—wrapping it all up. A short story is too brief to develop the characters, and a long novel has a whole lot of middle. A novella is like baby bear’s bed – just right. My earlier works tended to be about 30,000 words. My sweet spot now is 45-55K. I should mention that Destiny’s Chance is a novella, a re-release of book that was previously published; it’s about 30K. 

Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.  

Yes. I have three series. Thank you for asking. The Rod and Cane Society is a six-book spanking romance series. I may or may not write more in that series. Breeder is a completed science fiction romance trilogy (Breeder, Terran, Warrior). The Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series is ongoing. It’s about a covert organization of cyborgs. The series theme is “Saving the girl and the galaxy one mission at a time.” It’s romantic, humorous, and action-oriented. Book 4, Trapped with the Cyborg, was published in June. All the Cy-Ops books are standalone reads. Book 5 will probably come out in January. 

Thank you so much for having me today! 

Excerpt 


Destiny expelled her breath in a heavy sigh and reached for the phone to try her parents one more time. 

What the hell? She’d been too wrought by news of Zoe’s death to pay attention to much else, but now she noticed her arm looked…weird. Her wrist seemed thinner, her skin paler, the hair so fine it appeared almost nonexistent. And when had she gotten acrylic nails? 

Her pulse rate doubled. The arm, the hand, the silver infinity ring on the index finger weren’t hers, but she recognized them. She fixated on the ID bracelet encircling the skinny wrist. RICHARDS, ZOE. And her friend’s date of birth. 

They got the bodies mixed up. Gave you the wrong wristband. 

But they couldn’t have switched arms. She flipped her hands over. 
Destiny ripped back the covers and swore in frustration when the bed rail fought her frantic efforts to lower it. She forced it down, but her hospital gown caught in the metal. She tore it loose and scrambled for the bathroom. 

Bruised and battered, Zoe stared at her from the mirror over the sink. 

A nightmare. Wake up! Wake up! “No! No!” Slapping her face, Destiny searched for her plump cheeks, her ski-jump schnoz, and the mocha-brown eyes she considered one of her best features. The image mimicked her movements but presented high cheekbones loved by the camera, a perfect nose, and large blue eyes gone feral. 

She yanked up her hospital gown. Where were her hips? Her boobs! She stared at her flat chest. She dropped the gown and screamed. 

About the Author



USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has published more than twenty-five erotic romance titles, including contemporary, paranormal, and science fiction romance.  No matter what the subgenre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently lives in Missouri with her husband. She has two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling


 




Friday, May 27, 2016

His World Shifted The Moment She Was Born. Destiny's Favor (Orlosian Warriors) by Dariel Raye.



Today it's my pleasure to feature talented author, Dariel Raye's latest release.

Destiny’s Favor 
(Orlosian Warriors Bk. 2)
Destiny’s Favor synopsis

His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.

Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?


Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.

Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.

When he meets Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.


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Calm Assurance
 (Orlosian Warriors Bk. 1)
Calm Assurance synopsis

Two hearts, two different worlds, uncompromising love.A straight-laced Nephilim-descendant and a human trouble-magnet?

When Asriel - Orlosian Warrior, descendant of Nephilim, law enforcer – is sent to guard Malina, a human with a penchant for drawing trouble like a tornado, she becomes his obsession.

With no hope of finding love in his dimension, he breaks the cardinal rule, leaving his home to protect her, but she has also drawn the attention of his enemies, and he is forced to face demons from his past. If Asriel chooses to stay with Malina, not only does he risk forfeiting his right to ever return to his dimension, but he will need her blood to survive.

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Dariel Raye


Dariel is an animal lover who writes IR/MC (interracial/multi-cultural) paranormal and dark urban fantasy romance. She is presently writing a shifter series, “Dark Sentinels,” a reluctant hell-dweller series, “Kushiel’s Keep,” two Nephilim series with vampire-like heroes, “Orlosian Warriors” and “Cain’s Progeny,” “Lifegivers,” a paranormal romance series with a variety of beings, a crossover paranormal thriller shifter trilogy with romantic elements, “Gateway,” and an erotic fantasy newsletter serial. To learn more about Dariel and her books, visit her blogjoin her newsletter, and follow her on Amazon.

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