Tuesday, 30 April 2013

are you bored of the same old thing? Have we got ideas for you...

We are all guilty of sticking with what we know. Whether it be at a restaurant, book genres, or the makeup we put on; we're sticklers for familiarity. I want to challenge you all to add some spice to your lives this next week and take the Read Something New challenge! Read a new genre, a new author, whatever—just read something new. To help, here is a list of genres. We've featured an author and one of their books or series for each genre. Hope you find something you like!

Urban Fantasy 
D. F. Krieger, Panthers in the Playground, Faxfire Series Book 1
Zoologist Dr. Zeara Faxfire and her side-kick cat, Magic, are called in to help when a panther is discovered during a police investigation. What is a girl to think, though, when the parents of a missing child keep calling her and the panther in question is writing words? Detective Jake Markovich, who is assigned to the case as well and happens to believe in the paranormal is a whole different distraction that turns Zeara's world upside down. Can she lose her grasp on the safety of logic long enough to reach out to those asking for her help?

The only thing Zeara knows for sure is that time is running out, and she must compromise a job she adores to save the panther in her care.
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Dianne Hartsock, Shelton in Love, Shelton Series Book 1
Shelton's falling quickly for his sexy roommate, but can he forget the pain of past rejections and give Nevil what they're both aching for?
Shelton is falling hard for his best friend and roommate, finding Nevil's dark good looks and moments of gentleness almost impossible to resist. But Nevil is more interested in affairs of the body than the heart. As Shelton's desire for the man grows, he wonders if he can change Nevil's mind. But does he even want to? Nevil might not stay, once he learns Shelton's secret, and then his loneliness would be complete.
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Kelly Yeakle, Forbidden Desires
When Dani meets the delicate beauty that is Carmen she knows instantly that she wants her—in her life and in her bed. But can Miss. Commitment-phobic look beyond the sex to see the woman beneath?

To Carmen, the wildly beautiful Dani is a new and exciting friend. What she hadn't counted on is the simmering desire she feels when in Dani's presence. As her relationship with her boyfriend sours, Carmen begins to wonder if there is more to Dani than she realizes.

Should she give in to this, the most forbidden of desires?

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Leona Bushman, The Ulfric's Mate, War of the Weres Series Book 1
Nolan and Alexandria fight their sexual attraction, but can't deny the pull of being mates, despite a serial murder investigation.
Nolan Littlebull is the alpha of the Wahpawhat pack of Werewolves and the lead detective on a series of murders of pregnant women from his pack. Torn between human justice and were justice, he travels deep onto the Yakama Reservation tracking the ones responsible. He is attacked by one of the rival pack, only to be defended by another from the rival pack.
Alexandria George is the healer for the Lupins. She defends the mysterious wolf in their territory from her pack's bully and escapes with the stranger. Nolan and Alex face the complications of being mated and together they must find and identify the killer while facing an uncertain future.
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Shyla Colt, No Man Left Behind Anthology
Even after our brave men and women leave the battlefield, the scars can linger physically and sometimes mentally. Here are three tales of courage, strength, perseverance, and love that deal with both.

After a long sting in Afghanistan, Cpl. Trevor Martin finds himself home for leave and contemplating reenlistment or civilian life. Weary and tired of the grim sights he's witnessed, he turns to his old friend Carly for comfort. When Trevor shows signs of PTSD, Carly urges him to get help, hoping that Repairing His Soul won't cost them their rapidly forming romance.

After a near death experience with an IED in the Middle East, Staff Sgt Alexander Denning is grateful to be alive but scarred inside and out after his fiancée's bitter rejection of his choice to continue serving. Georgette "George" Harper is attending Jane Wayne day for her sister when she's smitten with the McMap instructor Staff Sgt. Denning. Can she convince him what they have is worth the risk? Wooing Her Sergeant may be harder than she thinks.

When Mika gets a phone call that her husband Kasey's been hurt abroad, it's her worse nightmare. Prayers and the grace of God deliver him through, but the battle isn't over yet. The journey back to happiness and health will be painful, full of setbacks and damaged feelings, but Mika refuses to give up on the man she knows is her one true love. A true Marine's wife is Always Faithful, no matter the cost to herself.

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W. Lynn Chantale, Indulging Sin, Love Smackdown Series
Moses Hawke has loved Sin from the moment he laid eyes on her, but being with her cost him a good friend and valuable partnership. Sin knows what Moses sacrificed to be with her and she’s willing to keep a few secrets of her own to maintain their peaceful existence. Some things are not meant to be hidden and when all Sin’s transgressions become known, she’s left to wonder if Moses will still be there to protect her.
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Angeline Rain, Rescued Love, Second Chance Rescue Book 1
Can the doctor, who made a life out of helping animals, heal a human?
One by one, household dogs disappear only to come back after senseless abuse. Veterinarian Jordan Powell will stop at nothing to ensure her patients' safety. Even if that means seeking help from ex-boyfriend, police officer Nate Thrillson, the man whose heart she once broke.
The last thing Nate wants is a relationship. He has an inoperable cancerous tumor in his brain and his days are numbered. Yet, he couldn't resist Jordan.
It's a race against time to save the dogs and the man who captured her heart. Can the doctor, who made a life out of helping animals, heal a human?
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Raven McAllan, The Wager
Catherine is in despair. Her brother has lost a wager and the prize is her. The winner is the one person she dare not be in thrall to. How will she cope?
Brook suggests they wager on the outcome of the previous bet, but he intends to win.
What happens is more than either of them anticipates.
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Angelica Dawnson, Blue Moon House
Julia has the chance to become one of the vampires of the Blue Moon House. Before being accepted, however, she must prove herself to each of the vampires, and each has their own exacting cost.

Ranging from lesbian, to being forced, to physical torture, she is pushed to her breaking point time and again. Eventually her perseverance pays off and she crosses from submissive to dominant and vampire.
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LB Shire, The Damned
Sometimes, what a man needs is a little hope...

Travel worn, and weary, Shane Gregor rides into Hell's Hollow for a drink and answers. On the run for a crime he didn't commit his days are numbered unless he can find proof. What he discovers instead is a green eyed enchantress and a sheriff who's out for blood. When the law catches up to him, can he put his hopes in a woman he's only just met?

A widow who has fallen on hard times, Josie Talbert became a soiled dove for the sake of survival. Her life changes in the course of a night, when a dark and dangerous cowboy steps through the doors of the Dead Horse Saloon, a death sentence looming over his head. Can his words of innocence be trusted? Can a lone woman change the course of fate?
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Adult Bedtime Stories  
Doris O'Connor, Goldie and Her Bears
Take one very human girl. Add three bear shifters and one BDSM club. Shake well. What do you get? Lots of delicious fun.
When Goldie Lockwood receives an explicit note, signed by none other than the man she fell head over clit in lust with on first sight, there is only one thing she can do — obey. After all she is dying to find out what goes on behind closed doors at the exclusive BDSM club.
Having his Goldilocks pounced on by his brother and sister had not been in Jason Stanhope's plan, even if the little human's responsiveness blows the triplets away. Porridge, chairs, beds, she tries them all.
But, can she be the sweet sub they need? Or will Goldilocks live up to her name and run away screaming?
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Kimberly Gould, Cargon, Honour & Privilege
Lives are won, lost and traded on the three-tiered Cargon boards.

Eve, a serving-girl, has watched the elite from the outside, seen the dramatic shifts based on the results of the Game. With a growing need to reach beyond her station, she can no longer accept her position on the edges.

Wagering her own life, she wins and emerges in a strange new world. New rules and old acquaintances tangle to make Eve’s life less comfortable than her position would suggest.
One pawn moved, but an entire world shaken – Eve will change the world.

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Young Adult
J. Lilley, Discovered, Shalean Moon Series Book 1
When Rach moved to Scotland she knew there would be changes. She hadn't expected them to be quite so dramatic. Not only was there a new house, new school and new friends, there was also a secret to discover.
Brios Parde was a Patriarch in waiting. When the powerful leopard shifter senses a new Shalean he is amazed to discover it's the new girl. All his senses tell him Rach will be important to him.
However the Rogues try to destroy the budding relationship. Will Rach decide to side with Brios or help stage an uprising?
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We hope you see something you like and wish you the best on the Read Something New Challenge!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Christie Gray is with me...

Hi Christie, pull up a chair and have a coffee and a cookie...

WOW what a Fab cover...

Thanks for having me on your blog today! I’m super excited to have the chance to share my latest story and first foray into the sci-fi romance genre, Burn With Me. As many of my stories, the creation of the Sun Whisperers came about during a bout of insomnia, my muse keeping me awake with her ramblings. (She does that a lot). Draco Taralundar was born, a lonely, fiery angel as old as the universe, finding salvation on a somewhat primitive planet as he fights to make sense of his place in the grand scheme of things. Burn With Me is the first in what I hope to be a trilogy, so enjoy! (I have to get busy on the next one…)
Available from Evernight Publishing!
Buy Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/burn-with-me-by-christle-gray/

     Maddelyn Sowers and her niece, Serra, struggle daily to survive. Their once beautiful home has been devastated by a race of alien warriors called the Raknorg, who have stripped the planet of its resources, and unleashed a deadly sickness that is slowly killing the population. Inexplicably immune from the disease, Maddelyn has witnessed her family members and friends die, young Serra next on the disease's list. Their world is shaken even further when a mysterious stranger literally falls from the sky one night. Though his presence puts them in danger, Maddelyn can't refuse the plea for help in his golden eyes. Draco Taralundar claims to be a Sun Whisperer, the last of an ancient race descended from the sun. Maddelyn has difficulty reconciling the handsome man with the fantastic tales of her youth, but his capacity for healing and wielding the powers of fire are hard to ignore, renewing her hope for the first time in years. But will the fire that burns deep within his soul save what's left of her heart, or consume them both? 

Heres a wee taste of this amazing stroy...

Draco’s voice vibrated his chest against her cheek. Again, she was sure she hadn’t spoken aloud. But that thought melted away as his warmth around her chased away the nightmare and some of her pain. He promised to be her protector. Her guardian. Her angel.
Awareness of his smooth skin against her cheek faintly crept into her thoughts.  Maddelyn brought her hand up and rested it on his chest. The muscles flexed under her touch, his arms tightened around her protectively. He was so warm. So alive. It was almost enough for her to forget the despair that had engulfed her life. Maybe even more than almost.
Heat rolled off him in waves and seeped into her body. The warmth spread through her veins and sped up her heart as it banished the numbness, pulling her far away from the black beast that threatened to devour her in her grief. So much of her life had turned into protecting herself and her family, she’d almost forgotten what it was like to feel connected to someone. How letting someone into your heart might actually help it repair itself.
Maddelyn rubbed her cheek against his iron-solid chest like a cat, inhaling his scent.  Sunshine. He smelled like sunshine on a summer day as it bathed her and the flowers that used to bloom in the park in its light. Sunshine mixed with the muskiness of man.
Draco’s breathing accelerated, his heart beating wildly under her cheek. Her lips lightly grazed his collar bone and he stilled, his arms going rigid around her.
“Maddelyn.”  His voice had turned husky with need, but still contained an edge of wariness. 
Maddelyn wasn’t entirely sure of what she was doing, but she let her brain take a back seat as her body responded to Draco. All she knew was that his touch and his warmth helped her forget everything else. There was no death. No Raknorg. No sadness. Only him. Only her. Only this.
“Please, Draco,” she whispered against his neck. I just want to forget. Please make me forget. She hoped her simple plea would convey the words that flashed inside her brain, but could not be said aloud. It might not last, but any reprieve from this hell would be a welcome one. Pulling someone close as a way to deal with loss. She’d seen it before. Watched as people clung to each other in the face of so much death, desperate to feel alive and chase away the loneliness that would consume their souls.
She tilted her head to gaze into his eyes. A faint glow pulsed in the tawny depths, yet his brow creased with uncertainty. He brought his hand up and cradled her cheek, lightly tracing her jaw line with his thumb. Just his touch did wonders to ease the ache in her heart.

Author Bio:
Christle Gray was born and raised in Ohio, but lives in Kentucky with her husband and one frisky black cat. She's a Gemini, which means she's of two minds about everything, and has more projects in progress than she can ever hope to complete in one lifetime. Her interests vary as widely as her opinions, and she's in no short supply of either. Just go ahead and ask. One of the many voices yammering on in her head is bound to answer.

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/christle-gray/
Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/christle-gray

Sunday, 28 April 2013

#sexysnippets Decisions, decisions

Hmm, well it was a dilemma of the nicest sort. Just who to feature in today's #sexysnippets

So what did I do?

It was a tough decision, as I have two rather nice Regencies to be happy about. In the end, I decided to take my sexy seven from 

*drum roll*


"Age is irrelevant. You're only as old as you feel. And"—he drawled, suddenly slowing his speech—"as I'm only thirty-seven, when you feel me. . . . that's what you'll feel."

"Did I hear that properly? Oh god, do I hope I did or do I hope I didn't? Have they set me up with a fantasy and not told me?" She stopped speaking and put her hand over her mouth.


Poor Mia, she has no idea what's in store for her when she travels to Isola Dei Sogni, where dreams and fantasies do come true—if you let them.

Impulse will be out on May 2nd from Just Ink Press and on Amazon

Catch all the other

 #sexysnippets on 


Happy reading,

love R x

Saturday, 27 April 2013

I bet you didn't know this...


the very talented Jorja Lovett is here with a very unusual—and 

steamy story...

Hi Raven, thanks for sharing my new release, Titanic's Ondine. It's a story close to my heart as I live close to the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, where the Titanic was built. It's my spin on the tragic tale, which saw the 100th Anniversary of the disaster last year. Of course, I've added a paranormal twist and a steamy love story…
Water nymph Madeleine has spent a lifetime searching for a human she can marry to become mortal. Finally, she finds true love with Joe Marlowe, who has signed up as crew for Titanic. With her sweetheart set to sail aboard the doomed liner, can she get there in time to save him and find her happy-ever-after?
 “I find the setting perfect for a romantic affair. Glamorous
liners bound for faraway places, carrying young men with fire
in their bellies. Why it’s enough to get any young lady’s pulse
racing.” She ran a fingertip down his white shirt to distract him
from his questioning. That slight contact with the man she loved
was enough to start a fiery lust consuming her from the inside out.
The ragged manner in which he addressed her didn’t sound
like a scolding or an attempt to stop her.
“Shh!” A finger on his lips and a coy smile was all it took for
him to discard his gentlemanly manners and let his passion take
Joe was deceptively masterful in the seduction stakes. His firm
lips staked their claim with a series of breath-taking kisses that
almost made her mourn the time they had wasted thus far in their
chaste courtship.
Crushed against the rough fabric of his jacket, Madeleine’s
nipples hardened beneath the thin silk of her green dress—
sensitized and begging to be noticed. Joe didn’t disappoint. He
traced his thumb over one prominent peak. The simple over-theclothing
contact sent her body into raptures and generated an
ache in her loins that only he could remedy.
Her head told her to tread carefully. He thought of her as a
lady—pure and innocent—and not one to give herself away before
her wedding night. But that other, sinful part of her wanted him
regardless of the consequences. And that craving won out. She
pressed herself closer to him until she was left with no doubt he
felt the same. The ridged evidence in his trousers nestled into the
skirts of her dress, and she couldn’t stop herself from running her
hand along the impressive length of him.
She half expected him to back away in shock or disgust. So,
when he took it one step further by cupping her breast firmly in
his hand, her legs all but buckled beneath her. He scooped her
breast from her dress, exposing it to the cool April air. Her pussy
swelled with need. With each massage he gave her flesh, she came
one step closer to nirvana, moaning as the moisture from her
arousal soaked her skin and clothes.
Joe backed her away from the main walkway and pinned her
against the wall of one ramshackle wooden building, creating a
scenario Madeleine wouldn’t have believed possible. Of course,
she imagined her reserved Joe to be a considerate lover, but she
hadn’t expected their explosive chemistry to lead them to the
point of making love outdoors.

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