Thursday, February 23, 2017

WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD ~ SEDUCING THE DARKNESS, Darkness, I by Shiela Stewart



FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
AND
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH

Greetings,

Another review from our Love of Literature Leaping duet.

SEDUCING THE DARKNESS, Darkness, I by Shiela Stewart, a futuristic paranormal romance.

The duet land in the year 2025 and another captivating piece of fiction.

Work with Basil Hawthorn ? Trinity Ford thought not! He was the vampire who turned her into a night creature, stole her heart, and then slept with another. He was the last man, vamp, creature, whatever, she ever wanted to see let alone work with.

Well, she did have a choice about the vamp thing. But she fell hard for Basil, a dark prince, and since her parents and sister had died, she was alone in the world. Choosing the mesmerizing Basil was an easy choice, and she’d probably do it again. Becoming a vampire gave her the strength and ability to protect the humans in Jacob’s Cove, where she lived. She was a computer geek by day, and a protector by night, and of late, a heartbroken one.

Basil still loved Trinity, and continually watched over her. He deliberately created a scenario to send her away, for a prophetic dream had him believing being with him put her in lethal danger.

Still, as much as he didn’t want her involved, and she wanted to avoid Basil, humans needed both of them if the world as they knew was to survive. Long ago, Basil had exiled his father to the Realm of Dark Mystics and now there were rumors of King Avadur’s return, and a plan to blot out the sun. Plus, too many young girls were missing. Too many police officers were leaving the force, fearing they were too ill-equipped to battle that which they refused to believe existed. Trinity had to band with Basil for the good of her town, but it still hurt to be around the one she loved and couldn’t have.

Choas, their mutual adversary and the darkest, most heinous vampire that currently existed was gathering a following. Choas had plans that involved the King and the ultimate enslavement of humanity. Along with Trinity and Basil, Dante Vega, an interesting and provocative investigator with an eye toward the stunning Trinity ends up aiding the vampire duet. He had started out trying to find Olivia, the missing young girl of a wealthy couple and his own brother, with little luck. While battling the endless supply of blood-lusting vampires and trying to find the missing people, they also try to figure out Chaos ultimate ritual to bring back the King.


Only, with darkness encroaching and Choas' minions growing, Basil and Trinity might not survive long enough to love again.

“Wow!” Tattle spun about and let out a gasp. “That was one wild ride. This is an exceptionally fast-paced book that is unrelentingly captivating.”

Wrye blotted his brow and gave a whistle. “Talk about hot! Trinity is gorgeous, but her real appeal exists in her love for humanity. Shiela Stewart fashioned a vampire with a caring spirit and tender head despite her kick arse disposition, a rarity in that particular race.”

Tattle pressed a finger in the air, and then shook her finger as if having pressed something hot. “It certainly has enough sizzle to satisfy the erotic hunger, but that isn’t the only thing that keeps the heart pumping. The entire book has a tempo, like listening to a drummer who doesn’t let up. It keeps getting louder and faster. Sometimes, you have to remind yourself to breathe. My ole heart nearly couldn’t keep up.”

“I like my paranormal, but not everyone can write a tale that is this enjoyable while maintaining unrelenting drama, intensity, complexity, and sexy characters with engaging personality. It is a well told story and has you yearning to gobble up the next in the series. If you haven’t read it, read it. If you have read it, get the next book in the series. To paraphrase a starlet of years gone by, “It’s a wild and crazy kinda of vamp ride.”
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Guest Author Day with Kelli A. Wilkins

New Release: Midwinter Night’s Delights — Hot Historical/Fantasy Romance
By Kelli A. Wilkins
Hi everyone,
Today I’m highlighting the second book in my Naughty Nobles trilogy, Midwinter Night’s Delights. The series includes Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night's Delights, and Ultimate Night's Delights. Although the books are connected, each stands alone as an individual read.
In a previous blog, I wrote about Midsummer Night’s Delights. This novella introduced readers to repressed newlyweds, Julian and Annabelle. They are strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!)

The second book in the series, Midwinter Night’s Delights, picks up six months after the last story and follows the continuing sexual adventures of Annabelle and Julian. (And yes, this novella is just as hot—if not hotter— than the first one.)

In the sequel, we discover that Annabelle and Julian have taken what they’ve learned and gone wild. Ever since the Midsummer Ball, they have been overindulging in all sorts of lewd activities. Instead of being shy and repressed, they are more than eager to give in to their desires whenever (and wherever) the mood strikes—even if it’s at a formal dinner party. Needless to say, Julian’s father sends them back to Vincent’s estate to be disciplined and learn self-control.

Although they have been invited to the Midwinter Ball, there’s a catch. Before Sabrina and Vincent allow them to participate, they need to learn how to control their insatiable appetites and undergo certain “punishments” along the way.

So, how did this sequel come about? At the end of Midsummer, I left the door open to a follow-up story, hoping that readers would want more. And they did! Readers and reviewers were interested in learning more about the characters and seeing what other erotic escapades awaited them.

Some people wanted a prequel—a story devoted to how Sabrina and Vincent met and where they learned to play their wicked games. Others wanted a follow-up story to find out what happened to Annabelle and Julian and wondered if they would still play games with Vincent and Sabrina.

This story satisfies both camps. I let Sabrina explain her sexual history and how she became educated in playing naughty games. Julian and Annabelle learn about self-control as they become Vincent and Sabrina’s submissives and take their “punishments” in stride.

Midwinter Night’s Delights is more intense than the first book. From the outset, readers know that Julian and Annabelle are learning lessons and being disciplined—but it’s all for their own good. I even sprinkled in some BDSM throughout the story to make things very interesting.

And what about the third book? At the end of Midwinter, I saw the potential for another, final, chapter in the saga. I’ll share more about Ultimate Night’s Delights in another blog, so stay tuned.

Here’s the summary and a spicy excerpt:


Midwinter Night’s Delights
Julian and Annabelle are back for another naughty ball!

The Marquis of Demby’s Midsummer Ball transformed Julian and Annabelle forever. No longer shy about satisfying their sexual urges, the young newlyweds give in to their wanton desires whenever—and wherever—the mood strikes. Anything goes in their open marriage, and they’re not ashamed to share their passions with others.

But everything changes when they are sent to Vincent and Sabrina’s estate to be disciplined. Before they can participate in the Midwinter Ball, they must learn self-control. Carnal punishments and sensual lessons are just a few of the erotic surprises awaiting them… before the ball even begins!

Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the third book in the Naughty Nobles trilogy: ULTIMATE NIGHT’S DELIGHTS.


A spicy excerpt:
“Wake up, Julian.” Someone was touching his bare chest. He grunted. Was it that horrible woman again? He couldn’t bear to hump her one more time. His poor penis felt like it was worn down to a nub. Someone squeezed his balls, and he snapped awake. Sabrina stood over him holding a bed tray.
“Good morning. Did you sleep well?”
“Yes, I think so. The servant washed me and tied me to the bed. Then I fell asleep. I was exhausted after servicing your dinner guest.”
“Good. She had nice things to say about you. She said you were a good screw, and she wanted to have more time with you, but we had to refuse. Annabelle got an excellent report, too. The man she was with wanted to buy her.”
His heart skipped a beat, and he sat up, his arms jerking against his restraints. “Buy her? You didn’t. You wouldn’t. Where is she? I want to see her, now. She’s my wife.”
“Don’t worry.” Sabrina dismissed his concern with a wave of her hand and uncovered his tray. “She’s with Vincent. Why are you pretending to be concerned about her?”
“I’m not pretending,” he argued. “She’s my wife. I have a duty to protect her. I love her.”
Sabrina tittered. “Is that why you screwed her in public? To show the world how much you love her? Did you pass her around to the gardener to show him how eager she is, or because you like to watch?”
“It wasn’t like that. We were having playing games. You and Vincent do it.”
“Yes, but our games are not reckless, they’re controlled.” She unfastened one of his arms and handed him a fork. “Eat while you can. You’ll need your endurance for later.”
He ate an egg and a slice of toast before he spoke. “Later? Aren’t the punishments over?”
Sabrina sat on the edge of the bed. “No, not yet. Perhaps this afternoon you will have passed your tests and can be rewarded. But for now, you are still being disciplined. You do seem more docile this morning. Did having Lono’s spike up your ass break you down?”
“No, humping Annabelle with my prick on fire did. Why did you make me do that?”
“You like plowing your wife in front of other people at parties. I thought you’d enjoy it,” she replied, smirking.
“Don’t mock me.” He sipped his tea. Despite Sabrina’s elegant beauty and grace, she had a cold streak running through her.
“It was part of your punishment. Did you learn anything?”
“Yes, that I hated it. Those people talked about us like we were being judged in a horse show. Then we were given away as party favors.” He shook his head. “I had no control over what happened to me, or to Annabelle.”
Sabrina nodded. “Well, that’s a start. You’re learning, Julian. Just be glad it was you with Annabelle on the settee. Annabelle must be a tigress. That man offered a lot of money for her…”
“Stop saying that. She’s my wife. I love her.”
“Then prove it,” she barked. “Stop bending her over for every man you meet while you whack off. Stop asking her to suck cocks that you can’t suck.”
He bowed his head. Sabrina wasn’t one to waste words. She knew how to cut him down to the quick.
“You need to control yourself. You cannot go around taking Annabelle, or anyone else, just because you get hard. Your insatiable urges need to be calmed.”
“I think I am calmed,” he said, glancing at his groin. “My penis is sore from yesterday. I still haven’t climaxed, and my balls are as hard as rocks.”
She reached under the bedclothes and cupped his sac. “Oh my, they are full, aren’t they?”
Sabrina squeezed him, and he pressed his eyes shut. Was she going to torture him, or pleasure him?

Order your copy of Midwinter Night’s Delights here:



Need to catch up? Get Midsummer Night’s Delights (Book 1 of the Naughty Nobles trilogy) here:


I hope you’ll check it out. This erotic novella is a great way to heat up a cold winter night! Look for Book 3, Ultimate Night’s Delights, coming later in February.

Be sure to follow my blog for the latest updates and visit me on social media.

Happy Reading,                                                     

Kelli A. Wilkins


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels.

Midsummer Night’s Delights and Midwinter Night’s Delights, the first two books in the Naughty Nobles trilogy of erotic historical/fantasy romances, were released in February 2017.

Loving a Wild Stranger was published in January 2017. This historical/pioneer romance is set in the wilds of the Michigan Territory and blends tender romance with adventure.

Kelli's third Medallion Press romance, Lies, Love & Redemption was released in September 2016. This spicy historical western is set on the Nebraska prairie in 1877.

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Her writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction is a fun and informative non-fiction guide based on her years of experience as a writer. It’s filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.

Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read book excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.

 


CATCH UP WITH KELLI

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Spotlight & Giveaway~ How the Other Half Lives






Length: 20,000 words



Blurb

Compulsively neat freak meets chaotic slob: can their living space survive the conflict?

Martin Harrison keeps himself to himself and his Central London flat as neat as a new pin. Maybe he should loosen up and enjoy more of a social life, but in his mind, that’s tantamount to opening the floodgates to emotional chaos. He agrees, however, to join the flat-sitting scheme in his building and look after another tenant’s flat in exchange for a similar watch over his when he’s travelling for his work.

A floor away in the same building, Russ McNeely is happy with his life as a freelance cook and a self-confessed domestic slob. He also joins the flat-sitting scheme, both to be neighbourly and to help keep his flat in order, as Russ also travels for his work.

For a while, the very dissimilar men never meet. Martin is horrified at the mess at Russ’s flat, while Russ finds Martin’s minimalist style creepy. But in a spirit of generosity, each of them starts to help the other out by rearranging things in their own inimitable way.

Until the day a hiccup in the schedule brings them face-to-face at last.

Welcome Author Vonnie Hughes

Romantic suspense is my favorite genre to both write and read. Nowadays there’s an overlap between ‘suspense’ and ‘romantic suspense’ as most suspense novels contain a certain amount of romance. Once, well-known male writers seemed to have decided at the last second, “Oh, don’t forget my female readers.” And they hastily shoved in a little liaison. Or perhaps their publisher gave them a nudge. But often those interludes seemed forced. However over the past few years they’ve become much more adept at the romantic aspect e.g. Harlen Coben and James Patterson.
And hey, haven’t female authors got gutsy and down and dirty lately when writing suspense? Huh? I just love Karen Rose, Tami Hoag and Anne Stuart. Their background knowledge shines for me because it’s not overly technical as if it’s saying: “Hey, I did my homework!” But the romance is peripheral to a darned good story each time.

I’ve had two romantic suspenses published over the past couple of years and there’s another in the works. I’ve much enjoyed writing them, even though I’m known more for my Regencies. Anyway, here’s something about LETHAL REFUGE, set in New Zealand:

LETHAL REFUGE
 
I was born in New Zealand and spent most of my life there, although our family now lives in Australia. The two main differences between Australia and New Zealand are the weather (warmer over most of Australia if you discount Tasmania which is very blue/green like New Zealand because it’s wet and often cold), and the fact that NZ has 4 million people and B-I-G Australia has 21 million residents. Yup. Australia is vast. It is the sixth largest country in the world and has a whole continent to itself. It’s not the sort of place where you get in your car and zip over to Auntie Flo’s. If you hear an Australian say, "It’s just down the road," you know they lie. Sure, it’s just down the road, but the road is a 2,000 kilometer dust-encrusted two-lane bitumen highway straddling two states, millions of curious kangaroos, hundreds of racing emus trying to beat your car, some wild camels, a million gumtrees, several townships and a couple of rivers if you’re lucky. Nor is it the place to get lost in the bush, since much of the bushland looks the same. You can go around in circles forever.

When they say, "It’s just down the road" in New Zealand, they mean it’s down a one-lane bitumen highway that goes for ten kilometers then switches to a gravel road that finishes at Jessop’s farm with 1,000 sheep dotting the peaceful hillsides. And at the back of that farm is bushland, tight, green and impenetrable. In the winter it drips with damp and in the summer the cacophony of cicadas screams in your ears.

But I digress. They say ‘write what you know’ and because I know more about the NZ Police than I do the Australian system, I based LETHAL REFUGE on the NZ system. But I took liberties with the truth. Of course I did. It’s fiction, for heaven’s sake. But think of the British Police and you’ve got a handle on the NZ Police Service which was originally based on the British system.

In LETHAL REFUGE, Célie Francis, a prickly young woman, self-reliant to the point of being irritating, witnesses the aftermath of a murder and is stalked by the murderer. When she is placed in the witness protection program, she can no longer be self-sufficient. She is at the mercy of a bunch of people who want to help her, for God’s sake. And then there’s Brand Turner, the police psychologist with a vulnerable intellect as high as the sky who has an annoying habit of demanding trust from the relocatees. When the murderer seems to track their every move, Célie finally realizes she can’t do stuff on her own any more.

Here’s a link to my Amazon page where you can find it in both paperback and as an e-book:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Vonnie+Hughes&x=18&y=20
Who can you trust if you can’t trust your own mother? Through the clammy fog, Celie Francis hears the chilling message. "I know who you are, Celie. I know where you live." And in the terrifying aftermath she reconnects with her dysfunctional family in ways she had never imagined.
 
I have attached two pictures to show just how impenetrable the New Zealand bushland can be. The house is Brand’s next door neighbor’s place. Steve and his wife don’t miss much and Brand’s low profile gets shot to hell by Célie’s behavior. The other picture shows the type of area that Célie stumbled around in, right on nightfall. Creepy, huh?


Neighbor's house


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Blast/Giveaway~ Eye Candy


Discover Pauline Allan's Eye Candy and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or BN Gift Card. This book blast is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions.

ABOUT THE BOOK:


GENRE: LGBTQ (MM Romance)

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.

Excerpt:

Gavin stood by the marble-top island. “We need to discuss rent.” He stuffed his hands in the pockets of his faded jeans. “Between the two jobs, I can pay you something. I don’t expect a handout. I need to do my part.”

Everything had turned upside down. Being alone and content no longer counted for anything good in his life. Once again, the privileges of his birth were humbling. He shut the door. The guy had pride. Fighting the urge to pull those sexy hips into his hands, he passed the island and looked over his shoulder. “You coming? You can pick which room you want and…we’ll discuss the logistics in the morning when you come to the restaurant for your interview.”

He stopped, giving Gavin time to catch up at the staircase.

“You were serious, weren’t you? I um, I really didn’t expect you to offer me a job. I figured I could get a good night’s sleep, you’d wake up and regret asking me to be a tenant, and I’d have to take off, but now it feels different.”

Dutch stopped when they reached the top of the stairs. “I told you, you’re safe with me. If you stay around, you’ll see I’m telling the truth. Every bedroom has a lock. Use it if you feel you need to, but know it’s your space, and I’ll respect that.”

Gavin took the bag to sling it over his shoulder. “What if I don’t want to lock the door?”

Well hell. “Then I’ll need to lock mine.”

Buy the book:
Book is $0.99 at Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Eye-Candy-Pauline-Allan-ebook/dp/B01MZFZH6U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486294903&sr=8-1&keywords=eye+candy+Pauline+Allan


 About the Author

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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About the Book:



Two Headstrong, Driven CEOs. One Undeniable, Scorching Attraction.
Being a scientist gives Lauren Taylor a purpose in life. At twenty-five, she’s the CEO of a billion-dollar biomedical company, Paragon Laboratories. On the brink of a major discovery, Lauren lets nothing interfere with her work. Until she meets Gabriel Betts, the gorgeous and brilliant CEO of another Silicon Valley startup, and is forced to face her inconvenient and overwhelming attraction to him. 
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Cover Reveal: Highland Peril




Dog Eared Publicity Presents HIGHLAND PERIL by Amy M. Reade Cover Reveal on February 15, 2017

Inside the Book:





Title: Highland Peril
Author: Amy M. Reade
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Mystery
Format: Ecopy 


Trading the urban pace of Edinburgh for a tiny village overlooking a breathtaking blue loch was a great move for budding photographer Sylvie Carmichael and her artist husband, Seamus—until a dangerous crime obscures the view . . .

Sylvie’s bucolic life along the heather-covered moors of the Highlands is a world away from the hectic energy of the city. But then a London buyer is killed after purchasing a long-lost Scottish masterpiece from Seamus’s gallery—and the painting vanishes. As suspicion clouds their new life, and their relationship, Sylvie’s search for answers plunges her into an unsolved mystery dating back to Cromwellian Scotland through World War I and beyond. And as she moves closer to the truth, Sylvie is targeted by a murderer who’s after a treasure within a treasure that could rewrite history . . . and her own future.


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MEET THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Amy M. Reade is also the author of Secrets of Hallstead House and The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor. She grew up in northern New York, just south of the Canadian border, and spent her weekends and summers on the St. Lawrence River. She graduated from Cornell University and then went on to law school at Indiana University in Bloomington. She practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where, in addition to writing, she is a wife, a full-time mom and a volunteer in school, church and community groups. She lives just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean with her husband and three children as well as a dog and two cats. She loves cooking and all things Hawaii and is currently at work on her next novel.

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