Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spotlight Review: TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS by Leanne Banks


TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS – Leanne Banks
Warner Forever
ISBN: 0-446-61174-3
March 2009
Contemporary Romance

Texas -- Present Day

When is too much money too much? How about when heiress Lori Granger just wants to give away as much as possible? Alas, Lori’s late father’s will has specified that she can only spend so much of the money. It’s up to accountant Jackson James to put a screeching halt to her spending.

Jackson sees Lori as a spoiled rich woman with too much time on her hands. While her charitable acts might be honorable, it’s his job to make sure she follows the rules of the will, which are to have a yearly allowance until she turns age thirty, at which time she can inherit the bulk of her father’s estate. Then, Lori offers up a solution to their problem, a loophole in her father’s will, which is to marry a man---for convenience, not love—with no commitment past her thirtieth birthday. And no sex. She asks Jackson to help her find that man.

Lori isn’t a bubble-brained socialite incapable of working. Deep down is a woman who wants to help as many as possible, and her money is a good opportunity to do so. When her harebrained idea to marry for her money leaks out and attracts too many applicants, Jackson whisks her away to a ranch belonging to one of those people Lori benefited with her generosity. But the longer it takes Jackson to find her the perfect husband, the more it becomes apparent that he may the best man.

TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS proves that one should look beneath the surface when judging someone. Lori Granger, with her expensive clothes and a mansion, with her dog as her only companion, appears to be the perfect example of spoiled, rich, and brainless. It doesn’t take long, however, before readers see the woman who has a heart of gold and who will give the shirt off her back to those in need. Jackson isn’t looking forward to reining in Ms. High Society Lori, but the practical accountant in him will do whatever it takes, even if he hates every moment of working with her. Or so he tells himself…ha, deep down, Jackson is attracted to Lori. But can he let go of his lust long enough to find her a husband?

Off to a horse farm, Lori and Jackson hide out from the gold diggers, staying with Virginia, a recent widow in need of funds to keep open her farm that helps disabled children. There is also Maria, an employee, who thinks Lori can’t hack the hard farm work. But Lori proves her wrong. Jackson and Lori are followed to the farm by royalty, one Duke Geoffrey Taylor, who’s vying for the title of Lori’s husband, but who soon discovers he likes Maria much better and reveals a secondary plot in TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS.

Leanne Banks has provided readers with another rip-roaring romance that is witty and charming right from the first page. The chemistry between Lori and Jackson sizzles and entertains, while the intriguing plot will keep readers laughing out loud. TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS is related to other previous releases by Ms. Banks, including WHEN SHE’S BAD and SOME GIRLS DO, but can be read as a standalone.

Sexy and sassy, TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS should be put to the top of your book-buying list.

Patti Fischer

Monday, March 30, 2009

Book Giveaway: Lord of the Forest by Dawn Thompson


"Pagan revelers dance naked to the music of flute and lyre, their bodies golden in the firelight, inviting the lord of their deepest desires to appear from the shadows. Marius soon comes, his tall, muscular body changing in the dark of the moon - is he man or animal? Or the best of both? Only Linnea, the beautiful goddess of the hunt, shall see his true self. His ultimate transformation will ensnare her - and his matchless erotic skill will ensure her amorous surrender. Retreating to a hidden bower of pleasure, they are at last alone. And Marius brings her to the heights of sexual ecstasy...again and again and again... "

As many of us know, Dawn Thompson passed away a little over a year ago. It made me wonder about authors we no longer hear from...whether they passed away or just stopped writing.

Who do you miss? Post away for a chance to win a copy of Lord of the Forest! I announce the winner later in the week.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

RRTErotic Reviews have posted!!



RRTErotic - Issue 28, Volume 1 – March 2009

In this issue, we have 26 new reviews for your enjoyment. (Quick List of new reviews)

The Contest at RRTErotic has changed and gotten more fun. In addition to giving away one Samhain eBook per month, courtesy of Samhain Publishing we will be giving away a book a week starting on April 3.

For those who entered the February Contest please enter again. A hard drive crash ate all of my email and I no longer have access to the contest entriesWe will also be drawing one name for the Samhain Publishing Contest.Just click on the CONTEST page for information on entering the random drawings!

Single Titles (101 plus pages)

Anthology ReviewsTEXAS MEN – Delilah Devlin – Phillipa – Anthology Contemporary Romance
TOTAL SURRENDER – Cheyenne McCray – Jennifer – Anthology Contemporary Romance
Contemporary ReviewsCARAMEL KISSES – TJ Michaels – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance
RIDING THE LINE – Kate Pearce – Holly – Contemporary Romance
SOMETHING ABOUT POLLY – Barbara Elsborg – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance
THE BIKINI DIARIES – Lacey Alexander – Holly – Contemporary Romance
THE FAMILY JEWELS – Carole Hart – Deborah – Contemporary Romance
UNFAIR ADVANTAGE – Qwillia Rain – Diablo Blanco Club – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance
UNRAVELED – Jaci Burton – Jennell – Contemporary Romance
WHEN IN RIO – Delphine Dryden – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance
Historical Reviews
THE CLUB - Sharon Page – Jennifer - Historical Romance

Paranormal Reviews
A VAMPIRE’S CLAIM – Joey W. Hill – Allegra – Paranormal Romance
A WITCH’S BEAUTY – Joey W. Hill – Courtney – Paranormal Romance
HIGHLAND HEAT – Tilly Greene – Jennifer – Paranormal Romance
TANTALIZING TILLY – Amarinda Jones – Jennifer – Paranormal Romance
Science Fiction Reviews
BRIDE REBORN – Solange Ayre – Jennifer – Sci-Fi Romance
Time Travel RomanceTHREADS OF DESTINY – N.J. Walters – Tapestries, Book 4 – Lori – Time Travel Romance

Short Stories (50 to 100 pages)

Contemporary ReviewsFOREVER, I DO – Koko Brown & Taige Crenshaw – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance – Short
JANE’S WILD WEEKEND – Delilah Devlin – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance – Short
MILE HIGH TO HEAVEN – Angela Guillaume – Holly – Contemporary Romance – Short
REDESIGNING ADELE – Talya Bosco – Lori – Contemporary Romance – ShortTHE THING ABOUT COWBOYS – Ciana Stone – Sexplorations, Book 2 – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance – Short
UNEXPECTED CONTROL – Ann Jacobs – Club Rio Brava, Book 3 – Jennifer – Contemporary Romance – Short

Fantasy ReviewsDRAGON BY DAY – Daisy Dexter Dobbs – Jennifer – Fantasy Romance – Short

Futuristic ReviewsEX FACTOR – Anh Leod – Sweet Series – Jennifer – Futuristic Romance – Short

Paranormal ReviewsPLEASURE ISLAND – Michelle M. Pillow and Mandy M. Roth – Lori – Paranormal Romance – Short

Friday, March 27, 2009

Q&A with Kelli Wilkins!!!



1. Tell us about your newest release.
My newest release is Naughty Nobles, an anthology of three historical-fantasy novellas (A Most Unusual Princess, The Dark Lord, and A Midsummer Night’s Delights). Two of the stories in the collection (A Most Unusual Princess and The Dark Lord) were winners in the Amber Heat writing contest, and A Midsummer Night’s Delights was a November 2008 Amber Heat best-seller.

Although each story falls into the historical-fantasy genre, they’re very different in heat level and overall tone. A Most Unusual Princess is light and funny and introduces us to Princess Elara and Dalton. (Their adventures continue in the book’s two sequels, Dalton’s Temptation - http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/DaltonsTemptation.html
and The Pauper Prince - http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PauperPrince.html.)
The Dark Lord is a mysterious, Gothic-style romance that takes place in a secluded castle in the Carpathian Mountains. A Midsummer Night’s Delights (http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidsummerNightsDelights.html
is the hottest novella in the collection, and explores sexual taboos and secret desires. I’m pleased to say that each book received great reviews!

Each romance has been released as an individual ebook (and are still sold separately) but now readers can own them all in a paperback version. Naughty Nobles was released on March 9 by Amber Quill Press. The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/NaughtyNobles.html


2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been writing stories. When I was in high school I wrote short stories and plays for fun and I took a lot of creative writing classes. After college I took a series of Commercial Writing courses and learned a lot. The classes were great experiences because I received a lot of helpful advice and feedback.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
I’m always thinking of new ideas for stories. I have entire folders of ideas just waiting to be developed. (I have more ideas for stories than I have time to write them!) I find ideas everywhere – while driving, watching people at the store, from overheard conversations… usually something catches my attention and I let my mind wander, to see where the ideas take me.
For example, my December 2008 release, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover, came about because I wanted to write a story about a vampire who falls in love – at the beach! (The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/ConfessionsVampiresLover.html


4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have two quirks. One is that I write in several genres, including romance and horror. Some people can’t quite understand how I’m able to write romances one minute, then create spooky horror stories the next. (I like to think that one half of my brain writes the horror and the other half writes the romance.) I’ve also written dozens of sci fi stories and four non-fiction books, so I pretty much write everything.
My other quirk is that I write everything in longhand. Every short story and novel all start out on paper, then I revise and edit them as I type them up.

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I thought I knew all about my characters before I started writing The Pauper Prince and A Midsummer Night’s Delights – but I was wrong! One thing I learned while writing those stories was that characters can surprise you and take the story in a different direction. I outline my books and stories before I start writing them, so I was surprised to discover a different side to Prince Allan (The Pauper Prince ) and Julian (A Midsummer Night’s Delights). Another thing I learned was that I had to turn off my “internal editor” when it came to writing some of the more detailed same-gender love scenes in each book.

6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I’ve been reading since I was very young, so I’d have to say that every book I’ve read has influenced me in some way. Some authors are great examples of voice, mood, or tone, while others are excellent with details, plot, or characters. I think the more you read (in any genre) the more you learn what works in a story and what doesn’t.

7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My family is very supportive. My husband loves reading my romances and I have a good friend who gives me feedback and suggestions on rough drafts.

8. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you, writing wise?
I’m working on a few new romances, (a paranormal/comedy, two spicy shorts, and a futuristic fantasy) plus outlining a horror/thriller novel – in addition to writing a few horror stories. I’ve been toying with the idea for a sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Delights, but I haven’t started plotting in that direction – yet.

Thanks for the chat! It’s always great to visit and share my thoughts. Readers can visit my website (http://www.kelliwilkins.com/) to catch up on all my writings, read interviews, book reviews, and sign up for my free newsletter, Kelli’s Quill.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Winner of Practice Makes Perfect is....



Congrats to Aromagik aka Lindy!!!!!

Please email me at
pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info by April 12th!

A Perfect 10: FIRST COMES MARRIAGE by Marty Balogh


FIRST COMES MARRIAGE - Mary Balogh
A Perfect 10
The Huxtables, Book 1
A Perfect 10
Dell
ISBN: 978-0-440-24422-6
March 2009
Historical Romance

Regency England: Shropshire, Hampshire, and London

The small village of Throckbridge in Shropshire is all agog when its most prominent citizen, Sir Humphrey Dew, invites a titled visitor to attend the town's first ever Saint Valentine's Day assembly. No one imagines what it could be that brings the handsome viscount to town, least of all the children of their late vicar.

Margaret, the eldest Huxtable, promised their father to care for her sisters, Vanessa and Katherine, and their brother, Stephen, until Stephen reaches his majority. She'd already taken on the duties of mother and managing the household years ago. Margaret is quite talented at pinching pennies and stretching pounds. The Huxtables are a loving family; the younger ones appreciate the sacrifices Margaret is making to raise them. Still a great beauty at five and twenty, she has turned down all offers of marriage, even that of her true love. Twenty year-old Katherine teaches infant classes at the local school and is a dreamer who writes stories and poetry. Vanessa, now twenty-four, is a widow of eighteen months. She lives with her late husband's family, the Dews (she had been married to Sir Humphrey's younger son only a year before losing him to consumption), but visits the Huxtable cottage most every day. Nessie, as she is called by her intimates, may be the only Huxtable without the family good looks, but she's well loved by all for her cheerful personality. With three doting sisters, handsome face and charm, one might think seventeen-year-old Stephen would be thoroughly spoiled, but he's a fine young man with plans to better his life and pay back all he owes to Margaret and the others. Vanessa is the heroine of this first novel of four starring the Huxtables.

Elliott Wallace, Viscount Lyngate, is about to change the lives of the four Huxtables forever, but in the meantime, he reluctantly lets his good friend and secretary George Bowen persuade him to attend the local assembly, where his presence creates a sensation. Everyone is thrilled at his condescension...everyone, that is, but Vanessa, who considers him top lofty and arrogant. Yet she is the only one Lyngate dances with before taking refuge in the card room. Lyngate, on his part, wonders why he'd chosen the thin, drab one to dance with...but her dazzling smile makes her almost pretty.

The next day, Lyngate visits the Huxtables to inform Stephen that he is the new Earl of Melton, owner of Warren Hall in Hampshire and several lesser properties. He also states that he, Lyngate, is his guardian and that he expects them to move immediately to Warren Hall.

I've awarded FIRST COMES MARRIAGE a Perfect 10 mainly for its wonderful characterization, but also for its riveting plot. It starts off with a moving prologue that cannot fail to entrap any reader. Then, in chapter one, Ms. Balogh's quick sketches of the people and the town bring them all vividly to life. The rest of the novel follows the Huxtables as they ready themselves to join Society while remaining true to themselves. As for the relationship between Vanessa and the viscount, two more mismatched people are hard to imagine, yet even as they rub each other the wrong way, a strange attraction persists.

All the Huxtables are immensely likable, and Lyngate becomes so as well, but FIRST COMES MARRIAGE is rich in secondary characters. There is one so intriguing that I don't want to spoil your enjoyment by saying too much. just watch for Con and try to decide about him for yourselves if you can.

I highly recommend you read FIRST COMES MARRIAGE. It will be followed in consecutive months by Katherine's tale in THEN COMES SEDUCTION in April, Margaret's tale in AT LAST COMES LOVE in May, and Stephen's story, SEDUCING AN ANGEL in June.

Jane Bowers

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Q & A with Jamaica Layne!!!










1. Tell us about your newest release.


I actually have a bunch of new releases out right now. I'm writing for a new erotica epublisher, Ravenous Romance (http://www.ravenousromance.com/), and I had several new books release as part of that publisher's launch. My titles there include KNIGHT MOVES, a time-travel paranormal erotica which has become a top seller; A CAPITOL AFFAIR, a contemporary erotic "naughty" romance that explores the sexual underworld of Washington DC, and includes a healthy dose of BDSM; two erotica short story anthologies which I edited---POWER PLAYS and EXPERIMENTAL, and VITAL SIGNS Vol. 1: I've Been A Naughty Nurse, which is the first book in what will be a five-book series.

The VITAL SIGNS series is an erotic medical "soap opera" that takes place in and around a community hospital in the rural South. Sort of like a Southern-fried GREY'S ANATOMY, except with more sex.

I also have one erotic novel out in print, MARKET FOR LOVE, which is released by Virgin Cheek/Random House.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Probably from the time I was a little kid. I taught myself to read by age 3, and I was doing creative writing by age seven. I wrote my first play in the third grade, and used neighborhood kids as actors.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?


Really all over the place. I draw a lot from my own life and professional career; I've worked in the financial industry, which was the backdrop for MARKET FOR LOVE. I've also done professional writing and corporate research for the healthcare industry, which helped inspire the VITAL SIGNS series. My parents were big into Renaissance fairs and medieval-history reinactments when I was growing up, and that helped inspire the storyline for KNIGHT MOVES.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Probably that I write every single day, even when it hurts. I'm kind of obsessive about it. If I'm not constantly productive, I feel lazy.

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I'm always surprised by my ability to create storylines. I often start a book with no idea of where the story is going to end up. I just go with the flow. But somehow, the story always ends up working. I get tons of fan mail from readers telling me they can't put my books down, and I think that's partly because I create plots that keep _me_ interested as a writer.

6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get support from many of my fellow authors as we've worked together to develop our careers. Some of those friends from my local writing groups have gone on to be wildly successful. Via my membership in the Backspace writers' organization, I've gotten support and encouragment from none other than Sara Gruen (author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS) John Elder Robison (bestselling author and brother of Augusten Burroughs), Jackie Kessler (author of the bestselling HELL'S BELLES series) and many others. Writers generally are very supportive of each other.

7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

They think it's great. They also think (wrongly) that just because I'm a published author, I must be as rich as Stephen King. That's not the way things work, unfortunately.

8. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

The second volume in the VITAL SIGNS series, tentatively titled "Sex In A Southern City," is due for release this spring at RavenousRomance.com. I'm also working on a variety of projects for the print market.


Thank you! You can learn more about Jamaica Layne by visiting her website or her blog.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Book Giveaway

This is easy. See book below this post Practice Makes Perfect?

I'll give a copy away to one lucky winner!
Deadline is later this week. Post away!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Perfect 10: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT


PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – Julie James
A Perfect 10
Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 978-0-425-22674-2
March 2009
Contemporary Romance

Chicago, Illinois – Present Day

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are attorneys who have been working in the same law office for the past eight years. They are very competitive and antagonistic toward each other. Sarcasm and snide remarks are the order of the day. Payton has been working hard, trying to make partner, but the annoying J.D. is always earlier into the office, and also on the way to a partnership in the firm. Payton and J.D. are called into the boss’s office and assigned to work on a class action lawsuit. The huge company involved in the suit, Gibson’s Drug Stores, is headed up by CEO Jasper Conroy, who has contacted three prestigious law offices trying to decide which office would best fit his lawsuit. Payton and J.D. must work together to retain Gibson’s. Neither is happy with the prospect.

J.D. inherited an expensive car – a Bentley – from his wealthy grandfather, and lives in a beautiful 44th floor apartment overlooking Lake Michigan. Payton was raised by a single mother with little money. J.D. is conservative, Payton is liberal. They are both attractive people bent on success.

Over dinner with their new clients, Payton and J.D. praise each other’s work ethic and strategies. For the first time, they look at each other in a different way, without malice. Jasper and his men are impressed with their arguments in favor of their firm being chosen, but it isn’t long before J.D. insults Payton, and she gives him the silent treatment. Are these two ever going to get along so that they can work together in harmony? And then the crowning blow – they are told only one of them will make partner this year! Things go from bad to worse.

What a fun story! I really enjoyed both Payton and J.D. as they were forced to work together. They are more alike than they realize – both are workaholics determined to succeed; they both have parental problems, and they are both beautiful people climbing the corporate ladder with little time for relationships. The dialogue is excellent, funny, and realistic. Their bantering and insults will make you smile and laugh out loud. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT is a Perfect 10, a light, thoroughly satisfying romance that readers are sure to enjoy.

Marilyn Heyman

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Winner of Blood Bytes is....

....Congrats to MarthaE!!!!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing info.

New releases at Romance Reviews Today!


Contemporary Fiction

SLEEPWALING IN DAYLIGHT – Elizabeth Flock – Marilyn

SUNSET BAY – Susan Mallery – A Perfect 10 – Carolyn



Contemporary Romance

MONTANA CREEDS: DYLAN – Linda Lael Miller – The Montana Creeds, Book 2 – Diana

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – Julie James – A Perfect 10 – Marilyn

TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS – Leanne Banks – Patti



Fantasy
THE MAGICIAN’S APPRENTICE – Trudi Canavan – Kathy

THE SWAN MAIDEN – Jules Watson – A Perfect 10 – Jani



Fantasy Romance

NEW BLOOD – Gail Dayton – Victorian Magic, Book 1 – Lori
THE QUICKENING – Antonia Tiranth – Rikashi Files, Book 1 – Lori



Historical Fiction

THE KING’S GRACE – Anne Easter Smith – Jani

THE SCENT OF SAKI – Joyce Lebra – Jani



Historical Romance
AN AGREEABLE ARRANGEMENT – Shirley Marks – Lisa

BRIDE OF A WICKED SCOTSMAN – Samantha James – Carolyn

FIRE AT MIDNIGHT – Lisa Marie Wilkinson – Robin

FIRST COMES MARRIAGE – Mary Balogh – The Huxtables, Book 1 – A Perfect 10 – Jane

LOVE WITH THE PERFECT SCOUNDREL – Sophia Nash – Widows Club, Book 3 – Lori

MR. DARCY’S DREAM – Elizabeth Aston – Jani
SEDUCED BY YOUR SPELL – Lois Greiman – Jani –w/magical elements

SEDUCING A SCOTTISH BRIDE – Sue Ellen Welfonder – MacKenzies, Book 6 – Lori

SOMEONE LIKE YOU – Leigh Greenwood – Marilyn

TARLETON’S WIFE – Blair Bancroft – Robin
TEMPTED BY HIS KISS – Tracy Anne Warren – Robin

THE ROSE & THE SHIELD – Elaine Barbieri – Marilyn

THE WICKED WAYS OF A TRUE HERO – Barbara Metzger – A Perfect 10 – Jane

VEXING THE VISCOUNT – Emily Bryan – Jane

Mystery

A DANGEORUS AFFAIR – Caro Peacock – Robin – Historical

CREAM PUFF MURDER – Joanne Fluke – Hannah Swenson Mystery series – Diana



Paranormal Romance

CASUAL HEX – Vicki Lewis Thompson – Patti
COYOTE’S MATE – Lora Leigh – Coyote Breeds, Book 2 – Breeds Series, Book 18 – Jennell

EYE WALKER – Barbara Miller – Robin

NIGHT’S PLEASURE – Amanda Ashley – Lisa

RED – Jordan Summers – Dead World, Book 1 – Sinclair

THE ACCIDENTAL HUMAN – Dakota Cassidy – Kathy

THE BETTER TO HOLD YOU – Alisa Sheckley – Lori

THE VAMPIRE’S BRIDE – Gena Showalter – Atlantis, Book 4- Jennifer
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I HAUNT – Terri Garey – Nicki Styx Series, Book 3 – Kathy

ZEN AND THE ART OF VAMPIRES – Katie MacAlister – A Dark Ones Novel, Book 7 – Sinclair



Romantic Mystery/Suspense
DANGER IN A RED DRESS – Christina Dodd – Jane

HOLD BACK THE DARK – Eileen Carr – Allegra

LET ME IN – Donna Kauffman – Robin



Series Romance
CONVENIENT MARRIAGE, INCONVENIENT HUSBAND – Yvonne Lindsey – Deborah – SD# 1923

FRIDAY NIGHT MISTRESS – Jan Colley – Jennifer – SD#1932
IN THE ARGENTINE’S BED – Jennifer Lewis – The Hardcastle Progeny, Book 2 – Patti – SD#1931

LULLABY FOR TWO – Karen Rose Smith – The Baby Expert Series, Book 1 – Jane – SSE #1961

RENEGADE SOLDIER – Pat White – Assignment: The Girl Next Door, Book 2 – Carolyn – HI #1119

THE MORETTIE HEIR – Katherine Garbera – Moretti’s Legacy, Book 1, and Man of the Month series – Patti – SD #1927

TRANSFORMED INTO THE FRENCHMAN’S MISTRESS – Barbara Dunlop – The Hudsons of Beverly Hills, Book 3- Patti – SD #1929


Suspense/Mystery/Thrillers
MADE TO BE BROKEN – Kelley Armstrong – Nadia Stafford Series, Book 2 – Kathy – Suspense

THE BOOK OF LOVE – Kathleen McGowan – The Magdalene Line Series, Book 2 – Marilyn – Christian Esoterica – Thriller


Check them out at www.romrevtoday.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Q&A with BRIGIT ZAHARA!!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!! Here's a perfect book to pick up and read for St Patrick's Day! Brigit Zahara is here to talk about her latest release and what's coming up! Give her a warm welcome!!!


Tell us about your newest release.

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day (March 13th release date), KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE is a sizzling tale about a North American woman's first visit to Ireland and the two hot and hunky Celtic cuties who steal her heart. Steeped in such cultural traditions as the drinking of the "black brew" (Guinness), celebrating St. Patrick's Day in grand style and the meaning behind the ancient Celtic jewelry, the Claddagh ring, KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE mixes laughter, mystical legends and steamy sex to take the reader on one delicious and daring romp..

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Looking back, I see now that I always wrote, even going as far back as elementary school where I recall winning a limerick-writing contest. But realized it as a profession? Probably not until I left my full-time job as an editor to pursue it full-time..

Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

I know it sounds like a bit of a copout but honest to God, they just come to me. Sometimes I see a face or an image and that will get the ball rolling, however I find inspiration is all around me - in the people I meet, the talk of the day, the songs on the radio, the feelings I'm having at any given moment.



What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Hmm. I don't think I have any per se. One thing though (and I'm not sure if this qualifies as a quirk) is that I never plot ahead of time. EVER. It would spoil the fun for me! I have a vague idea of how the story shouwill end but for the most part, I just jump in and start writing, letting the events and characters unfold on their own.



What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Wow, what a great question! I think what surprises (and delights) me the most is the way the story just comes and takes over. Often it feels like I'm not the one creating it, rather I'm just the one typing it :)


What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Oh gosh. So many made me love words - that's for sure. Old classic romances like F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY and of course, all of the Bronte sisters' works such as WUTHERING HEIGHTS and JANE EYRE. I don't know if, at the time, they made me want to be a writer but their words really resonated with me. They still do.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My husband is my biggest fan. He has always been a supportive and encouraging cheerleader in all areas of my life, but most especially when it comes to my writing.


Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

With pleasure! I have several more quickies coming out this year - I say more, because I have already enjoyed the release of two since January. Here's the 2009 lineup thus far - but I expect to add at least four or five more titles to the following list :

LOLLIPOP KINGS (Feb)- ; KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE (Mar); CHOCOLATE CRAVING (April); PAPAYA PARADISE (May): HOTTER THAN JULY (July); CREAMY DELIGHTS (August) STICKUP (December- Caveman Anthologies)


Thank you, Brigit!

Readers, you can purchase KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE at Ellora's Cave by clicking here.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Chats this week...including VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON!

Vicki Lewis Thompson chat

Date: Wednesday March 18, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122
Notes: Vicki Lewis Thompson joins us to discuss her book, CASUAL HEX. Door prize: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of CASUAL HEX. Moderated by CrazyMo.

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Thursday March 19th is the regularly scheduled chat with the Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Authors ( IWOFA.NET )

Chat begins at 9:00 PM Eastern Time in the RRT chat room
Author guests are unknown at this time.

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Friday night March 20th, chat with Patti beginning at 9:30 PM Eastern Time in the RRT Chat room where we chat about anything as we kick the week off. Book giveaway is TBD.

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Saturday night March 21 is Minx's monthly chat night in Minx's chat room beginning at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

SEE LINK ABOVE FOR ALL CHAT ROOMS

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Print Book Giveaway: BLOOD BYTES by Susan Phelan!


BLOOD BYTES by Susan Phelan
Genre: Paranormal/Vampire
Length: Novel

Read more about BLOOD BYTES by going to author's site at http://www.susanphelan.com/


It’s New York City, way way in the future and many things have changed such as the legalization of sex for hire and the popularity of the undead in the world’s oldest profession. Conversely, the unreliability of males, immortal or human, remains a constant, or at least that’s what Detective Tess Monterey has deduced after a particularly painful breakup with her partner and secret lover on the Force.

While investigating an apparent sex slaying, Tess’ trail leads to Blood Bytes-the city’s only online vampire escort agency and its most sought-after supernatural stud, Devante Matiero. The last person to see the victim alive, Matiero quickly rises to the top of Tess’ most wanted list and in more ways than one.

Struggling to put the past behind her, Tess wades through a series of suspects and clues, along with her own distracting desires, desperately trying to close the case while holding onto her new-found stay-away-from-love conviction.

But as she is destined to discover, things are not always as they appear.


Interested? Post away and tell us why you want this book.
Winner will be announced later this week.

Winners! We have winners!

First off, the Fictionwise $20 giftcard winner is......JANE!!

The second winner, for the Joanne Rock Harlequin Blaze is.....MINDY!!

Congratulations ladies! Email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com to claim your prize!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

March Blaze Giveaway!


ALWAYS READY by Joanne Rock is the title of this March Harlequin Blaze. It's part of the Uniformly Hot series. You can read more about ALWAYS READY by going to Joanne Rock's website at http://www.joannerock.com/


Post away and one winner will be drawn Sunday night!


Note: the Fictionwise gift certificate winner will also be announced Sunday night.

What's everyone reading?

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Let's hear about what you're reading!!! You just might interest someone in a new author or book. Anyone reading ebooks this week in honor of Ebook Week?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Q&A with JULIE JAMES!!!!


1. Tell us about your newest release.

JJ: Let me start first by saying how excited I am to be here! I'm thrilled to have this chance to talk about my newest release, Practice Makes Perfect. It's a contemporary romance about two career-driven lawyers who work for the same firm. They can't stand each other and have fought behind the scenes for eight years. But when they're forced to work together to land a big client, they're surprised to find a powerful attraction behind all their animosity. Any opportunity to explore these feelings is put to end, however, when they learn that only one of them will be named partner--and they both vow to fight it out to the end. It's a battle-of-the-sexes story with plenty of verbal sparring between two people who *think* they're total opposites. And we all know what they say about opposites. . ..


2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

JJ: It took me awhile to figure that out. I'm a lawyer, and I spent several years practicing at a large firm in Chicago before I even began to think about writing. But somewhere along the way, I came up with what I thought was a good idea for a romantic comedy film. So in my spare time, I wrote a screenplay. Having no idea whether it was any good, I started querying agents and managers in Hollywood. The screenplay was well-received, and I signed with an agent who optioned the script to a producer. I wrote a second script, which was also optioned. After that happened, I began to think about writing as a career. I thought about it for a long time (during which I wrote three more screenplays), and then ultimately decided to quit my job to write full-time. It was a nerve-wracking decision, but happily one that I've never regretted.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

JJ: Because I write lawyer heroines (so far, at least), the ideas are very, very loosely based on my own experiences. Something will happen to me, and that will spark this tiny "what-if" flame, a "Hmm... now what if this happened, and then that happened, and then that?..." kind of thing. Practice Makes Perfect is a good example of that. I came up with the idea for the book while still working at my firm. In my group there was another associate, a man, who was the same year as me. We both worked hard and were "on the right track," and I often thought about what would happen when we came up for partner-- my group had never before made two people partner in the same year. With all that musing, my over-active imagination began to run wild, and I came up with the idea of two lawyers who battle it out "War of the Roses"-style before figuring out that there's a much deeper attraction between them.


4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

JJ: Ooh. . . good question. Maybe that all my heroes, so far, have "J" names? Or that all my heroines have strong, gender-neutral names? (Taylor, Payton, etc.) In terms of the writing process itself, maybe that I come up with a playlist of music that I think goes with the tone of my book and I listen to those songs whenever I'm having trouble getting the right "feel" of a scene.


5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

JJ: How real the characters become. I write very strong-willed characters, and they sometimes do things that I don't expect. What's been most surprising is that they sometimes do and say things I don't want them to. There were times when writing my first book, Just the Sexiest Man Alive, that the movie-star hero (who's a little cocky, to say the least) would say things and I'd think, "I can't believe he just said that." But if it felt true to his character, I'd write it down. Similarly, with Practice Makes Perfect, there were times when both the hero and heroine would do something in their quest to one-up the other and I'd think, "OMG, he/she can't do that!" But if it felt real and consistent with their character, I'd put it in the book.


6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

JJ: Definitely Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is probably my favorite book, and for me it really sets the bar for witty, make-you-sigh romance with a wonderfully smart, sassy heroine. Another writer who has influenced me is Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), again for his ability to mix humor, drama, an incredibly strong heroine, and one of the most romantic love stories on television. (Pause for dreamy sigh for Angel...) And the earlier films of M. Night Shyamalan, who has a great talent for conveying emotion subtly through dialogue.


7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

JJ: All of my friends and family have been wonderfully supportive of my writing career--especially my husband. Since he's also a lawyer, I often bounce story and character ideas off him. He's also the first person I show my screenplays and manuscripts to, and boy, is he ever my toughest critic! If I make it past him, I feel pretty good about what I've written.


8. Can you tell us about what's coming up next for you writing-wise?

JJ: I've just finished writing the first draft of my third book for Berkley/Penguin and I'm really excited about it! It's about a female Assistant U.S. Attorney who by chance witnesses a high-profile murder involving a U.S. Senator. The FBI agent assigned to the investigation is a man from her past that she doesn't get along with. The proverbial sparks fly as the two of them work together on the case, and even more so when it turns out that the killer might be after her. It's another romantic comedy set in Chicago, although I do sneak in a thrill or two with this one.


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Thank you, Julie! Have any questions for Julie? She's going to be stopping by and answering any that you have.


Learn more about Julie James by visiting her website at http://www.juliejamesbooks.com/Site/Julie_James_-_Author.html
Practice Makes Perfect is now available for purchase at your favorite bookstore.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chats this week at Romance Reviews Today!

Spring Pictures, Images and Photos

Mo's Book Buzz:

Elle Amery chat

Date: Wednesday March 11, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: http://client0.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122
Notes: Elle Amery joins us to discuss her Ravenous Romance, TALLY'S GIFT. Door Prize: One lucky winner will receive a free e-copy of SAVING SOPHIE. Moderated by KatBos.


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RRT Chat on Friday night begins at 9:30PM eastern time in the RRT Chat room. See link above, but go into the RRTChat room.

One lucky winner will win a copy of TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Kristan Higgins.
Chat will be hosted by Mo for a one night, unbelievable experience. :)

Monday, March 09, 2009

A Perfect 10: MONTANA CREEDS: LOGAN by Linda Lael Miller


MONTANA CREEDS: LOGAN – Linda Lael Miller
A Perfect 10
The Montana Creeds
– Book 1
HQN
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-77353-4
ISBN-10: 0-373-77353-6
February 2009
Contemporary Romance

Stillwater Springs, Montana – Present Day

Logan Creed is going to change his family’s destiny – and their image. His father, Jake, was a hard working logger, but he was also a drunk and a womanizer. Jake married three women, who each bore him a son; Logan is the eldest, Dylan and Tyler are second and third. The boys grew up full of uncertainty and anger that finally culminated into an explosion on the day of Jake’s funeral, and in the end, each went his separate way, vowing never to speak to the others again. These three boys were restless, and they still are.

Logan managed to make it through law school after his rodeo days; Dylan and Tyler are still out there, running from something. But now Logan has come home on a mission. After visiting his cousins, the McKettricks, in Arizona, Logan is back to set things right on his own spread. He can’t change his family’s disreputable past, but he sure as hell can make the future of the Creed name a good one. Logan wants to prove to everyone, and to himself most of all, that the Creed name stands right up there with the proud McKettricks.

Stillwater Springs Ranch is in serious disrepair, but one thing Logan Creed has more than enough of is money. So far though, his riches haven’t bought him one lick of happiness. This old house has stood through the last eight generations of Creeds growing up, and the least he can do is fix the place up and set it to rights. Logan hasn't been in town a whole day before his grandmother, Cassie, shows up on his front porch, warning him that the first item on his agenda had better be making peace with his brothers. Logan knows he has to call Dylan and Tyler, but right now the hardest thing for him to do is pick up that cell phone. He’s convinced they won’t take his call.

Briana Grant wants nothing to do with any rodeo man, and the handsome Logan Creed is trouble with a capital “T.” Her sons, Josh and Alec, are enamored of the man. Josh immediately clicked into the Internet to check Logan out after their brief meeting in the Creed family cemetery, and it didn't take the boy long to inform tell her that Logan Creed is indeed a real cowboy, a rodeo star. That doesn't mean a thing to Briana. Her ex-husband, Vance, rides the circuit, and as far as she's concerned, there isn't one rodeo cowboy who knows the true meaning of the word commitment. She divorced Vance after he left her and the boys standing in front of the Stillwater Springs Wal-Mart two years ago. They had no clothes, no money, and nowhere to go, but thanks to Dylan Creed, they now have a house to call home. His brother, Logan, however, has to prove himself before Briana will trust him.

MONTANA CREEDS: LOGAN is a novel that ranks right up there with the best! Logan's story is a heartwarming and romantic tale about two people who have both been beaten down by life and are wary of its pitfalls. Even though Logan has all the money he could ever need, he still has to find a way to mend the past with his brothers and bring his family together. He’s looking to settle down, fix up the ranch, and raise a family, and Briana fits right into that plan. Briana, however, just wants to make a good life for her sons, but her job in a local casino barely pays enough to make ends meet. And Vance is always late on the child support, if he pays it at all. The final straw comes when Vance informs her that he’s coming to see the boys and “stay” awhile. How dare he think he can move in on their world? All he will do is break her, Josh's and Alec's hearts once again, and she’ll be left to pick up the pieces when he leaves, just as she always has.

Lots of secondary characters make up the pages of LOGAN: his grandmother, Cassie; Brianna’s ex-husband, Vance Grant; Jim Huntinghorse, Brianna’s boss; local Sheriff, Floyd Book; and troublemaker, Brett Turlow. Logan’s brother, Dylan, is seen at a distance, and there are some wonderful animal characters too. Briana's dog, Wanda, and Logan's pooch, Sidekick, steal several scenes along with latecomer to the story, Snookums.

Logan and Briana both have a multitude of problems to work out, but amid all the setbacks and even a bit of danger, they walk toward their future in this dynamic story. MONTANA CREEDS: LOGAN is the first of a trilogy about the McKettrick cousins, the Creed brothers. Each book is named MONTANA CREEDS with a brother's name. The month of March brings us Dylan's story, and April brings us Tyler's.

MONTANA CREEDS: LOGAN is one book you will not put down! The pages are filled with romance, passion, adventure, and mystery, and you will not stop reading until the final exciting page, which leaves you anxiously pacing for the next book! This one’s a Perfect 10!

Diana Risso

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Celebrate "Read An E-book Week" and a giveaway!


I can remember reading my first ebook years ago and marveling at how it could be electronically sent and I, the reader, could read it on my computer. For the most part, that is how I got introduced to the steamy side of romance. :) I'm sure I'm not the only one. Today I have a Kindle and a large E-Book library.

This week to celebrate Read An E-Book Week, the Romance Reviews Today blog is going to have a special giveaway.

A $20 gift certificate to Fictionwise, where one lucky winner can have fun shopping for E-Books!

To enter (one per person, please) all you need to do is post and answer this question: What do you see as the future for E-Books?

Friday, March 06, 2009

Q&A with DARA ENGLAND!!!


1. Tell us about your newest release.

Brought to Life is something like a modern day fairytale. It’s the story
of a woman who falls so deeply in love with a fictional duke from another
century that she begins to believe she has brought him to life. This is
not only my debut novel from Lyrical Press but it’s is also the first time
I’ve any of my novel-length works published.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Writing appealed to me from a very early age. I started out creating
picture books before I could write many words and continued writing as I
grew older. I must have been around thirteen when I realized this would
definitely be my career and not just a hobby. I remember reading S.E.
Hinton’s The Outsiders and thinking I wanted to write a book and have it
published at an even younger age than she did. Sadly that didn’t happen
and I wouldn’t be published for many years yet.

3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

Most of it comes straight from my imagination. Occasionally I’ll have an
interesting dream and feel inspired to put it down on paper. I’m also very
inspired by history. Sometimes I think nothing we can dream up to write
about could be more fascinating than all that has already been recorded in
the history books.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure that I have many quirks. I just sit down and let the words
flow over the keyboard. Once in awhile I’ll lie back and shut my eyes in
order to visualize a scene more perfectly. Then after a few moments of
thought I’m back to tapping at that keyboard.

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in
creating your books
?

That I could finish a story. I spent years revising old works and never
actually finishing any of them. I was beginning to think it was impossible
for me to finish anything but short stories. It took awhile for me to
acquire the discipline to keep pushing on.

6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a
writer?


There are many people who have been a huge help to me. (I’m still trying
to figure out which ones I’ve probably forgotten to mention on the
Acknowledgements page of Brought to Life.) *Laughs*

I guess I would have to begin with Mom. She was one of those parents who
lie to their kids about their talent to encourage them. *Laughs* She would
tell me how wonderful all of my writing was and I would bring her scraps
of different things I was working on. It didn’t dawn on me until I had
kids of my own that I really hadn’t been a particularly brilliant writer
as a kid. Mom’s just like to encourage.

I also have a close friend (and cousin) named Sarah who has been a
tremendous encouragement to me. We’re something like critique partners and
she’s usually the first one (and often the only one) to see my works in
progress.

I also belong to several wonderful writers forums and have many friends
both in person and online who support and inspire me.


7. What does your family think about your career as a published
author?


Everyone is supportive—especially my sweet husband who works so hard so
that I can stay home with our babies and write.

8. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I’m actually working on several projects right now. There’s a high fantasy
novel I’m trying to finish off and a historical/paranormal romance I’m
hoping to pawn off on the unsuspecting publishing world. *Winks* I have
yet another historical/paranormal romance in mind but that one’s little
more than an idea at this point. If only I had as much time on my hands as
I have ideas…



Thank you, Dara! Readers can learn more about Dara England by visiting her website at http://www.daraenglandauthor.com/
Check out the book and where to buy it by clicking this link.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Winner of Sultry Summer Fun is.....




...Congrats to poster #10....DEBORAH

Please email me at
pattifischer@yahoo.com with your mailing information by March 15th!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Spotlight Review- EVIL WITHOUT A FACE by Jordan Dane


EVIL WITHOUT A FACE – Jordan Dane
Sweet Justice Series – Book 1
Avon
ISBN: 978-0-06-147412-5
February 2009
Suspense

Russia; Alaska and Colorado, United States – Present Day

At his home in Providenya, Russia, the old man, pretending to be teenager Ivana Noskova from Chicago, types a message to just one more spoiled American teenager, encouraging her to run away from home...

Seventeen-year-old Nikki Archer has her duffel bag just about packed. She’s hidden it in the closet and she’s ready to leave the house for good. She and her new on-line friend, Ivana, have Nikki’s escape out of Alaska planned down to the tiniest detail. Nikki can’t wait to get away from her controlling mother, Susannah. And even Ivana’s father has agreed to help her run away to a better life in Chicago. Nikki will board a plane in Anchorage and then fly straight to Chicago where Mr. Noskova and Ivana will meet her. And, Mr. Noskova has even arranged an appointment with his friend at a top modeling agency! Nikki will have a new job and a new life, far away from the clutches of her mother.

Fugitive Recovery Agent Jessica Beckett just missed capturing scumbag Lucas Baker – again. The man left her pretty beat up after she fell out of his speeding van, but Jessica got away with his laptop, a major coup. Baker’s whole life, or at least his sleazy activities, will be inside the electronic files. Now all she has to do is keep her ill-gotten booty away from the cops until she has time to crack the hard drive. Should be a piece of cake for her new assistant, Seth Harper. The kid is a computer geek and an absolute genius. Jessica has been trying to nail Lucas Baker for some time. She’s positively certain Baker is involved in a sex slavery ring. She wants to put him out of business for good, maybe even learn whom he takes his orders from. Jessica has too many vivid memories that pound at her consciousness day after day. These horrific memories of her own abduction and being a prisoner for the twisted pleasure of another are the catalysts that keep her in relentless pursuit of these evildoers. The incident that marked the rest of her life occurred when she was very young, but out of the experience, Jessica found her friend Sam, who was there to help her escape the evil kidnapper.

Samantha Cooper is now a Vice Detective in the Chicago Police Department. She’s aiming for a promotion to Homicide, and the trouble her friend Jessica gets into isn’t going to get her there anytime soon. Not if she has to cross her superiors one too many times to help Jessica out of her ongoing dilemmas. But their friendship goes back to childhood, and Sam can’t refuse Jessica. She will stand by her, no matter what.

Payton Archer, former pro-football player for the Chicago Bears, lives his life from day to day in Alaska, mostly in a drunken haze. But Payton would do anything for his sister Susannah and her daughter, Nikki. When he learns about Nikki's disappearance, Payton is beside himself after several agonizing hours with no word of his niece's fate. But with the discovery that Nikki has flown on a jet out of Anchorage and is bound for Chicago, Payton and his friend, Joseph Tanu, a retired Alaska State Trooper, are on their way across the United States to find her.

EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is a spine tingling tale of suspense, and details the horrendous crimes of people who prey on innocent children. Jessica Beckett relives her own childhood abduction every hour of every day, fighting nightmares that plague her constantly. She’s on a mission. As a bounty hunter, Jessica has vowed to put each and every scumbag who deals in human flesh behind bars, even if she has to break the law to do it. And when she unwittingly stumbles upon an international ring of flesh peddlers and connects them to Nikki Archer's disappearance, Jessica is determined to find Nikki before it’s too late.

This thrilling novel is the playground for many secondary characters. These lively people, some sinister and some innocent, all bring the tiniest details into a web of an intricately woven story. The criminals who are behind an organization called Globe Harvest, Ivan Krylov and Stanislav Petrovin, are just the tip of the iceberg in a huge ring of flesh peddlers. Alexa Marlow, an avenging angel from a watchdog group called The Sentinels, is on hand to help Jessica, even though Jessica is unaware of her presence most of the time. Payton and Jessica strike up a friendship which later becomes a romance, giving us new insights into Jessica’s horrendous past. This story is at times gruesome, and the pages deal with the frightening scenarios that often befall missing children, so squeamish readers should be warned.

All in all, EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is a splendid thriller and the first novel in a new series by suspense author Jordan Dane. Book two in The Sweet Justice Series comes to us in November 2009: THE WRONG SIDE OF DEAD. Even though some of the subject matter in EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is hard to deal with, I am looking forward to the next book in this fabulous new adventure series. The main characters, Jessica and Payton, have left us wondering where their relationship is going, and I can’t wait to see what becomes of Jessica’s friend Samantha and her geeky new assistant, the man-of-many-mysteries, Seth Harper.

You don’t want to miss EVIL WITHOUT A FACE!

Diana Risso

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mo's Book Buzz Chat on Wednesday night!

Title: Karen Hulene Bartell chat

Date: Wednesday March 4, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: http://clientO.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=102122
Notes: Karen Hulene Bartell joins us to discuss her time travel book, Untimely Partners. Door prize: TBA. Moderated by CrazyMo.

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Reminders for the rest of week:

Friday on the blog is author Dara England
Friday night RRT chat is open chat, but Patti's March Harlequin Blazes arrived..... :) Chat begins at 9:30PM eastern time in the RRT chat room (see link above)

Finally, what do you think about this poor cat?


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Monday, March 02, 2009

Spotlight Review: SUBMISSION by Cherie Feather


SUBMISSION - Cherie Feather
Berkley
ISBN: 978-0-425-22368-0
February 2009
Erotic Contemporary Romance

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Present day

In 1913, a young woman journeyed to Santa Fe with her ill father, trying to ease the pain of consumption and improve his health. They spend their first few days at Curtis House, a beautiful hotel run by the dark, dangerous Javier Curtis.


Kiki Dion has agreed to go to a party at Curtis House, now owned by Ethan Tierney. Her friend Amber has warned her what to expect, a man seeped in BDSM, orgies and all kinds of sexual shenanigans, who happens to love redheads. Lucky for Kiki, she's a natural redhead and has had a hankering for some different types of sex lately; right now she often thinks about orgies. Just the thought is enough to get her off, and when Ethan offers to set one up for them to watch, Kiki is aroused but nervous. But before the trio can begin, Kiki gets the feeling something or someone is watching, and is scared out of her wits and runs away.


Nicole is told by her friend Lenore La Shay that Javier likes the type of sex Nicole has never even heard about, but most of all he wants her. Can Nicole trade her innocence for someone who can pay the bills for her ill father? Lenore advises her to hold out for marriage, nothing less.


Ethan can't get Kiki out of his mind, as a Dominant he longs to make her his submissive, and knows just the ways he wants to make himself her master. When he goes to her place of work and invites her back to his house, she clearly understands what will happen, but apparently the needs of her body overrule her brain, and she finds herself doing things she's only read about. Then Ethan tells her about Nicole West and Javier Curtis, and the letters Nicole wrote about the innocent virgin and the man who wanted her enough to marry her. As a historian for the Santa Fe Women's Art Museum, she is drawn to the drama and history of the letters Ethan went to great lengths to find and return to the house where it all happened. For every sexual antic, Kiki is allowed to read another chapter in Nicole and Javier's story.

At Ethan's request, Kiki moves into the Curtis House for two weeks of no-holds-barred sexual play. As Ethan introduces to her to different types of sex play, Kiki starts to feel the presence of Nicole in the house. Are Nicole and Javier trying to reconnect after the way their relationship ended? Can Kiki stop any tender feelings for Ethan, and is Ethan just a man sating his sexual needs in every perverse way he can imagine?


Well, if you have ever wanted to learn about SUBMISSION, Cherie Feather has surely written a book that will open your eyes. I have read just a few books with fairly light bondage, but SUBMISSION goes all the way. Written from Kiki and Ethan's point of view, we struggle to understand why Kiki feels the need to satisfy Ethan's Dominant games, and how she at first is hesitant, but then fully embraces every new scenario he brings up. I love the integration of Nicole and Javier's story, and how an innocent young woman enters a sexual world she never dreamed of.


Cleverly interwoven, the story of Nicole and Javier is so similar to Kiki and Ethan it's as though their story is being repeated. Lenore is Nicole's friend who brought Nicole and Javier together, and Amber is Kiki's friend, who brings her and Ethan together. As you might guess, a book on bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism has few other characters other than the main ones.


SUBMISSION is, believe me, not for the faint of heart. Descriptive sexual acts featuring everything connected with BDSM is clearly portrayed. If you love this kind of sexual excitement, or just want to find out about it, this is the book that will answer all your questions...and then some. Enjoy SUBMISSION, if you dare!


CeCe Johns

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Chase away the winter blahs....with a print book giveaway!!!

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My brain is a tad dead after the weekend, but hey, it's time for a book giveaway post!

I know some of you will be getting snow, so I thought the picture is appropriate. However, how about some summer lovin'?

SULTRY SUMMER FUN anthology from Ellora's Cave featuring Kimberly Dean, Elizabeth Donald, Anna J. Evans, Eve Jameson and Mary Winter

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You can read the blurb click here


What do you need to do to be entered to win?

Name the best book you have read in 2009 so far. It doesn't have to have a print date of 2009, just what you consider your best read of the year.

Post away and I'll announce a winner Thursday night!