Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: Laura Kaye's Hard As It Gets #romance #CoverReveal

Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome-pure catnip to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

An Unexpected First Kiss! Rites of Spring Blog H O P #prizes

Spring is in the air and so is romance. The Rites of Spring Blog Hop is all about firsts. What's more romantic that kissing someone you love for the first time? At your wedding!
Prizes galore on this Blog hop! Enter win a Kindle Fire, $50 Amazon Gift Card or $10 gift card. Over 75 bloggers and lots of great prizes at each blog. Details below.
First,  how about a fun first-kiss scene from my newest release, Forever's Promise? Hope you enjoy!

   The Justice of the Peace winked. "I pronounce you man and wife. You may now kiss your bride."  
   Wait. What?
   Russ’s brows furrowed for a quick second.
   Her eyes widened and her breath caught in her throat. They had to do it. Annabelle and her father would be expecting it.
   Russ leaned forward, grasped the nape of her neck in his hand, and tugged her close. His lips met hers, firm, and yet yielding. Molten liquid spread from her chest to the tips of her toes and her heart beat triple time. He eased his tongue between her lips, deepening the kiss, and her legs weakened. Her mind went blank and her body took over, responding to him, drinking him in.
   The Justice of the Peace cleared his throat and Annabelle whispered, "Yuck."
   That was enough to break the spell. They parted, leaving only inches between them. She gazed into his eyes and saw her own desire reflected back.
   She licked her lips, tasting him.
   No. My body did not just respond to him like that. Friends didn’t affect each other like that when they kissed. Had to be the heat of the moment. Who wouldn’t get caught up in a kiss at a wedding?
Heck, even the guests at weddings usually got caught up in the romance. That was it.
   Breathe, damn it. Breathe.
   She took a deep breath.

Forever's Promise available now:
Amazon Kindle   Barnes and Noble Nook

Now to the prizes!

1st Grand Prize
Kindle Fire (international)
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$50 Amazon gift certificate
Prize for Joya's Blog: $10 Amazon Gift Card
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Party Time! Hereafter Blog Tour #P R I Z E S #Decadent

It's an exciting time for Hereafter! Blog Tour time and that means prizes for readers and fun visits at some spectacular blogs. Don't miss out on the fun! Check out these blog stops on March 19 and 20th for your chance to win!

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March 19th
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Author Rachel Brimble: Helicopter rescues and a new book release. #harlequin #NewRelease

Welcome author Rachel Brimble today. She’s got an awesome new release and she’s sharing some personal tidbits about herself so you can get to know this wonderful author better.
Rachel Brimble and her handsome and romantic hubby.
Welcome, Rachel! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
   I live in South West England, near the beautiful and historical city of Bath. Married for almost 15 years to my wonderful husband, we have two young daughters who are on the precipice of both being teenagers. My home life is becoming decidedly scary! My constant writing and walking companion is my black Lab, Max who might as well be a third child!
   In the past, I’ve written almost every romance sub-genre excluding paranormal, but right now I’m concentrating on my commitments to Harlequin (romantic suspense/mainstream romance) and eKensington (Victorian romance). When I’m not writing I like to read, knit, go for long walks in the English countryside or socialize with friends and family.
I know what you mean about dogs being like another child! Sounds like you have a loyal sidekick. What inspires you to write, Rachel?
   I need coffee first thing to get me going and I always spend the first hour or so answering emails or concentrating on promo. After that, I tackle my daily word count target of 2,000 words – sometimes I’m on a roll and do that easily, other days it’s like pulling teeth. Once I hit my target, I usually spend the rest of the time editing another book that more often than not has a deadline.
   I need silence and solitude to create, but can deal with promo and editing with interruption…which happens a LOT once the kids are home from school!
Oh yeah…coffee! Must be a writer thing. 2,000 words a day is a great chunk of writing. What would be a *perfect day* for you?
   Most of my days are as perfect as I can ask for as I’m lucky enough to be a stay at home mom and write all day while the kids are at school. Obviously, if I was sitting at my laptop by a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains, or on a beach in the Caribbean with a fancy cocktail to hand, that would be all the nicer ;)
   My ‘office’ tends to be my living room couch with Max snoring beside me, or in the summer, I work at my patio table on the decking in the back garden.
   Once I’m done writing, the perfect day would be for someone else to make the dinner while I lie back with a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio…
Haha! Love the part about someone else making dinner. Can you tell us about the setting of your upcoming release?
   The setting was the inspiration behind Finding Justice––and now where the series will continue to be set (yay!). Templeton Cove is a fictional UK seaside town, which is actually a real place where I used to go on holiday as a child. I can see it very clearly in my mind and desperately wanted to set a series of books there.
   I completed Finding Justice and when Harlequin Superromance contracted it, I quickly told me editor I have ideas for further books in Templeton. She was more than happy to see what else I had in mind. A Man Like Him is book two in the series and released in August and right now my editor is considering the proposals for books three and four. I’ll keep you posted!
Oh wow! That’s very exciting about books three and four…and very cool that you were able to tap into a childhood memory for your setting.
What’s the most romantic thing anyone has done for you?
   My family and I were rescued by helicopter during the 2010 French floods and during the manic hysteria of the holiday park evacuation; I lost my engagement ring, which my husband gave me in 1993. I was devastated. We lost our clothes, passports, belongings and everything else but I could not stop thinking about my ring being somewhere in the filthy, mud-red water. It was horrible.
   Then during at the following Christmas dinner (2010), my husband stood up for the toast in front of my parents, brother and our kids and said what a hard and traumatic year it had been for us…and then produced a brand new diamond solitaire engagement ring. Suffice to say, I burst into tears and hardly touched the beautiful dinner he’d prepared, LOL! It was a moment I’ll never forget.
That’s scary! I’m so sorry you and your family had to go through such a scary experience. What a romantic husband you have!
Where can readers order your book?
Finding Justice is available to buy right now – here is the blurb and links:

Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Old friends, new secrets 
Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat's world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett-a man from her past-is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he's innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no? 
The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can't let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. But as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
Rachel LOVES chatting with her readers and visitors, so please feel free to contact her anytime. She's a Twitter maniac, so be sure to follow her for a taste of her daily madness!
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sexy is...a shirtless, hot drummer. #8Sunday #SnippetSunday

   Welcome to 8Sunday: Where writers share an excerpt from their published or unpublished books.

Don't you just love a man who can bang...a drum. Especially a shirtless, sexy man? Hope you enjoy this scene from my newest release, Forever's Promise. Shelby hears drums and follows the sound to find her husband-in-name-only playing the drums.

  Leaning against the doorframe, Shelby took in Russ’s closed eyes and bare chest as he hit the drums and shook his head along with the beat.
   Damn. Her head stopped pounding, probably because her blood drained to her feet. Her heart raced. His muscular arms rippled as they sped from drum to drum. His neck corded. Sweat glistened on his muscular chest. Is this what he looks like during sex?
   Oh holy shit.

Forever's Promise, a marriage of convenience novella.
Available now at:
Amazon   All Romance Ebooks
(And coming very soon for the Nook from Barnes and Noble)

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