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Beyond The Page: “His Need, Her Desire” by Malia Mallory

Jan 24

His Need Her Desire coverIt’s winter time in several countries so I thought we could discuss the heat of Hawaii and the heat generated between Tabitha Quinn and Marcus Granger in Malia Mallory‘s self-published book “His Need, Her Desire” (Dominating BDSM Billionaires Erotic Romance #1)

MM: First off, I’d like to thank Sasha for hosting me on Caribbean Accent Book Reviews today!

Sasha has asked me to answer a few questions about one of my newer releases – “His Need, Her Desire“. This is a contemporary romance with some light BDSM elements.

CABR: Malia what inspired you to write this book?

MM: Though writers cannot always “write what we know,” sometimes we do. I decided I wanted to set a story where I live. I’m lucky that I live in Hawaii and the setting just lends itself to romance. There is nothing like pristine beaches and gorgeous sunsets to create an atmosphere.


I also wanted to write about a heroine with a little spunk. She’s willing to try out some of Marcus’s activities, but she is in control. She’s not a doormat or maladjusted, she’s just someone willing to explore.

CABR: I like that about Tabitha 🙂 Tell us your favourite scene from the book. Was it easy to write?

MM: I think my favorite scene is the last. It was actually tough to work out. I don’t want to give away the end, but Tabitha has to make a decision as to whether to continue her relationship with Marcus or not.

She has to accept him – or not. She is swirling with emotions and trying to decide what to listen to – her head or her heart.

CABR: Will we see any of the supporting characters in books of their own? Or will Tabitha and Marcus make a cameo in an upcoming book?

Malia Mallory iconMM: This book is the first in a series called Dominating BDSM Billionaires. I’m working on the second book now. It’s entitled “His Desire, Her Surrender“. In the second book, Tabitha and Marcus are still the focus.

However, in book three, I’m planning to feature Marcus’s brother, who is a research scientist at the family company, Granger Pharma. He becomes involved with a colleague.

I also have a plan to have a book centering on Marcus’s sister. She’s involved with a man who is the son of her father’s rival. So, I have many plans in the works. Don’t even get me started on the stuff in the pipeline for The ABCs of Erotica series. 😀

CABR: Oooh! Looking forward to more about Marcus and his brother. 🙂


CABR: Paperbacks or eBooks?

His Need Her Desire coverMM: You know, I like both. I have so many full bookcases in my home that it can be a relief to be able to store in such a tiny space.

I also like the convenience of being able to read anywhere. Is there a long line at the post office? No problem, I just whip out my phone and read. I think each format has something to offer.

CABR: Surprises. Fun or anxiety-inducing?

MM: It depends! Sometimes a surprise is great and appreciated…sometimes not so much 😀

CABR: Pantser or planner when writing?

MM: I am a pantser trying to become more of a planner. I usually have a general idea and a sort of list outline to start. I am trying to flesh that out more so I can be efficient with my writing time.

CABR: If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?

MM: Wow, what a tough question! There are so many possibilities from which to choose. How about Neil Armstrong walking on the moon? I’ve always been an astronomy fan and that would certainly be an incredible experience.

CABR: Very true! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by CABR today Malia.

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His Need Her Desire coverSynopsis of “His Need, Her Desire“: 

Tabitha Quinn didn’t come to Hawaii to be spanked. But when vacationing businessman Marcus Granger saves her from drowning, they begin an affair that moves from the beach to the bedroom and straight into an experience Tabitha’s never had before: dark-haired, blue-eyed Marcus is a dominant, and spanking is just the beginning. The sex is intense, the emotion even more so, until they both must decide if this is a holiday fling or the real thing.


Tabitha’s smile grew wide. She held out her hand. “Really, I can’t thank you enough for your help.”

He held her hand in a firm grasp a shade longer than necessary, but Tabitha didn’t mind. She enjoyed looking at him. Though he had probably shaved that morning, an attractive shadow highlighted his chin and strong jawline.

“I’m glad I was in the right place.”

Tabitha released his hand. “So, where’s your sister?”

“My sister? How did you know?”

Tabitha bit her lip. “I’m sorry to say that I eavesdropped a bit. I was sitting near you at dinner last evening.”

“Eavesdropping? That seems extremely naughty.”

Tabitha was caught off guard by the tone of his voice. He was teasing, and yet, there was a thread of authority running through his words. Tabitha tried to suppress a shiver. “Well, sometimes I just can’t help myself.”

Marcus appeared disarmed by her honesty. “Are you traveling with anyone?”

Tabitha gave him a playful look. “Why do you ask?”

Marcus smiled. “Because I’m interested in knowing the answer, of course.”

“Well, if you’re thinking about ditching my body at sea, I’ve got six family members waiting for me in my hotel room upstairs. If you’re thinking about asking me to dinner, there is no reason why you shouldn’t.” Tabitha amazed herself. Where is this coming from? This man brought something out in her. She’d bet those broad shoulders and sexy smile had enticed many a woman.

He laughed. “You have nothing to worry about. I never use force, unless of course, it is desired.”

“Oh?” The truth burst into her mind. It suddenly became clear that he was fishing around a bit. There had been several hints here and there, but it seemed like he might be looking for a certain sort of woman. No, he couldn’t be. I’m imagining things.

“It’s true. I would be pleased if you joined me for dinner this evening.”

Tabitha did a mental fist pump in her mind. Woohoo! Dinner with Gorgeous Guy. “What did you have in mind?”

“Would you be averse to allowing me to surprise you?”

Tabitha hesitated then plunged ahead. “Not at all. It’s clear you have excellent taste.”

Marcus raised an eyebrow. “What makes you say that?”

“Well, we both dined at the same restaurant last night, and I thought it was terrific.”

“Ah, well, my meal was less than pleasant unfortunately.” His tone indicated the subject was off-limits.

“Perhaps it was the company and not the food?”

Marcus laughed. “You are undoubtedly right and surprisingly honest.”

“My mother would say that my tongue is quicker than my brain.”

The corners of Marcus’s mouth lifted. “I’ve always been a fan of quick tongues.”


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Malia Mallory Biography

Malia Mallory lives in Hawaii with her husband and daughter. She’s been working with words since alphabet blocks rolled into her crib, not only writing her own work but copy editing and proofreading the work of others. She has loved to read about relationships since she first sneaked off with her mother’s Harlequin.

Malia is the best-selling author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released the Mia’s Cop Craving series and Santa’s Backdoor Baby.

Her books have hit the bestselling erotica lists at both Amazon and iTunes. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Smashwords and AllRomance Books.

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Web Pagehttp://www.maliamallory.com

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Beyond The Page: “Beneath the Skin” by Lauren Dane

Jan 23

Beneath The Skin coverFans of paranormal romance, today is your lucky day! Lauren Dane, author of “de La Vega Cats” series, is giving away an eBook of “BENEATH THE SKIN“. 😀

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CABR: Did the idea for Gibson and Mia’s story evolve from the previous “de La Vega Cats” books or did it ‘come to you’?

LD: I knew from the moment Gibson appeared on the page in “Trinity” that I wanted to write him a book, but I waited until the right idea came to me, which it did toward the end of writing “Revelation“.

I had the bare bones earlier on, I knew he needed a warrior like himself, but in her own way. I knew she needed to be strong enough to hold her own with a taciturn alpha male protector like Gibson, but also with her own wounds.

Beneath the Skin” refers to several things about this story. The shifter element, yes, but also the two different worlds on the outside yet very much the same underneath for both Gibson and Mia. Their families have this beef with one another, but they both love and respect family and jamboree.

CABR: Were you inspired by any songs or albums while writing BTS?

Lauren Dane picLD: Definitely. I have a tracklist with each book I write. A few of the songs I listened to a lot are Robin Thicke’s Lost Without U, Ladytron’s Predict the Day, Duffy’s Mercy and Eurythmics’ Here Comes The Rain Again.

CABR: I love that Eurythmics’ song! 😀                                                                      Tell us about your ‘aha’ moment? That plot twist that made everything come together.

LD: These days I contract books on proposal. A short synopsis and sometimes a few chapters. Most of the time the book isn’t quite what I imagined it would be in the synopsis stage. The book is organic in that the more I write, the more I understand the characters and their story brings me new details I didn’t know at the start.

This one was more about a subtle build up. One chapter built into another, and so on. It wasn’t so much that I had an aha moment (though I do have them in books all the time), but an okay so this makes sense to do toward the end thing.

CABR: I get that 🙂 Can you give us a hint about what’s coming in book 4 of “de La Vega Cats“?

LD: I really don’t know yet. I’m working on the last “Bound By Magick” book, which shares a world with the de La Vegas so the timeline will be altered. And then I need to write the next “Cascadia” book, which happens before “Beneath the Skin” – so there’s some tricky continuity stuff I need to deal with before I can get to what I think will be Armando’s book (in 2014 at the earliest, as my 2013 is packed)


FrangosCABR: Chocolate or fruits?

LD” Depends on my mood. I do love fruit (right now it’s orange/Satsuma season, which is a favorite. But I also have a box of dark chocolate Frangos in my living room. I tend to snack on fruit with protein (oranges and pistachios or almonds is a favorite) but when I need a treat, I grab a little bit of chocolate.

CABR: I love mint chocolate but did not know about Frango. Will have to try it 🙂 Coffee or tea?

LD: Both. Daily.

CABR: If you could be someone else for a day, from any time in history, who would you be and why?

LD: Hmm, that’s a difficult one because there are so many people I admire throughout history. Still historically significant women tended to have tortured or tragic lives (like Frida Kahlo for instance or Josephine Baker).

So perhaps Anna Pavlova, who was an incredible ballet dancer. She was revolutionary for her time. Changed ballet in ways we still see today. She did things her own way, which especially for that time were revolutionary. She was ballsy and talented.

Beneath The Skin coverCABR: What was the funniest fan reaction you’ve had?

LD: To be honest, every time I go to a conference or a signing and I get the “OMG you’re Lauren Dane!” reaction it’s so thrilling to me.

I remember the one were I was in an elevator and you know at conferences you tend to look chest level at people’s badges and that’s what was happening and we were all chit chatting and suddenly a woman standing across from me actually squealed, “You’re Lauren Dane!”

She grabbed my hands and jumped a little and giggled and it was lovely and awesome. Then she had to tell me she was upset at me for what Raven had done to Elise in “Coming Undone” (which is cool that people connect with my characters in such a way – thrilling to me)

CABR: LOL. That’s awesome Lauren. Thanks for stopping by CABR.

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Website – http://www.laurendane.com/

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Beyond The Page: “Wildly” by Debra Kayn

Jan 22

Wildly coverDebra Kayn is visiting CABR today to tell us about her tale of love and tennis – “WILDLY“, published by Crimson Romance.

To celebrate the book’s January 21 release date, Debra is giving away an eBook copy to one lucky commentator. Be sure to enter the RAFFLECOPTER below the interview to win.

DK: Hi Sasha! Thanks so much for having me here today!

CABR: Hey Debra 😀 Great to have a Twitter friend stop by. 😀

How’d you come up with the idea for “Wildly“?

DK: Being a girl (haha!) I wanted to write a story about how we’ve all had crushes on an older boy or older man growing up. It’s almost a female ritual to at least have one case of the crush on a friend’s older brother, a teacher, a coach, the hot sexy bag boy at the local grocery store.

What can seem so innocent and harmless can quickly turn into an obsession where we quickly make fools of ourselves. We can’t talk, can’t breathe, and there might be some drooling going on…that’s how we girls work at the tender age of 12-13 years old when our hormones take over our bodies. I wanted to capture those fluttering sensations, those oh-my-God-I’m-going-to-die-if-he-looks-at-me moments and take it farther for my characters.

CABR: Did you have to spend time former Wimbledon champs to research the hero’s life in the tennis limelight? 😉

Debra Kayn picture

DK: I didn’t! I’m actually a tennis player. I started taking summer lessons when I was six years old and the same man who taught me how to play also was the high school tennis coach who continued coaching me until I was 18 years old.

Now, there was no crushing going on with him…he was happily married with kids around my age, but a player/coach relationship is pretty close. There’s mutual respect and a friendship that develops during all the practices and matches.

Also, when I hit junior high through high school I took lessons at a private club from tennis professionals, played tournaments, went on to district and state. So, it was natural that I would have a Wimbledon champ as my hero, because at one time Tennis was a very important part of my life.

CABR: That’s so cool Debra 🙂 Tell me, what’s your favourite moment in the book?

DK: The moment that Grayson first sets eyes on Shauna after she returned to Cottage Grove and was all grown up. Sigh…Poor Grayson. Good thing he’s in top shape, or he might’ve had a heart attack!

CABR: Are you a  panster or planner when writing?

DK: Both! All my stories come out as a panster, but while I’m writing I keep a document open to make sure I have a goal, motivation, and conflict in every scene. After I’m done with the story, it makes it much easier to see if I have any plot holes or I rushed the story.

CABR: Paperback or eBook?

DK: EBook! I love my Kindle and I read from it almost exclusively. Paperbacks are for my keeper shelf, though I rarely read a book twice, just for the simple fact I LOVE the feelings that are invoked in the first reading and don’t want to overthink the story. I do have to say that I’m extremely excited that Wildly will also come out in paperback too. I’m going to clear off a shelf for my book.

CABR: What’s next for you?

DK: I have so much going on. In March I have a category romance coming out called “Suite Cowboy” with Turquoise Morning Press. It’s probably the funniest book I’ve written, and I can’t wait for readers to let me know if I’m hilarious or lame when I do try and write with humor. Then in July, I have “Homemade Hijinks” releasing. Hopefully I’ll have more news to share soon, because I’ve got more manuscripts out in submission land.

CABR: Fingers crossed that all of your submissions get approved and published quickly 😀

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Wildly coverSynopsis of “Wildly”: 

Shauna Marino left Cottage Grove, California an innocent teenager, gangly, wild and with no fashion sense, always diving headfirst into whatever feelings ruled the moment.

Now, she’s back to fix her mistakes. She’s gained a respectable job, set a plan in motion to benefit the town, and all that’s left is to prove to Grayson Schyler she’s changed. Maybe this time, he won’t tell her no when she shows up naked and asks him to make her a woman.

Grayson Schyler, former Wimbledon champion, would’ve recognized Shauna anywhere. She’s made his life sweeter one moment, and hell the next. As someone in the public eye, he’d gone to great strains not to allow the media to misread their relationship, which wasn’t always easy when Shauna was around. Now she’s back, asking for his help, and all he can think about is if she came back to make him pay for what he’d done.

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Author Bio: Top Selling Romance Author, Debra Kayn, lives with her family in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. She enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and fishing. A huge animal lover, she always has a dog under her desk when she writes and chickens standing at the front door looking for a treat. She’s famous in her family for teaching a 270 lb hog named Harley to jog with her every morning.

Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. Oh, let’s cut to the chase. She loves to write about REAL MEN and the WOMEN who love them.

When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were…will you have my babies? Considering Debra’s weakness for a sexy, badass man, who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she’s living her own romance book.

You can check out Debra’s website – www.debrakayn.com

Follow her on Twitter – www.twitter.com/DebraKayn

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Giveaway Winner: “If You Believe In Me” by Natalie J. Damschroder

Jan 21

IYBIM coverCongratulations to Dian Setyarini ! 😀

You’re the winner of an eBook copy of Natalie J. Damschroder‘s book “If You Believe In Me“, from Entangled Publishing’s Flirt line.

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within 5 days or another winner will be selected from rafflecopter.


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Website: http://nataliedamschroder.com/

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Cover Reveal: “Blurred” by Tara Fuller

Jan 21

It’s Cover Reveal time at CABR!

Which book? “Blurred“, book 2 in the Kiss of Death series from Entangled Teen author Tara Fuller.

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) is up for grabs, so be sure to enter the RAFFLECOPTER by clicking the link below the synopsis. 🙂

Blurred cover

Synopsis of “Blurred“:

Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.

Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul – and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.

The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?

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About Tara:

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North  Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

Website: http://www.tarafuller.com/

Blog: http://tara-fuller.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tara25Fuller

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tara25fuller

Kissed by Death Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KissedByDeath?fref=ts

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3471272.Tara_A_Fuller

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Beyond The Page: “The Reluctant Wife” by Bronwen Evans

Jan 21

The Reluctant Wife coverWelcome to Caribbean Accent Book Reviews, Bronwen Evans. It’s fun getting to know more about new-to-me authors like yourself.

Readers, Bronwen has included a GIVEAWAY that’s tied into the excerpt from “The Reluctant Wife“.

Once you’ve read the excerpt, post your answer to her question in the Comments section.

Bronwen, let’s get right into things. 😀

  • CABR: The Reluctant Wife” is definitely not a Regency romance. What led you to write a contemporary romance and is this your first?

BE: Hi Sasha – Waving from New Zealand. I have been to your part of the world once. I spent 3 weeks in Turks and Caicos which was heaven on earth!

The Reluctant Wife” is my first contemporary romance. I wrote the story because Dante and Abby popped into my head one afternoon when I was feeling a bit sorry for myself (part of the story I can relate to very well). Once there, they would not leave. It just seemed to be one of those stories I had to tell. A girl who married too young, a man who felt the weight of duty, and what happens when life throws you a curve ball.

I enjoyed writing a contemporary for a change. I think it will keep my historical romances fresher. I’m hoping there will be more contemporaries for me. I suppose it will depend on how this does. I’m working on another now called “The Nanny Trap“.

Natalie J. DamschroderCABR: That’s great news 🙂 D

  • escribe Taylor and her estranged husband Dante in 10 words each.

BE: Abby – contained, warm, friendly, strong, determined, loyal, beautiful, sexy, loveable, empathetic

Dante – handsome, witty, ruthless, stubborn, loyal, responsible, leader, arrogant, humble, loveable


  • Did you have a special song/s that you listened to while writing “The Reluctant Wife”?

BE: Yes – I played Keith Urban’s, Days Go By

CABR: I’ll have to check that out. So, w

  • hat are you working on this year?

BE: I’ve got loads on this year. I’m writing two Regency romances, one, “Invitation to Passion“, I’m self-publishing April 2013, and other is book two, “A Touch of Marriage“, book two in my Disgraced Lords series for my contract with Random House Loveswept. I’m hoping to publish one contemporary romance, “The Nanny Trap“, and three long Regency novellas to self-publish. I may not get all of the novellas finished but I’ll try….

CABR: Wow. Best of luck with all that Bronwen 🙂


The Reluctant Wife coverCABR: 

  • Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s, would you like to spend time with and why?

BE: I spend time with my characters every day, and I can talk to them whenever I like, so, I’d probably want to meet another author’s characters.

Then I could delve deeper and ask more questions. The one I’d really like to grill and probably kick him up the backside is Mac Mackenzie from Jennifer Ashley’s “Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage“. What was he thinking…


  • Coffee or Tea?

BE: Tea. Coffee is not good for anyone suffering from Endometriosis.

CABR: I did not know that. Good info.

Dogs or Cats?

BE: I’m a definite dog person but I get terrible hay fever so they have to be dogs with wool coats not fur, like a poodle.

CABR: Beach or spa vacation?

BE: Spa vacation. I love the water but prefer lakes, rivers or the best swimming pools. I can’t be dealing with all the sand…However; I would make an exception for the fine sandy white beaches of the Caribbean. We don’t have those in NZ, only coarse grey sand.

CABR: You’re welcome in my neck of the Caribbean anytime. 🙂

The Reluctant Wife coverExcerpt from “The Reluctant Wife“:

Abby took a step back. “No. I listened enough for the first twelve months of my marriage. Not this time. This time you listen. Don’t expect me to be a doormat. I came here thinking you’d do the decent thing and help me. I thought you’d do anything for your family. I thought, for old times’ sake, that vow might extend to me and my grandmother.”

Her words needled him until his temper rose.

“One favor deserves another. It’s not as if I’m asking for anything you did not stand in a church and vow to give me. Besides, having you back in my bed would be a pleasure—for us both.” Her face flooded with color at her words.

The corners of her lips turned down. “Sex. You’re all about sex. But not because you want me, but because you crave a child.”

“You’re wrong. You don’t understand. You think you know me, mio fiore, but you don’t.”

She raised her head high. “I’m pretty sure you no longer know me at all. I want and deserve more from a marriage. My answer is no. Categorically no. I’ll find another way to get the money.”

“You and I were married. You are still my wife.”

Abby’s eyes glittered with distaste. “Your problem, not mine. I have no intention of marrying again so I’m more than happy to wait the three years for a divorce. Screw your business deal. Isn’t the Lombardi Group big enough as it is? Why do you want more?” She looked at her watch. “It’s late. I’m tired. As it appears you haven’t changed one bit, I’ll take my leave.”

Abby turned and started toward the door.

Va bene. Do what you do so well—run away again, Abby.”

She hesitated with her hand on the door handle.

She threw a look over her shoulder. “Good-bye, Dante. Have a nice life. I’m sure you’ll have no problem replacing me. You’ve made it perfectly clear I am not, and never was, important to you.”

I hope you enjoy THE RELUCTANT WIFE. Feel free to email me and let me know.

Giveaway: Now, tell me what “Va bene” means in Italian and I’ll draw one lucky winner who’ll receive a copy of my May 2012 Regency historical, Invitation to Scandal, in book or eBook format.

Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at romance@bronwenevans.com

You can keep up with Bronwen’s news by visiting her website www.bronwenevans.com

BUY Links for “The Reluctant Bride”:

Amazon http://amzn.to/VdnXzK

B&N http://bit.ly/UCy4Rp

About Bronwen:

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence released Dec 2012, “The Reluctant Wife”.


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This week on CABR: cover reveal, interviews and giveaways

Jan 20

Hi everyone 🙂

The third week in January is a packed one here at Caribbean Accent Book Reviews (CABR), so I thought I’d give you all a preview.

Monday, January 21 – The lovely Bronwen Evans stops by to chat about her Entangled Publishing release, “The Reluctant Bride“. There’s a Giveaway involved so be sure to answer Bronwen’s question. 🙂

The Reluctant Wife cover









Also on Monday I’m participating in the Cover Reveal for Tara Fuller’s book “Blurred“, part of the Young ADult (YA) line of books from Entangled Teen.

Tuesday, January 22 – If you love tennis, then be sure to read the interview by Debra Kayn about her Crimson Romance book, “Wildly“. Another Giveaway here for my lovely followers. 🙂

Wildly cover










Wednesday, January 23 – Lauren Dane is here to talk about “Beneath The Skin“, book 3 in the De La Vega series from Samhain Publishing. Find out which songs inspired Lauren while writing Gibson and Mia’s story and a whole lot more. Giveaway here too.

Beneath The Skin cover









Thursday, January 24 – Malia Mallory visits CABR to discuss “His Need, Her Desire“, book 1 in her new erotic romance series, Dominating BDSM Billionaires. Want to read about a couple who meet in Hawaii? Then here’s your chance to win a copy of Malia’s book in the giveaway tied in to her interview.

His Need Her Desire cover








Friday, January 25 – Fridays are considered the start of the weekend by some, full of potential and time to lime (hang out) with friends and family. In keeping with that element of surprise about what’s ahead, I’m leaving you in suspense about this Friday’s post.


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Giveaway Winner: “Kissing Kendall” by Jennifer Shirk

Jan 20

Kissing Kendall picAnother day, another Giveaway winner on Caribbean Accent Book Reviews. 😀

Today’s winner gets an eBook copy of Jennifer Shirk‘s book from Entangled Publishing, “Kissing Kendall“.

Congratulations to Amy L. Sonnichsen!

You have 5 days to respond to the email that’s been sent to you in order to claim your prize.

Readers who didn’t get a chance to enter this giveaway, you can pick up a copy of Jennifer’s book from these major retailers:

Buy links
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kissing-Kendall-Maritime-City-ebook/dp/B00AKQTJ6U/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355013380&sr=1-4&keywords=jennifer+shirk

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kissing-kendall-jennifer-shirk/1113924255?ean=2940015717211

KISSING KENDALL on Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16285484-kissing-kendall

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Giveaway Winner of “I Do…or Die”

Jan 17

I Do or Die picThe winner of Donna Cummings‘ book, “I Do…or Die” is Sydney J Maylee! :D

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within seven days in order to claim your eBook.

To get your own copy of this lovely contemporary romance published by Carina Press, click on the BUY Links below:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00AB3TBOC/1n9867a-20

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-do-or-die-donna-cummings/1114001417?ean=9781440560514

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/I-Do-Or-Die/book-H9enFejPcUi4zqyj0hCYEw/page1.html?s=giegCXSrBEyWzVd2GLB0kw&r=3

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/i-do-.-.-.-or-die/id580981508?mt=11


Beyond The Page: “If You Believe In Me” by Natalie J. Damschroder

Jan 16

IYBIM cover

Natalie J. Damschroder is visiting Caribbean Accent Book Reviews today to talk about her novella from Entangled Publishing‘s Flirt line, “If You Believe In Me.”

CABR: Welcome Natalie 🙂

NJD: Thanks so much for having me! I really enjoy reading the reviews here. 🙂

CABR: Thanks! That means a lot.

I loved that Amber has such faith in Kale’s safe return from the war zone in “If You Believe In Me.” (Click on red works for BUY LINKS/Info)

How’d you come up with the idea for the plot? Do you know
someone who went through a similar experience?

NJD: I don’t. This was one of those ideas that leaped into my head. I was
invited to submit a Christmas novella, and I thought about the kinds of movies
that the Hallmark Channel does in December. Reunion romance! Military hero!
Small-town heroine! And he’s racing to get home to her, and she thinks he’s
dead! It really appealed to my inner romantic. 🙂

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CABR: How challenging was it to get into the h/H mindsets?

Natalie J. DamschroderNJD: Interestingly, I think it was easier to get into Kale’s head than Amber’s.
My editor has more insight into the life of a military family than I do,
and she helped me TONS on the revisions.

Amber’s superstitions came from
her, and I’m incredibly grateful to have her (my editor, that is) on my team.

She makes me better with every word she makes me rewrite. 🙂

CABR: Tell us about your favourite scene in the novella.

NJD: Boy, that’s hard. I have favourite bits in a lot of scenes. To pick an
entire scene, though, I’ll have to go with Kale’s first scene. He and his team
are moving in on a target, and he’s distracted by his frustration at not
being able to get home. His team members are named after some of my family
members who are in the military. My brother, who is active Army, and my
cousin, who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I won’t spoil things by
saying what happens, but it does complicate Kale’s goal quite a bit.

CABR: That was a truly nail-biting scene. At one point you’re not sure who might end up dead in the shoot out.

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Will we get to read more about Amber and Kale? Perhaps in a novel or as
supporting cast for another couple?

IYBIM coverNJD: No one knows this yet, but I do have an idea for a sequel featuring two of
the secondary characters in “If You Believe in Me“, and Amber and Kale would
of course have to appear in that!

CABR: Sweet! Looking forward to that. Hope it features Danny. 🙂

Is this your first published novel or first with Entangled Publishing? Tell us about ‘the call’.

NJD: I’ve had several books and novellas published with other publishers. This
is my second title with Entangled. It’s funny – I sold my first book in 1999,
but the sale of “Under the Moon” to Entangled was the first time I ever got
an actual phone call from the acquiring editor. Entangled was brand new.

They’d quickly rejected my first submission (though did say they’d like me to
revise and resubmit). I offered them a different story to consider, and two
days later, Liz Pelletier called me to make my first multi-book offer.
I’ve had a lot of great experiences with my publishers, but that was one of
the best. 🙂 I’m so lucky to be one of Entangled’s authors and look forward
to publishing many, many more things with them.


CABR: Chocolate or fruits?

NJD: Oh, man, no contest. Chocolate! LOL

CABR: Clothes and shoe shopping or perusing a book stores as a form of relaxation/fun?

NJD: OMG, please don’t make me go shoe shopping! Clothes shopping is slightly
(but only slightly) less torturous. I could spend a week in a book store, so
definitely that one. 🙂

CABR: OK, no more torture. 😉 Paperbacks or eBooks?

CABR: Both! Since I got my first e-reader a few years ago (a gift from my
husband), I’ve read more e-books because it’s SO easy to buy them. But I always
have print books as well, and go back and forth a lot. I actually find it
easier to get immersed in a print book than an e-book, though not as much as I
did when I first started.

CABR: I totally agree with you about the feel of a paperback and the joy of turning a physical page but eBooks are SO convenient, especially when ordering online or reviewing ARCs (Advanced Review Copy).

Thanks for stopping by Natalie and feel free to visit again when your next book
comes out. 🙂

NJD: Thanks again, Sasha!

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Contact links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NJDamschroder

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NJDamschroder

Website: http://nataliedamschroder.com/

Entangled Publishing: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/?s=natalie+j+damschroder&x=0&y=0

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