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Beyond The Page: “Tempting Acquisitions” by Addison Fox

Feb 14

Tempting-AcquisitionsEveryone, today I’d like to introduce you to Addison Fox. She’s here to tell us about her latest book, “Tempting Acquisitions“.

Addison has agreed to giveaway a copy of her book to a random commentator, so be sure to answer the Rafflecopter question by posting a comment below. 🙂

 

CABR: How did you come of with the idea for “Tempting Acquisitions?”

AF: I’ve been playing with the idea for a while of setting a book/series in the world of a magazine company. The media business is endlessly fascinating and magazines in particular hold a special cultural niche.

Once I knew the world I wanted to set the stories, I started playing with what might work and realized that a story about three sisters who bring their family magazine company back from the brink of dissolving could be really interested, especially if they had very personal reasons for taking an interest in their legacy.

In TEMPTING ACQUISITIONS, Keira McBride, CEO of McBride Media, is facing a hostile takeover of the company from corporate raider, Nathan Cooper. Sparks fly between them immediately and Keira quickly comes to realize that her company and her heart are on the line.

CABR: Did any songs or locations inspire you while writing it?

The series is set in New York and it’s my favorite place in the world. I love the pace of the city and think it’s such a vibrant environment to set a couple loose! 

Can you provide an excerpt from you favourite or most difficult scene

to write? What made it so?

AF: One of the biggest challenges in capturing in this particular book was showing these two powerful people vulnerable to each other even though they both have huge professional stakes on the line.

A scene early on when they are getting to know each other was really important to me to get right. I wanted to show their opposing positions, but still also show their interest in each other and their growing attraction. I also wanted to show a slight vulnerability to Nathan that we haven’t seen up to his point in the book.

EXCERPT

“Everyone loves to dream.” Nathan’s voice was quiet as he said it, but it was the words themselves that caught her.

“And what are your dreams, Mr. Cooper?”
What looked like embarrassment flashed across his gaze for the briefest of moments before the cocky grin she was coming to associate with him flashed with full force. “Oh, we corporate pirates dream of lots and lots of cold, hard cash.”

The slightly wistful tone she’d heard had disappeared, but Keira couldn’t help being struck by his words. She knew enough of his background to believe he’d had a challenging childhood at best. How did those experiences shape a man? Did they crush out his dreams? Or make him all that much more determined to achieve them?

“Is that all?”

“Oh, yes. I’m a veritable Scrooge, counting my stash late into the night.”

He hunched over as he spoke the words, mimicking the famous miser, and she couldn’t stop the bubble of laughter at his actions.

“Are you laughing at me?”

She nodded as another wave of giggles shook her. “Only because you can laugh at yourself. A rather admirable trait, and one my mother insisted on for my sisters and me.”

“Funny, it’s one my mother insisted on as well. ‘Nate, my boy,’ she always said. ‘The man who can’t laugh at himself is a sorry ass, indeed.’”

“A smart woman.”

“As is your mother.” He took another sip of his beer. “You haven’t said much about her.”

“There’s not much to say.” Even after more than a decade, Keira still couldn’t stop her vision from growing misty when she thought about her mother. “We lost her to breast cancer about ten years ago.”

“I’m sorry.”

“What? That wasn’t in your file?”
His tender gaze evaporated at her words and it was immediately obvious what she’d intended as a joke fell flat.

“I meant the sympathy, Keira. It’s horrible to lose a parent.”

“I know.” On a deep breath, she reached forward and laid a hand on his forearm. “I know. I only meant to lighten the moment, not insult you.”

He laid a hand over hers and she couldn’t tear her gaze away from the way his long fingers blended with hers. The temptation to turn her hand over and rest her palm to his, linking their fingers, was strong, but she held back.

Even more than the kiss they’d shared the night of the banquet, linking hands in that way suggested intimacy. Connection. And no matter how she was drawn to him, she simply couldn’t act on it.

Addison Fox picCABR: Have readers asked you for a sequel featuring Keira and Nathan or supporting characters in their story?

AF: The book has only been out for a short while so I’m still looking forward to getting reader feedback on it, but the book is the first of three in the Boardrooms and Billionaires series from Entangled’s Indulgence line.

Book 2 is MERGER TO MARRIAGE and features the youngest McBride sister, Mayson. And the third book, THE BILLIONAIRE’S DEMANDS will be out in October and that’s Camryn’s story.

CABR: What’s next for you in 2013?

AF: In addition to the next to books in the Boardrooms and Billionaires series, I’ve got my first book for Harlequin Romantic Suspense out in July – THE PARIS ASSIGNMENT.

I’ve also got an e-novella and a full-length book out in my Alaskan Nights series for NAL. FROM THIS MOMENT on will be out in July and JUST IN TIME will be out in August.

TRIVIA

eBooks or paperbacks?

I love them both – it depends where I’m reading.

Spa retreat or adventure vacation?

Both can be great, but I’d probably lean toward the spa option more often!

If you could be anyone in history for a day, who would you be and why?

I’ve always been fascinated by New York at the turn of the 20th century. If I could be a society woman, a tenement resident and a worker at Ellis Island – all in one day – I could see various facets of life during that time.

Thanks for visiting CABR, Addison. I hope to have you back when your next book comes out.

AF: Thanks so much for having me! I’d love to visit again!!

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Beyond The Page: Medical romance chat with Wendy S. Marcus

Feb 11

Wendy S Marcus picEveryone, today I am a very special guest on CABR – medical romance author, Wendy S. Marcus 😀

She agreed to stop by to enlighten those of us who don’t normally read this particular genre about what makes it so appealing to so many.

WSM: Hi Sasha!

Thank you so much for having me here on your fabulous blog! The name always amuses me because on social networking everyone sounds the same in my head!

CABR: LOL. So true eh 🙂

What do you enjoy the most about writing medical romances?

WSM: I enjoy the wide range of stories we’re encouraged to tell in our own unique voices with a wide range of heat levels. (I write on the hotter end of the line.) There is really something for everyone in the Harlequin/Mills & Boon medical romance line.

 

CABR: What are the top three misconceptions about this genre?

WSM: Wow! Tough question. In my opinion, the top three misconceptions are:

 1) You have to be a nurse, doctor, or work in the medical profession to write for the medical romance line. Even though I’m a nurse, this is false. My editor says, “Anyone who is good at research can write medical romance.”

2) That medical romance books are heavy on the medical with gory scenes, sad topics, and terminology people without medical degrees won’t understand. Also false.

3) All medical romance stories take place in hospitals and the hero and heroine must be doctor and nurse. This is also false. The only requirement is that either hero or heroine is a medical professional and that they interact together in a few medical scenes. Medical professional can include emergency medical technician, veterinarian, and a whole bunch of others. If you aren’t sure if your story qualifies, contact a Mills and Boon editor and ask!

 

Secrets of a Shy Socialite US coverCABR: Personally, I remember every medical romance book I picked up, even as recently as last year, had a male as the doctor and a woman as the nurse.

I got ‘fed up’, as we say in Trinidad, of this stereotype and stopped reading them. Would you say this has changed? If so, how extensive has been the change?

 

WSM: I don’t know if I’m the best one to comment on this question because as I think of my six books, each heroine is a nurse and three of my heroes were doctors.

But that’s just how it’s worked out in my stories. My suggestion would be to read the book blurbs to find the stories/characters that most appeal to you.

 

CABR: How much hands-on research do you do for each book?

WSM: I wouldn’t necessarily say I do ‘hands-on’ research, but the amount of online research I do depends on the book I’m writing and my knowledge of the topic. But even if I’m familiar with a medical condition and its treatment, I still do research to make sure I have my facts correct. Even though medical romance books are works of fiction we do strive to make the medical scenes realistic and accurate.

For my fourth and fifth books, “Craving Her Soldier’s Touch” and “Secrets of a Shy Socialite“, out now, I felt I needed more than simple online research. So I arranged  interviews with a soldier who served in Iraq and two women affected by cancer/a positive breast cancer gene, which made each book feel that much more real.

CABR: I always appreciate when an author goes out of their way to do that sort of research, so hats off to you Wendy. 🙂

 

Who are your favourite authors in the genre?

WSM: This is a toughie, because I must admit, I have not read books by every author in the line and can only comment on the authors I have read.

Of those, I’d say some of my favorites are Scarlet Wilson, Tina Beckett, Amy Andrews, Lynn Marshall, Alison Roberts, Annie Claydon, and Janice Lynn. (I’m sure I’ve forgotten some so please forgive me.)

 

CABR: Which of your books do you hold close to your heart? 🙂

Craving Her Soldier's Touch US coverWSM: Each of my books is special to me for different reasons. But I am most proud of the two I have out now, Craving Her Soldier’s Touch and Secrets of a Shy Socialite.

Maybe it’s the subject matter or the fact I interviewed real people who helped me formulate the storylines, making them so much more personal.

But I truly love both of these books. (Of note, while the stories are connected, each is written to stand alone.)

I love reading stories with injured war heroes and, with “Craving Her Soldier’s Touch“, I’m thrilled to have finally had the chance to write one.

Check out an excerpt HERE.

In “Secrets of a Shy Socialite” I deal with genetic testing for breast cancer. But this story is about so much more than breast cancer. It’s about taking control of your life. It’s about survival.

Check out and excerpt HERE.

 

CABR: What’s ahead for you in 2013 Wendy?

WSM: I am very excited to be a part of an upcoming eight book Harlequin Mills and Boon medical romance continuity set in New York City at the fictional Angel Mendez Children’s Hospital aka Angels.

The series starts in March 2013 with two books released every month for four months. My contribution is book #6, “Tempting Nurse Scarlet”, and will be released in May. Check out the AMAZING cover template for this series HERE.

 

Thanks for this great interview, Sasha!

If anyone is interested in learning more about me or my books, please visit my website

So do you all have any questions for me that Sasha didn’t ask? I’m happy to answer.  Or how about I ask a question…

Do you all read medical romance? Is your experience with the line recent or in the past? We have some great authors. I hope you’ll check us out!!

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Giveaway Winner: “Second Chance at Forever” by Heather Lire

Feb 11

book coverIt’s my pleasure to announce the Giveaway winner of Heather Lire‘s debut novel, “Second Chance at Forever“, book 1 in the “Holiday, Vermont” series.

The lucky person is Amber Slagle! 😀

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Giveaway Winner: “Bound by Her Ring” by Nicole Flockton

Feb 9

bound-by-her-ring-coverHappy Carnival weekend Nina! 😀

Although you’re not here in Trinidad and Tobago for “The Greatest Show on Earth”, you are the winner of Nicole Flockton‘s eBook giveaway of “Bound by Her Ring“.

 

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Giveaway Winner: “Falling for Her Fiance” by Cindi Madsen

Feb 7

FFHR coverCONGRATULATIONS Kim!

 

You are the winner of @CindiMadsen‘s giveaway of “Falling for Her Fiance“.

 

Please respond to the email that’s been sent to you within 5 days to claim your prize.

 

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Beyond The Page: “Return to Sender” by Annabeth Albert

Feb 6

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Today I’d like to welcome Annabeth Albert to CABR.

She’s here to discuss her latest erotic romance novel, “Return to Sender“, and to give one lucky commentator an eBook copy of her novel.

The answer to the GIVEAWAY question will be found in Annabeth’s interview, so read carefully. 🙂

CABR: Where’d you get the idea for “Return to Sender“?

AA: Last Spring, when “50 Shades” hysteria was at its peak, a bunch of writers on Twitter were discussing taking back the term “mommy porn.” Author Delphine Dryden had the idea of a bunch of erotic romance writers all writing stories featuring mothers as heroines – something we don’t see enough of in the genre.

The original idea for an anthology feel through, but a number of us, including Del and Dee Carney, have had stories that came out of those discussions published. For myself, I knew I wanted to do a single mother heroine, and from there the idea of sex-toy order going awry.

Annabeth Albert picCABR: That’s such a cool story 🙂

Did any real-life events inspire scenes in this book (sourced from the net during research perhaps)? 😉

AA: Not really. My heroine Bree orders from a online adult store, so I did do some browsing at places like Toys in Babeland and Adam & Eve. But on the whole, I’m way more vanilla than most of my characters!

CABR: LOL. Annabeth, can you provide an excerpt from your favourite scene in “Return to Sender“?

AA: Sure. It’s probably cliche, but I still love my opening scene because it’s where we get a sense of the dynamic…

“The red dildo fell into Jack Donovan’s lap with a friendly little plop. He peered into the empty box, wondering what unlucky and obviously very horny sap was stuck cuddling the land-use management text Jack had ordered. His laugh startled the dogs from their place on his oversized leather couch. Holmes cocked his head, trying to decide if there was something worth getting off the couch for. Cocked. Jack laughed harder.

Watson, always ready for a new chew toy, came to investigate. He sat back on his haunches, craggy brown face looking just pathetic enough to merit a pat. But no way was the king of chewed-up soccer balls getting his paws on the Gladiator Stallion 900. The shrink-wrapped package announced the dildo’s name in bold red lettering embossed on gold foil. This was one expensive-looking piece of rubber. Correction, “space age, real-feel silicone therma-skin.” The back of the box had tips for “maximizing the real-skin sensations.”

“Not for you,” Jack told Watson firmly. Dejected, the chocolate lab mix waddled back to the couch.

But who was the toy for? Jack’s ass clenched. No way in hell had he ordered it by mistake. Picking up the shipping box again, he pieced the label back together. Bree Hendricks. This time his laugh was enough to get both dogs off the couch. Holmes barked but Jack couldn’t stop until he ran out of air. Bree ordering a dildo? No way. But as the shock wore off, heat rushed to his cock at the idea of his favorite coffee shop owner bent over her laptop, her auburn hair falling forward to frame her face and a rosy glow rising on her cheeks as she picked out the perfect sex toy. The image was as hot as it was improbable.

If you’d like an Adults-only, steamy excerpt, I have one here: http://annabethalbert.com/books/return-to-sender/return-to-sender-naughty-excerpt/

rtsCABR: No joke on the steam in that excerpt. 😉 “Return to Sender” is a novella, correct?

Do you have plans to write a sequel and would it feature a new couple?

AA: Although “Return to Sender is 20,000 words, it is a complete story. I don’t think I’m spoiling things to say that it has a happy ending.

That was important to me, because as a reader, I like things to feel finished. That’s part of why I love romance novels, and I wanted to be sure to provide that for readers.

But, I absolutely loved the town of Ashbury that I created. My heroine has a friend, and she’s getting a book this spring. “Move Me” will be out from Ellora’s Cave later this spring. It’s 30,000 words, so also a novella. And don’t worry! Bree and Jack make appearances! But the heart of the book is a married couple facing an international move. The husband proposes a sexy bet to settle the disagreement, and the game is on.

I’m hoping to do at least one more Ashbury book, this one for the baker of the decadent cream puffs that feature in both of the first two books. The big, burly baker has been demanding a book, and I think I’ve found him the perfect heroine . . .

CABR: I can’t wait to read “Move Me“. What are your publishing plans for 2013?

AA: “Move Me” will be out this spring. I’m finishing up a m/m contemporary right now, then I’ll return to Ashbury to write book #3.

TRIVIA

Coffee or tea?

AA: Coffee. The fancier the better.

Dogs or cats?

AA: Dogs. We have a black lab humane society special.

eBooks or paperbacks?

AA: Both! I now read almost exclusively on my nook, but I’m never, ever pitching the books on my keeper shelves.

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

AA: I love all of my own characters, but I’ve spent most of my life wishing I could find Anne Shirley from “Anne of Green Gables” and be her best friend.

Thank you for having me on your blog Sasha!

I love meeting and chatting with readers of all genres. I frequently tweet about new additions to my keeper shelf, my quest for self-knitting yarn, and funny toddler exploits at @AnnabethAlbert on twitter. You can also find me at http://www.annabethalbert.com

CABR: Feel free to stop by anytime Annabeth. You were so much fun to interview 😀

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Guest Post & Giveaway: “From blogger to author” by Heather Lire

Feb 5

HL picFrom Blogger to Author

When Sasha gave me the topic she wanted me to talk about in my guest post I went sure no problem I can do this. Then I sat down to write it and…

Crickets…

Chirp…

Chirp…

Nada. Nihil. Rien. Nichts. Nothing.

How hard can it be to write a post about going from blogger to author. Then I had that ahha moment. A blogger is AN author, so I decided to write about how I went from being a REVIEWER to an AUTHOR.

When I started reviewing books years ago it was a way for me to keep track of all the books I was reading. Over time it grew to what is has become today. So when I was put on the spot about writing my own story I was honest and said I have this idea…so I shared my idea with the two authors who were putting me on the spot. They stared at me and then told me to go home and write that story as they wanted to read it.

This isn’t that story as that one is a paranormal and there is a LOT of work that goes into building that kind of world, so it’s still in the planning stages. But this is the story that I went home and finished. You see I’d started writing it and put it aside for one reason or another, the main one being I was stuck. That all changed after that conference.

The next year I was going to a reader’s con where a couple of publishers were going to be accepting pitches. One of those original authors and my sister-in-law convinced me I should pitch so I did. And to my shock they wanted the full manuscript. Then they wanted to publish not just this book, but the entire series.

And that is how I went from a stressed out mom who blogged about the books she was reading to keep her sanity, to a book reviewer, to a published author. It has been one heck of a journey to get to this point, and I understand it only gets harder and better from here on out. And I’m along for the ride of my life.

I want to thank Sasha for having me on here today.

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book coverExcerpt from “Second Chance at Forever“:

When Ryan had accepted the invitation for a week of nothing but sailing, drinking and hanging out with friends from college, he’d had no idea he would end up at a house party of a couple who resembled his grandparents and their relationship.

All he’d wanted was to relax and decompress after a very stressful couple of months on the job, not spend his vacation constantly fending off advances from women, and ignoring pointed questions about his job from the men.

When he’d stumbled across the hammock on his first day there, he’d thought it was a godsend and spent a very enjoyable afternoon lazing in it, thinking of nothing.

When he’d gone back the next day he’d discovered sleeping beauty had commandeered it. She’d been lying there, a mountain of pillows surrounding her. The sun shone through the trees, creating a halo effect around the hammock. Her long legs were stretched out. God, he loved long legs on a woman. His blood hummed like it hadn’t in a long time.

With her face turned away from him, he’d used all his training to get closer without her noticing him. Then he accidentally stepped on a twig. He’d silently cursed, hoping she’d been so caught up in her book she wouldn’t notice. No such luck, as she lifted her head and her gaze swung toward him.

The piercing glare coming from the most gorgeous set of eyes he’d ever seen had rocked him to his core, drawing him in like a moth to a flame.

Ryan shook his head at that thought, like a moth to a flame. If the guys in his squad had heard him say it out loud he would never live it down, and his brother would be giving him shit about it for the rest of his life if he heard him say it.

At the slight rustling of leaves he turned toward the walkway and sucked in his breath. No matter how many times he’d seen her over the last two days, she still managed to steal his breath away. She had the tall lean lines of an athlete, and a face that kept him coming back to it every time he’d seen her.

She wasn’t one of those women who had to be done up at all times. She was quite comfortable going about with only a hint of make-up, and with her hair in a ponytail. For a guy raised with three sisters he’d learned at an early age about the importance of hair and makeup, whether he’d wanted to or not.

He’d never been attracted to simple but, as he watched Morgan approach wearing shorts, which showcased her incredibly long legs, a simple tee shirt with a hoodie tied around her waist and athletic shoes, he admitted to himself, on her it was perfect.

He took the picnic basket she carried and extended his arm to her. “What do you have here?”

“I thought a picnic on the beach would be good.” She took his arm as they moved to where he’d parked his Jeep.

“Sounds like a plan. How do you feel about driving up the coast and exploring some of the small towns?” Ryan stowed the picnic basket in the back and helped Morgan into the Jeep.

Morgan paused with a surprised look on her face. “That’s something I would love to do, but it isn’t what I expected you to suggest.”

The look on her face was one of pure innocence, belaying the sarcasm in her voice. As she looked at him he couldn’t resist and leaned forward, brushing her lips with his. A spark of electricity shot through him, making him want to sink into her and take more. He held himself back, however, instinctively knowing if he did more she would be out of the Jeep and buried back in her books.

He stepped back and looked at her, a bemused look on her face, like she couldn’t believe what just happened. Good, he thought to himself. It was only fair if she confused him, he should confuse her in return.

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Author’s bio:

Heather Lire has been telling stories for as long as she has been talking, at least according to her mother. After years spent in academia Heather was encouraged to share the stories she was writing and sending to her sister with the rest of the world.

When she isn’t writing – which is never – she can be found attending whatever sport her sons are playing at that time, accompanying her husband on his photo shoots and playing online.

For more information on Heather and what she’s currently working on please visit her website www.heatherlire.com

Second Chance at Forever is her debut novel.

Places to Find her around the internet: 

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“Second Chance at Forever” available in Digital Only February 1st 2013

book coverSynopsis: 

When Morgan Sanderson left her grandparent’s anniversary party, she had no idea how much the previous week would impact her life. Four years later she’s living a content life, teaching literature and being the best mom she can be, even if she knows something is missing. That thing being the one person she can’t forgive and yet can’t get over.

The week Ryan Cartwright spent with Morgan was the best week of his life until tragedy struck, one that changed his life completely. Four years later he discovers he’s has three year old twins with Morgan the one woman he’s never been able to forget and let go. Can he forgive her from keeping the knowledge of his son’s from him.

As they uncover the truth behind their separation, they discover the love they’ve always felt for each other is still there, but can they ever trust each other again.

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Giveaway Winner: “Yours at Midnight” by Robin Bielman

Feb 4

Yours at Midnight coverCongratulations to Lori Meehan! 🙂

You’ve won an eBook copy of Robin Bielman’s book “Yours at Midnight“, an Ever After novel from Entangled Publishing.

Please respond to the email notification within 5 days to collect your prize.

 

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Review: “Drive Me Wild” by Christine Warren

Feb 3

Drive Me Wild coverTitle: Drive Me Wild

Series: The Others

Author: Christine Warren

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Publication Date: November 27, 2012

Review: I devoured this book! I wish Christine Warren had written even more about Tess and Rafael after their HEA, so I could enjoy more of their hot chemistry and honest communication. 😀

Drive Me Wild” is the latest book in The Others series and the second that I’ve read; “On The Prowl” was also an enjoyable read for me.

Tess is a funny, honest young woman whom we first meet while on stake-out of The Council’s offices in a stately home in New York. Seems her grandfather, former head of The Witches’ Council, has tasked Tess with passing on an important message to Rafe, head of The Council of Others.

STAR-5

Here’s a brief excerpt from Ch 1 which made me LOL and root for Tess right from the start:

Heere, kitty, kitty, kitty…                                       The singsong call echoed through her head, making Tess Menzies bite down on her lip to stifle a snicker. You wouldn’t think her current position – crouched in the shadows of an old brownstone, her eyes glued to the elegant facade of the building across the street – would be one conducive to humor but then again, Tess had always been one to laugh at inappropriate moments.

Rafe meanwhile, is a loner who enjoys leading The Council, being Felix of the were-jaguars and a successful businessman. I first ‘met’ him in “On The Prowl” in a few key scenes. Impressive, sexy and dangerous, that was my impression of him.

In “Drive Me Wild” he does not disappoint, even though we see more of his determination to enjoy Tess than we do of him facing off with an opponent until the second half of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved seeing him explore his passionate connection to Tess 😉 That table scene…hot! 

The author does a great job of letting Rafe’s jaguar instincts ‘come through’ during his more intimate interactions with Tess without being heavy-handed or spelling it out in a distracting manner. Here’s an example from their first encounter, after Rafe captures Tess, having turned the tables and followed her:

“What would please me is you letting me go!”

That damned chuckle again. “Ah, but that would not please me, sweet Tess, and since I am currently the one in control here, it is my wish that counts.

Tess harrumphed. “And isn’t that just like a man?”

“Or like a beast.” His eyes flashed, and his gaze slid to her lips. “And you know the truth about beasts and beauties, don’t you? The beasts always take what they want and damn the consequences.”

Her only warning was a flash of gold before his head dipped, and his mouth settled hot and hungry over hers.

Rafe purred his approval at the first taste of her. Rich and sweet, it made him want to lap her up like whipping cream.

Although this book is part of a series, you are able to follow along. In fact, we don’t even meet some of the main characters from book 6, so you won’t feel left out at all. There is enough back story woven into book 7 to keep you abreast of everything.

Drive Me Wild coverSynopsis: Tess Menzies can work a spell with a few blinks of her baby blue eyes. But this dedicated witch can’t summon up a single good reason she’s been made an envoy between her kind and Manhattan’s fiercest were-creatures.

The two sides haven’t spoken in four hundred years, and she’ll need every miracle in the book to broker any kind of truce. And that means outwitting Council of Others leader Rafael De Santos whose tantalizing moves and fierce hungry kisses are magic even a formidable sorceress can’t resist . . .

It doesn’t take a cat’s supernatural senses for Rafael to suspect that there’s something strange about this unexpected peace offering. And finding the truth is just as tempting as uncovering the secrets Tess is trying to conceal. Why, she’s tantalizing enough to make this wandering were-jaguar think he’s found the perfect mate—one he’s only dreamed of. But his stealth and her spells can’t guarantee they have a chance at survival, much less a future together…

BUY Links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Me-Wild-The-Others/dp/0312357249

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drive-me-wild-christine-warren/1109328659

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drive-me-wild/id528287944

Author’s Website – http://christinewarren.net/index.php

Twitter – @ChrstineWarren

Excerpt link – http://christinewarren.net/books/drive.php#excerpt

Giveaway Winner: “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart” by Linda Morris

Feb 2

MTMH coverCongratulations to Michelle Wilson!

You’ve won an eBook copy of Linda Morris‘ book “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart” from Entangled Publishing.

BUY Links for “Melting the Millionaire’s Heart”:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Melting-the-Millionaires-Heart-ebook/dp/B00AQ2960C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359257448&sr=1-1&keywords=melting+the+millionaire%27s+heart

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/melting-the-millionaire-s-heart?keyword=melting+the+millionaire%27s+heart&store=allproducts

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Connect with Linda Morris:

Website – http://lindamorrisbooks.com/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/LMorrisWriter

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