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Feb
10

 

 


New Giveaway! :smile2_tb:

I’ve been a huge fan of Teresa Medeiros for years. I have several of her books on my Keeper Shelf, both her historicals and her Time-Travel duet. Two that stand out in my mind are BREATH OF MAGIC (TT) and YOURS UNTIL DAWN (H). I giggled my way through BREATH OF MAGIC when it first came out and have been nagging Ms. Medeiros with emails & Tweets asking when it would be available for Kindle because although I have it in paperback — and replaced it several times because of how worn the book became — I need it in e-format too. Because then I’d have it on hand all the time. It would be bliss. I need it so please, PTB, make my wish come true soon? Please??

*****STOP THE PRESSES! I just checked Amazon on the off-chance that BREATH OF MAGIC was available for Kindle & yippee skippee, IT IS! *happy dancing while clicking on the Buy button* Oh yes, it is MINE, all mine! :jittery_tb: Look at that…ask and you shall receive…well, not really but still, I’ll go with it. :danceele:

The second one that was an all-nighter for me was YOURS UNTIL DAWN. I’m a sucker for books with wounded characters and I loved everything about this one. The twist at the end was so unexpected that I soon as I finished it, I went back and reread it, looking at it with new eyes that had missed all the signs in the beginning. I love when an author can do that to me. It automatically puts the book (and author!) on my Keeper Shelf. :exactly:

So for this giveaway, tell me what your favorite book and/or books by Ms. Medeiros are. If you haven’t read her, what books off her bookshelf jump out at you?

Giveaway will run from today, February 10th, until Wednesday, February 16th. Open to US residents only.

GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART by Teresa Medeiros
Copyright: December 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros absolutely dazzles in this quick-witted, laugh-out-loud funny, and highly moving love story that will set readers’ hearts atwitter.

Abigail Donovan has a lot of stuff she should be doing. Namely writing her next novel. A bestselling author who is still recovering from a near Pulitzer Prize win and the heady success that follows Oprah’s stamp of approval, she is stuck at Chapter Five and losing confidence daily. But when her publicist signs her up for a Twitter account, she’s intrigued. What’s all the fuss?

Taken under the wing of one of her Twitter followers, “MarkBaynard”—a quick witted, quick-typing professor on sabbatical—Abby finds it easy to put words out into the world 140 characters at a time. And once she gets a handle on tweets, retweets, direct messages, hashtags, and trends, she starts to feel unblocked in writing and in life. After all, why should she be spending hours in her apartment staring at her TweetDeck and fretting about her stalled career when Mark is out there traveling the world and living?

Or is he?

Told almost entirely in tweets and DMs, Goodnight Tweetheart is a truly modern take on a classic tale of love and loss—a Griffin and Sabine for the Twitter generation.

 

 

Dec
9

 

 

  • 2.5 Lillies Reviews


SEVEN DAY LOAN by Tiffany Reisz
Release Date: December 2010
Publisher: Harlequin / Spice Briefs
Source: Bought it.

A trained submissive, Eleanor will do whatever her master commands…even spend a week with a stranger. Daniel has been a recluse since his wife’s death, and Eleanor’s lover thinks spending time with her will be therapeutic—especially since Daniel is also a Dom.

Despite her defiant streak, Eleanor can’t resist giving in to Daniel’s erotic demands. But while she’ll let him have her body, she’s determined to keep a guard around her heart. Even if Daniel wants to make Eleanor his permanently….

I saw a review of this come through my email last night from one of the blogs I follow around 3am last night. Review intrigued me enough to find myself over at Amazon where for $2.39, I got a copy downloaded to my Kindle. I will be honest and say I haven’t read that many Spice Briefs because…well…I find them too short. Not enough time to really get to know the characters, I should say. But again, the review I saw intrigued me and while at Amazon I saw it had garnered 11 five-star reviews. Nothing less than that. So I told myself maybe I was missing out on something and should give this book and author a try. It took me less than an hour to read it. I’m not sure how many pages it is because Kindle just goes by percentage when you’re reading. One of the reviews said something like 50 pages while someone at BN said it was only 34 pages so I’m not quite sure about it.

Story starts off with Eleanor in a limo with her “Master” who is dropping her off at Daniel’s house for a week. Eleanor is a submissive, has been for years, although we know from the first sentence that Eleanor is 23 years old. Her Master is going out of town and Daniel is a widower who hadn’t left his house in over three years. Since his beloved wife died. Daniel and “Master” are friends so “Master” thought it would be a good idea for Eleanor to spend the week he was out of town with Daniel….to help him come back to the land of the living. “Master” tells her she has to do whatever Daniel requires because Daniel is a Dom, just like “Master”. She’s upset about this because while he (Master) has shared her with others before, he’s never ever left her by herself with someone else without “Master” being there too. Even though she’s upset about the whole thing, she agrees. (Woo, isn’t she a smart one?)

Once they arrive at Daniel’s house, “Master” doesn’t take long in taking his leave of them. Doesn’t even really say goodbye to Eleanor, just basically pats her on the head (or was it shoulder?) as he’s walking out of the room with Daniel. For a short story, it doesn’t take them long to start in on the smexy times in the bedroom. We find out their first time together was Daniel’s first time since his wife passed away. We’re supposed to believe that Daniel is a Dom but Eleanor kept pushing him with her remarks and he never really said anything in response. They have discussions in the middle of all their smexy times but Eleanor knows she’s only on loan and must remember at all times that “Master” owns her and she belongs with him. Although Daniel shows her more affection than “Master” ever did, according to her thoughts.

Then comes the day that Daniel wants to ask her to stay with him. She tells him she can’t because she belongs to “Master” and if Daniel actually comes out and says it out loud, she might be too weak and actually agree to stay with him. Because he’s given her more of his time than “Master” has ever given her and they’ve actually been able to spend the time together without it feeling like they’ve had to “steal” time to be together as it does when she’s with “Master”. We find out around that time what “Master” does for a living which came as a surprise, to be honest. More smexy times commence and then the day comes that it’s time for Eleanor to go back to “Master” and Daniel takes the steps to ask her to stay. She refuses. Says he “proved” to her, when he walked off his property to try to stop her that he no longer needs her. Seriously?

Epilogue starts three months later when she’s getting ready to take a shower because “Master” coming for her tonight when her mother tells her she has a stack of mail waiting for her. In the middle of the junk mail, she finds a postcard from Daniel. He’s taken the trip they discussed one day while she was with him and she can finally stop feeling “guilty” for the way she left him and goes off to finish getting ready for “Master” because she knows what love is and “Master” is love.

I had several issues with this. She never refers to “Master” as anything other than “he, him or sir” when thinking of him or talking to him because “Master” doesn’t want her saying his name. I didn’t like that there was no mention of using protection in all the smexy time scenes she and Daniel had. In this day in age? When he was a full out stranger to her when “Master” dropped her off? I’m not quite sure what possessed “Master” to offer Eleanor to Daniel. What was it about her that he thought would bring Daniel back to the land of the living? Her magical hoo-hah? She really didn’t show any true personality to me. She was just there for the sex. Because other than all the smexy times, they didn’t really talk to get to know each other outside of that.

So here we have a guy who is ready to devote all his time and love into making Eleanor happy and she chooses the guy who she has to “steal time” to be able to be together with him. Who basically feels he can loan her out whenever he wants because her hoo-hah belongs to him and he can do what he pleases to it. Given a choice between Daniel or “Master”, I probably would have chosen “Master” too….if I was completely brainless and without a thought in my head, that is.

Also, at the end of the short story, we see she still lives at home with her parents or at least with her mother so where did her mother think she was in the week she was on loan to Daniel? There was no mention of that at all that I could see.

Overall, I found this to be a quick read but had too many questions about the hows and whys to really truly enjoy it. I knew going into this not to expect a HEA but I was at least hoping for a HEAFN moment and sadly, it didn’t pan out for me. I’m giving it 2.5 stars for Daniel. Although he wasn’t the Dom we were lead to believe, he did grab my attention and had me wanting to learn more of him.

ETA: Curse you, Amazon! *shakes fist in air* You suckered me again with those fake reviews.

 

 

Oct
27

 

 


Can’t even begin to tell you how excited this news makes me. Have been waiting until all the info was finalized and now that it is, I’m sharing, yay!!

In December, Carina Press is releases a Holiday Romance Collection anthology with four of my favorite authors. Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Megan Hart & Shannon Stacey. In one anthology! *feels faint* I’m usually not a big fan of anthologies as I never actually read all stories in them, just the ones I want to read so color me excited that this will be one I’ll actually read from cover to cover. I’m a sucker for small town settings…just adore them.

Mark your calendars for December 6th and add all of these to your TBB list. You will have the option to buy each book on it’s own or the whole collection together for a discounted price.

Big Star, Small-town Christmas
 
Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn’t come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen—causing her to flee to Nashville—was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy awards to prove she doesn’t need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can’t help thinking of all she gave up by running away…
 
Ethan Kent knew Riley had the talent and the drive to make it as a singer. He also knew she wasn’t going anywhere if she stayed in their nowhere town for him. Then one night and one huge mistake sent her running on the road to fame. Which doesn’t mean he ever stopped loving her…
 
But with so much separating them, can Riley and Ethan find their way back together one magical country Christmas?

Their First Christmas, Bound Together…

All Jude wants for Christmas is Rori, all to himself. It’s their first holiday season as a couple, and staying home, seeing friends and family, means they’ll be surrounded by the memory of Rori’s late husband. It’s time for Jude and Rori to create their own traditions. Time for them to fully explore their most intimate desires to dominate and submit.

Rori is thrilled when Jude whisks her away to a luxury resort in the mountains. Spending Christmas away, just the two of them, is the perfect time to show him she’s ready to give herself to him completely…

Newlyweds Leah and Brandon Long are finally taking a honeymoon. But just two days into their Christmas-in-Vail vacation, Leah gets run down by an out-of-control snowboarder, severely spraining her ankle. Being stuck indoors isn’t so bad though: the luxurious chalet boasts a hot tub and cozy fireplace. Besides, sitting with her feet up while Brandon serves her in every way a man can serve a woman is exactly how both of them like to spend their time.

Leah would be in heaven, if only Brandon didn’t insist on bringing up the idea of a family. She knew that kids were part of the package, but she’s not ready to make any plans just yet. Still, with kinky sex and deep conversation the only things on the agenda for the next week, Leah can’t avoid the discussion for long. Will she be ready to take her marriage to the next level in the New Year?

House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.

Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there’s an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.

Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes’ wiring for almost as long as he’s wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn’t notice Scott back in high school, but she’s noticing him now, and soon they’re indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year’s.

But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other’s company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

And, here’s the cover for the whole bundle.

I’m just in love with the covers. They’re all so lovely, aren’t they?

 

 

Oct
23

 

 


NO PLACE TO RUN by Maya Banks
Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Release Date: December 7, 2010

ISBN: 978-0425238196

Series: KGI Series, Book 2

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The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.

Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.

Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

Sam Kelly was her first love.

The last person Sam Kelly expected to pull wounded from the lake was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost >her life and that of her unborn child—Sam’s child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger.

Now he’s her last chance.

Sam has too many questions to let her slip away again—like why she disappeared in the first place. This time he vows not to be seduced. But one look in her eyes, and the passion burns again, and Sam knows he’ll do anything to keep her and his child safe. However, Sophie’s dark past is more dangerous than he imagines, and the only way for either to survive it is to outrun it.

HIDDEN AWAY by Maya Banks
Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Release Date: March 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0425240175

Series: KGI Series, Book 3

Excerpt Coming Soon

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.

Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.

Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

A man who shoots first and asks questions later…



Most people would take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who’s in hiding after witnessing a murder by Marcus Lattimer, her half-brother—and a personal enemy of KGI. This gig may be beneath a disciplined soldier like Garrett, but if he gets a shot at Lattimer, it will all be worth it…

…and the ultimate moving target.

But Garrett hadn’t counted on falling for Sarah. He’d considered seduction as a tactical maneuver, but when he glimpses Sarah’s dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe—even after she disappears on him. Garrett doesn’t know exactly who, or what, Sarah’s running from, but whatever it is, she’s running for her life…

THE PERFECT PLAY by Jaci Burton

Publisher: Berkley Heat

Release Date: February 2011

ISBN: 0425238814

Series: Play-by-Play Novel, Book #1

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Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

CHANGING THE GAME by Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Release Date: September 2011
ISBN: TBA
Series: Play-by-Play Novel, Book #2

Excerpt Coming Soon
 
 
Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren’t most people…

Win at any cost. That’s always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley, Liz realizes that she’ll have to work extra innings to win him back. It might not be too much of a stretch. She’s had a thing for this player’s moves since she first laid on eyes on him, and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad.

Gavin’s more than ready—especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. And as much of her as Gavin wants. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curve ball Liz’s way to see just how far she’s truly willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of them all.

VISIONS OF MAGIC by Regan Hastings
Release Date: February 2011

In the ten years since magic has reemerged in the world, witches have become feared and hunted. For weeks Shea Jameson has been haunted by visions of fire.When she unintentionally performs a spell in public, she becomes one of the hunted. Her only hope is Torin, a dangerously sensual man who claims to be her eternal mate.

NEVER AGAIN by Michele Bardsley
Release Date: March 2011

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Lucinda Rackmore is a witch cursed…

Desperation sends her to the last place anyone would think to find her … the small Dragon-protected town of Nevermore, Texas. To escape the wrath of her ex-lover, she must plead her case with the town’s Guardian—the man her family betrayed a decade ago.

Gray Calhoun is a wizard scorned…

Gray wants nothing to do with the Rackmores, especially not the spoiled younger sister of the woman who sacrificed him to a demon lord. But when Lucy shows up at his door begging for sanctuary, he can’t turn her away.

Magic is love reborn…

An infamous Rackmore witch isn’t the only trouble in town, either. Someone’s creating demonic mayhem—and murdering citizens. Only with Gray and Lucinda working together, can they hope to defeat the dark forces that threaten Nevermore. And maybe along the way, they’ll find that love is the strongest magic of all.

BEG ME by Shiloh Walker
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Release Date: December 2010

Beg me…there had been a time when those words made her burn with desire. But now, there was only fear.

Once, Tania Sinclair’s life was almost perfect…oh, it had its ups and downs but she was happily married to a guy that adored her, one who had no problem indulging every kinky fantasy she ever had. But a couple of tragedies later, she’s barely holding it together. A car accident took away her husband, and an attack from somebody she should have been able to trust has shaken not only her confidence, but it’s also stripped away her fantasies and even made it painful to look back on her memories of her husband without fear.

Two years after her attack, Tania is determined to take her life back and the first step is taking back herself…her fantasies, her dreams, her memories. There’s only one person she can trust to do it, too. One person she wants enough…Drake Bennett, her husband’s best friend.

Falling for your best friend’s wife—never smart. Drake’s watched Tania quietly for years, watched her…wanted her, knowing he’d never have her. First, she was taken. And then, that night two years ago—a night that still scars her, a night that’s left bruises on her that still haven’t healed. He does what he can, though, because he loves her too much not to. He’s her friend, there when she needs him.

And now she needs him. She’s asked him for a favor…one that just about blows his mind…



Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers…

Special note from author –

Note from the author… this is an independent project I’m doing-it will be released in ebook through Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.  Smashwords does have a deal where they can also make ebooks available to places like BN’s Nook, the Sony, etc, and I do plan on pursuing those as well, but it will take a little bit of time and I don’t have as much control of it, so your patience will be appreciated.

This is a new avenue for me as well and it’s going to be a learning experience. I don’t have a set date yet, although I’m thinking I’ll probably try to plan on 12/1/2010.  That gives me time to finish the edits and hopefully get some reviews done as well.

For my international readers, I have checked and I do believe Smashwords WILL be an option for you, so you should be able to get the book through them.

HERE TO STAY by Catherine Anderson
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release Date: January 25, 2011
ISBN: 978-0451232410
Series: Harrigan Family Series

Mandy Pajeck had a tough childhood. Now 28, she feels responsible for the accident that took her younger brother’s sight. But his complete reliance on her care is making them both miserable.

When she meets handsome Zach Harrigan and his mini guide horse, she thinks she’s found the ticket to her brother’s happiness-and maybe her own.

MOON BURNING by Lucy Monroe
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: February 2011

ISBN-10: 0425239802

ISBN-13: 978-0425239803

A Children of the Moon Novel #3

Paranormal Historical Werewolf

Bestselling author Lucy Monroe returns to her hugely popular paranormal world where a woman falls under the spell of the beast who is her one true enemy…



Barr never asked to be made laird over the struggling Donegal clan, or leader of its werewolf pack. But he’ll do his duty and although he hasn’t yet found his mate, he hopes she will be among his people. He expects his new role to be difficult; he doesn’t expect to discover a naked woman in the forest whose memory is as fragile as her human body—her delectable, all too appealing body. Could this woman be his true mate?



On a mission to save her people from extinction, Sabrine pretends she has no memory in order to gain access to her enemy: the Donegal clan. A raven shifter, she is determined to retrieve the sacred stone that rightfully belongs to her people. But soon she’ll be engulfed in her burning desire and growing love for Barr—and the dangerous and inescapable secrets destined to keep them apart…

 

 

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