Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Blitz & Giveaway ~ Brandon (Siren #3) by Marata Eros


Brandon
(Siren #3) 
by Marata Eros
Publication date: October 17th 2014
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Paranormal




Synopsis
BRANDON is the sequel to CONSTANTINE of The SIREN Series.
Brandon, a Druid male warrior, has sought the call of the Mother, the sea’s endless summons something he can no longer ignore.
Leaving the Reaper vampire stronghold, he seeks those females who share his blood and unique calling. Brandon enters a battle between the mixed-blood Constantine, Kane of demon descent and Madden—a Mer who has the answers to the mystery of his lineage.
Left with more questions than answers, Brandon is shocked when he discovers a female that is mixed as he.
Can Brandon find answers to the questions that plague him? Or will his protection for the one female who calls to him circumvent the resolution he craves? When males from the opposing sects hunt him for what he possesses—can he call on his Druid counterparts to save everything he cares most about …

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Ember steps around Con, and Con sees Madden's nostrils flare. Hard.
“You have fucked the Faction,” Madden accuses her.
Constantine sighs. Grabbing Ember's elbow, he jerks her closer to him. “You imbecile, I am no longer Faction. Do you see yonder Faction present? Them, oaf, not I.”
Madden's brows dump, his eyes narrowing to slits. “A mongrel is what I see,” he says, dismissing the Faction who used to battle alongside Con.
Not that the other Faction’s stance as current potential enemy ruffled Con’s feathers. Con has found independence, and it suits him quite well.
Con doesn’t have time for usurpation. “Well, bravo, my fishy enemy. But this mongrel will end you.”
The Mer open their mouths to call the Mother.
Constantine would like to bitch about their methods. However, he has always been a dirty fighter, and he approves of using everything at his disposal.
On that note. Con whips Ember around, gripping her arms. Her blood-red eyes and blond hair contrast in the strangled moonlight seeping through the trees like pale blood.
“Derail their siren's call, Ember.”
Her eyes grow round. “I do not know if I am able.”
He gives her a teeth-rattling shake. “Try—before I inspire you to do so. You can take the Faction out of the male, but the violence remains.”
Constantine draws her close as the Mer call the aid of the sea.
He feels the Mother as his lips take Ember's in a brutal press of flesh that leaves her gasping.
He bites her lip just hard enough to draw blood, and it fills their mouths.
He pulls away. “Do it. Do it now!”
Ember's tongue swipes at the wound. He watches her pupils dilate, the black eating the red. When her eyes are glossy ink marbles in the ivory of her face, her mouth opens, and Ember's song fills the stillness.
The demonic and Druid cover their ears against it.
But Con does not. He has enough blood of the Mer to tolerate her high-toned wail, though it causes as much pain as it does pleasure.
A common theme for what Constantine enjoys best.
A wall of seawater rises like a hand from a watery grave. It hovers over Ember and Constantine.
The Druid's arms drop to his sides, an expression of wonder filling his face as he approaches them.
Ember's wailing isn’t interrupted when she gives a cautionary shake of her head. Con doesn’t shred the cock and balls off the young male, as his impulse would normally be, because when the Druid sets his hands on both their shoulders, Ember’s song rises in pitch—strengthening the call. The water that threatens them swings around and crashes into the five Mer and Faction who sidle closer to gain the advantage of proximity.
Fierce satisfaction fills Con when the Mers’ siren call is cut short, water stealing the sound.
Ember's final note carries on the now-still air. Her trembling music crushes the silence as it ends.
Their breathing is all Constantine hears. 


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Marata Eros (a pen name for Tamara Rose Blodgett), is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of A Terrible Love. Marata has more than thirty-five titles in multiple genres including Dark Fantasy, Dark Romance as well as her highly successful Dark Erotica series.

Marata lives in South Dakota with her husband, children and fur kids. She is an ardent reader of many genres. Tamara enjoys interacting with her readers via Twitter, blog and newsletter as often as possible. Please stop by and say hi :)

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Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Protecting Caroline (Seal of Protection Series #1) by Susan Stoker


    


Protecting Caroline
SEAL of Protection #1
by Susan Stoker

Published: September 8th, 2014
Word Count: 62,000

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: ViolenceAge Recommendation: 18+



Synopsis
**Protecting Caroline is a stand-alone love story. It is Book 1 in the SEAL of Protection Series**

Matthew “Wolf” Steel hated flying commercial. Luckily his job as a Navy SEAL meant he didn’t have to do it very often. He’d been unlucky enough to be assigned a middle seat on the cramped jet, but fortunately for him, the woman next to him was willing to switch seats with him. Hoping for a relaxing flight, Wolf was pleasantly surprised at the good conversation and sense of humor the woman had as they flew 36,000 feet over the countryside.

When Caroline boarded the plane to Virginia to move across the country for her new job she never expected to be seated next to the hottest guy she’d ever seen. She also never expected he’d be so easy to talk to. She knew he’d never be interested in talking to her if he hadn’t been trapped in the seat next to her, but it was a nice way to spend a long plane ride.
Neither Wolf nor Caroline were prepared for a terrorist hijacking of their plane, but if Caroline thought that would be the last time she’d see, or need, Wolf, she’d be sorely mistaken.


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About the Author
Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She is quite the romantic and even met the love of her life on “Hotmail classified” before online dating and sites like match.com even existed!

Susan has been reading romance novels since middle school and once crossed out the names of the main characters in a book and changed them to her own and to the name of her crush. She’s been writing scenes for years, developing her unique writing style.

Susan loves writing but her true passion is adopting dogs from rescue groups and shelters. Susan and her husband have had a total of nine “rescued” dogs since 2000 including a variety of basset hounds and bloodhounds. She has recently branched out and adopted a basset/terrier mix who acts more like a terrier than a basset (i.e. digging, eating a couch and being hyper).


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Wolf didn’t say anything, just did what he’d desired to do the first time he saw her in the room. He reached over and gathered her into his arms. She was stiff at first, then she melted into him. She smelled of some sort of flowers. Maybe it was her shampoo, maybe it was a lotion she used, but it went straight to his head. He tightened his arms around her and Caroline lost it. She cried. She cried for being scared on the plane, she cried for being hurt, she cried remembering how alone and scared she felt in her apartment when only a thin piece of plastic kept a killer from knowing she was in the bathroom, she cried in relief that Matthew was back from his mission. Matthew rocked her and held her tight. He wasn’t used to a woman’s tears, but there was no way he was letting her go.
Finally her tears dried up and she only sniffed here and there. Wolf drew back a bit and looked at her face. She wasn’t a “cute crier”—her face was red and blotchy. She refused to raise her eyes. Wolf rubbed her cheeks with his thumbs and then lifted her chin up so Caroline had to look at him. He didn’t say anything just leaned down and touched her lips with his. It wasn’t a passionate kiss, but it felt right. It was a comforting kiss. It was exactly what she needed from him at that moment.
He pulled back and looked into her eyes. “You’re safe now. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure you stay that way.”
Caroline believed him. He was an honest to God hero. And for the moment, he was her hero. She tipped her chin up, reaching again for his lips with hers.

The second she moved, he was there. Wolf had tried to hold back with her. She was feeling vulnerable and he didn’t want to take advantage of her. But with the first touch of her lips against him, he was lost.

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★★ COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY ★★ Fate Accompli by MM Jaye

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Fate Accompli
by MM Jaye
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21st, 2014
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Synopsis

Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick extra … in the presence of hundreds.

The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnet of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.

Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first, she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.

She knows he could destroy her.

She knows, yet she needs just a bit longer to savor his searing kisses…


Meet the Author

MM Jaye’s mom claims that she spoke her first word at the age of six. Months. As a kid she would record fairy tales in her own voice, play them back and then re-record adjusting the pitch and tempo. Later, she used her voice to inspire young adults and teach them the art of translation. But there came a time when life took a turn for the worse, and her voice temporarily died out. That’s when she turned to writing.

Fate Accompli is the first book in her Aegean Lovers series, set on the Greek island where her husband proposed. MM Jaye lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, daughter and Kindle.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review ~ Play Me #2: Play Me Hot by Tracy Wolff

Play Me Hot
(Play Me #2)
by Tracy Wolff

Expected publication: December 2nd 2014 by Loveswept 


Synopsis
Return to a world of secrets and desires. In the sultry second installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined, Zoe and Sebastian turn up the heat. But will they get burned?
 
My name is Zoe Brandt. I’ve been on my own a long time and that’s the way I like it. No one to hurt me, no one to answer to, no one to rely on. It’s a good life, far above the dark underbelly of Las Vegas.
 
Then Sebastian Winter walks into the Atlantis and turns my life upside-down. He’s young, hot, and more concerned with saving the world than partying at his father’s five-star luxury hotel. As a human rights activist, Sebastian spends most of his time in the world’s deadliest places. He’s a wanderer, an adventurer, with no plans to ever put down roots. Then his father has a heart attack and puts him in charge of the Atlantis—and picks me to be Sebastian’s personal assistant.
 
Getting tangled up with my new boss? Big mistake. But each day draws me deeper into Sebastian’s world—and into the sensual games he plays. There’s another side to him, though. A darkness that plagues his soul. I can’t ignore the rumors about his past. Glimpses of the man behind the façade disturb me—and only make me want him more.
 
Zoe and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Hard.


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Oh. My. Gosh!  Where Play Me Wild gave us a brief introduction into the two main characters, Sebastian and Aria, Play Me Hot starts off, well, HOT!  Tracy Wolff did not waste a single moment in giving the reader the erotic adventure that was just beginning in part one.  In fact, most of the 55 pages of Play Me Hot was one hot, steamy, erotic session of pure sex that left me breathless – and wanting and needing MORE

The mystery surrounding both Sebastian and Aria’s past is driving me absolutely crazy and the frustration is mounting as part 2 just ends – abruptly, without any warning - begging me to start reading part 3.  It’s a really good thing that all 5 parts of this amazing serial are being release on the same day, because I think I would drive myself insane waiting for each installment to be released.

This is a definite page turner and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

4 stars

About the Author
Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

And for all of those who want the unedited version:
Tracy Wolff lives with four men, teaches writing to local college students and spends as much time as she can manage immersed in worlds of her own creation. Married to the alpha hero of her dreams for twelve years, she is the mother of three young sons who spend most of their time trying to make her as crazy as possible.

You can find Tracy also on Twitter, www.tracywolff.blogspot.com and www.sizzlingpens.blogspot.com.

Tracy Wolff also writes as Tessa Adams

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Book Review & Virtual Book Tour ~ Oden (Book 3 of the Invasion Trilogy) by Jessica Frances

Oden
Book 3 of The Invasion Trilogy
by Jessica Frances

New Adult / Sci-Fi Romance
Date Published: October 18, 2014


Synopsis  
Mattie:
A war is coming.
It will not be an Earth bound battle yet humans will have to fight for their survival.
This is no longer about fighting to take our planet back, this is a fight for our society, our way of life.
However I will not be fighting in this war, I have another I must battle against, to stop him and keep myself, Marduke and our child safe and out of his clutches. I will do anything to protect my family from this evil maniac.
Jeprow doesn't know of human’s strengths. He doesn't know how resourceful we are. How brave and cunning and smart we can be.
He thinks he’s already won and the battle between us is over, but he has no idea who he’s messing with.

Marduke:
Oden is under attack and suddenly there is more at risk than just my own life. Mattie and our baby now rely on me and I can’t let them down
My new family is trapped in a warzone and I must protect them.
But I must still protect my people, my family’s legacy and the leadership that holds it all together.
If we lose this war, then the humans lose as well.
We are in this fight together and the losses on both sides will be many.
Never before have I been under such pressure, never before has the risk of failure been so high.


What happens when they end up sacrificing more than they ever intended, if they lose who they are and what they are fighting for?
Can they move on from all they have lost, forgive each other for what they have been forced to do?
Most importantly, can they ever learn to forgive themselves?
Who will win the war and who loses everything?

My Thoughts
In this highly anticipated conclusion to the epic trilogy, The InvasionOden is more intense, more action-packed and more heart-breaking than I ever thought possible.  Just when I thought this trilogy couldn't possibly get any better, Jessica Frances showed that she did in fact save the best for last!

Oden is under attack by Jeprow, an evil, despicable being that I really grew to hate as I was reading.  He is a harsh, brutal person who only wants one thing – control, and he will not stop until he achieves his goal.

Mattie once again really impressed me with her ability to remain strong, even when life took a turn for the worse.  She took a stand and fought to take back what was lost even when she appeared to lose all hope.

And then there is Marduke.  Gosh, I love that sexy alien man!  Torn between his people and Mattie, he never gave up and did everything possible to please both sides.

The other supporting characters were great, but I don’t want to write too much about them because it might spoil it for future readers.  The one thing though that made me laugh was when Mattie came across an alien machine that performed a sonogram and she took a look at her baby, Riley.  This was a hilarious moment for me, and when you read it you will know what I am writing about.

There were some tough moments in this story, but with war, things can be far from pleasant and there are never any winners.  Each side will experience death and destruction even when one sides claims victory.  But is it really a victory when loved ones are ripped away from you, never to be held, loved or seen ever again? 

Oden provoked so many feelings within me while I was reading.  Ms. Frances really does have an amazing talent of giving the reader such vivid descriptions, that it is so easy to become totally engrossed in the story and ‘see’ the action unfold before your very eyes. At one point, I actually screamed with frustration and cried my eyes out.  I almost contacted the author because I could not understand why she took that approach. (Yeah, I got pretty emotional with this one.) But in the end, I realized that this very sad and heart-wrenching part was essential to the story.  That to me is the sign of a great story when you actually get that involved in the plot.  And this one is a GREAT story!  Overall though, despite my tears and sadness, this is one amazing story and the perfect ending to a superb trilogy.

I am so sad that this series is over, but I am also very excited to see what Ms. Frances releases next.  Whatever it is, I know it will be amazing! 


5 stars


Excerpt
“I really can’t do this right now.” Her voice breaks, which in turn, breaks my heart. “Please, can you just leave?”
“I’m sorry,” I say sadly, moving to stand in front of her and crouching down, taking her hands that are resting on her lap and overlapping them with mine. “I never meant to hurt you. I will do whatever it takes to make this right between us.”
“What if there isn’t anything that can make this right? What if, when I look at you now, all I see is pain and suffering that humans are about to go through and have already been through?”
“I’m hoping that, perhaps, you’ll be able to look at me and see the man you once saw before.”
“I’m not sure if he even existed now. Did you always know you’d use humans this way? That we wouldn’t have any rights on Oden? Did you know that we were as good as dead when you invaded us?”
“I couldn’t have predicted Jeprow and the Claws. This wasn’t planned, and right now, this is our last resort. If we don’t have a distraction, then there is no chance of us slowing down the Claws. More people will die, and that will include humans. They’ve already taken over most of Oden. We’re losing this fight. Our hinemas are being destroyed. If we don’t act now, within days, Oden will be lost.”
She sighs, her eyes looking sad, and her shoulders sag. “I’m tired, Marduke. I don’t hate you, but I hate the choice that you have made. It forces me to make my own choice, one that neither of us likes. I guess, we are doomed to always be unhappy now.”
“I want that family I envisioned. I want our baby—our son—to have that happy family. He is ours and you are mine.”
“I can’t be with someone who thinks my race is expendable. Riley is part human, too, you know? When you sentence my people to death, you’re sentencing his, too.”



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Jessica Frances 

Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. After having the Taken Trilogy taking up space in her head for years, she was relieved to have a break and her mind clear. But apparently the free rent was announced to the world and Mattie and her friends heard, because now she is hearing their new voices and a whole new story. The Invasion Trilogy was then born.

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★★ RELEASE DAY & GIVEAWAY★★ Coming Home to You by Claire Raye

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by Claire Raye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 2014
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It’s Beck O’Loughlin’s job to keep people safe, but what he never bargained for was having to keep his former high school sweetheart and love of his life, Kelsey Walters, safe after walking away from her ten years ago.
Beck, now a hardened Boston detective and Kelsey, an inn owner in their small touristy town of Rockport, Massachusetts, find themselves struggling with the harsh reality that Kelsey’s life may be in serious danger.
Stalked and tormented by an ex-boyfriend, she begins to realize his threats are very much real. All she wants is to feel normal again and that’s when Beck shows up, bound and determined to save her.
But protecting Kelsey isn’t the only thing on Beck’s mind when their sexual tension steams hotter than a New England summer. Being this close begins to test both of their resolve, as emotions run high and all the feelings from the past begin to resurface.
Will they be able to grab onto this second chance at love, or will outside dangers threaten their chance at happiness?

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