Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Entangled Publishing Contest !!!!

BRAZEN: the naughty little sister of our Indulgence line.
Brazen publishes steamy category romances that blend young, fresh voices, and explore the more seductive side of modern relationships.

Brazen is a digital only imprint from Entangled Publishing, an exclusive, boutique publisher of romantic fiction. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Entangled's goal is to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving both readers and authors the best of both worlds. Get more information at www.entangledpublishing.com

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Thursday, July 26, 2012


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Overview of Dark Isle (Celtic Legacy Book 2)

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from Chaos?

As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn's future has never looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy

The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.

What if the good guys weren't good?

What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?

Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?

Genre- Thriller

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?

Genre- Contemporary Romance 

Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson met at the Cedar Cove annual costume dance, known only to each other as the leopard and the cowboy--but, as Delaney soon discovers, the cowboy she'd thought had ridden off into the sunset never to tempt her again, is none other than the man she came from New York to find and discredit. Against her will, Delaney is drawn deeper and deeper into an overwhelming attraction to Blake--an
attraction she can't give in to if she wants to keep the one thing she values more than anything else.

Genre- Contemporary Romance

Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.

Lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous, action-packed adventure. Soon they are forced to confront a maniacal villainwilling to do anything - including murder - to reach his own ambitious goals.

Genre- YA/MG Superhero

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut thriller from Alan McDermott. When a killer walks free from court, the victim's father sees just two options: accept the judge's decision; or take on the entire British justice system. Tom Gray chooses the latter and his crusade attracts instant worldwide media coverage. It was just what Tom was hoping for, but it brought him a lot more than he bargained for.

Gray Justice is much more than a simple tale of revenge: it's a rollercoaster ride with an ending you'll never forget!

Genre- Thriller

"Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds..."

A Prominent P.I. is gunned down - killed by a sniper - and it’s broadcasted on live TV.Now, her daughter, along with her childhood pal, are thrust into a complex and riveting thriller forced to take on a secret club whose members call themselves The Privileged Ones.

Murder. Teen abductions and illegal underground parties.

They’re chased by men in ski-masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel, and the only way to bring down this criminal enterprise; is to crash a Mardi Gras bash and stop their private cruise ship from sailing off
into the sunset.

Overview of  Allegiance, a Thriller

Who do YOU pledge allegiance to?

After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history, lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him and his wife.

Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything to serve up revenge?

Genre- Thriller

Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by Zach Fortier, a dangerously deranged cop. Welcome back to the inner city and the twisted mentality of Zach Fortier. Patrolling the streets, broken and mentally damaged from years of urban violence, Zach fights a losing battle to maintain a hold on reality. Join him in the passenger seat of a police cruiser for more of the darker and meaner side of life: The inner city. In Curbchek-Reload you get a front row seat to an attempted murder of a cop, suicide attempts, rapes, and DARK cop humor. Curbchek-Reload - Fasten your bullet proof vest and buckle your seatbelt, it is gonna be a wild ride!

Genre- Police Procedural


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Feature/Giveaway: "Hollywood Ever After" by Sasha Summers (Red Carpet Series #1)


Hollywood Ever After
By Sasha Summers
Inkspell Publishing
Release Date July 14, 2012

She wasn’t meant for movie stars, Hollywood, or happy endings. And then she met him.


Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. 

Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… 

And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? 

Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?

About the Author:

Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes both lyrical romantic fantasy and contemporary romance. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. 

She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

Website/Blog: www.sashasummers.com

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Book Feature and Giveaway: "Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book One)" by Leslie Lee Sanders

Title: Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book One)
Author: Leslie Lee Sanders

After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. And then he meets fellow survivor Adam. Together, the two search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path when they find spray painted symbols directing them to a mysterious place: Refuge Inc.

As ominous clouds slowly shut off all light to their devastated world, they are forced to come to terms with their pasts and their growing attraction for each other.

Neither thought their pasts and personal crises would affect their ability to endure the horrors they're forced to live through. Neither thought they would be drawn so close to one another in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. By working together, can they continue to survive? Or will the mystery of Refuge Inc. cause diverse expectations and lead them to decisions that further threaten their lives?

Book Details:

Title: Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc., Book One)
Author: Leslie Lee Sanders
Publisher: Self
Length: 45,000 words
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Sub-Categories: Erotic, Gay (M/M), Mystery/Thriller, Post-Apocalyptic
Heat Level: Sizzling (Highly explicit sex scenes/language.)


"See that dark color on the horizon?" Adam pointed to the east, suddenly looking somber. "That's a wall of smoke, ash, dust and who knows what else, and it's coming our way."

"What? What do you mean?" A bit of panic began to stir in Elliot's stomach like a bowl of his mother's spicy and overly greasy chili. He'd thought the worst was over.

"Ever heard of impact winter?" Adam's green eyes pierced his and neither moved. "What's headed for us isn't good. We're gonna have to take shelter somewhere and fast before it blocks out all light and it gets so dark we won't be able to tell which way is up. Can't run from it either," he added, as if predicting Elliot's next question. "Been watching it for a couple hours now and it's moving pretty fast."

"What do you mean it's going to get dark?" He knew he looked like a wide-eyed idiot, but he didn't care much about his appearance at the moment.

"Let me put it this way. Once the sun sets we're not gonna see it rise for quite some time. That wall of soot headed our way is so thick it will block out the sun. It will take months, maybe years, for all the crap to fall down."

"Are you sure?" He dipped his eyebrows suspiciously. "How do you know all this?"

"When those assholes finally told us that an asteroid might hit, I went looking for info about anything to do with asteroids hitting Earth and that's what I found out. We need to find some shelter."

Elliot looked at the dark grey horizon. Indeed, the cloud of unnerving darkness grew bigger, wider, closer. His heart dropped, it sank in the pit of his stomach like a ton of concrete rubble. "We're not going to make it, huh?" He gulped, suddenly feeling defeated. Panic. "What's the point in finding shelter when we're not gonna live to see the sun again?"

Adam grabbed his hand, gave it a gentle squeeze and let it loose before Elliot realized it had happened. The friendly squeeze hadn't been part of his imagination. A look of sincerity and concern painted Adam's handsome face. "I was beginning to think the same thing and then I saw you. Like I said, two heads are better than one."

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About the Author:

The author of several books of fiction and fiction with spice, Leslie Lee Sanders spends her time writing erotic romances (mostly in the gay and ménage categories). She currently has two books available for mature teen readers and several erotic romances published as e-books and in print.

Website: http://www.leslieleesanders.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/LeslieLSanders

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Feature and Giveaway: "Rebel Souls" by DL Jackson


“Good morning, Duchess.”

Born in the fires of revolution and baptized in the blood of those who fought for a better life, Captain Ava Frost smuggles illegal materials to a war machine that will someday free her people from an oppressive government...until her path crosses with a Regulator commander.

Seth Reynold’s mission is to find the dangerous cargo of fissile materials. When he stops Ava at a wormhole, his ethics and beliefs are compromised. Torn between duty and love, Seth is determined to find out what Ava is hiding, but her fiancé is standing in his way.

Back from the dead, Brodie Mark—a leader of the revolution, a man that challenges Ava’s loyalties in every way imaginable—wants her back and will do whatever it takes to help her realize her heritage.

While falling for the enemy and endangering all that the underground rebels had struggled to achieve, Ava must make a choice between love and duty. But is she ready to sacrifice a freedom in its infancy for a love that comes once in a lifetime?

“No man flies three days to the edge of Nexian space without a reason.”

Book Details:

Title: Rebel Souls
Author: DL Jackson
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: 138 pages
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genres: Science Fiction
Sub-Categories: Erotic


Seth slammed his hand into the gel pad, releasing the lock to the hanger that housed Ava’s ship. The steel blast door slid open and Ava whipped around, her back to an engine compartment where she’d been working. A smudge of something black streaked across one cheek, and her hair hung loose around her shoulders. She wore a red thermal shirt, tan canvas pants, and black boots that stopped just above her knees, looking every bit the smuggler he’d fantasized about for days.

“What are you doing here, Captain Reynolds?”

There wasn’t a good answer for it. Plain and simple, he needed her, wanted her, and he’d be damned if he held back now. He strode up to her, grabbed her wrist, and tugged her into his arms.

Her fingers laced into his hair, and she tipped her face up to look him in the eyes. “You didn’t answer my question.”

“Are you alone?”

“Yes, my crew is on leave.” Her gaze traveled to the hanger doors. “You shouldn’t be here.”

He watched the way her lips formed the words but heard little of what she said. Need pounded through him and only one thing would relieve it. Gods, he wanted her. “No.” No, he shouldn’t be. No, he shouldn’t kiss her. No, he wasn’t thinking about duty tonight. He dipped his head and captured her mouth the way he’d wanted to for the last three weeks, backing her against the forward drive. He tore at her shirt and the buckle on her aviator’s pants, desperate to touch her bare flesh, be inside her. His hands grabbed her bottom, and he lifted her from her feet and pressed her against the side of her ship. She wrapped her legs around his waist. With a gasp, her mouth opened to him. He thrust his tongue in and savored her flavor, needing more, starved for her.

Ava was everything opposite to the law he upheld, all he stood against, but it didn’t have to be that way. It wasn’t too late. He ran his hands up her shirt, cupping the bare breasts underneath. The pads of his thumbs grazed her nipples, and she arched into him, growling low in her throat.

He pulled his mouth away. “I need you now.”

“Take me inside the Avira.” Heat blazed through her eyes. “Or take me here. I don’t care, as long as you take me.”

About the Author:

DL Jackson is an award-winning author of urban fantasy, science fiction, military romance and erotic romance. She loves to incorporate crazy plot twists, comedy and the unexpected into her worlds. As a U.S. Army veteran, she naturally adores men in uniform and feels the world could always use more. She does her part by incorporating as many sexy soldiers in her novels as she can. When she isn't writing or running the roads, you can often find her online chatting with her peers and readers. Grab a cup of iced coffee, pull up your virtual chair and say hi. She loves emails and blog visits from her readers. http://authordljackson.com



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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: "Sacrifice of Passion" (Deadly Sexy) by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez


Texas rancher, Vic Vargas, finds himself facing more than his stubbornly silent son when the chupacabra, a supposedly mythical blood-sucking beast, starts killing his livestock—and stalking Delaney West, the town’s newly returned veterinary assistant, the sensual woman who ran from the altar and broke his heart twelve years earlier.

Reluctantly, he seeks her help to get to the bottom of the disturbing animal mutilations, only to have her break through to his sullen son...and rekindle the love he’d thought was lost forever. But her refusal to share a terrible secret sends her running straight into the lair of the chupacabra, plunging her back into her worst nightmare, and forcing them both to confront the wrongs of the past—in order to stay alive for the future they desperately want.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 406 KB
Print Length: 205 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Dead Sexy) (June 15, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  Entangled Publishing, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Saph's Review:

When a blast from the past walks back into Vic Vargas' life, feelings that he thought he'd gotten past work their way back to the surface.  The girl who walked out on him 12 years earlier comes back to town and it appears she's going to stay.  Add her reappearance to his shocking discovery of the 11-year-old son he didn't know he had and the chupacabra  that is killing animals on his ranch and the ranches of the neighboring properties and Vic's plate should be officially considered full.

When Delaney West decides, after 12 years, to return to the town she grew up in, she hoped the nightmares and sleepwalking she suffers with would cease.  Unfortunately for her they do anything but that; in fact, they increase.  With the chupacabra (or whatever is responsible for the deaths and mutilations of ranch animals) on the loose, it isn't safe for anyone to venture out after dark, let alone in a state of sleepwalking.

The reunion of Vic and Delaney is less than amicable with each person understanding the events from 12 years ago in different lights.  This is a very well written aspect of the book...In fact, I enjoyed the entire novel.  There are several plot lines threaded within each other that give the novel depth and breadth.  They are clearly written and the author did a wonderful job tying everything together.

"Sacrifice Of Passion" deals with a pretty heavy topic and Mrs. Ramirez does a great job incorporating it into her novel.  She does it with finesse and tact, and without making a mockery of anyone who had dealt with this.  The element of mystery within the pages keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing at who is responsible.  I was unable to put this book down once I started and completed reading it in one evening after I got home from work.

Vic's character is written with depth and compassion. It's not as self-evident at the beginning but the author does a great job evolving him.  He is very much the protector that every family should be lucky to have.  He's strong with a side of naughty.

Delaney is a very likeable character and she, too, was written with depth.  Her many layers, layers that have built upon themselves for 12 years, are slowly peeled away throughout the story and not all that is revealed is pleasant.  She also evolves within the pages and is able to finally deal with and overcome a few obstacles that have oppressed her.

While solving the mystery of the legend of the chupacabra, Vic and Delaney go on a trip of self discovery and are forced to talk about what happened 12 years ago.  What each character reveals to the other isn't at all what both of them had been prepared to acknowledge.  This is a novel that is gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The plot is solid and the characters are well developed.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Guest Blog & Book Spotlight (Servant of the Goddess) & Giveaway (Annals of the Immortyls): Denise Verrico - Author of the "Immortyl Revolution" series

I'm excited to have Denise Verrico on Saph's Steamy Book Blog today!

She has recently released Book 4 in the Immortyl Revolution series. 
My review of Book 1, "Mia Cara," can be found HERE!

My Affair with the Vampire
Denise Verrico
Vampires have always been a passion for me.  As a kid, I loved watching Dark Shadows on TV.  Barnabas Collins, played by the late great Jonathan Frid, was an early sympathetic vampire and my idol.  I used to go to the library and look for books on vampire lore.  In the eighties, I devoured Anne Rice novels.  Interview with the Vampire is my favorite of hers. I loved Fred Saberhagen’s Dracula Tapes books and authors like Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Poppy Z. Brite. 
You couldn’t keep me away from scary movies as a kid, and as a young woman, if the vampire was sexy, well, that made it all that much better.  I loved the Frank Langella version of Dracula.  In college, I sat in the balcony of the Pittsburgh Playhouse with my girlfriends and yelled, “Open the window!” to Kate Nelligan.  Frank never sparkled, by the way, but he looked hot in a velvet frock coat.  I also like the Bela Lugosi classic Dracula a lot. Not so sexy, but a good scare.
In short, I like my vampires scary or sexy or both.  I like all kinds of vampires, even funny ones like Jerry Dandrige in the original Fright Night or Spike on Buffy—but they have to have that menacing edge, or to me, they aren’t really vampires. 
Vampires fascinate me as a writer because I find them to be a wonderful metaphor for many subjects.  For me, it’s all about man’s inhumanity to man.  If you look at history, there have never been any “good old days”.  The history of humankind is fraught with bloodshed and exploitation. 
The sci fi vampire story, I Am Legend is a favorite of mine.  In the nineties, I read a lot about biotechnology.  I’ve always loved science.  Yes, I am a geek.  The task I set out for myself was to create a plausible cause for vampirism and their subsequent immortality.  I follow a lot of vampire traditions in my writing, like avoiding the sun and drinking only human blood, but I give these a scientific reason. 
So, what is this Immortyl Revolution series all about?  I’m a sucker for a story about the little guy or gal fighting the forces of evil.  The master vampires in my series are bad, bad dudes.  They fancy themselves the semi-divine children of a goddess, but they’re anything but holy.  Thirteen houses of vampires, led by the chief elder in India, Kalidasa, rule a secret underworld that controls a lot of the world’s wealth and influence its politics, but their views on equality are positively medieval.  No, worse than medieval. 
Heck, you might even call this a vampire dystopian saga. 
My vampire heroine and heroes are the underdogs, slaves chosen by their masters for their youth and sexual attractiveness.  In books one and two, the lovers, Mia and Kurt, are drawn together because they find the cruelty of their society too much to bear.  They become outlaws who rebel against their masters and give the secrets of immortality to science.  Yes, they are decidedly vampires and prone to falling off the wagon when it comes to bloodlust, but they struggle with the condition and seek a cure.  The POV character in book three, Cedric MacKinnon is a vampire sacred courtesan and devotee of the Goddess Kali.  On one hand, he’s treated like a pampered pet, but on the other he’s sexually exploited and used as political pawn in the Chief Elder’s court intrigues.  Finally Cedric has enough and starts to fight back.  My current release Servant of the Goddess, brings these three characters together, but I’m not going to give any spoilers on how this all happens. 
So, to introduce you my three main characters, I’ve created a sampler of three short tales in ebook form, Annals of the Immortyls.  There are two ways you can get a copy.  One, you can go to Amazon or B&N and buy it for 99 cents, or two, in the next 24 hours, you can leave me a comment here about why you like vampires and I’ll give you a free copy.  Sounds like a deal to me.  

Thank you so much Denise for stopping by today.  I will be reading and reviewing Books 2-4 as soon as I can, and posting them on my blog in the future!!

Childhood fascination with Vampires serves as Author's 
inspiration for book series 

Vampires have been capturing Urban Fantasy Author Denise Verrico’s imagination since childhood and now she shares that vivid imagination with countless readers throughout the world. Servant of the Goddess, Book Four of the Immortyl Revolution now available.


May 1st, 2012

Columbus, OH – Vampires have been capturing Urban Fantasy Author Denise Verrico’s imagination since her days growing up in Western Pennsylvania and now she shares that vivid imagination with countless readers throughout the world. “My favorite television show as a child was the soap opera Dark Shadows, and my favorite author in the vampire genre is Anne Rice. I like the Gothic and historical aspects of her books. I must give her credit for influencing me,” says Verrico. Readers of the Immortyl Revolution series are taken with the one-of-a-kind twist on vampires that Denise brings forth and in the unique locales in which her writing takes them. Ms. Verrico says, “Inspiration comes a lot from my non-fiction reading. I’ll read about a place or historical period, and I’ll want to create a character to reflect it.”

Servant of the Goddess is the fourth novel of the urban fantasy vampire series written by Denise Verrico. This installment follows up her debut novel, Cara Mia, which introduces the characters and world of Immortyl Revolution and its sequel, Twilight of the Gods and My Fearful Symmetry. Set in 2001, Verrico’s My Fearful Symmetry introduced a new vampire hero, Cedric MacKinnon, a temple dancer in service to the Goddess Kali, who learns his beauty and speed render him a lethal weapon. “My vampire society originates in India. In my third novel, My Fearful Symmetry, I delve deeper into the origins,” says Verrico. “In the fourth book, I unite heroine Mia Disantini and Cedric in a way that raises some sparks. It takes place in NYC in 2001, so there will be momentous events my characters must deal with.” As in all her novels, Servant of the Goddess maintains a science fiction twist on the genre, action-packed thrills and a touch of romance.

About the author:

Ms. Verrico is an Urban Fantasy author and New Jersey native who grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College and majored in Theatre Arts. For seven seasons, she was a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Denise has loved vampire stories since childhood and is a fan of the Dark Shadows television series. Her books are published by L&L Dreamspell Publishing and include: Cara Mia (Book One of the Immortyl Revolution Series), Twilight of the Gods (Book Two of the Immortyl Revolution Series), and My Fearful Symmetry (Book Three of the Immortyl Revolution Series). She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, son, and her flock of seven spoiled parrots. 


 For excerpts of the Immortyl Revolution Series, character profiles and the Immortyl Lexicon visit www.deniseverricowriter.webs.com

For insider information on the series visit www.ImmortylRevolution.blogspot.com

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Tour - Review & Tour-wide Giveaway: "The Seduction of Phaeton Black" (Paranormal Investigator Book 1) by Jillian Stone

The Seduction of Phaeton Black 
Jillian Stone 
Kensington Brava
Tour Presented by Bewitching Book Tours


Hold onto your knickers ladies, Phaeton Black has arrived!

He's the man with the magic touch. A master of deduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known.

She's the devilish Miss Jones. Pressing a knife to his throat and demanding he make love to her––Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing after her. As dangerous as she is with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampire killer Phaeton is stalking––but she may be just what he needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possess uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only his salvation...or ultimate sacrifice.

Saph's Review:

"The Seduction of Phaeton Black" takes place in merry ol' England circa 1889.

Phaeton Black has been dismissed from Scotland Yard due to his inability to figure out who's behing the Whitechaple murders. He is a carefree bachelor currently living in the basement of a brothel...how convenient for a man described by 2 characters in the book as "a Lothario, libertine, adulterer, and a profligate debaucher" (J. Stone, 2012, pg. 223). When a blood sucking female apparition starts attacking humans in the Strand, it would seem that Scotland Yard has a decision to make--hire Phaeton back or be plagued with a creature that no one else can stop.

While investigating this mysterious creature, Phaeton crosses paths with a Miss America Jones. As she attempts to flee the clutches of a group of pirates who she knows stole her father's cargo ships, she holds up Phaeton with a knife and demands he protect her. What she got was a surprise sex session in the middle of town. And this my dear friends, is how our story begins.

"The Seduction of Phaeton Black" is a hot, sexy, promiscuous good time. In a time period when women were objects, whorehouses were in the middle of town, and propriety of unmarried ladies was of utmost importance, Phaeton breaks the mold with America Jones. She's a sexy, young woman of color who finds herself shacked up with Mr. Black in the basement of a brothel. Unmarried and broke, Ms. Jones is bound and determined to prove that her father's former business partner is the thief that stole her father's ships. In exchange for Mr. Black's help with her case, America, in turn, becomes Phaeton's live-in housekeeper and tamer of his breeding tool, "The Duke." I wonder if John Wayne is opposed to this reference?

Phaeton Black has many demons in his life--some that are recent but many that have been buried for years. Due to some pain afflicted when he was younger, he has taken the vow to never laugh--which he upholds even though Ms. Jones is quite the character and lets some funny comments slip out. He refuses to believe in love, except the carnal acts of it, but as the book progresses you see a definite shift in Phaeton's thinking: "...a new wave of uncomfortable, disturbing sentiments nearly overwhelmed him. Truth be told, he was more than taken by her." (J. Stone, 2012, pg. 220).

I love the dual plotlines within this book. They are clearly developed and cleverly intertwined. They bring two unlikely characters together and we get to slowly see something beyond carefree sex blossom between them. There is an emotionally charged section near the end of the book that literally had me in tears; not blubbery, slobbery, and snotty but the kind that gently roll down your face and make it nearly impossible to read anything else for that moment. I read this section 3 times because I absolutely loved the emotional feelings.

The book takes us down to the dark underbelly of the what is the prim and proper English society. We see thievery, lust, erotica, fornication, paranormal creatures, and other things that people of society chose to ignore. The author crosses the Paranormal line and brings us a fantastic look at ancient Egyptian Gods and Godesses that mixes quite nicely with the elements of mystery.

**Please Note:  This book is for mature audiences only (18+).  There are many, many adult scenes.



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Book Details:

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Brava (March 27, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0758268963
ISBN-13: 978-0758268969
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches

Kindle File Size: 645 KB
Print Length: 353 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758268963
Publisher: Kensington Books (March 27, 2012)
ASIN: B0063KB23U

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  The Author, via the Tour Host, in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio:

Jillian Stone’s Victorian Romantic Suspense novel AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY won the 2010 RWA Golden Heart and is the first novel in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series for Pocket Books. Her sexy, supernatural Steampunk novel, THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, won the 2010 Romance Through The Ages Erotica category and sold to Kensington Brava. Jillian lives in California and is currently working on the next adventure for both series.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Tour - Spotlight/Excerpt/Giveaway: Winter of the Passion Flower (Steampunk Rebels, Book 1)

Title: Winter of the Passion Flower (Steampunk Rebels, Book 1) 

Author: Annie Seaton 

Publisher: Lyrical Press 

Length: 25,000 words 

Genre(s): Historical Sci-Fi/Fantasy Steampunk Romance 


Sexy heroine seeks captain for time-traveling submarine.

Indigo de Vargas is determined to exhibit her products at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace. The evil Duke Lorca and his shape-shifting servants, however, have thwarted her preparation at every turn. Indigo's only hope is the brooding captain who appears on her doorstep in the midst of a fierce snowstorm offering to navigate her submarine to the Amazon so she can collect passionflowers for her potions and hallucinogenics.

Steam powers more than the submarine on this voyage. Sparks flying between Indigo and her captain may ignite a passion neither can avoid. Ably assisted by quirky servants, brass goggles and inappropriate accoutrements, they must fight those out to foil her mission.


Indigo turned to leave, but a warm hand descended on her bare shoulder. “Not so fast, my beauty,” said the captain. He pushed her gently back against the velvet-lined wall and strands of her hair caught on the soft nap. Eyes narrowing, she stiffened as firm thighs pressed her legs back against the wall. Strong calloused fingers slid down her bare arms and the captain trapped her hands, raising them above her head. His moist lips trailed up her neck until his soft breath warmed her lips. “I sense there is much that has been left unsaid tonight. We will explore that in due course. But first tell me the significance of our tattoo.” He spoke against her mouth. The vibration of his words on her lips sent delicious shivers shooting downward. She leaned away from him, tossing her head, and black curls surrounded him. Indigo freed her arms, fingers linked behind his head, and snared him in the velvet folds of her skirt. His grip loosened as she moved her mouth back toward his. Their eyes locked, and she moistened her lips in a slow and sensuous movement. Indigo moved in closer and the captain’s eyes darkened.

4.5 Star Review from Long and Short Reviews:


“Steampunk novels are often set in London, but this one is located in Cornwall and provides a welcome change to the genre.

Indigo de Vargas is an unusual woman in the Victorian era. She not only rules her own household but also runs her own business, inherited from her father. When Captain Doogooder, also known as Zane Thoreau, arrives on her doorstep she is at first suspicious, but enlists him in her efforts to collect the necessary ingredients for her exhibit at the Great Exhibition being held by Prince Albert.

They are drawn to one another, but both have secrets that must be revealed before they can give in to their feelings.

I love the way the author wove Cornwall into her story. The biospheres reminded me of the Eden Project in Cornwall, while the introduction of a few words of the Cornish language showed the author knew her location, or had researched it well. Both characters were strong and Indigo in particular was very much an individual who bowed to no one. She places herself against the government and her nearest neighbor, and those who are close to her follow her lead because they love her. Her servants, her submarine crew and eventually Zane Thoreau - all fall under her spell. Zane, who is in the mode of the open shirt, tanned chest adventurer, originally comes to spy on Indigo, but I believe he changed his mind before he arrived on her doorstep. Once he saw her all was lost as his emotions took over.

Although short, this is a wonderful book full of richness of scenery, characters and romance. At the end of the book it mentions this is the first of a series of several books. I suggest you read this one quick before the next one comes out.”

About the Author:

Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. She has always been fascinated by all things historical and has found her niche writing contemporary romance and steampunk, where strong heroines and brooding heroes fight together to make their alternative world a better place.

Her debut novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March. The sequel Italian Affair is currently underway Watch out for the story of Tom and Brianna the sex therapist who spices up his life!

Winter of the Passion Flower was released through Lyrical Press at the same time. Currently immersed in the creation of Book Two, a full length novel, the adventures of Sofia and her Scottish laird, Annie is already looking forward to the rest of the series, particularly the adventures of Indigo’s four boys: Jago and Jory, Ruan and Kit. Strong sassy heroines and rebellious heroes have a rollicking good time as they work to make the world a better place--albeit their own steampunk world.

Blind Lust, a paranormal novella will be released by Musa Publishing on 15th June.

Annie lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town of New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.

Website: http://annieseatonromance.com

Blog: http://annieseaton.blogspot.com

Twitter: @annieseaton26

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/annieseaton26

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Amazon | Lyrical Press | BookStrand | ARe

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Spotlight - Excerpt: "Diamonds" by Dawn Chartier (Stiletto Millionaire Club 1)


Stiletto Millionaire Club 

By: Dawn Chartier 


Self-made millionaire Holly Charleston has come a long way since her homeless days. Sometimes, she believes life would have been simpler before fortune and fame. With every man she meets imagining dollar signs, she yearns for the one man who sees the real Holly. A mysterious wealthy stranger may be the one, but she must control her sexsomnia and trust issues if she hopes for a real chance at love.

Professional thief Drake Davenport is ready to begin an honest life. However, his last assignment leads him to steal the heart diamond necklace from a woman known as Ms. Frost. But Holly guards her heart close and her assets closer. Once Holly thaws to Drake's seduction attempts, he finds himself in a position of protecting her from a hired mercenary or living the life he believes he earned. Drake realizes the challenge of stealing the diamond is nothing compared to the challenge of stealing Holly's heart.

A Siren Erotic Romance 

Categories: Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Word Count: 26,986


Published By: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Siren Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/dawn-chartier

Kindle File Size: 202 KB
Print Length: 81 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing (February 15, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services

Steamy Excerpt:

Holly tilted her chin, and stared at him with a longing. “I hope so,” she whispered.

His mouth was suddenly dry. He had to taste her again. He wanted to make Holly forget about her pain and the necklace. He leaned in, and swept his lips across hers. Her lips parted and he teased the inside of her mouth with his tongue. She moaned and tilted her head, as he grabbed her by her neck and pulled her closer. His bare chest pressed hard against her shirt. He ached to feel the warmth of her skin against his.

He leaned over her, pushing her backward until she lay sideways on the large sofa. Holly wrapped her arms around his neck; her damp clothing began to chill his flesh. “Let’s get you out of these clothes.”

He leaned back, and pulled her up with him. He wanted inside of her now. “I want you,” he said as he moved his hands between them, pushing her wet shirt up over her breasts, and then over her head.

She didn’t give him a chance to remove her bra, she’d already unhooked and pitched it to the floor.

She looked as hungry for him as he was for her. He stood, slid his pants off and his erection was near her face while she shimmed out of her skirt. She stared at his dick, and then at his face.

“You’re a beautiful man, Drake.” She reached out and took his cock into her hands, and stroked him.

Drake closed his eyes and let his head fall back. “No one’s ever called me beautiful before.” He groaned as she palmed his rock-hard cock.

“It’s true. You are,” she said right before she leaned over and took his dick into her mouth.

Drake arched his back and gently pumped. God, she felt so good, but he wanted inside of her pussy. If she didn’t stop he would come into her mouth in less than ten seconds. “Stop.”

Holly shook her head while still holding him in her mouth. Her tongue worked magic as she slid him in and out between her lips.

“Oh…I’m…” The tension in his balls twisted and he thrust harder into her warm mouth. “Holly,” he moaned.

She sucked harder. He shuddered and wrapped his hand around her firm breast. The orgasm lasted way too long, his knees grew weak and his heart pounded

Holly leaned back, licked her lips and smiled. “I want you inside of me, Drake.”

He cupped her chin, leaned in and trailed kissed down her jaw. She angled her head and reclined as he moved forward. He wasn’t too hard yet, but he knew it would only take a second. Just looking at her delicate thin figure beneath him caused his thoughts to cloud. Her hips sported a bikini tan line, but he pictured her sunbathing naked instead.

Holly’s smooth hand traced down his abs, and across his hip as he positioned himself over her. She spread her legs wide, and his cock thickened.

She was magnificent in the dim light. He wrapped her legs around his waist, and nudged the tip of his cock at the entrance of her wet core. He pressed in, and her pussy wrapped perfectly around him.


He trailed kisses across her neck, down her collar bone and noticed she smelled fantastic.

Everything about her seemed different. He liked her – a lot.

He swallowed, gripping her hips and thrusting as hard as possible. She moaned into his ear, and tightened her legs around him.

“Drake,” she said, and then stilled beneath him. Her panting told him she was there. “Come for me, sweet Holly.”

Holly gasped and their gazes met. She trembled beneath him, and he could barely breathe. He came moments after her, and his legs, arms and entire being shuddered.

Drake’s mouth found hers, and he kissed her deep and hard. He leaned back and shook his head. “Wow.”

Holly laughed. “I was about to say the same thing.”

About the Author 

Dawn Chartier never knew she wanted to be a writer while growing up. Sure her parents owned a book shop, and she was surrounded by bookworms, but she wasn’t one of “those” writers who started early. No, Dawn was inspired by strange events in her life, one was a bitch named, Katrina. Yes, that hur-ricane. But a few months before the storm, Dawn read an article on Marie Laveau in the New Orleans local newspaper and it sparked an idea. She began researching the voodoo priestess, and then Katrina hit. 

Out of destruction, ideas formed, characters spoke and plots twisted. One thing lead to another and an author was born. (Must have been something in the air, because a few authors were born out of Katrina’s wrath.) 

Dawn Chartier sold her first paranormal romance book, (Not An Angel) to The Wild Rose Press, and her second book, a contemporary erotic romance (Diamonds) to Siren BookStrand. Dawn is a member of RWA, Sola-Writers, FF&P and Savvy Authors. You can find her chatting on Twitter and Facebook when she’s not buried inside of a book or writing her next one. 

Dawn lives near New Orleans with her husband, two daughters, two golden retrievers, and plenty of wildlife. 

Dawn’s website: www.dawnchartier.com

Blog: www.dawnthewriter.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook/dawn.chartier

Twitter: @dawnchartier
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