Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to Write a Convincing Villain By Lisabet Sarai, author of The Eyes of Bast ~ #Giveaway

 

I have the pleasure of introducing you all to Lisabet Sarai, author of The Eyes of Bast!  Enjoy!!

How to Write a Convincing Villain
By Lisabet Sarai

My first novels didn’t really have villains. I didn’t need them. Those books focus on internal conflicts, chronicling my heroine’s journey to understanding herself and her desires. The first time I attempted to write a serious villain, Teodoro Raphael Remorros in my Mayan-themed paranormal  Serpent's Kiss, I learned just how hard it is. It's all too easy to go off the deep end, to make them so loathsome that they're boring.  Pure evil is just too predictable. As my crit partner Chris commented diplomatically when he read my first draft, “He's a bit of a mustache-twirler, isn't he?” 

He was absolutely on target. In version one of the book, Remorros was a cartoon, oozing cruelty from every pore. No one would trust him for a minute – most certainly not my cynical heroine Dr. Elena. Readers would understand immediately that despite his magical powers, Remorros didn't stand a chance of vanquishing Jorge, the hero. And that removed a significant source of suspense and excitement.

Chris taught me that villains need to be ambiguous, with some flash of brilliance or beauty to balance their darkness. Even more important, villains need a reason to be bad. Their evil deeds must make internal sense, given their situation, goals or history. The most memorable villains believe their actions are justified.

In the most compelling stories, the villain in some way mirrors or resembles the hero (or heroine). The  two characters have some fundamental traits in common. This sets up a tension, keeping the tale a bit off balance, because there's always some possibility that the hero or heroine might slip over the line and be lost to the dark side.

I’ve tried to apply his wisdom in my later work. In my most recent release, The Eyes of Bast, I introduce a female antagonist, a two hundred year old sorceress named Delphine Montserrat. She's malicious and cruel, but has a sort of glamor that makes her difficult to resist.

My heroine Shaina Williams appears at first to be an ordinary woman, a compassionate animal lover who falls in love with the feline shape shifter, Delphine, created to be her familiar and her sexual plaything.  As Shaina fights for her lover's freedom, however, it becomes clear that she's more like Delphine than she'd realized. She's the heir to her own hereditary magic. And like the sorceress, she's susceptible to the temptation of power and immortality.

Meanwhile, Delphine reveals her history as a victim of sexual and magical exploitation, a history that poisoned her heart and mind.  My goal was to kindle some sympathy for the broken, world-weary witch, to demonstrate how evil begets evil.

Here's a quick excerpt that I hope demonstrates some of my points.


Excerpt from The Eyes of Bast:

My cell phone chirped again, interrupting my musings. I snatched up the handset and brought it to my ear.

“Hello.”

“Hello?” The voice on the other end of the connection was pure melody, clear and sweet, with the sort of crystalline beauty that brings tears to your eyes. I’d never heard anything like it.

“Ah – yes? Can – can I help you?”

“Are you the individual who posted the notices about the lost cat?” Perfect diction. A smooth cadence. Softness and yet underneath, a flash of steel. She paused for several moments, as if waiting for my answer, before continuing in a somewhat more forceful tone. “Have you found my Melchior?”

“Um—” I struggled against the spell of that intoxicating voice. “Ah, I found a cat, yes. A big black cat. Do you think he’s yours?”

“I’m certain he is, based on the photo. Black as midnight, without a single white hair, am I correct? With eyes like orbs of polished sea glass? The most beautiful cat you’ve ever seen.”

Tom was on his feet, the hair on his back bristling and his teeth exposed in a silent snarl. Hush, I mouthed at him.

“Well, he was a fine cat, I agree.” My mind raced. I needed to find out where she was staying, without revealing our own location.

“Was? Has he been harmed?”

“He had a wounded leg when I discovered him in Central Park.” To tell a convincing lie, bolster it with truth. “But I don’t have him anymore. I brought him to the Animal Haven shelter, down on Centre Street.”

“Ah, excellent. Can you give me the exact address, please? I’ll go pick him up right away.” Despite her polite turn of phrase, it felt like an order. And part of me wanted to obey.

“I’m afraid he has already been adopted.” I glanced over at Tom. He sat up tall, his ears tilted in my direction and his unblinking eyes riveted on my face.

“What do you mean, adopted? Doesn’t the shelter try to find a stray’s owner first?”

“Given his condition – not neutered, no tags, collar or microchip - the shelter staff decided that the animal was feral, that he had no owner. On the other hand, he appeared well socialized, so they decided to make him available for immediate adoption.”

“How do you know all this, Ms. …”

“Williams. Shaina Williams.” It was out of my mouth before I could stop myself. I didn’t have time to resist. Tom released a barely audible whine, baring his teeth once more. “I sometimes volunteer at Animal Haven.”

 “So you were the person who found him, Ms. Williams?”

“Yes, Ma’am, a few days ago.” Damn, why was I volunteering all this information? “I brought him to the shelter right away so they could treat his leg.”

“However, the ‘Lost Cat’ notices appeared only this morning – after he had been adopted? Why?” The voice at the other end of the connection was as musical and even as ever, but I sensed her suspicion.

“Well – um – I had the feeling, somehow, that he wasn’t really a stray. He was very friendly to me, anyway. And I thought if we could find the actual owner, we could contact the people who’d adopted the cat and get him back.”

“Ah, an excellent idea, Ms. Williams. Thank you! If you’ll give me the name and phone of those people, I’d be very grateful. I’ll get in touch with them myself and sort this whole matter out.”

I swiped my forearm against my forehead, which was damp with sweat. Think, girl! Tom crouched next to me, his limbs pulled into tight ball. His obvious tension just made me more nervous.

“I’m sorry, but I don’t have that information, and even if I did, it would be against shelter policy to disclose it to you.” I heard a sigh of exasperation coming from the other end of the conversation.

“I don’t care about policy, I just want my beloved Melchior back.” Her tone almost succeeded in kindling my sympathy, even though I knew the truth about her relationship to her “beloved Melchior”. “Please, Ms. Williams – Shaina – find out for me, won’t you?” It was perfect imitation of a bereaved pet owner.

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Writing a good (i.e. a convincingly bad) villain is tough, because the antagonist has two roles in the narrative: first, to move the plot forward (by threatening, harming or placing obstacles in the way of the protagonists) and second, to reveal character (by commonalities and contrasts with the hero or heroine).  I believe that to do this well, an author needs to look at the story from the villain's point of view. We need to exploit the parallelism, to remember that the villain lives in a mirror world to the hero. From the villain's perspective, it's the hero who represents the obstacle or problem. Stories that recognize and acknowledge this will be more believable and more satisfying.

This post is part of my blog tour for The Eyes of Bast. Totally Bound has a giveaway on their website in conjunction with the tour. Just to sweeten the pot, I’m adding a couple of other prizes. Leave a comment with your email and you could win this statue of Bastet from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Or if you’d prefer, I’ll send you a brace of sexy paranormal stories from my back list: Hot Spell and Rough Weather


About The Eyes of Bast:

Trust your heart. Follow your dreams.

Shaina Williams’ grandmother bequeathed her that wisdom, along with an old pendant from the Islands, carved from an ocelot’s tooth. When instinct tells Shaina to visit the feral cat trap she’s set in Central Park, she listens to that inner voice. She discovers she’s caged a magnificent black tom, but the cat inexplicably vanishes after she tends to his wounds. Seeking the errant feline, Shaina encounters instead a handsome stranger whose slightest touch sets her body on fire. As the day dawns after a night of ferocious passion, her mysterious lover is forced back into his true shape—the tomcat she rescued.

Born a cat, Tom was transformed into an unwilling shape shifter by a sorceress who craved a human plaything to satisfy her perverse lusts. Centuries old and irresistibly powerful, Delphine Montserrat will stop at nothing to find her runaway familiar. Shaina vows to do whatever is necessary to defeat the vicious but seductive witch and save the man she believes is her soul mate—even though it might mean losing him forever.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound.

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 Meet the Author:

 Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – more than fifty single author titles, plus dozens of short stories in various erotic anthologies, including the Lambda winner Where the Girls Are and the IPPIE Best Erotic Book of 2011, Carnal Machines. Her gay scifi erotic romance Quarantine won a Rainbow Awards 2012 Honorable Mention.

Lisabet has more degrees than anyone would ever need, from prestigious educational institutions who would no doubt be deeply embarrassed by her chosen genre.  She has traveled widely and currently lives in Southeast Asia with her indulgent husband and two exceptional felines, where she pursues an alternative career that is completely unrelated to her creative writing.

For more information about Lisabet and her writing, visit her website (http://www.lisabetsarai.com) or her blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com). She also hangs out at the group blog Oh Get a Grip (http://ohgetagrip.blogspot.com), writes monthly reviews for Erotica Revealed (http://www.eroticarevealed.com) and contributes to the ERWA blog (http://erotica-readers.blogspot.com).

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Promo: Hard Ride, A 3 Part Serial by Opal Carew #BikerRomance

Spotlight for Opal Carew's New Biker Romance Serial


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Hard Ride

 3 Part Serial 

from 

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Genre: Biker Romance





Published on April 7, 2015.

About Hard Ride, Part One:

Liv never expected to find herself trapped in a dark alley facing a band of rough bikers. And she certainly never expected to see him again. Back in college when they dated, he was heir to his family's business empire--and their fortune. She expected him to become a billionaire. Instead, he's the heavily muscled, tattooed member of a rough biker gang...and just as sinfully sexy as ever. 

When Shock sees Liv again, he's ready to pay any price to have her in his bed and on his bike. Shock has his own scars to deal with, but he soon learns that Liv is in desperate need of financial help, though she won't tell him why. So he offers her a sensual deal: his help for her complete submission. Can Liv entrust Shock with her secret...and how can she stop herself from falling for the hard rider? 

This is part one of HARD RIDE, a three part novel.






Published on April 14, 2015.

About Hard Ride, Part Two:

Liv never expected to find herself trapped in a dark alley facing a band of rough bikers. And she certainly never expected to see him again. But Shock is no longer wealthy kid that Liv remembers from college. Instead of inheriting his family's fortune and becoming a billionaire, he's a hard-bodied, tattooed member of a biker gang. And he'll do anything to have her in his bed and on his bike. 

Liv makes a choice to stay with Shock and his gang--and soon discovers that they share everything. In his strong arms, she's able to let go and feel, surrendering to her most forbidden fantasies. Shock unleashes a passion in of her that she's never experienced before, pushing her boundaries and pulling her deeper into his sensual world. But when reality comes crashing back, Liv has to decide if she can trust Shock with more than just her body. 

This is part two of HARD RIDE, a three part novel.





Published on April 28, 2015.

About Hard Ride, Part Three:

Liv never expected to rekindle her romance with her college boyfriend, who's now a hard-bodied, tattooed biker. And she never imagined sharing herself with his entire gang. 

Shock can feel Liv pulling away from him, just like she did all those years ago. Her lies are a painful reminder that she's not ready for anything more than a good time in bed, but he's not willing to let her go. He lost her once, and it's never happening again. Faced with losing the one thing he's always wanted, he must prove to Liv that what they have is more than physical and that his heart is in her hands. But is she ready to give him hers? 

This is part three of HARD RIDE, a three part novel.

Meet the Author:


Hi. I'm Opal Carew, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. I write erotic romance for St. Martin's Press and Samhain Publishing, and I self-publish stories. I also write romance as Amber Carew.

So why do I like writing erotic romance? I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries. I like dealing with a female character who is growing and evolving - questioning her sexual boundaries and pushing past them. My stories usually include menage a trois. It is great fun to write a heroine choosing between two equally appealing heroes... or more.

These aren't women who just jump into bed with anyone. They find themselves in an unusual situation - something exciting and erotic - but a situation where they have to push themselves beyond their comfort level. As a result, they grow as a person. So often fear holds us back - of what others will think of us, of what we will think about ourselves - and we don't follow our hearts. These women push past that fear.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Veiled Dominance Tour ~ a M/M BDSM novel by Evelise Archer (Club Rebellion, Book 2) #Giveaway

Genre: M/M BDSM

About Veiled Dominance:

Shane Wise is a Dom and part owner of a popular BDSM club in Rittenhouse Square, Club Rebellion. A tumultuous past has led him to an almost perfect present, except Shane has a secret. A secret that could destroy his reputation in the world in which he loves to live-BDSM.

Deacon Archer is also a Dom and part owner of Club Rebellion and he is in love with Shane Wise. Together Shane and Deacon must decide if the love they feel can withstand the scrutiny they fear, if their relationship is revealed.

Can two dominants truly forge a relationship? Will secret desires open up a new world and allow Shane to be the man he was intended to be or will veiled dominance get in the way?

Read an Excerpt:

“El. Oh my God! You’re here.” She flung herself into El’s arms, knocking him back into Dalton’s lap, and armful of best friend. The table erupted into laughter as Issy clutched El and hugged him like no tomorrow, reigning kisses on his face.

“I’m glad someone missed me.” El pecked the Latina on the cheek as he hugged her tight.

“Tell me everything, all the nasty.” She slid into the rounded booth next to Johnson, as he shook hands with his partners.

“Welcome back, Dalton. Eldridge. From your smiles, I take it the honeymoon was wonderful.”

“Damn straight,” Dalton replied.

“You two ready to get back into the swing of things?” Deacon asked, catching glimpses of Shane through his peripheral vision.

“Yeah, we’ll start tomorrow. Tonight we need to hit the sack and just sleep. I’ve got jet lag,” Dalton grumbled.

“El, you were supposed to bring him back less cranky. Didn’t you two fuck enough?” Shane jumped in.

“Ha. Ha. We had a layover and have been sitting on a plane for three hours, sue me if my ass is a little sore. And yes, we had plenty of sex, if you must know.” Dalton smiled demonstrating no ill-will or sting to the conversation. “How about you bring us up to speed while we eat?”

Deacon laughed as two conversations took place at the table, the four partners and Eldridge and Issy. Deacon brought Dalton up to date with memberships and club info with Shane and Johnson’s help, while Issy discussed their new business venture with El. The conversation, albeit all of them practically speaking at the same time, flowed and was minimally interrupted except for the waiter.

“We can give you the finer details concerning Manning and Hill, but everything is in order. We gave them a temp pass and we can vote on their admittance next week if you want. And of course, Issy’s great idea about the mixers.” Deacon watched the beam surround Johnson’s face as he praised his friend’s wife.

“I’m excited about the mixers,” Eldridge chimed in as he sipped his orange juice with a splash of mango and pineapple over crushed ice. His favorite, thanks to Dalton. “Can we do themes?” The serene expression on El’s face as he turned to Dalton, saddened and elated Deacon at the same time, hoping that someday, he could witness the same tranquility on Shane’s face, when he looked at him in public. Someday, hopefully, would be here soon.

“Yeah, I think eventually we should do themes, but for the first one, it will be meet and greet, by invitation only. We’ll also have some vendors here to make the rounds for play items and jewelry.”

“On another note, no plans for Saturday evening please.” Issy looked from Dalton to Eldridge. “I’ve planned a dinner party in your honor at our house. Just six of us and El, all your favorite foods. Master James and Tony and Josiah and Sandy were also invited, but aren’t able to come.”

“Wow. Tony and Sandy? A lot has happened since we left,” Dalton stated, intrigued.

“You know that Tony’s had his eye on Sandy for some time now and he finally made the move. They did my flogging demo and they’re interested in a wax play demo when you do another. I think that Tony may ask Sandy to be his, permanently, sooner than later.” Deacon tilted his head as two men approached their table.

Elegantly dressed in black slacks and a crisp white shirt, Christopher Manning, along with Parker Hill, strode over, retrieving two water bottles from a passing waiter. The older gentleman, not hard to miss, had a head full of thick gray hair, worn slightly longer than other men his age, and piercing blue eyes. Manning and Parker Hill were a striking couple.

“I saw the owner’s table full tonight, and I figured I’d come pay my respects. Thank you for the temporary pass, Deacon.” Manning’s deep voice reverberated with authority. “May I introduce my husband, Parker Hill?”

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Meet the Author:

An avid reader and story teller, wife, mother and educator, Evelise is living her dream with her loving husband, dog, and three children who visit often. Fueled by desire for a strong cup of coffee and a passion for literature, Evelise can be found reading her favorite books on her e-reader or in front of her lap top spinning her next erotic M/M tale.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cover Reveal & #Giveaway: Unruly by Cora Brent


Welcome to the cover reveal for Unruly!!


Unruly 
by: Cora Brent
Publication Date: May 2015
Cover Designer: Mayhem Cover Creations

About Unruly:

Forbidden hookups are rarely simple.  
Claudia Giordano only plans to be home long enough to watch her eternally irresponsible father marry her high school nemesis.  
She never expects to embark on some horny sex odyssey with a wild nineteen-year-old baseball player.    
Easton Malone is cocky, crude and off-limits on so many levels.
That hot, reckless week should never have happened.  The only option is to forget.    
But life’s triumphs and heartbreaks keep bringing Easton and Claudia together again.  
And again….
In the beginning they only find lust.
At the end they find each other.  
Along the way they find everything else.  


WARNING:  
There will be sex.  (A lot of it.) 
There will be grief.  (You might find yourself ugly crying.)
But there will also be redemption in the face of tragedy.  
And yes, love will prevail.  


About the Author:

Cora Brent was born in a cold climate and escaped as soon as it was legally possible. Now, she lives in the desert with her husband, two kids and a prickly pear cactus she has affectionately named ‘Spot’. Cora’s closet is filled with boxes of unfinished stories that date back her 1980’s childhood and all her life she has dreamed of being an author.  Amazingly, she is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of contemporary romance and begs not to be awakened from this dream. Social Media Links Goodreads - http://tiny.cc/3ynhxx Facebook - http://tiny.cc/eznhxx

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Her Wild Hero (X-Ops, #3) by Paige Tyler


Title: Her Wild Hero

Author: Paige Tyler

Series: X-Ops, #3

Pubdate: May 5th, 2015

ISBN: 9781402292156

About Her Wild Hero:

Department of Covert Operations Training Officer Kendra Carlsen has been begging her boss to let her go into the field for years. When he finally agrees to send her along on a training exercise in Costa Rica, she’s thrilled.

Bear-shifter Declan MacBride, on the other hand, is anything but pleased. He’s been crushing on Kendra since he started working at the DOC seven years ago. Spending two weeks in the same jungle with her is putting a serious strain on him.

When the team gets ambushed, Kendra and Declan are forced to depend on each other. But the bear-shifter soon discovers that fighting bloodthirsty enemies isn’t nearly as hard as fighting his attraction to the beautiful woman he’ll do anything to protect.

Meet the Author:

Paige Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them. Visit her atwww.paigetylertheauthor.com.

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Today we are excited to sit down with Declan MacBride and Kendra Carlsen, the heroes of Paige Tyler’s May release Her Wild Hero! The latest title in Tyler’s hot X-Ops series finds Declan and Kendra deep in the Costa Rican jungle fighting for their lives. Kendra and Declan are here to give us a peek at their jungle adventures and a survival tip for would-be X-Op agents!


“He cleared his throat. “Speaking of sleep, we should get some rest if we’re going to get an early start in the morning.” Like she could sleep with the feel of his fingers lingering on her skin. It didn’t help that Declan lay down behind her, placing one of his big arms over her in what he probably thought was a very nonsexual manner. Okay, so having his big forearm and bicep lying across her hip and stomach wasn’t necessarily sexual, but it sure was nice as hell.


Kendra’s Jungle Tip: If you’re going into the jungle, I'd recommend bringing along a hunky guy to keep you safe. He also makes a really nice pillow.

Pre-Order Links:

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Cover Reveal ~ Savannah Past Midnight (Past Midnight series, Book 2) by Christine Edwards

~~COVER REVEAL~~

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Release date AUGUST 1st 2015. 
This is the second book in the ‘PAST MIDNIGHT’ Series.

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Fanny Press

  About the author: 

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Picture courtesy of Christine Edwards[/caption] American erotic romance author Christine Edwards grew up in the deep south on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. At an early age she developed a passion for the arts that led her to earn a bachelor's degree in Art History from the College of Charleston. American erotic romance author Christine Edwards grew up in the deep south on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. At an early age she developed a passion for the arts that led her to earn a bachelor's degree in Art History from the College of Charleston.
Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. She continues to publish stories that immerse readers in exotic and realistic geographic settings amid interesting subcultures of adult life. Within the vein of BDSM romance, her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and feisty heroines.
An avid skier, Christine will ski just about anything that is vertical. Christine currently resides in beautiful Charleston, SC

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Happy Release Day: Wild Heat by Lucy Monroe


Welcome to the release day blitz for ~

Wild Heat

by Lucy Monroe

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sometimes old flames are the hottest of all . . .

About Wild Heat:

In the quaint little town of Cailkirn, Alaska, it’s impossible to keep a secret, especially one as juicy as the unexpected return of Kitty Grant. Tack MacKinnon remembers her wild red curls and even wilder spirit—and still feels the sting from when she shattered his heart in college. But there’s a pain in Kitty’s gorgeous eyes that guts him to the core and Tack is determined to do whatever it takes to see the woman he still loves smile again—even if it means taking on her demons as his own.

After fleeing an abusive ex-husband, Kitty decides that the best way to heal her broken heart is to come back home. But she gets a whole new shock when she sees how undeniably sexy Tack has become. More handsome, more muscular, more charming—more everything—he’s impossible to resist. Before she knows it, they’re reigniting sparks that could set the whole state of Alaska on fire. Yet trust doesn’t come easy to Kitty anymore, and as things heat up between her and Tack, she can’t help but wonder if one of them is going to get burned . . .

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Meet the Author:



With more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.

Author Media Links:

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LucyMonroe.Romance

Twitter https://twitter.com/lucymonroe

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/lucymonroebooks/

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22369.Lucy_Monroe

Blog http://lucymonroeblog.blogspot.com/

Her Official Website http://lucymonroe.com


Monday, April 27, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Friction by Jamie Magee #Giveaway


About Friction:

Romeo and Juliet had it easier. They came from warring families who clearly drew a line for them not to cross. It wasn’t the same with Easton and Georgia. They came from a town where family was precious and moments were cherished. Still, there were unspoken rules, such as not falling for your best friends kid sister—or testing troubled hearts.

The losses Easton and Georgia endured at a young age tossed them down separate paths, far from the sleepy town they both had roots within.

Now, broken roads and bad decisions were the demons in their pasts—choices that would either draw them together, or rip them apart when chance landed them face to face once more. 


Read an Excerpt:

“I tend to attract the broken.”

“I’m not broken,” Easton snapped in a hiss of words.

She felt her body tense before her next bold words came. “Did I say you were?” She lifted her chin. “Am I attracting you, Easton Ballantine?”

He looked right at her, green to blue, a stare reaching past the fraudulent calm surface. Yes, she was. Which only pissed him off more. Not only was she not anywhere near his type, she was Memphis’s kid sister, Lucas’s daughter—she was seventeen. No way in hell this is going down.

He smirked to break the gaze they shared, to put a wall between her and him—to do anything to block the way she was messing with his head.

“I’m every kind of bad habit you don’t want or need, Georgia.”

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About Jamie Magee:



The fun non boring Bio :)
I'm an obsessive daydreamer. Lover of loud alternative music. Addicted to Red Bull. I love to laugh until it hurts. Fall is my favorite season. Black is my favorite 'shade.' Strong believer in the saying: there is a reason for everything, therefore I search for 'marked moments' every moment of everyday...and I find them. Life is beautiful!

Boring one....
Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she'd never been, introduce her to people she's never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Happy Release Day: Brando (The Santini Brothers Series, Book 2) by Marita A. Hansen


Death and sex on two legs ... BRANDO is coming for you. 

Dark, brooding, and one hell of an asshole, Brando walks through life taking what he wants—and who he wants, whether they like it or not. And he wants Ivy, the second in command of the Vipers—a team of female assassins. Having been owned before, Ivy tries to resist Brando, who is just as deviant as her former master—a notorious human trafficker called the Black Russian. But after discovering Brando’s devastating past, she sets out to get to know the real man behind the beautiful face: a tortured soul with secrets to die for.


Brando
The Santini Brothers Series #2
by Marita A. Hansen
Publication Date: April 27, 2015


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Meet the Author

NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. However, in My Masters' Nightmare, I have started writing about Italians. My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.
SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.
CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.
FAVORITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.
BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!
STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.
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Book Spotlight & #Giveaway: His Vow (Ghosts of New Orleans, 1) by Alexandra O'Hurley

I’ll return for you. I vow it.


Book Information for His Vow:

Title: His Vow (Ghosts of New Orleans, 1)

Author: Alexandra O'Hurley

Genre(s): IR/MC Paranormal Historical Contemporary Erotic Romance with Horror Elements


Purchase Links:

Amazon * All Romance * Bookstrand * Smashwords

About His Vow:

When Cami DuBois winds up on a Manassas battlefield, she stumbles across Confederate re-enactors too deep in character. One of those men drives her to the point of distraction, while drawing her lusts to the surface. Cami tries to ignore the sensation she knows this man—until he vanishes before her.

Left in limbo, Christophe Sinclair is bound by his vow. Promising to return to his love after the end of the Civil War, he’s overjoyed to have his Camille back—and to truly have her in his arms again is his singular focus.

Christophe’s tie to Cami is strong, one that might defy the rules of space and time.

If the Voodoo Gods allow it.

Meet the Author:



Alex is a multi-published, bestselling erotic romance author. Published since 2009, Alex writes all over the genre map, be it Ménage, Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, or Sci-Fi Erotic Romances.

You can find more about Alex at www.alexandraohurley.com.

Author Links:

Website – www.alexandraohurley.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/alexandraohurleyerotica

FB Fan Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandra-OHurley/386624180133

Twitter @alexohurley

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Promo Blitz: Deeper (The Deeper Chronicles) by Allyn Lesley

Blog Tour ~

Deeper (The Deeper Chronicles)

by Allyn Lesley

Genre: Multicultural Romantic Suspense



About the Book:

Everything Avianna Linton thought she knew was shattered in one traffic stop. With her life turned upside down, she flees to the bright lights of New York City hoping for anonymity and a new life.

Rising from nothing, Noah Adams holds onto his power and control with a bone-crushing grip. No one dared challenge his authority until her...

Avi’s disdain for Noah is barely contained, and Noah does everything he can to restrain himself—a concept he has little experience with.

There’s more between the two than either of them realize. A force looms near, hovering with deadly precision and motivated solely by revenge.

Avi wonders who her new friends truly are and if she’s already in too deep. Noah, accustomed to getting what he wants, will do whatever it takes to draw Avi's in deeper.

Deeper is an interracial romantic suspense novel by new author allyn lesley.

*over 74000 words in book one of The Deeper Chronicles (only two novels)*



Information and Purchase Links:

Amazon US Deeper (The Deeper Chronicles)

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

Meet the Author:



allyn lesley writes real stories about real people.

As a teen, allyn lost herself in the pages of some of Romance’s heavyweights, trusting that a happy ever after was just around the corner. In allyn’s own writing journey, as in life, she’s learned that people don’t always experience recovery and restoration after a fall. Her stories speak to the gritty side of life where the right choice isn't always easily identified and happiness not quickly gained.

Social Media Links

Blog -- allynlesley.blogspot.com

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YouTube trailer -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAQ9TN3NzLQ