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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Conflicting Hearts by J.D. Burrows Promo Blitz Tour

Conflicting Hearts
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: November 2012

 Conflicting Hearts


Rachel Hayward hoped to have a quiet thirtieth birthday alone. Instead, fate had different plans.

Caught in traffic and late for work, she can do nothing except wait for the freeway gridlock to ease. A three-car pileup has caused the snarl. Just as cars begin to move at a faster clip, Rachel takes her eyes off the road to gawk at the accident and rear-ends the car in front of her.

Sick over having ruined her day, she lowers her head onto the steering wheel and waits for the driver to begin a tirade over her stupidity. Instead, a kind man taps on her window showing genuine concern about her welfare. The brief colliding encounter suddenly starts a relationship between two strangers that takes off under odd circumstances.

When the couple becomes intimate, their relationship turns into a conflicting set of desires and needs. Rachel is bound by a shameful, dark childhood. After she falls in love with the handsome Ian Richards, she is faced with the decision to leave him or finally confront her demons to obtain the one thing in life she's always needed--healing from the sexual abuse she endured as a little girl.


Ian slowly turns me around so that I’m facing him. We’re nose to nose. Our bodies are touching front to front. This is not good, or maybe it is good. He doesn’t say a thing, except to look at me with a smoldering gaze. A second later, he lazily moves his eyes toward my lips.

I’m frozen. I look at him with half anticipation and half panic. He’s going to kiss me; I know it. His intentions are clearly expressed in his blue eyes, which have turned a shade darker. I’m losing it. Hurriedly, I remind him of his words to fend off the advance.
“Uh, I thought you wanted to be just friends?”

A look of admiration sweeps across his face. He gently brings his hand up to my forehead and brushes a few strands of hair out of my eyes. Ian is silent, but it’s obvious he is thinking this through. It’s driving me crazy being close to his body.
“You want more?” I whisper, trying to get him to say something.
“Do you?”

He answers with a question. It’s annoying. “I asked you first,” I reply, not cracking a smile or giving away my heart pounding in my chest. I can’t look at him any longer. I close my eyes, and silently ask God, who I’ve ignored for years, to help me.

Then I feel the warmth of his breath approach. He circles my lips with his and gives me a long, tender kiss. Sweet Jesus. He tastes so delicious! I hope the breath mint I popped in my mouth a half hour ago is still working. Eventually, he pulls away, and I open my eyes.

“Does that answer your question?”

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Author Bio:

J. D. Burrows is a pen named used for contemporary romance written by Vicki Hopkins. She has authored four other historical fiction/romance novels. Her recent historical (Dark Persuasion) won the 2012 USA Best Book Awards Finalist for Fiction Romance.
The author lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with a pesky cat who refuses to let her sleep in. She enjoys traveling to England, researching her English ancestry, finding long-lost relatives from the Holland lineage, and creating stories that touch the hearts of women.
For information about her historical romance, visit http://vickihopkins.com

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Friday, March 1, 2013

C.A. Szarek's Sword's Call Book Release Giveaway

***Comment on this post to get entered into a contest for a chance to win a swag pack or a free copy of Sword's Call (ebook)***

Book Blurb:

For generations, the Ryhans, ruling family of the Province of Greenwald have been keepers of a sword rumored to possess enough magic to defeat kings. Lord Varthan, a former archduke and betrayer of the king, covets the sword and invades Greenwald.

Lady Ceralda Ryhan, daughter of the murdered duke, gains the sword and flees, trusting only her white wolf, Trikser—magically bonded to her. Cera needs nothing more to aid in her fight.

Jorrin Aldern, half elfin and half human, left his home in the mountains of Aramour to find his human father who disappeared twenty turns before, but finds Cera with Varthan and his shades on her tail instead. His dual heritage and empathic magic will tempt Cera in ways she never thought she’d desire. But can he convince her trust and love can pave the path to redemption or will the epic battle end in tragedy and evil conquer them all?

Jo-Anna's Review:
 First off, congratulations to C.A. Szarek for the release of her first book, Sword's Call in the King's Riders series!! I'm so happy and honored that I got to read this book.

I got asked to do an honest review of this book so here it goes. I absolutely loved it!! I don't usually read fantasy romance books but I'm glad I
read this one. This story has elves, magic, wolves, and a whole bunch of other fabulous things that makes this a world to get lost in.

I just love Cera and Jorrin! Cera is a strong female character and she's someone you could look up to for advice or have fighting by your
side. She's definitely one that could take care of her own. With Trik by her, no one can get in the way.

Being half human and half elfen, doesn't make life easy for Jorrin. But he meets Cera and together, a new love grows. He fights for Cera and earns
her trust by not giving up on her. Jorrin is the perfect guy to bring home to mom and dad. By the end of the book, you'll be falling head over heels
for him.

Varthan is an awesome bad guy that you love to hate. He does unspeakable and horrible things that makes you cringe or cry out in disgust but makes a
fantastic villain.

There is a lot of action and edge of your seat moments during the last part of the book that definitely keeps you on your toes.

If you love the fantasy genre or just love reading in general, read this book!! You won't regret it.

Sword's Call is a MUST READ!!


“Tell me about it,” Jorrin encouraged.

“I pictured our magic as a rope and wrapped it around us. I stepped into him, making us one. I concentrated and I saw you. But then I saw me, too. My eyes were closed, and I felt like I was sitting beside myself. It was…unsettling, at first. But then Trik must have moved his head, because I saw into the woods…he turned, right?”

He grinned at her. “Yes, he did. You did do it.”

“His eyesight is so sharp. It was a wonder to see.” Their eyes locked and held. Air ruffled her hair, causing gooseflesh to rise on her neck as a substantial breeze kicked up.

Trikser made a noise in his throat but she ignored him.

Jorrin looked so wild and beautiful with the wind in his dark hair, his high cheekbones flushed with color to the tips of his slender tapered ears. Her heart skipped as his blue eyes darkened and she read intense heat there.

Last night he’d been in her dreams. Try as she might, Cera could no longer deny that she was attracted to him. That she’d liked that kiss he stole what seemed ages ago.

Would he kiss her again? Heat crept up her neck and burned her cheeks.

The way he was looking at her right then made her lose her train of thought and her worries.

“Tell Trikser to move.”

“What?” But Cera already sent the mental command. Her bond slipped off her lap with little encouragement. He’d caught sight of a rabbit, and took off after it.

Jorrin grabbed her hand and tugged forward. She fell onto his lap, moving to him instead of away, ignoring mental cautions that this wasn’t a good idea, despite her dreams, her admitted attraction.
Their lips met in heated rushed. Cera’s arms shot around his neck and she pressed closer. His body was hard against hers and a tremor shot down her spine.
Her breasts pressed into his chest as he pinned her against him. Jorrin shoved his tongue into her mouth and groaned. She clung to him, moving her mouth under his
When she touched her tongue to his, he moaned, his hands shooting down to cup her bottom.
Cera wiggled in his arms as an unfamiliar warmth enveloped her like an embrace. Jorrin’s erection pressed into her hip and she clutched his tunic with both hands.
When he kissed her harder, her head spun. Feeling his urgency, confusion rushed her. She moaned, fighting the sensation of his warmth, his strength as he squeezed her against him. Her desire for more. Her desire for him. She couldn’t lose control.
Yanking back, she panted against him.
Jorrin’s chest heaved into her breasts as they both struggled for breath. “What’s wrong?” he croaked.

Author Information:

C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is married and has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
She works with kids when she’s not writing.
She’s always wanted to be a writer and is overjoyed to share her stories with the world. 

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What's coming next:

Collision Force (Crossing Forces Book 1) will be published from Total-E-Bound Publishing!

Pre-Order May 20, 2013
Pre-Release June 3, 2013
General Release July 1,2013

Ebook and Print!

 Book Blurb:
Badboy, married to his job FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts human trafficker Carlo Maldonado all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren.
Cole doesn’t do small towns and he doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs is a cocky FBI agent that sees her as no more than a tagalong.
Widow and single mother Andi is used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory.

Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she left behind when her husband died.
Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself.

Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardize their case and their hearts?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Author Interview and Review of Lusting the Enemy by Mel Teshco

Lusting the Enemy
Book Blurb:
Akeisha is on a mission to be chosen as part of a harem for the desert king, Judas. She’ll use her body to entice and beguile, do anything it takes to save the near-extinct larakytes, her shape-shifting silver panther tribe, from Judas’ human subjects, who are trying to eradicate them.

She never expects to succumb to the wild ecstasy in his arms, a pleasure that threatens to expose her inner cat even as it transcends anything she’s ever felt from one of her own kind.

Falling in love with a human enemy was never part of the plan, but maybe there’s more to Judas than meets the eye.
Angie J's Review:
I received this book from the author for a truthful review.

*Gulping down the ice water and turning on my fan*

Ladies let me describe this book is one word, "Holy-Mother-of-all-hawtness".  OK so I kinda stretched that but you get my point, the book rocked.  The book is about Akeisha who is a shape shifter and needs to seduce the king of the humans, Judas, to help save her people.  Well lemme tell ya, the girl has mega balls.  She has to go and stand outside in the blazing heat with 50 chicks and try and get Judas' attention to be part of his harem.  Well when he walks by to "inspect her" , she gets buck naked...way to go Akeisha cuz lets be honest what man is gonna turn down a hot naked girl???  SOOOO he picks her (Duh like you didn't figure that right) and they have a night of "welcome to my castle" fun.
Judas is very smitten by his new lover but is hiding a secret of his own.  He takes Akeisha all over town and is more impressed by her kind nature.  She is also more and more smitten by the fact he isnt the cruel, ruthless leader she presumed he was.
I should mention their are humans who HATE shifters of any kind and seek them out to kill them.  Akiesha and Judas run into some troubles with these bad peps and have a little rebellion.  I don't want to tell you too much because it is a quick amazing read.  I  will say I did enjoy the twist the author threw in as Judas' secret.  I also loved that Judas is a great alpha male character.  Annnnnd, I loves me some alpha male!!!
Any way, I am defo going to be adding to my TBR list more of this authors books!!!

Interview with the Author:

Hello and thank you for taking time out of your schedule to answer a few questions for our readers.  Ok so we like to ask a few “hard hitting” *giggles* questions and then move on to some silly stuff.  Ready?  Here we go….

Ok so I have never read anything of yours before this novella “Lusting the Enemy”.  So is this part of a series or a stand alone?

~Thanks so much for having me! Lusting the Enemy is book 1 of a three book series (but there may be more, depending on readers love/hate of the series lol!)

Since I am a newbie to your writing, what would you suggest I read next because I did see you have several books/series on Goodreads.

~OMG they’re all my babies LOL! I think it would depend on your reading taste. If you love vampires, then Her Dark Lord might be to your taste. Or if you prefer gargoyles, I have a three book series called Winged and Dangerous you might enjoy (with another I plan to write). My latest series is based around a post-apocalyptic world where human men have died out from a virus and alien males (whose females were the weaker of the species on their planet and succumbed to the virus) are looking for their earth women mates. This series is called Alien Hunger, and book 3 (Galactic Flame) has just been released. I also have a couple of werewolf standalone stories and a couple of contemporaries. See, I cater to every taste *g*

What authors do you enjoy reading and why?

~Any author who pulls me into the story from the get-go. My reading tastes do lean toward paranormal and I read authors like J.R Ward, Kresley Cole and Keri Arthur, though I’ve had a category binge lately and really love India Grey (and many more.)

Silly random questions:

When you write do you fly by the seat of your pants or plot?

~I definitely fly by the seat of my pants, though I do try and have a rough idea about my upcoming scene once my initial, short-lived effortless writing peters out. Plotting just does my head in lol!

What celebrity would you say would play the part of Judas and Akiesha If this was made into a very naughty movie ?

~The hero is all in my head and I just can’t place who would play Judas, but my daughter insists Hrithik Roshan (Bollywood hero fame) would be perfect. 

Emilia Clarke (gorgeous girl from Game of Thrones) fits my heroine brilliantly.

What authors do you enjoy reading when you find the time?

~I’ve been reading a lot of authors/stories I would never have considered in print, and found some fantastic reads that way. Ellora’s Cave has been re-releasing a ‘first book in the series’ freebie, which has introduced me to some fabulous authors.

About the Author:
Mel Teshco

Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy 

Mel Teshco grew up in Australia, where her seemingly gypsy dad and ever patient mother saw her living in many areas of the East Coast, along with her sister and two brothers.

Each new home stimulated an already over-active imagination, where she spent as much time dreaming about fantasy worlds as the real world - the fantasy sometimes being much better.
Now living on a small rural property with three horses and a handful or two of cats, she is happily married with three children of wide-spread ages and a stepson.

Not only does she adore writing darker-style paranormals, she also enjoys writing paranormal erotica and has some published works with Ellora's Cave.

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*Guest Posting by Toni F.* Shadow Throught Time Trilogy Book #2- Daughter of the Dark by Louise Cusack

Daughter of the Dark (Shadow Through Time, #2) 

Book Blurb:

DAUGHTER OF THE DARK is the second novel in the “Shadow Through Time” fantasy trilogy. It follows the fate of Pagan of the house of Guardians. Only seventeen and barely able to control his Guardian powers, Pagan has been given the task of championing the most consequential child ever born, the newborn child of The Light – Glimmer – who will grow to become the Catalyst. Pagan is injured as he and the babe flee their brown homeworld of Ennae, arriving in the strange rainbow-hued world of Magoria (our Earth), helpless and friendless.

Small town funeral direct, Sarah McGuire finds them and her home becomes their sanctuary, however Sarah’s forthright manner takes some getting used to. Pagan struggles to adapt, for he has little choice. He knows nothing of caring for a babe and already shoulders the burden of not only hiding his own healing powers in a world that is as confusing as it is contradictory, but as Glimmer grows he must also hide the frightening intelligence locked inside her child’s body.

On Ennae, the world they have fled, the fearful firegod of Haddash, Kraal, has made a pact with The Dark, Glimmers evil father. In return for a magical talisman now held by the Plainsmen, Kraal will give The Dark sovereignty over Ennae, yet little does he know that The Dark’s ambitions now lean towards power over all four worlds. There is no place in either of their plans for Glimmer to live.

On the airworld of Atheyre, The Light and her lover Talis watch on helplessly, unable to protect Pagan or Glimmer from the evil that conspires against them, and behind all is the inexorable Maelstrom, growing in strength and momentum. Before it destroys the four elemental worlds, Glimmer must return to Ennae and face those who would have her dead. Only one thing can distract her from fulfilling her destiny, yet that one thing is exactly what she needs to bring peace to the four worlds

Toni's Review:

We were given this book by the author for a truthful review of the series.  We have already rated book one of the series.  Please be sure to read the series in correct order so you are not lost or confused.

I gave this book a 4/5 star rating.

I love Fantasy.  Period.

 The second installment in this series finds Pagan, Talis' cousin who has just barely earned his right to wear his Guardian plaits in his glorious hair, through a portal with the newborn Glimmer, child of Khaterine and the Dark ,staring into the eyes of a human woman in the strangely bright and colorful world of Magoria. WOW! There is evil amuck in Ennae with everyone it seems attempting to take the Throne from its rightful heir, but there will be no easy answers. Through war and death, love cannot be erased, even if it has been decades. As for Glimmer, as the Catalyst to join the Four Worlds, it has been an entire life of training for this moment in time. I really have enjoyed these books so far and I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.

About the author:

Image of Louise Cusack 
One of my earliest memories is of seeing Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the moon on our grainy black and white television in 1969. While my siblings ran around the yard playing, I spent the whole day lying on my lounge room floor watching my wildest dreams come true - humans walking on another world. I was in awe of the event, and I remember it distinctly. It was the first time in my life that I thought I might like to be anything other than a writer. Although in those days there wasn't much question that a 'girl' would get to do anything exciting with her life. Not in Brisbane in the Sixties. So time passed and I went back to telling my class-mates that one day they were going to see a book with my name on the cover.
Another 'peak experience' in my life was when a Russians in Space exhibit visited our town. The show was in a big tent with all the exhibits behind rope cordons, but I begged, and the man running it let me slip past the barrier when no one else was looking so I could touch one of the sputniks that had orbited Earth. I can't begin to describe what it felt like to lay my fingers onto that pockmarked surface and know it had been in the vacuum of space - where I wanted to go. I get goose-bumps still, just thinking about it.
My elder brother's obsession with Science Fiction was another important factor in my development as a writer. Everything he read, I read. Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, E.E.'Doc' Smith. When I was thirteen, he started sneaking pornography home and I was 'borrowing' that as well, taking it under my mosquito net at night with a torch. Perhaps that's how I developed a fascination for the psychology of sex - why people become obsessed with the object of their desire and how lust twists lives.
My family life was suburban, middle-class. When I go home to Brisbane now, summer still smells the same way as it did when I was a kid. We had a mountain near us that we used to climb - Peg's Mountain - which is still a reserve. I went there a lot with my brothers, we'd disappear for the whole day and come back for dinner. I remember Guy Fawkes night vividly and still find fireworks to be a magical thing. When I was eight I was in love with Prince Planet. When I was thirteen I fell hard for Captain James T. Kirk. He was my first big crush and I've never quite gotten over him.
In my teens I forgot about writing and started 'living' instead. I hung around with my tribe, a group of six girls who still keep in touch. We partied and had opinions - I felt very passionate about politics then. In my twenties I was an activist, first in the peace movement, and then with a big-time commitment to Animal Liberation. I protested outside rodeos with placards like "Real men don't rope baby calves", and did a lot of work towards educating people about animal experimentation. I became a vegetarian then and married.
By thirty I'd had children and I've been passionate about motherhood ever since. However, shortly after the birth of my last child I realised that the odd restlessness which had begun when my father died years earlier, wasn't going away. I went back to working part-time but that wasn't it. The problem was writing. I'd somehow forgotten that I was going to be a writer. I remembered then and I began.
For years I typed every day until I found characters who would tell me their stories, rather than me having to 'make them up'. Finally that happened and I started to get published. I don't pretend to understand the alchemy that occurs when people appear fully-formed in your mind to tell you about their lives, but I'm very grateful that it happens to me and that I'm able to share it with others. I adore the voyage of discovery that drags you along with your characters to see how a story ends. Each new day finds me in front of the computer doing what I love best, drinking heaps of coffee and creating like a mad thing.
Who needs drugs when you can write!
Louise is an International award winning fantasy author whose best-selling 'Shadow through Time' trilogy with Simon & Schuster Australia was selected by the Doubleday Book Club as their 'Editors Choice'. These novels will be released as eBooks in 2012 by Momentum Books.
Louise has been a Writer in Residence at the Queensland Writers Centre, and has tutored hundreds of writing workshops at: the QWC, the NSW Writers Centre, and libraries and schools in Brisbane and regional Queensland.
In 2006 she travelled to the U.S. to present the Queensland government's 'Queensland Writing Showcase' to New York agents and publishers at the very swanky 21 Club.
She has also worked with a production company to develop a computer game for children which unfortunately didn't get off the ground, and in 2009 attended the South Australian Film Commission 'Crossover' think tank in Adelaide to create cross-media ideas and develop projects.
Louise mentors other writers through residencies and her manuscript development business and lives by the ocean in Queensland where she walks the esplanade and writes, currently using research from her Italy trip to create a lost world adventure rich with the Renaissance detail and romance she adores. Look for that on bookshelves in 2012.

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