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Friday, September 30, 2011

Child of War-A God is Born by Lisa Beth Darling (Feature & Giveaway)

Today we have a feature and giveaway from author Lisa Beth Darling who is joining us with her upcoming release, Child of War - A God is Born, the exciting second novel in her Of War series! 


Child of War-A God is Born
Book #2 in the OF WAR series
by Lisa Beth Darling
ISBN: 978-0615523460
Pages: 428
Genre: Paranormal Erotica/Romance Thriller
Publisher Moon Mistress Publishing USA

Do you know 'Damien'? Raven makes that kid look like an angel.The "Of War"-series picks up in part I of this II-part sequel when Ares and Alena try to settle down on Olympus and await the birth of their son, Raven.Haunted by prophetic visions along with a body and mind that are starting to betray her, Alena struggles to enjoy what should be a happy and blessed occasion. The relentless hostility from the other Olympians make her yearn to be back on their cozy island home, far away from all the bickering and backstabbing that makes up Life on mighty Mount Olympus.
Knowing of Zeus' unabashed hatred for Alena and the Celts, Ares becomes convinced Zeus is causing these visions and the breakdown of Alena's mind. To appease his Father, the God of Gods, Ares enters into a wicked blood pact ensuring the safety of his wife and unborn son. A pact that could cost the God of War everything he holds dear.
However, once the boy arrives, it quickly becomes clear Raven may be the most powerful and cunning Olympian ever born. Outwardly despised by Zeus for his Fey blood and his filthy Celtic mother the seeds of rage and doubt are planted in the Raven's mind by a very willing Apollo.
As Zeus, Apollo, and Aphrodite plot against the new family, bit by bit the true pasts of the Olympians and Celts comes to light, the battle begins for Raven’s mind and soul and for the ultimate control of Olympus.

Book of the Month: Review- Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter




Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, #1)Lord of the Vampires 
Royal House of Shadows #1
by Gena Showalter
Mass Market Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Harlequin
ISBN 0373618662 
Courtesy of NetGalley
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out. 
Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him. 
When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow

ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub
  
18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!


How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list. If you like what you see make sure to leave a comment and follow so the blog owner knows you stopped by and can return the favor. Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blog love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) or Kelly (secretsofabooklover at gmail dot com) with any questions!

Review: Sweet Justice by Christy Reece

Sweet Justice (Last Chance Rescue, #7)Sweet Justice (Last Chance Rescue #7)
by Christy Reece 
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345524071 
Courtesy of NetGalley
Honor Stone is a young, idealistic FBI agent when her path collides with Seth Cavanaugh. For a girl who has never walked on the wild side, the dark and dangerous Seth is a temptation she can’t refuse. But then Seth walks out the door and out of her life. Five years later, Honor is an operative with the elite Last Chance Rescue organization and Seth is a desperate ex-cop searching for his missing niece—one of many young women who have mysteriously vanished from college campuses. Going undercover, Honor will attract the maniacal cult leader behind the kidnappings and find a way to work with Seth—while steering clear of the passion and need that’s just one touch away from explosion. Seth knows he had all the right reasons for the wrong he did five years ago. And from the moment he sees her—and takes her in his arms again—this former undercover man will risk everything for one more chance with Honor.

My Thoughts: 
This is my first read from author Christy Reece and all I can say is; Wow, it will not be my last! 

Lexy’s Review: Midnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua



A Midnight DanceMidnight Dance by Lila DiPasqua
Fiery Tales #3
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 2nd, 2011 by Berkley Trade
ISBN 042524198X
HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy historical romance that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.
Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.
That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.
Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…

Lexy's Thoughts:
What is it exactly about fairy tales that capture our interest? The beautiful damsel in distress, the handsome prince fighting for her love and rescue, or the magic that no matter who you are in life someone will look at you and think the world rests in your arms? Whatever the reason DiPasqua’s version of Cinderella immerse you in a tale impossible to put down. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Elisabeth Naughton (Interview & Giveaway)

Today I have the pleasure of having one of my new favorite authors, Elisabeth Naughton, joining us at Reading Between the Wines for an interview to celebrate her newest release, Tempted!

Welcome Elisabeth! For those who may not know much about you, give us a little background on yourself please. 

EN: Thanks so much for having me here today! For those who don’t know me, I write hot, dark paranormals with a Greek mythology twist. The third book in my Eternal Guardians series, Tempted, just released from Sourcebooks on September 6, 2011. I live in western Oregon with my husband and three kids, and when not writing you can usually find me running, hanging out at a variety of sporting events or wasting time on Twitter.

Review: Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton

Tempted (Eternal Guardians, #3)Tempted 
Eternal Guardians #3
by Elisabeth Naughton 
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Sourcebooks (first published September 1st 2011)
ISBN 0505528738
Courtesy of publisher
DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length. 
Isadora is missing. The words pounded through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius had done all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she was gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always shunned. As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.
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My Thoughts:
Throughout the first two novels in this series, Eternal Guardians, I was curious as to the reason behind the volatile emotions between Isadora and Demetrius. If you haven’t read the beginning of the series; Isadora is the Argolean princess and heir to the throne. In book one, Marked, she starts off being demure and pretty much lets others walk all over her. As the series progresses she goes from being a timid princess to a strong future queen. But one constant in her life for the last two hundred years has been the Argonaut Demetrius and the vile way he treats her. I mean, I would hide under my bed if I heard this warrior coming. Intimidating doesn’t even begin to cover how he comes off! Well in Tempted, we finally learn the reason behind his bad attitude. 

Quickie Review: Entwined by Elisabeth Naughton

EntwinedEntwined 
Eternal Guardians #2
by Elisabeth Naughton
Mass Market Paperback, 322 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Love Spell
ISBN 0505528231
Forces of daemons are gathering and have broken through the barriers of the Underworld. Now more than ever the Eternal Guardians are needed to protect both their own realm and the human world. Zander can't afford to think about what might have been with the bewitching physician he once regarded as his soul mate. But with eternity stretching out before him, he also can't fathom spending his life without the one woman who makes him feel most alive. Perhaps he's found his weakness, after all . . 
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Review: Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

MarkedMarked 
Eternal Guardians #1
by Elisabeth Naughton 
Mass Market Paperback, 322 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Love Spell
ISBN 0505528223 
THERON—Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
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My Thoughts:
I have seen Elisabeth Naughton’s work around a lot in the last year but never picked up one of her books until I received the third novel in this series, Tempted, in for review. So I decided what the heck, might as well start at the beginning and see what all the fuss is about right? My thoughts now; why did I wait so long to pick up this series?!?!?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eliza Knight (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Morning lovelies! Joining us today is the author of A Lady's Charade, Eliza Knight, with a wonderful guest post and giveaway! You can see Lexy's review of A Lady's Charade *HERE*

Medieval Beverages

I really do enjoy curling up with a glass of pinot noir (Mark West is my wine of choice at the moment!) and reading a good book.  Which of course got me to thinking, what sort of drinks did they have back in medieval times?
I got to wine festivals several times throughout the year. Lucky for me in my town there are several wineries! One of which has a famous Mead, they sell to the Renaissance Festival, I also frequent… Yum!
So back to what sort of drinks they had in medieval times…

Lexy's Review: A Lady's Charade by Eliza Knight

A Lady's CharadeA Lady's Charade
by Eliza Knight 
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 6th 2011 by CreateSpace 
ISBN 1463574126 
Courtesy of author
From across a field of battle, English knight, Alexander, Lord Hardwyck, spots the object of his desire—and his conquest, Scottish traitor Lady Chloe. Her lies could be her undoing… Abandoned across the border and disguised for her safety, Chloe realizes the man who besieged her home in Scotland has now become her savior in England. Her life in danger, she vows to keep her identity secret, lest she suffer his wrath, for he wants her dead. Or love could claim them both and unravel two countries in the process… Alexander suspects Chloe is not who she says she is and has declared war on the angelic vixen who's laid claim to his heart. A fierce battle of the minds it will be, for once the truth is revealed they will both have to choose between love and duty.
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Lexy’s Thoughts:
The story of Alexander and Chloe is a sweet classic romance. A valiant knight doing his duty, a beautiful lady in need of rescue and all of it taking place in a scenic countryside.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sexy Snippets: Men Out of Uniform

ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub
 
Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines and Secrets of a Book Lover for the 18+ crowd. To join in just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like. Then add your post to the linky below so everyone can follow along. Have a sexy good time!

Men Out of Uniform: Three Novellas of Erotic Surrender

"...if you know what's good for you, you'll be wrapped up like a cocoon in that bed spread and asleep before I get out of here." But she didn't move, didn't so much as blink. He reached for the soap, and not taking his eyes off hers he worked up a lather between his hands. He smiled and slowly began to work the lather into his chest, down his belly, then lower...Sophia's eyes widened. He watched the heat rise in her cheeks. His hands slipped around his rock-hard d*ck. His body flinched in his grasp. His eyes narrowed as he slowly began to stroke himself. Sophia's big pouty lips parted, and then her gaze dropped to his stroking hand. 

And that ain't even a quarter of the hotness going on in this anthology! *fans self* Make sure to pick this sexy read up for yourself on October 4th! 



Now it's your turn! Link up and show us your sexy!


Review: Don't Mess with Texas by Christie Craig


Don't Mess with TexasDon't Mess with Texas
by Christie Craig
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Forever
ISBN 0446582840 
Courtesy of publisher
Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect.Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy-though skittish-suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone. The lead detective, Dallas's own brother, has the wrong woman and Dallas hopes a little late-night "undercover" work will help him prove it . . .

My Thoughts:
Dallas O’Connor is a former cop who went to jail for a murder he didn’t commit and whose wife left him in the process. Now he runs a PI business, Don’t Mess with Texas, with two other former officers that were framed along with him. Together they hunt down the man responsible for their incarceration and help those who might be unjustly accused as well. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shadow's Review: Daughter of Lust by Ann Mayburn

Daughter of LustDaughter of Lust
by Ann Mayburn 
ebook
Published June 27th 2011 by Decadent Publishing 
ISBN 0011348828
Courtesy of author
Belal, High Prince of Hell and Keeper of the Deadly Sin Sloth, is expanding his power by trafficking opium. He revels in the results, and as sloth begins to overtake the mortal realm, all of Hell suffers. The balance of power in Hell, as well as the fate of the Universe, will be decided by a half-demon peasant girl.
Natalia Shura, the daughter of Asmodeus, High Prince of Hell and Keeper of the Deadly Sin Lust, is unaware of the nature of her birth. When her demonic side begins to awaken, her world becomes dominated by dark passions and deadly cravings. Natalia fears she is losing her mind. But her love has been foretold as the only thing that can stop Belal and his allies, and they will do anything to prevent her ascension.
Facing assassins, avenging angels, Hell's deadly politics—and her real father—Natalia must accept the love of more than one man and embrace her demonic heritage as a Princess of Lust. If she doesn't, all that she cares about will be destroyed, and Heaven and Hell will plunge into Chaos.
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Shadow’s Thoughts:
If I could give Daughter of Lust a higher rating I would. It was awesome; action packed, full of secrets and steamy scenes! Okay, scratch steamy, make that HOT AS HELL!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Forever Texas Blog Tour (Feature & Giveaway)


Don't Mess with TexasDon't Mess with Texas
by Christie Craig
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Forever
ISBN 0446582840
Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect.Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy-though skittish-suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone. The lead detective, Dallas's own brother, has the wrong woman and Dallas hopes a little late-night "undercover" work will help him prove it . . .
I gave this fabulous novel 4 stars!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Super Sexy Swag Pack Giveaway!

have a sexy friday Pictures, Images and Photos
Happy Friday!!!! I hope it was fabulous! Well, I am a little late today...this week has been a parenting nightmare but I am hopefully optimistic about the weekend! lol So, if you're a visitor to the RBtWBC FaceBook page then you know that I promised a swag giveaway today and since we just wrapped up the 18 & Over Book Blogger Giveaway Hop and Erotic Romance Weekend I thought what better swag to giveaway then some sexy swag? So I give you the 'Super Sexy Swag Pack' !!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow


ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub
 
18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!


How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list. If you like what you see make sure to leave a comment and follow so the blog owner knows you stopped by and can return the favor. Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blog love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) or Kelly (secretsofabooklover at gmail dot com) with any questions!

Betraying the Pack by Eve Langlais (Feature & Giveaway)

To celebrate the release of Eve Langlais' exciting second novel in her sexy Pack series, Betraying the Pack, we have a little feature and excerpt to whet your appetite and then you'll have a chance to win your very own copy at the end. Betraying the Pack is now available at Amira Press and will be available at Amazon, B&N and All Romance tomorrow, September 23rd! 

Betraying the Pack
By Eve Langlais
Book #2 in the ‘Pack’ series
Genre: Paranormal/Werewolf Multi Partner Romance (MFMM)
Length: 59,755 (novel)
ISBN: 978-1-937394-07-3 
*Author's note: Each book can be read as a stand alone novel, however, for total reader enjoyment and comprenhension of past events, it is suggested you read them in order.
Escaping a kidnapping duo, Bailey runs into a naked man in the middle of the woods. And he’s not alone. 
Rescued by a quad of hunks, then kept against her will, she doesn’t know what to think or do—other than scream that is—when she discovers they are werewolves. Even more frightening, they want her as their mate despite her human status. 
But there’s more to Bailey than meets the eye, and she comes to the attention of an evil force that wants to use her. Can Bailey keep herself from his clutches, or will he somehow force her to betray the pack? 
And just how does a girl raised with human morals come around to accepting pack law which states females can choose up to four mates, and more shocking, take them to her bed, all at once? 
Note: All the sexual focus is on her. There is no male on male action.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guest Post w/Night Walker author Lisa Kessler

Today I have a fabulous new author, and a super cool lady in general, joining us for a fun guest post. Please welcome Lisa Kessler! You can check out my review of Lisa's new release, Night Walker, *here*


Hi everyone –

Thanks so much to Crystal for letting me hijack… *ahem*…  I mean have a guest spot on her blog today!

I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes author stuff with all of you!  Ready? J

My debut novel, Night Walker, was just released last month, and I’ve spent the past 6 weeks in a promotional blur of guest blogs, interviews, blog talk radio spots and even a trip to RomCon to meet readers.  Reviews have been coming in, and most of them have been positive!  *knock on wood*  YAY!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: My Wild Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

My Wild HighlanderMy Wild Highlander
by Vonda Sinclair
250 pages
Published August 26th 2011 by Vonda Sinclair
Courtesy of author
Lady Angelique Drummagan, a half-Scottish, half-French countess, has suffered much pain and betrayal in her past. She wants nothing to do with the sensual Scottish warrior that the king has ordered her to marry because the rogue could never be a faithful husband, but she has little choice in the matter. Dangerous, greedy enemies threaten her from all sides and she’s in dire need of his protection. 
Sir Lachlan MacGrath, known as Seducer of the Highlands, possesses a charming wickedness and canny wit which has earned him much popularity. After the king decrees that he wed the fiery hellion, Lachlan discovers there is one woman who can resist him—Angelique. Can he break through her icy façade and melt her heart, or will the dark secrets lurking in her past not only cost them their future together, but their very lives?
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My Thoughts:
Vonda Sinclair delivers up another smashing Scottish historical romance with My Wild Highlander

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sexy Snippets: My Wild Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub
 
Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines and Secrets of a Book Lover for the 18+ crowd. To join in just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like. Then add your post to the linky below so everyone can follow along. Have a sexy good time!




My Wild Highlander
"Och! Like biting, do you?" He nibbled her lower lip, caught it between his teeth, but not hard enough to draw blood. Fiery emotion burned in her darkened eyes, just as arousal burned inside him.
He released her lip and nipped her neck.
She sucked din a hissing breath, her whole body shuddering. Her hands fisted in his clothes and drew him closer. Aye, he loved her responsiveness. He tugged at her sleeve, baring her shoulder, and scraped his teeth over it, flicked it with his tongue.
Her skin was smooth, hot and alluring. These blasted clothes were in the way. He yanked up her skirts and slid his hand along the silk stockings to the top, over the softest skin of her inner thighs. 


Now its your turn, show me your sexy! 

Review: Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister


Love in the Time of Dragons (Light Dragons, #1)Love in the Time of Dragons (Light Dragons #1)
by Katie MacAlister 
Paperback, 331 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Signet
ISBN 0451229711
When it comes to love, one woman is scaling back her expectations...
Tully Sullivan is just like any other suburban mom-except she's just woken up in a strange place surrounded by strange people who keep insisting that they're dragons-and that she's one too.

My Thoughts:

Erotic Romance Weekend Wrap Up


Hey everyone, if this comes up on your reader I apologize for it! I just wanted to make an easy to get to post for our Erotic Romance Weekend. I also wanted to give a great BIG thank you to all the authors who participated in this event. We wouldn't be here with out them so thank you so much! And of course thank you to all of you fabulous readers who stopped by and commented on posts, I hope everyone enjoyed this event! I'll be hosting another event close to Halloween and then I have two more in the works for the following months. 
So, if you are new to RBtWBC or just couldn't make it by, here's what you missed:



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Erotic Romance Weekend - Blog Tour: According to Plan by Madison Edwards(Guest Post & Giveaway)



Okee dokee, what a fun weekend! I hope you all have had as much fun as Kelly and I have! To end Erotic Romance Weekend we have a blog tour for Madison Edwards According to Plan! She is here joining us with a wonderful guest post, check it out and then see what Shadow had to say about According to Plan *HERE* Remember, all the giveaways close on the 25th and don't forget to check out all the authors visiting Secrets of a Book Lover for Erotic Romance Weekend!



Pondering the Muse

Where do ideas come from? How do you choose the names of your characters? Do you write about people you know? These are valid questions and sometimes as a writer you scratch your head and shrug. “I dunno. Thought about it while I ate my cereal in the morning.”
Creativity springs from the strangest of catalysts. For me, According to Plan started as a story about a young woman who inherits a mirror from her late Aunt Tillie, and a handsome Scottish Laird from fourteenth century Scotland is trapped inside. It’s up to our heroine, Rowena, to release him from his centuries old prison.
How in the world did I go from Rowena and Liam to Shelby and Tank? Good question. First let’s deal with Rowena.
It all started with a conversation flitting through my head where Rowena received a phone call from an annoying nerdy neighbour – Regis. It went like this.

Shadow's Review: According to Plan by Madison J. Edwards

According To PlanAccording To Plan
by Madison J. Edwards
Kindle Edition
Published July 24th 2011 by Sapphire Nights Books
ASIN B005EDN90G
Courtesy of author for book tour 
What do you do when things don’t go According to Plan? For starters, you trick, deceive, and lie to the very person who ruined your best laid plans.
Welcome to the world of Shelby Stewart, P.I., who’s been hired to find Harrison Grant. To complicate matters further, her ex-partner, ex-lover, ex-everything Tank shows up looking for Harrison as well, albeit for a very different reason. Harry is the prime suspect in the grisly murder of a call girl, Lulu, in L.A.
That wouldn’t be so bad, but Tank plans on staying at Shelby’s house, and makes it obvious he’s quite willing to help her heat the sheets, again. Shelby knows that sex with Tank is dangerous, fast, and sometimes a little dirty. Now is not the time to become side-tracked. Besides, this job could launch her company into a whole new stratosphere, so it’s imperative she remain focused.
Frustration becomes Shelby’s newest partner as she makes plans to out maneuver Tank in their parallel quest. Tank, on the other hand, is always one step ahead of the game—and is not what, or who, Shelby thought.
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Shadow’s Thoughts:
Wow! I need some ice water after reading this! It’s a scorcher!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Erotic Romance Weekend - Stacey Kennedy (Guest Post & Giveaway)


And now we have the truly awesome author Stacey Kennedy who pens fabulous urban fantasy, paranormal romance and erotic romances! She is joining us with a guest post and giveaway of her new erotic romance Somewhere in Between!  Don't forget to see what great authors Kelly has visiting at Secrets of a Book Lover!



Ooo a blog event dedicated to erotic romance. Now we’re talking! I tend to write erotic romance as a way to give my muse a break from writing my urban fantasy romances. I love the freedom it gives to get a little naughty and not to worry so much about a big bad villain, and focus more on the couple heating up the sheets.

Erotic Romance Weekend - Katie Reus (Interview & Giveaway)

Today we have the lovely Katie Reus joining us for Erotic Romance Weekend with and interview and giveaway. Katie was a new-to-me author until I stumbled across her romantic suspense and now I'm hooked!   Enjoy the interview and then be sure to check out her novels!



Hi Katie, it’s a pleasure having you at Reading Between the Wines today to celebrate our Erotic Romance week J

Thanks so much for having me!

First, why don’t we start by learning a little something about you; how would you describe yourself in a tweet, 140 characters or less? 

Self-professed chocoholic who loves wine, the beach and flip-flops. Also, author of sexy romantic suspense, dark paranormal romance and happy endings.

Besides writing, what are some of your other passions in life?

Review: Once Bitten, Forever Burned by Eve Langlais and Stacey Kennedy

Once Bitten, Forever Burned Once Bitten, Forever Burned
by Eve Langlais and Stacey Kennedy
ebook
Published May 5th 2011
ISBN13 9780986915413
A mini anthology containing: DEVON'S REDEMPTION by Eve Langlais Bethany lost her one and only love to a war overseas. As if that weren’t bad enough, a brutal attack and claiming by a Lycan makes her life a living hell. She lives only for revenge until the day love comes back into her life and promises to rescue her from her misery. However, the mate who forced her isn’t about to let her go. Devon died on the battlefield only to be reborn as a creature of the night. He fights to stay away from his one true love, but when he caves to his desire and sees her again, he discovers redemption is possible even for one who walks in darkness. CRUZ'S SALVATION by Stacey Kennedy Cruz understands torment. A mortal turned vampire in the war, he has suffered untold loneliness and despair. That is until he meets Kiara—a werewolf he’s forbidden to love. Though Kiara needs Cruz, and wants him forever, werewolves and vampires are bitter enemies. To make matters worse, her Alpha, also her father, suspects that Kiara pines for a mate. Mistaking her sadness for the longing she feels for Cruz, he sets out to give her all the happiness he can provide. Together, Kiara and Cruz will have to fight against the rules placed upon them to hold onto their love. But an unwanted visitor creates a complication neither of them planned for. Milo, Kiara’s chosen mate, has come to stake his claim. Now, not only are lives at risk, but hearts are threatened and dreams hang in the balance.
My Thoughts:
Once Bitten, Forever Burned was a very sensual and romantic anthology that made a quick little read by two great authors.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Erotic Romance Weekend - Sylvia Day (Guest Post & Giveaway)


And now we have the fabulous Sylvia Day joining us for Erotic Romance Weekend with a creepy but funny story on how her upcoming anthology with Maya Banks and Karin Tabke came about. She is also offering a giveaway at the end so stick around! Make sure to check out the great authors Kelly has visiting Secrets of a Book Lover too!



Sylvia DayAbout a year and a half ago, I went on a lovely writers’ retreat with my dear friends Maya Banks and Karin Tabke. We rented a quaint little home in Sonoma, CA. The moment we stepped into the house, we were faced with panoramic views. The entire living room and dining room were surrounded by walls of floor to ceiling windows. The setting was picturesque, with a beautifully landscaped garden and rolling green hills beyond that.


The first words out of my mouth? “Uh... where are the curtains?”

Erotic Romance Weekend - Bella Andre (Interview & Giveaway)

Celebrating erotic romance weekend today we have an interview & giveaway with best selling author Bella Andre! This fabulous lady writes some hawt romance that you must check out, enjoy!


Hi Bella, it’s a pleasure having you over today for our Erotic Romance event! J
Let’s start off by learning a bit more about you; can you please share with readers five fun facts about yourself?

1. I was a singer/songwriter and shared the stage with a lot of famous acts including Jewel and Santana and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
2. After a long day at the computer writing about my hot Sullivan boys, I like to sink down in my hot tub and stare out at the moon and the stars.
3. I'm a big believer in feng shui so I don't have trash cans in my home office. Every time I leave the room, I throw my stash of post-it notes and crumpled papers away in the kitchen.
4. When I'm writing a book, I'll listen to the same song over and over and over and over again. For my latest, FROM THIS MOMENT ON, I must have listened to the Glee Cast recording of I Feel Pretty/Unpretty a hundred times.
5. Even though I love books, I have a weakness for good television. I'm so excited that Castle is coming back this Fall. I have to know what happens after Castle says "I Love You" to Beckett!

Review: Snaring the Huntress by Sylvia Day

Snaring the HuntressSnaring the Huntress
by Sylvia Day 
ebook, 25 pages
Published by Sylvia Day (first published 2005)
ISBN13 9780982857120
FREE READ
Star is an Interstellar Council judge. Her position requires her to pass sentence, hunt down the offenders, and administer punishments. She’s considered one of the best, and if she plays her cards right, she just might become the first of the Hunter species to ascend to the Supreme Court–her life’s goal. When she’s ordered to hunt down a rogue Jacian ambassador in heat, the precedent is death. Sympathetic, but following the law she holds so dear, she pursues him with the intent to kill. Roark has entered his mating cycle. By Council law, he should be locked in a room with his pre-assigned partner for a week of non-stop sex that will get him through his heat. But he doesn’t want his pre-assigned. He wants Star, the luscious blonde judge whose compassion and intelligence has won his regard. The penalty for going rogue while in heat is death, but that’s a small price to pay for a week of sensual pleasure with the woman he desires more than anything. 
Now the huntress is the prey, and when she’s snared by a man in heat, it’s passion that rules, not the law. Or does it? Roark still has his sentence, and his lover Star is judge, jury… and executioner.

GoodReads

My Thoughts:
Snaring the Huntress was a fun little read that was only about 50 pages or so.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow


ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub
  
18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!


How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list. If you like what you see make sure to leave a comment and follow so the blog owner knows you stopped by and can return the favor. Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blog love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) or Kelly (secretsofabooklover at gmail dot com) with any questions!


Question of the Week:                                                                                                    Easy question this week - What are you currently reading?

Erotic Romance Weekend - Olivia Cunning (Guest Post & Giveaway)


Good morning everyone and welcome to our Erotic Romance Weekend event *woohoo* hosted by myself and Kelly at Secrets of a Book Lover! Every day from now until Sunday we will be featuring your favorite erotic romance authors at each of our blogs with great guest posts, fun interviews and awesome giveaways! To kick things off I have one of the coolest and my absolute FAVORITE authors joining us for a guest post and giveaway. Please give a warm welcome to Olivia Cunning and the Sinners groupies!



Since the first two books in my rock star erotic romance series, Backstage Pass and Rock Hard, were released, I've done a lot of guest blogs. I've been interviewed more times than I can count. The characters in my Sinners on Tour series have been interviewed--including all five members of the band (Brian-lead guitar; Sed-vocals; Jace-bassist; Eric-drums; Trey-rhythm guitar). I think it's time that Sinners' groupies were interviewed. Let's see what they have to say about their favorite fictional metal band. They should have an interesting perspective.


Olivia Cunning: Good morning, ladies. Take a moment to introduce yourself and tell us where you're from.

Darlene: I’m Darlene. I’m from Des Moines, Iowa.

Janet/Eiffel Tower Girl: I’m Janet. From Las Vegas. I work at the Paris casino there. Thanks to Sed, I think I’m permanently stuck with the nickname Eiffel Tower Girl.

Heather: You’re Eiffel Tower Girl?