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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

THE HIGHLANDER'S TRIUMPH by Eliza Knight (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome back the amazing, Eliza Knight, joining us with her historical romance and latest Stolen Bride book, The Highlander's Triumph!


A Different Sort of Heroine
By Eliza Knight

In each of my Stolen Bride books, I’ve made my heroines independent spirits. Ladies that whistle to their own tune, fighting society’s norms in order to find their happily ever after. They’ve each fallen in love with heroes who love them for who they are and encourage them, nurture them.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan (Spotlight/Giveaway)

Today we have a wonderful spotlight and giveaway oppurnity from Sourcebooks! 


The Meet Me at the Cupcake Café Sugary Sweet Spotlight from Sourcebooks!

It is no wonder that the flirty and frothy food-themed novel, Meet Me at the Cupcake Caféby Jenny Colgan is an international success: with relatable characters and scrumptious recipes at the start of each chapter, Meet Me at the Cupcake Café is pure delight to women’s fiction readers everywhere. This summer, Colgan is bringing her hilarious and heartfelt stories—with a dash of deliciousness—to the United States! To celebrate, Sourcebooks is giving away copies of this book ALL MONTH LONG! 

Each day this month, look for opportunities to win a print copy of Meet Me at the Cupcake Café with bloggers all over the book blogging community. Additionally, there will be a few guest blogs and interviews with Jenny sprinkled throughout—a great way to get to know a new author! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliot's Seduced (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome Taryn Elliot joining us with her and Cari Quinn's rockin' new release - Seduced. I loved this book and hope you do too! See my review of Seduced >HERE<


Hi. Thanks so much for having me at Reading Between the Wines! I’m Taryn Elliott, the other half of Lost in Oblivion’s rock star series creators.  Cari Quinn and I are huge music nerds. Instead of doing separate stories about musicians we decided to put our heads together and collaborate. After endless hours on the phone and instant messenger, a couple of weekends of face to face outlining and an endless supply of pizza and caffeine we managed to put the wild hair of an idea into some sort of order.

Kind of like a rock band, we had to do a lot of rehearsal to get this right. False starts, rewrites, adding a storyline, taking out a storyline as we got to know the members of the band—It’s hella hard work, but we can’t really describe just how fun this hard work has been.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sexy Snippets: Burning Up (Smoke Jumpers #1) by Anne Marsh

ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub

Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines 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!


MEANT TO BE by Terri Osburn (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Happy Monday, I hope that everyone had a lovely weekend! Today I would like to welcome author Terri Osburn, enjoy!


Four Letter Words with Terri Osburn

Since this is my first time visiting Reading Between The Wines, I thought I should share a little about myself. In short, I'm a middle-aged single mom embarking on a writing career, while keeping up with the day job, a teenager, two tabbies, and a hyper Yorkiepoo with attachment issues. As you can imagine, my life includes plenty of follies and foibles that result in an expletive or two.

And thus we reach today's topic—four letter words.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

July's Wine Club Review of Out of Control by Stephanie Feagan


Wine Selection: Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
*a dry red wine with flavors of dark fruit and caramel tempered with hints of spice and cacao

Paired with: Out of Control by Stephanie Feagan






Lexi: Oil rig fires, gunshots, and one sexy man with thick eyelashes...yup, that is what you get inside Out of Control. Did you know anything about oil fires before you read this? I know I sure didn't, but now I have the image of hot sweaty men dressed in fire suits stripping down to reveal nothing underneath!

Crystal: Mmm...hot sweaty man zipping down his fire suit to reveal hot sweaty abs...what was the question again? Oh yes, oil fires! I had no clue about oil fires until this book and I have to admit, I am amazed and also fascinated by how much work goes into it and the process used to put one out. The author was very detailed in her descriptions which I appreciated. 


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones - 4.5 Wine Glasses


Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #1)Escaping Reality 
(The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1)
by Lisa Renee Jones
ebook, 250 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Julie Patra Publishing
original title
Escaping Reality
ISBN 0985817089 
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
GoodreadsAmazon - Kindle - Barnes & Noble
Infinite possibilities….Infinite passion…..Infinite danger….
His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.
At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run. 
On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

Crystal's Thoughts: 
Escaping Reality is a ferociously sexy and desperately  intriguing  story that I could not put down! 

Gena Showalter's THE DARKEST CRAVING (Interview/Giveaway)


Lexi: Alright you LOTU fans out there, you are going to LOVE our guest today. And for the rest of you who are going, “What the hell is LOTU?” do we have a great new series for you. Welcome Gena Showalter!

GS: Thank you so much for having me!

Lexi: From the very beginning when you brought us Maddox I have been sucked into the Lords of the Underworld (LOTU for you newbies) series. You bring a great mix of paranormal romance with some fantasy/UF elements and mythology. Did you start out with all of this in your mind or did it evolve as you began writing?

GS: Everything evolved as I began writing.  I started with the grain of an idea – an immortal warrior is killed every night only to wake up the next morning knowing he has to die again – and everything else grew from there.

Book Blast: Knight Blindness by Chris Karlsen (Spotlight/Giveaway)


And now we would like to share with you Chris Karlsen's time travel romance, Knight Blindness!



KNIGHT BLINDNESS
Amazon
Ready for battle, Medieval English knight, Stephen Palmer, charges into the French enemy’s cavalry line. Heeding a warning given months before, he hesitates as he comes face-to-face with the knight in the warning. Struck down in the year 1356, he finds himself landing in the year 2013. Grievously wounded, he’s taken to a nearby hospital. Confused by the new world surrounding him, he attempts to convince the staff he’s from another time, only to find they think him mad.Rescued by friends, who, to his surprise, have also come through time, he must find a way to function in this odd modern England. He is quickly enchanted by the kind Esme Crippen, the young woman hired to tutor him. Unfortunately, she too thinks him adorable, but mad. He must discover the means for getting her to believe the truth, all the while, unknown to him, he didn’t come forward in time alone. The enemy knight has also traveled to 2013.French noble, Roger Marchand, doesn’t question why the English knight who charged him hesitated. That fraction of a pause gave him the advantage needed and he brought his sword down upon the Englishman’s helmet hard, unhorsing the knight. He moved to finish the Englishman off when the world changed in a rush of sensations as he is ripped through time.Seeking a reason for the terrible event, he enters a nearby chapel. There, thinking God has chosen him for a quest to turn French defeat that day in 1356 to victory, he sets out to find the English knight. The man he is convinced holds the key to time. If he returns to the day of the battle, he can warn his king of mistakes that snatched victory from them.


Lisa Renee Jones' ESCAPING REALITY (Spotlight/Giveaway)

Today we are very excited to share with you Lisa Renee Jones new, new adult romance - Escaping Reality. A book that I absolutely adored and recommend!  (Look for my 4.5 wine glass review to pop up later today.) Check it out and then be sure to enter the giveaway!




ESCAPING REALITY
Lisa Renee Jones's first New Adult release
Book 1 of THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN Series
Publication Date: July 22, 2013
Amazon
Infinite possibilities….Infinite passion…..Infinite danger….His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breath? He is what I need. At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard down, the ghost’s of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.   On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes? 
And look for Book 2: Infinite Possibilities!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: Seduced by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott - 4 Wine Glasses

Seduced (Lost in Oblivion, #0.5)Seduced 
(Lost in Oblivion 0.5)
by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott 
Paperback, 406 pages
Published July 3rd 2013 by Rainbow Rage Publishing
ISBN B00DSDPPA6
Copy courtesy of the author
GoodreadsKindle | Amazon | B&N | iTunes

A PREQUEL to the NA rock star series Lost In Oblivion.
Warning: get ready for a testosterone overload. The guys are in the driver's seat in Seduced - and the ride's gonna rock. 
Twenty-three year old Nick Crandall has one focus in his life: Oblivion, the band he formed with his best friend Simon Kagan. With gigs coming up and the band members lacking focus after losing their drummer to rehab, they're out of ideas. Until Oblivion's bassist, Deacon McCoy, poses a surprising suggestion.
Bring in someone new. Two someones.
One You Tube video gone viral later, Oblivion is poised on the brink of stardom. With their new hot drummer chick — who comes in a package deal with a talented guitarist who happens to be head over pick in unrequited love with her - it seems like everything's falling into place. Or will the band Nick and Simon have fought to keep together disintegrate before their eyes?
Four guys & one woman + more success than they ever bargained for = trouble, of the sexiest kind.
Get Seduced by this novel-length introduction to the band Oblivion. This preview occurs before the four forthcoming books about each of the band members. Sometimes getting lost means finding yourself... 

Crystal's Thoughts:

Book Blast: Riverbend by Tess Thompson (Spotlight/Giveaway)

Today we would like to share with you a  contemporary romance from author Tess Thompson. Check out the book and excerpt below and then be sure to enter the giveaway and check out the other blogs participating in this book blast!



Title: Riverbend
Author: Tess Thompson
Series: The River Valley Collection
Format: PDF, epub, mobi, paperback
Publication Date: May 19th 2013
Publisher: Booktrope
ISBN 1620151421
Gnere: Adult Contemporary Romance w/Suspense
Blurb:
“Tag. I found you.”Just as Annie Bell’s reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives athreatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.Author Tess Thompson (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You’ll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.
Escape with a blend of love, laughter, friendship, suspense and gourmet food while remembering it’s never too late for second chances.



Thursday, July 25, 2013

18 & Over Book Blogger #87: Up Late & Worked Up

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. 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 some 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 and say 'Hi!' 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. :) It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
  • Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!


    Question of the Week: 
    What was the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish and got you all worked up in the process? (You know what I'm talking about *wink*)

    Love Him or Leave Him by Sara Daniel (Guest Post/Giveaway)

    Today I would like to welcome Sara Daniel, joining us with her recent release of Love Him or Leave Him


    Top 7 Travel Destination for Amazing Scenery and Fitness Workouts
    Courtesy of Becca Sanders, heroine of Love Him or Leave Him

    Shipwreck (Navagio) Beach – Zakynthos Island – Greece: On top of my bucket list is to hang out on a beach in Greece. There are so many gorgeous ones to choose from, but this one is absolutely awesome. I can snorkel from cave to cave in the crystal clear waters, explore a shipwreck on the beach (hence the name), and of course, relax with plenty of sunscreen at the end of the day.

    Walk Rome: Back in a high school, Connor and I always planned to go to Italy someday. A three hour walking tour of the Colosseum, ancient Rome and the Arch of Constantine in the morning followed by three more hours touring Piazza Di Spagna, Rome’s center, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona in the afternoon will hit a lot of the sights. After all that walking, I’ll be working out a deal with Connor to trading foot massages at the end of the day.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Review: Rock With Me by Kristen Proby - 4 Wine Glasses

    Rock With Me (With Me in Seattle, #4)Rock With Me
    (With Me in Seattle #4)
    by Kristen Proby
    ebook, 196 pages
    Published May 1st 2013 by Kristen Proby Publishing
    original title
    Rock With Me
    ISBN13 2940016554327
    Purchased by Reviewer
    GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & Noble
    Front Man Leo Nash from the world-famous rock band, Nash, is the last person on earth Samantha Williams would trust. She's already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn't signing up for another lesson.
    Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He's not used to women treating him like he's poisonous, and he isn't about to let her run away every time he gets close. He's had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime...when this one runs, he gives chase. But, catching Sam isn't as hard as he thought.
    The sexual attraction between them is so thick, Sam can practically hold it in her hand. There's no way she can deny herself the promise of pleasure being with Leo would provide.
    But, pleasure always comes with pain and when secrets are revealed and trust is challenged, who will run and who will chase?

    Crystal's Thoughts:
    Kristen Proby's With Me in Seattle is a series that I've really come enjoy and it seems to get better and better with each book. But the reason I picked up this series to begin with is because of this book right here, Rock With Me. Sexy, tattooed, rock star and feisty leading lady? Yes, please!

    Cover Reveal: The Edge of Darkness by Melissa Andrea

    We're happy to share with you the new cover and blurb for Melissa Andrea's new adult romance, The Edge of Darkness. 



    Book Title:The Edge of Darkness
    Author: Melissa Andrea
    Series: Darkness Trinity
    Only $0.99! AMAZONB & N - ITUNES - KOBO - Goodreads
    Araya Noelle.I used to dance. I loved to dance, but I don’t anymore. I was in an accident I don’t remember…or maybe I don’t want to remember. Either way, every day since, has been…an adjustment and I’m left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever. Now, my life is a tangled web of darkness filled with deceit, hate, betrayal and lies. I don’t dwell on the past, I don’t regret and I don’t remember. I thought I was surviving – but then I met Ryland Dare and he changed everything. He reminded me that life’s worth living and that remembering isn’t always a bad thing.
    You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…
    Ryland Dare.On the outside looking in, some would say my siblings and I have had a pretty easy life. But beyond the fancy cars, the huge house and endless social events, is where the truth really lies. Power hungry father, defeated mother and fake friends? Yeah I have one of each. It’s not as depressing as it sounds. My brat of a sister, crazy ass brother and sweeter than sweet Annie, keep me entertained. Then Araya Noelle comes along and shows me what I’ve been missing. She thinks I changed her life, but really, she saved mine.
    At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them to HOPE. DARE them to LOVE. DARE them to LIVE.


    Take Me Out by Danielle A. Elwood (Feature/Giveaway)

    Today we would like to share with you a contemporary sports romance from Danielle A. Elwood and a giveaway. Check it out. ☺



    Take Me Out
    by Danielle A. Elwood
    ebook
    Published June 24th 2013
    Amazon
    Charlotte grew up in the Boston socialite spotlight.Bentley grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.One chance baseball game will change both of their lives forever.But will their relationship stand the test of ex-lovers, arson, and Charlotte's parents?



    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Review: Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti - 4 Wine Glasses

    Forgotten Sins (Sins Brothers, #1)Forgotten Sins 
    (Sins Brothers #1)
    by Rebecca Zanetti 
    Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
    Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Forever (first published July 2nd 2013)
    ISBN 1455574449
    ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
    Goodreads
    His Secrets Can Destroy Her
    From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked by the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.
    Her Love Can Save Him
    Shane can't remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside—or who he even is—but he knows something isn't right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he's ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew—one who carries such a deadly secret?
    Purchase at: Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook


    Crystal's Thoughts:

    Hostage To Love by Maya Blake (Guest Post/Giveaway)

    Please give a warm welcome now to Maya Blake, joining us with her romantic suspense - HOSTAGE TO LOVE!


    HOSTAGE TO LOVE – DESTINATION –“ALTHEA” - GREECE


    I first became aware of the sheer sexiness and opulence of Greece when I read a magazine article about Jackie O (and yes, I’m probably dating myself a little bit here, lol). But as an impressionable teenager, reading about the extravagant lifestyles of Greek shipping magnates made the budding writer in me yearn to set a story there. 

    I mean, you have the stunning ruins of the Acropolis, ancient Greek mythology and the world’s collection of privately owned islands in one relatively small country. What’s not to love about that?

    Dazzled By Silver by Lacey Silks (Feature/Giveaway)

    And now we would like to share with you an erotic romance from Lacey Silks. Be sure to check out the excerpt below and then enter the generous giveaway from the author!



    Dazzled By SilverDazzled By Silver by Lacey Silks
    Genre: Erotic Romance 
    Categories:  F/F, M/F/F Menage, M/F with HEA ending 
    Published: July 22, 2013
    Publisher: MyLit Publishing
    Format: eBook (paperback TBA)
    Length:  Novel, 54000 words 
    Amazon - Kobo - Barnes & Noble - Smashwords - AllRomaneeBooks - Goodreads
    Blurb
    Private Investigator, Gabriel Silver is healing from a deadly loss, burying himself in work and avoiding relationships of any kind. When he agrees to help a friend who's tangled up with drug dealers he has no idea the job will change his life.Samantha Connor is recovering from a terrible relationship. She's on the prowl for a hot hook-up, with no strings attached. When she meets Gabriel, she thinks she's found the perfect man to fulfill her deepest yearnings. But Gabriel turns out to be more than meets the eye.Soon, she's knee-deep in his latest case and on the run with Gabriel and her sexy friend Kendra. As they plot to trap the drug dealers, Samantha and Gabriel begin a thrilling game of cat and mouse. With growing feelings, danger at every turn and seduction on the table, anything can happen.Can they both let go of their shattered pasts long enough to find true love, or is Gabriel Silver about to find out that history repeats itself, and lose everything he ever cared about?Warnings: This title contains erotic situations, graphic language, a steamy threesome and a hot FF scene as the main character's 'curiosity' needs to be satisfied. It is however a MF erotic romance.

    Susan Hatler's Save the Date (Feature/Giveaway)

    Hello and happy Tuesday! Today we would like to share with you Susan Hatler's SAVE THE DATE. Find out more about the book below and read the excerpt, then be sure to enter to win your very own copy!



    Blurb for Save the Date: 
    Kristen swears off men, but temptation swoops in when her sexy friend Ethan starts flirting with her.
    Kristen knows men hide things. Case in point, her last boyfriend turned out to be married. Just like anyone else, Kristen is devastated. However, since Kristen evaluates people for a living, her ex’s duplicity has her searching for a new career as well as swearing off men.
    Touring history museums with her sexy friend Ethan doesn’t count, because he has a girlfriend, and has only shown friendly interest in Kristen. He even helps with her career counseling tasks. Although Kristen has a secret crush on Ethan, spending time with him is safe. Until she discovers he’s actually single. Gasp. And now he’s flirting with her, too.
    Suddenly, Ethan is way too dangerous. Not to mention tempting. Sure, he seems like sixty shades of perfect, but how’s a girl with bad judgment supposed to detect what skeletons he has in his closet?
    Purchase Links:
    AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    Sexy Snippets: Rock With Me (With Me in Seattle #4) by Kristen Proby

    ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub

    Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
    Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines 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!

    Some Like it Spicy by Robbie Terman (Guest Post/Giveaway)


    Now I would like to welcome author, Robbie Terman, joining us with her contemporary romance - Some Like It Spicy! 


    My friends tell me I'm pretty funny when I've had too much to drink (I think I'm funny when I'm sober, but apparently that's more an acquired taste). Consequently, they've become very inventive at getting me to drink.  Usually, I'm a sucker for a girlie martini (the kind that tastes more like fruit than alcohol) or a great bottle of wine (no boxes, please!).

    A few years ago, my friend (and awesome critique partner) Elizabeth Heiter and I were hanging out, watching movies and playing scrabble (I know - sounds like a wild night) when we decided we had a hankering for White Russians.  The ingredients of a White Russian are simple - vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream.  But out of the three, I only had vodka.  The only other alcohol I had was Bailey's Irish Cream.  Being the creative types, we improvised and combined a part each of vodka, Bailey's, and skim milk (hey, it was all I had!).  The combination turned out to be bliss in a martini glass.  We sat back on the couch, sipped on our drinks, and imagined we were on the beaches of Brazil.  And thus the Brazilian was born! Now, whenever I need to cool down a hot summer day, or pretend I'm on the beach in the dead of winter, I mix myself a Brazilian.

    Reunited in Danger by Joya Fields (Guest Post/Giveaway)

    Please give a warm welcome to author, Joya Fields, joining us with her new romantic suspense  - Reunited In Danger!



    Order Up! (Do You Like it or Hate it When Someone Orders For You?)

    Thanks so much for inviting me to visit today to chat about my recent romantic suspense release, Reunited in Danger, and dinner etiquette when ordering for others.

    Keely and Logan, the heroine and hero in REUNITED IN DANGER, were in love as teens, but have been apart for ten years. When Keely’s father is attacked, Logan, who is a homicide detective, feels compelled to help. Since they’re forced to work together, a lot of their old feelings and emotions surface again. They fall into familiar patterns and they don’t even realize it.

    Celebrate Brazen's One-Year-Anniversary!

    Brazen is one, let's celebrate!


    Brazen Books, who brought us Wrong Bed Right Guy, Officer Off Limits, Seducing Cinderella, and Tempting the Player - to name just a few - is turning 1 this month, and they’re celebrating in a big way. They’ve got a ton of great things going on this week, including Twitter parties, FB events, and even a huge sale!  Full deets below:


    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Guest Review: Reunited In Danger by Joya Fields - 3 Wine Glasses

    Reunited in DangerREUNITED IN DANGER
    by Joya Fields
    Entangled Publishing July 2013
    Title:Reunited in Danger
    Author:  Joya Fields
    Genre:Romantic Suspense
    Release Date:  July 2013
    Imprint:Suspense
    Amazon - B&N - Goodreads
    Keely Allen’s life goes into a tailspin when her adoptive father is viciously attacked. And the detective who offers to help her? None other than the sexy, love ’em and leave ’em man who once broke her heart.  Homicide Detective Logan North carries a haunting secret that has always kept his emotions on lockdown. But when he is forced to work alongside his former lover, the heat is still there between them, burning hotter than ever. Logan is determined to keep the luscious and tempting Keely at a distance...but he made a vow not to leave until all are safe.  On their race to solve the tangled web of crime, drug deals, and human trafficking, dangers abound—both to their lives…and to their hearts.


    Fiona's Thoughts:

    Sinfully Summer by Aimee Duffy (Guest Post)

    Today I would like to give a warm welcome to author, Aimee Duffy, joining us with her contemporary romance - Sinfully Summer!


    A Day in the Life of an Heiress…

    Due to the way Sinfully Summer kicks off (with my heroine running around an exclusive Spanish hotel in her underwear), everyone keeps asking me if I have any similarities to my heroine, or whether I have done all of the crazy things she does during the book. My answer each time?

    No comment. 

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    THE REBOUND PACT by Eliza Knight (Guest Post/Giveaway)

    It's finally the weekend my friends - woot! And what better way to start it off then with some Naked Cake? Yep, you read that right! Please welcome the lovely Eliza Knight joining us with this fun recipe along with her new book The Rebound Pact. Enjoy!


    Naked Cake
    By Eliza Knight

    I am certainly a lover of cake. But it has to be a certain type – and naked is nice. I like my cake to be a moist, somewhat dense, succulent, melt in your mouth, adventure. But I don’t eat dairy. Or eggs. This can make cake eating rather sad. When I decided to write a book about a vegetarian chef—THE REBOUND PACT—I had to explore the various recipes she might create. What a fun, and filling, experience!  As luck would have it, Gabrielle helped me to overcome my lack of cake (darn her!)

    Kerrelyn Sparks' LESS THAN A GENTLEMAN (Excerpt)

    Hello lovelies! Have you by chance seen the sequel and recent release to Kerrelyn Sparks historical romance, The Forbidden Lady? If not then you are in for a treat! We have information on the book, Less Than A Gentleman, and a sizable excerpt just below, check it out!


    Less Than a GentlemanLess Than A Gentleman
    by Kerrelyn Sparks
    Avon Impulse | On Sale: 7/2/2013| eBook ISBN 9780062128799| $3.99
    Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
    “Fans of Sparks’s paranormal romances may be surprised by the lack of vampires, but will not be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly on Less Than A Gentleman

    About the Book
    Matthias Murray Thomas is many things: a freedom fighter, the heir to a sprawling estate, a soldier and a rogue—but her is certainly less than a gentleman. Which is why when he finds the delectably sassy redhead, Caroline Munro, in his bed (posing as a his heretofore non-existent fiancé), he poses as the mysterious (and sometimes dead) butler, Haversham, determined to ferret out the truth. 
    Caroline Munro is trying to hold together her war-torn family. But with a heavily pregnant sister, a feisty niece and nephew, and a brother, father, and brother-in-law who are currently M.I.A., her options are…unsavory, to say the least. So she poses as the wife to be of Matthias Murray Thomas—all the while endeavoring to spy on the redcoats who’ve taken residence in Loblolly Manor…with the help of the redoubtable “Thomas Haversham.” But as the threat level from the British escalates, so does the connection—and the heat level—between Caroline and Matthias. With war raging all around them and a serious case of mistaken identities, will their love be able to grow?


    Friday, July 19, 2013

    Trust In Me by Dee Tenorio (Guest Post/Giveaway)

    Today I would like to give a warm welcome author, Dee Tenorio, joining us with her upcoming Rancho Del Cielo release - Trust In Me!


    When The Story Chooses You

    There is the common misapprehension in the world that artists, of which writers are a sub-category, are either able to wave a magic wand to achieve what they do without effort or time or that they are utter slaves to their muses. The truth, not surprisingly, is somewhere in the middle.

    Artists do what they do by taking time and effort. By using a meticulousness, focus and precision of which not many people are capable to render something from their minds into reality. And don't forget those awesome artists who render ideas from other people's minds. (Now there's a challenge!)

    Alyssa Turner, POLISHED (Spotlight/Giveaway)

    Today we would like to share with you a recent release from Alyssa Turner, Polished! Learn more about the book below, see all about the characters and read an excerpt. Enjoy!




    Title: Polished
    Author: Alyssa Turner
    Publisher: Etopia Press
    Release: May 24, 2013
    Novel genre: MMF contemporary romance
    Buy Link: Amazon
    Blurb:
    It seemed like they had everything, but they didn’t have Jack.
    Without question Spencer Hartley burns hot for his girlfriend, Rory, but his other desires are hidden down deep. He might blow things up for a living and climb mountains for kicks, but the scariest thing in his life is the truth about his sexuality.
    Jack Rothman works hard and plays dirty. After long, demanding days in his family’s engineering firm, he indulges in the pleasures of silk restraints and fine wine. Lots of hot meaningless sex helps him forget that he’s suffocating, with no one to give him a reason to breathe.
    When a catastrophic accident traps Spencer in a flooded subway tunnel with Jack, they need each other to survive. But something strong stirs down there in the darkness, and it’s more than their desperation to live. There’s a spark between them that’s impossible to ignore.
    Rory Campbell would love to give Spencer the one thing he doesn’t have, the freedom to explore his secret desires. But how does that fit into her picture-perfect relationship? When Jack invites the couple to his sprawling Hamptons beach house, Rory realizes that she has secret desires of her own—the kind only Jack’s Dominant hand across her bare bottom can satisfy…
    On Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17970258-polished


    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    18 & Over Book Blogger #86: #JudgingYou

    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. 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 some 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 and say 'Hi!' 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. :) It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
    • Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!


      Question of the Week: Judging a book by it's cover. We've all done it. But have you ever judged a book wrongly based on it's cover? What book have you loved that based on the cover, wouldn't have normally picked up? What book have you read, based on the cover alone, that disappointed you?

      A Spy to Die For by Kris DeLake (Interview/Giveaway)


      Ah, a breath of fresh air. That is what our guest today feels like when I pick up one of her Assassins Guild series. Welcome back to the blog, Kris DeLake!



      Kris: Thank you! And thank you for the kind words about my books!

      Lexi: Finally book two! Does it seem as if it has taken forever and a day for book two of the Assassins Guild series to come out? It sure has for me!

      Kris: It took a while, but it’s only been a little over a year. ☺