Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tour: Luca's Magic Embrace by Kym Grosso (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to author, Kym Grosso!

Hi Everyone!  

I would like to thank Reading Between the Wines for hosting me today on my virtual book tour for Luca’s Magic Embrace.  I really appreciate the opportunity to stop by and share a guest post with readers.  

This post is about is about the popular trend of creating playlists for novels. Whether we prefer the solitude of a quiet library, music playing or the buzz of the city around us, everyone has a personal preference for how we like to read our books.  

How do you like to read your books?  In silence?  With music? Hope you enjoy my take on playlists for books.

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. ~Edith Sitwell


Book Playlists, a Novel Idea

Intrigued by the idea of a playlist, I matched music with the scenes and storyline in my book.When I finished creating the playlist, I was amazed at how naturally music fits with books.  Even though it is a subjective process and therefore, subject to individual interpretation, music and books can be an enhancement to the written word and the overall experience of reading a book.

When we read, we unconsciously engage our five senses, immersing ourselves into another world.  While it is true that we deliberately use our eyes to read the words, we also automatically visualize what is happening the book.  We see pictures in our head of the characters, locations, etc.  And while we do not actually smell anything, we connect the descriptions in the book with familiar smells from our own memories. We can also conceptualize the feel of textures, when described in detail.  For example, as we read “He ran his hands over her silky smooth skin,” wethink of touching something soft as silk, not rough or calloused.

When we read about sounds described in a book, like the beeping of a horn, or a driving techno beat playing in a club, we can almost hear it in our minds.In Luca’s Magic Embrace, there is a scene where Luca and Samantha dance to Nina Simone’s, I Put a Spell on You, where literally, there is music within my book.  Even with the scenes where there’s no music, the drama and action could easily flow with a soundtrack.

So it does seem that music and books are synergistic.  But what will readers do with the playlists? For some people, music can enhance the reading experience.  And for those who prefer to readsilence, the playlist can provide him/her with song ideas to listen to before or after reading the book.  While a playlist is simplya collection of songs, it is yet another wonderful way to engage the reader’s senses.  The creation of a playlist is a creative process that has potential to show readers an author’s perspective on the book.  But the question remains: Will the playlist match up with songs the readers think shouldgo with thebook?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  In either case, it is a fun process and certainly worth a read and a listen.

So it is with great pleasure that I share my playlist for Luca’s Magic Embrace.  Happy reading and listening!

Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Playlist for Luca’s Magic Embrace:
I Put a Spell on You ~Nina Simone
Sing ~My Chemical Romance
Know Your Enemy ~Green Day
I Will Wait ~Mumford & Sons
Ho Hey ~The Lumineers
Head Over Feet (Album Version) ~Alanis Morissette
Ain't No Other Man ~Christina Aguilera
Feeling Good  ~Nina Simone
Zydeco ~Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band
Home  ~Phillip Phillips
Girl On Fire ~Alicia Keys
Feel This Moment ~Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera

Luca’s Magic Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2
Kym Grosso
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Erotic Paranormal Romance
ISBN-13: 978-1480199262
ISBN-10: 1480199265
Approximately 255 pages in pdf.  Varies in e-copy.
Word Count:  80,799 words
Cover Artist:  Carrie Spencer, CheekyCovers
An erotic paranormal romance...
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.
Samantha doesn't want to be a witch, yet that's exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha's worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.
In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who's been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?
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Yes,” was the only word he heard in response to his proposal; Luca lost control. Passionately and provocatively, he took her with a hungry urgency. It wasn’t sweet. His mouth claimed hers, savagely taking what was his. The intoxicating nectar of Samantha only made him kiss her more deeply. He wanted her in a way that he’d never wanted any woman. Determined to possess every part of her body and mind in the moment, he would claim her tonight. She’d be his forever.

Luca tore his lips from hers. “Bedroom. Now,” he commanded. Leading her by her small soft hand, he stopped her before they got to his bed.

“I will have you tonight, Samantha. After tonight, you’ll never forget that you are mine. And I will be yours.”

Samantha silently nodded in response. She was ready to commit to this man, this vampire. Luca was everything she’d ever wanted in a male: strong, loving, trustworthy, and passionate. She knew in her heart that giving herself over to him was all she desired now and for her future.

Luca unraveled the belt on her robe, slid his fingers underneath the soft fabric and slowly pushed it off Samantha, letting his hands glide from the smooth skin of her shoulders to her hands. As the robe pooled at her feet, he gently took her hands in his. She stood bare before his eyes. “You’re enticing, Samantha. I cannot seem to get enough of you. So the question is, do you want to play with me tonight? Be honest with me, darlin’, because I plan to take you to places we’ve never been before.”

Samantha felt womanly, exposed to Luca. She trusted him completely as he released her hands and placed his on her waist. “Luca, please, hurry. I can’t seem to keep my hands off of you.”

“Well, I guess we’ll have to do something about that,” he smiled knowingly. “Turn around, face the wall. Don’t move unless I tell you. It’s time for some fun.”

Without question, she complied and waved her bottom at him, shooting him a sultry look that said, ‘come and get me’.

Luca loved how responsive she was under his direction. He didn’t ever bring women into his home, and certainly engaging in a little light bdsm was something he rarely did anymore. Yet he’d wanted to do this to her since the minute she’d danced with him in the club. Luca slid his hands slowly up the sides of her waist, under her arms, pushing them upward and placing the palms of her hands against the wall. With the same precision, he glided his hands back down her arms, waist, until finally, he reached her bottom.

“Samantha, you are everything I’ve ever wanted in a woman; beautiful, smart.” She let out a small moan; he rubbed his hard aching bulge against her. He wanted to fuck her right now, but he wouldn’t dare. No, he planned to make her beg for mercy as he slowly brought her to orgasm over and over.

Though he was still fully clothed, she could feel his magnificent erection against her bum. She wanted him in her now; she grew wet from the intense ache between her legs. “Please, Luca.”

His hands slid from her ass around to lie just beneath her sensitive bosom. She moved slightly to urge him to cup her breasts. He smiled, smelling the overwhelming scent of her desire, but he wanted to draw out the anticipation, tease her with delight. “No, no, no, darlin’. Not tonight. You don’t get to decide when or how the pleasure happens. You wanted to play, so play we shall,” he whispered into her ear. Goosebumps ran over her skin in response to his hot breath. “Tonight is about wanting what you can’t have until I give it to you. It’s about me savoring every stroke of your flesh. The ultimate pleasure, tasting you while you come, screaming my name. Now, do you want me to touch your lovely breasts? Tell me, Samantha.”

Author Bio:

Luca’s Magic Embrace is my second paranormal romance novel, which is the second novel in the Immortals of New Orleans Series. I have also written and published several articles about autism. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism and I started advocating on his behalf. Three years ago, I started my own website, and now blog and write articles for
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our dog, Ace. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba and traveling. New Orleans is one of our favorite places to visit with its rich culture and unique cuisine. But we also love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains.  I love reading mysteries, romances and about all things regarding vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals.

WebsiteFacebookTwitter: @KymGrosso - Goodreads

Kym is giving away an ecopy of Luca’s Magic Embrace (Kindle version) and an ecopy of Kade’s Dark Embrace (any format- Kindle, pdf, epub) to one reader. To enter, please leave a meaningful comment or question on this post for the author and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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  1. I am so glad you do the work you do for autism. It is an interesting thing and so many are affected in an incredibly different way.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. Congrats on the book release! It sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you so much to Reading Between the Wines Book Club for having me today! I really appreciate the opportunity to share my new release and to share a guest post with you and your readers! :-)

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  5. Thanks Debby! My son has autism, so I am very involved our local autism support groups and write about autism as well. There are so many kids being diagnosed right now. 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. The rate is even higher is certain states, so it really does affect so many families.

  6. Thanks Erin! I am really excited about Luca's book and can't wait to finish Tristan's. :-)

  7. The excerpt makes me want to purchase this book now however did promise my children I'd refrain from purchasing the items on my list until after Christmas ;) Congrats on the new release. Happy Holidays!

  8. I love reading about vampires. This book sounds really good. Please enter me in contest.

  9. I read in silence. I find music distracting, but I love the idea of a playlist to accompany a story. To play before or after.


  10. Great post! This sounds like my kind of book... sexy, erotic, vampire... yes yes and yes!
    I like to read with music playing in the background. I find silence distracting!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  11. This book sounds yummy! Thanks for the giveaway and great playlist!
    stephstime (at) cox (dot) net

  12. Autism is a very worthy cause!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  14. Kym congrats on the 2nd book - can't wait to read it

  15. Congrats on the release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I normally read in quiet but once in a while, I put some soothing music on in the background.


  16. hehe I read your playlist for the book and started promptly singing I Put a Spell on You! Congrats on the release and thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Autism is not an easy thing to deal with I am glad you are doing what you are doing . I was a nanny in a home with a autistic little boy it was challenging but was worth every say and every minute to see his smiling face .


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