Monday, 22 September 2014

New Release Sneaky Peek - Willow Smoke by Adriana Kraft

Just released! Book Three in the Riders Up series by Adriana Kraft

September 1, 2014, B&B Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9907476-0-4
ASIN: B00N0DH13I
Romantic Suspense
Heat rating: three flames (explicit sex, m/f)
Cover by Rebecca Poole Dreams2Media


BLURB

When the chips are down, there's nobody there. Willowy blond Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared for the much older Nick Underwood's urgent pursuit. The wealthy businessman receives a thoroughbred in payment for a bad debt and is thrust into Daisy's world. She teaches him about horse racing; he teaches her about love. When Daisy's seamy brother-in-law threatens Nick's safety, she doggedly tries to stop him by herself, but flees to the familiar streets when he attacks. Can Nick find her in time – and if he does, will she still want him?

REVIEWS

Five stars at Amazon “Adriana Kraft has created memorable characters that linger long after the story has ended and I’ve closed the book. She has done what an author should--brought me into the book's world and made me care about the characters so that my world will not be the same as before their foray into it.” Sheila G.

Five stars at Goodreads “…dreams can become reality, love can transcend age… Exciting, engaging and very entertaining story. The character interplay is spot on and the story is extremely well written.” Donna H.

BUY LINK

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When the Chips are Down, There’s Nobody There

Daisy Matthews grew up on the streets of Chicago, and if she learned anything, it was that she could count on no one to help her, ever. She knows she has to tough it out, protect herself, and when necessary, protect anyone she cares about. All by herself. No one else will do it for her.

Hubs and I have loved writing Daisy and her story. We first introduced her in Cassie’s Hope (Riders Up, Book One) – she’s the teenage waif in the group home where Cassie worked before she went back to training horses. We’ve known so many kids like her across our social service and academic careers. There’s a special kind of resilience that comes from growing up that way; kids who don’t develop it probably don’t make it, and we’ve known some of those, too.

She doesn’t know who her father is. Her mother, who died of an overdose when Daisy was little, was a prostitute. Fortunately for Daisy, her rock-solid grandmother took her in, but that grandmother died when Daisy was eleven. Unadoptable for whatever reason, she ended up in a group home through her early teenage years, until Cassie and Clint Travers became her foster parents.

We’ve dedicated this book to two of our ancestors who faced severe social stigma more than a century ago: my great grandfather, who was born to an unmarried teenage logging camp cook in the Pennsylvania mountains, and hubby’s great grandmother, a quarter-blood Cherokee in an era when the family tried to hide that information out of shame.

Maybe we gave Daisy an extra boost when we paired her with a handsome wealthy hunk in his early forties, but we think she deserves a bang-up happy ending for her determination, grit, and courage in the face of present day social stigma. We hope you’ll agree.

EXCERPT

“I won’t let anything hurt you.” Daisy Matthews finished wrapping the ankles of the chestnut mare and sat back on her haunches to evaluate her work. The mare’s ankles were cooler than they had been two hours earlier.
It wasn’t easy to convince a horse to stand in buckets of ice, but after three years of being a groom and an exercise rider, she could do it about as well as anybody at Arlington Park. At least that was what her boss said when he promoted her to assistant trainer.
Daisy grinned. There wasn’t much prestige associated with being an assistant trainer for a fellow with a string of only twenty-some claimers and allowance horses, but it was something, particularly for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
RainbowBlaze took a step forward. “I know.” Daisy groaned. “Step one: pay attention. Sorry, I got lost daydreaming.You’re right. Taking care of you is an important job.” She chuckled. “I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.”
“Hey kid, do you always talk to horses?”
The horse reared and pawed. “It’s okay, girl.” Daisy kept her voice soft and ran her hand slowly along the mare’s neck.
When the mare had stopped trembling, Daisy stepped out of the stall, shaded her eyes from the sun and faced the interloper. She scowled at the man’s new sneakers, monogrammed shirt and neatly pressed slacks. He looked liked he’d be more at home on a sailboat than in a barn.

ABOUT ADRIANA KRAFT

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

ADRIANA KRAFT ON THE WEB

Website: http://adrianakraft.com
Blog: http://adrianakraft.com/blog
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Author Hot Seat Welcomes - Nalini Singh

The author hot seat specials are designed to help readers get to know both popular, and up and coming authors, a little better. The questions are broken into sections - About your writing, about you, fun stuff and finally. Some of the questions are easy, other may need a little more thought and some may cause our author friends to hesitate before answering—still, they all answer. 

Today we have Nalini Singh in the hot seat. She's stopping by as part of her Rock Addiction Blog Tour and I'm super excited to have her here. 

I hope you all enjoy what Nalini has to say as well as the excerpt from her latest book, Rock Addiction. I've also included a review of Rock Addiction for those interested in finding out what the book is like from a readers point of view.

Getting Started:

Welcome to the Hot Seat, Nalini. Can you tell us about your latest book. What was your inspiration for writing it, is it part of an ongoing series, the characters, the genre etc?

Rock Addiction is a hot contemporary romance with what early readers have said is a new adult feel. It’s the first book in the Rock Kiss Series, which will have three full-length books and two novellas overall.

I’ve had the idea for a rock star romance in my head for a long time. I actually had the first few chapters written years ago, but I didn’t feel ready to write the whole book at that time. Then one day last year, I just had it. I knew where the story would go. I knew the characters, and all I had to do was sit down and write.

About your writing:

How many books have you written during your career so far and which is your favorite?

At this point, I’ve had 27 full-length books and 10 novellas published. Rock Addiction makes 28 full length books. However, I’ve written a lot more, some of which will never be published, others you might see someday in the future.

As for favorites – I can’t choose! I love them all. Whichever book I’m writing at the time is my favorite. It has all my attention and all my passion.

Have any of your books received negative reviews and how did you handle the situation?

Of course! Bad reviews are part of the life of a working writer. I think the fact I went through the traditional submission process, where I was used to handling rejections from editors, gave me a good foundation in terms of handling negative reviews.

The simple fact is that some people will enjoy my work while others won’t. The world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same books. I deeply believe every reader has a right to his or her opinion, whether negative or positive.

Do you believe in writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?

No. My belief is that if I’m finding a story difficult to write, then there is a problem I have to figure out. Have I taken a wrong turn? Do I know my characters well enough? I’m a proponent of writing and thinking my way out of the problem.

What is the one genre you would never write and why?

I’ve learned never to say never! Who knows what the future might bring? However, I do love my happy endings, so any genre with sad endings would a serious stretch for me.

Have you ever written a book that you’ve regretted publishing and why?

No. I’m proud of all my books. I’ve grown and developed as a writer over the years, but each book I put out was my best work at that time. Same for my current projects.

If a reader said they wanted to write a book, what advice would you give them? 

Sit down and write.

Writing workshops and conferences are wonderful and great places to absorb knowledge that’ll help you continue to grow as a writer, but you won’t really develop actual writing skills until you put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard. Constructing an entire story from scratch requires determination and devotion both.

Also, it may help to start small and work your way up. Short stories, then novellas, then a novel. That way, you’ll achieve things at each step, motivating you to carry on.

About you:

Tell us what a typical day in your life is like?

It depends on the day! I’m a full time writer, so my schedule is flexible. I write new words, or edit previously written work every day, but I’m not strict about the hours I put in. Instead, I measure my work rate by how much I achieve in terms of words written or pages edited. This keeps me honest and on track.

I love social media so I jump on my Facebook or Twitter pages a few times a day, and I try to carve out reading time as well.

I break for an hour for lunch, and usually work right through the afternoon. After dinner, I’ve been known to work till four in the morning at times (at which point I need to eat breakfast again ;-)).

What sort of things put you in a bad mood?

I’m a big believer in keeping your promises, so if someone says they’re going to do something and then they don’t, it does aggravate. However, generally, I’m pretty laid back – life’s too short to waste on bad moods!

Do you have a bucket list and what’s one thing you still want to do that you haven’t done?

I love traveling and there are still so many places I want to visit – Africa, South America, Antarctica…the list goes on!

What makes you laugh?

Oh, lots of things. The neighbor’s cat giving me his best suspicious “you intruder” glare even though he’s seen me every day for years, my friends’ sharp, witty comments, LOL cats… I laugh pretty easily. J

Do you like to read and what are you reading at the moment?

I love to read – it’s what led me into writing. I just finished the latest JD Robb. I adore Eve and Roarke! Next up is something from the tbr – I haven’t decided what I’m in the mood for yet. The anticipation is as fun as the choosing.

If you couldn’t write anymore, what would you do instead?

Figure out how I could write again. Writing is in my blood, my heart, my soul. I can’t imagine not doing it.

Fun Stuff:

If you could go out with one famous person who would it be and why?

I would’ve loved to have met the late Anne McCaffrey. Her Pern and Talent books are some of my all-time favorites. I would love to simply sit beside her and listen to her talk about her worlds, ask her questions about the characters, and just listen to everything she had to say.

I know you said one, but I’d also like to meet Joe Manganiello so I can gaze upon his hotness. ;-)

Do you have a habit that drives your partner/friends/family nuts and what is it?

I don’t put things back where they should be, so then no one can find it. I’m trying to be better, I promise!

In your opinion, what makes a person attractive?

Generally, it very much depends on the person – beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. For me personally, it has to do with a solid core of honor intermixed with the ability to laugh and enjoy the world.

What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Hmm… I once ate a snail. Not escargot, but a steamed (?!) snail in a shell that was part of a banquet while I was in Japan. A friend and I dared each other. I didn’t really taste it, I swallowed it so fast!

Would you rather have a classic 1969 convertible Mustang or have the use of a beach side condo any time you want?

Beach condo, hands down.

And finally:

Would you rather survive an apocalyptic event (yes, even a zombie apocalypse) or die instantly without knowing what happened to your family and friends?

I’d like to survive, because if I survive, then there’s a chance I can rescue family and friends or be reunited with them. 

What great answers, although I have to say I think that more than one reader will be arm wrestling Nalini to go out with Joe Manganiello. ☺



Excerpt from ROCK ADDICTION
by Nalini Singh

Fox hadn’t become the lead singer of one of the best-selling rock bands in history by being a shrinking violet. No, he went after what he wanted, no holds barred. And the raw promise he could feel between him and Molly? He had to know where it would lead, the need so strong he hadn’t felt anything like it since the day he’d figured out that music was his escape, the air in his lungs.
Which was why he was leaning against the wall beside Molly’s apartment at five that afternoon, a guitar by his side.
The elevator doors opened at a quarter after the hour, Molly going motionless two steps outside of it, the doors closing silently at her back. Yeah, she hadn’t expected him, but Fox was ready to work with that. Waiting patiently as she took a deep breath and completed the trek down the corridor, he drew in the scent of her, his gaze lingering on the fluttering pulse in her neck.
 “How did you get past security?”
Fox smiled slowly at the blurted-out question, wondering if Molly knew how bad she was at hiding her emotions. He liked it, liked that he saw the real Molly, not an illusion she’d created to tempt him—not that she had to do anything but smile to tempt him. “I told you the security sucks.”
Unable to resist, he reached out to run his finger down one creamy cheek flushed with a mix of surprise, passion, and, he was certain, sweet, hot feminine anger. His guess was borne out when Molly unlocked her door with jittery hands and put down her handbag on one corner of the bench, her fingers trembling before she curled them into her palms. “You’re breaking the rules.”
“What rules?” Closing the door, he leaned back on it and willed her to face him. Much as he loved the shape of her from the back, he liked watching those expressive eyes whisper her mood to him.
Shoulders tight, she turned. “This was supposed to be a one-night stand.”
“Ah.” Folding his arms over the plain black of his T-shirt, he said, “How about a one-month stand instead?” He knew he had to play this exactly right. Molly was wary of him, and yeah, he could understand why. To have her in his life beyond a fleeting instant, he’d have to win her trust.
She jerked up her head. “What?”
“Why not? I like you. You like me.” He smiled—because the reason Molly had needed to jerk up her head was that she’d been staring at his chest. “Admit it.”
Sitting down on the bench, she began to unzip her boots, very obviously not looking at him. “You’re okay for a rock star.”
He wanted to bite her, then pet her until she was limp and languid in his arms. “We burn up together.” Deliberately modulating his voice—his instrument—for maximum effect, low and bedroom rough, he saw her fingers stutter on the zipper. “I’m here for a month. It’s an easy equation.”
When the words “Let me think about it” fell from her mouth, he thought she might’ve been as startled as he was, her lips parting on a slight gasp—as if to call back the declaration.


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My thoughts on Rock Addiction:

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Rock Addiction and couldn't wait to get started reading it. I've been a fan of Nalini Singh's work for many years and for me, when one of my favorite authors has a new book come out, then it's time to clear the calendar for some uninterrupted reading.  

Rock addiction turned out to be a really enjoyable read. It's a contemporary erotic romance with emphasis on the erotic. The main characters, Fox and Molly have a magnetism that's combustible. The sex is explicit, hot and often in this romance as the characters fight their inner demons and past experiences trying to achieve the relationship they both desire. 

The story is written in such a way that the secondary characters, whom I'm sure will be the basis of other books in the series, are engaging enough to tweak the readers interest and make you want to know more about them. Personally I can't wait for Noah's story and am looking forward to the release of Rock courtship, the first novella in the series,  just so I can find out how David and Thea get together.

I must admit when I first started reading the book I thought I may be disappointed. If you are used to reading the Guild Hunter or Psy-Changeling Series this book is very different. It's not a book with in-depth world building and an ongoing story of otherworldly intrigue. The characters in Rock Addiction are normal human beings who just want to find love.  It's a straight M/F contemporary erotic romance where boy meets girl struggling to get their happy ending and should be read as such.

If you love an erotic read, like the fantasy of ending up with a rock star who can be a bad boy at times, then Rock Addiction should be added to your TBR list. I've already got next one Rock Courtship on mine.

About the Author: 

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

STALK HER:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Don't forget to enter the Rock Addiction Competition below and also pre-order Rock Courtship, the new novella in the Rock Kiss series, releasing at the end of September.


          What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots.

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man...and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

          Pre-order on Amazon, iTunes & Kobo

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Monday, 15 September 2014

New Release Sneaky Peek - Caught on Camera by Destiny Blaine

Love at First Sight, Book One—A series of Love at First Sight romances, all of which stand alone. Books published by Siren Publishing.

Blurb

Bailey Chapman isn’t looking for love but when Nick Palmani shows up at a bonfire and starts pursuing her, she notices. Soon, the two are grinding out their passionate fantasies. Unbeknownst to the couple, the entire episode is caught on camera.

Nick Palmani knows Bailey possesses that special spark, but when he discovers Bailey’s father owns the farm where he’ll soon work, things are complicated. After a night of passion is caught on camera and the entire groping session goes viral, he isn’t too certain of his job security. He’s more concerned about Bailey and how her life will soon spin out of control.
  
Fearing Bailey will do whatever necessary to pacify her family and avoid unattractive labels, Nick whisks her away to an undisclosed location. Soon, secrets are revealed in front of an interested public and Bailey and Nick must decide if they can move forward together or find a way to leave their explosive past behind.


Excerpt:

“Your father seems like a nice fella,” Nick said, never cracking a smile.
“Oh yeah? Wait until you meet my mother. She’s a real gem.”
“And you think I’ll meet her sometime in the next few minutes?”
“Got somewhere you need to be?”
“You might say that.” Nick massaged the back of his neck, acting positively amused.
“You think this is funny?”
“No, Bailey. I don’t. I didn’t drive five hundred miles for the career start I’ve been dreaming of only to have the farmer’s daughter screw me over by luring me to her bed.”
“I don’t want to hear about it,” she said flippantly. “I knew you were a player. If somebody jumped your bones after you and I were through, that’s between the two of you. I don’t want to know anything about it.”
He stared at her blankly.
“And you apparently lost your way more than once if you landed here instead of wherever you’re supposed to be.” She sat on top of her dad’s desk, wishing he’d hurry up. Whatever he was saying to Stacy and her brother must’ve been along the lines of a good old-fashioned sermon. Before long the handkerchief would come out.
“Are you in denial?” Nick rose to his feet and stalked her. “I mean are you so involved in your little fantasies and daydreams that you can’t get a real grip on reality here?”
“I have a fine grip on reality. Thank you very much.” She glanced down at that thick bulge in his jeans and nearly came thinking about how he’d groaned at her ear when she’d wrapped her hand around him the night before. Moistening her lips she stared at his crotch and said, “I’m actually surprised you don’t remember.”
“Oh, I remember all right.” He released a guttural growl and studied her for a long time before he added, “You don’t know.”
“I don’t know what?”
“You don’t have the faintest idea what’s going on here.”
She crossed one leg over the other. “I’m a lot of things. Stupid I’m not. You obviously drove cross country for employment—probably somewhere like over at Melanie Shaffer’s place—and somehow pulled in our driveway by mistake. You’re the one who announced we’d had a thing, a fling. Now, my dad will probably call her dad to warn her that some…some older guy…is coming on to his daughter and Shaffer better lock his up.” She studied her fingernails and that’s when it hit her. “Oh my God. You weren’t talking about Melanie or the Shaffers. Were you?”


About the Author: 

Destiny Blaine is one pseudonym for the award-winning international bestseller Susan Smith Alvis. Destiny writes in most subgenres with a mix of intimate pairings. Her upcoming title, Rendition, will be released soon from Siren-Bookstrand.

A career writer for over a decade, Destiny and her husband live in East Tennessee with their four pampered pets. For more information, follow Destiny on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DestinyBlaine or Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DestinyBlaine. Visit her on the web at www.destinyblaine.com

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Release Blitz - Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh



Well, the wait is finally over, Rock Addiction is out now.

As part of the Rock Addiction release blitz you can check out not only the blurb for the book, but also have a little peek at the next book in the series, Rock Courtship. 
While you're here, don't forget to enter the Rock Addiction Release Day Blitz competition (details at the end of this post) and also come back to the blog on the 18th September when I'll have an Author Hot Seat Interview with Nalini, some hot Rock Addiction excerpts and let you know what I thought of the book.   

Purchase Links

RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014

Blurb

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…







Rock Courtship (bk 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

David & Thea’s Story

What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move.

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots. 

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man...and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

         

Pre-order on Amazon, iTunes & Kobo

          Amazon:http://amzn.to/XXjjxG
iTunes:
http://bit.ly/1lzgNIi
          Kobo:http://bit.ly/1pEeCy6
Goodreads:
http://bit.ly/1rDpt2Q


About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

STALK HER:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 


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