Friday, 25 July 2014

New Release Sneaky Peek - In Your Corner by Sarah Castille (@sarah_castille)

BLURB:

"You have to go. I won't be able to control myself. I've wanted you so bad for so long and after I've been in the cage...I can't think straight." He gives a guttural groan and his fist clenches on my hip.

Primitive. Primal. His need speaks to me. I tighten my grip on his neck and rock up to kiss him. He takes over. His kiss is hard and demanding.

"Mine." His voice is raw, savage and for a moment I truly believe he may lose control.

He rules in the ring

Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection-until a chance encounter throws them together.

A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did. And then he shows up in her boardroom, hot as sin and needing help...

But can he rule her heart?

Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda's not sure if she can stay in control, or if she's finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.

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Excerpt: In Your Corner

“Don’t move.”

Totally immersed in painting the cupboard, I freeze mid–paint stroke at the sound of Jake’s deep voice behind me.

“What? Am I doing something wrong?”

He closes the distance between us and runs his finger along the back waistband of my gym pants, sending delicious tingles up my spine. Then he slides his hands around my waist, bared by the rise of my T-shirt as I stretch to reach the top of the cupboard with my paintbrush.

“Yes. You look too damn sexy. Do you know what it does to a man when he catches a glimpse of something he isn’t meant to see?”

“I hope it makes him tell the woman she can call off the panic attack and drop her arm,” I mutter as I do just that. “I also hope it makes him decide his hands might be of better use somewhere other than around her waist.”

Jake slides his fingers around to my stomach, resting them just over my mound and his voice drops to a low growl. “I could make use of them here.”

“So says the man who turned down a good offer just the other night at Redemption.” I remove his hands and turn to face him, putting on a brave face while inside I seethe. Who does he think he is coming on to me after brushing me off?

“No games, Jake. You made your position clear. I got that. I’m not interested in being screwed around.”

He presses his hands against the cupboard on either side of my head, caging me with his body. “What are you interested in?”

“Moving on,” I say honestly.

His pulse throbs in his neck and his eyes harden. “With whom?”

“No one right now.”

He gives a satisfied grunt as if I had just cleared up a question in his mind. “Everyone is out back having a good time. You should be there too.”

“There’s a lot of work to do. I want to get it done. The faster I open shop, the faster I can start my lawsuit against Farnsworth.” I slip under his arm and edge along the counter.

“You’ve been working since six o’clock this morning.”

Grabbing a clean cloth from the counter, I make an effort to wipe the grease off my face. “I’m used to working twenty-hour days. I’m not afraid of hard work.” But I am afraid of mercurial fighters who run hot one minute and cold the next.

His face softens, and he takes the cloth from my hand and holds it under the tap. The pipes gurgle when he turns the rusty faucet and water gushes out, skimming over the cloth and trickling into the sink below. Without warning, he lifts me and settles me on the counter.

“You don’t have to work like that anymore.” His voice is calm, soothing. I am momentarily lulled out of work mode and into heat mode as he eases his hips between my legs and reaches to turn off the faucet. “It’s Saturday night. Time to relax and have fun.” With a firm hand, he cups my jaw and then wipes the cloth gently over my nose, forehead, and cheeks.

His gentle touch, the warmth of his hand, his breath, minty and sweet, and his hard body nestled between my thighs all converge in an unbearable rush of sensation. I grab his wrist, forcing his hand away.

“Jake…I’m good. Really. There’s so much to do. I’ll come out when I’m done and I’ve cleaned myself up.”

“I like you this way,” he murmurs. “You look…cute. Real.”

“Real?”

He brushes his thumb over my cheek. “Amanda without the armor. Your clothes, hair, makeup…nothing is perfect. It’s just the real you. I never got to see the real you before.”

Torn between being mortified and pleased, I reach for another cloth. “Real Amanda is covered in dirt and has holes in her sweats.”

He traces a finger down my throat to rest in the hollow at the base of my neck. The room heats to one hundred degrees, and if I’m not mistaken, I hear the sound of my blood boiling.

“I like holes in sweats.” His voice drops, husky and low, and his finger continues its downward journey into the vee of my shirt.

“Jake…”

He traces lightly over the crescent of my breast. “I like dirty girls,” he whispers, his voice thick with desire. “I can’t stay away.”

Oh God. Every bit of warmth rushes to my center as his deep, sensual voice ignites one of my dark fantasies. Jake, straddling my bound body, growling commands, telling me what he’s going to do to me in the filthiest language I know. A soft moan escapes my lips and we’re back on the roller coaster again.

“This game you’re playing confuses me.” His heart beats strong against my palm when I lay my hand over his chest.

“Me too.”

“Then what are you doing?”

His eyes take on a feral gleam and my breasts tingle.

“Playing dirty,” he growls. Tangling his hand in my hair, he tugs my head back, exposing my throat to the heated slide of his lips. “Sometimes you have to stop thinking too much and just go with it.”

My breath comes in short pants as he sucks gently on the pulse at the base of my throat. Barely able to form a coherent thought for the pounding of blood in my temples, I scramble for sanity. “There’s too much between us to just go with it. We need to talk…”

His hand closes in my hair, twisting roughly. “Lawyers talk. You don’t look like a lawyer now. You look fucking sexy, and your mouth is all lush and pink and needing to be kissed. You want to talk, Amanda, or you want that kiss?” He nips the hollow at the base of my neck.

Pleasure and pain meld together and I whimper as a heated rush of sensation floods my veins. “Kiss.”

Jake smiles. “My dirty girl wants a dirty kiss.” Holding my face, he slants his mouth over mine and kisses me.

Soft kiss. Sweet kiss. Warm, firm lips tasting faintly of coffee. His five o’clock shadow brushes my chin as his tongue eases my lips open to stroke against mine. My body melts against him as he explores my mouth, leaving nothing untouched. Tongues wind and tangle. Two years of fantasies coalesce in a single rasping breath.

“’S not so dirty,” I mumble against his lips.

“Oh, you don’t know how dirty I can be.” Jake grips my hair and tugs my head back with a firm, hard yank, sending little bolts of lightning straight to my core. Then he kisses me hard and fast. Rough. His teeth scrape my bottom lip as his tongue dives deep, filling me, taking what I have to give and demanding more. The pounding of my heart shifts from lust to fear as he consumes me, and for a moment I worry he has forgotten I need to breathe.

When he breaks the kiss, I draw in a long, ragged breath. “You never kissed me like that before.”

“You were never like this before,” he murmurs, his fingers easing up my shirt, his thumb tracing over the crescent of my breasts. “Raw and open, vulnerable, needing my help. So fucking real.”

My breath catches in my throat as he explores, cupping and squeezing my breasts and then teasing my nipples through my lace bra until they are tight, aching peaks.

“My clothes. Take them off.”

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah Castille, worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. She writes erotic contemporary romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them.

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Other books in the series:

The first book in the series (all standalone stories), Against the Ropes, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Pick for Romance & Erotica for Fall 2013 and was also a #1 Erotic Romance Best seller on Amazon. It also won the JABBIC contest for sexiest cover. http://www.amazon.com/Against-Ropes-Sarah-Castille-ebook/dp/B00DDWIT3M



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Author Hot Seat Welcomes - Toni Sands

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 in the hot seat we have Toni Sands. Toni is currently on tour for her latest release, Knight and Trask: Secrets and Spies. Welcome to the hot seat Toni, I can't wait to hear more about you.

About Your Writing:

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?

Knight and Trask: Secrets and Spies is set in the late 1990s and inspired by the James Bond movies of that era. Except! Katie Knight is not your typical bikini-clad Bond girl. She’s Agent Trask’s equal. I loved writing their banter as well as their steamy scenes. If the book does well, I’d love to write a sequel.

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

Writing as Toni Sands, it’s one full-length novel plus novellas and short stories. Under my Jill Barry pseudonym, I have six published books. My favourite Toni Sands is Orchid Pink as I find that late Victorian era fascinating.

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

Every author is vulnerable to a negative review now and then. The trick is to read the positive ones and count your blessings.

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

I have no personal experience of writer’s block. And I’m not being precious! I have always had more ideas than time to write them.

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

Hopefully I’m not too bad at writing from the male point of view but I don’t think I could make a good enough job of writing male love scenes. Though I’d never say never!

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

My first ever novel, Suddenly You Know, was originally published print on demand via a scheme that seemed a good idea at the time. I’m pleased to say the revised version is to be published by Endeavour Press as an ebook but it’s a contemporary romance by my alter ego Jill Barry.

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

Stop thinking about it. Start writing it. If it’s an erotic romance, study the Xcite website and read books by successful authors.

About you:

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

Quiet. My partner works at home so we swap tennis and show biz news en route to the kettle. I have a variable start time for my writing but normally will write for five or six hours. It could be more if I didn’t get distracted by social media and stuff.

What sort of things put you in a bad mood?

Stupidity. Cruelty. Inconsiderate drivers. Train and bus passengers who treat public transport like their own living rooms. Theatregoers who check their phones every 15 minutes. I bet you’re sorry you asked me now.

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

A modest bucket list involving visits to Scotland and York. I might achieve a trip to Australia before I finally check out.

What makes you laugh?

The kind of gentle yet clever humour written by John Finnemore, and anything involving Andy Hamilton, e.g. Outnumbered.

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

Ages ago, when working as a Butlin redcoat, I had to join in a Goodnight Campers routine. Let’s just say, I started off on the wrong foot… *shudders*

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

I love reading and the current choice is Stolen Grace by Arianne Richmonde.

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

Read more. Catch up with dozens of DVDs. Visit more museums and art galleries. Walk more. Listen to radio plays and to CDs. See more of my friends and family. Do more baking.

Fun Stuff:

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

After thinking for ten hours, I’m going for movie star Clint Eastwood because he was my crush for about three decades and he’s a pilot and loves music and has had a fascinating life.

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

In your opinion, what makes a person attractive?

Twinkly, kind eyes.

What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Dried reindeer meat. I’d prefer to forget it, thank you.

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

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’m going for the survival option.


Knight and Trask: Secrets and Spies

Set in the 1990s, this is a swift-moving sexy story of two spies who dare to break the rules and risk disgrace, all for the sake of love.


Excerpt: 

Special Agent Katie Knight’s boots ricocheted against rock face. Panting, she landed on grass, aware of the instructor checking his stopwatch.
‘OK, Knight. Ten seconds off last time. Cool,’ he said.
Slowly Katie sucked in her breath, watching Trask land like a panther. If he had a forename, only his mother knew it and his personal life remained an enigma to his colleagues in this hush-hush team. Katie didn’t do love at first sight but Trask’s aloofness disturbed her beyond belief, her body refusing to acknowledge the relationship taboo between operatives.
            She removed her blue safety helmet. Allowed the breeze to whip her toffee- coloured hair across her cheeks. Trask checked his time and scowled.
            ‘You’re never satisfied,’ she called. She’d learnt that much on Day One.
            He met her gaze. ‘Would I be in this game otherwise? Would you?’
            Katie shrugged, body high on adrenaline, thigh muscles tingling. She couldn’t argue with the guy. She thrived on honing her ability to tackle whatever danger lurked in her bizarre part-commando, part-concubine world.
Chateau Rose, nestling in the lush Loire Valley, must have looked as magnificent in 1699 as it did three hundred years later. The stately building no longer housed French aristocrats playing games of power and passion. Today it played temporary home to an elite group of British agents for whom death meant just another adversary to annihilate. So far she’d tackled theory. Talked serious stuff about her fears and frustrations with her mentor. Pushed her body to its limits, the exercises always juicing her, heightening her appetites.

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About the Author:

Toni Sands lives in Wales and writes as much as she can when she’s not watching tennis, walking by the river or cooking. She writes erotic romance for Xcite Books.
You can find her on Facebook http://tiny.cc/7lcfix
Her Amazon author page link is http://tiny.cc/8jcfix


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cover Reveal - City Nights: One Night in San Francisco by Cass Peterson

Blurb:

Nicky and Liam have only twenty four short hours to find out if their instantaneous attraction can develop into something more than an electric mile-high fumble. San Francisco has everything they need to put their previous disastrous relationships behind them but when they lose touch with each other almost immediately, fate seems to have other ideas. As the precious hours tick away, Liam moves heaven and earth to find the woman of his (filthiest) dreams before she leaves the city. Will he get to her in time?




About the Author:

Cass Peterson is passionate about many things; her family, writing, chocolate, wine, cake, curry, gin, sunlit beaches, moonlit bedrooms and good novels to name but a few. At the moment she spends a good chunk of her time working on the day job, but she tries to fit the other passions in as often as possible.
She is a cat lover, an all-weather walker, a reader and reviewer of contemporary romance and an enthusiastic cook.

Cass likes to laugh, especially at Bill Bailey, Victoria Wood, Michael Palin and Eddie Izzard. She would happily live next door to any of these comedians
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

New Release Sneaky Peek - Sweet Spot by Lucy Felthouse

Blurb:

A Raw Talent book.

Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She’s gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world’s top training facility—Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she’s worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.
But Virginia finds herself distracted—Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia’s mind keeps wandering where it shouldn’t. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it’s too late?



Excerpt:

Nadia Gorlando and I had just gotten off the exercise bikes in the gym when one of the academy’s coaches, Peter Ross, headed over to us, all smiles.
“Hey, Nadia,” he said, his all-American grin widening and his blond hair flopping down over his forehead, “I need a huge favor.”
I flicked my gaze to Nadia. She raised one of her perfectly shaped eyebrows and waited for him to continue. He did.
“I totally lost track of time just now and I have an appointment with Travis Connolly. Would you mind wiping down my machine for me? Or maybe stick a note on it saying it’s out of order? I don’t want to leave it all sweaty for someone else. You’ll be doing me a real solid. I’ll owe you.”
My jaw almost hit the floor.
Now Nadia rolled her eyes, looked over at the offending machine, then back at Peter. “Sure, I understand,” she said, as cool as ice. “The world’s number one can’t wait. Go right ahead—I’ll fix it for you.”
He babbled a load of thanks, then jogged out of the gym.
I gaped at her. “You’re not going to do it, are you?”
Nadia chuckled. “Of course not. He may be coaching Travis Connolly and Rufus Lampani for the US Open, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to clean up his mess.” She pointed with her chin over to the machine Peter had just vacated. “Come on, V, I’ll show you how I’m going to deal with this.”
I followed her, grinning. Her tone told me that it was going to be something fun. Well, for us, anyway. Probably not for Peter.
Sure enough, when she returned from the room off the side of the gym, she had a pad of paper and a pen in her hands. Deliberately shielding the pad from my view, she wrote something down, then pulled off the top sheet. Folding it, she then propped it on the sweat-slicked seat so the writing was on view to anyone who happened past.
When I’d read and absorbed the words, I turned to Nadia, impressed. Her smile lit up her face, showing dimples in each cheek, and her brown eyes gleamed with amusement.
It was in that moment that I decided I had the serious hots for Nadia Gorlando.
The sign read,
PLEASE EXCUSE THE STATE OF THIS MACHINE. PETER ROSS, TENNIS COACH SUPREMO, “LOST TRACK OF TIME”.

About the Author:


Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica ForAll, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9