Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: "Inhale" by Kendall Grey

Today I have Kendall Grey here to introduce you to her new book "Inhale" and to give you the opportunity to win yourself a copy. So I would like to give her a big welcome to the Romance Book Junkies. Thanks Kendall for taking the time to be on my blog and hosting the giveaway.

Blurb for INHALE:
Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…
After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.
Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.
Buy Links:
Amazon

Book Info Links:
Cetacean Research Network (a whaley companion to the JUST BREATHE trilogy): http://www.cetaceanresearchnetwork.com
 Kendall Grey, word diddler and whale champion, was born without an off-switch between her brain and mouth. She’s been called the “Flux Capacitor of Twitter” and “A little package of love all wrapped up in F-word paper,” but she’s really just a maniacal writer relaying eyewitness accounts of the rave inside her head. She writes urban fantasy romance and dabbles in horror on occasion. Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia, but don’t hold that against her.
Author Links:
Author blog (R rated - mature audiences only!): http://www.kendallgrey.com
Twitter (R rated - mature audiences only!) http://www.twitter.com/kendallgrey1
Kendall Grey has been kind enough to offer up a ebook copy of "Inhale" for a international giveaway. Just fill out the rafflecopter below. This giveaway will end on May 7th at midnight.

 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Interview: Victoria Vane

Today we have Victoria Vane here for a interview that you don't want to miss. She's a new author that your going to want to get to know. So lets welcome Victoria to Romance Book Junkies. 

 
I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy. ;)

Hmmm....Something juicy. I have a natural ear for languages. I once wanted to be a linguist but it's a gift I never had the chance to fully develop. I did, however, do a great deal of travelling when I was younger, starting as an exchange student in Finland when I was 17. I worked in the travel industry for five years after that, and have been to many places to include Europe, the Caribbean, South America, the Mediterranean and Egypt. I was also once an amateur bodybuilder (in the early 1980's before the women took steroids!)


When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side?
I began my first novel, THE HIGHEST STAKES in 2007 simply because I had a story in my head that wouldn't go away. I had never written anything before, had never taken any writing classes, and didn't know any writers, so it was completely a lone endeavour. I persevered and finished my first draft in 14 months and found a publisher six weeks later. I've now written two (PG-13) romantic historical novels as Emery Lee, and am finishing my fifth erotic historical novella as Victoria Vane. I also just got word that I have an offer from on my full length erotic historical that I am very excited about. It's darkly erotic and the working title is DANGEROUS DESIGNS.

I began writing full time in December 2010.


Do you have an author that has really inspired you?
Different authors have inspired me in different ways. I have been strongly influenced by the Bronte sisters and Daphne DuMaurier as darker stories appeal to me, but I also love Georgette Heyer for her fabulous wit, snappy dialogue and over the top secondary characters.  Robin Schone, Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone have inspired me with their beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua with her creative vision in melding history with eroticism.

How long does it normally take you to write an average book or your last book?
The first book I ever wrote was 189,000 words before editing, and took 14 months but also required a great deal of historical research. My second full length novel, FORTTUNE'S SON, took 10 months to write. It was also deeply research but centered a bit more on the romance. My erotic historical novellas in the DeVere series have come to me like wild fire, however. I have written each of them in a month or less. THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS was written in 13 days!  The series is comprised of 4 connected novellas with a total word count of over 140,000 and I have written the entire series in four months!

What do you think makes a story great?
Wow! That's hard to answer because it's different for everyone. Some people love to read beautiful prose. There are authors who have such a gift for allegory, those who evoke emotion with the perfect phrases. Then there are others who are just great story tellers.
For me, I most enjoy the characters. I want to love and/or hate them passionately.

Can you describe your book "A Wild Night’s Bride" in one sentence?
It really is a racy, rollicking, Georgian romp with a just a touch of The Hangover.

Have you done lots of research for your books or do the stories just come to you?
I am a true-blue history geek and research everything! I am also a self-professed Georgian Junkie and try to immerse myself completely in the time period I write about. Even my erotic stories use real characters and events. In A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, I tried to accurately portray George IV when he was a young Prince of Wales. Also the Otaheitian Fest of Venus at King's Place was an actual event. There are many true historical tidbits worked into the story. I write about these in my author blog VICTORIA'S TITILLATING TIDBITS: http://victoriavane.wordpress.com

What are you currently working on?
I am writing the final chapters of THE DEVIL'S MATCH, the last novella in The Devil DeVere series and just got a contract offer on DANGEROUS DESIGNS as mentioned above. Following that I have plans to write my first paranormal erotic romance (not vampires or werewolves!) It's sort of a ghostly time slip story, perhaps along the lines of what Susanna Kearsley or Ciji Ware write, but with stronger erotic elements.


Can you tell us about some of your prior achievements?

In my personal life I tend to be highly driven and goal seeking, sometimes to the point of compulsion! When I put my heart into something it's always 110%. Personal achievements would be amateur body-building in my early twenties, horse training and showing in my early thirties, and more recently playing the Celtic harp, although I really can't read music.

As writing achievements go, following through to complete my first novel was huge because I had no idea what I was doing! My second book, FORTUNE'S SON, released last November received several reviewer top picks and has been nominated for two awards which absolutely thrills me. I love that book.


Is there anything that I didn't cover that you would like to talk about or say to your potential readers?

Yes. I hate rules and formulas! If you read my books, expect to be surprised!

Just for fun:
Hardback or Paperback?   E-book! (I like to be contrary)
Dog ears or Bookmarks?  Dogears on my old books, bookmarks in the e-books.
YA novels or Adult novels?  Adults only please!
Library or Bookstore?  Bookstore for the coffee!
Reading glasses or No glasses?  -
Blind as a bat – reading glasses
Snack while reading or No snacks?  Ferrero Rocher- a decadent pleasure
Beach or Mountain?   Mountain on horseback!
Vampire or Werewolf?   Vampire- better breath!
Hot or Flirty?  Both
Movie 1st or Book 1st?  Book always!
Contemporary or Historical?  Historical – preferably late 17th through 19th centuries
Page-Turner or Tear Jerker?  Page turner !


A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. http://authorvictoriavane.com. Ms. Vane also writes award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee http://authoremerylee.com

VICTORIA VANE TITLES:
A BREACH OF PROMISE,Ellora's Cave 12/23/11
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, Breathless Press 4/27/12
THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS, Breathless Press, 6/29/12
THE DEVIL
...moreA lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. She also writes award nominated romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. 
Website: http://authorvictoriavane.com
Facebook: Author Victoria Vane   and  Author Emery Lee
Twitter: @authoremerylee
Blog:victoriavane.wordpress.com

VICTORIA VANE TITLES:
A BREACH OF PROMISE, Ellora's Cave 12/23/11
A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, Breathless Press 4/27/12
THE VIRGIN HUNTRESS, Breathless Press, 6/29/12
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW- Breathless Press, 7/27/12
THE DEVIL'S MATCH - Breathless Press 8/24/12
DANGEROUS DESIGNS- TBA

Review: "A Wild Night's Bride" by Victoria Vane

"A Wild Night's Bride"
Author: Victoria Vane
Series: The Devil DeVere #1
Genre: Historical Romance, Erotica
Pages: ebook novella
Author's Website: http://authorvictoriavane.com/
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review.
Published: April 27, 2012 by Breathless Press


Goodreads Blurb:
WITH THE DEVIL IN CHARGE...THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY... What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake?

She’s a lonely lady down on her luck...
Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a closely guarded secret.

He’s steadfast and eminently respectable
Sir Edward Chambers, Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife’s death and avowed to live out a rustic and mundane life … of celibacy.

With the devil in charge — there will surely be hell to pay. Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere, is determined to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling machinations result in a night of mind blowing passion after which “dull dog Ned” awakes to find himself in the King of England’s bed!

A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE, a sexy, rollicking Georgian romp!

"Reckless hearts, battling wits, and plenty of steam in a wonderfully well drawn Georgian setting.”- NYT Bestselling author Grace Burrowes

"Victoria Vane ignites the Georgian era with her delightful characters and deliciously wickedsensuality." - AllisonChase, author of Recklessly Yours

Publisher and excerpt Links: http://www.breathlesspress.com/wild-n...



My Review:
This wasn't a great book but was still entertaining. Phoebe is a struggling actress that is smart and resourceful but also lonely and has been mistreated in the past. Ned our hero is a complete gentlemen heartbroken by the lose of his wife three years prior which he feels guilty about but overall he's a good person. He is talked into attending a brothel party by his best friend were he meets our heroine. Both are out of place and seek each others company to escape the goings on around them. During this short interlude they develop feelings for each other almost a love at first sight scenario. 
The book starts out good and even a little funny at times but I felt the couple develop feelings for each other a little too quickly and I have to say I didn't much care for the ending but this could be do to the fact that its the first book in a series and some of the loopholes could be cleared up in the next book. Overall the story was unique for a historical romance  unlike anything I've read. The author used some very vivid descriptions for a novella which I liked but left me hanging at the end. So, I would recommend it to someone looking for a entertaining, quick erotic historical. Overall I enjoyed the book but it wasn't anything spectacular.
  


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Guest Post: "Absolute Obsession" C. Elizabeth

Today I have C. Elizabeth on my blog doing a guest post on her writing and her new book. So welcome C. Elizabeth and thank you for visiting Romance Book Junkies.



Thank you so much for having me here today and giving me the opportunity to talk about my writing and to discuss my contemporary romance novel, Absolute Obsession.

Absolute Obsession is about 42 year old Rose Gerbaldi who discovers her heart and soul have been forever united with beautiful, 30 year old, British movie star Michael Terrance. This discovery compels her to act in ways that are consequently devastating to the lives that fate had so lovingly entwined. Forsaken by a woman he’s never met and unable to control the debilitating agony, Michael seeks solace on the darker side of Hollywood. Meanwhile in Western Canada, having been doubly devastated, Rose surrenders to a life of loneliness. Both are certain they’ll never again find that for which they long for… each other.  Foolish people- fate is infallible.

And so my contemporary romance begins and started me on the journey that brought me here!
Many writers, possibly most, prepare an outline that plans the sequence of events their novel’s path is going to take.  For me however, that style of writing didn’t enter the equation because Absolute Obsession came straight from the mouths of my characters and onto the page.

The story came to me without hesitation and my characters of Michael and Rose began to act out their lives, drawing me into their world in such a way that they had me crying when they cried, loving when they loved, and every emotion under the sun was there for me to see and feel.  I travelled on a journey with them from start to finish. In fact, I had the whole story completed in my mind before it was ever put down on paper and it was only when the stage went silent that I realized it was time to write it out.  Michael and Rose had revealed every detail so vividly, the first draft of their story only took eleven days to complete. So I suppose that I used a mind map versus a regular outline.

Now that the floodgates have been opened, my new books are flowing forth and are being written at a fast pace, their lives being revealed long before my fingers hit the keyboard.  They are now waiting to take the hand of the rest of the world and lead you on the wonderful journey they took me on – you won’t be disappointed.

Visit C. Elizabeth at her website: http://www.celizabeth.ca/

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Spotlight: "The Zurian Child" by Jessica Subject


Lindsay Beckett longed to be reunited with her first love, Quinn Montgomery, until she learns the secret that sent him fleeing from her in the first place. He's an alien, a Hemera, and she's half-Hemera herself. As if that wasn't enough to ruin her dreams of a perfect life, when their child is born, they discover she fulfills a prophesy told twenty light years away and many years ago. Lindsay wants to ignore it, until her husband is murdered and suddenly believing becomes a matter of survival.
Lindsay and her young daughter are forced to rely on another Hemera, her husband's partner and best friend, Bryce Beuermann as more and more of the Hemera are slaughtered. Bryce will do anything to help his best friend's widow—including suppressing his own deep feelings for her. But he must prove they can trust him, even pretending he doesn't want her with all his heart.

 
Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

 
When Bryce and Lorne removed their socks and set their feet on the coffee table, she flushed. She'd had many opportunities over the summer to look at his feet, particularly when he wore only his swim trunks. But she’d kept her distance, catching only the occasional glimpse of his broad, bare chest or other parts of his body, wondering if they matched what she’d seen in her visions.
Both Bryce and Lorne's toes remained held apart by skin, noticeable skin. Unlike the translucent and pliable tissue which formed between her own toes, theirs appeared thicker, widening the total width of the front of their feet.
"We are not from around here," Lorne said. He removed his feet from the table and brushed them across the plush carpet. "Your mother, Quinn, and your father, Lindsay, as well as Bryce and I, are from another planet located twenty light years from Earth."
She turned to her husband, waiting for his reaction. They were his guests telling the ridiculous story. If they were friends of hers, she would have told them to leave.
Quinn only raised his eyebrows. She couldn't read his expression as he stared at Bryce. "This is not the time to be discussing this. We've just returned from out holidays, our honeymoon at that."
"No, this is the time. We should have talked about this long ago."
Her gaze shifted between the two of them. This has to be some kind of gag, but this is more likely to come from Michael and Francis, not Bryce, not based on anything Quinn had ever said about him. The punch line didn't come and Quinn gripped her hand tighter. This is no joke.
Maintaining his dry expression, Bryce continued. "I've known all along. I remember my trip to Earth and being placed with the Beuermanns. I don't remember my parents though." His chin fell to his chest. "It's not easy living with a secret like this. I figured my best friend should know."
Bryce told what he believed to be the truth, but despite her belief in aliens, she refused to accept anyone in the room came from anywhere but Earth.
"I'm sorry, Lindsay." Quinn refused to look at her, but maintained his hold on her hand.
She'd never felt more uncomfortable than this moment. What did Quinn believe? That he's an alien?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Tour: "Runaway Virgin" by L.C. Dean

Today lets welcome L.C. Dean to Romance Book Junkies. She will be doing a guest post about riding motorcycles and promoting her new book "Runaway Virgin".


For many people motorcycles evoke either love or hate. For those who attend the Motor Classic in Sturgis, South Dakota, motorcycles offer a ticket to pure escape. Close your eyes and imagine riding through Spearfish Canyon as the sun rises over the pine covered hills. Take a twenty minute jaunt to Deadwood and gamble a little or tour the historic treasures still found there. If curves are your passion, ride Hwy16A and catch a glimpse of Mount Rushmore as you pass through the tunnels. For a less challenging adventure, ride south for ninety minutes or so to view the carving of Crazy Horse Memorial. Check out the races and hill climbs, or have a beer and take in a concert at one of the many bars and campgrounds open solely for the rally. Add to all of this visitors from around the world and motorcycles that range from solid chrome to rusted rat bikes. Sturgis is the perfect place to forget the rules and break loose.

Although I have not attended the rally in several years, the experience has never left me. With the Sturgis Rally Rider series written for Decadent Publishing’s erotic EDGE, I hoped to offer a glimpse at Sturgis, while providing readers a little escape. The first of these, Runaway Virgin, is now available with three others to follow in May. Although the focus of these shorts is erotic escape, of course, the setting adds to the characters’ abilities to break down barriers they might normally be unable or unwilling to breach.

If you ever make it to Sturgis, South Dakota, give me a shout. I would love to join you there

 Neva Falk has spent her life beneath the loving thumb of a police chief father and four overprotective brothers. Seizing a chance to escape, she runs across the country to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, where bikes roll and freedom rocks. Neva’s mission? Lose her virginity to someone who can stand up to the men in her family even if she has no intention of ever introducing him to Daddy and the boys.

Grant Larson wants the innocent hottie behind the bar. How could he resist when she asks him to give her a ride?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: "Come Hither" by Sandra Sookoo

We have Sandra Sookoo stopping by Romance Book Junkies today on her book tour to do a guest post and tell us about a awesome tour wide giveaway.



Giving new life to old tales

Thanks for having me on your blog!

Anyone who knows me also knows I’m a big fan of fairy tales—old, new and retold.  Fairy tales are one thing every reader has in common.  We’ve all read them in various versions.  They’re comfortable.  They’re warm.  We all know going in that we’re promised a happily ever after.

Sigh.

Yup, that’s why I love them.

But, of course, I couldn’t march to the beat of my own drum if I didn’t try to put my own spin on the classics.  When Liquid Silver Books announced their Silver Slipper call for reworked fairy tales, my brain went into overdrive thinking about what I could do with that.  I was in heaven.  I’d already had two reimagined fairy tales (WISHFUL THINKING which came out last December and FRACTURED which came out in February) but I needed more.  My muse wanted another shot at something else.

So COME HITHER was born.  The great thing about doing fairy tales in the modern day is…well, it’s modern with electricity and technology plus normal clothes that don’t include long, heavy layers, society restraints or careful language.  Which is good because COME HITHER is raw and graphic LOL

Why?  Life’s messy, dirty and real.  Riley’s pretty much the same and she doesn’t apologize for it.  That’s one of the reasons Carson likes her.

My heroine in COME HITHER is a bit different, as she’s a wolf shifter and a real bad-ass gal.  She’s not real fond of people telling her what to do and she’s certainly not into the drama that goes along with her wolf pack.  The great thing about her is that she’s a sucker for a guy in uniform—even if he is a bit of a geek.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of COME HITHER and check out my other reimagined fairy tales as well.  Here’s a question for you:  which fairy tale would you love to see rewritten into modern times?


Heroes don’t wear capes and heroines sometimes have fur.  This ain’t your grandma’s fairytale.
Riley Hanson has fate by the balls.  She’s a kick-ass wolf-shifter who’s not afraid to tell people off, especially if they try to suggest how to live her life.  She lives with her grandma in the Wisconsin woods, hoping to keep the worst of humanity away. 
Carson Hoode, the guy every woman wants to talk to but not date, drives a truck for Red Riders Express. Six months off a divorce, the only thing he’s got going for him is a perfect delivery record, except a heavy October downpour and a muddy road threaten it.  As he tries to finish his route on foot, he slips and wrenches his knee. The business end of Riley’s rifle closes out his day.
The fur and pheromones fly as Riley and Carson battle their attraction while eluding a back woods hunter intent on bagging more than local wildlife.  They’ll need a healthy dose of fairytale magic to survive—too bad there’s no such thing.  Now, if only Grandma would give them some privacy because someone’s getting laid at the end.

 
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction.  Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas.  No matter if the heat level is scorching or sweet, she loves to blend genres and often times will add humor as well.   
When not immersed in creating new worlds and interesting characters, Sandra likes to read, bake and travel.  Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World.  It’s where dreams come true and the soul can play.  When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at the Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband.

 Tour long Giveaway: Prize up for grabs at the end of the tour: One $20.00 Amazon gift card. The more posts a person comments on, the greater number of times their name gets into the hat. Prize winner will be announce on her blog and on the social media site for both Sandra Sookoo and Sizzling PR.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Fling Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop hosted by Selena Blake, Bitten by Paranormal Romance and Reading Between the Wines. I'm really excited to be apart of this big event and here is what I have to give away today.


A brand new ARC copy of "A Perfect Storm" by Lori Foster


He never saw her coming…

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…


1. This giveaway is open to US only due to shipping costs.
2. Giveaway runs from April 23-27 at midnight. 
3. You must be 18 or older to enter. 
4. Just fill out the rafflecopter below.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Tour: Interview with Catherine Bybee


I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy? ;)

I moved to California four days after graduating from high school in Washington State to be an actress. *sigh* Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side?

I have written on the side for years, but started doing it seriously about five years ago now.

Do you have an author that has really inspired you?

I have always been inspired by the pace of Nora Roberts. I find inspiration with many different authors in several genres. The late Kathleen Woodwiss wrote sweeping historical that transcend time. Not that I write straight historical, but the family connections in Kathleen’s books stick with me.

How long does it normally take you to write an average book or your last book?

Average time? Wow, that’s a hard question. When I’m not distracted with publishing I can write a full length paranormal novel in three months or less. A contemporary really depends on the characters. Some write themselves. My best time for a first draft is two weeks. My average is two months.

What do you think makes a story great?

Great characters that a reader can fall in love with. Without believable heros and heroines the story feels flat.

Can you describe your book "Highland Shifter" in one sentence?

Captivating time travel romance that will keep you turning pages and wanting more.

Was it difficult to write a time travel romance (One of my favs btw) or was it fun?

I think time travel is the best of paranormal, historical and contemporary romance all rolled into one. I love writing them. Fun with a capitol “F”. It can be difficult making sure every element weaves together and nothing is left out, but it’s worth it in the end.

Did you do lots of research for this book or did the story just come to you?

Some elements just come to me. Because I base my time travels in a more fantasy world I don’t stick with historical times perfectly. I’m not writing a history book, I’m writing a romance. So if you keep in mind that you’re reading about two people falling in love in a paranormal world research is nothing more than the writers imagination. I do try and keep some things correct with the times, but not everything. The truth is, listening to people talk in sixteenth century Scotland would be almost impossible for today’s people. I don’t stick with the dialect as close as some authors do. This is a choice and not an accident. I actually have a hard time getting through some historical romances when the verbiage is an effort to follow. I want my readers to fall in love with the story, the characters, not the language.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a follow up contemporary to Wife by Wednesday. And then I will start Amber’s story, which follows Highland Shifter.

Can you tell us more about your book in more detail?

Simon had grown up in the twenty-first century, but was shifted back in time as a teenage kid. Although he loves his new life in the past he has a deep desire to find a lasting love like his mother did with his step father.

There is more to my time travels than a love story. There is drama, intrigue and family that will hopefully keep my readers fully engaged until I let them go on the last page. And maybe not even then.

Is there anything that I didn't cover that you would like to talk about or say to your potential readers?

Simon’s story is a long time in coming. Simon is son to Lizzy who is the heroine in my third book of this series, Redeeming Vows. We watched Simon grow from a teenage kid thrust into the past and finding out that he is a Druid with the power to read the minds of animals. I knew I always wanted to write the books of the three younger characters to my original trilogy, but it wasn’t until my readers kept asking that I did it.

Although Simon’s story is the fourth in a series, don’t be shy about reading it first. All of my time travels stand alone. It is ideal to read all the books in order, but this book is like the beginning of a new set of books.

Just for fun:
Hardback or Paperback? Paperback
Dog ears or Bookmarks?
Both
YA novels or Adult novels?
Adult
Library or Bookstore?
Library
Reading glasses or No glasses?
I’m old…I’ll let you assume.
Snack while reading or No snacks?
No snacks
Beach or Mountain?
Beach
Vampire or Werewolf?
Both
Hot or Flirty?
Flirty
Movie 1st or Book 1st?
Duah…Book 1st
Contemporary or Historical?
Time Travel with both!
Page-Turner or Tear Jerker?
Page Turner

 
Helen Adams has a knack for finding lost objects, but the Simon McAllister she finds isn’t what she expected. The missing California teen is now a grown man—a kilted, sword wielding, Highland warrior.
A mysterious Druid book and Helen’s sixth sense send her to Scotland in search of a missing boy. After being attacked by strange men dressed in medieval garb, a handsome, desirable hero answering to the boy’s name rescues her. No one is more surprised than she to find herself in sixteenth century Scotland. Unable to deny the reality of time travel, Helen discovers smoldering passion with a man destined to leave her.
Simon has lived his Druid life in two very different worlds, two vastly different times, and when Helen practically lands in his lap, he knows his life is about to change forever. There are enemies in California lying in wait for her, and an army in Scotland closing in on his family. Simon is the only person who can protect her. But when she learns his most guarded secret, will she still want him? Can Helen love a Highland Shifter?


New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Catherine Bybee has been addicted to romance since her teens. After spending a decade of her life working as an RN in urban emergency rooms, Catherine is now dedicated to writing happily-ever-afters for the world to love. Catherine is married and raising two sons in Southern California.
She loves hearing from her readers so feel free to visit her at:



Simon stepped closer and felt the heat of her skin. She smelled of the strawberry shampoo she used in her hair. Helen’s hands slid from her hips and fell to the side.
“’Tis time we clear up a few things in your lovely head about me.”
He stepped closer, and Helen, the wise girl, took a step back until her bottom met the edge of the desk. She reached behind her to steady herself and keep from falling.
Like a predatory cat cornering his prey, Simon towered over Helen, watching her body twitch as her eyes travelled over his.
“Really?” Her voice wavered. After clearing her throat, she asked. “Like what?”
Simon licked his lips and glanced at hers. “I’m not evil.”
“Uhm….” Her eyes never left his mouth while he spoke.
“And I’d never lure a child into my presence.”
Simon leaned into her, their thighs touched and Helen’s breathing started to quicken. He placed one hand on the table beside her, leaving her very little room to escape should she want to. From the hunger in her gaze, and the heat coming off her body, he didn’t believe she would.
“A woman, however, might tempt me to entice her attention.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Tour: "Play Me" by Jennifer Probst


Playing with BDSM by Jennifer Probst
First off, let me thank the wonderful Danielle for allowing me to hijack her blog for the day and talk about something many readers are suddenly talking about.
BDSM.
Let’s take a quick peek at the definition Wikipedia uses to explain the term.
“BDSM is an erotic preference and a form of personal relationship involving the consensual use of restraint, intense sensory stimulation, and fantasy power role play. The acronym BDSM combines bondage and discipline (B&D or B/D), dominance and submission (D&S or D/s), and sadism and masochism (S&M or S/M). BDSM includes a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships, and distinct subcultures.”
With the popularity of the trilogy 50 Shades of Grey, BDSM has suddenly hit the spotlight. But many readers have already delved into this fascinating topic and enjoy a vault of talented writers who deal in this specific subject. Basically – this is not new to many of us. I’m just thrilled more readers may discover the fun and spice of this suddenly hot subject.
With my new 1Night Stand novel from Decadent, Play Me, I introduce some light aspects of BDSM. Here’s a quick blurb:
Professional gambler Sloane Keller is tired of dating weak willed men and longs to meet a man who challenges her dominant personality and forces her to submit. As the Queen of Cards, she’s used to making her own rules, and craves the excitement of Vegas. But her inner heart cries out for someone who can be her match, both inside the casino and in the bedroom.
As the new dealer in town, Roman Steele is burnt out on women looking for a quick penny and a man to follow. He craves a woman with fire in her soul and a keen intellect who can challenge him. When his brother recruits Madame Eve to help, Rome is amazed at the complicated woman he gets to spend the night with. But when the evening is over, will she be gutsy enough to offer him forever?
In Play Me, there is the use of some light bondage, a bit of spanking, and a lot of push/pull between two dominant partners. But it’s the energy and sizzle between these two characters that remain my favorite part of the story. Inserting some BDSM into a book without sketching out the proper characterization will leave the story flat.

Have you ever read romance books with BDSM elements? What is your opinion? Come share with me!

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