Cover Reveal: Rekindled Dreams

Entranced Publishing is on a roll! Today we have the cover for Linda Carroll-Bradd’s upcoming release, Rekindled Dreams, coming October 7, 2013!

Take a look!

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When museum curator Vena Fenton returns to her small Montana hometown, she’s forced to live under the same roof as the star of her teenage dreams.

Enter Finnian Quaid, an environmental lobbyist who is contemplating a run
 for state representative.

Finnian needs a more settled image if he wants to progress – he needs a
 wife. With Vena living under his roof, the answer seems clear. But when the
romantic sparks fly, will the just-for-show engagement stay pretend, or
 deepen into a love that will unsettle both their lives?

 You can add Rekindled to your to-read list on Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18249147-rekindled-dreams

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As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.

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Cover Reveal: Yours, For Now by Siren Allen

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We are thrilled to help reveal the sexy cover for Siren Allen’s upcoming book, Yours, For Now, coming September 23, 2013 from Entranced Publishing. This erotic contemporary read sounds like a thrilling read, so be sure to add it to your list!

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The question: “Would you like to try BDSM with me?”

Elizabeth Kemp never thought she’d ask friend and colleague, Preston Lancaster to be her submissive. Even more surprising, he agrees – on one condition: she has to return the favor. Her two weeks as his Domme end with a dramatic climax she wasn’t prepared for – she’s hopelessly in love and terrified he’ll break her heart.

Dr. Preston Lancaster has been in love with Elizabeth since the day they met. His two weeks with her are more than he ever imagined, but when the tables are turned, she refuses to make good on her promise to reciprocate. Preston isn’t giving up without a fight, but he’s not fighting for two weeks of dominance anymore. He’s fighting for forever.

Can Preston convince Elizabeth that her heart is safe with him – or will two weeks be all he has?

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About the Author:

Hi, my name is Siren Allen. I’m a writer and lover of all things erotic and romantic. I reside in southern Mississippi where I write steamy romances that are guaranteed to make you blush. When I’m not listening to the characters in my head and jotting down their adventures, I am busy working as a Clinical Laboratory Technician.

I love to travel, preferably with my husband, so he can do all of the driving. I enjoy time with my family, who are just as silly as I am. I have no children…yet, wish me luck! My hobbies are reading, writing and shopping, though I hate trying on clothing. If I wasn’t a writer or a Laboratory Professional, I would probably be a Secret Agent. But that’s the beauty of being a writer; you can create your own world and be whoever you want to be. In my imaginary world, I am Queen and my siblings are my minions.

You can Find Siren Allen here:

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Trailer Reveal: FRIGID

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn has taken the publishing world by storm and we are so excited to be able to help reveal the trailer for her newest book Frigid, a new adult story that has garnered many rave reviews and has made several readers swoon.

Without further ado…

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Available in e-book format now: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. 
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Waiting on Wednesday: New Adult and Dragons and Love, Oh My!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weakly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine to showcase the books we simply can’t wait for!

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Erika’s Pick:

Sophie Jordan is no stranger to the romance genre and her upcoming New Adult release sounds just as exciting and steamy as her other works. I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings to the NA table!

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Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real… (GoodReads)

Foreplay releases November 5, 2013!

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DJ’s Pick:

Coreene Callahan’s Dragonfury series has been on my radar since I first picked up a copy of the first book at the 2012 RT Convention. I am really looking forward to adding the next book, Fury of Desire, to my shelves and then going on a reading marathon of all of them!:-)

Callahan_FuryofDesire_front-682x1024Of all of the warriors in the Nightfury pack, none is more complicated or more damaged than Wick. Emotionally scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick can barely stand the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets newcomer J.J. Solares. When J.J. is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and return her to the family fold. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, even among his beloved brothers in arms. Venturing into the world to seek justice for J.J. may be more than he can bear.

Meanwhile J.J. fights for her life at the hands of brutal prison guard Griggs. When she winds up in the hospital she sees no hope for things getting better. But events take a dramatic turn when she and Wick encounter each other. The connection they share is unlike anything either has felt before. J.J. believes she is hallucinating when she sees the majestic dark-haired god sweep in to save her, and Wick is shaken to his core by the attraction he feels for J.J. For the first time in his life, he finds himself wanting to get close to a woman.

After J.J.’s rescue, the two retire to Wick’s mountain home, where J.J. recovers from physical injury while attempting to help Wick recover from his emotional ones. But neither is out of harm’s way yet. And when they find themselves in the center of a Dragonkind war, they are forced to make the ultimate choice between surrendering to their fears or each other’s love. (Amazon)

Fury of Desire releases October 15, 2013!

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Excerpt: GOAL by Bellamy Black

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We are so, so excited to share this excerpt from Bellamy Black’s Goal! If you love romance and soccer, then this is definitely the book for you! Enjoy the excerpt and be sure to learn more about the book and Ms. Black with the links below. Happy reading!

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Jenny’s lips fall open as she stares at the man formerly known as Paolo. “I,” she says with some disgust, “am the worst reporter ever.”

Paolo reaches out, places a gentle finger under her chin, and shuts her mouth. “You are not the worst reporter,” he says softly, willing his cheeks to not turn red. He grimaces at her expression;, she looks so dismayed, adorable but dismayed. “I am just good at evading reporters.” He shrugs helplessly, giving her what he hopes is an apologetic yet winning smile. “I’ve had to be.” It does not seem to be working. “I’ve had a lot of experience over the years.” Paolo tries not to shrink back as her expressions changes from dismay to fury.

“Well.” She leans toward him with an angry light in her eye. “I’m sure you’ve had a lot experience with that — fifteen years, I believe.” She hisses through her teeth, “Juan Carlos ‘the Assassin’ Gutierrez.”

 Paolo gazes at her in awe, mesmerized by the fire in her eyes. She is really something. Gorgeous. He draws back as she squints at him. And a little terrifying. I like it. “Actually.” He chuckles weakly. “It is Juan Carlos Paolo Gutierrez. The Spanish press like to drop the Paolo and replace it with Assassin. It drives my mother crazy.” He chuckles again. “And you pronounced it excellently.”

“Well, thanks,” she snaps, folding her arms. “I got tips from an expert.” Her knee bounces in agitation. “Right now, I don’t know if I’m more aggravated with you…” Her angry gaze flies around the room, landing on the leader of the Conga. “Or with that wooly mammoth over there who has been masquerading as my best friend.” Jenny’s eyes narrow to slits.

Across the room, Rocky stumbles, nearly falling into one of the men he’d told Paolo were called the Wonder Twins.

“Prepare for extinction.” Jenny starts to rise.

“Wait.” Paolo places a hand on her knee, not wanting her to leave. “I am sorry for misleading you. It was my fault.” He confesses, “He had no choice. Please don’t be upset with Rocky.”

“He had no choice? Rocky?” She seems dubious but she slumps back onto the sofa, her eyes flitting between the hand on her knee and his eyes. Paolo smiles at her gently and her eyes narrow again but she makes no attempt to remove his hand. “What was it — the Guy Code?”

“No.” He scoffs. “Nothing as silly as that.” Paolo sighs, squeezing her knee almost absentmindedly as he gathers his thoughts, trying to find the best way to explain his friendship with Rocky. He squeezes again and Jenny lets out a little giggle. Paolo pretends not to hear her as he turns his eyes to her and holds her gaze, wanting her to see his sincerity and honest regret. “It was a handshake and a spit oath.”

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Jenny Wales is a local television star who has everything she needs: good friends, a great career, and a gorgeous apartment with an outstanding shower. The only thing missing in her life is love, something that she hasn’t made time for in her quest to be the best reporter in town.

An international soccer star, Paolo Gutierrez is a reluctant celebrity looking for a quieter life away from the glitz and glamour of Europe. He longs for chance to remember the game he loves and build a life for himself far from the paparazzi’s lens. 

When Jenny and Paolo meet, it’s love at first sight. It should be a simple story of boy meets girl, but the team, the town, and the entire world seem to have an opinion on their love affair. Up against a losing streak, Victoria Beckham wannabes, and the risk of losing their careers, Jenny and Paolo will have to fight to win this game of love.

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About the Author:

Bellamy Black has enjoyed the written word long before she could actually read it. This initially one-sided relationship has blossomed into a lifelong love affair filled with adventurous governesses, brave women, and determined warriors. An East Coast girl, living an East Coast life, when she is not writing or working her corporate day job, Bellamy enjoys spending time with friends, a nice glass of Shiraz, and the occasional bit of mayhem.

She will also never turn down an opportunity to catch a rerun of the Golden Girls

Review: Galley Proof by Eric Arvin

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Title: Galley Proof
Author: Eric Arvin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Type: M/M Romance
Heat Level: 4

Eric Arvin’s Galley Proof is a humorous, sexy, and utterly charming story that will keep readers engaged with its smooth plot and interesting cast of characters.

While I have not read Mr. Arvin’s previous works, his writing in Galley Proof is clean and fluid, which are traits of a talented writer. I enjoyed the first person narrative, which is something most adult romances lack, and was able to relate to Logan even more because of it. However, I was pulled out of the story whenever Logan addresses the reader directly, but this only happens a few times, so I was able to move past it. Mr. Arvin really succeeds in characterization and each character in the book has their own personality, style, and voice. One of my favorite characters is Janey, Logan’s best friend and roommate. I found her to be hilarious!

Logan and Brock’s relationship is sexy and rocky. It has all the right edges and dramatics to keep it interesting, and the two men balance each other wonderfully. Brock is the kind of guy anyone would want: handsome, successful, and attentive in that irritating-but-sexy kind of way. Both he and Logan undergo personal growth and it’s enjoyable to see their stories play out and come together.

Overall, Galley Proof is an engaging read that will pull readers in at page one. Many readers will be able to relate to the importance and need of breaking out of their comfort zones and finding true passion, an idea that the author successfully presents. I look forward to reading more of Eric Arvin’s work!

Author Interview: Trinity Faegen

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Trinity Faegen is the YA author of the Mephisto series. She also has written several adult books under her pen name Stephanie Faegan! All of her books feature kick-butt heroines and dashing males. I think we’re in love here. This interview is amazing. It may seem long but it’s filled with gold. I think we’d read anything Trinity ever decided to write, even if it was a manual on how to grow soy beans!!!

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Thanks so much, Erika, for these awesome, amazing questions! I’m so happy to be a Stephanie-7937-LR-Color with copyright-1guest on your new blog and I wish you guys all the best and much success and lots of fun times!

Can you tell us a little about your work and what motivates you to write? 

I was always a hardcore reader, and got the bug to write in high school. When I was 16, I spent all of my babysitting money that was earmarked for college on a typewriter. I did go to college, albeit with less money, and my dad said I could be anything I wanted, as long as it was an accountant or an engineer. I picked accounting, which is okay because I make decent money and people think I’m smart. They never know I’m terrible at math. Or that I take breaks from tax returns to stare at the wall and dream about my current manuscript.

I graduated college, got married 5 minutes later, and had a baby 5 minutes after that, but never lost the dream of becoming published. While I worked full time and raised my babies, I wrote 11 manuscripts. Granted, it took me 10 years to do it, but still. The 11th was the one that sold. Silhouette (which is now Harlequin) had an imprint called Bombshell, and every book featured a kick-ass heroine. They were hoping the popularity of shows like Alias would translate into book sales. I wrote 3 books for Bombshell, all of them with a heroine named Pink Pearl who was a kick-ass CPA. I finally found a way to meld my left brain-right brain. The first won an RWA RITA for Best First Book which is still the highlight of my career. Unfortunately, sales weren’t enough to keep the line, so Bombshell was no more. And my career stalled out.

mephisto13I made the jump to YA after my Bombshell editor, Natashya Wilson, told me I had a great voice for YA and I read eleventy million YAs and was all Eureka! YA rocks! I wrote The Mephisto Covenant and sent it to Tashya, who took it to committee, but they said no, it was ‘too adult’ for Harlequin Teen. We had others who offered, and decided on Egmont USA, who’ve been wonderful to work with. They declined my option book, however, so I’m now shopping for a new publisher for the third in the series. It may be that the new publisher will be MMI – Me, Myself, and I – but I’m hoping someone will take on the series because I suck at promo with a publisher – doing it on my own would be dodgy at best. I suppose some authors would walk away from the series, but I can’t do that. I have too much of my soul invested in these brothers to not tell their stories, even if I’m the only one who ever reads them.

I’ve also resurrected writing for the adult market. I sold a romantic suspense to Entangled that will be out in April. Or June. (It’s a long story.) Out of Control is a bit like the Bombshell line, with a kick-ass heroine. I loved writing this book!

As for motivation to write – it’s what makes me complete. I don’t know why. Maybe I should have had therapy because my dad was such an autocrat. Or maybe I was just born to make stuff up. I love the entire process, from dreaming up characters and storylines, to revising and editing.

Do you like to read/write hot make-out scenes or softer cuddling ones? 

Lame Answer Alert: I like both, because it all depends on the story. I’ve read some smokin’ hot scenes that were too much Tab A/Slot B; so mechanical, I was flipping forward to get back to the story. I’ve read soft cuddly sweetie scenes that made me think of my grandmother, who wrote sappy poetry and listened to church on the radio. This isn’t something I want to think about when I’m reading a romancey scene. Grandma made me feel guilty because I have impure thoughts about my husband. And it’s not that she said anything to bring on the guilt-fest. Her mere existence lent itself to my feeling awkward. She’s passed on now, but she’ll always be my prudish grandma who had 10 kids without ever having sex her whole life. Amazing! If a scene in a book is too syrupy, I think of her and the book loses some of its appeal.

On the other hand, I’ve read soft cuddly scenes that were so hot, I perspired. And smexy scenes so filled with emotion, I teared up. It’s all in the execution.

As for writing lovey-dovey scenes, I find that the better I know the characters, the better able I am to write about physical contact, and whether it’s a hot make-out scene or a quieter huggy scene is organic to the story. If it’s not, if it feels forced (see above re: tab a), I back up and go a different direction. Also, I love this question!

When you’re writing what determines the age of your characters? 

The story and the plot. In Out of Control, the heroine is a petroleum engineer who works for a wild well blowout company. She needed to have been briefly married, and have the experience to supervise killing a wild well fire. If she was 24, she’d be a child prodigy who graduated college at 16. Since she’s not a prodigy, because that would be a different story, she’s 31.

In the third Mephisto book, which is solidly New Adult, the heroine, Mariah, is a couple of weeks away from 19. She’s a survivor of child abuse, an orphan on her own in the world, and I needed her to be focused on a solid goal for her future. Like a lot of almost-19-year-olds, she’s looking ahead, hoping to make a happy life for herself, making plans for university and saving every penny toward that end. (She would never blow her cash on a typewriter. Just sayin’.) All goes awry when she’s discovered by the Mephisto, and she has to abandon her hopes and dreams, which I hope bums out the reader. If she had no plans, nothing to look forward to, there’d be an “Oh, well, I got nothin’, so I might as well hang with these guys” thing going on.

Writing a story is all about taking away everything important to the main character, then making them realize that life is what happens while you’re planning it. We adapt and move ahead and maybe things aren’t how we planned them, but having an open mind and being chill to bumps in the road makes for a happier life. Mariah planned to remain single and be a doctor and save little children who are abused. Instead, she’s hanging out with a son of Hell who kills people for a living. If she was 25 or older, she’d be less able to adapt – at least, for story purposes. She also might have worked through the trauma of her childhood, and I needed her to still be avoiding thinking about it, much less dealing with it. Equally important, Phoenix is eternally 18. Mariah much older would change the tone of the story.

I think age is a huge factor in writing a book; from physical appearance, to mindset, to language, clothing choices, views on sexuality. Because we grow and change so much in our lives.

What is the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you? 

I’m not a jewelry person. I typically wear silver earrings, my wedding ring, a watch, and I’m good to go. In December 2010, I had a mastectomy, and at Christmas, I was still bandaged and loopy from pain meds. My husband had asked my daughters if they thought I’d like a diamond necklace for Christmas and they emphatically said, No! But he was determined, so he had a jeweler make a necklace for me with mostly white diamonds, and one pink diamond – because of breast cancer, and because of Pink Pearl in my books. The girls were worried I’d open it and say, What the –? Diamonds? They were so wrong. I sat there and cried and cried. It meant so much because it was his way of saying, I’m here for you, no matter what comes. We still didn’t know at that point what would be my prognosis. I wear it every day, even when it doesn’t show.

How do you write? Do you use outlines or are you a pantser? 

Pantser all the way. I always know how it will end, but have no idea how I’ll get there until I start writing. If I outline, I’ve told the story and I grow bored with it and abandon the project. It’s the not knowing what will happen next that keeps me up until the wee hours and spurs me on to the end.

If you looked at your ipod (any music device) what would be playing? 

Classic rock, mostly – I’m an old lady, you know. Ha! I love Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, the Beatles. Right now, Bon Jovi is singing It’s My Life, and next up is Snow Patrol. I like Matt Nathanson and Carolina Liar and the Counting Crows and Coldplay and Adele and Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon and Stevie Ray Vaughn and the list goes on forever. I like a lot of music. Can’t write without it. I’m not a big fan of pop music, rap or hip-hop, and country doesn’t generally work for me, with a few exceptions. I love piano and electric guitars at volume 10. I’m sure I’ll be deaf before I’m really old – but too-loud headphones are a vice I can’t quit.

What is your perfect man like, in your head or real life? 

In my head, he’s tall, because I’m kind of tall, at least with heels. He’s hot and built. He’s well off by his own smarts – no trust fund baby for me. He’s very smart, almost nerdy smart. He loves dogs AND cats. He isn’t a hunter, but likes to deep sea fish and drive fast cars and listen to killer music. He takes care of things I don’t like doing, like insurance and getting a new roof and the yard. He surprises me and buys me a new car for Christmas, and takes me on lovely trips. He’s gaga for his children and takes his share of the work in raising them. He sends his mother flowers on her birthday and frets about his dad’s health. He likes chick flicks as much as he enjoys Rambo movies. He believes women are equals in the workplace and supports my feminist ideals – and if he doesn’t, he never lets on because he knows it’s my passion. He believes in God and lives a life of integrity. He likes my cooking and says so. He thinks I’m beautiful, even when I say he needs glasses. He doesn’t mind that I’m scarred like a war vet from cancer surgery. He’s my best friend.

In real life, except for the tall thing and the deep sea fishing, this is my husband. He’s not quite the fit hottie he was back in the day, but then, I’m a little road worn myself. He’s still the one I adore, in my head and in real life. (Oh, hell, that was sappy, wasn’t it? Now I’m channeling Grandma. Damn!)

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Cover Reveal: Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane!

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I don’t know about you, but I love cover reveals! The rush of excitement upon seeing a book’s cover for the first time is always a lovely feeling and we are so excited to share the new cover for Aria Kane’s upcoming novel, Once Upon a Darkness, a Hansel and Gretel re-telling with zombies! Sounds awesome, right?

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Once Upon a Darkness (June 17, 2013 from Entranced Publishing)

Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.

Clint’s only skill is war, but he’s weary of killing other men. When his contract with the Marines runs out, he takes a job on Gretchen’s team, hoping that the search-and-rescue life will suit him better.

On Clint’s second day, their four-man team is attacked, drugged, and taken to a prison full of frightened civilians. The only way in or out is by helicopter and, here, their enemies are human. One by one, the captives are culled from the holding area.  Rumors say the facility director uses the prisoners as experimental subjects for the testing of a zombie cure.

When Hank is taken, Clint and Gretchen must put aside their personal feelings and find a way out of the prison, surrounded by thousands of starving zombies, before Hank becomes just one more disposable guinea pig in the hands of a twisted mad woman.

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Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. She lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he’s a Chihuahua. You can learn more about her at ariakane.com or on Twitter @aria_kane.

Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

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Title: Succubus Blues
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Kensington
Type: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Heat Level: 4

Being a fan of Richelle Mead’s ever-so-popular Vampire Academy series, I was anxious to try her adult series and decided on the Georgina Kincaid books after hearing wonderful things about the series from a good friend of mine. So, I ordered all the books and I am so glad I did!

Succubus Blues is a humorous, sultry, and addicting read that I just couldn’t get enough of! Ms. Mead’s writing is rather flawless in this book and each page left me wanting more. The descriptions are subtle, yet effective, and the dialogue is always smooth. Each character adds a little something to the story and Ms. Mead balances both the paranormal and mortal characters with ease and grace.

Georgina is everything a reader could want in a narrator. She’s witty, intelligent, and a little bit broken, just enough to make you root for her. I admire her desire to lead a normal life and to do as little damage as a succubus as possible.

Now, the friend who told me to read this series also mentioned that Seth, Georgina’s favorite author and crush, is one of their favorite male leads. Let me tell you: Seth does not disappoint. He’s charming, awkward, and all around adorable. There’s a quietness to him that will make readers swoon!

The book isn’t just about the romance, though. There’s an intriguing murder plot woven in that not only keeps the story rolling, but also reveals more and more about the paranormal world. With enough action to balance with the romance, there’s a little something for everyone!

Overall, Succubus Blues is a refreshing read, one that will keep readers engaged and desperate for more. I can’t wait to start the next one!

Blog Tour: A Terrible Love (Review)

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Today we are pleased to be a stop on the blog tour for Marata Eros’ A Terrible Love, a darkly sexy new adult novel that was recently picked up by Simon & Schuster. Our stop includes Erika’s review for the book. Be sure to read the entire post for more information  about A Terrible Love and for the chance to win a copy of the book!

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I have mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, there is so much potential and I was fully enraptured with the storyline. On the other, I felt as if it was a bit forced and rushed. At times things confused me and needed to be followed through. Like Jess never went to her job, and how was she doing in Bio? I mean maybe I’m obsessed with the bio aspect, because it’s sort of my whole life right now. Overall, though, I was really happy I read A Terrible Love. Marata Eros has woven a tale of compelling characters that I wanted more of.

Jess Mackey is in hiding. She doesn’t get to close to people, but she’s breaking all of her carefully placed rules now. She has like four potential guys that she could be happy with. BUT BAM!! The thriller aspect sets in and you don’t know who is the good and bad guy and you’re terrified. I liked the witty girl banter between Jess and her friend Carlie. As a college student it was funny and cool to see Marata Eros get that spot on. Yes we talk about hookups and casually call each other bitches. But with your best friends like Carlie and Jess, you create a family and will do anything for them. Each character in this novel was carefully layered and had effortless backstories. It all fit. I was leery of Devin Castile, but then I had him pegged down after a bit. The hot chemistry between Jess and Devin was enjoyable to read.

At times the sexy scenes felt a bit Fifty Shades-like. But there is appeal for that and some of you may love that. I don’t think I do…. Limited experience here blushes. The relationships were real and not effortless, which I appreciated. I feel like romance novels build up this big instant attraction and happily ever after ending that isn’t real. Relationships are dirty, sloppy and a bit dysfunctional.

Ms. Eros brings a fresh voice to the New Adult scene. I wish that some plot lines were more developed. I definitely could see another hundred pages easily added on. I wanted more complexities and intertwining and moments that utterly break your heart. WRING MY HEART OUT PLEASE! But if you are even slightly thinking about buying this novel you should. It’s definitely a must for readers of this genre. On a side note, I will be keeping an eye on this author. I know there are bigger things to come from her and I CAN’T WAIT! No, seriously. Now go read and we can talk.

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Hugging couple on black backgroundAbout the book:

Jessica Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She’s left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. Jess soon discovers that passion can’t be left behind; her own and that of the one man that sees who she really is. Whose presence caresses her soul in a way that may breach the peaceful life Jess has made for herself.

Devin Castile sees a young woman that is the missing puzzle piece to his existence and who is also the victim to a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. When the lies that Jess has made crumble before their attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life… or their very being.

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About the author:

Marata Eros is a mixed-genre writer of dark erotica and fantasy with elements of romance and horror. She has completed her first contemporary romance, A TERRIBLE LOVE as her next new release. Marata is a passionate reader who loves interacting with her readers and is more grateful than she can express for their support.

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