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18 April 2014

A Look At Bethany Kris & 'The Arrangement' ~ @BethanyKris @LoveBitesSilk @Crimson_Romance #erom #suspense

Today we have author Bethany Kris visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* I’m a twenty-four-year-old author, mother of two young sons, and the housekeeper for two large dogs and two itty bitty cats. I work full-time as well as write and take care of my home and family, so I’m usually pretty busy.

What book are you going to tell us about today?
* The Arrangement is the first book in The Russian Guns. It’s a cross between straight contemporary and romantic suspense. I say cross, because some will say it has little suspense and others will say it’s full of suspense. I suppose how you define or think of suspense makes up the decision on it. It has a mafia element, the Russian Mafia, to be exact.

How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
* I’ve always had a healthy interest in all things mafia. I knew eventually I’d put my interest to paper, and that’s kind of how this came about. I wanted to write something different from what I was constantly seeing. The bad boy persona that I read was not the bad boy I had in mind.

Describe the hero in five words.
* Dangerous. Magnetic. Bossy. Handsome. Charming.

Describe the heroine in five words.
* Intelligent. Beautiful. Classy. Stubborn. Driven.

Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
* Anton Avdonin, the hero. He was the first character to come out and speak to me and he did not stop speaking until I had the first two books in the series down. I have never had a character so bossy before, and it works for him. He is the boss, after all.

What's your favorite line in the story?
* “Giving this to me makes you mine.”

A look into the story
Nothing will stop the Bratva mob boss from taking back what’s his, and once he has her, he’ll do anything to keep her…
* Viviana “Vine” Carducci’s and Anton Avdonin’s marriage was decided more than two decades ago. The deal between leading mafia families has more on the line than anyone knew, even if the Bratva and Cosa Nostra shouldn’t mix. When Vine’s family is murdered and she’s left with nothing more than her grief to survive the mob world alone, she believes the arrangement won’t see the light of day.
* Anton can’t allow the one woman he was supposed to love get away. At the possibility of her death, he steps in to save her with guns blazing, knowing exactly what it might cost him: everything. But it’s been nearly a decade since their last meeting, and he can’t help but wonder if the woman he took back is the same girl he fell for all those years before.
* Protected and loved, Vine is unable to forget their shared moments a lifetime ago, or the future she knows they’re owed. When an old flame of Anton’s shows up to rip the veil off the carefully constructed secrets he’d been hiding, she learns that nothing about her life is as it seems. But, that’s nothing compared to the bomb about to blow. Can Vine see beyond the pain and blood to take what she always wanted? And just how far will the mob prince go to keep her safe?
* In a world where violence, deceit, and greed reign, your life is not your own, and sometimes, love has to be arranged.
Genre: Erotic, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
* “Why all the safety precautions if you’re expecting me to live openly here?” she asked. “Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?”
* Anton cocked a brow. “I’m hoping your uncle will be a lot less brazen if I’m not keeping you hidden.” He still hadn’t let go of her sides, those teasing thumbs of his rolling gently against the undersides of her breasts in tender motions. “Deny that you want this, too, Vine. You’ve always wanted me. You want this life because you were meant for it, and I have waited more than long enough to get you here living it with me.”
* “You’re not giving me a choice. I’ve spent the last three years thinking that this arrangement was over, and then you come in with guns blazing and a house on lockdown, Anton. That’s … It’s not fair. You signed my death warrant doing this.”
* Immediately, his hands left her skin. She wanted them back, but her pride wouldn’t allow her to admit that fact. “It was already signed.”
* “What?”
* Placing his hands to his knees, Anton shook his head and muttered, “He was already getting ready to put out a hit on you. That guard of yours was probably going to be the one to do it to get his in with the family. I was hoping to see you back in the states before I approached you myself, but Sonny didn’t give me the chance.”
* No one likes to off a woman, Vine.
* She couldn’t help but remember Sam saying that. Would he have done it?
* “You can’t possibly know that for sure.”
* The look he gave turned her stomach with fear. “I can and I do, Vine. There are men in that organization who are less trustworthy than a snake. Even their eyes and ears can be bought. I stepped in now because I needed to, not because I thought you were ready, or that you wanted me to.”
* An ache settled in her chest. How was she supposed to trust him?
* “Sonny wouldn’t kill me simply because I wanted to marry you, Anton. I’m not worth a damn thing to him alive, nothing more than a nuisance he has to look after.” Frustrated by his lack of expression, her bitterness rose. “Dead I’m worth even less though, right?”
* “Dead you’re worth nothing,” Anton admitted, hurting Viviana a little more. “That is exactly what your uncle wants to achieve. For secrets to remain hidden from his family and for his power to remain intact.”
* That only left her more disturbed, emotions rolling from one thing to the next without ever landing on just one feeling. “Our families won’t merge now, regardless if we’re married or not. So you lied to me earlier when you said that’s what this was about. A marriage is only going to cause more issues. I’m worthless to the Bratva; you practically said so yourself.”
* “No, you’re worth a great deal, especially if you’re married to me.”
* But, why?
* “You’re hiding something from me,” she realized, hurt that he was lying again, even if it was by omission. Viviana couldn’t decide which stung worse—that he didn’t trust her, or that he thought she didn’t deserve to know whatever it was. “What aren’t you saying?”
* Anton looked stricken, fingers drumming a quick beat on his thighs. “I gave them my word. It was supposed to be them explaining this to you if they desired to—all the reasons and things that happened years ago. It’s not my story to tell, and I promised. My word is all I’m worth if you consider the way I live; without it, I have nothing.”
* Reaching out, he cupped a hand over her knee and ran it along the inside of her jittery leg. With his fingers moving so softly against her inner thigh, he pressed his fingertips close enough to her center to make Viviana throb with need. Murmuring, he said, “Can’t you try to trust me? Viviana, you know me … you do.”
* She ignored his plea. “Who, Anton?” His fingers pressed harder at her words, grip tightening when Viviana refused to react to his motions. What she really wanted was more. So much more of his hands on her body, but she didn’t dare speak that out loud. “Was it my father, or Nicoli? Who?”
* “I can’t answer that right now.” With that, he stood and held out a hand for her to take. “Come, I’ll get you back in bed for the evening. Let you rest and get the last of that sedative out of your system. I promise you’ll feel better in the morning.”
* Too exhausted to argue, her palm met his. Anton’s lips touched down to Viviana’s fingers in a flutter of movement. She wouldn’t have noticed the quick kiss had she not felt the heat of his mouth brushing along her sensitive skin. She might as well have been sixteen and falling for him all over again.
* Viviana couldn’t figure out if she was willing enough to let him do it. It didn’t help that she wasn’t all too sure if she knew this man anymore. Was he the same one she wanted all those years ago? Had his feelings remained the same nearly a decade later … was that even possible? Could someone want another that much?
* What was even more frightening was that with his blue eyes watching, and his hand connected with hers, waiting, Anton still felt like hers.
* Just like he always had.

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17 April 2014

A Look At Nikka Michaels & 'Lip Service' ~ @NikkaMichaels @cpbooks #erotica #gay

Today we have author Nikka Michaels visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Nikka Michaels lives in the often rainy Pacific Northwest where she spends her time cooking, laughing and crafting romantic tales to satisfy her craving for HEAs with heat. A voracious reader, novice knitter and music lover she’s been known to multitask without breaking a sweat. She loves to read and write M/M romance but believes everyone deserves a love story. She currently has four releases out, Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Eileen Griffin, Christmas with Caden, a M/F romance novella from Cobblestone Press, “Waking up Wolf”, a M/M shifter romance in Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology and Room Service, a BDSM novella from Cobblestone Press’ Blue line. Nikka is currently at work with her co-author on two M/M foodie romance novels set to be released summer and fall 2014 from Carina Press.

What book are you going to tell us about today? Is it part of a series? If so, what's the order the books should be read in?
* Lip Service is the follow up to Room Service, from Cobblestone Press. Please read Room Service first as you’ll first be introduced to Seth and Carson in it.

How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
* ::laughs:: I like M/M and I like BDSM so I figured combining the two couldn’t be bad. In Room Service you’re introduced to Seth and Carson and in Lip Service you get a peek into their life together.

Describe the hero in five words.
* Carson: Demanding, Commanding, Assertive, Alpha, Intuitive

Describe the second hero in five words.
* Seth: Intelligent, Playful, Quiet, Assertive, Loving

Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
* Seth is my favorite as he’s outwardly quiet and professional as a surgeon but his inner monologue is so fun to write as he’s very vocal and playful.

What's your favorite line in the story?
* “Like this, I knew, even though I was on my knees, I held all the power.”

A look into the story

~ Blurb ~
* Dr. Seth Campbell and Carson Randall from ROOM SERVICE return in this short erotic sequel. Separated by their jobs on a daily basis, the partners have to make time for each other when they can. They combine their passion for each other in mini interludes to reconnect with each other and rekindle their connection.
* When Seth finds Carson waiting for him in the hotel bar, their attraction and awareness smolders to life. When their already limited time together is interrupted by an important phone call, an impatient Seth takes matters into his own hands.
~ Excerpt ~
* I reached between us to yank open his shirt, grinning when the buttons flew, plinking off the table and chair.
* “This was my favorite shirt.” He glared at me.
* “Well, now we’re even after last time.” I smirked and leaned down to push his shirt up and off his shoulders then his undershirt. I dragged my tongue over his nipple then tugged it with my teeth.
* His frustrated whine turned into a long moan as I reached between us to stroke him harder. “God, Seth. Get naked. Now.”
* “Impatient.” I grinned as I slowly unbuttoned my shirt far enough to yank it over my head, tossing it on the floor. The thin T-shirt I wore met the same fate as he pulled me in for another kiss.
* I turned to grab the lube from my bag I’d thrown on the luggage rack, my breath stuttering out in surprise as I heard Carson move. Quicker than I expected I found myself flat on my back on the bed, staring up at my lover as he pinned my hands next to my head. His knees hugged my hips as he stared down at me, all amusement gone, replaced with something deeper.
* “Not your sir. Just yours.” His gaze was serious as he dipped his head to kiss me deeply. When I pushed up against his hold to return his kiss, I moaned as my trapped cock ground against his ass and cursed my pants for keeping my skin from his.

Buy Lip Service & find other Nikka Michaels books here...
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Thank you for joining us here today, Nikka Michaels! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

16 April 2014

A Look At Kai Shepherd from 'Extreme Heat' ~ @JewelQuinlan @evernightpub #rotg #newadult

..Today we have Kai Shepherd visiting from the story Extreme Heat. Welcome!

..Kai Shepherd, what would you like to tell readers about yourself?
......I’m from outside of Melbourne, Australia. I grew up in a small town there. After graduation I picked up a few sponsors and went pro as a kiteboarder. That’s what I do full-time and I love it. I’ve been to some amazing countries for competitions and can’t imagine doing anything else.
......The story Jewel Quinlan wrote is about the time when I ran into Chloe Gaige. She was my dream girl when I was young so it was a real surprise to run into her after five years at one of my kiteboarding competitions. There was no way I was going to let her slip through my fingers again.

..Does your author ever try to take over the story? And how do you deal with it?
......Jewel is pretty good about staying out of it. With her I have the opposite problem. She really gets into my inner thoughts and some private moments. Most of the time I’m too busy to notice her lurking around, kiteboarding competitions take all my focus and so does Chloe. It’s only later, when I read her work, that I get embarrassed about some of the things she’s picked up shared. It’s okay though, she’s got a job to do so I understand.

..If you were taken out of the story and placed into your author’s world, what would be the first thing you’d do?
......I think I’d take Jewel out for a beer (Fosters of course) to thank her for doing such a good job. And then I would check out the beaches to see where there might be some good spots for kiteboarding.

..If you could pull your author into your world, what do you think would happen to them?
......Jewel would love it in my world. She’s told me she likes to travel. The three of us could go see some of the sights in Morrocco. I think she and Chloe would get along really well since they are both shy at heart. I also think Luke would pick up on Jewel, he has a thing for brunettes.

..What was the best sexual experience you’ve had?
......That’s easy, it was my first time with Chloe. We were in a hammock…I probably shouldn’t say any more.

..Now for some author information!
......My author is Jewel Quinlan. From a young age, Jewel Quinlan had an abundant imagination and strong desire to write novels. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance. An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies. During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her two dogs; Shimmer and Penny.

You can find my author, Jewel Quinlan, here...
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Now for some book information!
A look into the story
~ Blurb ~
......When photographer Chloe Gaige gets assigned to cover the Pro Kiteboarding finals in Morocco she never expects to run into her childhood crush. Back then, their age difference is what caused her to pull away. Would he resent her for how she treated him back then?
......Fully grown, pro kiteboarder Kai Shephard is a tough competitor used to going after what he wants…and getting it. When he catches sight of Chloe in the crowd with her camera, nothing can stop him from trying to be with her again. Except Chloe, that is. Would she see him for the man he is now?
~ Excerpt ~
......“I’m glad you’re here, Chloe.”
......“You are?”
......He turned his head toward her and looked into her eyes, his hands pressed into her back, drawing her closer. “Because I’ve thought of that night hundreds of times.” His words were loaded with meaning.
......Chloe skimmed her eyes over his handsome face. He was positively smoldering with emotion. She swallowed hard. This was the moment, the one she would never forget. Her eyes locked on his and her mind churned over the different signals and sensations her body was picking up.
......“Have you?” he whispered.
......They were so close. His lips were right there, and he could kiss her any second. His deep, dark eyes were drawing her in.
......She nodded.
......He lay still, waiting, but she said nothing more. “You have to give me more than that,” he said. “I still don’t know what happened. I thought you liked it when I kissed you.”
......Anxiety filled her. It was time to come clean. What would he think of her reasons? How would he see her after she admitted what a weak person she was? “I did,” she said blurted. “It was just….”
......His clasp on her back remained firm and he turned his body to face hers so their fronts were pressed together. “Just what?”
......Chloe could feel her face filling with the heat of embarrassment. Did he really want to talk about it? “It was just…school and my friends and….” She stopped and buried her face in his chest, not wanting to say anything more. He smelled so good. The warm scent of athletic male and ocean breeze.
......He grasped her chin with his hand and lifted her face. “What else?”
......Looked like she wasn’t going to be able to get out of explaining.

Buy Extreme Heat here...
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..Thank you for joining us here today, Kai Shepherd! It was a pleasure getting to know about you, the story you're in, and your author, Jewel Quinlan.