Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Celebrate the Covet Launch Celebration at Entangled Publishing and Win a Nook!


What is Covet you ask? It's Entangled Publishing's new imprint which features contemporary romances with a paranormal twist!

Get ready to laugh, experience romance, and fall in love with this brand new take on paranormal books.

To celebrate this launch Entangled Publishing is giving away a Nook eReader to one lucky winner! Read on to find out more about the titles and spread the word for a chance to win!

Cover Reveal: Rua by Miranda Kavi


The Reveal...

RUA 
By Miranda Kavi

Expected Publication: September 3, 2012



About the book...

A girl with an unknown destiny.

A boy from a hidden world.

When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets. The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window.

He knows what she is . . .

Intriguing and deeply romantic, RUA is page-turning YA novel with a supernatural twist.

Monday, July 30, 2012

UnGuarded Book Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the UnGuarded Blog Tour hosted by BB Book Tours. Today I'm sharing my review of Ashley Robertson's new paranormal romance release and giving one lucky reader a chance to win their own copy...stick around to find out more...


Title: UnGuarded
Author: Ashley Robertson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Ashley Robertson
Format: ebook, 245 pages
Source: BB Book Tours
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

Guardian angel Selene was so close to becoming an archangel—the supreme of all beings—until she fell in love with Cole, a forbidden dark one. Once she discovers her vampire lover has been kidnapped and the only way to save him is by abandoning her number one priority—Caitlyn, her human charge—there really is only one answer in Selene’s mind, even though leaving Caitlyn unguarded will most likely cause Selene to fall from grace.

But her choice to save Cole doesn’t come without a price…and now Selene is racing against time to not only save her dark lover, but find a way to keep Caitlyn alive as well.

With the help of a new vampire ally, Luke, Selene will push her diminishing angel abilities to the point where her very existence lies in the balance. Now threatened with the chance of becoming a fallen angel or even dying, Selene can only pray she’ll have enough time—and good grace—to save the ones she loves. (Goodreads)





 My Romancing Thoughts:

A gripping tale of forbidden love and sacrifice!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

NetGalley Knockout Challenge


The NetGalley Knockout Challenge is hosted by the awesome Goldilox and the Three Weres.

 For more information or to join in on the challenge click HERE.


Timeline:  August 1, 2012 - August 31, 2012 August 1, 2012 - October 15, 2012

The Challenge: The goal of this challenge is to get some of of those egalleys from NetGalley and Eldeweiss that are stacking up on your ereader read in the month of August! 

The books you read do not have to be released in August. They can be already released, released in August, or released later than August. There's also a prize involved in case you need a little motivation!

My Progress: 7 out of 8 books read

  {I'll be tracking my progress on this challenge in this post.}

my knockout list

1. Blade Song by J.C. Daniels
2. Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster*
3. Monster In My Closet by R. L. Naquin
4. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire*
5. Ironskin by Tina Connolly
6. The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks
7. Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson 
8. Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker


I know I have way more than these titles to catch up on but I think I can knock these out in a month! 

*Some titles might be reviewed after August as requested by the publisher.

Good luck to all who are participating!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Mini Review: The Ravenous Dead by Natasha Hoar

Title: The Ravenous Dead
Author: Natasha Hoar
Series: Lost Souls ~ Book #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: ebook, 93 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N | Carina Press

This time the dead are hungry…

Rachel Miller doesn't just see dead people, she rescues them. As a member of The Order of Rescue Mediums, she spends most of her time helping stubborn spirits move on from the world. But after she learns the details of three brutal murders, she knows the culprit can only be a reaper, an undead monster that relentlessly stalks its victims to feed on their souls.

A reaper once consumed the soul of Rachel's mentor as she watched frozen in fear. Now, Rachel is in the role of teacher to Kit Elkeles, a rodach just learning to control his wraithlike powers. After Kit and Rachel rescue a half-vampire, they work to protect him while searching for a way to stop the reaper. But when Rachel realizes who the monster is really after—and just what kind of dark magic she'll need to stop it—will she be able to do what is necessary before it devours one of her friends…or even herself? (Goodreads)



 My Romancing Thoughts:

Too short for my taste but so entertaining!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Winners of the HOT SUMMER NIGHTS GIVEAWAY HOP

Thanks to all the wonderful readers who entered for a chance to win the HOT SUMMER NIGHT'S GIVEAWAY HOP! You guys are awesome!


 The winners are...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Early Review: Seduced by Blood by Laurie London

Title: Seduced by Blood
Author: Laurie London
Series: Sweetblood ~ Book #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HQN
Format: ebook, 384 pages
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions:  

Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors...  


Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a power that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories. 

Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both....




 My Romancing Thoughts:

Laurie London's vampires are beyond seductive!

Review: Tempted by Blood by Laurie London

Title: Tempted by Blood
Author: Laurie London
Series: Sweetblood ~ Book #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HQN
Format: ebook, 379 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: 

Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect. Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death. 

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….

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 My Romancing Thoughts:

It's impossible not to love these dark and sexy Guardian vampires!
 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Winners: THE DARKEST DAY & SUMMONING THE NIGHT

Thanks to everyone who entered for a chance to win THE DARKEST DAY by Britt Bury and SUMMONING THE NIGHT by Jenn Bennett.


  The winners are...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cover Reveal: Marked by Suzanne Cox


The Reveal...

MARKED
THE PACK ~ BOOK ONE
By Suzanne Cox

Expected Publication: July 23, 2012



About the book...

Nightmares and sleepwalking haven’t made good bedfellows for Alexis Miller for the last year. Now that she’s been exiled to the swamps of Lebeaux, Louisiana to spend the summer with an aunt she barely knows, she’ll have to deal with the problem on her own. But Lebeaux has its own problems. People are dying here and no one seems to be able to stop it.

New friends and a new guy she’s falling in love with should make for a good summer, but Alexis’ nightmares and sleep walking are escalating and are populated with the wolves she sees lurking in the woods near her aunt’s home. The visions she’s seeing of blood and death has Alexis wondering what exactly she’s doing when she’s sleepwalking and the discovery of her aunt’s bloody shirt makes her question her Aunt Louise’s involvement in the recent deaths. Even the sheriff is giving Alexis accusing looks.

Before summer ends Alexis will learn an ominous truth. One that will change her life forever.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Winner: ENSLAVED IN SHADOWS by Tigris Eden


Thanks to everyone who participated in the ENSLAVED IN SHADOWS Blog Tour and entered to win a copy!

The Winner Is...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hot Summer Nights Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the HOT SUMMER NIGHTS GIVEAWAY HOP
This hop is hosted by the awesome ladies at Bona Fide Reflections and The Book Nympho and runs from 12:01 AM July 18th through to 11:59 PM July 22th, 2012

We're sharing out hottest characters, books and series throughout this hop so be sure to check out all the participating blogs (linky at end of this post) for more sexiness and chances to win! 

I've recently had the pleasure of reading Felicity Heaton's Vampire Erotic Theatre Series and thought it would be perfect for this blog hop. Ms. Heaton's vampires are dark, seductive and really know how to heat up the pages!  Don't trust my word for it? Here are a few sexy excerpts to prove it...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Forbidden by Fate Virtual Book Tour: The Allure of Forbidden Romance by Kristin Miller & Giveaway


Welcome to my tour stop for Kristin Miller's new release, Forbidden By Fate. If you're looking for a short, sexy read with an unlikely paranormal couple...this is it! Kristin is here today to talk to us about forbidden romance (my favorite kind of romance!) so without further ado...


The Allure of Forbidden Romance
By Kristin Miller

Forbidden love is probably one of my favorite tropes to write and read. In my Vampires of Crimson Bay series, each hero is drawn to a heroine they shouldn’t be with. Slade, a shifter, is hot and heavy for a vampire. Ruan, a vampire, is head over heels for a human. Dante, an unknown species, can’t seem to stay away from a vampire elder.

My Isle of Feralon series is no different. In Claimed by Desire, a dragon shifter is madly in love with an empath, a human with no shifter blood. To make matters worse, he is choosing to deny a rider, which will end his life in two days…so that his lover can live without the restraints of his world. (Is there a greater forbidden love than that? Refusing to be with her so that she will live, even as he dies?) In Forbidden by Fate, my newest release, the hero is a dragon shifter and the heroine is heir to the werewolf throne. To be together means defying their families and living on their own, away from either clan. To be together means walking away from everything they’ve ever known.

Mini Review: Forbidden by Fate by Kristin Miller

 Title: Forbidden by Fate
Author: Kristin Miller
Series: Isle of Feralon ~ Book #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Cravings
Format: ebook, 66 pages
Source: Lit Connect Virtual Tours
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

A forbidden love……
A second chance……

A night of passion neither will forget.

Sasha, a love-thirsty werewolf and rightful heir to the Were throne, is ready to take control over her pack. But when her first love, dragon shifter Damon Frost, lands on her doorstep, demanding their races negotiate ownership over Feralon’s hot springs, he makes her question more than the fight for the enchanted neutral ground. No matter the emotions bubbling inside her, Sasha can’’t become involved with Damon. Not now. Not ever again.

Forbidden to step foot onto Were land after a romp with the Alpha’s daughter as a teenager, Damon has bided his time, waiting for the day when he’d be accepted back onto Were land. Using the hot spring negotiation as a way to get closer to Sasha, Damon plans to use every minute alone to remind her of the passion they shared–—a passion they could ignite again.

One night of ecstasy stands between them and the fight for the springs. One night of revealing glances, skin searing chemistry, and erotic desires they’d long buried.

Will one taste of forbidden love be enough to satiate their desires? Or will the need to explore the depths of their love unleash a Were-Draco war?



 My Romancing Thoughts:

A perfect steamy read for any season...guaranteed to heat things up!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Today I'm excited to be hosting a stop on Jillian Stone's book tour of The Seduction of Phaeton Black via Bewitching Book Tours. If you're a lover of mystery and the paranormal, you definitely want to add this to your reading list! Ms. Stone is here to chat about her handsome and sometimes rakish hero Phaeton Black and the makings of a hero in literature...stick around and don't forget to enter the giveaway...now onto the good stuff...


The Seduction of Phaeton Black: Antihero or Byronic Hero? 
By Jillian Stone

According to Wikipedia, an anti hero is generally considered to be a protagonist whose character is contrary to that of the archetypal hero, yet typically retains many heroic qualities. Recently, two editors at RT Book Reviews had quite a discussion about whether Phaeton Black is a hero or antihero.

I must admit the antihero idea does have appeal. I wrote Phaeton Black to be a bad boy––devil may care, with an equally devilish smile. But I think Phaeton is actually closer to what’s called a Byronic hero, which is a variant of the Romantic hero as a type of character named after the English Romantic poet Lord Byron. Here’s the definition: A man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection.

Byron described Conrad, the pirate hero of his The Corsair as follows:
That man of loneliness and mystery, Scarce seen to smile, and seldom heard to sigh.

Review: The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone

Title: The Seduction of Phaeton Black
Author: Jillian Stone
Series: Paranormal Investigator ~ Book #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Brava
Format: Paperback, 335 pages
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

In the gaslit streets of Victorian London, phantoms rule the night, demons dance till dawn, and one supernatural detective dares to be seduced by the greatest power of all. . .

He's The Man With The Magic Touch
 
A master of deduction, seduction and other midnight maneuvers, Phaeton Black is Scotland Yard's secret weapon against things that go bump in the night. His prodigious gifts as a paranormal investigator are as legendary as his skills as a lover, his weakness for wicked women as notorious as his affection for absinthe. But when he's asked to hunt down a fanged femme fatale who drains her victims of blood, he walks right into the arms of the most dangerous woman he's ever known. . .

She's The Devilish Miss Jones
 
Pressing a knife to his throat--and demanding he make love to her--Miss America Jones uses Phaeton as a willing shield against the gang of pirates chasing her. As deadly as she is, with a derringer tucked in her garter, Miss Jones is not the vampiric killer he's been staking out--but she may be just what Phaeton needs to crack the case. As the daughter of a Cajun witch, she possesses uncanny powers. As a fearless fighter, she can handle anything from Egyptian mummies to Jack the Ripper. But when an ancient evil is unleashed on the world, she could be his only salvation. . .or ultimate sacrifice. 



 My Romancing Thoughts:

A seductive supernatural mystery!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett

Title: Summoning the Night
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell ~ Book #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Paperback, 324 pages
Source: Simon & Schuster
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS. 

After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. 

The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.


 My Romancing Thoughts:

One of my top five favorite reads for 2012!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Romancing Guest Post & Giveaway: Britt Bury Interviews immortal warrior Ian Kerr from THE DARKEST DAY

I'd like to give a warm welcome to author Britt Bury who's joining us today on her blog tour for The Darkest Day. If you love Alphas with sexy Scottish accents you'll want to add this one to your reading list! Britt has a special treat for us today, an interview with the dark and brooding older brother {and Chief of the Kerr Clan} of our hero Kelvin Kerr in The Darkest Day...stick around for inside look at her latest novel and enter for a chance to win your own copy.

Character Interview with Ian Kerr  
from The Darkest Day by Britt Bury

Hi everyone! I’m Britt Bury, author of The Darkest Day and I’m here with Ian Kerr, immortal Pookah warrior and Chief of the Kerr clan. We both want to thank Lori so much for having us! Right, Ian?
Ian: *Sitting, bouncing his knee and looking over his shoulder* “Aye. Can we move this along?”

Britt: *Sitting across from Ian. Leans in and whispers harshly.* “Why are you being so grumpy?”

Ian: “You bloody know why! I’ve got a god-damn Dark Prince Daughter in my dungeon and you pull me away so I can chat about god-knows-what.”

Britt: “Hey! You better watch yourself or I will write your life so miserable that you will be wishing your book was never born.”

Ian: *Throws an arm over the back of his chair and casually leans back.* “Threatening me, lass? Gotta say I like the spark in ya. But nothing your sweet little mind can come up with will compare to the torture ten-lifetimes has already put me through.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury

Title: The Darkest Day
Author: Britt Bury
Series: Immortal Heat ~ Book #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: ebook, 300 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . .

Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.

BURNS BRIGHTEST . . .
 

A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell "and" human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . . ON THE DARKEST DAY 


 My Romancing Thoughts:

A bewitching debut in paranormal romance by Britt Bury!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Enslaved In Shadows Blog Tour: Guest Post with Tigris Eden & Giveaway

Author Tigris Eden is with us today to promote her latest release, a sexy shifter paranormal romance and is sharing the art of writing a love scene with us. Stick around to learn more about Enslaved In Shadows and enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy!


The Art of A Love Scene in Paranormal Romance
By Tigris Eden


I think there are varying different “art forms” for a Love Scene in PNR. It really depends on the situation. I like very detailed love scenes. I am going to assume when you say “Love” we are not necessarily talking about bumping uglies. Right?

So I will go with the road of least resistance. Kisses! YAY! The perfect kiss in a love scene can leave the reader all tingly inside. I’ve read a few books where the kiss was the best part of the entire scene! It starts off slow and lazy, or rough and hard. How can you possibly beat that?


Tenderness is another good tool that makes the love scene that much more fulfilling. Describing a character’s emotions can become quite complex. I don’t think I’ve mastered the perfect kiss in a love scene, but I’m getting there.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

In My Mailbox {53}

In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren, is a weekly feature where you can showcase all your new and wonderful books, whether from the library, bought, won or received for review.

Here are the reads I received in my mailbox this week...
(click on the covers for more information)




 Monster in My Closet - R.L. Naquin
The Ravenous Dead - Natasha Hoar
Rogue's Pawn - Jeffe Kennedy
Unguarded - Ashley Robertson
Wicked Nights - Gene Showalter



 

 In Heat - Felicity Heaton
In Heat: Mating Call - Felicity Heaton
{Free on Amazon until 07/08}



 

 Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland
Grave Memory - Kalayna Price
Apocalypse: the Lords of Deliverance Compendium {ebook only $0.99!}


My mailbox was filled with great surprises this week. I tend to pre-order books way in advance and sometimes forget about them until I find packages piling up in my mailbox! A big thanks to Little Bird Publicity and Carina Press for the wonderful review copies!

What's in your mailbox? I want to know!


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