Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Claiming Their Cat Blog Tour: Guest Post with Maggie O'Malley

Today, Romancing the Darkside, along with Sizzling PR welcomes author Maggie O'Malley with her latest release Claiming Their Cat, a sexy werewolf menage. Maggie is here to talk about her new book and share how she chooses her Alphas' names. Stick around and say hi!


Alpha Character Names
by Maggie O'Malley

Do I carefully select names for my alpha characters? Absolutely. A lot of personal experience plays into the naming of characters. I’ll never use Timothy for an alpha, because I knew a guy is school, and he wasn’t an alpha—quite the opposite, actually. But to you, Timothy may not carry that same connotation. I wouldn’t use Dana for a man’s name even though it is. Dana is female here in the south. Graham wouldn’t do for me either, but I would use Gray for a sophisticated fellow. Jake reminds me of a cowboy.

Names have meanings to me. Tommy sounds like the boy next door. Butch and Billy sound like a bully. Ruddy sounds like a wimp. Rascal sounds like a dog’s name…Opps. Sorry. Got carried away.

In Claiming their Cat, Draco is a friend of Rio’s, and he’s a vampire with a vampire name. Draco sound like Dracula. Now, if I were creating other worlds with untried names, I’d have more leeway, but I wouldn’t use a puny name like Sal, Slimdo, or Weaknim, but more along the lines of Magmas, or god names like Thorsen, or maybe Diestheon for an alien bad guy. For current day heroes, you can’t go wrong with Rio, Creed, Jack, Slade, Sam, Zack, but not Zachary, Tate, J.D., Rucker, and Rafferty.

Nicknames should also mean something and fit the character. In Claiming Their Cat, Rabid Rio is a gun for hire, the best in the business. Blade would be a good name for someone’s who is handy with a knife. For secondary characters, I’d use nicknames like Gizmo for the geek, or joker for the comedian in the group.

In Claiming Their Cat, Rio and Creed are my alpha males and in my mind, these are fitting names. Fred is a secondary character in my story. He’s an old werewolf, ex-marine, and he owns a diner. Now, if I flip these names, Fred being the alpha hero and Rio being the diner owner, would this work? Not to me.

Names are everywhere. When I watch ballgames on TV—I love baseball, basketball, and football—I’m on the lookout for unique alpha names and foreign names. I jot them down for later. I also scan the county arrest websites. I’m not joking. It’s easier than going to the phonebook. If I can’t find an alpha’s name, then maybe the villain’s name.

So why do I use careful consideration on selecting alpha names? Because I want them to be unforgettable. stuck in your head. I want the name to match the man.

Please forgive me if I’ve stepped on a name that you’re married to or actually like. It’s all about personal experience and totally my opinion.

I’m Maggie O’Malley, and I’m glad to be here today. What are your thoughts on alpha names?

For more on Maggie O'Malley visit her here: 


CLAIMING THEIR CAT
by Maggie O'Malley


Cat Watson managed to escape from the powerful drug lord Alvarez and right into the hands of the notorious killer—Rabid Rio. Rio promises to protect her and her baby if she becomes his mistress. With no money, what choice did she have? 

Rio Wolff has found his mate, and she’s carrying another man’s child, not that it makes a difference to a werewolf. Cat’s running from the bastard, and only he can save her. It would help if she’d stop trying to run away every time he turns his back.  

Creed Wolff gazes at the beauty standing in his kitchen and wonders why Rio has broken the rule never to bring a female home. She’s Creed’s mate so he can forgive his brother. Now he needs to replace Rio’s scent with his.  

Cat can’t believe she lets both brothers pleasure her. Finally, she’s found a place where she feels safe, protected, and loved. But her world crashes when she finds out they have sold her to Alvarez.  

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Ménage (m/f/m), anal play/intercourse, sex with toys, and spanking.

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An Excerpt from Claiming Their Cat

Rio Wolff took a sip. There was nothing better than a cup of black coffee, and Fred made the best. Well, maybe a lovely, willing woman was better, but he didn’t have one, so coffee was it. He took a sip as the rain pelted a constant tat-tat-tat on the tin roof. It had been raining for two days making his life miserable. Except for the coffee. He itched to do the job next week, give him something to do. Keep the skills sharp, and all that shit.

The hairs on the back of Rio’s neck stood on end which meant that something was about to happen, He never ignored his instinct which meant enjoying his coffee in peace would soon come to a screeching halt.

An eighteen-wheeler skidded to a stop outside the diner, and a small woman threw herself from the cab, surely she wasn’t the cause of his uneasiness. Anything was possible since women were nothing but a pain the ass.

The woman picked herself up, gave the driver the one-finger salute, and then flagged down another trucker. In the blowing rain, it was a wonder someone didn’t run over her ass. This close to the Mexican border was no place for a female to be running around by herself. Human trafficking was a problem, but if the woman was crazy enough to flag a stranger down, then Rio wasn’t going to try to talk some sense into her. He didn’t go looking for trouble. Trouble always found him.

“You need your cup warmed?” Fred asked from behind the counter.

“Nah, I’m good for now, but you can make another pot. I’ll need another fresh cup before I leave.”

“You know you shouldn’t sit by the window.”

Fred was right. It wasn’t the brightest idea to be sitting at the huge window of the diner. After all, he could count the number of friends he had on one finger, and the number of enemies were too many to count. Dying didn’t frighten him—he just wasn’t ready yet. Besides, it was hard to kill a werewolf. Several had tried, and several had died trying. The last time he saw his shiichoo, Apache for grandmother, she foretold of a woman who would almost be the death of him. All the more reason he’d let that woman out there in the rain crawl into another truck. The almost of her warning wasn’t something he wanted to test.

After this job, he was heading back to the little town across the border to find the woman who stole his money eight months ago. Hell, even in his mind that sounded like bullshit. Rio could care less about the money, but the mystery woman might be his mate. He wasn’t sure. He’d been drunk on his ass with too many tequila shots. His wolf remembered her soft flesh and smelling sweet, but not a scent he could put his finger on—yet. Her identity was a mystery too because she’d insisted he keep the lights off. He hadn’t cared at that time. He’d just needed a warm pussy to drive his cock home, and she had one, nice and tight and slick.

And that’s all he remembered.

He’d awakened with a headache, the smell of her sweet sex filling the air, a dick as hard as steel, and his money missing.

Funny thing was no one at the brothel remembered anything about this anonymous woman, and he was skilled at intimidating interrogation tactics. Rio didn’t smell any lies on those he interrogated, so he’d either been so drunk his wolf had made a mistake, or the people he needed to question were long gone. Or she was a ghost. Either way, he had to find out.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sexy Snippets: Caressed by Night

Tuesdays just got sexier!

Sexy Snippets is a weekly meme hosted by Secrets of a Book Lover and Reading Between the Wines. To join in just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participates can add the book to their TBR lists if they like. Add your post to the linky on either host's page so everyone can follow along. Have a sexy good time!

My sexy snippet:



His eyes fell to her lips and she could feel his need, his hunger to touch her. Before she could think about what she was doing, she cupped his face, rose to her tiptoes, and captured his mouth. 

Stunned, Dimitri could not move, could not think. Her sweet, rose scent invaded his senses. Her kiss was tender as she parted his lips.

Their tongues danced as he roughly pulled her against him. Her fingers tunneled through his golden hair while his hands fisted the back of her shirt. The feel of her curves pressed so tightly against him was heaven. 

Her kiss was magic and he never wanted it to end. His blood raged through him, setting him on fire, and her small groan of pleasure was too much.

- Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene
Publication Date: February 29, 2012


I loved the first book in this series, Caressed by Moonlight and just when I thought things couldn't get sexier, the author proves me wrong! I'm only a few chapters in but this is one you'll want to add to your lists!

I've shown you my sexy snippet...now show me yours! 


Review: Claiming Their Cat by Maggie O'Malley

Title: Claiming Their Cat
Author: Maggie O'Malley
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Maggie O'Malley
Format: ebook, 152 pages
Source: Sizzling PR Book Tours
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

Cat Watson managed to escape from the powerful drug lord Alvarez and right into the hands of the notorious killer—Rabid Rio. Rio promises to protect her and her baby if she becomes his mistress. With no money, what choice did she have? 

Rio Wolff has found his mate, and she’s carrying another man’s child, not that it makes a difference to a werewolf. Cat’s running from the bastard, and only he can save her. It would help if she’d stop trying to run away every time he turns his back. 

Creed Wolff gazes at the beauty standing in his kitchen and wonders why Rio has broken the rule never to bring a female home. She’s Creed’s mate so he can forgive his brother. Now he needs to replace Rio’s scent with his. 

Cat can’t believe she lets both brothers pleasure her. Finally, she’s found a place where she feels safe, protected, and loved. But her world crashes when she finds out they have sold her to Alvarez.

 My Romancing Thoughts:

Pregnant Cat Watson is on the run from a dangerous drug lord out looking for her and her unborn baby. When she stumbles into a diner seeking refuge, she meets Rio Wolff, known as Rabid Rio, a man who is as notorious as the man Cat is hiding from. With a price on her head, Cat knows it won't be long before Rio hands her over to Jose Alvarez and cannot trust him. Rio never expected to find his mate, especially one carrying another man's child, but the wolf inside doesn't lie. From the moment he sees Cat he knows he must keep her and her child safe at any cost. Gaining her trust won't be easy but when his brother Creed returns things take an unexpected and sexy turn for the two brothers and Cat.

Claiming Their Cat is a sensual read with great suspense and plot twists. The story begins with action from the first few pages and takes us on a ride filled with danger, animal instincts and off the charts passion! Cat and Rio get off to a rocky start but there's no denying their chemistry. I was skeptical of their relationship in the beginning but the pair grew on me halfway through the book, up until the menage story began to develop, my feelings changed a bit after that, maybe because I've never read a story where two werewolves share the same mate. While their relationship was sweet and sexy I personally could not connect with the ménage...but it still made for a great alpha love triangle! I just think everything developed and was settled quicker than I would have liked.

The pleasant surprise for me in Claiming Their Cat came in the form of the secondary romance of Draco the vampire and Rio's human friend Lucy. These two stole the show for me, I found their romance to be engaging and seductive and was left wanting more. With plenty of surprises, sexy alpha males and a bit of the paranormal, this erotic novel packs a promising story in a short amount of time. If you're looking to step away from the usual werewolf romance, Claiming Their Cat is your book!

*Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Ménage (m/f/m), anal play/intercourse, sex with toys, and spanking.

My Rating

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox {40}

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's what's in my mailbox this week... 




 

Byzantine Heartbreak - Tracy Cooper-Posey
Caressed by Night - Amanda J. Greene
Roses & Thorns - Tish Thawer
Where There's Smoke - Karen Kelley


That's my stash for this week. I was pretty good, only one of these books is from NetGalley! What's in your mailbox this week?


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Winner: BROODS OF FENRIR by Coral Moore


Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway to win an ecopy of BROODS OF FENRIR by Coral Moore!

And now the winner...





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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Romancing Guest Post & Giveaway: HADYN HEAT by Betty Midnight

A big welcome to Betty Midnight, author of the Hadyn Heat series. Betty is here to talk about her latest release, The Urge, released February 10, 2012 by H2H. Stick around for an intriguing post about urges and enter for a chance to win HAYDN HEAT - THE URGE.
"Urges"
by Betty Midnight

We all have urges.
All of us. Yes, you… you know you do.  ;)

In my latest release, Hadyn Heat (Book One) – The Urge, I explore exactly that – urges.  When my friend (Ava Michaels) and I started the idea for Hadyn Heat, we wanted to create the life like character, even though he’s a wolf as well as a human.  We wanted to explore that ripe time in our lives when we hit maturity and things start to change, including our feelings and urges.

For Hadyn, part of his process and the rest of his pack is to learn how to deal with the urges so that they don’t conflict with any humans.  The book goes into a story of what happens when urges take control…it usually ends in bloodshed.

Hadyn isn’t just a normal wolf.  He’s big, strong, and sexy, like all the others, but something inside of him clicks one night with a woman who is miles away.  He could smell her as though her hair is an inch from his nose.  It’s in those first few seconds of catching her scent, does Hadyn make the decision that she is his mate.

Mating is important for the wolves and it’s usually decided a little later in life, after they enjoy themselves.  Yes, throughout this book, there is always some sexual tension building and releasing, which just adds to the action.  Face it, men and women both enjoy sex and action, right?

Ava and I had to have Hadyn go after his urge right at the beginning of the book.  We don’t believe in fluff in our writing, so we went for action.  For those who have read the book (and we thank you!), you know it opens with Hadyn, as a wolf, charging through the woods so fast, everything is a blur.

Even he himself doesn’t know how he’s charging so fast.  Where does this charging take him? To a woman.

We couldn’t just make the book about sexual urges and fulfilling them – this is not that kind of book.  Instead, we took the urge and made it somewhat of a flaw for Hadyn too.  The urge is what makes Hadyn who he really is, but yet, in the background of it all, and evil man is planning to use that urge to satisfy his own urge.  This is where we bring in the evil, terrible, horrible Valon.

Trust me, when you meet Valon, you’ll cringe.  He’s deceptive but smart.  He’s ugly but has an aura about him that makes you wonder.  Everything about Valon is evil, but it’s also pure.  He was a fun man to create, one who is complicated but still so evil you have to hate him.

As I said… we all have urges.  No matter what.  We have the urge to read, to write, to relax, among many others.  But imagine if a single urge could overrun your life and as you chase it and take care of it, someone else is using that urge against you… with that said, welcome to Hadyn Heat!  It’s a four book series written by myself and Ava Michaels.  The first book which is rightfully titled The Urge is now available.

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About the Author:
Betty Midnight writes erotica from the heart, and other places. With the release of several HOT short stories, Betty has now taken to the erotic romance novel and so far has released two books - The Christmas Proposal and Just the Sex, Please.

It was announced in early December (2011) that she would be writing a 12 book erotic paranormal romance series starting in 2012, along with the Hayden Heat series she's co-writing with Ava Michaels.

For more information on Betty Midnight, visit her here:
Website | Twitter


 
Two ecopies of Haydn Heat - The Urge by Betty Midnight 




As a man and as a wolf, Hadyn has been trying to control his urges. 
After catching the scent of a beautiful woman named Sarah, Hadyn finds her and loses all control of his urges. 

The pleasure was great, but the mistake was greater, for an evil man has been lurking for a long time, hoping to take control of the world. After kidnapping Sarah, the destructive man named Valon now can finalize his own plan: to have Hadyn mate with his daughter. 


He uses Sarah and her lust for Hadyn to draw him in.
The urges grow worse for Hadyn and it seems nobody can stop him, not even his roommate and secret lover, another male wolf named Taylor.

The fate of Hadyn, Sarah, his pack, and the world are in the balance… but can he control his desperate sexual urges long enough to save it all?

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Winners: VAMPIRES FOR VALENTINES GIVEAWAY HOP

Thanks to everyone who entered the VAMPIRES FOR VALENTINES GIVEAWAY HOP!


And the winners are...


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

In My Mailbox {39}

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's what's in my mailbox this week... 




Crave - Felicity Heaton
Ember - Kristen Callihan
Lesson After Dark - Isabel Cooper




Hellsbane - Paige Cuccaro




The Cards of Life and Death - Colleen Gleason {won from the author's giveaway}


Another great week of books for review, purchased and won! Every week I try to say no to NetGalley but it just calls my name...I have a good stash of books to catch up on so I'll have to read them all before I can request any more! On another note, aren't these covers just beautiful? Happy Reading!

What's in your mailbox this week?


Friday, February 17, 2012

Romancing Guest Post & Giveaway: Coral Moore on The Beating Heart of Romance

I'm really excited to have author Coral Moore with me today on Romancing the Darkside. Coral is out promoting her new release, BROODS OF FENRIR, a shifter/werewolf urban fantasy with a little romance. I was blown away by this story and instantly became a fan. Don't be shy, say hello to Coral and don't forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy of this fabulous book!

The Beating Heart of Romance 
by Coral Moore

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d spend a little time talking about love, and more specifically, romance. The Romance Writers of America define a romance as having “a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying and optimistic ending.” Is that really all that romance is about?

According to that definition Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the most famous love story ever, was not a romance. Though not in style now, tragic love stories can be every bit as moving and even more powerful. Not sure you believe me? I don’t blame you. I’m a fan of the happy ending too.

To emphasize my point, I’m going to use a love story near and dear to the heart of paranormal lovers: Buffy and Angel. If you haven’t seen the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series and plan on doing so one day, you might want to look away. Here’s how it all goes down:

Girl who happens to be a vampire slayer meets mysterious and very hot boy. Boy saves her life a couple of times and acts like a real keeper. Boy turns out to be a centuries-old vampire. Oops. Well, we certainly can’t have that, bad news all around. They desperately try to stay away from each other, but they are already in love. More adventures take place and they save each other’s lives a few times. Until one fateful day after both almost dying they sleep together for the first time.

Boy loses his soul and gets turned back into the monster he started out as. Boy does terrible things to girl and her friends. Unfortunately girl still loves boy, but after a series of really terrible acts, we all want boy to die. Boy gets his soul back just as girl prepares to kill him. Boy doesn’t remember anything about the past few months. They share one wonderful moment, and then the girl realizes that she still has to kill boy in order to save the world. Cue one of the best kisses on television right before she runs him through with a sword.

*sniff* What a tear jerker. I cried so hard. This is only one arc in a much longer story, but the two lovebirds never do end up together. It’s a thoroughly tragic and at the same time wonderful love story, exploring so many facets of emotion. Anyone who can watch that story and think that it is somehow less just because it doesn’t end happily doesn’t appreciate the aspect at the center of every romance. Love is the beating heart of romance. Not all love ends with a smile. Every one of us knows that. Sometimes it ends in tears, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good, even a great, story.


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