Saturday, March 31, 2012

Here's a look at my R.A.K.! {March} Wrap-Up

R.A.K. {Random Acts of Kindness} is a monthly feature hosted by the awesome ladies at Book Soulmates! It's a great way to surprise a fellow blogger or reader with a great read off their wish list. For more information or to sign up and participate, head on over to Book Soulmates or click HERE.


Friday, March 30, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow


18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines.

The 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make new friends!

How to join in:

  • You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
  • Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
  • Copy the html for the button on either host's site and place it at the top of your post.
  • List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’

Head on over to Reading Between the Wines or Secrets of a Book Lover for the rest of the details!

Question of the week:  
Doing something a bit different this week...I would like you all to turn to page 60 of your current read (Even novella's should have at least 60 pages, true.) And share the third to last sentence on that page! Make sure to share the title and author as well. :)

I'm currently immersed in the Warden's BDB world also, but since that sentence has been shared, I'll share one from another one of my current reads...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Demonically Tempted by Stacey Kennedy: Book Excerpt

A few weeks ago I posted the cover reveal for Stacey Kennedy's soon to be released Demonically Tempted, Book #2 in the Frostbite series. The fabulous author has officially released Chapter One of Demonically Tempted and today I'm sharing it with you!


Demonically Tempted by Stacey Kennedy
Frostbite Series ~ Book #2


Urban Fantasy Romance
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Sensual
Coming April 2012

Tess Jennings, now a member of the Memphis Police Department, is on her first cold case. The suspected suicide of Lizbeth Knapp ten years ago isn’t a theory her family accepts—they believe she was murdered.

But the case is only one of Tess’s worries. Ghosts are talking, and word of her abilities rapidly spreads. A dark ghost is terrifying the spirits of Memphis, and she must force the entity to crossover.

Tess doesn’t have to do this alone. Not only does she have her ghost-lover, Kipp McGowen, but the department has brought in a medium. Dane Wolfe might answer all her questions, but he also brings a world of trouble. Will Tess finally have all she’s ever wanted, or will everything she’s vowed to protect be ripped away?

Chapter One

The old farmhouse had seen better days. Not only could it use a coat of paint, but it also needed a dose of love. Dry, brown grass surrounded the home, and the only flowers topped four-foot high weeds. I glanced toward Zach—a cop with the Memphis P.D.—and crinkled my nose. “Someone actually lives here?”

His blue eyes met mine and he ran a hand through his blond, stylish hair and shrugged. “Max said the victim’s sister still resides in the home where the death happened.”

As he lowered his arm, he cringed. The injury still hindered him at times since we solved the cold case of Hannah Reid, especially when the weather was damp like it was today. Heck, only weeks ago he’d been stabbed and shot in the shoulder.

The man who caused Zach’s injury got it worse—by my very hand, no less—but I was glad Hannah’s murderer hadn’t come back to haunt me.

I might have suffered some serious remorse. That is, if I didn’t believe God wouldn’t punish me because I killed a murderer. Brody would’ve done the same to me if I hadn’t gotten to him first. I tried my best to stick with that theory. It saved me from the lingering guilt I might—and would never admit to—have for taking a life.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Winners: BURN ME IF YOU CAN & ASSASINS IN LOVE

Thanks to everyone who entered to win a copy of BURN ME IF YOU CAN by Mahalia Levey and ASSASSINS IN LOVE by Kris DeLake!


And now for the winners...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro

Title: Hellsbane
Author: Paige Cuccaro
Series: Hellsbane ~ Book #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: ebook, 236 pages
Source: My Copy
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N | Entangled Publishing

Twenty-three-year-old Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she’s not human—or, at least, not only human. She’s half angel, too, and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.

Luckily for Emma, she can put a stop to the constant threat of having her head hacked off if she figures out which Fallen angel is her father—and then kill him before he kills her. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No one said being Heaven’s bounty hunter would be easy. But with a name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was born for the job.
 

 My Romancing Thoughts:

Emma Jane Hellsbane could easily be Buffy the Vampire Slayer's counterpart minus the vampires!

Winner: 18 & OVER BOOK BLOGGER GIVEAWAY HOP

A big thanks to all who entered the 18 & OVER BOOK BLOGGER GIVEAWAY HOP!


And the winner of my giveaway is...


{Winner has been notified via email.}

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Early Review: The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens

Title: The Kingdom
Author: Amanda Stevens
Series: The Graveyard Queen ~ Book #2
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Mira
Format: ebook, 400 pages
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N

My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here.Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town—this withering kingdom—and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth. (Goodreads)

 My Romancing Thoughts:

Beautifully spooky!

In My Mailbox {43}

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...  



 
ReVamped - Ada Adams


 
 

Between the Land and Sea - Derrolyn Anderson
Dark Night of the Moon - Keta Diablo
Fire Baptized - Kenya Wright
For the Love of Harmony - Leia Shaw




 Eventide - Elle Jasper 


That's my mailbox for this week. I'd like to give a huge thanks to Carmel @ Rabid Reads and Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile!

What's in your mailbox?


Thursday, March 22, 2012

eBook Deals and Discounts from Sourcebooks!

The fabulous folks over at Sourcebook Publishing have some great romance ebooks on sale now through the first week of April! Here are some of the deals they have going on...

Sourcebooks eBook Deals and Discounts!


No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper  
Promotional Price: $1.99 (2/27/2012 – 4/7/2012)
 
The Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this fascinating debut of black magic and brilliant ball gowns, named A Best Book of 2011 by both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

Joan is from a time where demons run rampant and humanity is fighting for its existence. To prevent this terrible future, she is sent back to Victorian England to kill the magician responsible for unleashing the dark forces. To get close to her target, she’ll need Simon Grenville to teach her how to fit into polite society. Joan doesn’t mind practicing proper flirtation on Simon, but she can’t allow herself to be distracted by his gentle hands or devilish smile—the very future depends on it. Isabel Cooper's new book, Lessons After Dark releases on 4/3/2012.


18 & Over Book Blogger Giveaway Hop

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It's time for another 18 & Over Book Blogger Giveaway Hop

This naughty giveaway hop is hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance and Getting Naughty Between the Stacks. This hop will run from March 22nd to March 25th. There's about 100 different fabulous blogs participating so be sure to stop by everyone's stop for more chances to win some sexy reads!



Aliens, Gargoyles and Panthers....OH MY! For this giveaway I decided to stray from my love of vampires and werewolves and show some love to other paranormals that are sometimes overlooked but can be just as sexy. The following steamy reads are guaranteed to add a little heat up your reading while keeping it paranormal!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway: Assassins In Love by Kris DeLake

Everyone that knows me knows I'm a paranormal romance junkie. With that being said, I recently saw a book cover on NetGalley that caught my eye, being the cover hussy I am, I read the book description and while Sci-Fi isn't a genre I'd normally go to, I knew I had to read it and am so glad I did! Assassins in Love is a romantic thrill ride set in a futuristic world that any romance fan will enjoy. Ms. DeLake has created two intriguing characters that will have you devouring the pages. I'm so excited to have the chance to interview author Kris DeLake and share it with you all, but enough talking...let the interview begin. Enjoy!

RTD: It’s such a pleasure to have you on Romancing the Darkside, Kris! 

KD: Thank you! I’m happy to be here.

RTD: You’ve written stories in multiple genres: romance, fantasy and mystery. Is there any other genre you would like to explore in your writing that you haven’t?

KD: I’ve written in almost every genre under a variety of names, but I’ve never written historical romance. I really want to. I’ve been meaning to—for nearly thirty years now. It’s my favorite genre to read. I really should try my hand at writing it.

Where do you usually write your books?

KD: I have an office in my house. I used to have an outside office, but I missed the comfort of home—and the cats. (And the refrigerator.)

RTD: Assassins in Love is set in a futuristic and dangerous world. Do you think this made your world building easier vs a modern day setting or harder?

KD: Harder. I had to figure out how the world worked. I know a lot of writers don’t do that kind of backgrounding, but I got my start in science fiction. (I still write it as Kristine Kathryn Rusch.) I learned how to do rigorous world-building. In fact, under my Rusch name, I wrote a Star Wars novel, and I asked LucasFilm how far it was from one planet to another. (Tattoine to somewhere else [can’t remember exactly]) and the woman I asked said, “Why do you science fiction writers always want that information?” So not even LucasFilm does that kind of backgrounding. But I’m so anal that I have to.

RTD: I loved that the typical roles in romance were reversed in this book. Rikki is the risk-taker and tough, while Misha is the unblemished hero with a heart. Was this intentionally done to break those stereotypes?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde Virtual Book Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

 Today I have the pleasure of hosting a stop on Suz Korb's book tour for EVE EDEN VS. THE ZOMBIE HORDE. Suz is here to chat with us on her latest release, its intriguing vampire hero/villain (I'm just not sure yet!) Nathan, oh and there's also a giveaway...so stick around and show her some love!
The Dark Side of a Character
by Suz Korb

I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to guest post here on Romancing the Darkside as it gives me a chance to delve into the dark vampire character of my novel. Nathan. He’s mysterious. He’s a creature of the night. He’s a bi-polar vampire who could react in any way at any given moment if provoked.

Nathan Kane: age 17 when recently turned into a vampire. He has dark red eyes when consuming anyone’s blood but Eve’s, then his eyes turn bright red for a time. Nathan has long-ish black hair and a “killer” British accent.

When I first created Nathan the vampire in Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde, I had no idea he’d turn out to be such a crazy-head. Seriously, that’s why I love writing supernatural fiction, the characters take on a life of their own as I write.

It’s not surprising that Nathan is such a dark and tormented vampire. Especially not after you read about the way that he was “turned”. He’s survived a lot of torture. He’s conflicted on a paranormal level about his feelings for Eve. One minute Nathan is perfectly capable of behaving normally around Eve, and the next he’s completely unable to control the blood lust cravings to bite her, to consume her very essence.

While Nathan’s character did take on a life of his own, there’s still a lot we don’t know about what’s going on in his mind in this book. Get ready though, because there’s more of Nathan Kane in book 2 and especially book 3.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: Assassins In Love by Kris DeLake

Title: Assassins In Love
Author: Kris DeLake
Series: Assassins Guild ~ Book #1
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Format: ebook, 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N | Sourcebooks

When one killer falls for another...

Agent: Misha Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book.

Agent: Rikki Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way.

Love becomes a matter of life and death...

Misha's mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give up her guns. He completely underestimated the effect she would have on him...and what heat and chaos they could bring to each other...

 My Romancing Thoughts:

A sultry futuristic thrill ride!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tell Me No Lies Blog Tour: Mini Review & Giveaway

Author Mahalia Levey's blog tour kicked off yesterday so I'm really excited to be hosting the second stop on the Tell Me No Lies Blog Tour today! If you love to take a break from the real world and lose yourself in a hot and sexy romance, you've got to check out this fabulous author! Check out my review of her latest release below and enter for the chance to win one of her books.

Title: Tell Me No Lies
Author: Mahalia Levey
Series: 1NightStand
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Format: ebook
Source: CLNB Blog Tours
Buy it here: Amazon | B&N | Decadent Publishing

Dancing isn’t easy. Four nights a week Caileigh disappears into the persona of ‘Autumn’ to make a decent buck. The foster care system didn’t prepare her for what happens after turning twenty-one. Armed with only a high school diploma and forty bucks, she’s thrust on the hard cold streets, where she takes the only job a young girl with no prospects can get. Selling small pieces of herself to strangers isn’t the life she wishes for. Deep down she aches for a better life. 

A scant piece of paper gives Orias the name of a seedy business and a photograph to keep vigil over his newest target. To find such beauty among the dredges of society wrecks every ounce of intelligence he possesses. For once, despite his being fallen, Orias thinks to disobey a direct order—never touch the protected. The way she moves on stage entrances him, but the sadness hidden underneath a facade of sexual promise makes him want to battle all her demons. Underneath his dark soul, he craves her light and the  warmth of love. Will Fate allow them a life together? 

 My Romancing Thoughts:

Sinfully sweet and sexy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Winner: STORMY WEATHER COLLECTOR'S EDITION by Selena Blake


A big thanks to everyone who entered to win the STORMY WEATHER COLLECTOR'S EDITION by Selena Blake!

And now for the winner...


{I'll be sending you an email shortly!}
Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Want your own copy of the STORMY WEATHER COLLECTOR'S EDITION? 

Buy it here:



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Early Review: Crave by Felicity Heaton

Title: Crave
Author: Felicity Heaton
Series: Vampire Erotic Theatre ~ Book #2
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Felicity Heaton
Format: ebook, 110 pages
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon | Smashwords

His mind has been set on his work for the past one hundred years. Now a forbidden beauty has stolen his attention and is threatening to steal his heart too. 

Callum has come to the city of romance on business, not pleasure, but when he sets eyes on a gorgeous werewolf in a nightclub, he can’t ignore the dark carnal craving she ignites in him. His work for Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, can wait. The only thing that matters now is satisfying his sinful hunger for a woman who most vampires would consider an enemy. 


Kristina is on the run from her pack. Her alpha is intent on forcing her to bear his child and she’s not about to live through the same nightmare as her mother had. When a tall, dark and sexy vampire catches her eye, she can’t believe the ferocity of the desire he unleashes in her or the fact that she enjoys the feel of his eyes on her and his silent pursuit of her in the clubs each night. 


When Kristina finally gets a taste of Callum in a forbidden kiss, will she be strong enough to resist the allure of the vampire and his offer to share his bed for a week of unbridled, wild sex, or will she surrender to her own craving for the safety and passion she finds in his embrace?

 My Romancing Thoughts:

Hotter than the first!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Deceived Virtual Book Tour: Book Excerpt & Giveaway

I'd like to welcome author Stephanie Nelson to Romancing the Darkside today! It's my turn to host a stop on Stephanie's Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, Deceived, book two in the Gwen Sparks series. If you haven't added this series to your list yet you're about to...it's filled with suspense, humor, romance and the supernatural, but I've already said enough...check it out for yourselves and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway Stephanie is hosting!
DECEIVED
GWEN SPARKS SERIES ~ BOOK #2
BY STEPHANIE NELSON


The vampire drug, brew, nearly ruined Gwen Sparks’ life. Just when things started to get back to normal between her and Aiden, she is summoned by the North American Witches Council to their central city of Moon. 

A war is imminent between vampires and witches, and Gwen’s experiences with brew are being used to fuel the fire. She is about to discover just how powerful she is with the help of the ruggedly handsome Angel of Death and just how far some people will go to get what they want. 

Gwen is going to learn exactly what it means to be Deceived. 



Buy the book here:
An Excerpt from Deceived
He regarded me with a look I’d seen a few other times, an expression I tried to ignore, but at the moment, I couldn’t look away from. I was a woman who noticed attractive men, but I would never act on those feelings. I loved Aiden as sure as the night is long. But Dorian stirred something deep inside of me, and we connected on a level I hadn’t with Aiden. It wasn’t easy to ignore something that profound, especially when it was staring at me like I was the sexiest girl in the world.

Dorian took a step forward. His arms hung limp, but I could tell he was nervous about what was happening between us. The tightness in his jaw and triceps betrayed the cool confidence he was trying to portray. An inch of icy air separated us. I lifted my eyes to his, and we stared at each other. No words were needed; our body language spoke for us. Dorian brought his arm up and with the back of his hand caressed the side of my face with more gentleness than I imagined. My eyes closed against the feel of it. A shuffle of feet enticed my eyes open just in time to see Dorian bending forward and toward my eager lips.

***

Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris


The Reveal...

MY SUPER SWEET 16TH CENTURY
by Rachel Harris
Release Date: September 11, 2012


About the book...

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?


Available for Pre-Order at:
Amazon | B&N

For more information on Rachel Harris visit her here:


An Excerpt...

Alessandra jerks back like I just suggested she prance around the square naked or something. “No! I believe I understand your meaning, and Lorenzo is certainly not my suitor. He is like a brother to me—the three of us grew up together.”
She resumes walking and I fall in step beside her, understanding there has to be more to the story. And as we near the end of the row, I finally ask, “If you’re not into the guy, then what’s the problem?”
At that same moment, a rich, deep chuckle hits my ears. My stomach involuntarily clenches and my gaze sharpens on the back of this mysterious Lorenzo.
Alessandra sighs. “That is the problem.” She places her hand on my arm and solemnly looks me in the eyes. “You must be careful. Lorenzo is beautiful, and it is not uncommon for a girl to walk away from meeting him with a piece of her heart left behind. But he is just eighteen, and not yet ready for marriage.”
I roll my eyes and laugh, then realize she’s serious. “Yeah, I assure you, there’s no danger on my end. I’m not exactly looking for marriage myself.” Because that would be crazy-town.
Alessandra wrinkles her nose as if she doesn’t believe me, but she removes her hand. We close the distance and Cipriano flashes me an open, honest to goodness, lighthearted smile.
“Lorenzo, this is the cousin I was telling you about.”
Slowly the guy turns and I fall head first into the richest chocolate-brown eyes I’ve ever seen. He blinks and long, luscious lashes feather across his bronzed cheeks. I can feel myself gawking, but I physically can’t drag my eyes away. Lorenzo doesn’t smirk or act all conceited, either. He simply stares back, his eyes casually skimming over me, causing my skin to warm and break out in a whole body tingle.
Time seems to stop, and the sounds of the market mute. Alessandra was right. This boy is beautiful.
And he’s looking at me.
*** 
 
I will definitely be waiting on this one!  How about you?

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