Friday, January 31, 2014

Tina's Titillating Teaser by @LaurenLinwood



MFRW Author Lauren Linwood released A Game of Chance, a historical western romance, on January 8, 2014 with Soul Mate Publishing.

Gambler Jed Stone is arrested for a murder his twin brother committed, a man he never knew existed. When Jed wins the deed to Lucky Lil’s, San Francisco’s most famous whorehouse, he falls in love with the madam’s daughter Lily, who’s always been shielded from house life. Will Jed be able to start a new life with Lily and bring his outlaw brother to justice?

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tina's Titillating Teaser - Steal Me, Cowboy




STEAL ME, COWBOY

by Kim Boykin

 

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BLURB:

 

Unbeknownst to her boyfriend, Sassy South Carolina hairstylist, Rainey Brown, is headed to Missoula, dead set on giving her minor league baseball player boyfriend of four years an ultimatum. Either put a ring on it or let her go, preferably not the latter.

 

When Rainey's piece of crap car dies in the middle of Nowhere, Montana, she's sure she's a gonner, until gorgeous restaurateur Beck Hartnett stops to help. Beck falls hard for Rainey, and knows she would admit she's fallen for him too, if she wasn't too stubborn to admit it. Beck has five days before the car is repaired to steal Rainey away from a boyfriend who doesn't deserve her. Five days before she's gone for good.

 

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STEAL ME, COWBOY Excerpts

 

Long:

 

My last client of the day meticulously inspected her razor-sharp bob, trying to find a reason to stay in my chair. This was a language I knew well, usually a sign that something was going on in a client’s life, something they would never tell their sister or their mother or even their therapist. They tell me because I’m a hair stylist. For most women, that trumps everything, but for God’s sake, why did Katie Mills have to wait until now to start her therapy session?

 

She handed the mirror back to me and looked into the big round one on my station. “Jackson’s cheating. Again.” This was something Katie couldn’t tell anyone, or at least that’s what she swore to me. She attributed it to the fact that she was one of my first clients when I got out of beauty school six years ago and we were friends. And we are, but that wasn’t it. There’s some kind of transfer of trust that takes place when you snap a cape on a client, when you stand over them with a pair of scissors and their wet hair, either giving them what they want or saving them from making a huge mistake.

 

I looked at her, knowing if things went the way they normally did when her husband couldn’t keep his pants zipped, we’d end up getting coffee or tapas at the bar two doors down, drinking wine and talking for hours. No wonder she’d asked for the last appointment of the day. I glanced at the clock. Adam would be landing any minute, waiting for me at baggage claim with that tall delicious body, that beautiful smile. Then he’d spend the rest of the weekend making me forget how tired and frustrated I’d been lately with our relationship.

 

Katie knew as well as anyone that I hardly ever got to see Adam. I’d met him four years ago when he was playing minor league baseball for the Tampa Yankees and instantly knew he was the one. Since then he’s lived with me here, in Columbia, South Carolina, when he wasn’t bouncing around from farm system to farm system, trying to make it to the major leagues. But moving up the baseball ladder is the equivalent of winning the lottery, and as much as I loved Adam… since I met him, he’d been steadily moving down the ladder. “Katie, I’m sorry, really I am—.”

 

“I’m just so sick of Jackson’s shit, Rainey. I know it’s some girl in the athletic department. She’s probably twenty something with tits up to here.” If they were up to her neck, the girl must look like an alien. “Wanna grab a coffee?”

 

Jackson was a serial cheater, but as athletic director at the University of South Carolina, he made a lot of money. Katie liked the money so much she had put up with his antics at three different universities. She’d had babies thinking that would keep him home and monogamous, but all she had to show for her efforts were three towheaded little boys and a chronically broken heart.

 

“I can’t, Katie, I have to pick Adam up.” She looked like I’d stuck a knife in her back. “We haven’t seen each other in three months.”

 

Katie’s chin quivered as she held my gaze in the mirror, tears pooled in her chocolate brown eyes. She was still a beautiful woman, a Mississippi belle who’d somehow lost herself along the way. I could have told her she was still gorgeous, that she was bright and funny, and sexy when she turned on her Ole Miss charm.

 

But the look in her eyes reminded me of myself lately. I thought I was used to loving Adam Harper any way I could get him. Lately, I’ve wanted more. Needed more.  “I’m sorry, Katie.” I couldn’t look at her when I unsnapped the cape. “I can meet you for coffee Sunday afternoon after I drop Adam off at the airport.”

 

“What am I going to do now?”

 

What you always do. You go back to Jackson. I wish you wouldn’t, but you do the insanity dance over and over again, losing weight, shopping, Botox, trying to change yourself in hopes that your husband will change, but he can’t or he won’t. I put my hands on her slender shoulders and said the words I’d wanted to say to her since I met her, the words I thought were too pushy or too dangerous.

 

“Katie, you are beautiful. You are valuable. And if that bastard can’t see that, to hell with him.”

 

“Are you saying I should leave my husband?”

 

Yes. No. These are the moments when I feel the truth, that I’m a hair stylist and not a trained therapist. I don’t want to be responsible for a broken marriage—hell, broken marriages— because Katie isn’t the only client who has a spouse like Jackson, but I had to leave. Now.

 

I rifled through my station and found the business cards Ruthie Cox gave me. She was a therapist and said I’d probably never need to pass out her cards because in many ways, Ruthie felt I was better equipped to help clients than she was. It took several visits, sometimes months, for Ruthie’s clients to trust her enough to tell her their problems, and yet those same people could sit in the chair of a hairstylist they hardly knew and bare their souls.

 

“Call Ruthie. She’s a wonderful therapist. She’ll help you sort this out. I love you Katie, I do.” The tears were coming. Again. I’d cried a lot lately missing Adam so much, wishing just once that he’d pick me over baseball. “It’s just been so long since I’ve seen him, and I only have thirty-six hours before he flies out again.” I choked out the last words, grabbed my purse, and left without looking back. 



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Kim Boykin is a women's fiction author with a sassy Southern streak. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair, Steal Me, Cowboy, and Palmetto Moon (Summer 2014.) While her heart is always in South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, 3 dogs, and 126 rose bushes.

 

 

Kim Boykin website: http://kimboykin.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkimboykin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorKimBoykin

 


 

 


 AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY:  A $15 Starbucks card, Valentine mug, and yummy candies to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US only).


Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/01/super-book-blast-steal-me-cowboy-by-kim.html

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tina's Titillating Teasers - Book Hooks, #MFRWauthors


Welcome to Book Hooks, a NEW weekly meme hosted by the MFRW Authors Blog.

This is a way for readers to find out about new books by authors they may not know about. Each author shares a short excerpt from their books. If you enjoy the sample, consider purchasing the full book through their buy link.

TODAY - I'm sharing my paranormal romantic suspense story.
Hope you enjoy!



“Trust us child to find a soul who will honor your position. Nothing will remove your fears until you can reclaim your life’s mission and enjoy the rest of your days on earth.”


 “But what if Amber doesn’t like it here? She’s a young college student from sunny California. Why would she move to Ohio where it’s cold? Even in the summer, we don’t have beautiful weather. The rain can last for days.”

 “There is no dispute,” Jonathan growled. “Amber is a Winston. She longs to live here.”
  “But you don’t get it. There’s no guarantee. Josh has lived here all his life. He’ll do a good job.” Mattie wished Jonathan could see her point. Things might not turn out like he’d planned.


“Besides Cynthia will be deeply hurt when she finds out everything is under the control of a stranger instead of her son. She won’t understand.”


 “The Council’s point exactly. Cynthia cares only for gold, not for others. It’s best for the family to have someone else as the keeper.”


  The havoc this decision would cause in Mattie’s life washed bitter bile through her mouth. She swallowed, hard. -


See more at: http://www.tinagayle.net/SGchapter.html




Blurb: Trophy child, Amber Harrison drops out of college to claim her inheritance from a distance relative. Soon after arriving in Ohio, she quickly discovers that she’s the new Winston’s family keeper. Forced down a paranormal path, she uncovers a dark family secret which puts her new job as well as her life in jeopardy. Determined to find answers, Amber investigates the mystery with help from a ghost, the ex-keeper of the estate, and a handsome contractor working on the estate. 


Can she solve the mystery and remain the keeper? 



Or fail and return to the meaningless life she had in California? 
 
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You can also find the participating authors on twitter by searching for the #MFRWhooks.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Need Reviews for Your Book?

Why not join a NetGalley CoOp?


For Bloggers & Reviewers
If you are a NetGalley reviewer, visit the ROMANCE BECKONS TITLE PAGE* and request books that interest you. NOTE: Books listed in the Romance Beckons CoOp are independently published.
*available February 1, 2014.

For Authors
The Romance Beckons CoOp is a group of independent authors teaming up to display our books on NetGalley at a reasonable cost. NetGalley is a website frequently used by publishers to distribute advanced review copies (ARCs) and previously published books to bloggers, reviewers, media, booksellers, librarians, and educators. The pool of reviewers on NetGalley is VAST!

We are still accepting requests for membership from indie authors looking to increase the visibility of their titles with potential reviewers/ readers. Spots are limited. We promote only 20 books each month. If you’re interested in more information, please contact us at NetGalley@RomanceBeckons.net


COST:     $325 (1 year) | $165 (6 months)
Invoices are sent via Paypal and must be paid in full prior to listing your book(s).


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What genres and heat levels are permitted?
We embrace all genres and heat levels of romance. We will gladly include New Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy. Mainstream, sweet and erotic books are all welcome. The only requirement is that it have a strong romance component.

Who does the actual administrative tasks?
The CoOp authors all pitch in to make it a success! Paloma Beck serves as our NetGalley liaison and handles much of the technical administrative tasks.

How do my books get uploaded?
Once you've committed to the CoOp and paid your fee, instructions are provided for submitting your book(s).

Can I include books published through a publishing agency?
Yes, you can. But we must have written approval from your publisher to do so. The intention of the Romance Beckons CoOp is to assist Indie authors who don't have the help of a publishing house.

How are review requests handled?
Requests are handled by CoOp volunteers, on a case-by-case basis. Each reviewer is vetted using the following criteria: a high number of followers, genre match, quality reviews/feedback, active accounts on Goodreads or Amazon. Book bloggers that are active reviewers (i.e., have posted a review within the last week) are typically auto-approved. There are also reviewers that have been pre-approved for our group after requesting one or more titles previously. These are those frequent bloggers that we all know and love.

Can I decide who reviews my book(s)?
Yes. When authors submit their book, they also provide guidelines for handling review requests. These are considered along with the above criteria. We will accommodate different guidelines for your book, however, pre-approved reviewers are not flexible.

How do I receive my reviews?
Submitted reviews will be forwarded to the author weekly from NetGalley@RomanceBeckons.net


What if I join and it's not right for me?
Once you purchase time with the CoOp, we can't refund you should you decide you no longer want to take part. You are allowed to sell your slot to other authors. This option can also be used if you don't have need a for one of your months. Once your purchased time is up, you are not under any obligation to re-new.

I've joined this group and I'm very excite by the opportunity to get my book in front of reviewers. As a self-published author this gives me an in to the same reviewers as the big publisher houses.

Only two spots available so contact Paloma today,

Tina

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tina's Titillating Teaser - With the Lights On @AylaRuse


Ayla Ruse released With the Lights On, an erotic contemporary romance, on December 20, 2013 with Changeling Press.

She won’t have any place to hide once he gets his hands on her.

Tia’s an intelligent, beautiful woman who’d rather remain at the sidelines of life. This includes her sex life—or lack thereof. She used to dream of finding pleasure in a man’s arms, but she knows it’s only fantasy. She’s build different, or she’s broken. Either way, it means she can’t give into the temptation to be with the man she wants.

Damien’s been attracted to Tia for months, but with their differing schedules, it hasn’t been easy to get close. When the perfect opportunity presents itself he takes a leap, straight into her arms and straight toward…a lackluster coupling?

Presented with a challenge, Damien pulls out all the stops to ensure Tia has an unforgettable night, and it’ll be the first of many if he has his way. Now that Tia has nowhere to hide, will she give herself over to Damien’s care, or will she run away?
Warning: Explicit Sex  |  Heat Level: R+ Extremely Graphic Sex
Get to know Ayla Ruse.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tina Titillating Teaser - Baby Decision



Blurb -
Susan York faces the biggest decision of her life. "A baby or college?"

Unmarried and confused, Susan is not looking for a guy. She only wants to get through her classes without getting sick.



Colt Lefevour needs help with his English Lit homework until he discovers Susan is pregnant. Hurt from his ex-girlfriend aborting his baby, he wants to be the father of Susan’s baby, but can he convince her to let him help.






Excerpt:



“It just doesn’t make sense to me, Kelly. He’s a smart guy. Why would he need me to help him with the class?” Susan watched the blade of the knife go through the onion. She was glad her job in Kelly and Jason’s household didn’t include cooking. Kelly had insisted she liked the chore. Susan, as the maid, only had to clean up.



“Jason is a smart guy, too. But he can’t spell worth a damn,” Kelly said around the matchstick in her mouth. Susan really didn’t believe the technique kept the tears away.



“Yes, but Jason loves you.” Susan wondered if anyone could not find Kelly loveable. Besides being a beautiful blonde with blue eyes and a killer figure, she was smart. Too bad she...



“Maybe, but when we were teamed up together in the master’s program, he was a royal pain.” Kelly threw the match in the trash. “I think the man went out of his way to find big words to use in our report so he could ask me how to spell them.” She scooped onion pieces off the cutting board and put them into a skillet. “And believe me, he was just like Colt. Jason wanted me to go out with him, and he thought if he pestered me enough, I’d give in.”



“So what should I do?” Susan shifted on the wooden barstool to get more comfortable. The baby rolled over and stretched. The soft pressure against the wall of her abdomen drew her hand to her stomach. “The man is hot. I’ll never be able to resist him.”



“What’s wrong?” Concern rang in Kelly’s voice.



“Nothing, why?” Susan said, confused by the quick shift in topics.



“You had a funny look on your face.” Kelly picked up the green bell pepper and started chopping.

“Oh, the baby is moving.”



“Really?” Kelly’s eyes lit up.



Susan knew how much Kelly wanted to have a baby. It was part of the reason she was living with Kelly and Jason. “Do you want to feel the power of an all-star kicker?”



“Yes.” Kelly put down her knife and walked around the counter.



Her hand must have alerted the baby, because a kick hit Kelly’s palm.



“It must be amazing to feel a little person growing inside you,” Kelly said in awe.



“Usually.” Susan shrugged. “Sometimes, though, it’s more discomfort than amazement. Like at night when the baby wakes me, or during the day when he lays on my bladder. Sometimes I feel like an alien is invading my body, with demands I can’t meet.”



“You know you don’t have to face this alone. Jason and I will help you in any way we can, even if you don’t want to let us adopt your baby.” Kelly placed her hand on Susan’s shoulder. “You know we think of you as part of the family.”



“Yes, but...” Susan didn’t want to go over this again, but she still didn’t know what she should do. “If I keep the baby, how will I be able to go to school and get a degree? And if I let you and Jason adopt it, my parents will never forgive me.”



Susan ran her hand along the edge of the cold granite countertop. “You know my dad. He still refuses to talk to me.”



“He’ll come around.” Kelly walked back into the kitchen. The scent of onions filled the room when she stirred them in the pan. “You have to give him a little time, and try to see it from his point of view. Not only does he feel like he’s losing you, but he thinks he’s losing his grandchild too.”



“But why can’t he see this as a decision I have to make for myself? I want to get an education so I can make a good living, but I can’t if I’m trying to take care of a baby.”



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www.barnesandnoble.com



Have a great day,

Tina

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Navy Seal Turn Private Investigator




Blood and Gold,
Book 3 in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series




 


by Hawk MacKinney


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BLURB:



Blood and Gold, the third book in The Craige Ingram Mystery Series, once again tests the instincts and skills of retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram. Lust, greed, body parts and unrestrained wild sex parties are what await Craige Ingram when he leaves the comforts of his South Carolina home to visit his former SEAL buddy, Detective Spinner Krespinak. Set in the Colorado underbelly of a sordid sable and faux glitz ski mecca, Detective Spinner Krespinak suspects drugs have made their way to the snowy playground that is Aspen. An Olympic ski hopeful is brutally murdered, Spinner vanishes, and Craige Ingram is shot as events spin out of control with a Catch-22 no one anticipates.


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Excerpt :


The drive up the narrow mountain rutted road was a risky, hands-on-the-wheel icy slid-and-skid.  With a grim set to his jaws, Spinner didn’t say a word the whole way.  They parked among the jumble of squad cars.  Craige avoided the taped-off areas while Spinner huddled with Loopy.  Silently they paced-off and studied the layout of each room of the mansion…each room except the one where death waited to greet Spinner.  No one except Craige and Loopy knew how Spinner wasn't as detached as he appeared.  Spinner traced and retraced his steps.  Seeing beyond Spinner’s detached veneer of the professional, Craige could read the surly stir of emotions Spinner was struggling to control.    
       


Finally…there was nothing left except to face the grizzly business of felony homicide and the dead.  Spinner went back to where Loopy was busy.  As though wanting to avoid seeing what waited in that room, he said, “Any ideas about the time of death?”
     


Loopy said, “Only a rough approximation at this point.  I'd approximate somewhere between eight in the morning and two or three in the afternoon.  We haven’t moved the bodies yet, but from what indications of livor mortis I could see, I’m leaning toward it being earlier.  Central heat was off…fireplace ashes are still warm.  Once we determine algor mortis changes in the body temps, I’ll be able to narrow that some.  We've already picked up thirty to forty different sets of prints.  Could easily be twice that before we finish.  Most so smudged they're no good.  The rancher who lives at the valley turnoff said cars were going back and forth all night.  How it wasn't the first time they had all-night mountaintop blowouts up there.  We bagged used condoms from all over this place—bedrooms, baths, all over the house.  We’ll compare DNA with that of the victims.  See if we get any matches that narrow down any persons of interest.  Looks to be marijuana and freebase by the fireplace and in the breakfast room.  And what is likely Mexican black heroin on the carpet in the den.  Lord only knows what else we'll turn up.  I’ll be surprised if we don’t find Silk or S-K.  There's at least a case of empty aerosol cans, probably for heavy-duty huffing.  We'll see what the lab tells us…hopefully that’ll fill in more details.” 
        


Spinner said, “Before Frannie left for Denver last night, Ski came by and borrowed my wheels to get here.  Brought them back about noon.  Christy and the two men had to be alive at the time Ski left.  Depending on road conditions, it takes about an hour to get from here back into town.  The low last night was below zero, but there was no heavy weather—no wind.”  His eyes flashed hurt and anger, a silent reckoning stirring somewhere deep and hidden.  “Ski would party 'till the last minute.”  Spinner hesitated.  “Least, I’d like to think it was that.  I wouldn’t like thinking he'd use me as an alibi.”  The thought of the possibility was a heart-pain that sliced deep into his soul.  “Give me a few minutes before you zip them up.” 
         


Loopy nodded. “No hurry.  Take what time you need.”  
         


A very still Spinner turned a masque-face back to the bed…emotions churning his features.  A lump knotted his throat.  Looking down at Christy’s lifeless body, the bullet hole a vulgar insult to a death mask of frozen beauty…it seemed somehow otherworldly.  “…never could trust your flighty-canary way of life.”  The niche occupied by carefree fun-loving Christy seemed stark and empty.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 


With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.


 


Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series… murder and mayhem with a touch of romance. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention.  Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series is due out this fall with another mystery-thriller work out in 2014. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012.


 


"Without question, Hawk is one of the most gifted and imaginative writers I have had the pleasure to represent. His reading fans have something special to look forward to in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Intrigue, murder, deception and conspiracy--these are the things that take Hawk's main character, Navy ex-SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram, from his South Carolina ancestral home of Moccasin Hollow to the dirty backrooms of the nation's capital and across Europe and the Middle East."


 


Barbara Casey, President


Barbara Casey Literary Agency


 


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THE AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY: 
Hawk will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour stops can be found here: 

 



 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tina's Titillating Teasers by @MSSpencerAuthor

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Mason's Mark by MS Spencer @MSSpencerAuthor #MFRWorg
Author M. S. Spencer has recently released The Mason's Mark: Love & Death in the Tower (an Old Town Romance), a Romantic Suspense, on January 7, 2014 with Secret Cravings Publishing.

In both the best and worst first day at work ever, docent Claire Wilding meets the man of her dreams, but her carefully rehearsed guided tour of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial falls apart when she discovers a dead body. Together with Detective Ernest Angle, she's drawn into a dark world of black ops and Italian renegade masons. Also cloaked in mystery is her new love Gideon Bliss. A George Washington expert, he haunts the Memorial, his manner evasive. What is his secret? Claire fears she'll fall in love with him only to learn he's a thief or even a murderer.

Juggling two eccentric mothers, an inquisitive sister, and an increasingly smitten Ernest, Claire must find answers to a complex web of intrigue, including which black ops agent to trust, whether our first president strayed, and if she and Gideon will ever be together.
Hope you enjoy your day,


Tina

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Tina's Titillating Teaser from @brenda_sparks

Alpha Mine 
The danger she can't escape ... The past she can't remember ... The one man who can save her from both ...

In the shadows of the night, there exists a band of warriors--a group of vampires, known as the Alpha Council. Their formidable leader, Stephan von Haas, has vowed to protect not only his kind, but the humans existing alongside them. His duty comes before all else--until a sassy blonde saunters into his life.

When a sensual, dark-haired stranger walks into Katrina Spencer's life, he stirs her deepest desires and sweeps her into a world beyond her wildest dreams. But when Katrina is targeted by Stephan's enemies, reality shifts into something violent and deadly, as she is thrust into a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and vengeance is coming for her.
Together they will confront an extraordinary destiny of peril, passion, and dark pleasures. But when one horrid mistake brings retribution, their love may pay the price.

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Brenda Sparks
Giving you stories with bite

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tina's Titillating Tidbits: #TOUCHmyHEART by #MFRWauthor @PalomaBeck

Paloma Beck released Touch My Heart in November 2013. This is the second book in the Heart And Soul series, a contemporary BDSM-lite romance series that contains explicit sex scenes, including consensual adult spanking.

William knows exactly what he wants. He saw what his parents had and he plans to have that kind of love for himself. He just has to convince Aubrey she’s perfect for him. He attempts to take it slowly, cautious of her weariness and his own preoccupations. Then he bargains, persuades and seduces until Aubrey agrees to be his. That’s where the rest of his life begins… 

… even while another part of his life begins to crumble. He finds the foundation of his own family rocked. With William’s future not in his control anymore, he needs Aubrey as much as she needs him. There’s solace in knowing you don’t have to go through life’s heartache alone. 


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Inspirational Quotes for the Week

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

- Zig Ziglar



A misty morning
does not signify
a cloudy day.

Ancient Proverb.







True happiness is not made in getting something.  True happiness is becoming something.  This can be done by being committed to lofty goals.  We cannot become something without commitment.  -Ashton





Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

— Henry David Thoreau


Hope you are having a great week,
Tina

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tina's Titillating Tidbit by @kayelleallen



Wulf, Tales of the Chosen 
Tina Titillating Tidbit today is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Wulf, Tales of the Chosen, a gay scifi romance by Kayelle Allen.

When the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.
Superstar Wulf Gabriel must depend on the one man he swore he would never trust again. The most powerful and feared man in the empire - the Harbinger. Lust. Power. Forgiveness. A Chosen loves forever.
Wulf Gabriel longs for freedom. A superstar in the Tarthian Empire, he is bound by an unscrupulous agent to a restrictive contract. With his career threatened and his life at risk, Wulf must trust the one man he swore would never again control him -- Luc Saint-Cyr, the Harbinger.
For the Harbinger, saving Wulf is a simple matter of asserting his will. The enigmatic man's legendary power makes him the most feared person in the empire. To win the heart of Wulf, Luc will have to risk his own.

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Newly edited and re-released January 9, 2014

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tiltalating Teaser #BookHooks


Welcome to Book Hooks, a NEW weekly meme hosted by the MFRW Authors Blog.
This is a way for readers to find out about new books by authors they may not know about. Each author shares a short excerpt from their books. If you enjoy the sample, consider purchasing the full book through their buy link.

TODAY - I'm starting with my first book I had published.
Hope you enjoy!

A knock sounded on the door.
“Who can that be?” Rising, she peered through the security peephole and spotted a tall, dark-haired man, his features slightly blurred by the fish-eye view.
She gulped in a quick breath and peeked again at the handsome face.
“Damn.” She didn’t want to open the door, not with Derek on the other side, not to more heartache.
“What do you want?”
“Jillian?”
“Yes?”
“Open the door. I want to talk to you.” His stern military voice, the one she remembered hating, demanded her compliance.
She glared at the man through the peephole. How did he know she was here?
 
Blurb: Pregnant shopkeeper Jillian Wilson prepares for single parenthood until high-risk security specialist Derrick Harris, the baby’s father, is caught in an explosion that changes everything. 

Confused, Derrick returns to the States believing he's married and expecting a child with the girl of his dreams. Jillian, now has everything she's ever wished for a husband, a baby, a perfect life, to bad that her dreams hang on Derrick’s faulty memory and a lie.
 
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Trust Can Be Deadly - See why in Diana Miller's latest release


Fatal Trust

by Diana Miller


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BLURB: 

Stepping her perfect Jimmy Choos into place beside Ben Gallagher’s wounded Nikes, straitlaced Philadelphia lawyer Catherine Barrington is surprisingly unable to resist the disarming small-town mechanic’s charm. He’s one of the heirs to the vast fortune left by his eccentric grandfather Max, a bestselling horror writer, and she’s there to carry out Max’s last wishes. Routine enough…except that inheriting comes with a catch: none of Max’s heirs will get a penny until they’ve lived together for two weeks in the shadow-filled rooms of his mansion in the wooded hills near Lake Superior. 

From beyond the grave, a letter from Max insists that his death was no accident, sending Catherine undercover—and way out of her comfort zone—to catch the killer. Posing as Lexie, Ben's cocktail waitress girlfriend, Catherine soon finds herself trapped with the feuding clan at the sinister Nevermore manor. To save her own life, she’ll have to confront the murderer, as well as her growing attraction to Ben—a top suspect. 

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Excerpt :

Catherine woke abruptly, opening her eyes in the total blackness, her heart hammering. It must have been a nightmare, one she couldn’t remember even though it must have scared her to death. She glanced at the clock: 11:47. She closed her eyes again.

“I’m counting on you to find out who killed me.”

Her blood turned to ice. “Who is it?” she asked, unnecessarily, since she knew that distinctive voice.

“You know who I am, Catherine. Just remember the money is the key. Because I really was murdered.”

She was finally alert enough to think to switch on the bedside lamp. For an instant she swore she saw Max Windsor standing across the room by the dresser, studying her.

But it couldn’t be. She blinked twice.

When she focused on the spot by the dresser again, it was empty.

# # # 

She’d been dreaming. That had to be it. Analyzing everything possibly relevant to identifying Max’s murderer—including the ghost appearances—had triggered a nightmare. 

Except she was wide-awake now, and she was positive she’d been equally wide-awake when she’d seen Max and he’d spoken to her. But that was impossible. Max was dead, and despite what she’d suggested to Ben, she really didn’t believe in ghosts. So what had just happened? 

Of course. She hopped out of bed, stormed to Ben’s room, and pounded on the door.  

“What?” he asked from behind her. He was dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans, and Nikes. She caught a whiff of motor oil.  

“Where have you been?” she asked.  


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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

When she was eight, Diana Miller decided she wanted to be Nancy Drew. But no matter how many garbage cans she dug through, conversations she “accidentally” overheard, and attics she searched, she never found a single cryptic letter, hidden staircase, or anything else even remotely mysterious. She worked as a lawyer, a soda jerk, a stay-at-home mom, a hospital admitting clerk, and a conference host before deciding that the best way to inject suspense into her otherwise satisfying life was by writing about it. 

Diana is a five-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, including for Fatal Trust, and won a Golden Heart for her debut novel Dangerous Affairs. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family. 

LINKS: 

My website link is dianamillerwriter.com
 
 

 
 
AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY: 
A $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.
Tour dates can be found here: 
 
 
Thanks Diana for sharing the news about your book,
 
Tina 
 
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Weaving Together All Aspects of the Story

Stories can have multiple layers.


So one of the question you should ask an author is if everything is working together.

One layer might be the setting in your story. This can be a town, house, special spot. The reader can become familiar with the place or might be already familiar with it because it is a real location.

Another might be the subplot of the book. This can add depth to the story by showing how others are facing a similar problem or bring relief in times of extreme stress during the main plotline.

Secondary characters also have a place in the layering of the story - they could be a start to their own book or show how the problems are enhanced or avoided by other people's lives or opinions.

Skillful weaving different layers throughout a book, an author creates a story that draws the reader into a new world and helps them understand the full scope of what their hero or heroine is experiencing in their lives.

Remember to make sure you have all of the layers connected in some way.

Some times it helps to create a list of each characters and write out what their goals are for the book.

Then see how they connect to your main plot,
if they create a secondary plot or subplot
how theses issues are resolved.

Play in the sand and see if you can make connection that you hadn't thought of before.

Hope this helps in weaving your story together.

Tina