New Release: The Gull Motel by Amie Denman

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Amie Denman has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to spread the word about her book, The Gull Motel. As part of her tour, Amie will be awarding print copies of her three Barefoot novels from Turquoise Morning Press: Blue Bottle Beach, Will Work for Love, and The Gull Motel to one randomly drawn winner (US ONLY). See her rafflecopter link at the bottom of the post.

About The Gull Motel:

Cover_The Gull MotelSavvy Thorpe needs a vacation. Finally finished with college, she heads to her favorite shabby motel on Florida’s Gulf Coast where her aunt and uncle always save her room twenty-four. She quickly finds out, though, that The Gull Motel is not just her home away from home. It’s hers to manage while her aunt and uncle take an extended trip.

Skip McComber, The Gull’s former maintenance man, has been working on Savvy’s nuts and bolts for years. Now the new owner of the bar next door, his mission is to renovate a pirate bar while being a walking temptation for the girl he can’t get off his mind.

For Savvy, keeping her cool running a motel in Florida heat is one thing, but navigating the steamy waters of a former fling takes a whole other kind of savvy. In addition to the motel and the man next door, Savvy stumbles on a plot to swindle land from the residents of Barefoot Key. Devalued properties tumble like dominoes until Savvy musters her colorful crew from The Gull Motel to make the pillagers walk the plank.

Excerpt:

I watched a fishing charter leave a wharf several properties farther down the beach. I could see at least half a dozen people and lots of long fishing poles sticking up all over the boat like a case of bed hair. An idea swirled through my head like the sand between my toes.

“Fishing charter,” a voice said behind me.

I jumped. “You shouldn’t sneak up on people like that.”

“Hard to make noise in sand,” Skip said.

“You should try. I might have had a heart attack or something and then you’d have my blood on your hands.”

Skip picked up a long lock of hair brushing my shoulder and twisted it in his fingers. He leaned forward just a little and glanced down my shirt. “You look perfectly healthy to me.”

I stepped back, hoping to restore my heart rate to something close to healthy.

“One of these days we should talk about last spring,” he said. “Maybe over some tequila.”

I narrowed my eyes at him. “I thought you would have called me if you wanted to talk. You’ve had plenty of time since April.”

Skip put his hands in the pockets of his cargo shorts and rocked back on bare heels in the sand. He was shirtless as usual. And he wasn’t taking my bait.

“Saw you staring at the fishing charter boat,” he said.

“I was thinking about something.”

“Thinking of teaming up with a local charter and offering package deals? Could be a great add-on to rooms at The Gull.”

My heart rate steam-trained up the scale again. That was exactly the idea I’d been formulating, and I didn’t appreciate him acting like it was his. The danger of years of slightly-lusty friendship is that you can know a person too well. And they’ve got your thoughts on speed-dial.

About the Author:

Amie Denman lives in a small town in her native Ohio with her husband and sons. Her two cats and large yellow labrador are kind enough to share a sunny office where she lets her imagination run wild. Reading books was her favorite escape as a child, and growing up four houses away from the community library encouraged her addiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and running outside. The helpless victim of a lifetime of curiosity, she’s been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what’s going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.

Amie is the author of five contemporary romance novels:

  • The Gull Motel
  • Blue Bottle Beach
  • Her Lucky Catch
  • Her Lucky Prize
  • Will Work for Love
  • He’s on Her Trail

Please visit her at http://www.amiedenman.com

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Twitter @amiedenman

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Giveaway:

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New Release: Uriel’s Fall by Loralie Hall

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Loralie Hall has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her upcoming book, Uriel’s Fall. As part of her tour, Loralie will be awarding a $15 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Cover_Uriel's FallAbout Uriel’s Fall:

Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she’s a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity’s secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.

She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn’t a complete dickhead.

As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer’s descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she’s absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of data analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.

 

Now enjoy this excerpt:

“I’m wounded you didn’t remember me,” Gabe’s low voice rumbled against my neck as his chest pressed into my back. His hand rested at my hip, holding me close.

Every new touch sent a jolt of desire pulsing through my veins. How could I have forgotten something that felt like this? I leaned back into him, memorizing the texture of his shirt against my bare shoulder blades.

“If I had a choice, you’d be the last thing I forgot.” Why had I said that? This moment, each sensation, it was all incredible, but there was a lot implied in that statement.

“Hmm…” The vibration tickled my skin. “You do have a choice.”

“If that’s true, why hasn’t someone told me?”

His hand slid over my tank top and rested on my stomach. “I’m telling you now.”

“You could have told me before.”

“I didn’t feel like I had your full attention.” His fingers wrapped around my wrist, and he spun me to face him. Dark hair, clean-shaven, it was Michael—not Gabe—who stared back.

He rested a hand on the small of my back, the other cupping my cheek. “I swore I would move mountains for you if I had to.” His mouth sought mine, and the feather light kiss sent a rush of euphoria through me. It was gentle, undemanding, and all-consuming.

He broke away enough to trace his thumb over my lips. Each new caress summoned a pleasant tingle under my skin. His tone was low and kind. “That I would surrender everything—eternity, glory, all of it—for you.”

His voice shifted to a quiet snarl. “I lied.”

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Loralie Hall is a full time corporate geek and a fuller time writer. Her spouse is her muse and their cats are very much their children. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re making the world more good by vanquishing one fictional evil at a time.

Find Loralie Hall Online

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aszreal

Blog: http://blog.apathyshero.com

Website: http://urielsfall.com

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New Release: Nightlord Lover by Kathy Kulig

I’m thrilled to have fellow Ellora’s Cave author, Kathy Kulig, with me today to tell us about her hot new release, Nightlord Lover.

Describe a typical day in your life as an author.

I’m up at 5:00 am to head to the day job and finally sit at my writers cave around 7:30 pm. I skim emails for pressing stuff. I try to leave the social networking until later, after I get the writing done. Lately, I’ve been swamped with promo so that can fill up my evening hours fast. I usually write until 10:30-11:00 pm. (I do have to get up at 5 again). On weekends, I get in more writing time. Thankfully, I have a darling hubby who likes to cook.

When you begin writing a new book, what comes first plot, characters or something else?

Every book is different, especially because I write different types of stories. I’m a visual person so many times ideas come from some place I’ve visited or a movie I saw. The idea for a plot set in a particular place. I might also consider a situation between characters and the story builds around that. Nightlord Lover began with the setting and plot. I visited the location—New Hope, Pennsylvania—many times, and I always thought this would be a great setting for a paranormal book, especially a vampire book. The old historical Victorian homes and building, the canals, river, and woods, and also the variety of people who live and visit there are a perfect set up.

Which do you like best about writing paranormal?

I’ve been a huge fan of paranormal and science fiction stories since I was a kid. Writing books that enter these genres is a dream come true. I love the essence of darkness, the infinite possibilities and the supernatural elements and themes. Not to mention the conflicts and barrier the paranormal world can cause between a hero and heroine. Relationships can be hard enough and now there’s magic or evil or the supernatural to deal with?

What do you like best about the hero (or heros) in Nightlord Lover?

I have two heroes since this has a ménage within the story. A warrior vampire—Garrick, and a sorcerer vampire—Ramon. Both are strong and hot. I describe Garrick as the mysterious and muscular predator, while Ramon is the sleek and wild rock star. Both are intent on claiming Larissa as their crimson swan (a mortal blood donor with benefits, but a willing swan). And they are fiercely protective of her from those immortals who would claim her against her will, even destroy her.

What’s next for you?

I have a number of projects in the works. The next in this vampire series, the next in my Dark Odyssey series (Spring Break, Book#1 and Summer Sins, Book#2).

Now for a glimpse into NIGHTLORD LOVER:

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Nightlord Lover_FBsizeWarrior vampire Garrick Labar guards the secrets of the Guild. His comrade–vampire and sorcerer Ramon Travere–enforces the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. When Larissa Devine moves into town, both Garrick and Ramon are mesmerized and enraptured by her. They crave to claim her as their crimson swan and lover. But a new arrival is fair game and if they don’t claim her first, a band of renegades will.

Larissa finds a blistering-hot ménage with her protectors too intoxicating to resist. The immortals can’t deny their sexual attraction for her and sense her blood pulsing hot and furious when they’re close. Erotic desires thrust her into a world of danger and seduction. When the renegade vampires attempt to destroy a hundred years of peace, Larissa is caught in the crossfire. Eternal love and carnal nights can be her future if she survives.

Excerpt:

Larissa donned her coat, grabbed a shopping sack and headed onto the crowded streets. It was dark, early evening, and the sidewalks were still packed. She couldn’t help but think about Garrick’s warning about the towpath and ghost. It was a short cut to the store and she didn’t want to leave Jordan alone for long. Not that she didn’t trust Jordan, but she was new and might not be able to answer a customer’s question. As she stood by the entrance of the path, two joggers ran across the parking lot and onto the towpath. See? If it was safe enough for them, why not her?

Deciding to ignore Garrick’s warning, she followed the joggers and speed–walked toward the bridge. The trail was peaceful, a great place to jog and not so isolated that she felt unsafe. The sounds of traffic and Christmas music in the distance comforted her. The joggers passed the bridge and were out of sight. Stuffing her hands in her coat pocket, she hurried along the grassy path.

Under the bridge, she rushed up the steps leading to the street. Her hands shook when she entered the small grocery store. She refused to get spooked by superstitions. She picked up coffee, milk, yogurt and fresh berries. The fruit was way over priced for this time of year but she needed a taste of summer. Then she stopped at the wine store for a bottle of merlot. She hoped by inviting Jordan for dinner, she might find out what she knew about the town and its mysterious people like Garrick, Ramon and Kashia. On the way home, she took the canal towpath again, refusing to allow a legend to spook her.

Something tugged on her hair and she jumped, almost dropping her shopping sack. Laughing, she gripped onto her bag and marched under the bridge. She was scaring herself for no reason.

This time a shadow crossed her path.

“You will be my crimson slave,” a man’s voice whispered close to her ear. She felt his breath, felt the touch of his hand on her shoulder. Crying out, Larissa spun around but no one was there.

She glanced up and down the path and saw no one running away. To one side was a wall leading up to the bridge. Even a tall person couldn’t leap to the top. The only other way off the path was to jump into the canal. She would’ve heard a splash if the man was crazy enough to do that in this weather. Was it the ghost, or something else?

Her body chilled then flashed with heat. A shiver raised goose bumps over her skin. If it was a ghost then she had nothing to fear. A ghost couldn’t harm her, only frighten her if she let it.

The shadow and a breeze sped passed her and Larissa was slammed against the cold stone wall. All the air rushed out of her lungs and she gasped for a breath to scream.

The weight of a muscular body pressed her against the wall as hands moved up her hips and waist. Oh God, she was going to be raped or murdered or both. With all her strength she tried to kick, tried to swing her arms to fight, but she was paralyzed.

Her pulse thundered in her head. Finally she found the courage to open her eyes and face her attacker. The Goth guy who was on her balcony. “You.”

“Yes, little one. I’m claiming you. Taking what’s rightfully mine.” His scorching gaze moved down her length, kicking up her heartbeat and heating her skin. Despite the violence, she felt woozy, sensually achy, his touch tempting. Her head leaned back and rested against the stone, the fight and fear being replaced by erotic desire.

What was wrong with her? “What are you doing?” she murmured.

“Wait and see.” His booted foot shoved her feet apart. A muscular thigh eased between her legs. The buttons of her coat opened and cold air chilled her body. Fear rose to the surface again. She shuddered as his mouth glided over her neck, teeth scraping her skin. “This might hurt a little. It’ll be over quick,” he said.

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CONTEST:

To celebrate her book release, Kathy is giving away a $20 Amazon or BN Gift Card and one FREE eBook from Kathy’s backlist (anthologies excluded). To be entered into the drawing, follow this link: 
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The contest will run until Aug. 14th.

New Release: 2014 Summer Collection Anthology

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The authors will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via the rafflecopter at the end of this post during the tour. Please click on the banner to see the other stops on this tour.

Five complete sweet to sensual stories from five multi-talented authors in settings to make any summer occasion more special. Included are:

Meet Me In Seattle by Markee Anderson

Madysen Duke has been coerced to participate in a reality show with her teacher friends. But little does she know, her high school flame is also along for the ride, with intentions much different from hers. Even though she’s out for the money, he’s trying to thwart whatever crime is happening right before their eyes.

Arrow Through The Heart by Stephanie Burkhart

Summer vacation and the Fourth of July brings Ella to New Hampshire while participating in a tennis competition. Logan is an innkeeper’s son who bumps into Ella and invites her for an ice cream. Attraction flares and they enjoy spending time together, but each has their own plans for their life. Then disaster strikes Ella. Can a summer attraction truly become a lasting relationship?

Taking Liberty by Gerald Costlow

Liberty “Libby” Bell is a waitress at a roadside diner, trying to hide from an abusive ex-boyfriend who refuses to leave her alone. She strikes up a romance with Roger, a hunky local fireman, and seems to be getting her life back into gear. Then her ex-boyfriend tracks her down.

Will she be forced to leave Roger and run away again, or see the ex- boyfriend and risk a violent confrontation?

And if that isn’t enough to handle, suddenly there’s a serial killer in their midst.

Marcy’s Struggle by Larry Hammersley

Marcy Mason is in her final year of graduate school, pursuing a PhD in chemistry. She has brains and looks, but struggles in the romance department. She met Ross Franklin in undergraduate school when she was a senior; he was a freshman and second-string quarterback. Her problem – she was hung up on Leroy Doyle at the time.

Leroy is married and moved away, but Ross, now star quarterback, isn’t convinced she’s over Leroy. When Leroy arrives on campus to give a lecture, Marcy must make all the arrangements. After contact with Leroy, Marcy admits to what she’s known all along—she’s over Leroy and wants Ross in her life. Can she convince Ross to look past their different backgrounds and give love a chance?

The Garden by Jory Sherman

Summer brings forth fresh vegetables in the garden and with them, the ultimate fight against insects and wild critters to protect those vegetables. Harvey enjoys his garden, especially the corn – watching it grow, providing food for his beloved wife Ruth. Then, something unusual happens in the garden and his corn begins to disappear.

Enjoy an excerpt from Marcy’s Struggle:

Ross said nothing as they strode briskly along the leaf-strewn sidewalk. When they reached their separation point, she feared he would make his left-hand turn and continue on his way without so much as a word.

“Will I see you again?” Marcy asked, hoping not to sound frantic. “I don’t know.”

That’s all she got as she stopped and watched his receding back. She hoped he’d glance back, but he didn’t. She cared for Ross, she really did. Each time she was with him, Leroy drifted a bit more into the background, but could she convince him of that? She couldn’t blame him for breaking away from her. Groaning, she headed for her lonely apartment, after he disappeared behind a building.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Markee Anderson makes her home in northeast Wisconsin, surrounded by Packer fans, snow, and cheese. Along with her husband, they have three adult children and two Boston terrier babies. She writes under different pen names, all at: www.sweettalebooks.com

Come visit her at: http://markeeanderson.com

Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Central High, she joined the U.S. Army. She spent eleven years in the military, seven stationed in Germany. She left the Army in 1997 and settled in California. Stephanie has been married for over twenty years and has two boys, Andrew and Joseph. She now works for LAPD as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher.

Come visit her at: http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

Gerald Costlow lives in Michigan and has published several novels and numerous short stories and novellas over the years. He’s currently publishing a romantic-supernatural series with Publishing by Rebecca Vickery.

Larry Hammersley is 76 and has been married to Sue for 51 years. He has two children and five grandchildren. Larry enjoys jogging, amateur radio, occasional woodworking, and is active in his church. He’s been writing for 39 years.

Come visit his blog at: http://larryhammersley.blogspot.com/

Jory Sherman began his literary career as a poet in San Francisco’s famed North Beach in the late 1950s, during the heyday of the Beat Generation. He has been published widely in literary journals. His first book of poetry, So Many Rooms, was published by Galley Sail Press in 1959.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jory-Sherman/267712936601703

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New Release: Ophelia’s Lessons by Esmae Browder

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Esmae has partnered with Goddess Fish to promote her new book, Ophelia’s Lessons. As part of her book tour, Esmae will be awarding the first three ebooks in the series: Ophelia’s Lessons, Ravishing Rosaline, and The Taming of the Prude to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for information on how to be included in the giveaway.

Now let’s hear from Esmae as she answers a few interview questions I tossed at her:

Tell us about your experience of venturing into the self-pub world.

Thanks for having me on your site today! As you know I am an indie author and I absolutely love it! Yes, I have been published under the traditional route using a different name so I have a strong understanding of both sides of the publishing coin. I made the decision to independently publish the Naughty Shakespeare series after getting advice from a publisher who told me that I would probably need to change the endings of some of my tales. As you may remember for all that high school required reading, Shakespeare’s stories don’t always have the happiest of endings, and when you write romance, typically a happily ever after ending is required. I decided that rather than fool around with changing the endings of some of the greatest stories ever written, I would just give them a twist that will hopefully satisfy the reader and yet still remain true Shakespeare’s intentions. I felt that publishing these tales myself was the way to go, and I love having creative control over most aspects of the publishing process.

What advice would you give other writers thinking of following the self-pub path?

I would say to go for it, but to do some research first! Hire an editor and be sure to have beta readers. These readers are an invaluable tool that will help your writing grow! I loved getting feedback on the steamier scenes in Ophelia’s Lessons! Some of it even made me blush and that’s pretty darn hard to do!

Ophelia’s Lessons is the first in the intriguing The Naughty Shakespeare Series. What inspired you to write not only this book but to create the series?

Let’s just say that if the Bard word alive today, I would totally Fan Girl him and stalk him at all his local pubs until he promised to be my boyfriend!  I’ve always loved his words and style. But you know, strong women are not exactly his forte. Most of the girls in his plays are not completely developed compared to some of his male characters like Hamlet. I’m not sure if that is because young boys typically played the female roles and perhaps they didn’t have the chops to pull off a fully realized female character or what, but I’ve always wanted more back story about some of his more famous characters. And sex is a big part of a lot of Shakespeare’s work, too. So in my need to create stories for some of these characters, I found that their sexuality just naturally guided the tale.

In Ophelia’s Lessons we learn about sweet Ophelia from Hamlet. Now here’s a girl who really doesn’t get a fair shake in the original play. She is used by her father, brother, and finally Hamlet who basically causes her to lose her mind. I thought it might be interesting to find out where her obsession and love for him came from. Ophelia’s Lessons are a prequel to the story of Hamlet.

Ravishing Rosaline is the story of a lesser known character mentioned only once or twice in the play Romeo and Juliet. She is Romeo’s love interest before he sees Juliet. Romeo calls her chaste and that got me to thinking, what if she isn’t all that she appears?

The Taming of the Prude is a bawdy retelling of Taming of the Shrew. I wanted to give Kate a chance to assert herself sexually in a time when most women were taught that sex and passion were not for well bred young ladies. Of course, by the end of the book, the reader should be questioning just who tames who?

What books do you have in the works?

I’m currently working on an erotic, historical fiction that takes place in Pompeii right before Vesuvius blows. I also have a new series called Carousel Calling which is inspired by the burlesque dancers of the 1940s in New Orleans. I hope to have these tales available soon.

What do you like most about your heroine in Ophelia’s Lessons?

I think the most important thing a writer can do no matter what genre they write, is to show growth in characters. Readers want to feel that they’ve been on a journey, that they have seen changes occur. That’s what I like best about Ophelia. By the time she reaches the end of the book and is about to transition into the familiar tale of Hamlet, she has changed in so many ways. For the better? For the worse? Who knows? Only the reader can decide that for sure! Happy Reading!

MEDIA KIT book cover ophelia's lessonsAbout Ophelia’s Lessons

Sweet, innocent Ophelia–she wants nothing more than to marry Hamlet Elsinore. But what does a simple virgin know about pleasing a man like the sophisticated and charming Hamlet? Not a whole lot, but when her seductive roommate, Portia, learns of Ophelia’s interest, she gets Horatio to “teach” the innocent girl everything she’ll need to know to seduce his best friend, Hamlet.

Set in modern day, this prequel to Hamlet is steamy enough to have even the Bard blushing! Enjoy this first book of Literotica in the Naughty Shakespeare series.

Excerpt

“You look fabulous.”

Portia’s eyes were filled with admiration as she surveyed her handiwork. She’d dressed Ophelia in a simple white dress. It fit to the curves of her body like a delicate glove, the silver zipper in the back running all the way down to the hemline. All a lover would have to do was pull the zipper down and her voluptuous body would be revealed.

“I like your hair up like that, too,” Portia said. “All those springy curls will create a wonderful effect during the heat of passion when he pulls it down.”

Astonished, Ophelia stared in the wide mirror above the couch.

Reflected back at her was a person she’d never seen before–someone who held a childlike innocence on her face that belied her twenty one years. Tucked into that innocence was the possibility of more.

“Well, what do you think?” Portia tapped her foot, impatient. “Do you like it or not?”

“I love it,” Ophelia whispered. “You’ve made me beautiful.”

“You were always beautiful darlin’,” Portia said, giving her arm a squeeze. “You just didn’t know it. And after tonight, you’ll be a little vixen. I have a feeling about you, Ophelia. Sex is going to change everything.”

There was a knock at the door.

Portia clapped her hands in excitement, while Ophelia bit her lip, her heart beating a mile a minute.

This was it.

What she’d been waiting for.

“Take a breath.” Portia instructed her. “It’s all going to be okay.”

With a small nod, Ophelia did as she was told.

“Horatio, how are you darlin’?” Portia opened the door, revealing a dark haired man. In the dim light of the hall, he seemed larger than life, his square shoulders framed in the doorway. “Come on in.”

Ophelia couldn’t help but let out a little gasp of surprise when he entered the room.

Horatio. Hamlet’s best friend. What could Portia be thinking by setting her up like this?

“You look fabulous.”

Portia’s eyes were filled with admiration as she surveyed her handiwork. She’d dressed Ophelia in a simple white dress. It fit to the curves of her body like a delicate glove, the silver zipper in the back running all the way down to the hemline. All a lover would have to do was pull the zipper down and her voluptuous body would be revealed.

“I like your hair up like that, too,” Portia said. “All those springy curls will create a wonderful effect during the heat of passion when he pulls it down.”

Astonished, Ophelia stared in the wide mirror above the couch.

Reflected back at her was a person she’d never seen before–someone who held a childlike innocence on her face that belied her twenty one years. Tucked into that innocence was the possibility of more.

“Well, what do you think?” Portia tapped her foot, impatient. “Do you like it or not?”

“I love it,” Ophelia whispered. “You’ve made me beautiful.”

“You were always beautiful darlin’,” Portia said, giving her arm a squeeze. “You just didn’t know it. And after tonight, you’ll be a little vixen. I have a feeling about you, Ophelia. Sex is going to change everything.”

There was a knock at the door.

Portia clapped her hands in excitement, while Ophelia bit her lip, her heart beating a mile a minute.

This was it.

What she’d been waiting for.

“Take a breath.” Portia instructed her. “It’s all going to be okay.”

With a small nod, Ophelia did as she was told.

“Horatio, how are you darlin’?” Portia opened the door, revealing a dark haired man. In the dim light of the hall, he seemed larger than life, his square shoulders framed in the doorway. “Come on in.”

Ophelia couldn’t help but let out a little gasp of surprise when he entered the room.

Horatio. Hamlet’s best friend. What could Portia be thinking by setting her up like this?

AUTHOR Bio and Links

Esmae Browder is an ex-Catholic school girl from New Orleans who loves vodka tonics and romance. Combining her love of literature with a flair for erotic fiction, she has created a unique series which includes prequels and retellings of some of the Bard’s most famous works. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew–nothing is sacred in Esmae’s Literotica world. You may know your Shakespeare, but you haven’t heard the whole erotic story! An avid blogger at All Things Writing, you can learn more about Esmae there or stop by her website: http://www.esmaebrowder.com.

Author Website: http://www.esmaebrowder.com

Twitter @esmaebrowder

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Esmae-Browder/325152790965304

All Things Writing Blog: http://allthingswriting.blogspot.com

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ophelias-Lessons-Naughty-Shakespeare-Series-ebook/dp/B00JA269VS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399426433&sr=8-2&keywords=Ophelia%27s+lessons

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New Release: Cryostorm by Lynn Rush

Lynn Rush is celebrating the release of her new book Cryostorm (Touch of Frost #3). It’s a paranormal Upper YA/New Adult.  Her main character from Mandy is here to tell us a little about herself. Take it away Mandy…

My Mom can beat up your Mom

Ha! Usually it’s the Dad vs Dad, isn’t it? Well, for me, it’s Mom.

Hey, everyone, Mandy here. Lynn Rush writes about my crazy life in the Touch of Frost Trilogy. We’re celebrating Cryostorm’s release today, and I thought it’d be fun to talk about Moms today.

Why? Because they rock. But another reason?

Well…My mom was a little… different than most.

Yeah, she worked hard, made a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies (which is why I’m totally addicted to them) but she had a secret.

Parents sometimes have secrets. I mean, they can’t share every single bit of information with their kids all the time, but mine… yeah, being able to shoot snow from your hands and lift cars up like their a bag of cotton… that’s a little different.

And I didn’t even know.

I found out the day she was killed. The day my life on the run started. She saved me, but the scalpel-toting scientists after her killed her. Right in front of my freaking eyes.

Yeah, that’ll mess a kid up.

But I choose to look at the greatness that was my Mom. Strong, loving, cool (yeah, I was thirteen when she died and I still thought she was pretty cool), and ultimately, self-less. She had things in place for me to take care of me in case something happened to her.

And what’s awesome in Cryostorm… I get to come face-to-face with entities responsible my pain and suffering. And let’s just say, hopefully I make Mom proud.

I’m curious. What are some of the things you love about your Mom? If you don’t have one, a mom figure?

Thanks for hosting me on the Cryostorm release weekend!

And thank you, readers, for supporting the Touch of Frost trilogy.

Remember, if you purchase Cryostorm between July 18th and July 31st, I’ll send you a signed trilogy bookmark as a thank you. Just email your proof of purchase to: LynnRush (at) lynnrush (dot) com.

If you haven’t started the trilogy yet, you can find book one, Frostbite, HERE, and book two, Absolute Zero, HERE.

Happy Reading!

Cyrostorm 1000x1500About Cryostorm:

They made his body, she’ll awaken his soul…

Three months ago, my twin sister, Georgia, and I had to die so our loved ones would be safe from the scientists hunting us. After months of searching, we’re close to finding the one person who can help us find closure, Georgia’s adoptive mother, Lois.

Snowstorms and an unexpected run-in with GenCorp, the latest entity charged with capturing us, delay our mission and break our spirits. The only light in my supernaturally chaotic life is Nate. He’s given up everything to protect and take care of me, and each minute I’m with him confirms how much I love him. Finally ready to share my heart again, I take the next step, admitting my true feelings.

The mad scientists who want to tear me apart and use my body for a freak show, once again taint my happiness with a disturbing technology that rips Nate from my arms. As I battle GenCorp’s warped technology to save my soulmate, I’m faced with the vivid reality: the Nate I knew and fell in love with may be lost forever.

And if I get him back, will I still be able to say those three precious words?

Goodreads Book Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22379266-cryostorm

Book #1 Frostbite: http://bit.ly/FrostbiteAMZN

Book #2 Absolute Zero: http://bit.ly/AbsoluteZeroAMZN

Author Bio:

Originally from Minnesota, Lynn Rush currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training for her next endurance event.

Connect with Lynn on Twitter, through Facebook or her website. Lynn also writes as Reese Monroe and you can find her alter ego here.

Author Website: http://www.LynnRush.com

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rush_Monroe

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnRushWrites

Author Goodreads: http://bit.ly/LynnRushGoodreads

Author Amazon Page: http://bit.ly/AmazonLynnRush

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Amazon Buy Link:   http://bit.ly/CryostormAMZN

Cover Designed by Jeannie Ruesch at Will Design for Chocolate: http://www.willdesignforchocolate.com

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New Release: Dream Huntress by Michelle Sharp

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Michelle will be awarding $30 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via the rafflecopter at the end of this post.  Click on the banner to visit other stops on this tour.

Detective Jordan Delany has a gift. Through her dreams, she connects with dead victims of violent crimes. Her isolated life as a drug cop is perfect for hiding the freakish visions, until her newest investigation has her posing as a cocktail waitress in a down-and-dirty strip club. When she’s saved from a drunken customer by a handsome stranger, the heated chemistry is exactly why she intends to keep Mr. Arrogant at bay. But learning he’s the new bouncer for the corrupt club she intends to bust just might be the one reason why she can’t.

Tyler McGee suspects a drug ring operating out of the local club is flooding the streets of his hometown with heroin. Determined to get answers, he plays the part of a fallen cop and lands the job of head bouncer. What he discovers is that the club owner isn’t the only deadly obstacle he’s facing. His attraction to an intriguing cocktail waitress with a penchant for danger just might kill him first.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Her breath hitched, and her gaze locked on his. He pulled his hands back, as if the impact of the connection startled him, too. She wasn’t sure if chemistry was the right word, but something foreign, and not altogether unpleasant, crackled in the air when they touched.

Oddly compelled to test the theory, Jordan reached out and ran a finger over the scratches on his chin. “I’m sorry, I hurt you.”

He continued to hold her in that dangerous gaze, and when she pulled her hand away, he swallowed. Hard.

Definite chemistry.

He offered a thin smile. “You almost gave me a heart attack; my blood pressure was probably high enough for me to stroke out. I thought you were dying. Probably took ten years off my life, and you’re sorry you scratched me?”

He was attempting to lighten the mood. But his humor only made her throat swell and her eyes burn. She’d put him through hell, and he was still being sweet.

“Well, then, I’m sorry for the stroke and heart attack, too,” she teased, managing to yank a knot in her unraveling emotions. “I thought you left, and I took something for the pain. The doctor at the hospital said it would help if my back started hurting again, but I should have known better. I have bad reactions to most drugs, even the mildest ones. They help with the aches but also give me weird nightmares. Usually, I don’t even take aspirin, but tonight I thought it might help. Guess it backfired.”

“You think?” He lifted his hand to her face and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. “Okay then, no more drugs for you. Trust me when I say you won’t even get a baby aspirin out of me.”

He let his knuckles fall against her cheek, and the zing of chemistry returned. Then the pad of his thumb smoothed across her bottom lip and stalled there. Along with his gaze.

There was no escaping the fact that he was contemplating kissing her. And she was seriously contemplating letting him.

Michelle Sharp is a romantic suspense author from the Midwest. Although she has a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kick-ass heroines with the sexy alpha’s who love them. As most writers probably are, she is an avid reader. Her husband and kids would call it obsessive—but whatever. Her first choice is usually a story with a thrilling combination of danger and love, but any book with a great voice and intriguing story will keep her turning pages well past any reasonable bed-time. Her debut novel will be published with Entangled Ignite in summer of 2014. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers.

Website: http://www.michellesharpbooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Sharp/609022162479401

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSharpBooks

Entangled Publishing: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/dream-huntress/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dream-huntress-michelle-sharp/1119641083?ean=9781622667413

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Huntress-Dreamseeker-Novel-Michelle/dp/1622667409/ref=la_B00KPNFH0U_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403706194&sr=1-1

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