Friday, January 31, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Dervishes by Neal Starkman

 
Synopsis:
 
Dervishes is about a lesbian physicist named Carolyn and her journey to becoming a lesbian and a woman physicist in the midst of the women's rights movements of the 70s and 80s. This journey takes her from the St. Cloud Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, from a lover named Philip to a lover named Stephanie. Treating serious, controversial, and poignant topics with wisdom, poise, and humor, Carolyn sorts out her place in the world. Starkman captures with almost impossible eloquence the complexities of being a lesbian and an academic in a formative time in the United States' civil rights history.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author's Bio:
 
Neal Starkman has been a writer all his life. He’s written or developed novels, short stories, political essays, educational programs, songs, scripts, books, games, simulations, workshops, flyers, jokes, slogans, bumper stickers, and even shopping lists. His Ph.D. dissertation explored why many people don’t complain—why they tolerate situations that they think are unfair or otherwise wrong.

Neal has written for audiences ranging from kindergarteners to directors of information technology programs to parents to members of organizations of all kinds. Virtually all of his work has focused on making complex issues clear and engaging in an attempt to improve the human condition.

Neal is the owner of a company, Flashpoint Development, which specializes in innovative health education. He has helped to develop numerous materials in the field of health education, including comprehensive curricula in drug education, HIV/AIDS prevention, violence prevention, cancer, and peer helping. He has also written several books that promote Developmental Assets™ for young people.

Neal has been a resident of Seattle since 1975. He lives there with his wife, Chris, and son, Cole.
 
 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Love, Chocolate and Beer by Violet Duke

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Title: Love, Chocolate and Beer (Cactus Creek #1)
Author: Violet Duke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2014
Series: Cactus Creek
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Synopsis


Romance has met its most unlikely match-up…

Luke Bradford is a chocolatier on a mission. After moving his chocolate shop, and newly single life, to the quirky town of Cactus Creek, Luke wants nothing more than to devote all his energy into making his business a success—by taking the romance market by storm. But his grand plans get thrown for a loop when he locks horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door who calls his ‘romantic idealism’ a load of fairytale bull. Soon, driving the woman sparking nuts becomes another wickedly fun priority he simply can’t get enough of.

In his defense, she’s addictively easy to incite…and plain impossible to resist.

Beloved local brewmaster Dani Dobson is beyond riled up. It’s bad enough the new shop owner in town comes locked and loaded with both a distractingly rugged charm and sexy flashing dimples, but the whole only-in-the-movies variety of romance he’s selling—the kind her world has been crushed by before—is really doing a number on her allergy to unrealistic clichĂ©s. What’s worse, he’s created an annoyingly clever ad campaign that dubs ‘beer joints’ like hers as the “cave where romance goes to hibernate.” The nerve of that man.

Combustible chemistry or not, damn it, this means war. The stakes…very likely, her heart.


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“Don’t you dare laugh at me, you ass!”

“I wasn’t laughing. I was smiling.” The glare Dani shot him could’ve leveled a city.

His hand halted an inch from sliding into her hair again, or rather, an inch from her now fully visible teeth. “Why do I get the feeling biting a hunk of flesh out of me wouldn’t be beneath you”—Luke blinked, fascinated—“Did you just growl at me?”

While he was now showing her the same caution one would a feral cat, his heated gaze said he found her ferocity inexplicably sexy. “Yes, I was smiling about your drought; so sue me. I like the thought of you not remembering any kisses but mine.” His eyes roamed her face. “To hell with it, I don’t need all ten fingers…” He caressed her cheek and she felt her eyelids drift closed at the touch.

“Dani, you in there?” bellowed Javier, one of her cooks from the kitchen. “Can you bring out the—” His severed request morphed into a muffled howl, a high octave just below soprano. “Never mind,” he reneged in a squeaking gasp of male agony shortly after.

Dani winced, recognizing the audible footprint of Xoey’s handiwork. The mental image of Xoey de-balling poor Javier threw Dani back to the here and now. As reality rushed in, she could once again hear the bar noises sifting in under the door, smell the savory aromas from the grill, and see—even in the semi-darkness—that she’d been minutes from rounding a few of the bases with a perfect stranger.

Avoiding his eyes, she fiddled with her bar apron. “I should probably get back to work.”

“Right, of course.” He stood and helped her up. “Sorry, I never lose my head like that. Not sure what’s up with me...huh, that sounded a lot dirtier than I intended—” He stopped and grinned when a ripple of amusement tinkled past her lips.

She couldn’t help but chuckle. This was fun; he was fun.

As she rolled the liquor cart to the door, Dani racked her brain for a sexy comeback to keep the banter going. Not exactly her forte.

Luckily, she was saved from making a conversational ass out of herself when he abruptly stepped in front of the cart and said, “I know you have to get back out to the bar but I’ll never forgive myself if I let you walk out this door without getting you to agree to have dinner with me.”

He cringed in sheepish male hindsight. “Though I’d probably settle for at least getting your name.”

Right, names. Or the lack there of, in their case. The whole reason she’d stopped kissing him to begin with. She stuck an awkward hand out in belated greeting. “My name’s Danica. But everyone calls me Dani.”

He intertwined his fingers with hers and drew her in close, turning an awkward moment into an insanely sexy one in a few seconds flat. Lowering his head slowly as if to give her a chance to say no, he laid a soft, barely there kiss on her lips when she didn’t.

“Nice to meet you, Dani.” His two dimples flashed as he said her name. “I’m Luke.”

Their magical, movie soundtrack moment was interrupted, however, by a dread-filled, hushed voice on the other side of the door. “Dani?” Javier’s whisper was tinted with panic. “I’m really sorry but we need to get more coriander.” A low murmur joined his. “And cooking tequila too.”

Dani screwed her eyes closed in embarrassment and called out, “I’ll bring them out, guys.”

She was barely through her sentence when she heard the two of them scrambling away from the door. There was definite cursing in Spanish. Along with some praying.

The sound of lethal pointy-toe boots stomping after them was the obvious reason why.

“I really ought to get out there,” she groan-laughed. “Cooking with one hand while protecting their crotch from Xoey’s wrath probably isn’t all that safe. Or sanitary.”

“As a protective guardian of the same anatomy, and an avid non-fan of any variety of jockstrap cuisine, you have my sincere appreciation.” His earnest look caused another round of mirth to unwind through her. “Just so we’re clear,” he added quickly, “you do know a kiss after a dinner invite is a universal ironclad yes, right?” His tone was matter-of-fact, his eyes adorably optimistic.

“That so?” She let loose a grin and tossed out, “Did I agree to anything else?”

“Just a few other things I won’t be able to stop thinking about until our date,” he teased right back.

She stared at him for exactly one missed heartbeat before that whole bout of temporary insanity she’d been worrying about earlier flared up and caused her to do the most un-Dani thing ever.

She tackled him.

Well, she sort of just pushed him back into the storage room but in her mind it had been far more primitive. Hands on the ridges of his torso, she tugged him in for one final kiss.

And released him a long minute later with a whispered, “I’ll be thinking about those things too,” as she basically floated to the door.

Jesus Christ.” Luke’s tortured breath trailed close behind her.

By the feel of the rustling at the small of her back, he was attempting to adjust the fit of his jeans. When that resulted in apparent failure, he muttered in her ear, “You had to wait till after I finally got my soldiers to stand down from earlier, didn’t you?”

If there was a complaint in there somewhere, it was altogether undetectable.

And Dani was entirely unrepentant.
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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. When she's not arguing with her story characters or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools while trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Violet lives in Hawai'i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Hudson by Shayne McClendon




HUDSON
By: Shayne McClendon


Goodreads Link:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18913280-hudson



Buy Link:

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Synopsis:



Refuse to compromise.



Hudson Winters is in control of every aspect of his world. From his earliest

memories, he's been driven to succeed. Starting from nothing, he built an

empire based on opportunity and intimidation.



Personally, professionally, and sexually - he ensures the reins are always

in his hands.



He never counted on a woman like Gabriella Hernandez.



From the moment she steps into his building, she proceeds to shake up his

entire existence. Her very presence causes him to question everything about

himself, his relationships, and his future.



This story features characters readers fell in love with in "The Barter

System" and gives you a chance to sit down and catch up. Prepare to be

twisted up and knocked around a bit.  Another hot, emotional read from

Always the Good Girl, Shayne McClendon.



NOTE: This story contains explicit sexual scenes and language and is

intended for mature audiences only. Do not read this novel if intense sexual

situations offend you.









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About the Author:


Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has
received rave reviews for her premiere novel "The Barter System."
Other projects recently released are "In the Service of Women,"
"Yes to Everything," "Damaged," "Being
Delightful," "The Hermit," "Hudson" - the second book
set in "The Barter System" world, and many more.


Writer, mom, and hermit...Shayne listens to
the voices in her head because their ideas are awesome. Those around her have
learned not to question the crazy. Coffee consumption is too high, amount of
sleep is too low, but the words always feel just right.


She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling
teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company.
She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having a viable internet
connection.


You can contact her by email at
shayne@alwaysthegoodgirl.com, stop by her Facebook page, or visit her website
and subscribe for your free story!


Shayne McClendon's work is available at all
major e-book retailers. Print editions of her work are available on her
website.






Current Book List:

The Barter System

Hudson

Yes to Everything

In the Service of Women

A Little Bit Country - Book One

Damaged

Obsession

The Hermit

Being Delightful

Gravity

Roadside Assistance

Somebody

Permission to Come Aboard - The Great
Outdoors


Special Delivery - The Great Outdoors

A Sunny Heart - The Great Outdoors

Embrace the Wild - The Great Outdoors

Ready to Rumble - Love of the Game

Breaking the Ice - Love of the Game

Time to Make the Doughnuts - Love of the Game

Woman's Best Friend

Revenge is Best Served Hot

Compilations:

Just a Little Kilted - with Alexandra
Andersen


Just a Little Crazy - with Alexandra Andersen

Just a Little Extra - with Alexandra Andersen

Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen

All the Better To - with Christopher Southers

Books Available in Print:

The Barter System

Damaged

Not a Bride - with Alexandra Andersen



Playlist:



HUDSON
PLAYLIST
Feelin’
Love – Paula Cole
Wicked
Game – Chris Isaak
Closer
– Nine Inch Nails
A
Little Taste – Skyler Stonestreet
Satisfied
– Aranda
My
Demons – Starset
POWER
– Kanye West
Sinner’s
Prayer – Sully Erna
Madness
– Muse
Person
Jesus – Depeche Mode
Kiss
From A Rose – Seal
Shape
Of My Heart – Sting
Simply
Falling – Iyeoka
What
Goes Around…/…Comes Around Interlude – Justin Timberlake
My
Immortal – Evanescence
Hurt
– Johnny Cash
Nothing
Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
Special
Cases – Massive Attack
Far
Behind – Candlebox
Stepping
Stone – Duffy
Wish
I Didn’t Miss You – Angie Stone
Empire
State of Mind – JAY Z & Alicia Keys
Fix
You – Coldplay
Just
Like Honey – Jesus and Mary Chain
Bad
Things – Jace Everett
Feeling
Good – Nina Simone
Is
This Real? – Lisahall
Oblivion
– M83, Suzanne Sundfor
Lloraras
– Oscar D’Leon
Feeling
Good – Michael Buble
She
Wants To Know – Half Moon Run
Intro
– The xx
Stay
– Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
Mirrors
– Justin Timberlake
Lullaby
– The Cure
Feel
Good Inc – Gorillaz








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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Ridge (Wild #2) by Adriane Leigh

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Title: Ridge (Wild #2)
Author: Adriane Leigh
Series: Wild Series
Genre: Erotic Romance
Expected Release Date: March 3, 2014
Cover Designer: Cover It! Designs
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Synopsis
Sometimes doing the wrong thing feels so right...

I'm a player. I'm an asshole. I'm someone you should stay away from.

I have demons.
I've made mistakes.
And the biggest can't be taken back.

I've gone to hell and back in twenty-nine years and I'm only now coming to terms with moving forward, righting my wrongs, and making amends. Except not everyone deserves forgiveness. Sometimes the damage done is beyond repair.
Everyday is exactly the same. I focus on the pain, in the quest to feel and forget, but I remember everything. When I close my eyes the darkness encroaches and some days it feels like the things that kill me are the things that make me feel alive.
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I hovered over her sweet body, the soft flesh beneath my fingers like fucking silk. Her hands laced in the rungs of the headboard above her head, propping her breasts high and full for me. Her head was thrown back in ecstasy, full lips formed in a a perfect O as moans escaped her throat.

She was fucking stunning. I moved in and out of her, slowing my pace, hitting her as deep as I could, rounding my hips with each slow thrust and drag. She was everything, had been my everything for a few months, the only one that had ever gotten me.

All of me.

The me that no one else had ever seen.

Fuck of it was, she was my brother’s fiancĂ©e.

I’d fucking taken her right from under him.

I hadn’t meant to, I don’t think she’d meant to either, it’d just happened one night, and there’d been no going back.

And now here we were, months later, I was still plowing into her—taking her, owning her, making her mine—every fucking night in my bed, hearing her call my name, her eyes hazy with lust and love when I finished.

Except tonight was different.

Tonight was the last time.

Tonight I was ending it.

My heart clutched in my chest as the words floated through my head. My eyes burned with the pain of it.

I didn’t want to let her go, but more than anything, I was sick of running. And seeing my brother again had finally opened my eyes.

This was it.

This was it for us. For me and her. For the girl that had wrapped her fingers around my soul and held it so fucking tightly it was as if my every fucking breath depended on her.

Copyright 2013 by Adriane Leigh



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About the Author
Adriane Leigh



Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.
She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.


Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.


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Monday, January 20, 2014

REVIEW TOUR: The Muse by Kenya Wright



 
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Author Bio -

 Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.
However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. Will she succeed? Of course.

For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.
Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.




Synopsis –

On the first day of her nude modeling job, Elle deals  with a corpse, an eccentric dark artist, his sexy brother, and a grandmother that can see someone's future by just touching their hands. Although these crazy distractions shove her on edge, it's just what she needs to mend her battered heart and forget about her ex-boyfriend. Besides, she does get to live in their castle for the whole three months. 

Everything seems magical and perfect. Until more dead bodies are discovered.

There's something going on at night, right in the artist's garden. Under the moonlight, young women are being cut and sliced, and no one has a clue to who's doing it. And the more she's around the weird family in the castle, the more she realizes that they all are hiding secrets.
 
 
 
 

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"Can I take you upstairs to my room?" he whispered. As if to not give me too much time to think about it, he assaulted me with sweet and long sugary kisses all over the tops of my cleavage. My nipples pebbled at his attention. My breasts begged to be released right there on the dance floor in front of everyone.

"Come with me." He clutched my behind some more. "God, I’ve got to have you tonight. Please."

But before I could answer, someone screamed.

It wasn’t the type of shrill sound that one could hear at a party where someone let out a loud yell of enjoyment. It wasn’t a cry of excitement. It sounded like fear. The noise cut through the air and delivered cold shivers up my spine.

The person screamed again.





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