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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Excerpt & Giveaway: The Right Temptation by Diane Escalera


The Right Temptation
Diane Escalera

Can a childhood crush mature into the real thing? Kayla Martinez has recently landed an RN position at a prestigious hospital in her hometown. The new job is everything she's hoped for, especially when one hot specimen shows up in the ER. She hasn't seen her childhood crush in years, and considering how much hotter he's gotten over time, she almost ends up needing resuscitation. The last thing Nico LaCosta needs is a broken arm. Now his pal's kid sister wants to soothe his pain, but he'd rather keep his distance so her big brother doesn't break his other arm. Kayla's no child anymore, though. She's one hot-blooded woman, determined to remind him of a mind-blowing kiss back when they were teenagers. Leave it to Kayla to drop by his house unannounced and play Nurse Seductive. A guy has to follow the buddy code, or face the consequences. Still, sometimes giving in to temptation is worth it... 

CONTENT WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Lusty Latin Lovers A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance


Hey everyone!  I've got a saucy bit of a post for you today, an excerpt and a giveaway!  Hope you like it, and have a wonderful Halloween!







The Right Temptation
Excerpt



Kayla ambled to the kitchen. She opened the refrigerator and perused it. Not bad. He had a few things she could work with. “What do you normally eat?”

“Grilled chicken, brown rice and broccoli,” he said without missing a beat.

Kayla laughed at his bland regimen. “I had a feeling.”

“Well, I try to take care of my body.”

“So I see.” Her gaze skittered over his physique. Whatever he did worked magically delicious.

“Although lately, I’ve been pigging out like a fat kid,” he said, with a disgusted look. “That’s what happens when you’re bored to death.”

She had a cure for his restlessness. The thought made her thighs go up in flames. Kayla shoved her head inside the cool refrigerator and peered into several plastic containers. “Some of this looks good.” She could’ve taken the easy way out, but she preferred to make something fresh, show off a little bit.

“It is. But I had so much of it already.” He puffed out his cheeks.

How adorable. She found everything he did entertaining. Kayla shut the fridge and, without asking, opened the cupboards. She found one with canned goods and food staples. “Hmm,” she mumbled, scanning the contents. She’d have to improvise. “You like omelets?”

Nico’s face lit up. “I love me some eggs.”

“Cool. I’ll whip up some veggie omelets.”

“You don’t have to cook for me, you know.”

She had a weakness for nursing people back to health. She had a weakness for one man named Nico. The combination of the two pulled on her heartstrings. “I want to,” she said, setting aside her personal agenda.

“Don’t you have something better to do than hang out with an invalid? I’m not a barrel of laughs right now.”

Good time to gauge his interest. She locked eyes on him. “Why? You want me to leave?”

“It’s not that,” he said. Nico strode to the kitchen. He took one of her long curls and tugged on it. “I just don’t want you to waste your free time.”

She wanted to close her eyes, bottle his woodsy scent. Kayla palmed his solid chest. The touch sent a shocking bolt through her already-charged system. She kept her hand there, reveling in the feel of his potent masculinity. “Who says I’m wasting my time?”

Nico closed the space between them. Too bad his bulky cast kept their bodies from totally connecting. Several inches taller, he stared down at her with pure intensity. The heat level shot up so fast she thought they’d set off the smoke alarm in the kitchen. Kayla titled her head back and shook her wild curls off her face. He helped by sliding a few fingers into her hair. Her heart practically jumped out of her chest. Kiss me. She’d waited years for this.

His body trapped her against the counter. Kayla shifted her position so she could feel the full force of his strength without the barrier of his injured arm. Oh God. He had an erection. Her hip acted alone and pressed up against it. She swore she heard him moan. Wait. That was her.

“Kayla,” he muttered, in a voice huskier than before.

Kiss me. She tried to send a telepathic message.




Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Diane Escalera makes her home in sunny South Florida.  The sultry paradise is a steady source of inspiration for her hot love stories.  Diane is married, has two children and a super cute dachshund she can’t get enough of.  She writes contemporary romance and is published with Kensington Publishing and Lyrical Press.












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Excerpt & Giveaway: The Right Temptation by Diane Escalera


The Right Temptation
Diane Escalera

Can a childhood crush mature into the real thing? Kayla Martinez has recently landed an RN position at a prestigious hospital in her hometown. The new job is everything she's hoped for, especially when one hot specimen shows up in the ER. She hasn't seen her childhood crush in years, and considering how much hotter he's gotten over time, she almost ends up needing resuscitation. The last thing Nico LaCosta needs is a broken arm. Now his pal's kid sister wants to soothe his pain, but he'd rather keep his distance so her big brother doesn't break his other arm. Kayla's no child anymore, though. She's one hot-blooded woman, determined to remind him of a mind-blowing kiss back when they were teenagers. Leave it to Kayla to drop by his house unannounced and play Nurse Seductive. A guy has to follow the buddy code, or face the consequences. Still, sometimes giving in to temptation is worth it... 

CONTENT WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Lusty Latin Lovers A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance


Hey everyone!  I've got a saucy bit of a post for you today, an excerpt and a giveaway!  Hope you like it, and have a wonderful Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: All The Pretty Lies by M Leighton



All the Pretty Lies“Live, no regrets”

Her…Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life.  However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her.  She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over.  For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday.  So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.

Him…In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them.  It’s never had to be.  He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember.  Right up until tragedy struck.  Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way. 

Them…Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession.  But the one thing they can’t find is a future.  Neither one has been totally honest.  And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details.  In the details and in the lies.

How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?




M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies.  She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books.  When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.  

For more about M. Leighton, visit her website at www.MLeightonBooks.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter@mleightonbooks.






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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday Jams - Drake!!!

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So Sharonda at Salacious Reads started this meme and I saw it last week.  I was instantly excited!! Let's all share the songs that are getting stuck in our heads, eh?


I left Sharonda a comment last week telling her what song was stuck in my head - and it still is.  I think it's just cause I don't get to hear it too often.  I love the whole tone of the song, and every time it comes on I'm dancing in my car (the only place I get to listen to the music I want to when I want to!!)

So it's Drake.  Hold On, We're Going Home.

It's also an AWESOME video.  Check it out!!





So what tune is stuck in your head?  Let me know in the comments, or head on over to Salacious Reads and put your post in the linky!!


Tuesday Jams - Drake!!!

Click to visit Salacious Reads!

So Sharonda at Salacious Reads started this meme and I saw it last week.  I was instantly excited!! Let's all share the songs that are getting stuck in our heads, eh?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: Controlling The Dead by Annie Walls


Title: Controlling The Dead
Series: The Famished Trilogy, Book Two
Author: Annie Walls
Published: October 2013
Format: Ebook provided for review

With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.

The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.

When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won't make the same mistakes twice.

As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is as emotional as it is horrifyingly gripping.

Well thank goodness my wait is finally over and I got to read Controlling The Dead!!  Woot!  I was so very excited for this book to come out, and now I'm happy I get to share it with all of you!  I have a review today, but later on in the tour I will also have an interview with author Annie Walls, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!



So in this book Kan is dealing with the aftermath of everything from Taking On The Dead.  She is wracked with guilt, and she's formulating plans.  Relationships have been strained, and others have been fortified.   I really enjoyed this book, and I found it to be packed with action.  There was quite a bit of detail included, and at times it did feel a bit slow for me.  But there were some many new additions, that overall I'm just really excited about it all.

As far as the relationships that Kan has with her friends, I have to say the ones that please me most are the ones she has with Reece and Glinda.  Yep.  I love Rudy, and Mac... well, Mac has fallen a bit out of favor with me in this book.  But Reece and Glinda are pure aces.  I love their comic relief, their steadfastness and I love how they interact with each other, along with Kan.  Rudy... man.  I love him.  I want him and Kan to be together. I want them to have a happily ever after. I don't know if that's possible in the apocalypse?  The attraction between them is tangible, but for some reason they just don't act on it as much as I want them to.  And Mac!!  That man has a temper, and he's pissed me off enough times that I think he is forever in the doghouse as far as I am concerned.

There are quite a few new characters in this book, and at times I had trouble keeping who is who straight.  But they definitely added something to the story, and I'm glad I got to "meet" them.  Well, most of them.

It's hard to do this and not spoil it for you.  There are several really big plot points in this book.  Some things I didn't see coming, and I love that Annie Walls was able to surprise me that way.  I'm also glad I took the time to read Bailing Out Into The Dead, which is Rudy's story before he and Kan entered each other's lives.  It did help as a little bit of background for some scenes in this book.  You can read that for free on http://www.anniewalls.com .  This book definitely went deeper into Kan and why she is the way she is about some things.  If you loved Malachi for his brief part in book one, you will be glad to see he is not forgotten in book two!  Plus if you are into the gory aspects of zombie life, Annie definitely gives you that in this book.  Ugh, some of it is just so disgusting - it's great!!   If you've been following this trilogy, and have been waiting like I have, I definitely think you won't be disappointed by this book!

About Annie Walls:

Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a seven year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Girl Gamer. Perfectionist in the art of Facebook stalking. And now, God help me, a blogger. Oh yeah, and a twitter, twatter, tweeter. Well yeah, I'm one crafty bitch. 
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Review: Controlling The Dead by Annie Walls


Title: Controlling The Dead
Series: The Famished Trilogy, Book Two
Author: Annie Walls
Published: October 2013
Format: Ebook provided for review

With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished.

The team finds help in unlikely places, meeting more survivors, and discovers the possibility of a new beginning.

When the team experiences a devastating loss, Kansas struggles to keep her humanity from fading and distorting like that of the surviving society around her. It begins with knowing who to trust and who to leave behind. First, she must trust herself – she won't make the same mistakes twice.

As the answers to her questions are revealed, Kansas begins to understand the knowledge comes with a heavy price and great responsibility of controlling the dead.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is as emotional as it is horrifyingly gripping.

Well thank goodness my wait is finally over and I got to read Controlling The Dead!!  Woot!  I was so very excited for this book to come out, and now I'm happy I get to share it with all of you!  I have a review today, but later on in the tour I will also have an interview with author Annie Walls, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cover Reveal (& Giveaway) Passionate Addiction by Eden Summers


He’s been her ultimate untouchable desire.

Nothing says happy birthday like a rock god flying thousands of miles to surprise a woman he's never met. But that's exactly what happens to Gabi Smith when she gives her long distance best friend a flippant invitation to her laid back girl’s night out. She never expected to turn on the dance floor and find Blake Kennedy’s gaze holding her body captive.

She’s his everything and he’s never laid eyes on her.

Gabi means more to Blake than life itself. She’s his strength, his savior, and the only person who helped to vanquish his demons. No one means more to him than his angel. So when things between them start to sizzle, he's ready to fight for the future he never thought he would deserve.

Skeletons from his past will threaten his only chance at love...

Blake has come a long way—with Gabi's help—to leave the hell of his youth behind him, but sometimes memories don’t want to stay buried. Determined to stand on his own for once, Blake is willing to stretch the truth to keep his troubles from burdening the woman he adores.

Little white lies can create black holes in any relationship. Only time will tell if an Aussie with a heart of gold will forgive her bad-boy boyfriend or if the deceit will end his passionate addiction.

Passionate Addiction
Reckless Beat #2
Eden Summers
Expected Publish Date: Nov 15, 2013

Release Launch: Beautiful Oblivion by Addison Moore

Beautiful Oblivion
Addison Moore

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION.

Beautiful Oblivion released a couple days ago - and I'm so excited!!  I was introduced to Addison Moore's writing not too long ago, and I became an instant fan.  So I am super excited to share this book and a small snippet with you today!  Do you think you will add this to your TBR?  Have you read Addison Moore before?
*Liz


***Snippet***


*Reese’s POV
(Skinny dipping with Ace)


A devilish grin takes over as I swim over to him and boldly wrap my arms around his neck.
My bare chest brushes over his, and I die a little as an electrical current travels from his skin to mine. A heated breath gets locked in my throat as I try to stave off a groan. My heart thumps in my ears, my vocal cords go into lockdown.
Dear God. I’m holding Ace Waterman in the nude—his naked everything just inches away from mine, while the lower half of my body roars out an invitation for him to come inside.




Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.













Release Launch: Beautiful Oblivion by Addison Moore

Beautiful Oblivion
Addison Moore

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION.

Beautiful Oblivion released a couple days ago - and I'm so excited!!  I was introduced to Addison Moore's writing not too long ago, and I became an instant fan.  So I am super excited to share this book and a small snippet with you today!  Do you think you will add this to your TBR?  Have you read Addison Moore before?
*Liz

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Giveaway Hop



Welcome to the Halloween Hunt & Giveaway Hop!

From now until the 31st we're celebrating all things Halloween with a scavenger hunt!!


Hop around and visit blogs--they'll have giveaways too--and collect Halloween Hunt "words" to enter the grand prize of a kindle Paperwhite and an Amazon Gift Card!!

(((HUNT WORDS)))

The GRAND prize is a Kindle ereader and a gift card!!

On my particular stop, you can also win a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card!

Good luck and have fun hopping around, collecting words!!



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Halloween Scavenger Hunt Giveaway Hop



Welcome to the Halloween Hunt & Giveaway Hop!

From now until the 31st we're celebrating all things Halloween with a scavenger hunt!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour - Milly Taiden




Hey everyone!!  Welcome to my second stop on the All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour!!  Today I have a review of Milly Taiden's book, Scent of a Mate.  Let me tell you, if you haven't read this book, you need to!!  Make sure you enter the giveaways (there are THREE on this stop!!), and I hope you enjoy!
Liz



Title: Scent of a Mate
Series: Sassy Mates #1
Author: Milly Taiden
Published: September 20, 2013 Latin Goddess Press
Format: Ebook provided for review

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Mission: Scent a Mate

Jordan Alvarez knew that a promise to her best friend involved staking out the local wolf pack's scenting ceremony and recording the graphic details, but she was the writer and the only one with the balls to finish the task. No one would know that four human women had sneaked proof of their rituals, or at least, that was the plan until Aric Wolfe showed up.

Mission: Stake a Claim

Aric Wolfe knew his baby sister was up to something, and expected her best friend, Jordan, to be in on the chaos. He finally had an opportunity to lay claim to a mate that had been under his nose for years. Jordan's scent called to both the man and the animal, and he was done fighting the call of the beast. It was time to mark his mate.

Mission: Survive an Alpha

When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan's strong personality to keep her alive. Two alpha hearts seeking control will either find the balance or risk losing their love forever.


I’d read Milly Taiden before as April Angel and I absolutely loved her books. So when the opportunity came along to read her as Milly, I was beyond ecstatic. And what I saw was that Milly is a terrific author, no matter what name she uses. Scent of a Mate was action packed with enough heat and drama to fuel any shifter lover’s dream.

This is the story of Jordan and Aric. Jordan is a human, and a curvy latina at that. I really enjoyed her character. She was energetic and intelligent. Not only that, but she was daring and not quite aware of how fantastic she really was. Poor girl took more than her fair share of beatings in this book, it was a rough time for her, no doubt. I’m hoping (and I’m sure!) her future will be much easier than her time in Scent of a Mate.

His nostrils flared. With deliberate care, he placed her on the ground, but he didn’t let go. Instead he cupped her face and kissed her. The combination of passion, fear, and adrenaline sent her arousal skyrocketing. She curled her hands around his neck, digging her nails into the back of his skull. Instant heat exploded in her core. Her pussy went slick with need.

He delved his tongue into her mouth. Hot damn the man was a fantastic kisser. He was agressiv3e. He took. He owned. He branded. And she loved it.

Meanwhile Aric is the oldest son in the Wolfe family, and his father is current Alpha. Yep, that means Aric is full of big bad himself. God, I love me some Alpha men. I can’t tell you how much it thrills me to read about these guys, and Aric definitely does not disappoint. He was beyond caring, a bit mischievous, incredibly sexy and well, he was just all man. Ok, well, he is all wolf. Man. Wolf man. You know what I mean! His possessiveness is what shifter fans like me lust for in a book. He’s all about “Mine” and every time he said the word I got chills all over my body. Aric is definitely one of my favorite Alpha men I’ve read. His devotion was really the highpoint for me. I’m thinking about wandering the woods in search of my own wolf. Like I said, Alpha all the way. 

“You still don’t understand.” His gray eyes flared with wolf power. “You own my heart. You’re the most important person in my life.” Tenderness filled his gaze, followed by unquestionable determination. “And I won’t let anyone hurt you. That includes you. I will do anything to protect you. Even if means stopping you from putting yourself in harm’s way.”

Jordan has some great friends too. In fact, one of them is Aric’s sister, Ellie. She is the quintiscentual best friend. I want her to be my friend. She has so much love in her for her family and friends, yet she is this fierce wolf in her own right. And it would seem that mischieviousness runs in the Wolfe family (yep, right down from the matriarch down to the youngest wolf!) And if I am going to mention Jordan’s friends, I have to note Aric’s brothers. Talk about mischievious! These guys take the player mentality to a new level, but I think the times are changing for these fellows and I absolutely can’t wait to see their books.

Now the story! Whew! So much fun! It starts out with Ellie agreeing to let Jordan document a traditional mating/scenting ritual for the wolves. Jordan is to remain hidden…but as it turns out, that’s not as easy as it seems. From that point on it is action, friendship, sexy hot times, more action, a bit of mystery and intrigue, more sweating to the hotties, and more action. This book was nonstop and I was excited in one way or another through the whole story.

Milly’s writing carries a bit of a smart ass tone to it, which I absolutely love. Getting to know these characters felt like I was already talking to my friends. There was easy camaraderie and it just felt familiar and fun. The plot was exciting with multiple plot points happening – some of which aren’t completely resolved in this book. That means I am going to have to befriend Milly and beg her with puppy dog eyes to be on the list for the rest of this series, because I absolutely HAVE to know what happens next. Trust me, after you read this book, you will have to know too.

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Want to know about me? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. A bookworm when she can get her hands on a good story, she loves reading romance, thrillers and suspense.
Find out more about Milly Taiden here:



~ Look for these titles from Milly Taiden ~

Now Available
Scent of a Mate Sassy Mates Book One
Wolf Fever Alpha Project Book One
Wolf Protector Federal Paranormal Unit Book One
Sharp Change Black Meadows Pack Book One
Caged Heat Black Meadows Pack Book Two
Mate Event” Halloween Heat III
Fate’s Wish
Wynter’s Captive

Coming Soon
Dangerous Protector Federal Paranormal Unit Book Two
Alpha Fever Alpha Project Book Two
Match Made in Hell
Caught by the Alpha
Unwanted Protector Federal Paranormal Unit Book Three
Mate Fever Alpha Project Book Three


As April Angel

Stranded Temptation
Party Crasher
A Hero’s Pride Wounded Soldiers #1
A Hero Scarred Wounded Soldiers #2

The Sizzling Encounters Series
Mr. Buff #1
Wicked Valentine #2
Lucky Break #3

Coming Soon
A Hero’s Surrender
A Hero’s Temptation

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All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour - Milly Taiden




Hey everyone!!  Welcome to my second stop on the All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour!!  Today I have a review of Milly Taiden's book, Scent of a Mate.  Let me tell you, if you haven't read this book, you need to!!  Make sure you enter the giveaways (there are THREE on this stop!!), and I hope you enjoy!
Liz

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour: Lizzy Ford



Yeah!!  Today is my first stop on the tour, and I have a post from Lizzy Ford to share with you!  Be sure to check back tomorrow when I have another stop, and I will be featuring a review of a Milly Taiden book, along with other giveaways!





Hear No
Hidden Evil Trilogy, Book One
Lizzy Ford


Save the world or save her?

Nathan’s job for the past three thousand years has been to clean up supernatural messes. Jaded, ruthlessly effective and selfless, he’s seen it all and can handle anything - demons, homicidal angels, even bad bosses.

His latest challenge: A creature named Shadowman is seeking out three keys it believes will open a portal between earth and hell. Nathan must eliminate the human host guiding Shadowman to the keys. Except Nathan isn’t expecting the woman anchoring Shadowman to the human world to be beautiful, innocent and completely unaware of the creature manipulating her. Worse, she makes him feel alive for the first time in his long existence.

Kaylee convinces herself stress and a tired mind are to blame for the ominous presence following her everywhere. On a routine visit to a client’s workplace, she stumbles across a deaf girl with a supernatural gift who warns Kaylee about Shadowman – and then stabs her.

No longer able to pretend stress is the problem, Kaylee turns to the mysterious man who promised he can help, only to discover his plans for her may not involve her surviving the ordeal. She has nowhere else to go and no one else to trust. Does she take a chance on Nathan or risk facing Shadowman alone?

Behind the Hidden Evil Series
By Lizzy Ford

A few months ago, I was approached by a fan who asked me a question that left me baffled: why aren’t there more physically challenged heroes and heroines in romance novels? The fan is deaf, and she was a little bummed that there aren’t more deaf characters in books.

It’s a great question, and one that I didn’t really have an answer to. The more I thought, the more I realized that it really doesn’t make sense. Sure, most romances feature people who are beautiful on the outside. But, what makes romance novels so popular isn’t that everyone is pretty – it’s that the characters gradually learn to see the beauty on the inside of those they love.

This is what everyone wants, right? For someone to love us for who we are, no matter what we look like or what our physical challenges may be? My most popular characters are those who are so flawed – but who also manage to find love and acceptance. I’ve lived that life and understand how powerful it can be for someone to love you just for being … you. Everyone deserves the chance to experience unconditional love, in my opinion.

So I decided to develop a trilogy of books, playing off the ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ idiom. The Hidden Evil series was born, featuring characters that are deaf (“Hear No”), blind (“See No”), and mute (“Speak No.”) These three women hold the keys to preventing the Apocalypse and are caught up in a messy world where they’re being tracked by those who wish them harm as well as those who try to protect them. They work alongside a team of others who are trying to prevent the Apocalypse.

When I announced the project, I was amazed at the amount of support the series received, even before the first book was released. Readers who had deaf family members and friends came out of the woodwork to tell me how much they loved the idea and how much they were looking forward to reading the books.


I was thrilled by the support but also a little saddened to realize just how much of a dearth there is in reading material for people who are different – but still beautiful inside.  The original “Hear No” book is what I’d call rated R, but I’m going to develop a PG rated version as well for the younger readers. I feel honored that I can use my writing gift to help others, and I feel like this is a wonderful place to start.


Release date: October 17, 2013
Published by: Lizzy Ford, www.GuerrillaWordfare.com
Cover by: Sarian Royal, http://www.facebook.com/sarianroyal
Genre(s): Adult Romantic Suspense, Supernatural Romantic Suspense



Lizzy Ford is the author of over twenty books written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.

Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.















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All Hallows Eve Indies Blog Tour: Lizzy Ford



Yeah!!  Today is my first stop on the tour, and I have a post from Lizzy Ford to share with you!  Be sure to check back tomorrow when I have another stop, and I will be featuring a review of a Milly Taiden book, along with other giveaways!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Interview & Giveaway with Lauren Grimley, author of Unbridled

Unbridled
Lauren Grimley

“Think Law and Order SUV meets The Breakfast Club” was Ellie’s trite explanation of what Alex had been dragged into. Add a few fangs, Fifty Shades of Oversharing, and a dash of Dr. Phil, and she was in for quite a Thursday night.

Alex couldn’t deny she had become the pint-sized poster child for PTSD lately, but she didn’t exactly expect to find a support group for teachers turned vampire chew toys in Bristol, MA. Listening to the tales of the four other females gathered to help her heal, however, she accepts that perhaps both the worst and the best of life can blossom from the unexpected.

Unbridled is a novella-length collection of four connected stories focusing on the unlikely friendships and less likely lovers of the female characters from the Alex Crocker series.


Proceeds from the sale of these stories are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and V-Day. See the author’s website for more information: www.laurengrimley.com
“Grace and Dignity”
Even a female whose mating has been arranged most of her life still thinks about what she wants in a mate. Not one of the qualities Sarah had hoped for were easily evident in her betrothed, the future Regan of the Rectinatti coven. Perhaps, though, there were more layers to Darian than he liked to reveal, but how does a subject unmask a prince?

“Rules and Recollections”
You can’t fall in love with someone you barely recall, but that, Vivian supposed, was the point. After a terse meeting with the Knower, a mind reader, memory manipulator, and the coven’s most notorious lecher, Vivian isn’t herself. She can’t shake the feeling that the solution to her mood lurks just below the surface of her consciousness. Only plunging into darkness, though, will bring everything to light.

“Blood and Secrecy”
The shared need for blood brought them together, but individual desires for secrecy are keeping them apart. Each already left behind a life of privilege for reasons the other likely couldn’t understand. Now both Rocky and Ellie need to decide if they’re willing to open up about their pasts in order to ensure a future.

Well we made it to another Monday everyone!  Glad to see you here!  Today I have an extra special post for you because proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund!  How awesome is that? And on top of the interview I did with author Lauren Grimley, she is also hosting a really cool giveaway! I tell ya, I could drink my coffee out of one of those mugs!  I hope you enjoy the post, and be sure to enter :)  Good luck!
Liz

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Interview
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Hey Lauren! Come on in and sit down for a bit! Thanks for meeting with me today!

So we are here to talk about Romance For A Reason. Can you tell us a bit about it?


Sure. Romance for a Reason started as a whim sometime last fall when I was first drafting Unbridled. I realized I was writing about women (or female vampires, but close enough) who had almost all been victims of violence, so I thought perhaps when the time came to publish I could donate some proceeds to charities that worked to help such women. Then as I was finishing the draft my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. One of the worst things about such a diagnoses is the feeling of not being able to help. It wasn’t my body and I wasn’t a doctor, so what could I do? Last time I raised money and ran a triathlon; it gave me a sense of purpose. My knees weren’t feeling that this time. But here I was sitting on a story about strong, courageous women. I knew then I wanted to combine these efforts. Less than a year later I had a completed book ready to publish, two great charities chosen, and some ideas for related posts on strong females in fiction—that became Romance for a Reason. Did I mention I also had Mom cancer-free again and by my side cheering me on? *All smiles!*

That is excellent news!  I'm so glad to hear it!  Can you tell us about Unbridled?

Unbridled has probably been my favorite work to write so far. It’s a collection of connected short stories from my Alex Crocker series focusing on the romantic tales of three of the other couples. I’m a backstory junkie, so getting the opportunity to tell the stories of some of my favorite characters and how they met their lovers was exciting. Then when I started to put it together with a fourth tale about the various difficulties the females in the series faced, I realized I had something unique. It’s not technically a novella (the word count is just shy of a novel), but it’s certainly not just a collection of separate short stories, either. But it works, I think, because it is different, yet has something to offer most readers. It’s paranormal, without focusing too much on the fantasy. It’s set in contemporary times, but has two historical stories within. It’s romance, but it’s also a tale of friendships. It’s part steamy, but humorous, part dark—and one hundred percent about kick-ass females!

How about the rest of the Alex Crocker series?

Unforeseen and Unveiled, the first two books in the series, are definitely more urban fantasy, although with a strong paranormal romance subplot. They focus on Alex, a twenty-five-year-old, who is literally dragged into a world hidden within her own. She learns she’s a Seer, a walking emotion detector and, more dangerously, manipulator. For this so-called ‘gift’ she’s being hunted by a rogue coven of vampires, the Vengatti, who’d love to use her or kill her, depending on the day. The Rectinatti coven, who refrain from snacking on humans (or Seers) are willing to help keep her alive, but, of course, they have their own agenda, which doesn’t always agree with Alex’s sense of right and wrong. Her struggles with her new life, love, and power make up the plot of the first two works.

Lauren, how come these charities?

I did my homework. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is one of the highest ranked charities in the country, currently spending 91 cents of every dollar collected directly on research and awareness. This money goes to fund a variety of studies at top research universities across the globe, and recently they’ve also expanded to helping support awareness and prevention programs, which are key to increasing survival rates. Like the BCRF, V-Day is also a highly-rated charity, which uses 86 cents of each dollar donated to directly end violence against women. It also balances global programs in countries where women have few rights and fewer advocates, with funding and leadership programs that create and sustain local charities and support groups. As an author, I was also drawn to V-Day because they believe as I do, that “Art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act.” V-Day began with Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monolgues, and her realization that her art not only had the potential to give women a voice, but also to act as a platform for social change. From one playwright’s pen sprang forth a movement that has aided thousands of women world-wide. How could I not choose this charity?

I think they sound like awesome choices, I'm glad you are bringing them to light here today!  
What is the best thing about being an author?

When someone tells you that your book kept her up at night. I definitely judge a book by whether it can make me break me self-imposed 9pm bedtime (I’m a teacher, so I have an excuse), so to hear that someone else got so lost in a world I created means a lot.

The dress code’s pretty sweet, too. If it weren’t for teaching, I wouldn’t own anything but jeans and hoodies!

If there was one message or feeling you wanted readers to get from your books, what would that be?

I’d like to say I knew the answer to this when I set out to write my books, but I didn’t. For me, anyways, the characters came first, then the story. It wasn’t until I was completely done that I realized I’d worked in a few themes. I think given the whole focus for Romance for a Reason, the one that’s most important to me is that real strength comes from being true to yourself, no matter your age, size, strength, or gender, and that bad things can effect even the strongest of people but it doesn’t make them any less fierce. You can be victimized, without forever becoming a victim.

Time for some fun stuff? 
Good, things were getting deep there for a minute!

If you had to be a cartoon villain, who would you be and why?

Um. Confession: I never watched too many cartoons growing up, or if I did they’ve slipped my mind. As far as other fictional villains go, though, I’d have to pick Captain Hook. Every version I’ve ever seen of him I’ve fallen for. I guess I appreciate his willingness to admit he’s a sleaze. Besides, I could totally see myself at the helm of a pirate ship, in a fancy coat, captaining a crew of petty criminals and misfits—it actually sounds a lot like teaching middle school, and I’m pretty decent at that!

What is your favorite type of candy?
Cadbury Crème eggs, for sure. What’s not to love about all that goo? And they now have them out for Halloween, which means I get my fix twice a year!
If there was one book out there you would recommend - not your own - what would it be?
One book is really tough, because I’m tempted to give a classic, but that’d be haughty and hypocritical from someone who rarely reads classics for enjoyment. So I’m going to list a new contemporary find of mine that’s great for book club discussions and a fantastic model for writers attempting to write from a first-person, adult male’s perspective: Defending Jacob by William Landay.

And if you were stuck on an island, which author (dead or alive) would you like to be stuck with?
J. K. Rowling. In addition to having a tremendous imagination (which very well could save us), she just seems like a genuinely nice person. Besides if she were trapped with me, she’d be forced to answer at least some of my burning HP questions—and I could thank her for turning me on to my favorite genre of reading and writing!
Thanks so much for sitting with me today, Lauren! It was great getting to know you :)

Genres: paranormal romance, vampire series, urban fantasy, short stories
Release date: October 1, 2013
Available formats: ebook & paperback (184 pages)
Website page: http://www.laurengrimley.com/Unbridled.html

Purchase links: 
Amazon US: 

Unbridled: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIS0KF4

Or for those who want just a bite, three of the individual stories are available as well:

“Grace and Dignity”: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIS0VCQ

“Rules and Recollections”: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIS1FIA

“Blood and Secrecy”: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FIS15SK

For the other books and stories in the series see Lauren’s Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007Y5ZZSG

Amazon UK:

Unbridled paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0615861113

Kindle edition: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FIS0KF4

“Grace and Dignity”: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FIS0VCQ

“Rules and Recollections”: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FIS1FIA

“Blood and Secrecy”: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FIS15SK

Barnes & Noble:

Unbridled : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unbridled-lauren-grimley/1117001983?ean=2940148813262

“Grace and Dignity”: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grace-and-dignity-lauren-grimley/1117001984?ean=2940148813279

“Rules and Recollections”: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rules-and-recollections-lauren-grimley/1117001985?ean=2940148768425

“Blood and Secrecy”: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-and-secrecy-lauren-grimley/1117001986?ean=2940148768432 

The reason: Cancer and violence suck (and not at all in that sexy vampire way)
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, two issues close to my heart. As a daughter of a two-time breast cancer survivor and the teacher, friend, and aunt to so many beautiful and strong women who I never want to see suffer, I chose to use the release of Unbridled to help support two terrific charities that help women.

Romance for a Reason is enabling me to use my tales of strong heroines, fanged though they are, as a fundraiser for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and V-Day. I’ll be donating the proceeds from the collection to these charities, and hopefully, through bringing these issues to readers’ attention, can also inspire others to reach out in their own ways. Women facing illness or abuse can feel like they’ve had not just their health, strength, and beauty sucked from them, but also their essence, their spirit. It’s time we bite back and fight back—for me that fight started with a pen and some fangs. How will you help?

How you can bite back:
Read some romance. Proceeds from Unbridled will be donated to the two charities listed here.

Donate. Make your own individual donation to these two charities or choose a local charity supporting these and other causes affecting women in your area. To learn more about each charity and my reasons for choosing them, visit the Romance for a Reason page. Or click through to donate directly.


Party hard. Gather the women (and men!) of your book club or just a group of friends for a Romance for Reason party. Party ideas? Check out my blog for ideas on how to plan your gathering. Then download the Romance Reading Questionnaire and/or the Body Lingo Bingo for some fun party activities!

Share. Tweet, status update, review, or just chat with friends about the books, the tour, and the charities (mine or yours)!






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