Daily Archives: June 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: Veronica Courtesan by Siobhan Daiko

I watch him watching us, imagining how he would take me.
I send him the message with my eyes.
This is who I am.
I am Veronica Franco.
I court the cultural elite for fame and fortune, giving my body to many.
And I’m good. So very good. After all, I was taught by my mother, and mother always knows best.
How else to please the future King of France than with the imaginative use of Murano glass? How else to fulfill the desires of all yet keep my sense of self-worth?
But when disaster strikes and my life begins to unravel, I’ll have to ask myself one question:
Is it too late to give my heart to just one man?
Set in Venice 16th Century.
Advisory: sensuously erotic. 18+

Siobhan Daiko is an author of romantic historical fiction and a new series of erotic novellas featuring famous courtesans – strong women who held their own in a man’s world. A lover of all things Italian, Siobhan lives in the Veneto region of northern Italy with her husband and two cats. After a life of romance and adventure in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK she now spends her time, when she isn’t writing, enjoying the dolce vita near Venice. 
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Release Day: Fatal Intent by Jamie Jeffries

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Fatal Intent (Desert Heat, #3)
Fatal Intent
Pages: 208
Published: June 18, 2015
Published by: Mad for Romance Publishing

Alex Ward has been on a mission since she was five years old, though she hasn’t always been aware of it. That was the year her mother left her and her father and disappeared.

Now a twenty-year-old college student and already an experienced investigative journalist, Alex is about to make a discovery that rocks her basic beliefs about herself, sets her on a path that puts her at odds with her boyfriend Dylan Chaves, and makes her question the goals she may have sacrificed everything for.

Once it was Dylan’s secrets that endangered their love. Are Alex’s secrets about to do the same?

Fatal Intent is Book 3 of the Desert Heat series.

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“I can’t wait another minute, Dylan,” Alex said. “Make love to me now.”
Dylan stroked her cheek with the back of his fingers, looking deeply into her eyes. “How about that shower?” he asked.
“As long as we’re together,” she said. This was something new, too. Except in bed, he’d never seen her nude, nor she him. In fact, she usually had her eyes closed tightly, and she didn’t know why. Maybe, like an ostrich, she thought if she couldn’t see him, then he couldn’t see her either, and she wouldn’t need to be embarrassed by her nudity. How silly it seemed now! She wanted him to see her. Wanted him to tell her she was beautiful and know he meant every part of her. Something was different about them being together tonight, and she couldn’t pin it down.
Alex firmly turned off her analytical side and gave herself to the moment. Dylan bent his head to kiss her, slowly and thoroughly, slipping his tongue between her lips to dance with hers. When she swayed toward him, he caught her around the waist and shoulders with his muscular arms and bent her back, trailing kisses down her jaw to the hollow of her throat, licking the salty skin with a growl.
Alex’s insides turned to molten lava then, and her fingers curled into his arms, digging into his skin. Dylan picked her up as if she were weightless and carried her into her bedroom. He set her down on the bed and gave her another look that curled her toes, before taking the few steps into her bathroom and turning on the shower.
When he returned for her, he was naked. She’d shed her clothes too, and his eyes burned her skin as they roamed over every inch of it. Then, still without a word, he took her hand and pulled her up, then led her into the bath and helped her over the rim of the tub into the shower. Alex found her voice as Dylan turned her back to him and pulled her close.
“Wait, no fair!”
“You’ll get your turn.” Dylan’s husky voice betrayed his feelings as his soapy hands came around the front of her and began to stroke her.
Alex closed her eyes and leaned back against him. The evidence of his arousal settled in the curve of her ass and made her hyper-aware of every sensuous stroke of his hands. When one hand cupped a full breast and the other dipped between her legs, she almost lost the ability to stand, but his arms held her firm. It took only moments to reduce her to a quivering blob of jelly. Dylan turned her again and snuggled her close.
“Shall we go to bed?”
“No!” she managed. “You promised me a turn!”
He chuckled softly. “I thought that was your turn.”

About the Author:
Jamie Jeffries is the pen name of a successful author with published novels under other pen names in addition to her titles under this name. She likes to bring a bit of the unusual, the unlikely and the humorous to her plots. Jamie brings you heroines who overcome hard challenges, sweet, sexy heroes with a hint of alpha male, and side characters you’ll love to hate or laugh with.

When she isn’t writing (which is almost never) Jamie enjoys reading, hiking in the foothills near Denver, live blues music, karaoke and now and then indulging in her karaoke habit.

Jamie would love to let you know when she releases a new book, runs a promotion on an existing title, or has a giveaway running. Please go to www.jamiejeffriesbooks.com and join her fan community! You’ll receive a complimentary ebook copy of Jamie’s first novel, Impermanent, in appreciation.

Caution: whether reading or writing, Jamie bites when interrupted in the middle of a good chase scene, whether it’s bad guys chasing the hero in cars, or the hero chasing the heroine around the bedroom.

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Release Day: Red Nights by Shari J. Ryan

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Red Nights

Red Nights

Pages: 265
Published: June 18, 2015
Published by: Booktrope  

I’m Felicity Stone, a twenty-five-year-old with my whole life ahead of me. Well, until recently.
I didn’t do it. Why would they think I did? Why would I want my twin brother dead? Why is everyone looking at me like I’m a criminal?
Well, everyone except him… Hayes Peyton, the charmingly beautiful stranger I met in the park at midnight—a totally legitimate place to meet the man of my dreams. Plus, he knows I’m innocent.
Believing him is easy. So very easy. Maybe too easy?
But when you hear things like: ‘All good is laced with some bad, and everything you think is the truth—is nothing more than a blatant lie,’ it makes you question reality.
In Shari J. Ryan’s latest Romantic Suspense, Red Nights, you wonder how dark your world can get before all you see is red.

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“Great night for a walk.” I can hardly hear him over the rain, but his words don’t quite matter. I’ve been waiting to kiss him since the moment I saw him sitting in a booth at the restaurant tonight.
First kisses are always nerve-wracking and full of surprise, but second kisses are full of anticipation thanks to what I already know, what I’ve already had a taste of. “I really like you,” he says, loud enough to drown out the heavy rainfall.
I can’t invite him in…is that why he’s stalling? I point upstairs. “Aspen, my friend I’m crashing with, would ask you a million questions if you came up. I—”
“Oh, no. No. I wasn’t waiting for an invitation. I have a ‘seven date’ rule anyway.” I can see him fighting the urge to smile, but he’s losing that battle.
“’Seven date’ rule?” I laugh.
“Yeah, it’s dumb.” He runs a palm down the side of his face. “Because I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to make it that long.” He leans in, stealing a quick kiss. But I feel cheated. I want more.
“How do you know we’ll last seven dates?” I ask.
“Good point. I probably won’t be able to put up with you for that long.” I know he’s teasing. But ugh. Damn him and that smile.
I throw my arms around his neck and crash my lips into his. His body tightens, maybe from surprise, but it takes less than a second for him to relax. He strips me of my control, pushing me up against the brick wall, his body heavy against mine. Even with the rain sloshing between us, his hands find my cheeks. His tongue sweeps across my lips.
I’ve changed my mind.
I’ll bring him upstairs.
I don’t give a shit what Aspen does. I want him. I need him to keep making me forget.
“Come up,” I say in almost nothing but a breathless whisper.
He bites down on his bottom lip, appears to think about my offer, then shakes his head in this seductive slow motion, making this moment painfully enjoyable. “Not tonight,” he says, placing a small kiss on the tip of my nose. His hand is clutched around my waist and everything within me hurts and aches for him. “Good-night, Blondie-locks.” He turns and leaves in the rain, and I watch him go.
It has been a good night. A very good night, actually.
And it all ends when I get upstairs…

About the Author:
Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates. When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.
To learn more, visit her at, www.sharijryan.com.
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Cover Reveal: Between Heartbeats

Title: Between Heartbeats
Author: Donelle Knudsen
Genre: YA/Romance

Can life change between heartbeats? Diana awakens on her seventeenth birthday in a joyful mood. But at breakfast she is told, during a heated argument with her mother, that the man she has loved as her father is not her father at all. Diana decides to unravel the mystery of her childhood and the reason for their secrets, and travels across the country to visit her step-father. And so, Diana begins a journey where she discovers shocking truths hidden just beneath the surface. To further complicate her summer, she meets Kevin Wright, a college junior. When Kevin vanishes without a trace, Diana learns family is more than shared DNA and discovers who will help her when it appears all hope is gone. In Donelle Knudsen’s Young Adult novel, Between Heartbeats, a young woman’s quest to find her roots enables her to discover love and the power of forgiveness. 

Donelle Knudsen was born in Portland, Oregon, the beautiful City of Roses, but has lived in Eastern Washington since 1988. She also writes short stories, poetry, and memoir, and owes her love of books and the craft of writing to her late father, who was never too busy to read to her or to make visits to the “big” library every Saturday. She then earned a B.S. in Arts & Letters from Portland State University and is a four-time finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s literary contest in the memoir category. Her first book, “Through the Tunnel of Love, A Mother’s and Daughter’s Journey with Anorexia” was published in 2011.

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