Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Book Tour for Hard Lust by Tina Donahue (GIVEAWAY)


Readers looking to make this summer even hotter will find plenty of scorching encounters between the pages as a woman finds herself bargaining with a trio of demons for her sister's life...and finding herself the center of their erotic attention.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hard Lust by Tina Donahue, along with hearing from the author about this release, then discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this sexy standalone make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 bookstore GC too!

QUESTION OF THE DAY:  When writing a reverse harem how do you balance all the sexy options available to the lead character in a way that satisfies every reader?
TD:  Great question. First, it’s not easy. There are really only so many way to portray sex in a book. Once you’ve zipped through them, things can get dicey. That’s why it’s best – even in an erotic romance – to also focus on emotions, not just the physical aspects of the act.
For example: in Hard Lust, Andros and Megan get it on when she least expects it but totally enjoys it. She thought he was angry about her giving him lip. He is, but he’s also turned on by how feisty she is. During the act, their bond builds, bringing them closer together.
For Vespar, he’s feeling left out because she made love with Andros first. Not one to be denied or dismissed, he creates a scene for their lovemaking she’ll never forget. Again, I focused on their emotions and how they felt about each other more so than ‘he did this to her and then she did that to him and then they did that together’. Granted, physical descriptions are important, which are there, but they’re not the be all or end all in an erotic romance.
By the time she and Racan have their fun, his personality comes into play. He wants to be important to her, not simply the next notch on her bedpost. Showing their affection for each other even during a hot sex scene increased the heat.
As to the many ways to portray sex, I included some BDSM (mild and fun not brutal), voyeurism, exhibitionism, discipline, bondage, oral (for both her and them), anal, 69, a four-way, missionary style, and back door. To keep the sex scenes fresh, I made certain to mix things up so their carnal play wasn’t even remotely the same each time she was with a different hero.

Don't ever trust a demon. Unfortunately, Megan has learned that lesson too late. The deal she made to save her sister's life has landed her in hell about seventy years early. And now she has three sexy demons trying to tell her what to do. Nope. Not going to happen.
These guys have never had to deal with such defiance. Andros figures she's due for some erotic discipline, which he'll happily provide. Racan's pure alpha, his hardcore plans include bondage and submission. Quiet yet intense, Vespar expects endless kink to spice up their carnal play.
Who would have ever expected she'd end up falling for them? Too bad demons can't be trusted...because someone is trying to kill the magic and threatening her stay in this lusty world.

EXCERPT:

Megan looked at him. “Do you guys ever get men down here?"
He shook his head. Having nothing except female condemned was a feature, not a bug, and a perk he wouldn’t give up without a fight. “Let’s go. Your time’s running out."
She trotted to keep up with him. “My half hour started already?”"
He stopped. “Twenty minutes.” He jabbed his finger at her. “You heard what Racan said. Don’t try to put anything over on us, because you can’t. Got it? Or would you care to try for fifteen minutes? Possibly less?"
Her lower lip trembled. “Why are you being so mean? You’re not that way really. You seem like a nice guy."
He stepped back and bumped into the wall. “Guy?"
She flicked her wrist. “Demon. Devil. Entity. Whatever."
“Try fallen angel."
Her mouth rounded. “Get out. You started up there?” She pointed toward Heaven. “I knew it. You are a good man."
He wasn’t Attila the Hun or Vlad the Impaler, but he wasn’t as great as she’d said. “You’ve forgotten how I spanked you?"
Her cheeks got rosy, her face dreamy. “Uh-uh."
He leaned in. “Are you turned on?"
“What?” She blinked and frowned. “No way."
Her taut nipples told another tale. “There’s something you should know.” He tapped her chin. “I am not a good man."
“Demon then. And yeah, you are. Andros told you to discipline me. You didn’t do it on your own.” He’d been itching for the chance when Andros presented the opportunity. “Don’t be so certain.” “I am.” She stroked his tat.
His gums tingled.
“What happened in Heaven? How’d you get down here?"
Bethshiba. His, Andros, and Racan’s crime hadn’t been that bad. They’d simply wanted to be heard and considered. Instead, they received the ultimate sentence—banishment.
“The reason isn’t important. This is.” He touched the handbook. “You need to learn everything you can. There isn’t much time."
She screwed up her mouth. “I thought I was here for eternity.” “Do you ever stop arguing?"
“I will, I swear. On one condition."
He held back laughter at her gall. “On one what?"
“Help me, please. Show me the way out of here. At the least, get me an audience with Satan so I can plead my case."
Poor girl was losing it. “Begging doesn’t work down here. With him or me. We need to go."
“Not yet.” She pressed closer to stop him from leaving, her nipples poking his pecs, her cunt smack against his groin.
Heat rose between them, unmasked desire sparking in her eyes. His hair stood on end. Her musk and the scent from his leather pants mingled to create one fucking great fragrance. She rocked her hips slowly, sensuously, arousal parting her lips. “I was... Uh, I was... That is, I was..."
He pumped against her, his already massive erection increasing by the second.
She met him thrust for thrust, their gyrations lewd. “Wait.” She kept grinding into him. “I need to say this."
“Sure."
They maintained their carnal dance.
“Go on.” He wanted to hear this.
She pulled in a huge breath. “I was taking law classes at night before I got here. I know how to present a case. I’m a great litigator. It’s in my blood. I’ll make Satan see reason. I won’t lose."
She couldn’t have killed the magic between them faster if she’d tried. He stopped pretend fucking and stepped away. “There’s no winning down here for the condemned.” The moment she opened her plush lips, Satan would vaporize her then bring her back and get his rocks off on torture...the kind she wouldn’t like. “It’s not possible.” He grasped her biceps. “You need to get a grip and accept your fate."
“Screw that.” She stroked his fingers.
Remarkable heat and delight shot up his arm and landed in his balls and cock, both still ready to boogie, her effect on him more than it should be or what he seemed able to stop.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Tina’s an Amazon and international bestselling novelist who writes passionate romance for every taste – ‘heat with heart’ – for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. She’s won Readers’ Choice Awards, was named a finalist in the EPIC competition, received a Book of the Year award, The Golden Nib Award, awards of merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competitions, and second place in the NEC RWA contests. She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
On a less serious note: she’s an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, brakes for Mexican restaurants, and has been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally while wolfing down tostadas. She’s flown a single-engine airplane (freaking scary), rewired an old house using an ‘electricity for dummies’ book, and is horribly shy despite the hot romances she writes.


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Book Tour for Heaven by Bobbi Smith (GIVEAWAY)


Readers will find themselves quickly captivated by this action-packed read that brings together two people looking for an artifact while along the way their hearts slowly become the one treasure they can't do without.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Heaven by Bobbi Smith, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this exhilarating historical romance make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 bookstore GC too!


A MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR:
Hi everybody!
I just wanted to tell you a little about the story behind Heaven. When it first came out, I was honored to have David Alan Johnson, the very first Romantic Times Cover Model winner, as my hero on the cover! What fun! David and I did book tours together and had a great time meeting all our fans. I’m including a picture of David’s cover for our blog tour. Hope you enjoy Heaven!
Best, Bobbi Smith

For archeologist’s daughter Alexandra Parker, the Crown of Desire isn’t just a priceless and mysterious artifact—it could mean the difference between life and death.
And to find it, she must embark on a dangerous journey in the company of a man she hardly trusts. Wealthy Englishman Winn Bradford is seductive, charismatic, and the last person she should fall in love with. But Alex, too, has a secret—one that puts Winn’s safety at risk, and will force her to choose between loyalty and an extraordinary love...

EXCERPT:

Winn knew Alex would be angry when he told her the truth, but it would be easier to face her anger than to let her continue to believe that she had tempted him from his vows. He made his way toward her cabin and found her standing at the rail, gazing across the river.
“Alex..."
Alex had been lost in a dream of Father Winn, reliving that one precious moment when they’d been just a man and a woman with nothing to keep them apart. She gasped as she recognized his voice and seeing him again set her heart racing.
“What do you want?"
“We need to talk. Please, invite me in.” “All right."
Winn followed her inside her cabin and waited as she closed the door. “Alex, there’s something I have to tell you."
“No, Father Winn, please...I shouldn’t have kissed you. It’s just that...I care about you deeply. So as far as I’m concerned our kiss never happened."
Winn gazed down at her, wondering how he’d gotten himself into such a mess. “Alex, I should have told you this long ago, but until tonight it was impossible."
“I don’t understand."
“I came to you tonight dressed this way for a reason. As you can see, I’m not wearing a collar anymore."
She was shocked. “You can’t forsake your vows!"
“Alex,” he said softly. “I’ve taken no vows."
“What?"
“I’m not a priest. My uncle, Edward Bradford, was the priest. I’m Winston Bradford. I couldn’t live with the lie any longer or with the pain I was causing you."
He reached for her and drew her to him, his lips capturing hers in a slow, tantalizing kiss.

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AUTHOR INFO:

After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982. Since then, Bobbi has written over 40 books and 6 novellas. To date, there are more than five million copies of her novels in print. She has been awarded the prestigious Romantic Times Storyteller Award and two Career Achievement Awards. Her books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, the USA Today Best Seller List and the Wal-Mart Best Seller List.
The rights to Ms. Smith’s books have been sold to China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Russia and Sweden. Bobbi has also written two faith-based contemporary novels – Haven and Miracles – using the pseudonym Julie Marshall.  Visit Ms. Smith at her website HERE.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Book Blast for Kitty’s War by Barbara Whitaker (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of historical romances will be drawn to this tale of two people who bonded during a moment of danger who find each other again with the chance to make a permanent connection this time around.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Kitty’s War by Barbara Whitaker, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this unforgettable romance make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 bookstore GC too!

Seeking adventure, shy Kitty Greenlee joins the Women's Army Corps. In 1944 England, as secretarial support to the 8th Air Force, she encounters her dream man, a handsome lieutenant who only has eyes for her blonde friend. Uncomfortable around men, Kitty doesn't think the handsome officer could want someone like her.
Recovering from wounds, Ted Kruger wants to forget about losing his closest friends and have fun before returning to danger as a bomber navigator. When Ted recognizes Kitty as the girl who rescued him two years before, he must choose between dating the sexy blonde or pursuing quiet, serious-minded Kitty even though he knows he's not nearly good enough for her.
As the war gears up with the D-Day invasion, will Kitty and Ted risk their hearts as well as their lives?

EXCERPT:

Once all the WACs were ashore, they marched to a loading area and climbed aboard waiting trucks. Packed like sardines, they had to pile their overstuffed duffle bags on their feet.
Katherine squirmed to get more comfortable and bit her trembling lip. Madge leaned close. “You okay, kid?"
She nodded, but it was a lie. She fought the panic, pushed it deep inside.
“We’re here. We’ll be settled soon.” Madge tried to reassure her, and Katherine was grateful.
“I know.” She placed her hands on her midsection. “I’ll feel better when my stomach calms down.” Truth was she didn’t like the in-between. She wanted to get there, wherever there was, and get to work. She closed her eyes, leaned her head back against the canvas cover, and willed herself not to cry. After all, she wasn’t alone. Madge was here with her. She’d made it so far. This was the biggest adventure of her life. She wouldn’t fall apart now.
Madge patted her hand, and Katherine realized she had squeezed it into a tight fist. “Kitty. Relax. We’ll get there, in good time."
“Are you Kitty?” a girl across from them asked.
Katherine’s eyes flew open. She nodded and forced a smile. Madge had dubbed her Kitty when they’d first met. And Katherine had accepted it because she’d wanted so badly for Madge to be her friend.
“I heard you were on the ship. You’re the one who got all the commendations back in Boston, aren’t you?” The girl stuck her hand across the mound of duffle bags. “I’m Dallas."
Kitty nodded, unsure whether the girl meant her comment as a compliment or a jibe. She leaned forward and politely shook the girl’s hand. “Nice to meet you.”

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AUTHOR INFO:

Barbara grew up in a small town in Tennessee where the repeated stories of local and family history became embedded in her psyche. Fascinating tales of wartime, from her parents and her in-laws, instilled an insatiable curiosity about World War II. After retiring from her sensible career in accounting, she began full time pursuit of her lifelong love of historical romantic fiction. Enjoying every minute of research, Barbara spends hours reading, watching old, black-and- white movies and listening to big band music.
Although Barbara and her husband have been longtime residents of Florida, they both still think of Tennessee as "home."


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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Book Review for The Brothers' Band by Liza Malloy...


Lily Mitchell vowed never to date another musician, but Dylan Parker is nothing like the stereotype. Sure, he’s mysterious and sexy, with a flashy car and serious bedroom skills, but he’s also smart, hardworking, and humble. He shares Lily’s passion for classic literature and constantly surprises her with romantic gestures. Their steamy relationship moves at whirlwind pace, and Lily has never been happier.
It’s all so perfect that at first, Lily wills herself to ignore the emerging red flags. As her worries about Dylan increase, she finds friendship and comfort in his brother and bandmate, Thomas. But Lily soon discovers that as much as Thomas cares for his brother, he’s also fallen hard for her.
As Dylan spirals further out of control, Lily must decide what she really wants, and whom she is willing to hurt.

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As a fan of rockstar romances I was immediately drawn to this tale of two brothers whose journey to the top of the music charts takes an unexpected turn when a young woman comes into their lives and their hearts.  I was left conflicted throughout the story though, had moments where I liked the main characters before starting to detest them.  The only character that remained consistent in my view of him was Thomas, a kind and supportive brother who was painfully betrayed by a brother he always made excuses for.

Dylan Parker is a sexy and charming British rocker who, from the moment he sees Lily, takes her on a whirlwind romance where he indulges every one of her desires.  It's a fun time for them, a time that leads to a proposal, and time to ignore reality.  When Dylan's with Lily he's a knight in shining armor, but behind the sweet facade is a young man weighed down by demons.  His playboy ways slowly come creeping back as does his dangerous drug addiction, an addiction that everyone tries to keep secret.  Once this issue emerged Ms Malloy dealt with it vividly and realistically, the pain his choices have on others is more than obvious, and is part of why I came to hate him.  I too was charmed by him at the start but with each turn of the page his manipulations took over his personality.  He came to use Lily as an excuse and a distraction, making her feel guilty for his decisions in a relationship that became a bit toxic by the end.

Lily Mitchell is the proverbial good girl, so she's shocked when rockstar Dylan turns up the heat to win her over.  From the start he seems like pure perfection, showing a tender side while sweeping her off her feet.  She quickly falls for him though and is ready to spend the rest of her life with him, until cracks in their once sturdy foundation start to form.  At first she can forgive and forget his indiscretions and occasional drug use, but before long it becomes too much.  When a single moment causes her life to change dramatically she'll be forced into making a choice that turns the storyline upside down...and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  Lily starts off rather immature, just enjoying the picture perfect life she's experiencing with Dylan.  She's a bit naive as well when it comes to sex which Dylan employs to distract her when he knows he's done wrong.  Through most of the story she's an enabler, accepting his excuses and taking the blame.  I lost respect for her, but when a tough decision had to be made she finally took a stand to do what was best for her.

Through all Lily's ups and downs with Dylan, there was always Thomas in the background.  He's the strong yet silent older brother who keeps their band going no matter what chaos Dylan causes.  He's not blind to his brother's faults though, and all along tries to protect Lily from the pain Dylan casually causes others.  As Dylan becomes more self-destructive, Lily and Thomas grow closer together...first as friends before one night changes everything for them.  That one moment sets up this story for an ending that had me wanting to slug Dylan and unfortunately revealed all you need to know about him and his vindictive nature.  Thomas was the one truly likable character in this book, protective towards his brother and Lily, and willing to sacrifice his happiness for Dylan and what he sees as honorable.

Dylan's actions late in the story shows how unappreciative he is of Thomas and was a gut-punch to the older brother and readers, creating a wall between the brothers that will change the storyline for the future.  That's of course dependent on Ms. Malloy as there's a definite unfinished quality to this story.  After the emotional bomb is dropped things are left up in the air...particularly for Thomas and what he discovers.  As much as this book angered me at times I still kept turning the pages and long to see where life goes for Thomas now that he has the chance to have his own HEA.  When it comes to Dylan though, I'm over him.  Any charm and romanticism surrounding him was tainted by his hurtful and vindictive nature and I'd be fine not seeing him again.  Lily grew as a character thankfully, fate saw to that though as she had to mature to make the right decisions after all that happened before.  There's a sense of peace around her by the end and with the chance presented to her I'd love to see where things go now that the truth's been revealed.  Rockstar romances are my catnip, and though I had LOTS of problems with this one, I'm still happy I took a chance on it.  I appreciated the vivid and brutal depiction of addiction, I enjoyed the early romance between Dylan and Lily before everything went wrong, and then there was Thomas.  He was the one truly good character in this story, sacrificed so much for his ungrateful younger brother, and still deserves a HEA...so let's hope it happens in a future story.

My rating for this is a C-/D+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.