Today is Sylvain Reynard‘s birthday! We want to wish the Gabriel’s Inferno Series author a very happy birthday! As many of you know, our group started because of our shared love for his books! Best wishes from the Lovers!
Follow SR and stay tuned for updates on the third installment, Gabriel’s Redemption! Now available for pre-order!
Not long ago, Micah and Trinity were the same. They shared the same past and the same secrets, and they knew just how to help each other endure the rough hand they’d been dealt. Some kids grew up in loving homes, with kind families and boundless compassion. But Micah and Trinity weren’t so lucky. Growing up in foster care with no place to call home, they swore they’d be there for one another, always.
Now they’re back in each other’s lives, but the reunion is less than sweet. When Trinity stumbles onto the same college campus as Micah, she realizes her memories with him were and still are a life raft, but according to Micah, those memories never even happened. He’s no longer that sweet teenage boy who defended her and held her when she was scared. Now he’s the campus playboy with only three things on his mind: women, parties, and when he can score his next adrenaline rush. He refuses to acknowledge the truth.
Once upon a time, they dreamt of Foreverland.
Once upon a time, they were friends.
Once upon a time, they were more.
But that was then, and this is now, and no one knows that “once upon a time” doesn’t always lead to “happily ever after” more than two kids who’ve had to say goodbye too many times to count.
About the Author: Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, Love and Relativity, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at http://www.rachaelwade.com/ and http://www.lightsonoutreach.com/ or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.
Many thanks to Gina for the extended excerpt of this really CRAZY HOT scene in Rules of Entanglement. If you aren’t part of the >>>>Maxwell’s Mob<<<< already, head on over there and join, cause Gina featured 16 pages of DELETED WATERFALL SCENES from the book. It was her way of thanking her Mahbstahs for their kind words, and for sharing the love of her books!
“What do you say we make things a little more interesting?”
Vanessa raised a brow as she poured them both their next shot. “That depends on what you mean by interesting.”
“A harmless get-to-know-you game.”
“A drinking game?” She actually looked excited about the prospect for a whole two seconds. Then she narrowed her eyes, nearly twining those long sable lashes. “Does it involve losing articles of clothing?”
He held up his right hand, “I swear the loser is not required to remove any of his or her clothing.” Said the spider to the fly.
Her shoulders relaxed and she leaned in slightly. “Okay, how do we play?”
“I’ll make a statement about myself. It can be true or completely fabricated. You then have to guess which and say ‘true’ or ‘bullshit.’ If you’re right, you get to pick a place on your body that I do a shot from. If you’re wrong, I get to pick the spot. Then we switch roles.”
Vanessa opened her mouth but nothing came out. She closed it. Tried again. Finally, she shook her head. “I’ve played a lot of drinking games in my day, but I’ve never heard of anything like this. Dare I ask what it’s called?”
Jax grinned. “Bullshit Body Shots. Reid and I made it up with our girlfriends in high school.”
“I have no doubt,” she said wryly.
“C’mon, V. You’re a lawyer, and according to you, a damn good one. You should be able to smell my bullshit from a mile away. Unless of course you’re not as good as you claim.”
Yeah, he was baiting her. Again. He seemed to be making it a habit with her. And even though she clearly recognized them for what they were, she couldn’t resist accepting his challenges. A trait he loved about her.
Finally, with a roll of her eyes, she said, “Go ahead and start.”
Game on. He’d start them off easy. “I was all-conference in wrestling my senior year in high school.”
“True. Your sister told me that forever ago.”
He figured as much, but he wanted her comfortable. And unsuspecting. “Where am I doing the shot?”
She made a show of thinking it over, then held out the inside of her wrist. He knew she’d go with somewhere safe. Or at least what she thought would be safe.
Grabbing the saltshaker in one hand and her wrist in the other, he kept eye contact with her as he brought his face slowly closer to his target. He licked a languid path across the soft skin, feeling her strong pulse speed up against his tongue. Vanessa’s pupils grew larger as he added a dash of salt, then licked it off in the same manner as before. He threw back his shot, enjoying the burn as it slid down his throat.
When she tried to pull her hand back—most likely assuming that was the end of its use—he held firm. “Ah-ah-ah. I still need this.”
He didn’t answer her with words but took one of the lime wedges and lightly squeezed it—enough for several drops to land and stream over the edges of her wrist—and then finished the process with an open-mouthed kiss to suck off the remaining juice. Then he released her.
“That’s not…” Her voice broke slightly and she cleared her throat to try again. “That’s not how body shots are done.”
“They are in this game. Your turn, Viper.”
Reminding her of her tough-girl persona did the trick. She composed herself, donned her game face, and took her turn. “I grew up in a really shitty neighborhood in Queens, New York.”
“Bullshit. You don’t have the accent.”
“Wrong, and your assumption is the reason I worked to strip the accent out of me. I didn’t like that people could identify where I grew up and pass judgment on me simply for how I sounded.”
He wasn’t surprised to hear she’d actively worked to improve something about herself she saw as a fault. Vanessa seemed intent she and everything else in her life was above par. More than ever he suspected something in her past was what drove her to be so strict about how her future should be. The question was, what?
“Good for you, V, I think that’s great. It also means you get to choose where you’d like to do your shot.”
The thought of Vanessa licking him anywhere had his blood draining to a central area of his body. She indicated his neck and didn’t hesitate to go through the ritual. Every stroke of her tongue licked flames up the side of his throat, consuming him a little at a time. He swore he almost cracked his jaw from clenching it to keep from turning his head and attacking her mouth.
When she finished, he gave her a half smile that he hoped said, That was about as much of a turn-on as shopping for car insurance, but thanks for trying. The slight widening of her eyes revealed a hint of incredulity at his lack of reaction, but he played it off like he was oblivious. Oblivious. Yeah, right.
Jax felt more like he was wired to notice every minute detail about her. From the shape of her eyes to the freckle on the back of her left knee. From the way her green irises could throw sparks when pissed to languid pools when relaxed.
Oblivious was the last thing he was when it came to this woman. And for the life of him, he didn’t know why.
“Are we done or are you going to take another turn?” she asked.
He grinned. “Anxious to have my mouth on you again?”
“In your dreams, surfer boy.”
He dropped the joking manner and stared directly into her eyes. “Actually, I’d appreciate it if you’d stay out of my dreams. Lusting after you during my waking hours is about all I can handle right now.”
Her mouth opened as if to respond, but nothing came out. For a long moment they were silent, just stared at each other, until she lowered her gaze and tucked a side of her hair behind her ear. Finally, he broke the silence by taking his turn in the game.
“I’m deathly afraid of spiders. True or bullshit?”
She studied him carefully and then rendered her verdict. “Bullshit.”
“Reid and Lucie are the only people who know my weakness, so I expect you’ll take that intel to your grave, MacGregor.”
She made a production of crossing her heart and holding her right hand up. “I swear. I won’t tell anyone you’re afraid of itty-bitty bugs.”
The little wench thought his phobia was amusing, eh? He’d show her amusing.
“My turn to drink.” Grabbing the hem of her tank in his hands, he started lifting it up her stomach. He didn’t make it much past her belly button before she grabbed his wrists and held tight. He looked up at her with a questioning arch of his brow.
“I thought you said there wouldn’t be any removal of clothing.”
“No, I said the loser wouldn’t be required to remove any clothing. However, the winner can remove anything that gets in the way of him doing a shot in the location of his choosing.”
“Holy shit,” she said with wide eyes. “You lawyer loopholed me.”
He winked. “Don’t take it too hard. I took advantage of your arrogance.”
“Settle down, princess.” Jax rotated his hands up, breaking free of her hold. “Your arrogance is one of the things I like most about you.”
When she opened her mouth to protest, he laid a finger against her lips. “Shh. Rules are rules, after all.”
She slitted her eyes, but there was no hiding the humor dancing behind her lashes. Sure she wouldn’t argue anymore, he pulled her shirt over her head, discarding it somewhere on the floor behind him. A fancy black bra covered with sea green lace encased her breasts. They swelled over the tops of the cups that barely covered her nipples. It was quite possibly the most glorious piece of lingerie he’d ever seen.
“Sweet Jesus. Is that a matching set?” He zeroed in on her shorts, praying for X-ray vision.
“You’ll have to win another round to find out.” She gave him a satisfied smile. “Rules are rules, after all.”
“Touché,” he said, answering with a smile of his own. Too bad he was about to wipe that smirk right off her face.
Indie Author Melissa Collins is releasing her first novel, Let Love In, in the spring/summer of 2013. The second book, Let Love Stay, will be released in the fall/winter of 2013. The official cover reveal and release date is coming soon. In the meantime, you can read the synopsis AND a steamy excerpt below. Be sure to connect with Melissa using the links below:
~ Synopsis ~
Madeleine Becker lost everything when her parents died when she was ten years old. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can’t get hurt if she doesn’t fall in love. That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid Connely during her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He understands Maddy’s pain all too well, but sharing his pain would mean breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Maddy’s inner strength, snarky-ass personality and breath taking beauty force Reid to reevaluate his world. Together they find out what happens when they let love in.
~ Teaser ~
(Maddy’s first encounter with Reid)
There was a group playing quarters on the island and another group lining up shots on the breakfast bar – so not my scene. I just shrugged my shoulders, opened the door, pulled out a bottle of water and, when I turned around to walk back outside, I face-planted into a wall of solid muscle.
“Hand me one?” His voice was smooth and… gruff at the same time. Red-faced, I turned back around and got him his water, glad for the cool respite that the opened refrigerator door offered.
“Here you go.” I could not peel my eyes away from his mouth as he moved the bottle to his lips. They were perfect – beautiful and full in a completely masculine way. I watched, completely fascinated, as his throat moved, downing the water in three or four large gulps. He wiped his mouth with his forearm and I couldn’t help but let my eyes travel up the rest of his arm to his biceps and shoulders – those were the same as his lips – perfect. Amazingly, gorgeously, utterly, divinely perfect. Muscled and tanned, his arms were mouthwatering.
My knees wobbled. My heart thudded. Thousands of butterflies spread their wings in my belly.
“Thanks…” he stared blankly at my face for a minute and I couldn’t help but wondering if he liked what he saw. He cleared his throat and roused me from my little daydream where the gorgeous boy is mesmerized by the maybe-a-little-above-average looking girl. That’s when I realized he was asking for my name.
“Maddy. Sorry, my name’s Maddy.” I nearly choked on my tongue to get my freaking name out..
Today is Alexandra Richland’s birthday! We want to wish the Gilded Cage author a fabulous day filled with love and joy! Best wishes from the Lovers!
Follow Alexandra and stay tuned for updates on her upcoming book Starlight, the first installment in her Hollywood romance trilogy!
The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, 2013, at the Copper Coin Coffee House from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Admission is FREE!
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Some books will be available for purchase on-site but feel free to bring your own books as well or anything else you want signed. Don’t forget your camera.
In October 30, 2012, we celebrated S.C. Stephens’ Day and without a doubt had to celebrate it again today, the official release day of Reckless, the third and final book in the Thoughtless trilogy. Since I personally am not a fan of character interviews, I was thrilled when S.C. graciously gave us another personal interview, especially when I know how busy she has been. Yes, I love talking to the mastermind and boss of Kellan Kyle. (You can read our previous interview here.)
How did you come up with the three titles Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless?
Thoughtless came up because Kiera kept doing things without thinking. It fit her character. Effortless was in my mind after hearing it in a song (I’m losing you and it’s effortless). I decided to use it as the title after Kiera mentioned that loving him was effortless. Reckless was the hardest of the three to name. I had a list of dozens of “less” titles. It was the one that was the most unique, but still fit the story.
If you could describe the Thoughtless series in three words, what would they be?
Accepting true love
What have you been were you working on from the time Reckless was returned to the publisher with final edits completed until now?
I’ve been working on the second book in the Conversion: The Next Generation series. I’m almost finished with the rough draft. Then I’ll be rereading the two books and making sure they are consistent. After that I’ll be starting a new book while working on the final edits for the original Conversion series which I’ll be publishing in the fall.
Who or what inspired Kellan’s character?
Kellan was inspired by music. He was my generic fantasy guy who I pictured as the singer of whatever band I was listening to. His character grew and evolved as the story progressed, and now he’s so much more than just a fantasy guy to me.
Were there any earlier written versions of Kellan that fans don’t know about?
No, Thoughtless was Kellan’s very first appearance.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Answer emails, PMs, Tweets, Facebook comments, Authorgraph requests, and plan upcoming signings…that’s almost a full-time job, lol. When I’m completely out of the writing zone, I hang out with my children, spend time with my friends, and try to find a little time to read books by other people.
One of our favorite reads this year has been Beautiful Bastard. How did your quote make it on the front of the cover? Did you write fan fiction with the authors? Any thoughts of ever co-authoring book with anyone?
I was a HUGE fan of The Office when it was on Fanfiction.net. Huge! I was obsessed with that story, and I was so bummed when they pulled it. When I found out that my publisher was going to be publishing it, I immediately contacted my editor and let her know how happy I was and how much I loved the story. She emailed me back and asked if I would be interested in providing a quote for the book. I was thrilled to do it! Giddy, even.
I’ve tossed around the idea of co-authoring a book with someone before, but I honestly have no idea how people do it.
Knowing Reckless is the most anticipated sequel of 2013, emotionally, how did it feel when you completely finished writing this book? As a writer, do you go through a grieving period?
Haha, I don’t think it’s the most anticipated sequel of the year, but there are a fair amount of people waiting for it. Honestly, I’ve been an excited/nervous wreck since finishing the book. This is the first one I’ve published without sharing it with hundreds of people first, so it’s a new experience for me. There is also a lot of expectation around the book, so I’m hoping fans are pleased.
Oddly enough, I didn’t experience any sort of grieving period once it was over. Probably because I had a deadline to make. I think I’ll feel that later, once it’s been published and the fans have read it.
Now that Reckless has been released, what is next on the horizon for S.C. Stephens?
I’m going to be publishing the Conversion series later in the year, then early next year I’ll be releasing the rest of my older stories. At the same time, I’ll be writing new stories to release, so hopefully you’ll have a lot to read from me for a long time to come.
Craziest thing in your fridge right now?
Vegemite. A fan sent me a tube of it. Seriously, what is that stuff? And how are you supposed to eat it? Lol.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Zzzzzzzzz. My life really isn’t that interesting, lol.
Hmm…I’m not a big shopper. I’m too impatient. It irritates me. I do have a long list of songs and albums I want to buy though.
What was your mom’s pet name for you?
No pet name that I can remember.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
Oh boy. No, no movie, please, lol. I’d rather see Kellan’s life on film than my own.
Can you roll your tongue or tie a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue?
Haha! Yes, I can roll my tongue. No, I can’t tie a cherry stem. A friend has actually been trying to teach me how to do it. He’s an expert, but so far I’ve failed miserably.
SMALL TOWN GIRL has a new cover!
Title: Small Town Girl (Small Town #1)
Author: Linda Cunningham
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release: November 11, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
When Lauren Smith begrudgingly returns to the small Vermont town where she grew up to arrange for the sale of her late grandmother’s old farmhouse, she has everything she’s always worked for. Lauren drives a Mercedes. She’s engaged to one of the most powerful businessmen in the country and wears a three-carat diamond ring to prove it. She lives in a penthouse on Central Park West.
Yes, Lauren has everything she considers important. She is smugly prepared for any eventuality in dealing with these country people so Lauren isn’t surprised when the hot water isn’t working at the old house. No problem. She simply looks in the phone book and calls the local plumber.
The moment Caleb Cochran steps through the old screen door to fix the hot water, the glittery facade that masquerades as Lauren’s life begins to crumble around her. Though she tries hard to deny their mutual, magnetic attraction, Lauren is finally forced to reevaluate her focus and come face-to-face with her true self. Small Town Girl is a story of discovering the true meaning of life and love.
This novel is the first book in the Small Town series, however, each book can be read as a stand-alone.
Linda has written steadily throughout the years, but usually other people’s papers, speeches, or articles for agricultural trade magazines. Her only published work of fiction was a children’s book, “The Copper Angel of Piper’s Mill”, written in 1988 when her children were still small. Now that the kids are out of the house, Linda is writing fiction again, and this time it’s personal! She writes full time and it’s Romance! Her first romance novel, “Small Town Girl” is being published by Omnific Publishing and should be available late summer/early fall of this year.
Linda lives in a romantic stone house in the green mountains of Vermont surrounded by her gardens and her animals who include horses, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens, a parakeet and various wildlife visitors who wander in and out at will. When time permits, she also enjoys sketching and painting.
Author: Justine Dell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: February 26, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers
At the age of thirty, with two failed marriages and a tanking writing career, Samantha Moore deals with the world with the only tool she had left: anger. And she’s tired of it. When her grandmother’s near-death sends her rushing back home to Vermont, she hopes for the chance to overcome the rage ruling her life.
Once she’s home, Lance Cummings becomes a constant source of indigestion. Lance is a single father who learned first-hand the devastating effects of a damaging relationship. He sees through Samantha’s nasty temper—straight to her cry for help. He wants to help her, but he also wants to know why Samantha ran from him—and their future—twelve years before.
Taking care of her Grams, dealing with an alcoholic brother, and getting Lance to remove his annoyingly attractive nose from her business is draining on Samantha. And she’s only got three weeks to finish her stagnated novel or her publisher will drop her. No pressure. To top it off, pretending to hate the man she actually loves makes each day in Vermont harder than the last. Especially when Lance turns up the heat.
About the Author:
Justine lives in the Midwest, happily catering to her family, which consists of a horse-obsessed teenage daughter, four dogs, and a husband who is too good to be true. She’s never moved from her hometown, but hopes to grow old in a much warmer climate. During the day she works a normal job with college students who try their best to keep her young. They’ve done a good job thus far. At night, said teenage daughter and her horse require mounds of love and attention. The weekends belong solely to her and her writing. That’s when she morphs into a sticky bug, unable to leave the confines of her computer chair. She started writing three years ago after seeing a movie that set off a chain reaction she couldn’t have stopped if she’d wanted. It’s not a hobby for her; it’s an obsession. One she loves and one she loves to share. Her debut novel, RECAPTURED DREAMS, is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold. Her second book, ALL AMERICAN GIRL, will be published Feb 26th, 2013 by Omnific Publishing.
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