Guest Author: Sharon Page & Giveaway!!

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Many of you know USA Today bestselling author Sharon Page as the writer of Regency paranormal and erotic romances.  Those books have garnered a lot of critical acclaim and won tons of awards–too many to list here!  And Sharon is continuing to write in that genre, which is really great.  But she’s also branching out in exciting direction–writing sexy New Adult Romances!

Her New Adult series is call The Yardley College Chronicles, and it follows the adventures of Mia Reynolds, a college student.  I’m going to turn the blog over to Sharon so she can tell you all about it.

Sharon, here!  This is the first book in my erotic and emotional new adult series, the Yardley College Chronicles. (It’s intended for readers 18 years of age and older.) Here’s the blurb One Hot Fall Term, book one:

I’m Mia Reynolds, 19 years old, and I have to leave the guy I love to go to the college of my dreams.

When my mom and I came to Milltown to live, it was like starting all over again. I pretended my past abuse didn’t exist. And by some miracle I found something I thought I’d never find, something I believed I was too screwed up to ever have: an amazing, sweet, decent, gorgeous guy.

Ryan Taylor has survived a tough past too.  It has made him into the most honorable guy I’ve ever known. But to build our futures, Ryan and I have to split up and go to colleges on opposite sides of the country. I fear our last night together may be the end of our relationship. I’m determined to give up my vow to be good and seduce Ryan. I want one night of passion with the guy I love.

But after the hottest, most incredible night I can imagine, Ryan and I promise to make a long distance relationship work.

Then, at Yardley College I meet Jonathon Powell, the wild, arrogant, powerful son of a billionaire. He pursues me and I fight to resist temptation because I love Ryan. Jonathon becomes my best friend, but I keep wondering if he still wants more…

Then everything changes. Ryan goes “AWOL” from his college and comes to see me. I know I have to make him go back, but it’s too tempting to be with him—even just for one white-hot, wicked weekend. As Jonathon helps me cope with my past, he tries to make me see that he and I should be together.  I would never give Ryan up, but when Ryan begins to discover the secrets I’ve kept from him, will I lose him forever?

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Here`s an excerpt from One Hot Fall Term:

As we near our dorm, I slow down. There’s a guy on a motorcycle on the drive outside the front door. His legs are stretched out in black jeans, he wears a leather jacket and he’s pulling off his helmet—which is black and crimson, with a reflective visor. As he lifts it up, I see his hair, illuminated by the outdoor lights at the door. Even through the swirling snow, I can tell he’s got light blond hair, buzzed short.

Ryan? I grip Lara’s arm. “Lara, I think it’s Ryan. I’m going to run up and see.”

I sprint through the snow, arms crossed over my chest because I’m so cold. Oh God, it is Ryan. He swings his long leg over the motorcycle. “Mia!”

He runs to me, and lifts me off the ground, sweeping me into his arms. He spins me under the falling snow, his arms wrapped tight around me. I smell the leather of his coat, the sweet Ryan-ness of his skin and the clean sexiness of his laundry soap. He bends down to me and I surge up and press my mouth to his.

I kiss him hungrily. It’s been so long and I’ve fantasized about this so much. This is going to be the best kiss ever. I coax his mouth to open and I wriggle my tongue inside to play with his. Ryan tastes of coffee. My tongue runs over his smooth teeth to find his tongue and duel with it. Our tongues tangle, and go back and forth, from his mouth to mine. It’s been so long since I’ve kissed him that I want to savor this.

Softly, Ryan moans into my mouth as he lowers me gently to my feet. I stay on my tiptoes, my arms wrapped around his strong neck. I run my fingers over the warm skin of his throat. His stubble teases my fingertips.

Snowflakes melt to water on him and me. I should draw back from the kiss, but when I try, he cups my face and kisses me with a slow, languorous motion that makes me want to dissolve.

Oh God.

He breaks the kiss first and he buries his face into my neck. He kisses me there, at the base of my jaw, and erotic tremors rush through me.

My knees almost collapse.

“You shouldn’t be here. How can you be here?” I whisper. “You’re supposed to be at school. Not here, on a motorcycle…what am I saying? I just want to kiss you.”

But he doesn’t kiss me. He tips up my face to look at me. “Your mom told me what happened. Are you okay? She told me you are, but—but I had to see you. Are you really okay, Mia?”

Fear makes his voice shake and I realize that’s what is making his voice pale, and his eyes look so full of pain. This was exactly why I didn’t want mom to tell him. She broke her promise. But mainly, I want to reassure him.

“Yeah, I’m really okay, Ryan. Nothing bad happened—”

“Nothing bad? Some guy attacked you. You don’t just shake things like this off, Mia. You must still be frightened. Things like that give you nightmares. You can tell me the truth.”

Looking into his eyes is different than looking up at Jonathon’s. Both these guys care about me. But Ryan is the one I belong to. Also the one I want to protect.

He pulls me close and I’m dwarfed by his strong body, feeling small and safe and protected in the circle of his strong arms. His lips touch my forehead. He’s holding me like Jonathon did, with all the tenderness, but there’s a depth of sexual intensity leaping between us that makes me quiver. This has to be love—the fire and the need and the desire to be as intimate with him as I can be, but with the yearning to see him happy and share with him and hold him tight.

It’s love and it’s awesome.

One Hot Fall Term is currently available on Amazon, and will soon be available in all other format. 

Vanessa, here.  I`m really excited about Sharon`s move into this new genre!  She`s a wonderful writer, and I know this series is going to be fantastic.  And for my readers today, Sharon is giving away a copy of One Hot Fall Term.  Just tell us what your favorite contemporary romance or New Adult novel is these days for a chance to win!


Another 99 cent deal!

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Every now and again I like to let you know about some of the great romance deals available in digital boxed sets.  And here’s one that came out just this week–Unraveled, which includes eight sexy stories by bestselling authors like Julia Kent, Sara Fawkes, and Opal Carew.  For only 99 cents that’s a heck of a deal!  Here are some of the stories included in the set:

ANYTHING HE WANTS: ATONEMENT by New York Times Bestselling Author Sara Fawkes

Jeremiah and Lucy have been through the fire and barely escaped with their lives, but can their love survive the real world?

YIELD TO ME by Nationally Bestselling Author Sarah Castille

An ambitious MMA fighter struggles to resist her attraction to the dangerously sexy fight coach who awakens in her secret desires that could destroy her fighting career.

TAKEN BY STORM by USA Today Bestselling Author Opal Carew

Jessica doesn’t like to take risks, but when she’s almost run over by a red hot rock musician named Storm on his motorcycle, she realizes that some risks are worth taking.

You can check out the other stories in this fun and sexy boxed set on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Happy reading!


Books & More Books by Pamela Clare!!

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I have a lot of love for Pamela Clare.  She’s a fantastic writer (and a swell person), and her romantic suspense novels are some of the best written.  Her critically acclaimed I-Team series is emotional, suspenseful, erotic, heart-felt…everything I want in my romantic suspense.  And I’m happy to say that Pamela has new releases and special deals, both this month and in November.

Let’s start with First Strike, the erotic prequel novella to her upcoming I-Team release, Striking DistanceFirst Strike is in stores now, and it’s great!  Here’s the blurb:

Just a weekend…

Laura Nilsson knows what she wants: a successful career as a broadcast journalist—and a little fun between the sheets now and again. What she doesn’t want is marriage or kids. When a ripped and sexy stranger intervenes to stop a couple of drunks from harassing her in a hotel bar in Dubai City, all she can think about is spending the rest of the weekend with him—in her bed. There’s just one little problem. Unmarried sex is illegal in Dubai.

… of no-strings sex …

Navy SEAL Javier “Cobra” Corbray is on his way home from a rough deployment in Afghanistan when he finds himself having dinner with “the Baghdad Babe.” What she wants from him—sex with no strings—could land them both in prison. Still, he’s more than happy to oblige her. She’s confident and sexually assertive, and he’s secure enough to lie back and let her make the first strike. But, as she’s about to find out, he’s more than her match.

… or the beginning of something more?

Yet, neither Laura nor Javier has any idea what lies ahead—or how this weekend of mind-blowing sex will impact their emotions. Will they act on their new-found feelings in time, or will they let something special slip away… perhaps forever?

One warning–First Strike ends with a cliff-hanger that leads into Striking Distance, but since that book comes out on Nov. 5, you won’t have long to wait!  And for a limited time, First Strike is on sale for–wait for it–only 99 cents!

And speaking of bargains, Pamela’s last book, the wildly acclaimed Breaking Point, is now on sale for only $1.99 until October 30th.  Trust me–it’s a total steal at that price.

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You can pick up Breaking Point at Amazon, B & N, and all other e-retailers until the 30th.  If you’ve never read Pamela’s books, this is a great place to start!

For info and excerpts from all of Pamela’s books, visit her website.


Fabulous Monica Burns Special Deal!!

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One of my favorite romance writers is the multi-award winning Monica Burns.  Monica writes emotional and very spicy historical and paranormal romance, and for the next week or so she’s running a fabulous 99 cent box set special.  The set contains two steamy, full-length historical romance novels featuring two men skilled in the ways of seduction and two heroines strong enough to resist them. They’re both rated 4 & 5 stars from RTBOOKreviews, Amazon readers and other review sites.

The box set at 99cents for a limited time only at the following retailers.

Amazon | http://amzn.to/18vjfG8
B&N |  http://bit.ly/1bNZ9KA

Kobo | http://bit.ly/1fwemlV

Coming soon to iTunes and Sony.

Book 1: Love’s Revenge
Firmly on the shelf at forty-one. Sophie accepts her life of servitude until she impulsively uses her father’s criminal activities to escape. But she never expected the Devil of Devlyn to accept her rash proposal, and she certainly hadn’t planned on falling in love with a younger man.

When Sophie Hamilton, the eldest daughter of his worst enemy shows up on the Earl of Devlyn’s doorstep with an unexpected offer, Devlyn seizes the chance for vengeance. What he doesn’t bargain on is how revenge could cost him the one thing he wants the most. Sophie’s love.

Book 2: Love’s Portrait
When Julia Westgard commissions a nude portrait of herself, the painting is much more than a rebellious act. It’s an attempt to regain her self-worth after years of a loveless, repressive marriage to her late husband. But the private portrait puts her directly in the path of Morgan St. Claire. A man who doesn’t take no for an answer.

From the moment Morgan sees Julia’s portrait, he’s determined to have her. But the woman he meets is a far cry from the image on canvas. What starts out as a simple exercise in seduction quickly evolves into a quest to reveal the true Julia. With each sensual encounter, he employs every weapon at his disposal in hopes of making Julia see she really is the woman in Love’s Portrait.

Seriously, folks, these are two wonderful books so hop on over to Amazon or B & N and pick up the boxed set.  Oh, and Monica will also be running a facebook party all week to celebrate the special so drop by and visit her!

 


Guest Author: Mia Marlowe & Giveaway!!

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I’m so pleased to be hosting fellow historical romance author Mia Marlowe on the blog today.  Mia is a fantastic writer who can fashion a captivating tale and place it in just about any historical period.  It’s no mystery to me why she’s a bestselling, award-winning author!  She’s with us today to share some very exciting news.

Plaid to the Bone is your 20th book, which is an amazing accomplishment.  How do you feel about that?  Has your writing career given you any surprises along the way?

I’m thrilled! And no one is more surprised than me. I’ve been published since 2006 and of course, my career has had its ups and downs. Please don’t ask me about the fiasco with my first agent (whom I had to threaten with legal action to get the advance on my debut!) or the sad sinking of Dorchester. Fortunately my editors (Alicia Condon at Kensington & Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks) have championed me and kept me in print.  I have a wonderful agent now (Natasha Kern) and readers have kept reading. I’m a very lucky girl and I know it.

The heroine in Plaid to the Bone is pledged to murder her husband, which is an awesome basis for conflict!  What can you tell us about the book, and how did you come up with such a splendid idea?

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I had already written Plaid Tidings (October 2103, Kensington) in which my hero becomes laird of Bonniebroch Castle. Only trouble is, there’s a pretty hefty curse on the place which he must lift before Twelfth Night. My editor asked if I’d write a novella that explains how the castle came to be cursed in the first place, so Plaid to the Bone took shape in my head.

I reasoned that the curse was the result of a betrayal. At her father’s behest, Cait Grant has sworn a blood oath to kill Adam Cameron after they’ve been wed a month. What more heinous betrayal could there be than a bride who plans to murder her new husband?

 You have another book coming out soon – what can you tell us about it?

In Plaid Tidings, 300 years have passed since the events in Plaid to the Bone. It’s 1821 and my hero Alexander is part of the advance team preparing the way for Prinny’s visit to Scotland. He’s on the look out for any remaining Radicals who might threaten the king. To hide his true purpose for being in Scotland, he wins Bonniebroch and the accompanying barony in a game of chance. What Alex doesn’t know is that the title comes with a betrothal to a Scottish lass whose brother is a notorious Radical. And to add to his troubles, the castle to which he brings his unwanted bride is haunted!

The final book in my Songs of the North trilogy will be out in November and the last of the Royal Rakes releases in January. I just signed contract with both publishers for more Scottish and Regency romances. Please check my  Coming Next page for the latest news!

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You’re running an amazing contest right now – what’s that about?

I’m hosting a 20Days/20Books Celebration on my blog to mark my 20th published work milestone. Each day I share a bit about Plaid to the Bone, host amazing guests (like you, m’dear!) and reminisce about one of my backlist titles. There are multiple daily giveaways and the Grand Prize is a Kindle Paperwhite! I hope your readers will join me at http://www.miamarlowe.com.  The celebration runs till September 15th and the winners will be announced the next day.

That all sounds awesome, Mia!  And for my readers today, Mia is giving away a digital copy of her 3-book anthology, The How To Series.  Just tell us why you love Scotland, or why you might like to visit there someday, for a chance to win.


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