Guest Author: Lila DiPasqua & Giveaway!!


I’m so pleased to have bestselling author Lila DiPasqua visiting the blog today.  Lila writes wonderful and very sexy historical romance, and her Fiery Tales series of books are justly acclaimed.  She has a scorching new Christmas novella out–The Duke’s Match Girl, an erotic and emotionally charged retelling of the fairy tale, The Little Match Girl.

Here’s the blurb:

As childhood friends, Leopold d’Ermart and Suzanne Matchet were inseparable. One unforgettable Christmas Eve, their relationship changed from the best of friends…to lovers. But the heir of the Duke of Mont-Marly isn’t supposed to fall in love with the daughter of his family’s physician. Or vice versa.

Is this a second chance at first love?

Years later, Suzanne is dreading her first Christmas without her father. The heartbreak Leo caused when he left seven years ago is a distant memory. And she prefers to keep it that way. The last thing Suzanne expects is for tall, dark, and sinfully seductive Leo d’Ermart to show up at her door and announce he wants her back in his life. And in his bed. Worse, the now celebrated libertine is even more devastating to a woman’s senses than ever before…

Or are they playing with fire?

The only woman Leo, Duke of Mont-Marly, has ever yearned for is the adorably unconventional, intelligent beauty who got away. He discovers Suzanne creating and selling matchsticks, elixirs for the ill…and is still so damned alluring. Leo is determined to show her the depth of his desire, win back Suzanne’s heart. And give her a Christmas beyond her wildest imagination…

This 32,000 word novella contains very hot and  explicit sex scenes, so you’ve been warned!

And here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

A sudden clattering of horses’ hooves against cobblestones grabbed her attention. The sound rose quickly, getting louder with its rapid approach, obliterating the din of the townspeople moving about on foot and in carts outside.

This was a team of horses.

A large one.

A team of horses that had just come to an abrupt stop directly on the other side of her shop’s door.

Suzanne tensed, unable to shake the sudden dread that crested over her. Deep in the pit of her belly, she was gripped by a strong, unshakeable feeling that she knew exactly who had just arrived. Large teams of horses were not an everyday occurrence in Maillard.

No. Impossible… She’d unequivocally rebuffed Leo.

It couldn’t be him. Could it?

Lucille bolted for the window before Suzanne could stop her. “There’s a carriage with six horses here!” she all but squealed. “That’s a DUC!”

Rosalie wasted no time darting to her sibling’s side. She let out her own shriek of excitement. “There are definitely six horses. It is a duc! Oh, my… I believe he’s coming this way!”

The door suddenly opened.

Suzanne’s stomach dropped.

Three large men—including Gilles—entered her shop, one by one bowing to her briefly. Just as the third stepped to one side, a gust of winter wind stole into the room.

Suzanne barely felt the chill. She was far too stunned by the presence of the tall, familiar form now filling her doorway. And the breathtaking changes in him that had taken place these last seven years. Gracious God…

A second breeze wafted in, ruffling the hem of Leo’s long black cloak. Caressing his dark hair.

Against her will, she took in the breadth of his shoulders, which were wider, even more powerful, his handsome face that was more mature.

And more devastating.

Everything about him had seemingly intensified, from the hardness of his chiseled body to the hue of those spellbinding light green eyes. He had a presence and air of authority like never before.

Before her stood an incredibly gorgeous male who completely dominated the room. One who’s caused you more pain than anyone else ever has in your life.

And he was more attractive than ever.

The Duke’s Match Girl is available for ONLY 99 cents on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, Smashwords, and will soon be out in print.

And for my readers today, Lila is running a very special contest.  She’s giving away two copies of her print backlist–reader’s choice.  So, two readers who comment will each win a book, and one of them will also win this lovely Christmas Key ornament:

Christmas key Ornament

Wow!  Thanks for your generosity, Lila!  To be eligible to win these fab prizes (visit Lila’s website to check out her books) just tell us what’s your favorite fairy tale, or movie version of a fairy tale.  Two readers will Lila’s wonderful prizes!


Guest Author: Sharon Page & Giveaway!!

Sharon Page

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?


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!

Countdown to a Kiss!!


This time of year sees lots of great holiday romance anthologies.  Most of them, naturally, revolve around the Christmas Season.  But here’s a really cute boxed set of contemporary romances by four bestselling author based around New Year’s Eve–I love that!

Here’s the blurb:

Four stories by four authors…one fateful New Year’s Eve
Four kisses at midnight…
Three different sisters…
Two old flames…
One bet that drives it all!

The Devine sisters return to their hometown for New Year’s Eve each year to attend the annual ball. Part of the tradition is their decade-old bet: whoever has no date at midnight has to kiss their nerdy neighbor Lewis Kampmueller.

Tess–burned by love, the glamorous Broadway star isn’t interested in a repeat performance…until she encounters an old flame.
Annabelle–when the local etiquette expert gets caught breaking the law, her heart might have to pay the price.
Grace–the tough FBI agent has an easy time being one of guys, but is she woman enough to keep a man?
Lewis–the shy nerd has made millions over the years…but is he smart enough to catch the woman of his dreams?

Who will lose the bet but win out in love? Four charming stories written by four different authors about one fateful New Year’s Eve.

The champagne is poured. The clock is ticking. Join the countdown!

Doesn’t that sound like fun?  I downloaded this collection myself.  And for the month of November it’s on sale for only 99 cents!  Get your copy on Amazon, B & N, and at other e-retailers.

Happy holiday reading!

Another 99 cent deal!


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!

Juliana Stone Boxed Set 99 Cent Special!!

Barket Triplets

My blog followers know that I enjoy calling attention to some of my favorite romance authors, and to dynamite reading deals.  Well, here’s a really great one by the talented Juliana Stone.  I think Juliana writes some of the best contemporary romance on the shelves today.  Her books are sexy, emotional, tender, and feature bad-boy heroes to die for.  And for a limited time, The Barker Tripletsher series about three sisters with a knack for trouble–is on sale for only 99 cents.  Here are the details:


When hockey phenom Billie-Jo Barker returns home and decides to play in the local Friday night hockey league, all hell breaks loose. Not because Billie’s talent is in question, but because Billie is a woman. And though these are modern times, some of the local guys still have a problem letting a girl into their ‘men’s club.’

Soon, Billie is at the center of a small town battle of the sexes, with everyone choosing sides. Her sisters. The townsfolk. Her friends. And yet, the only person whose opinion she cares about doesn’t seem to care that much at all. Logan Forest, the man who broke her heart when she was eighteen and the man she shares the bench with every Friday night.

She’s got a lot to prove and though Billie-Jo Barker scores on the ice, will this girl ever score with the man of her dreams?

Book Two:  COLLIDE

Bobbi-Jo Barker has been in love with the wrong man for years. A man who doesn’t fit into the perfect, controlled life she’s created.A man who,once, not only broke her heart but nearly destroyed her. So the fact that he’s back in town shouldn’t matter because he’s all wrong for her, or so she thinks…


Shane Gallagher, prodigal son and all around hellion, has returned to the small town of New Waterford not only to mend fences, but to get his life back together. What he doesn’t count on are the feelings he still has for the one woman who can break him–the one who still holds his heart–the one woman who is totally wrong for him.

And yet, as Bobbi and Shane are thrown together and begin to navigate a life with each other in it, neither can deny the attraction they feel, or the emotions that come with it–the good and the bad. And so the question becomes… can these two damaged souls survive a second chance at love?

Book Three:  CONCEAL

Black sheep and all around trouble maker, Betty Jo Barker is back home and hoping for a do-over. Things are finally looking up until Beau Simon comes to town. The man pushes every button she owns and manages to awaken long dead emotions she’d rather leave buried. Beneath the surface she knows she’s a wreck-her scars run deep-and she can’t help but wonder, is Beau Simon the one who can fix her?

Beau Simon, the brightest star in Hollywood has come to New Waterford for one reason only. He’s determined to have Betty Jo Barker star in his next film. He knows she’s perfect for the part, but a past encounter might prove more than a little difficult to overcome. As Beau turns on the charm, hoping to win over this complicated woman, he realizes it won’t be easy.

Only time will tell if what lies beneath can ever be overcome. Or if love can heal all…

They sound great, don’t they?  The Barker Triplets Boxed Set is on sale until Nov. 9th.  It’s available on Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, and other e-retailers.  So, hop on over and dowload your copy of these three wonderful, full-length books for only 99 cents!