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Blog Tour: Thrown by Love

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Book: Thrown By Love

Author: Pamela Aares

Series: Heart of the Game, #2

Tour Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC

Synopsis

A kiss in a dark alcove triggers the greatest challenge of their lives…

Ace pitcher Scotty Donovan has been traded from his longtime team—and hates it. But to his surprise, he now finds himself in the sweetest game of his life: winning the heart of smart, sexy physics professor Chloe McNalley.

Chloe loves teaching, but she’s never fit into academia. When she falls for Scotty, she discovers his arms and heart are where she belongs. They share a passion for the game, a fascination for the mysteries of the universe and an increasing love for one another.

Then Chloe inherits Scotty’s new team. As player and team owner, they shouldn’t be dating. They try to hide their passion, until a blackmailer threatens them personally and professionally. Exposure could be the end of everything–Scotty’s career, Chloe’s team ownership, and their new love—unless they find a way to transcend the taboo standing between them.

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About the Author

Pamela-Aares-Author-2600w-300dpiPamela is an author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her first book, Jane Austen and the Archangel (Angels Come to Earth, #1) was released in 2012. Midnight Becomes You, (Angels Come to Earth, #2) will release in 2014, along with three more books in the Heart of the Game series, all releasing in 2014.

Before becoming a romance author, Pamela Aares produced and wrote award-winning films and radio shows including Your Water, Your Life featuring actress Susan Sarandon and the NPR series New Voices. After producing The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination, she knew without a doubt that romance lives at the heart of the universe and powers the greatest stories of all.

Pamela holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard and lives in the wine country of California with her husband and two curious cats. Her love of nature led to adventures scuba diving the coral reefs of Fiji, exploring the cliffs of Greece, sea kayaking the Rosario Straits and white water rafting the wild and scenic rivers of the west—and romance!

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My Review

They say, whoever “they” are, that love comes when you least expect it. In the case of Scotty and Chloe, that certainly is the case.

For one thing, Scotty is a baseball player, and given that Chloe’s father owns a baseball team, that’s complication enough. Factor in the father dying, Chloe taking over management of the team, and Scotty getting traded to the team, and you have a recipe for certain romantic chaos.

Yet in the midst of all of this, the two fall in love.

There is a sweetness to the story that pulls you in and keeps you hooked. There is also some hot headboard rockin’, and you faithful readers know how excited THAT makes me. As nice and kind as Chloe is, though, Scotty is the heart and soul of this book. He is not the stereotypical athlete; as far as I know, not many athletes are into physics and the cosmos.

Scotty also cares. He cares deeply. He’s one of those guys who takes you home to meet his family (in Nebraska … but of course) within weeks, not years. He loves Chloe, and he wishes he could shout it from the mountaintops.

Naturally, there are obstacles and roadblocks. There is the whole “I own you and I’m your boss” thing, and then there is a dastardly general manager, and, even more significantly for Scotty, there is Chloe’s inherent reluctance and fear. Again, Scotty comes to the rescue because he’s FREAKING AWESOME.

This is a breezy, delightful read, and you may – just may – find yourself leaking a tear or two. You assuredly will find yourself wishing that professional athletes like Scotty really do exist.

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Blog Tour: The Last Original Wife

The Last Original WifeThe Last Original Wife
by Dorothea Benton Frank
Published by William Morrow
373 pages
Genre: women’s fiction
Thanks to the publisher for the preview
4 / 5

 

Meet Leslie Carter.

She could be someone you know, someone you’ve heard of. Perhaps she’s even you. A middle-aged married woman. A stay-at-home mom whose children are grown adults, one traveling in Kathmandu, the other a struggling real estate agent with a child of her own. A wife whose husband controls everything, demands everything, and gives nothing.

The last original wife.

Leslie and husband Wesley (yep … Les ‘n Wes) have been married 30 years, and in the last few, Wes’s friends have traded in their “original wives” for younger, hotter models. Okay, so one of them was a widower who remarried a scant few months after his wife’s death, but still. How is Leslie supposed to be friends with these “Barbies”? What does she, a woman nearing sixty, have in common with with women young enough to be her daughter?

As Leslie grows to realize that the answer to that question is a big fat NOTHING, it takes her literally falling into a manhole to rectify the situation. Yes, a manhole. No pun intended.

To try and figure out what course she wants her life to take, Les leaves Wes and heads to her hometown of Charleston to stay with her gay brother (Wes so does not approve of Harlan) and his pampered pooch. Her visit entails some soul searching and self-actualization of sorts. What do you do when you’ve got around twenty years left on this earth? Do you spend it with someone you no longer respect or trust? Or do you convince yourself that you can’t do better – that you don’t deserve better?

One of the fantastic things about this book is how relatable it is. Leslie could be any of us. She gave her best to her marriage, despite having to beg for extra spending money, despite having to drive a used clunker of a car while Wes continually upgraded the lease for her Mercedes Benz, and despite not traveling to places she wants to visit, instead tagging along with Wes on his golf junkets.

Does this sound like any kind of life to live?

Don’t even get her started on her children. Bertie is lazy and self-indulgent, thinking that roaming hte Kathmandu countryside is akin to making a living, while Charlotte abuses her mother’s free daycare and eschews the “sales” portion of her job.

Leslie is fed up, disgusted, and ready to leave.

But first she needs to take some responsibility for where her life is right now.

Who allowed Wes to become the brute he is? Who coddled and subsidized her children’s irresponsible decisions? Who allowed her family to take advantage of her?

Leslie does address these issues, although she never really admits her own culpability. She gives lip service to it, but as far as she’s concerned, Wes is a horse’s ass and her children aren’t much better. The thing is, Leslie, they behaved the way you allowed them to behave. Of course Wes expects a clean house with a monthly housekeeper, fresh coffee, and breakfast to order. Of course he spends all weekend on the golf course. Of course he plans their vacations at his preferred destinations.

Why wouldn’t he? Leslie has allowed and participated in those decisions for the entirety of their marriage. She played as much a role in where she is now as her husband and children did. Her inability to accept this was something that frustrated me about her, yet it also made her more real. Sure, she has a throwaway line here or there in which she admits fault, but she doesn’t really mean it. It’s too painful for her.

I did like how Benton Frank explained the second marriage phenomenon. These men aren’t marrying twentysomething cuties; they’re marrying women in their thirties, women who are nearing the end of their fertility and are panicking. Theirs is a desperate act of coupling, brought on by fear, just as Leslie stays in her marriage for the same reasons.

For all of the seriousness addressed in this novel, it does have its fun, humorous moments. Leslie is occasionally brittle and unlikable, but she’s real.

She could be you. She could be me. She could  be any of us.

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Dorothea Benton Frank

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Blog Tour & Review: Be With Me

Be With meBe WIth Me
by J. Lynn
Published by William Morrow
384 pages
Genre: New Adult 
Thanks to the publisher for the copy
4 / 5

Young love. It never seems to proceed without complications, does it?

In Wait For You, J. Lynn introduced us to Avery and Cam, a couple whose relationship began on a rather torturous note. Avery had suffered some personal horrors that led her to Shepherdstown, West Virginia (where she can be WATCHED OVER by SHEPHERDS), and, eventually, the arms of the hot dude living across the hall from her.

That would be Cam.

We also met, albeit a tad tangentially, Cam’s BFF Jase Winstead. Who, much like Cam, is quite hot. And while we never met Cam’s sister Teresa, we heard about her through Cam, who’d gotten himself into a bit of a scuffle where Teresa and her ex-boyfriend were concerned.

So now, with Be With Me, we get to spend time getting to know Teresa and Jase.

Much like Cam and Avery, this romance will not take off without numerous hitches, each of them related to Issues that our hero and heroine have.

Teresa (or, as Jase – but only Jase – calls her, Tess) is struggling to recovery from ACL surgery that threatens to end her dancing career. (Avery was a dancer, too.) She’s decided to come to Shepherdstown for her first college semester (SO SHE CAN BE WATCHED OVER BY A SHEPHERD), just long enough to get the knee back under control and then head to New York to resume her dancing career.

And, perhaps, the thought of seeing Jase on a regular basis might have factored into her decision just a wee tad.

See, about a year prior, Tess and Jase shared a hot smooch, and she would like more. But Jase? Well, that hunka hunka burnin’ love hasn’t exactly been Mr. Correspondence since. In fact, the two have exchanged nary a word.

But now they are back in each other’s orbits, and it appears that Jase might be interested. At least certain parts of his body are interested. VERY INTERESTED.

Alas, just being interested isn’t going to seal the deal for these two. First they need to come to terms with Jase’s current personal situation (which is broadcast about as loudly as you can imagine, yet nonetheless seems to surprise Tess), as well as Tess’s wonky knee. Oh, and there is also Tess’s roommate, who may or may not be getting abused by her boyfriend, which serves as a sort of trigger for Tess because she knows what it’s like to be abused.

As silly as this plot sounds – and I realize, as I type, that it sounds silly – the book, nonetheless, is entertaining and good. Tess is feisty and headstrong, but she’s also a girl in love with a boy who captured her heart several years earlier, and who happens to be her brother’s best friend. She is desperate to connect with him, but every time she does, his immediate reaction is to tell her he’s sorry it happened. Is it any wonder he confuses her?

One thing Tess knows for certain is that she cares deeply for Jase, and she wants to be with him. If only his intentions were as clear.

While this is a fairly standard YA plot, it distinguishes itself as NA because of the headboard rockin’.

There IS some hot headboard rockin’. More than in Wait for You, which gave us blue boobs waiting for Cam and Avery to shuck their clothes and get after it. Little sister Tess just needs a brewski or fourski and she is read to gooooooo. 

I got into the story, largely because I always get emotionally attached to female characters who suffer from unrequited love. When Jase tells Tess that he made a mistake – and he does this more than once – I might have teared up. In fact, a big fat tear might have rolled down my cheek. Maybe even more than one.

The hot headboard rockin’ is nicely done. Detailed, but not graphic. Let’s just say that your boobs won’t be too blue after reading this one.

Yes, it’s a bit overly dramatic and hyperbolic at times, and, yes, it’s predictable. But it still feels real. You can imagine these situations unfolding in a college dorm room somewhere. It isn’t as if one of Tess’s classmates turns into a vampire or anything.

Then again, we do meet Calla, and she does have a strange scar on her face. So I guess anything is possible in the third installment.J. Lynn

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Blog Tour: The Taste of Apple Seeds

The Taste of Apple SeedsThe Taste of Apple Seeds
by Katharina Hagena
Published by William Morrow
256 pages
Genre: women’s fiction 
Thanks to the publisher for the preview
3 / 5

 

Families – or at least fictional families – have secrets. As close as siblings may be – as close as husbands and wives or cousins – no manner of closeness affects secrets. In fact, it seems to be an unwritten (ha ha) literary law that family members must keep secrets from each other.

Such is the basic premise in The Taste of Apple SeedsSet in a bucolic German town, Iris’s parents and aunts gather for the funeral of her grandmother, who was plagued by dementia for the last couple of decades of her life. To Iris’s surprise – as well as to that of her mother and aunts – grandma Bertha left Iris the family home. Not that it’s out for any Architectural Digest awards; the floorboards creak, the wood is rotting, and spiders clutter everywhere.

But it’s her grandmother’s home, and Iris feels obligated to it.

As she pores through the home, ferreting out her aunts’ fancy dresses and her grandfather’s book of poetry, Iris attempts to figure out her next step. Will she keep the home? Will she sell it? Give it to her parents?

Helping her out are memories. She recalls her summers spent there with her older cousin, Rosmarie, who was sophisticated, a bit more worldly, and even a wee tad sinister. Notice that word “was,” because Rosmarie is dead. The circumstances surrounding her death are not revealed till the end of the book, and even then, Iris has more questions than answers. That is to be expected, though, when someone dies suddenly at age sixteen.

Iris also recalls her grandmother and aunts, although not too much about her own mother. Iris either was privy to her family’s deepest thoughts or manages to conjure them up; either way, Iris knows an awful lot. She admits at one point that she might have imagined the details surrounding one of her aunts, but for the most part, her knowledge of people’s thoughts, feelings, and even their sex lives is detailed, to say the least.

Hagena tells her story slowly and atmospherically. You can smell the apple trees, feel the minnows nipping at you in the lack water, and hear the creaky stairs. Iris tells the story during the summer, and you can feel the heat. That is one of Hagena’s strengths; she makes you feel as if you’re there.

She also creates characters who compel you to keep reading. Aunts Inga and Harriet are fascinating. In fact, on many occasions, I wished that Inga was narrating, or Harriet. Or even Bertha. It isn’t that Iris is unlikable, though. She’s fine. But she isn’t nearly as interesting as her aunts and grandmother.

The real weakness here is the plot: there doesn’t seem to be much of one. This is more of a weaving together of stories than a novel with a focus of its own. It took about a hundred or so pages for me to get into this book, and even then, I would find myself skimming some of Iris’s mundane activities (picking apples, scything grass) to get to the stories about Bertha, the aunts, and Max, a young attorney she knows from her childhood.

I hesitate to complain about a book that has beautiful, lyrical parts, but that’s what this is: parts. It lacks a cohesive wholeness. Hagena needs you to like Iris a LOT in order to keep turning pages, and, like I said, Iris is one of the least interesting characters here. She is a librarian, so she is accustomed to surrounding herself with other people’s stories, which perhaps accounts for her inability to make herself sound interesting.

I kept wishing for more. More of Inga, more of Harriet and Bertha, even more of Rosmarie. But more than anything, I wished for more plot.

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Blog Tour: This Dark Road to Mercy

This Dark Road to MercyThis Dark Road to Mercy
by Wiley Cash
Published by William Morrow
240 pages
Genre: literature 
Thanks to the publisher for the preview
4 / 5

Two little girls, each named after one of their mother’s favorite things, Easter (age 12) and Ruby (age 7) are orphaned. You get the sense that this is not a terribly shocking or sudden development as Mom had what we might call issues. 

They do have a father, Wade, a would-be baseball player turned ex con turned day laborer, but he gave up his parental rights four years earlier. (We are never really told why, but it isn’t difficult to infer what triggered the move.) So the girls live in a Home for orphans, where they slide in the day-to-day life of children waiting to be adopted. There are grandparents out there – their mother’s are in Alaska – but the girls have never met any of them.

A few months after their mother’s death, Wade shows up. Despite having no legal grounds for doing so, Wade takes his girls, determined to be a father to them. Easter is suspicious and reluctant, but Ruby is thrilled to see her father. And Wade, perhaps even to his own surprise, is overjoyed to be with his girls.

There is a teensy little problem, though. Wade might just be in a bit of trouble with some Very Bad Men, men who are determined to wreak retribution from Wade.

When the girls go missing, another man is concerned: Brady Weller, their court appointed guardian ad litem. Brady’s motives may not be entirely altruistic – he is relegated to monthly dinners with his own daughter – but even so, he is determined to find the girls and keep them safe.

And so begins a search. Several searches, actually. Brady is looking for Easter and Ruby, Very Bad Man Pruitt is looking for Wade, Easter and Ruby are looking for someone to take care of them, and Wade …. well, Wade is looking for freedom and fatherhood. Bracketing the story is the chase between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire to break Roger Maris’ home run record, a sort of metaphorical search for glory, success, and immortality.

This is a quick read, yet it is evenly paced. It feels slow and warm, much like the weather shrouding Easter and Ruby. Told through the eyes of Easter, Brady, and Pruitt, we see three very different perspectives on the missing girls. Easter is almost preternaturally mature, which, given her unstable childhood, is hardly surprising. When she looks at her home through the eyes of the responders coming after her mother’s death, she sees it for what it is, and nothing escapes her notice. No food, no furniture, no hope.

The good guy in the story, Brady lays bare his flaws, both personally and professionally. He knows that in rescuing the girls, he’s really trying to rescue himself as a father. He adores his daughter, yet has no connection with her. Perhaps in saving Easter and Ruby, he can save himself in her eyes.

Pruitt, the requisite bad guy, is less developed and almost comically predictable, the weak link in an otherwise compelling story. Everything about him is unoriginal, whether his reasons for hunting down Wade or some of the atrocities he commits. Fortunately, our time in Pruitt’s head is brief, perhaps because his story arc is so insubstantial.

Despite the disappointment that is Pruitt, this is a story that pulls you in and keeps you hooked, largely due to Easter. She is precocious in a Scout Finch sort of way, but the two characters share few similarities. Scout pushes and provokes, whereas Easter observes and adapts. She is the de facto mother – the de facto father, even – and has been for some time. What she wants from life, more than anything, is security. Can she find that with Wade? Or is she better off at the Home?

The beauty of Wiley Cash’s story is that he offers no pat, simplistic answers. Easter’s life may never be what she wants it to be, but whose is? Easter has learned the art of adaptation, of revising her expectations according to the situation at hand. Like the baseball players peppering the novel, she knows how to read the signs and make decisions that help her come out on top. Errors will occur, but Easter knows that making an error is one thing; not repeating them is another. Wiley Cash

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Blog Tour: Rome: A Marked Men Novel

RomeRome
by Jay Crownover
Published by William Morrow
384 pages
Thanks to the publisher for the preview
Genre: New Adult, romance
3.5 / 5

Do you like your men big, strong, and a bit imposing? Do you like them rough? Maybe a little damaged?

If so, you, my friend, need a Rome Archer in your life.

Yes, Rome is his name, and, no, it is not the quirkiest name in this book. That might belong to his brother, Rule, or their friend Jet.

One thing Rome is, though, is need of salvation. Not necessarily of the religious kind, but more of the post traumatic kind. Rome, you see, is freshly home from several years in Afghanistan, and as the lone survivor of a bombing, his survivor’s guilt is nearly unbearable.

It’s a good thing Cora is up for a challenge. As tiny and sparkly as he is big and gloomy, Cora works in the tattoo parlor co-managed by Rule. Shortly after meeting Rome, she launches some of her snark and sarcasm, and he finds his interest piqued. Cora, though, is interested in Mr. Perfect. She’s struggling to get over a crushing heartache, and Rome, with all of his issues, is not at all her idea of perfection.

Until he takes his clothes off, that is.

These two attempt to heal themselves through the melding of their naughty bits, as well as some conversations and cuddling. But their road to true love will not be an easy one to trod. Rome has terrible nightmares, while Cora approaches romance with a healthy dose of skepticism. Their friends are equally as suspicious, and Fate appears to prefer toying with them to getting out of their way.

Cora and Rome are adorable, independently and together. She is spunky and feisty, exactly what Rome needs. He tenderly calls her Tink (after Tinkerbell … she really is a tiny thing), and she calls him “Big Guy” or “Captain No Fun.”

For all of their differences, they are copacetic when it comes to rocking the headboard. Rome is almost surprised at how great their first night together is, but he knows that coming together as a couple will be fraught with difficulty.

Another similarity they share is a somewhat fractious family life. Rome is the oldest of three brothers, one of whom has died, and when he feels that he can’t shoulder the burden, he reacts by withdrawing. Cora deals with her family in a similar way. Her mother abandoned her, and she moved out of her Naval admiral father’s home as soon as she could, largely because she wants stability. But can she find stability with a man suffering as much as Rome?

The story here is good, which is all due to Rome and Cora. You will enjoy their narratives and will cheer them on. You also will enjoy their sexy times. Rome. Oh, girls. ROME. Remember, she’s really tiny, and he is NOT. When Cora gets a little nervous about the size differential (yes, THAT size differential), it’s difficult not to chuckle out loud.

This is a cute book. It may not last with you for a long time, but you will enjoy it while you’re reading Jay Crownoverit.

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Blog Tour: Between the Sheets

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Strap on your vibrators, girls! It’s time to hit the sheets with some hot erotica.

I’ve reviewed some of these books and can say that these ladies can write the hell out of some headboard rockin’. But as some of you know, my issues with a lot of erotica is the heroines. Some of the women are so vapid that I can’t figure out how those gorgeous (and HOT) heroes can stand to be around them, much less – er – in them.

Have you ever wondered what an erotica author factors into consideration when it comes to their heroines?

What’s a “must have” for your heroines?

Jodi Ellen Malpas:  Sass to deal with her Alpha.

Cecilia Tan: My heroines must have an adventurous side. They have to be willing to put themselves at risk, whether physically or emotionally (or both). BDSM is great for that, too.

C.C. Gibbs: The “must have” for my heroines is a super strong character. Wimpy women don’t interest me.

Kate McKinley: They have to be strong enough to take on an alpha hero, so they need to be strong themselves and compassionate, as well.

I love that all four authors recognize that the leading lady must be a strong woman. If their responses piqued your curiosity, enter the Rafflecopter below to win a copy of their books!

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THIS MAN CONFESSED by Jodi Ellen Malpas (January 21, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $15.00)
Ava and Jesse are getting married. The Manor is filled with guests as the couple weds in the very place where their passionate love affair began. While Ava understands she’ll never tame Jesse–and wouldn’t want to–she believes his troubles are now behind him. But on what should be the happiest day of her life, Ava is faced with new problems. Her brother, Dan, disapproves of her marriage and is determined to make her see that Jesse isn’t the man she thinks he is. Could there be truth to his words? Is Jesse hiding another dark secret? Ava loves Jesse deeply, but has she bound herself to a man who cherishes her and will take her to the edge of ecstasy–or to the brink of despair?

Bio:
Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, UK, where she lives with her family.  Working for the family construction business fulltime and with the prospect of taking it over once her father retired, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing a novel until it became impossible. She finally found the time and courage to release her creative streak and in October 2012 self-published This Man as an e-book.  She took a chance on a story with some intense characters, notably Mr. Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor, and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world.  Two months later,  Jodi made the decision to give up her day job to concentrate on her new and very unexpected career in writing.

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ALL HE NEEDS by C.C. Gibbs (December 17, 2013; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
Brilliant. Wealthy.  Powerful.  Dominic Knight is one of the hottest tech developers in the world–and the most demanding lover Kate Hart has ever known.  Whether in the boardroom or the bedroom, he is always in charge.  But there is one thing he cannot control:  Kate’s fiery heart…

As a master in her field, talented Kate surpassed Dominic’s wildest expectations.  As a woman of uncommon intelligence and beauty, she unlocked something deep within him.  Yet since their professional relationship–and erotically charged affair–came to an end, the fire in him has only grown stronger.

Now, the man who has everything will do whatever it takes to reclaim the woman he lost.  From Boston and Paris to Singapore and San Francisco, he will lure Kate back into his elite world of privilege and passion.  Together, they will test the limits of desire and the boundaries of discipline.  For both, this is uncharted territory–naked, reckless, and uninhibited.  But when Dominic’s deadliest enemies target Kate, he must face his darkest fears…and admit to himself that she is all he needs.

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C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in the Midwest, at times in Northern California, is married with three children and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein, while the creative process offers fascinating glimpses into the machinery of the mind. And last but not least, researching anything, but particularly a book like ALL HE DESIRES–thank you Google–is great fun!

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SLOW SEDUCTION by Cecilia Tan (January 28, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $10.00)
Unforgettable passion . . .
Two months have passed since Karina’s painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she’ll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.

Unexpected pleasure . . .
Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been “trained” to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever?

Bio:
Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball, from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, Black Feathers, Mind Games, White Flames,and The 50 Greatest Yankee Games. She has edited over 50 anthologies of erotica for Red Silk Editions, Thunder’s Mouth Press, Blue Moon Books, Masquerade Books, Ravenous Romance, and for the publishing house she founded, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Best American Erotica, and many other places, and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Slow Trains, Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball Magazine, Yankees Magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere.

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A COUNTESS BY CHANCE by Kate McKinley (January 7, 2014; Forever E-Novella; $0.99)
A gambler’s daughter, Sophia Weatherby knows her way around a deck of cards. So when her family estate becomes threatened, she has no choice but to use her skills at the gaming tables to save herself from ruin. A lavish house party affords her the perfect opportunity-until the newly minted Earl of Huntington arrives. Adam Greyson has never forgotten the day Sophia rejected his proposal. Now to even the score, he challenges her to a shocking wager-his two thousand pounds against the one valuable commodity she has left: her virtue.

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KATE MCKINLEY writes Regency and Fantasy Romance. When she’s not staring at her screen, dreaming up delicious heroes, she’s a wife, mother and part-time assistant.

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