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Monday, July 29, 2013

Review for Designs of Desire by Tempeste O'Riley

Review: I really loved this story between artist James Bryant and CEO Seth Burns. The emotions that run through this book will make you laugh as well as cry. There are a myriad of interesting characters throughout the book that help keep the story believable and in real life terms.
James Bryant has such a troubling past you see why he is the way he is and scared to take a chance on love.

Seth Burns is someone who didn't come from a background such as James'. There is so much depth within this story that all you can do is peel back the layers and enjoy.

This is a great m/m story that doesn't just have hot sex in it (and it's hot) but it has realism. I will be looking for more from this author.

5 stars for a wonderful love story!

Designs of Desire

by Tempeste O’Riley

M/M Erotic BDSM/Kink Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: July 29th 2013

Length: Novel / 200 pages


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Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.

As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.

James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?

About the Author:

Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud member of Romance Writers of America® and Rainbow Romance Writers. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guest Author Rebecca Brochu 12-5-12

When Sheriff Nick Grey is talked into playing Santa at the local mall by his devious sister Lana he fully expects to have a miserable time.  What he doesn’t know is that Lana has convinced Peter DeKell to play one of his elves.  Peter’s the town’s librarian and the object of Nick’s affection since they were both children.  The only problem is that while the entire town knows that the Sheriff is head over heels for the quiet librarian, Peter seems at best oblivious and at worst not interested. 

After being faced with the temptation of Peter in tights Nick finally breaks down and asks Peter to dinner and is elated when he accepts.  When disaster strikes in the form of an ill-timed kiss Nick has to make a choice.  Is he willing to finally give up on being with Peter?  Or will the lawman fight for his librarian’s affections?

Teaser Excerpt: 
He tastes better than Nick had ever imagined, salty but not too bitter, and he still smells like soap and fresh clean skin.  Nick sucks slow and hard, his mouth sliding up and down Peter’s shaft in an easy rhythm while his tongue swirls around and across the head of his cock, pausing every now and again to dip into his slit and wiggle slightly.  Peter’s moaning and thrashing, trying to buck his hips up but unable to escape the iron grip Nick has on his hip.
Nick just loses himself in the act, in the taste and feel of Peter hard and throbbing in his mouth, in the knowledge that he finally has him where he’s always wanted him.  Peter’s panting and calling his name above him and tugging gently at his hair in warning, but Nick ignores it.  He wants Peter to come, wants to taste it, to have him lose control inside of his mouth with the knowledge that Nick was the one who drove him to such extremes.
Peter comes hard and suddenly across his tongue, and Nick swallows it down and keeps sucking.  He cleans Peter with his tongue, makes sure to get every drop there is and then keeps going until Peter is tugging at his hair harder, his cock too sensitive for what Nick’s doing.
He finally pulls off, but he doesn’t really give Peter a chance to recover.  Instead he grabs him by the hips and flips him over onto his stomach so he can spread him open and press his tongue against his hole.  The normally tightly furled muscle is loose from Peter’s orgasm and Nick just presses inside ruthlessly.  Peter moans low in his throat and squirms, but this time he’s pressing back into Nick’s mouth instead of trying to escape.
He fucks Peter slow and steady with his tongue, bites gently at his rim just to feel him jump and twitch, and then slides a finger in alongside his tongue just to hear him whine high in his throat.  Nick keeps going, adds another finger and then another, licks around them and between them, loosens Peter up for his cock because he wants nothing between them, not even the slick slide of lube.
“Nick.  Nick, please, please I’m ready.  I’m ready, Nick.  I want it, I want it, come on, Nick, please. Give it to me.  Come on, come on, come on!”  Peter groans and presses farther back onto Nick’s tongue and hand, and Nick growls and pulls himself away slowly, like it’s painful to leave and it really kind of is.
“Fuck, Peter.  Fuck.  God, I can’t wait.  I can’t.”  Nick’s frantic now, his own cock is full and heavy, curving up towards his stomach and leaking desperately.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday Author Lisa Darling

Please welcome Author Lisa Darling to Epically Romantic! She will be giving away a copy of the Heart of War to a lucky reader!  Please leave a comment here with your  email for your chance to win!

Inside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero--even within The Heart of War. Meet Ares God of War, the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He's moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God. Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' secluded Greek Isle is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a plucky little Fey washes up on his shore after believing she's been shipwrecked. It's not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart. Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years. When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares' island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. With nowhere to run and strikes a bargain with the God of War--her virginity for his protection. Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus among the Gods. If it means turning Alena over to Zeus afterward, well that's of no consequence to it? After Alena proves herself to the God of War in battle and in his bed, Ares must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena. Get lost in this sweeping dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. Battle Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. They share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors. The Heart of War contains scenes of graphic sex and violence. As such, this novel is intended for ADULTS ONLY it is NOT recommended for the Faint of Heart.

GENRE: Paranormal, Romance, Erotica, Drama, Suspense

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Author Nikki Prince: Day 6 of 31 days of Steamy Mocha by MMP

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Whos Who Wednesday Author Ashlynne

Everyone please welcome our Wednesday Author Ashlynne Laynne!

Hi Nikki, let me just start by saying how thrilled I am to be here on your blog today. I love your visuals and the John Lennon quote is one of my personal favorites. Today I’m offering two copies of the revamped version of my first novel, The Progeny to two lucky commenters. If I might, I’d like to begin by telling a bit about myself. I write under the pen name Ashlynne Laynne. I live in North Carolina with my husband of nine years and my nineteen-year old son. I’m a full time employee at a major power company, and I write part-time. I’m currently writing books three and four of my Progeny series, editing book two of the same series, editing books one and two of another upcoming series, and writing book one for a series I plan for late 2013.
Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.
The infinite possibilities, for such a wickedly unique couple, intrigued her. There is no shortage of romance, steam and surprises in The Progeny. These books are for adults and contain adult sensuality and themes, but minimal profanity. She loves writing on the edge and teetering between the erotica and romance genres. She thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the damned version of Romeo and Juliet.
Ashlynne is currently working on books three and four of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled WIP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write full time one day soon.
Book one of the Progeny Series—The Progeny—will re-release soon. The “revamp” will be a second edition full of extended scenes new details. Book two—Blood Bonds—is set to release in June of 2012.
Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.

The Progeny Blurb

“No fate other than the one I choose.”

The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher - a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? The writing bug bit me pretty earlier in life, around age 8. I entered and placed third in an Optimist Oratorical contest on Freedom in America. This was the first time that I saw the true power of my words. I was pretty much hooked after that. Over the years, I’ve written poetry and songs but never considered myself patient enough to sit and write a novel. That all changed two years ago after I had an intense dream about a man who’d later became my character, Ascher. After that, I was pretty much in it until the end.

How long does it take you to write a book? It usually takes me four to six months, depending on the other factors in my life.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I work my A job Monday-Thursday from 5:30 am- 1:30pm. I usually settle down to network, check email, and take care of blogs and whatnots from 2:45- 3:30. I try to write at least two hours every day. I get the bulk of my writing done on the weekends when I don’t have to work during the day.

Where do you get your information or ideas about your books? Believe it or not, the Progeny Series started as a dream about Ascher. It really freaked me out, because I woke up with this compulsion to know who the gorgeous guy was. Most of the scenes in my books are dreams. I keep notepads and pens around my house because I randomly have thoughts, dreams, or ideas pop into my head many times during the day.

What does your family think about your writing? I think my husband was ready to commit me some place at first. When I told him that I was going to write a book about a vampire and witch who fall in love, he gave me the analytical look that Ash gives Shauna a lot in the series. Over time, as I became more engrossed in my quest to write these characters, hubby came onboard. My birthday gift last year was a new laptop so that I wouldn’t be confined in my writing room, hovering over the desktop all day.

Do you like creating books for adults? I love writing for adults. Though my first book was labeled erotic paranormal romance, I had no idea that was what I wrote. I shied away from using harsher words out of fear of the unknown. Then a friend, who is a very prolific erotica writer, told me that she saw me holding back in my love scenes. So I took a scene that I was working on in book three, stripped the purple prose away and replaced it with more heated descriptions and actions to match. And you know what? It was very liberating! I’ve never felt freer or more creative. I’m pretty sure I’ll never go back.

Five things readers wouldn’t know about me. Hmmm, let’s see. Well readers wouldn’t know that my only child has autism. I’m a big crusader for all causes associated with autism and plan a project where the proceeds will go to autism research. I’m also afraid of clowns. Stephen King’s It pretty much ruined clowns for me for a lifetime. My favorite dogs are Yorkshire Terriers. My favorite color is pink, but I’m sure that anyone who’s visited my blog or website could’ve figured that one out. Lastly, I’m sure that my readers wouldn’t guess that I’m a lover of metal music. Rob Zombie is one of my favorite artists.

What TV shows do you watch? my favorites are Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Bitchin’ Kitchen, The Secret Circle and Vampire Diaries

Tell us about your upcoming releases. If you could call it that, the revamp of The Progeny is my latest release. This is a re-edited, extended detail version of the original book that released back in February. It’s been an amazing experience for me because I was able to go back and bring more detail to these characters, now that I’m writing in book four of the series. The sequel, Blood Bonds, is set to release this summer.

Where can we find you online?
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Louisa Bacio -- Love Knows No Bounds: Release Day! The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf...

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review: The Protector by Ambrielle Kirk

Author: Ambrielle KirkPublisher: Evernight Publishing

Release Date: January 2012
ISBN: 9781927368473

Book 1 of A Blood Legends Novel
Book Genre: Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance 

Mona Laveaux is unaware of her origins, and when her guardian is killed, she is thrown into a world of immortals fighting to find her and to take what she has. Mona luckily was trained by her guardian before his death to use weapons and to fight. All skills she will need in the upcoming battle for mankind as well as vampires and werewolves.

Very interesting mix of characters within this book. I loved Ambrielle Kirk's world building. Very elaborate background histories on the characters.

Now the hero Xander Delgado was exceptionally tasty. I love a hot vamp and he definitely was hot. A thinker and sexy, who could ask for more? The love that is growing between Mona and Xander is forbidden which made this a roller-coaster ride to read. I loved it. I love a romance that can pull you into the characters lives and has you on pins and needles wondering what will happen next.

Enter Hunter. Xander Delgado's brother. A brother who has his own agenda. A brother whose very presence causes issues for Xander and Mona's relationship.

The age-old rivalry between werewolf and vampires was fun with the added twists of demons, gods and prophecies in this book. Again rich history, and very rich story telling. The only issue I had with the book was that a few times with all the characters I had to re-read to make sure who it was talking about as there were a lot of different characters. The book is 314 pages so there is a lot of information and little subplots within this story. I cannot wait for the second book to see all the lose ends tied up. There are other interesting characters in this book that I am hoping will have their say in the sequel as well.

Great book, I do recommend it.

Review: Blackmailed By The Beast by Sam Crescent

Author: Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Release Date: January 2012
ISBN: 9781927368404

Book Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Let me first start out by giving kudos to whoever designed the cover. The characters look exactly how the writer describes them. For me, the first thing I look at when getting romance books is the cover. And nothing is more irritating than getting a cover that has characters that look nothing like the characters in the book. BLACKMAILED BY THE BEAST has a beautiful work on the cover that led to an even more sexy, fun and beautiful love story.

I loved Lily Jones. First of all because she comes to life over the pages as a real woman. Full figured and full of spunk and passion but at the same time she remains sweet and innocent. Even though she is young (21), she has had a lot of responsibilities on her shoulders so she comes across as innocent but at the same time mature.

Wayne Brown. Let me just say I fell in love with him just like Lily did. Strong, capable, hard headed, hot and oh yeah...did I mention sexy? I loved his take-charge attitude. All alpha male yet at the same time you know he has some vulnerabilities just beneath the surface for the heroine to scratch and uncover.

At first I worried when I saw there was forced seduction. I wasn't sure if it could work. But BOY, did it work!

I loved this book. I will be looking for more from Sam Crescent to be sure. Thank you for such a well written, fun and sexy plot. I enjoyed it immensely.

Five stars for a great beginning, middle and a rocking happy ending.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Two Hot by Delilah Devlin

Author: Delilah Devlin

Publisher: Delilah Devlin

Release Date: March 2012
Book Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more

Let me just say that this book was titled aptly. TWO HOT was definitely "Too Hot". I loved it. I have read Delilah Devlin's books before and I have to tell you she never disappoints. No matter what she is writing about, who she is writing about and how many are involved (ménage) in what she is writing about, the characters are always well thought out, sexy as hell, funny, and real.

The heroine in this book had the best of both worlds in the two heroes. But Alpha yet slightly different that they complemented one another and the heroine without overshadowing each other. The heat sizzled from the pages and I could not stop reading it until I was done. Nineteen pages of pure sexy bliss. Three neighbors who are friends and take it to the next level.

It's an erotic tale of how neighbors can take advantage of a power outage and even in nineteen short pages, there was so much sizzle I had to look up from reading it to take a few deep breaths. Robert, Emily and Jason's relation worked for me. They were believable and fun as a ménage. Nothing seemed forced or rushed seeing as the characters already knew one another.

TWO HOT was like being wrapped up with your significant other in front of a roaring fire with your favorite wine. Sweet, cuddly and playful fun that turns into heated scenes that keep you wanting more and more.

Ms. Delilah, I loved this...keep bringing on the heat and I will definitely be there to read.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Interview/excerpts: Author Lia Davis with giveaway!

Please welcome  Author Lia Davis to Epically Romantic!  She is having a giveaway for a swag pack as well as to be entered into a grand prize drawing of a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  So please comment and leave your email address for your chance to win!  Now on to the interview and excerpts!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: Krewe Daddy by Margie Church

Author: Margie Church
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing

Release Date: January 2013
ISBN: 9781605924021

Book Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, GLBT

You have done it again, Margie Church! This M/M sequel to Hard as Teak tied up the questions that one would have after a book as to where some of the other characters are and how they are fairing. I loved that this was Drew's story and that Kevin and Teak were brought back so that we could see them years later and learn that they were truly happy. It was great to see that Drew was still friends with them and well and truly happy with the fact that they were in love and a genuine couple.
Now on to Drew.

It was like seeing him grow up. He has a job as a wildlife enforcement agent and is still a model for Kevin Marks. It was nice to delve deeper into his past issues of hurt and pain and lost love. You feel for Drew because he is struggling to figure out what he really wants in a relationship and then in enters Luis Herrera, his old flame. Talk about a jaw dropping moment. I loved it. And I am sure you will too.

Luis and Drew really do complement one another and I find myself rooting for their relationship even though they have several past issues that are roadblocks to their relationship. Mistrust, pain, heated love, hot sex with two very Alpha like men! Hot damn I was and am in love. It doesn't help that there are several other men waiting in the wings for Drew, and a cross dresser and several other men waiting in the wings for Luis. All this manly testosterone had me turning page after to page. When danger lurks near, Margie Church did a wonderful job of keeping me in suspense. Definitely a recommended read for lovers of the M/M genre.

Well done, Margie Church. You did justice with this sequel. Dare I hope that Blair will get his chance at love in a number three?

Five stars!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Who’s Who Wednesdays Author Spotlight—Rachel Carrington

Please help me welcome Author Rachel Carrington to Epically Romantic!  Please make sure to leave a comment for her along with your email as she is doing a giveaway of her book (in PDF) Vampire Cursed.  The winner will be contacted by Wednesday the 9th, 2012!  Now on to the interview!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Romancing the Book: Review: Till Abandon by Avril Ashton

Romancing the Book: Review: Till Abandon by Avril Ashton: Till Abandon by Avril Ashton Series : Paranormal Security Council (# 1) Release Date : October 17, 2011 Publisher : Total-E-Bound Publ...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: Online Menage by Sara Kingston

ONLINE MENAGE is definitely a keeper. First book by this author and it won't be my last. If you're into ménage that packs a lot of heat, tension and fun, this one is for you. I liked that the characters all had a connection from the beginning that they didn't know about. The male interaction was tastefully done and very exciting. I wanted to see if by inserting the female into the dynamics, the story would still run as smoothly and I was not disappointed. Sure there were some problems with jealousy but that would only be realistic. In order for the relationships to be real they would have to have some issues with another person or persons being inserted in the relationship.

What caught my attention first is the word "online", then of course "ménage" pulled me in. With the way society is now, everything is done on our smart phones and our computers. I love seeing a relationship or relationships that blossom over the net. It was believable that feelings for someone could develop over a period of time this way, and the author made it work. You know that there will be a happily ever after but it is how the author gets you there that makes it fun. The sexual tension, the need and the desire make for some really hot scenes. Wonderfully written sexual scenes that are written well so that one can actually see them. I loved how the men managed to go not only from a couple with each other, but brought Alex into their circle to become part of a triad that really worked.

Alexis, Ryan and Tyler made this story work for me and I wanted more. I will be looking for more from this author for sure. Five stars, a must read!

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Review: Raphael's Mating by Sunny Day

Nothing more delicious than two male Alpha Werewolves. River Summers and Raphael Solis are the epitome of sexy males. The fact that they are both alphas make it even sexier. Even better is that they want each other. This was wonderfully done. The plot was exciting and had me turning the pages and wanting to read more.

Raphael Solis with his olive complexion, long as sin black hair and a sheriff to boot. What a naughty and delicious combo. Who doesn't love a man in uniform? And then we have River Summers with his blue eyes and blonde hair and very dominant attitude.

The fun thing about these two was that they were both Alphas, which made it sexy to see them confront one another. All that testosterone with lust mixed in makes for some great situations. I like the fact that both men were strong and that they gave in to the other when the other needed it. All in all this was a great read, I recommend it to anyone who loves Paranormal werewolves and male on male situations.

The only issue that I had with this book is the few typos I did notice. But otherwise, this book hits the spot for me. More, please, Sunny Day.

Five stars for lick-able and likable Alpha Werewolves.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: By Surprise by Alyssa Turner

Title: By Surprise
Author: Alyssa Turner
Review Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Ebony Dreams
Publisher: Etopia Press
Release Date: February 29, 2012

Source: Author

This is the second book that I have read by this author and she continues to surprise and please me. I loved this book. The characters were well thought out and their getting together was very realistic.

The interaction between the men, Paxton and Nicholas is hot. They are a couple and married to one another. They know that they want to be together forever. Though Nicholas can sense that Paxton is holding back the need to be with a woman. So why not give Paxton the ultimate gift for his birthday? A woman.

What Nicholas doesn't count on is that it will be an old friend from Paxton's life who will slowly infiltrate their tight bond and fill that role. Enter Jodi. Who has issues of her own and her one main issue is the love she has had for Paxton. Nicholas knows Paxton is Bi. What Nicholas realizes he has to come to terms with is his own feelings about Jodi.

This is a sexy MMF polyamory menage that is a must read! I could not put it down, did not want to put it down and was sad when I was done. It would definitely be a plus if there is a sequel to this. Would love to see what happens later on in the lives of Paxton, Nicholas and Jodi. So how about it Alyssa Turner?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Welcome Author Stacey Brutger! Excerpt and Contest!

Please welcome Author Stacey Brutger to the blog.  She is having a contest for a $10 Amazon card if you visit her site and comment!  

Everything changed when Raven, a natural born conduit, accidentally walks in on a slave auction. She only wants a night out with her friends before her next case as a paranormal liaison with the police. Instead, she ends up in possession of a shifter and his guardian. When your touch can kill, living with two touchy-feely shifters is a disaster waiting to happen.
To make matters worse, a vicious killer is on the loose. As mutilated bodies turn up, she can't help fear that her new acquisitions are keeping secrets from her. The strain of keeping everyone alive, not to mention catching the killer, pushes her tenuous control of her gift and her emotions to their limits. If they hope to survive, they must work together as a pack or risk becoming hunted themselves.

“In or out?”
“Excuse me?” Raven whirled, her gaze unerringly finding those of a, a wolf in human form who stood a little over six feet. He towered over her by at least half a foot, forcing her to take a step back in order to meet his gaze without cricking her neck.
Damn touchy-feely shifters. They didn’t have any boundaries or understand the concept of personal space, especially between unclaimed men and women.
Fresh air clung to him, relaxing some of her initial surprise at finding him so close. Though handsome, there was something a little too masculine about him, a little too purposeful in his actions that left her unsettled. She resisted the urge to fidget, glad she took care to make herself as forgettable as possible. Dressed in black, her distinctive, silver-tipped hair pinned back like a prim schoolmarm, she little resembled the carefree, underdressed partygoers who frequented the place.
“I said are you going in or out?” Dark brows lowered in annoyance, and those deep brown eyes shone brightly in the hallway, revealing his animal nature. Power wrapped around him, barely leashed, rubbing against her. It didn’t hurt, though it wasn’t quite pleasant either. More of a brusque probe to find out if she was a threat. The taste of his magic revealed he had no interest in her.
She stepped aside to let him pass, refusing to shrink in front of him, taking care to ensure they didn’t touch. He didn’t seem to notice, not even sparing her a glance. He just grunted, gliding by on silent feet. The noise of the club rose as he entered the room beyond.
Raven pried open her clenched fingers, finding them reluctant to obey. Though she should be pleased, his dismissive attitude annoyed her. Despite having a very small portion of the shifter genetic make-up, her mind blared a warning that all males inside would have the same reaction. Like was attracted to like, and she most definitely was not one of them. Not really, despite all the tests conducted on her as a child. Tests the labs performed to find out how much control she had over the animal counterparts locked away at her core. A core that gave a low rumble at his easy dismissal.
“Don’t mind him. He can be an ass.”
Raven jerked at the masculine voice, surprised to find herself not alone. She’d shut herself down so hard she’d inadvertently blocked some of her senses. A costly mistake. Especially since her animals liked to come out to play when she shut out the very electricity she used to keep them at bay.
“My fault.” She pushed the words past her constricted throat. From now on, she would stick to business and shove the personal nonsense the girls always spouted into the garbage where it belonged. She could deal with her gift by herself like she had all her life. Plans were in place if the worst came to pass. “I should go.”
When she went to retreat, the boy, who had to be no more than eighteen, stepped in front of the exit, barring her way. “Don’t. Please.”
The tremble in his voice drew her attention. Instincts sharpened. Then she noticed the slave collar clamped around his throat.
The delicate threads of metal, a combination of silver and gold, marked him as a slave to the shifter community. Welts beaded on his skin where the silver encircled his neck, and she couldn’t prevent her lips from curling in disgust.
She understood the aching need to belong, but she couldn’t condone the process. How could a person permit another to use them just to earn a place in the pack?
“Why do you do it?” The question slipped out without thinking of the consequences.
No retaliation came. More surprising, he didn’t appear angered at her question. Pack always held their business close to their chest. Unless you were a fur-and-claw-carrying member of the club, you didn’t need to know.
A sad look passed over the boy’s face. “The collar protects me more than if I remained rogue. Without it, I’d be bottom to everyone. If I’m accepted into a pack, they’ll protect me.”
“Unless they kill you first.” Rogues don’t last long past their prime out in the open.
The lean man who stood so proudly before her didn’t look to be the threatening monster everyone claimed about rogues, the reason for their unspoken, kill-first law for unregistered rogues.
He shrugged. “Those are the rules. Unless you’re born into the pack or challenge and kill for your place, you have to earn your spot.” An uncertain smile tipped the corner of his lips, an expression that didn’t settle easily on his face. An almost indistinguishable sheen of sweat clung to him.
The people inside were like animals in the way that if they sensed fear or weakness, they singled you out. After years of practice, she made an art out of blending into the background. The boy had no such protection.
“Maybe you’ll find me inside.” Without waiting for her response, he disappeared into the club, leaving the scent of defeat. Anxiety. And more damning, hope.
Raven debated the wisdom of leaving against all that she could gain. If the boy could face the crowd, then so could she.

Title: Electric Storm
Series: A Raven Investigations Novel
Author: Stacey Brutger
Release Date: April 8, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 340

My next book, The Demon Within, a paranormal romance, will be coming out later this year. If you like demons and cursed angels, you won’t want to miss the first book in this series.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Welcome Author Jasmine Haynes (Interview, excerpt and contest)

Please welcome author Jasmine Haynes to my blog.  She has decided to grace us with a wonderful interview and excerpt of one of her books.  She is going to have a give away a PDF copy of Revenge Sex to one lucky person, so please leave your name and your email address along with a comment and stop by and follow her on her blog/website @ from April 2-15.   Now on to the interview and  an excerpt from Submitting to the Boss.

Jasmine Haynes, Rita Finalist for Somebody’s Lover, plus two-time Holt Medallion and National Readers Choice Award winner, is the author of over 30 classy, erotic romance tales. Look for her West Coast series, starting with Revenge Sex. Of course, she’s also the author of the award-winning Max Starr psychic mystery series. And don’t miss her writing as Jennifer Skully, KOD Daphne award-winning author, bringing you poignant tales peopled with hilarious characters that will make you laugh and make you cry.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I had such fun answering your questions. And here they are!

How long does it take you to write a book?

A full-length novel, including revision and editing time, takes four to five months to write. Novellas, of course, are much faster, I can write one in about six to eight weeks. For a novella, there’s usually no subplot, so it takes a lot less time, and the most important thing is the emotion.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first book in high school. I was 17. I took a creative writing class, and we were supposed to write two short stories. I asked the teacher if I could write a novel instead and turn in chapters. She was delighted! It was a gothic romance, which is what I loved reading. And it was all handwritten!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I’m a big walker. I live in mountain foothills, and there’s a nearby state park where I can hike. I’m also close to the beach, so it’s always fun to walk down there, too. My mother is a great walker as well, and I visit her every other week, where we take a nice walk (at her speed), and play lots of cards. She loves card games. And of course, I enjoy my movies and TV shows in the evening! We just finished watching Game of Thrones and The Killing, both of which I loved.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve published over 30 books. Fool’s Gold (under my pseudonym Jennifer Skully and recently reissued as an ebook) is my favorite. It’s a romantic comedy with a mystery thrown in, and the little town the story takes place in, Goldstone, was patterned after the town where my brother-in-law lives. It’s sort of a derelict place, but there are so many fun and interesting characters living there. I loved writing about that little town. And some of the background in the story comes from stories my brother-in-law told me, like the outhouse excavating and the Twinkie caper. You’ll have to read it to find out more! The first book in the “Cottonmouth series”, as I call it, is She’s Gotta Be Mine. Brax, the sheriff, is a major character in the first story, then gets his own story in Fool’s Gold. Readers can learn more about Cottonmouth at

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

I have three suggestions for new writers. First, take classes and learn your craft. There are a ton of online writing seminars out there to choose from. Second, find a good critique group or partner. Another eye is always good for pointing out flaws we can’t see ourselves. And third, finish the story. Don’t endlessly rewrite. I’ve seen a lot of writers who can’t get past the first few chapters because they keep rewriting them. BTW, I know you don’t have that problem, Nikki!

Which of your characters is your favorite?

Ladybird Long in the Max Starr series is my favorite character. She is my hero Detective Witt Long’s mother. I enjoyed writing her because she is so opposite to him. She’s ditzy and flightly, and she talks to her husband’s ghost. She first appears in the series in book 3, Desperate to the Max. And meeting her gives my heroine Max totally new insight to Witt. She loves how he treats his mother: slightly embarrassed but very loving. The series starts with Dead to the Max and there are currently five books. The love story between Detective Witt Long and Max spans all five books in the series, and in my opinion, it’s heartwrenching. The series is chock full of psychics, ghosts, visions, murder, and romance! Readers can learn more about the Max Starr series at

Have you ever been surprised by a controversy among fans or reviewers - for example, you created a character without thinking too much about what people would think of him, and found some readers loved him and some hated him?

LOL, funny you should ask! The biggest controversy I ever had was on Kinky Neighbors, the story I did as a free read on my blog, but it’s also available as an ebook on all the major Internet retailers. I totally did not expect readers to get so into the characters, especially the bad girl, Cat. They had all sorts of things they wanted me to do to Cat to make her pay. I really enjoyed the discussion. And luckily, it appeared readers were pleased with what I did in the end. However, I’ve had many requests for a sequel so people can find out what happens to the characters, and here’s a little secret I’m going to reveal to you and your blog readers first! I’m planning a sequel, the length of a short story, I think. I’ll call it Kinky Neighbors: Cat and Logan’s Comeuppance!

Tell us about your newest release.

I’ve started a new novella series called the “West Coast” series. I’ve created a small company in Silicon Valley, peopled with hot, powerful men and sexy ladies, and there’s a lot of naughty hijinx going on. It’s what I call a “hot-wifing” series in that some of the heroines in the stories have multiple partners with their boyfriend’s or husband’s permission. The first story is Revenge Sex, about a sex triangle. For my romance fans, there is always a happily-ever-after, even if it isn’t strictly traditional. Revenge Sex came out in December, and in March, I released the second book, Submitting to the Boss. I have at least 2 more stories planned in the series, but of course, that could always grow! Readers can learn more about the West Coast series on my website,

What can the readers expect from you in the near future?

I’ve got some reissues planned. My two stories from Twin Peaks have never been offered in ebook format. So I’ve gotten the rights back for those two and will be releasing them as the Prescott Twins: Double the Pleasure and Skin Deep. These are actually my first two stories that were published, and I really enjoyed writing about twin sisters whose personalities are polar opposites. They’ll be available at the beginning of May and the beginning of June.

I’m also going to start a new paranormal series. I absolutely adored an old book called The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, and I’ve have always wanted to write about reincarnation. So I’m going to write the Haunted series: Twisted by Love, Haunted by Love, and Possessed by Love. Readers can expect something more along the lines of my Max Starr series, with a bit of paranormal, a dash of romance, and a big mystery!

Where can we find your book(s)?

My books are available at all the major Internet retailers, and of course, the books I write for Berkley Heat are in bookstores now. Readers can visit my website to learn more about my books,,, and I also do free reads on my blog and I love new readers: I will be giving away a PDF copy of the first West Coast book, Revenge Sex, to one randomly selected commenter on my blog from April 2 to April 15. And I’ll do the same here for commenters on your blog, randomly select one winner. So readers have two chances to win!

Now here's the promised excerpt of Submitting to the Boss!

West Coast, Jasmine’s new series about sexy hot wives and the men who love them.

In Revenge Sex (Book 1), Ruby Williams broke a few too many rules. In Submitting to the Boss (Book 2), she’s about to get her comeuppance.

A woman who still needs to learn her lesson, and a man oh so willing to train her...

Ruby Williams completely underestimated her live-in lover. She thought she had him wrapped around her little finger, and she could do anything she wanted without any consequences. Now she’s just another dumped woman bemoaning her fate.

Then her boss, West Coast Manufacturing’s CEO Holt Montgomery, calls her into his office and gives her the punishment she so richly deserves.

Holt is determined to show Ruby the error of her ways with his own special brand of dominance and submission. Her sexuality now belongs to him, and he’ll give her permission as to when, where, how, and with whom she’ll use it. From voyeurism to exhibitionism to more than one man at a time, with a little tying up and a lot of spanking, Ruby discovers she likes following a man’s rules. But she still won’t let a man have the upper hand.

Can their naughty affair move from just sex with the boss to something more lasting? Or will Ruby learn her lessons a little too late?

Drop by Jasmine’s blog, to read the first chapter of Submitting to the Boss. Then here’s a brand new excerpt! But be warned, it’s explicit!

Submitting to the Boss
West Coast Series, Book 2
Copyright 2012 Jasmine Haynes

Chapter Two

Never in his four-year history with Ruby Williams had Holt witnessed that deer-in-the-headlights look in her eyes. It wasn’t Ruby’s style. If you looked up self-assured woman in the dictionary, there’d be a picture of Ruby right beside it.

More gorgeous than a forty-year-old woman had a right to be, with dark hair falling past her shoulders, deep brown, very knowing eyes, and long legs that made a man dream of running his hands up them to the hem of her short skirt, Ruby had no doubt of her sex appeal. She was efficient yet never cowed, sexy in her choice of clothing—some might even say halfway to being slutty—but always professional in her dealings him and any visitors to his office, be they subordinates, vendors, auditors, or customers. She was his gateway.

Yet after four years, she was about to become more.

Holt folded his arms over his chest and regarded her with a steady gaze. “Stand up,” he ordered.

She was elegantly tall, and he especially enjoyed her spiked heels, which put her on eye level with him as she rose from the chair. A creamy vee of cleavage was bared above the jacket of her less-than-staid suit. Her full breasts were a mouthwatering sight, and her lips were painted a ruby red to match her name. At the moment, however, they were minus their usual seductive smile.

“What’s this all about, Holt?”

“Pull the blinds.”

She glanced over her shoulder. The window view was of the lawn, a few shrubs, West Coast’s monument sign, and the road curving around to the freeway. It was unlikely that anyone would glance in his window, but his plan called for the privacy of closed blinds.

“But Holt—”

He cut her off with a look. “By not obeying immediately, you’ll make the punishment worse.”

“Well—” Obviously on the verge of arguing, she stopped herself this time. She actually bit her lip momentarily before realizing what she was doing. Ruby wasn’t a lip-biter or a hand-wringer. “So I’m supposed to just do whatever you tell me to”—she raised a brow—“then everything will be the way it was?”

He allowed long seconds to pass before he answered. First he unbuttoned his suit jacket. Ruby’s gaze fell below his waist. Her eyes widened. He’d been making plans, and planning had made him hard.

“Nothing will be the way it was,” he said. “Everything has changed. Close the blinds. Now.”

Ruby swallowed. She had the long, beautiful neck of a swan. He imagined touching his tongue to the hollow of her throat, tasting her. Those were the kind of thoughts that made him harder still.

Ruby took a step back, toward the bank of windows behind the sofa, as if she were afraid to turn her back on him. Finally she pivoted, skirted the coffee table, and leaned with one knee on the sofa to reach the pull. The blinds snapped closed. It wouldn’t be dark for another three hours, but the shades bathed the room in shadow.

He shoved the chair she’d been sitting in back beneath the conference table, then stood in the center of his office. “Come here,” he demanded.

Ruby had never taken orders from anyone, not even him. His management style was in the form of polite requests that, nevertheless, didn’t take no for an answer. For the most part, his subordinates followed those requests. The few times someone hadn’t—suffice it to say, there was only one chance per customer. The next time he made a request, they jumped. Ruby had never been a problem, but his requests had never been out of line.

Tonight, however, they were going way over the line. And he wasn’t allowing her to say no.

Ruby knew it, too. She stood in front of him, a foot and a half between them. He could smell her perfume, something light and a little sweet, definitely exotic. And he could scent her. Musky, warm, all woman.

“You will do everything I say without question.”

Ruby blinked, and her lips parted.

He sensed an argument and ruthlessly shut it down. “There will be severe consequences for every infraction.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Are you going to fire me?”

“I will never fire you. There are other things worse than that. Undo your jacket.”

A pulse beat at her throat, but her bravado hadn’t completely deserted her. “I don’t have anything on under it except my bra.”

He gave her a steady look. “I know. I’ve always known exactly what you have under there.” He let that sink in.

Her eyes flitted across his face, assessing, analyzing, wondering. Then she slowly raised her fingers to the buttons of her jacket. It was short-waisted, cream-colored, fitted, and hugged her large breasts. Her fingertips were the same ruby red as her lipstick. There was nothing like red nails wrapped around a man’s flesh.

She did what he’d ordered and no more. The lapels hung open slightly, giving him only a glimpse of the lavender lingerie beneath.

“Take it off,” he said, recognizing the huskiness in his own voice. It was his turn to swallow, his throat suddenly dry with anticipation.

Ruby slid her nails up the jacket’s lapels, then slipped under, pushing it off her shoulders and shrugging it down her arms until it fell to the carpet. Her nipples were tight beads beneath the lavender lace. Underwire plumped her breasts, held them high, a hint of dusky aureole peaking above the cup.

His mouth watered.

It wasn’t polite to entertain serious sexual fantasies about your friend’s lover. Unless you were invited. Clay had never invited him, and Holt was a stickler for propriety.

But Ruby had cheated, and Clay had left her. They’d been together for three years, and though their relationship had ended, Holt still didn’t poach on another man’s territory. So he’d briefly outlined his plans and requested Clay’s permission to carry out Ruby’s punishment. That was all they’d talked about, no gory or explicit details, very little explanation, and no rehashing of the relationship.

Permission granted. Ruby was now his.

Bra and skirt, he wondered. Or bra and panties? “Take off your skirt, but leave the heels.”

Ruby didn’t protest this time, reaching behind, unzipping. The skirt dropped to the carpet, pooling around her shoes. She stepped out of it.

And stole his breath.

Minuscule thong panties cut high on the hip, a barely there thatch of trimmed hair showing through the lavender lace, which matched her bra. Her stomach was flat, her hips rounded, her thighs beckoning a man to slip between them.

He reached out, tracing a finger along her collarbone until the tip touched the strap of her brassiere. He slid it off her shoulder. She looked elegantly debauched.

“Perfect,” he murmured. Though he was supposed to be the one in charge, he found himself mesmerized. Ruby was extraordinary. He almost lost focus.

He brought his gaze back to hers and met the knowing look in her eyes. Ruby knew her own power. She needed to learn that his was greater.

He stepped aside, pointed. “Bend over, elbows on my desk,” he instructed.

Her brows knit with a question, but she was smarter than to ask it.

“Now,” he emphasized.

She stepped forward, leaned over, and assumed the position, ass in the air.

Jesus. Ruby’s ass in her short skirts was delectable, but framed by the thong, the creamy globes were mouthwatering.

Moving in on her, Holt cupped his hand and slapped her sweet tush hard, fingers in a downward slant that connected with the warmth of her pussy.

Ruby squealed.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Erotic Romance Madness Hop May 10-14 2012 @ TRR

Hi all just a little blog hop going on at The Romance Reviews!  Info below come on and join the fun!
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Erotic Romance Madness Hop

Love Erotic Romances? Join the madness from May 10 to 14, 2012! The Romance Reviews is organizing an Erotic Romance Madness Hop. Meet like-minded readers, get new followers! All while we talk about books that we love. If you're interested to join and you satisfy the requirements below, please fill in the form. Requirements: 1. You must be blogging about erotic romance for at least 6 months. 2. You must have at least 30 followers. Please help us spread the word by blogging about this. Get the poster here: (scroll down a bit and you'll see it.) Deadline to register: April 30 Some Hop details: (to be finalized) 1. In your Erotic Romance Madness hop post, you should showcase one erotic romance book. Tell us why you love this book! 2. You should provide at least one giveaway for the commenters on your blog/site. 3. TRR will provide 3 grand prizes! All bloggers and commenters are eligible to vie for the prize. More details to come, and these will be sent to you via email, so please make sure your email address is valid and correct. If you have any questions, send an email to carole @ (take away the spaces). Thanks!