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Dec
7

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Carrie Ann Ryan

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Carrie Ann Ryan Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Carrie Ann Ryan Book: Delicate Ink Release Date: October 2014 Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing Today Carrie Ann is sharing an excerpt from Delicate Ink Sierra Elder threw her handbag on the counter and stomped her heels on the tile. The nerve of that man. The freaking nerve. Seriously? That bearded mountain of a man thought he had the right to judge her? What right did he have to sneer at her and look down on her with those gorgeous blue eyes, and make her feel like she didn’t belong in his shop? Wait. Gorgeous blue eyes? What the hell was wrong with her? He’d judged her and found her wanting, and yet she thought he had pretty eyes? She was twenty-nine for freak’s sake. Not a teenager. Pretty eyes shouldn’t matter. But they were gorgeous. Apparently, she needed to eat since she was clearly lightheaded and not thinking straight. That man had thrown her off her game, and she wasn’t in the mood to deal with him. It had taken all her courage to walk across the street and into the black and hot pink shop. Dear Lord, the courage. She’d lived with the consequences of her actions, of Jason’s actions, for ten years, and in some respects, it hadn’t been long enough. Not enough time to wash away the taint, the nightmares. She couldn’t think about that. Not now. Maybe not ever. That Montgomery, Austin, according to her friend Hailey, had pushed her back, and now she knew she needed to buck up and figure out her next step. If she was honest with herself, she would say that she’d just been looking for an excuse to run away from her plans of ink and recovery, but she didn’t want to be honest with herself. She wanted to blame Austin of the gorgeous blue eyes for her problems and fear. If only for a moment. It was the coward’s way out, but she’d take it for the afternoon. Then she’d find a way to walk back in and talk to the sweet apprentice, Callie, about finally getting...
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Dec
5

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Eleri Stone

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Eleri Stone Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Eleri Stone Book: Dragonslayer Release Date: November 10, 2014 Publisher: self-published Thanks so much for having me! For Mistletoe Madness, I wrote up a special holiday scene from my Norse mythology-based Twilight of the Gods series… Christian stepped outside of the hall to catch a breath of fresh air. Lois was in charge of preparing the place for the Yule celebration and she took her job very seriously. She’d recruited a dozen men, including him, to move benches and tables. Today, they did the grunt work. Tomorrow, Lois would work her magic, transforming the sprigs of live holly and ivy into vines that would cover the posts and rafters. She’d create an intricate network of glamour to conceal the fact that the clan was gathering in a building that looked more like a VFW than an Æsir hall. By the time she was through, crossing over the threshold would be like stepping into Valhalla, with a Yule log burning in the center pit and the tables bowing beneath the weight of food and drink. As much as Christian hated the preparation, the finished product always made him feel like a child again. Besides, this was his first Yule with Jacey and he wanted it to be perfect. The metal door swung open behind him and Fen stepped outside. “There you are. I thought you’d made a break for it.” “I just needed a minute to think.” Fen leaned back against the brick wall. “About?” “I haven’t gotten Jacey a gift yet, and she’ll expect one. She grew up celebrating Christmas, and I don’t want her to feel like she’s missing out.” “Her mom’s coming next week, isn’t she? You can always do the whole Christmas thing then.” The upcoming visit from Jacey’s mother was another worry, but it was one he could set aside for now. “I still want to give Jacey a gift. Something special. Are you getting anything for Raquel?” “We’re having our first night alone in the house since we were married. Getting that Vanir witch moved out is the only gift we need.”...
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Dec
4

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield Hell On Wheels Author: Z. A. Maxfield Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Living in Bluewater Bay always suited Nash Holly just fine, for the most part. Taking on a lot of the responsibility for his family at a young age never made his path an easy one, but he gladly accepted his role with unshakeable devotion. The idea that there might be more for him wasn’t anything he allowed himself to think about, at least until a close call on a rainy night turns out to be much more than it seems. Spencer Kepler-Constantine knows all about the pitfalls of fame, but recent heartbreak has made his entire existence a misery. Unable to escape the spotlight, he’s determined to hide his pain from everyone, including himself, if he can possibly manage it. But, when an unexpectedly erotic interlude with a stranger who doesn’t play by the rules shakes Spencer up in lovely and terrifying ways, he begins to wonder if the best thing to ever happen to him isn’t right in front of him after all. Hell on Wheels is an appealingly simple, romantic tale of two men who aren’t exactly looking for anything, but end up finding it anyway. Nash and Spencer are opposites in just about every way possible. Nash is a high-octane, small-town mechanic whose commitment to his family doesn’t leave him any room for romance. Spencer is a famous celebrity on a popular TV show who is in the middle of a very public divorce and would prefer to avoid another relationship at all costs. A “no-strings” arrangement would be preferable to both men, if only they weren’t so perfect for each other. While it is neither action-packed nor suspenseful, Hell on Wheels is a sweet story about expectations and honesty, and the dangers of making assumptions, no matter how badly our hearts want something. Though their respective worlds seem to clash spectacularly, Spencer and Nash are more complimentary than either is willing to admit, except sexually—an element of their relationship they both (thankfully) embrace. Z.A. Maxfield has, once again, written two complicated, deserving characters who have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be happy, yet who can’t seem to let go of their own fears long enough to reach for it until it’s almost too late. With one exception, each of the Bluewater Bay stories is written by different authors and is meant to be read as a standalone. However, I thoroughly enjoyed...
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Dec
4

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Shirley Wells

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Shirley Wells Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Shirley Wells Book: Dead Simple Release Date: January 5, 2015 Publisher: Carina Press Dylan Scott’s Christmas Wish So what would I like for Christmas? Apart from world peace and a cure for cancer? Let me share… If someone was murdered just before Christmas, it would be awful, right? An unbelievable tragedy. But if that someone was the lowest form of life possible, a someone who put drugs on our streets or exploited women and children – ah, yes, you’re getting my drift. It’s not such a tragedy now, is it? In fact, some might go so far as to call it a blessing. (Believe it or not, I’m actually a peace-loving soul. It’s just that Christmas brings out the worst in me.) That’s the first part of my Christmas wish. The second part would be for someone to pay me mega bucks to investigate said murder. I can see a possible flaw here because anyone who cared about the murder of a lowlife might be the type who had a penchant for hacking off the fingers – or worse – of anyone who got on the wrong side of them. It’s a risk I’m willing to take though. The final part of my Christmas wish would be for said murder to take place in Russia. I can already picture myself being flown – first class, of course – into Moscow where my luxury hotel would be the ideal place from which to start my investigation. Currently, my home resembles a cross between a Buddhist temple and Santa’s Grotto. My mother (I love the aging hippy dearly but there are times when I wish she was some other bloke’s responsibility) is doing her utmost to cram my house with lights, mood crystals, scented candles and paths to personal enlightenment. My kids – well, Luke really because Freya’s too young to care one way or the other – love everything about the festive season. Luke’s friends have practically moved in to witness the behaviour of the “coolest grandmother ever” and it’s getting impossible to move for sullen, gangly teenage...
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Dec
3

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Jeffe Kennedy

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Jeffe Kennedy Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Jeffe Kennedy Book: The Tears of the Rose Release Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Kensington From Queen Amelia of Avonlidgh Though the Twelve Kingdoms and I officially look to the Goddess Glorianna, the midwinter Feast of Moranu has always held a special place in my heart. Perhaps partly because it’s only a minor feast day and thus not an official Court celebration, my sisters and I looked forward to the day and the observance of Moranu’s longest night. Which meant we got to stay up all night, too. The week before the feast day was always a frenzy of cleaning. Even the youngest children pitched in to sort through toys and clear out the worn and no longer used. Carts in Ordnung’s outer courtyard overflowed with the castle residents’ discards—the worn to be burned in bonfires during the night and the no longer used to be distributed as new bounty on the day after the solstice festival. Out with the old, in with the new. By sundown on the shortest day of the year, Ordung would gleam with cleanliness and glisten with lights of every kind. Every fireplace held a cheerful blaze kept aflame all through the night. Every window held a candle. The torches on all the walls were lit and every other surface that could hold a flame, large or small, bonfire or votive, shone with light. For us, we observed the beginning of Moranu’s Night from the tallest tower of Ordnung. Wrapped in our warmest cloaks, fur hats and mittens, Ursula, Andi and I went up with Lady Zevondeth in the late afternoon. Before I was born, our mother Queen Salena, led the ceremony, as there were no priestesses of Moranu left in the castle proper and scarcely to be found elsewhere. I always heard that some led ceremonies at the scattered temples of Moranu in the forests. After Mother died, Lady Zevondeth took over the simple ritual. Moranu has no elaborate songs or prayers as the Temple of Glorianna does. On the shortest day, as with every other, the Temple bells ring at sunset...
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Dec
2

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Milla Vane (Meljean Brook)

Mistletoe Madness 2014: Milla Vane (Meljean Brook) Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Milla Vane Book: “The Beast of Blackmoor” from Night Shift anthology Release Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Berkley Silent Night, a Barbarians short story At the inn beyond the mountain pass, Laina found death instead of a midwinter celebration. Around the building, the snow had melted, exposing a dark ring of earth. Acrid smoke rose from the timbers. A sickly-sweet scent joined the smoke on the wind. That scent was not a roasted midwinter pig. Travelers had been trapped inside. Perhaps the flames blocked their escape or they were too drunk to know death was upon them. Either way, a grisly task lay ahead. Silver-fingered Rani would carry their souls back into Temra’s arms, but that goddess did not take flesh with her, and Laina could not leave the bodies to rot. A pyre would finish what the fire had begun. She dismounted, her boots sinking ankle-deep into the soft powder. Beside her, Dorn shook his head and snorted plumes of steam. His big hooves stamped the snow in an uneasy, muffled beat. The steadiest of horses in battle, Dorn wasn’t often unsettled. If he was now, then so should she be. She drew her sword, gaze sweeping the moonlit clearing. The hem of her red cloak whispered across the snow as she approached the smoldering ruins. Except for the occasional soft crackle of charred wood, all was quiet. Yet this had been no mere fire. Blood stained the trampled snow nearer to the inn. Shadows and the ring of dark earth around the walls had concealed the carnage until she was upon it. An arm lay in the mud. A leg. The joints were ragged, the flesh torn away in chunks. Eaten. The frigid mountain air skimmed over her teeth on a sharply indrawn breath. There were many beasts that would kill and consume a human. Laina’s own blade had recently tasted the blood of a long-toothed cat that had stalked her over the mountain pass. But one animal—or even a pack—would not attack an inn. Scavenge the remains after a fire, yes. But these remains were not...
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Dec
1

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft Three the Hard Way Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employ—or enslave—people with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared. Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process.   With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all. Share the Love Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the  Share the Love collection  will be donated to the  It Gets Better Project. This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories: Three of Hearts  by Kelly Jamieson (releasing November 17) Lucky Strike  by Jane Davitt (releasing November 24) Three the Hard Way  by Sydney Croft (releasing December 1) About Sydney Croft Sydney Croft is the alter-ego of Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, two  New York Times  bestselling authors who blend their very different writing interests into adventurous tales of erotic paranormal fiction. Together, they developed a world where people with extraordinary abilities, like the power to control storms, could live and work with others like them. The series has been described as “Erotica meets the X-Men,” and is unique in its own “erotic super hero romance” niche. Larissa and Stephanie live in different states and communicate almost entirely through email, though they often get together for conferences and book signings. Giveaway Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 7.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. This contest is sponsored by the publisher. This contest is open...
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Dec
1

Mistletoe Madness 2014: KT Grant

Mistletoe Madness 2014: KT Grant Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on November 26, 2014. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… KT Grant Book: The New Year’s Fantasy Release Date: January 5, 2015 Publisher: Self-Published My next release, The New Year’s Fantasy is the sequel The Christmas Fantasy, a holiday novella that was published in 2010. The Christmas Fantasy, based on the title is all about a woman’s fantasy come to life during the Christmas holiday. Molly, the heroine of The Christmas Fantasy, was born on Christmas. She decided for her thirtieth birthday, she would lose her virginity to Jackson (a hunky firefighter who wears glasses), her older brother’s best friend. Her best friend, Jessica, was also a Christmas baby and a virgin who set her sights on Mandy’s brother Chris. The New Year’s Fantasy is a sequel of sorts to The Christmas Fantasy. Jessica is the heroine, and her chance at a happily ever after takes place on New Year’s Eve where she catches the eye of a much older, dashing man, who happens to be Chris’s boss- fire captain Douglass Finley. Both Jessica and Doug have had a bad patch in the love department. I wanted Doug and Jessica to connect during the New Year’s Eve party they’re at, and I decided to take a “lust at first sight” approach from Doug. The reason Doug notices Jessica is because she’s enjoying a plate of chocolate covered strawberries. Doug can’t stop watching Jessica because as he never witnessed a woman so turned on by eating fruit. Here’s the exclusive excerpt of that chocolate strawberries eating scene where Doug first notices Jessica: A flash of light from someone’s camera went off next to him, blinding him for a moment. He blinked and turned away, this time facing the windows. A few feet away, a woman sat alone at a table, eating strawberries—or rather, she made love to them with her mouth. He lowered his glass, afraid he would choke on his drink. This woman, a good ten years younger than him, with long, rich copper hair framing her scantily clad chest, kept her eyes closed as she devoured a strawberry covered in white chocolate. Her tongue swept...
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Nov
26

Mistletoe Madness 2014!

Mistletoe Madness 2014! Welcome to the Second Annual Mistletoe Madness! Mistletoe Madness is the month long event where authors with winter releases (November — January) will take over The Book Nympho and That’s What I’m Talking About with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). I hope you guys enjoy Mistletoe Madness between your holiday celebrations and shopping. Now without further ado, here is the line up of authors. Date The Book Nympho That’s What I’m Talking About 12/1/2014 Kara Braden KT Grant 12/2/2014 Hanna Martine Milla Vane 12/3/2014 Monica Murphy Jeffe Kennedy 12/4/2014 Kat & Stone Bastion Shirley Wells 12/5/2014 Mandy Baxter Eleri Stone 12/6/2014 Shannon Stacey Shiloh Walker 12/7/2014 Catherine Bybee Carrie Ann Ryan 12/8/2014 Kristen Painter Nalini Singh 12/9/2014 Jennifer Bernard Larissa Ione 12/10/2014 Susanna Fraser Hailey Edwards 12/11/2014 Jeaniene Frost Ilona Andrews 12/12/2014 Jilly Myles Paige Tyler 12/13/2014 Jessica Scott Anna Hackett 12/14/2014 Grace Burrowes Judi Fennell 12/15/2014 Jill Shavlis Jennifer Estep 12/16/2014 Elisabeth Barrett Kelly Meade 12/17/2014 Julie Ann Walker Alexandra Ivy 12/18/2014 Avery Flynn Alex Hughes 12/19/2014 Kerrelyn Sparks Gini Koch 12/20/2014 Lynn Raye Harris Amanda J. Greene 12/21/2014 Linda Broday 12/22/2014 Kate Allure Jenny Trout Let’s start this celebration off with a giveaway! The Book Nympho and That’s What I’m Talking About are each going to giveaway a book! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win one (1) book or e-book, up to $10 {US}, from The Book Depository, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.**  Two (2) winners will be selected. a Rafflecopter giveaway ** Winners may select either a digital book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, up to a $10 [US] value OR select one book from The Book Depository, up to a $10 [US] value. Contest open where not prohibited by law and to anywhere that The Book Depository ships. See list. Be sure to come back and visit our blogs throughout the month of December for holiday fun and...
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Nov
21

Blog Tour Spotlight: Gabriel’s City by Laylah Hunter

Blog Tour Spotlight: Gabriel’s City by Laylah Hunter Hi, everyone, thanks for having me on this tour for Gabriel’s City! Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of this post to win a chance at the ZOMG Smells giveaway! Spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood has always enjoyed flirting with danger, but he’s always been able to retreat to safety—until bad decisions and a chance encounter plunge him into a world far more savage than his own. Gabriel is an urban legend, famous in the underworld for his unpredictability and violence. He’s also a believer fairy tales, and quick to decide to the handsome stranger who came to his aid must be good luck. With few other options remaining, Colin will need to keep his wits about him to learn to survive in Gabriel’s City. Full blurb For spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood, the port city of Casmile is a buffet of easy pleasures. But when he steps into a pub brawl to help a dangerously outnumbered young man, he is drawn into the seedy underbelly of the city the young man calls home. Gabriel is a cutpurse and a knife for hire, practically an urban legend. His vision of Casmile is touched by a strange combination of faith and madness, driven by fairytale logic and a capacity for love that he often must suppress to survive. He’s always worked alone, but when a dashing dragon who calls himself Colin saves him in a bar fight, he pulls Colin into his world. Gabriel’s city is nothing like the refined, socialite existence that bored Colin senseless. Colin finds adventure and excitement there—and maybe even love. But with his layers of finery stripped away, nothing remains to protect him from poverty or danger—except Gabriel. So he must choose: go back to the civilized young man he once was, or fly free as Gabriel’s dragon. About Laylah Hunter Laylah Hunter is a third-gendered butch queer who writes true stories about imaginary people in worlds that never were. Most of her work deals with queer characters, erotic themes, and the search for happy endings in unfavorable circumstances. Hir mild-mannered alter ego lives in Seattle, at the mercy of the requisite cats and cultivating the requisite caffeine habit, and dreams of a day when telling stories will pay all the bills. Connect with Laylah: Website:  laylahhunter.com Twitter:  @LaylahHunter Goodreads:  goodreads.com/Laylah_Hunter Laylah is Riptide’s Featured Author for November:  http://riptidepublishing.com/authors/laylah-hunter Giveaway! I have the good fortune to be friends with the charming people...
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