Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Beer and Groping in Las Vegas by Angela Quarles

Beer and Groping in Las Vegas
by: Angela Quarles
ISBN#9781618854612
$3.99 ebook
Secret Cravings Publishing
Contemporary Romance
Released: December 2012

 



Trapped in a Las Vegas hotel for the night, Mirjam meets a mysterious woman who tells her to get the man of her dreams, all Mirjam has to do is wish on a slot machine.  Figuring she's got nothing else to do, she makes her wish, and ends up on a blind date with a man.  She figures she'll have a nice dinner, then go back to her room and forget the night ever happened.  But she's surprised to find she knows her date.  Or rather, she knew him back when they were kids.  Riley has grown up into a handsome, successful brewery owner, and is shocked to find the woman sitting across from him is the girl he used to crush on way back when.  When a strange man told him to wish on a slot machine for the girl of his dreams, he never expected Mirjam, but is thrilled to find they share so much in common.  One thing leads to another, but will the tender feelings they had over dinner survive the harsh light of reality?



This was a short and sweet love story about two geeks who've given up on finding that perfect someone for them.  When a wish made in jest turns out to be the best thing that happened to them both, they begin to see that wishes can come true.  Riley is looking for someone that will like him for him, and not his money.  Mirjam is looking for someone to share her life with that won't run off on her when something better comes along.  It was a tender, heartwarming story about second chances and being brave enough to reach for what you want, even if you don't realize you want it at the time.

Carla gives this book a




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Interview and giveaway with author Tara Sue Me



How did you get started writing?
I started writing as a child, actually hand wrote my first novel when I was twelve. Seventy-five pages. Wish I knew where those pages where today! I dabbled a bit in high school, but stopped when I entered college. Then came jobs and marriage and children…I didn’t write again until I was in my early thirties. 

Where do you find inspiration for her stories?
I find inspiration everywhere! I make sure there’s always a notebook in my purse. Interesting enough, I have most of my ideas hit me while I’m on vacation.

What do you read in her down time?
As long as it’s a good story, I read ANYTHING. Currently, I’m reading The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. Before that it was Kristen Callihan’s Firelight. And I’m waiting (not so patiently) for the next Jonathan Grave thriller from John Gilstrap.

Are there any writing rituals? Fav slippers, type of music?
First of all I have to get the kids to bed, because sexy times are hard to write while iCarly is on. Next I have to move a dog or two out of my comfy chair (there are three other chairs, why do they always pick mine?). I prefer to be in my pjs, but then again, I’d prefer to be in pjs period, so I’m not sure that counts. 

But, you know, in a pinch, I can and have written anywhere: doctor’s office, subway, ballet practice.

Are you still affiliated with the writer's coffee shop?
I’ve never been affiliated with The Writer’s Coffee Shop.




The Submissive by Tara Sue Me

Release Date: November 16, 2012
Genre: Romance, Erotic, BDSM
Publisher: Red Publishing
Length: 333 Pages

Blurb:
Abby King has a secret fantasy.

The city of New York knows Nathaniel West as CEO of his father's corporation, but Abby knows he's more. He's also a Dominant and when she hears he's looking for a new submissive, she decides it's time to do something about that fantasy.

After one weekend with Nathaniel, Abby knows she needs more. Nathaniel is equal parts stern Master and polite gentlemen. He can drive her to new heights of pleasure while at the same time nurture her novice submissive spirit.

But though he can command her body, her heart isn't as easily controlled and she finds herself drawn more and more to the man whose collar she wears. At times she feels she is making progress in thawing his cool demeanor, but then just as quickly, he once more hides behind his carefully constructed wall.

Abby believes her relationship with Nathaniel can encompass the best of both worlds, that they can be beautiful together. But Nathaniel lives by a set of rules that don't allow for negotiation and she fears he'll never see the truth of what they could be. And though he is careful with her body, he just might end up breaking her heart.

While posted online, The Submissive garnered almost three million hits. Its characters and storyline captivated an entire fandom and inspired a multitude of BDSM fiction. It has now been edited and reworked for a broader audience. The Submissive is part one of a trilogy which attracted more than 8.5 million hits online, and a journey that proves everything is better with love.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Interview with author June Kramin



Today we have the pleasure of a visit with author June Kramin.  Welcome to RomFan Reviews June.  I know that you are busy as any author I have met is so, let's get right to the dirt shall we?

Tell us a little about your newest release.
Charlene had more of an attitude that I was ready to deal with in I’ll Try to Behave Myself. I guess that is to be expected when you find your husband in bed with another woman! Andy, her boss, tries to comfort her after locating her in Puerto Rico, where she fled. Their relationship changes in ways neither of them expected. Even more so after the discovery of the “souvenir” they brought back with them. A lot of the story revolves around their job at an advertising agency. I love a secondary character, J.P., who knows just what to do with both of them.



What can we see coming from you in the future?
I have another romance release in May. Money Didn’t Buy Her Love. Jeremy quite literally runs into Danielle as she’s fleeing her own wedding. She goes back to his apartment with him, only he can’t get her to leave. Even when she confesses she’s falling in love with him, he continually pushes her away, blaming more than their age difference. The story takes them to my home – Maui. Who can’t fall in love in a setting like that? I have a few more stories I’m polishing up as well. Some suspense, but there is always a romantic element.



What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?
I love making what seems to be the impossible couple end up together. My women tend to push their men away, but the men still love them with all that they have, despite their attitudes. Breaking down the walls must be my specialty. I love when a guy reads one of my books and enjoys it. Makes me think I’ve broken some kind of “romance barrier” or killed a stereotype.



Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser – hands down. I rarely have a clue what is going on. My characters always run the show. I know it sounds silly to a plotter, but I love the twists that get thrown my way. Often when I’m editing, I’m wondering how the heck I got the plot to go there. Easy-peasy. It wasn’t me. ;)



Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I try not to make anyone learn something when they read my books. LOL. It’s supposed to be an escape. In this case, if your hubby cheated, you can decide for yourself if he’s a dirtball. (or blast it all over facebook for opinions.)



How long have you been a writer?
Although I have been told I’d be a writer since the third grade, it has really only been the past six years or so that I have been hard-core about it. I didn’t get into articles or short stories – I dove straight into novels.



How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
I’m still beating my 1st novel up. I may submit it this year. As far as my 1st published novel – it was written in a month & took about 8 months to get accepted. After that – it was the longest year of my life to see it released as an e-book, four more months till I held a print copy. It seems like it’s always a waiting game for one thing or another – each step better than the last!



How would your friends describe you?
There’s nothing they would probably say to my face. Tee hee… They know “What you see is what you get.” Most of my friends are writers, too, so we all get along pretty darn well. We freaks tend to gravitate to one another.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
I love everything about the writing aspect. I have never had what you’d call “writer’s block” or gotten frustrated with a story. Writing is the only truly “fun” part of it. Just recently my daughter completed a cover for my middle grade series. I had to incorporate what she did because I loved it & I didn’t want her to change it. It fit perfectly & wrapped things up better than I could have imagined. The only real challenge is for my poor editors.  I rarely question them, figuring someone knows better than I do on the little grammatical things. I may have gotten A’s in English, but that was 100 years ago.  



When not writing, how do you relax?
What is this not writing of which you speak? If I’m not editing, I’m trying to help beta for a friend or read their latest release. We don’t have cable, but I do escape to a Netflix movie when I can. The few days MN weather permits, I let my horses boss me around. They are great dogs, but horses… not so much.


Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life? 

I always answer this with John Sandford. I never thought crime thrillers would be my thing, but I love his main characters & love to follow a series. I have a ton of author friends that I read as soon as they have releases, too. I can’t name any books that I think have influenced my writing. What I do seems to be so different from what I read. I get a lot of comments about me “breaking the rules of romance”. I hope that’s a good thing. My grandfather said all romance is “Guy wins girl, guy loses girl, guy wins girl back.” Sometimes that’s true, but there is always other things going on. I even killed off a loveable MC once – I had people thank me for making them cry. Gotta love this business.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Liz Crowe Honey Red Giveaway!!


HONEY RED BLURB
Two men suffering from visible and invisible wounds meet by chance circumstance.

Nick Traynor and Ian Donovan spend a lot of time and effort keeping it very hot, only physical, and purely superficial. But when their resolve starts to slip, a woman is tossed into their midst.

Hannah Williams wants nothing more than to do her job until something better comes along, but is forced to own up to her visceral reaction to Ian, her new boss, and later to Nick, his sometimes lover.

Lust has a funny way of turning into companionship, and eventually evolving into a deeper connection. Faced with the internal and external complications of their potential three-way relationship, they begin to heal and trust, to consider that it might work. Then life tosses them a hardball, forcing them back into their respective corners, where each must choose what is most important.

Three people determined not to commit, thrown together by fate and undeniable attraction--their nights heat up and emotions run high in spite of a claimed mutual desire to "keep it simple." In the process of honest self-discovery, can they learn that while love is never simple, it is definitely worth fighting for?


EXCERPT
Alyssa knelt down beside him, took his hand. “We’re going to a movie. You okay here with Ian?” she whispered. He nodded but was very much not sure that he would be. The dog whimpered.
“Later brother,” Gavin called out. “Talk soon Nick. Good luck next week with the new job.”
Ian walked into the house with the couple, leaving Nick alone with his swirling thoughts and pounding skull. Brutus repositioned to Nick’s left, between him and the chair Ian had just vacated. He put his huge head on Nick’s hand. “Dude,” Nick said softly. “I think I just figured out why you’re upset. And let me just tell you now, it’s okay. I’m okay. I’m … agitated, but it’s normal.” He patted the dog’s nose, then leaned back and stretched his legs out in front of him, relieving the pressure building once more under his jeans.
He heard Ian rummaging around in the kitchen, opening and closing the fridge. Nick took a long, deep breath and made a decision. He smiled when Ian pressed the cold water bottle to his shoulder and took it, but then set it on the table that he knew was to his front right, where it always was. His mind kept roiling but he kept a lid on his urge to suck in a breath when he sensed Ian pulling a chair up on his other side, avoiding the guard dog. “I don’t think he likes me,” the man declared.
Nick put a hand on Ian’s leg.. He heard the other man’s breath hitch, and would swear on a stack of procedure manuals he heard his heartbeat increase. Don’t be ridiculous, you can’t hear a heartbeat. But he smiled, and leaned back, leaving his fingers trailing along the denim covering Ian’s thigh. “Oh he’s fine. But I think I figured out how in tune to me he actually is.”
“Oh?” Ian touched his fingers, brushed the back of Nick’s hand once, then again, making him shiver.
“Yeah, I think he senses how god damned horny I am. Since he has no frame of reference for it, it’s making him nervous, protective.”
“Wow,” Ian leaned over and Nick could feel the other man’s lips near his throat. “Impressive,” He said, putting his hand over Nick’s erection.
“Yeah,” Nick croaked out, suddenly nervous. “So, I’m typically not…”
“Shh…” Ian’s hand left his cock, made its way up his torso, and wound around the back of his neck. “You are pretty amazing.”
“No, not really. Just blind. Without a real job. Living in my sister’s house.”
“But you look damn good doing all that, trust me.”
“You make a point of seducing blind guys you just met?”
“I didn’t just meet you. I remember you from a few months…before.”
Nick shivered again. This whole thing was somehow right and wrong at the same time. He needed a physical connection, bad, but was unsure if it should be with Ian Donovan. This, of course coming from his now humming and thankfully pain-free brain while his body screeched at him to grab the guy and kiss him.
Nick sighed when Ian’s fingers twined in his newly grown hair. He hadn’t had hair this long in over ten years. He’d forgotten what color it was. He sighed, raised his face to the cooling night breeze when Ian’s lips found his jaw and made their slow way down his neck, then up. “You are…very attractive.” Ian’s words made their presence known, curling in and around Nick’s amped up libido and making him grit his teeth.





 ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town.  Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as erotic romance author. 

When she isn't sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.  

Her groundbreaking romance subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”)

Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices.  Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.


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