Friday, May 31, 2013

Release Party with Giveaway for Her Master's Kiss 5 and Guest Blog with Author Vivien Sparx

It's here it's here, the day you've been waiting for!  Release day for Her Master's Kiss 5!  Hooray!  In honor of today, Vivien is throwing a party, and has invited us.  Read on to find out about the book, see an excerpt, and read what Vivien has to say about BDSM and what it means to her and her writing.  You can also read about her, and enter for a chance to win some great prizes!


Six months after the tragic loss of their baby, Renee and Stefan are struggling to hold together their fragile romance. Renee is desperate to return to a lifestyle of BDSM, but Stefan steadfastly refuses.
"We can't go backwards."
"No - but we can come full circle!" Renee pleads.
And so begins Renee's greatest challenge - to convince Stefan that BDSM is essential to their relationship, and the one thing that can save their marriage and rekindle the fires of their passion. With the help of Tink and Master Peter, Renee risks everything she loves to hold on to the man she can't live without.





Excerpt:
              
He dominated her with the kiss, leaving her in no doubt that he was in control and that he would take what he wanted - and that she had no alternative but to submit and please him.
When Stefan broke the kiss at last, he put his hand on Renee’s shoulders and she sank obediently to her knees.
“Position One,” Stefan hissed.
Renee parted her thighs quickly and clasped her hands behind her back. She straightened her back so that her breasts thrust out provocatively through the gap of her blouse, and then she opened her mouth as wide as she could.
Stefan had backed away. He picked up the riding crop from the bedroom floor and swished it once against the thigh of his jeans.
The smoldering flint in Stefan’s eyes had not diminished - had not lost any of its intensity. He prowled around Renee, inspecting her position and then came back to stand before her.
Carefully, he reached out with the riding crop, and set the soft leather pad under Renee’s chin, lifting her face until her eyes were locked on his.
“Don’t dare disappoint me,” he warned. “Remember your training.”
He unbuckled his belt slowly, and unfastened the front of his jeans. When he drew down the zip, the hardness of his erection sprang forward, vaulted and thick and urgent. If Renee’s mouth had not been wide open and waiting, she would have licked her lips.
 
Goodreads Link:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17973456-her-master-s-kiss-5

Amazon buy links:
US: http://amzn.com/B00D3CD6P8 
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D3CD6P8



Guest Post with author Vivien Sparx:

Writing about BDSM and dominant men who interact with submissive women is a challenge for any writer who doesn’t know their subject - or what makes
people tick. 
I have been very fortunate to be able to draw on the experiences of
several real life Masters, and many women who live their lives as actual
submissives. 
It is that research that makes my stories so realistic, so relatable, and so accurate.  My stories, such as Her Master’s Voice, and Her Master’s Kiss have earned high praise from authorities within the BDSM community for their
accuracy - it is acclaim that I am immensely proud of.


A healthy Master/submissive relationship is not very different from a regular relationship! That might surprise a lot of people, but the fact is that ALL strong, long-term relationships rely on the same few key elements to survive; Love and Trust. A BDSM relationship certainly relies on trust... but then do does a regular relationship! And the best BDSM relationships are loving, caring ones.... just like regular relationships! What really sets a BDSM relationship apart from the regular ones we might enjoy in our own lives is the distinction between the roles. Most relationships might be mutual in every way, whereas a submissive CHOOSES to submit to their Master. This submission might manifest itself in who makes the decisions between the couple, as well  as the nature of their sexual relationship.



As a writer of erotic romance, the beauty of the genre is not in creating lavish settings for my stories.  Nor is my fascination for erotic romance drawn from the opportunity to create handsome heroes and beautiful heroines.  My real love for the genre stems from the opportunity to take my readers on a journey and engage as many of their emotions as possible.  I believe writing erotic romance gives authors the most influence over how a reader feels as we engage them in our stories.  Writers of action books, or horror books certainly can create compelling situations, but with erotic romance we writers can immerse our readers in a multitude of emotions unprecedented in any other form of creative fiction.  I can frustrate readers, make them laugh, make them cry, delight them, intrigue them, inform them - erotic fiction is a total emotional experience, and it is gratifying to hear readers respond to stories with passion.  I believe readers want to be engaged and drawn into the pages of a story, and as a writer of erotic romance, we have the greatest opportunity because our stories are always relatable. They may be fictional worlds and fictional characters, but the themes of love and romance and erotica are so universal, and so personal to each of us that we all respond to stories in different ways.  But we all respond.
And that’s the true joy of writing erotic romance. It matters not so much how you respond as you read... it matters only that you do respond. If a writer can engage you and make you feel, then the story’s journey is one well worth taking.

Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Vivien-Sparx/e/B008D0E92Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/vivien.sparx





Vivien is also hosting an event giveaway.  Just follow the Rafflecopter link to join in the fun!   Prizes are:

2 x $25.00 amazon gift cards
3 x  Complete sets of Her Master's Kiss  series (Ebook)
5 x  signed bookmarks

Rafflecopter Giveaway Link:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ZWVjNjNiZTc0ZGRmZTVlOTcxMWVhMTUzMzlkMTQyOjA=/

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Guest Blog and Giveaway with author Terry Spear



RomFan welcomes back author Terry Spear.  




Reconnecting with the Past

By

Terry Spear



Have you ever reunited with a friend from years earlier? And they seemed just like you remembered them years ago?

That connection can really be fun. But werewolves live LONG lives. So if they haven't seen one in a very, very, very long time, and it was only a really, really brief moment in passing—as a Highland warrior tries to take a Highland lass in hand…and protect her from the bad guys, and she doesn't know him from any other Highlander…so he could be one of the bad guys…

And you have a conundrum, in the future. Cearnach has to admit he has a lousy time with faces and names for the long term. But there's something awfully familiar about the sexy American she-wolf who just ran him off the road as he was trying to get to a friend's wedding. Something even more disturbing because the lass recognizes him, he's sure, and she's denying it.

I love mysteries. How are you at remembering faces and names? I'm awful. I can love a particular movie star even, and can't remember the name. Or a movie. A person. Definitely names.

So for me it was perfectly feasible to think as Cearnach thinks—he's dying to know who she is. And she's adamant about denying they know each other.

Have you ever been somewhere, like maybe you know the person at the bank, then see him or her at a park? Or the grocery store? They're not in the same place you normally see them. So there's this disconnection.

When I worked at the library (for over 4 years), I would visit the nearby grocery store either before or after work, or sometimes on my day off. I'd see library patrons there all the time. I'd say hi, and some would recognize me, yet even so, there's this little bit of a surprise. I'm not supposed to be in the grocery store. I'm supposed to be in the library. Others smile and say hi and haven't a clue where they've seen me before. One patron said, "Why aren't you at the library?" LOL We did get some time off.

I just went to my library friend's son's Eagle Scout Court of Honor and saw two people who were library patrons. I recognized them, but they looked so puzzled about who I was. LOL I love it when I'm not the only one who is confused.

Of course, our heroine remembers Cearnach—and still wonders why he had tried to protect her back in the old days, still believes he didn't have totally honorable intentions. And yet, wow, Highlander in kilt, very wolfish male type, and yes, how could she forget?

She had been cloaked, trying to hide her appearance, so she could understand his forgetting her. Though scents play a role also. Which also is another trigger he has that clues him in that he knows her from somewhere.

And it's not just a "how are you" in passing either. He comes to recall that he was trying to protect her way back when. Now, he's trying to all over again.

Do you ever wonder how differently life would have turned out if you had made one choice over another? Both Cearnach and Emily do. And I have to admit, I wonder about that too.

What about you?

One lucky commenter has the chance to win a copy of A Howl for a Highlander, US or Canada address only.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and four medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com
, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .


A Highland Werewolf Wedding

Elaine Hawthorn is a gray American werewolf, currently out of work, and on a mission to share in a family treasure. When she arrives in Scotland, she nearly has a head-on collision with one hot, kilt-garbed Highlander, and runs him off the road.



Werewolf laird Cearnach MacNeill isn't happy Elaine ruined his car, but he quickly becomes her protector after a misunderstanding lands her right in the middle of two feuding clans. Now he's out to ensure that this sexy female wolf gets her fair share of her clan's treasure. He knows he should leave well enough alone, but it's too late to leave his heart out of it.





Contest:
Terry is giving away one copy of A Highland Werewolf Wedding to one lucky person.  Leave a comment and make sure to include your email address to be entered.  Contest is open to US and Canada residents.  Winner will be drawn June 6th.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron
London Steampunk #2
by: Bec McMaster
ISBN#9781402270307
$7.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical Romance / Steampunk
Released: May 2013




Will Carver knows all about living on the fringes of society.  As a verwolfen, he's got a price on his head and a dark past he'd rather forget.  But one thing he can't forget is Lena, the attractive debutante who used tease him shamelessly, then stole a kiss and disappeared into the glittering ballrooms of the Echelon.  She's his boss's sister-in-law, so he tries to be scarce when she comes to visit, afraid he won't be able to hide his feelings from her.  But bumping into her on accident one day, he's shocked to find her in the possession of a letter containing secret code used by the rebellion.  Knowing that information will get her killed, he quietly starts poking around, but what he finds is so much bigger than he first thought.  

Lena went from society to poverty and back to society.  As a debutante, she goes to all the social events.  And if she happens to overhear a secret or two, well, then she's more than happy to pass it on to the rebellion.  She's ready for the cruelty of the blue bloods' rule to be at an end.  Considering her only option is a thrall contract to one of them, she knows she doesn't have much time left before she's cast out.  Too bad the only man who's ever caught her eye is a dark and brooding verwolfen, who always acted cold and distant from her, even when she got up the courage to kiss him.  

But fate has thrust them together, and it's his job to keep her safe while they navigate the treacherous waters of the court and try to ferret out the rebellion's plan before it's too late. 




This book is Will and Lena's story, and it takes place three years after the end of the first one.  Lena decided not to stay in Whitechapel, and went back to the glamour of society, but this time as a spy.  She's fed up with being considered little more than a blood whore in the eyes of the blue bloods, and wants to change that.  She's had a crush on Will for years, but he's never seemed interested.  What she doesn't know is that he's more than interested, but because of what he is, he can't risk being with her for fear of killing her.  This had a great plot, lots of action, explosions, and enough sexual chemistry to keep you turning the pages.  I loved the world Ms. McMaster has created, a world where vampires rule and everyone else is viewed as food, but nothing can be done about it.  I also found a freebie through the Sony Reader store in this series called Tarnished Knight, and it looks like it's Rip's story.  I had to get this read first, but I'm going back now to read that. 

Carla gives this book a

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Interview and Contest with author Samantha Grace!!





Welcome Samantha.  I would like to do something a little different from our norm around here and do a quick 20 questions if that is alright with you.  But, before begin let’s talk about your new release.



Ooh! That sounds fun!



Tell us a little about Lady Vivian Defies a Duke.



THE NAKED TRUTH

Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when no one is around to impress is just silly. Why shouldn’t she strip down to her chemise for a swim? When her betrothed arrives to finally meet her, Vivi will act every inch the lady—demure, polite, compliant. Everything her brother has promised the man. But until then, she’s going to enjoy her freedom…



A REVEALING DISCOVERY

Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, wants nothing to do with his inheritance—or the bride who comes with it. He wants adventure and excitement, like the enchanting water nymph he’s just stumbled across. When he discovers the skinny-dipping minx is his intended, he reconsiders his plan to find Lady Vivian another husband. Because the idea of this vivacious woman in the arms of another man might be enough to drive him insane—or to the altar.





What can we see coming from you in the future?



I’m working on a new series called Rival Rogues, and I’m having a blast writing it. It’s about a friendly rivalry between two gentlemen who’ve known each other since they were boys at boarding school. When their attentions turn toward courting the same young woman, their rivalry ceases to be a game, however. One gentleman will take desperate measures to win her heart, and the other will have to face the aftermath of losing the lady and learn the true meaning of love.





How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?



I finished my first book in 2008 and it was bad. Not is a good way, but in a ‘this stinks’ kind of way. But it was a great learning experience. I’d never written anything that long in my life. I finished my second book (Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel) in 2009 and I received an offer from Sourcebooks in 2010. Even though my first book wasn’t fit for publication, I still loved some of the characters and ideas so I rewrote it from scratch. Now it’s called Lady Vivian Defies a Duke. J





Okay, now here are the quick 20 questions for you:



1.       Coffee or Tea?  Coffee

2.       Coke or Pepsi? I don’t drink soda anymore, but before I gave it up, I would have picked Pepsi.

3.       An English gentleman or a Scoundrel? I love a good scoundrel.

4.       Beer or wine? Wine

5.       Muffins or Cupcakes? Muffins  

6.       Computer or Television?  Computer

7.       Would you travel the world or travel space? The world 

8.       My favorite pizza is… Mushroom and black olive 

9.       My favorite book genre is… romance, for sure. Any subgenre works if the story grabs me.

10.   My superpower of choice would be…  the ability to teleport anyplace. My parents live in another state and I’d love to pop in for a Sunday afternoon movie with my mom or fishing with my dad.

11.   On a rainy day, you’ll find me… most likely braving the elements. My day job requires me to drive from house to house, so if it’s raining, I’m dashing in and out of places. 

12.   When I get free time, I’ll... get a massage. I have a gift certificate from October I haven’t used.  

13.   If you had a million dollars… I would pay off our house, set enough aside for my kids to go through college without having to take out loans and to have a significant down payment for houses of their own, and we’d take a big vacation. Then I would probably checkout Kickstarter and find a few projects I could get behind to help other people fulfill their dreams.    

14.   My dream vacation would be… a trip to China. I don’t know why I feel drawn there, but I’ve always wanted to visit China. 

15.   If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why? Novalee Nation from “Where the Heart Is”. She had a tough life, but I love how she found a family among a group of misfits.

16.   How many books do you read each year? Not as many as I would like. Maybe 10-15 if I’m lucky.

17.   If you could pick a book to turn into a movie, which one would it be? I really loved “Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella. I’m not sure how well it would be translated into a movie, but it’s so funny and heartwarming.    

18.   If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? I’m content with where I live now. We have family and friends close by, and I love seeing my nieces and nephew whenever I want. I think it’s important to have those connections, especially when you’re growing up. I’m so happy my kids have regular contact with their extended family. Plus, we live in a beautiful area and have a nice community. I would love to travel for months at a time, though.     

19.   Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I would be sick if I maxed out my credit card! LOL. I know, I’m so boring. But I love Donna Karan, so I would definitely be up for a shopping spree at DKNY.  

20.   What are you reading right now? I’m listening to “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon. I have a HUGE crush on Jamie Fraser.   



Thank you so much Samantha for joining us today.  Where can readers learn more about you and your books?



It’s great being here today. Thank you so much for having me. Readers can visit my website at www.samanthagraceauthor.com to learn more about my books. If they sign up for my newsletter group, they will periodically receive free reads and opportunities to win advance reader copies of my latest releases.



May I ask readers a question today? I’d love to know what superpower you would like to have and why.



Author Bio: Samantha Grace is the author of several Regency romance novels. Lady Vivian Defies a Duke is the final installment of her Beau Monde Bachelor series. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. She writes what she enjoys reading: romantic comedies about family, friendship, and flawed characters who learn how to love deeply.



Samantha is a part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and full time wife and mom. She enjoys life in the Midwest with her husband, two witty kids, and a multitude of characters that spring from her imagination.



To Connect with Samantha, you can find her at:






Contest:

One copy of Lady Vivian Defies a Duke will be given away, leave a comment with your email address to be entered.  Contest open to US and Canada residents only.  Winner will be drawn on June 5th.