Monday, 30 June 2014

Winner of Finding Zoe




Well, can you believe I almost forgot to choose a winner of Finding Zoe from the Summer Lovin' Blog Hop? Thanks to all who entered, it was a great hop.

The winner is GingerRing who said a quiet place by the water was her favourite summer location - a woman after my own heart. Trickling water, a book, a flask of coffee and piece of chocolate cake. Uh oh, here I go getting carried away with thoughts of food and drink.

Congratulations, I hope you love it.

For those of you who didn't win, why not treat yourself to the download anyway.


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Friday, 20 June 2014

Summer Loving Blog Hop




Being English, I’m used to wildly changing seasons, and mainly I love them all, but a long wet winter has dragged this year and I for one am delighted to greet summer.

Summer to me is about walking through the footpaths that meander through fields of crops, across meadows of wildflowers and alongside trickling streams and gushing rivers. Accompanied by my Dalmatian, Skye and soon I imagine our new puppy Beau, this is where I get my inspiration from. Not the beaches and the bars, but the quiet, solitary walks I take in the Shropshire countryside.



This is the setting for Book 3 in my Atlantic Divide Series, Finding Zoe.

Excerpt
Almost eleven years had passed since he’d been there. Right at this very spot in the heart of Shropshire, England. Eleven years and his heart soared as he stood at the top of Major’s Leap on Wenlock Edge, careful not to get too close to the bluff in case his fear of heights got the better of him. He breathed in the fresh English air, filled his lungs with it.

He gazed over the acres of rich land. He’d forgotten the contrasts of color in the bright English countryside. The lush bottle-green of the trees against the bright emerald and pale jade of the square fields with their acres of crops swaying opulent and thick, contrasted with handkerchiefs of vivid yellow rapeseed fields sitting comfortably next to the mud-brown of the newly plowed areas. Forest-green hedgerows divided the land, populated with poppies splattered randomly over the landscape like droplets of blood.

As the warm English summer wind buffeted him, he closed his eyes and wondered why it had taken him so long to come back.

“Mr. Blunt?”

He knew why.

“Mr. Blunt, sir…are you ready?”

It was because of her.

“Mr. Blunt…”

“Yes. I’m ready.”

Opening his eyes, he sighed. He took a moment longer to scan the landscape, tracking the clear, pale blue sky; he drew his gaze across the horizon. He smiled as he recognized the rise of The Wrekin in the distance and remembered her telling him the tale of some giant dumping a shovel of dirt on the plains of Shropshire, which made the hill.

With a wry smile he turned away, saddened for a moment as he wondered what had become of her. From time to time she still managed to make his heart ache.

He turned away from the view, from the memories, from the dull throb in his chest.

Giveaway




For this Summer Loving Bloghop I’m giving away a copy of Finding Zoe. Leave a comment telling me your favourite summer location and I will give one lucky winner an ecopy.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Craving blog tour

Secret Cravings



Why is it that I always crave the things I can’t have? Like when I’m on a diet and I long for McDonald’s fries, and moist sweet carrot cake with cream cheese frosting? Or when I only have plain vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I have a desperate craving for Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream?



Actually, I’ve craved Ben & Jerry’s ice cream ever since moving to New Zealand, some 6 years ago. That and Marks & Spencer chocolate mini bites… OMG, they were divine.



In Craving (Talisman #2), my hero—Dante—craves the woman he shouldn’t have. Of course! I don’t like to make things easy for my characters J
  

Excerpt



“You’re too good for me, Kitten.” Keeping our hands linked, he stood up and closed the final distance between us, wrapping his free arm around me.
I dipped my head to rest against his chest, engulfed in his embrace. It felt as though I’d come home.
He dropped a gentle kiss on the top of my head and sighed deeply. “I don’t want you to become another casualty of my fucked-up life. Everyone who means anything to me, ends up getting hurt. Or worse.”
“Hey,” I murmured, unwilling to move. “I’ve managed to fuck-up my own life, I didn’t need any help from you.”
I heard a muffled laugh. “Baby, you don’t even come close.”
Burying my nose in his shirt, I inhaled the rich, sinfully erotic scent that I now associated with Dante. A hint of leather, something dark and spicy, and a whole lot of sexy. Lifting my head, I pressed my lips hard against his, catching him by surprise. “I’m still mad at you.”


Craving (Talisman #2) is available 10 June 2014, from Time & Tide Publishing.
  

Tagline


A deal with a demon, a biker psychic and the girl who might just be his salvation... if the demon doesn’t get to her first.


Blurb


Dante isn’t your typical medium. With his leather jacket, tattoos and piercings, he looks more at home on his motorbike than he does holding a séance and Katherine has no intention of getting involved with him. He's the complete opposite of the kind of man she wants and represents everything she's tried to leave behind, but she needs a medium and he’s the best one around.

Dante’s never allowed himself to get close to anyone for fear of putting them in danger. His craving for Katherine is about to bring his worst nightmares to life.

Video trailer

  


Giveaway


I’m giving away 3 copies of Craving, to 3 lucky commenters across the tour. Just leave a comment at whichever site you visit, and you’ll go into the draw. The more sites you visit, the more chances you get to win J

  

Links


Amazon | All Romance | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Goodreads |


Catch me blogging with Allyson Lindt at www.GeminiGirls.com


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Twitter: @SofiaGreyAuthor


Blog Tour



Date
Host
Blog post
11 June
The darker side of night life
12 June
Peeling the onion
13 June
Cover Reveals

14 June
What drives you
15 June


16 June
When good friends go bad
17 June
Things that go bump in the night
18 June
Secret cravings
19 June
My invisible friend
20 June
Family ties
21 June
Footloose and fancy free
22 June
Where did you just come from?
23 June
From start to finish… in only 16 years…
24 June
Footprints in the sand
25 June
A dream of ponies and airfields




About Author

Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.


Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

Check out my playlists on Pinterest



If you haven’t read Obsession, book 1 in the Talisman series, you can download it NOW for a limited time at $0.99!!!





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Blurb:

Josh Delaney is the ideal honey trap. His charm and model good looks would be enough for most women, but coupled with his psychic ability to read their thoughts, he’s impossible to resist. Suspicious husbands employ him to test their wives, to see if they can be tempted to stray.

High profile couple Suki and Gabe Bridgewater have the perfect marriage, or at least, that’s the image they portray to the world. Behind closed doors, Gabe’s dominance in the marriage is unravelling and he decides to test Suki, using Josh as bait.

For Josh it should be just another easy job, but two things go horribly wrong.

One, Josh falls in love with Suki.

And two, Gabe refuses to let her go.



Saturday, 7 June 2014

Delicious Delay by Tara Quan – 99c SALE!


Thank you for letting me share my multicultural contemporary romance, Delicious Delay. The book is currently on sale for a limited time. You can grab it for only 99c from Amazon, B&N, AllRomance, and Decadent.
After my own not-so-delicious delay in the Middle East, I set out to write something funny, sexy, and set entirely in an airport lounge. It’s a quick summer read meant to make your mouth water (from the food...) and your toes curl. I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough to give one of the links below a click. ~Tara Quan

Delicious Delay
Stranded in a Middle Eastern airport, Michelle Day finds herself the object of interest for an abrasive, but all-too-sexy stranger—a stranger who tempts her with the forbidden in a land where indecency could get her killed. But how does one say no to such a deliciously, relentless pursuit?
Khalid Al Dehri takes one look at the red-headed spitfire in the business class lounge and knew he’d either been transported to heaven—or hell. Her tart response to his surliness intrigues him beyond all propriety and the longer he spends in her company, the more he can’t deny his forbidden attraction. But will she explore the sensuality between them or will society’s rules keep them apart?
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Decadent | AllRomance | GoodReads


Amazon                 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HHMQ71U
B&N                       http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/delicious-delay-tara-quan/1117882219
Decadent               http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=884
AllRomance          https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-deliciousdelay-1385177-149.html
GoodReads           https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20310457-delicious-delay



About Tara Quan

Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com




Excerpt

He grinned. “So I have a proposal.”
She tried to get her breathing under control, without much success. “Why am I sure it’s an indecent one?”
He motioned his head toward the far end of the lounge. Latticed wooden screens gave that particular section more privacy. In an L-shaped room, the tucked-away location prevented a direct line of sight from the dining or reception areas.
He got up and offered her his hand. She hesitated for a long moment before taking it. With faltering footsteps, she followed him. More private or not, limits on how far this could go existed due to them being in an airport lounge. Since her self-control had chosen today to take a vacation, she appreciated the imposed constraint.
He lowered himself onto a plush leather sofa deep inside the cordoned area. With walls on either side and screens strategically angled, the space seemed to have been designed as a spot for people to nap.
On the brink of crossing a dangerous line, she hesitated. “What exactly do you have in mind?”
“I’m just giving you the opportunity to have your way with me,” he offered, his face the picture of innocence.
She hadn’t expected that answer. “I don’t quite follow.”
He kicked one of his legs out and tangled it with hers. She stumbled and instinctively moved her hands forward to brace herself. Her palms flattened over his hard muscled chest when she landed.
She traced the shape of his pectorals. “What do you do all day? Work out?”
He chuckled, the low rumble all male. “I have access to the best personal trainers money can buy. They help keep me honest.”
She shook her head in disbelief as the man preened. “Have you heard of a concept called humility?”
“It’s not one of my virtues,” he admitted. “I’ve never understood the point.”
She sighed. “It’s the polite thing to do.”
He placed his forefinger under her chin and tipped her head up, his expression playful. “So what is a sweet, polite, goody two shoes doing on top of me?”


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Another Fabulous Review

Heather book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire's Reviews > Flynn's Kiss

 
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Bill's is still my favorite book in this series but Flynn's sure comes close. I liked Flynn when we met him in Mac's book - who doesn't like the guy who tortures the big scaredy cat "action hero" who is afraid of heights? Hehe - gotta admit I would die 1000 deaths if anyone asked me to get on anything other than a chair and even then you better be hanging onto it and me!

Flynn is an antisocial, viciously and horribly scarred man who has not been the same since he came home from his last Special Forces mission . He expected to return as "the hometown hero" and be the same golden boy he was before, but instead he was met with reactions that scarred him even deeper. He has spent the last 3 years with his cousin Mac in the shallow, glamorous world of Hollywood where he learned over and over that beauty may only be skin deep but the skin is the only thing that matters - at least there. He finally gets a chance to return home to the ranch and is surprised to be welcomed home by family and meet some new friends. Liberty is a friend of Kate's from school who is taking a break from her solitary work to catch up with Kate and her family and meet Kate's newest family members on the ranch. Liberty is a sweet and charming person with an amazing and generous personality. Unlike Flynn, her scars are only on the inside and they hide with her fear; both are deep marks leftover from her childhood.

On the surface, these two people could not be more different or have less in common than a dog and an eagle. Yet they are both deeply scarred people who present a mask to society to keep them from seeing the real person. In fact, these two are complete opposites in the only way that matters to them - their scars. The author manages to take these two on a ride of sexual tension and spontaneous combustion of lust followed by confusion and laughter at themselves in pain and at each other in joy. The road these two travel to come together is filled with interfering and eavesdropping family and friends, misunderstandings of actions and words by each other and assumptions that get each other in boatloads of trouble! It made me laugh and sigh and smile and is a great addition to one of my favorite series.

I wonder who will be next - maybe Ethan...?

This paragraph appears in each book review of this series 


The reality of a series is not only do you have to write a good (first) book with interesting characters that your readers will enjoy interacting with, you have to surround these characters with a supporting cast that also interest the reader. This is essential for any series to survive because the reader has to want to be drawn back into the world that the author has created. The reader has to want to go back and interact with the characters again and again and watch and learn as the supporting characters in one book are brought to the forefront in another book and given a chance to find their HEA. If a reader isn't drawn deeply into the world the author creates, if the reader doesn't care about the characters the author creates then no matter how many books an author writes or how much they promote or discount their books no one will be interested. In my opinion, Diane Saxon is a master of the series!