Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Holding Off For a Hero Book Blast

Beautiful, vivacious Emma Prescott has a love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation.  Fact is, Emma's holding off for a hero.  When she moves to a cabin at wilderness Loon Lake and meets her one neighbor biology professor Frasier MacKenzie, he's still just another guy, even with his killer blue eyes and body that just won't quit...until he rescues her and her Pug from one danger after another.  Then he definitely falls into hero territory. 
But the professor has no intention of filling the role of white knight in Emma's life.  All he wants is to be rid of her and her annoying little dog so he can get on with his research. In fact, he's ordered to get rid of them whether he wants to or not.  Looks like Emma may have to go on holding off for a hero...
She floored the gas, and they took off with a squealing of tires.
 “Hey, hey!” he yelled. “Slow down! The speed limit is 100 km. You’re heading to 130!”
“Look, I told you, I’m in a hurry!” she exploded.
“I’ve got a ton of things to do back at the cabin. You see,” she continued, quieting and sounding sly, “I’m having a party tonight. I have to get ready.”
“A party? You’re having a party? At the lake?”
Ah, man, that just about tears it.
“Actually, a bachelorette bash. One of my teacher friends is getting married next week, and a
bunch of us decided we’d give her a real whing-ding of a sendoff…up at my cabin where there’ll be no witnesses. Teachers and the likes of myself have reputations to think of, you realize.”
She cast him a wicked glance.
“So there’ll be music and a lot of noise and…”

The Professor’s blood pressure would skyrocket when he gave him this information.

“Oh, y-e-a-h.” She dragged out the last word.

“Couldn’t you have it somewhere else? Like a male strip joint in town?”

“Didn’t you hear what I just said about teachers and others of that ilk? We can’t be seen parading into one of those places. Our superintendent would suspend every last one of us. Anyway…” She looked over at him. “I don’t see why it should be such a big deal for you. You don’t have to keep banker’s hours. If the noise bothers you, stay up, watch a video, and sleep in on Sunday morning.”

“Okay, okay, but will you please keep your eyes on the road? And slow down! There’s a speed trap somewhere along…”

Behind them a siren wailed.

“Quick!” she ordered, pulling over as the police cruiser rolled alongside. “Hunch over and clutch

your chest!”

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About Author
 Gail MacMillan is a three-time Maxwell Award Winning writer and author of 26 published books.  A graduate of Queen's University, she lives in New Brunswick Canada with her husband and two dogs, Fancy a Little River Duck Dog and Bruiser the cover guy and hero of Holding Off For a Hero.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Best Higgins Heroine YET...

The Best Man
Blue Heron #1
Kristan Higgins
Releasing Feb 26th, 2013
432 Pages
HQN Publishing
Source: NetGalley/Edelweiss

I don't know...Definitely in the running for my Favorite Higgins Romance...LOVED THIS BOOK!


Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect...

…Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there….

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancĂ©. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosĂ©, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

And those abs...rippled and hypnotic and magically perfect.  Yes.  Levi Cooper was a sparkly unicorn of wonder. doesn't get any better than that...ok...actually THE BEST MAN had me cracking up four pages in...Again I say...this might just be my Favorite Higgins Romance yet!  And Faith far as heroine's go...she ranks top on my list...She was just freakin hysterical... I loved everything about her from her snarky comebacks to her huge heart.  She just wanted to be able to show her face in town and not have everyone give her "that look"...yes that look...or one of those looks from Levi's Boredom Scale.  Levi Cooper...swoon... those arms, is it really legal to have arms like that?  haha!  The banter between these two was on the money, rolling on my ass funny with a twist of too much sexual tension...SO FREAKN FUNNY!

"You know what I wonder, Levi? Why are some people such hemorrhoids?  You ever wonder that?"
As you will get with all of Kristan Higgins' romances, we have an amazing cast of secondary characters who just MAKE THE STORY.  John, Goggy, Honor, Jack, Pru, Carl, Ned, Abby and Sarah.  The interactions between Faith and her family are sometimes laughable and sometimes they will break your heart.  Holding onto a secret for that long can be a huge strain on anyones shoulders, but poor Faith...more crap just piled on...Speaking of hiding secrets...

Oh Jeremy...what a ruckus you caused for Ms. Faith...but I forgive you...Princess Super-Cute finds her prince after all. 

Sex with a straight guy- definitely the way to go
But I think what might take the cake for me is the relationship between Faith's sister Pru and her husband Carl...I couldn't stop laughing every time she would mention the newest "request" from Carl...Poor Ned...There is just no un-reading a dirty text that wasn't meant for you!!

THE BEST MAN is Higgins at her BEST!!  Faith Holland absolutely steals your heart! As with every Higgins Romance, you will roll on the floor laughing, have yourself an "Ugly Cry" and then read it all over again.  I SIMPLY LOVE IT!!

If you can only purchase ONE book in 2013...this is it!! 



Friday, January 25, 2013

Lexi Ryan's Sex Goddess Review & Giveaway

Accidental Sex Goddess
Accidentally Sexy Series
Lexi Ryan
Releases Jan 14th, 2013
194 Pages
Lexi Ryan Books
Source: Goddess Fish Book Tours

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**Coming soon to iTunes, Sony, and Diesel
Promotions director Reese Regan isn’t a sex goddess and doesn’t want to be. But the job of her dreams requires enrollment in the renowned Sex Goddess 101. To avoid a trip to the unemployment line, Reese must pass the program and become Chicago’s next seductress—or at least fake it convincingly.
Her best friend, the ruggedly sexy contractor Ben Hawk, helps her “fake” her way through the program, and the heat between them flares. When trust is broken and secrets are revealed, it appears they’ve traded years-long friendship for temporary passion. Will faking something so important cost them their chance at something real?
On my list of Favorite Romance Themes, Friends to Lovers is right behind my favorite, which is Second Chance Romance.  This "Friends to Lovers" romance was so much fun to read.  Reese had been in love with Ben for years, but after a hook-up gone wrong, they decided to just remain friends, but his brother, Mark, was available to pick up the pieces of Reese's broken heart, and six year later, he was willing to do it again.

Ben's point of view was so much fun to read, especially when he talks about his feelings for Reese, and when he has his jealous moments...he was just too cute.  I love getting the heroes POV in a romance, and Lexi did an amazing job and making me fall for him, one page at a time.
“I think I’m going let Mark take me out.”

His jaw ticked. “Don’t be stupid, Reese.”


He cut her off with his mouth. He cupped her face in his big palm and brushed his lips across hers. He was warm and gentle.

And from the first brush of his lips, she wanted more.

Maybe tomorrow she’d blame the tequila or maybe she’d blame the lingerie shopping or the dirty stories she’d been logging into her notebook, but she moaned against him, loving the feel of his mouth, the light scratch of his scruff. Ben was so painfully male. A hot and delicious, long-denied craving.

Ben slanted his mouth over hers and slipped his tongue inside. He tasted like beer. Like male. Like something wicked and addictive. He wasn’t one of those rushed and sloppy kissers. He kissed like it was making love. Like he had all the time in the world. Like his most important task was kissing her. It was a kiss she’d known once and had never forgotten.

He slid his hands under her jaw and into her hair.

Reese grabbed a fistful of his shirt in her hand and pulled him closer, thinking of his eyes on her in the dressing room, thinking of the only other night they’d kissed.

He slid a hand behind her ass and lifted her, pressing her between the wall and his body and nestling his hard-on right between her legs. She gave a moan of approval and rubbed her tongue against his, exploring his mouth for all she was worth. She reached around his neck and slipped her fingers into his hair, tugging gently. Groaning, he pressed himself even closer to her. She cursed the day denim was invented. She wanted closer, closer even as part of her brain told her this was a mistake, told her to end this before they ruined everything.

He tore his mouth from hers and latched onto her neck. Sucking, nibbling, tasting until her eyes closed and she arched into him.

His teeth grazed the shell of her ear. His breath was hot as he whispered, “I’ll be damned if I’m going to let my brother help you with the best parts of this program.”

Lexi Ryan writes a fun, very sexy, ugly duckling story, which catches your attention from page one and to be honest, kept me up until two in the morning. You can't help but cheer for a HEA for Reese, who is trying to find her inner Sex Goddess, using two very sexy brothers as bait...but which one will she keep? 
I am sooooo excited for the rest of the series. I can't wait to see who Lexi matches up next? I am hoping to see Mark find his HEA...I am in LOVE with THE HAWK!!

Lexi is awarding a "Pamper your Inner Sex Goddess" gift basket (including: bath products, books from her backlist and candles - US ONLY) to one randomly drawn commenter, and a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card, winner's choice, to another randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Author of both contemporary and paranormal romance, Lexi Ryan writes smart, spunky stories that sizzle. She enjoys reading, sunshine, a good glass of wine, and rare trips to the beach with her husband and children.


Lexi lives in Indiana where she divides her time between her family, her writing, and her job as an English professor.
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Twitter: @writerlexiryan





Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Tasty Read Welcomes Andrea Stein

Today at A Tasty Read, I have Fellow Long Islander, Andrea Stein here to promote her Newest Release, Rough Harbor.  I am so thrilled to have her with us today.

Andrea Stein: So happy to be here – you can take the girl out of Long Island but you can’t take the Island out of the girl…

A Tasty Read: I whole-heartily agree!!  Now you describe Rough Harbor, not as a Romance Suspense, but as a Contemporary Romance with a twist.  Explain to us what the difference is.
Andrea: In romantic suspense I find that there’s usually some serial/psycho killer hunting the heroine because…well just because. I’m a fan of the traditional mystery where’s there’s more of a motive for the bad stuff that’s going on.  So in Contemporary Romance with a twist, the emphasis is on the couple, but there’s more of a mystery going on, especially with all of the secrets about Caitlyn’s family that she uncovers.

ATR: Sounds compelling...I will say that I truly enjoyed it myself! As a fellow writer, I know that the idea for a book can pop up out of the blue.  How did you come up with the idea for Rough Harbor?  Did the storyline come first or the characters?  
Andrea: I love the idea of the one that got away. Noah and Caitlyn were high school sweethearts who parted on bad terms.  They didn’t outgrow each other – they ripped apart.  Ten years have gone by and now they’re both different people – but were they always meant to be?

  ATR: I love the "one that got away" romance myself.  You mention on you website that you write for tweens and their moms, do you have a favorite genre between YA and Adult Romance?
Andrea: Adult romance, definitely.  A lot of YA has to find a way to get rid of the adults in order for all the stuff to happen, so I figure you might as well go straight for a world where the characters are adult…and you know, can do grown up things…

ATR: A girl after my own heart, you mention loving WB shows.  Do you have a favorite?  I am a past One Tree Hill fan myself.
Andrea: Hmmm….Buffy…and now Vampire Diaries.  And I am working my way through Gossip Girl, on Netflix .

  ATR: Top three favorite romances?  If you'd like, you can do top three YA and Contemporary.

Andrea: Nora Roberts – Montana Sky which has cowboys, and not one but three love stories.

Mary Stewart’s The Moonspinners, set on a Greek island, and even though it’s old, it’s exotic and romantic and happens to be a Disney film featuring Hayley Mills, and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, which is pretty racy. As for YA, I do have a special fondness for Twilight of course and The Hunger Games.

ATR: What are you working on currently?  Can you share a bit about Ivy Cottage? 

Andrea: Ivy Cottage is a more traditional romance but it’s also set in Queensbay and features Chase and Phoebe.  Phoebe is the granddaughter of Savannah Ryan – a Hollywood legend, and Chase is the grandson of Leland Sanders, with whom Savannah had a torrid affair – also known as “the romance of the (last) century.”  After Savannah’s death, Phoebe returns to Ivy Cottage in Queensbay, where Savannah and Leland hid away from the world.  When Chase comes looking to buy Ivy Cottage sparks fly between the two, and soon they find they’re reliving the Romance of the Century – but will this one stand the test of time?

ATR: Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to have you back anytime!  As for the readers, keep reading for a Sneak Peak of Rough Harbor, and make sure to leave a comment to be entered into the Tour Wide Giveaway. 

Andrea will be awarding a $50 GC, winner's choice of Starbucks, Amazon or Walmart, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Keep Following the Tour, the more comments, the more chances to win,

After a bitter break up and professional set back in London, twenty seven year old Caitlyn has returned to Queensbay to work for Maxwell Randall, an old family friend, at his financial management firm.  So far, bit by bit, Caitlyn’s been rebuilding all she lost after Michael St. John broke her heart …and tried to ruin her professional reputation.

But her past comes back to haunt her when Maxwell unexpectedly turns up dead.  Not only does Caitlyn find her career in jeopardy but her heart is too, when Noah Randall, Maxwell’s son, and her first love, returns to Queensbay.  Once, ten years ago, Caitlyn was sure Noah was the one for her…but the tragedy of her grandfather’s suicide and Noah’s decision to leave town left her bereft…and determined never to trust him again. 

Over the past decade, she’s managed to do her best to forget about Noah Randall and the lingering questions surrounding her grandfather’s suicide.  But now that’s he back in town – rich and more handsome than ever, and she can’t help wondering what if? What if Noah really was the one? 

Noah Randall left home ten years ago to seek his fortune – vowing never to return until he’d made a success of himself – and show Caitlyn Montgomery just what she’d given up.  He returns to find that Caitlyn Montgomery has only grown more alluring with time. Noah’s always wanted he couldn’t have…and now he wants Caitlyn again.  But she’s determined not to make the same mistake twice.

While Noah and Caitlyn are revisiting old ground – and forging a new relationship, there’s trouble brewing in Queensbay.  Old secrets and new lead Caitlyn to believe that perhaps her grandfather didn’t kill himself – and that Maxwell’s death was no accident.  But just how far will someone go to keep her – and Noah – from finding out the truth…and will Queesbay prove to have troubled waters after all?

Noah leaned in closer, his lips hovering above hers, his arms moving around her, pulling her closer to him, so he could feel his body next to hers, feel the swell of her breasts, see every freckle on her nose.
“I have people for that,” he murmured, letting his lips feather across her. Her eyes opened wide, and he knew that she was feeling, that he had gotten to her.
“Noah…” It was more of a moan than a whisper.
“Shh, I know you’re not after my money. Just shut up and let me…”
Kiss you. And he did, their lips touching. Softly at first, so he could taste her, smell her perfume, something spicy, and her shampoo, something fruity. She moved in his arms – not away, but closer – and he took that for an invitation, an invitation that his attentions were wanted.
He deepened his kiss, letting his tongue explore, letting his hands slide from her shoulders down to the V of her neck, skimming lightly over her breasts, feeling the fabric of her bra, then the hard nub of her nipples which sprang to attention under his caress.
She moaned, answering his kiss, her hands running through his hair, pulling him towards her as their embrace deepened, grew more passionate, his hands roaming feeling, possessing her.
Until. “Stop, Noah, stop.” She broke free, her head moving away from him, her hands still twined in his hair. She lowered her eyes and leaned against his shoulders.
“What, what is it?” His voice was husky, raspy, and he could feel desire, the sheer wanting of her flowing through him, all the way through it. She felt it, too, and took a step back.
“Noah, you’re the boss. And we barely know each other. I mean now. I just can’t get involved right now.”
Author Info

Hi, I’, Andrea Stein an author, mother, wife and blogger and a certified mom-chauffeur. I have been scribbling stories for as long as I can remember, including my first adventure story, inspired by an obsession with Out of Africa (book, movie and biography) about a young girl stranded in Kenya. It was serial fiction handwritten, given to my sister, who couldn’t read my handwriting. That story dies after one installment, but the next year I got a word processor (not a computer, but an ACTUAL WORD PROCESSOR) that showed about twenty lines of text at a time.
This was before laptops were widely available and this allowed me to be able to type to my heart’s content in the privacy of my own room. Which I did. I think I spent the time writing stories about my “frenemies” to amuse myself. I also listened to a lot of the Cure and New Wave music. I have since moved on to a happier place.

Even though I read lots of different types of books, I write romance novels with a twist. More like contemporary romance than romantic suspense (I don’t write about serial killers or FBI agents) but I usually like to include a puzzle or mystery for my hero and heroine to solve.

Rough Harbor is my second novel, set in a small New England town. Coming soon is Ivy Cottage, also set in a small New England town on a river.

Other than writing I spend most of my time reading, watching TV, cooking, cleaning, taking care of kids, trying to keep the house clean and folding laundry. I love Twizzlers, chocolate and shows on the WB. For me, reading has always been an escape, a way to escape the ordinary and dive into a world that feels real – but with all of the ‘boring’ parts edited out.

As for the rest of my life, I grew up on Long Island, spent a lot of vacations in small New England towns, went to college in New York City, married by high school sweetheart, worked, had kids, stopped working, and kept on writing. Now I live in rural New Jersey (yes, there is such a thing), and though I don’t own any horses, I do have a barn, which I share with squirrels.

There’s something successful writers always tell new writers about their secret to success. Just do it…Bum Glue…write 1ooo words a day…write for two hours a day….Keep writing. And they’re right. I got more successful with my writing when I started to do it consistently. I don’t write every day, but I shoot for five days a week. This means that the words and pages pile up — and I have stories to shape, make and mold…and share.

I hope you enjoy my books, currently available at

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013



When a series of failed relationships and business ventures have Monica Jackson doubting her self-worth, she turns to spell casting to attract positive energy and the opportunities needed to achieve her goals.  But can Monica’s belief in spells restore her belief in herself? 

Monica creates a spell to find her soul mate, and one to ensure the success of her new romantic event planning company, Enhance Your Romance.  Monica is confident she has found her niche until divorce lawyer Reed Walker opens a practice next door to her office.  The anti-marriage slogan plastered on his office window, and his down-on-love clients, quickly prove detrimental to Monica’s business.  When his arrival appears to trigger a string of bad luck, Monica fears one of her spells sent negative energy into the universe and it has returned to her threefold.  Although Reed is beyond sexy, and she admires his self-confidence, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the universe back on her side, and Reed out of her life. No way is she losing another business.
Reed finds himself attracted to Monica’s beauty and her optimism. His job and his parents’ divorce have made him a pessimist, especially when it comes to love. However, he soon finds that Monica’s pro-love attitude is rubbing off on him, causing him to lose his edge.  If Reed doesn’t distance himself from Monica, he’ll likely destroy his reputation as a pit bull divorce lawyer.

Can Monica and Reed look past what they might be losing to realize the love they have found?

Monica turned and her gaze landed on a sign in the window.
Marriage isn’t a word, it’s a sentence. I’ll set you free.
She glanced up at the sign over the door. Reed Walker: Family Law.
Focusing on Chico’s lunch specials when she’d driven up, she’d failed to notice the new signs. “A divorce lawyer?” she muttered in disbelief. Her gaze darted over to the guy. “You’re a divorce lawyer? I thought you were a client.” Being attracted to a divorce lawyer was much worse than a client. Suddenly his eyes didn’t seem as blue and his arms looked wimpy. No way was he Italian. Or her soul mate. And what kind of straight guy wore lavender!
“A client?” He laughed as if that was the most ridiculous thing he’d ever heard. “Ah no, I just started moving in and stopped by to introduce myself.”
“You have to take down that sign.” Monica pointed at his window.
“It’s my company motto. Helps attract business.”
“Maybe for you.”
He arched an amused brow. “That’s the idea.”
“You can’t promote divorce.” She clutched his suit jacket, crumpling it in her hand.
“I’m not promoting it. It’s a fact of life. I don’t have any control over the average marriage lasting seven years, or that one in every two ends in divorce.”
Monica’s gaze skittered around frantically as she searched for a response that didn’t involve whipping the socket wrench through his window and mauling the sign to shreds. She spied a black Mercedes parked up the street. The license plate read No Mer-ce.
“Is that your car?” she demanded, pointing at the Mercedes.
“What are you so worried about? Doesn’t bother me being next door to a business that promotes romance and marriage.”
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About the Author

Eliza Daly’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.

When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley and Frankie.
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