I’m super excited to join in on a blog hop with fellow author ! I met Kimberly Swaak at Margie Lawson‘s immersion — the third for both of us!

Kimberly invited me to a blog hop between authors…super fun! And since I always have to give things away, I’VE GOT GIFT CARDS AND BOOKS UP FOR GRABS!! Enter via the rafflecopter below.

So check out the post and the other authors at http://ow.ly/vMZsa and check out the fabulous Lara Chapman and Kennedy Ryan to see what they’re up to as well!

Here’s what I’ve been up to!

What are you currently writing?
I’m working on another super sexy story in the Renegades series I write as Skye Jordan. Book three, Ricochet, is Ryker’s and Rachel’s story — a tortured military hero and the woman betrayed by the family she spent a lifetime pleasing. They are complex, deep, so very real and a heck of a lot of fun! I also just released a romantic suspense novella in the Sinful Seconds Anthology with five other bestselling authors.

What makes your work different?
First, I write for both emotion and escape. My contemporary stories as Skye Jordan will pull at your heart, but they won’t drag you so far down that you’re left feeling strung out. The Renegades books are super steamy, but the sex has meaning, purpose and emotion. And I give readers a glimpse inside the mysterious world of the stuntman—a pretty fascinating world…at least imo. My romantic suspense books as Joan Swan twine various suspense plots with romance, twining them until they become indistinguishable and intense. I use deep third person point of view in all my work so readers can get deep into the characters and live vicariously.

Why do you write what you do?
I love sexy books that turn up the heat, but that heat fizzles fast when the physical is simply…well, physical. When emotion and true story are added, the heat is even deeper and accomplishing that transformation is always very satisfying. Romantic suspense has always been one of my favorite genres to read and write because the suspense adds a whole other level of tension to the novel, which in turn ratchets up the heat between the hero and heroine’s romance, so there is always something exciting happening. I’ve always been fascinated in that elusive element that makes one person perfect for one other person, and explore that in every book.

What is your writing process?
I write almost everyday—about 28 out of 30 days in a month. Even when I’m struggling or feeling stuck, I write in a journal, make notes on a character or plot, something. I typically write mid-morning to mid afternoon and again at night. But I’m excited to say that I just secured an office space out of the house, away from two college daughters who are in and out of the house at crazy hours, a retired husband who loves to chat, two boisterous dogs who beg for attention, and a horse who pulls at me to ride. I’m planning on making sure this space changes my routine and adds more hours of writing to each and every day.

I’m tagging three author friends to keep the hop going! Elisabeth Naughton, Violet Duke, and Darcy Burke! Answer these for questions, then tag three author friends to keep the blog moving!!

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I have two sweet friends who released books last week–and I completely missed their release days!

Life has gotten away from me, but I don’t want these great books to get away from you! So I’m celebrating these releases with a big giveaway! All you have to do is help us spread the word about these saucy new books and you could win 1 of 10 books or 1 of 5 gift cards!


The first new release I’d like to tell you about is one I’ve read myself. CAN’T GO WITHOUT by Angelisa Stone, is book two in her Oasis Waterfall series. This book is an emotionally riveting read. Angelisa creates characters to die for and a hero to drool over.

 

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“What’s the one thing you can’t go without?”

Tristan O’Donnell has money, women, and all the luxuries that cold hard cash can buy. Tristan’s been sucking sunshine right from the monogrammed silver spoon his life was served up on since the day he was born. And quite frankly, he wouldn’t want it any other way. He’s his mother’s pride and joy, his father’s right-hand-man, and the envy of every guy around. All Tristan has to do is flash his million dollar smile, give his trademark wink, and he gets what he wants, when he wants, anytime he wants.

Leah Franchetti grinds her fingers to the bone; sculpting, painting, recreating treasures from trash—the very sentiment that defines her life. Her inventive, vindictive, lucrative, and seemingly unforgivable plan allowed her to shortcut her way into the life she always imagined, owning an art gallery, surrounding herself in the comfort of her passion and dreams.

When circumstances force Leah and Tristan to come face-to-face with the past and with Leah’s devious manipulation, truths come flooding forth, destroying those in the present and possibly jeopardizing both of their highly anticipated futures. Can Tristan overcome Leah’s slander and deception—despite how dangerously close he comes to losing the one thing he can’t go without—money? Will Leah be forced to come clean, knowing she’ll have to live her life with the one thing she can’t go without—her dignity?

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And the second release is CATCH ‘N’ KISS by Rhian Cahill. Are you game?

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In this game of chase, a kiss isn’t the only reward.

Are You Game? Book 2

Divorced with two teenage daughters, Jody Walsh doesn’t need any more complications in her life, and Dan O’Conner is proving to be a big one. His pursuit may give her bruised ego a much-needed boost, but Jody’s learned to guard her heart and trust is something she isn’t willing to give another man no matter how well he kisses.

One kiss and Dan knows what he wants. He isn’t about to walk away from the kind of chemistry he and Jody have. Unfortunately, the more he chases the more she runs. If only he could get her running in his direction.

When a night of passion doesn’t convince her they’re meant to be, Dan is left with no choice but to prove he’s worth taking a risk on, no matter how much he complicates her life.

Warning: Story contains a woman not willing to put her heart at risk and a man determined to persuade her otherwise—and he’s willing to use his washing machine to show her why he’s worth it.

Pick up CATCH ‘N’ KISS at Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 


 Now…Enter to WIN book 1 in these two series’ or 1 of 5 gift cards! Easy entry!

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Book 4 in the Phoenix Rising series, SHATTER, releases New Years Eve and the blog tour starts Monday, 12/23!

Read a new excerpt at each stop and enter to win great prizes including a KINDLE HD, a KINDLE, a $25 Gift card and books!

 

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For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she’s never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch’s life. This time, he’s not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .






Tour Stops

12/23
Urban Girl Reader

12/24
The Book Whore
Harlequin Junkie

12/25
Adria’s Romance Reviews

12/26
The Jeep Diva
So Many Reads

12/27
Book Sniffers Anonymous

12/30
For the Love of Bookends
Book Reads and Reviews

12/31
Hesperia Loves Books
Books-n-Kisses
Under the Covers

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Illustrious Illusions
The Fairest of All Book Reviews
Book Lunatic Ramblings

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Riverina Romantics
Ripe for Reader

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Book Lovin’ Mamas
Sweet Spot Book Blog

My good friend, Angelisa Stone has released a sexy, fun, tense page-turner, CAN’T GO HOME. And I’m helping her celebrate by giving away $100 in gift cards and 10 copies of her new book!

Just share the news of her release to enter! Check out the Rafflecopter page below.

 

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Everyone has secrets; secrets meant to be kept—hidden away where nobody can discover the truth. Adrian O’Donnell (aka: Dre Donley) is no exception. Dre spins tales and half-truths like it’s his job, keeping the reality of his past buried deep within each lie he fabricates. On the other hand, Kathryn Howell is the exception to the rule. She’s a straight-shooter, a tell-it-like-it-is, no filter kind of girl.

Kathryn’s honesty and straightforwardness is the ultimate turn on for a guy like Dre. He’s never met someone so sincere, so full of truth and innocence. Their chemistry is unavoidable, their connection, magnetic. When Dre sets out to make Kathryn fall for him, he doesn’t realize the grave mistake he’s making. Kathryn’s strength and convictions do not falter, even for an irresistible man like Dre. When his past resurfaces, and the lies come tumbling forth, Kathryn must decide if his deceit and betrayal can be forgiven or if the damage is irreparable. Will the truth ultimately destroy the relationship that neither one of them could deny or even attempt to resist?

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Praise for CAN’T GO HOME:

“A beautiful, steamy, love story that you’ll think about for days after…wishing you could read it all over again for the first time. The kind of book that will make you want to finish in one sitting while it tugs at your heartstrings.”

~ Christine Zolendz (Author of Mad World Series)

“Angelisa Stone will bring you home with her quick humor, unforeseen twists, and a sincerity that makes Can’t Go Home a must read.”

~ Denise (Flirty and Dirty Book Blog)

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I’m celebrating the rise of RECKLESS (which I write under my pseudonym Skye Jordan) toward the top of the charts! In the top 40 on Amazon and in the top 100 at B&N, I’m thrilled to share with the readers who put me there!

LOTS of ways to enter!
$100 in gift cards and 20 books to win!

THANK YOU, readers, for loving RECKLESS and sharing the news with your friends! And if you haven’t read RECKLESS yet…pick it up here:

Amazon: http://ow.ly/oNpCK
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Welcome to my RUSH blog tour, book 3 in the Phoenix Rising series!

I’ve got lots of fun stops planned with exclusive excerpts advancing through the story and LOTS of great prizes to give away, so I hope you’ll follow along with the tour, enter to win and enjoy another chapter in this exciting, hot romantic suspense series!

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Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world – again.

Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…

The heat is on.

 

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 Tour Stops:

August 19: Adria’s Romance Reviews

August 20: Herding Cats & Burning Soup

August 21: Novel Reflections

August 22: Riverina Romantics

August 23: The Book Whore

August 26: Books-n-Kisses

August 27: Grave Tells

August 28: Just Romantic Suspense

August 29: Book Lovin’ Mamas

August 30: The Jeep Diva

September 2: The Reading Cafe

September 3: So Many Reads

September 4: Under the Covers

September 5: Hesperia Loves Books

September 6: Urban Girl Reader

Prizes:

At each stop

  • 1 print copy of either FEVER or BLAZE

Grand Prizes for tour

(Total retail values: $ 700+!!)

1st Prize: Summer beauty blast giveaway!
Latest GUESS handbag containing a blast of name brand beauty products including:

  • Bath & Body Works, Physician’s Formula, Elf, Burts Bees, Wet N Wild, Tree Hut, Tuscan Hills and more!
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A darling PLUM backpack purse containing almost as many fantastic products as the first!

  • Bath & Body Works, Physician’s Formula, Elf, Burts Bees, Wet N Wild, Tree Hut, Tuscan Hills and more!
  • Body scrubs, body lotions, body butters, nail polish, eye shadow, eye liner, lip gloss, makeup brushes and so much more!

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Welcome to my First Temptation blog tour, novella 1.5 in the Covert Affairs series!

I’ve got lots of fun stops planned with exclusive excerpts advancing through the story and LOTS of great prizes to give away, so I hope you’ll follow along with the tour, enter to win and enjoy another chapter in this exciting, hot romantic suspense series!

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Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker is up for the challenge of posing as an adult store owner with a new female undercover partner who is also a sex-toy virgin. At least until he sees the real woman beneath her tough façade.

Border Patrol Agent Zoe Brooks is ready to get off the front lines. She’s willing to tolerate a swaggering partner like Taft for a new opportunity. But she’s not prepared for the way he understands her deepest, sexiest desires.

First Temptation is a 40,000 word novella and will be published separately from the novella in late September.

 

 

 

 

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About the WICKED FIRSTS Box Set:

Six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors bring you six all-new contemporary and super sexy suspense stories of first loves, first attractions, first temptations, first times and first obsessions.

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Tour Stops:

8/12: Book Lovin’ Mamas

8/13: The Jeep Diva

8/14: Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance

8/16: Nina’s Literary Escape

8/19: Books-n-Kisses

8/19: (Stop #2) Hesperia Loves Books

8/20: Just Contemporary Romance

8/22: Under the Covers

8/23: Ramblings From This Chick

Prizes:

At each stop

  • 3 digital copies of FIRST TEMPTATION

Grand Prizes for tour

(Total retail values: $ 638!!)

 

1st Prize: Summer beauty blast giveaway!
Tommy Hilfiger handbag containing a blast of name brand beauty products including:

  • Bath & Body Works, Physician’s Formula, Elf, Burts Bees, Wet N Wild, Tree Hut, Tuscan Hills and more!
  • Body scrubs, body lotions, body butters, hair turban towel, nail polish, eye shadow, eye liner, lip gloss, makeup brushes and so much more!
  • Retail value: $251

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A gorgeous Guess handbag containing almost as many fantastic products as the first!

  • Bath & Body Works, Physician’s Formula, Elf, Burts Bees, Wet N Wild, Tree Hut, Tuscan Hills and more!
  • Body scrubs, body lotions, body butters, nail polish, eye shadow, eye liner, lip gloss, makeup brushes and so much more!
  • Retail value: $240!!

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  • Retail value: $147!! 

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THE GRACE BURROWES SCOTTISH VICTORIAN PRINT BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Once Upon a Tartan CoverFollow along as we giveaway SIGNED copies of the two books in Grace Burrowes’ emotional and sensual Scottish Victorian-set MacGregor romance series: The Bridegroom Wore Plaid and Once Upon a Tartan!

Sourcebooks is giving away a prize pack of two signed books: The Bridegroom Wore Plaid and Once Upon a Tartan. 1 winner, 2 books per pack.

ONCE UPON A TARTAN BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES AUGUST 2013
Honor or happiness—he can’t have both.

Tiberius Flynn may be every inch an English lord, but smart, headstrong beauty Hester Daniels has no use for his high-handed ways–no matter how handsome, charming, or beguiling he is. They only see eye to eye in caring about the feisty little girl who is under their protection.

Tiberius’s haughty insistence that his wealthy estate in England is a better place for the child than her beloved, rundown Scotland home sparks Hester’s fierce protectiveness, and the battle lines are drawn.

Praise for Once Upon a Tartan:The Bridegroom Wore Plaid Cover
“Burrowes creates a powerful story replete with heartfelt emotion and rich characterization… An instant keeper.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick of the Month
“Expert prose, likeable characters, realistic relationships, and believable complications create a pleasant and satisfying keeper.” —Publishers Weekly
“Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes’ writing, and fans of Suzanne Enoch and Sarah MacLean should enjoy this series.” —Booklist
“Grace Burrowes weaves her magic with words… a memorable love story—excellent and exquisite.” — A Long and Short Reviews Best Book

GraceBurrowesABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes is the author of the acclaimed Windham Family Series, The MacGregor Trilogy and The Lonely Lords Series. Her debut novel, The Heir (2010), as well as The Bridegroom Wore Plaid (2012) were both included as Publishers Weekly Best Books of their respective years, in the romance category. A practicing attorney specializing in family law, Grace lives in rural Maryland, where she is working on the final book in the Windham series, Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait (October 2013) and third MacGregor story, The MacGregor’s Lady (February 2014), and many more books. Visit her website afor more information about all of her books, exclusive extras and her lively blog.

 

Burrowes Book GiveawayGiveaway Schedule—chances to win all month long!
8/1 Book Hounds
8/2 RomFan Reviews
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8/5 In the Hammock
8/6 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
8/7 Manga Maniac Café
8/8 What’s on the Bookshelf
8/9 The Royal Reviews
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8/12 Joan Swan’s Blog
8/13 Cocktails and Books
8/14 Romancing the Book
8/15 Ramblings from this Chick
8/16 Books-n-Kisses
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8/19 Anna’s Book Blog
8/20 The Book Girl
8/21 The Reading Café
8/22 Seductive Musings
8/23 Peeking Between the Pages
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8/26 Love Romance Passion
8/27 So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
8/28 Thoughts in Progress
8/29 Debbie’s Book Bag
8/30 Linus’ Blanket

Leave a comment telling us all why you love Historical Romance and enter to WIN this generous prize pack of books!

Happy weekend! My website as you can see is under construction…getting a cleanup and a few cool bells and whistles, so please ignore the mess.

Wanted to share a snippet from FIRST TEMPTATION, a Covert Affairs series novella which will join 5 more awesome novellas and come out in the WICKED FIRSTS anthology with Elisabeth Naughton, Cynthia Eden, Laura Wright, Katie Reus and Alexandra Ivy on August 19th!

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Zoe blew the air out, crossed her arms, and leaned one hip against the main display case. “Why don’t you go play with the toys? I’ll put the camera in.”

Taft pulled a utility knife from the toolbox he’d brought. “Sweetness, you may be the boss at the border, but not here.”

“I’m not trying to be the boss. I’m good with tools.”

“Better with tools than toys, are you…” He glanced at her from beneath his brows with a grin. “Mary?”

Her shoulders fell. Eyelids lowered halfway. Color stained the ridge of her cheekbones. He didn’t know women who blushed still existed.

“You know enough for both of us, Satan.”

He barked a laugh. Found it surprising she didn’t try to deny. “Are you the missionary, vanilla type of girl?”

“You think all sex has to be vanilla unless it includes a foreign object? I’ll have you know, I have smokin’ hot sex just fine without the need for sexual aids.”

“Sexual aids?” Taft stopped loosening the screw holding the housing together and lifted his brows at her.

She returned the brow lift in challenge. “Mara’s words. She is the expert.”

“I thought she said I was the expert.”

“I think you have very big ears.”

“That’s her way of justifying what she sells.” Taft replaced the blade in the knife with a sharp one, trying not to frown at the slice to his ego. “They’re toys. All this shit makes sex more fun, Brooks. These are all enhancements to the ordinary act that can only be done so many ways. They make sex better, more fun, more…erotic. They add variety.”

Her eyes narrowed as if she were inspecting his psyche. He turned toward the wall joining Incognito and Fumar and took a solid grip on the blade.

“Does your man agree with this vanilla philosophy? I bet if you asked, he’d secretly be hoping for—”

Brooks’s hand covered his, stopping his first cut into the drywall. He was suddenly, intensely aware of her proximity. Of her soft body heat. Of her scent. Orange…almond…

“Don’t cut there,” she said. “It’s the wrong placement.”

He turned his head, closed his eyes, and moved his nose and mouth down the length of her forearm, inhaling and letting his lips brush her skin.

He groaned and pressed his closed mouth to her wrist, mumbling, “Vanilla.”

She laughed and leaned forward. “What?”

He lifted his mouth from her skin to say, “You’re wearing something with vanilla in it.”

His entire body responded with hunger.

“So?” she quipped.

Before he thought, he opened his mouth and bit her wrist—gently. She gasped, and her other hand moved to his head.

Taft released his teeth, murmured, “It makes me horny as hell,” and licked the skin he’d bitten.

Her fingers slid into his hair and curled around a few pieces. “I thought you said vanilla was boring.”

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