Monday, February 23, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: The Gilded Cuff by Lauren Smith



Title: The Gilded Cuff
Author: Lauren Smith
Series: Surrender Series Book 1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
         Genre: Contemporary    


Every passion has its price . . .
Journalist Sophie Ryder has been following Emery Lockwood’s story since she was a little girl. There has always been something in his haunted eyes that she couldn’t resist and now, when she’s certain he holds the key to solving a string of kidnappings, she’ll do anything to speak to him. Even if it means venturing deep into the seductive world of the Gilded Cuff, a luxurious BDSM club on Long Island’s Gold Coast and Emery’s personal playground.
From the moment Sophie enters his shadowy, sensual domain, Emery Lockwood knows this tantalizing new little sub was meant to belong to him. However, Sophie wants more from Emery than just pleasure . . . she wants his past. And that is something he isn’t willing to give—no matter who is asking. But every moment he spends with Sophie, Emery feels his control slipping and he knows it’s only a matter of time before he surrenders to her heart, body, and soul.


About Lauren Smith:

Lauren Smith, Author
Amazon best-selling author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets—a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She's won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

Connect with Lauren: Website  Facebook  Twitter 


Excerpt:

Emery held still, didn’t make a sound or move until she opened her eyes. When she did finally look up at him, he dropped his head a few inches, his nose touching hers, nuzzling her cheek.
“I’m not like other men, Sophie. Scars are a sign of strength, survival. Someday you’ll be brave enough to show me, and I’ll prove you have nothing to be ashamed of. Now, I am willing to accept the deal you proposed. Are you willing in return?”
She bit her lip. It had been her idea; she had to see it through. She wanted to see it through, even if it scared the living daylights out of her.
“Yes. I’ll do it. Your story, my submission.”
He kissed her with raw possession, his mouth showing her how wicked it would be between them. Wild, dark, and completely free. She wanted that more than anything, the freedom to let go, to give in to the erotic dreams she’d spent years ignoring but never had felt safe enough to give in to before. His kiss broke down every barrier, obliterated every part of herself she tried to hide. Sophie lifted her chin, offering him her mouth, pleading for him. Emery drew a quick breath, eyes widening before his lashes fell to half-mast, his gaze drawn to her lips.
When he took her lips, he dominated her with the depth of his claiming. She breathed him in, like drawing the first heavy breath upon waking from a thousand-year sleep. Sophie came alive in that single moment. The woman she’d been all these years since losing Rachel, the scared little girl fighting against the evils in the world, was gone. In her place was the woman she’d always wanted to be, a woman not afraid to live her life. She couldn’t shut this man out like she had her other friends or her family. No. He demanded she give in to him. Electric tingles pulsed outward from the places they touched, setting her senses on fire, fogging her mind. His kiss consumed her—enveloping her until she was lost, set adrift in a haze of desire, longing, and aching.
She felt his mouth tremble against hers; he seemed to strain to keep his possession under control, to bank the fires of his passion. His tongue slipped between her lips, thrusting in time with the rocking of his hips against hers in tiny circles. He gave up his control and took her over. His body weighed hers down, his hips rocking into hers. He could have done anything to her in that moment, and she’d have agreed to it. Sophie’s inner muscles clenched, empty and wet, yearning for him, but it was his kiss that was her downfall—almost brutal with craving, as though he was a thirsty man savoring his first sip of water from her mouth. All his focus, all his energy seemed to be on her, on her lips.
He tore his mouth from hers, panting roughly. He cursed savagely and withdrew his hands from her body. She blinked in surprise when she realized his hot hands had slid up her outer thighs beneath the mini-skirt. Her chest heaved, her breasts dangerously close to escaping the confines of her corset. Emery’s eyes slowly tracked down from her mouth to her breasts. With a rakish grin he pressed his mouth lightly on the tops of the creamy swells, his tongue darting out as he licked and nibbled a path back up to her lips. He paused, then feathered his lips at the corner of her mouth and brushed his nose against hers playfully.
Sophie whimpered at the loss when he finally drew his head back. It felt like good-bye, but that was foolish; she’d only just met him and agreed to surrender to him. They couldn’t be done.
Emery sighed, his breath uneven against her temple. His body stiffened above hers.
“Go home, Sophie. Forget me, this place. Let it be a peculiar dream, nothing more. I’m not the man for you.” His voice was harsh.
“No,” she whispered fiercely, but she wasn’t as sure of herself as she had been. She’d expected a spanking, some rough kissing. She hadn’t expected to feel so vulnerable and exposed by a man taking control of her body and owning her completely in a mere few minutes.
“You think you can really survive this lifestyle for even one minute? You’re vanilla, sweetheart. You wouldn’t ever let me tie you up and take you the thousand ways I’d like to. You’d cry when my hand came down on your ass in punishment. You’re not ready for this.”
She shook her head, furiously fighting off the swell of tears as her throat constricted. He and he alone had offered her what her secret dreams and longings had called for night after night. The phantom lovers that had tormented her to the brink of violent need in her dreams could never compare to the very real and very heavy weight of his body on hers at that moment. The devastation of that perfect kiss couldn’t be undone. The story could wait…but the need…the desperation to feel alive again…she couldn’t let go of that, not yet.
“No. Take me home with you.” She paused, calculating each word. “Please, Sir.” She was begging. There was no doubt about it for either of them, and as shocked as she was by her own impulse to beg, she prayed he’d let her go with him.
Emery’s lips twisted into a crooked smile. For a moment, she saw the boy in him, the one he’d been before his world had been utterly destroyed. The child wasn’t gone, wasn’t dead. Buried yes, but not dead. He threaded a hand through his hair and remained silent for moment. Shadows of doubt and indecision danced across his face before he finally replied.
“How can I resist?” Emery lifted himself and hauled her to her feet.
Sophie winced. Her back was bruised after lying on the stone floor beneath him. She hadn’t minded at the time—her body had been distracted by a thousand other things. But now her shoulder blades and hips screamed in protest. Emery took her into his arms, rubbing her back, massaging it with knowing hands.
“Come, I’ll summon my driver.”
“Okay.” She tried to remain calm. She was going home with Emery Lockwood. One of the richest men in America. Yet it wasn’t his wealth that made her fight off the rippling tremors at the base of her spine and in her womb. No, it was the fact that she was going home with a man who kissed her like she was the last woman on earth and time was ending. If he kissed like that, sex with him would be the Apocalypse. She’d never survive it.

Ten Fun Facts about the Author:

1)  I'd love to learn to speak Russian
2)  I've studied abroad in the following countries: France, England, Spain, and China
3)  I took 12 years of French.
4)  I wrote my first story in 3rd grade.
5)  I read the Hound of the Baskervilles in 4th grade and it actually gave me nightmares.
6)  I have attended midnight release parties for books 4-7 of the Harry Potter series.
7)  I have three pets, a black schnauzer, a cat and a chinchilla
8)  I have petted a baby panda
9)  My grandfather (my father's father) helped engineer the Keystone Damn in Oklahoma
10) My grandfather (my mother's father) lived in a log cabin in rural Nebraska and survived polio in the 1930s

Monday, February 16, 2015

Contest for Authors



The Romance Reviews is conducting its first contest for authors. While there would be prizes for authors, the real prize is increased name recognition and exposure, not only that, but the writers with limited resources and access to a wide range of readers would also benefit. For additional information, click here.

Coffee Time Romance is launching Coffee Time Romance's Indie Author Feature. They will be promoting one quality self-published romance author a month in a blog post which will be hosted by author, Veronica Bale, and promoted through all of Coffee Time Romance's social media channels.

Do you want additional exposure for your totally awesome self-published romance novel? Are you interested in selling your e-book through a book store dedicated specifically to romance readers?

If you want to be featured, here's what they are looking for:

You must be a self-published romance author with an e-book.

You must be willing to sell your e-book through Coffee Time Romance and More's book store (for information on Coffee Time Romance's royalty rates, pay schedules and user information, click here).

If selected for a feature, you must sponsor a giveaway for at least one free copy of your e-book in a Tweet-to-Win contest. The Tweet-to-Win contest administered through Coffee Time Romance's Google+ Community Book Lovers Unite.

To submit your novel for Coffee Time Romance and More's Indie Author Feature, simply fill out the contact form here (for Coffee Time Romance and More's submission guidelines, click here)

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Tony Winner Produces Her First Play


Ms. April Yvette Thompson will be showcasing her first play, Liberty City at Eta Creative Arts Foundation, from February 22 until March 29, 2015. To learn more about “Liberty City,” Click Here

April Yvette Thompson is a Tony-winning producer, writer and actor working across media. Her acting credits include: The Teacher (directed by Jeremy Engle) opposite Hunter Parrish (Weeds) and Clarke Peters (The Wire). Her off-Broadway credits include: Medea, King Lear, Liberty City, Light Raise the Roof and Macbeth. Her numerous regional Theatre credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (both Ruth & Beneatha), Wine in the Wilderness (Seattle Footlights Award), Eclipsed, and Motherhood Outloud.

April’s Film/TV credits include The Exonerated, Accidental Husband, Blue Caprice, Backwards, “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order” & “Third Watch.”

April is now staring in the new NBC pilot “Babylon Fields.”

For additional information on this talented performer, visit her site at http://www.aprilyvettethompson.com

Monday, February 02, 2015

Special thanks to Mr. Emiliano Pérez was Selecting My Short Story

For his thesis, Mr. Emiliano Pérez selected my short story, “Serenity on Fire” which is one of five short stories from the book “Malicious Acts.” Mr. Pérez is enrolled in his last year of English-Spanish Translation at Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Facultad de Lenguas, in Argentina and considered my story as a potential translation from English into Spanish for the project. I am happy to announce that his presentation on the short story was a big success. A lot of people attended and they loved it. Many of the attendees wanted to read my story. Only part of the story was translated into Spanish.

I am grateful that he selected my short story for his proposal, and I wish him every success in his endeavors.

If you would like to have your book or stories translated into Spanish, you can contact Mr. Emiliano Pérez at emi.boogie-woogie@hotmail.com

Malicious Acts, a collection of five fictional short stories, focuses on several characters that will stop at nothing to get what they want. If it means disguising themselves as benevolent individuals and destroying lives along the way, they are up for the thrill. They will use money, romance, lust, sex, greed, deceit, and revenge as preludes to suck unsuspecting people out of their life’s savings.

Serenity on Fire centers on the character Serenity Jones, a freelance illustrator, who was leaving a Christmas party. Due to an unexpected blizzard, she decided to take a cab; most were off duty, and some unoccupied cabs passed her by. As she headed for the bus stop, a driver honked his horn, got her attention and stopped. When she got into his cab, her ride would become a nightmare on treachery road.

You can purchase "Malicious Acts,” in English only, at the following links



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Add More Passion with Your Significant Other on Valentine’s Day


Following are some sites, videos and books that will help you and your mate add more excitement to your love life on Valentine’s Day.

Blog:

Flirty and Feisty Romance Blog - Offers romance novels, articles, and inspirational quotes to help spice up your love life.

Videos:

Four Seasons - A delightful romance comedy with a profound message.

Outsourced - A contemporary feel-good movie that takes a humorous look at cross-cultural clash and romance. The film takes a festive look at characters who are trying to bridge the cultural divide between America and India.


Short Stories:

Café Mocha by Vivienne Diane Neal - A sensual romance story, centering on a woman who decides to change her way of thinking when it comes to meeting men.

Meet Me Under The Lavender Sky by Sydney Arrison - If you think you have to travel to a far away destination for a romantic rendezvous, think again.

Sunset in Alabama by Shani Greene-Dowdell - In these pages some of some of the author’s memories, feelings, lessons and events pour out in poetry and short articles. While some of the writings in this book are simply observations or thoughts, many of the emotions spawn from the author's experiences.

Lingerie:

Curvy Girlz Lingerie - For the woman with voluptuous curves and the guys who love them.

Desserts:

Angie’s Caribbean Black Cake - A scrumptious substitute to chocolates.

Angie’s Caribbean Miniature Cakes - Another mouth-watering alternative to chocolates.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.


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Monday, January 19, 2015

When a Loan Becomes a Gift: Playing the Romance Card by Vivienne Diane Neal


Unmarried couples who are into a serious relationship have a tendency to give each other money. When they go out on a date, it is usually determined who will pick up the tab. When birthdays come along, sometimes jewelry or money is the gift of choice.  As holidays approach, big ticket items may be exchanged. The practice of giving, without any strings attached, is called a gift, which is defined as a present or something that is bestowed to an individual, usually to give pleasure or to show gratitude. You give a gift to someone because you’re head-over-heels with that person, or you wish to show how thankful you are to have that man or woman in your life.

For one reason or another, men and women do lend money to each other, whether they are lovers, friends, acquaintances or associates. But what happens when a person decides to lend money to his or her lover? Too often when an individual borrows money from a significant other, everything is hunky dory. Love is blind, and each person is madly in love with each other. Promises are made to repay the loan. Both people are going about their daily lives, until one day the relationship has hit a sour note, and it’s over. All of a sudden, the loan becomes a gift, because the borrower was romantically involved with the lender during the time the debt was incurred.

Then you have the man or woman who doesn’t have a clue as to the type of relationship they have. The couple may work in the same environment, flirt with one another and meet often after work for a drink or dinner. The man always picks up the tab and before you know it, she is borrowing money from him. When it’s time for the gentleman to collect his money, her excuse for not paying him back was that he was interested in her romantically, and the money was actually a gift and not a loan.

Playing the romance card to avoid repaying an obligation may not cut it, especially if you end up being sued in Small Claims Court. Whether money given during a romantic relationship is a loan or a gift can be very vague. The plaintiff must prove that the money given was a loan, while the defendant will argue that the money received was a gift. In most cases, the judge presiding over the case will have to make the final ruling, which may favor the plaintiff or the defendant.

If you are in a romantic relationship, don’t be a borrower or a lender. If you do lend money to someone, and you truly want that money back, have that person sign a promissory note as the borrower along with your signature as the lender and the date the loan must be paid back. This is a legally binding contract. Never rely on verbal promises, because during the heat of passion, an individual will make all sorts of assurances that the money will be repaid. But once the courtship is over, there is the likelihood that you will never see your money.

On the other hand, don’t give money enclosed in a greeting card that reads hope you love this $500.00 gift; buy something nice for yourself and than months later when your mate leaves you, you decide to take him or her to court and complain that the cash you gave was a loan. Remember, many people do hold on to those greeting cards!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Virtual Book Tour - Phase One: Identify (Territory of the Dead Series) by Rose Wynters

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 12/30/14 – 1/13/15

Genres: Young Adult Romance, Horror, Zombies, Science Fiction

Series: Territory of the Dead

Tour Promo: All books in this series are $.99!

Available free with Kindle Unlimited.





Blurb:

Eighteen-year-old Tabitha Alexander had just graduated from high school when the dead invaded her small town of Pleasant, Louisiana. Working as a checkout girl in the only grocery store in town, she barely made it out with her life.

But the night was only beginning.

What started out as a group of three grows, as they are joined by the few that are still alive. New bonds are formed as old ones die, and Tabitha suddenly finds that the guy she's always wanted might just want her back.

The timing couldn't be worse, though. The zombies in Pleasant are smart, with an awareness that's horrifying. And when the zombies discover the house full of survivors, those inside realize that the walls aren't strong enough to keep them out.

All hope is lost. Or is it? Salvation comes in the form of a mysterious man, with a pair of steely-gray eyes and an arsenal to match. He rescues them, but at what cost? Kellan can't seem to keep his otherworldly eyes off of her.

She's no match for him. She knows this. Yet, he intrigues her... and Tabitha knows it's the most dangerous reaction of all.   

Excerpt:

I exhaled deeply as I finished scanning the last coupon. The woman gave me a sharp look of annoyance, as if I had no room for complaint. Really, what did she expect? Was I supposed to grovel and thank her for allowing me the honor of scanning her precious coupons ten minutes before closing time?

Apparently so. “You know, young lady, it wouldn't hurt you to smile at your customers and thank them when they offer you their coupons. I don't think I've ever had such poor customer service. I don't have to shop here, especially with this kind of attitude.” She was working herself up into a rage, her expression full of self-righteous indignation.

I didn't reply, but instead pushed the total button. Some of the customers in line groaned, while others shifted in impatience. They really didn't want to be further delayed by her rant. She slammed a hundred dollar bill down on the counter. “Where is your manager? I want to speak with him now.”

I pointed towards Jim, as he straightened his shoulders and attempted to look professional. I could only imagine the holier-than-thou attitude he would have as he sympathetically agreed with her. Around here, I could never do anything right, or so it seemed.

I didn't see anyone else standing around, though, willing to put up with his crap. If I didn't need the money so badly, I'd walk out the door faster than he could blink. I was tired of the humiliation and tired of being blamed for the lines, just because he was too tight to hire on adequate staff.

I was silent as I quickly made her change. What could any person say? She was mad due to reasons of her own, something that really didn't concern me. With one last glare, she huffed and moved on in his direction. She never made it, though.

It would have been worth the complaint and subsequent chewing out I would have received, if the events of the night just wouldn't have happened. I would later look back on it and pray that things had ended differently. You can't change events that are completely out of your control, though.

Even so, anything would have been preferable to that one moment when you find your reality has just been blown to pieces and would never be the same again. That's assuming you live to survive it.

She was halfway to Jim, her teased hairdo bouncing, when it happened. A loud, panicked scream tore through the night, originating somewhere from the parking lot in front of the store. Even through the thick glass, we could hear it loudly. It sounded like someone was being murdered. I immediately stopped scanning, turning in an attempt to see what was happening.

A body slammed against the glass, his face and palms pressed to the surface. It was a horrid sight. His pupils were red and crazed, his face extremely pale and dirty. Dark red blood was smeared across his cheeks and chin. The man stood still for a moment, just watching us with his crazy eyes. Something reanimated him. He slid his palms down the clear, clean glass, leaving a trail of bloody streaks.

Buy Link:

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About the Author:

Rose Wynters resides in the southern portion of the USA. When not
writing, she enjoys traveling, camping, and meeting new people.


Connect With The Author:

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Dr. Ava Cadell Has Launched Sexpert.com



Dr. Ava Cadell
Are you ready to take charge of your sex life? The world’s leading sexologist, Dr. Ava Cadell, has launched Sexpert.com to educate and entertain lovers everywhere, headed by Editor-in-chief Paula Tiberius.

“Sexpert.com is for sexy, smart, sex-positive people who want their sex served straight up with a twist of eroticism,” says Dr. Ava Cadell.

Sexpert.com will cover all diverse sexual paths with no limits, no judgment, and no apologies! They will inform you, entertain you, educate you – and even make you laugh! From the “basics of boning” to the current discourse in sexual politics, their mission is sex education, which is so needed on this planet – at any age and are on the forefront of the sex education “movement,” and they promise it will be fun!

Dr. Ava Cadell’s Sexpert.com was launched through a cornerstone advertising partnership with Sextoy.com – the premiere site for all intimate products and sexy attire. “I am thrilled to have a truly amazing marketing partner with “Sex Toy Dave,” the founder of Sextoy.com. We look forward to a flourishing future,” states Dr. Ava Cadell, Founder of Sexpert.com and LoveologyUniversity.com.

So, whether you are single or hitched, Sexpert.com has provocative topics that include polyamory, BDSM, Tantric practices and much more. Renowned author and GQ Magazine sex columnist Anka Radakovich brings you a daily dose of share-worthy “sex in the news,” while astrologer to the stars Christina Engelhardt reveals your monthly “Sextrology” forecast, and Jackie Watson hosts Hollywood celebrities on the red carpet with juicy questions about their love lives. You can watch Dr. Ava’s taped sex counseling sessions, take a sex quiz to find a lover, do “sexycises” to make you a better lover or check out the latest sex book excerpts and reviews, LGBT themes, college campus sex discussions, candid sex toy reviews and learn from an ever-evolving lineup of sexologists from around the world such as, Dr. Nikki Goldstein from Australia and Dr. Shelly Varod from Israel.

Sexpert.com is the perfect place for advertisers who have products that promote love, relationships, romance, intimacy and sexual well-being.

Visit Sexpert.com now for a free MP3 download of Dr. Ava’s “Sextrology” forecast and compatibility recording—set to sexy music to get you and your partner in the mood for love.

Dr. Ava Cadell is America’s #1 Sexpert as a Clinical Sexologist, AASECT Certified Sex Counselor, Founder of Loveology University and President of the American College of Sexologists International. She is the author of 8 books and the monthly Sex Advice Columnist for Penthouse Magazine, for whom she has created a series of online courses and videos entitled, “Sex Academy.” And Alpha/Penguin will publish her new book on the Kama Sutra this month.

Dr. Ava Cadell was the first person to create a sexual consent form in 2004, which can be downloaded at Sexpert.com and she is an advocate of Governor Jerry Brown’s “affirmative consent” sex assault bill.

A sought after media therapist and global speaker, Dr. Ava’s mission is to empower people to overcome sexual guilt and shame so they can enjoy the best sex of their lives.

For more information, go to: http://www.AvaCadell.com.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Closing Out the Year with a Big Bang

How fast does the time go? It seems like a couple of seconds ago when the year 2014 rolled in.

As always, we would like to thank all of our visitors, subscribers and supporters who have made this year a memorable one. We especially want to thank the authors who have given us the opportunity to host their books during their Virtual Book Tours and to all the guest bloggers who have submitted memorable and informative articles.

We are looking forward to bringing you more exciting news, articles and featured authors for your pleasure.

We are taking a well-deserved break and will return on January 5, 2015.

In closing, we want to wish everyone a healthy and safe holiday and a prosperous New Year.