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Back to the Blogasphere

As I work on promoting my new books, I realized it’s been almost a year since I’ve published anything to my blog. Time has flown by and I’ve went through some dramatic changes. My mind has become full circle back to my passion of writing. I’ve just published four books, two novels and two short erotica stories. I’ve chosen the self-publishing route once again and hope it pays off. In addition to these books, I’ve also managed to finish the one novel which has plagued me since the beginning of my writing career. With it came the blank slate of not knowing where to go next. However, I refuse to allow myself to bask in my accomplishments and I’m hard at work on finishing the revisions for my first ever Suspense/Thriller. With luck, I’ll have both of these books ready to be released to the public before the end of the year.

To celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, and the publishing of my work, I’m giving away a free copy of my short Erotica Christmas story to anyone who comments on this post. And that’s not all…One lucky winner will get a choice of either of my Paranormal Romance novels. Pregnant men, or a sexy bodyguard. Which would you choose? If you don’t win, don’t be dismayed. For a limited time, each of my books are on sale for just $0.99! Be sure to follow my blog and leave your email in the comments box for your chance to win. And share with your friends! Everyone loves a sexy, naughty Santa!

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Review of “Acquainted with the Night”

A woman’s quest for the truth…A medieval icon that holds the clues…And an ancient book with the power to shake Christianity-and humanity itself.

London tour guide Caroline Clifford has never believe in vampires- until her uncle is brutally murdered at a Bulgarian archaeological site, and a vampire hunter who corresponded with him seeks her out.

Strange anagrams on her uncle’s passport lead them to a cliff-top monastery in Greece, where a shattering revelation connects a relic Caro inherited to an age-old text on immortality-and an enigmatic prophecy that pits the forces of darkness and light in a showdown that could destroy all they know…

 

When I first received Acquainted with the Night, the sheer size of the book intimidated me. It took me over a week to work up my courage enough to attempt to begin reading. It didn’t take me long to get hooked and I finished the thick paperback in just a few days time. I found the entire plot line to be fascinating. I love how the author uses scientific terms to describe the existence of vampires. Her spin on these overdone creatures is refreshing. I especially love how Caro gets up getting hot for sex after being bit.

The sex scenes were pretty arousing and the action was abundant and entertaining. I enjoyed following the relationship of Caro and Jude as they struggled to stay alive and solve the clues Caro’s dead uncle left for her. Piper Maitland did a wonderful job of tying up a lot of the loose ends but I was very disappointed when the story ended. I would have liked to see more about what sort of future Caro and Jude end up having.

 

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Black Friday Book Bonanza Blog Hop

Black Friday. This is another word for madness. I know a lot of people who enjoy the crowds, the sales, Black Friday Book Bonanzathe shopping. I’m not one of them. I’d much rather stay in my safe, uncluttered home and watch the dozens of reports on crazy shoppers as the Noon news airs. Due to the wonderful advancement of the internet, there are a ton of places that allow shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday from the safety of their own homes. This, I might participate in. I especially love the book sales. I’m an avid reader. Guess that comes with the package of being a writer.

When I see a book on sale, I can’t resist hitting the buy button. For this reason, I’ve listed my self-published paranormal romance book Heart Over Mind for the low sale price of 99 cents, until December 1st. If you miss out on this opportunity, the price will go back up Heart Over Mindto $3.99, unless you buy the direct Kindle version, which is available for $2.99. I don’t believe in making readers pay an arm and leg for a book. Times are tough right now. No one knows that more than me. I have three kids and haven’t even started shopping yet!

Yes, I am a procrastinator. I am well aware of this. For the purpose of this blog hop, I will be giving away a free copy of Heart Over Mind to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is follow the simple rules below. Stay safe during the sales holiday and Merry Christmas!

  1. Follow my blog.
  2. Go to my fan page and hit like.
  3. Post a comment below, ANSWERING the question(it’s written below) and don’t forget to leave your email address. Anyone who doesn’t leave their contact info will be disqualified from the contest.

I will choose a winner using Random.org no later than Monday, November 28th.

 Now for the question: Do you enjoy Black Friday sales? What’s one thing that could get you to risk the crowds?

Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in this hop by going here. Visit the hosts of this tour by clicking on the banners below and thank them for putting it together.

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A Life Changed Forever
Nala Arpaia, psychiatrist, lives a boring, routine life…until her knight in tight blue jeans comes to whisk her off to a family castle full of fabled creatures. It’s like something out of a book, all the way down to the life or death situation she finds herself in. As the last member of the most powerful blood line to ever exist, Nala is now the final mark of Broncestan Milivak, who’s goal is world domination.
Nala has to master her powers if she wants to save the free world. All she really wants…is her protector Gabriel.

Stubborn to the Core
Gabriel Ricardo’s job as head Graida, a magical bodyguard, is his life. He eats, breaths and sleeps work. When his boss, head Elder Elam Korbin gives Gabriel the task of retrieving his niece, Nala, Gabriel’s all business. Until, he meets the psychiatrist. Things go down hill from there. This case isn’t like any other. Illusions, magic, and attempted kidnap he can handle. The presence of the strong, and irresistible attraction he feels for the doctor he can’t. As things get dangerous, Gabriel has to force his mind to focus on the case, and not the lust burning him alive.

Unable to Resist…
As Broncestan’s attacks get stronger, and more dangerous, Nala finds it more important than ever to experience the kind of relationship she’d always wanted, but never had. Seeing Nala suffer at the hands of a power-hungry Damned soul, Gabriel realizes keeping his distance isn’t working. Soon, they give in to the passion and proclaim their love. Just when things are supposed to work out, things hit rock bottom again.

Their Future Looms in the Balance… Will they ever be able to defeat Broncestan and enjoy a relationship together or are they doomed to live their lives alone and miserable?

EXCERPT: 18+ Only

The night was cool and clear, and the moon shone bright, surrounded by millions of stars. Nala walked along a riverbank, the dirt soft and cold beneath her bare feet. She was looking for someone. Through the hanging limbs of a weeping willow tree, and over a fallen log. Then, in the darkness, she made out the silhouette of a man. He stood with his back to her, naked. Just like her. She gasped as she looked down at her own exposed body. She felt unaffected. She kept moving towards the mystery man, her hand outstretched.

Her fingers brushed his tan, muscular shoulder and his body tightened. Then he turned around. He was such a handsome man; the most beautiful she had ever seen. Muscles corded his thick arms and jagged scars crisscrossed his left bicep and right forearm. Puckered white marks from what looked like bullet holes dotted his chest and stomach. There were dozens of other scars along his ribs, knees, thighs, and even one on his foot. Nala spent time studying each of them, using her fingers and then her tongue. Each flick seemed to push the man a little further into arousal.

His hand shoved into her thick, dark hair and jerked her head up. She watched, dazed, as his mouth began to lower towards hers. It seemed to take an eternity. Just as she thought she would die of deprivation, his firm lips covered hers. His tongue thrust past her lips, into the moist cavern of her mouth as his hands began an intimate search of her body. He stroked her in places she had never expected to be touched. Her breasts ached as he caressed them, his thumbs flicking over her hardened nipples. As his fingers dipped towards her throbbing center, she arched towards him.

He burrowed through the curls concealing her womanhood. Moving with slow purpose, he slipped a finger inside her wet, throbbing center. Waves of heat curled throughout her body as he thrust with alternating pace. Her breath caught as an unfamiliar feeling took over her body. Muscles clenched around the man’s finger as spasms took her away to a place of ecstasy. Nala clung to him as her body spiraled out of control. When she came back to earth, he was watching her, desire burning in his eyes. He reached for her hand and guided it down his stomach to his rigid male member.

Nala gasped at the size and hardness of it. Going by instinct alone, she began to slide her hand up and down. His eyes glazed over and his head went back on a groan. She increased her pace and smiled when he began to squeeze her arms. The faster she went, the tighter his grip became. He began to pant and then he stiffened up. “Oh Nala. I’m about to cum.”

Her hand kept working up and down his long, thick shaft as he began to get his release. “Do it Gabriel. I want you to.”

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Sara Trimble is new to the world of publishing, though not to writing. She has one published novel, two in the final revisions and a stack of stories ready to work on. She’s also venturing out of her comfort zone of Romance to work on a new suspense novel, she hopes to have done by December 1st. When she isn’t writing, Sara spends her time with her three children, wonderful fiance Justyn, spending time with friends, and just enjoying life. You can find her at her website http://www.sararimble.com, follow her blog at https://saratrimble.wordpress.com, Tweet her at http://www.facebook.com/saradtrimble, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorsaratrimble. Don’t forget to check out the new movie trailer for her debut paranormal romance, Heart Over Mind.

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Guest Blogging For this Week

I’ve been blogging like crazy! Come visit my guest posts and comment. There’s a giveaway of my paranormal romance up for grabs on each site!

First, visit with me at Sit Here and Read as I talk about all my WIP and why Sit Here and Read

I choose to write the stories I do.

Then, come visit me as I talk with the Book Wenches about getting out of the comfort zone.

Tomorrow, I’ll be visiting Gabrielle Bisset so y’all go ahead and be ready to get that mouse to moving.

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Dirty Dozen Weekend

Heart Over Mind smashwordsAbout Heart Over Mind: This is a paranormal romance, with light sex. This post is sexual and is for use by persons 18 and over.

A Life Changed Forever

Nala Arpaia, psychiatrist, lives a boring, routine life…until her knight in tight blue jeans comes to whisk her off to a family castle full of fabled creatures. It’s like something out of a book, all the way down to the life or death situation she finds herself in. As the last member of the most powerful blood line to ever exist, Nala is now the final mark of Broncestan Milivak, who’s goal is world domination.

Nala has to master her powers if she wants to save the free world. All she really wants…is her protector Gabriel.

Stubborn to the Core

Gabriel Ricardo’s job as head Graida, a magical bodyguard, is his life. He eats, breaths and sleeps work. When his boss, head Elder Elam Korbin gives Gabriel the task of retrieving his niece, Nala, Gabriel’s all business. Until, he meets the psychiatrist. Things go down hill from there. This case isn’t like any other. Illusions, magic, and attempted kidnap he can handle. The presence of the strong, and irresistible attraction he feels for the doctor he can’t. As things get dangerous, Gabriel has to force his mind to focus on the case, and not the lust burning him alive.

Unable to Resist…

As Broncestan’s attacks get stronger, and more dangerous, Nala finds it more important than ever to experience the kind of relationship she’d always wanted, but never had. Seeing Nala suffer at the hands of a power-hungry Damned soul, Gabriel realizes keeping his distance isn’t working. Soon, they give in to the passion and proclaim their love. Just when things are supposed to work out, things hit rock bottom again.

Their Future Looms in the Balance…
Will they ever be able to defeat Broncestan and enjoy a relationship together or are they doomed to live their lives alone and miserable?

And now…for the twelve sentences…

“Nala, you have to stop.”

She heard the strained words and felt the strength of his hands at her waist, but kept going.

“In a minute.”

She could feel it building. Her breath came in pants as the first ripples started.

“Open your eyes.”

She obeyed his command. Her eyelids felt heavy as she forced them to open against the pleasure. When Gabriel started to glow a pale white, Nala gasped. She looked at her own hands in surprise. She was glowing too.

“Gabriel, what’s happening?”

You can find Heart Over Mind e-book at Smashwords, or Amazon  for paperback. For a limited time only, Heart Over Mind, the ebook version, is only $0.99. Don’t wait. Offer expires soon.

One lucky commenter can win a free copy of the e-book version. Just follow my blog, like my fan page, and the Dirty Dozen Weekend fan page, then post a comment! Hope you enjoy.

Feel free to check out Sara’s website for free short story reads of all genres and her upcoming projects. Don’t forget to sign the guest book.

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Guest Blogging

Hey everyone, today, I’m at the wonderful Skhye Moncrief’s blog. Come visit to learn how I decided to incorporate Gypsies into my paranormal romance, Heart Over Mind. There’s a free book up for grabs. All you have to do is comment. And show Skhye some love by following her blog. I’m sure you all will love it.

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100 Books in a Year Challenge

Since I’ve been reviewing a lot of books for Night Owl Reviews and Fallen Angel Reviews, I figured

100 Books in a Year

100 Books in a Year hosted by Book Chick City

I could participate in this challenge. After all, it shouldn’t be too hard to get 100 books, right? Hmm…Let’s see how I do. The *** means reading or to-read.

1.)On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

2.)A Werewolf in Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thompson

3.)Scared to Death by Wendy Corsi Staub

4.)Halfway Hexed by Kimberly Frost

5.)Claiming Their Mate by Stacey Espino

6.)Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

7.)The Darkest Heart by Thea Devine

8.)Birthday Party Suprise by Cheryl Dragon

9.)Notorious by Nicola Cornick

10.)Camelot’s Enchantment by Cynthia Breeding

11.)Indiscretions by Madelynne Ellis

12.)Alpha Heat by Crystal Kaufmann

13.) I Betcha by Mia James

14.)A Questionable Hero by Kiki Howell

15.)Caress of Fur by Corinne Davies

16.)Deadly Silence by Lindsay McKenna

17.)1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber

18.)A Pirate’s Bounty by Eliza Knight

19.)A Cowboy To Marry by Cathy Gillen Thacker

20.)A Convenient Proposal by Lynnette Kent

21.)Werewolf in the North Woods by Vicki Lewis Thompson

22.)Werewolf in Greenwich Village by Vicki Lewis Thompson

23.)A Pirate’s Possession by Michelle Beatie

24.)Pirate’s Woman by Paige Tyler

25.)Back in the Saddle by Ashlynn Monroe

26.)Night Mission by Desiree Holt

27.)Until the Dawn by Desiree Holt

28.)Lust Undone by Desiree Holt

29.)Something Borrowed by Desiree Holt

30.)Shattered by Jennie Marshland

31.) The Son Between Them by Molly O’Keefe

32.)A Christmas Wren by BA Tortuga ***

33.)A Demon Does It Better By Linda Wisdom ***

34.)A Magical Return by Serena Shay ***

35.)Acquainted With The Night by Piper Maitland ***

36.)A Familiar Tangle with Hell by Sapphire Phelan ***

37.)Bonnie by Iris Johansen

38.)If I Should Die by Allison Brennan ***

39.)Confessions of a Courtesan by Deborah Hale***

40.)A New Dawn by Aubrie Dionne***

41.)Wet Dream by J. M. Madden ***

42.)Amber Moon by Amy Mayburn ***

43.)Tempting A Cowboy by Clarissa Yip ***

44.)One Hot Australian Night by Liia Ann Whiten***

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Guest Post with Caridad Pineiro

Today, I’m being visited by one of my favorite authors, Caridad Pineiro. I’ve loved her books since I started reading the Nocturne series. I hope everyone enjoys reading her post.

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People always wonder about how you get ideas for a book and there isn’t really any kind of

Lost by Caridad Pineiro

Lost by Caridad Pineiro

answer. Sometimes I’m writing one book and a character starts screaming in my ear that they have a story to tell.

For example, I was busy writing a book several years ago and this character – a very push hard-edged female – kept intruding on the novel that was due. She was really insistent and I could not get her out of my mind. Before I knew it, I had set aside the other story to deal with her. Before I knew it, FBI Agent Diana Reyes was born and within just a week, I had the start of the book that would become DARKNESS CALLS.

Something similar happened when I started to write MORE THAN A MISSION. MISSION was part of a series for Harlequin and so I had the basic premise for the story, but I suddenly found myself creating an entire history for the heroine and her town. The location in particular really added lots of flavor to the story because the small town in which the story was set was very old and had lots of unusual traditions. That really helped to make the story special and to this date MISSION is one of my favorites.

In THE LOST, the main characters, Adam and Bobbie, were as demanding as Diana Reyes, especially Bobbie. I knew she was emotionally and physically wounded, but strong. I wanted a story that would really help show that strength and inspire others somehow. But I knew it was going to be a paranormal story and I had to think of paranormal elements which would help highlight both her wounds and her strength.

Since Bobbie had already been at war and did not want to go there again, it seemed that forcing her to endure another battle for something that was really important to her – namely Adam – was the way to show her growth and how she tapped her inner strength to overcome her emotional wounds.

But I also wanted to heal her physical wounds and after having lots of ideas rattling around in my head, the idea of a race of people who could either heal or kill with a touch came to me. Building on that, I slowly developed the mythology of the Hunters and shaped the world in THE LOST.

So if you’re a writer and wondering where inspiration will come from, the best answer is that it comes from all kinds of different places for all your different stories. There is no wrong or right way and sometimes the ideas come in the most unusual ways, but that’s okay. Each story and character will speak to you and help you find the best way to tell their story!

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Guest Post with Thea Devine

Today is Day 6 of the blog tour and my visitor is The Queen of Erotic Romance Thea Devine. I had the chance to interview Ms. Devine for Night Owl Reviews a few months back and I reviewed her newest book, The Darkest Heart. You can find the review and interview by clicking on the links.

The Darkest Heart by Thea Devine

The Darkest Heart

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DIALOGUE THAT MADE ME SWOON

 Thea Devine

It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that GWTW is among my favorite books. I first read it when I was sixteen, and you can probably guess my teenaged reaction to the love story. But, as I subsequently discovered, it’s wholly different book when you reread it when you‘re older (say, oh — thirty and forty), and as I did recently with my sister-in-law. But there is one thing in GWTW that never changes and that, for me, was always the whole key to anything about romance.

It’s the moment at Twelve Oaks before the picnic, when Scarlett — in the book — has just encountered Charles Hamilton on the staircase, and turns to see Rhett staring up her, and indignantly thinks, “he looks as if — as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy.” (sic — my edition).

I love that moment. I always thought it went beyond prurience, that he was not envisioning her naked, he was not thinking sex; rather he was seeing her whole, her beauty, her vanity, her greed, her flaws and phony flirtatiousness, and everything about her right there that made her “her” — and he decided in that moment, he wanted her, that he loved her. Not just the body, but the whole person, just as she was.

Don’t we all? Want the guy who wants us just as we are? Without lists, demands, requirements must-haves, guarantees?. Don’t we want to say to him, “I love you,” and have him respond, as does Han Solo in a critical moment to Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, “I know.”

Oh, be still my heart. That he knew in his deepest core that she loved him. That acknowledgement was more than him saying “I love you.”

It says that he’d always known and everything he’d ever done was colored by that, in spite of the bickering, the clashes, in spite of everything.

I love that. Who wouldn’t love that? But even better — a moment on House last season, when he said to Cuddy, “I always want to kiss you,” — I melted into a puddle of swoon. Always .. Are you imagining that? Always … God, I wish I’d written that line. Think what that means. Always …

But then, I’m hopeless romantic. I love love. I love being in love. I think love is forever, in spite of all the recent public and humiliating break-ups in the news. I think those moments above expressed in dialogue are at the heart of romance — and that we all yearn for that deep visceral knowledge of the other person that transcends everything but the need and desire to be together because … because we love, and they know.

Always …

Thea Devine is the author of two dozen contemporary and historical romances, the latest of which, “The Darkest Heart” was a June release from Pocket/Gallery.

You can find Thea at her website. Connect with Thea on her Facebook.

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Review of “The Darkest Heart”

Senna showed me quite a time as I watched her attempt to manipulate a Countess into believing she was the orphaned daughter of a long lost relative. Too bad for her the Countess had an agenda of her own. She wanted, needed an heir to carry on their bloodline, and a nobody from the streets was the perfect target. Too bad for everyone that Nicoli, aka Dominick wanted the same thing; but for a different reason. If he were to impregnate Senna with his tainted seed, the Countess would die. It was the perfect revenge.

No one expected Senna to discover the Countess’s dark secret and flee in terror before the Countess and her homicidal son were able to silence her. Soon, Senna finds herself on the side of the road, in a carriage wreck, just as Lady Augustine passes by. Senna has vague memories of her time at Drom, and no recognition of the gracious woman who saves her. Yet Lady Augustine is persistent that Senna is her ward, come to spend The Season, with her. Senna’s too smart to pass up the chance for a warm place to stay.

She begins to live a lie and forgets to be the street smart woman she once was. Her days are spent humoring Lady Augustine, who begins to request being addressed as Aunt Madalina. Her nights are spent in a dream, lost in the passionate, sexual arms
of Dominick, her ghost lover. The Season grinds to a halt as rumor of a vampire
begins circulating.

This rumor gets stronger when Lord Hardwick, a prominent
member of high society, is murdered at his own vampire themed party. When the
Countess and Charles arrive in London and try to woo Senna back into their
embrace, she feigns memory loss. Not that she has to try hard about certain
parts. Those memories are shrouded in darkness.

As more deaths occur, Senna finds herself in danger of being homeless as Lady Augustine’s son Peter arrives home a month early. He insists that Senna is a fraud, a Gypsy, trying to take Lady Augustine for all she’s worth. Just as Senna is leaving,
Augustine stands up for herself and demands Peter allow Senna to stay. Peter
reluctantly agrees when he learns Senna was once engaged to Charles. Senna begins
considering how to get out of dodge without any money. She refuses to do the
one thing Peter asks of her; to become his mistress.

As a new group of vampires appear in town, Dominick is forced to move his plans forward. Only he hasn’t counted on finding Senna as alluring as she is. The bloodthirst starts to become irresistible. When a woman is murdered in Lady Augustine’s home,
Senna finds herself the suspect. So she flees to the one person she thinks can
help. Dominick. She didn’t plan on learning that her ghost lover is also a
vampire. Strangely, she doesn’t fear him. As the masses arrive to search for
Senna at his home multiple times, Dominick decides to take her the one place he
thinks they’d never look for her.

Drom.

Shortly after they arrive, Senna realizes they aren’t the only ones. The Countess is also
there. She has decided to close up Drom and return to London, where there is a
wealth of victims to suck dry. She doesn’t plan to find her once dead son,
Nickoli, with the woman she has been seeking to kill. To further complicate
things, Charles and Peter also arrive. Senna suddenly finds herself surrounded
by monsters, both supernatural and not. That night, Charles gives her all she’ll
need to protect herself from the three vampires outside; and informs her that
he plans to kill his brother, again.

Tired of waiting on the Countess or Peter to make the first move, Dominick tries to get Charles to come downstairs. Being the coward he is, he convinces Senna to go instead. During the showdown, it becomes a blood bath as each vampire fights to the death. The ending? Well, I’ll leave that for readers to discover.

This was a great read, full of suspense, sexual tension and deception. Anyone who’s a fan of vampires is sure to love “The Darkest Heart”. The characters will stay with you long after the last page has been read. And there’s plenty of action, sexual couplings, and graphic details to keep every reader hooked til the end.

For a complete review, including the chance to read an interview with the author Thea Devine, check out Night Owl Reviews, a free online magazine where you can find reviews of all the newest books.

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