Tour: Street Food and Love by H.A. Enri *Review*

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Street Food and Love
by H.A. Enri

A Young Adult Contemporary Romance
From Martin Sisters Publishing
Released June 2014

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Sole Eaby, seventeen, has a few complaints he’d like to lodge against life, the main one being that his dad, Cedro, has recently quit his job and withdrawn his entire life savings, which included Sole’s college fund. Why? To launch a food truck business he knows nothing about.

To cope, Sole uses his knifelike wit to moonlight as a stand-up comedian, and so far, it’s paying off. He’s not only replenishing his college treasury, he’s making people laugh; but it’s one person in particular he performs for. Her name is Ava. When the fated bond of humor joins the two, and they begin a sort of quasi-romance, things begin to seem somewhat bearable. Of course, that’s when an ill-timed event decides to put another spin on things. Just when Sole is ready to move on with his own life and disconnect himself from his father and the family business, he suddenly finds himself in charge of the food truck he desperately loathes. Here is where Sole must realize that the answers to love and life are not to be found apart but, rather, are more like a savory recipe: only by combining the ingredients will the wonderful flavors reveal themselves. When comedy isn’t enough, the future seems ever bleak, and a fledgling love has barely had a chance to bloom, where will Sole turn?

 

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Review

4 stars

I always love it when a character’s voice draws me in and keeps me entertained and interested in the outcome of his story. Sole’s voice had that engaging appeal that kept me riveted throughout. He was funny and sweet, sarcastic and witty. I liked how his mind worked, his sense of humor and his caring heart.

There were additional elements that appealed to me too. The food aspect of the story was interesting and some of those dishes had my mouth watering while Sole’s sense of humor and comedy routine had me laughing out loud. The bit of drama thrown into the mix was subtle but touching as was the romance.

My heart went out for Sole. I admired his determination to get over his family situation and his growth throughout the story was a treat to read, especially since he had a great head over his shoulder from the very beginning. His journey wasn’t easy for him to get through but he kept his head on straight and made the most out of it until he found his way. I was glad that the author didn’t overburden the story for the reader emotion-wise. Sole’s emotions were still present and could be felt throughout, however they weren’t overly angsty, which I appreciated.

Sole’s love interest was not who I would have picked for him, but the pairing was sweet and endearing overall.

Kudos to H.A. Enri for doing a wonderful job in mixing the comedy, the romance, the drama and the food without making it overwhelming for the reader to follow along. All in all, an engaging sweet read!

 

About the Author

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H.A.’s love for all things caffeinated is what keeps him awake and alert so he can pursue that glorious tyrant called Nostalgia. And after all, isn’t that what provokes most adult authors to write stories about the teenage years they long ago left behind (referring to Nostalgia, not the caffeine…he hopes)? When he isn’t writing, H.A. can be found quaffing coffee (Yes, he might be addicted–don’t judge) reading, riding his bike, snapping photos, making music, working on his theory of everything, and, on rare occasions, attempting to discover the elusive, and maybe impossible, secret to time travel. H.A. lives in So Cal. Street Food and Love is H.A.’s first novel.

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New Release: Love Me to Death (Underveil #1) by Marissa Clarke *Trailer and Giveaway*

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Love Me to Death (Underveil #1)
by Marissa Clarke

A Paranormal Romance
From Entangled ~ Select
Released October 28th 2014

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What you want the most just might kill you…

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar. When she is shot in a convenience store robbery, Elena finds herself rocketed into supernatural insanity courtesy of a sexy immortal law enforcer. He’s convinced she’s some kind of freaky half-vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. Yeah, right.

Nikolai Itzov never anticipated battling the urge to kiss the offspring of his father’s murderer. As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his orders from the Underveil General are clear: Kill her or die.

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. With her analytical mind and his centuries of training, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

“A fascinating new world! Enter with caution. You’ll never want to leave!” –Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author

 

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About the Author

Marissa

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.

When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw. She loves to connect with readers, so follow/friend her on Facebook and Twitter or shoot her an email from her website “Contact” page.

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New Release: ABE (Ties of Steel #1) by M.J. Fields *Interview with Men of Steel and Giveaway*

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ABE (Ties of Steel #1)
by M.J. Fields

An Adult Erotic Novel
From Swoon Romance
Released October 28th 2014

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Twenty-six-year-old Abraham O’Donnell is the CFO of Steel Inc. After working tirelessly for over a year, he takes a week off to enjoy the sand, surf, and bikini-clad women of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After all, he’s earned it.

When a brief interlude with a flight attendant in her hotel room goes awry, Abe heads to a rental home with a private beach. While floating naked in the pool, he learns a guest house on the property is also occupied. So much for rest and relaxation. Ever the gentleman, Abe tries to make the most of his misfortune, and offers to make the beauties staying on the property some dinner.

It’s senior year and Nikolette (Nikki) Bassett is a few days late for her last college Spring Break with her four best girlfriends. When she arrives, all these ladies can talk about is the guy next door. And once Nikki gets a look at him, she knows what they mean. Fresh from an afternoon of surfing, Nikki can hardly believe her eyes when Abe approaches. The sexual tension and banter between the two of them leads to steamy hot sex on the Atlantic shore.

It’s only a Spring Break fling, and both Abe and Nikki know better than to make it out to be more than that. Or do they? Abe’s calm demeanor changes once he has a taste of Nikki. That night, no location is safe. He takes her on the beach and ravages her in his bed. But despite their mind-blowing sex, Abe’s taste for ultimate control in the bedroom makes Nikki uneasy. Nikki’s just getting over a heartbreak and she can’t afford to let Abe in. So, she pushes aside her budding feelings, and leaves Florida and Abe behind without a backwards glance.

Not used to being dumped and afraid to admit how much it hurts, Abe cuts his loses and heads back to Steel Inc., resume his role at the top of Steel Inc., pouring his heart and soul into his work. But Nikki Moore won’t be forgotten so easily. Her taste, scent, voice, the noises she made when he brought her to ecstasy, the way she tasted on his tongue, and felt under his touch haunts him. Always fighting for control, Abe tries to push Nikki far into the back of his mind, as he fucks the rented women he had grown accustom to.

But Karma is a bitch, and Abe blames her for Nikki leaving him the way she did. So when Nikki shows up unexpectedly, Abe welcomes Karma with open arms. Control has left the building and safety of one’s heart is no longer strong enough to stop what happens next.

ABE, is the first in the TIES OF STEEL series from bestselling erotica author MJ Fields. It is a spin-off of the bestselling MEN OF STEEL series featuring the Steel brothers: Jase, Cyrus, Zandor and Xavier.

 

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Nikki Interviews The Men of Steel

I need to finish this article before my next assignment. And Abe? Well he and I aren’t really speaking at the moment. Not that I don’t want to, but I need to finish this my way, not with his help, or “guidance.”

I’m at home in Georgia after an epic fail of a first meeting between my over protective parents and a man who wants to own me. Abe didn’t demonstrate the calm cool and collective manner I knew he could. Instead, he did something I have never seen him do before. He lost control. I need to figure out what is best for me. I suppose I already know, but I need to make sure that the people I love know that I am okay and strong. I need people to know I am the same Nikki I was before that horrible night.

“Thank you for agreeing to do this.” I smile at the computer screen.

I don’t know why I’m intimidated by these men. I don’t even get intimidated by Abe, anymore. And let’s face it, Abe, can be a bit intimidating.
“Hey, Nikki,” Xavier smiles.

“I see three of you. Is Jase not taking part?”

I saw them all look at each other like they were waiting for one of them to come up with a reason he was absent. I assumed he had more important things to do than conducting an interview over Skype with someone like me. I’m not even a real journalist. The others were probably only doing it for Abe. “He’ll pop in when he’s not busy.” Cyrus nodded.

“Right,” I nodded back. “So you’re all either married or getting married. Congratulations. What our readers are going to want to know is how your respective partners tamed the Steel men. Cyrus, you wanna go first?”

“Tamed is a real shit choice of words, Nikki. Look at the screen do you see a bunch of pussy whipped men?”

I shook my head “no.”

“Bro, she’s just asking a damn question,” Xavier shoved his elbows off the desk. “Nikki, sorry about that.”

“Why are you sorry? It’s true. We aren’t tame we are taken by the woman who can handle the Steel.” Zandor laughed. “That’s the deal, Nikki. We fell in love with women who could take what we had to offer, in whatever form we chose to give. I own Bekah’s ass and she owns my heart.”

“Can I quote you on that?” I laughed.

“Hell yes you can,” he smirked.

“My wife, Tara, needed a man like me to take care of her. What I didn’t know was I needed that little Birdie to do the same for me. I will protect her with my life, give her the love she deserves forever. She will protect my heart and be anything I need her to be. That’s what love is.”
That made me smile inside.

“Irish is just as head strong and independent as they come. I never knew I needed that until I found it. She’s my best friend and hot as hell in bed. She—.”

“Bro, do you really think that Taelyn wants the press to know she’s hot in the sheets?” Zandor laughed at him.

“What? She is.” He acted like it was no big deal.

“You want every man on the shore to know she can rock it?” Cyrus asked him.

Zandor started laughing.

“Fuck you, man, I can tell them you like to tie your wife up to a damn wall.”

“That shit is off the record,” Zandor glared into the screen.

“Oh course,” I nodded.

My phone rang and I silenced my ringer. My Dad was coming home early to talk to me, like I’d requested.

I talked to the three Steel brothers for another twenty minutes before ending the rather revealing interview.

“Thank you all. I promise to leave out the less PG parts of the interview.”

They all said goodbye and I started to close the computer when I heard them.

“You think she’s going back to Abe?”

“Why the hell wouldn’t she?”

“I don’t know, but I hope the hell she does. I’m tired of his mopey ass.”

“Is this thing still on?”

And then they were gone.

 

About the Author

MJ Fields’s love of writing was in full swing by age eight. Together with her cousins, she wrote a newsletter and they sold it to family members. She self-published her first New Adult romance in January 2013. Today, she has completed four self-published series, The Love series, The Wrapped series, The Burning Souls series, and The Men of Steel series. The Norfolk series has one title self-published so far and Ties of Steel, which was acquired by Swoon Romance in June 2014. Book 1 ABE releases October 28, 2014. MJ is a bestselling erotica author and former small business owner, who recently closed the business so she could write full time.

MJ lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she would have it no other way.

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Gaslamp Fortnight ~ A Steampunk Book Tour: Precious Metals by L.A. Witt

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Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.

Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.

And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.

 

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Precious Metals
by L.A. Witt

An M/M Steampunk Romance Novel
From Riptide Publishing
Released on October 27th 2014

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For Constable Paul Benson of the North-West Mounted Police, monotony is a blessing. As a provision inspector below the Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike Gold Rush, he’s seen miserable conditions and gold fever turn civilized prospectors into madmen.

Joseph Starling is on his way to the Klondike to find the men who savagely beat him, murdered his eldest brother, and stole their mining machine. They’ll kill his youngest brother if Joseph doesn’t operate the machine for them—it won’t work without him. With time running out, Joseph must purchase an expensive ticket aboard a crash-prone airship. But the station is miles away through dangerous terrain.

Under orders, Paul grudgingly escorts Joseph, but quickly finds himself intrigued by the young man. As they make their way toward Juneau, it’s not just the need for warmth that drives them closer together. But neither man can draw an easy breath until they make it to the gold fields . . . and there’s no guarantee that Joseph’s brother will still be alive when they do.

 

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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an author of gay erotic romances, and has been recently exiled from Okinawa, Japan, to Omaha, Nebraska. She resides there with her husband, a telekinetic goldfish, and two incredibly spoiled cats. It’s unclear if the exile was the result of the mostly classified “Aquarium Incident,” or if she’s actually being hidden, for her protection, from the Polynesian Mafia and her arch nemesis, erotic romance author Lauren Gallagher.

Should you encounter Lauren, don’t tell her L.A. is in Omaha. This bio will self-destruct in 17 seconds.

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Gaslamp Fortnight: A Steampunk Book Tour – October 27th – November 7th

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Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.

Each new post you comment on earns you an entry into the drawing, so be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule, too!

 

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About Harlots and Angels Bio

Hello I’m Sharon Ince and I own Harlots and Angels. We are a UK based company that creates unusual sewing and crafting patterns, clothing, corsetry, props and accessories with a wide range of themes from Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Victorian, Gothic and Burlesque.

We have produced work for a large diversity of clients, including The Disney Corporation, the BBC costuming department, Sky TV, Working Title films as well as several Hollywood production companies and local theatre and film productions.

I have always loved to design and I’m self-taught. In fact I started at the early age of about 5 years old and have never stopped. I love to work with leather, sew natural fabrics, sculpt, and build my house with stone and wood; though my real passion is to design.

When I am starting out on a new design the hours fly by and I’m lost in the perfect bliss of experimenting, mathematical calculation, followed by the thrill of seeing the idea become reality.

My love of Gothic literature, mad inventors and scientists and all things Victorian has always filtered through my thoughts and designs, so when I first discovered the emerging Steampunk community some years ago many of my creations found their family niche.

New Release: Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Pandora Wild Child
by Sunniva Dee

A New Adult Novel
Released October 28th 2014

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I’m free. Fucking free!

I’m in college with my best friends and far, far from home!

With my Scheuermann’s disease as the excuse, my father kept me locked up at home all through high school. Here in Deepsilver, I can finally be me, Pandora, so—

Why the hell should I hold back?

They accept our fake IDs at Smother, our local haunt. I’m the life of the party, everyone loves me—hell, I could get away with murder in this place! Drunk off my ass, I dance on the bar, and—

I’m on top of the world!

I need to get my shit together, though. If I don’t pull off good grades, my father won’t pay my tuition. There’s no way I’m moving back into his “fortress.”

At the bar, I set my eyes on a gorgeous stranger. My plans don’t involve him long term; one night should be enough. But Dominic is more than I bargained for. God, I’m so drawn to this man. My skin hums at his touch because—

He expels the shadows of my past and replaces my pain with desire.

Perfect Dominic. Beautiful, graduating, soon-to-move-on-with-his-life Dominic.

I’m a wild child. A hot mess. Not grownup and focused like him. He’s addictive, and I am weak, but—screw this; I can wean myself off him! With the right antidote—

Addictions can be broken.

 

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On his bench, I melt.

My shield shatters, and I am open to him.

He always gives me more than the hour I come for, and warm, strong hands slide over my bare skin in exactly the way he’s paid to do.

Still, there’s an electricity in the room when he’s near. My heart accelerates instead of slowing down. And sometimes, when I can’t help the way my insides clench for him, my breath stutters.

My response never goes unnoticed; for an instant, his hands freeze. Then, they resume their beautiful dance over me.

When I am starved for him, I flip on the bench. I shut my eyes because sometimes, sometimes, I am shy. He doesn’t speak, then. Through thin slits under my lashes, I watch him watch me.

Some days, his breath coasts light over my face before he kisses me. “Pandora,” he whispers, “I can’t do this here.”

I don’t answer. He stops massaging me, and his hands caress me instead. Glide over the ridges of my ribs until they brush the sides of my breasts.

I’ve got to get my shit together. My life’s a mess, and I love it, fear it, hate it. I’m driving him crazy. Driving myself crazy. But it is what I allow myself. For these few hours a week are my respite, when his hands quiet my mind.

 

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About the Author

Sunniva

I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

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Gaslamp Fortnight ~ A Steampunk Book Tour: Prosperity (Prosperity #1) by Alexis Hall

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Hello, and welcome to the Prosperity Blog Tour, celebrating Riptide Publishing’s release of Prosperity. Thank you so much to LeAnn’s Book Reviews for hosting me. And, to you, dear reader, for stopping by.

I’m trying something a little different with this blog tour.  I would very much like to invite you to join me over on Facebook at the Steampunk Flashgroup.

A flashgroup is sort of a Facebook pop up shop. It’s a short-term group that will be active for the length of the Prosperity blog tour. I’ll be over there all week, and a little bit after, talking about the book, giving away many, many things, posting exclusive excerpts of Prosperity and the upcoming sequels, answering any questions, and generally having a ball.

I do hope you will pop along and be part of the conversation.

I also have postcards showcasing the absolutely stunning Prosperity artwork. If you would like one, please join the group and drop me a message, and I will be delighted to send one winging your way.

 

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Prosperity (Prosperity #1)
by Alexis Hall  

A Steampunk Romance Novel
From Riptide Publishing
Released October 27th 2014

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A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies!

Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart.

Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kraken above Prosperity. Gasp! As the miracles of clockwork engineering allow a dead man to wreak his vengeance upon the living. Marvel! At the aerial escapades of the aethership, Shadowlesss.

Beware! The licentious and unchristian example set by the opium-addled navigatress, Miss Grey. Disapprove Strongly! Of the utter moral iniquity of the dastardly crime prince, Milord. Swoon! At the dashing skycaptain, Byron Kae. Swoon Again! At the tormented clergyman, Ruben Crowe.

This volume (available in print, and for the first time on mechanical book-reading devices) contains the complete original text of Piccadilly’s memoirs as first serialised in All the Year Round. Some passages may prove unsettling to unmarried gentlemen of a sensitive disposition.

 

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About Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret.

He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.

He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.

He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.

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Gaslamp Fortnight: A Steampunk Book Tour – October 27th – November 7th

Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.

Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.

And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway!

Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear.

Each new post you comment on earns you an entry into the drawing, so be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule, too!

 

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About Harlots and Angels

Hello I’m Sharon Ince and I own Harlots and Angels.  We are a UK based company that creates unusual sewing and crafting patterns, clothing, corsetry, props and accessories with a wide range of themes from Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Victorian, Gothic and Burlesque.

We have produced work for a large diversity of clients, including The Disney Corporation, the BBC costuming department, Sky TV, Working Title films as well as several Hollywood production companies and local theatre and film productions.

I have always loved to design and I’m self-taught. In fact I started at the early age of about 5 years old and have never stopped. I love to work with leather, sew natural fabrics, sculpt, and build my house with stone and wood; though my real passion is to design.

When I am starting out on a new design the hours fly by and I’m lost in the perfect bliss of experimenting, mathematical calculation, followed by the thrill of seeing the idea become reality.

My love of Gothic literature, mad inventors and scientists and all things Victorian has always filtered through my thoughts and designs, so when I first discovered the emerging Steampunk community some years ago many of my creations found their family niche.

New Release: The Invitation ~ Release (The Invitation #3) by Roxy Sloane *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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The Invitation: Release (The Invitation #3)
by Roxy Sloane

An Adult Erotic Romance
Release October 27th 2014

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The invitation unlocked a world of pleasure — but the game is only just beginning…

He promised me an adventure. I had no idea what lay in store. Now, I know his name, and everything has changed.

I want to trust him, but his secrets could ruin us both. I need to know what he’s hiding – before it’s too late.

I’ve already risked everything for his love. Now, I’m playing to win.

Are you ready?

*The explosive conclusion to the seductive new series*

 

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Suddenly, his hand is on my arm, pulling me back around. “Don’t go.”

I look up. My breath catches. He’s looking at me intensely. Desire and desperation in his eyes.

How dare he?

He steps forward, slowly pushing me back against the wall. I should shove back, walk out of here and leave him behind forever, but for some reason, I can’t move.

His heat rolls through me. His scent hits like a drug. And most of all, the sheer overwhelming presence of him keeps me pinned in place. Strong. Determined.

Hungry.

My eyes flutter shut and I breathe him in.

I hate him.

“Please…” I whisper, and even I don’t know what I’m asking. For him to let me go, or turn me around and fuck me right here up against the wall, like the very first time.

He dips his head closer, until I can feel his breath, hot on my cheek.

“I’m sorry,” he whispers, his voice rasping. “I’ll let you go. But this isn’t over. Not by a long shot.”

 

About the Author

Roxy Sloane is a romance junkie with a dirty mind. She lives in Los Angeles with her hot ex-military hubby and her two kids. She loves writing sexy, complex stories about pushing the boundaries and risking it all.

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Blitz: A Need So Insatiable (Hearts #1) by Cecilia Robert *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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A Need So Insatiable (Hearts #1)
by Cecilia Robert

A New Adult Romance
Released March 8th 2014

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“You’ve owned me from the moment I walked into that music room. You’ve wrapped yourself in my heart and mind. I can’t get you out. I don’t want to.” ~ Rafael Van Rees

Sophie Fisher’s life is on fire. If she’s not ducking around corners or slipping out of windows to escape the debt collectors her father’s death has left knocking on her door, she’s dealing with her rebellious, fifteen-year-old sister, Lilli. And, as if that’s not enough, Rafael Van Rees crashes into her life—literally—bringing with him a past the public has no idea of. Can she unravel his mysteries before he unravels her, or will his presence finally force her to face the demons she’s trying to outrun?

Rafael Van Rees prides himself on being in control of his destiny, music and women. As far as he is concerned, his past is a black cloud in the distance–until he meets Sophie, that is, and his world spins out of control in more ways than one. He knows the darkest sins and secrets eventually reveal themselves, but when it comes to Sophie, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her from his past. Even if it kills him.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content

 

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“Did you need something?”

“Just this . . .” I frame her face with my palms and brush my lips on hers. She sucks in a breath, her eyes fluttering shut. She grabs the front of my shirt as she sags forward, like her legs can’t hold her up anymore. Slipping one arm around her waist, I pull her curvy, soft body flush against my hard one, my lips still on hers.

Fuck yes! The buzz is still there. We were both young when we shared our first kiss, but this. This is different. Time hasn’t erased the connection between us. My heart recognizes her, beating to a rhythm that’s only hers.

Pulling back, I stare at the face that has lived in my head for years. Haunting me. Comforting me. Her eyes slowly open, and she blinks, looking dazed. She presses her fingers on her lips.

“You kissed me,” she whispers, as if it’s the most unusual thing. Does she not get kissed often? Her lips were made for kissing, and I can’t get my greedy eyes off them.

I tip my head to the side. “I did,” I say, pressing my thumb on her bottom lip, inching up to the labret. Her mouth parts slightly. I could kiss her again, slip my tongue past those delectable lips. Taste her. Really taste her.

“Goodbye, Sophie.” I drop my hand and turn to leave, then stop. “Nice tattoo, by the way. A butterfly.” I emphasize the last word to get a reaction. Nothing.

“Mr. Van R–Rafael. Do we know each other?”

Christ, the way she says my name has every part of my body straining, wanting to hear her say it again.

“Do we?” I lift a brow.

Her frown deepens, and her bewitching eyes, smoky after the shared semi-kiss, narrow at me.

I’m not about to tell her. I need to find out why she can’t remember me first. “Drive safely, Sophie.” I turn, and stride back to Simone’s music room. I feel her eyes on my back, my shoulders, my ass. I let her have her fill. I’m not going to deny her–and me–this chance. I’m selfish, but hey, she needs the image to go along with the kiss. Right before I turn the corner, she takes a loud, deep breath.

Damn right, Butterfly.

 

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I write YA, NA and Adult. My motto: Passion rules. I enjoy writing stories about people finding love in the most unexpected places, coupled with adventurous journeys, whether it’s urban, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary or paranormal romance. There’s always a happy ever after, no matter how long it takes to get there.

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Hook, Line, & Sinker (Hard Hats #2)
by Piper Vaughn

An M/M Contemporary Romance
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Expected to Release November 19th 2014

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When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man.

Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.

 

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Blake’s mother didn’t live on a busy street, but being summer, the kids were out in full force. The occasional shout or burst of laughter broke the monotonous silence. And then there were the comings and goings of a certain new neighbor whom Blake had absolutely no interest in watching, even if he found his gaze frequently straying in that direction. He’d caught glimpses of the moving truck over the weekend, along with a dark blue Prius, which made him snort. No doubt the driver of a hybrid would hate his gas-guzzling Ford F-150. For some reason, it seemed fitting. He could picture the old Cas growing up into the tree-hugging, granola type.

Idly, he let himself wonder what the adult Cas might be like. When they’d first met as teenagers, the kid had reminded Blake of a scrappy little Irish chimney sweep, minus the accent. The pale skin, the freckles, that mop of messy dark hair. Put him in a newsboy cap and some wool trousers, and he could’ve been an extra in Oliver Twist. Blake had constantly ragged on him about it too. That is, until the following year, when postpuberty Cas showed up. Gone was the scrawny, gangly limbed half-pint from the previous summer. In his place stood a boy with the lithe, wiry body of a distance runner and a face like something out of a goddamn Botticelli painting. Only his smartass mouth had stopped Blake from falling to his knees in worship—though it certainly hadn’t prevented a wet dream or three.

Blake couldn’t lie. His mother’s mentions of Castor had made him curious despite himself. But he didn’t intend on giving in to her badgering about going over there. What the hell would he even say? Welcome to the neighborhood? Here’s a fruit basket. Let’s be friends? He could only imagine Cas slamming the door in his face in response. Blake chuckled and shook his head. Not going to happen. Not in a million years. No matter how much his mother pestered him.

 

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Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

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by Cerys du Lys, Ethan Winters

A Dark Romance
Released October 20th 2014

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There’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours

My name is Noah. I’m not a nice person. This isn’t cupcakes and candyland, love.

I’ll take you, break you, and offer you to the highest bidder without a second thought. You’re mine now. It’s business, nothing personal. You wouldn’t understand, and I’m not going to explain it. Sorry, love, you don’t mean a thing to me.

Just know that there’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours.

Author Note – This dark romance novel contains themes that may be discomforting to some people. If you are sensitive to depictions of violence, then this book is not recommended for you.

(Ethan Winters official debut release co-authored with USA Today bestselling author Cerys du Lys)

Man’s POV = Ethan, Woman’s POV = Cerys

There is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, no matter how dim it may seem.

 

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This guy is a fucking idiot.  No joke, I don’t understand how someone can be like this.  I will never understand it.  He was directed to me by an acquaintance or some shit, and I’m doing them both a favor, but he’s got some really fucked up ideas about what kind of business I run.

I read over his email again, probably for the hundredth time.

Noah, he starts, and that’s the only sane word he says in the entire thing.

He wants a girl, so we have that part straight.  I only work with women.  Nothing against men, they just don’t interest me that much.

Anyways, this guy wants me to find him a girl.  Younger is better.  He says he doesn’t care how old she is, but I’m not into that creepy underage shit.  I get that he’d probably like that, but I’ve got morals and limitations here, as fucked up as that sounds.

It’s not just that, though.  Young, alright.  I can find someone that’s college-aged easily enough.  Those are usually the easiest girls to deal with, too.  Not enough experience to know any better, so they’re easy to capture, and then they fall in love so fucking easily it’s sickening.  It’s like you just chain them to a wall for a week and after that they’ll do anything you say, they’ll just get on their knees as soon as you come in, slobber on your cock until you get off, and even thank you for cumming all over their face.

There’s more, though.  Young, yes.  College-aged, sure.  On the shorter side, which I had to ask him for clarification about and he replied with anything under 5′ 5″.  Got it, I can work with that.  Not overweight, either.  Sure thing, boss.  What’s overweight?  He comes back with some arbitrary number that doesn’t mean anything.  Under one-hundred-forty pounds.  Weight doesn’t mean anything because I can do something about their weight, but it’s good to have guidelines like that.  It’s easier, too.  If they have restrictions on looks, then you want to know what they’ll look like before you go through with the whole process.

Overweight girls are usually really fucking attractive once they’ve lost even just twenty pounds.  It’s kind of fun, too.  When I kidnap one of them and get them in shape, I feel like I’m really making a difference in the world.  Self-esteem, right?  They’re easy to control, too.  Show them how fucking hot you’ve made them and they practically melt at your feet, even after all the other terrible shit you’ve done to them.  It’s real sweet.  Makes me want to pretend I’ve fallen in love before I send them to their buyer.

I can deal with this guy’s requests about age, height, weight.  I asked him about looks and he got back to me that he wanted someone cute.  Cute, sure, what the fuck does that mean?  Give me an example here?  He shows me a picture of some celebrity who somehow hasn’t posed nude in a men’s magazine yet.  I didn’t even know it was possible to find a girl like that.  She’s got that sort of heart-shaped face, with a bubbly personality and the cheeks to match.  When she smiles, it makes you want to pinch her cheeks and then fuck her hard.  The innocent type of girl.  A little shy.  Not dumb, but naive.  She might have a lot of book smarts, but she doesn’t know anything about reality.  I get it.  I understand the sort of girl he wants, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find her, because that’s basically every girl in the history of the world.

And her name has to be Chastity White, he says.

What the fuck?  We’ve gone back and forth about this, and I just do not understand.  I asked him if it has to be White?  Can it be Chastity Wight?  Same pronunciation.  No, he says.  What about LeBlanc?  Same idea, right?  No, he says.  Does it have to be Chastity?  I can do this a lot easier if I’ve got a few more options for a first name.  I give him suggestions, too.

Purity?  Grace?  Faith?  No, no, no.  Motherfucker.

Look, we can just rename this bitch.  I will give her a new name.  She doesn’t need a name.  Her name is literally the least important detail about her.

 

About the Authors

Cerys
Cerys is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She has charted on numerous best sellers and hot new release lists internationally and with multiple books.

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Ethan
Ethan is a gentleman, an author, a lover, and occasionally a rake, a cad, and a dom, but only if you’ve been good (punishing good girls is more entertaining than punishing the naughty ones). He lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire where he grew up.

He has a penchant for exploring and traveling, with a passion for the unique and interesting. His interests include reading, exercising, laying on the beach, spanking (good girls), romancing, smiling, going for walks that lead to nowhere, hiking, bondage, and one day he would love to travel to Alaska.

His writing delves into the human experience, with a preference towards a psychological thriller twist. He loves mystery, dark romance, and suspense. While some of his writing may be twisted, he believes in romantic true love, above all things. His books include raw, real emotions, good and bad. He believes there is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, and his writing hopes to encompass that.

He loves happy endings, kissing, and a focus on the ordinary turned extraordinary.

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