Monday, 22 September 2014

Cathy Spencer...The Dating Do-Over!

I meet so many wonderful authors online, but it's a special rare occasion when I meet one in person. Recently at a meeting of the Toronto Romance Writers, I had the chance to meet the lovely Cathy Spencer. As soon as she told me about her work, I knew I had to have her on my blog. She has a brand-new release and has graciously shared the info with us.
Welcome, Cathy!




Rosanna, thanks so much for inviting me to blog about my new contemporary romance, The Dating Do-Over. The release date was Thursday, September 18.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Toronto school teacher Viv Nowak has a sympathetic heart and abominable taste in men. She expects an engagement ring when her live-in lover of six years lands a terrific new job in Vancouver. Instead, she gets dumped on Valentine’s Day! Everyone, from her best friends to her father to her estranged mother, has an opinion on how she should fix her life. Her friends even insist on a dating do-over. But will they like her choice when she finally decides what her heart wants?

There were two things on my mind when I came up with the concept for this story. One was that I was tired of heroines who are always brainy, independent, and spunky. Viv is a thirty-one-year-old woman who was cossetted by her father and dependent on her live-in boyfriend of six years. After her boyfriend dumps her, she begins to doubt her ability to choose a worthy mate. It doesn’t help when her two best friends say she is a magnet for the worst kind of man. So while Viv is big-hearted, generous, and loyal, she’s also naïve and too-trusting.

Secondly, I was thinking about the kind of world women were promised by the feminist movement, a world where women could have it all! But what if we didn’t want it all? What if having it all was just too exhausting? True liberation should mean the freedom to choose whatever makes us happy, whether it’s to have a big career, or no career at all. I explore this theme with the three major female characters: Sabrina, a single woman striving to make it big in the world of real estate banking; Julie, a teacher and single mother; and Viv, who’s ready to give up her career and raise children once she can find the right man.

Throw in home renovation, designer shoes, and dog fostering, and you have The Dating Do-Over! Included in the Afterword is a recipe for the world’s best banana layer cake.

E-book available at Amazon Kindle, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and most e-book retailers.
Paperback available at Amazon.

Visit Cathy at her blog: http://cmspencer.blogspot.ca/



Friday, 19 September 2014

Fall Into Romance Hop!

Welcome readers and romance lovers to the Fall Into Romance Hop!



From now until Sept. 22, you can hop over to a number of fantastic romance blogs and connect with the authors and bloggers there. Follow the hashtag #hopswithheart or visit http://www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com/ for a full list of blogs.

What can you win?

Grand Prize is a $75 Amazon gift card. You need only fill out the Rafflecopter (link at bottom) to enter. (One entry/person). However, each blog has it's own giveaway and you don't want to miss out, so visit them all.

As for me, I'll offer an ebook copy of Predator's Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5, my latest paranormal romance.

Fall always feel like a romantic season to me. The colder weather here in Toronto just encourages snuggling and warm fires and close contact. The air is redolent with pumpkin spice and turkey seasoning. Leaves crunch underfoot. And there's nothing nicer on a chilly day than drawing near to a loved one for some quiet time.

Tell me how you love spending a fall day and you might win Predator's Fire. Please comment below and I will choose the answer that most makes me nostalgic for the season.

In the meantime, please enjoy this snippet from my book and let me know what you think!

Blurb:

When Nina Suzuki discovers the body of her best friend Janine, her world turns upside down. Things go from bad to worse when Janine’s corpse seems to transform into that of a large, brown wolf. For the first time, Nina is faced to confront all the clues indicating her BFF was not what she seemed. A letter from the dead woman opens Nina’s eyes to a strange, new world. The same letter warns of a sinister group called the Alpha Brethren, and urges her to find Killian Moon of the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort on Gemini Island.
Killian Moon is a jaguar shifter and teen mentor at the Ursa Lodge in Northern Ontario. He may be a comfort and inspiration to confused teen shifters, but he also has a fiery past. His past comes back to haunt him when human Nina arrives at the resort, demanding to speak with him. Demanding answers. Can he trust her with knowledge that will not only change her life, but possibly endanger those around him?
As Killian begrudgingly tutors Nina on all things shifter, their mutual curiosity flares into passionate need. Once they touch, once they succumb to desire, there is no going back. Killian realizes Nina is his mate and they both begin to comprehend the terror threatening those on their shifter-friendly island. He is forced to confront the tragedy in his family and determines to protect Nina at all costs.
But can they protect everyone they love from a cult of dangerous shifters, intent on horror and destruction? 


Excerpt:

“How much longer do I have to wait? I want to see Killian Moon. Now.”
The feminine voice, strangely soft despite its insistence, echoed deep in his being, awakening his jaguar. The great cat roared to life, turned toward the office and inhaled deeply. Its eyes flashed in interest.
In...recognition?
Killian breathed in at the same time, catching the scent of cherry blossoms through the door. The sweet perfume, mixed with human outrage, proved a heady distraction, making him forget why he was there. Shaking his head, he tried to dismiss the odd sensation as Ryland opened the door.
The door swung open and the first person he glimpsed was one of the clerks from reception, trying his hardest to placate the unexpected guest. “I’m sure Mr. Snow and Mr. Moon will be right back.”
And then his gaze landed on the petite human. Tapered Asian eyes, so dark and mysterious, but rimmed with circles of exhaustion. Smooth, cinnamon skin hinted at a mixed background. Wearing no makeup, she appeared younger than she must be, but her presence and keen eyes pegged her at around thirty years old. She had a riot of curly, black hair and feminine curves that ought to come with a warning. He could see it now. Beware: this woman’s body will cause insanity in men. Even as she gesticulated at the clerk, her boobs jiggled in such a way his throat went dry.
He pictured her in a corset, her breasts spilling over delicate lace edging, and almost forgot his name.
This Nina Suzuki was damn hot and his jaguar seemed to agree. The animal licked its lips, its golden gaze assessing and appreciating every detail, from her rounded hips to her come-hither rack.
Yes, the creature uttered on a frenzied breath.

Predator's Fire is available at http://www.lsbooks.com/predator-s-fire-p946.php

and other outlets. 


Have a great hop.

Rosanna

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Josette Reuel...Finding the Dragon!

It's my pleasure to welcome author Josette Reuel today with her exciting release, Finding the Dragon! Congrats on this release, Josette.




Book: Finding the Dragon (Dásreach Novel 1)
Author: Josette Reuel
Genre: Paranormal Romance


BUY LINKS:

Smashwords:  http://bit.ly/1piWJcY

Order Print:


Author Links

JOSETTE REUEL's Blog:           http://evanleabookshelf.weebly.com/blog
                                                http://evanleabookshelf.weebly.com/blog
My Facebook Fan Page Link:            https://www.facebook.com/JosetteReuelAuthor
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JosetteReuel or @JosetteReuel

Author retailer pages

Amazon: amazon.com/author/josettereuel
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1oVQFrF





The Back of the Book:

Kai Darrow is a dragon shifter and the next leader of the Dásreach Council – that is if he and the other twelve members of the Thirteen can find their mates. Years of frustration push Kai to take action and with a little luck and finesse maybe he can find the woman of his destiny.
Alvena Anderson prefers books over people, yet she still craves love and adventure. In a rut, a trip with her Book Worm friends is just what she needs – until unexplained accidents, a Psychic reading, and a tattooed hottie from the plane make her want to run home.
Unbeknownst to the Thirteen a darkness is working against them, preventing possible mates from coming into contact with them. Working in the shadows and using human pawns, the darkness has set its sights on Alvena and her friends.
Can she accept her real life hero before it’s too late?

Finding the Dragon Excerpt:
Finding the Dragon, from Chapter 15 © Josette Reuel
The following excerpt is part of Chapter 15 and occurs right after Kai, Charlie, and Malkum tell Alvena and her friends about the Dásreach.

Kai turned to Alvena and pulled her to him, he held her face between his large hands.
“I look at you and I see my world, Alvena.”
“You don’t even know me Kai.” Alvena breathed.
“All I want is to get to know you, to protect you, to hold you, to kiss you.” He stroked his fingers along her jaw. His gaze was glued to her mouth as she nibbled her lip. “Can I kiss you Alvena?” His voice was full of need.
“Yes.” She whispered.
Kai moved his hand to the nape of Alvena’s neck, stroking his thumb back and forth where her hair ended. He felt like an uncontrollable storm was rushing through him. He did not want to overwhelm her, but he wasn’t sure how long he could fight his need to take her. Possess her.
Kai used all of his restraint and lightly brushed his lips against hers. Her lips were just as he remembered them from the night before. He moved his hand to hold her head in place.
“Open for me Alvena.” He growled as he swiped his tongue across her lips. On her gasp he plunged deep inside her mouth. Her taste drove him on. When he felt Alvena’s tongue against his own, tentatively sliding along his, Kai’s control snapped. The fire raged. Kai needed this woman more than air, which was probably for the best, since he didn’t plan to come up for any for a very long time. He felt Alvena’s arms come up around his shoulders. Her fingers twisted into his hair. He finally pulled back from her, gasping for breath, he looked down into her eyes as he cradled her head in his palm. He glanced around and saw the shed. He slowly walked her backwards until her back hit the wall on the side facing away from the house.
As he came back in for another kiss, one hand holding her head in place, he slowly began to stroke his free hand up and down her side. Feeling her curves. So full. So luscious. He would eat her alive if she would only let him.
Need. Her. Right. Now. He reluctantly pulled his lips from hers. Alvena made a noise of disappointment. But, he had to ask, he had to know.
“Alvena, can you accept me, lass? Can you accept that you’re my mate and live your life with me?” Kai asked.
**
Al looked into his eyes, she wanted to say yes, but this had to be crazy. Spirit guides, shapeshifters, and destined mates. As quick as it was, as little time as they’d had, she already felt something for Kai. But it’s got to be lust, right? The only time she’d really gotten to talk to him, to get to know him, was on the plane. If what he was saying was true, then he had hidden so much of himself. Who is the real Kai? What is the reality? My god, this is so much like one of my books. Al broke her gaze away from his eyes, then reached over and pinched herself.
“What are you doing lass?” Kai chuckled.
“This can’t be real Kai. I’m 35 years old. I’m average. And I’m so single that becoming a nun is a possibility. There is no way that a gorgeous man could be a paranormal creature from a romance novel and want me.”
“Oh, love, you are way more than average and I’m way more than a romance hero.”
His lips crashed down on hers for a quick kiss, before continuing, “Just give us a chance Alvena. Let my friends and I figure out who is after our mates and I will give you as much time as I can to get to know that this is real. I want you with a strength that I’ve never felt. Even growing up Dásreach, I never knew it could be like this… promise that you’ll give me time to show you.” Kai pleaded before kissing her again.
Al tugged at Kai’s hair to get him to pull back. Her lungs were desperate for air. Even as her body demanded that she let him continue. As she struggled to take in deep breaths of air, she looked into his eyes. It wasn’t rational, but she wanted to promise him anything. Her body was fighting her brain. Lust versus logic. Because, Al couldn’t believe that it was her heart struggling to be heard. It couldn’t be love.
“Kai, I…”
Before she could answer, a loud boom shook the earth. Shouts and gunshots sounded from the front of the house. Kai immediately looked around and grabbed Al’s hand. He drug her towards the back door. Kai was going so fast that Al couldn’t quite keep her balance, she tripped over the growth of grass and weeds on the ground. Without his tight grip pulling her along behind him, she surely would have face planted several times.
When they finally reached the back porch a man dressed all in black came around the corner. He aimed the biggest gun Al had ever seen at her and Kai.
What happened next, occurred so fast that Al wasn’t sure that she was seeing what she was seeing. It felt like it all happened in a split second. One minute Kai was holding her hand, the next he pushed her against the side of the house, stepped away from her and shifted. Al watched as the man she was just wrapped in a passionate embrace with became the dragon he said he could become. But, dragons were fictional characters. How could he be a dragon? How could he…
A gorgeous dragon stood in front of her. His green and blue scales glinting in the sunlight of the early morning. The sight was mesmerizing and Al watched the large head move to look at the man with the gun, who was stopped cold, disbelief on his face. A wing came down around her, pulling her in close to the dragon’s body, shielding her. Oh. My. God! It’s true. She was either in a coma living a dream or she had a dragon shifter who wanted to be her mate.