Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes

Fool's Gold by Jenna Byrnes (Cattle Valley series)

ISBN #978-1-907010-37-8

Total E-Bound Publishing

Author's Website:

Synopsis --

Adeline Murphy believes the Apple Valley Inn is the only thing waiting for her in Cattle Valley, and it's up to Melissa Danes to change her way of thinking.Adeline Murphy heads to Cattle Valley, Wyoming looking for a fresh start. She's invested every dime she has and purchased the local bed and breakfast. Arriving in town with a cranky girlfriend in tow, Addie's devastated to discover the inn has been vandalised. With the property uninhabitable, she has no source of income and a mounting stack of bills.Melissa Danes' quiet Cattle Valley existence is shaken by the arrival of the beautiful Addie and her surly tagalong, Chloe. She's captivated by Addie, but stays away thinking Addie and Chloe are in a committed relationship. When she discovers differently, all bets are off.Mel discovers Addie has several barriers to cross, including repairing the damaged inn and her even more wounded self-esteem. When Mel looks at Addie she sees more than Fool's Gold, but she needs to find a way for Addie to see it too.

My Review --

Fool's Gold is a great addition to the Cattle Valley series. Addie Murphy comes to town having used the last of her money to buy the local bed and breakfast site unseen. She sees it as the perfect opportunity to start a new life after the death of her father. Arriving in town with her new companion Chloe, she meets Melissa Danes when she stops in the bookstore for directions and there's an instant attraction. Mel and Addie grow close after Chloe takes off and Mel helps Addie get the B&B ready for business. Jenna Byrnes writes a sizzling hot story and characters you'll route for. Plus it was nice catching a glimpse of some of my favorite characters in Cattle Valley.

Winner of Claire Thompson's Contest

First off, I want to thank Claire for appearing on Teasing Tidbits and thanks everyone for the comments. She had a great response and it was all do to ya'll.

Now without further haste, the winner of Claire's contest for a free ebook from is:

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For your prize, please contact Claire at

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Claire Thompson - Special Guest

Today Teasing Tidbits has it's first special guest Author appearance, Claire Thompson. She's here to talk about what's up in her life as an author. There's a giveaway involved for anyone that comments. So without further ado I give you, Claire Thompson!

Hey Barb, thanks for letting me guest blog! Things are going crazy for me lately! Good crazy! I got my teeny tiny publishing house up and running. It’s called Romance Unbound Publishing, and I’ve got four books up on it, and a fifth any day now. ( I’ve been writing and publishing for thirteen years, and in the process, given away 60-95% of the profits! Why? Am I nuts? No, just a regular writing Joe(sephine). Publishing houses, even ebook houses, have costs, and they want to make a profit, and, especially if you’re nobody in particular, they are going to take you for what they can. With the advent of the internet and self-publishing print venues, writers are increasingly able to take matters into their own hands and get their own product out there. So I’m taking the leap, the plunge, the hurtle, the dive—into my own pub site! All my books are available in ebook or print (there is a lag sometimes for the print, but it will soon follow if it’s not up yet).

Available now at:

The really cool thing about doing this myself is . This is a brand new, barely started, still in beta stage website that allows authors (and publishers of course) to put their own ebooks up! So suddenly I have this excellent venue to sell my own ebooks, with no middle man taking months to edit, making covers I hate, taking their sweet time with the release and pocketing most of the profits! (AND no contract that takes the rights forever, including print rights, and then never takes the damn thing to print! That is what has happened with nearly ALL my m/m book s at huge, lumbering ebook site who shall remain nameless, but is a favorite of spelunkers).
Full creative control (and responsibility of course) now resides with me. It’s SO exciting! (I should note – 1RE also offers a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a site or blog and loves erotic romance. It’s called a marketing partner and you--the blogger, the review site, the individual person with a website, can earn 15% for every book sold on 1RE from someone who clicked there from your site. Not just one book, but every book they purchased for the next 30 days! How cool is that? Check out their FAQ page—they explain it way better than I do. ( )

Okay, okay, enough blather about the non-writing part of my career. Let me tell you what my latest work-in-process is! It’s called Wicked Hearts. It’s a m/m erotic romance that follows a Dangerous Liaisons (or Cruel Intentions) kind of plot, except, because it’s a Claire Thompson erotic romance, don’t worry, nobody dies! Hank and Reese are players—handsome shallow guys with more time and money than compassion or sense. Hank enjoys toying in the lives of others and then sitting back to watch the fallout. He bets Reese he can’t get Jeff Hartman, a shy computer genius at Reese’s company, into bed by the end of the week. Of course, he has to prove it, by secretly recording the sex, and handing over the proof to Hank. The prize? $1000 cash. And if he loses, he’s Hank’s sex slave for a week.

Reese takes the bet. He’s surprised to find it’s not as easy as he thought to get the shy but handsome Jeff to drop his jeans. What begins as a cynical seduction soon evolves into something far more personal for Reese, though he does his best to deny it, especially to himself. What ensues is a tale of sexual intrigue and shattered hearts. Please have your tissue boxes ready. You can read chapter one on my yahoo group, in the files section If you sign up for my newsletter (just drop me an email at I’ll make sure and let you know when the novel comes out! I am shooting for the end of July.

What else? I have a new release coming out with Amber Quill Press, called Alternative Treatment. That will be released on July 5. It’s about a sexy but repressed young doctor named Mark, who’s still in the closet, while secretly lusting after a black leather jacketed bad boy named Nolan, who’s assigned to the nursing home where Mark works, serving time for a DUI. Nolan is seriously hot, and seriously smitten with Mark, though he, too, doesn’t quite dare to show it, at least not at first…You can read an excerpt on my website: .

Hey, thanks, Barb. This was fun, but I better get back to writing! It’s already almost six a.m.!
Thanks Claire so much for stopping in with your busy schedule! Don't forget to make a comment to be included in the drawing for a free ebook from Contest will end Sunday, June 28 at 10:00 am.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Weekend Hotties

How's the weekend going so far? Do you think some hotties might perk it up some?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hump Day Hotties

So how's your week going? Hope these help out some!
Happy Humps!

Truth or Dare by Jenna Byrnes

Truth or Dare by Jenna Byrnes (Cattle Valley series)

ISBN #978-1-906811-02-0

Publisher: Total E-bound Publishing

Author's Website:

Synopsis --

When Naomi Rivers and Courtney Cross meet and fall in love in Cattle Valley, the ultimate game of truth or dare helps seal their fate.Naomi Rivers loves living in the quiet community of Cattle Valley. She has the book store she's always wanted, and good friends to fill her time. She doesn't have one special person to share her life, but everything changes when a sexy blonde author walks into her store. Courtney Cross is a renowned novelist whose latest book features characters with alternative lifestyles. She's on a book signing tour, which winds to a close at Booklovers in Cattle Valley. Worn out from her hectic schedule, Courtney decides to vacation in the rustic town for a few weeks. The beautiful countryside and laid back atmosphere provide exactly the calm get-away she desires, and quite possibly the backdrop for her next novel. The cute red-head at the bookstore doesn't hurt, either. They fall in love, but while Naomi thrives in Cattle Valley, Courtney has her own life in Chicago. In the end, it's the ultimate game of Truth or Dare that helps them decide.Note: This novel is a stand alone title which includes characters created by Carol Lynne in the Cattle Valley Series. Visit the Cattle Valley website for more information on this bestselling series!

My Review --

Truth or Dare was the first strictly f/f book I've read and I'm not disappointed at all. Bookstore owner Naomi Rivers came to Cattle Valley to live a quiet life and loves her business and the town. Courtney Cross comes to town on a booksigning tour and meets Naomi at the bookstore. Since this is the last stop on the tour, Courtney takes a much needed vacation and spends time with Naomi. Quickly, they become inseparable but must decide if their love is worthy of being long-term. Courtney is a strong woman and the perfect mate to Naomi, who's not been treated well in her past. Don't miss out on this wonderful story.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Tycoon's Rebel Bride by Maya Banks

The Tycoon's Rebel Bride by Maya Banks (The Anetakis Tycoons series book 2)

ISBN: 9780373769445 (ebook)
ISBN: 037376944X (paperback)

Publisher: Silhouette Books

Isabella Caplan arrives in New York City with one goal. To make hotel magnate Theron Anetakis fall as hard for her as she’s fallen for him. It doesn’t matter that he’s older or that he’s practically engaged. All’s fair in love and war, right?Theron’s attracted to her, and he’s battling it hard, but Bella isn’t about to make it easy. When one passionate night results in Bella’s lost virginity, Theron proposes. She’s got everything she wanted…almost. She can make him want her, but can she make him love her?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake

One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake (Destiny series book 1)

ISBN #0061429899

Publisher: Avon

The perfect daughter. The perfect prom queen. The perfect wife. Jenny Tolliver’s been the good girl all her life, and it’s gotten her nowhere. Now that her marriage has been busted up by her cheating ex, she’s decided it’s time to regroup and rediscover herself. This summer she’s headed back to her hometown of Destiny, Ohio, to the very lakeshore cottage where she grew up, to figure out what life holds in store for her next.
She never dreamed the answer would be Mick Brody, Destiny’s #1 hellraiser. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks (or in his case, the lake), and he’s landed in hot water more times than he can count. He’s exactly the kind of guy Jenny’s always kept her distance from … but soon the good girl and the bad boy are caught in a raw heat that’s out of control. Too bad Mick’s got a secret that threatens to tear them apart and ruin Jenny’s perfectly, passionately reckless summer …

My Review --

Good girl Jenny Tolliver has decided maybe it's time to be a little bad in One Reckless Summer.  After all, what did being good get her but a cheating ex-husband.  Returning to her home town for the summer to relax, she crosses the lake and runs right in to bad boy Mick Brody.  He wants her back on her side of the lake before she finds out his secret.  To distract her, he kisses her and before they know it, they're getting down and dirty.  At first, Jenny can't believe what she's done but as the summer wears on, she can't keep her hands off Mick and vice versa.  Even finding out what he's hiding doesn't keep her away from him.  But what will Jenny do when the end of summer rolls around?  Will she be able to let Mick go?  I totally loved this book!  What a great beginning to a new series?  Toni Blake has created a believable fictional town with a memorable cast of characters.  So looking forward to the next in the series.

Hump Day Hotties

Sorry, no naked hotties today! Yesterday brought me some very surprising news! A hottie, who's pictures I've loved to gaze at, passed away in January. So today is all about him. I give you, Matthew "Jett" Schaefer.

For more pictures of Jett, you can visit his official website at: or see his memorial page