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 http://www.total-e-bound.com/

Author's Website: http://www.jennabyrnes.com/

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 www.RomanceUnbound.com is:

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For your prize, please contact Claire at claire@clairethompson.net.

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!
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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. (http://www.romanceunbound.com/). 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: www.romanceunbound.com

The really cool thing about doing this myself is http://www.1romanceebooks.com/ . 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).
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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. (http://1romanceebooks.com/mp/affiliates/faq.php )

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 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clairethompson). If you sign up for my newsletter (just drop me an email at Claire@clairehthompson.net) 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: http://www.clairethompson.net/ .

Hey, thanks, Barb. This was fun, but I better get back to writing! It’s already almost six a.m.!
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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 http://www.romanceunbound.com/. Contest will end Sunday, June 28 at 10:00 am.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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 http://www.total-e-bound.com/

Author's Website: http://www.jennabyrnes.com/

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?

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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Broken by Megan Hart


Broken by Megan Hart

ISBN: 0373605153

Publisher: Spice

This month, my name is Mary.
My name is different every month -- Brandy, Honey, Amy...sometimes Joe doesn't even bother to ask -- but he never fails to arouse me with his body, his mouth, his touch, no matter what I'm called or where he picks me up. The sex is always amazing, always leaves me itching for more in those long weeks until I see him again.
My real name is Sadie, and once a month over lunch, Joe tells me about his latest conquest. But what Joe doesn't know is that, in my mind, I'm the star of every X-Rated one-night stand he has revealed to me, or that I'm practically obsessed with our imaginary sex life. I know it's wrong. I know my husband wouldn't understand. But I can't stop.
Not yet.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Saddled by Delilah Devlin


Saddled by Delilah Devlin

ISBN: 978-1-60504-478-1


Slippery when naked…
When Bobby Blackhawk and Cale Yancey see a car slide off the highway and into an icy creek, they’ve got only minutes to get the beautiful driver out alive. And only one way to save her from hypothermia: take her to their isolated cabin, get naked…and hope like hell that when she wakes up, she doesn’t scream the place down.
Katherine Duvall opens her eyes in a strange bed, and the tingles flooding her body aren’t entirely due to restored circulation. She’s snuggled between two handsome men, one a gruff, gentle giant, the other a sexy, playful Native American. Having just left her fiancé romping with another woman, she’s not quite as shocked as she might have been.
In fact, these two lonesome cowboys could be the perfect bookends to satisfy her hunger for revenge and bolster her dented self esteem. It’s not long before their raging hormones are melting the snow on the cabin roof.
To their surprise, they find something else is melting, too. Their hearts…
Warning: This title contains hot ménage scenes, man love, anal sex, double-dipping, and two sexy cowboys—double the heat to thaw one frozen woman—and the only toys a lonely girl needs!

Taking Chloe by Anne Rainey


Taking Chloe by Anne Rainey (Vaughn series book 3)

ISBN: 978-1-60504-575-7

http://www.samhainpublishing.com/

Author's Website: www.annerainey.com/


Merrick Vaughn thought his life was perfect. He has a successful business and he's married to the love of his life. But then his wife leaves him and he's bowled over by it. He never expected anything like this from Chloe. Now what could he do to get her back?

Chloe doesn't really want a divorce but she doesn't see any other way to get her husband's attention. Soon after their marriage, he became a workaholic. All his time seemed to be spent at the office which left none for her.

Since he'd been neglectful of Chloe, Merrick offers her a vacation in Hawaii, where they'd honeymooned. She needed to give him one week to convince her he would put their marriage first. If he wasn't successful, he'd let her go for good. But she also must give him complete control during this week.

Chloe wasn't sure if this vacation would bring them back together or completely destroy everything. But she had to try.

Taking Chloe is a wonderful addition to Anne Rainey's Vaughn series. Merrick and Chloe have a genuine love that shows when they touch each other. All marriages take work to keep from falling apart and this is one relationship that deserves a second chance. It is a touching story that hits on real issues. Plus it's hot, hot, hot!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Lori Foster/Dianne Castell Reader/Author Get Together

As you all probably know by now, I made a trip to Cincinnati this past weekend. I attended the Lori Foster/Dianne Castell Reader/Author Get Together. This was my second year going as I went last year too. The highlight of my trip was meeting Julian Fantechi, one of my favorite hotties who was the topic of yesterday's Special Edition Hotties. But beyond that I saw some authors I met last year and met some other authors this year. I even caught up with some online friends from the various groups I belong to. Plus I won a gift basket from manloveromance.com with 24 m/m books and some picnic items. It was a great basket. Take a peek at the pictures of me with various authors I saw.

Lori Foster


Dianne Castell


Lora Leigh


Lorelei James/Lori Armstrong


Toni Blake/Lacey Alexander

Anne Rainey


Paige Tyler


LuAnn McLane


Janice Maynard/Elizabeth Scott


Allie K Adams/Eve Adams and Tonya Ramagos


Dianna Love

Can't wait for next year! I bet it will be even bigger and better.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Domme By Default by Tymber Dalton


Domme By Default by Tymber Dalton

Publisher:  Lyrical Press


Kinky never looked so normal. When a wife is faced with the question of what she is wiling to do for love, her answer is…anything. She sets aside her own inhibitions to fulfill her husband’s wildest fantasies. But at what cost to her peace of mind? Warning: erotic m/f BDSM sex and activities including anal play/sex/toys, a home-improvement challenged husband, a sarcastic wife, and a portrayal of the kinder, gentler side of BDSM..

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

UnRidden by Cat Johnson


UnRidden by Cat Johnson (Studs in Spurs series book 1)
ISBN # 978-1-60202-202-7

Publisher:  Linden Bay Romance


When country boys meet a city girl, everyone is in for a wild ride.Studs in Spurs, Book 1 Slade Bower and Mustang Jackson are living the high life on the professional bull-riding circuit. The prize money is big, the bulls are rank, and the women are willing. But something is missing. For Slade, waking up in a different city with a different woman each morning is holding less and less appeal. Even Mustang’s creative attempts to shake things up don’t help. Then along comes a big-city author who’s like nothing they’ve ever encountered. Something about her makes Slade sit up and take notice—and Mustang is always up for anything.Romance writer Jenna Block has a problem: her agent thinks a cowboy book will jump start her career. A born New Yorker, Jenna doesn’t do cowboys, not on paper, and definitely not in real life. Luckily for her there are two cowboys ready, willing and able to take her out of her comfort zone in every way that counts…and some ways she hadn’t counted on.Warning: This story contains two hot cowboys, one very lucky woman, hot ménage sex, and lots of bull.