Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ Roping Love by Tamara Hoffa

Ten Years ago love slipped through Chance’s lasso. This time “He was going after her and she didn’t stand a chance, just like a calf in a chute, he was going to rope her with his love and ride back into her life.”

Carrie Stewart is a dedicated horsewoman. She runs a successful breeding and training program. She is a good friend, a good sister and a favorite aunt, but she has been burned by love. Carrie has never gotten over her first love, Chance Ryan. After ten years of absence Chance shows back up in her life. Should she risk her heart again, with the man who left it broken at her feet in the past? Chance has some serious work ahead of him to win back the one woman he could never forget.



Chance felt like he’d been thrown from a bucking bronco. Ten years. He hadn’t seen her in ten years. And it was just like before. God, she was even more beautiful than she had been at eighteen. Time had matured her body, her curves a little fuller than they had been. Her hair was short now, almost boyish in length, but curling softly around her face it looked feminine and flirty. It was a deeper shade of blonde now too, a golden honey color that looked stunning against her sun-bronzed skin. What the hell was she doing here? And who the hell was the kid with her? Chance was busy doing mental math, the kid looked nine or ten. Carrie had called him several times in the months after he left. He’d never returned her calls. Could she have been trying to tell him she was pregnant? No it couldn’t be, she would have told him. Wouldn’t she have?

“I’d say small world, but since it really is a small world and we haven’t run into each other in ten years…”

Carrie arched one eyebrow, he always loved when she did that, it looked so haughty and hot.

“What brings you here?” Chance asked

“Same as you I guess, looking for some brood mares.”

“Actually, we’re selling this mare.” Nodding at the other, nearly forgotten man in the stall. “This is my brother, Chase.”

“Nice to meet you,” Carrie said, looking down at Tyler, “Well, we need to get to the Coliseum, Tyler wants to see the cutting.” Keeping her arm around his shoulders they turned to leave.

“We should talk,” Chance said

Carrie looked over her shoulder and stared him straight in the eye. “I think the time for talking is long past.”

The phrase she was so mad she could chew nails and spit screws ran though his mind at her look. Damn. He had really fucked things up between them. Why hadn’t he taken her calls again?

Oh, yeah, to give her a chance at a good life.

“I really need to talk to you.”
“There’s nothing left to say.”

Who is Tamara?

Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 5 dogs and 1 cat. Tamara started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book at hand since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with her kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandson’s in her lap. Tamara is a reviewer, a professional reader and can now add author to her repertoire.  Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Spotlight ~ Lost and Found by Nicolette Grey

     Life comes with its share of losses. In these four novelettes of erotic romance by Nicolette Grey it takes on different forms. “Moving Violations” deals with the loss of freedom and a special dream. “Lost Canyon” begins with the death of a beloved family member in a harsh and foreign environment. In “Time and a Half…Plus Benefits”, the heroine must learn to cope with her low sense of self-esteem after a failed relationship, and “Windswept Beach” portrays a crumbling marriage with the hurts and frustrations that accompany it.
     Although each story in this book is unique, they all share the same initial undercurrent of loss  as well as the “founding” aspect that brings their heroines through their trials, intact and stronger - love.
     LOST & FOUND …the losses we endure with the happy endings we strive for, from Nicolette Grey and Hot Ink Press - because love should never be boring!

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Excerpt from “Moving Violations” (Book 1 in LOST AND FOUND)
      Bobby Lee stared out the window. He wouldn’t meet her eyes as their driver opened the door and pulled him to his feet. “All right now, folks, here’s what we’re going to do. Bobby Lee, I’m going to un-cuff you. Go to the front desk of the Sandpiper Motel across the street and ring the bell. When the girl comes, get us a room. And, Bobby Lee? Remember what I told you – as long as y’all do what I say, you’ll both be fine.”
     “Let me see your badge,” Georgia Rae insisted as cold fingers of panic gripped her gut. “You’re way out of line, here.”
     The cop removed his hat and ran a large hand through his hair.  Unbuttoning the shirt of his uniform, he removed it and draped it across the seat. Beneath the blue and gray, he was wearing a plain white t-shirt. “Do I need to remind you about Spindrift Drive?” he said in his slow southern drawl.
     Georgia Rae swallowed hard. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
     He chuckled and ran a finger across her cheek. “You and your boyfriend are thieves. I caught you red-handed, so I suggest you shut the hell up.”
     “Or what?”
     “Jail. Breaking and Entering’s a Class H felony. Let’s see - that’s four to twenty-five years, I believe. Now, are you going to behave, or do I have to run you in?”
     Georgia Rae slumped in the seat staring at her bound hands. Her dreams of California evaporated before her eyes.

More about Nicolette: 
Nicolette Grey began writing three years ago as a way to express her creativity. She has since segued from middle grade and literary fiction to her newest passion, erotic romance. Her two published shorts will soon be joined by another anthology selection ("Snow White" in FETISH FAIRY TALES, edited by Amanda Browning for Hot Ink Press) and two solo books (LOST AND FOUND, and, soon-to-be released, THE GODDESS OF BLACKWATER POND). 
When she’s not writing, she enjoys running and hiking with her husband and the family dog.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Book Spotlight ~ Caleb by Kim McNeil

Caleb by Kim McNeil 

Caleb loves the ladies and can't keep his ego in his pants. With a new set of legs to wrap around him every two nights, he never thinks about what he'd do if Sarah caught him - until she does.

The repercussions are cataclysmic, giving him a second chance at life. Who is Caleb really? The ego or the man he professes to be? This playa plays to win.


       Stopping at the florist on the way home, I pull in and pick up a dozen pink roses for Sarah. Yes, sucking ass big time.
Hey, if it works…then I’ll be all good. When I’m good, everyone is good. God forbid I get red roses, she’d want to run off to the fucking chapel. That isn’t going to happen to me, not in this lifetime anyways. I stroll in the house.
“I’m home babe,” I yell out, dropping the folder on the table.
“Upstairs,” Sarah yells back. I know this tone.
Skipping two steps at a time, I follow the circular staircase. I dodge the hanging chandelier with my head. Something else she had to have, forgetting I am well over six fucking feet tall.
“Hi darling, these are for you,” I hand her the flowers.
“Why? Because you slammed the phone down in my ear earlier?”
And…here we go! She’s such a bitchacoholic.

Where you can find Kim

Kim McNiel is a good ole' country girl at heart. She was born and raised in a small Texas town called Spring. As the mother of three, she spent most of her adult life dedicated to raising her family. With her children almost grown, she decided to fulfill her dream of writing. Her best friend told her 'pen to paper sweetie, be you, and never give up.' She took his advice and didn't. She writes contemporary and steamy romance, erotic romance, and has several projects in the fire to look forward to.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Author Spotlight ~ Kris Norris - Dark Horizon Series

Andromeda Falling ~ Book 2 in Dark Horizon series.
Lincoln Croft isn’t the most reputable man. Disillusioned by the ever-continuing war between the Coalition and the Alliance, he’s made a living running dangerous goods between the worlds, using his ship, the Andromeda, to outrun enemy striker crafts and avoid certain prosecution. And the fact he can hack into any computer system ever made certainly doesn’t hurt his chances at a successful mission.
After a recent crusade to help free the condemned planet of Venitia gains him a full pardon, Linc has decided to give honest work a try. Just his luck, his old nemesis, Captain Frank Bane, has other ideas. An unexpected meeting forces Lincoln to crash-land on the very planet he swore he wouldn’t set foot on again. And the surface of Venitia hasn’t changed. Hot, dry and dangerous, Linc knows he needs to get to the settlement before he becomes some creature’s dinner.
He never planned on running into Gwendolyn Bennet, the one woman he’d never quite gotten over. After a less than warm welcome, Gwen begrudgingly agrees to help Linc reach the colony. But Bane isn’t giving up. He’s determined to destroy Lincoln, and the Andromeda, even if it means annihilating Venitia.

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The unforgiving sun glared down on him as Lincoln wiped his brow, leaning against a large boulder as he recalculated his trajectory. He’d been traveling north, northeast since leaving the ship, but even after a few hours, he hadn’t happened upon the Venitian settlement.
“Next time, I should remember to ask how far the damn thing is before I leave.”
He released a weary breath, clenching his teeth against the pain. Though he wasn’t a doctor, he knew the continual loss of blood was taking its toll. Reduced walking speed, increased fatigue and tingling in his fingers all pointed to the fact he was slowly heading toward hypovolemic shock. That’s if a snipe or troll didn’t find him first.
He’d been lucky so far, dodging the few creatures he’d seen on the dunes. Sage had been right. Keeping to the small gathering of brushes and trees had provided enough protection he’d covered nearly fifteen miles unscathed. But if he didn’t find the colony soon, he wouldn’t stay conscious long enough to care, assuming he even made it to a suitable cave to spend the night.
“I swear, Bane, I’ll see you rot in a cage for this one.”
He tilted back his head, breathing in the blazing air before turning to glance at the rock face stretching out to his right. He’d tried to detour around it, but the thought of getting trapped against a sheer face had convinced him to alter his route and follow a path through the lower sections. But after traveling through the twisting corridor for twenty minutes, he’d started to think he was going around in circles.
He stared down at his watch, trying to focus on the readout, wondering if the surface could get any hotter. The temperature had climbed to well over a hundred degrees, and despite the fact the second sun was already starting to set, it didn’t seem as if it’d gotten any cooler.
“Talk about frying your brain.” He chuckled, staring off at the horizon, when the sound of blaster fire echoed through the outcrop.
“Move it, Reddings! I can’t hold this thing off for long!”
The voice carried across the air, the desperation in it impossible to miss. Lincoln pushed off the stone wall and stumbled over to a large overhang. Though the path he’d been following continued off to his right, he could see a series of twisting corridors below him, hidden amidst more rock. He looked close to the bottom, drawn to two figures darting between the rising stone spires. He traced back along their path, cursing when a large bird-like creature squawked behind them, its huge beak snapping at anything close to it.
He sighed and shook his head. “Of course, it has to be a snipe.”
Gleaming gray scales and impenetrable skin. The ability to run on two legs instead of four at speeds rivaling that of a hovercraft. About the only weakness he’d heard about was its lack of intelligence.
He scanned the area, calculating the most likely escape route for the couple below based on their current direction. A few openings were scattered along the trail, but an arcing branch to their right a few hundred meters ahead of them presented the best route. If they had any survival training, they’d follow the narrow corridor deeper into the rock where the bird’s size and tracking pattern would give them the advantage, and possibly save their lives.
He grunted, holding his side as he took off, following a twisting section of rock that he hoped intersected with theirs. Stones tumbled down the sides of the sheer cliff, marking his progress as he jumped across an open section, landing with a dull thud on the other side. Pain flared through his ribs, but he did his best to ignore it, racing toward where the paths branched apart. Muffled footsteps and blaster fire echoed ahead of him, the sound occasionally overshadowed by the eerie call of the snipe. He rounded the last corner just as the first person reached the fork.
The man was dressed in Coalition battle fatigues, the beige color designed to blend in with the desert surroundings. But Lincoln knew the creature hunted on movement, rendering the illusion completely useless as long as the soldier kept moving. Lincoln called to the man but the guy darted off down the left side, not even giving the smaller corridor a second glance. Lincoln cursed and ran forward, knowing the guy didn’t stand a chance on the open rock face when another figure approached the section.
Brown hair pulled back into a ponytail, she looked vaguely familiar as she glanced up the same path the other soldier had taken before heading down the left. She turned to shoot at the creature following her when Lincoln grabbed her and shoved her behind him, aiming his gun at the animal as it breached the intersection. He held his breath and fired, hitting the beast square in the eye. The animal reeled backward, tumbling against the side of the cliff as it lost its footing. Lincoln fired again, but the bird turned its head, deflecting the shot off its resilient scales.
The woman tugged at his sleeve, nearly pushing him over. “You can’t kill them that way.”
He shook her off. “I’m more than aware of how tough a snipe is to kill, darling. But everything’s got a weakness.”
He called out, yelling for the other soldier, but the man never appeared at the bend in the path. Lincoln swore under his breath. “Two choices. Either we continue along here, where we might have a chance of surviving, or we go after your friend.” He spared the woman a quick glance. “There’s no cover on that side of the rock face.”
“How do you know?”
“I came from higher up that side. Trust me. It’s barren.”
She kicked at the stone wall crowding against them. “He’ll never last on his own.”
“Nope. Truthfully, two more won’t make much of a difference but…okay. Let’s go. But move slowly. They’re attracted to movement. With that one eye damaged, it might not be able to focus on us if we keep our motion slow and steady.”
“Are you fucking insane? Have you seen how fast they run?”
“More than I’d care to admit.”
“Fine. But I’m shoving you down its mouth first if you’re wrong.”
He chuckled. “A girl after my own heart. Deal.”
He eased forward, keeping the injured reptile at bay with well-timed blaster shots. The animal seemed uncertain, knocking its head against the wall as if trying to get the bloody eye to work better. They got within a few feet of the creature when a loud scream carried across the breeze, followed by a series of high-pitched squawks.
Lincoln stopped. “Shit. There’s more of them.” He looked at her across his shoulder. “I’m thinking there’s little reason for us to try and rescue your friend now. That wasn’t a snipe that screamed.”
She gulped. “Oh god, you mean Reddings is…”
Fear flashed in her eyes before she nodded, moving with him when he ushered them backward, increasing the distance between them and the bird again. The snipe stumbled to its feet and took a cautious step forward, twisting to look up the other path before swinging its head sideways and staring at them with its good eye as it snapped its beak.
The woman palmed his back, halting him. “I think it sees us.”
She’d kept her voice low, the husky sound sending a shiver down his spine. He ignored the unexpected sensation, chalking it up to loss of blood as he reached one hand behind him to grasp her hand.
“Without two eyes, it’ll have a hard time getting a bead on us. Depth perception’s a bitch with only one point of reference.”
The snipe tilted its head and took another step.
Lincoln shrugged. “Of course, I could be wrong about that.”
The woman groaned and tugged at his hand just as two more creatures rounded the far bend, their beaks covered in blood. They slowed to a stop when the first animal snapped at them, the hollow sound loud in the oppressive silence.
Lincoln tipped his head skyward. “Three? Are you fucking serious?” He took two quick steps backward. “Time for us to move, darling. And I mean fast.”
She didn’t resist as he turned and raced up the path, following the winding corridor back the way he’d come. The animals called behind him, the clicking of their talons on the rock shadowing their every step. Lincoln kept moving, thankful his prediction had proven correct and that the damn things were too big to move quickly along the narrow path. He picked up his speed, yelling behind him for the woman to jump as they ran headlong toward the gap. Her fingers tightened around his as he launched them both over the opening. He landed off balance, stumbling onto one knee when the girl’s weight yanked him backward.
Lincoln clawed at the rock, finding a small handhold as he twisted to glance behind him. The woman had cleared the gap, only to slide off the edge to their left when the stone face gave way beneath her. He cinched his fingers tighter, not sure how to pull her up, when she swung sideways on his arm, landing her foot on the top edge.
“If you can hold tight, I’ll lever up.”
“I’d make it fast. I can hear those things coming.”
“As long as there’s no pressure.”
He resisted the chuckle poised on his tongue, more than aware this wasn’t the time to be laughing. But damn if this girl wasn’t a female version of him—cocky and headstrong with a familiar air about her that twigged something in the back of his mind. If he didn’t know better, he’d swear he’d seen her somewhere before.
His idle ramblings vanished when the first snipe rounded the far bend, its long neck bobbing out in front of it. He looked at it over his shoulder, wishing he could let go long enough to hit its other eye, when it stopped. It tilted its head, swinging it back and forth as if searching for something when it hit him. It couldn’t see them. Lincoln held steady, grimacing when the woman’s head popped above the edge.
He gave her a small sideways nod as he tried to speak out of only one side of his mouth. “Freeze.”
She paused with her other hand wrapped around a small nodule of stone as her head slowly turned toward the beast. Understanding glistened in her eyes as her breath seemed to stall in her chest.
She remained still, with only her eyes darting toward him. “Despite what you might think, this isn’t exactly an easy pose to maintain.”
He surveyed her position. Her left hand still held his while her right leg was notched around a chunk of rock on the surface. Her right hand had started to tremble as it gripped the outcrop and he could only guess that her other leg was hanging below her.
He sighed. “I suggest you move incredibly slowly, or it won’t matter if you can hold that pose or not because you’ll be snipe bait.”
“You could try shooting it again.”
“Not without releasing one hand.” He smirked at her. “They’re both rather busy right now. Do you have a preference as to which one I use?”
She glared at him. “Then stop whining and help me up so you can free one up and kill the son of a bitch.”
“In case it’s not obvious, I’ve been doing that for the past few minutes.”
Her glare intensified as she focused on the snipe again. Her entire body seemed to shudder as she gradually levered herself up, finally cresting the sharp drop and scooting behind him on the path.
Her final motion caught the bird’s attention. It called out a series of squawks then raced toward them, its one good eye centered on Lincoln. He cursed and sprang to his feet, shoving her behind him again as he raised his blaster. But just as he was about the fire the animal hit the opening and disappeared, its mournful cry echoing off the rock.
He stared in disbelief when the other two appeared at the bend. They cocked their heads, the dying call of the first bird still ringing off the rocky walls. The closest bird snapped at the air but didn’t advance, tilting its head to look at the opening. The other snipe made a cawing sound then turned, its fading footfalls marking its retreat.
The woman pushed at his back, but he held up his hand, signaling her to remain still. He wasn’t relaxing one muscle until the other creature visibly gave up.
The animal scratched at the stone, filling the air with a shrill screeching noise before snapping its beak again and disappearing beyond the bend. Lincoln waited until the air stilled before releasing a heavy breath. Damn. That’d been far too close.
He snorted in relief as he turned to face the girl, finally getting a good hard look at her. Some of her hair had pulled free from its clip, hanging in a tangled wave around her face. Dirt smudged a line across her cheeks and nose, ending in a bloody cut along her jaw. But her eyes held his focus. Bright blue, they watched him as if they were seeing something he didn’t.
He backed up a step, giving her body a long, slow sweep. She was tall for a woman, only three or four inches shorter than him with a lean, athletic frame. She was dressed in similar battle fatigues to the other soldier he’d seen, only she’d lost her jacket somewhere along the way and sported only a thin white shirt coupled with beige cargo pants. Lincoln cocked his head to one side, wondering why he felt such a connection when the smirk on her face flashed an image through his head.
He leaned in close. It couldn’t be. Not here. Not now. Not her. “Gwendolyn?”
The smirk flourished into a brilliant smile a moment before her fist collided with his jaw, reeling him onto his ass.
One foot stomped on the stone as she crossed her arms on her chest. “Well I’ll be damned. Lincoln Croft.”

More about Kris:
Author, single mother, slave to chaos—she’s a jack-of-all-trades who’s constantly looking for her ever elusive clone.
Kris started writing some years back, and it took her a while to realize she wasn’t destined for the padded room, and that the voices chattering away in her head were really other characters trying to take shape—and since they weren’t telling her to conquer the human race, she went with it. Though she supposes if they had…insert evil laugh.
Kris loves writing erotic novels. She loves heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life and sizzling sex scenes that leave you feeling just a bit breathless.

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