Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Journey: Read-A-Romance Month with Helen C. Johannes

What book changed your life? Meet fellow WisRWA author Helen C. Johannes. She talks about books and more as she celebrates romance this month. Her post is here. Her second post on why she reads romance--the answers will surprise you--is here.

Helen writes breath-taking fantasy romance that I love to read.
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2011 Launching a Star Winner in Fantasy Romance, The Wild Rose Press


What if looking at the face of the man you loved meant death?


Years ago, warrior Durren Drakkonwehr was cursed by a mage. Now feared and reviled as the Shadow Man, he keeps to himself, only going to town to trade rare bloodstones—petrified dragon's blood—for supplies. Though he hides his face, he can't hide his heart from the woman who haunts his dreams...
Needing bloodstones for a jewelry commission, Mirianna and her father journey across the dreaded Wehrland where the beast-men roam. When their party is attacked, only the Shadow Man can save them. Strangely drawn to him, Mirianna offers herself in return for her father's rescue.
Living in the ruined fortress with the Shadow Man, Mirianna slowly realizes that a flesh-and-blood man, not a fiend hides there in hoods and darkness. But are love and courage enough to lift the curse and restore the man?


Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00G8GTHRC

Helen C. Johannes lives in the Midwest with her husband and grown children. Growing up, she read fairy tales, Tolkien, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, and Ayn Rand, an unusual mix that undoubtedly explains why the themes, characters, and locales in her writing play out in tales of love and adventure.

Like castles, horses, and swordplay? Check out Helen's books at http://helencjohannes.blogspot.com/

Brave Men, Bold Women—Hearts in Search of Home



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Tour Perfect Chemistry by Jodi Redford

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3T Writing Tidbit will return next month. In the meantime, I'm thrilled to be a stop in Jodi Redford's release tour for Perfect Chemistry.


When it comes to sexy geeks, Leo Martinez and Devlin Hawke are as hot as they get. But falling for the wrong guy has always been Sidney Chase's forte. She's not about to submit to her inner bad girl by giving in to her secret fantasies about her sex-on-a-stick bosses. When she's accidentally exposed to the supercharged aphrodisiac in their lab, Sidney tosses aside her inhibitions and unknowingly provides her bosses with an eye-popping display of self lovin' courtesy of the office security cameras.



Despite their mutual craving for Sidney, Leo and Devlin made a pact long ago to keep her off limits. The last thing they'd wanted was to scare off their best PA by overwhelming her with their kinky tendencies. Witnessing the arousing effects of their aphrodisiac elixir on Sidney changes everything. Not only is she the answer they've been looking for in regards to fine-tuning their formula, she's the perfect woman for them. And with a little help from one helluva sinful science experiment, they'll prove that love is far more potent than anything manufactured in a bottle.


Warning: This red hot office romance contains 3 parts sizzling m/f/m menage, 2 parts sexy and sweet geeks, one part wicked bondage and sex toys, and a whole lot of combustible chemistry. Safety glasses required.





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Excerpt (NSFW)




Devlin grabbed his coffee mug and crossed over to his office. He powered on his tablet and scrolled through his emails. Nothing much exciting beyond a few tech newsletters he subscribed to and an ad for penis enlargement. He deleted that one and settled in to peruse the article on 3-D printing. Halfway through his read he was hit with the odd certainty that something was off about the placement of his paperclip dispenser. Frowning, he leaned back in his chair. "Hey, were you messing with my stuff?"

A grunt came from the other side of the wall. "Yes, because clearly I have nothing better to do than drive your OCD ass crazy."

"Well, you are a maniacal motherfucker." Devlin made a point of loudly plopping the dispenser back into its proper position. "And it's not OCD. I use the stapler more often, so it should be front and center, not the paperclips."

"Admitting you have a problem is the first step in recovery."

"Asshole." Chuckling, Devlin finished up his coffee and returned to the kitchenette for a refill. He was waylaid on the round trip to his office with Leo's request to fetch his reading glasses from the lab. After tossing out a few teasing digs about his partner becoming an old man, Devlin made tracks down the hall and fished his badge from his pants pocket.

The moment he stepped into the lab he was struck once again with the peculiar sensation that something wasn't quite right. As much time as he spent in the space, it was practically his second home. So with that said, if his Spidey-sense was telling him that a detail wasn't as it should be, he was damn well going to listen up.


Rubbing his chin, he surveyed the room, mentally checking off boxes as he cataloged each detail individually. Trash can in corner—normal. Lab coats on their proper hooks? Yep. Workstations prepped and ready for—

His mental inspection skidding to a halt, he stared at the empty test tube holder resting on the station across from him. The vial had most definitely been there when he and Leo locked up yesterday.

So where the hell did it go?

Determined to get to the bottom of that mystery, he retraced his steps to Leo's office. "Did you do something with one of the vials from batch 39?"

Leo tore his focus from his monitor, his brow furrowed. "No. Why?"

"It's missing."

"What?"

Well aware of where Leo's thoughts were jumping, Devlin shot up his hand. "Don't burst your coronary. We don't know that this is a repeat of Texon." But after having one of their prized formula's ripped off by a competitor several years ago, the fear was there of it happening again. Even with all the precautions they'd taken to prevent a reoccurrence, the threat was always present. There was only so much they could do.

Leo vaulted from his chair and rushed from his office. Devlin stayed hot on his heels. Once inside the lab, Leo confirmed Devlin's suspicions with a string of colorful obscenities. Raking his fingers through his hair, he shot a narrow squint at the panel obscuring the security camera in the corner. "Let's pray they were too sloppy to cover their ass."

What were the chances someone would be foolish enough to stroll in here and steal Xtacy without disguising their identity? Wisely deciding to keep that woeful dose of reality to himself, he followed Leo back to his office. With a quick click of his mouse Leo pulled up the link to the security system and located the time stamp for last night. He fast-forwarded through an hour or so of uneventful footage before a blip of motion flashed across the screen.

Leo's features hardened. "Got the son of a bitch." He rewound a few frames and pressed play.
On the footage, the lab lights flickered on and a woman stepped into view. Devlin blinked. "Wait a minute. Isn't that—?"

"Sidney." Her name fell from Leo with the same amount of bemusement that plagued Devlin. They both leaned closer to the computer as she sashayed to the workstation and picked up the test tube.
Devlin shook his head. "I don't believe it. Not of Sidney. No fucking way."

"Then what the hell are we looking at?" Leo demanded, his tone flatter than a desert highway. Despite the lack of inflection in his voice, Devlin knew his friend was hiding a world of hurt while he processed the visual evidence of Sidney's potentially traitorous activity.

"I don't know, but let's not jump to conclusions yet." Come on, Sid. What are you doing? His heart knocking, he waited for the moment she'd put the vial back and scurry out of there, completely unaware of the real criminal lurking in the shadows about to abscond with the Xtacy formula. The wish was a desperate shot in the dark on his part, but he refused to give up hope. No matter how thin it was. When the test tube went flying out of Sidney's grasp and smashed onto the floor, he straightened with a jolt, renewed optimism crashing over him. "She dropped it. That's why it's missing."

A fraction of the doubt lifted from Leo's gaze but his shoulders remained tense. "It still doesn't explain what in the devil she's doing in the lab."

"Who knows? Maybe she was just curious—" Devlin broke off abruptly when Sidney ripped off her blouse and wrenched down her bra. All coherent thought beating a hasty retreat from his head, he stared at the sheer magnificence of her breasts. She cupped their bountiful weight and tweaked her nipples. The real estate in Devlin's briefs suddenly became a lot more cramped. Gripping the edge of the desk, he risked a quick peek in Leo's direction and noticed his friend was equally enamored with the unexpected show.

Leo swallowed hard, his Adam's Apple bobbing. "We probably shouldn't watch any more of this."

"Yeah, we shouldn't."

They both kept their attention fused to the screen.
Read the rest of this excerpt here!


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Page where Perfect Chemistry is listed http://jodiredford.com/Coming_Soon.html






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bikers do Summer--Read-A-Romance Month with PJ Fiala

Meet fellow WisRWA author PJ Fiala. Her August 1 release is hotter than hot.

Dog Days of Summer

Joci was a mother first, a biker second and was running her marketing and design business, third.  She believed in a good cause while enjoying the open road with friends and family.

Dog owns a successful business building some of the greatest motorcycles around.  Men and women alike respected and envied him.  Being a veteran, he believed in helping other veterans in the only way he knew how, by riding motorcycles.

They meet, try to ignore the attraction and ultimately fall in love only to have their love tested by a jealous employee who wants Dog for herself.  Can they survive?

Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/dogdays-Fiala
Ebook: http://tinyurl.com/DogDays-Ebook

Having always dreamed of becoming an author, I found myself making excuses when it came to writing.  I didn't know what to write about.  I didn't have the time.  Next month after whatever special event was coming up, I would be able to focus on it.  On and on.  In 2012, I started a job that made me cringe just walking in the door everyday.  I dreaded the atmosphere, the work, well simply, everything, except the few friends I had made there.  That's when I decided to start writing.  I was looking for an escape from this heavy burden and lost myself in writing.  Now, I can't stop.  I think it was God's way of helping me find my "time." 

When not writing, my husband, Gene, and I are on our motorcycles exploring new places, meeting new people and creating new memories.

Her RAR post is here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Release Blitz Perfect Chemistry by Jodi Redford

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Perfect Chemistry by Jodi Redford
August 11, 2014

When it comes to sexy geeks, Leo Martinez and Devlin Hawke are as hot as they come. But falling for the wrong guy has always been Sidney Chase's forte. She's not about to submit to her inner bad girl by giving in to her secret fantasies about her sex-on-a-stick bosses. When she's accidentally exposed to the supercharged aphrodisiac in their lab, Sidney tosses aside her inhibitions and unknowingly provides her bosses with an eye-popping display of self lovin' courtesy of the office security cameras.

Despite their mutual craving for Sidney, Leo and Devlin made a pact long ago to keep her off limits. The last thing they'd wanted was to scare off their best PA by overwhelming her with their kinky tendencies. Witnessing the arousing effects of their aphrodisiac elixir on Sidney changes everything. Not only is she the answer they've been looking for in regards to fine-tuning their formula, she's the perfect woman for them. And with a little help from one helluva sinful science experiment, they'll prove that love is far more potent than anything manufactured in a bottle.


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Author Links:


Page where Perfect Chemistry is listed http://jodiredford.com/Coming_Soon.html






Tuesday, August 5, 2014

1T Olio -- Celebrate Romance

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My husband and I were having a discussion the other day about couples. We've gotten to the stage in our lives when we've rubbed a lot of the painful edges off each other--not quite to where we look alike but I can see the day looming coming.

Anyway, we've iterated through this conversation several times over the years and keep adding refinements. Here's what we've learned. I'm not saying these are pearls of wisdom but they are my best approximation at this time :)
  • Couples must have that first blush of attraction. The heart beating faster, the desire to be with the other person. For hubby and me, before dating, it was getting off work near the same time and sometimes...more often than not...finding each other on the freeway going home. 
  • Couples must have and enjoy bodily, skin-to-skin contact. This isn't just sex. This is hugs, massage, everything. I go for a couple weeks during the summer where my body swells and I can't stand touching anything. We still manage to hug or touch elbows. If you have any other suggestions, I'm open to hearing them. Frankly, without skin-to-skin I get squirrelly.
  • Couples must go to bed together. This one's harder. My husband snores. I only deep-sleep the hour after he gets up in the morning. So I stay awake an hour after he's down. But we're in bed at the same time. Does that count? Also, I know couples who don't share a bed but they're fine. What about you?
  • Couples must not go to bed on an argument. This one's harder yet. Sometimes we haven't even realized there's a problem until weeks later. Sometimes we just fight because we're pissed at things or folks outside the marriage but the spouse is safe. --Which has its own problems so we don't do that much anymore. 
  • Couples must enjoy being with each other. This is going to be controversial but I don't think couples need to share interests. My husband and I do share interests, to an almost alarming degree, lol, but I think you can work as a couple if you like to read and he likes to tie fishing lures but you both like to do it better in the same room.
  • Couples must get past the first blush of attraction. In order to keep a partnership going, you have to commit, not just to the partner, but to the relationship itself. So there's something worth fighting for even if you're angry at your partner. Which brings me to... 
  • Couples must be partners. Respected equals. If you disdain your spouse that's a problem. 
Here's our new one: Couples must be business partners. They have to complement each other in the skills it takes to run a home together. For example, I'm good at managing money. My husband's good at taking risks. So I do the bills. He does the investments. Why is this important? Think about it. You could be perfect mates in everything but this--but then where would you live?

For long-lasting companionship (plus weird faces and messy sheets), you need to mesh at several levels, not just first blush.



Speaking of ongoing couples, Nixie and Julian have a new adventure available. Murder at Chipmunk Lake is a fast-paced novella with sex, action, mystery and arguments over what to name the baby. Takes place between Biting Oz and Beauty Bites.

Nixie's lost her mojo!
A Nixie and Julian Story.
*Paranormal. Hot.*
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Nixie Emerson, punk rock musician and first-time mom-to-be, has a stalker. Her band Guns and Polkas has gone national after their big stage debut, but the price of fame is the stalker trying to scare her into leaving the band.

Her husband, master vampire Julian, whisks Nixie away to the Wisconsin north woods--where they meet the stalker on the pier of their cabin and he again threatens Nixie.

Julian punches him out and the couple walks away thinking the problem is over. But when the next evening the stalker is found dead, they find out the trouble is only starting.

Warning: contains a cranky pregnant lady trying to control her swearing, a master vampire appeasing his wife with food and creative sex, murder, mayhem and several arguments over what to name the baby.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Perfect Chemistry--Guest Jodi Redford--Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal
Perfect Chemistry
by
Jodi Redford
Release Date August 7, 2014

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Perfect Chemistry blurb:

When it comes to sexy geeks, Leo Martinez and Devlin Hawke are as hot as they get. But falling for the wrong guy has always been Sidney Chase’s forte. She’s not about to submit to her inner bad girl by giving in to her secret fantasies about her sex-on-a-stick bosses. When she’s accidentally exposed to the supercharged aphrodisiac in their lab, Sidney tosses aside her inhibitions and unknowingly provides her bosses with an eye-popping display of self lovin’ courtesy of the office security cameras.

Despite their mutual craving for Sidney, Leo and Devlin made a pact long ago to keep her off limits. The last thing they’d wanted was to scare off their best PA by overwhelming her with their kinky tendencies. Witnessing the arousing effects of their aphrodisiac elixir on Sidney changes everything. Not only is she the answer they’ve been looking for in regards to fine-tuning their formula, she’s the perfect woman for them. And with a little help from one helluva sinful science experiment, they’ll prove that love is far more potent than anything manufactured in a bottle.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top 10 Posts Countdown #1

Writer's cave hiatus--finishing Assassins Bite among other things. Enjoy the top 10 posts from my blog in the meantime :)

#1 A Pearl for Your Fantasy—World Building Made Easy

You’ve won a million dollars! Ever wonder what you’d do? Would you buy a sexy negligee, or a Maserati? Take an island cruise? Make a loan to a favorite relative?

What else would happen? Well, every investment broker on the planet would call you. Empty hands would deluge you. The one relative you can’t stand would demand the biggest handout (but you could flip him the bird. Go ahead. Hey, it’s your fantasy).

Read more:
http://maryhughesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/10/a-pearl-for-your-fantasy-offsite-post.html