Contest

Sorry I didn’t get this posted yesterday. I have a sick little one and had to go to the doctor. Plus, we were hit by an ice storm and everything took 20 times longer than it should have. Anyway, here are the winners:

Tiffany Schumacher

CrystalGB

Rachel D Thompson

Email me at carrie@thebookgirl.net with your mailing address and you top two choices for the prizes. I will try to get everyone which books they want (if I can).

The prizes are listed here: Contest!

2009 New Author Challenge, Paranormal Romance

ravenousFrom the back of the book:

One kiss is all it takes to lose your soul…

Holly Carver is a small-time witch who busts ghosts for tuition money, but she ends up wrangling a demon when a haunted house job goes bad. Her Undead business associate, Alessandro Caravelli, suspects the demon is somebody’s not-so-secret weapon. The supernatural community is at war, and Holly’s unpredictable magic holds the key to the doorway to the demon realms. Soon Holly is on everyone’s must-have list, and not in a good way.

Alessandro wants Holly for more than magic. A lover with six centuries of experience, the vampire is walking seduction, but he’s also a predator. Every moment he spends guarding Holly, every second he spends falling under her witch’s spell, he becomes more and more of a threat himself. As Holly’s grandma says, vampires are like a box of chocolates: They seem tempting, but overindulgence can be a killer…

 

 

This is the first book in The Dark Forgotten series. I loved it. It is funny, spooky, and sexy at the same time. Holly Carver is a witch who likes to deal in small-m magic and stays away from the big-M magic, which causes her pain. Alessandro Caravelli is, to me, a mix between Eric from the Southern Vampire books and Jean Claude from the Anita Blake books. He is sexy, old-fashioned, and really just wants to be loved as a man and not a vampire. Holly and Alessandro have amazing chemistry, but both know it is smarter to stay apart.

The universe in Ravenous is interesting. The supernaturals have come out and the world acknowledges them, but doesn’t accept them as a whole. They are treated as equals under the law, but the public seems to be waiting for them to make a mistake. The vampires have a queen that oversees a territory, and warriors who do her bidding. In Ravenous, Alessandro is a warrior for Queen Omara.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Ravenous’ publication date is February 3rd.

Pre-order at these sites:

Amazon

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Read more about The Dark Forgotten: Sharon Ashwood’s website

Contest

My very first contest post of 2009!! This contest is for books already offered, that weren’t claimed. I can’t go back and pick someone who entered the first time, since I lost all of the old post, so I’m just going to do a new contest. There will be three winners.

Winner #1 will get:

  • The Frog Prince by Jane Porter
  • Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter

Winner #2 will get:

  • Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
  • Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter

Winner #3 will get:

  • Grit for the Oyster – 250 peals of wisdom for aspiring writers
  • La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock

To enter just leave a comment on this post. The contest will be open until Sunday (1/25) 12:00pm. Winners will be announced on Monday (1/26). Contest open to continental U.S. only

2009 New Author Challenge, Erotic Romance

desire-for-threeFrom the back of the book:

With her fortieth birthday approaching and a bad marriage behind her, Jessica Tyler wants a fresh start. Marriage left her an emotionless shell and she vows never to get involved with a man again. Giving in to her sister, Jesse agrees to visit her in Desire, Oklahoma.

But Desire is a small town unlike any other. Dom/sub and menage relationships are the norm in a town where ranchers and cowboys adore and protest their women in ways that leave Jesse…fascinated. She’s first intrigued, then alarmed when two gorgeous over-protective brothers, Clay and Rio Erickson, rush to claim her for their own.

Yanked from her protective shell, threatened by her ex, Jesse is determined to stay strong, even as her two formidable lovers are intent on possessing her.

Will her independence be smothered or will love give her the strength to change all three of their lives forever?

 

This book is an erotic romance with a M/F/M menage a trois romance and some Dom/Sub sex. It is all of that, but at the heart of the book is a woman trying to overcome and abusive past and the men who just want to love her. There is a lot of sex and most, if not all, of it is explicit, but I was moved by the Jessica’s story. After her ex-husband mistreated her to the point she felt nothing, except for her son Alex, Jesse is finally able to feel something with Rio and Clay. I will admit that this book was outside of my comfort zone, but I still loved the story. There is a perfect set-up for the next book in the series where the focus is on Jesse’s friend Kelly. I will definitely be reading the rest of the Desire, Oklahoma series.

Find this book here:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Siren Publishing

Historical Romance

dukeFrom the back of the book:

The Duchess of Cosway years for a man she has never met…her husband.

Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She’s determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore’s worst fears to rest — until disaster strikes.

The duke demands an annulment.

Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London ready to embrace the life of a proper duke, only to find that his supposed wife is too ravishing, too headstrong, and too sensual to be the docile duchess he has in mind. But Isidore will not give up her claim to the title – or him – without a fight.

She will do whatever it takes to capture Simeon’s heart, even if it means sacrificing her virtue. After all, a consummated marriage cannot be annulled.

Yet, in forcing Simeon into a delicious surrender, will Isidore risk not only her dignity – but her heart?

This is a book in the duchess series by Eloisa James. I liked the book, although I was distracted by the many plot lines. This book focuses on the Duke and Duchess of Cosway, the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont, and the Duke of Villiers. The main focus is on the Duke and Duchess of Cosway and their 11 year marriage. A marriage that has never been consummated. I felt that their story was overshadowed by the other characters. Some major developments in the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont’s story line. I was much more interested in what was happening with them than what was happening between Isidore and Simeon.  I can’t wait until the next book, when we finally get to Jemma’s story.

Where to find this book:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Contemporary Romance

girl-most-likelyFrom the back of the book:

Sometimes All A Girl Needs

Kat Cavanaugh was sixteen when she hitchhiked out of Persuasion, West Virginia, and vowed never to return. Who could blame her? She’d just stumbled upon her father’s adulterous affair, found out she was pregnant, got dumped by her boyfriend, and kicked out of her house and school…all in a single afternoon. Twenty years have gone by and Kat’s back – gorgeous, rich, and looking for an apology from everyone who’d turned their backs on her. First on that list is Riley Bohland, the boy who broke her heart before she could tell him about the baby.

Is A Little Persuasion

But Kat didn’t count on Riley having his own axe to grind, or that he’d be just as delicious as he was at sixteen. She also didn’t count on her heart opening at the sight of him. When their anger ignites a passion intense enough to burn through two decades of secrets and lies, Kat must question everything she thought she knew about her past. And what about her future? The only place to find the answers may be in Riley’s arms…

 

This book was just okay for me. This wasn’t really what I would consider a romance, even though there is a HEA. This book is more about Kat and her coming to terms with her past. The relationship between Kat and Riley is almost instantly back as if they haven’t spent 20 years apart. It just wasn’t very realistic to me. I liked the romance that bloomed between the secondary characters and would have loved more of their story. The other story line in the book has to do with Riley’s ex-fiance and I didn’t really understand why it was in there, it just didn’t add anything to the story for me. I don’t recommend this book if you are looking for a straight romance, this is more about overcoming your past and dealing with mistakes.

Here are places to order the book:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

The author’s website for more information: Susan Donovan

Contemporary Romance

peteFrom the back of the book:

What happens when opposites attract?

Free-spirited Zoey Addler is about hijack agent. And not just any federal agent, but very Special Agent Dante Torelli, a man whose designer suits and Italian shoes are more GQ than FBI. But when her baby niece, Pete, is snatched right in front of her eyes, Zoey doesn’t hesitate to scramble into Dante’s spotless BMW. She needs his help to rescue the baby…if only she can ignore his Lips of Sin.

Oh, baby!

Dante’s original mission is down the drain and he’s dodging bullets with a loopy redhead by his side. He likes quiet. She never shuts up. He likes to follow the rules. She throws the rules out the window. but these opposites do more than attract – they ignite. With a henpecked hit man running wild, cooking-obsessed matrons chasing down contraband spices, and a relentless killer tracking them all, Dante and Zoey will risk everything – for themselves and…

for the love of pete

for the love of pete is a great book. I am a big fan of Julia Harper’s alter ego, Elizabeth Hoyt, so I thought I would give this contemporary a go. I LOVED it. My only complaint were the names of the two Indian women kept messing with my reading, I would have to slow down to sound them out every time. This really has nothing to do with the story, just something that bothered me. Dante Torelli is a hot character. His caring nature and ability to take care of Zoey in the face of the situations they find themselves in is sexy. Zoey is a free spirit who loves her niece and will do anything to get her back. The relationship between Dante and Zoey is sweet. His attraction for her has less to do with her appearance then her caring nature and stubbornness. I can’t wait to read more from Julia Harper/Elizabeth Hoyt.

for the love of pete is available now at:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Check out the author’s website for more information: Julia Harper

 

 

Author news

One of my favorite books is Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly. Now she is writing under another name, Leslie Parrish. Last week she revealed her new website – www.authorleslieparrish.com. It is a great site with information about her new series and her Black CATs. I can’t wait for this new dark romantic suspense series. Book #1, Fade to Black, will be released on July 7th. Book #2, Pitch Black, will be released on August 4th.

 

Here is the book trailer for Fade to Black:

Fade to Black

 

To pre-order either book click on the links:

Fade to Black: A Black CATs Novel

Pitch Black: A Black CATs Novel

Contemporary Romance

aussie-rulesFrom the back of the book:

It’s bad enough that gutsy pilot Mel Anderson has to clean up after her lovable but completely disorganized best friend and business partner, Dimi, while her certifiable employees make more work than they do. Now, the one man she hoped she’d never see – the man who owns the deed to her airport, thank you – is back and looking for trouble. Scratch that, he is trouble. Amazing, holy cow, more please trouble…

Bo Black wants his family’s airport back, and he’s determined to get it. This laid-back Aussie is nobody’s fool, neither is Mel. She’s intense..Uptight. Sexy. And very, very tempting. Suddenly, Bo’s thinking less about revenge and more about kissing and touching and falling into a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-underpants kind of forever love…

Now, somebody’s going for broke; somebody’s going crazy; somebody’s going to try everything; and somebody’s going to play a very risky surprise…

 

 

After reading Instant Attraction I went on a Jill Shalvis reading binge. Aussie Rules was the only book of hers that I had yet to read and with the re-release in mass market paperback it seemed the perfect time to read it. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my favorite. There was something about Bo Black that I didn’t like. I’m not sure what it was though. I think that I was comparing him to the hero in Instant Attraction and found him lacking compared to Cam. The plot of the book is great. Mel’s life is turned upside down with the return of Bo. I like when characters have their lives so drastically altered. Mel was an interesting character, she is very tough on the outside and very vulnerable on the inside. She takes care of those around her without allowing anyone to take care of her. On the whole I enjoyed this book, and probably would have loved it if I hadn’t just read Instant Attraction.

Click on a link to purchase the book:

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