Monday, 29 June 2015

Q&A with authors of the Demons, Imps, Incubi anthology + GIVEAWAY!

For the release of the Demons, Imps and Incubi anthology I am sharing with you today a short Q&A with three authors of the anthology: Cori Vidae, Erzabet Bishop and Nicole Blackwood, who tell us a bit more about their approach to the paranormal, demons & co. So read on and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end to win a copy of the Demons, Imps and Incubi anthology! :-)

Demons, Imps, Incubi - an anthology by Cori Vidae, Alexa Piper, Erzabet Bishop, Mark Greenmill, Nicole Blackwood, J. C. G. Goelz, Jeffery Armadillo and M. Arbroath

Demons, Imps, Incubi: dark, powerful, and forbidden. Only the foolish would seek one out for seduction, and yet . . . deals are struck. Souls are ensnared.

But must a demon's agenda always be demonic? Can he be redeemed? Or does being bad feel too good to bother with redemption? Long ago, imps were more mischievous and playful--naughty, perhaps?—and perceptions of them have only grown more sinister over the centuries. The incubus craves sex, but what makes us crave him?

Explore dark and sensual worlds with eight brand new stories of magic and seduction that will set you aflame by Cori Vidae, Alexa Piper, Erzabet Bishop, Mark Greenmill, Nicole Blackwood, J. C. G. Goelz, Jeffery Armadillo, and M. Arbroath.

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Cori Vidae

Q: What place do you think demons play in human story-telling? Why do we continue to tell stories about monsters/creatures with questionable morality?

A: Oh, I don’t know. Could be we use them to explore the darker sides of ourselves, or they provide the perfect medium to test out new moralities, or because to believe in Good, we have to believe in Evil. Or, in romance especially, it could be we all just like a story that comes with a frisson inspired equally by fear and attraction.

Q: What made you decide to set the story during WWI, on a lonely, windswept Canadian prairie? Could this story be told as well if set somewhere else?

A: This may seem odd to say about an erotic romance, but I set the story where I did because my family came from the lonely, windswept Canadian prairie and I wanted to honor that. In fact, when I started writing, I began with the setting, not the demon. So, no, I don’t think the story could be told as well if it were set elsewhere. The time period matters, and so does Mary’s isolation.


Erzabet Bishop

Q: What place do you think demons play in human story-telling? Why do we continue to tell stories about monsters/creatures with questionable morality?

A: Demons represent everything we’re told from day one we aren’t supposed to have or want. Sex, money, physical things of this world. Human nature will never change. People have basic needs and no matter how good you try to be, sooner or later they find their way to the surface. In fiction, you can imagine how just one little exaggeration of lust or greed can take you to the next level and bam--you have a demon on your tail.

I think we write about and read about demons to escape the rigors of the everyday. To feel like we are taking risks and living life to the fullest even when we only do that through the pages of a book. There is just something fun about pushing the envelope and having that fantasy. Sex with an incubus without losing your soul? It would take a goddess, and that is what every woman, in her heart, longs to be.

Q: What drew you to telling a story from the POV of a Greek Goddess?

Oh, wow. They are so much fun! The power they wield can harm or heal. They hold life and death in the palm of their hand. What’s not to love? (And they get to wear all kinds of kick butt clothes and hang out at places like the Elysian Club.) A side benefit is not being drained by an incubus. Not that--whew! Think about it. Pretty awesome.


Nicole Blackwood

Q: What place do you think demons play in human story-telling? Why do we continue to tell stories about monsters/creatures with questionable morality?

A: I think that depends on the demon, and the story. Many demons are connected to religions and cultures, and they have their own sets of rules and meanings. Some are meant as warnings, to try and guide people away from paths that will lead to the destruction of self or others. Some are more abstractly symbolic, and that’s where the plot of the story is really more important in terms of learning. There are many other instances where demons are just creatures, like any other animal or sentient being, that fall outside the realm of earthly reality. They can be good, evil, or a more familiar mix of the two, but with weird powers and awesome bodies. Writing something so alien and connecting it to the human experience is a sort of adventure.

I think we continue to tell stories about monsters or creatures with questionable morality because it’s a way to explore ourselves. I know how that sounds. But really, what better way to analyze our darkness, and find the bits of light underneath or all wrapped up in it, than to tell stories? Stories are safe. We can write about things like torture and slaughter, learn what drives them and results from them, find out what makes villains – and then change our own attitudes and actions to avoid and prevent these things in our lives.

Q: Why did you decide to write from the opposing gender’s POV? In your experience, what are the challenges and rewards of doing so?

A: It’s not something I planned to do. I sat down not knowing anything about the story except that it would take place at a kitschy little diner called Kiki’s Tiki Lounge. I honestly thought it would be told from Kiki’s point of view, because I could envision her so clearly right away. But it was Benji who stepped up and started describing the lounge in the first chapter. And when he described Kiki, it was his view of her that really drew me to him. I kept expecting to switch over to Kiki’s POV soon enough, but Benji intrigued me so much I couldn’t get away from him – and it didn’t take long before I didn’t want to.

This is only the second male protagonist I’ve ever written. I’ve written other male key characters, but none whose heads I’ve gotten into as firmly as Benji’s. The biggest challenge by far was the sex scene. Love is easy enough to write, I think. But I have no real idea what sex feels like for a man – physically or emotionally. I can only hope I did it justice.


And now for the giveaway!

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To win an ebook copy (in epub or mobi format) of the Demons, Imps and Incubi anthology simply leave a comment and tell us: what is your favourite supernatural creature to read about?


Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 10 July 2015!

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Excerpt: The Major's Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley + GIVEAWAY

Today I would like to bring to your attention a historical romance series I have just recently heard about: The Dukes of War series by Erica Ridley. The good news for any book and historical romance lover is that The Major's Faux Fiancée, Book #4 of the series just got released, so that means you can devour 4 deliciously romantic (and sizzling) stories and Book #5 will come out in September, which thankfully isn't that far away.  So read on to learn more about The Major's Faux Fiancée, and enter the giveaway at the end of the post.

AND Book #1 is currently FREE on Amazon so you can start the series and get hooked! ;-)


Book #4 in the Dukes of War series

When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he's missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he'll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool's chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love...

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Excerpt

Daphne could barely even hear the music over the thundering of her heart at what this moment meant to him. Bartholomew wasn’t just dancing with her. He was risking all the rejection and humiliation he’d had to cloister himself into his town house to avoid.

He was confronting his deepest fears just for the chance to waltz in the garden with her.

She touched the side of his face. “You don’t have to do this if you’re afraid someone might see.”

“I don’t care about anyone’s opinion but yours. If I fall…” His lips curved wryly as he met her eyes. “I think I’ve already fallen.”

Her heart thudded. “Then it’s fortunate we find ourselves in each other’s arms.”

“Indeed.” He lowered his mouth. Slowly. Giving her plenty of time to turn away.

She slid her fingers into his hair and lifted her lips to his. He was what she wanted.

His kisses were gentle. Tender. She didn’t want gentleness. Her heart yearned for him too sharply to be content with mere tenderness.

Her kisses were hungry, demanding. She wanted every taste, every sensation to be seared upon her soul. If she couldn’t keep him in her arms, she would keep moments like these in her memory. Cleave them to her heart.

His feet stilled and, slowly, he broke their kiss. Their private waltz had come to an end.

She couldn’t repress the small sound of disappointment that escaped her throat… until she realized how far they now were from the ballroom. Although still and bare, the gardens’ trees and fountains provided a dark, secluded nook, sheltering them from prying eyes and the winter wind.

They were alone. Scandalously, deliciously, alone.

She didn’t think for a moment that it meant he was finally willing to introduce her to hedonistic pleasure—no matter how many nights she dreamt of just such a liaison—but she was greedy for any part of himself he was willing to share.

He led her to a stone bench and pulled her onto his lap.

Eagerly, she wrapped her arms about his neck, thrilling at the warmth of his embrace. He could have forced her to go back inside. Yet he cradled her in his arms instead. She wished she could be there forever. Her heart beat so rapidly, pressed against his.

He kissed the top of her head, the side of her temple, the shell of her ear. Letting her know he wanted more. Letting her know it was her choice.

Of course she would choose him.

She lifted her parted lips to his. He took her mouth. Her soul. His arms were heaven. She devoured him, her tongue dancing with his. He held her closer. The heat and passion of his kisses proved the intensity of his desire matched that of her own.

Her skin grew hot. Her clothes, restrictive. She wished she could tear his greatcoat from his beautiful shoulders. Feel her mouth on his warm neck, his muscled arms, his bare chest. To taste him on her tongue and know that he was hers.

The fantasy was so intoxicating, it stole her breath. Robbed her ability to think.

His kisses heated her flesh. All she could do was lose herself in the moment. Surrender to his mouth, his touch.

And pray he never let her go.

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Author Bio

Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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GIVEAWAY RULES:

Erica has generously offered an ebook copy of Dark Surrender by Erica Ridley to a lucky reader!


To be entered, just leave a comment and answer the following question: Which book in the Dukes of War series would you like to read and why?

Here is the list of the series so far:

Book #1: The Viscount's Christmas Temptation - FREE on Amazon!
Book #2: The Earl's Defiant Wallflower
Book #3: The Captain's Blue Stocking Mistress
Book #4: The Major's Faux Fiancée

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 26 June 2015!

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Excerpt: Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman + 2 GIVEAWAYS!

Summer is in full swing, and besides ice cream and chilled cocktails it also means it's wedding season! I LOOOVE wedding romances and it's a double win when it's one of my favourite romance author who pens it, so give it up for the lovely Robin Bielman, whose latest novel, Blame it on the Kiss just got released! Read on to get a first taste and don't forget to enter the TWO giveaways at then end! :-)

Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman

Book# 2 in the Kisses in the Sande series

The one guy she shouldn’t want…

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend’s wish list, she’s determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she’s thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow–just by looking at him–she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop’s pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce’s near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend’s best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn’t. His trust in women is shot, but he can’t help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex’s list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans–and heart–in serious jeopardy.

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Excerpt:

Bryce stared at her. Most girls would’ve had a fit if the sprinklers had soaked them. Not only had Honor laughed it off, she looked amazing and none the worse for wear as the pink light of the toy ring glowed at her waist.

“Do not tell me you have x-ray vision and can see the color of my undergarments, because then I’d have to use this magic ring to one, make you color blind, and two, make your clothes disintegrate so everyone could see if you’re a boxer or briefs man.”

His grin came quick and easy. “You want to see what I have on underneath my jeans, all you have to do is ask.”

“No thanks.” She stopped in front of him.

“You sure?”

“Positive.”

“You don’t look positive.”

“How do I look?”

He took a slow inspection down her body and back up. “You really want me to answer that?”

“Boy, you had me fooled there for a minute Captain Underpants, but I see you’re just like every other guy, which is a huge relief, I can’t even tell you.” She brushed by him and headed toward the front door.

“What does that mean?” He fell in step beside her. Something didn’t feel right inside him. He didn’t like being lumped in with all guys.

“Here,” she slipped the ring off her finger and dropped it into their bag. “Be a good partner and turn our stuff in so I can raid Sophie’s closest for something to change in to.”

“Grab me one of Zane’s shirts, would you?”

She paused at the porch to slip off her shoes and slowly rake her eyes down and up his body. Touché. “Really? Zane’s got all sorts of muscle going on and I’m not sure—”

He whipped off his shirt. Honor was messing with him, but he wanted to remind her Zane didn’t have anything on him. He took care of his body, often working out with the guys he represented. He put forth the best image possible for his agency and that included being in good physical shape.

The appreciative look in her eyes told him she liked what she saw. She’d had her hands all over his chest in their hotel room, and if he closed his eyes he knew he’d remember exactly how hot her touch had made him.

“Can I ask you something?” he ventured.

“Okay,” she said to his chest.

“Eyes up here, sweetheart.” He motioned his hand in the direction of his face.
Her cheeks reddened. “Sorry, yes?”

“Have you had your one night stand?” He fisted his hands. It didn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter. But for some reason, he wanted to know. She might not be wired for it, but according to Payton, the two of them were like sisters, and if Honor promised to do the things on Payton’s list, he imagined she would keep that vow.

She gulped and again he could see her mind at work in the way she blinked and her head tilted a fraction to the side. “No.” A crease drew her brows together. “But I might be able to remedy that these next few days. A couple of Zane’s friends seem like they’d be willing to help me out.”

No doubt. “People hook up at weddings all the time, don’t they?”

“That’s what I hear.”

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Author Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

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