Cover Reveal: Disasters in Dating by Danielle Allen

Dating is hard.
Dating online is hard.
Dating online in your thirties is hard.
Dating online in your thirties after being in a ten-year relationship is hard.
What’s not hard?
Meeting men who aren’t really single.
Having your time wasted.
Receiving unsolicited pictures of genitalia.
Said genitalia.
When did dating become so complicated?
I just want to find a nice, good looking man who replies to my entire text message and doesn’t text me “WYD” every hour. I just want to find a fun loving, intelligent man who doesn’t have a Master’s Degree in Cheating, Shenanigans and Tomfoolery and isn’t fluent in lies. I just want to find a man who is actually the height he listed in his dating profile.
I jumped back into the dating scene with tempered expectations. I didn’t think all the men I would meet were going to be amazing, but I didn’t think so many of them were going to be disasters.

 

 

Cover Reveal: Wet by Ruth Clampett

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Hi Everyone, my name is Paul and I’m a recovering sex addict. I’ve been managing my addiction for two years.

Paul McNeill loves sex.  Good sex. Bad sex. Oral sex.  Any kind of sex.  You name it; he loves it.  But Paul’s biggest passion is his greatest flaw.  As a recovering sex addict, he’s been abstaining and managing his addiction for over two years.  Now, all the wants is to fall in love and find that certain someone he can settle down with.

But when he finds himself on his knees on Elle Jacoby’s damp lawn, he knows there’s going to be trouble.  Elle quickly becomes Paul’s biggest challenge yet.  She’s instantly set him ablaze while he begs to be hosed down. As he gets to know her more, the flames burn even hotter.

How can he resist a hot divorcée who’s amped up to have all the fun she’s missed?

Warning: for mature audiences only. If you don’t like graphic sex, sex talk and curse words in books this story isn’t for you.

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Release Date : September 8th

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Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett, grew up surrounded by artists and animators. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, she has been VP of Design for Warner Brothers Studio Stores and taught photography at UCLA. Today she runs her own studio and as the Fine Art publisher for Warner Brothers Studios has come to know and work with some of the world’s greatest artists in the fields of animation and comics.

From this colorful background comes Ruth’s first novel, Animate Me, a fun and sexy, unique and engaging contemporary romance.

Ruth lives and works in Los Angeles, strictly supervised by her teenage daughter, who helps plan their summer around their yearly pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con.

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Cover Reveal: Black Soul by Kiru Taye

Title: Black Soul
Series: Black Warriors, Prequel
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Cover Artist: Love Bites and Silk
Publication date: October 30
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He will damn his soul to set hers free.

When workaholic high-flying career lawyer Tara Woji takes a well deserved break and meets up with old friends she doesn’t realise the danger lurking in the shadows for her. M’na is a chi, a gatekeeper whose duty is to protect the humans. Tara is his assignment. As the shadows deepen and darkness comes to claim her, he will do whatever it takes to protect her including doing the one thing that releases her powers – unbinding her heart.

 

 

 

Prologue

 

M’na lounged in the worn foam armchair, thighs apart, legs stretched out, right hand clutching a short tumbler of whisky. Lord of the Ring posters covered up blue paint peeling off the brick walls.

Ironic really, the first time he was going to have sex in a millennium and he’d chosen a demon, with a love for fantasy movies, who lived in a part of the city that could’ve been Mordor.

Desperation flowed in his veins, making him feverish. Sweat dripped down his face. His t-shirt clung to his back, a second skin. He tightened his grip on the glass to stop his hand from shaking and lifted it to his lips.

The strong liquor burned his throat as he tossed the whole shot down. Thumped the glass back onto the small table and refilled it from the bottle.

One of the advantages, or disadvantages depending on how one chose to look at it, of being a super, alcohol had no effect in normal quantities.

But he liked the sting of whisky at the back of his throat and in his chest. It made him feel alive. Something he hadn’t felt in a very long time.

Shame it couldn’t numb the pain searing his soul, his constant companion.

Copyright Kiru Taye 2014

 

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Kim’s birthday post

Today is my birthday and the day has started off quite well! My hubby made me a lovely birthday breakfast, my friends have been sending me Chuck Norris jokes (yay!), I have today off from work and I’ve got lots of writing ideas. All that’s left is to treat myself to a few new books for my Kindle. 🙂

Before I do that, I thought I’d give you heads-up on a couple of books I read during my lovely two-weeks off for Christmas. I usually spend the Christmas holidays reading lots of  holiday chick lit and romance novels.

So what did I read this year (other than the Christmas novels I told you about a few posts ago)?

Image via theninaperez.com

Image via theninaperez.com

Thanks to the chicas in the Fans of Interracial Romance group on Goodreads, I stumbled upon writer Nina Perez and her Sharing Space series. The series is comprised of five (soon to be six) short novels following the romance between Chloe and Patrick. In Book One, we find out about how Chloe meets Patrick–she needs a new roommate after her ex-roomie Grace hightails it to LA to find fame and fortune as an actress. Chloe advertises for a new roomie on Craigslist and, after a number of disastrous roommate interviews, meets Patrick, a personal trainer and aspiring actor who needs to move to Manhattan to be closer to his job.

Through the course of the books, we follow Chloe and Patrick as they both try to ignore their mutual attraction for the sake of maintaining a good roommate balance, the inevitable moment when they can no longer ignore how they feel and the mixed reactions of their friends and families when news spreads that these two have finally become a couple. Add to it family drama, corporate hijinks and misunderstandings with friends and you’ve got a series that sucks you in like a good episode of Scandal (okay, it’s not as hot as Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn together, but they’re pretty hard to beat).

I’ve read the first five books loved them all. I really like how Perez writes about how Patrick and Chloe become friends before they become lovers. I also like her realistic portrayal of the complexities of friendship. Myra and Chloe’s friendship felt true to life, as did Perez’s description of Chloe’s relationship with her cousin, who is more like a sister to her. Patrick’s complicated friendship with Max and his attempts to help his wayward sister Charlotte also rang true.

Two thumbs up for the Sharing Space series. Looking forward to reading Book 6 later this month.

Image via hannahfielding.net

Image via hannahfielding.net

And now I just started reading The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding. Set in Venice, The Echoes of Love follows Venetia Aston-Montague as she finds herself falling under the spell of the very enigmatic and sexy Paolo Barone. Their chance meeting–he rescues her from masked assialants one night of the carnivale–sets Venetia off on a quest to learn to love again–even as others warn her about Paolo’s lothario reputataion–and to face the demons from her own past. I’m about 100 pages into the story and I love it so far. 🙂 It speaks to the Italophile romantic in me.

I love the lush descriptions of Venice, and how Fielding pulls you in as a reader so you feel like you are walking beside Venetia as she steps into the mysterious spell that is Venice. Going to dive back into the book again in a few minutes and get lost for a while. 🙂

That’s it for today! I need to go for a walk, get some more writing done, etc.

What are you reading today?

Snowbound now has a Goodreads page

ImageIn Copenhagen and the weather is splendid. Just wanted to let you know that Snowbound now has a Goodreads page and a preliminary release date (31 October). Head over and put Snowbound on your Want to Read list. 🙂

It’s a fun holiday read about Mia and Jake, two people who thought they were going to have some alone time but end up thrown together by a snowstorm and…let’s face it, they’re attracted to one another.

Mia’s got her Rules of Cohabitation that she keeps breaking. And then there’s that pesky married ex who shows up just when things are looking up for her. Jake’s got his own issues–he’s a photojournalist who’s been in a few too many combat zones and seen too many people die. He’s trying to figure out where his life goes from here–back to another war zone or stay in Hunters Grove, where life feels normal enough, even if it drives him crazy that the whole town knows everyone’s business.

Want to know more? Well, you’ll just have to read Snowbound once it’s out. 🙂

Happy reading (and writing)!

Have you heard of Riffle Books? No? Then you should check it out.

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Get thee to Riffle…

I wonder…how many of you are using Riffle Books? Yesterday I received an invitation to try it and I spent part of this evening checking it out. It’s like Goodreads in that it aims to be a community of readers and writers. You can find out about books, create lists to share with others of the books you’ve read or plan to read. I rather like it so far. If you’re interested in checking it out, click here.

I think I’ll continue with Goodreads and use Riffle, but for those of you who are anti-Amazon (the new owners of Goodreads) Riffle could be an alternative.

Anyway, go and check it out. It’s very visual–almost like Pinterest (my other favorite distraction) for books.

Happy reading (and writing)!