Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tell Me About it Tuesday welcomes back Sascha Illyvich!

I am really excited that the badboy of romance has dropped by today!

Sascha Illyvich is blogging about characters and secrets! How fun!

Check it out!

Why Resist?
When Beta Males and Females hide secrets

In Raining Kisses, we have our hero, beta male to be in the Opeth Pack, IF he can get past his own issues.  He's murdered in cold blood, doesn't remember doing it.  He's sort of like Butch from the very famous Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I'm not about to spoil why so you'll have to read both!

When I was developing this story further, I realized I had a second issue.  My other heroine in the ménage trio, Krystyna, is stubborn and holding onto her own pain just to shelter Katarina from it.  Her pain, really simple but she chose to deal with it in a more destructive manner, running to someone else in hopes of finding comfort.  Only, she's kept the secret from her one lover in Hungary, and found herself in trouble because of who she associated with.

The Opeth Pack is on the verge of a breakthrough and the one thing they did NOT need was for her to give information to the Turkish wolves, who lacked a pack witch and healers.  The Prophecy dictates who is getting into heaven and who will remain behind to deal with the fallout of a cataclysmic event involving wolf and man, but if the Turks can stop the Opeth Pack from fulfilling prophecy, then they have a chance at evening the playing field with the pack favored by the Goddess herself.

Nicholaus's refusal to return without a damn good reason makes sense as he wants no part in this silly wolf war.  Yet, when his lover is at stake he must act with his heart, even though his head tells me not to.  The secret he's held onto for so long wasn't really that big, was it?

I modeled this off simple human issues:  We all have our secrets that can destroy us, until they're exposed and brought to light where we discover we're stronger than they are, and our issues aren't so paralyzing.   Can Nicholaus and Krystyna set aside their personal bullshit for Katarina?  And what will become of the Prophecy if Nicholaus realizes his true position In the famed Opeth Pack?


After slaughtering Katarina's brother and father, along with a handful of other wolves who tried to abuse them, Nicholaus realizes his true darkness and decides to leave Hungary to keep his lovers safe from him. Relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nicholaus made a life for himself where he controlled the shots until the Opeth Pack messenger shows up with one of his lovers, requesting his assistance back in Hungary.

Katarina's other lover Krystyna has done something bad, but what, Katarina doesn't know. Her heart aches for both her stubborn lovers and forces her to find the courage to venture to America and bring Nicholaus back. Once the threesome reunites, sparks explode but secrecy threatens to tear the triad apart, as does Prophecy. Will Nicholaus remain with the two women who hold his heart, or will his lack of control make him return to the States, alone forever?

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Monday, February 17, 2014

COVER REVEAL!!!!! Killing Honor by S.M. Butler!

I am so stoked because my very good friend has a a COVER REVEAL to share today for a yummy new NA Romantic Suspense series!

Gosh, it's GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks like a FANTASTIC read, too!

Check it out!

KILLING HONOR is the first book in S.M. Butler’s new Lucky Thirteen series! KILLING HONOR is a New Adult Romantic Suspense due to be released March 24, 2014!

Killing Honor
KILLING HONOR will also be in print, available and orderable from all major retailers!

Killing Honor Full Wrap

Book Info

Title: Killing Honor
Series: Lucky Thirteen, #1
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Shield Creative Designs
Release Date: March 24, 2014
eISBN: 978-1-938927-12-6
Print ISBN: 978-1-938927-13-3


Only she ignites the passion within him…
Navy SEAL Brody Battles’ last mission ended with him shot twice. He’s made enemies he’d like to forget ever existed all over the world. He’s more than ready to go home to the family he left behind, but when he returns, he faces sleepless nights, a possible security breach and the fear that his family has moved on without him.

Only he fills the void left in her heart…

Marrying her childhood sweetheart sounds like a fairy tale dream come true, but not for Devyn. Thanks to his job, her husband has been off on a secret mission for so long, he’s never even seen his daughters in person. But now he’s back, and the fairy tale life is in sight, but Devyn’s not sure the man that returned is the same man who left.

…and only death will quench their enemy’s thirst for revenge.

Stitching their broken family back together proves difficult when nightmares and secrets build a wall between them. And while they’re adjusting to being a family again, an enemy waits in the shadows, salivating for the sweet taste of revenge.

***This New Adult title includes adult situations and language and may not be suitable for readers under 18 years.***


Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Feature welcomes back ASHE BARKER on the Three Rs!

Today I'm excited to welcome back fellow Totally Bound author, Ashe Barker, who has yet ANOTHER release! She's a writing MACHINE!

She's going to blog about her new release, The Three Rs. Without further ado, here's Ashe!

The Three Rs is a slight departure from the norm for me as most of the action does not take place in my native West Yorkshire, although the story is set in northern England. This time, I’ve chosen Berwick-upon-Tweed, a small town right up close to the Scottish border for the main setting, a glorious place steeped in history. I’m not certain how many times Berwick changed hands as the Scots and English battled it out over the centuries, but these days the town seems at least as Scottish as it does English. And the fabulous Northumberland scenery and coastline is well worth a mention. I hope I manage to do both of these justice in the story.

The front cover features The Angel of the North, a superb sculpture designed by Antony Gormley. This landmark, close to Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, dominates the landscape for miles around. It was completed in 1998 and is the most viewed piece of art in the UK, visible from the mainline railway and the main A1 motorway linking London and Edinburgh. And it’s probably responsible for more than its share of near misses as motorists crane their necks for a better view.

“People are always asking why an angel? The only response I can give is that no-one has ever seen one and we need to keep imagining them. The angel has three functions – firstly a historic one to remind us that below this site coal miners worked in the dark for two hundred years, secondly to grasp hold of the future expressing our transition from the industrial to the information age, and lastly to be a focus for our hopes and fears.” (Anthony Gormley, sculptor)


The Three Rs is the story of Abigail Fischer, who unexpectedly inherits a share in a construction company from a man she’s sure she never met. She has no idea why James Parrish would have any interest in her, let alone leave her anything in his will. And James’ nephew, Cain Parrish, is even more baffled. Not to mention he’s also mad as hell about it. Parrish Construction is his firm, he’s built it and worked for it, and suddenly a perfect stranger turns up to take over his thriving company. He’s not about to take that lying down so the sparks soon fly.

Cain and Abigail are attracted to each other, and pretty quickly the sparks are of a distinctly sensual nature. As Abigail joins Cain in Parrish Construction he starts to warm to her, not least as they both prefer their sex to be of the not exactly vanilla variety. 

But Abigail has a secret. A big secret she’s managed to keep for most of her life. How long before Cain works out what she’s trying so desperately to hide? And how will he react when he does?

You can get your hands on The Three Rs from Totally Bound, and it will be on Amazon from today. And look out for the promotional giveaways on Facebook.

Perfect strangers don’t just leave you a share in their business. Do they? And even if they do, surely the rightful owner won’t just take it lying down…?

Abigail Fischer is about to find out. When a mysterious letter arrives informing her that she’s inherited a controlling interest in a thriving construction firm Abigail thinks it must be a mistake. Or a sick joke. Until she’s confronted by her new, very angry and very reluctant business partner. Handsome as sin but determined to be rid of her, Cain Parrish is everything Abigail desires – and most fears. Forced to uproot from her safe but dead-end job to help run the firm, Abigail is quickly drawn to her dominant partner. Attuned to her most secret desires, and able to meet them effortlessly, he quickly finds his way past her defences
But Abigail is not what she seems. Astute in business and a skilled Dom, Cain can easily demand her submission, but can he find his way past Abigail’s carefully constructed façade to discover the shameful secret she’s managed to conceal all her life. And despite her growing enthusiasm for the new opportunities now facing her, Abigail can’t become something she’s not. Or can she? Is it possible to leave the past behind and start over?

When things start to go wrong in their business, and as Abigail’s blunders threaten to sink their small but up to now profitable enterprise, will their delicate personal relationship survive?
Will Cain forgive Abigail’s mistakes or is there a deeper significance to her apparent ineptitude?

More Ashe: 


Until 2010 Ashe was a director of a regeneration company in Leeds, in the UK, before becoming convinced there must be more to life. She left to work as an independent consultant, and still does some of that though most of her time is now spent writing, as at last she’s been able to realise her dream of writing erotic romance herself. Ashe has been an avid reader of women’s fiction for many years, and still loves reading historical and contemporary romances – the hotter the better. But now she has a good excuse for her guilty pleasure – research.
Ashe usually draws on settings and anecdotes from her own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters, but her stories of love, challenge, resilience and compassion are the conjurings of her own lurid and decidedly smutty imagination.

When not writing – which is not very often - her time is divided between her role as resident taxi driver for her teenage daughter and friends, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises.  And a cockatiel.  Ashe is a rural parish Councillor, and she’s passionate about evolving rural traditions and values to suit twenty first century lifestyles.

Ashe has just completed her third trilogy in the Black Combe ‘family’ as well as a novella and a short story. All are due for release over the next few months.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tell Me About it Tuesday Welcomes back Kimberly Packard!

My very good friend, writer Kim needs a good author shaming. But she's blogging about it, so I guess that gets a few cool points.

Meet Kim

Author of Phoenix, published by goodmedia press in November 2012. Novelist hoping to change the world one page at a time. 

Excuses, Excuses

When Chrissy asked me to be on her blog today, I thought I would be promoting my sequel to Phoenix, Pardon Falls

Yeah-No. Pardon Falls is still *this close* to being done, but she was kind enough to let me hijack her blog so I could fill you guys with all kinds of excuses. Such as:
  •          Alien abduction

  •          This thing called a day job

  •          My sudden time warp from Christmas to February

  •          A cold that just wouldn’t let go

  •          A sick cat (he’s better now – go Jerome!)
  •          My parents grounded me and took away my computer
  •          And, the strange occurrence of my butt and the chair repelling each other like polar opposites
So see, excuses – I got them in spades!

But, in reality, the real reason that Pardon Falls isn’t out yet is that it’s not ready. Plain and simple. What I’m learning with my second novel is that books are like kids – no two are alike. 

Phoenix was really a pretty easy novel to write. It all came to me in a whoosh of creativity. Pardon Falls came to me in glimpses … and it is still coming. The beginning always bugged me, like when you tried to recreate Grandma’s recipe but no matter how hard you follow the recipe, it’s just missing something. Over Christmas, I realized what was missing – my main character, Amanda, wasn’t driving her story. 

So, couple of new chapters in the beginning and voila! She’s in charge like she should be. But, this means that I need to make a few tweaks throughout so it doesn’t seem like the manuscript was frankensteined together. 

You know, the more I think about it, the more I realize that Chrissy didn’t let me go ahead and do the guest post as a courtesy. I now realize it’s public shaming. Guess I need to wear a piece of paper around my neck:

I didn’t finish my novel in time for my awesome friend to host me on her blog.


Editor's note: HAHAHA! I am going to be hammering on Kim until I get an email that says "I'm DONE with Pardon Falls!"

And let the public author shaming begin. And she ASKED me to publicly shame her.

"Phoenix" is the story of Amanda, Alex and Shiloh, three individuals tied together by two crimes committed thousands of miles and ten years apart, each looking for redemption and forgiveness.

Amanda Martin boards a bus in the middle of a cold Chicago night with no luggage and only two thoughts:  get the hell away from the crazed gunman who obliterated her office and locate the man responsible for her indictment—and make him pay.

The small Texas town Phoenix becomes her refuge as she assumes a new identity to rediscover who she was before all the power and money changed her. She intends it to be a temporary stop before searching for her ex-boyfriend who ensnarled her in his securities fraud scandal, but the flirtatious advances of a handsome cop fuels her struggles between building a life there with him and her desire for vengeance. Uncovering a forgotten murder ignites Amanda’s need for redemption, but also drives a wedge in her new relationship, and puts her in the line of fire of two people who will stop at nothing to keep the case cold. 

Buy Phoenix!

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