Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: The Baby Contract by Olivia Stare - 5 BEAUTIFUL STARS!!!

Title: The Baby Contract (The Billionaire Bachelor Series Book 1)
Author: Olivia Starke
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publication Date: July 21, 2014

Liam Whitmore III is floored by the surprise stipulation in his father's will—provide an heir within one year or he'll lose the controlling portion of Whitmore Incorporated to his cousin Spencer. The corporation is Liam's life. He'll do anything to keep his cousin's hands off of it, including finding a woman who'll bear his child. Though finding the right woman seems an impossible task since he doesn't have room in his life for anything except running the company. He doesn't want a wife, just an heir.

Abby Haden's family is about to lose their ranch, the only life her ailing father and brother have ever known. She feels helpless and is desperate to help. When the most coveted bachelor in Austin, Liam Whitmore III, also known as the Takeover Tyrant, offers to pay her to have his child it seems too incredible to be true. She's all but given up hope of ever having a baby. Not only will her dream of being a mother come true, but she can also save the family ranch.

It was just supposed to be a business deal, but Abby and Liam find it hard to keep their hearts out of what it takes to make a baby. Even as they sort out their feelings, others have their eye on Whitmore Incorporated. Liam and Abby will soon discover how far they'll go to make sure Abby never produces that heir.

Content Warning: contains graphic sex, explicit language, mild violence, and a heroine with a history of domestic abuse

5 Beautiful Stars

I've read Olivia Starke before and thought she was a good author so I was excited to read this book. But I have to admit, this book BLEW ME AWAY. I loved every single second of every page. It was great. 

Liam is a business man. Work is his life. Until his father passes and leaves the business to his cousin, unless Liam can produce an heir within a year. Liam puts together a plan to hire someone to have a baby for him, giving him an heir and allowing him to keep the company. 

Abby has always wanted to be a mother, but it's looking like that won't happen before she gets too old. She's a nurse for elderly. Her favorite patients son approaches her with a ludicrous idea, but if she goes through with it, she would have a baby and money to help out her family. 

The development of the characters from start to finish was just beautiful. Liam's growth is so perfectly paced as well as Abby's. Not to mention there are a few twists and turns along the way to keep the pages turning outside of their relationship. 

Excellent book!!!!!!!!

Olivia Starke calls the Ozarks home. One of the most beautiful areas in the country, she loves hiking trails with her dogs, kayaking on the numerous waterways, and enjoying southern Missouri's fresh air and sunshine.

She's also 'Mom' to four dogs, a growing number of kitties that show up at her door, and four VERY spoiled horses that do little to earn their keep. Not that she'd ever hold that against them.

She's a HUGE fangirl of Doctor Who and to a lesser extent Supernatural, and has a pretty interesting love triangle (or square?) going on in her head between the Doctor and the Winchesters.

Available for purchase July 21, 2014!!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Release: Haunting by Stephanie Summers!!

Title: Haunting (The Willow Creek Vampire Series)
Author: Stephanie Summers
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: July 29, 2014

Sabine Crowley is adjusting well to her new life at Willow Creek Manor with Remy by her side. That is, until she finds out some devastating news from Bastian. Has Remy been lying all along about his feelings for her? Had she been a fool to believe his feelings for her were true?

Remy has been accused of trying to leave Sabine, Bastian, and the Manor behind. He’s been locked up and drained to the point that he has no memory of why he is there or what has happened since just after Sabine officially became “his”.

It’s up to Sabine to figure out the truth about Remy and how the secret of Willow Creek can help or hinder her quest to be free.

Stephanie Summers is a self-published author who never considered writing a novel until after she was 30 years old. She decided to give it a shot, and, to her surprise, people actually liked what she had to say. She has several stories she’s currently working on and a ton of other ideas for future works. You'll soon figure out that she is a little bit sarcastic (okay, a lot sarcastic), curses way more than she should, and likes to laugh just about as much as she likes to bitch about things that annoy her.

She has released a paranormal romance, Craving (Book #1 of The Willow Creek Vampires Series). Haunting, the second installment of The Willow Creek Vampires Series releases July 29, 2014. Her short story, Love Forgotten, was chosen to be published in Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection. Her contemporary rock star romance, Take Me On, is scheduled for release September 9, 2014.



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Spotlight: Zane's Choice by Mardi Maxwell

Title: Zane's Choice
Author: Mardi Maxwell
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Beautiful, curvy, Ravyn Templeton was raised by a controlling father who forced her to marry a man she detested. Three years ago her husband, Charles Dolman, took her to a BDSM club in Houston to show her how a real woman could satisfy a man. When he chose a sub and began a scene with her, Ravyn refused to watch him and watched another Dom instead. The lesson she learned that night was what a Dom could do for a woman and ever since then the unknown Dom has haunted her dreams. After years of fighting for her freedom, Ravyn has finally managed to escape her abusive marriage only to discover her ex-husband tried to have her killed.

Zane Ramsey is an Assistant District Attorney and co-owner of Club Mystique, the BDSM club he and his brothers built on their Texas ranch. He’s also the Dom Ravyn saw three years ago in Houston. When they finally meet they’re instantly attracted to each other and against his better judgment Zane begins an affair with Ravyn. When her ex-husband Charles Dolman accuses her of laundering money for Carlos Mendez’ drug cartel, and Ravyn refuses to answer Zane’s questions, he leaves her.

Ravyn is devastated but let’s Zane go to protect him. She’s being blackmailed by Carlos Mendez, and she doesn’t dare tell Zane the truth. After she’s arrested, Fate steps in and brings them together again. Now, only Zane can save her if he loves her enough to fight for her.

I was born in Utah but I’ve traveled throughout America and lived in west Texas and the mountains of Colorado. I wrote my first erotic romance in the summer of 2013. It was accepted and published that same year. Since then I’ve written three more books in the Doms of Club Mystique series. At this time I’m busy writing the fifth and final book in the series. My heroes are tough cowboys with military backgrounds and my heroines are strong, sassy and submissive. I want the reader to fall in love with my characters and feel their pain and their joy so I put a lot of emotions and suspense in my books.

Other than writing, I love to read, travel, garden, swim and hike with my family, as well as go to the local drive-in movie with a carload of friends and a huge container of home-made cheese popcorn.



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Spotlight: A Taste of Danger by H.K. Sterling

Title: A Taste for Danger
Author: H.K. Sterling
Genre: Mystery/Suspense Romance - Heat Level THREE
Publication Date: June 12, 2014

Still licking his wounds over blowing it with Carolyn Woods, the love of his life, Jack Heart drinks to excess daily. His apartment is in shambles, he's isolated himself from all his friends, and he stumbles to the couch every night to sleep off an alcoholic stupor. All that changes when he receives a phone call with a job offer from a man he barely knew.

Suddenly, Jack must track down an embezzler inside a swanky corporation riff with politics, game-playing, and treachery. The deeper Jack goes, the more dirt he finds. Can this out-of-place detective survive and still crack the case? Not to mention certain women he works with have plans for Jack—way more than he bargained for.

One thing is certain: Jack's taste for danger will take him to the edge of disaster.

H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with imagination, intelligence, a kick, and twist endings. H.K. likes to focus her writing on romantic suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. Sometimes her books may even go dark. H.K. lives in Virginia with her husband who graciously puts up with her passion for writing. H.K. currently has a Short Spy Romance out called Eyes Only; a Mystery/Thriller titled A Taste For Killing; and two short stories in the Breathless Press Anthology, My Bloody Valentine. Her new book, A Taste For Danger (sequel to A Taste For Killing) has was just released on June 12, 2014. H.K.'s books are suitable for 18+.

1. H.K. loves Doctor Who.

2. H.K. once bungee jumped to celebrate a birthday. The second time H.K. dove off backwards.

3. H.K. holds a Bachelor and Master's Degree.

4. H.K. once interviewed a former Major General in the KGB.

5. H.K. has been to South America.

6. H.K. has also been to Mexico, Canada, and Kauai.

7. The day after getting a Master's Degree, H.K. loaded up furniture and drove across the country to move to California. H.K. did this with no job waiting and $2000. H.K. was kind of stupid when younger. ;-)

8. H.K. decided where to live in California by driving down the coastline. At some point H.K. realized that Mexico was an upcoming exit. Whoops. So H.K. took the next exit which happened to be Sea World. Therefore H.K. randomly settled in San Diego. Okay, H.K. might have been really stupid when younger. Or reckless. Take your pick.

9. H.K. once lived in a commune.

10. H.K. now lives on the East Coast of the U.S.

11. H.K. is married.

12. H.K. waited a long time to get married as H.K. didn't want to be tied down.

13. H.K. has been keeping a dream diary since 1982.

14. Holy Crap, H.K. is OLD.........ISH (Shhh! Don't tell anyone!)

15. H.K. has an alternate pen name that writes poetry, literary, new adult and co-founded an online magazine. (Shhh! Don't tell anyone!) No, actually, it's not a secret. :-)

16. H.K. worked as a Social Worker for a number of years.

17. H.K. also volunteered at a women's domestic violence shelter and a free medical clinic at different times.

18. H.K. loves the videos that have started showing up of animal rescues from Hope For Paws, an animal rescue organization. See a couple of them here:
They have beautiful endings, I promise. That's what is so special; seeing the before and after is amazing. H.K. would like to support the organization. Here is the link to their website if you want to know more:
19. H.K.'s favorite food is Mexican. However, like most writers, chocolate is a writing requirement.

20. H.K.'s current favorite songs are:

11 Things You Didn't Know About A Taste For Danger
  1. A Taste For Danger is part of the "Chasing The Taste" series. The first book in the series was called A Taste For Killing. 
  2. All the books in the series focus on one or the other of two main heroes, Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart. A Taste For Killing is told from Carolyn's point of view. A Taste For Danger is told from Jack's point of view. Each book can also be read as a stand-alone. 
  3. Carolyn and Jack are both independent detectives who sometimes cooperate and other times compete with one another. 
  4. All the books in the "Chasing The Taste" series are about characters, both good and bad who are chasing something they feel they are missing. This might be money or fame or more nebulous things such as love or self- esteem. 
  5. A Taste For Killing takes place around the construction trade. 
  6. A Taste For Danger takes place in the arena of large corporations. 
  7. Both Jack and Carolyn have very healthy sexual appetites. But is it with each other? You have to read the books to find out. 
  8. Both books take place in a large city. Maybe New York? ; ) 
  9. Romance is not far away from Carolyn and Jack in both books, in several directions! 
  10. The author of A Taste For Danger and the "Chasing The Taste" series also wrote a short "Flirt" for Breathless Press called Eyes Only. That book was about the area of clandestine operations. 
  11. With H.K. Sterling's penchant for mystery and suspense, you probably haven't heard the last from Jack or Carolyn!

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Spotlight: Emerald Fire:Deamon Heat Series by Valerie Twombly

Emerald Fire: Demon Heat Series, Book Two
Author: Valerie Twombly
Released: July 2, 2014
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing 

Ever since Brock lost his mate and son in a tragic murder, he’s been unable to move on. When urged to go back home and bury his past, he never expected to meet Sarah. The demon is strong, sexy, and kind-hearted. Everything a man could want in a woman. 

Sarah has longed to discover the mate who completes her and finds herself wondering about the demon who left the house next door shrouded in magic. After he appears in her camera lens, it’s an instant attraction and doesn’t take long to realize he belongs to her. 

When Elias steps into the picture, Sarah must fight the urges he stirs inside her. She can’t believe fate has given her two mates. Now she is faced with a decision. Choose the one who promises nights of passion and undying love, or the other who can only offer her his broken heart.

Sarah stood outside the house and watched while Brock unraveled the magic woven around it. The demon fidgeted and paced, and on more than one occasion, she worried he would run from her. She hoped, once inside, he would be able to find peace. Something in her gut told her his jitters were not all due to the opening of old wounds. She realized she actually made him nervous. When she’d caught him admiring her assets, she’d been anything but angry. His roving eyes had sent moisture between her thighs and a longing that nearly had her shoving him to the floor to sate her desire. Hot, inviting, he made her mouth water. She wondered if he tasted anything like the spicy cinnamon scent she inhaled every time she got near him and decided she needed to find out. Would it be in poor taste to seduce him when he was at his weakest? For some reason, she didn’t care, and that was really out of character for her.


She looked up and met his dark, brown eyes, noting a twinkle of mischief in them.

“Find something you like?” he chuckled.

Shit. She’d been caught staring at his ass. Well, it wasn’t her fault he filled out a pair of jeans like nobody’s business. Not to mention he was standing two steps up from her which put the muscular perfection right at eye level. She curled her lips upward. “As a matter of fact, yes. Yes, I did.” There, let him chew on that! She hoped he’d take it as a hint of her interest.

He tipped back his head in laughter. “Well, I guess I deserve that after I gawked at you.”

He pushed the door open, his features immediately schooled. Her heart ached for him and longed to see the sexy smile again. Her new goal was to get him through this and help him move on. She wanted to get to know the real Brock. The one who wasn’t in pain. “I’ll go first just to make sure it’s safe.” He slipped past the threshold and disappeared. Sarah remained on the first step, waiting for him to give her the all clear. Minutes later, he stuck his head out, his face ashen. “You can come in.”

She made her way up the remaining steps and through the doorway, not sure what she would find inside and half expecting her senses to be assaulted. She took in a deep breath and found the air to be crisp and clean. She must have had a puzzled look on her face.

“The spell kept everything out so there’s no mildew or mold,” he stated matter of fact.

She glanced around the spacious kitchen and felt as if she’d stepped back in time. The white porcelain refrigerator and gas range with its side storage compartment were state of the art for the period when the house had been previously occupied. Everything glistened as if freshly cleaned, waiting for the museum patrons to walk through the time capsule. She noticed Brock no longer stood next to her so she moved across the linoleum floor to the beige carpeted living room. She found him standing in the center, staring down at the floor.

“Brock?” She walked up and stood next to him. He didn’t respond and almost seemed to be mesmerized except that his hands balled into fists then released, only to repeat the process. Her heart fractured. Clearly, this was where he had found his mate. She reached out to touch him but hesitated unsure how he would respond. “Brock, maybe this wasn’t a good idea. I think we should leave.”

He lifted his head and glanced around the room. “No. I need to face my ghosts. I guess I wasn’t expecting it to be this difficult.” He ran his fingers through his short, blond hair. “Hell, I’m not really sure what I was expecting.”

It was heartbreaking to see him so vulnerable. This time, she didn’t stop herself from placing a hand on his arm.

“Is this where…?” She couldn’t finish the question without her voice giving away her emotions.

As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother's favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying "It will give you nightmares." She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.
Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian's, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.
Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers. She is also a member of Coffee Talk Writers and the Coffee Talk website–a site designed to support established writers and foster new talent.