Cover Reveal + GIVEAWAY: Slow Hand and Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

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SLOW HAND, November 2014

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EXCERPT:

He went to work on his shirt buttons. His collar was soon wide open revealing a generous show of muscular chest that make her hands itch to rip it off him. She diverted her gaze and curled her itchy hands by her sides.

“Have no fear, cowboy,” Nikki replied in a tone meant to disguise the warm flush that had come over her. “I corralled all my wild impulses long ago.”

“Did you, now?” He still stood in doorway, head cocked. “Somehow, I think you may have missed a few strays.”

“Maybe I need to make myself clearer. I have an aversion to cocky cowboys.”

Just keep telling yourself that, Nikki. Maybe if you repeat it often enough it’ll become true.

“Is that so?” His brows flew upward. “I can’t say I ever met a woman with an actual aversion to me.”

“Don’t take it personally. It’s nothing against you in particular, but to your type.”

“And what do you think you know about my type?”

“Since I don’t have a pole handy, enough to keep you at arms-length. Besides that, this whole line of conversation is entirely inappropriate in light of professional ethics, don’t you think? You are my attorney, after all.”

“Well, darlin’,” he scratched his unshaven jaw, “there’s a little hitch to that.”

“What do you mean? You said you’d help me.”

“And I will, but you can’t engage my professional services until I know who you are.”

“I’ve told you who I am!” she insisted.

“Sweetheart, I’m a lawyer, and according to the law, your claim don’t weigh without authentication.”

“Authentication?”

“Proof.”

“So what are you saying? That you don’t believe me?”

“I’m not saying that at all. Only that our professional relationship will commence once you get your I.D. In the interim,”

His gaze slid over her in a way that threatened to melt her insides, “you’d best find yourself a nice, long, sturdy pole.”

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ROUGH RIDER, February 2015

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Antler pictureAUTHOR BIO: Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her collective works of fiction received twenty-one reviewer awards and nominations to include Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 and five RONE nominations for The Devil DeVere series, as well as two RONE Finalists for Treacherous Temptations and The Sheik Retold.

Her works range from historical to contemporary settings and include everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Look for her hot new contemporary cowboy series coming from Sourcebooks in Fall of 2014.

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Top Ten Ways Cowboys and Wine Are Alike

Once TastedGuest Blog by Laura Moore, author of Once Tasted

Hi, Everyone!

First, I’d like to thank Love, Romance and Passion for inviting me to blog today. I’m so glad to be here and to talk about my new release, ONCE TASTED.

So, today I’m going to give you a top ten list. It’s an unusual one, but completely appropriate for my hero, a laidback blue-eyed cowboy by the name of Reid Knowles, and for my heroine, Mia Bodell, who owns a vineyard next to Reid’s ranch. Mia and Reid have known each other forever and, since a mortifying episode in high school, have been doing everything they can to avoid each other…until now, when Mia’s uncle asks Reid to help manage the vineyard.

Mia’s high school crush on Reid is a thing of the past and the budding winemaker knows better than to fall twice for a cowboy with no interest in settling down. But her new business partner has matured into a very seductive man and she can’t help but imagine how his kiss will taste…

So here’s the list I’ve compiled–with my heroine Mia’s help–of the Top Ten Ways Cowboys and Wine Are Alike.

Let’s have a drumroll, please…

  1. Both are best sipped slowly so their unique flavors speak to you.
  2. Both go great with chocolate.
  3. When they leave a bad taste in your mouth, it’s best to toss them.
  4. Both can smell absolutely amazing; both can stink to high heaven.
  5. They can be unforgettable.
  6. Both can make you dizzy, crazy, and leave you with a headache in the morning.
  7. Both can be dark, bold, sweet, and oh-so robust.
  8. They’ll warm you up on a cold night.
  9. The good ones improve with age.
  10. They’re good for the heart.

Hope you enjoyed the list, and I hope I’ve whetted your interest in Once Tasted!

Happy Reading!

~Laura

Laura Moore’s Bio: I write sexy contemporary romances and love wine, chocolate, and rugged heroes. In a pinch I could give up the wine but never the other two!

You can find me at:
Website: www.lauramoorebooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LauraMooreBooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LauraMooreBooks

Blurb:

Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage—in the irresistible Silver Creek Ranch trilogy, they’ll fight for the land and the people they love.

Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his neighbor, Thomas Bodell, persuades him to help with the business management of his winery, which he is leaving to his niece, Mia.

In a life marked by loss, nothing has ever come easily to Mia Bodell. Love included. In high school her heart was crushed by Reid. The hurt lingers. When Mia learns of her uncle’s plan, she makes it clear that she’d rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles.

A night of unbridled passion changes things. One taste of Mia awakens an unfamiliar yearning in Reid, and he vows to find a way to win her trust.

Mia is achingly aware that her teenage heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome man. But can the budding winemaker trust her heart to a playboy with no interest in settling down? From Reid’s first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could leave her heart in pieces . . . or give her everything she has ever wanted.

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Get into Bed with B.J. Daniels (Author Interview)

bj danielsKeira: Tell us a little bit about your upcoming release, “Atonement?”

B.J. Daniels: I wanted to write about Dillon Lawson, undersheriff in my Beartooth, Montana series. I’m also fascinated by twins – especially the identical ones who have taken different paths in life. With all my heroes the hard part is finding them a woman who is equal to them. Dillon deserved a strong, capable woman as a partner. A year ago, he buried his twin who he feels he failed, so he has his own demons when Tessa Winters comes into his life. Nothing is easy for Dillon so it should come as no surprise that Tessa is pregnant – and claims it is his brother’s child.

Keira: You moved to Montana at a very young age and many of your stories take place there. How do you think living in Montana has shaped you as a person and as a writer?

B.J.: Life in Montana from the age of five has had a huge impact on me and the stories. I first lived in a cabin my father built from logs in the Gallatin Valley. My brother and I had the run of the mountains with all its rocks and trees and creeks and river as well as wildlife. We often had black bear, moose and deer in the yard. My brother and I even had pet squirrels.

Later I lived on Hebgen Lake. We didn’t have electricity or a phone, but we waterskied for hours, played in the woods and had grizzly bears on the patio. I still live in a wild isolated place three hours from the closest Target store. Today, I am pretty much snowed in as a blizzard just blew through and all the roads out of town will be icy and snowpacked. But this is what I love writing about, my experiences growing up in the state I love.

Keira: What’s your go-to snack when you’re writing?

B.J.: Coke Zero. I made a rule about eating at my computer. When you’re writing you lose track of time – and anything you might be eating.  I have a friend who had a bowl of dried bananas next to her computer. One minute it was full, the next…she realized she’d just eaten 18 bananas. That’s what I would do if I had snacks while I was writing.

Keira: Where do you do most of your writing? Do you have a certain place that inspires you the most?

B.J.: I love taking the pickup and driving out into the wilds. I have written many scenes sitting on the tailgate staring out at the country. I have an office three blocks from my house, but if I am stuck on a book – I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, so I never know what will happen next in a book — I hit the road. For some reason, the story really comes once I leave town. Where I now live there is something like .03 people per square mile so there is a lot of space to create in without seeing another soul.


Keira: You’re an avid quilter. Tell us a bit more about that creative process and how is it different from the writing process?

B.J.: Actually, it is a lot like writing. You start with nothing but a vague idea. (At least that’s the way I write – and quilt.) I often buy fabric without any clue what I am going to make with it, then I let my imagination run wild.

What I love is that a bunch of quilters can take the same fabric and yet make something so entirely different. Same with a book. Give a group of writers the same basic plot and you will get completely different books. With quilting and all the different fabrics and pattern ideas, you can get as crazy creative as you want.

Also quilters are as creative and fun as writers, so I love that.

Keira: How did you find the courage to pursue your dream of writing?

B.J.: I come from a family of storytellers. When I was a child my family camped a lot. I used to lie in the tent at night and listen to the adults sitting around the campfire telling stories. It made me want to be a writer. My father always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. I believed him. He also taught me that if I wanted something, I had to work to get it. So I went at being a writer by learning as much as I could, writing a whole lot and not giving up.

Keira: Do you have any special techniques for writing effective suspense plots?

B.J.: I love to scare myself. If I am on the edge of my seat while I am writing a scene, then I figure my readers will be too. I’m the kind of person who always looks in the back seat of my car at night to make sure there is no one back there.

Recently I was working on my next HQN and I realized I was breathing hard – and it wasn’t the love scene. I was anxious, afraid my heroine wasn’t going to get away. That is why I love writing so much. 

Keira: What is your favorite fairy tale?

B.J.: Cinderella. I think we all want to have that kind of magic in our lives – not to mention love and a handsome prince. I lucked out and got mine, but it took kissing a couple of frogs.

Cinderella is also about justice. The stepmother and stepsisters got what they deserved at the end. So that appeals to me because I write mysteries where the bad guy is going to get his.

Keira: With more than 40 short stories and 70 books published, how do you come up with new and compelling stories that capture your readers’ attention?

B.J.: It’s funny, but the ideas are always there. I’ve been fortunate that way. As I’ve mentioned, I’m a seat of the pants writer. I start with a blank page and just begin typing. I never know what is going to happen – and I love that. I couldn’t write a book that I knew the ending. I would feel as if I’d already read it. So mostly I write books that I want to read. I think that keeps me from writing the same book over and over.

Keira: Who is your fictional character crush?

B.J.: Right now it is Dillon Lawson from Atonement. He’s the kind of man we know we can depend on. You just want to curl up in his arms and ride out the winter.

I love strong men, men who would fight for their woman. Montana cowboys live by a Code of the West and Dillon is no different. There are lines he won’t cross, so he fights his growing feelings for his brother’s woman.

Keira: What are the latest trends that you are noticing in romance/romantic suspense novels these days?

B.J.: I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense because I write it. But I feel that we all take a different approach to it. Some are more romantic. Most of mine are more suspense, I think. They’re hard to write because you need a balance between the two. But I think that is what a lot of readers really like. They love suspense and romance. Kind of like chocolate and peanut butter.

Keira: What is your favorite line or phrase from “Atonement?”

B.J.: It’s the first time my hero and my pregnant heroine meet:

“Look, I’m not sure what your story is, but that baby you’re carrying? It isn’t–.”

“If you dare say it isn’t yours…” Her right hand dipped into her shoulder bag. An instant later he was staring down the barrel of a .45.

Keira: What are you working on next?

B.J.: I just finished my next HQN titled MERCY. It was the hardest book I have ever written but now that it is done, I love it. I wanted to do a different take on serial killers, so I did. I am fascinated by how two people can grow up in the same house, same genes, etc. and turn out so differently. I find it interesting also that the same horrible childhood that makes a serial killer can do just the opposite to someone else.

I also love seeing what happens to the continuing characters in the series. While each book stands alone, I like some characters who I can check back in with and see how their lives are going.

Buy: Atonement

Dogs and Horses

CounterfeitCowboyGuest blog by Gail MacMillan, author of Counterfeit Cowboy

I’m a world class dog and horse fancier. Since my earliest memories I’ve loved and admired these animals. Therefore, it’s no surprise that both frequently appear in my stories and romance novels. In fact, my fascination with horses led me to follow a lifelong dream I’d never been able to previously achieve.

At the venerable age of fifty, I began to take riding lessons. No, there’s no amazing story to follow. I didn’t go on to compete in the Olympics. In fact, I barely managed to learn to stay in the saddle at a modest lope on a mare that definitely had to be at the top of her class in gentleness and patience. But it did plant the seed of an idea for a story, one I’d later entitle, “Counterfeit Cowboy.”

Then other forces came into play to push the plot further. In the course of writing dog stories, I met via e-mails an amazing British Columbia rancher. Both of us having intense interest in dogs and horses, we became long distance friends. (I live on the east coast of Canada, she lives on the west.) When one especially beautiful little filly was borne on her ranch, she allowed me to name her. I chose to call her Fancy and through e-mails and photos, Fancy became a special part of my life. With her silver mane and tail and charcoal body, Fancy was breathtaking beauty on the hoof as she ran wild and free in the mountains of northern British Columbia. One day when she was mature, she’d come back to the ranch buildings where she’d been borne and begin her life under saddle and bridle but until then she was a free spirit.

Fancy had only just passed her second birthday when a horrific ranch accident claimed her life. I was devastated. Beautiful Fancy would never again race through the mountains with her herd. She’d never grow up to belong to my friend’s granddaughter and win at gymkhanas. Her memory had to be honored.

Fancy’s death caused that seed of an idea of writing a romance set on the horse farm where I’d taken riding lessons to begin to germinate and sprout. My long-suffering instructor became its heroine who had to teach a country music star who couldn’t ride a carousel to handle a horse within a six week time frame for his movie debut as a cowboy. A fictional Fancy would play the starring role of most beautiful mare on the farm.

Although she’s no longer with us in body, her spirit gallops gracefully through the pages of “Counterfeit Cowboy” and (I hope) into the hearts of readers. This book is my tribute to her.

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Review: Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley

Where There's SmokeReviewed by Susan S.

Summary: Destiny Carter (heroine) is on the brink of gaining demon status. All she has to do is steal one more soul. The powers below have given her one week to corrupt someone. Anyone. If successful, she’ll become a full-fledged demon, but if she fails-she’ll burn in the fires of hell. Forever! So you see, failure is not really an option here.

When Carter meets a blue-eyed cowboy (named Chance) at a bar, she thinks he’s the one. Not “the” one, but the soul she needs to steal. Destiny’s under the impression that getting Chance’s soul will be as easy as agreeing to a second slice of devil’s food cake. But what she doesn’t know is…that he’s immortal. And he’s got his own agenda!

Review: There are things I really enjoyed. Like the good vs. evil concept and the main characters. How Destiny seeks to tempt and corrupt, while Chance is determined to resist and save. The immortal brothers also add a nice element to the story. They’re part angel, part human. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how hot Carter and his brothers are. Which, they are.

However, I would’ve liked the story to have focused less time on Destiny’s neighbors and more time on Chance’s family. I never connected with the neighbors and wanted to know more about Chance’s cousin, Nevaeh. She makes this grand entrance and is never heard of again. On a few occasions I felt that certain scenes were misplaced. The Old West scene was such a scene. To me, grown immortals playing a real version of Cowboys and Indians didn’t add to the story line.

Overall, it’s a good book which focuses most of its energy on the erotic elements. With some shifting of character focus and some simplifying, the sequels will be even better.

Disclaimer: I received this novel free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Recommendations: For “adult” readers who enjoy the following story elements: opposites attracting, demons vs. angels, and good vs. evil. Also for booklovers who enjoy heavy doses of erotica with very light sprinkles of romance.

What’s Next?

  • Where There’s a Will – Book Two (Sept. 2012) Ryder and Haley’s story
  • When All Else Fails – Book Three (Release date TBA)

Review-O-Meter [Rating:3]

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Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc., Copyright 2012, Paranormal Erotic Romance, Paperback, Print Pages 292. ISBN# 978-1-4022-6386-6.