New Release: Constant Craving, by @TamaraLush

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Let go of the past to have any chance at a future…

I’m shocked when Rafael Menendez de Aviles — my first love, my one downfall — appears at my business, offering to save it from bankruptcy. I’m even more stunned when Rafael, looking hotter than ever, makes a proposition: spend the next month together, allowing him to do anything he desires with me.

And make no mistake: he will demand everything, and make me submit.

If I agree to his indecent proposal, my business gets everything it needs — and I get almost everything I desire. But is Rafael only back in my life to show me what I’ve missed all these years? Is he out for revenge? Or something more dangerous — like love? I’m not sure, but I know this: I’m powerless against his touch, his kisses, his body.

Opening our hearts and giving our bodies to each other a second time may destroy us forever…especially when the pain of the past and difficult choices for the future collide.

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About the Author:

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in journalism. For her entire adult life, she’s worked as a reporter and is currently an award-winning correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two bad dogs near the beach.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance novels.

Her most recent novel, a five-episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhone photography, Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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#Review: Tell Me a Story, by @TamaraLush

Title: Tell Me a Story (The Story episode #1)
Author: Tamara Lush
Rating: 4/5 stars

A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat…

Tell Me a Story…

Emma, a free-spirited bookstore owner in Orlando, keeps her business afloat with innovative ideas. Her most popular evening event is Story Brothel, where customers can pay writers to read aloud to them in a story-time for two, complete with cocktails. Despite the name, the event is usually tame. But things take a steamy turn when a handsome, urbane businessman hires Emma for a session in a private cabana. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects … and Emma’s wondering what kind of lover is underneath his expensive suit.

Caleb may be a billionaire real estate mogul, but he’s never been captivated by a woman as he is by the lovely, quirky Emma. Her rockabilly vintage dresses make him long to strip them off and do very wicked things to her. And her refusal to share her personal life only makes him more curious.

Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. But Emma’s building is in danger of being razed out from under her bookstore … and worse, Caleb may be behind her problems. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart? (description from Goodreads)

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Tell Me a Story is the first episode in a five part serial. It’s been awhile since I’ve wanted to read a serial novel, and I’m glad I did. This one’s only five installments, and each are a reasonable length. Both are a plus. Along with them all being released at the time I discovered them helped even more.

Like most serials, there wasn’t too much character development in the grand scheme of things here. This aides in my wanting to continue onto the next episodes. There was just enough to get into Emma’s head and start to enjoy her. On the other hand Caleb is still very mysterious and has most to reveal later on. I’m still on the fence about him, as I’m sure the reader should be.

As for the story itself, I’m even more intrigued after reading it than I was starting. The story brothel event at Emma’s bookstore was a fun idea. I really like how that’s worked into the story outside the bookstore, too. I also thought it was great that the author didn’t make the bookstore life out to be glamorous, as I’ve seen done elsewhere. Emma’s facing real-world problems as a business owner and there are big consequences. Lush was able to bring a lot out in episode one, even if a few elements may have hurt because of this. That’s what the rest of the serial is for, after all.

I’m looking forward to reading more about Emma and Caleb. I’m also crossing my fingers a certain other set of characters gets their own story in the future.

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If you’d like to read this installment of the serial, you can find it (at time of posting) on:

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You can grab the complete 5-part serial novel on:

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About the Author:

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in journalism. For her entire adult life, she’s worked as a reporter and is currently an award-winning correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two bad dogs near the beach.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance novels.

Her most recent novel, a five-episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhone photography, Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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$0.99 SALE: Tell me a Story, by @TamaraLush

Today until Wednesday (June 7th) you can grab the complete Tell Me a Story collection by Tamara Lush on sale. It was a originally a 5 part serial, but now you can grab it as a fully collected ebook and it’s only $0.99 for a few more days! What a deal?

I first heard about Tamara on a recent Smart Bitches podcast episode, and I’m glad I found her work. A recommendation from the women who run Smart Bitches is enough for me, but if you need more of a push, I’m halfway through the first installment of this serial now and really enjoying it. Can’t wait to see where it goes after this.

Now you’d probably like to know more about the book and where to get it, right? Well, continue on in this post to find out. Happy reading!

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A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat…

Pages turn and sparks fly when Emma, a bookstore owner and writer, meets a mysterious wealthy developer named Caleb at a literary event in Orlando. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects … and Emma’s wondering what kind of lover is underneath Caleb’s expensive suit. Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart?

And what happens when their idyllic relationship faces the ultimate test?

This is the story of Emma and Caleb’s journey.

Tell Me a Story: The Complete Novel is a modern-day fairy tale of lust, love and temptation, and also of marriage, memory and destiny.

This is the boxed set of all FIVE e-book episodes: Tell Me a Story, Tell Me a Desire, Tell Me a Lie, Tell Me a Secret and Tell Me a Truth.

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Grab your copy of this book over on:

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About the Author:

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in journalism. For her entire adult life, she’s worked as a reporter and is currently an award-winning correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two bad dogs near the beach.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance novels.

Her most recent novel, a five-episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhone photography, Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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#Review: Erotic Writer Seeks Men, by @HeatherKinnane

erotic-writer-seeks-menTitle: Erotic Writer Seeks Men
Author: Heather Kinnane
Rating: 4/5 stars

Erotic author, Samantha Fox is one of those shy quiet types you need to look out for. Though publicly she still blushes at the faintest sexual innuendo, privately she likes to get all her darkest fantasies down on paper. She’s published one of her steamy novels, but a fear of being discovered led her to tone down the good bits, turning a hot erotic story into mediocre titillation.

Now with a sex life to match her pitiful writing, she’s come up with a grand idea of how to improve both—an ad in the local paper. “Fem. Erotic Author seeks men for experience, experimentation, and inspiration for erotic works.”

At first the whole idea seems to be a complete failure, but then she meets Richard, Jarred and Oliver. Suddenly the stories are flowing again, and Samantha’s love life is busier than it’s ever been.(description from Goodreads)

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It’s not often that a story involving a character who is an author (especially one who writes within the same genre of the story) is anything but an awkward glimpse into  the writing life. With Kinnane’s story Erotic Writer Seeks Men, she’s surprised me by writing about an author without making me roll my eyes or cringe when reading about some authory things.

That isn’t the only reason I enjoyed reading this story. The author was able to take what sounds like an interesting premise and back it up with some great scenes and a developed story. While I felt some of it was a bit rushed, and could have benefited from some expansion, overall by the end I was left wanting to read more about Samantha Fox’s story with these men and her writing.

It was a fun, quick read. It was sexy at times, but didn’t forget that it also had a story to tell. I’m glad I got to read Kinnane’s story and will be checking out more of her work in the future.

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About the Author:

Heather Kinnane writes in multiple genres, though it is her romantic fantasy, and erotic stories that have found publication.

While she’s been traditionally published (both A Faery Dream and A Faery Union were originally published by now defunct Australian publisher Steam eReads, and Erotic Writer Seeks Men is published by UK Publisher Luminosity Publishing), she’s now delving into the exciting and challenging world of self-publication, starting with the re-release of A Faery Dream and A Faery Union, with many other stories due for revision and publication over the coming year.

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#Review: Dark Room, by @HeidiJoVT & @LPDover

dark-roomTitle: Dark Room (Society X #1)
Author: Heidi McLaughlin & L.P. Dover

Rating: 5/5 stars

“The rules of Society X are simple . . . break them and you’re out.

Rule #1 – No names
It doesn’t matter if you want to know, it’s forbidden.

Rule #2 – No exchanging numbers
It doesn’t matter if you want to call, it’s forbidden.

Rule #3 – Everything is to remain strictly anonymous.
It doesn’t matter if you want to tell, it’s forbidden.

The Dark Room is the only place you can live out your fantasies and no one will ever know it’s you.

For Parker, what started out as a business transaction has turned into an addiction.

For Mia, it’s been a chance to discover who she truly is.

What happens in the dark will have you begging for more . . . (description from Goodreads)

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A few months back I read Forever My Girl, a novel by Heidi McLaughlin. She’s one of the authors of Dark Room. The other, L.P. Dover, I’ve never read. But now that I’ve read this joint effort, I will want to check out Dover’s solo work, along with more of McLaughlin’s.

I don’t read many romances as sex-driven as Dark Room is. Normally, when a novel has too much sex in it, it turns me off of the story being told. For this book, it was never out of place, never too much, and never too often. Each scene of this nature drove the plot forward in the only way that the story could have been written. I’m was pleasantly surprised by this.

All of the characters in this book, main and secondary, were very fleshed out and I even enjoyed reading Mia’s douche of an ex. Along with the characters, these authors knew how to bring you into the setting. Whether is was inside Society X or an office, I could see each place and see the characters in the scene.

This book had some themes I enjoy in other books and other themes I’ve never quite gotten into before. Somehow, even the ones present in Dark Room that I’m not a fan of, I really liked. When authors can make that happen, they’re definitely ones to keep an eye on.

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About the McLaughlin:

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

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About the Dover:

NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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#NewRelease: Sex, Love, and Rock n’ Roll, by Scott MacKenzie

Over the years you’ve known me to share books from Karina Halle. You may recall my reviews for Darkhouse and The Devil’s Metal. But I’m not here to share on of her books today. I’m here for something a bit more of a surprise, but a good surprise.

The book I want you all to know about today is by Scott MacKenzie, Karina’s husband. And it sounds like a great one. Be sure to check this one out. I’m also going to link to a future release co-written by both Scott and Karina. That’s one I’m going to be looking forward to as well. Find out about both below!

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A STANDALONE FULL-LENGTH EROTIC ROMANCE – NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

Enigmatic, wealthy and wickedly handsome, Jack Willow is more than just a talented musician.
He’s a man with a sordid past.
And a man of many dark secrets.
When he meets a seemingly innocent girl by the name of Leah, he pulls her into a secret sexual world, a world that will both test their limits and bring them together.
But Leah is not who she seems.
Neither is Jack.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains the POV of a very abrasive male protagonist. There are RAW and explicit scenes of sexual nature, including dubious consent, menage, BDSM-style situations, coarse language, etc and this book is NOT intended for sensitive readers. It gets DARK, it gets weird. There is a lot of crazy sexual scenes. As dark and twisted as this tale is though, it still is a love story. IF you can handle all of that, read on!

Special Note: The first half of this book was previously published as “House of Sin” by pen name Vince Stark. It has since been re-edited and is now combined with the second half to make Sex, Love and Rock n’ Roll.

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If you’d like a copy of the book, you can find it on…
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And if you’d like more from Scott, here’s a link to pre-order ROCKED UP, co-written with Karina Halle

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About the Author:

Born in Montreal and raised in rural Ontario, Scott Mackenzie has worn many different hats in his life, from bartending to working as a heavy duty mechanic for the railway, to owning and operating a take-out restaurant. He finally settled down out West, where he lives on an island with his author wife and their dog. Scott can be found exploring the gulf islands on his sailboat, playing and recording music in his studio, or on a hike, thinking about his next book.

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#NewRelease: Burned, by @TaraSivec

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Seventeen years old when he broke my heart. 
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces. 
Seventeen years together. 
Seventeen thousand problems. 
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future. 
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames. 
Seventeen breaths until I took my last. 
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of Burned, you can find it on:

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There’s also a giveaway going on. If you’d like to enter to win the following prizes, click the Rafflecopter link below…

  • 1 signed copy of BURNED
  • a Fire Department Scentsy Warmer
  • $50 Scentsy Gift Card

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

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About the Author:

Image 7Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

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