Spotlight Author Reveal!!! JUST DESSERTS: Part 10~ Michele Bardsley and Renee George


JUST DESSERTS: A Collection of Bite-Sized Delights

Just Desserts is a buffet of deliciously naughty stories. These delights are as diverse as the authors who write them. It is my pleasure to reveal two of the more than twenty contributing authors to Just Desserts-debut, new, multi-published, award-winning and bestselling authors. ENJOY TODAY’S SPECIAL!

Today, we feature two more bestselling authors. Take a moment to get to know them.


Honey Bear

by Michele Bardsley

A stand-alone erotic short story from the Pearson Security Series

Paranormal Erotic Romance

#werebear, #shifter, #paranormal, #romance, #eroticromance, #honeybear, #amreading, #readerdessert, #steamyromance, #bearshifters,


When bear shifter bodyguard Mike Pearson is tasked to protect celebrity baker Amelia Delacorte, he thinks the job will be a piece of cake.

Amelia has a secret, one she must protect at all costs, especially from the nosy werebear with the gorgeous see-your-soul eyes and hunky, drooll-worthy muscles.

Stuck in a basement kitchen until danger is nullified, Amelia can only think of one way to distract her protector: She’ll make him dessert. But it turns out the only dessert Mike Pearson wants … is her.

Get to know Michele

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Michele Bardsley writes steamy paranormal romance about shifters, demons, and vampires. When not writing otherworldly tales of romance and mystery, she crochets hats, eats chocolate, and watches “Supernatural.” She lives in Texas with her awesome husband, the Viking, and their fur babies.

This sexiest food is:

Chocolate is the sexiest food. It’s versatile. It tastes good hot or cold (or poured over muscles to be licked off … slowly). It comes in a variety of forms–hot chocolate, chocolate vodka, chocolate ice cream, and chocolate cake (especially good smashed against a pectoral to be licked off … slowly). Chocolate can go into desserts or be its own dessert. It is, quite frankly, the sexiest food around.

Five things you’d be surprised to know about me:

1. I once took lessons to learn how to clog dance.
2. I met Dana Plato while working in an Oklahoma video rental store.
3. I hate celery. In all forms. I wish it would die.
4. I am a Star Trek nerd with a deep love for the original Star Trek TV series.
5. I’m addicted to Investigation Discovery shows.

The sexiest place in the world is:

Ireland. I don’t care where as long it was in Ireland.

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by Renee George

Stand-alone Erotic Short-Story from The Cull: Claimed by the Alpha Series

Paranormal, Shapeshifter, Steamy RomancePNR,

#Sexy, #Shapeshifters, #TheCull, #Werewolves, #BBW, #Curvy, #Romance, #Steamy, #OzarkShifters


Ever since gorgeous werewolf Conor Evens saved her life by “culling” her into the local lycanosapien pack, Anna Davis has been happy as Conor’s mate–even though it means keeping secrets from her family. However, Conor has a sweet surprise for his beloved and Anna will soon learn the true delight of an alpha’s bite…

Get to know Renee

Multi-published, award-winning author Renee George has been a factory worker, an army medic, a nurse, a website designer, a small press editor, an artist, and a teacher, but writing stories about sexy alpha men is the BEST job she’s ever had. When she turned thirty, she went back to college and earned her BA in creative writing. She has been married to the love of her life, a wonderful man who supports in every way, for over half her life (and that is a VERY long time!). She happily lives in a small, Midwest town with her husband, two needy dogs and a very independent cat.

The sexiest food is:

New York Cheese Cake with Earl Grey Tea. There is something so sinfully delicious about this rich, decadent dessert. It looks so simple from the outside, but every bite makes you want it more and more. The bergamot oil (a hint of orangey-citrus goodness) in a cup of Earl Grey tea cuts richness, so you can indulge yourself until you’ve licked the plate clean.

Five things you’d be surprised to know about me:

1. I’m allergic to dairy and beef. (I know! and I picked Cheese Cake! Just because I can’t eat it now, doesn’t mean I don’t remember how good and sexy it is.)

2. I’m a Final Fantasy and Dragon’s Age addict. I have been known to play for days on end to the detriment of hygiene. (It’s why I ONLY play at Christmas time).

3. I cried both times I met Charlaine Harris, but only AFTER she was gone.

4. I’ve watched “Sense and Sensibility” a million times, and I have never gotten tired of it. AND I always cry when Edward drops down to propose to Elinor. Never fails to move me!

5. I am a fan of action blockbusters, comic book heroes, epic science fiction, paranormal, zombie/ horror, and anything with blood and big explosions (though, not a fan of car chase movies). I do not usually enjoy romance movies (though there are some exceptions — see #4), and I have never watched The Notebook.

Sexiest place on earth is:

In the arms of a hot, alpha man. (Sexiest location EVAH!)

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Blog Tour ~ Sinful Rewards 9 by Cynthia Sax


Welcome back to another Tour for Sinful Rewards!


Sinful Rewards 9 : A Billionaires and Bikers Novella
(Avon Impulse / $.99 /

On Sale March 17th, 2015


No longer torn between the billionaire and the biker, Bee has claimed her man, branding his skin with her scent, his soul with her care. He’s her ideal choice, building passion within her she didn’t know existed, supporting her dreams, and willing to do anything for her.

But is she the ideal choice for him?

An early-morning surprise attack and the arrival of a beautiful, witty, and regrettably nice rival make Bee question her decision. Does she step aside, forgoing her forever to ensure her man’s survival, or does she risk his life and her heart on love?


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“You’ll be safe in the building,” he assures me, not realizing it’s his safety I’m concerned about.

“I know.” I link my fingers with his. His palms are huge, his tanned skin marked with silver scars and calluses. My hands are smaller, slender, pale, and soft. “I still want to look at the footage.” I walk with Hawke toward the door. He shortens his stride to match mine. “I realize I’m not part of your team, but I want to help you.” I need to do something to protect him or I’ll go insane.

“I’d appreciate that help.” Hawke gazes down at me. “Being part of my team implies you report to me, sweetheart.” His eyes glow with emotion. “You don’t.” He brushes a strand of hair behind my right ear, grazing my cheek with his rough fingertips, sending delicious tremors over me. “You’re my partner.”

Oh, God, he knows what I long to hear. “Come here, partner.” I grasp his shoulders, trying to lower his lips to a kissable level.

Hawke dips his head and captures my mouth. I part my lips, eager to taste him, touch him, and he slides his tongue along mine. I suck, pulling on the tip, taking him inside me. He groans and grips my hips, drawing my curves into his muscle, flattening my breasts against his chest.

When we kiss, caress, mesh together, the rest of the world disappears. I fit as I’ve never fit before, merging with him, belonging, perfect and right. Hawke’s stubble grazes my chin, heating me down to my damaged toe. His fingers span across my lower back, his hold on me protective and sure.

I swivel against him, dragging my taut nipples over his pecs, grinding my mons against the hard ridge in his jeans. My panties are soaked, my scent flavoring the air, exciting me, but we can’t fuck, not now. He has work to complete, people to protect, and I have decisions to make.

I break our kiss, panting, hot and horny, my lips throbbing. “You should go.” My voice is sensuous, my tones belonging to an erotic goddess, a sexual pervert who knows how wild she’s made her man.

Hawke’s eyes are brilliant blue with desire. “You should come.” He glides his lips over mine, a light, tempting tease, maintaining the simmer inside me. “Touch yourself while I’m gone.”

“Hmmm . . .” I hum, drifting my fingertips over his chest. “If you insist.” I open the door, hanging on to the frame, looking up at him with a small smile on my face.

“I do.” He kisses me one more time and stalks away, his shoulders broad, his hips narrow, his gait long and smooth. I watch him move with a mixture of appreciation and dread, realizing I should say good-bye, let him go, yet not knowing if I’m strong enough to do this.


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Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you,” they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition~ #68

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!!!
Hosted by the lovelies Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Tin @ Love Saves the World.
What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia,
asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past
— usually from 5 to 10 years ago.
There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.



So, Cheryl Bolen just got some of her backlists in Audio~!!!

And she also got a new book out that is part of her old book series, the Brides of Bath.

So in its celebration, here’s to the first book in the series and to it’s re-release in audio, along with the new book release!!!

   The Bride Wore Blue (The Brides of Bath) (Volume 1)

The Bride Wore Blue (The Brides of Bath #1)  The Bride Wore Blue (The Brides of Bath #1)  The Bride Wore Blue (The Brides of Bath #1)

Brides of Bath #1

(Originally Published 2002; Re-published 2011, 2013, 2014)


A Bargain Isn’t A Bargain … Until It Is Sealed With A Kiss

Lacking the funds for a London season-yet determined to see her headstrong younger siblings suitably matched-lovely widow Felicity Harrison establishes herself in Bath, a grand dame at the tender age of twenty-four. However, her brother’s gambling debts soon force her to accept a most unusual proposal from elegant nabob Thomas Moreland. He agrees to repay all markers provided she helps him gain social standing in Bath society. Though there is something oddly familiar about this gentleman, Felicity casts uncertainty aside and agrees to the arrangement.

Having made a fortune in India, Thomas has returned home to win the heart of the woman who captured his own six years ago. Like an angel of mercy, Felicity came to his aid after a band of highwaymen left him for dead. Now, he’s determined to convince this beauty still wearing widow’s weeds that there’s more to life than assembly rooms, matrons, and matchmaking. Showering her with ribbons of glorious colors, he’ll awaken in her a desire to shed those weeds. But what Felicity doesn’t know yet is that her greatest desire of all is to spend the rest of her life in Thomas’ arms…


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Think Out Loud: Struggle~


Think Out Loud is a weekly Thursday meme created and hosted by Think Books

Think Out Loud promotes thinking outside of the box and to get bloggers to break out of the blogging bubble. You can use this feature to post things you ordinarily would not post. For example, if you usually post book reviews, step outside of that pattern. Post a funny story, a rant, a cool pic or video, ANYTHING… Consider it a free for all. And consider it as a time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT!


Welcome back go another TOL

I’m stress again. I’m afraid of how things will turn out and I’m not sure how I’ll handle it when it comes around to it.

Life just seems to get tougher once I open something new to maybe ease my way but no. It makes it harder and much more stressful in the long run.

Although it seemed great at that moment, that short moment, it’s really not when you look at it as a whole, one month at a time.

How will I handle it? How will I survive?



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Spotlight: When A Rake Falls by Sally Orr

9781492602149When a Rake Falls

(The Rake’s Handbook, Book 2)

by Sally Orr

Sourcebooks Casablanca

Historical Regency Romance

Release Date: April 7, 2015



He’s racing to win back his reputation

Having hired a balloon to get him to Paris in a daring race, Lord Boyce Parker is simultaneously exhilarated and unnerved by the wonders and dangers of flight, and most of all by the beautiful, stubborn, intelligent lady operating the balloon.

She’s curious about the science of love

Eve Mountfloy is in the process of conducting weather experiments when she finds herself spirited away to France by a notorious rake. She’s only slightly dismayed—the rake seems to respect her work—but she is frequently distracted by his windblown physical magnificence and buoyant spirits.

What happens when they descend from the clouds?

As risky as aeronautics may be, once their feet touch the ground, Eve and Boyce learn the real danger of a very different type of falling…


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Praise for The Rake’s Handbook:When-A-Rake-Falls-Blog-Tour

“Orr debuts with a charming romp. The witty repartee and naughty innuendos set the perfect pitch for the entertaining romance. Though there are serious themes and carefully researched historical details, it’s the banter and sensuality that are sure to enchant readers.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 stars


The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide (Book 1)

The Rake’s Handbook

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Excerpt from WHEN A RAKE FALLS

London, 1825

Lord Boyce Parker felt a sudden urge to sing. The brisk morning air, the glorious sunshine, and the presence of a hundred or so excited gentlemen milling around him could only mean a remarkable day ahead. Boyce knew he’d be mocked if he broke out in song, but sometimes happiness just bubbled up from somewhere down in your toes and overwhelmed a fellow. “My candle burns bright—-”

“Goes without saying you learned to sing by reading a book,” said George Drexel, one of Boyce’s oldest friends. “Right now I could be in bed with the lovely Widow Donhurst. Instead, I’m standing here amongst the rabble of London, far too early for any sane man, following another one of your bacon–brained schemes.”

Boyce ignored him and kept his gaze fixed on the balcony of Stainthorpe House. Yesterday, the Earl of Stainthorpe had placed an advertisement in all of the newspapers inviting London’s finest bachelors to gather in Royston Square. Although the details in the advertisement were few, it hinted fame and five thousand pounds might be gained by winning one of several “challenges.” As the son of a wealthy marquess, Boyce had no need for the money, but he longed for a chance to impress his father. “It’s not my bacon–brained scheme; it’s the earl’s. Cheer up. You will be the friend of the victorious Lord Boyce Parker.”

Drexel turned to glare at the pressing horde of eager young gentlemen behind them. “You don’t even know what the old man’s challenges are. They could all be a hum, like a scavenger hunt to find his great–uncle’s tricorne hat or his aunt’s lost poodle.” Drexel dressed in somber colors without fancy cravats or fobs, so his words had the gravity of a humorless man no one would willfully cross. This morning, his rumpled clothes, dark whiskers, and obvious lack of sleep—-no doubt due to a long night of amorous adventure—-made him appear grumpier than normal. “I hardly think the earl’s tomfool challenges will make you famous.”

“You don’t sound cheerful.” Boyce grinned at his old school friend. “I’m confident the earl’s challenges will be significant and my assured victory will pave the way to restoring my father’s esteem.”

Drexel spat on the ground. “Chasing your brother’s fame? Richard is a glorious war hero. I’m sure winning some silly challenge won’t compete with his elevated consequence.”

“You’re wrong. When my name is printed in the newspapers, my father will have to speak of me with the same admiration he gives Richard.”

“I don’t think winning a challenge will change the marquess’s opinion of you—-”

“Look.” Boyce pointed upward.

The Earl of Stainthorpe stepped to the edge of his balcony overlooking Royston Square. “My friends, I understand there are no great men left in England.” Silver wisps of hair escaped the earl’s old–fashioned queue and blew over his forehead, but he ignored them as he squarely confronted the men below.

The audience surged forward and yelled retorts to the earl’s audacious remark.

Boyce had arrived an hour early so he would be close enough to hear his lordship’s every word. But if this hubbub continued, he might not catch what the earl had to say. He turned to the man yelling behind him. “I’ll give you a pound, my good fellow, if you can shout louder.”

The man smiled and shouted.

“Definitely not louder, unfortunate loss indeed,” Boyce said. “Now I suggest you hush and let his lordship speak.”

Standing two steps behind his master, the earl’s butler vigorously rang a handbell to gain the attention of the boisterous crowd.

“The earldom of Stainthorpe owns numerous and diverse holdings,” the earl bellowed. “Therefore, upon my death, my daughter will be the richest woman in England.”

The crowd cheered.

The earl waited for them to settle down. “What I’m trying to say is, Lady Sarah Stainthorpe needs a husband. But so far, none of the Eligibles paraded before her will do. She refuses to marry and claims all the gentlemen in London are rogues, dandies, or worse. The point is, she’s a bluestocking and might fall in love with some bloody…a poet. I tell you, my friends, that Byron fellow has a lot to answer for.”

As the youngest son of a marquess, Boyce was considered an Eligible. Only, Lady Sarah had rejected him, and all the other Eligibles, seconds after they had presented themselves at Royston House—-an unfortunate circumstance, since he believed Lady Sarah would make an excellent wife and a very pretty one too. After a moment of reflection, he realized every lady of his acquaintance would make a pretty wife. One or two may have a feature some might call “unfortunate.” Nevertheless, he always found something pretty in every female countenance.

“Are all the gentlemen I see before me rogues or dandies?” the earl shouted. “Of course not. One or two maybe, and several of you are shockingly loose in the haft.” His lordship pointed to a young man wearing a violet greatcoat, hanging by one arm on a streetlight. “Especially you, sir.”

With his free hand, the man doffed his top hat.

“Yes, I mean you,” the earl said. “My condolences to your poor father.”

All of the Parker men possessed a fine figure, so he knew even a poorly tailored coat hung well upon his shoulders. The many compliments he received had gained him a reputation as an expert in masculine fashion. Therefore, Boyce felt his lordship should show more sympathy to a man wearing a lamentable violet greatcoat, since the earl wore an old square coat and baggy breeches.

“Where was I?” The earl paused to scan the crowd. “Besides an obvious bone–breaker or two, you gentlemen are the embodiment of the character traits that make Englishmen the greatest people on earth. So I am challenging you—-the finest Englishmen alive—-to a race. A race to Paris!”

The crowd cheered.

“This is not a race where the winner arrives first,” the earl said. “No, it is a test to discover the gentlemen who possess England’s greatest traits.”

“Gin drinking, gov?” someone shouted.

The crowd laughed and called out a few additional “traits.”

The earl ignored their comments. “And I mean English character traits—-not British. That country was some tomfoolery created by meddlesome politicians. This is a race for Englishmen only. Now, my race will have five challenges and five winners. Each winner will win a prize of a gold cup and five thousand pounds.”

The mob erupted in huzzahs; top hats flew into the air.

Under his sky–blue waistcoat, Boyce’s heartbeat escalated. This race presented him with his best opportunity to distinguish himself. He would win at least two of the earl’s challenges and earn a reputation as a prime example of English manhood. “Huzzah!” He too threw his beaver hat in the air.

The butler rang the handbell for a full minute before the crowd settled down.

The earl held up his hands. “Here are the details of the five—-count them—-five challenges. You have one month to reach Stainthorpe House in Paris. Each gentleman will write about his journey and provide the name of a witness. The man whose travels provide the best example of an English trait wins a challenge. Once the winners promise to spend the remainder of the summer in our company, they will be rewarded with a gold cup and five thousand pounds. With such excellent examples of true English manhood escorting Lady Sarah around Paris, she must certainly fall in love with one of you unlicked cubs.”

The assembled men danced in circles. Each one of them was probably dreaming about how he would spend his winnings.

Eager to hear the details, Boyce frowned at the clamorous riffraff behind him. The earl was right; they all appeared to be a lot of rag–mannered coves, so he gained complete confidence that he could best any of their English traits—-whatever those traits may be. Once he reached Paris, Lady Sarah would discover he was the finest of fellows and they would fall in love. Women seemed naturally to favor him over other gentlemen—-wonderful creatures, women.

The earl’s voice boomed across the square. “What are the character traits that make Englishmen so great, you ask?”

The young men below the balcony tendered several improper suggestions.

“No.” The earl waved his hand. “Not physical features. Traits like courage and intelligence. So the challenges are thus: The first gold cup will be given to the gentleman who represents English courage. We are the country of Nelson, so bravery and courage course through every one of our veins.”

Someone shouted the nature of what was coursing through his veins.

The earl continued without hesitation. “The second gold cup will be given to the gentleman whose journey represents classic English sportsmanship. Any Englishman alive can out hunt, out fish, and out ride all other races of men. So to win the second cup, some outstanding feat of sportsmanship will rule the day. Extra consideration will be given to the best example of a journey completed under difficult circumstances.”

Boyce huffed. “Well, his lordship is wrong. The true nature of English sportsmanship is not victory over adversity, but our support for the dark horse and sense of fair play. We are, by nature, a generous people.”

Drexel slapped him on the back. “For once I agree with you. But considering your history in the field, I suggest you don’t try for the sportsmanship cup.”

“Sportsmanship can be demonstrated by means other than fishing or shooting every magnificent creature—-for example, by boxing or gaming. I practice my pugilistic skills at Jackson’s twice a week now. You cannot tell me his place is not full of sportsmen. Or how about when a fellow loses a fortune gaming at White’s and faces his loss with the grace and good humor of a gentleman? That’s sportsmanship under pressure, if you ask me.”

“Yes, but the earl believes boxing is for professionals and only women play cards.”

Boyce widened his eyes. “In my opinion, his lordship’s definition of sportsmanship is rather limited.”

The handbell sounded again before the earl continued his speech. “The third gold cup will be given to the gentleman whose journey best exhibits loyalty to the king or service to a lady.”

One man yelled, “I’d be delighted to service all the ladies on my way to Paris.”

Others in the crowd shouted similar generous offers.

“If you do so, sir,” the earl replied, “you will be shown the door. Loyalty means old–fashioned manners, being polite, and keeping your distance from your betters. Of all the challenges, I believe service to the Crown is the greatest honor any man could desire. And considering the manners I’ve witnessed here today, I’d say the challenge of this cup will remain unmet.”

Jeers filled the air.

Boyce wondered how a fellow could show loyalty to the king in a race. He supposed a gentleman might salute the king’s profile on a sovereign with every step of his journey, but dismissed it as an absurd notion. No, he’d be better off trying to provide a service to some lady.

His lordship nodded, and the handbell rang again. “Now quiet down. The fourth cup will be given to the man whose journey provides the best example of our English intelligence. We are the land of Newton and Davy, so the greatest brains of civilization are English. Except for that da Vinci fellow and one or two Greeks, but we can afford to be generous and let the rest of the world have a little luck now and then.”

Boyce elbowed his friend. “Yes, yes, that’s the cup for me. Bet I’ll win too. What do you say, fifty?”

“Agreed,” Drexel said. “I will also wager by the end of this whole flummery, Lady Sarah will reject all the winners out of spite. I would, if I were her.”

Boyce refused to believe Lady Sarah would object to any of the winners, once she knew them well. The lady wanted to be married, didn’t she? “No, no, young women are full of tender affection. I have never met one who did not want to fall in love and make her family happy.”

Drexel rolled his eyes. “I suspect that is because there are so many unmarried ladies dangling after you, you cannot imagine one refusing. And from the stories I heard yesterday, I’ll wager that if I throw a pebble into the crowd at the next assembly, it will hit a widow who has, or wants to be, in your bed. And believe me, those ladies are not expecting marriage.”

“You’re being vulgar in public,” Boyce said. “All of the widows I have ever…met were delightful. Deep in their hearts, they want to be married again, I’m sure.”

“So why haven’t you married one of these delightful ladies?”

“Never understood how fellows choose one to fall in love with.”

“If I know the marquess, the best way to impress him is to give him grandchildren. My father becomes unhinged with even the thought of grandchildren.”

“Grandchildren? Grandchildren are far in the future. A great public achievement is my best and only chance to regain my father’s respect. You’ll see. When I am crowned the victor of more than one challenge, my achievements will be the toast of London. Then all of England will think of me differently. I will no longer be just one of the seven anonymous brothers of the war hero Richard. Worse yet, if people do recognize me, they remember I’m the Parker son who published a scandalous book and then received the cut direct from his father—-his own father. After my victory in the challenges, everyone will have to refer to me as the intelligent, courageous Lord Boyce. Don’t you understand?”

Drexel winked at his friend. “Tell me, which of the great English traits do you represent best? Sounds like only Service to a Lady, and believe me, your service is the wrong type as far as the earl is concerned.”

“Ah, that’s my secret. But you will be a witness to my victory, won’t you?”

After pulling off his hat, Drexel took a full minute to smooth the beaver nap on the brim. “I’ll consider it.” A wide smirk broke across his dark, handsome face. “You’ve persuaded me to join the race too.”


The handbell clanged, and everyone faced the balcony again. “Gentlemen, there is one last challenge, the fifth cup. Since this was my daughter’s idea, perhaps in jest, you never know with females, let us call it the Lady’s Favorite.”

Shouts and laughter rose from the rabble.

The earl leaned forward over the mob. “Perhaps there are no gentlemen in England, and my daughter is right?” His lordship waited until the crowd quieted. “Lady Sarah has a funny notion that the greatest achievements of the English race are their sense of humor, wit, and eccentricities. I mean, now really, she is fond of Sheridan’s plays.” The earl held up his right hand to quiet the laughing crowd. “For this cup, Lady Sarah will be the final judge.”

The mob tendered several humorous jests of questionable wit.

The earl coughed several times but remained unmoving. “So there you have it. The five greatest English traits are courage, sportsmanship, intelligence, wit, and service to a lady. Now to business. I expect all who plan to take up the challenges to gather in our vestibule below. There, we will compile a list of the participants. You do not have to choose which cup you aspire to, and you may switch to another challenge at the end of your journey. Finally, you may win more than one challenge. Oh, and you must provide an acceptable witness. Anyone who observes your achievement and can testify on your behalf may be an official witness. The only exclusions are people who cannot be trusted, like paid companions or dear old mums.”

Several groans were heard, and one person clapped.

The earl nodded in the direction of the man who clapped. “Good man. The race will officially start after I stop speaking and will end a month from now on the second of July. On that day, you will present your written story describing your journey to Stainthorpe House at Rue de la Chaussée-d’Antin. There, I will choose the five best stories for each challenge, and those finalists will be asked to recite their adventures aloud. Indeed, everyone here today will be invited to attend this party and hear my pick of the winners. Lastly, the five thousand pounds and gold cups will be presented at the end of the evening. It goes without saying that the victors will be appropriately recognized in all of the newspapers.”

Boyce elbowed Drexel. “Yes, yes, my father reads every paper.”

The crowd’s cheers erupted again after the mention of the winnings.

The earl held his arms out. “I tell you, my friends, I’m excited about this race. To help defray the cost of your journey, any man who takes up our challenges will receive a hundred pounds after reaching Paris.”

Shouts and applause echoed around the square.

“Gentlemen, gentlemen, Lady Sarah and I look forward to hearing the adventures of England’s finest men. I am positive that once my daughter is acquainted with you fine fellows, she will fall in love. With such excellent examples of the greatness inherent in the English, how could she not? We also anticipate the pleasure of your company during our summer in Paris. The only other thing I can say is…” The earl lifted his quizzing glass to his eye and scanned the crowd. “Ready, steady, go!”


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Sally Orr worked for thirty years in medical research, specializing in the discovery of gene function. After joining an English history message board, she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, it’s not surprising that her first book is a Regency romance. Sally lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many nerdy books and not enough old English cars.


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Book Tour + Review: Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr

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Three Days to Forever

(A Mac Faraday Mystery Book 9)
by Lauren Carr
Acorn Book Services

Release Date: February 10, 2015


In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a rollercoaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday’s daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton’s son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar!

With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday’s huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year.

But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac’s and Archie’s problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie’s mother, and Gnarly running for their lives.

With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer’s small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!

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Lauren Carr 3Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Three Days to Forever is the ninth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduces Lauren Carr’s latest series. Detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for the first installment in this series in Spring 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV

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Lauren Carr has done it again! This is the ninth book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries series and I’m happy to say it’s a hit! This story has topics and or themes dealing with current events such as terrorism and politics so it’s sure to be full of action and action.

In this novel we finally see Mac and his love Archie Monday finally make their way to the alter. It has been a long time coming for these two and finally they’re be a real family. I mean they did start on it in A Wedding and a Murder but now it’s finally their time to get hitch for reals. Friends from all over had joined Mac at the Spencer Inn, an inn he inherited from his late and famous writer author mother. With the winter holidays and a wedding in tow it’s all happy jolly. Well, for the most part of it.

With only three days left, Mac is thrown into a whirl when he finds that his bride-to-be is in danger from a mad-man husband of a former case he had solved years prior. Mac sends his brother David to investigate but when murder hits their small town and all leads to the Spencer Inn, time is what they all need. But there’s another case that is in motion. Cameron Gates is a homicide detective and the newly-wedded wife of Joshua Thornton (best man and best friend of Mac) who’s decided to skip the wedding and take on a case for work. But to no one’s knowledge both their cases are going to be tied together! But when strange things begins to happen and evidence leads to Mac as a killer and his brother David goes missing…. How will everything be ready with three days left till the big day?

Wow Right!? This is the most action packed book in the series so far from what I’ve read and it’s awesome! Full of mysteries right from the start it kept me guessing and on the edge of my mind trying to piece together the pieces. It was fast paced and got me staying up reading till the very last page.

I also have to say that I love the different perspectives she gives in her novels. It’s like a mini film when I read them and enjoy it so very much. Plus she has a character list at the beginning telling you who all the players are in the story without giving away the killer or anything. So that’s absolutely amazing and very helpful with so many characters coming in and out.

And speaking of characters, the secondary characters! Oh how much I enjoy and love the secondary characters. There are new characters and old characters who we’ve met all before in previous stories and I just love seeing how they’re all doing and getting along with their lives~ As I’ve mentioned, Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates are back. They have their own mini series if y’all can remember call A Lovers in Crime Mystery Series so it’s always a blast having them take apart in the mystery solving with Mac. Although we don’t see much of Cameron it was still nice to have her in this story. And David is back once again!!! He’s the half-brother of Mac and it’s definitely a pleasure to see him. But oh the pain of seeing him hurt in here….And of course Gnarly, we can’t forget him. He’s Mac’s dog is always the favorite in the stories, always sensing trouble before it hits and always making a ruckus of things. You just can’t get enough of him.

And here we finally get to see more of the next generation of the Faraday and Thornton children. I love that they all got involved in solving the case and Can I say I see a new series with these kids coming our way? Maybe, because we see some sparks and attraction going on between the daughter of Mac Faraday and the son of Joshua Thornton.

Anyways, I’m loving these mysteries from Lauren. It just keeps getting better and better. Even though this is part of a series you can definitely read this a a standalone because it still gives you plenty of background information to move you along. And it’s a different mystery every time so not to worry about missing out on anything. Well, unless you want to see how some of these couples got together then yes, you missed a whole bunch so go ahead and read the whole series from the beginning because these couples didn’t get together as easily as they make it look. Plus it’s fun seeing how folks got together and through all the banters and crimes. It’s like watching Castle! Or The Mentalist! LOL

So yes, grab this mystery book in the Mac Faraday series and trust me, you’ll be hooked. Most recommend for those lovers of mysteries and for those needing some much action packed reading in their life at the moment. But I’ll recommend it to anyone willing to try something new because this really is a great book and the best yet in the series.

**This book was provided by the author for an honest review.


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Spotlight Author Reveal!!! JUST DESSERTS: Part 9~ Jodi Redford and Piper Denna


JUST DESSERTS: A Collection of Bite-Sized Delights

Just Desserts is a buffet of deliciously naughty stories. These delights are as diverse as the authors who write them. It is my pleasure to reveal two of the more than twenty contributing authors to Just Desserts-debut, new, multi-published, award-winning and bestselling authors. ENJOY TODAY’S SPECIAL!

Today, we feature two more bestselling authors. Take a moment to get to know them.


Perfect Passion

by Jodi Redford

A stand-alone erotic short story – supplement to Perfect Chemistry

Contemporary, Romance, Ménage

#perfectchemistry, #perfectpassion, #kinky, #geeks, #erotic, #romance, #officeromance, #foodporn, #scienceromance, #bdsm


Sidney Chase knows too well the potent side effects of the infamous Xtacy aphrodisiac elixir. So when Leo and Dev enlist her help with their latest kinky concoction, she’s all too willing to put in the overtime. Because the best perk of working for two sexy chemist geeks? Getting to be their sinful science experiment. And this time the results promise to be just as deliciously wicked.

Get to know Jodi

At the ripe age of seven, Jodi Redford penned her first epic, complete with stick figure illustrations. Sadly, her drawing skills haven’t improved much, but her love of fantasy worlds never went away. These days she writes about fairies, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures, only with considerably more heat.

She has won numerous contests, including The Golden Pen and Launching a Star. When not writing or working the day job, she enjoys gardening and way too many reality television shows.

She loves to hear from readers.

This sexiest food is:

Chocolate covered strawberries. It’s fruit and chocolate! Plus you get to hand feed it to that special someone, which is very sexy.

Five things you’d be surprised to know about me:

1) I’m a Star Wars geek. Actually no one would be surprised by that. LOL.
2) I used to be a professional horticulturist.
3) I’m addicted to cheesy horror movies. Or basically any movie that has Adrienne Barbeau in it.
4) I’ve seen Big Trouble In Little China 5 million times. Okay, maybe only 4,999,999 times.
5) I’m addicted to Angry Birds and Candy Crush. Damn whoever got me hooked on them!

The sexiest place in the world is:

A deserted island. Sandy beach, water, no one around. Enough said.

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Confidential Craving

by Piper Denna

Stand-alone Erotic Short-Story from the Fantasies Inc. Series

Erotic Contemporary Romance

#FantasiesInc, #FantasyMountain, #PiperDenna, #dinnerseduction, #seduction, #sexybrit, #sexydinner, #FantasiesIncseries, #eroticromance, #andsoitbegins


Victoria walks into her friend’s law practice for an appointment regarding her new business, but leaves with a dinner date to pick up her documents…from his partner. The sexy attorney with a British accent has managed to reawaken the libido she’s ignored for months while launching Fantasies, Inc., an upscale resort pandering to sexual yearnings. And hey, if she’s going to capitalize on cravings, she might as well have some of her own, right?

Brett has been warned to stay away from Victoria. He’s to draw up her papers. Nothing more. Except, upon meeting her, he’s compelled to ask her out. First item on his menu? Seduction. He senses her bottled-up cravings and intends to uncork her, warnings be damned.

Get to know Piper

Romance is sexy. And often funny, and sometimes tangled up with suspense. Let’s face it: all sorts of things get mixed up with romance in real life.
Piper Denna’s stories are not cut-and-dried romance. Her characters deal with issues female readers can relate to: independence and trust, empowerment, inhibition, an unfaithful partner, motherhood. Sometimes her characters make mistakes, and often her “bad guys” are not 100% bad. She hopes to take the reader on an emotional journey to a happy ending…with enviable sexual encounters along the way.

When she’s not writing, she edits, raises two teens along with her husband, and collects scrapbooking material. She enjoys books—or movies—with a comedic twist and hopefully a love story with lots of tension, too. Sexiest parts of a man in Piper’s opinion? The hands and eyes. Shoulders are nice too, and of course, great pecs are never amiss…

The sexiest food is:

Because I’m a rule bender, I’m choosing a drink: Champagne. It’s nearly always served in upbeat/celebratory times, and even has its own fancy, sexy glass. Plus, it bubbles!

Five things you’d be surprised to know about me:

  • I would rather lift weights for an hour than spend 5 minutes on a stationary bike. Spin class sounds like the deepest level of hell to me.
  • If a tiny garden snake chased me, I’d run like Usain Bolt (or drop dead on the spot). Those spin bikes in hell surely have snakes writhing around them on the floor.
  • For 7 years I worked as a Teacher Stunt Double (aka substitute) and enjoyed almost every day of it. (Crazy much? Yes, yes I may be.) Kids are gross and weird and sometimes vicious, but also brilliant, loving and utterly unpredictable.
  • When I was 10, I memorized the alphabet backward. As a young adult, I used it at parties as a means of convincing others I hadn’t had too much to drink.
  • I love Facebook. No matter how much other people complain about it, I love connecting with my friends, old and new, and if I manage to make someone “lol”, it makes my day.

Sexiest place on earth is:

Somewhere tropical, with a view of palm trees and the sound of waves breaking on the sand. And the men, at least, need to speak with a British accent.

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition~ #67

Welcome to Throwback Thursday!!!
Hosted by the lovelies Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Tin @ Love Saves the World.
What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia,
asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past
— usually from 5 to 10 years ago.
There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.



How great is this!!! This book was recommended to me from the amazing author Gina Conkle!

How did that happen? Well, it was during a game she hosted and I ended up making up a story that similarly resembled this story so she recommended it for me.

Sweet right!? I think so because it’s the kind of book I might just pick up and read for myself.

Taboo: A Novel of Forbidden Sensual Delights

by Kathleen Lawless


(Originally Published 2003)


You’ve been cooped up alone in the middle of nowhere far too long. I’m arriving to relieve your tedium. And bringing a very big surprise…

The surprise is Montague Bridgeman — and, courtesy ofFallon Gilchrist’s dear friend, he’s hers to do with whatever she pleases for one week. An inexperienced widow, Fallon is shocked at the idea of a private plaything. Shy and repressed, she decides to use him as her model and start painting again; he is a rather spectacular specimen of a man. Bridge, however, is hell-bent on awakening the reclusive Fallon to the sensual world, and she soon quivers under the force of his desire — and her own. Yet even more intense than these heady pleasures of the flesh is the haunted look in Bridge’s eyes — a look that suggests he’s much more than a lover-for-hire, and that seven days and seven nights might not be enough…for either of them.


Now, Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance  and Tin @ Love Saves the World for their picks for Throwback Thursday and the rest of the cast down below.


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Spotlight Author Reveal!!! JUST DESSERTS: Part 8~ Erzabet Bishop and Iyana Jenna


JUST DESSERTS: A Collection of Bite-Sized Delights

Just Desserts is a buffet of deliciously naughty stories. These delights are as diverse as the authors who write them. It is my pleasure to reveal two of the more than twenty contributing authors to Just Desserts-debut, new, multi-published, award-winning and bestselling authors. ENJOY TODAY’S SPECIAL!

Today, we feature two bestselling authors. Take a moment to get to know them.


Black Magic Cafe

by Erzabet Bishop

A stand-alone erotic short story.

Paranormal, M/F, Werewolf, Shifter, Witch, BBW

#witch, #werewolf, #shifter, #chocolate, #magic, #moonlight, #love, #lovespell, #BlackMagicCafe, #Blackmagiccake


A Thibedeaux wolf and a Conway witch…

Elodie Conway is the owner of The Black Magic Café, where love and chocolate go hand in hand. When journalist Jason Thibedeaux runs a critique of her business all is fair in love and war when there’s magic under the moonlight.

Get to know Erzabet

Erzabet Bishop is the author of Sigil Fire, Written on Skin: A Sigil Fire short, Fetish Fair, Temptation Resorts interactive erotic romances, Holiday Cruise, Gingerbread Dreams, Pomegranate (upcoming), Red Dress, Holidays in Hell, Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection and multiple books in the Erotic Pagan Series. She is a contributing author to Club Rook, Taboo II, Hungry for More, Potnia, Wicked Things, Unwrap These Presents, A Christmas to Remember, Forbidden Fruit, Sci Spanks, Spank or Treat, Sweat, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen, Bossy, Cougars, Can’t Get Enough, Slave Girls, Gratis III, The Big Book of Submission, No Safewords II, Gratis II, Anything She Wants, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, Coming Together: For the Holidays and more. She was a dual finalist for the GCLS awards in 2014. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores.

This sexiest food is:

The sexiest food has to be chocolate. You can drizzle it over just anything and I do mean anything…

Five things you’d be surprised to know about me:

1. I love to knit and crochet when I have time between deadlines.
2. My house is run by my furry canine children.
3. By day I am a mild mannered bookstore manager. By night I write to free my soul…
4. I can roller skate backwards without falling.
5. I have a POP collection of witches on my desk and I am a Mac lipstick addict.

The sexiest place in the world is:

If I could choose anywhere in the world I think it would be a luxury hotel room with room service, walks on the beach at night and a shopping spree that involved Mac lipstick, strappy silver heels, red lingerie and chocolate covered bacon. And strawberries.

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Strictly Professional

by Iyana Jenna

Stand-alone Erotic Short-Story

MM Contemporary Romance

#gay, #glbt, #mm, #romance, #contemporary, #designer, #envious, #boss


Zane Kotsky is a senior graphic designer at Downey Bags. When the company is extending its market, they pick someone from outside to be the head of the art department instead. Before Joachim Wessling turns up at the company to be his new boss, Zane, is heartbroken and envious. But that was then.

Get to know Iyana

Iyana writes M/M short stories and novellas. Her works have been published by Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Books to Go Now, Torquere Press, Bitten Press, Leap of Faith Publishing, Breathless Press, and Alfie Dog Fiction.

Iyana is a dreamer who lives in Jakarta, a city famous for its traffic jams, a lot of cars and motorcycles, and people selling stuff on the roads. You can spend two hours on the road going to a place you can reach in half an hour in a normal situation. Thanks to the traffic jams, though, Iyana can come up with a lot of stories, mostly shorties, as she prefers to spend the time during her trips writing into her cell phone rather than sleeping.

The sexiest food is:

I think the sexiest food is moist, decadent chocolate lava cake melting on top of a naked male’s muscled chest. Why? Do I need to explain? :)

Five things you’d be surprised to know about me:

1. I snore. Loudly.
2. I spend more than one hour to shower.
3. I can sleep anywhere. I don’t know the meaning of ‘amnesia.’
4. I’m afraid to take buses in Jakarta to go places.
5. I like cheesy movies perhaps because I love cheese. :)

Sexiest place on earth is:

I think it would be in a country house in an English/German countryside. I can imagine the smell of the wet soil and fresh bread and milk. I don’t know why I like that kind of place. It’s just that I’ve never been there so I think it would be very romantic.

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Release Day!!! In The Moment: Part Two by Rachael Orman

ITM2-ebook In The Moment: Part Two

by  Rachael Orman

Serial- 50pgs

Release Date: March 16, 2015


Ace has been ignoring Adam. Adam is determined to force him to show his hand by hitting on Alicia, the bartender Ace can’t keep his eyes off. When Ace finds out Adam is interested in Alicia on his own, he is ever the more determined to make their threesome work.

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“Well, looks like you didn’t wait for me to get started,” I said, stepping closer. Although she hadn’t spoken, Alicia hadn’t let her eyes leave mine since I’d moved into her sight.

“I couldn’t help myself. Once her lips were on mine, I had to have more. She’s so incredibly responsive,” Adam licked a long line up her neck. “And she tastes incredible.”

“See why I was hooked from the first time?” I cupped her cheeks tenderly and kissed her. I didn’t know if she would allow me to or respond, but I had to try. Not only did she respond, but she fisted her hands in my cut, pulling me closer.

I was close enough I could feel Adam’s hand moving between her thighs. Lifting my head from hers, I bit down on her bottom lip before dropping to my knees. She was forced to let go of my leather cut, but her hands reached behind her and held onto Adam’s hips. While she was distracted with Adam, I slid my thumbs under either side of her jeans and panties then yanked them down as far as I could. What I had in mind wouldn’t work with her ankles tangled together so I tugged off one boot and freed one leg from the denim. I rested her bare thigh on my shoulder, which opened her up, and I watched as Adam plunged three fingers into her while his thumb rotated over her clit. Looking up, I met his gaze over her shoulder. Alicia’s head was tilted back against him as he continued to pleasure her.


Part One is Currently FREE!
About the Author:

Mother by day. Writer by night. I spend a majority of my day with my children and reading while my nights are filled with the sound of the keyboard as I work on my next work.

I have written in nearly every LBGT category as well as the traditional erotic romance category.

I love to try new things and learn from every piece of work I write. I’ll write just about anything once to learn from it. I’ve even ventured out of my normal erotica genre into Monster Erotica. Doubt you’ll find me writing anything not erotic as you can barely get me to even read something out of that category, but then again, you never know what I might try next.

Never stop learning. Try everything at least once.


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