Friday, April 26, 2013

Natalie-Nicole Bates "See Me" Scavenger Hunt

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Horror
Flame rating: Hot
Released: October 2012
Publisher: Leap of Faith
Word count: 22,000
Tour long Giveaway: First place- $25 GC to Amazon or B&N and a bottle of ‘See Me’ Perfume
Second and Third place- bottle of ‘See Me’ Perfume
Dates: 4/22/2013 thru 5/3/2013

Super Duper Important- Scavenger Hunt Instructions:

There are 11 (eleven) stops for this Scavenger Hunt. Each stop contains a picture/button with a letter on it. All 11 letters form a message or phrase that is associated with the book. The letters are scattered randomly to the hosts. You will need to collect all 11, unscramble them, and then enter the decoded message in the Rafflecopter for the ‘extra entries’. Good luck!


Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author. Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

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Twitter: @BatesNatalie
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Carly Anders is hearing voices in her head. Another one of her kind is trying to contact her. She knows of the malevolent freaks—others who are eternal like her and seek out the weak to inflict pain upon. For years, Carly has held up huge protective walls to keep herself and her secrets safe. Now, physically and mentally exhausted, Carly needs protection and rest.

She accepts the invitation to visit an internet friend who needs help appraising a collection of antique photographs. The situation is not ideal, but Carly hopes a male presence in her life will deter the determined suitor who haunts her thoughts and dreams.

Daniel Tremont is not what Carly is expecting.

The former funeral director has a secret of his own. Not only is he eternal like Carly, he is her creation from all those years before—her abomination she thought she killed.

Daniel has been searching for Carly for years. He knows she is the piece of his life that he has been missing for so long. Now that he has found her, he has no intentions of letting her go.

“The quintessential paranormal romance”
5 Stars~Night Owl Reviews


A flicker of life ignited in her eyes. Her hands came up to his face, and to Daniel’s surprise, tears bubbled from his own eyes. He was releasing the pain and fear he had absorbed from his beloved.

“I’m so sorry, Daniel, so sorry,” she murmured.

“There’s nothing to be sorry for, my love. It’s over. It’s time to move forward now.”

“You don’t understand what I am, Daniel.”

“I do understand, Carly. I am what you are. See me for what I am.”

In his mind, he could see the moving clockwork gears of her thoughts once again as she tried to process what he was telling her to be true.

“Just accept it, and let’s move forward.”

She drew his face to hers and her lips parted beneath his. Time blurred and he drank in the essence of his Carly. Her soft, barely covered curves molded themselves against his the hard planes of his body. Her hands were under his t-shirt, her fingers stroking him. If he pressed on, he knew she wouldn’t refuse him. But in her vulnerable state, he wouldn’t let anything progress further that night. Carly needed time to process everything that happened. There was plenty of time to pursue a physical relationship. They weren’t going anywhere…he hoped.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Cara Carnes Series Tour--Passion's Training

Welcome to the awesome Cara Carnes, here to tell us about her Pleasure Brigade series, and in particular Book Three in the series, Passion's Training. And there are not one but two giveaways, so make sure to enter!


What happens in The Brigade stays in The Brigade…Viviana Marks crashes the annual Brigade masquerade with one mission—submitting to Chief of Security, Stryker. She isn’t about to pass up this opportunity to dabble in her BDSM fantasies with one of the best Doms around. Returning from a mission, Lance is surprised to discover an unknown woman posing as a former submissive of his. Curious, he assists Stryker in taking control of the sweet bundle of curves, sensuality and attitude. Viviana soon finds herself in a two-week training session with the two men, who are determined to unleash her darkest desires and awaken a need she’s ignored too long. When the time draws near to decide whether to continue her journey of sensual discovery, the true test is whether the tentative trust she’s built with the two Doms is enough to overcome her bitter past.

The Brigade Masters return to the office calmer than before and it is immediately clear the women had returned. They whisper amongst themselves as they take their appointed positions within the room with eased stances. Lance collapses in a chair in the corner and leans his head against the wall.

If you missed the first part of the interview, you can click HERE and read part 1 or HERE for part 2.

Part 3

Cara: So the women are okay?
Stryker: No, but Santiago and Montgomery had our backs like always. They saw we were busy and insisted they go with them.
Kade: Autumn and them are more than capable of handling themselves but knowing one of us is with them makes me more comfortable.
Lance: Let’s get started. Stryker and I need to get together on something we’re planning for Viviana.
Cara: That brings me to my next question. *looks at Lance and Stryker* In the third book, Passion’s Training, it surprised me to find you two together.
Stryker: *growls* We are NOT together.
Lance: What the hell have you been reading?
Lorenzo: Enough you two. Don’t take your frustration out on her. You know what she means. You’re sharing Viviana.
Kade: *chuckles and smiles at Stryker* Your turn on the grills. Have fun.
Cara: Clearly they’re not thrilled that the women aren’t back yet. Tell me about Viviana. Why did you two decide to share her training?
Lance: We weren’t left with much of a choice. She showed up pretending to be a submissive who knew me. I couldn’t let that go, yet it was somewhat obvious that Stryker had no intention of taking a backseat. *shrugs* We decided it would be better to work together rather than either of us missing the chance to play with her.
Stryker: She was unique and I knew that from the start. Not many submissives could handle Lance and I together. We’re a bit…intense.
Cara: What surprised you most about Viviana?
Lance: Her personality. She was a lippy little sub and still is. *shifts in his chair* I figured out I like that a hell of a lot.
Stryker: Like I said, we’re intense. She gives as good as she gets and that’s a rare commodity.
Cara: Several people have asked about her brother. Have you all met him yet? In the book she was somewhat worried about how her relationship with you all would affect the business relationship he had with Brigade Enterprises.
Lance: What happens at The Brigade stays at The Brigade. Whatever we do or don’t do with Viviana has absolutely nothing to do with the business contract her brother’s company has with us.
Stryker: I’ve spoken with him on a few occasions. I have nothing but respect for him. His tenacity in landing the contract is why we found Autumn, after all.
Kade: *smiles* I believe she found you.
*the men laugh*
Cara: What’s one thing about her that you want readers to know?
Stryker: She’s smart as hell and that is sexier than anything else. She’s not afraid to be the geek in the room. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to drag her away from her computer when she’s tapping away on the keyboard with a pencil in her mouth.
Lance: *groans* And her glasses perched on her nose with her hair all over the place like she’s just had the ride of her life. Hell yeah. Stryker’s right. She’s not afraid to be herself and be the smartest one in the room. She gets that we don’t want a meek mouse 24/7. She’s a submissive when we scene and in the bedroom but everywhere else she’ll stand toe-to-toe with anyone.
Lorenzo: Between her and Autumn daily life at The Brigade has certainly changed. Poor Chase doesn’t know what to do with himself with the two of them underfoot shaking things up. All these guys have changed somewhat because of them. It’s a damn good thing.
Kade: They aren’t the only ones underfoot changing things around. You’ve certainly done your fair share of changing lately, man.
Cara: Speaking of Chase, where is he? I had a couple of reader questions for him.
Lance: They’ll have to wait. He’s having a tough time of it right now and has his hands full.
Stryker: *shakes his head and grins* His hands are full all right.
Cara: *looks at Lorenzo* We met Katey toward the end of the third book and it was rather obvious then there was a connection between you two. Not many men would’ve done everything you did for her.
Lorenzo: The adversity Katey went through and the financial difficulties she faced as result are her business. You’ll have to discuss that with her.
Kade: This might be a good time for another break. I have a call to make.

Ooh, to continue reading this interview of the Pleasure Brigade boys you’ll have to wait until April 24th and visit HERE.

Cara’s Bio:

Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13.

In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves travelling, photography and reading.

More information about Cara can be found at or on

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Hot, Sweet and Delicious!

Welcome Renee Luke who's here to share a sinfully delicious recipe, definitely wonderfully sinful suggestions of what to do with the dessert and an equally sinful excerpt from her new book, Sweet Spot! WARNING: You'll be drooling... believe me!

(Original recipe from Women’s Day)
It's pie, it's ice cream, it's fruit and it's chocolate.

This could be the best all-around dessert ever!

Who wouldn't like it?


12 to 15 whole chocolate graham crackers
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1⁄4 cup sugar

1 container (14 to 16 oz) vanilla ice cream
1 pint raspberry sorbet
1 container (14 to 16 oz) chocolate ice cream
1 pint red raspberries
1 tub (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Garnish (Optional)
chocolate curls or chocolate sauce

Evenly coat a 9-in. pie plate with nonstick spray.
Crust: Pulse crackers in food processor until fine crumbs form.
Add butter and sugar; pulse until crumbs are moistened.
Press firmly over bottom and up sides of pie plate.
Freeze 30 minutes.
Place vanilla ice cream in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to slightly soften.
Pack into crust with an ice cream spade or large spoon; spread evenly.
Freeze 15 minutes or until firm.
Slightly soften sorbet as above; spread on vanilla ice cream.
Freeze until firm.
Slightly softening chocolate ice cream.
Spread evenly on sorbet. Freeze at least 3 hours, or wrap airtight and freeze up to 1 week.
Top pie with 1⁄2 pt raspberries.
Drop spoonfuls of whipped topping on berries; spread evenly.
Top with remaining berries; garnish with chocolate curls or sauce. NOTE: To make chocolate curls, firmly pull a swivel-blade vegetable peeler across a bar or block of room temperature chocolate. 

Doesn’t this recipe for ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate, and berry pie look delicious? When I look at each of the ingredients for the filling, I see something tempting and yummy, but something sexy, erotic, and sensual all in one.

To turn this recipe up a notch, bring your honey into the kitchen with you, or bring the dessert into the bedroom with your honey… imagine all of the ways you could share this dessert… I see all sorts of erotic ways to turn this dessert into an afternoon of lovemaking…and who cares about the mess.

First, the chocolate and vanilla ice creams…I can imagine taking a spoonful and spreading it across my man’s skin… maybe low on his abdomen so that his body heat would make the ice cream slowly melt onto his skin, sliding lower and following those sexy chiseled lines that lead down to his…well, to my joystick!

Yes, the cream would be cold. For a minute. But I’d reward his attempt at remaining still by following the trail of ice cream with heat of my tongue… he’d taste like chocolate, vanilla, sugar… and arousal… yum…

Let’s move onto the whipped cream… not quite as sweet or cold as the ice cream, so it can go directly on this joystick flesh, all hard and ready for my tongue to lick him there, too. Take your fingers and dip into the bowl of whipped cream, then wrap around him and slide down to his base…you can’t leave your man a white sticky mess, now can you? No, now put your lips around him and suck all that cream off.

The raspberry sorbet and the fresh plump raspberries, I’d use together… I’d move to his mouth, take a fresh berry and squeeze the flesh so red, sweet juice drops onto his lips…and then I’d clean the fruity nectar with a kiss… and the raspberry sorbet? I’d use my fingers to make a trail of cold frozen fruit down his next, then again, I’d clean it with my tongue…nipping and teasing just to make sure I didn’t leave any bits of fruit behind…

Dessert can be so much more than an after dinner treat, as you can see, it can be the main dish…

There are so many ways to enjoy desserts with your honey, and that’s exactly what Ellie and Derek did in this snippet of Sweet Spot



“Hmm?” She turned toward him, her lips wet and stained with strawberry juice. She’d been sampling the fruit again, and god help him, he was about to.

He bit back a groan. “I didn’t invite you over for this.” He angled his head toward the counter behind her, littered with sweets and treats.

Her eyes widened. Went glossy, but she didn’t look away. Her lips trembled slightly, before she tucked the bottom one between her teeth. She sighed, releasing the plump tempting flesh. “I know.”

Two words, two simple words, yet they were filled with understanding. Acceptance. She knew why she was at his place, for exactly the same reason he wanted her there.


“I told you, I meant to have you again.” And again. And again. And again. As often as he could. As long as she would give it up.

“I know,” she repeated, backing up until she was greeted by the counter’s edge.

“And you came, knowing I want you.” His heart thumped heavily in his chest, the tempo echoing in the pounding of his dick.

She nodded. Wet her lips again. Her nipples grew tighter beneath her shirt. She let out a sigh, a berry stained breath that washed like springtime across the narrow space separating them. “I came because I want you, too.”

Damn, that’s all he could take. He moved forward, closing the distance between them, drawn to her like a bear to honey, the allure a temptation he was unable to resist. He bent, touching his lips to hers, the kiss light, a mere mingling of breaths.

His hands moved to her waist, lower, he settled his palms on her hips, then lifted her onto the cool slab of black marble behind her.

She trembled, her mouth opening as she gasped in surprise. He took it as an invitation. Deepening the kiss, he touched his tongue to her lips, tasting the tart-sweetness of the strawberries and the honey of her mouth.

Now, go make this ice cream, whipped cream, berry dessert and enjoy your honey while you’re at it!

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Release Day is here at last!

I'm so excited about the release of my newest book, Dragon's Claim both because release day is just amazing, no matter how many I go through, and also because I love the characters, Herve and Talathion. Their story took me on an emotional journey I wasn't completely expecting, leaving me drained and elated at the end of writing the book.

In celebration, I'm on a book tour promoting and getting the word out, and today I'm at The Jeep Diva's blog, as well as at Erzabet's Enchantments. There are excerpts! a giveaway! and a little about the other two books in the Unveiled Seductions series, so stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Welcome Sandra Sookoo!

Today I'm welcoming Sandra Sookoo who is stopping by to tell us about her book, Winning His Wife. Check out the trailer here, and make sure to enter the giveaway below for the chance to win a $10 Gift Card!

Title: Winning His Wife
Genre: Historical Romance Flame rating: Warm Released: 2/27/2013- eBook, 4/1/2013- print Publisher: Twenty or Less Press Word count: 40K


Fighting for independence goes beyond an infant nation, but love might just conquer all.

Captain Caleb Haslet has come home to Portsmouth, Rhode Island after two years at sea chasing pirates and keeping British ships from the fledgling American nation. He wants nothing more than to settle into domestic life and finally claim the new bride duty had forced him to leave behind.
Though she now has her own life doing charity work, providing prisoners with basic creature comforts, Abigail Haslet is both excited and anxious that Caleb thinks to take up where they left off. But, how can she give her heart to a man who'll leave again when duty calls?

Caleb no longer wants a marriage of convenience. When plying Abigail with kisses and spending time with her fails, he decides to take advantage of his wife’s stint behind bars to make her see the truth—he's in love with her.


“Is it the marriage you resent or my handling of the affair?” He stroked his hand over her bare buttock, back and forth, his touch so gentle she might have missed it if she hadn’t been so terribly aware of him. “Or perhaps it’s merely me you can’t stand.”
Yesterday had he asked her that, she would have had no qualms answering all three questions, but now, how could he be part of the problem when he created a magic unlike any other she’d ever known? When he stilled his hand on her backside, she whimpered.
“Answer the question please.” Though he kept his voice conversational and at a whisper, there was no mistaking the note of command.
“Your handling.” She licked her dry lips. “I am not chattel, Captain. I’m a woman who demands your attention the same as any man under your command, but since I am a woman, my wants and needs will always fall to the wayside when a man is in the mix.” Would he despise her free speaking, regret that he’d offered for her in the first place?
“I’m beginning to see I made a mistake.”
“In choosing me?” She hated that her voice sounded small and out of place in the darkness.
“No, in not asking for you sooner. I should have planned better so we had more time before my departure.” He glided his hand along her side to fondle her nipples once more. “I don’t want our union to be a farce, but you must promise me to curtail deporting yourself in a manner that shows both of us in an unfair light.”
The wonderful tension he’d created in her body faded under the safe wave of annoyance. She pulled his hand away from her person.  “You cannot expect me to follow your orders as if I’m one of your crew. A marriage is more than that.”
“Actually, it isn’t. A marriage and being part of a sailing crew are very much the same. They all come down to one thing—trust.” Caleb escaped her grasp. He inched his hand down the front of her body.  “Just as I demand trust from my crew, I ask it of you as well.”
The moment his fingers danced over her feminine curls, Abigail gasped. No one had ever touched her there, but the man who was her husband dared to go even further. With a gentleness that belied the man she assumed he was, he nudged her thighs apart. She let him. Dear heavens, how could she deny him? The curiosity became too much.
He slid a finger along her folds.
“Oh my.” I had no idea a man’s fingers on me like that could feel… There were simply no words for the way sensation surrounded her in a cocoon of wonderment.
“I want you to trust me, Abigail.” His voice reverberated in her ear and her chest. Strain rasped in his words as he left off his torment and rested his hand on her stomach. The hard bulge of his arousal pressed insistently against the small of her back. Obviously, that tiny moment had affected him as well. “You and I are bound in the eyes of the law, but I want more than a cold decree. I want to share with you the joy that can happen between a man and a woman.”

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Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory, and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd “what if”.

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