Saturday, June 25, 2016

EskieMama Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Demons by C.J. Hartnett



Welcome to EskieMama Saturday Spotlight!!
Today we are spotlighting C. J. Hartnett's debut novel
Demons!!
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C.J's Debut Novel



Succubus demons thrive on sex for power. Except Mina. It’s a simple life. No attachments. No attractions. But when she meets Caleb, the sex is phenomenal and she actually feels something. Caleb just wants a one-night stand, but after having mind-blowing sex, he changes his mind. They agree to be friends with benefits. When Mina and Caleb learn the truth, will their white-hot passion be enough to stop them from killing each other? 

***Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language and is intended for mature audiences.***



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Q & A with C. J. Hartnett about Demons


Tell us about your Demons.
Demons is the first in a new horror/erotica series. It's about Mina and Caleb who find love despite their challenges. Succubus demons thrive on sex for power. Except Mina. It’s a simple life. No attachments. No attractions. But when she meets Caleb, the sex is phenomenal and she actually feels something. Caleb just wants a one-night stand, but after having mind-blowing sex, he changes his mind. They agree to be friends with benefits. When Mina and Caleb learn the truth, will their white-hot passion be enough to stop them from killing each other?


What initially inspired you to write this book?
I have always had a love for horror. The erotica came in and surprised me, but it worked.


Tell us little about the characters in this book.
Mina is a succubus demon who is weaker than most other demons. The demons are only allowed one kill a month - and that kill is supposed to be a murderer, or a human who has done bad things. Mina tends to get carried away and has killed innocent humans before. She is a strong woman, but is caring. Caleb has been hurt before and is just wanting to have fun. But there's more to him than he even knows about.


What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part of writing the book was probably some of the action scenes. Caleb and Mina came together so well for me and they played off each other that it was fairly easy.


What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite part is when Mina and Caleb make love for the first time. It's honest, it's romantic, it's hot. But it develops their relationship and their characters.


What are your future project(s)?
I just released the second book in the Demons series, and now I'm working on a novella for the series. After that, I plan to write the 3rd book in the series.



Now for an exciting excerpt from Demons

I was on the prowl for my next victim. There were so many to choose from, but I had my eye on a particular one. Nate Jackson. Twenty-six years old. 6’1”. Chocolate brown eyes, tousled brown hair, bronzed skin. One of the youngest vice presidents of a top corporation, yet he had many monsters in his closet. They all did.
That was why we killed them. We thrived on them. Because we were demons.
I spotted him by the bar in the swanky club, wearing a white button down Oxford and jeans, trying to pick up some blond tramp. They always went for the blondes. I could show him a better time. Too bad he wore a white shirt. It would soon be soaked from his blood.
I was wearing a low-cut red, form-fitting dress so short that if I bent over, my ass would show. I wore no panties, partly because I couldn’t stand them, and partly because it was easier to fuck a man when you didn’t have to worry about unnecessary clothing.
I sashayed over to Nate, and immediately caught his eye. I knew how to grab their attention. Of course, it was always easier when they were drunk and horny. I walked past him, but I knew he would follow. I made my way to the dance floor, impatient to get this over with. I needed to kill. I had waited too long as usual. I started dancing to the annoying thumping music. It was loud enough to calm my demon self, but not for long.
I felt him behind me. His hands were on my waist as he moved with me. I could feel him hardening, and I couldn’t wait much longer. The blood in my veins craved him.
He turned me around and gave me a cocky smile. “You are incredible,” he said.
I gave him my best sexy smile and locked his eyes with mine. “Thank you,” I replied in a sultry voice. I kept dancing; wanting this ridiculous meet-and-greet to end so I could be done with him.
“I’m Nate.” He pulled my body close to his, his large hand pressed against my lower back. He smelled like expensive cologne and class.
“Rebecca,” I said. It wasn’t my name, but I didn’t need anyone around us hearing my real name.
He leaned down and pressed his lips to my neck. I wanted to bite him. Feed from him. I was struggling with the urges. I moaned, hoping he’d get the hint. He reached up with his other hand and squeezed my breast. His lips trailed to my ear and my cheek, his breath hot against my skin.
I turned my head as he neared my lips. I allowed no one to kiss me.
I pressed my hand against his hardening cock and rubbed through his jeans. He nuzzled his face into the crook of my neck, moaning. He pressed his teeth against my skin.
“Wanna get out of here?” he whispered. 
Finally.

C.J. Hartnett spends her days writing dark stories with a bit of naughtiness. She is a horror enthusiast, loves to cook for her family, and thoroughly enjoys gardening. Her debut novel is Demons, a horror erotica.



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Release Week Blitz w/Giveaway: Bad Boys After Dark: Mick by Melissa Foster

It’s release week for Bad Boys After Dark: Mick by Melissa Foster, the first in a new sexy series! I am so excited to share this new contemporary romance with you!! Grab your copy today, and check out the exclusive excerpt Melissa is sharing it! BBADM Ban   About Bad Boys After Dark: Mick: [caption id="attachment_17423" align="aligncenter" width="553"]Fashion portrait of beautiful young lovers 
Fashion portrait of beautiful young lovers[/caption] Indulge your inner vixen... You asked for naughtier lovers, with the same fierce loyalty as The Bradens - Meet the Bad Boys... Four sinfully sexy, uber alpha brothers, about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies. . Everything's naughtier after dark... Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she's researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She's waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action--and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party.   Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn't do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup. . Amanda thinks she's hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man--until she discovers the man she's made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick's already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite. When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction--no strings, no regrets, and for goodness' sake, come Monday, no quitting--the tables turn, and Mick's totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides.   *** BAD BOYS AFTER DARK Mick Dylan (coming soon) Carson (coming soon) Brett (coming soon)   More After Dark books: WILD BOYS AFTER DARK (Available Now!) Logan Heath Jackson Cooper   The AFTER DARK series are part of the LOVE IN BLOOM big family romance collection. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
  Buy Links: Kindle | Kobo | iBooks | Paperback | Nook | GPlay | Smashwords Bad Boys After Dark Teaser Exclusive Excerpt: LURED BY THE pulse of sex and anonymity, Amanda Jenner moved through the dusky bar, brushing against silk, satin, cotton, and flesh, each graze feeding the adrenaline coursing through her veins. Blue lights misted over sweaty strangers lost in the seductive bump and grind of foreplay and hoping for a night of erotic pleasure. If Amanda tried hard enough, she could smell tomorrow’s scent du jour—regret. Tonight she had no room for the confidence-crushing worry of what tomorrow would bring. She scanned the crowd, as she had in the previous three bars, immediately dismissing anyone who wasn’t in costume. Her world was full of boring men who excelled at wining, dining, and boring her to sleep. Ten years of romance novels and movies had led her astray, looking for the elusive needle in a haystack. She’d led herself astray, always the careful thinker, careful dresser. Or as her younger sister, Ally, would say, Careful kisser, careful lover. Ally, however, had taken charge of her sex life—and she’d found the perfect man. Now it’s my turn.   About Melissa Foster: melissa foster Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family. Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event. melissa newsletter CONNECT WITH MELISSA NEWSLETTER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | WEBSITE | STREET TEAM Enter Melissa’s Giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: A Love That Disturbs by Medeia Sharif


















A love that Disturbs
by Medeia Sharif

Evernight Teen Publishing/60k words
Interracial/Romance/YA/Contemp/LGBT(Lesbian)



Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together. 






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At least Rafe wouldn’t bother her for a few hours. He knew it was her first day in a new school. Haydee blew her nose, wiped her eyes, and left the bathroom. She walked into first period English and handed the teacher the pass. Students stared. A few had tattoos peeking from the edges of sleeves and shorts, but nothing like what she had. She felt like The Tattooed Woman and avoided staring back at them. She wasn’t in alternative school anymore, where most students had a nasty attitude about anything related to academics. The students in front of her had their books open and had been reading and writing before she walked in. They weren’t looking to fight her and she wasn’t going to fight them.
“Let me write your name down,” the teacher said. “I’ll make a folder for your work. How do you say your name? Heidi?”
“No, it’s Hay-dee,” she corrected Ms. Tookes. “Haydee Gomez.”
Ms. Tookes wrote her name on a notepad and nodded toward an empty desk, so Haydee sat down in a seat in the back with a textbook. The assignment was on the board, but Haydee had trouble seeing. She had lost or broken so many of her eyeglasses in the past that she stopped wearing them. She was slightly nearsighted and lived with her blurry vision just fine. Tomorrow she’d come to class on time and get a seat in the front.
She continued to receive some stares, but then students went back to work.
Feeling like she was on display, Haydee twirled the drawstrings of her hoodie, chewed the inside of her mouth, and smoothed down the baby hairs on her forehead. The door opened and she was grateful for another distraction. It was Maysa, her pink-and-green silk scarf glistening under the fluorescent lights. Haydee’s vision sharpened, as if she could see Maysa clearly, while everything around her was fuzzy. Maysa caught Haydee’s gaze and smiled before turning to Ms. Tookes. “May I take a few pictures of the students working?”
The teacher smiled back. “Take all the pictures you want.”
Maysa had a sunny, innocent demeanor. Haydee wondered what it would be like to have her life. She must have two parents taking care of her. She probably had brothers and sisters who were as nice as she was. Her parents were strict, if she had to cover her head like that, but they most likely were loving. Haydee’s curiosity intensified. She needed to know more about Maysa, who was walking to the back of the room where she was.
“Can I take a picture of you reading the textbook?” Maysa asked.
“Sure,” Haydee said. Anything. She wanted to please this girl. Haydee opened to a random page. It was a Shakespearean sonnet, which was like another language to her. Haydee liked to read, but not classic works. She enjoyed romance books and read any that she could get her hands on. They helped her escape from her own reality by taking her someplace else for a few hours.
Flashes sparked as Maysa took a few shots of Haydee. “You’re very photogenic.”
“Really?” Haydee looked up. “Let me see.”
Maysa neared her and held the back of the camera to Haydee’s face. Looking at the screen, Haydee saw she didn’t look too bad. Her bun was messy in a stylish way, and her head was tilted down to her book. Her cheekbones were sharp, and her right side was on display—not the left one with the black eye. “It’s a nice shot.”
Maysa smiled, and Haydee blinked, not knowing what else to say or do. She wanted to keep Maysa talking so that she wouldn’t leave right away. Because of the picture taking, a few other students had started talking and sneaked looks at the two of them. Haydee knew they must seem like an odd pair interacting with each other. Maysa showed her the next few pictures, at different angles. “I have to go now and get to the next classroom,” she said.
“Oh, all right.” Her gaze was riveted to Maysa’s slender form as she walked out the door.
Haydee’s phone vibrated again. When the teacher wasn’t looking, she slid it out of her pocket.
Got a nice dress for you tonight
Come to my place later so you can try it on
Red, your perfect color
And just like that, the moment was ruined. She shoved her phone back into her pocket. Like she needed another reminder of everything that was wrong in her life. She gritted her teeth and made fists, then forced herself to loosen her hands. She didn’t want to think about Rafe anymore, but how could she not? He was like a virus in her system and she couldn’t get rid of him. She admitted that he took care of her: he beat up johns who mistreated her, handed over any money he promised her, and challenged anyone who bothered her on the rough streets of Miami.
If it hadn’t been for Rafe, she might have been dead at one point, because one of the johns locked her in a bathroom, threatening to kill her later, and he took care of the situation. There were the existing issues of earning money and a degree of safety, but surely she could find another line of work. How would she tell Rafe that she wanted out without having his temper explode? She had seen him cut a man’s face with a razor. Would he do the same to her?

Q & A with Medeia Sharif



What books/authors have influenced your writing?
As a young author, I was inspired by Stephen King, Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood, and Erica Jong. When I was getting into YA writing, Laurie Halse Anderson, Elizabeth Scott, and Meg Cabot inspired me. 

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
That’s a tough question. I used to procrastinate on certain things, but now I find myself jumping into tasks to get things out of the way. I used to hate cleaning, but the older I get, the more pride I take in my home and possessions, so I’m quick to clean. 

Share a funny incident in your life.
I once answered the phone and told the person off almost immediately. It just so happened the person was delayed in introducing himself. It wasn’t a prank call at all. 

What's your pet peeve?
Inconsiderate, loud talking or music playing, especially when I’m at home and people are doing these things outdoors. 

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist?
I play music when I’m drafting and revising, but never when editing. I have hundreds of songs that I play at random, so there’s no specific playlist. 

Who was your favorite hero/heroine?
Wonder Woman, all the way. 

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?
I’ve lost count how many times that has happened with characters who start out as villains. 

What’s you next project?
I’m juggling 3 middle grade manuscripts that need revising and editing, as well as a YA that I have beta reader notes for. 

What's the one thing, you can't live without?
Chocolate.

What is your favorite movie (song)?
My favorite movie is Annie Hall.

What's your favorite TV show of all time and why?
Seinfeld because I’ve watched every single episode.

Clean shaven, scruff, beard, or mustache? Ink yay or nay?
Clean shaven and yay on ink.

Your favorite book by you or another author.

My favorite book of mine is A Love That Disturbs. I had a guttural pull to it from planning it to finishing it, more so than with any other book I’ve written.

If you could write in another genre what would it be & why?
I’d like to try science fiction because I enjoy that genre. I have a few unpublished sci-fi short stories, but I want to attempt a novel.



Author Bio:
Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and presently calls Miami her home. She received her master's degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Published through various presses, she writes middle grade and young adult short stories and novels. In addition to being a writer, she's a public school teacher.




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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: On These Pages by A.M. Griffin

On These Pages

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Book Title: On These Pages 
Author: AM Griffin 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: June 21, 2016 
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She’s a widow. He’s a reformed player. One passionate night changes them both forever.

Toni Harrison isn’t buying anything Ahmad Espen is selling. Everyone considers him the savior of the African American community but she knows him as a heartless player and plans to steer clear of him. The only problem is her sister and Ahmad’s brother are smitten with each other and despite Toni’s attempts otherwise, she constantly finds herself in Ahmad’s presence.

Ahmad understands why Toni is wary of him, but he’s a totally different man from the boy she knew in college. Now he’s determined to push past all her defenses to gain her trust. When he finally does, one passionate night with her confirms she’s the perfect woman for him.

Yet it seems there’s no fairy-tale ending for them, as Ahmad and Toni find out the hard way. Someone is out to destroy their relationship, along with Ahmad’s good name and Toni’s privacy. Once more Toni has good reason to distance herself from Ahmad, since he blames her for the whole mess. Heartbroken again, she walks away, and by the time he comes to his senses, he realizes it may well be too late to rewrite their love story to give it a happy ending.

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Toni flicked her gaze from her phone to the man standing above her with every intention of telling him the same thing she’d told the others. As soon as she looked up, her heart seized on a beat and her breath formed a lump in her throat. Toni not only stared at who was possibly the finest man she’d ever seen in her life, but also one she hadn’t seen in eleven years.

Ahmad Espen.

A vision of the last time he’d talked to her flashed across her mind and was just what she needed to close her gaping mouth and firm her back. She stared back at him, waiting for…for what exactly? For him to mention what had happened between them? For him to apologize?

He smiled down at her, flashing bright white teeth. “I’m sorry to disturb you, miss. But I saw you sitting all alone back here and thought you could use some company.”

Miss? Company?

She didn’t know if she should be mad or glad. He didn’t seem to recognize her. On one hand, she didn’t have to relive the embarrassment but on the other, he’d dismissed their last encounter, while she’d held onto it for all these years.

“I-I’m…um. I don’t need company.” Did she just stutter? She wanted to slap a hand across her forehead. She gripped her cell phone tightly to stop herself from doing just that and making a bigger fool of herself.

When she’d been a freshman in college and he’d been the sexy and worldly junior, she’d had the same reaction—stumbling, bumbling idiot. Get it together, Toni. She wasn’t a green little girl anymore.

“Well, if you don’t want me to sit with you, can I have this dance?”

If she were any other woman at the party, she would’ve gladly jumped up and taken him up on his offer. But while everyone knew Ahmad as an African-American motivational speaker who’d sprung onto the scene five years before, attracting more followers to his ‘black community self-help’ doctrine, Toni knew him as a promiscuous, rowdy fraternity boy. While Toni admired his topic, the man behind the words often left a bad taste in her mouth. Every time she saw him on television talking about his main agenda, the state of the African American community and the need to revitalize and energize the younger generation, she couldn’t help but remember how he’d treated her. “Why?”

He took a quick glance around. “You’re the only person not on the dance floor or mingling.”

She smiled up at him like she’d done to the other men. Everyone else in the room could worship at his feet. They thought he was so great, so perfect. “No, thank you. I’m watching the drinks and purses,” she said, but what she really wanted to tell him was to go to hell.

The emotion on his face quickly went from enamored to confused. “All I’m asking for is one dance.”

She’d once given him a dance and she’d let that go to her head and let him sweet talk her into his twin-sized bed. Well, there hadn’t really been that much sweet talking involved, it hadn’t been needed. She would’ve gone with him even if he’d recited the alphabet. “I’m not much of a dancer.” The lie quickly fell from her mouth.

“Sooo.” He motioned his hand through the air. “You’re at a singles mingle—dance party, I might add—and you can’t dance?”

As she shook her head, her hair bounced around her face. “No, I can’t. Not a lick.”

“So, that’s your excuse for turning down everyone who asked you to dance?”

She peered straight into his eyes. “Yes.” It was a good thing that she’d long gotten over wanting to poke his eyes out with a rusty fork because he was in arm’s reach and there was a fork, albeit not rusty, on her table.
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A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
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Cover Reveal: For the Love of Gracie by Amy K. McClung

 

Author: Amy K. McClung
Title: For the Love of Gracie
Series: The Southern Devotion series, Book 1
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Designer: Claire Smith
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Always falling for the wrong guy, Gracie Walker hasn't had much luck finding Prince Charming. She's reached a point where it's easier to forget about romance and focus on what's important: college, clubbing and her friends.

But the best-laid plans don't always pan out as hoped.

Caught up in a web of relationships that threaten nothing but pain, Gracie has to decide who she can trust and who can help keep her safe.

What lengths will the man of her dreams go to… for the Love of Gracie?




Amy McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls and occasionally suffers from middle-child syndrome. She met the love of her life online in August of 2004, on his birthday of all days, and married him in September 2005.

Currently they have no human children, only the room full of colourful robots that transform into vehicles and the large headed Pop Funkos who represent their favorite characters. Collecting movies, shot glasses, Pop Funkos, and dust bunnies are some of her favourite pastimes.

Amy began writing in September of 2011 and independently published her first YA novel, Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris series the following May. Her first book was a means of therapy for her, enabling her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life.

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