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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads New Release Spotlight w/Giveaway: Hard Rock Fling by Athena Wright

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New Release Spotlight

Today we are spotlighting Athena Wright's 
New Release
Hard Rock Fling

Enter below for a chance to win 2 books in the
 new Darkest Days series (ecopy) (one winner) or 4 books in the completed 
Feral Silence series (ecopy) (one winner)

Athena Wright's New Release
Second book in the Darkest Days series
Hard Rock Fling

It's just a fling. Rock stars like Ian are known for breaking hearts. I'm not going to let him break mine.

Ian Drake, one of the genius twin guitarists of Darkest Days, is known for his brilliant green eyes, his sly grins, and his mischievous flirting.

I shouldn't take him seriously when he flirts with me. But there's something about the way he looks at me. Like I'm the only one who sees past his cheery facade. Like I'm the only one who really sees him.

Ian says I'm special. He says I'm not like the others. He showers me with pretty words, just as he fills me with naughty desires. 

Everyone knows rock stars like Ian don't do commitments. This is just physical. Just fun. I'm going in with my eyes wide open. 

Because there's a secret he's not telling me. And why would he? We're just having a fling.

I told myself I wouldn't let Ian break my heart.

But I'm dangerously close to falling for a playboy rock star.

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Q & A with Athena Wright about Hard Rock Fling!

Tell us about Hard Rock Fling.

Hard Rock Fling is the 2nd book in my Darkest Days Rock Star Romance series, but it can be read as a standalone with a HEA. 

What initially inspired you to write Hard Rock Fling?

I have a bit of an obsession with rock stars and musicians. I always secretly dreamed I’d meet one of my favorite guitarists and snag him for myself. I am the ultimate fangirl. That’s why I love to write about rock stars and the girls who tame their wild hearts.

Tell us little about the characters Hard Rock Fling.

Hard Rock Fling features Ian Drake, one of Darkest Days’ genius twin guitarists, and Hope Briars, an intern in the music industry and the one girl who can tell Ian apart from his twin.

Ian is known for using his charm to get his way, but he thinks Hope is special and not like the others. Hope is determined to not fall for Ian’s pretty words. Hope and Ian start up a “fling” with the agreement that there will be no strings and no commitments. Of course, we can all guess what happens. ;)

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I touch on a sensitive subject in this book - self harm. It’s an issue that’s very close to my heart, and I very much wanted to do it justice. I’ve been so happy at the feedback from my readers telling how much they appreciate my handling of the issue.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

Weirdly enough, although I always say I hate writing poetry, writing the lyrics that Ian sings to Hope was a lot of fun. Or maybe fun isn’t the right word. Maybe it’s closer to satisfying. When I finally found the right words to express Ian’s feelings, and managed to make them fit together and sound fluid, I felt a sense of accomplishment.

What are your future project(s)?

Right now I’m working on Darkest Days book 3, featuring the wild, playboy and sometimes obnoxious bassist Cameron Thorne.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?

I do want to stress again that this book contained mentions of self harm, so if any readers are sensitive to that, I recommend they skip it. The books are all standalones, so you’ll be able to read book #1 and book #3 without missing anything.

Now an exciting excerpt from Hard Rock Fling!

The light smudge of black rimming his eyes was doing something to my insides. Guys shouldn't be hotter in eyeliner than girls. It wasn't fair. Ian caught me staring. He ran one finger along my neck, black nail polish smooth and gleaming. 

"I like that look on you."

"What look?"

"Like you want to eat me alive."

I flushed. I couldn't exactly deny it.

I'd told myself to forget about it and move on. I'd gotten laid. It was out of my system. One guy shouldn't still have so much power over me.

My body disagreed.

"Can we do it again?" I blurted. I wanted to bury my face in my hands, my cheeks burning with embarrassment. But I couldn't take it back. All that sexting, all that teasing, all that leather and eyeliner, had done me in. I had no more willpower left.

"Do what again?"

Ian's eyes glinted with mischief. He knew exactly what I meant, but he was going to make me say it. I steeled myself, speaking the words in one long breath.

"I know better than to expect any sort of commitment from you and you rarely sleep with the same girl twice but I don't want us to be a one night stand." I held my breath for his response, expecting annoyance or exasperation.

Instead, Ian gave me a wicked grin. "I know, right? That night at the party was fucking awesome. I definitely need more of your magical puss—"

"Stop!" I clapped a hand over his mouth.

"I'm just saying." The words were muffled against my palm. "The sex was too good for it to be a one time thing."

I lowered my hand. "So you're saying you want to do it again?"

"And again and again and again." Ian snickered at my blush.

"So what is this, then?" I asked. I wasn't naive. I knew I could never expect a real relationship with Ian, no matter how mind-blowing the sex was. That wasn't how it worked with rock stars like him.

He glanced away from me for a moment, as if he were thinking. Then he flicked his eyes up to mine. "Friends with benefits?"

"That implies you'll be sleeping with other people at the same time and—" I squirmed, "—I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that."

Ian tilted his head, considering me. "What about a fling?"

"A fling?"

"Yeah. We have sex a couple more times, get it out of our systems. We have our fun like mature adults, then go our separate ways. Call it a brief love affair."

My heart nearly jumped out of my chest at his use of the L word. Again.

"You can make all your friends jealous." Ian's eyes sparkled, like he was getting excited on my behalf. "A short, whirlwind romance with a rock star."

I knew better than to ask for anything long term, but I didn't want this to be over. Not yet. "A fling, you said?"

"Nothing wrong with a fling, right?" He trailed his fingers along my collarbone to the swell of my breasts. "Maybe I should wear leather and eyeliner all the time, if it gets you this worked up."

I squirmed, unable to look away from those burning eyes.

"Now you know how I feel when you walk around in those sexy little skirts of yours." Ian's lips curved up at the corners. His eyes narrowed into a seductive gaze.

That was when I knew. I knew I was in trouble.

This man had the power to break my heart, and I was practically ripping open my chest and offering it to him.

I was so going to regret this.

But I didn't have it in me to resist.

Author Bio:

Athena Wright is an author of New Adult and Rock Star Romance. She writes about bad boy rock stars and the girls who tame their wild hearts. Athena loves to write characters who are not always what they seem.
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Book Blast w/Giveaway: An Epiphany in Lilacs by Iris Dorbian

An Epiphany in Lilacs:
In the Aftermath of the Camps
by Iris Dorbian
GENRE: Historical YA


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An Epiphany In Lilacs is a young adult novel set in a DP camp outside Hamburg, Germany following the end of World War II. The author, Iris Dorbian, captures in this story a unique glimpse into the period after the Holocaust when survivors had to deal with their new realities for living, based on her father's personal experience.

After liberation in May 1945, Daniel, a 14-year-old Latvian Jew, is treated in a field hospital in the British zone of partitioned Germany. A survivor of various concentration camps, Daniel fights to recover from starvation and disease. Racked by nightmares, a nearly nightly occurrence, Daniel finds sleep almost impossible. Through his love of nature, and pre-war memories, Daniel struggles to find comfort. He forms an intriguing bond with an older German gentile, another survivor. Later on, as he joins a theater troupe, Daniel tries to move on with his life, yet still searching for the whereabouts of his mother and two sisters. Poised on the cusp of a new life, young Daniel makes his way to the country that will become his new home.

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As Daniel staggered into the latrine, he saw a ramshackle halfmirror nailed haphazardly to the wall. Composed of lattices of wood, it was the only part of the hospital that looked like a construction afterthought. Either it was the first time it had been put in there or he never noticed it before, having other pressing things on his mind.

Daniel gasped. He looked like a fifty-five-year-old man. Everything about him reeked of lifelessness – from the opaque hazel eyes to the stooped posture resembling a fading, elderly gnome in the final throes of osteoporosis to the branches of bones sticking out through brittle veiny skin. Even his ears protruded with an extraterrestrial freakishness he found alarming. There was nothing youthful about him. His complexion was cadaverously sallow. No, it was worse than that. The flesh was imbued with a color no presumably alive human being could have. All vestiges of innocence were summarily robbed from him and what remained was the hollowed out hulk of a frightened, damaged old man-child.


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Iris Dorbian is a business and arts journalist whose articles have appeared in a wide number of outlets that include the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Venture Capital Journal, Buyouts, Investopedia, DMNews, Jerusalem Report, the Forward, Playbill, Backstage, Theatermania, Live Design, Media Industry Newsletter and PR News. From 1999 to 2007, Iris was the editor-in-chief of Stage Directions. She is the author of "Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater," which was published by Allworth Press in August 2008. Her personal essays have been published in Blue Lyra Review, B O D Y, Embodied Effigies, Jewish Literary Journal, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Adanna Literary Journal,, Skirt! and Gothesque Magazine. A New Jersey native, Iris has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. You can friend her on Facebook at

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Review Tour w/Giveaway: First Comes Desire by Tina Donahue

First Comes Desire
by Tina Donahue
GENRE: Erotic Historical


Tina will be awarding ebook copies of the three titles in her Dangerous Desires series - Loving Lies (Book One), Wicked Whispers (Book Two), and Passionate Pursuit (Book Three) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.



On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….

Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…

Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…



Tristan brushed his lips against hers, teasing, testing. Diana softened beneath him, proving what he needed to know.

Gently, he eased his tongue into her mouth. The world spun, her thrilling heat snatching his breath and thoughts. He explored her intimately, deepening his kiss. Her taste soon belonged to him, his to her. They were no longer separate. He hoped she’d suckle him and deliver pleasure.

She resisted briefly, then coaxed his tongue deeper into her mouth. Pleased beyond belief, he released her wrists, slid his hands over her palms, and laced their fingers.

She yielded fully. She smelled like an English spring, soft rain mixed with fragrant flowers. He didn’t finish their kiss until she smelled of him. Slowly, he withdrew his tongue, lifted his head, and struggled for breath. “Open your eyes.”

Arousal brightened them, her mouth still wet with him, lips slightly bruised from his impassioned kiss.

His spirits soared. “You desired that.”

“I did not.”

As a clergyman’s daughter, she was a poor liar and would never fool him. “Then I’ll have to continue until you do.”

He kissed her, tenderly at first, then hard and greedy. She whimpered in what sounded like pleasure but held back, not giving herself fully. Finally, she tore her mouth free.

He pressed his lips to her neck. Her breath spilled out on a contented sigh, telling him what words never could. “I’ll not deliver you to Bishop. You belong to me.”


4 stars

Many a pirate books and movies have I watched or read, butt this one was different from them all.
Diana Fletcher goes to the tropics to rescue her brother and to bring the man who turned him into a pirate, and to bring him back to England so he can be punished. And harbors a secret for this adventure and the promise she made to be able to rescue her little brother.
Tristan Kent never meant to hurt her Brother, he tells her he tried to save him, but Diana does not believe him, yet this good looking man is not what she expected.

She wants to believe him, and desire escalates between them, can she trust him or is he a fool. Read the book to find out what he wants from her and will she fall in love. A great story that will grip you well.

I received a copy for my honest review!

Review by Jara


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, Tina worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.


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Blurb Blitz w/Giveaway: The Lady Who Drew Me In by Thomasine Rappold & To Tempt an Heiress by Susanna Craig

The Lady Who Drew Me In
by Thomasine Rappold
To Tempt an Heiress
by Susanna Craig
GENRE: Historical Romance


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The Lady Who Drew Me In

Daisy Lansing's ability to transfer images from people's thoughts onto paper was a novelty she used to trot out to amuse her friends. But when her “entranced drawing” begins to cause serious trouble for her guardians, she is banished to the country and forced to marry a man twice her age. After the joyless wedding, Daisy is determined to bury forever the strange skill that upended her life. However, she soon finds herself a widow and in dire financial straits. Suddenly, her curse may be her one chance at true independence.

Jackson Gallway's reputation as a rogue has far surpassed his success as a lawyer. In the wake of yet another scandal, he decides to head west. But before he can escape Misty Lake, Jax makes a promise to find an elusive killer. When he encounters a lovely young artist with an unusual talent that could help him in his search, what he finds is something neither of them can escape . . .

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To Tempt a Heiress

After her beloved father dies, Tempest Holderin wants nothing more than to fulfill his wish to free the slaves on their Antiguan sugar plantation. But the now wealthy woman finds herself pursued by a pack of unsavory suitors with other plans for her inheritance. To keep her from danger, her dearest friend arranges a most unconventional solution: have Tempest kidnapped and taken to safety.

Captain Andrew Corrvan has an unseemly reputation as a ruthless, money-hungry blackguard—but those on his ship know differently. He is driven by only one thing: the quest to avenge his father's death on the high seas. Until he agrees to abduct a headstrong heiress…

If traveling for weeks—without a chaperone—isn't enough to ruin Tempest, the desire she feels for her dark and dangerously attractive captor will do the rest. The storm brewing between them will only gather strength when they reach England, where past and present perils threaten to tear them apart—even more so than their own stubborn hearts…

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To Tempt an Heiress

Captain Andrew Corrvan would never claim to have always acted on the right side of the law, but there were crimes even he would not stoop to commit.

Kidnapping was one of them.

This conversation ought to have been taking place in some dark dockside alley, not in the sun-dappled sitting room of the little stone house occupied by the plantation manager at Harper’s Hill. Andrew had never met the man before today, although he knew him by reputation. Throughout Antigua, Edward Cary was talked of by those who knew him, and by many more who didn’t, as a fool. As best Andrew had been able to work out, he had earned the epithet for being sober, honest, and humane—a string of adjectives rarely, if ever, applied to overseers on West Indian sugar plantations.

As the afternoon’s exchange suggested, however, even a paragon of virtue could be corrupted by a villainous place. Why else would Cary be attempting to arrange the abduction of a wealthy young woman?

“So, the talk of valuable cargo was just a ruse to lure me here?” Andrew asked.

“Not at all,” Cary insisted with a shake of his head. “Between her father’s private fortune, which she has already inherited, and Harper’s Hill”—he swept his arm in a gesture that took in the plantation around them—“which she will inherit on her grandfather’s death, Miss Holderin is worth in excess of one hundred thousand pounds.”

Despite himself, Andrew let a low whistle escape between his teeth. The chit would be valuable cargo indeed. “And how do you benefit from sending her four thousand miles away?”

“I don’t,” Cary said, and behind that rough-voiced admission and the mournful expression that accompanied it, lay a wealth of meaning. So the man had taken a fancy to his employer’s granddaughter, had he? “She has always been like a younger sister to me,” he insisted; somehow Andrew managed to contain his scoff. “When Thomas Holderin was on his deathbed, I gave him my solemn oath I would do all in my power to look after his daughter.”

“And now you wish to be rid of the obligation.”

“I wish—” he began heatedly. But apparently deciding his own wishes were beside the point, he changed course and said instead, “I believe she will be safer in England.”

“Then book her passage on the next packet to London.” Andrew thumped his battered tricorn against his palm, preparatory to placing it on his head and taking his leave. At his feet, his shaggy gray dog rose and gave an eager wag of his tail, bored with all the talk and ready to be on his way.

“If I could, I would. I have tried many times to reason with her. But Miss Holderin is . . . reluctant to leave Antigua. She believes she is more than a match for the dangers the island presents.” Cary turned toward the window. “She is wrong.”

Andrew followed the other man’s gaze. Fertile fields, lush forest, and just a glimpse of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea where they touched a cerulean sky. It would have been difficult to imagine a less threatening landscape, but Andrew knew well that appearances could deceive. The dangers here were legion.

“Why me?” Andrew asked after a moment, folding his arms across his chest and fixing the other man with a hard stare. “Do you know the sort of man I am?”

Unexpectedly, Cary met Andrew’s gaze with an adamant one of his own. “I do. You are said to be a ruthless, money-hungry blackguard.” Andrew tipped his chin in satisfied agreement. He had spent ten years cultivating that reputation.

“But of course, the sort of man you are said to be might not be entirely accurate, I suppose,” Cary continued, steepling his fingers and tilting his head to the side. “Your crew tells a slightly different story, Captain.”


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A three-time RWA Golden Heart nominee, Thomasine Rappold writes historical romance and historical romance with paranormal elements. She lives with her husband in a small town in upstate New York that inspired her current series. When she’s not spinning tales of passion and angst, she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing on one of the nearby lakes, and basking on the beach in Cape Cod. Thomasine is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Capital Region Romance Writers.

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A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat.

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