Saturday, February 4, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Starting Over by Erin Cristofoli

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Saturday Spotlight!

Today we are spotlighting Erin Cristofoli's 
Starting Over

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Erin Cristofoli's 
Starting Over!

Left with no option but to leave the only life she has ever known, Katherine White has packed up and moved almost three thousand kilometres for a chance at a new start with a new job in a new city.

When her best friend drags her to a masquerade party on only her second night in town, Kate has a chance encounter with a mysterious masked man that dominates her, pushes her limits and leaves her craving more. He tells her that there is no long-term in their future, but he wants to continue to explore their sexual chemistry. The only trouble is he wants their identities to remain a mystery.

Benjamin Hyde has been burned by love and has vowed never to let another woman stomp on his heart. His days are filled with successful business ventures and his nights with one night stands at the club.

After reluctantly being dragged to a masquerade party by his best friend, Ben is surprised to find a girl that captivates him and doesn’t hesitate to take control.

When his new assistant, Kate, arrives on Monday morning, a glimpse of a tattoo on the back of her neck throws a wrench into his perfectly sorted world. Could Kate really be the woman that Ben had hooked up with?

Ben wants to pursue her, but she is adamant to not mix business and pleasure.

Normally he would quite agree, except when it comes to Kate.

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Q & A with Erin Cristofoli about Starting Over!

Tell us about Starting Over. 

Starting over is the sexually enticing story of Ben and Kate. Both have been burned emotionally. Kate wants to start over, focus on her job, while Ben doesn’t believe that happily-ever-after exist. One night at a masquerade party, Kate meets a masked man who takes control and leaves her wanting more. Monday morning Ben realizes his new assistant, Kate, is the same woman he had messed around with at the club. Slowly friendship between them grows, all the while Kate dives into a sexual rollercoaster ride. Will one secret that Ben decides to keep ruin everything?

What initially inspired you to write Starting Over?
It started out as a challenge just to see if I could write one scene that was half decent. I hadn’t really planned to publish.

Tell us little about the characters Starting Over.
Kate has travelled across country to start a new life. She is reserved and worried that she will end up hurt again. Ben is a well-off businessman who has a dominating side. When these two connect, sparks fly.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
One of the big climaxes. I wanted to make sure I got it right, and it took a very long time to get over the mental blocked I had on it.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I really enjoyed the first chapter. I loved the initial connection these characters had.

What are your future project(s)?
I recently decided to make this book into a series and so I am now writing book 2!

Now an exciting excerpt from Starting Over!

Well, Sir, I think I should call it quits and head home. As I said, I just moved here and only have tomorrow to get myself settled before I start my new job.”
I stood up and grabbed her hand; I couldn’t let her go just yet. Deciding to give her a little taste of my dominance, I leaned in close. “Dance with me.” It wasn’t a request. I pulled her to the dance floor where a slow, heavy bass beat was playing, almost animalistic. All around us there were couples grinding against each other. “Let’s let loose and have a little fun, Kate,” I murmured in her ear. Sliding my arm around her waist, I pulled her close, her pelvis pressed tight against mine, my hand resting on the small of her back. I felt her shiver and wondered what thought running through her mind had caused it. As I began to move in slow, sensual movements, moving Kate’s hips along with mine, her breath hitched, exciting me to my core.
With just a little coaxing, I was sure I could get her to bend to my every word, or just bend over so I could have my way with her. Unfortunately, the club was not the ideal place for that. I looked down, noticing her eyes were closed. Never had I seen a woman dance so smoothly and so in tune with the beat, and it had me imagining what she would feel like moving underneath me. I pulled her even tighter, wanting her to feel my growing erection against her. She gasped and her eyes fluttered open to a shocked expression.

Author Bio:

Erin was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, where she resides with her husband and two kids. She is a stay-at-home mom and has long dreamed of having a published book of her own. Making It Through is second romance novel. Her first novel, Starting Over, was published in August 2015. When she isn’t writing, Erin​ has a love of most forms of art, especially painting, photography, and crocheting.

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New Release Blitz w/Giveaway: Promises of Virtue by Randi Perrin

Author: Randi Perrin
Title: Promises of Virtue
Series: Earthbound Angels, Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: RMGraphX
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Love has never been Cheryl Brigham’s plan. She’s not cut out for second dates, relationships, or happily ever afters.

All that changes when she’s on vacation in Paris. First dates lead to second dates, which leads to a whole lot more than she ever bargained for—but she knows it's all over when she returns home. That’s okay with her.

Until it’s not.

When it’s no-strings-attached, what will Cheryl do when her heart gets tangled up?

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Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).

She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.

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Blog Tour: Titan World featuring Never Mine by Megan Mitcham


We're so excited to host a day on the blog tour for TITAN WORLD, featuring Cristin Harber and ten authors writing in Cristin Harber's Titan world. The book being featured today is NEVER MINE by Megan Mitcham! Check out an excerpt below.

Did you miss what Titan World is all about? Read the announcement here!


About NEVER MINE by Megan Mitcham

From New York Times best-selling author Cristin Harber and USA Today best-selling author Megan Mitcham comes an exciting collaboration… Jillian Cooper never wanted Callum, until a dream morphs him from her best friend's husband to a singular nocturnal fantasy. Revolted by her own mind and loyal to a fault, she refuses to give the dream life. Still, it manages to make her awkward around her only family; Amery, Callum, and their two stunning daughters. As an orphan and an Explosive Ordinance Tech with the Navy, things have a way of crashing down around her. The world crumbling call came in the form of a single car, single fatality accident. Amery died. While she spins in dizzying circles, the girls she's loved since they were in their momma's belly cling to her. When Callum's strong arms fortify them and keep them all from falling apart, Jillian's inner struggle reaches a breaking point. She does the only thing she can to honor her friend's to the other side of the world to contract for Titan Group, an elite private securities force in need of an EOD. Callum Bradfield adapts and overcomes. Even after the tragic death of his wife, his core values as a Navy SEAL march him safer waters. His gig as mission transport for Base Branch—the special operations force for the UN—isn’t as adrenaline laden, but he refuses to make his girls orphans. Things are beginning to regroup when Jillian bales on his girls—and him—without a word. To ensure she's safe, he hacks her personal information and follows the crumbs into Titan's database. Crossing that line gets them both under a microscope in the middle of a desert, searching for the proof they need to show their innocence, while he tries to convince Jillian he's more than just her dream.
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Read an Excerpt

“What’s your deal, Jilly?” Callum barked. “My deal?” Her long loose hair fanned wide as she spun in a short angry tornado. “I thought your new gig was safer.” “It is. I’m not leaving the girls, but I can’t lose my edge.” She backed toward her door. “You still didn’t answer my question,” he reminded. “I don’t have a deal. I’m cold and tired.” “You’re acting like you don’t know me—like we haven’t laughed the hours away over a bag of potato chips and a beer, like I haven’t carried your drunk ass in from my back lawn and held your hair back when you puked on my carpet, like—” “I get it.” When she got angry, her upper lip curled into a sneer, revealing her little crooked tooth. “Whether you’re acting weird as shit or not, I know you. I’ve never known you to shirk from confrontation. So nut up.” Again, maybe not the best choice of words. He hated how different things were now that Amery was gone. Things he’d said to her a thousand times before never seemed crude or inappropriate until today. “You told the girls we’d go to the beach together?” “I told them we’d see. Besides, what’s the big deal if we did? Amery wouldn’t want us to never go to the beach again because she’s dead.” “Us? You and me? You don’t see anything wrong with that?” “Just because Amery is gone, I’m not going to get weird on you, Jilly.” He hoped, at least. She braced both hands on her hips and puffed out her chest. He’d said something wrong, and he didn’t have a damn clue what it was or how to make it better. “The girls would love to see you more. They need stability. We need you in our lives like…” “Like before?” One severe brown brow arched. “Yeah.” “Well, I need…” Her lips pressed together, rubbing off the last of her lipstick. “What do you need, Jilly?” Her anger fell away. Hollow eyes welled with sadness. “I need distance.” “From the girls?” “No.” Her head shook. “From what, then?” “From you.” He knew the words were coming. They still hurt like a motherfucking knife to the guts. “Why?” “Have you gone through Amery’s things?” He should have kept his mouth shut. Jillian had gone through everything with the girls, boxed up what they wanted to keep, donated a lot, and boxed up things that he needed to go through. He hid the boxes at the back of the closet and went on about his life. “I’ll text you with my new schedule. I’ve signed on with a private outfit for some trial runs.” “You retired from the Navy?” he croaked. “You’re not Navy anymore, Base Branch.” She used the name of his employer like a curse word. “Yeah, but I told you before I did it.” Jillian opened the door. “You wouldn’t have approved.” She climbed into the cab, slammed the door, and left him all alone with his dead wife and precious girls.    

About Megan Mitcham

Megan was born and raised among the live oaks and shrimp boats of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where her enormous family still calls home. She attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a bachelor's degree in curriculum, instruction, and special education. For several years Megan worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She married and moved to South Carolina and began working for an international non-profit organization as an instructor and co-director.
In 2009 Megan fell in love with books. Until then, books had been a source for research or the topic of tests. But one day she read Mercy by Julie Garwood. And Oh Mercy, she was hooked!
Megan lives in Southern Arkansas where she pens heart pounding romantic thriller novels and window steaming erotic romance. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

Promo Tour: Voyeur by Vanessa Liebe

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