Friday, July 22, 2016

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Title: The Pirate's Duchess, A Regent's Revenge Novella

Author: Katherine Bone

Genre: Historical Romance

Heat Level: Two Flames: Sweet with some love scenes, more sensual and euphemistic

Released: May 9, 2016

Blurb:

Duty forces him to take on the pirate code, but honor brings him back.

Prudence, Duchess of Blackmoor, has one desire--to be happy again. After struggling to overcome the horrifying death of her husband, she accepts an earl's offer of marriage, confident she's taking a step in the right direction. But demons, refuse to die, and Prudence finds herself caught in an intricate web of deceit that threatens the very foundations of all she holds dear.

Tobias, the Duke of Blackmoor, crosses the line when an assassination attempt on him fails. To restore the reputations of friends under attack by the same villain, and ensure his wife's safety, he stages his own death, becoming The Black Regent, a notorious pirate bent on brandishing justice, never thinking he'd survive. But to his amazement, he has, and now the darkest-kept secrets are not worth losing the duchess his wife has become.


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Friday, July 15, 2016

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Aidee Ladnier

Title: Elusive Radiance

Genre: Science Fiction

Heat Level: Three Flames: Sensual and explicit love scenes

Released: June 7, 2016

Blurb:

A young bodyguard finds her special abilities are no matach for flirtatious delegate willing to gamble everything on the galaxy trade talks.

Assigned to guard a diplomat at the galaxy trade talks, Security Officer Anais wants to shine during her first solo mission for the Chezeray Palace Conglomerate. An Elusive with the ability to make herself invisible, Anais knows her modified genes designate her servant class, but she yearns to be more than simply a protector to the beautiful delegate.

Savea Blackmun arrives alone to the trade talks with the weight of her planet's future resting on her slim shoulders. Flirting with her pretty bodyguard reveals Anais' knowledge of the colony markets and Savea realizes there's much more to her protector than meets the eye.

As their attraction grows, will the diplomat and the bodyguard reject society's rules to give in to desire instead?


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Friday, July 08, 2016

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Lexi George

Title: Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Level: Three Flames: Sensual and explicit love scenes

Released: May 24, 2016

Blurb: 

Deep South legends. Deep fried curses.  Deep dish revenge...

This Debutant is Having a Ball!

Way down south in the land of cotton, one belle's plans are soon forgotten--when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle.  The Alabama heiress should have know something weird was going on when she saw the deer's ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi! But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That's just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he's a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers an rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hung her down? Most importantly, what's a nice debutant like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim...

Excerpt:

"Sugar," Sassy murmured. She laid her head on Grim's shoulder. "Fairies."

With a drowsy sigh, she relaxed against him and went to sleep.
Grim stilled. A surge of lust hit him, hard and fierce.  Sassy smelled delightful, a dizzying combination of summer roses and female. Curling tendrils of fher hair lifted to caress his jaw, like flowers reaching for the sun. I am her sword and shield. The vow rose unbidden in his mind. Here and now I vow to protect her, from anyone or anything that threatens her.

An admirable sentiment, I am sure, the Provider said, but hardly necessary. She leaves tomorrow, and you return to the hunt. That is good, is it not?

Yes, of course.
Then why did the hollow ache in his chest?


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Friday, July 01, 2016

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Ingrid Seymour

Title: Ripper

Genre: Young Adult

Heat Level: One Flame: Sweet with no consummated love scenes or completely off screen

Released: May 10, 2016

Blurb:

Against all odds, Greg and Samantha seemed to have cheated Fate when they escaped Regent Danata. Miraculously, the two Morphids remain bound together, attempting to lead a normal, "human" life, even as fear of the evil woman's revenge clouds their days.

As Sam and Greg struggle to grow their relationship, she is haunted by memories of Ashby, her Morphid soul mate, and burning questions of the identity of her real parents. As if that wasn't enough, her untried Morphid instincts fill her with doubt and indecision, taking her once simple life in directions she could never have imagined.

When Greg's Keeper sense foretells danger, however, they abandon all dreams of normalcy and find no othr choice but to flee.  Armed with nothing but their Morphid skills, Sam sets their course toward New York City, a place that calls to her deeper instincts.  As her Keeper, Greg must follow but knows danger awaits.

Thus begins a quest that will test their bond and may spell the end of all they hold dear. It's only a matter of time before Regent Danata and Chaos storm into their lives again.


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Hero Types



I think we're all familiar with the standard hero types such as the alpha and the beta so I won't bother to bore you with a lot of talk about their characteristics. Alphas are great and much loved by readers for many years. How many of you remember the mega-alpha men of Kathleen Woodiwiss' books? I remember sighing over them as a teen even though had I really known a man like that in real life, I'd probably have gotten into many an argument at his take charge attitude.

The rise of the beta hero, I believe came about as more women moved into the work force and became self sufficient financially. We did still have dreams of being taken care of but maybe in a less autocratic way.

The modern reader gets her choice of the kind of hero she would like. From cowboys to bad boys on motorcycles, to sensitive, tattooed musicians and even same sex heroes.  Aren't we lucky that we can read pretty much any kind of hero we like? I, for one, love this new world of anything goes and the authors that bring us these new and unique stories.

The woman as hero is always a great story, as well.  The urban fantasy world has opened this up like in no other time I can recall. I'm digging those stories.

There's also the latest trend, in books and television shows, of the antihero hero. I'm still on the fence about this development. I mean, Dexter was a serial killer, right? And we're supposed to root for him? This is a new mind set for the old dinosaur in me. What do you think? Who is your favorite antihero?

We're in a wonderful age for readers. Lots of new developments in the world of writing and writers and more choices than ever. There's something for everyone out there to enjoy. How exciting a time to live in. The age of the never-ending TBR stack!

What's your favorite hero type? What is your go-to book type that's a no-brainer because you know you'll love the hero?