Friday, May 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: ALL WRAPPED UP by Braxton Cole





All Wrapped Up (The List Book #2)


Release date: July 1

By: Braxton Cole




Blurb:


All Wrapped Up is Book Two in The List Series.
Mari and Luca continue to work through their list of sexual fantasies in All Wrapped Up, Book Two in The List Series. They've abandoned their original plan of no strings attached and, for the most part, Mari's learning to be okay with it. She definitely likes Luca's strings (and whatever else he might use to restrain her), but she's not sure she's ready to take the next step in their relationship. Luca, sweet, strong, commanding Luca, insists that it's time to move in together. Mari insists it's time to relax and enjoy what they share without complicating things.
With every moment they spend together, Luca shows Mari how good they could be together. Will Mari run away from her emotions, or does Luca have her all wrapped up?
All Wrapped Up is a novella length erotic romance and contains mature adult themes, including graphic and explicit sex.


Author Bio:


Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she's not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn't given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.
Braxton writes erotic romance because romance is the stuff that makes life great, and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.


Social Links:



Braxton is also changing the cover of Birthday Wishes (The List #1) Below please find the blurb for Birthday Wishes




Blurb for Birthday Wishes:



Mari meets Luca on an adult website. She’s still smarting from a divorce and only looking to explore her desires. They create wish lists of their sexual fantasies and agree to work through them together. No strings, no attachments, nothing but pleasure, and Mari anticipates their first meeting with impatience. But through a miscommunication involving a private text message and Mari’s nosy brother, Luca ends up at her 30th birthday party, before their planned rendezvous. Much to her surprise, they seem to connect better than she expected, and in ways she hadn’t expected. He’s strong, commanding, but also gentle and respectful and he makes her ache in ways she never thought possible.

But when Luca later expresses a desire for something more than just casual sex, Mari's impulse is to run the other way. After all, her failed marriage is evidence that she really shouldn’t go much deeper. Can Luca convince Mari otherwise? Can he help her see that he's her ultimate birthday wish come true?


Birthday Wishes is Book 1 in The List Series is intended for an adult audience only and contains mature themes, including graphic and explicit sex.



Birthday Wishes Buy Links:


Amazon:





Release Day Event: CHANGE OF HEART by S.E Edwards






Change of Heart

by: S.E. Edwards


Synopsis:

Persevere. 

That's how I've gotten through nineteen years of life. It's what I do every single day--no matter how badly the odds are stacked against me.

Persevere, and survive.

Those are my two guiding words. I never knew either of my parents. I have no family and no home. The only person I could ever rely on was myself. In this cruel world, that's about as much as I can ask for.

Love? Hah. Don't talk to me about love. I stopped believing in it the day my first boyfriend ripped out my heart three years ago.

That's why love is the last thing on my mind when I leave a packed college bar with a captivating stranger. Yet everything changes when I'm awakened in the middle of the night by a pounding at the door. Suddenly, an arrangement meant for just one night threatens to become something much deeper. 

All expectations are thrown to the wind as I'm tangled in a dangerous world unlike anything I can believe. The man I met has secrets swirling around him like a dark cape. I'm about to become his biggest one...





Author Bio:


I'm Scarlett Edwards. I'm a full-time student (2nd year, undergrad) and part-time writer. I hope to switch those around soon!
I'm kind of old fashioned. I write all my stories using paper and ink. At the end of the day, I transcribe them on my laptop. It takes a bit longer, but writing in a notebook really focuses my thoughts.
I love vintage photography. I have an old-school film camera that was my mom's from before I was born. I use it to take pictures almost every day.
Yours to Savor is the first full book I worked on.  It went through six drafts, and took me ten months to complete.  In the two months since getting it done, I finished two drafts of brand new stories.  I'm getting faster!
I love hearing from my readers. I love getting feedback about my books. I'm just getting started, and plan on doing this writing gig for a long, long time. I take inspiration from all the indie romance authors. Addison Moore, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, and everyone else…. you girls rock!

"I love hearing from readers!  If you read my book and want to share your thoughts, good or bad, email me!  Scarlett@ScarlettEdwards.com.  I'll be sure to reply!! 



Social Media Links:



Buy Links:

Amazon links:


Barnes & Noble link:



Giveaway:

  1. 2- $50 Visa Gift Card 
  2. 10 eBook copies of Change of Heart
  3. 5 signed paperbacks of Change of Heart (open Internationally)





Excerpt:


Together, we stumble toward the elevator. Rich breaks away for a second to hit the button. The light doesn’t come on.

“Damn,” he growls, “it’s busted again.”

I’m one step ahead of him. I’d spotted the stairs when we entered. I grab his hand and pull him after me with no hesitation. I start up the cement stairwell, determined to get to his room as fast as possible.

“Penny, wait.”

I look back, confused. “What?”
A devilish smile plays on his lips. “Only this.” Without warning his hands wrap around my waist, and I’m  being lifted up as easily as if I were a doll. He turns to the side and presses my body against the wall, suspending me between him and the concrete.

His mouth crashes down on mine again. I curl my legs around his torso, locking my ankles together, and kiss him back with the passion reserved for a lover after ten long years apart. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m getting even more turned on. Rich’s hands move down to grasp the outside of my thighs, and I moan into his kiss as the muscles of my core clench in sinful fashion. I want him so
badly. If we don’t get somewhere private soon, I won’t be wholly opposed to jumping him in public.

I gasp as he steps away, freeing me from the wall. I start to fall, but one of his hands darts down to catch me just beneath the knees.  The other one cradles my shoulders. Before I know it, I’m slung across his   arms like a bride on her wedding night.

“I’ve always wanted to carry a girl up these stairs,” Rich admits.

I laugh, and wrap my arm around his neck. “Oh, you are just the best type of romantic.”

Four flights of stairs later, Rich pushes open the fire door to a dimly-lit hallway. He carries me down the hall and stops in front of an entrance on the right. He sets me down, then fishes around in his jeans for the key. When the door creaks open, he sweeps a hand out in front of him. “Welcome to my humble abode.”

I walk in, curious about his apartment. I tend to side with the camp of people who believe that a person’s living arrangements can reveal a lot about his personality. But, I don’t find much to work with here.

The apartment is sparse and dark. Pale moonlight filters in through the balcony window, shining down on the only piece of furniture present: a queen size mattress lying on the floor of the living room. The red brick walls are totally empty—no girly posters or other things I might expect in a bachelor’s apartment. There are no lamps, no chairs, no couches.

After a moment, I notice a second piece of furniture: a small, old-school CRT TV camped in one corner of the studio apartment.

Rich switches on the light. “So?” he asks, “what do you think?”

I walk past the entrance. There’s one hall leading away from the room. It is filled with brown cardboard boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. “Did you just move in or something?”

Rich laughs behind me. “Yeah, something like that. You want a drink?”

“A drink?” I say. “No, I—”


The words catch in my throat as he grabs my hips and spins me around. I had no idea he’d come so close. He’d moved from the door to me without making a sound. His fingers lock together against my lower back, and he tugs me into him, pressing my belly to his waist. I feel his growing erection right away, and a diabolical excitement builds inside me.

Nothing happens.

For a long moment, Richard just holds me like that, staring into my eyes as I’m left dangling off his arms. His irises are the color of sea mist. I’m hypnotized by the deep intensity I see brewing just beneath the surface. I have no doubt that that type of intensity is mirrored in my eyes.

Then, moving slowly, as if restraining himself, Richard lowers his mouth to cover mine. This time, his kiss is sweet and gentle. Subtle and caring. He explores my upper lip first, then traces the line going to the corner of my mouth. His lips form a perfect mold over mine.

I was wrong before. This is the kiss reserved for a lover you haven’t seen in ten years.





Hosted by:


Release Day Event: HER MASTER'S KISS 5 by Vivien Sparx






Synopsis:


Six months after the tragic loss of their baby, Renee and Stefan are struggling to hold together their fragile romance. Renee is desperate to return to a lifestyle of BDSM, but Stefan steadfastly refuses.

"We can't go backwards."

"No - but we can come full circle!" Renee pleads.

And so begins Renee's greatest challenge - to convince Stefan that BDSM is essential to their relationship, and the one thing that can save their marriage and rekindle the fires of their passion. With the help of Tink and Master Peter, Renee risks everything she loves to hold on to the man she can't live without.





Excerpt:


He dominated her with the kiss, leaving her in no doubt that he was in control and that he would take what he wanted - and that she had no alternative but to submit and please him.
When Stefan broke the kiss at last, he put his hand on Renee’s shoulders and she sank obediently to her knees.
“Position One,” Stefan hissed.
Renee parted her thighs quickly and clasped her hands behind her back. She straightened her back so that her breasts thrust out provocatively through the gap of her blouse, and then she opened her mouth as wide as she could.
Stefan had backed away. He picked up the riding crop from the bedroom floor and swished it once against the thigh of his jeans.
The smoldering flint in Stefan’s eyes had not diminished - had not lost any of its intensity. He prowled around Renee, inspecting her position and then came back to stand before her.
Carefully, he reached out with the riding crop, and set the soft leather pad under Renee’s chin, lifting her face until her eyes were locked on his.
“Don’t dare disappoint me,” he warned. “Remember your training.”
He unbuckled his belt slowly, and unfastened the front of his jeans. When he drew down the zip, the hardness of his erection sprang forward, vaulted and thick and urgent. If Renee’s mouth had not been wide open and waiting, she would have licked her lips.






Giveaway:







Author Bio: 





As a writer of erotic romance, the beauty of the genre is not in creating lavish settings for my stories.

Nor is my fascination for erotic romance drawn from the opportunity to create handsome heroes and beautiful heroines.
My real love for the genre stems from the opportunity to take
my readers on a journey and engage as many of their emotions
as possible.
I believe writing erotic romance gives authors the most influence over how a reader feels as we engage them in our stories.
Writers of action books, or horror books certainly can create compelling situations, but with erotic romance we writers can immerse our readers in a multitude of emotions unprecedented
in any other form of creative fiction.
I can frustrate readers, make them laugh, make them cry, delight them, intrigue them, inform them - erotic fiction is a total emotional experience, and it is gratifying to hear readers respond to stories with passion.
I believe readers want to be engaged and drawn into the pages of a story, and as a writer of erotic romance, we have the greatest opportunity because our stories are always relatable. They may be fictional worlds and fictional characters, but the themes of love and romance and erotica are so universal, and so personal to each of us that we all respond to stories in different ways.
But we all respond.
And that’s the true joy of writing erotic romance. It matters not so much how you respond as you read... it matters only that you do respond. If a writer can engage you and make you feel, then the story’s journey is one well worth taking.


Author Links:



Amazon Author Page:
Facebook:





Want to read books  Her Master's Kiss #1-4?

(Click the titles to go to Amazon)























Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blog Tour Giveaway & Review: FALLING FOR THE BACKUP by Toni Aleo





Falling for the Backup (Assassins, #3.5)
*this book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review*

Falling for the Backup

By: Toni Aleo

Expected Release Date: June 24, 2013




Synopsis:


Toni Aleo’s sexy new eBook original novella featuring the Nashville Assassins will have you believing in the power of love at first sight . . . and second sight . . . and the third. 
After serving as a dutiful bridesmaid in the wedding from hell, Aynslee Shaw just wants to slink home to Nashville and forget the whole trip. That is, until the hottest guyshe’s ever seen is seated next to her on the flight and dazzles her with his easy laugh and killer smile. But just when she thinks things are getting good, he vanishes, leaving Aynslee wondering, was that guy the one? And did she just let him slip through her fingers? 
Former superstar goalie Jordan Ryan is back on the ice—finally. After a crippling knee injury that had him wondering if he’d ever play pro hockey again, he’s got his full attention on rebuilding his career. So a pretty—okay, beautiful—girl on a plane shouldn’t be a distraction. But Jordan is very, very distracted. And when Aynslee crosses his path again, he’s not sure any job in the world is worth missing his second chance with a woman like her. 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from the Loveswept title Empty Net. 


Review:

Star Rating: 5 out of 5


Heat Rating: HOT!

Falling for the Backup is #3.5 in the Nashville Assassins series, but I have a confession:  This is my first book by Toni Aleo.  I haven't read any of the other books in this series and surprisingly for Falling for the Backup you don't have to go back and read the first three books first.  However, if all the books in this series are as good and hot as Falling for the Backup I am going to into Toni's backlist and start reading from the beginning!

This novella has everything you want in a story.  It was funny, charming, sweet, sexy and had incredible pacing.  No where in this story did I feel like I was being rushed or that I was missing anything.  Jordan and Aynslee's story is the PERFECT way to end an evening (or start your day), the characters are real with flaws (but not too much baggage) that shared some intense chemistry in the bedroom as well as out of the bedroom.  It was such a treat to watch these two fall in love! 

I am going to Amazon this week and scooping up the other three books in the series so I can have all the Hot Hockey Player goodness on my Kindle! (including links below if you want to get ready for this book and read the first 3 with me)




Buy Links:

Nashville Assassins Series: (click titles to go to Goodreads page)


Author Info:

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Blue Lines. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog.


Author Links:


Giveaway:



Follow the Tour:



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1000 Facebook Likes GIVEAWAY!!!





The Blushing Reader Blog's Facebook Page hit 1000 likes this week!  I got together with 15 Authors to put together this AWESOME giveaway!   

This giveaway will run until June 14th at 6pm so you have plenty of time to enter and give love to all the Authors that graciously donated ebooks, signed paperbacks, gift cards and swag.


    • Due to the high cost of shipping any signed item (paperback, bookmark, book cover) and the necklaces will be open to US residents ONLY
    • E-books are open to US and INTERNATIONAL residents



Thank you so much for supporting my new adventure in blogging, it has been a crazy, wonderful and fulfilling two months on this ride and I can't wait to see what happens in the future!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

GIVEAWAY: one KINDLE PAPER WHITE winner & 26 eBook winners!




EPIC Blogger and Author Giveaway!






24 bloggers and  2 Authors got together to offer you this AMAZING Givewaway!  
Each Author and Blogger has picked a favorite book of theirs to give away 
(that is 26 books) 
and
ONE GRAND PRIZE winner a KINDLE PAPERWHITE
(I have this e-reader, trust me, you will LOVE it).  



  • Due to the high cost of shipping, the Kindle Paperwhite is not available to international contest winners. This part of the contest is limited to entries from the continental United States only.
  • E-books can be international

Enter now! 

**make sure you scroll through the images to reveal all the great books being gifted!**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Release Day for MIDNIGHT CALLER by NJ Cole






Release Day for:



Midnight Caller


Synopsis:


Rebecca Summers enjoys pleasing herself with the curtains open. That is, until a mysterious man calls to tell her that he is watching. Her fantasy becomes reality as she begins to perform for this stranger, following his instructions over the phone while he watches from afar. Rebecca’s world is turned upside down when finally they meet and she enters into a D/s relationship with her Midnight Caller.


*This book is SUPER HOT and not for the faint of heart*


Buy Links:


Barnes & Noble:


Amazon:



Excerpt:

There I was, nearly twenty-four hours after the mysterious phone call, lying in bed with my favorite toy at my fingertips. I masturbated almost every night. Though I didn't always pleasure myself in the same way or use the same toy, I usually did it in my bed with my curtains wide open. I guess you could say I’m a bit of an exhibitionist. I lived on the fourteenth floor of a large apartment building where the western wall was entirely made of glass. Now, I'm not crazy. Though I liked to fuck with the curtains wide open, I kept my lights off. I could see out, but no one could see in. It was erotic, yet safe.
The first time it happened was an accident, really. I’d been sitting in the living room reading a romantic novel, and my hand slipped up into my shirt. My fingers lazily played with my nipple, rubbing and gently tugging while I read. I’m not sure how long I was like that, but when I looked up, it had grown dark outside and I realized that anyone could see right into my apartment since I had the lights on.
I pulled my hand quickly from my top and glanced around nervously to see if any of the people in the apartment building across the street had seen me. As I scanned the apartments, I saw a man quickly turn and look away. There was an obvious bulge in his sleep pants.



Author Info:


NJ Cole is a witty, mid-western girl with a kinky side. She works by day
and writes by night, all while being a mother to her wonderful boys and
serving her Sir. Unlike many of today’s authors, she chooses to write in
first person, allowing the readers to experience life through the eyes of
the unique characters that live in her head. Her love of those characters
and respect for their stories come through loud and clear in her writing. With
over two million reads of her online work in the past six months, NJ Cole
is clearly an up and coming author.


Author Links:

GoodReads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7077804.N_J_Cole

Blog:
www.njcoledls.blogspot.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/njcoleauthor