Monday, September 29, 2014

Jill Shalvis He's So Fine Release Day Giveaway!

Book: He’s So Fine Author: Jill Shalvis Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Release Date: September 30, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance Goodreads Giveaway Embed Link a Rafflecopter giveaway Direct Link Summary For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on. Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor? Excerpt “Dry off,” Cole said, and stepped back from Olivia. She nodded but didn’t move. “Olivia?” he asked. Her face was a mask of misery. “M­m­my arms won’t w­w­work.” Shit. He quickly and gently pushed her back down to the bench, sat at her side, and began to pile blankets over the top of them both. “W­what are you d­doing?” “Sharing my body heat,” he said. “I c­c­can’t feel any h­h­heat.” “You will.” Beneath the blankets, he reached for the towel she still had wrapped around her. “Don’t freak,” he warned. “I’m just going to remove the wet towel and pull you into me.” She opened her mouth, but using her sluggishness to his benefit, Cole quicklystripped the towel away from her, wrapping his arms around her, pulling her into him as two things happened simultaneously. One, she squeaked. Probably trying to formulate her next threat. And two—holy shit—he realized she was completely, totally, one hundred percent naked beneath the layer of blankets. And pissed. “Y­y­your pants!” she gasped. “Th­th­they’re c­c­cold!” “Sorry, but I’m trying to do the right thing here,” he said through clenched teeth. Jesus. He couldn’t see a thing below her neck, but he could sure as hell feel her. His hands were on her hip and low on her back, respectively, not touching anything he shouldn’t be, but damn she was soft, and at the feel of her, his brain clicked off. Just completely flatlined. Buy Links Amazon: Barnes and Noble: iTunes:
Author Biography New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Social Networking Links Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shana Galen Presents An Introduction to the Barbican Group and a Giveaway!!!

An Introduction to the Barbican Group

My recent release, Love and Let Spy, is the final (almost) novel in my Lord and Lady Spy series. I say almost because I have a Christmas novella featuring two secondary characters from Love and Let Spy still to come.

But for now, Love and Let Spy is the last novel. When I began the series almost 5 years ago, I didn’t think any farther ahead than the first novel Lord and Lady Spy. In that book, I introduced an elite espionage group called the Barbican. I chose that term because a barbican is a fortified outpost or gateway, often an outer defense on a castle. I thought that seemed an appropriate title for an organization taxed with protecting the Crown.

In Lord and Lady Spy and the subsequent books, I had fun introducing several members of the Barbican group.

Here’s a short primer for any of you who are new to the series.

Sophia Galloway
introduced in Lord and Lady Spy
code name Saint
impulsive, intuitive, never fails, awful with pistols

Adrian Galloway
introduced in Lord and Lady Spy
code name Wolf
practical, strategist, planner

introduced in Lord and Lady Spy
real name Ernest Bloomington
uncanny way of knowing things, fear of confined spaces, master of disguise

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Lord Melbourne
introduced in Lord and Lady Spy
code name M
the director of the Barbican group

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Winslow (Winn) Keating
introduced in True Spies
code name Baron
strong, clever, unconventional

Elinor Keating
introduced in True Spies
code name Butterfly
organized, efficient, sensible

Jane Bonde
introduced in True Spies
code name Bonde
likes her ratafia shaken, not stirred
language expert, tracking expert, fearless

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Miss Qwillen
introduced in Love and Let Spy
code name Q
weaponry designer

Pierce Moneypence
introduced in Love and Let Spy
no code name
hates blood, loves Bonde, clerk for M

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As you can see, my little spy world kept getting bigger and bigger. Do you have a favorite continuing series? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Love and Let Spy (U.S. and Canada only).

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a GentlemanBooklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Spotlight & Giveaway: IN BED WITH A ROGUE by Samantha Grace

Spotlight & Giveaway: IN BED WITH A  ROGUE by Samantha Grace

Hi, everyone! I’m Samantha Grace, author of the historical romance series Rival Rogues. I’m very excited to be at Misty’s Book Bin and eager to chat with everyone. I’ve known Misty for a couple of years, ever since she contacted me before my debut book hit shelves in 2012. Her message was so encouraging, and she hasn’t stopped being a source of support and encouragement. I’m a lucky author!

Today I want to share an exclusive excerpt from my latest book IN BED WITH A ROGUE. I hope you enjoy it!

He's the Talk of the Town

The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone's jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family's reputation no matter what it takes.

She's the Toast of the Ton

Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he's quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she's got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes...


Sebastian glanced sideways at Helena. Her gaze remained straight ahead and her posture was as stiff as a soldier marching in a parade. Sebastian had never been one to dance around a topic. In fact, he’d been told on occasion he had no tact, but he’d always found asking straight questions usually reaped straight answers.
He cleared his throat. “What impediment keeps you from becoming involved with me? I know you are as attracted to me as I am to you.”
“Sebastian.” Surprise and censorship was clear in that one word.
“Be honest. I deserve the truth.” He held his breath, dreading her answer. If she mentioned anything about his family history of mental frailty, he wasn’t certain he could stand to hear it. Not from her.
Her steps slowed until the gap between them and his sister grew even greater. Eventually, Helena stopped. He turned to face her, preparing for the harsh truth and unsure how he would respond.
“Sebastian.” She forcefully exhaled and a pink flush climbed her face. “It’s me. I am the impediment.”
He blinked, not following her.
“I’m afraid.”
“Of me?”
She shook her head. “It’s not like that, at least I’m not afraid of you in the sense you mean. I am afraid of what I might lose if I become involved with you. I never had a moment of freedom until recently and I can’t risk my independence. I just can’t.”
A surge of affection flowed through him. She had nothing to fear from him, and now that he understood her reluctance, his patience returned. “I don’t want to control you, love.”
She gave a rueful laugh. “You would be the only man who hasn’t. First it was my father and then my husband. This is the only time in my life I haven’t had a man making decisions for me, and I’ve found I like that very much.”
“I understand the appeal.”
He wasn’t being sarcastic. Having grown up mostly with his mother and sister for companionship, Sebastian didn’t hold some of the same ideas about ladies and their places in Society as his fellow gents. He believed in protecting and providing for Mother and Eve, but he would never force them into doing something they didn’t agree to. He wanted to ask Helena about her father and husband, so he could reassure her that he was nothing like them, but the middle of the walkway was not a place for such a discussion.
For now, he would just have to prove himself, and he would start by accepting her refusal.
“I promise not to put you on the spot again, Lady Prestwick, but know I will be waiting.” As long as it takes.
Despite his father’s long periods of isolation, he had managed to impart some of his values to Sebastian. Hard work and determination reaps rewards. Determination was in Sebastian’s lifeblood. He had never been one to surrender without a fight or back down from a challenge, but that didn’t mean his only weapon was brawn. He had the advantage of charm and wit, and that was what he needed to win over the ever-more-desirable Helena.
“Shall we?” He offered his arm and a disarming smile.
Her eyes narrowed on him as she accepted his escort. “Thank you, I think.”
“Now, now, Lady Prestwick. No more flattery or I will become too arrogant by half.”
Her smile returned. “Too late, my lord.”

I think we can all relate to having fears—some realistic and others not. I won’t ask anyone to open up about what makes them feel vulnerable, but does anyone have any unusual fears they are will to share? I’ll go first.

I always feel a sense of dread and start running through an escape plan in my mind every time I drive over one of the Mississippi River bridges. And I hate to be in a room alone with some dolls. My sister-in-law has one from her childhood that would freak me out if I walked into a room and saw him sitting in a chair. He has an evil smile!!! LOL

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To connect with Samantha…
Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney's Robin Hood. She didn't care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn't want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher's Weekly describes her stories as "fresh and romantic" with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Andrea Laurence Facing the Music Excerpt and Giveaway!!!

Excerpt Ivy pressed her hands against Blake's shoulders, pushing him gently until he was lying back on the blanket. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Whatever I want to.” Blake arched his eyebrow at her, but he didn’t complain. He held perfectly still as her nimble fingers moved down the front of his shirt, undoing each button and exposing the expanse of skin beneath it. Her palms ran over his skin, relishing the feel of his chest hair tickling her hands. She leaned forward, letting her tongue glide along his collarbone, and then she crept down his body to the button of his jeans. “Your hair tickles,” he said. Ivy gathered up the long, wavy strands of her hair into one hand and swept them over her shoulder. “Do you want me to stop?” “Not on your life,” he said between tightly gritted teeth as her fingertips brushed the edge of his waistband. “That’s what I thought,” she said with a smile. “Now, stop complaining.” Ivy settled between his legs, resting on her knees as she unbuttoned his jeans. She tugged at his back pockets, pulling his jeans down the length of his legs and throwing them out of her way. She moved back over him doing the same with his underwear, which thankfully, this time, were a pair of charcoal-gray boxers. They slid easily out of her way, leaving nothing between her and her goal. She leisurely traveled back up his legs. Her fingertips gently brushed along the puckered pink scars of his calf and across his kneecap. By the time she reached his upper thigh, he was nearly trembling. Ivy wasn’t sure if it was with anticipation, emotion, or pain. His hand reached out and snatched her wrist as she moved higher. “This hardly seems fair,” he said. “You’re wearing entirely too much clothing for me to be wearing so little.” “Who’s doing this? You or me?” Blake acquiesced and released her hand. He crossed his arms behind his head, giving himself an excellent vantage point for overseeing her activities. “You are, ma’am.” “That’s right. Now are you going to keep critiquing everything I do, or do I need to put something in your mouth to shut you up?” A wicked grin crossed Blake’s face as he looked at her. “May I offer a suggestion?” “I have several ideas of my own,” she said. a Rafflecopter giveaway Direct Link
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Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business. Social Networking Links Website: Facebook: Twitter: Goodreads: