Archive | August 28, 2013

Beverly’s Review ~ Going All In

Going All InGoing All In

Professional hockey players Marcus, Alex, and Chris attend their team’s Vegas Night fundraiser unaware their lives will change forever. Can they face their difficulties and win the most important game of their lives – the game of love? These guys are going all in…

HEDGING HIS BET: Cassandra Carr
Marcus Mitchell never thought he’d find the love of his life with champagne dripping from her shirt rather than walking the runway at Fashion Week like the models he usually preferred, but you can’t always plan these things. Annalise Alonso isn’t going to make it easy for him, though—he’s going to have to work for her love. Now, Marcus is taking a shot and hedging his bet on love.

After she sees his murder in a vision, Nathalie Mendez has to warn star hockey goalie Alexander Semenov of the danger. To keep him alive, she risks exposing her many secrets. But once the die is cast, her biggest gamble involves her heart.

Melanie Gould has been dubbed ‘The Girl in the Lace Corset’. But she doesn’t always like to be the loud mouth defender of the romances she writes, and is definitely not good at playing the games relationships require. Of course, she’s never gone head to head with a guy like Chris Emerson. Chris is trying to behave, and someone like Melanie would destroy his plans to stay under the radar. So what happens when the ‘Girl in the Lace Corset’ and the NHL’s most infamous bad boy go one on one? Will they play her game? Will they play his? Or will they both end up in the penalty box?

Beverly’s Review:

I loved all three of the stories in Going All In. It came at a perfect time for me to review! Coming down off the high of my Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup, I was missing me some hockey!

Let me tell you, there is no way I can pick a favorite amongst them. Written by three wonderfully talented authors, each story grabs you. (I’ve already been a pest asking about stories for the rest of the team!) Hot sweaty men that know how to treat a woman right? A no brainer! I want more!

Well, once upon a time there was Vegas Night and the New York Empire hockey team was there…

Hedging His Bet has Annalise Alonso meeting Marcus Mitchell when he literally runs into her at the Vegas Night fundraiser. Unfortunately she is working and carrying a full tray of champagne. Disaster! But Annalise peaks Marcus’ interest. He’s not interested in the skanks (my word lol!) that are looking for some sugar daddy. Annalise is a hot curvy woman that he wants to know better.
Annalise feels she is out of his league. It’s up to Marcus to show her different!
And whoo daddy! Doesn’t he just! At times my throat got tight and I just wanted to cry for the life Annalise was leading. Thank goodness Marcus was persistent.

Casting the Die introduces Nathalie Mendez. She is one of the physical therapists that work on the team. What they don’t know is that she gets visions. No matter how crazy he thinks she is Nathalie has to warn Alexander Semenov that he is going to be shot and killed. Touching Alexander drives her crazy, but she doesn’t want to lose her job by dating a player.
Alexander has always admired Nathalie and now because she believes her crazy story he has a way of getting close.
And Alexander, once he knows she isn’t involved in the attempted bribery, wants to get REAL close.
When Alexander touches her, she just can’t say no.
I wouldn’t either! Hot and sexy Russian goalie, refuse? Yeah, right!

Playing Her Game has Chris Emerson in trouble. But he’s a magnet for trouble. Larger than life, even when he tries to be low key, trouble finds him. For Vegas Night, he has the blue in his hair taken out. Coach has warned him to stay out of trouble. Being hand picked by the owner just pisses off the coach. Being good, and a crowd favorite just makes it worse.
Melanie is a famous outspoken romance author. Sister to the team’s official blogger, Emily. She is also accident prone. Take Vegas Night for example, she just wanted to go to the ladies room. Only she could fall down the stairs and have ‘the girls’ join the party. After she’d strapped them in-which didn’t work. Saved by, you guessed it, Chris. Because trouble finds him.
A laugh a minute, these two can’t help but draw the lime light. Their first meeting, on the stairs, sets the tone. Totally attracted to each other, they agree to meet for a drink, not realizing who the other is. Despite the opposition and paparazzo these two were meant to meet. Those that love them tell them to just be themselves. So how much trouble do you think they’ll attract together?

I enjoyed the interaction of all the characters. The ladies did a fantastic job of rolling the stories together and keeping their timelines in sync. Each of the main characters were believable and easy to fall in love with. The story lines fun and enjoyable and so VARIED! What a wonderful gift to all us readers!

Well, what happened at Vegas Night didn’t stay at Vegas Night! These players are ready to faceoff for love and breakaway when their goal is in sight. Going All In is a definite winner much like the New York Empires!

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Elodie Parkes ~ Blog Post ~ New Release ~ The Old Star ~ Giveaway


For The Old Star release
Blog post from author Elodie Parkes

Hi Beverly and Tamara,

Thank you for inviting me to your fabulous blog to celebrate the release of my erotic romance, ‘The Old Star’.

The love story has paranormal threads, a little mystery and magic, it’s erotic and I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I loved writing it.

The idea came to me when I was working. Sometimes in my job I have to travel to places where an antique has been offered for sale to the place I work. I had to go look at a chaise longue that was in a semi derelict house. The place was going to be demolished and so I was to buy the item, get it loaded in the truck and bring it back to the store. The guy selling it was just lovely.

Sometimes I will notice a guy whose looks help me create a “Swoon” worthy man in my stories, but usually he just happens. It’s like a magic trick, as soon as I know his name he appears and even I fall in love with him. Sometimes and I swear this is the truth, he says and does things and I have no idea where it comes from. Later I will remember and it will make me smile. For instance, I love Owen who is my lead male in The Old Star, but a character nicknamed Ash from my last release, The Winter Girl, I totally love him, he’s such a dude, and such fun.

In real life, I’m greedy I like the guy in a whole package…you know the toned, muscular body, smooth skin, lovely eyes, blue or some other light color. Hair can be long, short, dark, light, as long as it’s clean. I do really like the shape of the hips and muscles of a good looking guy that go into a V shape and disappear into their jeans. Sigh… I like intelligence too…

Before I forget why I am here visiting your blog, here’s the blurb for the new release erotic romance.

The Old Star

She was looking for new office space…but it found her…what’s hidden in this spooky place?

When Cathy Faraday goes out from her office to buy morning tea, a set of circumstances send her on a different route from the one she would normally take. Waiting on a street unknown to her is a house. Old and left to fade away the house looks shabby against its neighbors. The whole row of houses are now offices and Cathy sees a ‘for let sign’ outside the place. Something draws her to the house. Someone watches from the third floor window.

Cathy applies to rent the building to expand her dating agency business. As she begins to make it ready, the house reveals its secrets.

Erotic romance, with a twist of paranormal, set in contemporary England this story will haunt you.

Graphic sex/love scenes. 18+ only.

It’s released from Hot Ink Press on Kindle August 23, so look out for it!

I have three trailers too, (smiles), fun to make, one is widescreen, another two are standard, the sexy new one has different music, but I guess I like them all. I’d love for your readers to check them out.

Sexy new trailer The Old Star August 23 release from Hot Ink



Here’s an excerpt, 18+ R rated

She pulled at his T-shirt and he helped her take it off. Cathy’s eyes darkened as she ran her hands along his muscled chest and kissed down his chest to his stomach. His low-rise jeans showed the shape of his lean hips and a thin line of hair going down his stomach. She looked up into his eyes as she unzipped his jeans and pulled them down to his ankles. She kissed and licked down his stomach and then along his cock and saw it start to harden.

She hadn’t noticed before, but he was wearing slide on shoes with no socks, and now she got him to step out of his clothes and shoes, until he was naked before her. His erection was full now and she looked into his eyes as she kissed him and took hold of his cock.
Owen groaned. “Take off your clothes, now, Cathy.” He stopped her kissing him. “No more kisses until you’re naked. I want you naked.”
His words made her throb with pleasure between her legs and her nipples hardened. He took her T-shirt off and then her bra and dropped them gently to the floor. She unzipped her jeans and began to push them down. Owen knelt and pulled them down to her ankles. He put his fingers into the side of her panties and then kissed her stomach before he took hold of the front with his teeth and pulled them down slowly, his fingers sliding down her thighs and his lips brushing against her until she was moving her hips wanting his mouth on her clit.
Cathy closed her eyes and let the feelings flow over her. She wanted his tongue inside her, his fingers too, she wanted to suck his cock until he groaned and thrust into her. The need for sex had never been so urgent and so intense.

Copyright Elodie Parkes 2013
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I’m running a celebration prize draw because I am so excited about this book.
First Prize, WIN a $25 Amazon gift voucher to buy what you want and the kindle copy of ‘The Old Star’ gifted from Amazon


Second prize, WIN a kindle copy gifted from Amazon of both ‘The Old Star’ and ‘The Winter Girl’ the latest release erotic romances.


Lily Prescott is only just over a relationship break up when she decides to take up residence in a house left to her by her recently deceased grandmother. Her corporate law job takes a back seat as she licks her wounds in the small country town. She looks around the main shopping street and discovers people who will befriend her, but she also runs into the town’s most eligible bachelor and secret bad boy, Starr Forrester.

Loved for his lifelong association with the town, Starr hides his methods for staying single well from his friends. He’s nearly thirty, gorgeous, a designer, owns a business and on the lookout for his ‘Winter Girl’….

Will it be Lily? What is a ‘Winter girl’?

Fun, sex, romance and a little twist of the paranormal, makes this a must read erotic romance.

Third prize, WIN the kindle copy gifted from Amazon of ‘The Last Time’


Steamy, erotic romance with a twist of mystery. Actor Seth Carbery swears he will never fall in love again, that is until he meets private detective Bethany Snow.

Something strange is going on. Seth and other members of the movie cast and crew are receiving threatening letters, but no threat has ever been carried out… yet. Bethany Snow is sent on location by the Black Agency to investigate, and guard Seth Carbery against danger.
The case is not what it first seems and even when Bethany thinks it could be over, a new twist means she becomes a target.
Seth and Bethany find they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Who is sending the letters and why? Does Seth have a secret admirer or stalker?

With steamy romance, graphic love scenes, and a quirky story of what people do for love this erotic romance is for adults only.

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From Elodie
Just a little about me to let your readers know who I am.

I live in the United Kingdom and I work in an antiques shop as well as writing. I have two dogs that keep me fit with their need for walks. I love the countryside and the coast.
I write romance, contemporary, and erotic with a twist of mystery, suspense, or the paranormal, now and then. I like to make the story unusual in some way, by a quirk in the tale. My books are always steamy.

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