Archive | September 9, 2013

Torquere Press to donate proceeds from Charity Sip Blitz to charity

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Torquere Press to donate proceeds from Charity Sip Blitz to charity

AUSTIN — Every year, the authors at Torquere Press come together to write for a reason. Torquere’s Annual Charity Sip Blitz gives authors an opportunity to make a difference and donate their time and money to a noble cause. Authors donate all proceeds to a chosen organization, and Torquere matches those donations 100 percent. In previous years, the Charity Sip Blitz has raised $5,000 for Lambda Legal, over $3,000 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and more than $10,000 combined for organizations such as NOH8 and Doctors without Borders. This year’s chosen charity? OutServe-SLDN.

OutServe is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal services and support to LGBT military individuals and families, as well as working toward equal representation and benefits. Fittingly, this year’s theme for Charity Sip Blitz submissions is “In Uniform,” and authors were encouraged to submit stories about soldiers, EMTs, park rangers, or anyone else who helps save lives in a sexy uniform.

Laura Hughes’ decision to write for Torquere’s Charity Blitz was an easy one. “I’d never heard of OutServe before, but it’s a natural and perfect fit for me and my work,” Hughes said. “Military service, gay identity, and the intersection of those worlds are at the center of my young adult novel Don’t Ask.”

Don’t Ask was recently released from Prizm Books — a subsidiary of Torquere Press — and centers around Mike, a gay high school student who’s involved in his school’s military club during the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Mike’s club is also the core of Hughes’ contribution for Torquere’s Charity Blitz — Camp Spartacus. “The story will definitely appeal to fans of the novel,” Hughes assured. “Like Don’t Ask, Camp Spartacus blends adventure, honor, gossip, and crushes!”

More than 20 authors have written short stories for Torquere Press’ 2013-2014 Charity Sip Blitz, which will premiere September 18th and coincides with the company’s tenth anniversary. Readers will be able to purchase sips as individual stories or in a bundle from torquerebooks.com or rainbowebooks.com; all profits will be matched and donated.

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Review ~ Ask For It by Selena Blake

Ask for ItAsk For It (Contemporary Romance)
by Selena Blake

Blurb:
Trevor Wyatt has lusted for journalist JJ Fairchild since before he retired from the NFL. Now she’s back in his life and he’s not going to miss the opportunity to show her just how good they could be together.

Words may be JJ’s tool of trade, but when it comes to the bedroom, words escape her. Trevor’s an excellent teacher and before she knows it, she’s asking for what she wants.

But when outside forces threaten to expose dark secrets from Trevor’s past, can he overcome his suspicions and trust the woman in his bed?

ASK FOR IT is a full length contemporary romance novel from bestselling author Selena Blake. Get the associated short story free at selena-blake.com.

Excerpt:
JJ wasn’t going in. She wasn’t.

She should just head on to her hotel and figure out what to do for dinner. But as she clutched her handbag and stared at the colorful display of sneakers behind the large window, she felt her irritation rise. Why shouldn’t she go in? She hadn’t done anything wrong.

Straightening her spine, she reached for the door handle and pulled. JJ didn’t know what she expected to find in the shoe store. Obviously shoes, but certainly not the gorgeous salesman behind the counter.

He stood with his back to her, a phone pressed against his right ear. He was tall with broad shoulders and plenty of chiseled muscle filling out the navy t-shirt and well-worn jeans.

Staring is rude, her mother’s voice whispered through her mind. JJ knew that but she couldn’t help herself.

There was something familiar about the man and she found it nearly impossible to tear her gaze away. Those muscles made her tingle in some very important places and it’d been a long time since her body had reacted so strongly, so quickly. There was no denying the increased heart rate, the sweaty palms, the way her knees trembled or her breasts tightened.

Stopping next to a display of walking shoes she forced herself to look at the colorful laces and take a deep breath. The scent of synthetic material and rubber soles was thick in the air.

Where did she know him from? A covert glance from the corner of her eye let her take in his profile. Holy smokes. At this rate she’d need a glass of ice water before he even turned around.

As if she’d called his name, whatever it was, he hung up the phone and turned toward her. JJ bit back a gasp as she took in the golden blond hair and sparkling blue eyes. She’d know that handsome face anywhere…his strong jaw, full lips, and that sexy dimple in his cheek.

Trevor Wyatt was only one of the best looking men to have ever played in the NFL. Not to mention, one of the cockiest. At least until his accident.

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Crystal’s Review:
Julia (JJ) Fairchild has a job that I would love to have. She writes for a sports magazine and interviews sports players. She also flips houses with her brother and has written two books. She tries to keep her personal and private life seperate. She has always had daydreams about Trevor Wyatt since she first interviewed him. He has asked her out but she knows that he is just playing around.

Trevor used to be a great football player until he hurt his leg and then he couldn’t play anymore. What people don’t know is the way he hurt his leg. He is going to keep that out of the papers for as long as he can. Since that night he has lost his best friend. He meets Julia again and he knows the job that she has and he is scared that she wants an interview. He has always wanted to go out with her and he knows that he can never get over her.

I loved this book and I’m not saying that it was all about football, but that is what made it a little more interesting to me. I love football and I enjoyed reading a book that had an old football player in it. I also like how much all the girls got together. They have a date for every Thursday night. So Julia doesn’t tell her friends about everything and in a way that causes a little problem with her friend Cindy. I am hoping that there is a story about Cindy, so I can see if she ends up with her boyfriend or not.

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Interview ~ Spotlight ~ Mated Forever by Michaela Rhua

clipartBeverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today Michaela. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Hi Ladies. Firstly thank you for having me on your blog, I really appreciate your support. Well, me? Nothing exciting to say. I am mother to two teenage children and wife to a hard working man. I go out to work for part of the week so writing has to fit in with all the usual everyday activities. I love reading, music and opening a bottle of wine with friends.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

Earl Grey tea, chocolate and music.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I have always scribbled as a teenager but it got lost along the way. It was about 18 months ago that I got involved in a collection of stories with The Nuthouse Scribblers. That eventually became The Blood Bar Chronicles.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

LOL. Hey, I’m pretty tame but I know given the time and opportunity I would love to put on my Dominatrix persona and ‘play’.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I like heroines that have something about them. Deep inside maybe not realized as yet. They could start off as damsels in distress but they have to realize they have the ability to kick ass and fight for who they want to be.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

I have lots of dreams and goals. I suppose to be a bestseller with Amazon and NY Times. I would love to be able to give up the day job and write full time. A house by the beach is on the list with lots of sexy male neighbors!

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs?
Depends on which suits the man. I like fitted boxers so they cling to his tight ass.

Coffee or Tea?
Tea please – Earl Grey!

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
Both – at the same time- as long as they are shackled to a bed.

Hairy chest or smooth?
Smooth.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla to eat, chocolate to lick off.

Kinky or Sweet?
Hahaha…err…Kinky.

Top or bottom?
TOP.

Well, now that we’ve learned a bit about you, Michaela, let’s give everyone a taste of your newest book.

mated-forever1mMated Forever
By Michaela Rhua.

The full moon is always a time for danger and mating. This month it brings the scent of Louisa’s mate. Jorie is on the run and in grave danger. Being rescued by Louisa brings safety and a new temptation. As the girls act on their feelings, and passion overtakes them, they are unaware of the danger surrounding them both. When Jorie is kidnapped, it’s a race against time. Will Louisa be able to save her mate, or will the past and all its secrets destroy them before they even have a chance at forever?

Excerpt:
“I am so sorry to draw you into all this Lou, I … I didn’t mean for it to get this far.” Jorie put down the hot mug on the table next to the sofa.
“It’s okay. I asked you to stay, you didn’t force this on me, so chill,” Lou said. “Anyway, I’m going to take a shower.”
Lou got up from the sofa and disappeared into the bedroom.
Damn it! Jorie kicked herself mentally. Why did I not just do what I wanted to, just touch her. She knew exactly how she felt about Lou. She wanted her as a lover and mate. Things were so complicated now. Sleeping with Malachi had been a colossal error. Every time she looked into Lou’s beautiful brown eyes something melted inside.
The noise of the shower interrupted her thoughts. Jorie fisted her hands and gritted her teeth. Then, with decisive steps, she walked through the bedroom to the bathroom. The door was ajar, almost inviting her in. Once inside, the hot steam fogged her vision. Her eyes adjusted quickly, and she made out water cascading over golden brown skin. Rivulets journeyed their way down the perfect body, which was all curves. Jorie wanted to stroke Lou’s round ass, and kiss it all over. She stretched out her hands. Her skin tightened, and heat radiated throughout her body. She knew exactly what was happening. Her wolf begged to be let out to play with her mate.
Breathing deeply, Jorie stepped forward. The steam cleared at little more and Lou turned around. Jorie stared at Lou’s round breasts topped off with dark chocolate nipples, and licked her lips. Lou glanced up. Her eyes deepened then a ring of copper formed around her pupils. Lou continued to soap her body. Jorie watched Lou’s hand circle down to her bare pussy with the sponge. Her own pussy ached with need. Lou dropped the sponge and leaned her body into the water, washing the suds off her skin. Jorie wanted to touch her so badly.
Lou turned off the water, and stepped out of the shower. Jorie took a deep breath, trying to get her wolf under control. She wanted Lou in human form, to delight in her body. In her wolf form it would be fucking. Her animal instincts would take over like it had with Malachi. There had been little tenderness. When he’d realized she was willing, it became all about taking her quickly. The act had been painful and cold. Where she’d wanted to take it slow, this would be about making love. She wanted to experience love, an all-consuming love. Tender and soft, not hard and fast.
“You’re so beautiful, Lou. I want you so much. I’ve never felt this way before,” Jorie whispered.
“I want you, too, Jorie. Only if you’re sure?” Lou gave her a tentative smile.
“Yes, so sure, like never before,” Jorie said.
Jorie unbuttoned her shirt. Lou came closer still, helping Jorie to release her arms. Warm hands massaged her breasts. Jorie untwisted Lou’s hair and let those dark curls loose. They were silky smooth, and Jorie massaged Lou’s head then cupped her face.
Their lips met. Heat surged through Jorie, the air hot and heavy. Lou pushed her toward the bedroom. Jorie delved deeply into Lou’s mouth with her tongue, tasting and licking. Her beast growled with delight. This was good, this was right.
“You taste so good, Lou,” she said.
Lou pushed her onto the bed then stood over her. A flicker of hesitation registered in her eyes. Jorie undid her jeans, ridding herself of any clothing to reassure Lou this was what she wanted. Words were irrelevant. Lou seemed like watching her strip because intensity deepened her gaze. Once bare, Jorie sat up and held out her hand. Nothing happened. Lou looked at the offered hand. Afraid Lou would back away, Jorie slowly opened her legs. She wasn’t fully bare as Lou, but she hoped Lou would understand.
“I can’t wait, Jorie, I have to taste you.” Lou licked her lips.
She watched Lou lower her head and inhale the scent of her arousal. Lou growled then pounced on her.
“Get ready, honey.” Lou winked.

Mated Forever by Michaela Rhua is an All Romance ebooks BESTSELLER!

Why not read a review:
http://lovebooksblogbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/review-mated-forever-by-michaela-rhua.html

Buy Links:
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All Romance ebooks
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Author Bio:
Michaela Rhua always dreamed of writing but this never happened until she met the lovely group of ladies known as UCW. Their passion for writing and encouragement inspired her to see if she could do it too. Now she loves writing!
She has teenage children and a husband, who also keep her busy. However, it is whilst travelling into work that she has time to create her characters and imagine other places in which they exist as her world skims by the window. Conversations overheard often lead to the birth of new ideas that she scribbles down in her trusty notebook.
Michaela is a multi-published author with Breathless Press, Evernight Publishing and a self-published anthology with authors from The Nuthouse Scribblers.

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Twinsie Talk Tour ~ If I Loved You ~ Jean Joachim ~ Interview

Twinsie Talk Book ReviewsIf I Loved You by Jean Jochim

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If I Loved You

Book Blurb:
Does love always mean total truth? Successfully shunning the limelight was one way for Megan Davis to keep her family secret. The press intruded on her life when her twin brother, Mark, became the star quarterback for the Delaware Demons. Disrespectful of tabloid superstars, financial advisor, Meg, was shocked when she was tapped to launch a celebrity division in the prestigious investment firm, Dillon & Weed. The biggest surprise: the charisma of her first client.

Gorgeous, magnetic movie star, Chaz Duncan, wary of women who wanted to bask in his fame or sell his secrets to the media, valued privacy above all else. Would attractive Megan Davis, his new financial advisor charm the truth from him or would he continue his high profile but lonely existence to keep his secret safe? Jealousy, deceit and scandal threaten two careers and the quest for true love and trust in this roller-coaster-ride contemporary romance

TEASERS FOR IF I LOVED YOU

Teaser #1

“Like I haven’t heard that one before. I don’t give a damn you’re famous, okay. Can we get that straight? I’m not impressed, not going to grovel at your feet. You’re simply a potential client whose money I may be managing. No more and no less. I’m not going to swoon and ask for an autograph or throw myself at you. Of course, I’ll do my best to take care of your money as if it was my own, but that’s as far as it goes.”
“Way to use your charm on me to win my business.” Chaz leaned forward.
“I don’t need charm; I have brains.” A smug smile crossed Meg’s lips.
“Whoa! Oh, yes…Harvard M.B.A., right? Harvey told me.” Chaz sat back in his chair again.
“Right.” Meg leaned back, too, folding her arms across her chest.
“Yale School of Drama here. So don’t condescend to me. I’m not a ‘dumb’ actor in love with himself. And you’re dressed pretty hot for a financial advisor with only dollars and cents on her mind. Not that I’m objecting. I love eye candy…great rack, too…” He grinned at her then pulled out his cell phone.
“Eye candy? Rack? Did you say rack? Why the nerve! Is that your cell phone? Turn it off…” She rose up out of her seat.

Teaser #2

I’m not falling for him. This is ridiculous. No more celebrities. No more dates.
Megan padded into her bedroom to undress. She stared at her queen size bed, envisioning Chaz there waiting for her. The image gave her goose bumps. Stop, Meg! He’s unattainable. A guy like him would never fall for someone like you. Give it up. You’ll only end up unhappy. That’s what Mom would say. And she’d be right. Still, he’s so…so kissable…so nice.

Buy Links:

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hehe! Remember, I stalked her first! And now Jean is here volunteering *aside to Jean* “the cuffs aren’t too tight are they?” to be interviewed!

Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Jean! Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve been a writer for over fifteen years, but have only been writing romantic fiction for the past three years. I’m married, have two sons, and live in Manhattan with my rescued pug, Homer.

Tamara: Bev, get those off of her! Sorry Jean! What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

A mug of hot tea with milk and sugar or a glass of ice water, depending on the weather.

Beverly: *muttering* Fine! But if she leaves it’s not my fault! *releases Jean then hands cuffs to her* When did you start to write, who influenced you?

I was born to be a writer, I believe. I fell in love with books before I could read. I was making up stories by the time I was seven. My first love was Louisa May Alcott, so perhaps she convinced me to be a writer, like Jo March in Little Women.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

A hero must protect the heroine, take care of her. He must be strong, physically and mentally. Handsome and a good sense of humor never hurt. But mainly he has to accept her and love her for who she is.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

This is like trying to pick your favorite child. I love all my characters. Perhaps Gracie Brewster, pretty screenwriter in MOVIE LOVERS, because she’s my most imperfect heroine. I feel the most sympathy for the predicament she creates for herself.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Gut-wrenching emotional scenes about loss are the hardest for me. These are in Now and Forever, Blind Love, when Callie receives a long-delayed letter from her fiancé who was killed in Iraq and in Sweet Love Remembered, a short story in the military anthology, Call of Duty. That story is about a couple who lose a child to SIDS.

Beverly: Oh that was a heart wrenching story! What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?

I don’t have a favorite book. But I must say I loved the scene in Now and Forever 1, a Love Story, when Callie is expecting her husband, Mac, for dinner, greets him in nothing but thigh-high stockings and teased hair only to be met by the president of the university! LOL. I loved writing that scene.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend/girlfriend”? From what book? Author?

I can’t pick from my own books as I’ll make my heroes jealous, so I’ll pick the hero from EASY, a fantastic young adult book.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Oh, my. I didn’t know I’d be revealing anything like that. I guess making love with a guy on the floor of a hotel closet while my roommate was asleep in the hotel room. Necessity being the mother of invention! *blushes* And now I’ll just shut up.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I like realistic heroines. I try to write mine that way. They aren’t perfect but they are independent. While they’re strong, they often need help, too. Don’t we all?

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

A blind date in college with a man fifteen years older than I, six inches shorter than I who was from another country. We had nothing to talk about and I couldn’t wait to get home.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (You have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Books. Paper and pen and licorice, or does that qualify as food? Okay, then, how about music?

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Black licorice. Hot fudge sundaes, fried chicken. And I only give in to the licorice urges.

Tamara: What dream or goals have you yet to realize?

I’d like to write a historical romance series and a cowboy series, both short. I hope to realize that dream in 2014.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!

Can’t put it in print. But next on the list. Hmm. Telling someone to shhhh in the dark during a business conference, only to find out when the lights went on that I had shushed the president of the ad agency where I worked and our biggest client!

Tamara: LOL! If you were a color what would you be and why?

Pink, because it’s such a happy, pretty color.

Beverly: How do you know you’re in love?

You count the hours until you’re with your beloved again. You can’t stop smiling, you want to touch him, hold his hand all the time. Your insides go liquid at his smile or touch.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?

I’m very lucky, I have love from many people: my husband, my two sons, my inlaws, and a whole bunch of fantastic, brilliant, loving friends, and total, unconditional love from Homer, my pug.

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome – of course I wouldn’t kick Blond and buff out of bed.
Hairy chest or smooth? Hairy.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla.
Kinky or Sweet? Somewhere between the two. Is that okay?
Fast or slow? Depends on what you’re talking about. Can I say, start slow then become fast?
Public or private? Private for sure. Private everything.
Top or bottom? Bottom.

Giveaways:

Our fabulous author will be giving away an ecopy of her book at each blog stop.
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jean authorpictureAbout the Author:

I didn’t start writing until about 17 years ago. I had two small children and used to get up at 5:30am to write for two hours before they got up.
No one believed I could be a writer…least of all me…but I was driven to do it anyway. Like an addict I was compelled to write.

I started out writing 500 word articles on advertising, business and parenting, based on my own experience. Lo and behold, after my first article failed, everything else I wrote got published.

This was exciting and encouraged me to attempt my first book, “Beyond the Bake Sale, the Ultimate School Fund-Raising Book.”

I got an agent from a friend of mine and she found a top publisher, St. Martin’s Press, with a fabulous editor, Elizabeth Beier and I was off.

After six more non-fiction books were published, I tried my hand at fiction. One cold day last January, while I was recuperating from loss and illness, Callie and Mac landed in my head and told me their story. I flew to my computer to get it all down, just the way they were telling me.

“Now and Forever, a Love Story” was born. The characters have no resemblance to anyone I know and, least of all, to me. They are completely formed total strangers that leaped out of my head and onto the page.

It was a wonderful experience, listening to their story. I fell in love with them. After the book was done, I couldn’t let them go. They were kind enough to bring another character to the forefront, Danny Maine who told me his story and “Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny” was born.

After that I became a writing machine, writing seven days a week as many as seven hours a day. I finished “Now and Forever 3, Blind Love”, the first two books in the Moonlight Series: “Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights” and “April’s Kiss in the Moonlight”. And the first two books in The List series: “The Marriage List” and “The Love List”. I am finishing up the last books in these current series and will begin a new series in 2013, “Hollywood Hearts”.

I hope you will keep reading as I intend to keep writing until the stories run out, which doesn’t appear to be soon! Thank you for buying and reading my books.

Best wishes,
Jean

Contact the Author:

http://jeanjoachimbooks.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jean-Joachim-Author/221092234568929
Twitter is @Jeanjoachim

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