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Author Showcase – Tamara Hoffa

Ten Years ago love slipped through Chance’s lasso. This time “He was going after her and she didn’t stand a chance, just like a calf in a chute, he was going to rope her with his love and ride back into her life.”

Carrie Stewart is a dedicated horsewoman. She runs a successful breeding and training program. She is a good friend, a good sister and a favorite aunt, but she has been burned by love. Carrie has never gotten over her first love, Chance Ryan. After ten years of absence Chance shows back up in her life. Should she risk her heart again, with the man who left it broken at her feet in the past? Chance has some serious work ahead of him to win back the one woman he could never forget

 
 

~Excerpt~

Chance felt like he’d been thrown from a bucking bronco. Ten years. He hadn’t seen her in ten years. And it was just like before. God, she was even more beautiful than she had been at eighteen. Time had matured her body, her curves a little fuller than they had been. Her hair was short now, almost boyish in length, but curling softly around her face it looked feminine and flirty. It was a deeper shade of blonde now too, a golden honey color that looked stunning against her sun-bronzed skin. What the hell was she doing here? And who the hell was the kid with her? Chance was busy doing mental math, the kid looked nine or ten. Carrie had called him several times in the months after he left. He’d never returned her calls. Could she have been trying to tell him she was pregnant? No it couldn’t be, she would have told him. Wouldn’t she have?

“I’d say small world, but since it really is a small world and we haven’t run into each other in ten years…”

Carrie arched one eyebrow, he always loved when she did that, it looked so haughty and hot.

“What brings you here?” Chance asked

“Same as you I guess, looking for some brood mares.”

“Actually, we’re selling this mare.” Nodding at the other, nearly forgotten man in the stall. “This is my brother, Chase.”

“Nice to meet you,” Carrie said, looking down at Tyler, “Well, we need to get to the Coliseum, Tyler wants to see the cutting.” Keeping her arm around his shoulders they turned to leave.

“We should talk,” Chance said

Carrie looked over her shoulder and stared him straight in the eye. “I think the time for talking is long past.”

The phrase she was so mad she could chew nails and spit screws ran though his mind at her look. Damn. He had really fucked things up between them. Why hadn’t he taken her calls again?

Oh, yeah, to give her a chance at a good life.

“I really need to talk to you.”

“There’s nothing left to say.”



~Purchase Links ~
Amazon
All Romance E-books
Secret Cravings Publishing
Bookstrand


Bio ~

Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 5 dogs and 1 cat. Tamara started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book at hand since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with her kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandson’s in her lap. Tamara is a reviewer, a professional reader and can now add author to her repertoire.  Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.
 

Contact Links ~
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTamaraHoffa
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TamaraHoffa
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6537898.Tamara_Hoffa
Blog: http://sslyblog.wordpress.com/

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Interview with Tamara Hoffa

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome, Tamara Hoffa.
 

1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

(TH) Hi guys! I’m (cough) forty-eight years old. Married thirty years to the love of my life. I have three grown children, two adorable grandsons, six dogs and a cat. So we definitely have a full house! I have always loved to read and over the last few years I became Facebook friends with many authors. I began doing Beta reads and reviewing for a blog site. I had done some angsty teenage writing in high school, but never thought I could write professionally. I saw an ad for a short story contest. My husband and several “friends” had been pushing me to “write a book” So I pulled up my big girl panties and submitted my story. I didn’t win the contest, but I did get a contract. The rest as they say, is history.

2. All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(TH) I don’t think of it as “block” per say, more like “getting stuck” I’ll take a break and do some reading. Talk about it with my DH. Then just MAKE myself sit down and write.
 
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(TH) No, definitely not Glitz and glamour, lol. I have a day job. I’m a hairdresser, which I love. As I mentioned above I beta read for several authors, I also am now doing editing for Secret Cravings Publishing and recently started a blog with my best friend Beverly Ovalle. I love to cook, and Spend time with my grandbabies. And of course read!

 
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(TH) Yeah, I’m all out in the open. I write under my real name. (Hey I want credit for that sh*t) My daughters take it in stride. My husband and my mom are very supportive. My son pretends he doesn’t know me (he is in college studying to become a minister) He wants to know why I can’t write “sweet romance” where the couples don’t do more than hold hands, lol. I’m not quite sure what my friends think. Most of my “real life” friends aren’t readers and haven’t even read my books.

 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(TH) No kidding, the list is miles long! Even a top ten is tough. Lori Foster, Laura Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kerrelyn Sparks, Shelly Laurenston, Laura Kaye, Maya Banks, Catherine Mann, Larissa Ione, Carrie Ann Ryan. And I could go on and on.


6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

 
(TH) I would love to see the Darkhunter series on the big screen. As for casting, I couldn’t say. I am woefully behind the times, I don’t even know most of the actors and actresses that were at the Adacemy Awards. I read. I don’t watch many movies or television. 

 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(TH) I’m working on two project at the moment. A novella, tentatively titled, A Special Kind of Love. It is a project near and dear to my heart. The heroine has a son with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. My son has AS. I will categorically state, this is NOT a story about me or my son. But, helping others to understand the impact that having an autistic child has in your life is important to me and I hope I accomplish that in a Special Kind of Love. My second project is the first book in a new series. The series is The Windy City Dragons, we haven’t titled this WIP yet. It is my first attempt at paranormal romance and I am writing it with Beverly Ovalle. We are having a blast! Our hero, Dan, is a Chicago firefighter, and a dragon shifter.

 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(TH) WCD is my first series (and it’s not contracted yet) so, no reading order. My books are available at all the e-book retailers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance, etc.

 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you? 

(TH) You can reach me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTamaraHoffa
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(TH) Thank you for having me today. I love writing and reading, And I love hearing from readers. So, please let me hear from you. I’d love to know what you think of my work or hear your recommendations for new authors. My life has changed so much in the past two years. It is never too late to follow your dreams and you never know what tomorrow will bring, so seize today!

 
 
Wrap-up 
 

There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Tamara Hoffa for stopping by and I look forward to your next visit – This Friday! . *smiles*

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Review of “Riding Wild” and “Riding Temptation” – Jaci Burton

 

He’s a Harley-riding ex-thief working undercover for the government. She’s a gun-toting ex-socialite hired to protect a valuable museum exhibit. But in her attempt to stop a heist, she never anticipated having her breath and her heart stolen…

Mac Canfield was the last man Lily West expected to see again, never mind aim her gun at. But here he was, the bad boy who’d broken her heart years ago-still a thief, this time high-jacking a priceless artifact—and it was all she could do to push aside the memories of how it felt to have his perfectly chiseled body next to hers.

Mac was no less shocked to see the beautiful girl-next-door all grown up, threatening to shoot him on the spot. Little did she know she was blowing his cover-and now he had to figure out how to get her out of harm’s way without succumbing to his crazy desire to take her on a hot trip down memory lane.

Unfortunately, Lily has no intention of going anywhere with Mac. Which means he has to resort to kidnapping. Unless, of course, she agrees to let him take her for the kind of ride destined to drive them both unbelievably wild.

 
 
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As a woman who loves motorcycles and is in love with a biker, I couldn’t wait to start book one of the series. I loved how Jaci showed the camaraderie between bikers. It’s true, you don’t have to know a biker personally to feel welcomed at an event. They are truly some of the nicest people who’ll ever meet. And as she portrayed in the rally scene, they will absolutely do anything to help a person out. Truly great people! 
 
My only negative feedback regarding the book is the “under the influence” scene. I know she addressed Mac’s reservation about chasing after Lily when he knew his faculties weren’t in proper order but he did so anyways. I won’t say why he did so. Yes I could see why he had to go after her. However, as someone who has rode a bike for many years, the idea of anyone riding knowing very well they should’t be hit a bad cord with me. 
 
Other than that, a brilliant and sexy read. And I do mean SEXY! 
 

 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 

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He’s a biker working undercover for the Feds. She joined the Wild Riders for reasons of her own. Together, they’re burning up the asphalt and tearing headlong into danger and passion…

Naked under leather.

Ever since runaway Jessie Matthews teamed up with the gang of special ops bikers, the Wild Riders have thought of her as their kid sister. Except for Diaz Delgado. Over the past few years he’s been watching the budding of a ripe young woman. Jessie’s glad somebody finally sees her for who she is—and she’s thrilled it’s Diaz. His dark good looks and killer body have tempted her since day one.

Diaz’s unbrotherly urges have been hard to fight but the last thing he’d want to do is hurt Jessie and break up the gang. But when they both go undercover to infiltrate a group of killer survivalists, he knows it’ll be hard to keep his distance—especially when the mission takes a risky turn. Now Diaz has no choice but to open himself up to the one woman who may be strong enough to take him on.

 
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If you love stories featuring outdoor sex/voyeurism, then you’re going to want to purchase this book. Besides having nookie outside alone, Diaz and Jessie also engaged in a sexual relations for their initiation into the Skulls. The scene wasn’t done in a raunchy way, but one that will heat up a reader. 
 
Besides the abundant amount of love making going on, there was plenty of action with the characters having their clothes on. Shots were fired, injuries occurred but at the end of the day, the good guys did prevail. Now isn’t that what we all want in a story? A happy ending. 🙂
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤

 

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(Be sure and come back next weekend when I review book 3 & 4.)

 

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Author Showcase and Giveaway Offer – Elodie Parkes

Released: May 1, 2013

Eternal Press

Blurb ~ 
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.
Excerpt 18+
Seth made a little sound of need. He felt he was in a fog of
lust and sensation, surprised he was thick and hard again.
Bethany took as much of his length into her mouth as she
could. She sucked and swirled her tongue around the shape of him. She moved her
lips up his shaft and then nuzzled the velvet end of him.
Seth was beginning to thrust his hips and sigh. He felt
Bethany’s hair spread out across his stomach. It felt soft and teasing. He
reached to grasp a handful, as Bethany began to do the best thing he had ever
felt with her mouth, her tongue, her hands cupping him, grasping him, until his
entire body was sensitized, and then it all began to pool in the bottom of his
stomach, and then lower. Between his thighs where she cupped him was pulsing
with sensation, and he was moaning and thrusting.
Bethany sucked suddenly deeper, harder, and he was coming,
moaning with the intense feeling. He heard himself groan. It lasted a long time
and Bethany held him until he had finished. She was very gentle taking him out
of her mouth. Seth moaned a little feeling a loss. Bethany kissed up his body
and left a wet trail across his nipples, her own hardened peaks brushing his
body.
Seth held her head and brought her face to his. He realized
she must have swallowed his seed, and only a trace of the taste was on her lips
as he tenderly kissed her.
She moved back just slightly to whisper against his lips.
“Seth, put your fingers in me. Feel how much I need you.
I’ll come very quickly if you just let me move on them. You’re so delicious.”
Seth was enchanted by this. He hadn’t been with that many
women, and none of them had talked like this, nor made love like this.
He kissed her again and tenderly pushed his fingers into
her. Her gasp of pleasure and the way she began to move on him almost had him
moaning again. He held her head and kissed her softly as she murmured against
his lips, coming just as she had said very quickly. He left his fingers inside
her, and then kissed her hard, holding her head with his hand tangled in her
hair.
****
 Author Bio ~ 
I live in rural England, 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. 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.
I started writing when I was seventeen. Life intervened in my writing time and I stopped serious writing for some time. I started writing again seriously a couple of years ago, because I had so many stories in my head.

Connect with Elodie here ~
Blogspot            
Where to find Elodie’s books ~
Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, KOBO, Apple iBooks, and Diesel ebooks
http://www.amazon.com/A-Celtic-Tapestry-ebook/dp/B00BXPHSA6
http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Celtic-Tapestry-ebook/dp/B00BXPHSA6
http://www.amazon.ca/A-Celtic-Tapestry-ebook/dp/B00BXPHSA6
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/A-Celtic-Tapestry/book-BJ_406GiXEebWjWdV6dWag/page1.html

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Author Showcase – Harper Jewel

 

Virgin Prey
By Harper Jewel
 
 
Blurb:
In the bowels of humanity, hidden deep from
society, a race of bird shifters dwell.  Never
forsaking the rituals of old, virginal Aviana Byrde becomes of age, and a
suitor is selected in the way that is dictated by those very traditions.
 
Outshining the rest, Andor Malar craves to bond
with Aviana.  When that secret desire
comes true, he cannot get enough of the innocent shifter.
 
After an explosive night full of carnal abandon,
Aviana is kidnapped and held prisoner in the cruelest of ways before the new
mates had fully slaked their lust for one another.  Will she meet her death before true love takes
hold?  Will Andor’s fevered search
prevail, or will a kind twist of fate intervene when their world is rocked on
its axis by a startling chance discovery?
 
 
Author’s Bio:
An
avid reader of paranormal and erotic romances since my college days, I have
always dreamed of becoming an author.  After finally accepting advice from a few
friends, I sat and took the time to write my first short story and was ecstatic
when it got accepted.
 
My
reading interests include works by Kate Douglas, Shayla Black, Lauren Dane,
Sylvia Day, Elizabeth Amber, and Christine Feehan, to name a few.
 
My
TBR pile is quite large so when I’m not being a wife, mother, housekeeper, cook,
chauffeur, or launderer, you’ll find me either writing or reading!
 
A
published author under the name Dee Licious, I have decided to change my pen
name to Harper Jewel from here on out.  I’m
thrilled to be a part of Horny Devil Publishing’s stable of talented authors.
 
 

Author Links:

Website: http://authorharperjewel.webs.com/
& http://www.harperjewel.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarperJewelAuthor
 
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Interview with Harper Jewel

 

Welcome, Harper Jewel!
 
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear
and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the
writing business?
 
(HJ) I’m just your
average housewife and mother of one spectacular daughter.  Writing has always been a part of my life
from very early on.  I was always coming
up with stories in my mind or putting on plays/production with my cousins or
friends.  It wasn’t until just recently
when a friend suggested I actually submit something I’d written, that I sat and
put some serious thought to it.  The
result was my first published work with Horny Devil Publishing, Derek & Maks – Book 1 in the Inked Heat
Series. 
From there it’s been a dream
come true for me.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.  All writers fear
the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(HJ) If I come up
against wall that I can’t seem to burst through, I save my doc and take a
break.  I either read or do something
with my husband and daughter to sort of clear my mind.  After a few days, I’ve found I’m able to sit
and write once more.
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time?
 
(HJ) When I’m not
writing, I’m either working—yes, sadly, I am not a stay-at-home mom—cleaning,
cooking, doing laundry, chauffeuring my daughter places, helping my daughter
with a “crisis,” taking care of our three cats, or a myriad of other things.
 
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
 
(HJ) With the release
of Virgin Prey, my second published
work, I did “share” my secret with my extended family.  My husband and my daughter both know that I
write as well as what I write and both have been very supportive.  Some of the older members of my family are a
bit unhappy with my choice of genre, but respect my decision, although they
refuse to tell their own friends about this little “secret.” 
 
 
 
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(HJ) Kate Douglas
tops the list for me.  I’ve had the
pleasure to meet her in person and have a few one-of-a-kind items she has
graciously sent me over the few years since we met.  Others on my favorite list would be: Sylvia
Day, Shayla Black, J.R. Ward, Lauren Dane, Elizabeth Amber, Christine Feehan,
Anya Bast, Sherrilyn Kenyon & Crystal Jordan.
 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
 
(HJ) I’d love to see
one of Kate Douglas’ Wolf Tales brought to the screen, however, with the steamy
sex scenes in any of the Wolf Tales books, I’m not sure what rating they could
give it.  As for who to cast in the
parts, I picture Richard Gere or Pierce Brosnan playing the lead males and Halle
Berry or Evangeline Lilly playing the lead females.
 
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
 
(HJ) I’ve already completed
the second installment of my Inked Heat
Series
entitled Trent & Trey, and
it has been contracted with HDP.  This
one is the story of two brothers, Trent & Trey, who own/operate a tattoo
parlor as well as a small ranch in a little town in Texas.  When Cassie St. Cloud comes in for a tattoo,
sparks fly between them all, but unbeknownst to the petite woman a part of her
past she thought she was safe from is hot on her heels.  As for writing, I’m currently in the midst of
my follow up to Virgin Prey, tentatively
titled, Untapped Prey.  Aviana Byrde, Andor Malar, and Bertrand Lark
my three main characters from Virgin Prey
are back as they “seek” another couple of their kind.  Evangeline DeMarco and Slate Warton are their
targeted “untapped prey,” and this book will tell their story.
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?
 
(HJ) My works are in
e-book format only and can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobi, All
Romance E-books, and iTunes.  I currently
have two series going: the Inked Heat
Series
and A Seeker Story Series.  Both only have one installment each available
at this time.
 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
 
(HJ) I can be found
at any of the following links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harper.jewel

 

 
 
 
On the Web: http://authorharperjewel.webs.com/
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(HJ) First and
foremost, I’d like to thank you for having me here today.  It’s been a pleasure speaking with you.  I do hope I’ve piqued some of your followers’
interest and welcome any and all comments at any of my above links.  I’d just like to close with a saying if I
may:  Erotic is a state of mind…let it
wander where it may.
 
Wrap-up
 

I want to again thank Harper Jewel for stopping by and friends/followers, if you have any questions or comments for Harper, by all means, leave her a message below. 

 
Thank you in advance for your visit!

 

 

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