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November’s Sexy Selections!!

Jason JC Curtis by FuriousFotog
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Author Showcase/Interview – Deanna Dee

 Welcome, Deanna!!
 
 
 
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?
 
(Deanna) Hi, Kam. Thanks for having me!
 
I’m a twenty-something living on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., and I started writing a few years ago. I took some time to learn the ropes and got serious last year when I dove into romance. I published my first book, Critical Hit-On, back in February, and it’s been a wild and great ride ever since.
 
 
 
2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Deanna) I walk away. The brain is like a computer. It needs to restart and recharge. If one project gets me stuck, I
work on something else. If nothing flows, I take a few days off from writing. One or the other usually does the trick.
 
 
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?
 
(Deanna) Glitz and glam, hah! Most of my free time is spent reading
(which is a fun kind of research) or spending time with family/friends/the
boyfriend. In terms of extracurricular activities, I do yoga (which I love),
have jam sessions with friends, and am a member of an improv comedy group. Very
glitzy. 😉
 
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Deanna) They do know, and I love them because they are the most supportive people I could ask for. Many of my friends are writers (as is my dad), so I have a great community wherever I go.
 
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.
 
(Deanna) Top 10. K, here goes (in no particular order).
 
-1. Derek Landy (Author of Skullduggery Pleasant).
Okay, these are in no particular order, but Landy is my favorite author ever. His Skullduggery Pleasant series is the most well-crafted, hit-you-in-the-face series I’ve ever read. If you haven’t, go
read.
 
-2. J. K. Rowling
No list of authors (for me) is complete without the quintessential author of Harry Potter. What’s not to love about that series? And Rowling’s later stuff, such as The Casual Vacancy, is also awesome.
 
-3. Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson is the author of many things in the speculative fiction genre. From epic fantasy to dystopian super heroes, the man does it and does it well.
 
-4. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)
I wish I could have thought of Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles world and concept. Science fiction fairytale retellings? Yes, please.
 
-5. Shelby Bach (The Everafters)
Bach’s Everafters series is Percy Jackson meets fairytales with a female protagonist. It’s middle grade at its finest.
 
-6. Christopher Healy (Heroes Guide series)
These are some of the funniest fairytale retellings I’ve read.
 
-7. Ernest Cline
Ready Player One spoke to me in a way few books have. It reminded me of a darker time and the difficult (but necessary) choice I made to get out of it. Also, all the geek-speak was great.
 
-8. Madeline L’Engle
A Wrinkle in Time is my favorite book ever. I read it when I was a kid, and everything about it has stayed with me my entire life. Meg is a fantastic protagonist. She’s smart, tough, and vulnerable, and the story is rich in science and fantasy. I love it.
 
-9. John Milton
I took a class on Milton in College. We read Paradise Lost, and I got lost in it (pun intended.) There are so many layers and intricacies. Good stuff.
 
-10. Homer
I love Greek myth. The Odyssey is full of so much, and Homer brings it out brilliantly in verse.
 
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?
 
(Deanna) I’d love a movie version of The Lunar Chronicles. In terms of actors, I don’t even know. But that world is so rich, and I think it would translate wonderfully to the big screen.
 
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.
 
(Deanna) Lol, top-secret. I’m working on book 4 in the Games of Love series. It’s Parker’s book, and I don’t have much yet. There will be theatre and super hero references. That’s all I know.
 
I also have some holiday short stories in the works.
 
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(Deanna) The Games of Love is a series of interconnected books. They can be read out of order but are best read in the following order: Critical Hit-On, One Fling to Rule Them All, Finish Him. All are currently available on Amazon. (Other retailers coming soon.)
 

 

 

 
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Deanna) Certainly. I can be found at the following haunts.
 
 
 
And there’s a “communicator” page on my site. Subscribe to my newsletter and/or drop me an email. I love to hear
from readers! 
 
 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Deanna) “The hills are alive…” No? Never mind. I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by today. I’d also like to say
that I adore writing and hope you all read lots of books (hopefully, mine included.) And no matter what books you read, leave reviews, even just short ones. They are super helpful.
 
 
First, I want to extend another thank you to Deanna for stopping by today. It was a blast learning more about you and your wonderful creations. Speaking of which, lets take a peek at one of those….. shall we. 🙂
 
 
Finish Him (The Games of Love, #3)
Genre: new adult romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
 
Round One, FLIRT
 
Sonya Black never expected a petty sibling quarrel could lead to her sister being drugged. Overcome with guilt, Sonya vows to bring the jerk to justice. When she dives into her own investigation, she lands belly up in the company of Jaxon Nyles, the security guard who may have all the answers.
 
But being a detective isn’t as easy as Sonya thinks. On top of that, Jaxon always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Is he a suspect, or is he falling for her? More important, is she falling for him?
 
The round has begun. Who will flirt? Who will win? Will hearts break in the process?
 

 
With a complex pressing of buttons, the screen goes dim, and my opponent explodes into a fountain of blood and innards. Take that, pixels. The familiar zing of a victory glides through my blood, and it’s all I can do to keep the smirk off my lips. I haven’t been on Thanksgiving break for three hours, and already I’m kicking ass at video games and racking up the bragging points.
 
Dawn mutters a string of unintelligible syllables. It’s too bad not everyone’s having as good a time as me. “I will defeat you, Dwarf.”
 
I hit X on my controller to bring us back to the character selection screen. Dawn is the GM, Game Master, of the Marshalls and Magics campaign our group has going, and I play a dwarf. Possibly, she thinks calling me by my race will unhinge me enough for her to win a round. Not likely. “Yeah, yeah. Pick a character.”
 
Dawn sighs and selects Kerdwin, a random character who appeared in one of the side stories ten years ago. His combos are weak, and his powers are weaker. I keep all this to myself. Dawn pulls no punches during M and M. It’s not my fault if she’s bad at selecting characters in Bloodrage Anarchy: Silver Edition…or any other edition, really.
 
“Good choice,” I say instead and, with automatic movements, navigate three down and two over to Dalara, warrior princess of the outer realm of Simenia. The screen goes dark for the loading process, and our characters appear on the top of a narrow mountain. Lightning arcs overhead, and drums pound a war beat.
 
Round One, the game’s automated voice, which sounds like a constipated ogre, says. Kerdwin stands in a pathetic pose Dawn probably knows a name for. Dalara also stands in a pose she would know, but hers looks kick-ass and involves balancing on the balls of her feet and swaying. FIGHT! The constipated ogre bellows his call to arms.
 
Constipation or not, the call is all I need. I send Dalara into a flying kick and knock Kerdwin backwards. Next, I close the distance to execute Dalara’s strongest combo, a series of kicks and punches that will result in Kerdwin flying across the screen.
 
“Damn you.” Dawn blocks, breaking my combo. She jumps back until there’s an entire screen of distance between us.
 
Unfortunately for her, the reprieve will be slight. I regain my feet and go into attack mode, pressing forward twice and then the A button to activate a special attack. Dalara says something understandable only by the people of some tiny country in Asia, and dark flames erupt from her hands. I do this twice more, and Dawn’s life bar drops to a quarter remaining. She ducks my fourth attempt, leaps my fifth, and comes at me, getting through my defenses and landing a punch. The tip of my health bar turns red.
 
Oh hell no. That shitake will not fly. “Nice.” I send a high kick into Kerdwin’s face and follow with a punching combo. Kerdwin sways on his feet, and I shoot more black flame. “But not nice enough.” Dalara shifts to her ready stance. Kerdwin falls, and the game constipatedly announces my victory. Vacation has never been sweeter.
 
“Rah!” Parker screams. He’s sitting across the room on my bed, and somehow, he still almost makes me go deaf. “Excellent! Continue! Piff the Eviscerator desires more bloodshed!”
 
Dawn’s character staggers to his feet, and Dawn and I exchange the kind of sideways glance gamers use when they don’t want to take their attention from the screen. Parker plays an illusionist mage in M and M and, because he’s Parker, has named his illusionist mage Piff the Eviscerator.
 
“Silence, Gnome,” Dawn says in her intimidate-everyone-but-Parker voice. She’s probably hoping the boy will one day have enough sense to fear her and be quiet.
  
“Eviscerate!” Parker punches the air. “Blood!” However, that day is not today.
 

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Gobble, Gobble!!

No matter what your plans are for the day, I want to wish everyone (who celebrates this holiday) a very….
See ya in a couple days, 
<3 Kam <3

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Interview with V.A. Dold

 
       1. Welcome,V.A. Dold. 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?
 
(V.A. Dold) Hi. Thank you for having me. I have a marketing degree and was a publicist for authors, which gradually led to writing my own novels.
 
2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(V.A. Dold) I have had slow downs from burn out but I’ve never had writers block.
 
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?
 
(V.A. Dold) Reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
 
4. I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(V.A. Dold) Everyone who knows me knows I write. My very catholic family pretty much ignores it, but my friend and children support it whole heartedly.
  
5. 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?
(V.A. Dold) Oh Wow.
I’d love to see Cade as a movie.
 
 
I think Matt Bomer for Cade
 
And Melissa McCarthy for Anna 
 
 
6. 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.
 
(V.A. Dold) Richie 
 
Four years ago, Richie met a group of Tulane freshmen when he saved one of them from a mugger. Now the first of their menagerie is getting married. Surprise of all surprises, Richie meets his mate, Piper, at the wedding in Missouri, of all places. He didn’t expect her to be a bounty hunter or that her murderous prey had turned the tables and she was now the hunted. Will Piper apprehend her bounty or will her bounty get to her first?
Can Richie save her from the death he foresaw in a premonition? Injuries are mounting and time is running out.
 
     7. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
(V.A. Dold) Just about any retailer Amazon, B&N, and iBooks
# 5 Lucas
# 6 Richie
 
     8. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(V.A. Dold) I have a website   http://www.vadold.com
Or email  vadold@yahoo.com
 
9. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(V.A. Dold) After Richie I’ll be writing another Cowboy in my K.I.S.S. Series so stay tuned for that. And Seth is talking loudly in the Le Beau Series. Here is the blurb for his up coming book:
 
Orphaned at birth, Seth is adopted and raised by the king and queen of the shifters, Isaac and Emma Le Beau.
 
Circumstances and heart break propel him into the elite band of hunters. Shifters pledged to serve the Goddess as her right hand. Meting out justice to the shifters who gorogue.
 
Burned out and ready to retire, Seth seeks refuge at the plantation, but Isaac has one last hunt for him to complete.
 
Unable to deny his father and king, will this assignment be his undoing or his salvation?
 
 
Wow, you are one busy lady!! 🙂
Congratulations to all the books you’ve written and the best of luck on the WIP’s. 
 
Readers, I hope you enjoyed my interview with V.A. Dold and found one or more books that intrigue you. If you answered yes, AWESOMENESS, my job is now complete. 🙂 

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Author Showcase – Holly J. Gill with honorable mentions of Nikki Blaise and Isobelle Cate

Thank you so much for having me over on your blog. I am so delighted to be sharing the erotic series Desires about a sex club where all you’re sexual fantasies become reality. It’s all in the need of great pleasure!
 
Now, let me proudly reveal the Desires Series.
 
Holly J. Gill 
 
 
 
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Desires—a place where fantasies are made flesh and dreams become real. From BDSM to being a dog, Desires can provide it with bells on, if that’s your kink.

Stacie Clifford’s only desire is to regain her sexual confidence after her recent escape from an abusive marriage. She joins Desires looking for re-education in the joys of her body. There is only one condition; her contract states emotional attraction between tutor and student is forbidden. Stacie is fine with that; her heart is so battered she has no desire to give it to anyone else.

Then she meets her instructor, Dan. Instantly attracted, at first Stacie thinks it will help to make her sexually comfortable with him. But when she realises she is falling in love, she can’t tear herself away, contract or no. Stacie knows that, no matter how kind and caring Dan appears, he’s just doing his job. Can Stacie overcome her own Desires and walk away?

 
GET YOUR PAPERBACK OR  KINDLE COPY TODAY!! 
 
 
 
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Angel makes the biggest mistake ever. She never realized how much someone meant to her until it’s too late. Angel the owner of the sex club Desires, having the club at her beckon call, nothing passes her attention without notice, the club is her passion and desire. Angel interviews Stacie Clifford a woman lacking in self-confidence and has chosen Desires to be the place to try and restore her self-esteem. Angel makes sure she had Stacie sign the club contract, stipulating ‘no emotional involvement with tutor or tutors’ delighted the woman signs. Angel pairs Stacie with Dan, Dan McVeigh a handsome, delicious, exciting and truly adorable young man. Only after placing Stacie with Dan, her heart begins crying, longing for Dan, only the man she wants has his head turned, despite what Dan tells her. Angel then tries everything in the book to scare Stacie away, will she succeed and how far will a woman scorned go?

 

GET YOUR PAPERBACK OR  KINDLE COPY TODAY!! 

 
 
 
 
Two and a half years after her first visit to Desires, Stacie Clifford’s life has done a 180. Settled and happy with her beloved Dan, baby Ryan has completed their lives.
 
 
When Dan suggests revisiting Desires for some sexy couple time away, Stacie is unaccountably cautious until she finds that Angel will not be there. She didn’t know why, but she always had a gut feeling that Angel was not to be trusted. With Angel out of the way, she and Dan, together with their good friends Jason and Chrissie, proceed to indulge in the many and varied delights of Desires. Stacie even decides to explore some of her own secret fantasies.
 
 
GET YOUR KINDLE COPY TODAY!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dan and Stacie are preparing for the biggest day of their lives and everything is perfect. Stacie has her Hen night; Dan his stag night – both in Desires. Angel is being the wonderful host, but all is not what it seems. Five days before the wedding Dan and Stacie find themselves, devastated and destroyed, and on the brink of separation. Stacie feels that her life is falling apart. She cannot breathe or think because of the agony of losing Dan, the man she thought she could trust and spend the rest of her life with. Her world has been shattered. But Dan wants her back. Stacie longs to embrace what is important in her life. When she finds out the truth of what happened will it be too late to save the biggest embrace of all?
 
 
 GET YOUR PAPERBACK OR KINDLE COPY TODAY!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Available in Paperback – March 29, 2015 – @ Amazon
 
 

Dan, a devious, hot, sincere young man, preys on women like a vulture. He takes up escorting before entering a world of sexual fantasy in a club called Desires, being paid to have sex. He loves being a naughty boy without conviction, even having sex with the boss, using any means to have his wicked way. Then he meets a new client, Stacie Clifford. He needs to drop the boy act and become a man, yet remember the club’s emotional contract. He makes it his responsibility to protect Stacie from Angel the boss of the club. He’s in love. He has almost everything: a wife, son and a baby on the way, ownership of Desires, yet something is missing from his life, Sapphire his daughter. Unable to move on, feeling destroyed, his marriage is uneasy. Day after day he fights his heartache, wanting to be happy and be Dan, the man he once was. Will Dan ever be complete again? What will it take to get him there?

 
 
                                                
 
 

 Holly lives in the UK and is a wife mother of three, and a nana to twins. Holly J. Gill is a romance writer whose favorite genre is erotica. She has been recently published with Secret Cravings who unfortunately closed their doors in September 2015 leaving Holly with several books to find a home. Therefore Holly has taken the chance to self-publish all her works. Her books include Desires and a sweet adult series called Innocence. Holly also writes different genre’s loving the diversity she has to explore. In Holly’s spare time she loves spending time with her family, friends, listen to music, watch movies, and likes to travel around England enjoying the beautiful countryside.

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Review of “She Whom I Love” – Tess Bowery (CONTEST INCLUDED)

How would you like an ARC of She Whom I Love? An erotic tale featuring love scenes with two alluring women and, at times, one very lucky beau? *winks* 
 
To be eligible to win this seductive prize, all you have to do is leave a comment on this feature anytime from now until midnight (central time) on the 21st. On the 22nd, I will randomly select a winner and post your name so make sure and check back on Sunday to see if you’ve won. If the winner fails to respond in 2 days time, another entry will be selected. 
 
(Prize will be delivered in a mobi, epub or pdf file format.) 
 
So, say hi, ask a question, leave a statement, or simply leave a 🙂 or 😉  
 
It’s really that easy!! 
 
Before you enter though, let’s check out the naughty treat up for grabs and exactly what I thought of it.
 
 
Out on December 29, 2015
Preorder now at Amazon
 
 

Warning: Contains a lady’s maid with secret desires, a corset-maker who knows his way around a woman’s body, and an actress who never has to fake it. Rated for adult audiences only.Love would be simpler if it came with a script.

Marguerite Ceniza dies on the London stage each night, but her own life has barely begun. The ingénue is on the prowl for a lover, but while she burns with desire for Sophie, a confession could ruin their decade-long friendship. In the meantime there are always men vying to be her patron, and square-jawed, broad-shouldered James Glover can’t help but catch her eye.

Sophie Armand has been a lady’s maid for too long, and she’s sick of keeping secrets. Her hidden scripts and the story of her birth are only the beginning. Her nights are haunted by desperate thoughts of the beguiling Marguerite, and of James, the handsome tradesman who whispers promises of forever into her ear.

James has the kind of problem a lot of men would kill for—two women, both beautiful, both sensual, and both willing. Sophie wants marriage, while Marguerite’s only in it for fun, and choosing between them isn’t easy.

What’s the worst that could happen if he secretly courts them both?

Their romantic triangle is complicated in the most delicious way, until a shadowy figure from Marguerite’s past threatens to destroy the budding relationship—and their lives.

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(request submitted by author for an honest critique) 
 
Now this was a hot erotic tale. Two ladies, best of friends, take the plunge and take their friendship to the next level. Let me tell you what folks, that monumental turning point was HOT, HOT, HOT. 
 
It was tastefully erotic. 
 
If that first love scene wasn’t exhilarating enough, James enters the picture. 
 
You see, he was courting both woman (one as a wife, the other his mistress) and, unbeknownst to him, they were lovers. 
 
Instead of yelling and throwing things, Meg came up with a deliciously wicked act of revenge. Bound him to a chair while he has to suffer and watch them make love in front of him. I know the guys reading this will agree that was the purest torture imaginable. I tip my hat to you, Tess!!
 
As with any story, you expect drama and Tess delivers that as well (insert the villain Baron here).  


The lovers do quarrel (as expected) but when they need each other, love prevails. I mean, you can’t have a true love story without a HEA. Right? 🙂
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤1/2
 
 
Out on December 29, 2015
Preorder now at Amazon

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Author Showcase – Chanta Rand (Rise of a Queen)

Pre Order your copy now for only $.99. This price is only for Pre Orders and will end on November 22nd. So hurry and pre order your copy now for this amazing price. 

 

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A dead husband. An unconsummated marriage. She needs an heir. Any man will do.

1061 AD. A sprawling empire rich in gold, resources, and military might dominates West Africa. It’s The Kingdom of Ghana, and it’s at the height of its power.

Twenty-year old Nabeela is grappling with her own power struggle. In order to save her younger sister from their step-brother’s clutches, Nabeela agrees to marry a repulsive African prince and bear him an heir. However, her plans are waylaid when tragedy strikes on her wedding night—her new husband dies—without consummating their marriage.

She must find a replacement to impregnate her immediately. Any man will do—including a drunken soldier her servants find naked taking a bath in a neighboring village. Nabeela holds him captive and coerces him into having sex with her—stealing the one thing he can never get back—his seed. 

What she doesn’t know is the soldier is Rafan, Commander of a warring tribe’s royal army, and one of her family’s arch enemies. Eager for revenge, Rafan tracks her down once he’s released. But when these two reunite, they realize their lust for each other is far greater than their disdain.

Enamored by Nabeela’s beauty and bravery, Rafan makes her an offer of marriage, and the promise to help her become queen. He convinces her that they are stronger allies than enemies. Even though they share a commitment to unite, there are others who are determined to destroy them and their plans, including the one person Nabeela would have never suspected. In the end, she’s is forced to choose between her passion and her ambition.

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1040 C.E. Kingdom of Ghana, West Africa

Wagadugu Empire

Nabeela guzzled from the goblet of wine in her room. Maybe it would give her courage for the loathsome task ahead of her. The fermented liquid slid down her throat and winded is way through her knotted entrails to her empty stomach. Good. The concoction would take effect sooner without any remnants of the wedding feast lining her belly. She had not been able to eat a single morsel, despite her mother’s half-hearted attempts to get her to do so. This was no cause for celebration. Not when she’d just married a man old enough to be her father. Indeed, possibly old enough to be her grandfather, had he lived.

Her new husband, Hakim, had no problem eating. Earlier, he’d shoveled massive amounts of food into the entrance of the seemingly bottomless pit that served as his mouth. Nabeela grimaced recalling how his sausage-like fingers had stuffed shanks of braised lamb past his thick lips. His gluttonous appetite had earned jests and ribald comments from his troops. She’d contained her disgust as she watched him shove everything on his platter into his mouth. Errant crumbs escaped, only to be captured in the deep folds of his sumptuous robes.

He was a repulsive pig.

And she was forever tethered to him through marriage.

She took a deep breath. She could endure this. She had to, for the sake of her mother, Falak and her ancestors. It was better to suffer the injustice of this world than to anger the ancestors in the next. Her virtue was the only weapon she could bargain with right now. In return, Hakim offered a generous bride price of cattle and gold for her.  He was a Hooro, a member of the ruling class who administered authority. By strategically marrying up one caste she ensured her safety as well as her family’s. She accepted this as her duty. There was no pleasure in duty—only reward once the work was done.

She walked the few steps from her quarters into her sleeping chamber where Hakim waited. She was veiled, as was the custom. Her new husband would remove the veil, consummate the union, and leave his seed in her. That was her only value—to produce an heir. Then hopefully, he would leave her be. Though the women of her clan had little political power, she hoped to change that.

Hakim already had three dead wives and one living son. The wives had all died under mysterious circumstances. Rumors of poisoning abounded. Only the bravest whispered the name of Ghazi, Hakim’s son. It was suggested he’d committed the acts, so jealous was he of anyone, male or female who got close to this father.

Nabeela had few encounters with Ghazi, but she made sure to steer clear of him. He had a cruel streak longer than the Niger River.  He pounced like a rabid dog on anyone who dared speak against him. She’d seen first-hand how he treated servants and slaves, threatening to send them to the salt mines in Taghaza—a death sentence. Though only five years older than she, he had the disposition of a bitter old man.

And he was now her stepson. 

He’d taken Nabeela, her mother, and Falak in after the soldiers ravaged their citadel years ago. The militia still waged their war of terror, taking advantage of the vast distances between the cities to wreak havoc. Villages and towns that had been settled by generations of influential Soninkes were being burned to the ground on a daily basis.

Nabeela and her family had lived a secure existence until a few months ago when Ghazi set his sights on marrying Falak. He’d insisted it was merely to unite their families. But her mother had persuaded Hakim to marry Nabeela instead. After all, Falak was only fourteen years old. Too young and innocent to be married to a snake with a voracious thirst for power. Ghazi was so enraged, for the past few months, he’d kept Falak in a separate part of the keep. She would be released as soon as this marriage was consummated. It was Ghazi’s way of assuring Nabeela kept her word.  There were days she wondered if they were better off eking out an existence in the forests than here under Ghazi’s crushing thumb.

Nabeela pushed her depressing thoughts aside and entered her bedchamber. Hakim’s broad, naked back greeted her. Flabby folds of skin hung from his solid frame. She prayed to The Creator she would not be crushed beneath his massive girth.

She circled him slowly, her long robes flowing as she walked. His eyes lit up when he saw her. His grin revealing crowded rows of yellow teeth set against dark skin that reminded her of a jackal hunting at night. Her stomach churned. She had not married him for his good looks, but for his protection and influence from the Almoravid caliphate, Berber Muslims encroaching from the North.

For years, Abdulla ibn Yasin, the leader of a large group of Almoravids, had been gaining in power, and trying to force Islam down the throats of Ghanian kings. But the kings refused to convert. A shift in religion was only part of the problem. Ghana was rich with gold, and salt—a commodity, almost as valuable as gold. And although the kingdom had flourished for hundreds of years, trading with peaceful Berbers and wealthy Arab merchants, riches had a way of corrupting even the most pious men.

Now the best way to protect the Soninke remote regions was for the king to give more power to his minor kings and military governors. This way, they could defend these vassals against the constant raiding of the Sanhadjas and the Almoravids.

It seemed no one was safe in these turbulent times. And so, Nabeela found herself in need of a defender. Everyone paid tribute to someone. Since she had no wealth, she would pay in flesh. Without Hakim’s protection, her family was at the mercy of warring troops. She was merely a pawn in the process, but she intended to get as much power as she could. Power was more valuable than sex or beauty. Mother had taught her that.

Hakim reached for her, his meaty fingers attached to pudgy wrists and corpulent arms. He eyed her like a hungry crocodile at a watering hole. The sounds of his strained breathing filled the air.

“Been …waiting all night to…look at you. Up close.”

She was sure the only thing he wanted to see up close was an overstuffed platter placed in front of him.

Thick lips that had just hours ago sucked the greasy cartilage from chicken bones now wanted to sample her flesh. He removed the faceplate of her veil. His eyes widened in appreciation. “Comely creature.”

Nabeela took offence at being called a creature. She had never considered herself comely, though her mother often told her she was. She felt her nose was too big and her eyes were too far apart. Truly, beauty meant nothing without the resources. Otherwise, she was just a whore. Using her body to get what she wanted. She had no plans to do that.

Hakim issued a gruff command. “Disrobe.”

She did so without hesitation. For months, she’d known this moment would come. Best to get it over with. There would be pain the first time. She knew that, too. Pain was part of life. Mother had also told her this.

Nabeela stood in all her naked glory in front of her new husband. She would not let him see how disgusted she felt. Instead, her eyes wandered below his waist. She frowned at the fleshy proboscis jutting from the wiry bush between his hairy thighs. She’d never seen a man’s root before. Hakim’s was the size of her forefinger. It was the only emaciated part of him.

“Lick it,” he ordered.

Her heart beat like the frenzied rhythm of a drum. This was one thing she had not anticipated.

If I have to put that thing in my mouth, I will wretch.

She closed her eyes, and choked back the bile rising in the back of her throat. To think, she’d preserved her maidenhead for this moment. That was her saving grace and the only reason she’d been able to barter herself.

Her eyes flickered open when she felt Hakim’s meaty fingers groping her breasts. He had a look of rapture on his face. She bit her lip. She would have to endure this ogre’s fondling for days, weeks, perhaps even months until she knew she was with child. It would be hard to do when his touch made her skin crawl. 

She sank to her knees on the thick tapestry of rugs as though she were being led to her death. Hakim’s manhood jutted out like a flag on a windy day. Her face hovered near the hard flesh.

“Yes,” he groaned in anticipation.

Nabeela prayed for courage.

Oh, divine goddess, please let me survive this ordeal. I must!

Summoning the strength of her ancestors, she leaned forward and opened her mouth. Her lips were mere inches from the tip of his shaft. Without warning, he took a step backward. Confused, Nabeela looked up. His mouth was distorted into a grimace, frozen into what would have been a lop-sided grin if not for the grotesque mask of pain.  His puffy jowls slackened as one hand clutched at his heart, grasping a fistful of wooly chest hair.

Nabeela gasped as Hakim’s corpulent body crashed to the floor like a tree being felled in the forest. She watched, horrified as his eyes rolled back into his head, and his labored breathing abruptly ceased. She clapped her hand over her mouth to stifle her scream. She was not prone to emotional outbursts, but the death of her new husband was reason to panic. All her hopes for a better future had just died with him.

 

 
Author Info:

Chanta Jefferson Rand is an Emma Award winning Debut Author of the Year, a multi-published, best-selling author of sizzling-hot romance, and the former host of The Chanta Rand Show. An avid reader of all genres, she stepped onto the scene in 2010 with her first published historical romance, Pharaoh’s Desire. 
 
Chanta is a history junkie, a Walking Dead fan, and a recovering shoe addict. She never met a stiletto she didn’t like! If you still want more, check her out at www.ChantaRand.com or email her at Chanta@chantarand.com.


Remember: You can’t expect any sizzle…if you don’t turn up the heat!
 

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Review of “Darkest Before Dawn (A KGI Novel)” – Maya Banks

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they’ve known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock’s true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he’s been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She’s the only woman who’s ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he’s spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”

 
 
REVIEW 
 
We’ve all seen Guy Hancock be Mr Billy Badass more times than we can count. We’ve also seen his softer side. However, we’ve never seen his heart truly laid out before us than when he met and fell for Honor. I always thought Maya would have to create one helluva woman to capture Hancock’s heart and she didn’t fail me in this tall feat. Honor had more strength, integrity, courage, and yes, honor than probably most men and women I’ve read about through my many years as a bookworm. 
 
I can see why so many people were in awe of her. She made quite an impression on everyone she encountered and those she didn’t encounter as well. A character that will always be remembered. 
 
This is a story that shall be remembered. 
 
Darkest Before Dawn had action, true love scenes, and numerous passages which will break your heart right along the characters they center around. 
 
Folks, be prepared to lose yourself in the story of an unforgettable heroine who managed to love a man who couldn’t love himself while fighting the villains who threaten to tear their world apart. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
 
 
 

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Review of “Courting Danger” – Kimberly Dean

Courting Series

 Meet the women and men who work at Luxxor Limited, a high-end escort service. The company caters to the wealthy by matching them with escorts who are as smart, mannered, and cultured as they are beautiful. The one limitation in Luxxor’s contracts? No sex allowed. Except, of course, if the contact is mutually acceptable.

 

CourtingDanger HI RES_webCOURTING DANGER (Book 3)

Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2015
Rielle Sands ventured too close to the fire once and got burned. Now when it comes to men, she’s vowed to play it safe. But then a dashing, mysterious man shows up at Luxxor Limited after hours, the agency she manages, needing an escort.
Darien Scott isn’t what he appears to be. Beneath the sexy smile and wicked charm, he’s hiding secrets. Yet the sizzling chemistry between him and Rielle is real. He tries to stay away, but his attraction to her keeps pulling him back. When he discovers that he’s not the only one haunted by danger, he changes tactics. To protect Rielle, he may need to stay close. Super close. Exclusive Luxxor contract close.
The reward is more than worth the risk.
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‘Hello? Is anyone here?’

A low voice rumbled down the hallway, and her chest tightened. It was a man, but she didn’t recognise the voice. For a moment, she considered remaining quiet, but she licked her lips and made herself step forward. She was overreacting. If she wasn’t, there was an emergency call button hidden under the lip of her desktop. Security could be here in less than a minute if she needed them.

She returned to the lobby and scanned the area. Her gaze came to a screeching halt when it landed on the man who was already looking in her direction.

Oh. Wow.

Her wariness didn’t decrease, but a different kind of awareness flooded her. ‘Hello?’ she said huskily.

Somehow he’d known she was there, yet he seemed taken aback. His weight slowly rocked back from the balls of his feet, and his eyes narrowed. They were blue eyes. Startling blue. ‘Good evening.’

She wasn’t overreacting. The guy had danger written all over him, in that good-girls-beware sort of way. Tall and strapping, he had closely cropped dark hair and a rough-and-tumble aura that didn’t go with the tuxedo he was wearing. That wasn’t to say he didn’t look good. He looked damn good. The combination was powerful, and it hit her first in her belly and next in her knees.

Sex appeal oozed from him.

Which, of course, meant he was here for an escort.

His gaze was running over her just as alertly as she’d evaluated him, so Rielle quickly put herself behind her desk. She tucked her barrette behind her phone and fought the urge to run her fingers through her hair. ‘I’m sorry, but we’re closed.’

He cocked his head. ‘The door was open.’

And that had been a mistake.

‘Did you have an appointment?’ She knew very well he didn’t.

‘No.’ Her question had been sharp, but his blue gaze didn’t flinch. Instead, the lines of his face softened, and she had to lock her knees to keep them from melting. ‘But I’m in a bind. I was hoping you could help me out.’

She lifted an eyebrow. The man might be putting out pheromones by the bucketful, but her brain was still functioning – admittedly better on some levels than others – and she’d begun to sense danger of another sort. The entrapment sort. Luxxor was not a company that took walk-ins. ‘For whom are you looking?’

He walked closer to the desk, and she instinctively gripped its edge. The way he moved, all silent and stealthy. The expensive carpeting absorbed the noise most people made, but the air didn’t even stir at his approach. Her fingers edged closer to the silent alarm, but she didn’t push it.

Not yet.

‘I’m looking for Luxxor Limited. I know I’m late, but I need an escort for the evening.’

Her guard stayed up. She knew they were alone in the office – she was acutely aware of the fact – but her company’s clients knew better than to go spouting off so casually about Luxxor’s line of work. They signed nondisclosure agreements to ensure it. If he was wearing a wire, she wanted to make everything perfectly clear. ‘You need someone to attend an event with you tonight?’

‘Actually, I need someone right now.’

She shook her head. Luxxor went to extremes to satisfy its clients. She’d blush if she thought about how far some escorts went, but there was no way she could accommodate his request. The employees they had working tonight already had their assignments. Even if she did contact someone, the timing was impossible.

And for some reason, that relieved her. ‘I’m sorry, but we don’t have anyone available on such short notice, Mr . . . I don’t believe I caught your name.’

‘Because I didn’t give it.’ He slid his hands into his pockets. The tuxedo looked good on him, but it was failing badly at taming him. Especially when he winked. ‘Tell me yours, and I’ll tell you mine.’

 

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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
First, I want to state that I hadn’t read the rest of the series when I was asked to review book three, Courting Danger. The only time this became an issue was when the name “Eddie” was dropped out of nowhere. I wondered if he was a key person in the other books. However, Kimberly clued us in on who Eddie was and the past he shared with Rielle so have no fear you’ll be lost or confused for more than a few pages, at most. 

With that said…..

 
If I was basing my review on this being classified as a mystery, I’d say it fell flat. 
 
If I was critiquing this as a romance/suspense book, then I would say it had that in spades. 
 
My only snafu comment about the romance aspects of this tale is this….. Mel aka Darien came to the office seeking an escort to a White House event. Rielle, not an escort, agrees to go with him (with much reluctance) even though she’s not an escort and she doesn’t believe his name is Mel or that he’s really an accountant. At the event, the jig is up. However, she still decides to have unprotected sex with him multiple times. Heck, through the entire book, they never once spoke about protection, partners, STD’s, possible pregnancies. NADA!! I guess a hot bod and great sex makes you forget all those details. As a reader, not so much. 
 
I will say, despite those factors, the sex scenes were sizzlin.
 
When it came time to decide on a score, I thought about the lack of mystery and the bedroom blunders. I almost gave this story a 3 but I simply couldn’t because Kimberly had Rielle kicking butt ….. literally!! 
 
You just have to love a woman who can handle herself!! 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 
HUNGRY FOR MORE? THEN CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE SERIES TOO!! 
 

CourtingInnocence_webCOURTING INNOCENCE (Book 2)

Genre:  Erotic Romance
Release: July 30, 2015
Even Nice Girls Have Needs.
Erin starts using matchmaker Luxxor Limited, not realizing that the company is truly an escort service. She meets a series of hunky men, but the dates are disappointing. She wants a man that will awaken her senses, challenge her thoughts, and rev up her body. But she gets more than she bargained for when Luxxor sets her up with another client, lawyer Colton King. Her big brother’s best friend.
Erin has always lusted for Colt. Dark, muscled, and brooding, he was her first teenage crush. Now he’s her favourite fevered fantasy. He’s just never taken notice of her before. She has his attention now.
Colton is horrified when he learns the scandalous game Erin has been playing with Luxxor’s escorts. He orders her to stop, but things go a bit too far … and become a bit too sexy … Soon Colt is escorting Erin straight to his bed.
Years ago, her family forbade him to touch her. How will he defend himself when they learn how impure his thoughts are for their innocent, loving daughter? The one who’s grown up into the sweetest, naughtiest, little temptress.
 
 

courting_trouble_260x420COURTING TROUBLE (Book 1)

Genre:  Erotic Romance
Release: Nov. 27, 2014
ISBN:  9780007579549
When times get tough, how bad does a good girl have to get?
Sienna Blakely is bright, articulate, underemployed and forced to rely on the one asset she vowed never to use – her looks.
With bills piling up, Sienna signs a contract with Luxxor Escort Services. A contract that strictly forbids any sexual contact with clients… And then she’s assigned to companion Jason Sloan. Just meeting the man causes a full-body jolt. Arrogant, powerful, and sexy, he’s trouble. And he can see through the facade she’s erected, right down to the intelligent and sensual woman underneath. He challenges her wits, and he challenges the rules.
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Courting_Jealousy_200x300COURTING JEALOUSY (free short story)

Genre:  Contemporary erotic romance
Release: Dec. 1, 2014
When Noelle hires an escort to accompany her to a charity event, it’s merely to show her ex that’s she’s moved on. Yet she gets more than she bargained for when Dane is assigned to accompany her. Tall, dark, and handsome, he knows how to arouse jealousy. He also knows how to arouse her!
 
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Author Showcase and Review of “From a Soldier’s Perspective” – Michael Lee Womack

Website: www.womackpoetry.com
Twitter: @WomackPoetry
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMichaelLeeWomack
 

On the seventeenth day of February 1987, author and poet Michael Lee Womack was born in the small town of Sanford, North Carolina. While coming up through elementary school, middle school, and high school Mr. Womack was extremely shy. Michael Lee Womack was extremely shy, but he had a love for the ladies. His love for the ladies would eventually give birth to his love for poetry. Whenever he was in middle school and high school he was specifically known for writing poems for every beautiful woman that he was too shy to speak to. 

 
In the summer of 2005, North Carolina Author& Poet “Michael Lee Womack” graduated from”Lee Senior High School”. Approximately one month later from reaching this landmark in his life, this young man became a part of something bigger than anything that he had ever been a part of at this time of his life, the “United States Army”. He enlisted into the United States Army on the 30th of June 2005. From there, he would embark on a journey unlike any other. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky so that he could serve his country as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. 
 
Upon the completion of his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky the United States Army assigned him to the 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division. In the years of 2006- 2007 he would deploy as a “Calvary Scout” with 3rd Squadron 4th U.S. Calvary Regiment located out of the Pacific Island of “Hawaii,”. 
 
In the year of 2008 this hard working soldier was ready to move on to another duty station. His next landing spot in the army would once again be Fort Knox, Kentucky. While there he would spend the next year of his life in the 1st Squadron, 16th U.S. Cavalry working as the OPFOR that assisted in the training of freshly new army lieutenants. After spending the first three years of his army career serving honorably as a “Calvary Scout” this trooper sought to learn another skill. 
 
The great southern state of “Georgia” would soon be his next home as he continued his journey onto the home of the “United States Army Signal Corps” , also known as “Fort Gordon”. It would be there in which he would learn the skills required to be a “25 Sierra” “Satellite Communication Systems Operator/Maintainer”. 
 
After obtaining the knowledge required to carry out the duties of his new occupation he would continue to “soldier on” to “Fort Stewart, Georgia” home of the 3rd Infantry Division. As soon as he made way to his new Army family, “Charlie Company 4-3 BSTB” he deployed with them to Ramadi, Iraq in support of “Operation New Dawn” from the summer of 2010 to the summer of 2011. 
 
Three years after that he would see his army career come to a close, and on the 27th of May 2014 he was medically retired from the military. Upon his departure from the military Mr. Womack would have problems adjusting to civilian life, however, his first love, a.k.a. “poetry” saved him. Through your reading of his newest published book, “From A Soldier’s Perspective” he hopes that you gain much insight from it on what life was like for him as a soldier, as well as what life has been like for him as a veteran.
 
 
 
 
 
As soldiers who have just returned from war, we fight a separate war daily in an attempt to leave the war behind. Many soldiers, just like myself, come home from war only to fight a separate internal battle, with debilitating illnesses such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. It was important for me to share my story not only for myself but for those who have fought, for those who have fallen, and for those who continue to wage war in order for the United States of America to continue to remain free. The price of freedom is not free. 


War is chaos, and many soldiers bear the scars from it for the rest of our lives.

 

 
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 (review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
Unless you walked a mile in a soldier’s “shoes”, you can’t fully understand what their time deployed has done to their psyche and bodies. Yes, family and friends live with the aftermath right alongside them. However, loved ones can’t fully understand what’s going on in the soldier’s mind. The battles they still face well after their time of war is over. 
 
I have no doubt Michael’s poetry won’t have you appreciating a soldier’s job a bit more. 
 
I simply couldn’t pick a favorite poem. For me, they all were touching — so many emotions pouring from his heart/mind into ours. 
 
Thank you, Michael. Thank you for opening up to us, letting us in, and sharing your time over there and civilian life will us. 
 
My only negative point to address (which I brought up to him) was the pricing of the paperback/hardcover. He stated he had no control over it. I highly suggest reading this but, for those who are watching their wallets, I would opt for the kindle version. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 
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