Wednesday, 24 April 2019

"Submission" by Tina Donahue. Women's Romance Fiction, blurb and excerpt





Blurb:

Three powerful men will ensure her submission…

Surrender is the lifestyle club where professional women seek alpha males to dominate and pleasure them. A concept Bree envisioned from the moment she fled her impoverished past. However, dreams don’t come easy. To fund her wanton Malibu club, she needs partners.
Enter Lucius, Tav, and Cody, three wealthy and imposing males who know what they want and that’s Bree, stripped and submissive to their will. Bad boy Lucius has billions but what’s money when the right woman isn’t at his side to pleasure him sexually, while he uses her in the most provocative ways. Laid-back Tav isn’t so easygoing between the sheets, his dominance irresistible. Cody’s an adrenaline junkie, enjoying extreme sports in and out of bed.
Hot and kinky play is on the sexual menu, pulling Bree deeper into a shameless fantasy that can’t possibly last. Until and unless she’s willing to offer her heart. 

Excerpt:

Lucius pressed close, his thighs to hers, his hand cupping her neck. “Like this?”
He captured her mouth, their lips fitted perfectly, his bristly cheeks scraping hers, tongue plunging inside.
Gawd. She sagged against him, powerless to resist his strength, scent, and taste. Something minty but also unique, a flavor belonging to him alone.
She gripped his lapels, needing them to keep steady and to get closer. The moment she had, she ground indecently against him.
A breath couldn’t have slipped between them, her breasts crushed to his chest, not allowing her to inhale fully.
Who the hell needed air?
He deepened his kiss, taking rather than asking, using, enjoying, his roughness a thrill rather than something to worry about, and precisely the behavior she required.
Yet she still desired more.
Once she pulled the leather tie from his hair, she drove her fingers through his thick, silky locks.
A lusty grunt rose from deep within him.
She’d rarely heard a better sound.
He tempered his passion, gentling the kiss.
That was awesome too.
They enjoyed each other as she’d wanted from the moment they’d met, her feelings for him building each time he smiled at her or they shared laughter she’d tried to avoid, their friendship deepening despite her attempts to keep an emotional distance. During those empty days when she’d denied herself physical contact, she never would have believed a kiss could be so wondrous.
The world faded away, sounds retreating, leaving them clinging to each other, savoring closeness and intimacy.
Wasn’t enough. If possible, she would have crawled inside his mind, heart, and soul. Barring such nonsense, she stopped herself from coming on too strong.
He struggled for breath, the same as her, then pulled his mouth free and gulped air.
Lucky him. She couldn’t draw in enough to clear her head.
Tav slipped his arm around her waist and pulled her into him.
Whatever air she’d taken poured out and mingled with his, his mouth on hers, tongue slipping inside, his beard rasping her skin.
Her knees sagged, bumping into him, his fresh, woodsy scent surrounding them, bringing to mind a forest, reclining on fragrant grass, leaves floating down, sun winking through countless trees to bathe their naked flesh.
She wreathed her arms around his shoulders, wanting him as a shelter against doubt and everything bad.
Holding her in a firm but gentle embrace, he angled his mouth for greater penetration, his passion as deep as Lucius’s, yet also carefree. As if necking with her here was the most natural thing in the world, even though she’d kept her distance when they’d worked together. Not once sharing a meal unless they bumped into each other at lunch in the employee break room. 
Those times had prepared her for now, their intimacy exciting yet comfortable and necessary.
Unable to resist, she pushed his tongue from her mouth and filled him instead.
Rather than protest, he allowed her to enjoy his clean flavor and suckled her deep.
She hadn’t expected anything less from him. Tav took life as it came, greeting whatever was in his path. For the moment, she was his sole focus and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
He eased her closer, his strength impressive yet subdued. His effort at containing it, making him tremble.
She wanted him as unleashed as Lucius would be.
And Cody.
He separated her from Tav.
“Hey, I wasn’t finished.” Tav shot him a look.
Cody shrugged. “You are now.” He grasped her wrist.
Surely, he wasn’t going to kiss it. He’d never seemed the romantic type to her.
And wasn’t now.
After he’d trapped her against the wall, he held her wrists above her head and cupped her breast.
Her nipples peaked, straining against her suit jacket.
He thumbed one rigid tip, his lime fragrance and sweet breath stoking her desire.
She wrapped her leg around his and pressed against him.
His grin spoke volumes. “Bad girl.”
“You think?”
“I know.” He brushed his lips over hers, their softness and heat striking, his smooth cheeks a balm, his tantalizing foreplay increasing her excitement.
Whoever thought wild monkey sex was the only way to go for a good time hadn’t experienced this.



Tina Donahue
“Heat with Heart”

PASSIONATE PURSUIT - “The story is brimming with risqué retorts and searing sex scenes.” Publishers Weekly
WICKED WHISPERS - 5 STAR REVIEWS
MUZZLING THE BEAST - 5 STAR REVIEWS
DEEP WITHIN ME (4 STARS - ROMANTIC TIMES)
DEEP, DARK, DELICIOUS (HOLT MEDALLION AWARD OF MERIT)

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

15 Ways to Promote Your Book Without Much Money by Chelsea Parker of Pillow Talk Books


15  Ways to Promote Your Book Without Much Money

You finally wrote and published your masterpiece, and now it's time to get the word out. These fifteen ideas will help you promote your book and develop a fan base that will follow you through your writing career. 

1. Do a Photo Shoot for Your Book 

Once you have a physical copy of your book, try a photo shoot where your book is the model. Photograph the cover, your favorite pages, and maybe someone reading it. If you use a high quality camera, you'll be able to use these promotional images for the rest of your campaign. 

2. Post Frequent Updates 

Whether you're using Facebook, Twitter, or a blog on your website, it's important to stay in touch with your fans. Post frequent updates with quotes from your book, pictures, and dates when you'll be at book signings. 

3. Make a Goodreads Page 

Goodreads is basically Facebook for authors and readers. If you make an author page, you can see statistics about your book, read reviews, connect with fans, and even run a giveaway. 

4. Run a Giveaway 

Giveaways are great for drumming up interest. Everyone who signs up for the contest is a potential reader. Even if they don't win, they may still end up buying a copy. 

5. Write Guest Blog Posts 

Try writing guest posts for blogs with an audience similar to yours. The blogger gets a free post, and you get a link to your book right at the top of the page. 

6. Start an Online Group 

Both Goodreads and Facebook let you start a group discussion about your book or a related topic. This can be a great way to connect with readers and create a community centered around your writing. 

7. Hold a Virtual Book Signing 

Set up a live stream for a specific date, and tell your fans well in advance. Let readers pre-order books to be signed on the live stream, and have extra copies that they can purchase while they're watching. 

8. Read an Excerpt of Your Book 

A live stream is also a good way to hold book readings for online fans. If you don't want to go live, you can record a video to put on Youtube - and then link to on social media. 

9. Ask for Fan Photos 

Once you have fans, you can ask them to help you take promotional pictures. Give a free copy of your book to whoever takes the best fan photo; you'll be surprised at the results. 

10. Get Your Book in Other Newsletters 

If you subscribe to any newsletters that relate to your field, see if they'll highlight your book. They already have an audience, and if you read the newsletter, you know others will too. 

11. Be a Guest on a Podcast 

Podcast listeners are also often readers. Look for a podcast you like, and see if they'll have you on the show as a guest. 

12. Record an Audio Book 

An audio recording of your book opens up your potential reader base to people who can't or don't have time to read physical print. If you have the budget, a professional narrator can make your book sound amazing. 

13. Commission Artwork 

If you wrote a novel, readers may want to know what your characters look like. Find an artist you like and ask them to draw your protagonist. Then post it on social media. 

14. Make a Book Trailer 

A book trailer is like a movie trailer, but for your book. Include appropriate theme music, a few lines from the book itself, and plenty of relevant imagery. 

15. Write Another Book 

Many readers fall in love with an author and end up buying their entire collection. Write more books and keep promoting; your fan base will keep growing with you.

Chelsea Parker is a blogger and scheduling editor at Pillow Talk Books.  Her site sends out daily emails filled with romance books from all genres.  If you get a chance sign up for their daily email and fall in love with your next fictional friend.

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

"Hearts Abroad" - Contemporary Romance by Skye McNeil. Book 1 of series

When a fun-loving American nanny turns a millionaire British single dad’s world upside down, it’s inevitable life is going to get complicated.

Taking a break from screenwriting in New York City, Londyn Bellerose takes a nannying job in Colorado to get away from the hubbub. A summer to live without regrets is all she wants. While her boss is British, gorgeous, and a millionaire, he has no clue how to have fun. Determined to mend the relationship between father and daughters, Londyn doesn’t expect to fall for the museum curator.

Londyn is American and everything Callum Archer swore to never fall for again. With her carefree spirit and energetic smile, she’s perfect to nanny Callum’s two daughters. The problem is she’s also perfect for him. She’s sassy, musical, and tends to speak her mind more than she means to.

When old history and new dreams threaten her happily ever after, will Londyn and Callum’s love survive?

Hearts Abroad is book one in Skye McNeil’s contemporary romance series, Atlas. Each book contains a millionaire to envy, snort-worthy comedy, and visits to many beautiful cities in the world. Yes, all of that, plus each novel ends with a fabulous HEA.



Hearts Abroad Excerpt Skye McNeil

An hour later, Londyn’s arms were full of goodies while she and Callum sat on the bench outside and watched the girls play on the monkey bars. Since the chocolatery had a daycare for their employees, it was second nature to have play equipment nearby, and it allowed the adults a hint of privacy.
            Unwrapping a caramel covered in dark chocolate, she moaned when it hit her taste buds. “This is so good.”
            “My, aren’t you a regular chocoholic,” Callum laughed, looking over at her.
            Londyn chewed, then nodded. “As it turns out, yes, I am.” She held up the bag stuffed with concoctions from the factory sample area. She couldn’t resist filling the tote. “And I’m loading up for a rainy day.” A drop of rain landed on her nose and she grinned. “Like today.”
            The mist didn’t seem to bother Bethany and Bailey as they hopped toward the swing set.
            Callum moved closer and peeked inside the bag. “I think you grabbed every sample they offered.” She nodded enthusiastically. “So, is chocolate your only vice, or are there more I should know about?”
            She liked this side of him. He wasn’t uptight or worried about appearances. His slight teasing and gentlemanly manners throughout the tour baffled her. I mean, what man holds my hand to make sure I get down the steps without tripping?
            “Mostly chocolate.” She held out a piece of nougat, but he declined. “I live by the three Cs.”
            Callum’s light eyebrows furrowed. “And they are?”
            She held up three fingers and ticked them off as she spoke. “Chocolate, Chinese food, and chick flicks.”
            “Ah yes, the trifecta,” he teased.
            “I’m serious.” She crumpled a wrapper and playfully tossed it at him. “If I ever come across a problem, I use the three Cs.”
            Laughing outright, Callum stole the tote and clucked his tongue at the numerous empty candies. “And what happens if they don’t do the trick?”
            “Hmm, well I don’t know. It’s never happened before.” She scratched her head. The mere thought disturbed her. Everything could be solved with either chocolate, Chinese, or chick flicks. She just knew it.
            He stood and offered his hand. “Perhaps you need to find a few more Cs, Miss Bellerose, for surely such a time will come.”
            Taking his hand, she stood to her full height, only a few inches shorter than him. She rather liked looking up to a guy for a change. When he didn’t immediately drop her hand, her heartbeat quickened. “Perhaps you’re right, Mr. Archer.”




Universal link: books2read.com/hearts-abroad 


Skye McNeil

Author of Romantic Suspense & Contemporary Romance novels that are smart, sexy, and sassy.

Friday, 25 January 2019

"A Knight's Choice and Other Romances" 6 short, sweet romances for perfect feel-good reading

Just in time for Valentine's Day...

A Knight's Choice and Other Romances



Six wonderfully sweet medieval short romances in a single anthology. Perfect feel-good reading!
A Knight’s Choice—Morwenna must marry to satisfy her family’s ambitions. Her choice is one of two brothers, but which?
Midsummer Maid—The romance and magic of Midsummer works for everyone—including a beautiful dairymaid and a less-than-handsome woodsman.
The Philosopher and the Herbalist—A light-hearted Not-Beauty and Not-Beast tale, with a romantic twist.
The Bridal House—Alis is reluctant to marry. Her betrothed presents her a beautiful bridal house that might help her see matters in a happier light.
The Seal of Odin—A dark tale of romance set during the age of the Vikings and early Christianity. Sometimes, love is found where we least expect it.
Ugly Meg—Once pretty, now scarred, Meg lives and works in seclusion in Bath—but other jealous guild members are plotting against her.  Will fellow carpenter Matthew Warden come to her aid? If so, what will be his price?
Available from Prairie Rose Publications for pre-order, and free to read with Kindle Unlimited.


Also on Amazon com

Amazon UK 


Amazon Canada


This collection also includes details and an excerpt from my Prairie Rose Publications Romance Novel, Dark Maiden.


I hope you enjoy these!

Lindsay Townsend