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Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Reading Away The Summer and Contest!

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Summer’s in full swing! Come in out of the heat and check out our favorite Summer Reads! Each blog will feature their favorites and a giveaway so visit them all! Plus there’s a Grand Prize giveaway happening too!

Welcome!

It’s no secret that I love to read as much as I enjoy writing my own stories. If you were to run off with my Kindle at the moment, you’d see I’m in the middle of reading Scandalous Summer Nights, a historical box set. Very apt for this blog hop, don’t you think?

Scandalous Summer Nights

If you’re a fan of historical romances, this boxed set is a bargain at 99c. This price is only for a limited time, so grab your copy today.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance ebooks

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If you’d like to sit down and armchair travel to New Zealand, how about trying One Night of Misbehavior, one of my books? This is a modern retelling of Cinderella and is currently on sale at 99c for a limited time.

Amazon| All Romance ebooks| Barnes & Noble| Kobo| iBooks

Or, if you’d prefer to travel off-planet after a brief stop in New Zealand, you could try my latest release Captured & Seduced. This is a sci-fi romance with a shapeshifter hero – kitties in space!

Amazon| iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo US | All Romance eBooks| Google Play

CONTESTS:

Grand contest: There will be two Grand Prize winners one for a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a second for a $30 Amazon Gift Card. Complete the rafflecopter below to enter the grand contest.

Shelley’s contest: Win a $10 Amazon gift certificate OR a $10 All Romance ebooks gift certificate. To enter please answer one or both of these questions in the comments section – what is your favorite thing to do on a hot summer night? Or what books are on your to-read pile this summer?

To visit other blog hop participants, follow these links below:

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Visiting Jess Michaels today

I’m thrilled to be visiting Jess Michaels today, one of my favorite authors. My topic is the romance heroine. I hope you’ll visit.

Miss Heroine Presides @ Jess Michael’s blog

Sunday, July 13th, 2014
The Golden Ankh Awards and Sale!

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The last two weeks have been very wet and wild here in New Zealand. Today it cleared a little, enough for a nice, long walk, although you can see the dark clouds lingering in the sky.

Some announcements:

  1. My contemporary romance, One Night of Misbehavior is currently on sale at 99c for a limited time. Grab your copy from Amazon| All Romance ebooks| Barnes & Noble| Kobo| iBooks today. One Night of Misbehavior is a modern retelling of Cinderella with a New Zealand twist.
  2. Ellora’s Cave have a new award called the Golden Ankh, which features the best books in different categories. The winners will be announced in October at the 2014 RomantiCon conference and they are chosen by readers. I’m very excited to announce that Stoned, my m/m romance featuring two sexy charioteers is nominated. Readers are welcome to have their say and vote using the RomantiCon 2014 Golden Ankh Award survey

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Monday, July 7th, 2014
The Glamorous Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet cake seems to be everywhere I look at the moment–at a friend’s birthday party, at one of the cafes I visit in order to write and on my favorite television cooking shows.

I’m a recent convert to the Red Velvet cake, and I remember where I sampled my first piece. It was at a California Kitchen in Los Angeles for my dessert. I enjoyed every mouthful.

I’ve been wanting to try making my own for ages and found a recipe on one of my favorite local sites Baking Makes Things Better. Yesterday was the day. The actual recipe was very easy, but my trials started when I looked through my cupboard for a suitable tin to bake my cake. I had a springform tin, but I learned my lesson last year. If your cake batter is runny, do not use one of these tins because the mixture will leak through the bottom and make a mess in the oven! Take this as a public service announcement and don’t repeat my mistake.

I ended up using two loaf tins in which to bake my cake.

Red Velvet Cake

Here’s the recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

Wet Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups oil

1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

50ml red liquid food coloring (1 bottle)

Method:

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Mix all the wet ingredients together in a different bowl.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.

4. Grease two tins (20 cm cake tin)

5. Place half the mixture in each tin.

6. Cook in oven preheated to 180C/360F for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

7. Cool and frost.

Frosting:

250 grams cream cheese

200 grams butter (softened)

5 cups icing sugar (Confectioner’s sugar)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Combine all ingredients and frost cake.

Shelley’s notes:

1. The cake mixture is in-your-face red but it’s meant to look like that. I managed to get red cake mix everywhere. I think I had a bad day, but take care Smile

2. I didn’t have any buttermilk and used regular milk, which worked fine.

3. This cake is delicious!

Saturday, July 5th, 2014
My Heroine is Misbehaving!

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I managed to confuse myself with the time difference, and my post is late this week. My Sexy Saturday Snippet comes from One Night of Misbehavior, which is currently on sale for a limited time. Grab your copy for 99c today.

My heroine secretly attended a ball, and she’s speaking with her grandmother the following day.

“They didn’t glance at me twice.”

“I told you so.” Her grandmother’s gaze zeroed in on her neck.

Charlotte recalled the addictive kisses Zorro had trailed down her throat, the sensual bite and suck, and groaned inwardly. Kisses plus suction equaled one thing. Hickeys.

“Did you meet someone special?”

“No,” Charlotte said quickly. Too quickly.

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Read a longer excerpt here.

To read other Sexy Saturday snippets follow the links below:

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Young Love: Be With Me

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

~ Grab your current read

~ Open to a random page

~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

~ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I listened to J Lynn’s Wait for You on audio a few weeks ago, and this week, I’m reading the follow-up story, Be with Me. I love the heroine’s turn of phrase. She makes me laugh.

Here’s my teaser from Be With Me:

Parched as I was, I took a sip of the sweet tea as I stared through the windshield, absolutely enthralled by all the baby-making potential on display before me. Not that I was in the way of making babies, but I could totally get behind some practice runs.

page 6, Be with Me

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Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

Purchase Be with Me

What are you reading this week?

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Ten Brides for Ten Heroes and Contest!

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Most people love a wedding, and I’m no exception. That’s why I jumped at the chance to host the ladies in the brand new box set—Ten Brides for Ten Heroes.

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An anthology

BLURB:

Ten Brides for Ten Heroes spans the gamut of the ever-popular wedding romance genre—from heartwarming laughter to thrilling adventure, from sweet to steamy. This 10-book bundle features novels by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. So get ready to toss the bouquet and say, "I do!" as ten brides risk it all to find their happy ever after.

Patrice Wilton:

Wedding Fever by Patrice Wilton – The romantic comedy series, Serendipity Falls.

Mila O’Reilley owns Wedding Fever, a bridal boutique in Serendipity Falls Mall. She sells more than dresses, she sells dreams along with the belief in happily-ever-after – a sentiment she personally doesn’t share. Can a jaded bridal consultant and a cynical news reporter uncover the true mystery of Serendipity Falls without being swept away in the madness?

Find Patrice at: www.patricewilton.com

Helen Scott Taylor:

The Army Doctor’s Wedding by Helen Scott Taylor – The Army Doctor’s Series

Major Cameron Knight throws himself into the danger of front-line, battlefield medicine to keep the demons from his past away. When he rescues an injured charity worker who’s saved a tiny newborn baby, he marries her so they can take the orphan back home for surgery. With this brave woman he finally has the chance to redeem himself and find love.

Find Helen at: http://www.helenscotttaylor.co.uk/

Mona Risk:

Wedding Surprise by Mona Risk – The Holiday Babies Series

Claire and David faced many challenges over the years. Finally, Claire’s dream of a wonderful white wedding to the man she loves is about to come true. Two weeks before the wedding, Adriana, the high-school classmate who’s tried to snatch David several times, makes an announcement that threatens to destroy the couple’s happiness. Is Claire and David’s love for each other strong enough to turn the worst wedding surprise into the best?

Find Mona at: www.monarisk.com

Alicia Street:

Tomboy Bride by Alicia Street – The Dance ‘n’ Luv Series

Kendra returns home for her brother’s wedding determined to get her age-old crush to finally see her as more than a tomboy. But will her game of making him jealous with a hot and handsome faux-beau make him fall for her—or backfire and leave her in ashes?

Find Alicia at: http://aliciastreet-roystreet.com

Rebecca York:

Destination Wedding, by Rebecca York – The Decorah Security Series

From the moment Nick Cassidy signed on as one one of Camille Norland’s bodyguards, sexual sparks flew between them. Although determined to keep his emotional distance from her, Nick is forced to admit his real feelings when she’s kidnapped by a ruthless Russian mobster with matrimony in mind. Can Nick rescue her before the wedding night? Can they escape from Victor Zanov’s tropical island death trap? And can they come to terms with their complicated relationship?

Find Rebecca at: www.rebeccayork.com

Annie Jones:

Summer of Love by Annie Jones

Brides, Beehives and Barbecue! Can mother daughter mayhem be far behind? Bless her heart, it’s 1967 and a determined southern bride isn’t sure love is really all she needs.

Find Annie at: http://theanniejones.com/

Donna Fasano:

Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano

Savanna returns to her hometown to explain why she fled on her wedding day, but she never imagined how her escape all those years ago changed Daniel. Can she make him understand—and forgive?

Find Donna at: www.DonnaFasano.com

Rita Herron:

Single & Searching by Rita Herron

A woman looking for love… A reporter looking for a story… A mad rush to find a criminal… When the truth comes out and danger strikes, will they succumb to the passion burning between them?

Find Rita at: www.ritaherron.com

Theresa Ragan:

Here Comes the Bride by Theresa Ragan

Samantha Johnston, a reporter for the LA Beat, attends the wedding of one of America’s hottest actors in hopes of learning the identity of his mystery bride, and ends up saying, “I do.”

Find Theresa at: www.theresaragan.com

Mimi Barbour:

Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour – The “Elvis” Series

After her year in Texas as an exchange student, Annie leaves pregnant and heartbroken. Nine years later she returns to introduce her eight-year-old son to his American family. And to the man who still haunts her dreams – the handsome, embittered rancher who never knew he’d fathered a son.

Find Mimi at: www.mimibarbour.com

LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tenbrides

Purchase from: Amazon | Apple

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014
13 Destinations in My Future

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Hubby and I are counting the days until our holiday, which starts in about seven weeks. Here are some of the places we intend to visit.

Thirteen Places We Will Visit

1. Southampton, England

2. London

3. St. Petersburg, Russia

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

5. Oslo, Norway

6. Helsinki, Finland

7. Stockholm, Sweden

8. Tallinn, Estonia

9. Venice, Italy

10. Valetta, Malta

11. Cadiz, Spain

12. Gibraltar

13. Dubrovnik, Croatia

We’ve visited London (lived there for six years), Gibraltar and Venice before and the rest will be an adventure. I’ve wanted to visit Dubrovnik for years, so I’m happy we’re finally getting there.

Have you visited any of these places before? Any tips?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
The Secret Wolf: Werewolves and Motorcycle Clubs

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I’d like to welcome Ana W. Fawkes with her new release The Secret Wolf. I couldn’t hosting Ana because her books contain so many elements that I love in a romance.

Writing Full Moon Mercy has given me the chance to finally write and explore some of my secret and dark addictions. I LOVE bikers and I LOVE werewolves. For years I’ve been a closet paranormal romance junkie. I’m proud to say that because it’s just damn sexy, isn’t it?

To research for Full Moon Mercy, it was more or less thinking about the story I wanted to tell and how to tell it. All the years of reading shifters and paranormal really helped me shape the series. I did some research into bikers and groups and gangs, just to get the idea and the feel of it all, but honestly, I wanted to keep it mine. I wrote it as I wanted to be involved in the town of Mercy and the MC of Full Moon Mercy. I wanted to create this club that preferred to be beasts but respected their small town enough to keep as humans, only shifting was absolutely necessary. Then, of course, I had to create the lingering secret around town of potential ‘large wolves’ roaming in the woods.

For the inspiration part of the series, it was really simple… I wanted to take two really hot and sexy things and mesh them together. Bikers who are werewolves… when the idea came to me I think I stayed up most of that same night and outlined what would be The Secret Wolf. I just started to go with this and haven’t looked back. I really can’t remember a time I wrote like this before. Normally I’ll stare at a project for a little while to determine if I want to pursue it, but this just hit me, stuck with me, and I felt like I had no choice but to bring it to life.

It’s so much fun to write… and it’s so much fun to read. I’m in the final stages of the third book in the Full Moon Mercy series and it’s another amazing read. I’m already getting set to write the fourth book!

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A Full Moon Mercy Novel

Book 1

Ana W. Fawkes

Genre: paranormal romance, motorcycle club, shifter, werewolf

Publisher: Hundred to Home

ASIN: B00K64FVO0

Number of pages: 185

Word Count: 57,000

Book Description:

Welcome to the world of FULL MOON MERCY.

This isn’t just a book about a MC… this is about a brotherhood, a group of men who share a bond not just within the MC, but within their souls…

They’re men. They’re beasts. They are… FULL MOON MERCY.

Sitting next in line to run Full Moon Mercy Motorcycle Club, Lucas Trowwer has kept his fair share of secrets. Whether it’s the cover up of murders in town or the fact that all the men that sit at the table are truly beasts on the inside, Lucas knows the line between paranormal and reality is very thin.

When bodies start piling up in town, the evidence points to a rival shifter crew looking to take down the MC, and the last thing Lucas needs is to save an innocent woman and fall for her. His trust must now reside in a woman who is beyond beautiful… and completely human. If things couldn’t get any more confusing, a one night stand from Lucas’s past comes forward with news that could change the path of Full Moon Mercy and Lucas is trapped within secrets, romance, and bloodshed.

There’s a war brewing in the town of Mercy… and deep inside Lucas’s beast of a heart.

Available at Amazon

About the Author:

Ana W. Fawkes is the best selling author of several series including, BY HIS COMMAND, WITH THE ROCKSTAR, and the new smash hit shifter MC romance, FULL MOON MERCY.

Mailing List: www.eepurl.com/ADM0j

Twitter: @AnaFawkes

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AnaWFawkes

Site: www.AnaFawkes.com

Tour Contest: Grand tour prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate plus 10 ebook copies of the second Full Moon Mercy book – The True Beast.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Aliens and Shapeshifters Unite

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

~ Grab your current read

~ Open to a random page

~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

~ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week comes from Captured & Seduced

“I don’t care if Camryn’s your sister. She’s an alcoholic, and I swear she’s overdoing the prescription drugs as well. I don’t trust her near our son.”

page 5, Captured & Seduced

“You push at my feline,” he said in a low growl as he forced himself to pull away a fraction.

“You say it like that’s a bad thing,” she purred, clinging to him sweetly and baffling the hell out him.

page 29 Captured & Seduced

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BLURB:

A shapeshifter and a wizard slugging it out, an alien world and a hell-horse…

Jockey Camryn O’Sullivan is an alcoholic on a downward spiral after the death of her husband. When aliens kidnap her, she’s both terrified and reluctantly fascinated by Ryman Coppersmith. She’s positive the weird attraction to her abductor is an anomaly. Something to ignore. She’ll train the aliens’ horse and they’ll return her home. Simple. There’s no need for sex or a stubborn male kitty-cat to replace the precious memories of her husband.

Murder. Betrayal. Banishment.

Feline shapeshifter Ry has experienced treachery of the worst kind. When his foster brother—the man who betrayed him—proposes a wager on a hell-horse race, the lure to clear his name is irresistible.

Camryn’s arrival triggers a jump in his already overactive sex drive. It’s a struggle to keep his hands off his beautiful captive. Something in his mysterious feline background compels him to chase her and the passion firing between them soars out of control. Ry doesn’t understand the mechanics of their attraction but knows he can’t afford to lose Camryn…despite his promise to return her home.

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What are you reading this week?