Fridays Featured Cover Art ~ Stripped Away by Ellis Carrington

I love this cover. That is all. :D
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Blurb ~
HE DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HIMSELF

David Moorehouse has spent his life hiding behind masks. Nice guy. Best friend. Reverend’s kid. After finding his father dead on the floor, he’s been stripped of his job at the family church and his identity as the quiet, nice guy. The life he knew is over, and he doesn’t know what to do next.

HE KNOWS ANGER BETTER THAN ANYONE

Ricky Slade is itching for a fight. By the time he meets David, he’s struggling to save his business, his best friend, his drug-addict brother, and his own sanity. He’s got no patience for his business partner’s judgmental sibling showing up and getting in his face.

Their furious heat turns into a fiery inferno, but Ricky’s fresh off a bad breakup, and David is getting guilt-tripped by his family and his ex. Every time they fight, they fall into bed, but will that be enough when things around them come apart?

Be advised, this book contains: two men with big egos and bigger trucks, more emotional baggage than they can carry, and a whole lot of man on man action.

Link ~

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-strippedaway-1575552-149.html

Thursday Thoughts: Pick…ME

I recently had a very interesting discussion about interracial dating with a dear friend of mine. She’d just ended a relationship and was being candid about her experience. As the relationship began to sunset, she felt as if she hadn’t been chosen because she was a vibrant and intelligent woman, but instead for a perceived ideal of what her being Latina meant to her ex. It was one of those heart to heart conversations that broke my heart, because she should be good enough because she is good enough. It also shouldn’t mean she should “stay” with her race/ethnic group because “they” know her better. When we ended the conversation, we both discussed that dating shouldn’t be color blind, racially/ethnically exclusive, or an exotic “adventure” for participants. It should be about valuing all aspects of your partner; the good, the bad, and (and if you look anything like me in the morning) the not so flattering.

There is a reason why I continue to write predominately in the IR genre, and it’s steeped in that belief. Particularly when it comes to the experience of Black women and love. I can be a bit of an optimist at heart, and although there is a consistent barrage of messaging on how undesirable Black women are when it comes to the modern dating scene, I find hope in writing stories that relay we can be loved and valued for not only the color of our skin but also the content of our character. It’s a hope that I believe my other cohorts in this genre hold truth to as well.

In the end my friend and I laughed about the foibles of dating. She showed me how Tinder works (as a married woman I’m out of the loop), and we collectively brushed her off and prepared to send her out to find her person in this vast Universe. The optimism I hold is convinced she’ll get a hero worthy of her. If not, I’ll keep sending her the heroes my optimism crafts.

 

 

 

Wednesdays Words ~ One Readers Review: Soul Temptation by Nichelle Gregory

I have had this book for a while, My TBR pile is rather high but when I got to this book was was blown away. There aren’t many sexual scenes but the ones there will certainly blow air up your skirt. :) I can honestly say I didn’t know what to expect since I had never read this author but I was pleasantly surprised. The book is a good length at a little less than sixty thousand words. Let me tell you those pages seemed to fly as I got lost in the story. Definitely a book I would recommend.
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Blurb ~
Unexpected passions will tempt two lovers—body, heart and soul…

The beauty of Tahiti mesmerises Serene Ryan who has travelled to the island to be the maid of honour in her sister’s destination wedding. She soon finds herself distracted by the undeniable pull she’s determined to ignore towards Oliver Banner, the best man. When her good intentions are cast away in a moment of sizzling passion, Serene’s resolute on not letting things go further than one night.

Oliver Banner isn’t looking for anything more than a fun, sun-soaked time in Tahiti but the longer he interacts with Serene, the more convinced and determined he is to get past her cool persona to the fire he senses burns below the surface. He isn’t prepared for the connection he feels towards Serene or her refusal to explore things between them further.

Oliver opens up Serene’s world to erotic possibilities she’d never dreamt possible, but she’s not about to get involved with a younger man—a playboy who is now her brother-in-law—no matter how good the chemistry is between them. Serene thinks it would be best for them to just forget about their hot island tryst, but Oliver intends to keep tempting her body, heart and soul…

Excerpt Monday – Bed, Breakfast and Lies by Neneh Gordon

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After a rough few years when she lost her husband and found out the business they built together was sliding into debt, things are finally looking up for Sandrine. But the investor who could save her livelihood just so happens to be the man she dumped thirteen years before.

Harlan comes back into her life looking for revenge, but then he finds out she has a twelve year-old daughter and starts to wonder if he might be the father.

The fact that they’re still attracted to each other makes a bad situation worse. Will they be able to put the past behind them and make a new future?

Excerpt ~
The bond between them was still there, drawing him closer. It had kept him going through the misery of their break-up and beyond. It had kept him wondering about her and it had made him find a way back into her life.

He had to act on it.

Placing a hand on either side of her face, he lowered his lips to hers and kissed her. As soon as he touched her, he knew it was the real reason he’d sought her out again. They had unfinished business. This was the kiss that had haunted his dreams for so many years.

Her body responded to him and she melted in his embrace. It was as it should be. They’d always been so good together. Parting her lips with his tongue, he tasted her all over again, exploring the woman she’d become. He needed more of her. He needed her closeness, her warmth, her softness.

Not daring to let go of her, he kissed her over to the door and pushed her up against it. God, she felt good.

He moved his mouth to her throat, tearing low whimpers from her and making her writhe.

“Oh, Harlan,” she gasped. “Don’t stop.”

Never. He’d never wanted anyone more.

Link ~ https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-blackgirlsandbadboysbedbreakfastandlies-1551820-178.html

Interracial and Multicultural New Releases July 20 to July 26

Crossing The Line: A Darcy James Mystery (Darcy James Mysteries Book 1) by Donna Lively (Jul 25, 2014)

Lusty Librarians: 6 Book Erotic Box Set by Danee’ Daniels, Xaviana Lady, Brenda Stokes Lee and Snow Wynters (Jul 25, 2014)

Overcoming by H.R. Kitte-Rojas (Jul 25, 2014)

Romance: Hot Island Erotica: Island Flavor by Luke Brown and Berthalicia Fonseca (Jul 25, 2014)

His Bedpost Queen (Quartette II) by Lena Hart (Jul 24, 2014)

Lana’s Comet (Outer Settlement Agency) by Lyn Brittan (May 28, 2014)

FELINA’S LIFE AND LOVES by Angelia Vernon Menchan (Jul 24, 2014)

White Lies: Part 3 by Sasha Livingston (Jul 24, 2014)

Liberated (Volume 2 Steel Infidels Biker MC Romance) by Dez Burke (Jul 23, 2014)

Jagger (Blood Brothers Book 4) by Eve Vaughn (Jul 23, 2014)

Stronger Than Ever (Revised) (My Best Friend) by Ancelli (Jul 23, 2014)

Desert Kings Book 1: Osman: Rescued by the Sheikh by Jennifer Lewis (Jul 23, 2014)

To Have It All: Novella by Kimberley White (Jul 23, 2014)

Ever I Saw Your Face by H.R. Kitte-Rojas (Jul 23, 2014)

Fairlight (The Fairlight Novels Book 1) by Sandra Hall (Jul 23, 2014)

Flower in the Desert by Lavender Parker and Katy Farrell (Jul 22, 2014)

Shifter’s Claim Part III (The Shadow Shifters) by A. C. Arthur (Jul 22, 2014)

Smoke and Mirrors by Lillian T. MacGowan (Jul 22, 2014)

A Lover for Beth by Yuwanda Black (Jul 22, 2014)

Smoke and Mirrors by Tiana Laveen (Jul 21, 2014)

Sinfully Naughty Vol. 1 (BBW Shape Shifter & Contemporary Romance): Six scorching tales of naughty alphas and… by Milly Taiden (Jul 21, 2014)

Skin Deep by Dez Burke (Jul 21, 2014)

Paranormal Sex Encounters: 15 Book Paranormal Erotic Romance Box Set by Brenda Stokes Lee, Danee’ Daniels, Xaviana Lady and August Storm (Jul 21, 2014)

Her Lion Guard – The Complete Series Box Set (BBW Shifter Romance) by Amira Rain (Jul 21, 2014)

Favorite Daughter, Part One by Paula Margulies (Jul 21, 2014)

Bad Boys Love Naughty Girls by Xaviana Lady, Danee’ Daniels, August Storm and Brenda Stokes Lee (Jul 21, 2014)

SWAG: Single With an Appetite for Girls by August Storm and ebookcoversetc.com (Jul 21, 2014)

Chained (Chained Trilogy Book 1) by Elise Marion and Melissa Ringsted (Jul 2, 2014)

The Neighbor (BWWM Interracial Romance) by Sherice Cook (Jul 20, 2014)

Healing Hearts by Monique Lamont and Yvette Hines (Jul 20, 2014)

The Baby Proposal: BWWM Interracial Romance (A Bundle of Joy Book 2) by Roxy Wilson (Jul 20, 2014)

Baby Wanted: (BWWM Interracial Romance) (A Bundle of Joy Book 1) by Roxy Wilson (Jul 20, 2014)

Trapped Into Marriage by Dez Burke (Jul 20, 2014)

Work It Out: BWWM Interracial Romance by Roxy Wilson (Jul 20, 2014)

Heart of a Cowboy (BWWM Interracial Romance) by Tali Martel (Jul 20, 2014)

Healing the Doctor (BWWM Interracial Romance) by Sherice Cook (Jul 20, 2014)

Captured by the Bodyguard (BWWM Interracial Romance) by Dez Burke (Jul 20, 2014)

A Tangled Web (Dangerous Secrets Book 1) by Rose Francis (Jul 20, 2014)

Out Of Bounds (Balls To The Walls Book 6) by Lolah Lace (Jul 20, 2014)

Played by Love (New Adult Romance): A #Played Novella by Rachelle Ayala (Jul 20, 2014)

Claimed by the Marine by Dez Burke (Jul 20, 2014)

Forbidden Love with the Marine (BWWM Interracial Romance) by Dez Burke (Jul 20, 2014)

Captivated by the Soldier (BWWM Interracial Romance) by Dez Burke (Jul 20, 2014)

 

Those are the books we found around the way  this week! Had an IR/MC release and don’t see your book here? Email your IR/MC release to irmcbooks (at) hotmail (dot) com

Saturday Free Reads

The Space Between (The Book of Phoenix 1) by Kristie Cook

New Adult Paranormal Romance by bestselling author Kristie Cook ** Mature Content ** Recommended for ages 16+ due to sexual situations and language

First installment of The Book of Phoenix trilogy. Part 2, The Space Beyond, available now!

When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

After a month-long dance tour overseas, Leni returns to Georgia to care for her great-uncle, only to find him gone, their home empty, and any evidence he ever existed wiped out. All that remains is her truck and a leather-bound book she can’t open. Nearly as disturbing, she keeps running into the deaf and dangerously sexy model she’d met in Italy, and no matter how hard she tries to shake him, her soul won’t let her.

Jeric has traveled the world in search of a piece of his past for over a year, only to reach a dead-end in Georgia … in the exact town where the beautiful dancer from Italy lives. He’s drawn to her like a moth to a flame, but his life as a loner in his silent world allows no room for girlfriends, and he tries to leave her. Except outside forces won’t let him.

When the same “tattoos” suddenly appear on their arms and the book’s lock falls open, Leni and Jeric realize there’s more between them than physical fascination. They must embark on a journey together to discover their connection to each other and their ties to the Book of Phoenix.

And they must figure it all out fast. Shadowy forms that are more monsters than men are closing in, while their own existences are falling to pieces around them.

This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.

Desert Kings: Veronica: Stranded with the Sheikh by Jennifer Lewis

Shy architect Veronica Baxter finds herself on a jet with dangerously charming Zadir Al Kilanjar, heir to the throne of Ubar. When their plane crashes in the deserted Empty Quarter, they search for a way to escape—and discover each other.

Friday’s Featured Cover Art

*This is a multicultural read*
This cover is gorgeous. The tattoo, the background. It creates a wonderful story of its own.
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Dyami Schafer, a Native American from the Chippewa tribe, leads a lonely life due to his large size and unusual appearance. When his nesting instinct sets in, he turns to Madame Eve and 1Night Stand to help him find his spirit mate. Or at least a woman who accepts him as an eagle shifter.

Amanda Collins never stopped loving the Chippewa boy she knew from her childhood. Maybe a night with a Native American man will help her forget the past and let her move on with her life.

Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a step into the past before dancing into the future. With the help of Madame Eve, will the Spirit of the Eagle carry Dyami and Amanda?

Link~ https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-eagledance-1573051-168.html

Thursday Thoughts: Fifty shades of debate

I don’t think one can be an author of smexy adult reading material and not have the Fifty Shades of Grey conversation. When I tell someone the genre I write in, I’ll often get the, “So it’s like Fifty Shades of Grey.” With tones of excitement or derision. With the posters of the movie coming out (and I will admit that movie poster with Mr. Grey looking out the window is hot. Judge me!) I feel as if the buzz is on an upswing again.  Full disclosure: I’ve never read the book in it’s entirety. Not my cup of tea. I know people love it and there are those that find it to be problematic for the genre of romance and women’s sexuality in general. Fair enough. For me, this book and the trilogy has been one of the better things to happen for me as a writer. Why you may ask? Because it’s causing people to talk about women’s sexuality.

Good or bad, the amount of conversation I now have (of course this is a purely rhetorical observation, don’t come after me for stats and facts) based on women’s sex lives and sexual desires with this book and trilogy at the root is astounding. When people espouse the greatness of the book, I get excited to hear how they discuss the sexual awakening they experienced because of the characters’ journey in the books. In particular, when women say they would have never thought of trying “x” sexually until after reading the books I count it as a win. On the same token, when people critique the messaging of the book with an argument that it perpetuates gender based dominance and violence, within the guise of romance and female sexuality, I also say, “bravo”. Because in that critique they are still holding women’s sexuality and right to happy, healthy, and sane sexual experiences at the center.

What I do request though is instead of continuing to debate the issue of Fifty Shades of Grey, can we add other books to the discussion. Yes, the book is out there. Yes some people connect with it and some are repulsed, but our genre is vast and wide. This is not the rubric of erotic romance, and I feel as with any critical discussion other facts and examples need to come into the dialogue. Therefore, I invite you the reader to list in the comments books that you feel advance the discussion of women’s sexuality. Let’s have a true discussion of what those shades of grey look like.

 

 

Wednesdays Words ~ One Readers Review ~ Kiss and Burn by Nikki Winter

Okay I can fully admit. I love a sexy story and this book has sensuality in spades. The hero’s ernest attempts at bedding the heroine are cute and entertaining. The dialogue is snappy and keeps you engaged. The characters have a real connection and you can’t miss the sizzle of their personalities. This is definitely a fun novella.

Blurb and link are below.
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Eli Aaronson had a problem. Well, truthfully he had a bevy of problems but the one that caused him the most grief came in a package that consisted of bronzed skin, dark, eyes, a full mouth and knife skills that were slightly frightening. No matter, he could evade the cutting if it meant getting past Carmen’s mocking laughter and her determination to deny them both the delicious gratification that awaited behind the door of her resistance. For three long months he’s been waiting for the perfect moment to make her admit that she feels the same attraction that he does. With their best friends’ wedding coming up, he sees an opportunity to garner what he so badly wants–her. Nine days on the beaches of Cancun should be enough to chip away at anyone’s inhibitions right? Of course! Now where did he put that sun tan lotion…? If he intends on getting bare on the sand with one Ms.Sanchez, he’s going to need it…

Link ~

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-kissandburn-1551127-149.html

Please Welcome KoKo Brown to HotSpot Tuesday!

10474658_843656562324699_123313766_nWhere do you draw inspiration from to write in the IR or MC niche? I’m a day dreamer. So many of my ideas come out of left field, especially when I’m sitting in traffic or a meeting at my 9 to 5.

What do you find the most difficult to write? Dialogue? Back story? Emotion? I think emotion is the hardest. That’s why I find contemporary romance so hard to write. There isn’t any world building you can fall back on to build your story around. It’s all about conveying your hero’s and heroine’s feelings toward one another to your reader from the moment their meet to the end.

Have you ever found that you didn’t like your Hero or your Heroine? If so, what did you do to change that? Fortunately, I’ve never had the problem. I might have wavered back and forth about their motivations or actions but I’ve never hated any of them.

If you were to start again, with the knowledge you have now, what would be the first thing you do? I would build a readership before my book debuts with both a blog and possibly a few posts on fanfiction forums.

Do you write full time, what is your schedule for the day? Or do you have a full time job, if so, when do you find the time to write? I still work full-time and I don’t have any plans to quit anytime soon. I market a tourist destination so the perks, free travel, are too good to pass up.

Do you have the support of family and friends? My friends are more supportive than immediate family members. They’re pretty enamored of the fact that I can do something other than go out for lunch and plan girlfriend getaways. My dad didn’t become impressed with my writing career until he saw one of my paychecks.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career? The biggest challenge of my career is sitting down in a chair and wanting to write. I’m a classic Libra, so I’m very social. Writing is a solitary career and I’d rather be out living life than creating one on paper.

Where do you expect to be in five years? I hope my writing career has expanded along with my backlist.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? If you are a plotter, what are you methods? I’m a little bit of both. I collect photos of inspiration for my stories. I write out synopsis, but abandon them as soon as I put pen to paper. And, I chart my characters internal/external motivations. Of course, these can fall by the wayside once they start talking to me.

How have your techniques for character development changed since you’ve been writing? Is it still the same, or has it developed over time, if so how? I’ve stayed pretty consistent throughout my career.  I wing it most of the time. I’m probably much less regimented in how much I write a day than in the past.

Do you have a book coming out? If so what? Do you have a web site? Do you have a blog? My space? I have a recent release Taken which came out on July 7.  My website address is www.kokobrown.net

What do you do to relax? I like to shop in thrift stores, sew and travel

Do you have hobbies? I like to collect vintage clothing

What traits do your heroes and heroines possess? I’m going to have to answer with a generalized answer because I would like to think all my heroes and heroines are completely different from one another.

How much of you is put in how your characters are? Chloe Walker from my debut novel Charmed is the closest in personality. I tend to be rather sarcastic and talk crap. She didn’t hold any punches either.

Have you ever made a character out of anyone you know? Never.

What are some books on your keeper shelf? I have all of Johanna Lindsey and Kresley Coles books. I also have a ton of African American fiction such as The Bluest Eye and The Invisible Man.

Are there any other genres you’d like to try your hand at? I would like to try Science Fiction/Fantasy. I used to be a huge comic book lover.

How do you pick your setting? Do you pick from areas you’ve lived in or do research other areas? I travel quite a bit and 99.5% of my novels contain settings that I’ve seen first hand.

What are your networking links so readers may find you?

http://facebook.com/authorkokobrown

http://twitter.com/ authorkokobrown

http://pinterest.com/ authorkokobrown