Friday’s Cover Art – Jaguar’s Rule by T.J Micheals

I came across this little gem and said – ooooo. Yeah I had to wipe a bit of droll from the corner of my mouth too. The black and white with just a hint of gold is stunning. Take a look below and tell me if you aren’t a little enticed to break open the book by this sexy cover.

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After an irresistible night of passion with Reya, Aaron James longs to hold her close forever. Little does he know that the tall, sleek beauty has a carnal secret — and he’s the one who needs protection.

Reya Daines has dedicated her life to the conservation of jaguars. With the only bed-and-breakfast at the entrance to Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary, she can keep an eye on poachers and still indulge her guests in her first love—scuba diving. But something has invaded the preserve and the big cats are restless…and that something wants Reya.

Aaron James can take care of himself, but he finds he’s not quite up to the job after his plane goes down in the jungles of Belize. The woman who rescues him is a loner just like him. When he learns she’s in danger from the same menace she’s saved him from twice, what’s a determined man to do with an equally stubborn woman?

Buy link:

http://www.amazon.com/Jaguars-Rule-T-J-Michaels-ebook/dp/B006RMR4WM/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397792387&sr=1-8&keywords=tj+michaels

Thursday Thoughts: Food for thought

I was recently reading a romance where the author took time to describe the food the characters were eating, right down to the type of wine. Now, I’m a foodie. I love to eat and I love to eat fancy food. When you throw in a great glass of red wine, I’m in heaven. For me, reading that scene helped ground me in the story and who the characters were. Although I wouldn’t eat the particular dish they were having, I liked reading what made their palates salivate.  What often happens when I have these great moments as a reader I start reflecting on what I do as a writer. When reflecting on my own work, I realized that though I have scenes where characters are doing “every day” activities, I could probably count on one hand how often I write a description of my characters sharing a meal. As a person that enjoys food so much, this seemed a bit weird. If I love food so much, why haven’t I taken the time to illustrate it’s importance in the lives of my characters?

It’s a precarious process balancing these little nuances of character development and story enrichment, with the ever ominous word count. There is nothing worse then feeling as if an author has dumped information into a story for the sole purpose of adding more words to their document. As a writer that is an avid reader I’m always aware of this pit fall. I want to create a rich world, filled with characters that are engaging, but I don’t want to bore my reader with details that seem supercilious. Thinking about my lack of foodie moments in my work, I wondered if my concern about creating too much filler was inhibiting me from adding an important aspect to my characters lives. I don’t have an answer right now, but now that it’s on my radar, I’m sure my readers will find scenes that involve tasty treats and even tastier adult beverages.

Wednesday’s Random Book – One Readers Review

I am a fan of Holley Trent books.  There I said it. Now to get to the meat of the matter. A few pages in this book had me smiling and questioning why at the same time. Its a short read and I don’t like to give away spoilers but the heroines family brings new meaning to the word dysfunctional and the hero is hot. I say that because I like books with sexy hero’s. Last of the Season does border on sweet so if your looking for the burn of the pages sex this isn’t the book for you but writing is great and the storyline sucks you in. It reads like a series starter but I haven’t seen any sequels to the book yet. If you want a quick read that will make you smile I would definitely say grab it…Oh did I mention it’s free?

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Blurb ~

Hestia’s curse bound Simone Bristol to the Hearth Motel. Just when she thinks she can make her escape and pick up the pieces of her old life, the fates send her a curve-ball in the form of a gang of sídhe bikers–one of whom claims to be her fated mate.

Link ~

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lastoftheseason-1308326-143.html

Excerpt Monday ~ A Wrong Turn Towards Love by Pepper Pace

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Blurb ~

A darkly comedic adventure befalls a lone black woman that takes a wrong turn, which leads to murder, the Klan and a big sexy mountain man named Bodie. This short story first appeared in Seduction; An Interracial Romance Anthology. Warning; graphic depictions include sex and language of racism.

Excerpt ~

He suddenly hit the brakes with a screech. Through the rearview window he caught a glimpse of the woman stalking out of the door…though he didn’t care about that, but he also saw Sully Pranger skulking along in the dark trailing her in the woods.
Sully was an odd fella, kept to himself mostly, but he had been known to raise seven kinds of hell when the mood struck him.
Also, Bodie knew that he had some definite ties to the Klan. The other fellas in the bar might talk a lot of shit, but Sully skulking around in the dark was a different matter.
Bodie did a U-turn, being sure to keep the woman spotlighted in his headlights.
She was pissed at that. But at least Sully disappeared.
Bodie got out of his truck, engine still running.
“What in the hell are you doing?” The woman demanded when he was standing a few feet from her.
Bodie peered into the darkness of the woods but Sully was gone. He gave the woman his attention. She was so petite that he towered over her, but she didn’t seem the least bit intimidated.
“Thought you might need some help.”
The lady blinked, appalled at the nerves of this man.
“You were just in that bar. I could have used some help then.”
“Looked like you were handling yourself fine to me.”
She walked around him. “I don’t need your help, thank you very much!”
“You having car problems?” he yelled after her.
“Yes. And I already called AAA. They’re sending someone right out,” she said without looking back.
“No they ain’t.”
She stopped and gave him a hard look. “What are you talking about?”
Bodie headed back to his truck. Sully was nowhere to be seen and frankly, the lady was a bitch. He wasn’t pressed to help her.
He climbed into his truck yelling over his shoulder. “Because I’m the wrecker in these parts and I didn’t get a page.”
“Well you can’t be the only tow truck around here!” She called out.
“Yup.” He shut his door and drove off.

Buy Links ~

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http://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Turn-Towards-Love-ebook/dp/B00J19Y7GY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397451243&sr=1-1&keywords=a+wrong+turn+towards+love

Interracial and Multicultural New Releases April 6 to April 12

All The King’s Men by Nene King (Apr 11, 2014)

Irresistible Ink (Inked in the Steel City) by Ranae Rose (Apr 11, 2014)

Top 100 Reasons to Love: 12 Bestselling Romance Books by Julia Kent, Aubrey Rose, Cerys du Lys and Adriana Hunter (Apr 11, 2014)

Safe House (Steel Infidels Biker MC Romance) by Dez Burke (Apr 10, 2014)

Black On White Bundle (BBC and BBW) by Keiran Kelly (Apr 10, 2014)

Promise Me (DEFIANT Motorcycle Club) by Cora Brent (Apr 10, 2014)

Talkin’ Sexy by Yvette Hines (Apr 10, 2014)

Watching Wendy by Hana Holliday (Apr 9, 2014)

A Thief’s Last Kiss by Chacelyn Pierce (Apr 9, 2014)

Heroic Abduction: Sci-Fi Alien Romance (Alien Abduction) by Eve Langlais (Apr 9, 2014)

Reno and Son: Don’t Mess with Jim (The Mob Boss Series) by Mallory Monroe (Apr 8, 2014)

Beneath the Boss (Book Three) by Lydia Rowan (Apr 9, 2014)

Caring For Him: A BWWM Romance With Heart by J A Fielding and Esther Banks (Apr 9, 2014)

Corporate Games by Cain Berlinger (Apr 9, 2014)

Eden’s Parish by EA Hunt and Daniel Ryves (Apr 9, 2014)

Return to Me, Part II by Yuwanda Black (Apr 9, 2014)

Three Play Ball (MMF) by Veronica Cox (Apr 9, 2014)

Demetri’s Woman by Charisma Knight (Apr 8, 2014)

Taste for Love (Wilkersons in Love) by Tia Kelly (Apr 8, 2014)

Pleasured By The Wall Street Werewolf (Interracial Paranormal Shifter Romance BWWM) by CJ Howard (Apr 8, 2014)

Rescue Me (A 1Night Stand Contemporary Romance) by Olivia Starke (Apr 8, 2014)

The Billionaire’s Nanny 1: The Contract (Interracial Billionaire Romance) by Cate Troyer (Apr 8, 2014)

The East Lake Collection by Sara Hooper (Apr 8, 2014)

Someone to Watch Over Me by Serenity King, Debra Stang and FantasiaFrogDesign Cover Artist (Apr 7, 2014)

The White Vampire Complete Saga (Books 1-4) by JJ Jones (Apr 7, 2014)

Heated Pleasures by Candy Caine (Apr 7, 2014)

Drawing Me To Him by Keiran Kelly (Apr 7, 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 Seduction Vow (The Promise Series) by Bonnie Dee (Feb 7, 2014)

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After an abruptly ended engagement, Graciela Ramirez is dying of a broken heart AND has to attend her friend’s wedding as the only member of her old group who’s still a virgin. On a quest to reinvent herself as bolder, braver and sexier, she tries crazy new things and intends to have a one night stand. Catapulted into the dating game once more, Graci never expects that Neal, the hot musician she literally runs into at a bar, might be her second chance at love. He’s supposed to be her transition guy, but love doesn’t arrive on a schedule and that annoying virginity may not be as easy to lose as she’d hoped.

Duty and Pleasure

By: Lynn Chantale
Pressures from work have kept Nathan from seeing his girlfriend the last two weeks, and he knows she’s not pleased. When he finds her in his office wearing a smirk and little else, he can only hope she’s there to show him the error of his ways.

Shauna understands that Nathan’s job is important to him, but so is she. She hopes a private session in his office will remind him of the passion they share. There’s more to life than duty…there’s pleasure.

Fridays Featured Cover Art ~ Plucking the Pearl by Afton Locke

This cover is hawt! And the blurb made me look twice. A win/win in my book.

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When Pearl’s sheltered life shatters in the 1930s with her mother’s death, her only option is to move in with poor relatives and shuck oysters in the local plant on Oyster Island, Maryland.
Determined to live a morally proper life, the last thing she wants is an affair with a white man, but Caleb, the plant owner, knows a pearl when he sees one. The successful widower is the “oyster king” of the island, but his intense desire for his forbidden new employee, a woman of color, threatens everything he’s built.
What begins as a private sexual liaison flowers into strong feelings that don’t fit the social mores of the island. When their secret is discovered, they risk losing everything. They dared to pluck the pearl, but will their love be strong enough to keep it forever?

Links

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-pluckingthepearl-727037-340.html
http://www.amazon.com/Plucking-Pearl-Afton-Locke-ebook/dp/B007D00CQW/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397185843&sr=1-2&keywords=Plucking+the+Pearl

Thursday Thoughts: It’s good to be the villain!

I must confess I can’t resist a well written villain. There is something about evil wrapped in the supple veneer of suave elegance. When the villain has a twinkle of mirth, that indicates they know they’re bad and revel in it, my heart does a pitter patter. The art of balancing a villain on that fine edge of evil genius and criminally insane is precarious and when an author or movie maker gets it right, I mourn a little once the villain is eventually defeated. I’m quite possibly an odd duck but I don’t think I’m the only one at there that has such a predilection. It must be noted that these types of characters are not the bad boy or the anti-hero, they are often evil incarnate and I think that’s what makes the allure of attraction that much more dangerous. To see a connection of attraction, to feel a spark of longing for an individual that is beyond redemption is counter to what all good boys and girls are raised to feel. There will be no happy ending once you go down that path, but some how the quirk of their sinfully formed lips or the soft utterance of their voice, whispering all of the naughty things they plan to do, causes one to shiver and rethink the virtue of being good.

One day I’m going to write my sexy villain that shuns the normal convictions of a happy ever after, and pair him with a heroine that casts asides the confines of being “good” to sail off with him on his expensive yacht into the sunset. I’ve even found inspiration in the latest Jaguar ad with Tom Hiddleston, because clearly, who wouldn’t enjoy being his side kick in a life of villainy.

 

 

Wednesdays Random Book – One Readers Review.

First off Break Through The Ice  was fun to read.  The initial confusion of two people trying to get together without the one knowing the others intent was entertaining. Set on a movie set in winter in the Adirondacks this read will hold your attention. The story was well paced and the characters are engaging. A good, quick hot read for those who don’t have much time on their hands. Blurb and buy links are below.

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Short Blurb: When two stars with secret crushes on each other meet, will their hidden fears turn the heat between them into ice as cold as the harsh winter Adirondack Camp?

Long Blurb:

When Jasmine Graves is invited to the set of the movie based on her shapeshifter book series, she thinks her dreams have come true. The Vince Demarco will be there, and she can’t wait to meet him. Little does she know that she’ll have to face her worst fears to keep her leading man.

Vince Demarco has never been as intrigued by a role or a writer as he is with his current alpha werewolf character and its creator. So when he comes face to face with Jasmine Graves herself, he’s awestruck. But he fears an author who’s a reported recluse will want nothing to do with the paparazzi madness and crazy schedule that comes with dating a movie star.

Neither one can deny the animal attraction that overwhelms them at first contact. But will the heat between them turn to ice in the harsh winter cold of the Adirondack Camp?

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HUGK98K

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-breakthroughtheice-1395506-178.html

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/break-through-the-ice/id804334499?mt=11

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/break-rachell-nichole/1118058364

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/Break-Through-the-Ice/

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachell_Nichole_Break_Through_the_Ice?id=DJ2kAgAAQBAJ

Excerpt Monday Feature ~ Tempest the Wolf by Dahlia Rose

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One year later and Tempest is thriving and completely in love with her mates. Life is good, and the Cormina pack is flourishing under Alex and Dom’s leadership. The underlying factor of her dream is still bothering her, and the vision keeps coming and getting stronger. Why was she running? Why did she feel that gut-wrenching fear, and why were her men not talking? Each time they avoided her questions, and Tempest has had enough. She needed the truth, and she needed it now. Snuggled between her men, she has another vision, and it sends her running like the very night she met Dominic and Alex. They find her in the forest with a bite to her shoulder, and the look on their faces tells her their worst fears had been realized. Now Tempest is in the fight of her life, one that goes on in her body and may take her soul. She’s becoming a bitten born wolf, and that means Dom and Alex may lose her to a pack of werewolves or even worse, the Guardians. But even on this twisted path of her life, nothing goes as expected. New revelations leave them all in shock, and two very big secrets are revealed that will change their lives forever.

Excerpt ~

The baby toddled over on his wobbly one-year-old legs and hugged her legs. If her hands weren’t covered in flour, she’d have nuzzled and inhaled the sweet baby smell at his neck. Tempest let go of her worries for now and enjoyed the company of her friend and her friend’s baby. The problem wouldn’t get solved if she harped on it, and the pack needed her whole and without worry. Vanity left about two hours later with a fresh loaf of bread wrapped in a warm towel, and she got a meal ready for her men. They came in when outside was dark, and when they threw open the back door the smell of the Louisiana bayou falling into winter came to her nose. She could smell the water and the moss in the cold breeze and closed her eyes for a moment to enjoy the scent.

“I’m going to have to bring in wood later for the fireplaces,” Dom commented as he walked over to her. “Hey, baby.”

She smiled at his words as he kissed her neck. Dominic Cross was her dark wolf, and he had the looks to back it up. His pitch-black hair was longer since months ago he had stopped cutting it in his usually military style. She could run her fingers through the soft hair that was past his nape and listen to his growl in her ear in response. He brooded and very rarely smiled, but Dom would lay down his life for her or his best friend Alex.

“You get the wood and I’ll set up the fireplace. Tempest love, where’s my sugar?” Alex Wakefield was her other mate and he had his signature boyish smile on his face.

She wrapped her arms around his neck dutifully and kissed him, and he made a sound of approval in response. Alex was more open about his affection than Dominic, and where Dom would go charging in, Alex was the thinker except when it came to his family. She and Dom were his family, and together they ruled the now Cormina pack. They lived far enough outside of Cormina and its residents that they could roam freely in wolf form. But if anyone came looking all they would see was a group of people who decided to live together. The plantation property was massive, enough that homes could be built and people could spread out. Under Alex and Dom’s leadership as Alphas, a sense of order and calm that the wolves never knew existed took hold.

“Is the fire pit finished?” Tempest asked.

“Just about. Keith and Joe are going to do the last of the bricking tomorrow,” Alex said.

They were building a fire pit in the middle of the compound for monthly pack meetings, disputes, or mating ceremonies. Unlike with Vernon, Dominic and Alex gave each member of the pack a voice, but they had the final decision. They ruled the pack fairly and kept the peace between all members.

“How was your day?” Dominic asked as he sat at the table.

“Eh wrong, get up and both of you wash before sitting at my table,” Tempest said. “You know the rules.”

“Yes, ma’am,” they said and walked out of the kitchen.

“And my day was fine,” she called out behind them.

She wouldn’t tell them that Martha’s boy started his puberty shift too early and it took her almost an hour to get him back to normal. Her mind was chaotic and thus it made it hard for him. If she could keep him centered until he reached his birthday in three months his shift would be less painful, and then each time after that would be just like breathing. Just a little longer, Jake, she thought. If he became his wolf too soon it could hurt more than normal. She didn’t want the poor scared boy to deal with that. He was scared enough being twelve and waiting for the first appearance of his wolf.

They came back and together they sat down as they always did to a meal together. It was one of the rituals they shared and that she loved. It was the normalcy of their routine that she favored in a relationship and life that was far from normal. That night after a long soak she got into bed with her men. As if sensing her mood was pensive, they held her in their usual position, one mate facing her while the other was at her back. It didn’t matter who it was, they just knew how to take turns. She loved their warmth, their strength, and being snuggled between them. Her eyes closed sleepily and she heard their breath deepen as they too fell asleep. I love them both, and if they think it’s not a problem, then it’s not. It was her last thought before she fell asleep.

Link ~

http://www.amazon.com/Tempest-Wolf-Dahlia-Rose-ebook/dp/B00JI9JANM/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396828839&sr=1-2&keywords=Dahlia+Rose+Tempest

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