Day 28 – 30 Days of Christmas

It’s getting close to Christmas! WOOT! I’ve got two of my Christmas Cowboys books for you today and something special from my friend Lisa Fox! The two Christmas Cowboys stories are about siblings Devon and Brad Marsh. Devon’s story is Christmas in Hell and Brad’s is Christmas Wish. As usual, both tell the tale of a Christmas Eve hookup on Forbes Ranch. Lisa’s book is Santa’s Sleeping Beauty. Three holiday tales of hotness! Here’s some info about the books.

Christmas in Hell

Christmas Cowboys Series #2

Pink Petal Books

M/F, Erotic Contemporary Holiday Story

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Blurb:

Devon Marsh is resigned to spending Christmas in Hell. A city girl, Devon accompanies her boss to their family ranch where she feels out of place. Even worse, she is faced with the prospect of dealing with former rodeo star Jared Abbott, one of the cowboys on the ranch. Sexy as hell Jared spins Devon’s wheels in a big way, but in the past, he’s made it clear that he despises her. When the two of them are caught in a rainstorm on Christmas Eve, emotions run high and ignite into passion. Can cowboy Jared convince city girl Devon that living in a town that smells of horse and cow poo is worth it if she has him?

 

Christmas Wishes

Christmas Cowboys Series #4

Pink Petal Books

M/F, Erotic Contemporary Cougar Holiday Story

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Blurb:

Bradley Marsh is spending Christmas with his sister Devon and her husband Jared. In the past, he managed to avoid the holidays at Forbes Ranch. But now, he’s there and faced with the woman he’s wanted for eight long years. With his 30th birthday on the horizon and all his friends settling down, Brad’s tired of being single and tired of yearning for a woman who doesn’t know he exists. This year, his only wish is to make the woman of his dreams his own.

For years, Anne-Marie Mallory’s mourned the death of her husband and high school sweetheart Danny. But more recently, she’s had her eye on hunky younger man Brad Marsh even though she’s sure his crush is because he feels sorry for her. She wishes Brad would stop seeing her as the grieving widow of a decorated war hero and start seeing her as a woman in her prime who needs a man like him to make her holiday – and her life – complete.

Santa’s Sleeping Beauty

Ellora’s Cave

M/F contemporary erotic romance

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Blurb:

When Jordan takes a break from her last-minute Christmas shopping to have a cup of coffee, she meets a handsome Santa with a twinkle in his eye and a sinful smile. He offers her a special Christmas treat that Jordan is more than happy to accept.

Naughty never felt sooo right as together they share an outrageous night of love that is supposed to end with the coming of dawn.

Or so they thought…

World-renowned neurosurgeon, jet fighter pilot, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all…in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

Feedback, comments, opinions, words of wisdom, chocolate cake and the addresses of super hot men are always appreciated and encouraged. Please feel free to contact Lisa any time.

Website: www.LisaFoxRomance.com

And there you have it for today! Christmas heat without a fireplace! For a chance to win these holiday stories, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight. Happy Holidays!

Day 27 – 30 Days of Christmas

As we wind down toward the last day of this giveaway, I do have a few special treats in store for you. Today is one of those treats. Today’s book is by Jennifer Leeland, who, if you’re a fan of my writing, you know her to be the catalyst for me getting published. Jen’s the one who prodded me on my blog Sunlight Sucks to send my work to a publisher and lo and behold, she was right! They liked me! So you can totally say she discovered me. *wink*

It’s my great privilege and pleasure to have Jen and her latest release on my blog today. If you’ve never read her books, you need to. She has just the right combination of sexy and suspense and sci fi to make me all shivery.

Thanks, Lex, for having me here at your 30 Days of Christmas.  It’s always a blast and definitely a privilege.

Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year and in our house Christmas starts about October 31 with “A Christmas Story” (and the infamous lamp) and Christmas music.   Now that we’re so close to the Big Day, we come to the most important pre-day before Christmas that no one–not even the biggest Scrooge can avoid.

Grocery shopping.

You know what I mean.  It’s that moment, a day or two before Christmas, when you realize you need milk or more eggs or coffee.   And you also realize that the grocery store is filled with people like me who have a ton of people coming over and need to empty the store and their pockets to put on Christmas dinner. The next thing you know, you’re standing in front of the grocery store with sweaty palms and resignation, wishing you had a magic lamp to rub so you could just conjure your one small item without waiting in the express line.

But no genie can rescue you from the insanity.  The doors slide open and you’re instantly hit with the frantic anxiety of a million people trying to make sure they get that can of pumpkin, that bag of flour and that jar of mincemeat.  The crazy is everywhere.  The employees are just as crazy with their own shopping deferred as they ring up basket after basket.  Even the corner market doesn’t escape this horror as the woman in floury sweats and the man with the six pack of Pale Ale rush to the line to purchase whatever they forgot to get at the bigger stores.

There’s no getting away from it.  Oh, you can try.  You can load up your freezer with pot pies and swear to drink only water as you wait for the crazy people to dissipate.  But it will happen.  Something, some odd twist of fate, will drive you to the nearest market with your debit card and a prayer that this time you might escape unscathed.  It’s inevitable that we will be bombarded with Christmas music piped through speakers, accompanying our frantic search for band-aides, creamer or toilet paper.

So, every year, I do the same thing.  I resolve to enjoy myself.

If I have to go to the store to purchase hundreds of dollars in food and supplies, I’m going to crack jokes, smile at other people and generally make the experience bearable.  Let’s face it.  There are times when slogging through the pre-Christmas stuff is much like going through a bank robbery.  You get your pocket picked and it definitely feels like there’s a gun to your head.

When you go to the store this season and there’s some goofy chick with an overflowing cart smiling at you, she could just be making the best of it.  We’re all in this together.  We can’t escape it.  Whether you’re a guy who is running out on Christmas Eve to get someone a bottle of wine as a present or a stressed out hostess who ran out of butter, we are fellow suffers to the same thing.  The only way to survive is solidarity my friends.

May your trips to the grocery stores be quick and painless and your Christmas be filled with warmth and love.  And may we all remember that it’s the little things that can give us joy.

Since I love Christmas, it shouldn’t surprise you that I have a Christmas book out.  I’ve written a “Marked” book set at Christmas time called “Marked For Surrender”.  Lex will choose one winner for a copy of this book.

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Marked For Surrender

Loose Id

BDSM futuristic menage

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Blurb:

When Zevon and Christophe are accused of being traitors to Nylar, they both believe the truth will come out and justice will prevail. But the Blueshift Brotherhood has targeted them and the two men end up with the Nyral Mistresses to be broken. Hope seems gone for the two lovers and they come face to face with their inner secrets when they face the most infamous Mistress of all: the Ball Breaker.

Mistress Andia Cyrus has broken thousands of criminals, turning dominant men into slaves. The two men she’s handed this time, however, are not the usual type she’s used to. They seem to be innocent, for one thing. For another, they’re in love. And for another, she’s starting to fall for them. She begins to dig deeper and soon finds a Blueshift Brotherhood assassin on her tail.

Fate seems to drag them together and Andia, Christophe and Zevon discover they can only survive if they are marked for surrender.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, BDSM them and elements (including Domination/submission), male/male sexual practices, menage (m/f/m, m/m/f).

I have to read this one! I love the Marked series. And you will too if you win this book! So leave comments. You have until midnight Pacific time to get your comment on this post! Happy Holidays!

Day 26 – 30 Days of Christmas

Today, I’ve got two stories of mine for you plus a hot holiday story from my fellow EC author Shoshanna Evers. I’m giving away a copy of Christmas Hookup along with a copy of The Pixie Prince. Both of these are stories I wrote early in my career but both are heart warming as well as hot as Hades. Christmas Hookup is still tops the bestselling Cowboy/Western category at ARe. As for Shoshanna’s book, lets just say if you live somewhere with snow and ice you may be glad of it after reading her book! Here’s info about the books:

Christmas Hookup

Christmas Cowboys Series #1

Pink Petal Books

M/F, Erotic Contemporary Cougar Holiday Story

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Blurb:

A hot cowboy, a class reunion on Christmas Eve, a stumble in the parking lot… Elle literally falls into Riley’s hands in the country club parking lot. Sparks ignite and lead to a very hot hookup with a twist at the end! If you love hot erotica, but still want that Gift of the Magi warm, fuzzy feeling, this book is for you!

 

 

The Pixie Prince: A Twisted Tale from the Darkworld

Cobblestone Press

M/F, vampires/pixies, erotic paranormal romance

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Blurb:

Underwear model Max Fever has a problem. He’s just become the Pixie Prince and his inheritance includes big golden wings that won’t let him sleep on his back. Max has to find a soft mattress or spend the rest of his days with a bruised behind.

An enigmatic waiter named Marty takes Max to club Carpe Noctem to meet a vampire who has a space foam mattress. Max falls in love with the mattress and its owner, vampire Bliss Wilde. Will the tragic pasts of Bliss’ brother and Max’s best friend become a roadblock to their bonding?

 

 

Ginger Snap

Ellora’s Cave

M/F contemporary BDSM romance

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Blurb:

When Holly sits on Tom’s lap to tell him what she wants for Christmas, she knows she’s naughty enough to get a lump of coal—but she never expected to get a hand of ginger root. Peeled ginger in her bottom burns like crazy without causing any actual harm—so the punishment can go on as long as naughty Holly deserves.

Ginger-figging has been used since Victorian times to keep girls from clenching against a proper caning because, as Holly finds out, clenching around ginger has her begging for mercy—and more turned-on than she’s ever been. From now on Holly should be on her best behavior…but with this sort of punishment, it’s more fun to be bad.

Bestselling multi-published romance author Shoshanna Evers writes for Ellora’s Cave, The Wild Rose Press, Cleis Press, and Berkley/Jove, as well as becoming an Amazon Erotica Bestseller and #1 Amazon Authorship Bestseller with her self-published books. When she’s not writing hot romance, she’s a stay-at-home mom, a syndicated newspaper advice columnist, and a registered nurse. Her favorite thing to do is cuddle up with a good book…and her husband.

Shoshanna lives with her family and three big dogs in a lakefront cottage in upstate New York. She welcomes emails from readers and writers.

Email: shoshanna.evers@yahoo.com
Website: www.ShoshannaEvers.com
Blog: www.TheWritersChallenge.com

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And there you have it for the 20th of December! Comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight for a chance to win these books. Happy holidays!

 

 

Do You See What I See?

Every Christmas season I tend to stock up on books. In part because there’s a lot of free stuff and coupons going around so I head over to the ebook stores and start picking up stuff. The next thing I know, I’ve spent a bunch of money and have a huge batch of books to read. This year isn’t any different than any other and I’ve been wading through the books I got little at a time.

At 3 am this morning, I started having issues with my asthma so I sat up in bed, propped pillows behind me and started to read a book on my phone. It happened to be one of several books I’d bought that had like 300+ pages. I read one of the long suckers yesterday and it kept me entertained until the end. Pretty much all of the scenes advanced the story and the bantering between main characters was great. The book I picked up at 3 am has been touted as a great book by a wunderkind author. Now, I managed to pick up a couple of books with that rep over the weekend so I expected an amazing read out of both of them. I haven’t read the second one yet and I’m not quite finished with the first one. But…as I was reading I thought, do you see what I see?

See, when people make a lot of noise over a book and author, I expect to be held in thrall. I expect to fall in love. I expect to not fall asleep while reading it. And while this was a great book and one I’d read again, I just didn’t find it to be what others said it was. It has a lot of perfect elements and it’s absolutely one of my favorite kinds of books, but I had one problem with it. It didn’t need to be 300+ pages. It had a number of scenes that didn’t really advance the story. Without the gratuitous scenes (and no they were not sex scenes) the book probably would have been around 200 pages and wouldn’t have put me to sleep (during one of those scenes that wouldn’t actually be missed had it been left out.)

I’m not saying the author wasn’t good, but I wouldn’t categorize someone as a wunderkind when they have that many scenes that just aren’t necessary to tell the story. This is a newer author and I wonder if that’s why the story wasn’t tighter, but it doesn’t matter really because this is how the publisher put the book out. The editor obviously didn’t think the scenes were gratuitous as I did. At any rate, I was a little disappointed. But, overall I like the book a lot. I just felt like the Christmas song – Do You See What I See? Obviously, other people didn’t so I guess I’m in the minority there.

It’s not like authors don’t do this all the time, have scenes that aren’t necessary to the advancement of the story. We all do it. It’s just that some people do it more than others. Now, lately, the authors I see doing that are ones who are the NYT bestseller list and who apparently have gotten a little complacent. This author isn’t that high up the food chain yet and I feel like it’s more a newbie mistake rather than ego. But people are all different and not everyone sees things the same way. I’ll buy this author again. I just don’t see them as the out of this world writer others did.

Here’s another retro Marcus for this Christmas week Monday.

He’s so yummy! And a nice warm beach scene is perfect for Christmas week. Don’t forget to head over to my author blog this week for some really special authors giving away books. I have Desiree Holt today, Shoshanna Evers, Alix Rickloff, Lisa Fox, Selena Illyria, Jennifer Leeland and Z.A. Maxfield all coming up this week. Great authors, great books! Have a great Monday!

 

 

Day 25 – 30 Days of Christmas

It’s Day 25 which means this is Christmas week. I have some very special people joining me this week and today we start off with one of the most amazing people and writers I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. She’s a tiny little thing with a huge heart. To be honest, having read her books and loved them, I was afraid to meet her at RT but my friend Regina Carlysle made me promise that I would go up to Desiree Holt and introduce myself and give her a hug. So I did. She stepped back after the hug, looked at me with a big smile and reached out for another hug. She is just the most amazing woman. And it my great pleasure to have her newest release on my blog today. She promised some hot cowboy lovin’ and I know she always delivers! So here is some info about Desiree and her new release.

Stark Naked

Samhain

M/F erotic contemporary cowboy romance

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Blurb:

Reenie Davenport learned the hard way that men are cheating, promotion-thieving poison. A month after making a fresh start in Texas, she looks forward to taking a breather at her old college friend Amy’s family ranch. Instead, she’s left breathless when Amy’s very drunk, very sexy, very naked brother lands at her feet. Even as she hardens her heart, a small part of her wishes that quickly tossed towel would shift…just a little.

When Matt Stark shows up at Reenie’s door to apologize, he can barely squeeze a word past her emotional barriers. Suddenly nothing else matters except convincing her not all men are clones of her ex. Sweet-talking her into lunch is only the beginning.

One touch, and boom! Much to Reenie’s dismay, lunch ends in a hot, flaming dessert—in her bed. Shutting Matt out isn’t as easy as simply blowing out a match. Especially since this cowboy is equally determined to unlock her heart.

Desiree Holt’s writing is flavored with the rich experiences of her life, including a long stretch in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her, many of whom might recognize themselves in the pages of her stories. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award for best BDSM book of the year, winner of two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit, multiple winner of the Whipped Cream Book of the Week Award and is published by five different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.”

You can find her at

www.desireeholt.com

www.desireeholttellsall.com

www.facebook.com/desiree holt

Twitter @desireeholt.com

Now, I’m off to buy myself a copy of this hot book and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight so you have a chance at winning a copy! Have a great Monday and Happy Holidays!