Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Yummy Quiz

The Recipe For Danette

3 parts Wit

2 parts Pride

1 part Seductiveness

Splash of Humor

Sip slowly on the beach

Friday, June 27, 2008

FREE Sherrilyn Kenyon Ebook Offer!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fantastic Fives on Lucinda Betts

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:

1) Letter that comes before V and after T. Or is it after T and before V?
2) A pronoun that refers to the person or people being addressed or written to.
3) A female sheep
4) An evergreen tree of the genus Taxus
5) An archer's bow made of said tree wood
6) (alt) a smart ass

Five people and or things that inspire you:

1) Danette
2) Danette's immediate family
3) Danette's extended family
4) Danette's best friends
5) Anyone who's ever known or spoken with Danette
6) (alt) People who don't kiss ass.

Five of your favorite authors:

1) Jo March (She gave up a lot to be a writer.)
2) Brenda Starr (Her life looks like mine. right.)
3) Oscar Madison (His car looks like mine. So does his desk.)
4) Gabrielle from Xena (As an idealistic scholar, she believes in the goodness of people and puts her life on the line for that. Plus, she kicks ass.)
5) Carrie Bradshaw (Her books got her famous enough to get on the side of NYC buses.)

Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:

1) As you wouldn't have guessed looking at the cover of SHE, the heroine of that book, Ivy, looks blond though my eyes. And also through my words.

2) As you wouldn't have guessed looking at the cover of PURE SEX, my heroine, Zoe, doesn't like ice cream. She doesn't look like ice cream, either. She looks like someone she steer her clear of the Armani stores when she shops.

3) As you wouldn't have guessed looking at the cover of NIGHT SPELL, the hero of the first story in that anthology doesn't look like a girl. He has broad, muscular shoulders. He's got a strong jaw and powerful hands. He looks like he could rescue you from wild lions. And he could.

4) As you might not have guessed looking at the cover of MOON SHADOW, the hero of the story, Gage, likes a clean house and likes good food. Which means, despite his delicious abs and the planes of his chest, he likes to clean and cook. He doesn't mind grocery shopping either. Where are you Gage?

5) As you most certainly wouldn't have guessed looking at the cover of THE SUPPLICANT, Sureya, the heroine, does not go through the story sporting a permanent sunburn. She's got lovely skin. And she takes good care of if. Kalief is certainly happy to help he with that task, rubbing oils and lotions where ever she needs.

Five reasons to read your books:

1) They're fun.
2) They're good.
3) I worked hard to make them fun and good.
4) My crit partner worked hard to make them fun and good.
5) My editor worked hard to make them fun and good.
6) (alt) I need to eat.

-Lucinda Betts

Extra!Extra! Lucinda is giving away a copy of SHE and a copy of EROS ISLAND.

She by Lucinda Betts

She by Lucinda Betts (In Print Today)

The Canticles Al Farasakh, an ancient book of spells that hold danger and desire, is missing—and Blaze Williams must find it. Then Ivy appears, mesmerizing him. She has the form of a woman, a very beautiful woman. Green eyes. Full lips that curve sensually when she smiles. A wild golden mane of hair…feminine and wild. But who is she and where does come from? She beckons and he must obey…
Able to draw on the source of all magic at the Heart of the World to change her shape at will, Ivy is in search of an ally to protect those she holds dear. She needs a warrior with powers to match her own. And she needs a man with a taste for supernatural sex that goes beyond sensation to the ultimate fulfillment, body and soul…
No one hurt unicorns. Not on her watch. She was the Guardian of the Forest, and she had never let any magical creature come to harm--not since she'd reached her full powers.

But someone had harmed. Someone hunted a creature in her care. Ivy burst into the clearing where the Chacchoben pyramid stood, following the odor of blood--unicorn blood.

Then the wind shifted, bringing the scent of something more sinister. Needing to concentrate, Ivy slid to a stop, her hooves skidding in the sand. She sniffed, inhaling deeply, and she knew--the hunter was still here, a vague odor of... something... swirling around him.

She madly galloped up the steep narrow steps, her hooves clattering. The power pulsing from Chacchoben had a dark, brooding taste, different from the cool clear flavor exuding from the Heart of the World. Did the unicorn blood cause this, or the hunter?

But the answer lay at her feet.

For a heartbeat, horror paralyzed Ivy.

In unicorn shape, Ivy's cousin lay at her feet, tortured and dying. She'd been skinned alive, her snow-colored coat stripped from her to reveal the muscle and flesh beneath. Her dark eyes looked at her, not through her white face but through a crimson one. Blood puddled in her dilated nostrils and along the line of her lips. Blood puddled in her ears.

You...can' me, Tchili said. My's gone.

I can help. But Ivy knew she didn't have much time. Tchili's lifeforce was draining away with the trickling blood.

Ivy stepped toward her cousin, preparing to heal her, but a figure caught her eye. It raced in the shadow of the pyramid, hugging the stone sides. She caught an impression of a masculine shoulders, dark hair, but the figure moved so quickly, Ivy barely saw it, barely smelled its odd scent. Still she knew--he was her foe.

The need to hunt down the hunter warred with the need to heal her cousin--but only for a heartbeat. Hunting could wait. Her cousin could not.

Standing as still as the massive structure beneath them, Ivy concentrated on her root chakra, imagining its sexual power. When she was open to the flow of energy swirling around her, she focused, drawing from the distant Heart of the World. The nerves in her horn and chakras were so attuned to the Heart she could feel the energy leave Pennsylvania and flow toward the Yucatan.

The first taste of the power made her weak with desire, filling her root chakra, then spreading throughout her being. Her thighs ached; her nipples hardened. The length of her neck craved a lover's hot kisses. Her knees actually shook with the lust rushing her veins. If a man--any man--had been standing there, she'd have wanted to curl around him, fill herself with him.

But she wouldn't have. She was the Guardian. She protected and healed. She put the need to chase the hunter firmly from her mind, and she took the overwhelming sexual energy, neatly twisting it into healing energy. The moment she began working the power, the lust subsided, freeing her mind and allowing her to work.

Finally, her horn radiated healing power.

Glinting with healing green highlights, golden loops spun around the base of her sharp-edged horn, slowly gathering speed and texture as they swirled wider and wider.

She dipped her head toward her cousin, letting the radiant rings drip down. She embraced the flavor of Tchili's soul, the texture of what made her unique. Emeralds and rubies glinted through Ivy's mind; the flavor of ferns and Mexican green chilies danced over Ivy's tongue as she gently rested her horn on her cousin's skinless shoulder.

Tchili's recovery didn't take long. Skin erupted over the raw muscle, covering sinew and tendon. Milky white fuzz spread over the skin, then grew in full and thick. The bloody stump of Tchili's tail regained a lawn of emerald hair, then the hair grew long and flowing, like pampas grass. Her mane grew back too, as green as the moss beneath them. Streaks of sumac red shot through her mane and tail, giving her almost the appearance of normality. Almost.

Tchili's forehead remained stubbornly shorn, the bloody stump the only indication of Tchili's true nature.

My horn, Tchili moaned in faint mindspeak.

Oh, honey. I haven't even tried to heal that yet, but don't worry--you won't die. Not from this.

As she prepared to heal Tchili's horn, the wind shifted, bringing the smell of the hunter. He was running, slinking into the surrounding jungle. Ivy would leave him until she was finished here. He couldn't go far. She pulled power from the Heart.

But she as she started to weave its energy, the wind shifted again. It brought his true odor--raw and unmasked now. And his smell scared her.

He bore the irresistible fragrance of a virgin.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Books Coming Out This Week

Tartan Surprise by Selena Illyria (Changeling ebook June 27,2008)

Iain just wanted someone to help take the edge off before the full moon rose in a few days. When he met Katherine in the pub he felt he had found the perfect person to help him with his problem.
Katherine could not resist the kilted stranger who caught her eye at the bar. When he offered her a night of hot sex she couldn't say no.
But what happens when she finds out that the stranger is her boss's son?

Wolf Tales VI (Wolf Tales (Aphrodisia)) by Kate Douglas

(Paperback - Jun 24, 2008)

A Woman's Secrets. A Man's Search.An Unexplored Realm Of Pure Pleasure...

Pride. Power. Passion. They are the hallmarks of the shapeshifting Chanku—although not every member can immediately accept these gifts. Some, like Eve, must learn to love themselves before they can fully embrace their heritage. Eve's journey takes her far from Montana and her mate, Adam. What she finds in Florida's steamy climes is another of her kind. Beautiful, mysterious, and extraordinarily sensuous, Mei Chen is also desperate and alone—for she harbors a terrifying secret that will destroy her, unless she can open herself to the power of the pack...

Oliver knows the loneliness of total isolation, of being unable to share ecstasy with another living soul, so when he accompanies Adam to Florida to reunite with Eve, he is immediately drawn to her vulnerable companion. Mei clearly needs Adam's healing touch, yet Oliver, so long in the shadows, also recognizes Mei as the mate for whom he has been searching. Only when Mei is free to lay herself completely bare, can her Chanku destiny be fulfilled. And when she is ready, no matter what the risk, Oliver will be there to indulge her every desire...

For an excerpt go HERE

Pleasure Unbound: A Demonica Novel (The Demonica Series) by Larissa Ione

(Paperback - Jun 24, 2008)

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life…

She’s a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure—but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his desire to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable—and let Tayla possess him, body and soul…

For an excerpt go HERE

The Bad Boys Guide to the Galaxy (Planet Nerak, Book 3) by Karen Kelley

(Paperback - Jun 24, 2008)

Take me to your leader. Come to think of it, just take me.

Panet Nerak was perfect—no disease, no darkness, no hunger—until an expedition to Earth brought back an unwanted guest. Enter one talented Nerakian named Lara, sent on a special fact-finding mission in the vast region called Texas. Fortunately, a warrior (he calls himself a “cop”) named Sam Jones has offered to help. Unfortunately, Sam's skill at sex is quite distracting—as are plenty other earthly delights, like the dangerously addictive substance called chocolate. Temptations such as these could seriously compromise Lara's—ahem—research...

Crazy, that's what Sam is. What sane man would voluntarily isolate himself in the Texas woods with an alien, not to mention a female one with a superiority complex, legs that won't quit, and a penchant for walking around buck naked? Between bragging about her home planet and levitating, Lara wastes no time getting on Sam's last nerve...and even less time getting into his bed. Talk about going where no man has gone before. Of course, when you’re from Texas, nothing—not even an entire planet—is going to stop you from getting what you want.

For an excerpt go HERE

Friday, June 20, 2008

Fantastic Fives on Cindy Lynn Speer

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:

fencer girl,




an optimistic pessimist

Five people and or things that inspire you:

The full moon,

Neil Gaiman,

my mum,

folk lore,

the rain

Five of your favorite authors:

Neil Gaiman
Barbara Hambly
Terry Pratchett
Rex Stout
Dashiell Hammett

Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:

Alex -- He's tall and slender, basically good natured with a tendency towards silliness, with silvery grey eyes.
Libby -- She has unnatural, neon blue eyes, the mark of the Merlin Stone she keeps. She has auburn hair, and a sweet face. She is frightened, but determined despite it, scarred by her past but willing to learn from it rather than hide from it.
Zorovin -- A dragon in human form, he can be fierce and hard, but his edges are softened by the humanity forced upon him.
William -- He used to be a man of the sea, and despite his stubborn, plunge forward nature, he's well meaning and sensible, even a tiny bit romantic. As Tasmin says, you can't accuse a man who opens a Chocolate shop of a lack of imagination.
Tasmin -- Tasmin is practical, genteel, a bit too straightforward. She is trained in herbs and some other magics, and can be fiercely loyal.

Five reasons to read your books:

1. To escape into a different world.
2. To see things beautiful and terrible.
3. To spend time with interesting people.
4. To solve the mysteries before the characters do.
5. Because I want to give people something to enjoy and make them happy.

-Cindy Lynn Speer

The Chocolatier’s Wife By Cindy Lynn Speer

The Chocolatier’s Wife

By Cindy Lynn Speer

Tasmin, William’s wife to be, was chosen by a spell, as all wives and husbands are chosen. It’s a nice, tidy way to find a reasonable mate for almost everyone. Unfortunately, Tasmin is from the North, a place of magic and strange ritual, and William is from the South, where people pride themselves on being above the kind of insanity practiced by the Northerners, which has nothing to do with the fact that most people in the South have lost their ability to practice magic.
William doesn’t seem in a hurry to send for Tasmin, for which none of his family blame him. After all, she’s a barbarian. She, on the other hand, would like to know what’s keeping him. When he’s framed for murdering his patron, Tasmin takes matters into her own hands, harnessing the wind to bring her to William’s side. She’s gotten to know Wiliam from his letters. He’s not a murderer and she’s going to help him prove it.
William, incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit is shunned by his family for the embarrassment, and for giving up the family shipping business for foolishness, and for saddling them with a Hag for a wife, which means he can’t protect Tasmin from his family’s cold dislike of his barbiaran wife-to-be–but that’s not the worst of it.
Someone out there doesn’t like him and is begining to dislike Tasmin almost as much, and that someone isn’t at all averse to making sure William and Tasmin aren’t around long enough to celebrate their wedding.
Tasmin, of course, has other plans.

For an excerpt go HERE

To get your copy go HERE

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Romance Readers Unite!

Click on this MSNBC link and scroll down in the middle of the article on Danielle Steel
there's a vote on how many romance readers there are. I voted YES!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday, June 6, 2008

"No,.....Not Mulan."

You'll understand the title of this post once you read Michele Bardsley's newest installment in the Broken Heart series, " Because You're Vampire Said So" (WARNING: SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO STILL NEED TO START THIS SERIES) In this book, we get to read more about the ancients and their powers. We get to know Broken Heart Mom Patsy, a mom who figures out her purpose in life the hard way. Patsy is destined for greatness and reading her story had me cheering(ok..maybe yelling at the book a bit) for her to make the right decisions. My favorite secondary characters are Dottie and Nonna, those two ladies are a laugh a minute. After meeting these two,I had the movie "Over Her Dead Body" stuck in my head :D. This mom's adventure is hilarious at times and heart-wrenching at others.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Fans

Will love Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready. I just finished reading the book today and it's Awesome. It's about a human(Ciara) who goes to work for a radio station full of vampire DJs. Who would have the best knowledge of music over the decades than the poeple who lived in the past decades? Vamps thats who.

Ciara's life changes when she gets the job at WVMP. She used to going from one "job" to another to help her pay for college. WVMP starts off as an internship but turns into so much more. There's humor, action, suspense and a bit of romance packed in this page turner. And I can't forget the Music. I listened to Jeri's playlist for the book before I read and felt the music while reading it. I'd say read and listen if you can and if not stop by Jeri's site and sample the music so you'll get the full experience of this book.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Books To Look Out For

by Morgan O'Reilly (eBook out now available from Lyrical Press)

Destiny waits for all... especially a headstrong princess.
Royal blood can take a princess only so far in life. Sooner or later destiny will sweep her off her feet. If she's lucky, he's tall, blond, fun to push around, and helps her save their ice ball planet from a killer comet.

The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, Book 2)
by Gena Showalter (June 1, 2008)

He is Death, destined to be her executioner.

Ordered by the gods to escort the tempestuous Anya’s soul to hell, Lucien is an immortal warrior torn between duty and desire. For Anya sparks the flames of passion inside him as no one else ever has.

She is Anarchy, as beautiful as she is deadly.

There is nothing Anya wants more than to be Lucien’s lover. His half-hearted attempts to kill her are exhilarating. His kisses – electrifying.

They should have been enemies but they become allies, traveling the world to find and destroy an ancient relic of the gods before it can be used against him -- separating them for eternity.

Real Vampires Get Lucky (Glory St. Claire, Book 3) by Gerry Bartlett

(June 3, 2008)
When a female loan shark named Lucky is attacked and left for dead, vampire Glory St. Clair turns her into one of the undead to save her––but eternity would have been safer without her. Vamps prefer a low profile, and that’s not Lucky’s style. She prefers to flaunt her sexy rock-star ex-boyfriend and great shoes. Trouble is, her flamboyant behavior is not only drawing every vampire hunter within miles— it’s bringing her would-be killer out of hiding, too.

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward (June 3, 2008)


As Primale of the Chosen, the fiercely loyal Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of his race. But his first mate, the Chosen Cormia, wants not only his body but his heart for herself. As tragedy looms over the Brotherhood’s mansion, Phury must decide between duty and love…

And a book I'm excited about and have pre-ordered is
Seaborn by Chris Howard (Paperback - Aug 3, 2008)


Corina Lairsey has just clawed her way free from one controlling relationship when she finds herself in another-only this guy, Aleximor, has really gotten under her skin. Literally. A 400-year-old sorcerer who gathers the drowned dead off the ocean's floor for the King of the Seaborn, he's inside her head and is wearing her body like a wetsuit. Corina desperately schemes to regain control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximore trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead . . . Kassandra is the King of the Seaborn's granddaughter. She comes from the sea, but has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, struggling to control frightening powers she barely understands. She declares war on her murderous grandfather and manipulates her family, friends, oceanic royalty, and the US Navy to aid her- but Aleximore intends to use Kass to carry out his revenge against the entire Seaborn royal line. And she's also fallen in love-one more struggle for an already troubled soul.

The book is set on the east coast and the west coast. I was able to score a sampler booklet of the book , Chris spins his words so that you feel like you're a part of his urban fantasy.

Click here to hear the first chapter

Visit Chris Howard's Blog here