Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Telepathic Clans #3: Succubus Rising by BR Kingsolver

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my last day on the tour for BR Kingsolver and The Telepathic Clans Saga.

About the author:
I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.


Succubus Rising
Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga
BR Kingsolver

Book Description:

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.

When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

My thoughts:
Fantastic continuation of the series.  The characters that we readers have come to know and love are back again.  The plot is clever and have grown even more multi-faceted.  You are in for an emotional rollercoaster - and it's moving fast!  Can't wait for the next book!

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Congratulations Philip H!
You are the winner of an ecopy of Date by Mistake!

The ebook will be coming to you from the tour presenter.
Thanks for entering and happy reading!

Submerged by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

From Cheryl Kaye Tardif, the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG, comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you breathless…


"Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl."
Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger's calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.

*SUBMERGED has a unique tie-in to Tardif`s international bestseller, CHILDREN OF THE FOG.

More Reviews:

"From the first page, you know you are in the hands of a seasoned and expert storyteller who is going to keep you up at night turning the pages. Tardif knows her stuff. There's a reason she sells like wildfire—her words burn up the pages. A wonderful, scary, heart-pumping writer." —M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction

"Tardif once again delivers a suspenseful supernatural masterpiece." —Scott Nicholson, international bestselling author of The Home

"From the first page, Cheryl Kaye Tardif takes you hostage with Submerged—a compelling tale of anguish and redemption." —Rick Mofina, bestselling author of Into the Dark

"Cheryl Kaye Tardif's latest novel SUBMERGED will leave you as haunted as its characters." —Joshua Corin, bestselling author of Before Cain Strikes

"Submerged will leave you breathless—an edge of your seat, supernatural thrill ride." —Jeff Bennington, bestselling author of Twisted Vengeance

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Super Book Blast: Soul Sucker by Kate Pearce (Author Giveaway)

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Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the Blast!
It is my pleasure to feature:
Kate Pearce and Soul Sucker.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award winning author, Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to 'get with the program', she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.

A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write her first romance novel. Kate is published by Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora's Cave, Carina Press, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

You can find her at: ~ Twitter as Kate4queen ~ Facebook
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Soul Sucker by Kate Pearce

Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement empath Ella Walsh sucks memories from people's heads. The job fills her mind with others' nightmares and leaves her with little time for love, but if she doesn't pair off with a mate of the government's choosing soon, the psychic blowback will destroy her powers and her sanity.

The last time shapeshifting SBLE superstar Vadim Morosov worked with an empath, he got her killed and himself assigned to a desk. He worries about taking on another partner, but helping Ella track down an empath killer might be his only chance to save his career.

Naturally, the government decides to throw them together.

They resist at first, but they can't deny the simmering heat between them. As the killer's strikes grow closer to home, their bond gets tighter. And when the murderer finally traps Ella, her developing link with Vadim might be the only thing that can save her.

Ella stopped walking and faced him. “Look, are you programmed to disagree with everything I say, or are you just totally obnoxious?”

“Probably a little of both.”

“Then get over it. I’m already tired of having to argue with you all day.”

“You could try agreeing with me for a change.”

She started walking again. “Right. Like that’s going to happen. We’re obviously not meant to be best buddies, okay? So let’s do what Feehan said and try to get along at least on a professional level.”

“You prefer to keep things professional?”

“Of course.”

“You don’t date your colleagues?”

“Why, are you trying to summon up the courage to ask me out?”

He laughed, displaying a dimple near his chin. His blue eyes crinkled at the corners and he looked so damn sexy Ella almost wanted to smile back.

“For the record, Morosov, I don’t date.”

“Why not?”

“Because...” She glared at him. “I don’t owe you an explanation, do I?”

“Not yet.”

“Wow, you really are over-confident.”

“Not at all. As your colleague, I’m just concerned about your well-being.”

“I have men, I don’t date them.”

He nodded. “So you’re afraid of commitment.”

“My life will probably end at twenty-seven.” She looked up at him. “Would you subject someone you loved to that?”

Ella regretted the words the moment she said them. She didn’t want him feeling sorry for her.

He let out his breath. “Probably not.” He reached out and took her hand. “I apologize.”

She flinched as his magic shot through her. “I knew you weren’t quite human.”

He shrugged and released her hand. “I’m many things.”

Author Giveaway:
Kate will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC, winner's choice, to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC,winner's choice, to a randomly drawn host.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Telepathic Clans #2: Succubus Unleashed by BR Kingsolver

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my second day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to host book two of the Telepathic Clans.

The author has joined us for an interview:
Where did you find the inspiration to write The Telepathic Clans Saga?
When I started thinking about what kind of character could be strong, kick-ass, and blatantly sexual while still being one of the good guys.

I started researching paranormal "powers", and managed to put together a coherent list of talents and myths people have envisioned through the centuries. One of the myths I find particularly humorous is that of the succubus. The medieval church used that myth to demonize sexual women.  I thought about the idea of a different kind of succubus, a telepath who could drain a man’s life energy, but wasn’t aligned with the devil, and didn’t do him permanent harm.

From there the idea started to grow. I envisioned a matriarchal society, worshipping a Goddess, with Telepathic Gifts where the women are as strong as the men -- a society of equals. And in an equal society, women and men are free to express their sexual identities.

The idea of a powerful succubus, a member of a telepathic race, as a character for my books was born. Who better to fight against evil than the one thing a patriarchal society fears the most?

Was there a scene in the book you found particularly hard to write?
Not really. But making the sex scenes hot is hard, much more difficult than people think. When I first wrote them, they were very mechanical. It took a lot of revision and help from my beta readers.

Did you get inspiration from someone specific to write your characters?
The characters just come to me. I don’t have a problem dreaming up characters. In fact, I’ve been told that I include too many characters in my books. There are some fascinating people that ended up being cut. My books tend to start as an idea for a character, and then I develop a story for them.

How did you become a writer?
I’ve always had an active imagination and composed stories in my head. I started reading urban fantasy a couple of years ago and loved the stories. When I received a Nook for my birthday, I discovered self-published works. I was talking about that with a friend and mentioned that I thought I had a story that people would like and she encouraged me to try and write it.

Do you have a writing process/schedule? Is there a particular place you feel more inspired to write?
I can write anywhere. I’ve written in coffee shops, on planes, at a desk and sitting on the couch watching TV. When the story is flowing, it’s very easy and I can write anywhere, anytime. It’s the revisions and editing stages where it becomes difficult and I have to force myself to sit down and work.

What is the most satisfying part of being an author?
Seeing the cover on a web site is one. It’s a feeling of accomplishment. The other is having people tell me they enjoyed one of my books.

What do you usually do when you’re not writing?
Right now, I just started a new job and I’m working a lot of hours. That’s why the third book took so long to finish. Over the past four years, I’ve renovated a 100-year-old row house in Baltimore, doing much of the work myself. I like to travel and see new places, hike and ski. My two basset hounds like the hiking part most of all.

Are you working on any new projects at the moment?
I have two projects I’ve started. One is a paranormal mystery/thriller set in the Telepathic Clans’ world with a telepathic s detective. The other is a YA or New Adult paranormal romance in a completely different setting. The main character in that book is a Valkyrie going to university at Oxford. Eventually, I need to write the fourth book to finish Brenna and Rebecca’s story, but I have to get away from that world for awhile.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start writing?
First, have a good story. Second, spend some time learning the technical aspects of writing, i.e. how to tell that story. When I first started, I didn’t understand “show” versus “tell”. I still have some trouble with that. Third, find beta readers who will give you honest, in-depth criticism and listen to them. Last, find a good editor. I was a newspaper editor for five years and have been writing and editing in the business world all my working life. No one is qualified to edit their own writing. The easiest way to turn a reader off, especially a reviewer, is to have a book full of technical errors.

More About the author:
I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.


Succubus Unleashed
Book 2 of the Telepathic Clans Saga
BR Kingsolver

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (Adult/New Adult)
Cover Artist: Mia Darien
 Buys Links:
AMAZON   BN   SMASHWORDS     GOODREADS     Also available on Apple iTunes book store

Book Description:
It's not easy being a succubus.

After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom. Rival Clans still hunt succubi, and discovering their dark motives is paramount.

The social season is also around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.

My thoughts:
     Fantastic story.  We jump right back into Brenna's world without missing a beat.  Brenna has embraced her new life and gifts and is better than ever.  Collin is fabulous (are there really men similar - even without the "gifts"? 
      The story brings us more into the lifestyle and lives of the clan and its ways and workings.  We meet new characters but get to have our favorites from book one back too.  
      As action packed and edge of the seat as book one, this is a great second book, but could easily stand alone - don't miss this great story.  I can't wait for book three.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Redemption by Erica Hayes (giveaway too!)

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Erica Hayes and Redemption.

Erica has joined us today for an interview:
? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Doesn't everyone? But I guess when I was younger, writing for publication was a thing other people did. I was just writing 'for fun'. No way would little ol' me ever be good enough to be like them. It was a dream, but it'd never happen.

And then I realized: guess what? All those authors I admired were like me once. Everyone has to start somewhere. Those people are where they are because they worked at it. And if you don't ask, you don't get. The best (maybe only) way to learn is to get rejected.

So I started submitting stuff. In ye olden days (like, 2008) you definitely had to have an agent if you wanted print. I sent maybe 50 queries for various things before I got any interest. I still have that same agent now.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
Maybe half a dozen. I wasn't particularly good at any of them. Except maybe the editorial assistant gig. I worked at a veterinary science journal. I was good at that. I liked the editing part. The rest of it? Not so much.

? How long does it take you to write a book?
From the very beginning, including planning and all the faffing about and head-banging-against-wall that goes with it? About six months.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Adjectives! I like adjectives :) contrary to popular belief, they are not the children of Satan. Especially if you don't let them hunt in packs.

? Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
I have a to-do list each day, and I do it. Frame of mind doesn't really come into it for me. If words need to be made, I do my best to make them. Some days, I fail. But you just have to try again the next day!

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters? If you order inspiration in bulk, it qualifies for Super Saver shipping. Heh :)  if only it were that easy! I don't really know the answer. My mind wanders to strange places…

? How do you decide what you want to write about?
I'm not sure that's a decision as such. Ideas come to me. I evaluate them, think about whether they'll sustain a full-length book, whether I'm excited enough about the idea to want to work on it for months. Sadly, it does have to involve a few commercial considerations, too. What's already out there like it? How will I pitch this? Is it different enough, yet enough the same, to sell?
? What books have most influenced your life?
Probably the stuff I read when I was a teen. There was nowhere near as much YA on the shelves as there is now (ahem, showing my age…) so I gravitated to high fantasy. Quests, magic spells, elven princesses, pig herders who would be king… and then, y'know. Bisexual vampires. Hello, Anne Rice. I must have read The Vampire Lestat like a hundred times.

? What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?
It was a kids' book about an ape. I must have been about 5 or 6. I remember because we had a substitute teacher that day, and she didn't believe I could read by myself. So I showed her :)

? What are you reading right now?
Last night I picked up The Dark Half by Stephen King. I've already read it like a zillion times. I like how it builds.

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I watch a lot of TV at night-time. I loathe reality shows, but I watch a lot of dramas. It's story-related, but less effort than reading or writing.

? What is your favorite comfort food?
Pasta. When I'm feeling sorry for myself, I cook a big juicy plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce. Or chocolate, of course. That's an all-purpose food.

? What do you think makes a good story?
Characters I care about. As in, I have to care what happens to them, and their problems have to mean something to me. I find many YA books difficult for this reason. And I like stuff to happen! Plot events. Yes.

? What book, if any, do you read over and over again?
I'm a big re-reader. There are tons of books I've read more than once. When I was in high school, I used to read fantasy epics like the Dragonlance series over and over and over… and yeah, The Vampire Lestat. These days, I pick up an oldie-but-a-goodie when I want to read for relaxation.

Fun random questions: 
·        dogs or cats?
Cats. I like my dog, but the cat is my favorite. There's something about the pure disdain with which he treats me that keeps me coming back for more.
·        Coffee or tea?
Coffee. The only cup of tea I've ever enjoyed was during a survival exercise in the jungle. Our team split the ration pack at the beginning, and I got the tea bag. I hoarded and hoarded that tea bag. When you're stinky, wet and weary, and you've eaten nothing in three days but a scrap of smoked goat jerky? Even tea tastes good.
·        Dark or milk chocolate?
Milk. But dark will do in an emergency.
·        Rocks or flowers?
Uh. Flowers, I guess. But rocks can be cool, too…
·        Night or day?
I'm more of a night person. But daytime has its uses.
·        Favorite color?
·        Crayons or markers?
Haven't owned a crayon for decades. So I guess it's markers.
·        Pens or pencils?
I like both! I especially like those clicky mechanical pencils. Click, click…

More About the Author:
     Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer.
     She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colourful heroes with dark secrets.
     She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she's terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.

The Seven Signs, Book 2
Erica Hayes

Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Number of pages: 330
Cover Artist: Kris Keller
Paperback:  Amazon    BN    Book Depository   Ebook:  Amazon    BN   iTunes

Book Description:

Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. But meeting her face-to-face might disarm his warrior spirit—and spark an unquenchable passion with apocalyptic consequences. 

As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. But Japheth is after one vampire in particular—the one they call the Angel Slayer.

Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. Feeling abandoned by God, she stalks the West Village taking revenge on his angels—until she meets her match.

When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy—the Prince of Thirst himself—they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell.

“Looking for someone, angel?”
That honey-blood voice quivered Japheth’s feathers taut.
She grinned, mocking. Leaning against the redbrick wall beneath a rusted fire escape, steeped in magical shadow and hot vampire stink.
He stared, dumb. Tall for a girl, only a head shorter than he. Long legs, encased in blue jeans and black army boots. Her short black t-shirt stretched over full breasts, flashing that tempting skin above a silver belt buckle. Her bare arms shone, muscular but womanly. Sexy dimples in her cheeks, perfectly shaped for cupping in his palms.
The bloody feathers of slain angels, gold and white and red, stuck through the thick dark braid she tossed over her shoulder. A few wisps escaped to play around her face in the summer-night breeze. He wanted to trace their path with his fingertips, cheekbone to chin to cherry-ripe lips . . .
“Matter of fact, I am,” he said tightly. “Your sniveling master. Fluvium, is it? Prince of Thirst? Tell me where he is and I might kill you quickly.”
She laughed, fangs glinting. Sharp, lethal like a tigress’s. “You’ve come to kill Fluvium? Good luck with that.” She lolled on one foot, eyeing him speculatively, sizing up her prey. “Japheth, right? Of the Tainted Host? Cute name, for a hamster.”
Sweet lord, his name in her mouth sounded . . . dirty. He swallowed, rough. “How’d you know that?”
“I know my enemy.” She licked ripe lips.

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  My quick thoughts:
This was not my first Erica Hayes read and I was excited to have the opportunity to read book 2 in this series.  The characters are great ~ well built and easy to invest in.  The story line is intriguing and fast paced. The combination of fallen angel and vampire is fantastic.  Not really a stand alone, but a great addition to the first book.  Well worth the time to read!!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Blog Tour: Blood Moon by Holly Hunt

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Holly Hunt and Blood Moon.

Please welcome Holly Hunt ~she has joined us for an interview.
? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer? I'm still working in the same place as before, but this is my second job. I'm a butcher, and before that, I was the counter girl that served people.

? How long does it take you to write a book? Between a week (on a very good run) and 6 years (and counting). Depends on the book, and the motivation.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? Every story has a shapeshifter in there somewhere. Cookies for the people who catch them all!

? How do you decide what you want to write about? I sit in front of the computer and wait for some words to come. Sometimes they're great, sometimes they're terrible. Those get deleted at the end of the session.

? What is the first book you remember reading by yourself? The Animorphs series by KA Applegate. I guess that's why shapeshifters are my favorite characters.

? What do you like to do when you are not writing? Play computer and video games, garden and run.

? What is your favorite comfort food? McDonalds ice cream. Mmmm…

? What do you think makes a good story? The ability to make a reader hate a character, but still keep reading. That is the ultimate in good storywriting.

? What book, if any, do you read over and over again? The Ancient Future – Traci Harding. Sabriel – Garth Nix. Tir Alann series – Anne Bishop.

Fun random questions: 
  • dogs or cats? Dogs!
  • Coffee or tea? Depends on the day…
  • Dark or milk chocolate? Both!
  • Rocks or flowers? Flowers growing on rocks.
  • Night or day? Day.
  • Favorite color? Orange and black.
  • Crayons or markers? Crayons!
  • Pens or pencils? Pencils are better to write with.

Blood Moon
Holly Hunt

Book Description
Upon a dark and blood-filled hour, humanity's doom will rise to power.

Werewolves are real. They haunt the woods of North America, feeding on the bodies of humans stupid enough to blunder across their paths. Once rogue and uncoordinated, the rise of their goddess Alsvinth has brought them all together, with one goal: destroy as much of the species as necessary to enslave them within meat farms, to feed the werewolf army taking over the world.

Olivia, a werewolf from western Canada, and her brother Charlie set out to kill the goddess and save humanity. But can the werewolf and human destroy the goddess’s power, or will she prevail and turn the planet into a wasteland?

Short Excerpt
"Enough, Olivia," a familiar voice hissed.
I stopped, shocked and scared to stillness. I started to cry as the goddess stood in the grass, kicking Charlie's body aside and sauntering over to me.

"Thank you, children of the sky," Alsvinth purred, resting a hand on the shoulder of each harpy. They let me go as she touched them. "My, Olivia. How you've grown."

I was still. I couldn't even think.

"Well, not really. You don't age anymore, do you?" She grinned. "Like me, eternally beautiful."

The creature in a woman's skin touched my forehead, and I couldn't even flinch from her cold, dead fingertips.

"No matter. You will become my second-in-charge. You have been so faithful as to convince the rogue to kill himself to strengthen me." She kissed my forehead. "Dear Olivia," she said as the obliviousness of her mind control took me, threw me to the wolves.

"You are mine." 

Thursday, March 21, 2013


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Happy reading!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Date by Mistake (Anthology) ~~~ giveaway too!

This virtual book tour is presented by Entangled Publishing.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature:
Date by Mistake

an Indulgence anthology by Candace Havens, Shannon Leigh, Gwen Hayes, Jill Monroe, and Rosemary Clement-Moore

Four stories. Four dates. How can these dates by mistake turn into love ever after?

Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door by Gwen Hayes
Seduction is the name of the game when two rival dating advice darlings agree to be romantically linked to boost publicity. But all bets are off when they take the battle of the sexes from the web to the bed!

Tycoon Reunion by Candace Havens and Shannon Leigh
Sparks fly when a project brings a heartbreaker back to town and into the path of the woman he left behind. He’s determined to win her over in the boardroom … and the bedroom!

Passionate Persuasion by Rosemary Clement-Moore
A hot playboy who has left a string of hearts in his wake can’t forget the cellist who haunted his fantasies. Now it is his turn to use his power of persuasion to prove he’s the only man to keep her satisfied.

Date on the Run by Jill Monroe
When an reporter mistakes a hard-bodied military man for a crime source, she soon finds it’s just as much fun undressing her new bodyguard as it is uncovering her latest case…

from Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door

Holly Winters. That name sounded familiar, but he couldn’t recall why.
A prickle of unease hit Dane between his shoulder blades, where he always held his tension until his weekly session with Brigit and her Fingers of Wonder. Yet another woman off limits. He would never do anything to screw up his massage hour.
Holly Winters was…cute…for lack of better word. Like, Laura Ingalls Wilder in a black cocktail dress. He tried to place her in his memory, but it became frustratingly clear he hadn’t slept with her. He’d have remembered all those freckles. He’d have done a lot of connecting- the-dots.
She, like her agent, shook hands with an easy confidence and, as Mags introduced him, a momentary cloud passed over her eyes. Was she trying to figure out a connection as well? There was small talk as they stood around the table, but Dane was distracted. Had they gone to school together? Was she somebody’s sister? He placed her firmly in the mid-twenties range based on, well, his experience with women of varying ages. He tried to mentally dress her in different outfits to jog his memory, but all he succeeded in doing was mentally undressing her.
Not helping.
It was just that she was curvy. The kind of curves that spilled out of bras, which had him dying to know how low those freckles went. He was sure he could find out, but wasn’t sure he should. He needed to figure out why her name was familiar if her face and body were not.
“Mitch!” Magdalene gasped, pantomiming a ridiculous amount of agitation. “I just remembered…we’re supposed to be at that office thing, um, meeting right now.”
Mitch, not nearly as good at feigning surprise, also gasped. “How could we have forgotten? If we hurry, we may still make it on time.”
A flurry of apologies ensued with both agents talking a mile a minute and making zero sense. A waitress brought over the Cosmo Mags had ordered, and Mags encouraged Holly to take her place or the drink would go to waste. Dane barely had time to protest their leaving when they were just…gone.
Holly blinked at him a few times, the little crease above her nose furrowing crescents deep into her skin. “Well, that was weird.”
Her voice sucker punched him. It was low, throaty, and it flipped a switch inside him that was normally reserved for blondes about six inches taller. Holly was cute, but not hot. And she had a nice set, but he was a leg man.
They’d obviously been set up for some reason, and he was supposed to know something about her that he didn’t. All of these things should make him wary and rational instead of suddenly very, very turned on.
Dane shook his head and remembered his manners, pulling out a chair. “Weird seems tame, but I agree.”
Holly took Mags’ seat and held up her new drink in toast when he sat down. “Well, here’s to getting the bottom of it.”
He tried to come up with a quip or thought or, hell, anything to say, but his tongue couldn’t work around the sandpaper dryness in his mouth. He wasn’t actually nervous was he? He reminded himself that he was twenty-eight years old, not fourteen, but this sensation felt achingly close.
Dane tried to recall the last time a woman had made him nervous and came up with—too long ago to remember. Well, except for the dominatrix two years ago, but that was a different kind of nervous and, while he enjoyed the experience, it wasn’t one he’d repeat.
No, this feeling was completely different. He was…anxious. Filled with a sweet anticipation that made all his nerve endings a little raw. He’d been coasting safely on a very scenic highway for many years, but all of the sudden, it felt like he was going off-road for an adventure in pot holes, blind corners and lots of mud. His adrenalin spiked even as he tried to talk himself down.
“So, Dane, why are we here?” Holly asked without guile.
God, that voice. Even a direct, honest question sounded provocative.
He’d have to play this one cool. Not usually a problem, but tonight was going to take some concentration. “I’m here meeting my agent for a drink to talk about my upcoming book release.” Though obviously, that wasn’t what Mags had really invited him here for. “You?”
Those crescents deepened above her nose again. He tightened the grip on his glass to avoid the temptation to smooth her brow gently with his finger. What the hell was wrong with him?
“Same actually,” she answered.
“So, you’re a writer?” he asked.
“Accidentally, I suppose. I’m a blogger with a book deal.”
“Well, that explains what we have in common,” Dane replied. “I run a website as well. My book comes out in July. You?”
“Next year.” She had faint crinkle lines when she smiled and it turned his stomach inside out. Why, he had no idea. “Congratulations. What’s your book about?” she asked.
Dane tipped his glass and watched the amber liquid move with the motion. He was proud of his website and even prouder of his book, but suddenly it seemed…shallow. His life’s work and he was ashamed to admit it to this woman. “Dating advice for men.”
Holly sputtered, and her pink drink sprinkled the table. She quickly mopped up the mess with the cocktail napkin in one hand while covering her cough with the other.
“Uh…” he eloquently expressed. Idiot.
 “I’m so sorry. And embarrassed. And wanting to die,” she said. “It’s just that…oh my God.” She shook her head.
It occurred to him that he liked the fact that she seemed so human. It seemed like all the women he spent time with were practiced, maybe even a little plastic if he thought about it too hard. This girl with a husky laugh and genuine imperfections like smile lines and freckles felt like a new frontier of some kind. Why did women try so hard to cover them up?
“You’re going to have to fill me in here, Holly. What has you so flustered?”
Smoothing the bodice of her dress, Holly tried very hard to repaint some poise over her composure. “I just realized who you must be.”
Dane felt his eyebrows reaching for his hairline. “And who might that be, exactly?”
She downed the rest of the Cosmo in one gulp. “You, sir, are the antithesis of everything I hold dear.”