Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop #HopsWithHeart #Giveaway

Winter is one of my favorite times of year. Though I live in a faraway land known as "Land of Eternal Spring," I knew I wanted to write a winter romance. In came the opportunity of a lifetime. I joined forces last year with three amazing authors and we created a Winter Olympics anthology. My dream hero had to be Ty, a silly snowboarder who participated in his first Olympics in Switzerland. Unfortunately for him, he had to partake in a hazing ritual and that's where the book opens up. Here's a sneak peek:

Adam nodded to Chris, ignoring Ty’s question. “It’s a good place as any other.”
“What the hell are you two talking about?” Ty folded his new US Snowboarder-jacket collar up to block the breeze around his neck. He looked around to try to figure out what they referred to. “The party’s in the community center, isn’t it? And there’s no one around here.”
Chris stood in front of him and tapped his shoulder, a smug smile directed at Ty. “We all had to do it.”
“Do what?” Ty zipped up his jacket and narrowed his eyes. What could they do here?
“Time to join the brotherhood, man.” Adam patted him on the back.
Aw, shit. They were up to no good. A puff of vapor exited his mouth as the realization came to him. He should have known; his nickname wasn’t Trouble for nothing. In fact, his well-known pranks at the X-games still linger in the half-pipes of Aspen.
Chris laughed and rubbed his hands together. “You’re the virgin of the games, dude. You had to know something was gonna happen.”
Ty stamped his feet to warm his toes. “What do I have to do?” No big deal. He could play another prank if he had to. What pissed him off was that they completely blindsided him tonight and he had no idea what they had up their sleeves. No one else surfaced around them and the quiet echoed off the snowy ferns.
“See that Olympics statue in the corner?” Chris pointed. When Ty nodded, Chris continued, “You need to run around it, jump through one of the rings, slide a 180 – with your boots only – and we’ll take a picture. Then run back without falling.”
Ty shrugged. “Sounds simple.”
His friends smiled back at him. Chris spoke up, his eyes lit with a twinkle of mischief, “Without your clothes on, Trouble.”
He flinched, a bitter tang in his mouth. They had to be kidding. His toes were already numb and he wore boots. “No clothes? In this cold?”
“Yep.” Adam chuckled, a smile as wide as one of the Olympic rings.

Lucky for him, a volunteer, Nadia, discovers him when he needs help the most. Want to read more? You can buy it for only 99cents! 

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[Book Tour] Running Hot by Helen Kay Dimon #Giveaway #GuestPost

Running Hot
Bad Boys Undercover # 0.5
By: HelenKay Dimon
Releasing December 16th, 2014
Avon Romance

HelenKay Dimon kicks off her hot new romantic suspense series, Bad Boys Undercover, featuring the fierce men of Alliance—and the only women capable of taming their hearts.

Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he’s on vacation but he’s really deep undercover, hunting a dictator on the run. Ward may be on the job, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for the sexy female bartender. That is, until she drugs him.

When Tasha Gregory discovers the hottie on the barstool isn’t who he pretends to be, her MI6 training kicks into gear, and she has no choice but to take him out. Problem is, Ward’s not an easy man to put down for long. More than once, his interference almost blows her surveillance operation—and her ability to keep her heart to herself.

As the situation heats up, these two must decide whether they can trust one another—and quick. Working together might just make everyone safer, but getting close enough for comfort … might just get them killed.

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HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I love the holidays for many reasons.  Being with family and friends. The decorations, the food, the music. Did I mention the food?  I’m not a big cookie eater, except in December when I eat every cookie I see.  In addition to gaining ten pounds, I usually set aside some time around the holidays to read. Publishers and authors help me out with this task by releasing a lot of great books in December.

Here is where I’ll admit I have a romantic suspense novella out this December. It’s called RUNNING HOT and has a tough heroine MI6 officer, an alpha nothing-scares-him CIA agent, and a very bad guy trying to do some very bad things on a beautiful island in Fiji. You should go buy it. And while you’re buying RUNNING HOT, here are a few other books you might want to think about picking up:

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Jill Shalvis.  This is a follow-up novella in Jill’s wildly successful Lucky Harbor series. That is reason enough to get it. The other? Sawyer. He’s a great hero.

HARD TO COME BY by Laura Kaye. Special Forces, covert operations, trust issues, romance and high emotional stakes. That’s probably all you need to know, right?

RAZED by Shiloh Walker. This is the second book in a series about the Barnes brothers. I will read any series about brothers.

DYING TO SCORE by Cindy Gerard. This one came up as a recommended read while I was buying another book. It is inexpensive and short and I’m betting I can fit it in when I have an extra hour one day.

COMING OUT TO PLAY by Robbie Rogers. This is a nonfiction account of the soccer star’s journey to being the first openly gay man to play on a professional sports team in the U.S.  Sounds pretty inspiring.

And one I’m waiting on…TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz. This one comes out after the holiday, but I’m patient. If you have a book I should add to my list, let me know.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Twelve Days of CHRIS-mas: Eight Chris Hemsworth's a Milking

On the eighth day of CHRIS-mas, my true love gave to me...

Eight CHRIS Hemsworth Milking (the camera).

Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Twelve Days of CHRIS-mas ~ Nine CHRIS Evans Dancing #12DaysofCHRISmas

On the Ninth Day of CHRIS-mas, my true love gave to me...

Nine CHRIS Evans Dancing.

[Release Blitz] Revenge by Paula Rose

Revenge by Paula Rose
Anaiah Romance

As a job coach, it’s up to Olivia Foster to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve their employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and she loves her job. It remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Then Olivia’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list, but she makes plans to bring the missing young man home.

Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is deep into second-guessing his career choice, but his well-honed instincts see major flaws inside this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats can turn deadly. Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?

Release Date: 
December 16, 2014

Author Bio:

Paula Rose provides inspiration through Christian romantic suspense stories where "average" families come into extraordinary situations, brushed with life-size strokes of reality and a touch of humor. Born in Philadelphia, she lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and rescue kitty but often plays amateur photographer in both states.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Twelve Days of CHRIS-mas! #12days Chris Hemsworth Thoring!

Today starts my Twelve Days of Celebration. 

How about Twelve Days of CHRIS mas? 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Twelve Chris Hemsworths THORING...