Monday, March 2, 2015

Rookie Season by V. K. Robbins Interview & Giveaway

 
BLURB:
Talented young ballplayer Clay Love has just been called up from the minors to play major league baseball. Freelance writer and divorcée Rose Lasting, the world's biggest baseball fan, wasn't expecting to fall in love when she fell into Clay's arms, but fall in love she did. Now they are caught up in a whirlwind romance complicated by the paparazzi, Clay's ex-girlfriend, Rose's ex-husband, and a stalker who puts Rose's life in grave danger. Saving her life and catching her attacker takes you on a roller coaster of emotion and intrigue that you won't soon forget.

Rookie Season is the first book in the Love in the Ballpark Series, by V.K. Robbins. This adult erotic romance tale sizzles with romantic and sexual chemistry, emotion, and suspense. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down.


INTERVIEW: Where did you get the idea for the novel?

I knew I wanted to write a steamy romance novel, but it was my love for baseball that led me to give the book a baseball setting. And as Rose, the main character in Rookie Season says, "Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more romantic than baseball."

Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?

I suppose I hope that readers come away with an understanding that age is simply a number, and that being a decade or more apart in age doesn't mean that two people don't have anything in common.  I also enjoy the fact that my main character is a successful woman in her own right when she meets the young ballplayer with whom she falls in love. She doesn't need his money or his validation, but she does need love.  That's all she wants from him.

Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?

What's not to love about the romantic suspense genre?! It has it all - love, intrigue, nail-biting suspense, and a smattering of steamy sex. To be honest, I told myself when I started that I was going to write an erotic novel, but the story rose to the top and wouldn't be ignored. I still enjoy writing erotica, but I also love the freedom to walk the reader through a story and a cascade of emotions.

Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?

I've been a writer for a long, long time, but I've only been a real fiction writer recently. The most exciting thing that has happened to me is that I finally made the decision to stop writing things I hated writing about simply because they paid well. I gave myself permission to follow my own heart, and that has made all the difference.

What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?

I'm currently reading Red Hot Shorts, by Camille Towe. It's a collection of erotic short stories.  I've been pleasantly surprised by the creativity.  I'll finish the collection shortly, and then I'll post a review.  I strongly recommend that readers write positive reviews of books they enjoy. Most readers don't write reviews, of course, but that's the best way to ensure that authors write more of the kind of books you like. I also think it's important to support indie authors and new authors who don't have the power of billion dollar publishing houses behind them. Some of the best stories I've read have been by indie authors who published their own work.  One of these is Kill the King, by Jim Heskett.  Try it.

At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?

I always write a short message. With my non-fiction grant writing book, 101 Tips for Aspiring Grant Writers, it was easy.  I could wish the reader success in a wide variety of ways. With a novel, it's a little more difficult, but I like to wish the reader love, a life of adventure, or a life of great romance. Who doesn't want those things? The wish should tie to a theme in the book.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I started learning to play the violin just two months ago. This may shock you, but I'm not very good yet. It's something I've wanted to do for most of my life, but I never thought I'd be very good, so I just didn't do it.  A couple of months ago, I decided that I didn't care if it would be difficult or if I'd ever be able to play at Carnegie Hall. I wanted to do it just for me. So I did.

9) How do you react to a bad review?

My first reaction is pain. It strikes me in the heart.  I want everyone to love everything about every book I write, but I know that's not reasonable. My second reaction is to step back and try to determine if their comments are really about the book itself or their personal preferences.  If it's something about the book that I can improve, I take note of it, and let it go.  If it's about a personal preference, I do the same. My third reaction is gratitude.  I'm grateful that someone took the time to read and review my book! To a certain point, less than stellar reviews lend some credibility to the review system, and that inspires new readers to give the book a try.

10) How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I sold my first book in 2010 and I took my family out to dinner that night. It was fun and exciting!

Thank you so much for spreading the word about Rookie Season and giving me the chance to get to know your readers a little better. I'm very grateful!

EXCERPT:
He shared about missing his mother's last days because he had been out on the road with his AA team, and how he regretted it. I thought about telling him about my grandfather, but I didn't. I knew I would cry and there was no way I wanted to cry right then. I did tell him, though, about how my dad left when I was six, and I was raised by my mother and her father, my grandfather.

And we talked about baseball - how it was my first love, how he only really felt comfortable and at home out on the field, how I hadn't missed a Giants home game in 10 years, how excited he was to finally be playing in the majors.

There was a pause again and we were silently looking at each other. I was thinking how comfortable it was just to be quiet with him, how I didn't feel like I needed to entertain him...when he leaned forward and kissed me.

It was gentle and tentative at first, then it became more aggressive and forceful. My mind went blank for a moment. I leaned toward him and he wrapped his arm around me, pulling me closer. His kiss just pulled me in.  Any hesitance I'd had about him evaporated, and I knew I'd never be the same.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Veronica Robbins is a published author of both fiction and nonfiction who has been writing professionally for the last 20 years. In addition to writing fiction and poetry (her first love), she is also an expert grant writer and copy writer.  When she's not writing, she's watching baseball, enjoying her children, reading, and trying to train her dog, Handsome, who so far has been very successful at training her. You can follow Veronica on Facebook or through her blog, A Writer's Journey.

Blog/website:           http://veronicarobbins.com
Twitter:           http://twitter.com/veronicarobbins
Tumblr:          http://veronicarobbins.tumblr.com

Buy links: 

Smashwords:          http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/502725


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Texting All Hearts Excerpt & Giveaway

BLURB:
Texting All Hearts—Boxed Set
Seven Multi-Published Authors

What do rodeos, otherworldly encounters, exotic dancers, bondage, hot sex, refound love, and time travel have in common? Besides romantic, edge of your seat fun and intrigue, they all evolve from a single text. Seven multi-genre novellas that promise to heat your nights and warm your hearts.


Her Cowboy Dom
Bliss

Tate Hardy’s best friend leaves him all his cattle if he spends thirty days on a ranch with a woman he wants but can't have. Jess is a nice girl, and Tate doesn't do nice. Jessica Campbell needs her brother’s cattle as collateral for a loan. To get rid of the sexy bull rider, she suggests he teach her about D/s. When he agrees, Jess gets more than she bargained for from her cowboy Dom.

Midnight Road
Lorelei Buckley

Drew Mathews cherishes her deceased husband’s lingering spirit. When his best friend, Dominic, reveals her late spouse’s dark secrets, Drew's crushed. She turns to Dominic and neighbors for support and stumbles into a passionate love affair and a slew of bizarre commonalities restricted to the residents of Midnight Road. As mysteries unfold, inalterable conditions threaten her romantic relationship, her life, and possibly, the world.

A Lethal Affair
Debra Jupe

With a rumored serial killer targeting exotic dancers, Daisy Piper is more than a little worried when her co-worker goes missing. Her concern escalates when a guy she’s never met shows up claiming her friend stole his laptop. A mild-mannered computer whiz on the surface, Miles Garton is a total contrast from the streetwise Daisy. But he’s on a mission of his own, making the jaded stripper suspicious. Fighting each other, a mutual attraction, and the truth, they team up to find the missing woman.

Sexting Texas
Darah Lace

Texas Tallulah Taylor never thought she’d be turned on by a dirty text from a stranger, one that leads to a delicious sexting session with her best friend. Will Sanderson never thought the love of his life would see him as anything but a friend. Maybe sexting Texas will show her this cowboy aims to give her the ride of her life…for the rest of her life.

The Dom Delivers
Nese Lane

He’s a Dominant, and she’s as vanilla as they come…
Designer Jenna Jaynes enjoys the safe bubble of her creative world, until her delivery guy bursts through and steals her heart. CFO Aden Kelley’s regimented world is thrown into chaos when a spitfire dressmaker captures his soul. Will the Dom convince vanilla to swirl?

Wounded Hearts
Linda LaRoque

Sarah Lawson's fiancé Logan Miller died in Afghanistan. She receives a text from Brandon Perdue, one of his war buddies, who wants to meet and deliver a message from Logan. Physically and emotionally scarred, Brandon values Sarah's friendship. Sarah wants their relationship to deepen, but he fears she's projecting her feelings for Logan on to him.

Pale With Color
Susan JP Owens

Cheyenne Clark doubts Captain Joseph Westerly’s beliefs about reincarnation, but a twenty-first century gal stuck in1862, during the Battle of Gettysburg, creates a new perception about philosophies and physics. After Joseph’s death, Cheyenne returns to her time period and anticipates his rebirth. Will Joseph find her?

EXCERPT:
Her Cowboy Dom

“You need to be careful. There’s guys out there who don’t play nice. They won’t stop if you change your mind.”

“I can take care of myself.”

“If you wear that dress, I hope you can.” Tate cleared his throat and pushed off the counter to saunter toward her. “Because it makes you look like a slut.”

In one day Jess had been called a tramp and a slut. She wanted to hit someone and took a step toward Tate to meet his challenge. “I guess you would know since I understand whores are right up your alley.”

“Dammit.” He tore off his hat, tossed it toward the table, and yanked her against him. It was like hitting a brick wall. He held her tight and seized her lips in a punishing kiss.

A zing of heat raced through her. She dropped her purse and jacket. Her stilettos made her close to his height, and she wove her arms around his shoulders to get nearer to him. She wanted more. A whole lot more.

The kiss started out hard as if Tate was determined to prove a point or scare her, but then it changed. He took his time exploring her mouth with his tongue, making her stomach flutter.

Releasing her as if she’d zapped him with an electric cattle prod, he took a step back, his breathing as erratic as hers. “I’m sorry, Jess. I was out of line. I only meant to scare you out of going.”

“Have sex with me, and I won’t have to go out.” She sounded desperate and hated it. The need to have him gone battled with wanting him to stay, and she wasn’t sure which one she wanted more.

He frowned. “I can’t do that.”

“Why not.” She took a step toward him and almost stumbled on her purse. “Josh is gone. There’s no one here but you and me.”

“You’re wrong about that.” He moved backward until he hit the counter. “Josh will always be here between us.”

“I know you want me.”

“I don’t deny that, but nothing is going to happen between you and me.” He ran a hand down his face. “Just do me a favor and stay home. I don’t want to see you make a mistake and end up getting hurt, because then I’d have to go kick someone’s ass.”

Jess snatched her jacket and purse off the floor and stomped toward the back door, the sting of his rejection riding her hard. “Then I suggest you pack and hit the road to Seguin.”

“Don’t leave like this.”

“There’s chicken and dumplings on the stove. I may not be back till tomorrow morning, so lock the door on your way out.”

“Jess!”

There was more than one way to break a cowboy. And she had Tate’s number. “Don’t worry, Tate. This isn’t my first rodeo.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Bio for Linda LaRoque

Linda LaRoque is a Texas girl, but the first time she got on a horse, it tossed her in the road dislocating her right shoulder. Forty years passed before she got on another, but it was older, slower, and she was wiser. Plus, her students looked on and it was important to save face.

A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. She is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

Linda writes contemporary western romances, time travel romances and futuristic romances.
Visit Linda at these locations.
Linda’s Amazon Page

Links for other authors:

Bliss

Lorelei Buckley

Debra Jupe
twitter: @DebJupeAuthor

Darah Lace
Twitter: @DarahLace

Nese Lane

Susan JP Owens
Twitter: @SusanJPOwens



   
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Year of Living Blonde by Andrea Simonne Excerpt & Giveaway

BLURB:
A funny and sizzling romp about discovering your inner pin-up girl...

Plain-Jane bakery owner Natalie Anderson has always followed the recipe for a safe life. When her husband dumps her for a seductive older woman, it’s time to throw out that recipe and start from scratch. She cooks up a plan to transform herself from mousy brown to sexy blonde. Meanwhile, she’s trying to expand her Seattle bakery, La Dolce Vita, but runs into an obstacle in the form of her irritatingly handsome landlord.

Astronomer Anthony Novello’s good looks and charm usually guarantees him a free pass with women, though that’s not the case with his new tenant, Natalie. Plain, plump, and persnickety—he’s never met a woman more annoying. But when Anthony returns from a telescope observing run, he makes a discovery of the non-celestial kind. Natalie has changed. He’s amazed to find himself attracted to her. Sparks fly as he tries to convince her there’s more to him than meets the eye.

However, when Natalie’s ex-husband decides to win her back, she’s forced to choose. Is her year of living blonde over? Or is this the start of a new and much sweeter life….

EXCERPT:
Natalie grins. “And what is this I hear about my cookies in Hawaii?”

Anthony rolls his eyes in mock exasperation. “All right, I admit it. I took a dozen with to Mauna Kea.”

“I’m honored.”

“You should be. It was right after you called me an asshole and I didn’t want go back into the bakery, so I had to ask Maya to buy them for me.”

Natalie shifts uncomfortably. “I apologized for that. Should I apologize again?”

“It can’t hurt.”

“I’m sorry.”

He doesn’t say anything, just puts new coordinates into his telescope’s keypad.

“Can I ask you something?” she asks.

“Sure.”

She bites her lip. “Why do you like me?”

Anthony continues what he’s doing, a smile playing around the edges of his mouth. “What makes you think I like you?”

“Because you invited me here tonight. What is it you see in me, exactly?”

“I don’t know.” He attaches the keypad back to the telescope. “In truth, I’ve wondered about it myself.”

“What kind of answer is that?”

Anthony chuckles. “I’m just being honest. You’re not exactly easy to get along with.”

“I’m not sure why I’m always giving you such a hard time.”

“I am.”

“Why is that?”

“It’s because you’re into me.”

Natalie’s face grows warm. “No, I’m not.”

His hand is still on the telescope. He gazes over at her. “Yeah, you are.”

“I’m not.”

Anthony lets go and moves closer. She can smell him again, his woodsy soap. He’s taller than her and she has to look up at him.

“I’m not into you,” she insists, though her pulse quickens.

Their eyes meet. He’s so near now, she can see the dark fringe of his lashes. The stubble of his beard. She shivers with anticipation.

“Yeah, you are, but it’s okay,” he says softly, leaning close, “because I’m into you, too.”

And then he kisses her. Natalie is dizzy with shock.

Anthony is kissing me!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Andrea Simonne grew up as an army brat and discovered she had a talent for creating personas at each new school. The most memorable was a surfer chick named "Ace" who never touched a surf board in her life, but had an impressive collection of puka shell necklaces. Eventually she turned her imagination towards writing. Andrea still enjoys creating personas, though these days they occupy her books. She currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.

You can find Andrea at:

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