TA-DAH! Cover Reveal: WITHIN TEMPTATION by Tanya Holmes

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TA-DAH! I’d like to present to you the cover for the amazing book…

Within Temptation

(Sons of Temptation #1)

Author: Tanya Holmes

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Release Date: May 12, 2014 (Put it on the calendar because this book is absolutely PHENOMENAL!)

Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense/Mystery hybrid

~ Synopsis ~

Love, betrayal and murder in a small town…

Twelve years after her mother’s murder, Shannon Bradford fears she may have helped convict an innocent man. Even worse, her prominent family may have had something to do with it. Desperate for answers, she seeks help from the one person least likely to give it. Her best friend and childhood crush, Trace Dawson.

The man she sent to prison.

Serving hard time for murder has left Trace angry and bitter. As far as he’s concerned, digging into the past won’t replace the years he’s lost or erase the hell he’s lived. Now that he’s free, Shannon Bradford tops his list of bad memories.

But he never counted on falling in love.

WITHIN TEMPTATION is a contemporary/romantic suspense/mystery hybrid. Set in a sleepy little town during the dead of winter, this award-winning romance novel is a tale of one woman’s quest for truth and a man’s struggle to forgive.

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~ Excerpt ~

Trace sighed, braced the worktable. “I said, get out.”

Frozen with fear and anger, I stared at the floor. “No.”

No?

I elevated my chin a fraction. “That’s right…no.”

He twisted around. His expression made a gradual shift from vengeful to predatory. Our eyes battled in silence, then, like a prowling lion, he advanced, and I, his prey, retreated until I’d backed into a wall. When his shadow engulfed me, I had to tilt my head all the way back to stare up at him. The ice had thawed in his eyes, leaving twin pools of lava.

I looked at his mouth and the time I kissed him on his seventeenth birthday came to mind. Thirteen-years-old and smitten with a desperate case of puppy love, I’d snuck up on him as he’d sat asleep in the carriage house.

The second my lips bumped into his, he’d startled awake and promptly put me away from him. He’d delivered a hasty, but genial grin, then wagged a finger.

Instead of giving me the brutal truth—that I was a pathetic little girl—the boy they’d ranked with Satan took pity on me. I was too good for him, he’d said.

But there was no pity in his eyes now as his gaze wandered my body. He may have killed my mother, may have even taken another life in prison, but I wasn’t afraid—not in the least. Dear God, had I become like those wretched women who got turned on by bad boys with blood-splattered pasts?

Fighting it, I looked away. “Please…stop.” “Stop what?”
I drew a shallow breath. “This. What you’re

doing.”
“What am I doin’, Shannon?” He anchored a

forearm to the wall above my head. His left arm hung at his side.

I swallowed. “You’re trying to scare me.”

“That’s where you’re wrong.” He looked me over again, and when he spoke, his voice came out deep and gravelly. “Right now, scaring you is the furthest thing from my mind.” He snagged a whiff of my perfume and inched closer. “Way I see it, I’ve politely asked you to leave, but you refused. So I’m left wondering what’s keeping you here. Can’t be my sunny disposition.”

His gaze traveled down my neck, to my chest, a chest that rose and fell in frantic succession. He spent a long time looking there … at my breasts.

I felt my nipples bead, felt my face burn. Embarrassed, I lowered my eyes, but that was a mistake. A full arousal tented his zipper.

He smiled. “See, I think you’re still here ‘cause somethin’s missing.”

“What?” I all but squeaked.

“Oh, I dunno. Maybe lover boy’s not cutting it in bed?”

Fury burned my cheeks. “How dare you.”

“Just an honest question. I’m curious.”
“It’s none of your business.”
“What? Your sex life?” He cocked his head and frowned. “Hell, do y’all even have one?” Before I could tell him to kiss my ass, he added, “Trust me. If he’s not getting it from you, he’s getting it somewhere.”

I seared him with a glare. “Your crudity is astounding.”

“I’m just giving you my humble opinion. Nothin’ more.”

“You don’t know the first thing about humility.”

“Really.”

“Yes, ‘really.’ You’re too full of yourself.”

A slow, wicked grin eased across his lips. “Maybe so. But I’d bet the farm you wouldn’t mind being full of me too.”

 (Haven’t had enough? Well let me ease your pain a bit. Check out my Blogger blog for a different excerpt… you know you want to.)  

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 ~ About the Author ~

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Tanya Holmes is a former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, a recipient of the Maggie Award, the MICA Award, as well as Overall Winner of the Sandy Haddad Award and a two-time finalist and one-time winner of The Emily (Best of the Best). She’s happily married with children and loves reading, writing and a good cup of coffee—but not necessarily in that order. Her debut novel, Within Temptation is due out on May 12, 2014.

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He Brought Me to My Knees

…. No, not like that. God! Get your heads out of the gutter. What is the matter with you people…

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Anyways, as mentioned in my blog tour post, here’s my review for the amazing book

 ON MY KNEES 

 by Meredith Wild

On My Knees (Bridge, #1)

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It’s been five years since Maya Jacobs watched her soul mate, Cameron Bridge, walk out of her life. After he proposed and she was forced to turn him away because of a past that continues to haunt her, the only option left was to throw herself into work and live by the rules of …. well there were no rules.

Now, here she is in New York, a city with more strangers than familiar faces, working for a boss she can’t stand and finding love at the bottom of a bottle instead of in the arms of the man she wants.

When a not-so-chance encounter bring her and Cameron back together, will she finally be able to move past all the pain and hurt she still suffers from, or will it come back to haunt her and prevent her from moving forward?

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For this book I’m liking…

Waiting Game

by Banks

Why this song, you ask. Well let me tell you… because this entire damn book is a waiting game!

Is happiness going to ensue? No… fine then.

Okay, how about now? No? …Seriously?

Now? Still Nada.

Now?!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO! GOD DAMNIT! My life is black abyss.

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Anyways, other than that I love the vibe. Love the sexy, almost suspenseful bass that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Like your waiting for something (*snorts* I see what I did there..) to happen and you have no idea if it will.

Overall Rating: 4.25 Stars ****1/4

I had the wonderful wonderful opportunity to beta this book, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. I haven’t read the Hacker Series – *GASP* I know how offensive – so this was my first introduction to Ms. Wild and what an introduction it was.

This book is…. angst. No, not ‘angsty’, it is angst. Pure, unadulterated, emotion stringing, frustration inducing, tear activating, hair pulling, book throwing angst.

And I loved every page of it.

I ate that sh*t up like my chubby dog would gobble up a plate of bacon.

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This is a story of heartbreak and of a woman who’s issues are so deeply embedded in her consciousness, you have no idea whether she’s going to allow herself to find happiness or be constantly pushing it away with a vengeance. As a reader, sure I got frustrated. I wanted to strangle Maya, bitch slap her, hug her, comfort her, talk encouragement to her – but it’s always easy as a reader to say, “Just be happy”, especially when we were in Cameron’s head and saw how he loved her unconditionally. Like truly unconditionally. I’m not sure I’d be as understanding as him, considering how many secrets she was keeping. Good on’ im. Good on’ im.

Anyways, these two had chemistry that was THROUGH THE ROOF!

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Like Holy Crapola. *Fans self* I was invested in them from literally page 1. PAGE 1! Cam was AMAZING. Incredibly sexy, confident, strong – he was this rock in a wild ocean that was always consistent.

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I would strongly recommend this book (PS. I want to clearly state I did enjoy Maya as a character. I know it probably seems a bit ambiguous, but she is actually a fun character).

What a fantastic read!

Cheers,

Release Day Blitz: ON MY KNEES by Meredith Wild

(Alright, let me tell you I am FREAKING EXCITED for this book! Y’all are in for a TREAT!

Expect my review within the next couple days :D)

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Book: On My Knees

Author: Meredith Wild

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Haunted by the responsibility of caring for her troubled family, Maya Jacobs gave the only answer she could when Cameron asked her to marry him.  Years later, entrenched in a soulless professional routine, she distracts herself from the lingering regret of her decision with a “work hard, play hard” lifestyle that guarantees no man will ever find his way into her heart again.

Cameron Bridge has spent the past five years married to the military, trying to escape the painful memory of losing Maya. After fighting his own war in the desert, he starts a new life in New York City, with his siblings, Olivia and Darren, by his side. When fate brings Maya back to him in the heart of a city filled with its own hopes and shadows, can Cameron find the girl he once loved in the woman she’s become?

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USA Today bestselling author, Meredith Wild, picked up her first romance novel at the tender age of twelve, and shortly after put pen to word processor and made her first attempt at writing a love story inspired by those she so enjoyed reading well past her bedtime.
Her dream of writing took a back seat to college, parenthood and eventually entrepreneurship, which led her into the fast-paced and male-dominated high tech industry.  With enough life experience for a few lifetimes, she now devotes her hours to writing contemporary adult romance with a hint of kink.
When she isn’t writing or mothering, Meredith can be found sunbathing with an adult beverage.


Blog Tour: “Sin for Love” By Claudia Bradshaw

Oh my! What’s this I hear?!

The story of a stripper falling in love with a bad boy? Oh, now this will be a blast.

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Tessa “Rain” Donahue believed she was happy. Dancing in a burlesque show at the ‘Happy Valley Cabaret’ gave her a sense of power. Shots of tequila gave her courage. One-night-stands gave her variety. Her nights usually ended as the sun was rising. Her head held high as she walked away from a stranger’s warm bed, high heels in hand. Tessa thought she had all she ever wanted.

Reese Nichols, owner of the custom motorcycle shop ‘Deadly Seven’, was living his dream. He was his own boss, never having to answer to anyone. To him, money was no object. What he lacked, however, was something that money couldn’t buy. Reese woke up every morning knowing she was out there—his soul mate. One drunken night years ago Reese met Madame Miranda, the carnival fortune teller who instructed him on how to find the one who was meant for him. With his plan in place, Reese searched for the only one who could pass the test. Tragedy kept Reese and Tessa from realizing their fate years ago. Destiny brought them back together for another chance. Would Reese recognize that she was something special? Would Tessa figure out that it was all a test? Through it all, would they both sin for love? Buy Now SinForLove Final Cover

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I heard the drums start to boom and I knew it was time for Ginger to start her solo. She was one of my favorites to watch, and I had learned so much from her since I’d started dancing. She had a Jane of the Jungle theme this month, complete with animal noises, a huge python, and a vine to swing from. It was really going well. I turned around to watch her, but what I found instead was someone watching me.

He was leaning up against the railing that overlooked the floor full of tables. While everyone else was staring at the stage he was staring at me. I let my eyes roam over him as he stood about fifteen feet away from me. He was wearing a black leather motorcycle jacket over a simple gray t-shirt, black jeans, and black boots. He must have been just over six feet tall and his shirt and jacket weren’t doing much to disguise what had to be an amazing body.

How is this shit even legal? I thought to myself. Shouldn’t he have to carry a badge or at least come with a warning that looking at him would lead to a bunch of conditions—increased heart rate, shallow breathing, panting like a dog, and instantly wet panties?

The drums for Ginger’s dance were pounding in my ears, and I swear they were speeding up to match my quickly increasing heart rate. When my gaze came back up to his face, I felt a sucker-punch to the chest that knocked the breath out of me. His eyes locked on to mine and it was like he was laying me open in front of him, like I couldn’t hide any part of myself from him. I had never felt so naked in my entire life even though I took off all of my clothes in front of a crowd four nights a week.

“Fuck me,” I sighed under my breath.

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Claudia currently resides next to the mountains but dreams of the beach. She is married to her hottie husband, her lost then found again high school love. She has a teenage daughter who gives her stomach aches from laughing so hard together. Claudia has an almost super human ability to obsess over whatever strikes her fancy. She spends her time between adding to her ever growing tattoo collection, writing, and perfecting the Tequila-O with her always present 7 bottles of Jose.

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“A Need So Insatiable” Pre-Release!

Ohhh Myyyyy! My first ever Pre-release/Release Event. I’m soooo flipping excited! I beta-read this book. I like this book 😀

Anyways, I’m incredibly pumped to introduce you all to….

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A Need So Insatiable

(Hearts #1)

By Cecilia Robert

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A New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance

Releasing February 28th, 2014

A Need So Insatiable will be on sale for .99 cents the first few days of release!

You’ve owned me from the moment I walked into that music room.You’ve wrapped yourself in my heart and mind. I can’t get you out. I don’t want to.” ~ Rafael Van Rees

Sophie Fisher’s life is on fire. If she’s not ducking around corners or slipping out of windows to escape the debt collectors her father’s death has left knocking on her door, she’s dealing with her rebellious, fifteen-year-old sister, Lilli. And, as if that’s not enough, Rafael Van Rees crashes into her life—literally—bringing with him a past the public has no idea of. Can she unravel his mysteries before he unravels her, or will his presence finally force her to face the demons she’s trying to outrun?

Rafael Van Rees, maestro extraordinaire, prides himself on being in control of his destiny, music and women. As far as he is concerned, his past is a black cloud in the distance–until he meets Sophie, that is, and his world spins out of control in more ways than one. He knows the darkest sins and secrets eventually reveal themselves, but when it comes to Sophie, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her from his past. Even if it kills him.

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Cecilia Robert writes YA, NA and Adult. My motto: Passion rules. I enjoy writing stories about people finding love in the most unexpected of places,and also about people finding their true purpose in life coupled with adventurous journeys, whether it’s urban, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary or paranormal romance. There’s always a happy ever after, no matter how long it takes for the characters to get there.

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AUTHOR’S TAKE ON RAFAEL FROM A NEED SO INSATIABLE

By Cecilia Robert

Character look-a-like is Josh Kloss.

 

Rafael revealed himself to me about two  and half years ago while watching  Vienna Philharmonic orchestra performing live at New Year’s concert  in Vienna. I remember thinking how much the  orchestra depends on a conductor and without him everything would fall apart. The idea to write a story with focus on opera formed in my head. These two things acted as inspiration in creating Rafael. But I wanted a flawed, quirky character. Someone whose life hasn’t been easy and has learned from his past, but hasn’t let it drag him down. A character who clutches onto control like a man clinging on a raft to stop from drowning. Rafael was born.

I can sum up Rafael Van Rees in two words: Passionate. Intense. Whether it’s protecting his friends or the woman he loves, or conducting an orchestra. He is  an “all-or-nothing” kind of guy.

Rafael has some amazing qualities. To other people, he appears as mysterious, probably arrogant. But beneath this facade he’s very loyal, confident, reliable and witty. He acknowledges he made mistakes in the past, and tries hard  to make up for that.  

Rafael is tall and well-built. He has dark brown eyes, which appear to be black.  He sports a scruffy beard. He has two bullet scars on his shoulder and chest, both a token from his past. He normally dresses in suits whether plain dark or stripped, white button-down shirts and black silk ties. He has a way of owning the look down to ankle dress boots. He also wears the occasional jeans with V-t-shirts.

Unknown fact: When Rafael was twenty-three, he organised an orchestra and spent three months touring different cities in Europe for the sole purpose of creating awareness on Dyslexia and to raise funds for this cause.

AUTHOR’S TAKE ON SOPHIE FROM A NEED SO INSATIABLE 

By Cecilia Robert

 Character look-a-like is Lucy Hale 

What can I say about Sophie? Sophie is a sister and a friend.

She’s courageous and has spunk. When I think about it, Sophie’s character is a combination of personality traits from members of my family and my friends. I also see a small part of myself in her. I can’t really pinpoint which specific trait reminds me of whom. She’s the kind of person I’d like to be friends with.

Sophie is tiny-bodied and curvy. She sports two butterfly tattoos: one on the shoulder and the other on her hip. She has long dark brown hair and hazel eyes, Despite her soft looks, she’s tough, responsible and has gone through a lot in her life.

She is stubborn and responsible. She knows how to handle Rafael  and doesn’t let him sway her. She’s has a sense of humor. Sophie is a jeans and boots kind of girl, with the occasional pencil skirt and button-down blouse.

Unknown fact: Right after graduating from Vienna Conservatory as an opera singer, she worked as a delivery girl. She also restored antique furniture and resold them. But her dream lay in opera.  In this business competition is high and experience is the key to opening doors to success. She didn’t have a lot of that so she continued to audition for minor roles to gain experience.  She has a younger sister, Lilli. Sophie has practically raised Lilli on her own since their father was hardly ever at home.  For this reason Sophie refused to take any roles in operas outside Vienna. But her patience finally paid off.  She plays the main role of Giselle in Love Unfathomable opera, her first big role.

Y’all should go stalk the author on her Blog!

Cheers,

Tianna