Celebrating the Freedom to Read Whatever You Want!

Celebrate the red, white and blue this weekend by staying inside where it’s cool!

I’m participating in The Freedom Hop, hosted by Romance Beckons, to celebrate the 4th of July and summertime reads.

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The hop runs from Thursday July 2-Sunday July 5 and as part of the festivities, I’m giving away an e-copy of Minding the Boss.

To enter, leave a comment along with your email address. I’ll use random.org and the winner will be notified by email by Monday, July 6.

Please keep the hop going! Visit the other wonderful blogs in the Freedom Hop by clicking here.

#MSS97 Our Sexy Best ~ Life of Privilege excerpt by @realamandabretz #Saturday7

This weekend I’m taking part in My Sexy Saturday, the weekly meme is a way for authors to share 7 words, 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs from published, soon-to-be-released or works-in-progress manuscripts.

20140322-052550.jpgEach week, there’s a new theme, this is the 97th week of the ultra-fun, ultra-successful blog hop and the theme this week is Our Sexy Best.

I thought about what that meant to me in relation to my latest release Life of Privilege and I came up with the “best time” or that time when couples (both real and fictional) realize that they’re really, really into one another.

For my excerpt today, I’m sharing a scene from Life of Privilege where my characters Katie and Royce are at a concert together and the experience helps them to see each other in a new light. And since this is a romance novel, it also shows them just how attracted they are to each other. Please enjoy my 7 paragraphs!

Blurb:

lifeofprivilege_800Living the life of a celebrity isn’t always as perfect as it seems.

Katherine Dawson was born into a life of privilege as the heiress to an apparel dynasty. Between judging a reality TV competition for budding fashion designers and having been the face of her family’s clothing line for most of her life, she’s one of the biggest celebrities in her field.

When she becomes engaged to up-and-coming television producer Nathan Taylor, she appears to have it all. To any outsider, she has a picture-perfect life, so when Katherine leaves her groom-to-be at the altar and disappears, the tabloids are full of speculation over her sudden departure.

Fleeing New York to hide out in Seattle, she quickly finds that living the life of an heiress in hiding isn’t as easy as she thought, especially after she meets a magnetic writer named Royce Reynolds. In her new life on the West Coast, she struggles to keep her anonymity, and experiences a relationship with a man who wants her for the person she is, not the celebrity she used to be.

Excerpt:

“I know you said you’re a huge fan, but somehow I couldn’t picture you in a mosh pit. No offense, but I just don’t think that’s a good place for anyone who gets claustrophobic. I got us these seats just to be on the safe side. We can still make our way to the pit at any time, if that’s what you want.”
“Um, hell yeah! I have a confession to make. I’ve never been in a mosh pit before. In fact, I’ve never been to a concert before, so I feel like I owe it to myself to have the full experience.”
“What? You’ve never been to a concert? You’re sure the mosh pit won’t make you uncomfortable?”

She bit her lower lip, feeling like a jerk for carrying on the lie that she suffered from claustrophobia. It wasn’t that crowds made her nervous. It was the fear of the paparazzi lurking around every corner—or worse, of someone recognizing her. Of course, she couldn’t tell Royce that, so she simply shrugged off his suggestion that the mosh pit might make her uncomfortable.
“I’ve led a sheltered life. What else can I say?”
Royce laughed at her joke, as she knew he would. The ironic thing about what she’d told him was that it was the truth. Her mother didn’t believe in attending pedestrian events like concerts or sporting events. Growing up, she’d had a front row seat at New York City’s iconic Fashion Week. That was one of the few venues Evangeline had allowed her daughter to attend and she’d attended it religiously, regardless of her displeasure.
Her thoughts were interrupted by the start of the concert. As the lights dimmed and the first strings of the bassist’s guitar sounded, the crowd went wild, screaming and clapping. Multiple hued lights flashed from the floor of the stage and a big spotlight shone on the four band members. The crowd jumped to their feet when the quartet opened the show with their current hit song Mayhem. Before Katie knew what she was doing, she began to move and lose herself in the song’s shredding guitar riffs and pounding drum beats. She closed her eyes and mouthed the words, thinking not for the first time that the lyrics could have described her life.
“I’ll never be the same
You really did a number on me
Sometimes I don’t even know my own name
What’s it gonna take for you to see
Your brand of love isn’t love at all, it’s mayhem.”

Royce wrapped his hands around her waist. His hard body swayed in rhythm with hers. She leaned her head back so it came to rest on his shoulder. They fit together nicely. He felt good—really good. With the pulsating beat wrapping around them like an aphrodisiac, she allowed herself to get lost in the moment and move with him. Her body hummed and buzzed from Royce’s touch. Her nipples hardened into stiff peaks. Their sensitive ends rubbed against the rough fabric of her lace bra with every movement. The friction made her melt inside.

The pleasure was tinged with just a hint of pain. Lust flowed through her veins, making her pussy wet and her legs tremble from desire.
After Mayhem had ended, Starfish played one of their first hits, a mellow song about sunny days and sandy beaches. By the time the band started their third song, she was turned on and ready to do something to give herself release. Instead, she delayed her pleasure and let her desire continue to build like the crescendo of the foursome’s music. She didn’t have to wonder if Royce felt the sensual pull between them. His desire was evident when he lightly pressed his erection into the small of her back. Even through his jeans she could feel that he was hard as a rock.
Taking him by the hand, she led him down the couple of steps into the sunken area that housed the mosh pit. At first they stood on the fringes of the area. She wasn’t sure what to do, but she enjoyed just being that close to the action. Despite the thousands of people in the venue, this was the first time since she’d been in Seattle that being in public didn’t make her fear being recognized. The arena was so dark that it was hard for her to even make out Royce’s features. Plus, no one was looking at her, of that she was sure. Everyone was laughing, dancing, singing and otherwise enjoying themselves. She could actually get right into the thick of the mosh pit and thrash about like everyone else.
Without saying another word to Royce, she stepped forward into the writhing bodies, the people jumping around, the others hoisting people up who were crowd surfing. She motioned with her hands for Royce to join her in the pleasurable chaos. Together they got lost in the madness.

Want to read more Life of Privilege?

Buy it at:

TotallyBound.com

All Romance eBooks

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Amazon UK

 

Be sure to visit the other fabulous authors taking part in this week’s My Sexy Saturday by visiting: http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/2015/06/our-sexy-best-mysexysaturday.html

 

#AReBlast Celebrating the First Day of Summer!

Ah, summer. It’s a time for whiling away the hours, dozing in a hammock or swaying on a porch swing, book (or e-reader) in hand.

To celebrate the lazy, hazy days of summer ahead, All Romance ebooks is hosting a fantastic 25% off sale. The discount is good today only (6/20/2015). All of my books are part of the sale, so if you’ve been on the fence about buying one of my titles or you’ve yet to give me a read, now’s the time!

You can find all my books at ARe by clicking here.

Welcome Guest Blogger Author Elodie Parkes

Please join me in welcoming author Elodie Parkes back to the blog. Elodie’s here today to talk about her exciting new release A Dom for Patti, from Evernight Publishing.

To celebrate her new book, Elodie is running a Rafflecopter giveaway for $10 in PayPal cash. Details on how to enter are at the end of this blog post.

Blurb

ADomforPatti-evernightpublishing-jayAheer2015-3DrenderWhen a fleeting encounter with a handsome stranger ignites Patti’s repressed loneliness, she has to admit she longs for the love of a sensual Dom.

Luck is on her side when she goes out for the evening, and meets delicious Cameron in The Club—but is he all that he appears to be?

Cameron’s overwhelming attraction to Patti is tested when she inexplicably fails to show up for a date—just what is going on and will they ever get together?

An erotic romance, with Dom/sub and spanking elements—a contemporary, magical love story.

Background to the story

I wrote a story titled Rescuing Cade published by Evernight in February this year. In that story, Patti, the heroine from a Dom for Patti, is introduced to Cade. They are both visiting The Club, a select BDSM club. Cade is kind to Patti, but his heart already belongs to someone else and after only a few minutes he tells Patti he’s leaving. In that few minutes, he kisses Patti and she feels an instant attraction to him. Unfortunately, lonely Patti is destined not to be with Cade.

I liked Patti a lot and I decided to write her story. It’s an erotic romance with a twist. Patti is hoping for love as well as a handsome Dom to fill her lonely life, when she meets hunky Cameron in The Club, she thinks her luck is looking up … let’s hope so.

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The scene with her tonight enchanted him. He glanced over to where she was dressing.

Patti struggled with the zip of her dress.

Cameron went to her. He fastened her dress and ran his hand along the nape of her neck, turning her to face him.

Cameron’s heart filled with hope at Patti’s tender smile. He handed her shoes over. “Here you go.”

Patti took them. “Thank you, Sir.”

He watched her balance to put them on for a moment before scooping her up and helping as she laughed and clutched his shoulders. Walking with her in his arms, he deposited her on a barstool. “I’d like it very much if you’d call me Cameron.”

She nodded. Her thick blonde hair shone in the light from the bar. The white strip lights reflected in the mirror tiles at the back of the bar sent streaks glistening as she pushed her hair from her face and nodded in agreement. “Yes, Sir.”

Cameron hardened his expression. “I expect you to do as I say, even though our scene is over. I’ve asked you to call me by my name. It will be great if you’d do that.” He turned to the bartender. “Coffee for me, thanks.” He looked at Patti for her order.

She sat sideways on the stool, turned toward him. “For me too. Thank you, Cameron.”

Just how much he enjoyed hearing his name from her lips sent a spike of surprise through him. He stared into her chocolate brown eyes as he pulled the next barstool along and sat to face her. For a whole minute, he drank in the sight of her. With her small rounded nose, the pretty shape of her face, and those oh so kissable lips slightly parted as if she waited for his mouth on hers—she was just right. He gave in to the sweet temptation of her mouth and leaned over to kiss her.

Cameron breathed in the soft scent of her skin as his nose pressed against her cheek. Her response to his kiss sent him hurtling into desire so strong he pushed his hand up between her thighs and his fingertips traced the shape of her slit through the soft fabric of her panties.

A low groan escaped him. He broke away from the kiss. “If you have no Master or wish for a more permanent Dom, I’m inclined to apply for the vacancy.” He murmured the words as he gazed into Patti’s eyes. “I will expect your fidelity. I can’t share you, unless you’re desperate to have a ménage, and then I’ll choose the third partner in our sexual pleasure. I don’t do pain, so fair warning. I do spank when you really ask for punishment by continued disobedience and if it makes you wet…” He stopped talking for a moment as he saw a fleeting emotion in her eyes and knew it did make her wet, and then continued. “I will want some extended scenes with some restraint you’re comfortable with, so that I can fully appreciate your sexy little body and response to my attention—I will take care of you. What do you think?”

Copyright Elodie Parkes 2015 Evernight Publishing

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Find a #NSFW excerpt on Elodie’s blog

Buy the book:

Amazon US, Amazon UK, Evernight, Bookstrand, All Romance

About Elodie Parkes

Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal, fantasy, or suspense. Her books are always steamy. Her tag is, Cool stories: Hot love scenes.

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for, Evernight Siren Hot Ink Press Eternal Press Secret Cravings

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

Find Elodie online: Blog  Facebook  FB  Twitter Tsu  Google +  G+ Pinterest  YouTube  Amazon USA  Amazon UK Manic Readers

Elodie only ever wears boots. (Yes, even in summer) She has three bachelor degrees because she couldn’t make up her mind what she wanted to do, and even then she got two Grad Dips in different subjects, naughty Elodie.

Elodie loves:

Music (her nickname at work is Melody Elodie because she’s often singing), the countryside, the ocean, animals, gorgeous men, technology, art, stockings and garter belts, movies, and potatoes, in any order. Elodie is addicted to black leather jackets, and faded jeans, and owns so many she’s ashamed to count them.

Enter to win the $10 PayPal Cash Rafflecopter giveaway by clicking here or copy and paste the link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ZGQ5ZTUzYmMxZGJlZjU1OGZkMjY5MmMxNTc5MzJlOjM0/?

Spend Five Minutes with Author Roya Carmen

1. What books or authors have influenced your writing?

I really enjoy fun contemporary romance: Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding and Jane Green. I also enjoy literary commercial fiction such as Jodi Picoult, and Anita Shreve. And in terms of erotic romance, I am a big fan of Christina Lauren, and Bella Andre. I like to think my writing incorporates a little bit of all these influences.

2. Do you write alpha or beta heroes, or does it vary with each story?

I enjoy writing alpha-beta heroes. They are powerful and in control, yet they have a sensitive, sweet side. And they can get a little playful too. Who doesn’t like a man who can make you laugh? In my trilogyThe Ground Rules, Weston is a tad peculiar – he’s a little nerdy and shy, but he’s also very sexy, powerful and mysterious.

3. What’s your favorite romance trope to read or write, (secret baby, marriage of convenience, big secret, enemies to lovers, etc.)?

I love the Cinderella theme, opposites attract, good girl/bad boy, friends to lovers, love triangle. My trilogy includes three of these tropes.

4. Can you tell us about your current or upcoming projects?

The Ground Rules is an erotic romance trilogy. It tells the story of Mirella Keates, a typical suburban mom and teacher who is happily married to her high school sweetheart. But one fateful night, her life changes when she and her husband Gabe meet a very beautiful and interesting couple.

Mirella is instantly drawn to Weston – he’s sexy, mysterious, and a little peculiar. And when he and his stunning wife make them an unthinkable proposal, Mirella and Gabe accept, driven by lust and desire.

The ground rules are clear, but as Mirella discovers the kind and gentle man hidden under Weston’s rigid exterior, she soon falls hard for him. And as Weston’s walls begin to crumble, he starts to break his own rules as well.

As Mirella falls deeper, she is torn between her feelings for Weston and her love for her husband. And she realizes her entire world is tearing at the seams.

 5. Last question. Just for fun, if you could have any super power, what would it be?

Time travel – to be able to go anywhere in the world instantaneously, in another era, would be so cool! First on my agenda would be Paris in the 1920s.

Learn more about author Roya Carmen and how to get a copy of her new release The Ground Rules on Kindle or in print.

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The rules are simple…until they aren’t.

I have everything I ever thought I could want: a nice home, a job I love, two beautiful girls, and my husband, Gabe – my high school sweetheart who still rocks my world. If you ask anyone to describe me they would say, “Oh, Mirella? She’s such a nice girl.” And it’s true… until a mysterious, peculiar man and his beautiful wife enter our lives.

Weston and Bridget Hanson are no ordinary couple—they’re stunning, enigmatic, and sexy as hell. During the course of one unexpected evening, my ordinary world is turned upside down. How could it not be when Weston and Bridget propose the unthinkable? And when the unthinkable is so very tempting, giving in becomes inevitable.

It sounds so logical and simple. Just five rules and we can all have what we desire. But the heart doesn’t follow rules, and now passion, jealousy, and confusion threaten to tear everything apart.

Two beautiful couples. Five simple rules. One hot mess.

Link to excerpt on my website: http://royacarmen.com/the-ground-rules/

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25521134-the-ground-rules

Contact info: www.royacarmen.com 

Twitter: @royacarmen

FB: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007361415244

royacarmen2AUTHOR BIO: Romance writer, mom, book junkie, manic doodler. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting down at my laptop and making up stories – and if those stories should include beautiful men, a little romance, and a few steamy scenes, all the better!

Are you an author interested in being featured in my “Five Minutes With…” interview series? Send me an email: bretzamanda (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment below with your contact information.

Announcing the Life of Privilege #sixdaysofselfies Giveaway!

I’m thrilled that Life of Privilege, the newest release in the What’s Her Secret? imprint is now out on general release.

The book is set in the Emerald City, better known as Seattle. The beautiful metropolis is hands-down my favorite city, so it seemed the perfect location for Life of Privilege.

Shortly after the story starts Katie relocates to Seattle from New York City, naturally, she explores her new home and I tried to pay homage to the area by having her visit lots of Seattle attractions. Several of the city’s iconic landmarks appear in the book, including the world-famous Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Central Library, the Great Wheel and more.

As my blog readers probably know, I live in the Pacific Northwest, in the Seattle metropolitan area. Recently, I made a trip into the city and visited a few of the landmarks that Katie and Royce explore in the book. During my adventure in the Emerald City, I brought along a camera and a paperback copy of Life of Privilege.

Beginning tomorrow, I’m hosting a very fun giveaway! I’m calling it The Life of Privilege Six Days of Selfies Giveaway.

The prize draw will last a total of six days, from Saturday, May 23 until Friday, May 28. During that time, I’ll be posting a selfie a day across my social networks. The picture will be of me holding a copy of Life of Privilege in front of a different Seattle landmark, along with a brief excerpt from the book relating to the location where the selfie was taken.

Sound exciting?

Here’s how to enter:

  1. First, friend or follow me on any of the following social media profiles. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Google+.
  2. Each day when I post that day’s selfie, like, share, retweet or @mention/tag me to be entered into the drawing.

The prizes:

I’ll giveaway the signed copy of Life of Privilege that I posed with in the various selfies to one U.S. winner. I’ll giveaway one ecopy to an international winner. In the event both winners are U.S. residents, the runner-up will receive the ecopy. If both winners are international residents, they’ll each receive an ecopy and a new U.S. winner will be selected for the autographed print copy.

On May 29th I’ll go through all the posts and randomly select the winners and they’ll be notified on my social media networks.

Good luck to all who enter!

Here’s a bit more about Life of Privilege

lifeofprivilege_800Living the life of a celebrity isn’t always as perfect as it seems.

Katherine Dawson was born into a life of privilege as the heiress to an apparel dynasty. Between judging a reality TV competition for budding fashion designers and having been the face of her family’s clothing line for most of her life, she’s one of the biggest celebrities in her field.

When she becomes engaged to up-and-coming television producer Nathan Taylor, she appears to have it all. To any outsider, she has a picture-perfect life, so when Katherine leaves her groom-to-be at the altar and disappears, the tabloids are full of speculation over her sudden departure.

Fleeing New York to hide out in Seattle, she quickly finds that living the life of an heiress in hiding isn’t as easy as she thought, especially after she meets a magnetic writer named Royce Reynolds. In her new life on the West Coast, she struggles to keep her anonymity, and experiences a relationship with a man who wants her for the person she is, not the celebrity she used to be.

Like the sound of Life of Privilege? Buy it at:

Totally Bound

All Romance ebooks

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

News, news, news!

Book promotions always feel like such an odd thing for me to blog about, it feels a bit too much like tooting my own horn, but I thought my blog readers might be interested in some of the news I have to share, so here goes.

The Life of Privilege Blog Tour:

Beginning tomorrow I’ll be all over the web promoting my newest release Life of Privilege. My seven day tour takes me to seven different blogs, the dates and websites are listed in the image below:

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I’ll share a link to each stop on the blog tour across social media, so if you’d like to read what I have to say at each blog (they’re seven different posts on varying topics I wrote about in Life of Privilege) be sure to follow me on either Twitter or Facebook.

That Moment When You’re in National Media…

As part of the promotion surrounding Life of Privilege, my publisher Totally Bound arranged for me, along with two other authors, to be in a small feature on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. You can see the feature here.

An Exclusive Q&A:

Each week Totally Bound features a different author on their website to spotlight. The feature usually consists of a brief interview highlighting how the author got their start in the business, a little about their newest release and what’s on the horizon for them. This week, I’m the featured author! You can learn more about how and why I started writing romance, some background on the hero in Life of Privilege and more. See the exclusive Q&A here.

Join Me on My First Ever Facebook Takeover!

Okay, this is the last bit of info I have concerning Life of Privilege promotion, I promise :) This Friday, May 15 at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT I’ll be hosting my first ever Facebook takeover event on my publisher’s Facebook page.

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There will giveaways, excerpts and lots of other fun stuff happening during this hour long event. I hope to see you there, so please like Totally Bound on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TotalEBound

The Romance Studio’s Staying Home Party

Starting tomorrow until Sunday, May 17 I’ll be at The Romance Studio‘s fourth annual staying home party. Staying home from what party, you ask? The Romantic Times annual booklovers convention. I wanted to go soooooooo bad this year (it’s in Dallas this year, hello, Tex-Mex food and margaritas!), but it just wasn’t in the cards. Although I’m pretty stoked to see it’s been moved up to April next year AND it’s being held in Vegas! Crossing my fingers I can make next year’s event. Join me and a plethora of other romance authors as we guest blog about our books, the romance genre in general and offer gift cards, books and swag as giveaways to lots of lucky participants! Visit http://trsparties.com/ to enter the giveaways and read posts.

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When Was the Last Time You Cried Happy Tears?

Now onto some very exciting news! Do you remember the last time you cried happy tears? I do! It was on Wednesday, April 29 when I received an email from a Harlequin Blaze editor. Some of my blog readers might remember me talking about entering Harlequin’s #BlazeBlitz submission blitz in March, somewhat on a whim. I didn’t really expect to hear anything other than some constructive feedback on my submission, so I concentrated on other projects and putting together all my promotional posts for Life of Privilege during the 44 days or so between subbing my first chapter + six-page synopsis.

So, you can probably imagine my shock when I received an email from a Blaze editor telling me they believed my story had great potential and they were interested in reading more…as in they were requesting a FULL MANUSCRIPT. Happy tears welled in my eyes. I shrieked. I couldn’t stop smiling.

And then I went “Oh sh!t. I should’ve written so much more on this manuscript.” So, I’m furiously working to finish the manuscript. I can’t believe I made it this far in the #BlazeBlitz submission process, so to get picked (mine was one of the 24 manuscripts the editors requested a full on out of the 200+ submissions they received) feels surreal and humbling.

Keep your fingers crossed for me ;) and I’ll of course keep my blog readers up to date on the progress once I know something from Harlequin.