Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mistaken identity leads to One Man's Treasure

One Man’s Treasure
by Sable Hunter and Ryan O'Leary
a Contemporary Romance
 
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***Blurb***

Jet is a hero—Special Forces, an Equalizer, a motorcycle riding MMA fighter who is part pirate and all man. No one messes with Jet. 

He is formidable—the tall, dark, and deadly type. 

In One Man’s Treasure, he’s on a quest for gold. Jet travels to Mexico to fight a challenger before he sails the Sirena to bring up a fortune from the sunken Spanish galleon, San Miguel. As usual, Jet is in control, master of his destiny.
 
Until… 

Jet meets Sami. 

Sami waits tables at a club in Veracruz. Jet can’t help but notice the slight, shy bartender. It angers him when customers give Sami a hard time. 

Only problem—Jet assumes Sami is a boy. 

Sami is actually Samantha. She’s come to Mexico to find healing and the truth about what happened to her best friend. When she has to leave town fast, she stows away on Jet’s boat. 

Imagine his surprise when he finds Sami…and then discovers she’s a woman!
Beneath a silvery moon, Jet watches a mermaid play in the sea and discovers that 

One Man’s Treasure can be more than diamonds and gold.

One Man’s Treasure is love. 
 

 

 
***Excerpt***

When he put his hand on the door knob, he grinned down at the cat who was right beside him, her eyes following his every movement. Opening the door, he watched Polly run in, expectantly. He followed, ready to pick up her ball or maybe see a mouse she could smell that had found its way on board.
 
“Come back to bed.”

Jet froze.


WTF?


“When did you leave me?” A crunching sound from
Polly’s throat was her answer.

Jet took a deep breath, he knew that voice. Rounding
the end of the bunk, he stared at his intruder. “What the hell are you doing on my boat?” he yelled.

Sami sat up so fast, she bumped her head on the bunk above. “Jet! I can explain!”

Oh, shit. Oh, shit. She scrambled around and grabbed the shirt she’d pulled off the night before and tugged it over her T-shirt, in an attempt to cover her burgeoning breasts.

“Get down and get your ass in the galley.” He stalked out.
 “Can I use the bathroom first?”
 
“It’s the head, dammit, and yes, use the head first.”

Jet fumed his way down the hall.

He had a damn stowaway!


Sami was almost in tears, but she fought them back.


He had every right to be angry. Meekly, she crawled from the bunk, straightened the sheets and cover and padded to the bathroom to do her business.

Jet poured another cup of coffee and tried to calm down. The kid had saved his life, he couldn’t exactly make him walk the plank.

“I’m sorry.”

“You should be.” Jet stared at Sami. “Thank you for saving me, by the way.”

That needed to be said, now he’d said it.

Sami blushed. “You’re welcome.”

“Now, what the hell are you doing on my boat?”


Sami hung her head. “I didn’t intend to be here, I was just hiding from these men who were chasing me.”

“What men?” Jet frowned.


“Angel Andrade and Rey Olmos.”


The names meant nothing to Jet. “Did you get their 
drinks wrong?”

“No.” Sami shook her head, it didn’t matter. There was no use burdening Jet with her sad tale. “Look, I didn’t know you were leaving so quickly. I hid, fell asleep and the next thing I knew we were out at sea.”

“Well, I didn’t want to refight the battle of the Alamo with Santoro and his gang, so I thought it was time for me to cast off.” Jet stared at the kid. He couldn’t weigh a hundred pounds soaking wet. Yet, there was something about him. Something that bothered Jet, made him feel uncomfortable. “You’ll have to stay out of my way. And you’re going ashore the first chance I get to put you off.”
 
“Okay.” She looked up at his dear face. “Where will that be?”
 
“Cuba,” he spat out, not really meaning it.

“At least the embargo’s been lifted,” she mused. “Okay, that will be fine.”

Jet grumbled under his breath. “You ate my orange, didn’t you?” At least he wasn’t going crazy.

“I’m sorry. I won’t eat anymore, just some bread, maybe.” She looked at him hopefully. “Or I could cook for you if you’d let me, I’m a decent cook.”

“We’ll see.” Jet got down another cup. “Want coffee?”

“Please.”

Seeing his hopeful glance, Jet sighed. “Sit down.” He set about to feed his unexpected companion. “If you’re going to work around here, you need to eat. Looks to me like you need to fill out and put on some muscle.”

Sami’s expression didn’t change. “I’ve gained some weight recently.”

Jet snorted. “Really? I think you need to gain a lot more. Before we reach landfall, I’ll have you hoisting the rigs and swinging the jib.”

“Will you teach me to tie knots?”

As he put bacon in a pan, he glanced over his shoulder at the small guy. “Sure. Where are you from?”

“Houston.”
“What were you doing in Mexico?” Jet broke a couple of eggs and added them to the bacon.

Sami’s stomach was growling. She didn’t want to tell Jet the whole story, there was no use. “I came down to help a friend.”

He seemed satisfied with her explanation. Seeing some dishtowels to fold, Sami made herself useful. “If you’ll tell me some things to do to help, I’d be glad to do them. I don’t want a free ride, I want to work.”

Jet appreciated the boy’s attitude. “Well, I’ll see what I can come up with. How old are you?”
 
“I’ll be twenty-three in October.” Sami knew she hadn’t done a lot of living in that time.

Jet turned to face his guest. “You look younger.” His eyes roved Sami’s narrow shoulders, small hands, big eyes and...graceful neck. If he didn’t know better...
When Sami saw that Jet was looking at her really close, she almost confessed. What would it matter if he knew she wasn’t a male?

“You’d just better be glad you’re not a girl.” Jet turned back around.

What? Sami was confused. “Why?”

“Because I’d have to throw you overboard. I don’t allow women on my ship when I’m sailing. It’s bad luck. Very bad luck.”

Sami pressed her lips together. So much for honesty. He couldn’t know she was a girl. “What kind of bad luck?”

“Storms. Pirates. Shipwreck. Scurvy.”

“Scurvy?” He turned to grin at her, so Sami knew he was kidding. “I don’t think a woman could cause scurvy.”

“No, more like STDs. Actually, they’re a distraction, unless she’s naked and then she’ll lull a storm like oil on water.”

“So naked is good?”

Jet handed Sami a plate and sat down with his own. “Naked is always good. Have you known many beautiful women, Sami?”

Sami fidgeted in her chair. “Well, I had one come on to me in the bar the other night. She grabbed my crotch.”

Jet roared with laughter. “Good for you.”

Sami ate slowly. She felt extremely self-conscious. Not only because she was halfway in love with the guy, or the idea of the guy since she didn’t really know him. But she was also afraid he’d see through her lame disguise at any moment. She didn’t have her breasts flattened by the compression bra, so she sat hunched over, but there wasn’t a dang thing she could do about her small hands or feet. And she didn’t have the stupid cap to pull over her hair. Taking a sip of the coffee he’d poured for her, she looked up and met his eyes.
 
Jet was staring, he knew he was.

Dammit!

 
 
***Author's Bio***
 
Sable Hunter writes romance, some of it quite spicy. She writes what she likes to read and enjoys putting her fantasies on paper. Her stories are emotional reads where the heroine is faced with challenges, like one of her favorite songs – she’s holding out for a hero – and boy, can she deliver a hero. Her aim is to write a story that will make you laugh, cry and sweat. If she can wring those emotions out of a reader, then she has done her job. She grew up in south Louisiana along the mysterious bayous where the Spanish moss hangs thickly over the dark waters. The culture of Louisiana has shaped her outlook on life and made its way into her novels where the supernatural is entirely normal. Presently, Sable lives in Texas and spends most of her time in wild and wonderful Austin. She is passionate about animals and has been known to charm creatures from a one ton bull to a family of raccoons. For fun, Sable has been known to haunt cemeteries and battlefields armed with night-vision cameras and digital recorders hunting proof that love survives beyond the grave.She owns Beau Coup Publishing company where she publishes her own work as well as many other fantastic authors. Join her in her world of magic, alpha heroes, sexy cowboys and hot, steamy, to-die-for sex. Step into the shoes of her heroines and escape to places where dreams can come true and orgasms only come in multiples.

***Author's Bio***

Rarely will you find Ryan O'Leary in a state of rest; if he's not on the ice or kicking around a soccer ball, he's plotting his next story or out on the town with friends. His fun and flirty nature makes it possible for him to write the kind of romance that makes the reader both smile and tingle.

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Love in a Dangerous Season

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Love In A Dangerous Season

 by Gloria Gay

a Regency Historical Romance

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS

For her insulting behavior toward the Earl of Ashcom, on whom her family depends for subsistence, beautiful Fantine Delmere earns for herself an unwanted London season and is forced to leave her beloved Evergreen and venture into the hard glare of the heartless haut ton she abhors. But Fantine’s arrival awakens jealousies and dangerous forces are put into motion…
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Fantine struggled in Ashcom’s arms as he pressed his mouth to hers, but to no avail. Her strength pitted against his was but a sigh to a powerful gale. Then even against her will she felt her treacherous lips responding hungrily to his bruising lips that tasted of recently sipped coffee and felt a rush of passion course madly through her limbs as he parted her lips forcibly and thrust his tongue into her mouth.
A thrilling rush of sensation shot out throughout her body, making her listless.
For a while he kissed her, hard and with a desperate hunger answered in measure by Fantine. He tasted the chocolate in her mouth and inhaled the sweet light scent he had chosen for her. He felt a tremor shoot out in sparks throughout his body and a strong response in his loins.
Hating his reaction to her and his weakening resolve, he let go of her suddenly and still holding her by her shoulders looked angrily into her eyes.
"Have you ever been kissed by a moneyed title, Miss Delmere? Well now you have." And with that he turned on his heel and strode out of the breakfast room.
 

AUTHOR BIO

Scandal At Almacks - Author PhotoFrom an early age I was drawn to painting and writing. Both have always been linked for me throughout the different stages of my life—studies, work, marriage, children, grand-children. Curiously enough it was a novel given to me as a prize for art excellence at the Catholic nuns’ academy where I studied through sixth grade that I was introduced to literature. Up until that time I only knew books as history, math, etc. Those nuns were very strict: novels only as a prize! I was amazed that a book could open doors into imagined worlds. I probably thought, as a nine-year-old, that movies just appeared on the screen by magic. :)
From that day forth I would make up stories to tell my brothers and my sister. Later on I started to put the stories down on paper. Then among the many novels I read I started one day to read “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. That first line in the novel: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” was the spark that drew me toward serious writing, first the gothic novels popular at the time and then when I searched for more romance than mystery, to the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.
Regency romance became my genre and I self-published four, then two more with a traditional publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, and two with Amazon’s Kindle Direct. And although I will probably always write Regencies, I am also branching out to romantic suspense and will soon be publishing two of those and, hopefully, re-write the first gothic novel I wrote and abandoned many years ago.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Contemporary Romance Tour from Kensington Books



New Contemporary Romance Releases from Kensington/Lyrical Press. 
pearls read 2 of the titles and her review are below. 




Title: Reclaiming Her Heart
Author: Allison Merritt
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle

When a broken heart heals, love can grow stronger…

Ben Darling is infuriating, arrogant, and though he may look like every woman’s dream, he’s no better than a common thief for stealing Paralee Blake’s childhood home. She stopped trusting Ben the moment he broke her heart, and now nothing and no one is going to sway her opinion of him. Not her father’s defense of Ben, not his mother’s matchmaking attempts—and certainly not the way his kisses make her heart pound.

Paralee is infuriating, short-sighted, and too stubborn to see Ben only wants one thing since his return to Wilson township—her happiness. He never intended to hurt her when he left on a personal mission to right a wrong. The trouble is, there’s no walking back into Paralee’s life. From the moment he sees her again, it’s clear it’s going to take far more than his usual charm to reclaim her heart…

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§  Reclaiming Her Heart is available at Amazon.
      Review by pearls
      Reclaiming Her Heart is a good old fashioned romance that I could share with my mom without blushing.  Set in the 1800s, Ben put honor before love and has regretted it ever since.  Now he's come home hoping  to start things up again.  However his actions have left little for Paralee to trust.  While most of the book is about the courting, there is some sexual tension between the two.  The dialogue is a bit stilted but the narrative runs smoothly for a quick read. 
About the Author
A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.

You can contact her at allisonmwrites@gmail.com or find her on FacebookTwitter, Google+TsuGoodreads,Pinterest and Authorgraph too.

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Title: Reclaimed By Her Master
Author: April Vine
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle

He’ll catch her in the act—and never let her go.

No one breaches the defenses of billionaire Dom Stephen Black—until Aria Swift does just that, stealing a priceless painting from his collection—along with his heart. But two can play that game, and soon a treasured necklace that belonged to Aria’s late mother ends up in Stephen’s skilled, waiting hands—along with a dare to retrieve it…

Eight years later, Aria is ready to put closure on her infamous past by meeting Stephen’s challenge. And suddenly, she’s caught in his trap…

There’s only one way to master a woman like Aria—and only one place to do it. Stephen’s luxuriously decadent Gold Room is where he’ll mete out her punishment, stroke by excruciatingly ecstatic stroke. Where Aria will submit to his every desire—and find in his touch, in his control, a frenzied yearning, and the ultimate pleasure of surrender…

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 Reclaimed By Her Master is available at Amazon.

 

Review by pearls
Fans of dark erotica will love Reclaimed by Her Master.  Stephen claimed her 8 years ago, right before she disappeared from his life.  When he finds her in his home (as a burglar), he strives to ensure she stays where she belongs.  He needs for her to come to this realization on her own: that he is her Master.  But with only 1 night to bring her to his knees, he must pull out all of the stops.  Countless orgasms later, will she agree that only He can master her?  Is calling Him Master a sign of weakness or of coming home?  Is His coldness a sign of anger or self-preservation?   And what would your play room look like if money was no object? 

About the Author
April Vine writes erotic romance by night and is a professional dreamer by day. She has two precious sons who keep her sharp and one very tolerant husband who chivalrously and bravely defends her honor daily.


Title: hot @nd nerdy
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle

With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun in the sun. But some of their hottest life lessons are yet to come…

HER BEST SHOT

 Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe. But she’s finally ready let loose over spring break—until her car breaks down, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. Layla knows enough about angles to learn the game, but when he offers her a place to stay, she wants him to appreciate her curves…

 HER PERFECT GAME

 Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. Now she’s entering a “hackfest” over spring break, where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who’s been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into Jonah, the hot guy who walked away years ago. Charlie can’t fight the desire that comes rushing back, and the feeling is more mutual than she suspects…
 

HER WINNING FORMULA

Chemistry major Felicity Stone knows everything about how chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected such breathtaking results—ones that could last a lifetime…

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hot @nd nerdy is available at Amazon.

 About the Author
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

 Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

 Shannyn is represented by Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.


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Title: Daisy Chains
Author: Serenity Woods
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Romance
Format: Kindle
Chase Jackson turned every one of Daisy Summers’ sexual fantasies into scorching reality. But it wasn’t enough. Daisy needed a lover who provided more than just amazing sex. That he turned out to be tall, dark and wealthy didn’t hurt. Problem is, her “perfect” man is now the perfect liar. When his secrets leave Daisy lonely and betrayed, she has nobody to turn to…except Chase.
Letting Daisy walk away was one of Chase’s biggest mistakes. Now that she’s back in his life—and in his arms—he’s bent on keeping her there. But his past and her present are two shapes that don’t fit…yet. Caught up in a triangle, Daisy’s forced to choose between two men who’ve broken her trust before. Only now Chase is determined to prove he’s changed his ways—and the one thing that hasn’t changed is his love for her.

For More Information

Daisy Chains is available at Amazon.
About the Author
Serenity Woods lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes hot and sultry contemporary romances. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies.
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April 6
hot @nd nerdy reviewed and all books featured at Romance for Every World
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hot @nd nerdy reviewed at My Reading Room
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April 16
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April 20
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April 21
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April 22
Books featured at Literal Exposure
April 24
Reclaimed By Her Master and Reclaiming Her Heart reviewed and Guest blogs from April Vine and Allison Merritt at Inner Goddess
April 27
hot @nd nerdy reviewed at Book Briefs
Reclaimed by Her Master and Daisy Chains reviewed at Crazy Four Books
April 28
Allison Merritt Guest blogging at Chosen By You Book Club
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