Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Promo for WINTER DREAMS, a boxset of 7 Heartfelt Holiday Romances from Crimson Romance

 WINTER DREAMS
7 Heartfelt Holiday Romances
by
Robyn Neeley, Lola Karns, Dana Volney, Jennifer deCuir, Jenny Jacobs, Lucy Oliver, Kathryn Brocato

Available now from Crimson Romance
& on sale at Amazon only for a Limited time - 82¢

Winter's crisp cold is the perfect backdrop for holiday lights, snowball fights, and starry nights by the fire, curled up with hunky heroes. Let these seven couples show you how to find the warmth of red-hot romance.

CHRISTMAS DINNER: Amanda dreads returning home single for Christmas, but the only available man is her rival for the TV anchor spot. Can the holiday spirit turn animosity into love?

THE WINTER FAIRY: Recuperating ballerina Penelope Glazier can enchant the young girls in her class, but will her magic work on Carson Langley, the sexy but straight-laced single father of her most talented student?

HOLIDAY HOOPLA: Halle is about to lose her gift shop, until banker Blake walks into her life, dangling an offer that could save it all, or cost her everything.

WYNTER’S JOURNEY: Twelve years after tragedy tore Wynter and Sam apart, can another predicament bring them back together?

THE WINTER PROMISE: War throws Lady Emma and Lord Robert together, where they must decide if they can listen to their hearts - or if they would be wiser never to trust each other.

WINTER STORMS: Daniel's sailing accident cost Carly her shot at Olympic dreams, while his own athletic success was unhindered. Now he's returned and they're stuck in the Cornish village where storms lash them from outside - and within.

OLD CHRISTMAS: Casey needs help from the magic that walks on Old Christmas Eve to find her way back home, and to the love she left behind.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

EXCERPTS:

CHRISTMAS DINNER by Robyn Neeley

“Arrive at destination on left.” The familiar voice of Tate’s GPS echoed throughout his Jeep, interrupting the soft sounds of Christmas music.

This couldn’t be right. Could it? He pulled onto the side of the road. His navigation system had taken him down a dark and twisty path for the last fifteen minutes. There were few homes on either side. He shook Amanda’s shoulder gently. His eyes focused on the spectacle in front of him.

“What time is it?” She yawned and sat up. “Are we here already?”

“That’s what I would like to know. Amanda, is this your parents’ house?” He leaned over his steering wheel and peered out the window. In front of him, thousands of decorative red and green lights flickered on rows of Christmas trees at the bottom of a hill, showcasing what he could only describe as a cross between Santa’s Village and the middle of Times Square. A blanket of snow stretched at least a quarter of a mile up the hill. At the top was a beautiful two-story mountain log cabin. Glistening white Christmas lights outlined the house.

Amanda sighed. “Yep. We’re here.”

“This is amazing. Amanda, is your dad Santa Claus?” he asked, half joking.

“Not quite.”

“They could land 747 jets on your front yard. That tree in the middle has to be over thirty feet tall.” He pointed to the west side of the lawn. “Is that a horse and sleigh over there?”

“The horse is fake. I’d rather not talk about the sleigh.”

“Then we won’t.” He suspected she might have some unpleasant memories of it involving the infamous ex. Perhaps it was the scene of the aborted proposal.

Amanda sighed. “Good. Did your parents decorate their lawn for the holidays?” She reached behind her for her bags.

“No. Well, yeah, I guess. But this, well, this . . . wow . . . It’s just really something.”

About the Author:
Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places, watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit, can’t live without Recess Peanut Butter Cups and has never met a Christmas cookie she didn’t like. (Her favorite cookie made it into Holiday Wedding!) She writes romantic comedy, sometimes with a hint of magic, but always with a happy ending. Visit her at www.robynneeley.com.


WYNTER’S JOURNEY by Jennifer DeCuir

Okay, it was go time. What was the first thing they were supposed to do? Sam looked wildly around the room. He kept his voice calm, and hid the tremors that threatened to rattle his teeth loose. Wynter was counting on him.

He got her into bed and rushed to his desk in the corner. Jerking at the mouse to wake up the screen, Sam brought up the website he’d been studying just a few short hours ago. He thought he’d had more time.

Yeah, he’d been anticipating this. It was Vermont–in the dead of winter. Chances were pretty damned good that a snowstorm would make a routine hospital delivery less and less likely. And he’d been right to assume that Wynter wouldn’t take the contractions seriously until it was too late. She was too stubborn for her own good.

So they were doing this. Another scream from the bed had him yanking the power cord from the laptop and carrying it with him back to the other side of the room. The website hadn’t bothered to explain that hearing his best friend’s gut-wrenching cries of pain would push his own stress levels beyond human endurance.

“Amazing what you can learn from the internet.” That ridiculous statement earned him a glare. Yeah, probably best to keep the chatter to a minimum.

“Sam. Call 9-1-1,” she panted.

He was going to do that. It was next on his list. Really. He reached for the cell phone that he kept on the nightstand charger next to his bed. It wasn’t there. He stared frantically at the empty charger.

Wynter watched him closely, her eyes pleading with him.

“Sam, please!” She clutched at the sheets with a white-knuckled grip, her entire body going rigid. Crap.

“I’ll be right back. Don’t go anywhere.” Sam spun on his heel and raced for the stairs, taking them two at a time, falling on his butt and sliding down the last few. Not letting it stop his momentum, he ran to his office.


About the Author:

Jennifer DeCuir grew up in a small town in Maine, which provides the basis for Scallop Shores, the fictional town in Drawn to Jonah. She's busy raising two kids and a husband. She loves including children and babies in her stories, as her own provide endless story ideas. Currently residing in rain-soaked Washington, she can usually be found working on her latest book in a local Starbucks. Visit Jennifer at http://www.jenniferdecuir.com/home.html.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Unwrapping a Review for DRAGON HER BACK, book 3 in the Las Vegas Dragons series by Susannah Scott

Okay, listen up my darlings. I know a lot of you immediately shake your head when I suggest a shifter paranormal romance, but this one will change your mind – seriously. Releasing today is DRAGON HER BACK, book three in the Las Vegas Dragons series by Susannah Scott, and my darlings, this book rocks it big time. It’s action, it’s romance, it’s sexy, it speaks socially, it’s edge of the seat exciting, and it’s DRAGONS!

***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for DRAGON HER BACK:

How To Claim Your Dragon...

As the head of security of Vegas's Crown Jewel casino―and its hidden dragonshifter sanctuary―ice dragon Darius Dachien commands respect. Unfortunately, that respect isn't always reciprocated. In fact, when it comes to the stunning Mei Chen, hostility might be a better word. Which makes things even harder for Darius, since Mei is his dragon mate. Without her, his dragon form is fading fast... and once lost, will be gone forever.

Mei can't deny the fierce chemistry that simmers between them. If Darius were ever to discover who―or rather, what―she really is, she wouldn't just lose him, but her place with the dragonshifters. The moment Mei's past comes crashing into her present, she realizes her time for secrets has ended. Now she must reveal her true self... and risk both her life and her heart with the one man who could destroy her. 

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A Short Excerpt: (I know, I don’t normally do excerpts, but some of you may be skeptical about dragonshifters so I want you to have a taste.)

“Best workout ever.” Darius sat next to her and rested his back against the soft mat.
She laughed and fumbled to put on her bra. He lifted the weight of her hair from her back and helped her pull down her silk shirt.
For a moment, he held the length of her hair in his hand as he had the swing rope. He tugged gently to turn her face to his, and then released it. His face was open and relaxed, his pale blue eyes warm and content.
His knees fell open to rest against hers. The feel of skin on skin, bone to bone, was easy, the most natural thing in the world. “Next time we should try the pommel horse.”
Mei laughed. “You still got pommeling on your mind?”
“Oh yeah.”
– DRAGON HER BACK by Susannah Scott

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Mei Chen has a secret and when she receives a fax from a strange dragon faction, she fears her secret is about to be revealed and her life will be on the line if the truth comes out. Even worse, the life of her true dragon mate will be on the line too because of their relationship. Secrets can kill and Darius has no idea how dangerous the man from her past is and how nothing will stop him from getting what he wants - namely, her.

Darius Dachien has a lot on his mind, and between his normal security duties and the upcoming Snow Moon Gala things are busy enough, but his waning dragon is making his daily routine far worse. If only Mei would admit to being his dragon mate, all would be well. She wears his dragon mark on her hand and everyone knows it, but she pretends he doesn’t exist. Only he does exist and he knows she wants him.

When Darius learns the truth about Mei, he’s angry, he’s torn between an innate hatred, and the desire and emotion he feels for her. His dragon wants to rip her to shreds, but Darius knows his human side would protect her with his life – something he might just have to do.

I love this series. Susannah Scott has conjured a world alongside our own filled with mystery, myth, treachery, fire and ice, and extreme loyalty. In DRAGON HER BACK, we experience all of it and more. Susannah’s imagination gives us action, power hungry opponents, modern-day women’s issues, and angst with a medieval sense of constraint and male dominance. To learn of Mei’s fate if she is to return to her former life is more than any fan of the Las Vegas Dragons wants for her and we feel her overpowering need to run, and her desire for Darius to come with her. In the end, we can only hope that the Alec, the Dragon King, will be wise, fair, and a loyal friend.

Mei and Darius’s story is one that I know many fans of the Las Vegas Dragons have been waiting for since we first met the dragons in LUCK OF THE DRAGON, and Susannah has not failed us. DRAGON HER BACK is by the far the best of the series so far. I loved the first two and didn’t think she could surpass Lucy and Alec’s story at all, but she has. DRAGON HER BACK is action-packed, edge of the seat imaginative, and filled with anxious moments and steamy love scenes between these two dragonshifters. Darius may be an ice dragon but there’s nothing icy about him. He’s one hot dragon man and Mei is his perfect match with her tough, cool as ice exterior, and her fiery, don’t take crap off anyone attitude – especially off Darius.

I highly recommend DRAGON HER BACK, book three in the Las Vegas Dragons series by Susannah Scott to everyone who loves good romance. I mean everyone! If you don’t think you’re into dragonshifters, you might just be surprised at how hooked on her amazing characters you’ll get if you try them out. Susannah takes us on an imaginative, action-packed thrill ride that will have you turning the pages fast to keep up. It’s that good!

Happy Reading Everyone!

DRAGON HER BACK, a Las Vegas Dragon novel by Susannah Scott, Entangled-Covet Publishing, available now in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

SLOWLY UNWRAPPED, a Very Short Christmas Story by Victoria Vane - #Free Read + #Giveaway

SLOWLY UNWRAPPED
By Victoria Vane

A Very Short Christmas Story

Decatur, Georgia - Christmas Day

Nikki yanked the handle of the shopping buggy. It stuck. She cursed and gave it another jerk but it remained jammed.
“Use your foot,” Shelby instructed. “Like this.” With one solid kick, Shelby wedged the buggy free. “I still don’t understand why you’re going through all this stress and aggravation, Nik. The man just gave you a ring. Are you really sure you want to risk cooking for him?”
Nikki grimaced. “Thanks a lot, Shel.”
“I’m just sayin’ he has to know by now that you’re no domestic goddess.”
“But I still want to do this for him,” Nikki insisted. “He’s come all this way from Montana. The least we can do is show him some Southern holiday cheer.”
“But didn’t you tell me his mother’s a Texan?” Shelby remarked.
“She is,” Nikki replied. “But Texas isn’t Georgia, Shel. I’d argue that Texas is even part of the south. They eat tamales on Christmas. We don’t do that.”
“Yeah, well they don’t exactly sell turkey and dressing at Walgreens either.”
“But there was no place else open. What am I even going to feed him?” Nikki lamented, nearly at the point of despair. “I thought it was only going to be us and you don’t eat meat so I didn’t even buy anything for a real Christmas meal.”
“Don’t worry about me. I already have plans with that hot guy from Home Depot who delivered our Christmas tree. You could always just go out to eat,” Shelby suggested.
“Where? Everything is closed on Christmas Day.”
“There’s the China Buffet on North Decatur,” Shelby said. “You could do the
Peking duck like they ate in A Christmas Story. Or there’s always Waffle House. They never close for anything.”
“I can’t believe you just suggested Waffle House for Christmas Dinner.” Nikki sounded an exasperated huff. “It just wouldn’t feel right. Christmas is meant to be spent at home.”
“All right. Have it your way. Let’s try the frozen food case.”
Nikki chewed her lip as they scanned the contents of the freezer. The first two cases held nothing but Lean Cuisine and frozen pizzas. The third held more promise.
“Lookie here, Nik,” Shelby exclaimed. “I think we hit the jackpot.” She tossed two boxes of Stouffers frozen mac and cheese into the cart with a grin. “A Southern holiday staple.”
“Great! What else is there?” Nikki asked.
“I think I even got you covered on the turkey.” Shelby tossed two Marie Callender’s turkey pot pies into the cart. Wheeling down the snack aisles, they added a big bag of pecans.
“What am I going to do about dessert?” Nikki asked.
Shelby paused at the breakfast foods. “If he likes cherries we’ve got desert covered.”
“I don’t know about cherries but he certainly has a thing for peaches.” Nikki recalled a certain night in a mountain cabin with a sudden frisson of desire.
Shelby tossed a box of cherry Pop Tarts into the cart.
Nikki snorted. “Pop Tarts?”
“Why not? A tart’s the same as a pie right?”
They proceeded down the aisle to the canned goods where Nikki picked up
cans of jellied cranberries, French cut green beans, and cream of mushroom soup. She was reaching for a carton of French’s fried onions when Shelby grabbed her hand. “Don’t! I beg you! No one ever eats that disgusting green bean casserole.”
“But it’s a Southern tradition,” Nikki protested.
“One that needs to end here and now,” Shelby insisted. “Here. Skip the veggie.” She grabbed a can of fruit cocktail and some flaked coconut. “Make ambrosia instead.”
“But I need whipped cream for that.”
“Then I’ll go to dairy and see if they have Cool Whip.” Shelby returned a moment later with a can of Reddi-Wip. She dropped in in the cart with a shrug. “It’s all they had.”
Nikki took a dismal inventory of her cart. Tears blurred her eyes as they wheeled it to check out. “It’s times like this that I truly miss Mee-Maw. She made every holiday special. And no one made a better fried turkey and cornbread dressing. I even miss sitting at the kitchen table with her stringing popcorn and making Magnolia wreaths.”
“Then why haven’t you continued the tradition?”
“For who? It’s usually just been you and me at Christmas and you’ve never been into any of that Southern Living kinda stuff.” Nikki palmed her eyes with a sniff.
“Don’t cry, Nik.” Shelby wrapped her arms around her sister. “He doesn’t expect anything. You didn’t even know he was coming.”
“Doesn’t matter.” She hiccupped. “It’s our very first Christmas and it’s going to be his lamest one ever. The worst part of this is that he gave me the best present I ever got and I don’t even have anything for him to unwrap!”
“You do now!” Shelby snatched a sparkly pink Santa hat from a clearance end cap and plopped it on Nikki’s head. “Just put this on, add a matching bow, and let him unwrap you.”
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Hours later, with a wink at her sister, Shelby made an excuse to go out, leaving Wade and Nikki stretched out on the couch watching It’s a Wonderful Life.
“I’m so sorry about dinner, Wade.” Try as she might, Nikki couldn’t suppress the quiver from her voice or the burning sensation behind her eyes.
Wade’s warm strong arms tightened around her. She loved having his arms around her, being cloaked in his body, in his scent.
“Why’s that sweetheart?” he asked.
“Because everything was just awful.”
“What makes you think I’m so hard to please? For the record, one of the best meals I ever had was fried Spam and a can of cling peaches up in that mountain cabin with you.”
That was their first time together and he’d made it a night she’d never forgotten either.
“I don’t think it was the meal that you remember so fondly.”
He grinned. “Probably not. But I sure liked the dessert.”
“Stop humoring me, Wade.” She gave him a playful swat. “You aren’t helping a bit. Can’t you see I’m trying really hard to be miserable? I don’t even have a gift for you. I mean I do, but it’s not anything you can unwrap.”
“What is it then?” he asked.
“I was hoping we could go away together. You’ve worked so hard for so long, I thought that now with things settled down a bit with your brother, maybe I could
entice you into taking some time off. Since Dirk has Janice helping him out at the ranch, I was hoping maybe you and I could take that trip to Mexico we’d once talked about.”
“I think that’s a mighty fine idea indeed. In fact, why don’t we plan to make it a honeymoon trip?”
“Really?” She instantly brightened. “I’m so glad you like the idea.” Then her smile faded again. “But that still doesn’t make up for this lousy Christmas. I wanted so badly to show you how we do it Southern style.”
He laughed, a deep throaty rumble. “If that’s all that’s eating you, sweetheart, you can make it up to me real easy.”
“How?” she asked.
He tipped her face up to his, his eyes gleaming with humor and something else that made her insides quiver. “Why don’t you just grab that can of Reddi-Wip, put on that little pink Santa hat, and do me cowgirl style?”
                                                       
                                                           ~THE END~


Read SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane for Wade and Nikki’s full story.
 
SLOW HAND
By Victoria Vane
Available now from Sourcebooks Casablanca

In rural Montana…
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who’s torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He’s on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She’s a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots…
Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds—until her father’s death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand…
 

About the Author:

Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty reviewer awards and nominations including the 2014 RONE Award for TREACHEROUS TEMPTATIONS and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Unwrapping an Interview with Jess Michaels, author of the Ladies Book of Pleasures series

Yesterday, A MEASURE OF DECEIT, book 3 in the Ladies Book of Pleasures series by Jess Michaels released and gave us the answer to the identity of The Lady, the authoress of the scandalous LADIES BOOK OF PLEASURES. Lady Grace, Duchess of Jameswood may have penned the book which led her two dearest friends to their happily-ever-afters but she is lonely, and missing the thrill of being in love and happily mated. A MEASURE OF DECEIT gives us her story and introduces us to the sexy Scotsman, Connor Sheridan – the man who published her book and claims Grace’s heart.
Joining me today is the fabulous author of so many amazing erotic historical romances, and the creator of this fabulous series, the incomparable Jess Michaels.


Even Society’s most scandalous writer couldn’t have predicted this.

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, now credited with two marriages and countless other affairs and liaisons, has Society all aflutter. The one person not benefitting from its scandalous advice? The author herself.

From the safety of her anonymity, Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, enjoys the blissful results of her handiwork—and pretends she does not miss the passionate proclivities she penned. But when her handsome editor begins making the rounds of Society parties, she wonders how long her secret will be safe.

Connor Sheridan wants—needs—to know the answer to the one burning question on everyone’s lips: the mystery writer’s identity. And it’s not just because their correspondence, delivered via untraceable couriers, has made him smile, frown, or imagine her engaged in erotic escapades—with him.

Other letters have begun landing on his desk, letters written by a decidedly unfriendly hand. And though it may threaten her reputation, the safest place for her could very well be his arms. Whether she likes it or not.

Warning: This book contains secret identities, dangerous liaisons, and a very sexy Scot.

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Please join me in welcoming back Jess Michaels, author of the newly released A MEASURE OF DECEIT, book three in the Ladies Book of Pleasures series, to Unwrapping Romance … 

Amy: Welcome Jess, it's an absolute delight to have you with us today, and I'd like to thank you so very much for taking time out of your busy day to join us. Congratulations on this amazing series and your most recent release, A MEASURE OF DECEIT. 

Jess: Thank you so much for having me! I'm always thrilled to be here!

Amy: Perhaps you'd like to tell us a little bit about yourself for those who don't know you yet.

Jess: I'm Jess Michaels and I write erotic historical romance set in the Regency period. A Measure of Deceit is my 48th release, most of them are erotic historical written under my Jess Michaels name. I've also written under Jesse Petersen (zombie comedy) and Jenna Petersen (regency era romance, but not as erotic). I live in Tucson with my husband and our two old lady cats. I also enjoy reading, walking in the gorgeous desert and hanging out with friends.

Amy: Jess, you began your full time writing career in 1999 and since then, you've published dozens of amazing stories. It's been an amazing journey for you. Perhaps you could share with us what first inspired you to write, and what inspired you to take your historical romances in the delightfully naughty direction we now enjoy?

Jess: It really has been a wonderful journey! I couldn't have imagined when I started out that I would be writing full-time still, have written almost 50 books, and would fully support my family with my writing income. I've always wanted to write and once I started reading romance I got very into writing it. Over the years, I hope I developed my own voice and style and eventually Avon wanted to buy my historicals. When they were ready to launch Avon Red, their erotic romance line, they knew I'd written a couple of novellas that were erotic under my Jess Michaels name and they asked me to write them for them. So I got to write sexy regencies and even sexier regencies. :-) But as time passed, I knew I couldn't keep doing so many things. The sexier historicals were most interesting to me by the time I was writing them for Samhain, so that's what I'm focused on at this point. I doubt I'll write as Jenna again, but you never know for Jesse.

Amy: I hope you won’t be giving up on Jenna completely, but Jesse’s stories are certainly a wonderful diversion.
Your newest release, A MEASURE OF DECEIT, is Lady Grace and Connor Sheridan's story. Connor, like the readers, is determined to discover the identity of the author of the scandalous Ladies Book of Pleasures. So what inspired your creation of the book and the characters we meet in this amazing series? I love the bits of advice. They are so good and still applicable.

Jess: Well, when I came up with the idea for the Ladies Book of Pleasures, I knew that the third book would revolve around the identity of The Lady (the author of the notorious book). Connor is the editor of the book, but he's never known who she really is. When she cuts off contact with him suddenly, he longs to find her and encounters Grace. If you've read the other two books, you already know Grace to be so strong and Connor is a great counterpoint to that. The advice was fun to write, though sometimes I struggled to find something that would fit with the chapter and the idea of the book.

Amy: The advice is some which modern woman can easily use to capture or in most cases, keep their men attentive.
Most writers are prolific readers. As you mentioned, you love reading, so what authors have influenced your writing? 

Jess: I would like to be more prolific but right now, I'm working about 80 hours a week, so I don't have a lot of time for anything besides sleeping and eating. When I do read, I tend to do it in jags of like five books in a week during vacation. I read all over the map (at the point I'm writing this, I am about to start reading AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes). Influential writers: LM Montgomery, Julia Quinn, Teresa Medeiros, Stephen King. :-)

Amy: That’s a very eclectic reading list and from it, I can see where you’ve gained influence. Great list.
Is there a story living in your imagination, which you have yet to write but is itching to get out? If so, is it different from anything else you've done so far or within the genres you already excel at?

Jess: There are about ten stories living in my imagination. Right now I'm all focused on Jess Michaels’ erotic historical romance so that's what's bopping around in my head mostly. Though I do have a thriller I would possibly pursue if I ever had ten minutes to put together. Not likely in the next year or so.

Amy: A thriller! Wonderful. Well, I personally hope you find the time to conjure that one for us.
Usually I ask about a favorite character but since you've visited us before, I thought I should ask something new and different. So Jess, if you had not found your joy in writing, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jess: Ballerina and baseball player is what kindergartener Jess wanted to do. Then writer was pretty dominant for the rest of my childhood. I have a degree in psychology though, and I probably would have pursued my plans to become a marriage and family counselor. I'm pretty glad it worked out as it did, though. Now I doubt I could do anything else.

Amy: I imagine that degree in psychology will come in handy if you do decide to pursue the suspense genre.
Jess, thank you so very much for joining us today and for sharing A MEASURE OF DECEIT with us. Congratulations on this amazing series, I hope any of my readers who haven't dipped their toe into the amazing Ladies Book of Pleasures series will as soon as possible. As for the rest of us, I'm sure my readers are as excited as I am to see what comes next. 

Jess: Thank you so much for having me, it was a blast! I hope you'll all enjoy A MEASURE OF DECEIT as much as I loved writing Grace and Connor's story!

Amy: Thank you, Jess, for sharing all of your fabulous characters with us and I hope everyone who hasn’t read the Ladies Book of Pleasures series will certainly give it a try. I have no doubt that you all will fall in love with Jess’s characters and adventures just as I, and so many others, have. Watch for her brand new Notorious Flynns series coming in January starting with THE OTHER DUKE, releasing on January 13, 2015. I am very excited about it. It’s been an absolute pleasure having Jess visit us and she’s always welcome back at Unwrapping Romance just as her wonderful stories always are.

Happy Reading Everyone!

About the Author:

Jess Michaels began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published nearly 50 novels and novellas under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.
She and her awesome husband live in Tucson where she enjoys playing video games, exploring the beautiful desert, reading and spending petting her two old lady cats.

To learn more about Jess and her fabulous books, please visit her website and feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. When you visit her website be sure to sign up for her newsletter, she’s always got some fun giveaways happening along with keep you up-to-date about her books.

A MEASURE OF DECEIT, a Ladies Book of Pleasures novel by Jess Michaels, Samhain Publishing, available now in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of A MEASURE OF DECEIT, book 3 in the Ladies Book of Pleasures series by Jess Michaels

Jess Michaels’s The Ladies Book of Pleasures series is one that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The mystery of which Lady authored the scandalous book is uncovered in A MEASURE OF DECEIT, book 3 in the series and is releasing tomorrow for everyone to read. So who do you think the Lady is?

***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for A MEASURE OF DECEIT:

Even Society’s most scandalous writer couldn’t have predicted this.

The Ladies Book of Pleasures, now credited with two marriages and countless other affairs and liaisons, has Society all aflutter. The one person not benefitting from its scandalous advice? The author herself.

From the safety of her anonymity, Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, enjoys the blissful results of her handiwork—and pretends she does not miss the passionate proclivities she penned. But when her handsome editor begins making the rounds of Society parties, she wonders how long her secret will be safe.

Connor Sheridan wants—needs—to know the answer to the one burning question on everyone’s lips: the mystery writer’s identity. And it’s not just because their correspondence, delivered via untraceable couriers, has made him smile, frown, or imagine her engaged in erotic escapades—with him.

Other letters have begun landing on his desk, letters written by a decidedly unfriendly hand. And though it may threaten her reputation, the safest place for her could very well be his arms. Whether she likes it or not.

Warning: This book contains secret identities, dangerous liaisons, and a very sexy Scot.

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Lady Grace, Duchess of Jameswood, is thrilled that her dearest friends, Isabel and Jacinda have found true love and happiness, but she is feeling her own loneliness especially since only one man occupies her thoughts and he is a man she will never meet. The man is Conner Sheridan, the editor/publisher of her most scandalous book. Having shared communication through letters while seeing to its publication, Grace has become enamored of the man on the other side of those letters. When he asked her to pen another book, she refused and stopped writing him.

Connor Sheridan cannot get the Lady out of his mind. He knows not her identity and so seeks to discover a clue to her whereabouts by ingratiating himself into Society where he knows she exists. Welcomed by her peers, he takes advantage of those around her wanting to know her identity. A Scotsman with a past, which makes him see those in Society as less than favorable in his eyes, he might be willing to make an exception when it comes to one particular woman. The beautiful Lady Grace may not be his Lady but when she makes him an offer to become her lover, he cannot bring himself to refuse.

When the truth is revealed, betrayals are felt deep because more than reputations and goals are at stake. Hateful threats put Grace in danger, and she may lose more than the man she loves.

In A MEASURE OF DECEIT by Jess Michaels, we learn the identity of the Lady and we meet a very sexy Scotsman who grew up despising everything the Lady holds dear, but he’s lost his heart to a woman he’s never met. This story ends the series, but it also reminds us that love is not always based purely in physical attraction. A MEASURE OF DECEIT is a wonderful romance built on intellectual attraction, fueled by amazing physical attraction, desire, and some truly sexy encounters but blossoms into deep affectionate love realized through respect and consideration for who the hero and heroine are, and what they desire from each other.

I love how Jess Michaels makes us care about all of the characters in her stories, not just the hero and heroine. Although some are already stars of their own romances, the secondary characters are the emotional support for Grace and Connor, which gives A MEASURE OF DECEIT its depth and dimension. Even Maura, Grace’s maid, and Higgins, Connor’s servant, play substantial roles in keeping their employers safe, on the right track, and supported emotionally and respectfully.

I highly recommend A MEASURE OF DECEIT by Jess Michaels. This steamy hot romance will keep you turning the pages, eager for the truth to come out so Grace and Connor can admit their love for each other, but then you’ll wring your hands in anxious hope that these two stubborn lovers will get past their pride and fall into each other’s arms once more. Don’t worry, there’s a happily ever after for everyone in the Ladies Book of Pleasures series. I recommend you read the entire series if you haven’t because it’s really that good. A must read!

Happy Reading Everyone! 

A MEASURE OF DECEIT, a Ladies Book of Pleasures novel by Jess Michaels, Samhain Publishing, release date - December 9, 2014, available in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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