27 February 2020

The Evernighties Blog Challenge - Week 9


Diet before summer? How seriously?

Is this like when people make a New Year's resolution?

Maybe when I was in my twenties I'd consider a diet before summer. After all, it was far more easier to lose weight back then. Since I'm on the far side of forty, the weight seems to have adopted me, vowing never to leave again.

The truth is, I don't believe in diets. Diets work on immediate gratification of controlling what goes in the mouth, but as soon as the motivate is gone, so is the will power to restrict calories. True, there are some altruistic people out there who thrive on salads and water. Or people whose livelihood depends on how many bones are sticking out. (models, movie stars, etc) I have no doubt those people either 1) have great discipline to stick to a diet and/or 2) have enough money to have coaches to keep them on track.

But I am not any of those people.

I have a real life, where I work on my feet for 8-10 hours a day. I have a teenager who loves French fries. I have a husband who, despite being diabetic, loves sweets. I am constantly on the go, so when I get the few moments to sit down I have no desire to hit a gym. The most I do is try to watch what I eat, and avoid too many empty caloric choices.

Diets are a fad, and there are many fads out there that cost money. The real thing that people need is learning HOW to eat. For instance, Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. Yes, technically, it might be a diet, but it's also teaching people nutrition, and that's way more important than a fad diet that disappears in the blink of an eye. (And let me say that I'm not endorsing either of those programs, I was using them as an example)


22 February 2020

New Italian Mafia Series by Kristen Luciani!

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Wanted by Kristen Luciani is LIVE!!!

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From USA Today bestselling author Kristen Luciani comes a pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat gripping, mafia romantic suspense.


Caffeine.
It's why I stumbled into that sidewalk cafe in Sicily.
Serena Vitale is the reason why I left with a target on my back
And without my triple espresso.
Since I met her, she's been the star of every single salacious fantasy.
With a body built for sin and heart of gold, I knew I had to make her mine.
Except she's a princess and,
I'm no knight in shining armor.
A fact her ruthless father made pretty damn clear
When he ordered me to stay far away.
Now Serena and I share a common enemy,
One that won't rest until we're both eliminated.
I know I can save her.
Her father knows it, too.
And he doesn't care that sparing her life means giving up my own.

WANTED is the first book in the new Italian mafia series, MEN OF MAYHEM, by USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Luciani. Be prepared to lose yourself in the dark, dangerous, and deliciously deviant underworld starring the Marcone family. Pulse-pounding suspense with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating.

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For years, I’d been on a quest
To find the men who killed my father.
We trusted them
And respected them
Because they were family.
But they signed their death warrants the day they betrayed us.
One by one, I’ve made them all pay for their sins.
Revenge drove me to this place of darkness.
But when I pulled the trigger that last time,
Finally putting an end to the hunt,
I sealed my own fate
And committed a worse sin.
MAYHEM is the prequel of the new Italian mafia series, MEN OF MAYHEM, by USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Luciani.

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Kristen Luciani is a self-proclaimed momtrepreneur, beauty product junkie, and USA Today bestselling romance author with a penchant for stilettos, Silicon Valley, plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis. As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncovering her true passion.


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20 February 2020

Valentine Give-away #3!


When was your first kiss with your special loved one?





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15 February 2020

New Romance from C.R. Moss!

Today is my release day for To Be Yours!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

* An eccentric and eclectic writer, C.R. Moss pens stories for the mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers a choice of sweet, savory or spicy reads, usually within a sub-genre or two — paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, time travel, or western flare. She also has a passion for penning dark fiction. Writing as Casey Moss, she delves into the darker aspects of life in her work, sometimes basing the stories on reality, sometimes on myth. No matter the path, her stories will take you on a journey from the lighthearted paranormal to dark things unspeakable. What waits around the corner? Come explore…

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~ About the Series ~

* Nestled within the hills of central Texas is a special ranch. A place that defies the laws of physics—that of time, space, and dimensions. It’s a place where normal morphs with the paranormal and supernatural. A place that seems to know what a person’s true desires and needs are, and then allows the right circumstances to occur to fulfill those wishes.

* Welcome to the Gateway Ranch.

* Your gateway to all things possible…

~ About the Book ~

Katrina Foster has survived a life no one dreams about and most don’t want to know about. Escaping to a ranch in Texas she used to visit during the summers of her childhood and rekindling an old relationship with Dakota Remington, she hopes to leave the nightmare of her past behind her. At first, all seems well, but when strange things begin to happen, she wonders if history’s about to repeat itself.

Dakota Remington has devoted his life to working at Gateway Ranch. He’s excited when Kat, his former sweetheart, returns and looks forward to reuniting with her. He finds she’s changed, though, and he’s not sure if it’s for the better. But he’s up for the challenge of the puzzle that is Kat.


~ Excerpt ~

The hard composite of her firearm shifted against her lower back.

Well, if push comes to shove, I can protect myself. I’ll shoot the bastard if he shows up and tries anything.

Eventually, her nerves calmed enough so she could move without feeling ill.

She rose and stripped out of her clothes, put her weapon on the counter, then stepped into the shower. The hard and hot spray beat on her, helping her to feel something other than worry about potential rumors or her ex finding her. Kat bowed her head, placed her hands above the faucets. The water sluiced down her hair, cascaded in wide streams over her back. More time passed. Relaxed and clear headed, she finished her shower and was about to open the door when a thud and click sounded on the other side.

Gripping the towel wrapped around her body, she snatched her weapon, opened the door, and cautiously looked out into the room.

Dakota lounged on the bed, one leg bent, his hat propped on that leg’s knee. His hair stuck up in clumpy spikes. He ran a dirty hand through his dark brown locks.

Kat released a pent-up breath, lowered her weapon, and placed the Glock on a counter next to the bathroom door. “How’d you get in here?”

Tired eyes gazed at her. “I’m manager on duty while the Taggerts are away, ’member? Got a bunch of master keys.” Dak held up the ring of them. “You okay? When you didn’t come back, I got worried.”

“I’m fine. I think the humidity got to me. Along with the dirt.”

“Sure. The humidity. You tell me that you’re afraid a man is going to come after you, or rather us. We hear about the vehicle. You turn white as one of our ghosts and run off. Who was in the car, Kat?”

“Hell if I know. I’ve been with you all day. I didn’t see the fancy black car or who was in it.”

“You don’t have a clue as to who was in the car? I’m not buying it.”

“Buy it or don’t.” She crossed her arms over her stomach. “I really don’t know. It could have been Nero. It could have been his goons. It could have been a neighbor of yours or one of the party guests Kent mentioned. I. Wasn’t. There. I. Didn’t. See.”

Dakota flung himself off the bed and slammed the hat on his head. “Get dressed. You’ll come with me while I get cleaned up then we’ll go hang out in the rec hall.”

“You know what, Dak? I appreciate the Boy Scout approach, and how you’re trying to get a merit badge for babysitting, but all I want is to lie down and take a nap.”

“Kat, please. I’m hot, dirty, and tired. I don’t want to argue.” He strode to the door. “Get dressed so we can get going.” His gaze flashed darkly, roamed over her with an appraising glance. A slow grin tipped up the corner of his lips.





Thank you for joining me here today and celebrating the release of my story, To Be Yours! Be sure to buy a copy now. ;) I'd super appreciate it. :)


14 February 2020

Flashback Friday ... Second Chance at Love


When Alannah’s husband tells her she’s boring and he doesn’t want to be married to her anymore she spirals into a world of hurt and confusion.  She decides to go back to her hometown in Missouri to figure out where she lost the confident girl she used to be.  


Speeding into town, she’s pulled over by her old best friend, Skylar Randall, now the town sheriff.  He’s still mad at her for leaving twelve years ago without a word of good-bye.  But suddenly Sky isn’t just her high school friend anymore, he’s morphed into a man who goes after what he wants, and he’s just declared he wants her. 


But Sky’s private world is one full of bondage and in trying to silence the doubts in her head, he will tie her up as long as it takes for her realize that what she really left behind was faith, hope and whole lot of kisses.

Be Warned: BDSM, anal sex





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“Ladies,” he greeted in a soft, super seductive voice.  How’d he pack such a panty wetting inflection in one word?


Alannah listened to her companions fumbling for something coherent to say and failing miserably.  It would’ve made her laugh except she suspected she’d be in the same boat if she opened her mouth.  So instead, she rose, grabbed her empty plate and walked away, making a beeline for the nearest trash can before heading off into the woods for a quick walk to get her equilibrium back.


It was almost surreal being back here, hearing the splashes and laughter from the partygoers.  She knew once night fell that a bonfire would go up and everyone would settle around with beers and blankets to swap stories.  Some would head off for a little privacy.  Some wouldn’t give a shit about privacy.


“Having fun?” Sky asked from behind her, startling her so bad she almost tripped.


His arms caught her around her stomach and hauled her back just in time, and she sagged in relief until she felt all of him touching all of her.  Good god almighty, there wasn’t padding under those clothes.  His chest cradled her back and his groin fit in the curve of her ass.  And then, holy moly…his cock went from relaxed to hard in the blink of an eye.  He was poking her.  Literally.


All the breath swooshed from her and before she realized what she was doing, she’d wiggled her ass against him.  She was rewarded with a groan right before Sky bent over to nuzzle his nose against the curve where her neck met her shoulder.  His breath was warm and it tickled the fine hair at her nape.  Her libido began to hyperventilate, her mouth began to salivate, and suddenly all she wanted to do was turn around and ride him into next Sunday.


Holy shit.  Where’d that thought come from?


Panicking just a little, because he used to be her best friend, she pulled away and spun, panting like she’d just run a marathon.  His blue eyes were deep and stormy and they looked at her with good old-fashioned lust.  She felt an answering need pulse through her clit so she silently gave it a warning to back the fuck down.  This was Sky…  She couldn’t possibly want to fuck him.  Could she?


13 February 2020

Valentine Give-away #2!


What is/was your favorite get-away with your special loved one?


I am a very lucky woman. I met my husband online, and the first time I saw him, I knew instantly that he was The One. We dated for about 9 months, lived together for 2 years, and we married this past May. 

One of our favorite things to do is hike. Our honeymoon was spent hiking in Arches National Park. We've been all throughout Southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. This whole introduction led to me say that my favorite get-away was on one of our trips. Although I've enjoyed many of our trips, here are my top three: 

1) The Arizona/Utah Adventure (see the video HERE )
2) Goldstrike Hot Springs (see video HERE )
3) Kanarraville Falls in Utah (no video)

Hiking might not seem like a romantic get-away, but for me and Mike, it's a special time we can drive away from everything pressing in around us and simply enjoy each other's company. 




When the stock market crashes on October 29, 1929, it doesn’t take long for Ruby Talcott to lose everything. Her father’s shipping legacy slips through her fingers. Alone, destitute, she packs up her two best friends Eden and Merridie, and takes them to England for a new life.

Working in her family’s warehouse of unclaimed cargo, she foils a plot to steal a map. But this isn’t just any map…it’s to a lost pirate treasure. Ruby takes the map for herself and convinces Eden and Merridie to go with her to find the priceless treasure.

She finds Captain Sinclair Dardon, a man also hit hard by the economic turn, to sail them towards adventure. But Ruby didn’t count on her wild attraction to the handsome Captain. Nor did she expect he has his own bad guys hunting him.

Excerpt:
She was vaguely aware her mouth dropped open. Before her wasn’t the typical scruffy-bearded, dirty boat captain. This man was young. And handsome. More butterflies fluttered in her stomach. He had short black hair that looked like he’d been running his fingers through it in aggravation. He needed a shave, but Ruby rather thought his slight whiskers enhanced his looks rather than detracted. Although he looked tough, he had kind eyes––blue maybe, or green. It was hard to tell in the muted lantern light. He was tall, muscular, and when their gazes met her heart stuttered in her chest.

My name is Sin,” he said, introducing himself, although his gaze stayed locked upon her.

“Literally or figuratively?” Merridie asked dryly.

He winked at her. “Captain Sinclair Dardon. Who are you, and how may I help you?”

“I’m Ruby Talcott, and that’s Merridie Morgan and Eden Cariker. We need passage to Africa,” Ruby said, ignoring the odd excitement gripping her insides. Now was not the time to get distracted by a pretty face. Oh, but that was easier said than done, especially once he turned those hypnotizing eyes back her way.

“Why do you think I can help?”

“The registry office has you listed as heading to Africa this morning. We just need a ride.”

“I’m not a passenger ship.”

“We won’t be passengers,” Ruby insisted. “We can earn our way.”

The way his gaze traveled up and down her body had her blood heating up and leaving little doubt to what was going through his lascivious mind.

“This isn’t a whorehouse either,” he stated.



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12 February 2020

New Paranormal Romance from Daniellle Annett!




Title: Trouble with Wolves
Series: Bone & Magic #1
Author: Danielle Annett
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2020



Blurb

Shifters and humans don’t mix …
But Red isn’t like any human I’ve met before.

He doesn’t fear shifters, and for some reason he wants to help me forge peace between my Pack and the town.

Our relationship morphs from unlikely allies to ... more. And the more I’m around Red, the more I crave him.

But none of that matters when fate steps in, and I find myself leading the Pack.
My Pack will never accept him.
The people of Lethbridge will never accept me.

And a relationship with a human is the last thing I need.







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Excerpt

In silence, Embry and I watched as the others moved to help their fallen friend. 
“We have the element of surprise. We could—”
“No.” I cut off his comment. We weren’t savages and attacking the men wouldn’t solve our problems.
“Lindy, you’re being unreasonable.” Embry growled, a deep rumble in his chest that caused the humans to grow still and silent, their eyes now turned in our direction.
Shit. Shit. Shit.
“What was that?” one man called out.  
“You all heard that growl, right?”
Several men nodded. 
I flicked my gaze left then right, looking for our best means of escape. “Idiot,” I said, but Embry was no longer listening. He crouched low to the ground, his paws digging into the earth as he readied to strike. 
“Don’t you dare.”
The humans all turned to one another, aware of our presence and uncertain of what to do. I crouched beside him, my body pressed up against his side. “Don’t do this.” I nudged Embry with my nose, urging him to retreat. 
We could disappear deeper into the forest, leave the humans to their bidding. We’d already driven them off their intended course—away from the Den and our vulnerable. There was no need to remain now that the imminent risk had subsided. 
The humans approached together, their eyes wary and their weapons raised. Two others shouldered their fallen man and slowly made their retreat. 
What to do…
I scanned their numbers. One of the humans carried a bow. He stepped forward, his piercing eyes scanning every inch of his surroundings with cool efficiency. Unlike the other men, he didn’t smell of fear. Darker skinned and with a militant stance, he didn’t have any nervous ticks either. Trepidation flooded through my me. He was an outsider and something told me he was the one we needed to be wary of.
“There are only four of them,” Embry said, following my train of thought.
“That doesn’t matter. We can’t—”
He lunged.
Damn us all to hell—I lunged after him, unwilling to leave him to fight alone. 






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I'm just a girl with an obsession for Marvel movies, a love of all things Urban Fantasy, and a cheerleader for the underdog in any given story.

If you're looking for a heroine you can root for ... someone who defies the odds and gets up every time they're knocked down ... then look no further because that's what you'll find in my books.

I hope you'll join me in Aria Naveed's adventures. She's pretty badass if I do say so myself.

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