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The Romance Reviews

It's My Sexy Saturday on the blog with soon to be released #paranormalromance from Siren Publishing 'Surprising the Alpha' @MySexySaturday

Surprising the Alpha
The Venn Pack in Love
August release from Siren Publishing
The town is dying after a new highway takes previous traffic and custom away from its tourist attractions. The Venn wolf-shifter pack is suffering.
One day Dani Cruz and her brother Jason hit town and now Joshua Venn is looking for answers. It's one hot summer and this alpha is in for more than one surprise.

Seven sexy paragraphs:

She sat on the end of the low, wooden planked jetty that jutted out into the river, with her feet in the water.
It took a moment for Joshua to see she’d taken off her jeans. In that short time he feasted on the sight of her pretty face turned up to the sun, her fall of brown hair stirring slightly in the breeze and the curve of her breasts, pushing against her shirt. Now, his heart hammered alarmingly as his gaze traveled over her thighs. His alpha wolf temper was still riding him and so he hated the effect she had on him then. It made him feel weak and stupid, gazing at her with his mouth open like a cub.
About to walk on, disgusted with his vulnerability to the scent and sight of this young woman, he halted when she called out.
“Hi, lovely day.”
Joshua aimed his best ferocious expression at her. What’s she doing talking to a strange man when there’s no one else around for miles? Crap. I could be anybody. I am anybody. I could eat her up if I turned. I could snap her neck in one bite. I wish she’d be more careful. Hell, she’s lovely. If she were mine, I’d spank her for putting herself in danger. If she were mine, I’d wrap her in my arms and kiss the breath from her…
“Yes, it’s a lovely day.” He squeezed out the words between gritted teeth. His head said get going, but his ridiculously leaping, banging heart said stay.
She smiled. “I’m waiting for my brother and couldn’t resist dipping my feet in.”
Relief that she wasn’t quite the na├»ve fool he’d first thought flew along Joshua’s frayed nerves. So at least someone will be along soon to see she’s safe. In the meantime, I’m here to take care of her.

©Elodie Parkes 2015 Siren Publishing 
HOP to the next My sexy Saturday post

@KaceyHammell drops by the blog with #newrelease #eroticromance from @EvernightPub 'Stirring up Dirty'

Stirred by Love: Book 1
By Kacey Hammell
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
ISBN: 978-1-77233-425-8
115 pages
Available with Evernight Publishing
Connected to DARE

Shaken and Stirred with a splash of dirty.

Candy Wilson arrives in St. Albert with one mission—to sign the next young, hot model to her modeling agency. She has no time for distractions and isn’t prepared for bartender Eric McKenna—the brother of her young client-to-be, Melissa. Eric challenges her on all counts, irritates her daily, and heats her body to boiling temperatures with just one touch. He’s hard to ignore and impossible to resist.
Eric McKenna will be damned if his baby sister signs any contracts with Candy Wilson. No way in hell will he allow anyone to whisk Melissa off to a foreign country and lead her on a path that’s not right for her. And yet Candy pushes him further than he’s ever been before and drives him crazy. Eric can’t control his need for her or the desire to engage with her … on so many levels.

Read an Excerpt © Kacey Hammell, 2015
“Hey there. It’s Eric, right?”
He stalled and pivoted. Behind him was the one person he didn’t need to see right now. Melissa had talked about her enough that he knew all he needed to about her. And some shit he hadn’t cared to.
“Ms. Wilson. Hope you’re enjoying our little town here.”
She leaned against the wall of Abe’s Diner. “Little? This place is huge. I did enjoy some shopping this morning. The market a couple blocks over has some of the nicest things. I spent way more than I should.”
He bet she did. From what she’d shown at the bar yesterday, she had more money than she really knew what to do with. In his opinion, she’d earned it all by letting it all hang out in fashion magazines for the world to see. Wearing skimpy outfits and bathing suits, which to him was too much to be taken seriously. She had the looks for sure, but he questioned her morals.
“Well, I have to get back to the bar. Nice seeing you.”
“Oh, you couldn’t spare a few minutes to have coffee with me? There are a few things I’d love to talk to you about.” She sidled closer to him, a smile lighting her face, her eyes twinkling like stars in the evening sky.
He bet she was used to getting her way all the time.
She brushed a hand over his bicep. “Just a quick coffee, and maybe a bite to eat?”
The heat from her palm rushed through him. His fingers tingled and the urge to feel her warmth around him caught him off guard. He took a step back and shook his head. Damn her for getting to him. He needed to steer clear. She would do anything to take his sister away from here, even use her wiles to do it; he’d seen her flirting with Drew yesterday.
“Sorry, I don’t have time to entertain you. You’ll have to find someone else to keep you occupied, Ms. Wilson. Have a good day.”
Eric turned and strode away. He needed to keep a watchful eye on his sister and find a way to dig himself out of the hole he was in.
Neither would be easy, though.
Not with the distraction of Candy Wilson around to battle with.

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Avid Reader. Romance Author. Redhead…
Canadian-born author Kacey Hammell is definitely a book-a-holic. A romance reader from a young age, she fell in love with happily ever afters.  These days, as a multi- published erotic romance author, she enjoys adding a lot of heat, sass, and emotion to the many genres she writes.

Mom of three, Kacey lives her own happily ever after with her perfect hero in Ontario, Canada.

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@BethDCarter visits the blog with @EvernightPub new release 'The Alpha Gladiator' #erotic #SciFi

Okay, I admit it…I fell in love with Spartacus as played by Andy Whitfield in the Starz adaptation.  How horrible that he succumbed to non-Hodgkin lymphoma shortly after wrapping up the first season. During the second season, the producers decided to introduce a new gladiator which, in my opinion, was one hot hunk to watch!  So when the third season came back, with a new lead to play Spartacus, it didn’t seem such a sad departure from Andy. 
I became fascinated by the dynamics of the politics behind the gladiator games.  The origin of gladiatorial combat is open to debate. There is evidence of it in funeral rites during the Punic Wars of the 3rd century BC, and thereafter it rapidly became an essential feature of politics and social life in the Roman world. Its popularity led to its use in ever more lavish and costly games. The gladiator games lasted for nearly a thousand years. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)
The Alpha Gladiator was actually written to be part of an anthology, but it came out as too sci-fi, so I switched it to the novella story line, Romance on the Go, for Evernight Publishing.  The Spartacus story might have provided the idea, but I moved everything into a futuristic slash paranormal setting.   The next story I have planned in this line features more of the slave and gladiator dynamics, not quite so paranormal but still within the realms of mystical.  Hopefully that will be written soon, after I wrap up a few other series.

About the Book:

Ravage is the fierce Alpha of his people, the Lycans.  During the mating celebration, while their guards are down, his people are attacked and twelve are captured for the gladiator games of Kappuah, including Aleirah, the woman Ravage wants above all others.

He tries to resist, but he’s unwilling to see his men and his female harmed by the ruthless tyrants of the games.  He must make the ultimate sacrifice of taking lives if he’s to protect his people.

But there is one secret no one knows, and Ravage is more than willing to show how some myths are based in truth, by letting his inner wolf come out to destroy all those who enslaved them.


“I remember.”  He looked around.  “You are a compassionate woman.  Caring and kind.  You would make me a great mate.”
Her mouth dropped open. “Excuse me?”
“A mate.  I have been waiting for you to enter the mating ceremony for ten years, Aleirah.  Surly you knew that?”
She shook her head.  “No.  I … ah … no.  I don’t think I would make a very good mate for an Alpha.”
“Why would you think that?” he asked, a bit vexed.  Ravage was fast learning she could be a little stubborn.
“I’m…” She paused and cleared her throat.  “I just don’t think I would.”
“I beg to differ, and I hope you allow me to change your mind.”  He stepped closer to her and her breath hitched in her throat.  He tilted her face up and her mouth dropped open on a breathless little sigh.  The he offered her his elbow.  “Would you take a walk with me through the night?”
She bit her bottom lip with her top teeth, and the action had an interesting effect on his dick, which jumped to attention.  Ravage could just imagine her sinking her teeth into his shoulder as he thrust into her beautiful body.  Hesitantly, she took his arm and as soon as she touched him, he placed his hand on top of hers, trapping her by his side.  Now that he had her, he wasn’t about to let her get away.
He pulled her away from both bonfires, into the woods, letting the darkness shroud them.  Sometimes it was easier to let go of secrets and fears when the other person was cloaked in shadow.  The night had always been a friend of the Lycanis people, so Ravage used the moon to his advantage.
“I remember you from when we were children,” he murmured. 
“I remember you too,” she said softly.
He grinned, pleased with her answer.  She may deny that she wanted to be his mate, but the pheromones coming off her body indicated otherwise.  Aleirah found him desirable.  Whether or not she wanted to be his mate, her body had already begun changing to accept his claiming bite.  Now, he just had to get her to admit it, and he wasn’t above using seduction on his part.

Author Bio and Info:

I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers.  I try to write characters who aren't cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box.  I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love. I love to hear from readers so I’ve made it really easy to find me on the web:
Amazon author page:

 Q&A & trivia info 

What’s your favorite thing about being a writer/author?

My favorite thing is breathing life into characters I create. I think about stories, I think about scenarios.  I am constantly working through plots and solving problems.  I work and rework dialogue until it’s perfect.  I build backstory and complete character arcs.  And I absolutely LOVE it.

Why do you write?

I write because I have to.  Some people have a compulsion to exercise eight hours a day training other.  Some people work day and night to save lives.  Some people fight tirelessly for the environment or for animal preservation.  We’re each born with the ability and need to do something and for me that is writing. 

Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?

Absolutely!  I started reading romance when I was in the fifth grade and picked up one of my mother’s Harlequin Presents.  Maya Banks introduced me to erotica romance and I never looked back.  But I love books in general.  They are definitely my drug of choice.

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

I have a very dry sense of humor which I put into my books, usually through the comic relief characters (like the best friend).  I usually write about places I’ve lived or been, so my books are set all over the place, including Paris, France where I lived for four months.

The 5 writing pet peeves that simply drive me insane.
1. Homework.  As soon as my son gets home from school, it’s all about homework.  The kid was in third grade and is doing algebra.  Seriously, I pulled my hair out every day.  It’s a wonder I’m not bald.
2. The dog.  I think she’s able to read minds because the moment I’m concentrating and the words are flowing, that’s when she brings her leash, barking for a walk.
3. Facebook.  I spend too much damn time looking at all the funny memes and sexy pictures my fellow authors like to put up.
4. My muse.  I’m hard at work trying to write out a complicated and scene and she’s like “Wait!  I’ve got this awesome idea for another story!” Most of the time she wakes me up at three am.  Bitch.
5. Character changes.  Most of the time I can envision the beginning and ending to a story, but every once in a while the ending slips away, due to the direction of where the characters take me.  When that happens I struggle a lot to maintain the plot.  I’ve shelved some great stories because of this.

When a lone wolf arrives in town he causes more than a stir in Liberty Venn's cafe #MWTease #romance

When a lone wolf arrives in town he causes more than a stir in Liberty Venn's cafe as he sets out to capture her heart.
#MWTease from 'Wolf Bond' The Venn Pack in Love 2 

Liberty slipped her hands around his face and kissed him softly.

He soaked up the pleasure from her kiss, his eyes closed.

She whispered to him. “We’ve never had any other wolf-shifters come to this town. There was a tiny pack who lived in the forests bordering the state and we knew them a long time ago, but that’s it. Then Dani and Jason arrived. We trusted them and they’ve not let us down, but another shifter rocking up. It’s kinda weird. Don’t you think? I was shocked, but now I know you I’m not of course, but even so, it’s still odd that another shifter shows up. A wolf with no pack. A lone wolf. They’re rare and often dangerous, if they’re young, like you…”

Eden stared at her. “You don’t trust me? You think I might take what I want from you and leave you? I love you. I’m not going anywhere. I’m making a new home here. I won’t let you down.”

Liberty traced her fingertips over his jaw and cheeks.

It soothed him.

She sighed and kissed him. “I do trust you. I love you. Although Eden, when I asked you if you were in danger at all, you more or less said not, but I saw secrets in your eyes. You aren’t in danger are you? You aren’t here hiding are you?”

Eden’s heart lurched. He went hot and then cold. He couldn’t tell her a lie now he loved her and she was his. “I’m not in danger, but I did come here to escape possible danger.”

Liberty moved her face sharply away from his. “What danger?”

©Elodie Parkes 2015
HOP to the next #MWTease

Welcome to @AuthorAriel with hot new #erotic #romance 'Indelible Lust' #characterinterview

An Interview with Mistress Lilah from Indelible Lust

Hello Elodie and thank you for hosting me today. I’ve brought along, Lilah the sexy dominatrix from my new release Indelible Lust, book one in #TheIndelibleSeries.

I’m Ariel Storm and I’m a fairly new erotic romance author. I enjoy exploring the darker side to passion by writing about BDSM and paranormal romance. Sometimes, like in the instance of #TheIndelibleSeries, I’m lucky enough to combine the two.

Okay, I’ve rambled on enough, allow me to make way for the real star of this feature, Mistress Lilah.

  1. In Indelible Lust, we find out that you’re a tattoo artist working at a shop called Indelible Ink. What made you become a tattoo artist?
When you’re a 200 year old vampire who feeds off human pain and emotions, it’s just easier to put yourself in a place where humans’ emotional complexities are high.

  1. Ah, so I guess that explains why you’re a dominatrix as well?

Hell yes. It’s an even better rush of energy. My eager slaves feed me—and feed me very well—with their desire for pain and their willingness to dally into some of the more forbidden aspects of sexuality.  Plus, I get to wear kick-ass thigh-high boots, sexy corsets and I get to wield this really awesome whip. *cracks whip just for the hell of it*

  1. Speaking of those eager slaves…in Indelible Lust we meet a few of them, but none are quite as intriguing or sexy as Jeremiah and Ryan. Did you enjoy having your—ahem—threeway with those two?
Well, of course. I get something very different from each man. Jeremiah is the smoldering bad boy who is down to do anything and anyone. I love that he’s a D/s switch, but with me he’s always a sub. I’m always the alpha (smiles). Ryan is beautiful, shy, sexy and wonderfully conflicted. His intense emotional energy draws me to him while at the same time threatens to overtake me—ME a 200 year old vampire—and that complex intensity, that undeniable pull releases something primal inside me.

  1. Oh, it sounds as though things get hot—and interesting—in Indelible Lust. What can readers expect from this story?
They’ll get to know me and what I do. I don’t hold anything back, not for anyone, so they should expect a complex love triangle with wildly explicit sex scenes. It makes me hot just thinking about the way Jeremiah and Ryan lust after one another and the way in turn, each of them lusts after me. I want them both, but I only crave to claim one for myself.

  1. Just for fun, I have to ask, what’s the best thing about being a 200 year old empathic vampire tattoo artist dominatrix?
Mind control is pretty rad. So is immortality. But, the best is seeing a person’s aura, sensing their emotions and taking them in without the human even knowing it. Human emotions are a rich and an infinite energy source. They’re like an endless, exquisite buffet and I enjoy every moment of that feast.

Indelible Lust is out today and is available at

About the Author

Ariel Storm believes that fantasies are meant to be explored, on the pages of her manuscripts, and beyond. She writes erotic romance readers can sink their teeth into, covering everything from contemporary BDSM to paranormal. Ariel fell in love with all things paranormal, magical and mystical at a young age. Her obsession with the dark, dangerous and forbidden began in her teen years as a way to rebel against her strict religious upbringing.

Twitter @AuthorAriel