Kissing at Midnight (and other musings) by Holley Trent

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Do you remember Fantasy Island or at least know what it was?

(If you don’t, you might be too young for this blog.)

Who wouldn’t love the idea of going to some tropical resort and having their dreams turned into reality? And what if those dreams were of true love and finding that special someone?

The Den of Sin series came about back in 2013 because of a rambling “What if?” discussion in a marathon-length Facebook chat between me, Melissa Blue, L.V. Lewis, and Ambrielle Kirk. It started as a musing about Fantasy Island’s host-with-the-most Mr. Roarke. One of us commented that some television network could be making money hand over fist right now if they recast that role with David Gandy.

Since none of us have any clout in Hollywood (as far as we know), we figured we’d take matters into our own hands. New Year’s Eve was coming up, and we thought it’d be fun to launch a series of connected novellas set a fictional hotel where a…um…certain kind of dreams come true.

800midnightseductionsflatOur “Mr. Roarke” is a talk, dark, handsome, and mysterious New Orleans hotelier named Henri Beaudelaire. Every so often, he opens the doors of The Hotel Beaudelaire for an invitation-only event called The Den of Sin. Guests are told to leave their inhibitions at the door, and if they’re lucky, they’ll go home with the loves of their lives (or at least with smiles on their faces).

Those Den New Year’s Eve stories are currently bundled in the Midnight Seductions collection. It’s a buck at Amazon through early January, and it’s a great introduction to the Den world, which now has four seasons of stories.

If you can’t be kissing your special someone at midnight, you can live vicariously through the characters in the collection. Watch the Coming Soon page here at LL&L in the next few weeks to find out what’s happening next in the Den world.

Happy reading!

Wishing you lots of luck and love in 2016. (Be gentle on yourself with the resolutions.)

-Holley

My Secret is Revealed!

My secret is a double whammy…

I have 2 books coming out in January!

For some, that’s no real surprise. But it was for me.

I was scheduled to release Captivated in Cancun in the fall of 2015 and I apologize to all my readers that it wasn’t available when promised. For personal reasons, that got pushed back.

Captivated in Cancun-HighRes (2)But I am thrilled to announce that Captivated in Cancun, Cancun series book 2.0 will release January 20th!

A year after her divorce from he-who-will-not-be-named, Lilly Girard is busy rebuilding her life and future. Devoted to her two small boys, she’s a successful attorney for her family’s international corporation, runs in Chicago’s elite social circles, and has a full life. She doesn’t want a man around every day to complicate things, but when her brother’s former boss offers to make her bedroom fantasies come true, is Lilly ready to retake that part of her life back?

Josh “Madman” Madden is using the Cancun wedding of his friend and former Lieutenant Jack Girard, as cover to hunt down a group of ISIS terrorists headed to the United States. Because of his job, Josh isn’t a good candidate for marriage or fatherhood, but he can spend his nights fulfilling the dreams of his buddy’s very tempting sister. What he doesn’t expect is to find he’s created new dreams of his own.

When their worlds collide, Lilly needs a super hero, but Josh has to leave her to save the United States.

Claimed-by-a-SEAL-mockup3Then, on January 26th, Claimed by a SEAL, a Cancun Crossover novella 2.5 with Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs will release in Kindle Worlds.

Three years ago, Stacie Vandercoy was stuck undercover in Iraq for six months with Jeff “Rock Star” Lennon, the arrogant SEAL who thought he was God’s gift to women. But he couldn’t have her. Fraternization is against the rules. When they were both captured, he proved he couldn’t be trusted with State secrets. She didn’t like or respect the man, but her professionalism had allowed her to work with him recently in Cancun. Thankfully, he hadn’t been in the next bedroom, or walking around shirtless, or singing love songs accompanied by his guitar, tempting her, like he had in Iraq. Now they are required to work together in Norfolk, Virginia. Again. Can she still resist him? Does she have to?

Jeff Lennon had been forced to do things he didn’t like as a Navy SEAL, and as an agent for the terrorist division of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol. For years, his only real regret has been what he’d had to do to Stacie back in Iraq. He’s been given another chance to make amends and prove he’s not the man she believes him to be. Then, maybe, he can claim her heart, body and soul. In the meantime, he has to stop a terrorist attack somewhere in the Norfolk area, during Fleet Week.

Even the agency’s psychologist isn’t sure Stacie can pull off pretending to be Jeff’s wife. What lengths will Stacie and Jeff go to assure the mission’s success? And what will they both lose in the process?

So, tell me what you think about my next two books? Sound interesting?

And do you like my covers?

COMMENT below and you will be entered for a double whammy of a prize: Advance Reader Copies of BOTH books AND a “shot” of Cancun prize.  I might even give away two prizes since it’s a Double Whammy.

New Year, New World… and a Game of Would You Rather by Annie Anthony

There’s nothing I would rather contemplate at the end of 2015 then the end of the world as we know it.  Not for real!  But in a zombie post-apocalyptic fictional kinda way, with a lesbian romantic twist.

I really am excited for 2016. New year, new stories, new possibilities in all areas of life. I’ve been working on a new story–a lesbian romance set in Los Angeles after of course the zombie apocalypse. And I mean, immediately thereafter, like before the main character figures out exactly who’s left alive in her building and what that means for her survival.

I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with this story, especially the “would you rather game.” In this yet unntitled story, the main character, Beatrice, and her roommate Rowena (Weena) hole up in their apartment at night and play games to help themselves prepare for and figure out who to save, who would survive. For example:  Lenny Kravitz and Mike Tyson are battling a horde of zombies? Who would you rather survive and why?

Here is an excerpt from my work in progress.  I’d love to hear what you think, and get your help… any ideas for a title? Right now I’m calling this “lesbian zombie romance” which really I think just won’t work…

 

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Los Angeles- post zombies credit: Linnaea Mallette

Excerpt:

I was never someone who had those star-crossed encounters, you know? Meeting someone’s eyes in a coffee shop or a crowded bar.  If I had been unlucky in love before, my chances of simply finding another lesbian now—let alone experiencing mutual attraction and affection, shared interests—is about as likely as internet service magically being restored to greater Los Angeles. Ever.

The person I would most want by my side during the zombie apocalypse was also the woman most likely to ferret out women with even the most remote homosexual tendencies—my roommate.  Weena could get laid in an elevator of straight people—in between floors.  She had one of those larger than life personalities:  tall, big laugh, teeth so bright and a smile so engaging, women noticed her, looked at her, liked her.  And then of course they also fucked her, with a frequency that spun my 30-something spinster heart.

If you’d told me six months ago that it would be me still here, still fighting, I would have laughed at you.  For starters, I’m severely lactose intolerant.  Like, if they accidentally butter my toast at IHOP, I nearly shit my pants before the check comes—that intolerant.  Weens—full name Rowena Louise Mcgowan—Weena or Weens for short, was a security guard, for goodness sake. She carried a firearm, real handcuffs–not just the ones she used with her girlfriends for fun–and she had both the skills and the stature to overtake a fleeing man and bring him to his knees.  And she had.

But when the shit got real and we lost electricity, internet—for God’s sake cold beer—Weena decided to leave, to give up.  About two weeks into the new reality, we were on self-imposed lockdown in our apartment.  We shared a two-bed one-bath in a 30-story building overlooking Skid Row—which is how I know she could get laid in an elevator full of straight people between floors. She had.

We were playing a game we’d invented since the shit out there turned bad.  The game was a variation on “would you rather” but with a post-zombie apocalypse twist.

“Kristen Stewart and Kate Moennig are surrounded on all sides. You have an ax and a dagger which means you have to get close to the dead to kill them and you won’t have time to save them both. Who would you pick to survive? Kristen or Kate?”

I groaned a hungry—no, anguished, sound.  I weighed the choice out loud.

“Is there a chance she will be so grateful that she’ll immediately fuck me senseless for saving her life?”

Weena threw a cushion from the couch at my face.  She has perfect aim.

“Duh, Bug! What the fuck would the point of saving one of them be if there was no ‘I’m indebted to you for life’ fuck?”

My name is actually Beatrice and back when people called me, they mostly called me Bea, but Weena wouldn’t be bound by the nickname everyone else used.  She took a spin on “Bea” and from the first day we met, she’d called me “Bug.”

“God, I hate these choices. Ok,” I played this out. “For the immediate thank-you fuck, I’d probably have to choose Kate—“
“I knew—“ Weena screeched.

“Wait, wait, let me finish.” I pulled a long strand of hair through my fingers, imagining what I would have done a year ago to make myself gorgeous for the chance to fuck either one of them… or anyone else for that matter.  “We’re gonna need some women to help us repopulate the world assuming the world doesn’t completely end. Based on readily available information, Kristen might still have sex with a man.”

Weena shuddered.

“But… I also wouldn’t want to take the chance that I’d lose her to some guy who’d want to screw the gay right out of her. With Kate, I’m suspecting a lot less likelihood that she’d leave me for a wanger, even if it meant human civilization would end with us. That has a romantic sound to it, doesn’t it?”

Weena rolled her eyes, took the pillow back that she’d thrown at me, tossed it in my face again. “Choose!”

“Kate.” I settled it.

“That could have gone either way,” Weena took notes. Every time we played this game, we kept score in a log book. As though some day when faced with these choices in a crisis, we would look back on our decisions and know exactly what to do. As if anything that was happening around us could be studied, prepared for.

“Your turn,” I grabbed the legal pad and pencil. “You can take a steaming hot bath for one hour in an extra deep tub—yes, the water comes out of the tap just like before—or you can eat a full-on Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings in peace and safety. Your choice—one hour of clean or an entire meal of dreamy food.”

Weena’s expression darkened as she contemplated the choice. “Neither,” she said. “I don’t want either of those things, not anymore.”

“Are you sure? No strings attached? We’re talking straight up sweet potatoes, homemade dressing. Gravy so thick you could lie on it. A bed, I’m talking a bed of gravy.”

Weena shook her head, her lips thin as the lines on the paper. “Bringing back any taste of the real world, the old world, would only make coming back to this one that much harder. If you got to fuck Kate Moenning, shit, that would almost be worth splitting open zombie heads and shitting in buckets and foraging for jerky or something edible that hasn’t yet been ruined. But a turkey and stuffing or a hot bath? Jesus.  I can’t imagine how sick I’d feel if for one minute I had hope that the old world was still out there somewhere.”

Thanks for reading! If you like Bug and Weena’s story and want to hear more, let me know.

Check out my Pinterest board for photos that helped inspire the story Inspiration Board Lesbians and Zombies and my blog Annie Anthony Blog for more!

And whether you’d rather stay in 2015 or are looking forward to all the possibility of 2016, have a safe, happy, zombie-free New Year!!!

A Shifter And A Lightbearer Walk Into A Bar…

Have you heard that one? What? No? You mean you haven’t read Into the Light, the first in the Lightbearer series? What the heck are you waiting for?

Wait, hang on, don’t start yet. Into the Light is no longer the first. That’s right. I’ve written a prequel, a novella that takes place about 500 years before the Lightbearer series picks up, right here in the 21st century.

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It’s called First Light, and it features Sabine, James, and Zander. Sabine is a Lightbearer who can’t seem to do a damn thing right, James is the King of the Lightbearers, and Zander is the shifter who didn’t kill Sabine when he had the chance. Does it sound like the perfect setup for a love triangle? You aren’t far from reality with that one.

Before we get into any more detail, here’s a quick synopsis of the rest of the series (you know, in case you want to check them out, too):

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Lightbearer #1 – Into the Light
Shifters and Lightbearers. Mortal enemies. Until the day shifter Tanner Lyons rescues Lightbearer princess Olivia Bennett from his own father, who intended to kill her to steal her magic. Now, instead of wanting to kill her, Tanner wants, well, let’s say his intentions are anything but pure.

 

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Lightbearer #2 – Dawning of Light 
Finnegan Hennigan’s job is to protect Lightbearer Cecilia Druthers, often from herself. But Cecilia doesn’t want to be protected. Not even when is becomes apparent someone wants her dead. Good thing her protector is persistent. Oh, and he’s hot, too, which makes it damn hard for her to stay away from him, like she keeps insisting she wants to do…

Lightbearer #3 – Light Beyond the Darkness
Carley Santiago ran away from the Lightbearer coterie to escape an abusive LightBeyondDarkness_Coverrelationship. When she stumbles upon a shifter in the middle of a crowded human city, she doesn’t know whether to run away – or into his arms. Lucky for readers, the second option is far too tempting to resist.

Lightbearer #4 (which releases on 1/4/2016) – Change in the Light
Rachel Whitaker is supposed to distract shapeshifter Josh Tigre so his enemy can take him down. But she doesn’t know he’s not human. Oh, and she’s starting to fall for the guy she’s supposed to help destroy. This can’t possibly end well. Can it?changeinthelight

Like what you’ve read so far? Tempted to start one-clicking? Well, go ahead, don’t let me stop you! Oh, wait, that’s not why I’m here, writing this blog post. I’m doing this because I want to give you a Christmas present. That’s right – a free book! But you gotta download it before Christmas, because as of December 27, it releases, and then it costs $1.99. A good deal to start a pretty cool paranormal series, but still. Can’t beat free. Right? So get to it. Here’s the link, to download First Light, FREE, only until Christmas: START READING.

Oh, and if you like it, I hope you’ll leave a review to let me know. And don’t forget to grab the rest of the books in the series. They’re all available on your favorite e-book retail sites.

Happy Holidays! 

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Tami Lund is an author. And a wine drinker. She loves romance, and writes happily ever afters, one book at a time. Curious? There’s plenty more info over on her website.

Sara Daniel’s Candy Cane Cookies…with Watermelon???

For me, this week is all about those special memories that can only be forged during the most wonderful time of the year. I’m not writing. I’m not Tweeting. I’m not checking out a hot shirtless model for next book cover. … Okay, maybe I peeked at that last one!

img_5330What I’m mostly likely doing is opening my recipe book to the cookie section and dragging a family member into the kitchen to help me get flour and sugar on every available surface. My favorite holiday recipe is for Candy Cane Cookies. I love these festive cookies for their hint of almond flavor and the crushed candy canes on the top. I only make them once a year, and I double the recipe below.

I will warn you to make sure that you only use peppermint candy canes (or candies). A couple years ago, I went around our family Christmas tree, plucking off all the red and white candy canes. I crushed them into the topping, which I then sprinkled onto the cookies. Well, you can imagine my dismay when I took a bite and discovered mixed in with the refreshing mint flavor was also the not-so-refreshing taste of watermelon candy. Yes, unbeknownst to me, one (or more) of the candy canes I crushed was watermelon flavored, not mint, and the combination was not-so-yummy.

Last year I used round peppermint candies to ensure there was no mix-up, and I’ll do so again this year. But the watermelon candy cane cookies are the ones I’ll reminisce over as I roast chestnuts on an open fire and Jack Frost nips at my nose.

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1½ t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 t. salt
½ – 1 t. red food coloring
1 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candy

Mix butter, shortening and powdered sugar. Mix in egg, almond extract and vanilla. Continue mixing as you add in flour and salt.

Divide dough in half. Place in separate bowls. Blend food coloring into one bowl of dough.

Shape one tablespoon of dough from each color into a rope. Place ropes side by side on a cookie sheet. Press together lightly and twist. Curve down the top third to form a candy cane.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minute.

Immediately after removing from oven, sprinkle cookies with crushed peppermint candy. Wait until cookies are cool to prevent breakage when removing them from the pan.

Enjoy the tastes and smells of the season. Happy holidays!

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We Have WINNERS!

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We hope you enjoyed the Christmas Lists of our Hot Characters and learned a little about our books. Be sure to FOLLOW LL&L blogs for more contests (I happen to know KaLyn Cooper has 2 releases in January and that means more….Diamond jewelry!)

The WINNERS are:

Kristin Arpin won the prize from Annie Anthony – One Exquisite Night in E-format

Joye won the prize from – Annie Anthony – a burgundy surprise box (you’ll appreciate this surprise when you read the book!). US or Canadian residents only to win the box. Winner must be at least 18 years old. 

Cindy Hazelwood won the prize from – Belinda McBride – Bad Angels books in E-format (3 books)

Artemisgeminii won the prize from – Emilia Mancini – Seducing Kate in E-format

Patricia Westover won the prize from – Jianne Carlo – Manhandled E-format

Kenderly Woods won the prize from – Jianne Carlo – Sinner in E-format

moosehog83 won the prize from – Jianne Carlo – Prymal Lust in E-format

Catherine Maguire won the prize from KaLyn Cooper Cancun Series in E-format (3 books)

necklaceCharlene Whitehouse won the prize from Lynn Lorenz – E-book and jewelry

cosmicread won the prize from Robin Danner – Bound in E-format

Diana Michelle Tidlund won the prize from Robin Danner – Christmas Spirits in E-format

Melissa Graham  won the prize from Sara Daniel – Captivating the CEO in E-format

Teresa Jensen  won the prize from Sara Daniel – One Night with the Bridal Party print anthology – US only

Paw Print Rhinestone BraceletJeannie Platt won the prize from Tami Lund – Into the Light in E-format and a silver paw print bracelet (US residents only for the bracelet). If winner is outside US – 2 EBooks – Into the Light & Dawning of Light, first & second in the Lightbearer series.

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Hottest Christmas List Around: Last day

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This is it, folks. I’m wrapping the giveaway up. If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to go back and check out the last two weeks’ worth of posts. We’ve had some pretty great present ideas tossed out for Santa.

As for my wish list, we’re going to have to pop in and see what Kyle from Seducing Kate would want for Christmas. I’m guessing it would go a little something like this:

  1. A new computer
  2. Latest zombie killing video game
  3. New speakers for his car

LOL…totally kidding… That guy is a horndog with only one thing on his mind. His best friend’s mother Kate Ellis. His list would be much more like this:

  1. New lingerie for Kate.
  2. Handcuffs for Kate.
  3. A weekend away with Kate.
  4. Anything that has to do with Kate being naked.

In case you haven’t figured it out, Kyle may have a slight obsession with Kate. Find out why by entering to win a free e-copy of Seducing Kate by commenting below.

Here’s a little taste of what has Kyle so damned infatuated:

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It was lust at first sight for Kyle when he met his roommate Justin’s mother Kate. Kyle, a college transfer, was too far from home to visit on short school breaks, so Justin took him to Minneapolis where his mother was serving up a family meal for Thanksgiving.

One look left Kyle with a healthy obsession for Kate which grew with each visit. When he landed an internship in Minneapolis, he moved in with Kate for the summer, and got in touch with his voyeuristic side. It wasn’t until one late evening and a few too many glasses of wine that Kyle began to suspect his attraction wasn’t one-sided.

When he dared to push the issue, he found Kate more than willing to succumb to his seduction.

Excerpt:

“Mom, Kyle Chambers,” Justin said. “Kyle, my mom, Kate Ellis.”

And with that, my obsession was born.

The woman was perfect. A messy ponytail kept her long red hair away from her face as she stirred a pot of pasta sauce. Her cheeks were pink against her pale skin and her eyes were bright green. When her thick lips curved into an inviting smile, the deep creases around her eyes only added to her beauty.

I’d never found older women attractive, at least none that weren’t sexpot movie stars, but Justin’s mom was fucking hot. I had to swallow before I could find my voice. “Thanks for having me, Ms. Ellis.” I extended my hand to her.

She took it in hers and my heart skipped at beat at the heat radiating from her smooth palm and long manicured fingers.

“Call me Kate. Ms. Ellis is my mother, and I am not my mother.”

Holy shit. Her voice was soft and smooth. It reminded me of one of those nine-hundred number commercials that play late at night. I imagined her curled up on a big bed with her bottom lip stuck out in a pout as she said, Call me for a good time. The thought made my cock twitch.

“Dinner is almost ready,” she said. She returned her attention to the contents of one of the pots.

Justin opened the fridge and leaned inside. With both of their backs turned, I looked over Kate’s slender frame, my gaze lingered on the ass snuggly tucked in her dark jeans. I probably could have stared all night long, but a bulky man walked in. His slicked back blond hair and long sideburns made him look like a cocky asshole—like one of those know-it-all redneck bastards that only care about carburetors and bad tattoos. As much as I hated the thought of this dick touching Kate, I knew he must have been her boyfriend—the one Justin had been bitching about since we started sharing a dorm room at the beginning of the semester.

“Hey, guys,” he said.

I immediately disliked him. Kate smiled and looked at him as if he’d done something incredible by acknowledging us. Her approval made me want to punch him in the face.

Justin had told me how Kate and John constantly fought. Justin had tried to convince her to get rid of the guy, but Justin said she had a thing for losers. Seeing this jackass for myself confirmed in my mind that Justin wasn’t just overprotective of his mother, she really did like assholes. This guy screamed dickhead with his tight jeans and his fake-leather jacket.

“You must be Kyle,” the douchebag said. “I’m John, Kate’s errand boy.” He showed me proof by holding up a bag from the grocery store.

“Quit whining.” She teased, reaching for the bag and then setting it on the counter.

“What’s up, Justin?” John asked.

I sensed tension in the room.

John cheated on Kate over the summer and Justin had been pissed as hell when she’d taken him back. He’d told me about it enough times that I was pissed too. From what Justin said, Kate was too sweet and forgiving and John took advantage of her whenever he could.

Justin barely glanced up as he cracked open a can of soda. “Not much. You?”

“Same old, same old.”

“Figures.” Justin sounded like he was already bored with the conversation. His disinterested look said he’d rather be anywhere else than standing there talking to John.

Kate cleared her throat and cocked a brow at Justin.

“I’m going to show Kyle around,” Justin said.

I glanced back as we walked out of the kitchen. John held his hands up, as if to say he tried and Kate acknowledged his attempt with a smile. “Well, that was awkward,” I said.

“The dude’s a douche bag.” Justin’s voice was strained. “I don’t know why the hell she let him come back. Whatever, it’s her business, not mine.”

Justin flipped on the light switch of a room that looked straight out of a magazine. It was homey, but not lived in; obviously the guest room. I eased my bag onto the neatly-made bed. “He’ll do it again,” I said. Actually, I hoped. “Then she’ll be done with him.”

“Yeah. Whatever,” he said.

I looked around the room. An unframed canvas hung on the wall, a landscape done in muted colors. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t great either. I’d dated an art major during my freshman year, so I knew a thing or two about art. This painting was definitely done by an amateur.

Justin laughed when he noticed me looking at the art. “Mom thinks she’s Picasso or some shit. These things are all over the house. Tell her you like them and she’ll adopt you.”

I laughed. But as I did, I made a mental note to compliment her work later.

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Annie Anthony         One Exquisite Night in E-format and a burgundy surprise box (you’ll appreciate this surprise when you read the book!). US or Canadian residents only to win the box. Winner must be at least 18 years old.

Belinda McBride      Bad Angels books in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)

Emilia Mancini         Seducing Kate in E-format

Jianne Carlo            Manhandled, Sinner, and Prymal Lust in E-formats (3 prizes)

KaLyn Cooper         Cancun Series in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)

Lynn Lorenz            E-book and jewelry (1 prize)

Robin Danner          Bound and Christmas Spirits in E-format (2 prizes)

Sara Daniel             Captivating the CEO in E-format and One Night with the Bridal Party print anthology. US only for the print prize (2 prizes)

Tami Lund               Into the Light in E-format and a silver paw print bracelet (US residents only for the bracelet). If winner is outside US – 2 EBooks – Into the Light Dawning of Light, first & second in the Lightbearer series.

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Grand Prize: a Diamond Necklace. Yep, you read that right.

Winners will be selected by Random.org from readers who have commented on the blog posts during the promotion. A winner for each prize will be selected Dec 19th and announced on Dec 19 & 20th on the weekend blog.

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Werewolf Christmas Wishes (and a gift!) by Holley Trent

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I’m the newbie here, which I’m on the late freight and missed out on pitching in to the holiday contest. That’s okay, though. I’ve opened up my Santa gift bag (which looks a lot like a list of e-books) and pulled out a present for you all.

Maker by Holley Trent<–That’s Finn and Graciella.

They’re werewolves. Technically, they’re not supposed to be touching, but you know how it goes in romance stories sometimes. Urges get the best of folks, and the next thing you know, they’ve ducked out of dinner and have locked themselves into a tower to “chat” and “chatting” looks a lot like … something else.

Anyway! Maker is a holiday novella set in my Norseton Wolves series (which is actually a series within a series). Finn is the titular “maker.” He likes building and repurposing things. Graciella is a college student with a green thumb and a knack for soothing hyperactive Werewolves. They’re fated mates, which is aww, so sweet, but there are some logistical issues to that when one of them isn’t yet old enough to drink in the US and who also lives with a sister who thinks she should remain chaste until at least 35.

Their Christmas lists for each other would probably look like this:

Finn for Graciella:
-year-round Pumpkin Spice Latte availability
-keeping his poinsettia alive past January 1
-more turquoise

Graciella for Finn:
-a soldering iron
-a better pocket knife
-twenty more minutes of “chatting” time in that tower

I’m giving e-copies to LL&L readers for free through tomorrow night. Read to the end of this post to find out how to claim a copy, but first, a reminder:

Comment every day of the Hottest Christmas List event for more chances to win some great prizes! Check out what’s up for grabs:

Belinda McBride Bad Angels books in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)
Emilia Mancini Seducing Kate in E-format
Jianne Carlo Manhandled, Sinner, and Prymal Lust in E-formats (3 prizes)
KaLyn Cooper Cancun Series in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)
Robin Danner Bound and Christmas Spirits in E-format (2 prizes)
Sara Daniel Captivating the CEO in E-format and One Night with the Bridal Party paperback copy (US only for print copy)
Tami Lund Into the Light in E-format and a silver paw print bracelet (US residents only for the bracelet). If winner is outside US – 2 EBooks – Into the Light & Dawning of Light, first & second in the Lightbearer series.
Annie Anthony One Exquisite Night in E-format and a burgundy surprise box (you’ll appreciate this surprise when you read the book!). US or Canadian residents only to win the box. Winner must be at least 18 years old. (2 prizes)

Grand Prize: a Diamond Necklace. Yep, you read that right.

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Be sure to leave a comment on this post to enter to win one of the Hottest Christmas List Around prizes.

Jack’s Christmas List includes Staying Alive

banner3Welcome to The Hottest Christmas List Around where the Ladies of Love, Lust and Laptops are giving you the Christmas List of their HOT Heroes. Be sure to COMMENT because it’s the only way to WIN PRIZES! See all the details at the end of my blog today. 

600x900christmasincancunIn case you haven’t met my hero from Christmas in Cancun, let me introduce you to Jack Girard, former SEAL and owner of Bad Ass Catamarans in Cancun.

Getting laid is usually at the top of a SEAL’s Christmas List—with perhaps some variations on that theme—but Jack can have that wish come true most anytime. Beautiful, nearly-naked women prance around his boats in barely-there bikinis every day and are willing to meet him at his cousin’s Mayan Nites Club later and give him anything he wants all night long in their condo or hotel room.

At Christmas, Jack is all about family as his mother, older brother, sister with her two young boys annually descend on his home in Cancun. But this year, the reality of their youngest brother’s murder hits the whole family hard when Jimmy’s wife and daughter arrive.

The SEALs tested every part of Jack from his muscles to his fortitude to his brain. Every part except his heart. His sister-in-law, Jillian and baby Addison push his resistance to the limit in Christmas in Cancun.

Murder. A modern day treasure hunt. Danger. Betrayal. Hot nights in the tropics. And all before Christmas.

Jack’s Christmas List:

  1. Find the golden statues of the Mayan Goddesses
  2. Stay alive
  3. Don’t fall for Jillian
  4. Finish the quest my brother, grandfather and I started decades ago
  5. Don’t fall in love with Jillian
  6. Get Jillian into my bed

Excerpt:

“Jack, it’s nice to finally meet you. Ji…Jimmy spoke of you often.” Jillian hated when she stuttered over his name, but she’d said it so seldom in the past two years. The initial pain she’d felt every day, the loneliness every night, had quickly been replaced with exhaustion and work. Now and again, it would catch her off guard. Like now.

Her free hand extended, Jack took his time before slipping his hand into hers for the brief introductory shake. His fingers were warm as they glided into hers, but when his palm flattened against hers, she felt the contact all the way to her toes. Her gaze flew to his, and she watched the spark brighten his eyes.

Oh, dang. He felt it too.

She quickly pulled her hand free, but the brush of his fingertips across her palm curled her toes in the low-heeled sandals.

She brushed it off.

Her nerves were ragged, and her guard was down because she was over tired. After spending most of the night packing and cleaning her apartment, she’d gotten up early and taught her last class of the semester. It had been more difficult than she’d ever expected to say goodbye to the twenty-two gifted students who challenged her constantly in her Anthropology 4810 class. The dean still hadn’t had time to discuss her lack of a contract for spring, which had her extremely worried. The taxi had been late picking them up for the airport, and then their connecting flight had been delayed. It had been one very stressful day. Now she was forced to face Jimmy’s family, people she’d met for the first time at his funeral.

Nerves. That’s all it was.

Each time you COMMENT on a LL&L blog December 7-18 is another entry for the PRIZES listed below.

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I’m giving away three Cancun books: Christmas in Cancun, Conquered in Cancun and an Advance Reader Copy of Captivated in Cancun

List of Prizes

Annie Anthony         One Exquisite Night in E-format and a burgundy surprise box (you’ll appreciate this surprise when you read the book!). US or Canadian residents only to win the box. Winner must be at least 18 years old.

Belinda McBride      Bad Angels books in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)

Emilia Mancini         Seducing Kate in E-format

Jianne Carlo            Manhandled, Sinner, and Prymal Lust in E-formats (3 prizes)

KaLyn Cooper         Cancun Series in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)

Lynn Lorenz            E-book and jewelry (1 prize)

Robin Danner          Bound and Christmas Spirits in E-format (2 prizes)

Sara Daniel             Captivating the CEO in E-format and One Night with the Bridal Party print anthology. US only for the print prize (2 prizes)

Tami Lund               Into the Light in E-format and a silver paw print bracelet (US residents only for the bracelet). If winner is outside US – 2 EBooks – Into the Light Dawning of Light, first & second in the Lightbearer series.

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Diamond Necklace

Grand Prize: a Diamond Necklace. Yep, you read that right.

Winners will be selected by Random.org from readers who have commented on the blog posts during the promotion. A winner for each prize will be selected Dec 19th and announced on Dec 19 & 20th on the weekend blog.

Winner must be in Continental US and Canada, due to shipping costs.
Please leave your email so we can contact you!

 

 

One Exquisite Night—and One Hot Holiday List by Annie Anthony

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Whatever you celebrate this month—Hanukah, Christmas, the release of the next Star Wars movie, just to name a few—the authors of Love, Lust, and Laptops want to share some sizzling hot gifts with you. My gift to you?

One Exquisite Night. Literally.

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Allie Jordan is a 38-year-old single mother of two who didn’t come out—to herself—until late. Too late, she’s afraid. For just one night, she doesn’t want to be a remorseful ex-wife, stressed mother, and awkward lesbian.

A one night stand—or 1Night Stand—was not something Terra Rossi had ever experienced in real life, let alone something she’d ever thought she’d seek out and pay for. But after ending her decade-long relationship shortly after her fortieth birthday, she decides one night without secrets, without hiding is exactly what she needs.

When Allie and Terra meet, they share chemistry and an emotional connection. But when they open up to one another, the secrets and lies of the past threaten to shatter their tender connection. Can the past be overcome, or will what Allie and Terra share be no more than one exquisite night?

Add a dreamy soaking bathtub and a burgundy gift box from Madame Eve, and you too might have one exquisite night.

Enter to win a copy of One Exquisite Night and a burgundy gift box inspired by Madame Eve (two gifts, one winner) by commenting below.  Follow this blog too and check out Decadent Publishing’s whole list of 1Night Stand stories: Decadent Publishing

 For a SFW excerpt from One Exquisite Night, check out my blog post Excerpt from One Exquisite Night

Here’s a list of authors and prizes:

Belinda McBride      Bad Angels books in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)

Emilia Mancini         Seducing Kate in E-format

Jianne Carlo           Manhandled, Sinner, and Prymal Lust in E-formats (3 prizes)

KaLyn Cooper         Cancun Series in E-format (3 books; 1 prize)

Lynn Lorenz            E-book and jewelry (1 prize)

Robin Danner        Bound and Christmas Spirits in E-format (2 prizes)

Sara Daniel             Captivating the CEO in E-format and One Night with the Bridal Party print anthology – US only for the print prize (2 prizes)

Tami Lund               Into the Light in E-format and a silver paw print bracelet (US residents only for the bracelet). If winner is outside US – 2 EBooks – Into the Light & Dawning of Light, first & second in the Lightbearer series.

Annie Anthony         One Exquisite Night in E-format and a burgundy surprise box (you’ll appreciate this surprise when you read the book!). US or Canadian residents only to win the box. Winner must be at least 18 years old.

Grand Prize: a Diamond Necklace. Yep, you read that right.

Winners will be selected by Random.org from readers who have commented on the blog posts during the promotion. A winner for each prize will be selected Dec 19th and announced on Dec 19 & 20th on the weekend blog.

Winner must be in Continental US and Canada, due to shipping costs.
Please leave your email so we can contact you!