Jul 31, 2015

Release Blitz, for Samantha LaFantasie's FORCED TO REMEMBER!



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Forced to Remember 
by Samantha LaFantasi 
Series: Nepherium Novella Series #3 
Genre: Adult, Fantasy

The weight of the world feels heavy on my shoulders. Desperation touches everything. Memories forgotten, truths untold. Humanity is threatened. Their safety granted in exchange for me. But I won’t go without a fight.With strange occurrences taking place in the city, it’s up to Elsa and her team to discover why. But an odd encounter at an abandoned warehouse leaves the team with more questions than answers. Just when the team least expects it, Alexander returns, and he’s not alone or without demands: the world’s safety in exchange for Elsa. They have only one week to decide while the world falls under Alexander’s wrath and his powerful army of followers. Avalon seeks help from every Nepherium that can be spared and hope it will be enough to stop Alexander.

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Excerpt


The commons was designed as a place for officers and elites to enjoy simple recreation and eat without cause for ridiculous ceremonies, such as saluting and acknowledging every single rank beneath them. It was also open all hours of the day to accommodate the various schedules, whereas the mess hall operated during normal meal times only. As I entered, I found it packed with all ranks, eyes glued to the TV lowered from the ceiling in the center of the room. The volume was so high it echoed through the halls. Eventhe shower room on the basement level picked up a low murmured hum just above the buzz of lights when I went to clean up after another workout.

It appeared the news stations had somehow caught wind of the mysterious happenings there. Strange lights, voices, people in dark vehicles coming and going at all hours of the day and night. That wasn’t news to me, and I didn’t want anything else to do with the place. Rarely did the media tell the truth on what really happens. It was better I ignored the report altogether.

I squeezed and pushed my way to the fridge to pull out a pimento sandwich and bottle of water then managed to wiggle my way to the cabinet on the far end for a small bag of chips. Deciding it would be better to eat in my room, I made my way to the door. Right as I reached it, I realized the room fell silent. Looking up, I met the eyes of every soul in the crowded room. They seemed to wait for my reaction.

Then my eyes lifted to the TV, narrowing in on a set of orbs that were like empty black pits with a sprinkling of brown. The single dimple on his cheek remained put as he flashed his arrogant smile to all the cameras surrounding him. My lungs constricted, expelling what seemed like the last of the air left in the room. A black rim dotted my vision and a strange swishing in my ears overwhelmed every other sound. Something crashed to the floor with a loud clatter that echoed too much. My vision faded, and my legs gave out from under me.


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About the Author

A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.
Among her writing credentials, a member of the Kansas Writer’s Association and has authored works such as Heart Song (her debut novel) and Made to Forget.Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.

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SCREWED by Kendall Ryan Chapter Reveal


We are very excited for this brand new standalone from Kendall Ryan.
Releasing on September 15 we get a peek at a sexy romantic comedy from the NYT Bestselling author



I have one rule: Don’t shit where you eat.

Several of the women in the condo complex I own would love some one-on-one playtime, and why wouldn’t they? I’m young, fit, attractive, and loaded. Not to mention I’m packing a sizable bulge below the belt. It’s a combination that drops panties on a regular basis.

Yay, me, right?

But my cock, troublemaker that he is, has been confined to my trousers by my business partner. A concession I agreed to, and one that’s never been hard to enforce until Emery moves in across the hall. She’s smart, young, determined, and sexy as hell. I want a taste. I won’t stop until I’m buried deep inside the succulent new-in-town brunette.

After being warned about my past, she does her best to steer clear, but I’m about to show her that underneath it all, I’m a guy with a heart of gold and a cock of steel.

My name is Hayden Oliver, and this is my story.

SCREWED is standalone romantic comedy by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.




Chapter One


Hayden

Goddamn. This is going to be harder than I thought.

My eyes swing over to admire the most perfect pear-shaped ass I’ve ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on while my business partner Hudson continues lecturing me. I think it’s something important, but there’s nothing more urgent than my body’s reaction to this shapely brunette. Jesus. Those tits are definitely real.

“I mean it. Your cock is cut off this time,” Hudson says roughly, his tone biting.

Tearing my gaze away from the succulent new brunette moving into unit 4B, I face him. “Not literally cut off. I’m sort of attached to him. Yourealize that, right?”

“Well it’s on lock down then. No more of this bullshit. I had three calls this week alone from hysterical women – our tenants – who you, how do I put this delicately? You fucked and then left before their pussies were even dry.”

I smirk at him, but I can’t deny the accusation. We’re like the real life Melrose Place. Sexy young twenty-somethings all living in close proximity. There’s bound to be a little drama now and again. Together, Hudson and I own thirty buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. And some of our buildings have very fuckable tenants. Up until this point, I’d considered that a nice bonus, and a perk of the job. Hudson has apparently viewed it differently.

“Who’s that?” I ask, tipping my head toward the bombshell who’s responsible for all the blood rushing to my groin. Fuck. I should have a word with her about that, that’s not cool.

Hudson’s eyes swing to the left to see what, or rather, who has captured my attention. And who’s given me this semi-chub, which I hope he hasn’t noticed. We’re close, but we’re not that close.

“No, no, no. Don’t get any ideas. You’re not tagging that.”

She’s not close enough to overhear us, but I shoot him a scowl anyway. “Show some class, man. Tagging is such a juvenile word. I’d take my time, get her hot and ready first, until she was begging for me to fill her tight, little cunt.”

“I’m fucking serious. You’re not to even think about her tight cunt.”

“So you acknowledge she’s got a tight cunt?” I smile, proud of myself.

He wipes sweat from his brow, looking worried. “Hayden, I’m serious this time.” His voice has taken on a somber tone, and for once, I try to be serious and focus.

Watching the way the vein throbs in his neck, my smile fades. We’re standing outside of one of our nicest buildings just outside of downtown, and the mid-afternoon sun is beating down on us. Suddenly I want to get away from him, and away from this entire conversation and into the cool air conditioning inside. Shit has gotten a little too real for me.

“You know me,” I grin at him, trying to lighten the mood. “I just wanted to have some casual fun.” And if that meant sleeping my way through the LA singles scene, so be it. I’m not looking for something deeper. I have a luxury condo in the heart of the Hollywood Hills, drive a new model BMW and possess a nine-inch cock. Translation: Life is good. Or it was, until Hudson decided to get a bug up his ass and lay down the law today.

“Did you hear a word I just said? One of your latest conquests threatened to report our company to the Better Business Bureau for unethical business practices. This isn’t just about you. This affects me too. And I’ll be damned if I watch everything we’ve built go down in flames because you can’t keep your dick in your pants.”

“Point taken.” Hudson is pretty much the best friend, and best business partner you could ask for. He’s smart as hell, dedicated, works like a dog day and night. And not to mention when we began our real estate investment company five years ago, he single-handedly fronted all the start-up capital from his own savings and trust fund. It took me years to pay him back as the profits rolled in, and he never once made me feel lesser, or like I was in debt to him. Not to mention, he’s funny, well-off, and good looking. He’s an excellent wing-man. Plus he knows the best taco joints.

Unable to help myself, my eyes drift over to her again. 4B fills out a pair of yoga pants in ways that I doubt are even legal in most countries. I needed to know what was underneath those curve-hugging black athletic pants. Simple cotton panties, or a naughty g-string? Either way, I wanted to bury my fingers inside the waistband of those pants, peel them down her hips and find out. Perhaps it was because Hudson just made her forbidden fruit, but I wanted a taste. My damn mouth was practically watering.

She looked smart, and put together, despite her casual attire, including a tank top and tennis shoes. With a clipboard in one hand, and her trusty number two pencil in the other, she ticked items off of her list, and instructed the movers who were unloading and carrying boxes up to her new place – which just so happened to be directly underneath mine.

“You’re not going to last three minutes let alone three days.” Hudson grimaces, glancing over again at our newest resident.

“What do you know about her?”

He rolls his eyes, but humors me. “Emery Elaine Winters. She’s an attorney. Excellent references. Even better credit score, and she signed a one year lease. And she’s to remain in pristine condition, or so help me God …”

When I glance up at her again, I see Roxy, another of our residents has joined Emery on the sidewalk, and they appear to be making small talk. Shaking hands, exchanging words, and smiling at each other. There’s something I strongly dislike about these two women talking. Roxy is an exotic dancer, and she I have a bit of a rocky past. Which is a huge fucking understatement, but not something I care to dwell on now. Hudson mentions something about fourth quarter taxes, and I tune him out, sure I just heard my name on Roxy’s over-glossed lips.

“Excuse me, I’ve got business to attend to.” I step around him, heading straight toward my new prize. Roxy spots me, and takes off for the parking area.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Hudson calls after me.

“Just being neighborly. Someone’s got to properly welcome Miss
Winters.”

“Dammit, Hayden,” I hear him shout.

“I’ve got this, buddy,” I shout back over my shoulder.

I can control myself around her. I have to, according to Hudson. I don’t like being told what to do, especially where my cock was concerned, and hell, it’ll probably only make me want her more, but as I close the distance between Emery and me, I make a plan.

Friends.

I would become friends with theso-hot-I-wanted-to-bend-her-over-and-fuck-her-in-broad-daylight new girl.

This was either the best plan I’d ever had, or would end with me
sporting a black eye, courtesy of my best friend.

It’s go time.






Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.


She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.


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Doppelgangers and the mythology of spirit doubles


The mythology of spirit doubles can be traced back thousands of years and was present in many cultures of the past, holding a prominent place in ancient legends, stories, artworks, and in books by various authors. Perhaps the most well-known reference to spirit doubles or ‘alter egos’ is the doppelgänger, a word still used today to refer to a person that is physically or behaviourally similar to another person.

Doppelgänger is a German word many “double goer” and refers to a wraith or apparition that cast no shadows and is a replica or double of a living person. They were generally considered as omens of bad luck or even signs of impending death – a doppelgänger seen by a person's relative or friend was said to signify that illness or danger would befall that person, while seeing one's own doppelgänger was said to be an omen of death.

Some accounts of doppelgängers, sometimes called the ‘evil twin’ suggests that they might attempt to provide advice to the person they shadow, but that this advice can be misleading or malicious. They may also attempt to plant sinister ideas in their victim’s mind or cause them great confusion. For this reason, people were advised to avoid communicating with their own doppelgänger at all costs.

One of the most famous depictions of doppelgängers comes from the 1851 sketch and 1864 watercolour called ‘How They Met Themselves’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. According to interpretation, two medieval lovers are walking through the woods at twilight when they encounter their doubles who glow supernaturally. The man draws his sword in astonishment, while his lover appears to collapse in a deathly swoon. Doppelganger imagery occurred in poems Rossetti admired such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning's The Romaunt of Margaret and Poe's Silence.


How They Met Themselves, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Image source.

While Doppelgänger cases are said to be works of fiction, there are a number of real-life cases in which individuals claim to have met their sinister duo. Among the most noteworthy is Abraham Lincoln’s experience, as chronicled by Noah Brooks in his book Washington in Lincoln’s Time (1895). According to his account, soon after Lincoln was elected in 1860, he arrived home one day and looked into the bureau mirror where he saw himself reflected in double. Lincoln said, "...nearly at full length; but my face had two separate and distinct images." Lincoln noticed that although the images were nearly identical, one was "a little paler—say five shades—than the other". His wife was said to be very worried and told Lincoln she believed that the paleness of half the dual image was a bad omen, which meant that Lincoln would serve his first full term, but would not live to finish his second.

The subject of the double has a long history, particularly in literature. In Greek mythology Narcissus falls in love with his reflection, and in Gothic tales such as Edgar Allan Poe’s William Wilson (1839), James Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824), Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Poor Clare (1856) and even Hans Christian Andersen’s lesser-read fairy-tale The Shadow, characters are haunted and followed by their often malevolent likenesses. However, the mythology of spirit doubles have far more ancient origins.

One of the earliest references may be in the Zurvanite branch of Zoroastrianism. This sect distilled the general abstract duality of Zoroastrianism into a concept of manifest twins "born" of a monist "Time." In this cosmological model, the twins Ahura Mazda (Ormuzd) and Angra Mainyu (Ahriman) were co-eternal representatives of good and evil.


Investiture of Sassanid emperor Shapur II (center) with Mithra (left) and Ahura Mazda, ‘the good twin’ (right) at Taq-e Bostan, Iran. Source: Wikipedia

In Ancient Egyptian mythology, a ‘ka’ was a tangible "spirit double" having the same memories and feelings as the person to whom the counterpart belongs. In one Egyptian myth entitled, The Greek Princess, an Egyptian view of the Trojan War, a ka of Helen was used to mislead Paris of Troy, helping to stop the war.

Norse folklore describes entities known as vardøger, ghostly beings that preceded their living counterparts, taking their places at various activities and performing their actions in advance. The spirit with the subject's footsteps, voice, scent, or appearance and overall demeanour precedes them in a location or activity, resulting in witnesses believing they've seen or heard the actual person before the person physically arrives. This bears a subtle difference from a doppelgänger, with a less sinister connotation.

People from the Orkney Islands in Scotland feared small, fairy-like creatures called "trows". According to legend, trows would give birth to children who were apt to be sickly. Pregnant women were carefully guarded from the trows who would often steal healthy human babies and replace them with their own children, known as ‘changelings’, who would transform into exact replicas of the stolen children.



Depiction of a trow replacing a baby with a ‘changeling’. Image source.

Many Native American creation myths likewise provide for the role of dualistic twins. Hopi legends refer to the twins who were called the Child of the Sun and the Child of the Water. The Hopi also believe in duality between the Upper World and the Underworld: that whatever is happening here in the Upper World, the opposite is happening in the Underworld.

So where did belief in spirit doubles come from and is there any real truth to them? While many today still belief in the existence of a double self, some scientists believe the phenomenon occurs based on injuries or stimulation to certain parts of the brain which cause errors in spatial reasoning. Others believe it is the result of a vision, hallucination, or that we live in a parallel universe in which everything in this world in replicated in another dimension. Whatever the real truth behind doppelgangers, belief in the spirit double has instilled both fear and wonder in people for thousands of years.

Featured image: How They Met Themselves, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, watercolor, 1864. Source: Wikipedia

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Author Candace Havens Release Party and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE Here!



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Baby's Got Bite (Entangled Covet) (Take It Like A Vamp)  by Candace HavensMake ‘em Laugh First, thanks Bitten by Books for letting me hangout today. You guys are awesomeness. I don’t know about you guys, but if you make me laugh, we’re probably going to be best friends for life. I think the world is a really tough place, and sometimes we need a little light-hearted gooberish moments in our life. That’s one of the reasons I decided to make my new book, Baby’s Got Bite, funny. The first book, Take It Like A Vamp, had a lot of humor, and there was potential for even more with this second book. (And before you ask, no you don’t have to read the first one to understand the second one. But I’m hoping you’ll love Baby’s Got Bite so much you’ll want to read Take it Like a Vamp.)
Anyhoo… humor. I love books that give me the feelzz. And I love to laugh and cry within the same book. I’m hoping I do that for you guys with Baby’s Got Bite. Today, I was trying to think back on some books that made me laugh out loud. Do you remember that first Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich where Grandma Mazur shot a hole in the chicken dinner? I laughed for two days over that scene. It still makes me smile. And those early Betsy books by Mary Janice Davidson had me rolling. I remember being on a plane and laughing so hard at the second Betsy book, I think it was Undead and Unemployed, that the flight attendant thought I was having some kind of fit.
If I can make you smile or cry, while reading one of my books, I feel like I’ve done my job. And if I can lighten your day, even for a little bit, that makes me happy. I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a book that gave you big time FEELZZZ or made you laugh? Tell me, I really want to know!
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Author Candace HavensAuthor Bio:
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country.
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Book Blitz: Omega & Love by K. Webster

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Omega & Love
by K Webster

Alpha & Omega #2

Publication Date: July 30, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
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They now call me a Leviathan. A monster.
And maybe I am.

I know one soul who believes that with every part of his being.

If only he knew the truth.

If only I could make him see that I’m more than the surface of lies I spin. That I’m more than someone out for their own gain. I wish he could see—know who I was before all of this. The person I desperately cling on to that is still inside of me. The person I must protect.

One day I hope to hand him the key to the fortress that is my heart.

I just hope he doesn’t give up on Love and throw it all away…


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I hate Love.
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I’m looking at her.

There’s an innocence to her that she keeps carefully hidden.

But I see it.

Inside of her is someone that she has revealed to no one.

Not even me when I once thought we were in love.

Of course now I know that was all a farce but still, she hid that even from me.

But not now—now, I see more.


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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she's active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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Lukas-ebook-coverLukas Synopsis:

Storm’s younger cousin.

Vandal’s little brother.

You’ve met him in the background.

The sweet one.

The nice one.

The one they can all rely on.

The good one.

He’s a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music - on the violin.

He’s got a body built for sin.

He’s 24.

In comes Ivy. She’s a 36 year old single mom who hasn’t dated in 18 years.

All she wanted was a tattoo.

She got a helluva lot more :)

Being good has never been so bad.

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He leans his head down closer to mine. “You looking at me like that, and saying my name like that, just makes me want to kiss you even more.”

I swallow hard, unable to tear my eyes away from his. “You really shouldn’t be saying things like that,” I breathe, my voice quivering. He’s got my nerves in overdrive. Hell, who am I kidding? He’s got my entire mind and body in overdrive right now.

He moves his hand to cup the side of my face. “Close your eyes, Ivy. Let’s make our wishes at the same time.”

Lukas is a wizard, and I’ve quickly fallen under his spell. My eyes flutter closed, and his lips touch mine, so softly that we are barely touching at all, but it’s enough to make me see even more shooting stars, this time behind closed eyes, in that place where magic happens. His kiss is completely unexpected but way too perfect to break away from. I drop my bag to the ground and bring my hands up to rest on his shoulders. He kisses me a little harder, his tongue gently touching my lips, silently asking permission for more. Parting my lips, I let him kiss me deeper, his tongue slowly meeting mine, caressing in enticing circles. The feel of his tongue piercing and lip ring is so strange to me, yet incredibly erotic. I think I like it. His hand goes to my hip, pulling my body possessively but gently against him, as his kisses grow more passionate and urgent. My legs begin to shake with timid desire, my hands squeezing his muscled shoulders, hanging on to him in this sudden dizzying realm he’s led me into. Did a first kiss ever feel like this before? Has any kiss ever felt like this before? No. Not for me. Not ever.

He oozes skilled sensuality; every touch, every breath, every kiss is measured in perfect timing and depth. This is not an awkward, clumsy, rushed and horny boy touching me for kicks. Not by a long shot. He’s savoring everything. And I don’t want him to stop.

Grasping my waist with both hands, he effortlessly lifts me up onto the hood of my car, bringing me closer to eye level with him. He moves between my parted legs, guides my thighs around his jean-clad hips, and covers my mouth with his again, kissing me long, deep, and tantalizingly slow as he gently holds my face in his hands. It’s the kind of kiss that brands complete want and ownership. He leaves no doubt that he wants me. The logical part of me is telling me to stop him, but the lonely, aching part of me takes over, and I slide my hands up his chest and over his shoulders to clasp behind his neck. My fingers tangle in his long silky hair, and I love how new and different it feels. Everything about him is so different, like tasting an exotic food for the first time that quickly leads to crazy indulgence. That magnetic pull I felt the first time I laid eyes on him is a force to be reckoned with right now. It’s controlling me, taking over every part of me, squashing my fears and reservations, and paving a very clear path that leads directly to this man. I cannot even begin to understand or make the tiniest bit of sense of this attraction. But it’s there, and it’s stronger than anything I’ve ever felt in my life.

Suddenly, he stops kissing me, his lips just a whisper away from mine, and stares into my eyes for a few moments, before letting his dark eyes slowly close as he pulls me closer against his body, his hard cock pressing against me through our clothes, sending a hot surge of raw desire through me.

What I glimpsed in his eyes shook me even more than his kiss.

All feelings that carry the ability to give immense pleasure and pain. Neither of which I am ready for.

I slowly try to pull myself away from him, but he holds me close against him.

“Wow,” I say breathlessly, leaning my head against his shoulder.

“Come upstairs with me, and let’s see if we can upgrade that to a holy shit,” he whispers, his hand resting on the back of my neck, gently squeezing.



Carian Cole Bio:

carian-225x300I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published on September of 2014. Vandal, the second novel in this series is publishing in February of 2015. I currently have approximately nine books slated for this series, as well as an MC series in the works, and a few stand-alones coming in 2015 onward.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Author Harper Kincaid Interview
Bind Me Before You Go (Entangled Brazen) (Serve) by Harper KincaidBBB: What’s your favorite type of party? HK: Small dinner parties of around eight to ten people. Big crowds overwhelm me, so these are perfect – especially if someone else is cooking!

BBB: What’s your funniest memory as an author?
HK: When I told my mother-in-law about my books, thinking she’d be shocked when I explained they’re ‘really kinda dirty’ and her eyes got all glittery and she responded, ‘Good! I’m counting on it!” She’s a trip!
BBB: We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?
HK: Gosh, if I knew a Davill Cavill in real life I’d be in bed all day with him and not writing about it! No, his character is totally imaginary, but I did model his physical appearance as a cross between Henry Cavill and David Giuntoli from Grimm – hence the name, David Cavill.
BBB: Please tell us more about Bind Me Before You Go and the storyline that drives it. (Don’t use the book synopsis, please write this in your own words.)
HK: Bind Me Before You Go is really about two people trying to escape where they came from and trying to find out who they’re going to be – and they use sex and rope bondage as a vehicle to get there. This is not a typical BDSM story. It’s not about the rope. It’s about Cassidy learning to stop pleasing others and find what drives her as a woman – both sexually and emotionally. And for David it’s about actually learning to let go of his preconceived notions about himself and where he comes from in order to find some happiness.
BBB: How many more books will there be in the Serve series?
HK: Great question! I don’t think there’s any end in sight as of now, as long as readers are interested in the characters we are all creating.
BBB: What sets Serve series apart from other books in the same genre?
HK: So much! First of all, we have a bevy of authors who contribute to this series – not just one or two. Also, many of the stories we explore aren’t just copycat 50 Shade stories. They are as varied and multidimensional as the authors themselves.
BBB: What types of characters can readers expect in your world?
HK: While the men are certainly strong, they aren’t the typical doms. Also, my heroines are sassy chicks. They aren’t some doe-eyed ingenues blankly looking to some guy to tell them what sex is all about.
BBB: While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
HK: Oh sure! There’s a LOT of me in Cassidy.
BBB: What was the hardest part of writing Bind Me Before You Go?
HK: Trying to determine which kink I was going to write about when I wasn’t part of this world. I did a lot of research though…my internet browser history would shock the neighbors!
BBB: If you were a color what color would you be and why?
HK: LOL – Variations between red and hot pink. The answer should be obvious, but just to make sure…yes, I’m passionate and playful, intense and dramatic. Sometimes.
BBB: What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2015?
HK: I’m in the midst of reworking the next book for me in the Serve series, called CLAIM ME BEFORE I BREAK and the last book in my Break on Through series with Samhain called GIRL BREAKER. I’m so excited for both of them!
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Author Harper KincaidAuthor Bio:
A woman with the heart of a revolutionary,The mind of a pragmatist, And the inappropriate humor of your tipsy BFF.
Born in California and raised in South Florida, I’ve moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on my head ever since. Along the way, I’ve worked as a community organizer, a professional matchmaker, an art teacher, a popular blogger, and a crisis counselor (to name a few). All the while, longing to have the guts and follow-through to do what I really wanted: to write and become a published author. That wish has finally come true and I’m tickled hot pink with confetti over it.
What else? Hmm…I’m a kid of the Seventies and I love indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, wearing black, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to me laugh ’til they snort. I’m a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but have now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia.
11 Quick Things About Harper
Favorite Food? Eel dragon roll
Favorite Color? Red
Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time? Annie Hall
Favorite Drink? Dublin Mule
Favorite Current Book? Confess by Colleen Hoover
Favorite Season? Summer
Favorite Online Hangout?  Pinterest
Favorite Animal? Dolphins and dogs are tied for first!
Favorite Band or Musician? So hard to choose just one! Okay…Nina Simone
Mode of Travel? (Trains, Planes or Automobiles) Trains
Favorite Vacation Destination? Tied between NYC and a beach with gorgeous men, a wifi connection and great drinks.
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Authors Lisa Mantchev and Amanda Purol Interview

Lost Angeles by Lisa Mantchev and A.L. PurolBBB: Describe yourself with five adjectives. LM: Dramatic, fannish, nerdy, bossy, extroverted-introvert AP: Pragmatic, funny, dirty, OMG, WTF
BBB: What real-life science, pseudo-science, history, religion, or mythologies did you research for your book?
LM: You name it, we had to research it. The city of Los Angeles itself, real estate, commuting times, supercars… AP: Greek mythology, theology, explosives, guns, blood types. You name it, really. That’s not to say that everything in this book is 100% biblically/mythologically accurate, because I mostly just took all the bits I liked and stuck them together like a mutant gummi bear.
BBB: Would your main character win on the show Survivor by strength, cheating or not at all?
LM: I am laughing at the idea of Xaine on a celebrity season of Survivor. Given that he’s a vampire, he’s not only got superior strength on his side, but predator skills. Also, he would cheat. AP: Lore would probably die. That or… skate by because she wears a mean bandanna bikini and shy smiles at everyone.
BBB: Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
LM: Yup. Done the shirt inside-out thing AND driven all the way to the kids’ school before I realized I had slippers on. AP: Yes. My shirt was on inside-out for an entire day and nobody at my job said a thing… despite the big, white tag stamped at the back of the collar. Jerks.
BBB: Please tell us more about Lost Angeles and the storyline that drives it. (Don’t use the book synopsis, please write this in your own words.)
LM: It starts on a personal level, with Lourdes trying to unravel her mysterious past and Xaine’s current dilemma of blond girls that keep turning up dead on his property. Their stories intersect, and then a much larger story arc slowly comes into focus. AP: Much, much… so much larger. You start meeting everyone, start seeing all the characters little-by-little. We introduce them all to you, then throw them into the chaos of a world gone mad. This isn’t going to be the usual romance spin-off story, where we take a minor character and give them their own book, leaving your old favorites to molder. This is a character-driven story; you’ll see everyone again. Nobody’s moment is over when their book is done.
BBB: How many more books will there be in the Lost Angeles series?
LM: We’ve drafted the first three, and will probably keep going after that until Amanda flies out here to strangle me and bury me in a shallow grave. AP: She severely underestimates my hole-diggin’ skills.
BBB: What sets the Lost Angeles series apart from other books in the same genre?
LM: It’s a new take on the vampire origin story, pretty sure. And it has a charmingly high level of pop-culture and snark. AP: The humor. It definitely takes itself seriously, but not too seriously. There are parts where the book makes fun of itself, its genre, its characters. It’s a vampire book, and it knows it.
BBB: What types of characters / creatures can readers expect in your world?
LM: The roster to date includes humans, vampires, archangels, sin-eaters, and reapers. We hint at a few other things, but SPOILERS. AP: Then there’s PFC, where the dudes are dudely and the testosterone is monstrous. Also, kittens.
BBB: What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, their creators.
LM: *eyes Xaine* Well, I’m not certain how he feels about nerdy writer girls, but he seems to like nerdy musical girls well enough. AP: I suppose that Lore and I would just kinda sit awkwardly across from one another, shuffling our feet and looking around while we waited for anyone else to show up and save us. I think we’d both think the other was just fine, though, if a little awkward.
BBB: What are the 5 books your hero or heroine loves best!
LM: All Xaine’s favorite books are in Italian. I’m going to need a translator. AP: Anything with music notes in, on, or around it.
BBB: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?
LM: How much of a specific explosive I would need to blow up a hospital. I am pretty sure I am on every watch list ever. AP: I was looking up fetishes last week, because there was a discussion that came up about… certain fetishes… and their followings. I will not go into detail, but I’m pretty sure I am also on every watchlist ever.
BBB: What’s coming up for you for the rest of 2015?
LM: My picture book STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS comes out in October, immediately followed by a young adult collaboration, SUGAR SKULL. Plus… AP: The second LOST ANGELES book is due out in November. It’s titled LOOSE CANON, and will be followed at the top of 2016 with LOVERS NAUGHT.
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Author Lisa Mantchev
Author Bio:
Lisa Mantchev is a temporally-displaced Capricorn who casts her spells from an ancient tree in the Pacific Northwest. When not scribbling, she is by turns an earth elemental, English professor, actress, artist, and domestic goddess. She shares her abode with her husband, two children, and three hairy miscreant dogs.

About A.L. Purol

Author A.L. Purol

Author Bio:
Amanda Purol resides in a tiny mouse house in Baltimore with a lion named Aslan, who disguises himself as a tuxedo cat. When not composing immortals smut, she enjoys rescuing plants from near death and actually baking the things she pins on Pinterest. LOST ANGELES is her first novel, though she has been writing since she was old enough to sound out swear words.
11 Quick Things About Lisa and A.P.
Favorite Food?
LM: BREAD
AP: Fro-yo.
Favorite Color?
LM: Green
AP: Purple
Favorite Movie or TV Show of all Time?
LM : How To Train Your Dragon
AP: Eurotrip (super classy)
Favorite Drink?
LM : Anything with coffee or vodka.
AP: Tea. Earl of the Grey.
Favorite Current Book?
LM : The Chicago Manual of Style
AP: Vamped by David Sosnowski
Favorite Season?
LM : Autumn
AP: Fall, but definitely not Autumn.
Favorite Online Hangout?
LM : Pinterest
AP: The KDP sales dashboard.
Favorite Animal?
LM : Red pandas
AP : Kittens.
Favorite Band or Musician?
LM : Ellie Goulding
AP : 30STM
Favorite Mode of Travel? (Trains, Planes or Automobiles)
LM: Planes
AP: Bed.
Favorite Vacation Destination?
LM : Disneyland
AP: Also bed.

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Cover Reveal: Winter's Bride by Nellie C. Lind

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Winter's Bride
by Nellie C. Lind
The Elders of the Seasons #1
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Genres: Erotic, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis:
The Winter Lord is a man like no other. He rules the world together with the Summer Lady, the Autumn Lord and the Lady of Spring, and that alone says that the Winter Lord is the wrong man to fall in love with, but Dawn loves him anyway.
The last thing Dawn expects is to be put inside the Winter Lord's prison because of a minor dispute. When he visits her and asks her to marry him, Dawn knows that nothing will ever be the same again. Her entire world is put into a spin, but soon, she realizes that things aren't as they should be. The winter lord is hiding something, and when the truth is revealed, she understands that only one thing can save her life ...
Love.

This is a passionate and erotic love story for adult readers. It takes place in a magical fantasy world where the Elders rule the seasons.

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Nellie C. Lind
Nellie C. Lind was born in Poland and moved to Sweden when she was 5 years old. Today she lives in Stockholm with her son. She runs a publishing house for a living, makes book covers and writes paranormal romance, fantasy and sci-fi books for adults. It's all about hot angels, gods, cyborgs and a lot of love!






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Young beautiful loving couple is embracing on a dark background
Unbound
by Emily Goodwin
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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Synopsis: The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when the Pricolici, a group of ancient bounty hunters, are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium.

As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness on her own.

Then she meets Ethan, a handsome and mysterious stranger who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and the Coven she hails from. Will she risk everything by trusting him or risk fighting alone?


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Emily Goodwin is the international best-selling author of dark fiction, including the award winner Contagium zombie series and the dark romance STAY.

Emily lives with her husband, daughter and German Shepherd named Vader. Along with writing, Emily enjoys riding her horse, designing and making costumes and Cosplay.


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The Ancient History of Chocolate, Gift of the Gods

A Maya lord forbids an individual from touching a container of chocolate
In today’s society, chocolate is a commonly available food product, and comes in many forms, including blocks, paste and powder. Several centuries ago, however, chocolate was considered a luxury item, and came only in one form – as a drink. 


An Aztec woman preparing the cacao drink. The liquid was poured from a height to create a froth or foam on top. Public Domain

Chocolate is produced from the cacao tree, which is native to Central and South America. Based on chemical analysis, the earliest known consumption of cacao may be dated back to between 1400 and 1100 B.C. At that early stage, it was not the cacao seeds, but the pulp of the fruit that was used. The sweet pulp was fermented so as to produce an alcoholic beverage. It was only later on that the cacao seeds were used. Still, it was much different from the chocolate we are used to today.



A cacao tree with fruit pods in various stages of ripening. Public Domain

When the Spanish conquistadors came into contact with the Aztec civilization, they also came across the cacao drink. Incidentally, ‘chocolate’ is derived from the word xocolātl, which means ‘bitter water’ in Aztec. Although chocolate has its origins in the Aztec language (formally known as Nahuatl), it has been suggested that the Aztecs may have inherited the recipe from earlier Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Mayans or the Olmecs.

Cacao seeds were fermented, roasted, and ground into a paste. The cacao paste would then be mixed with water or wine, ground maize and a variety of flavorings. These flavorings include chili pepper, vanilla, allspice and honey. The mixture would then go through a process called frothing, in which it is poured back and forth from pot to cup until a deep foam was formed on the top.

Not necessarily for everyday consumption, cacao was of great value, symbolically and economically. Pods were used in trade to the point where they were sometimes counterfeited by filling the plant pods with soil. The ‘bitter water’ was consumed by nobles and warriors, in a ritual with purpose and solemnity. It was believed the plant was of the gods, associated by the Aztecs with Quetzalcoatl. 


Aztec. Man Carrying a Cacao Pod, 1440–1521. Volcanic stone, traces of red pigment. Brooklyn Museum/Wikimedia Commons

When cacao was brought to Europe by the Spanish, the drink was transformed by an ingredient not available to the Aztecs – sugar. This made the taste of the drink more appealing, and became popular among the Spanish nobility and officials of the Roman Catholic Church. It was only later that chocolate became popular in other European courts, as the Spanish seemed to have been keeping the secret of chocolate to themselves.

In France, for instance, the marriage of Anne of Austria to Louis XIII in 1615 popularized the drink among the French aristocracy, as the queen was a chocolate enthusiast. Chocolate had a harder time penetrating the markets of Protestant England, however, as the drink was associated with popery and idleness. Eventually, the craze for chocolate also hit London, though it did not really catch on. Still, several ‘chocolate houses’ sprang up in London, where the elites of society could indulge in decadence and rowdy behavior. 


Chocolate soon became a fashionable drink of the nobility after the discovery of the Americas. The morning chocolate by Pietro Longhi; Venice, 1775–1780. Public Domain

It was during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries that a change in the way people consumed chocolate occurred. Firstly, the invention of hydraulic and steam chocolate mills in France in the 18th century allowed chocolate to be processed faster and at a lower cost. Then, in 1828, the cocoa press was invented by Coenraad Johannes Van Houton. This machine removed the fat from the cacao seeds to produce cocoa powder, the basis for most chocolate products today. With this new ingredient, chocolate could be produced in the many forms we are familiar with today. These technological advances also resulted in a higher demand for raw cocoa in Europe. Soon, cocoa trees were planted as a cash crop in British, French and Dutch colonies near the equator, where the natural conditions were suitable for these trees. 


A Lady Pouring Chocolate (1744) depicting drinking chocolate paraphernalia. Public Domain

As one may expect, the workers on these cocoa plantations were often slaves. It may be surprising to some, however, that such labor is still being used today by the chocolate industry. It has been claimed that children are being used as slaves on cocoa plantations in West Africa, in particular the Ivory Coast and Ghana, where cocoa is an important export crop. This cocoa would eventually end up as the chocolates on the shelves of our convenience stores and supermarkets. It is indeed horrifying to think that much of the sweet chocolate we see today is being produced through the hard labor of child slaves.

Featured image: A Maya lord forbids an individual from touching a container of chocolate. Public Domain

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