Monday, 30 September 2013

Revenge in Rio


The newest Beachwalk Babe has a fab new book out soon. We'll have teaser's out every week until the release, so stay tuned. 








Revenge in Rio 
Countdown Teasers
No.1




With release day only 21 days away - honestly I'm not counting down like a crazy woman (hmm, ok, maybe just a teensy bit crazy!) I thought I would share some lovely little teasers with you. I can't take the credit for making them sadly, that's where the talented Laura at MusicPlusBooks came into play and did her thang! 



So, here we go. This is teaser number one for you and features at the end of chapter one. Watch out for number 2 this time next week! 

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Hope you enjoyed!

Sam :-)
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Sneak Peak - Daring to Wish

After having the pleasure of reading fellow Beachwalk Babe Tracey Roger’s debut release, Daring to Wish, I’ve nabbed her for a post on my blog. Here she is telling you a little about her book. If you want to hear my thoughts on this fabulous book, just click here http://www.aimeeduffy.co.uk/2013/09/review-daring-to-wish.html (but come right back).

Over to Tracey…

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! So pleased to be sharing Daring to Wish with you.



Blurb

What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It’s a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve’s “victim” in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he’s perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he’s found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve’s sexy wish list, he can’t keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she’s having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true...is it? She can’t shake the niggling suspicion that something’s not quite right.

Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance


And here’s a sneak peak

Excerpt

“Wait.”
Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.
“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.
Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.
If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.
Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.
“Hmm...” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”
“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.
Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”
“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.
“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.
“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”
“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.
“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”
“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.
He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”
Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”
“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”



Author Bio

A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn't searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana's books. I'm still in that world and refuse to leave.

I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cover Reveal!

Hi everyone, hope you’ve all had a great summer. Bad blogger here again, but I’ve got to enjoy the sun while it’s out, right? ;o)

So today I have the cover for A Week in Milan to share with you. It should hopefully be out in December.

Drumroll please… (Yup, still suffering delusions of grandeur).


What do you think? Personally I love it and this is exactly how I picture Gio and Amanda in a certain, erm, raunchy scene. Tara @ Fantasia Frog, aka the creator, did a fabulous job.

Here’s the draft blurb…

Getting what she wants was never going to be easy…

Designer department store owner, Giovanni Monastero, thought moving to LA would help him forget the nightmare of his childhood. When he visits Milan during Fashion Week with one of the store designers, the realization of just how much his past haunts him strikes hard.

Fashion designer Amanda Hart survived being chewed up and spat out by her son’s father.  The only dating she does now is in her dreams. None of her fantasy men can hurt her, but when the star of those fantasies offers her the chance of a lifetime – no, is simply not an option.

With one dream coming true, will she have the courage to pursue the other?

You first meet Amanda in Isle of Sensuality, where you see her looking out for her sister, Caitlyn, for a change. By the way, if you haven’t read Isle of Sensuality, now’s your chance. It’s 99c/77p through September!


Monday, 16 September 2013

The Weekend Proposition by Ella Jade

I have Ella back on the blog today talking about her latest release (yes, it's another one for us to devour! Thank you for the speedy typing Ms Jade!)

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my latest book The Weekend Proposition. Thanks so much for helping me celebrate. Please check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post.



Blurb
One weekend—no strings, no expectations, and no commitments. On Sunday afternoon it all ends, or does it?

No-nonsense businessman Spencer Cannon has a dilemma. He’s headed to Connecticut for the weekend to attend his cousin’s elaborate wedding. His whole family will be there in addition to his obsessed ex-girlfriend Ava. According to Spencer’s brother, Ava has been telling her friends she’s planning a magical reunion with her favorite ex-boyfriend. Spencer’s not in the mood to deal with her, but he can’t miss the wedding. He needs a plan.

Struggling Brooklyn waitress and aspiring graphic designer Dakota Vercelli has fallen on hard times. College debts, pending eviction, and her sick mother are taking a toll on her. A chance encounter with Mr. Cannon, CEO of Cannon and Carrington Advertising, leads to a proposition that may be just the thing to solve both of their problems. Spencer’s offer—spend four days with him during the wedding festivities and keep his ex off his trail. In return, he’ll compensate her generously for her time. He needs a weekend girlfriend, and Dakota needs the cash.

It was just supposed to be a business deal, but after sharing a room, kissing under the stars, and attending a wedding, their attraction is undeniable. Will the illusion end when the weekend is over or is the proposition just the beginning?

Content Warning: contains mature language and graphic sexual content




Excerpt

“I have a proposition for you.”
“A proposition?” What could he possibly have to offer her?
“I have to attend my cousin’s wedding this weekend. Actually, I have to leave tomorrow afternoon. I don’t want to go alone for reasons I don’t wish to discuss right now. I need someone to accompany me. I’m offering that to you.”
“And you think I’m ‘to the point’?”
He smiled but didn’t say anything. She couldn’t stand the silence. She wanted to figure out his game. There had to be some sort of catch.
“You want me to go to a wedding with you?”
“It’s in Connecticut. I would require your services until Sunday afternoon. All of your expenses would be paid, including a wardrobe which would be yours to keep after the weekend.”
“You need a date?”
“I would need you to appear as my girlfriend.”
“Is this a joke?”
“I wouldn’t joke about something like this. I’ve thought the entire thing through.”
“A man who looks like you should have no problem finding a real girlfriend to buy clothes for and flaunt in front of his family.” She thought for a moment. “Unless there’s something wrong with you.”
“There’s nothing wrong with me.” He raised his voice a bit. “I had planned on attending alone but circumstances have changed. I’m in a bind and from what I gather, you are too.”
Her instincts screamed to run in the opposite direction. She’d never been the type to fall for a scam. “I’m not interested in—”
“I’ll pay you two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for your time.”
“What?” Apparently a side of crazy came with those good looks.
“One hundred and twenty-five thousand today, if you agree.” He pulled out a check from the inside pocket of the jacket he had draped on the back of the chair. He slipped the mint green paper across the table. “You’ll get the rest on Sunday afternoon.”
“That’s fifty grand a day.” She studied the check. It would take her years to make that kind of money working these shit-end jobs.
“I’m aware.” He nodded as if the money meant nothing. “I’m asking for your time, a commodity I believe should be well compensated.”
Too good to be true.
“Do you make it a habit of paying women to be your girlfriend?”
“Pretend girlfriend,” he reminded her. “You would be the first.”
“Why me?”
“Does it matter?”
“What exactly do you expect me to do for that money?”
“I told you.” He narrowed his eyes. “I need a date for a long weekend. Everyone needs to think we’re a couple.”
“You’re willing to pay me to go away with you for four days. I’m supposed to take your word we’re going to a wedding in Connecticut? How do I know you won’t kidnap me and want to do all sorts of kinky stuff to me? You could be some sex-obsessed lunatic.”
“Kinky stuff?”
“Yeah, you know, like bondage and blindfolds.”
“Do you like that sort of thing?” He tried to conceal his smirk.

About Ella

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.

You can find Ella here…

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Review - Daring to Wish

Look what’s on Amazon!

What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It's a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve's "victim" in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he's perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he's found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve's sexy wish list, he can't keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she's having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can't shake the niggling suspicion that something's not quite right.

Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex

My Review

I've been dying to read Daring to Wish for ages and I was not disappointed! The story starts with poor Eve just having come out of a controlling relationship. In a bid to brave the outside world again she makes a wish list of things to do before she's thirty. Her friend drags her to an angels and devils themed hen night and she's given a dare to kiss a stranger. Said stranger (Lucas) is so hot I'd have wanted to kiss him too, probably more than that if I'm being honest ;o)! Anyway, scoring one thing off her list leads to another when Even has a night of no-strings with a stranger. Pity it doesn't work out that way. Lucas is more involved in the wedding than Even let him explain.

I don't want to spoil the story but I will say the journey of Eve growing stronger and getting to know herself again is a touching one. The reader made me feel every emotion Eve was(there were a few cold showers), and Lucas - player extraordinaire - is the one who helps her find herself. She made me run to the shops to buy my very own panties of power in the hope of snagging myself a Lucas!

His journey is a tough one, and I immediately fell for him even though so much of his past is kept from the reader at the beginning. He's kind, firm, misunderstood, sexy (VERY sexy), funny and my Mr Perfect - even with the flaws!

The story was addictive, witty and oh so sexy. A fabulous debut, and no doubt the first of many!

Daring to Wish is now live on Amazon, 2 days early! You can grab it here…

Monday, 9 September 2013

She wants to lose her... Review: Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl

Yes, I’m doing one of those strange things I rarely do here (a review), but I just HAD to share this book with you! Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl blew my socks off. Here’s a little more about it…


You only get one first time...

From driving tests to relationships, Valentina Bell thinks she's a failure, with a big fat capital F. At this rate, she's certain she'll be a virgin forever. So Lena's friends plan Operation: Popping the Cherry to help her find the perfect first time. Yet somehow disastrous dates with bad boy musicians and fabulous evenings with secretly in-the-closet guys aren't quite working out how Lena planned. Soon Lena's avoiding Operation: Popping the Cherry to spend time with comforting, aloof Jake, her best friend's older brother, who doesn't make her feel self-conscious about still clinging to her V card. But could Jake show Lena that sometimes what you're looking for most is right by your side?

Forever for the 21st Century




I was a closet YA fan until I started writing this review…

Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B. Rowl sucked me in from the first page. I’m not much of a fan for books written in first person, but there are a few which have hooked me and held me hostage, and this did exactly the same thing.

Popping the Cherry begins with poor Valentina ‘Lena’ just having failed her driving test and having been dumped by her steady boyfriend for not giving up her V card. I was on par Lena’s emotional grid from almost the first page. The author drew me in with stellar writing and had me instantly relating to Lena as a fully fleshed, flawed and sympathetic character.

After her friends slap Lena with an intervention, giving her until her eighteenth birthday to lose her virginity, I could not put it down. I devoured this in two days, between pulling an almost all-nighter last night and making every second of my lunch hour count today.

Lena’s emotional journey was heart breaking, almost shocking, funny and moreish. The growing love and friendship with her best friend’s brother, Jake, had me flipping through the pages at record speed, while not skipping a word. Even though the chapters were themed and I thought I could guess what came next, I didn’t get one scenario right.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away as it ruins the fun. I will say Popping the Cherry is breath taking, addictive and extremely alluring. I read and read in a race to the finish but at the same time didn’t want it to end. Well done Ms Rowl. Can’t wait for your next book!

You can pre-order Popping the Cherry now!


Sisters In Love & a Giveaway

Sisters In Love
The Snow Sisters Series Book One
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing September 9th, 2013



Blurb

Danica Snow has always been the smart, practical, and appropriate sister.   As a therapist, she prides herself on making reasonable, conservative choices, even if a bit boring, and as part of the Big Sister Program, she has little time for anything more in her life.

Blake Carter is a player. He never gets bored of conquering women, and with his sexy good looks and successful lifestyle, he has no trouble finding willing participants. When his friend and business partner dies in a tragic accident, he suddenly, desperately, wants to change his ways. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to stop doing what he does best.

When Blake walks into Danica’s office, the attraction between them is white hot, but Danica isn't the type to give into the heat and risk her career. Danica’s desire sets her on a path of self-discovery, where she begins to question every decision she’s ever made. Just this once, Danica wants to indulge in the pleasures of life she’s been so willingly ignoring, but with her Little Sister in turmoil and her biological sister’s promiscuousness weighing heavily on her heart, she isn’t sure it’s the right time to set her desires free.

SISTERS IN LOVE is a light, uplifting work of women's fiction and will resonate with readers who enjoy emotional journeys of the heart with strong heroines and sexy, lovable heroes. Readers of books by Jane Porter and Beth Kendrick will enjoy Danica and Blake's story.

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Author Info

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Author Links

Website: http://www.MelissaFoster.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor
Twitter: @Melissa_Foster
My social network for women: http://www.TheWomensNest.com
World Literary Café: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com
Fostering Success: htto://www.fostering-success.com
Facebook Melissa Foster: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor (Fanpage)
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

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