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image002In Bed with a Rogue

By Samantha Grace

Soucebooks Casablanca

Historical Romance

September 2, 2014

ISBN: 9781402286612

$6.99/£4.99

Mass-Market Paperback

 

He’s the Talk of the Town

The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.

 

She’s the Toast of the Ton

Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…

 

 

image004SAMANTHA GRACE

 

Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s Robin Hood. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publishers Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

 

 

Website: http://www.samanthagraceauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Grace/264436686918343

Twitter: @SamGraceAuthor https://twitter.com/SamGraceAuthor

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4946067.Samantha_Grace

Buy: Amazon | B&N | BAM! | IndieBound | !ndigo | iTunes

 

For the chance to win a book bundle by Samantha Grace, you can enter the contest by clicking this link.

 

The six Samantha Grace books include:

  • Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel
  • Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half
  • Miss Lavigne’s Little White Lie
  • Lady Vivian Defies a Duke
  • One Rogue Too Many
  • In Bed with a Rogue

***Giveaway is sponsored through Sourcebooks

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From Sourcebooks:

 

image001We have a special offer going on for the release of Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning which comes out on February 5th! If you pre-order the book, we will send you an exclusive Sinners logo tattoo and one sexy Sinners hot pink guitar pick! But you have to hurry because we only have 1,000 of them available! You have until January 31st or until quantities run out! Here is what you do:

image0031.  Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound, BAM, etc.)

2. Email your proof of purchase (receipt or picture of the receipt) to HotTicket@sourcebooks.com. Don’t forget to include your home address (US & Canada only please) so we can send you the tattoo and guitar pick! Yes, if you’ve already pre-ordered it months ago, that counts, you just have to show your receipt.

3. You will get an email back confirming when the items have been sent out.  If you were not one of the first 1,000 people, you will also be alerted.

4. Enjoy Hot Ticket when you receive it in February!

 

And as a bonus Olivia has decided to run a contest of her own. Here are the details:

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GIVEAWAY!

The fantastic folks at Sourcebooks are giving away a prize pack of Olivia’s books to one lucky reader here at Novel Thoughts (U.S. and Canada only). For a chance to win Backstage Pass, Rock Hard, and Double Time just leave a comment below. The winner will be drawn on Sunday.

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How my LOVE for Game of Thrones influences the Eternal Guardians.

 

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a Game of Thrones FANATIC. I’m absolutely addicted to the HBO series. I will also admit something else. I haven’t read the books. I know…cringe all you want. I mean, I’m an AUTHOR, for crying out loud. I know the book is ALWAYS better than the movie/TV series made from it. However, in this case, I also know myself. And if I start those books I won’t stop until I finish them. It’s not easy to admit you are OCD, but I am. When I find something I love, I can’t rest until I’ve finished it…even to the detriment of everything else, including my own writing.

 

There is also another reason I haven’t read the books yet. You see, it’s not often that I fall in love with characters the way I have in the HBO version of Game of Thrones. And I love the show so much, I don’t want to NOT love it because the book is better. I don’t watch much TV as it is, so Game of Thrones has become my one guilty pleasure. And boy, is it a pleasure…I never thought I’d say this but the dwarf is hot! Of all the characters, I’m most enamored with Tyrion Lannister. It’s not just that he’s got amazing writers giving him great lines, it’s that Peter Dinklage is in an incredible actor. At this point I don’t want to know if the REAL Tyrion Lannister in the book is better than him. I don’t think I could take it. My favorite TV quote of all time from the dwarf:

 

“The Lord of Light wants his enemies burnt. The Drowned God wants his enemies drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious c-nts? Where is the god of t-ts and wine?”

– Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

 

How can you not love that?

 

But I’m getting away from myself. You want to know what Game of Thrones has to do with me and my books. Don’t worry…I was just about to get there. Anyone who knows me knows that I love fantasy and adventure. Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite books AND movies. Throw in some kings, some back stabbing, some witty repartee, a little love and sex and you’ve got a winner in my opinion. It comes as no surprise then that these are all the things I try to add into my own books – power struggles, behind-closed door deals, humor, emotional angst, snarky characters, steamy romance and the battle between good and evil. That pretty much sums up my Eternal Guardians (with a little Greek myth sprinkled around for effect). The problem with loving what I write is that I don’t want to be influenced by what other authors are doing. This is the other major reason I’m not reading the Game of Thrones books right now. I want my stories and characters to be unique and I don’t want another fantasy author’s voice to worm its way into my writing. Watching a movie or TV series is different because you don’t “hear” the authors voice in that, but reading it right now…I think that would be too much. Maybe when I’m done with the Eternal Guardians series I’ll be able to enjoy the Game of Thrones books without being overly influenced. Time will tell…

 

So here’s what I love about Game of Thrones, the TV show, and how it’s impacting the Eternal Guardians. I love the imagery. I love the world building. I love the connections between the characters,  as well as their individual stories and struggles. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching the show, it’s that smart dialogue is key to any story. That characters linger with you longer than plot twists. That even the villain (and there are many in Game of Thrones) has his own story that needs to be told. These are all things I strive to bring to my readers in every book. And seeing it done so well is always an inspiration. When I finish watching an episode of Game of Thrones I’m ALWAYS excited to get back to work on my Eternal Guardians series story. And to me (and hopefully my readers), that’s a major plus to my watching Game of Thrones in the first place.

 

How about you? Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If so, who’s your favorite character? And if you’ve read the book(s) I’d love to hear your opinion on the books vs show. If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan…you really have to give it a try! If you like fantasy and adventure, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

I’ve got a copy of my latest release, ENSLAVED, up for grabs to one lucky commenter.

 

 

 

ENSLAVED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012

“Do not miss this series.”—New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione

 

GRYPHON—Honorable, loyal, dependable…tainted. He was the ultimate warrior before imprisonment in the Underworld changed him in ways he can’t ignore.

 

She calls to him. Come to me. You can’t resist. But Gryphon will not allow himself to be ruled by the insidious whispers in his head. And there’s only one way to stop them: kill Atalanta, the goddess who enslaved him. But with so much darkness inside, he can’t be sure what’s real anymore. Even the Eternal Guardians, those who protect the human realms and the gods, want to exile him.

 

Finding Malea is like a miracle. Somehow he doesn’t feel the pull of the dark when she’s near. And he’s determined to keep her as near as possible, whether she wants him close or not. But she’s a temptation that will test every bit of control he has left. One that may ultimately have the power to send him back to the Underworld…or free him from his chains for good.

 

Praise for Elisabeth Naughton:

“Entertaining and smoldering.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Tempted

 

“Creative worldbuilding and ever-present danger pull the reader into this mesmerizing tale.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ star review of Enraptured

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the RWA RITA© Award, the NJ RWA Golden Leaf, and the RWA Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com and follow her on Twitter, @ElisNaughton.

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He wants her so badly he can taste it…

Ever since their tempestuous fling years ago, incubus Lukas Sebastiani has known that siren Scarlett Fontaine was meant to be his. But when you’re a sex demon with an insatiable desire, relationships are…complicated.

Her siren song brings men to their knees…

Rock star Scarlett Fontaine desperately needs a break after a grueling tour. But with murder and mayhem surrounding her band, and Lukas guarding her body, life is going to be anything but peaceful.

Every encounter between them creates more turmoil—and heat—until Scarlett pushes Lukas to the boiling point, and unleashes forces that go way beyond anything she can hope to control…

I struggled with this one. It started off with a lot of potential. Rock star heroine coming off a year-long world tour, exhausted and emotionally spent, determined to confront Lukas and get her life back on track. Unfortunately, it fell short of that potential over and over.

Scarlett has loved Lukas since she was a teen and after she grew up, he was her first lover. When he woke up the morning after, he saw he had left bruises on her and ran away with no explanation. This was the major conflict keeping them apart but when they had sex again for the first time, it was all off page. It picks back up with Scarlett alone in the shower afterward, thinking about how delicately he treated her.

“She felt inexplicably cheated”

Yeah, me too. If this is the major source of conflict, I want to be shown it, not told about it later.

There is also a subplot with a killer. When someone close to Scarlett is killed, she is told about it and the chapter ends. It picks back up 3 days later. I was so disappointed that the chance for some awesome angst was missed.

That was my issue with this book. Disappointment. Disappointment that all the sex scenes up to 75% of the book were fade-to-black, that all the emotional moments were skimmed over. Disappointed that the book is advertised as an urban fantasy but there is no world building. It is briefly mentioned that the supernatural population crash landed on Earth many years ago but doesn’t say where they are from or how they adjusted here. And disappointed that the killer was one dimensional. No idea why he did it or how he did it. He seemed to be just one more throw away plot line.

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Format: Print and Digital

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I’ve been writing for forty years, and it’s a whole new world out there.  I spent the first five years as a newspaper feature writer, then gradually moved into books, both novels and cookbooks.  For the next thirty years, my writing had to conform to what publishers were looking for.  I’m still writing for traditional publishers, but I’ve added a new dimension to my career–e-publishing.

For a long time, I kept thinking that e-books would never catch on.  But I’ve seen them gradually taking more and more of the market.  Two years ago when I went to the Novelists, Inc. conference, where many of the speakers were talking about the e-book market, I realized I needed to get into that new arena.

I decided to try two approaches.  I wrote a medieval fantasy novel, submitted it to Carina Press, and was accepted.  DARK MAGIC was published last year.  (I’ve since sold them another similar novella, SHATTERED MAGIC, and I’m working on the proposal for the third story in what I’ve called THE CHRONICLES OF ARANDAL.)

Because Harlequin has the rights to most of my backlist, republishing old books wasn’t available to me.  So I started writing a contemporary series called DECORAH SECURITY.  It’s set around a security company run by a crusty old Navy SEAL named Frank Decorah. All of his agents have paranormal powers or take on paranormal cases.  I launched the series in December with a novel, DARK MOON, a novella, CHAINED, and a short story, AMBUSHED.

It’s been fantastic fun writing stories where I didn’t have to conform to an editor’s guidelines, where I could make the stories any length I wanted, and where I could keep a bigger percentage of the earnings than a traditional publisher allows.

I’m the queen of juggling projects. I’ve got another Decorah novel, DARK POWERS, almost finished.  I currently have three romantic suspense novels under contract to Sourcebooks and another Harlequin Intrigue also under contract, which puts me in the perfect position to judge which segment of the market is going to work out best for me.

But there’s one thing that’s still true in the publishing industry.  You don’t know which decision was the right one until a couple of years later.

I will give away a copy of my latest Harlequin Intrigue, SUDDEN ATTRACTION, to one commenter.

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Thanks so much to Fatin for inviting me to stop by during release week for ENRAPTURED! ENRAPTURED was recently named One of the Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012 so I’m excited for readers to finally get their hands on book four in the Eternal Guardians series.

 

For those who are new to the Eternal Guardians series, the Eternal Guardians are seven warriors descended from the seven strongest heroes in all of ancient Greece. They defend both their world—Argolea—and the human realm from threats born of the Underworld—specifically, one evil goddess by the name of Atalanta who was herself once a hero but who made a deal with Hades for immortality and the chance to command an army of daemons for a shot at revenge.

 

Orpheus, the hero in ENRAPTURED, is not a guardian. He’s the older brother of Gryphon, one of the guardians, and he harbors a secret even his younger brother doesn’t know—he’s half daemon. When Gryphon’s soul is sent to the Underworld, Orpheus finds the markings of the Eternal Guardians have passed to him. He has no desire to serve the order, knows he doesn’t deserve it because of his daemon half, and has only one desire: to find a way to rescue his brother. But that goal is thwarted when a mysterious woman enters his life, one who’s very purpose it to stop him from reaching his goal.

 

Orpheus is the classic anti-hero. He’s a schemer. He has his own agenda. He’s not a team player and he doesn’t care what people think of him. He’s been working against the guardians for as long as he’s been alive, and he holds no loyalty toward them, even though he’s one of them now. But there are layers to Orpheus, and those layers have been evident since the beginning of the series. Even though he’s manipulated and deceived, whenever the queen needed his help, he was there for her, even if that “help” was mired in sarcasm and feigned betrayal.

 

Readers often ask who my favorite character is in the Eternal Guardians series. That’s always hard to answer because every hero is my favorite at one time or another—otherwise I wouldn’t write him. But Orpheus has always been special, partly, I think, because I share his sarcastic sense of humor. His dialogue is the most fun for me to write because I don’t have to reign things in when I’m writing him. I can let that snarkiness out—even if he has a tendency to take it and run.

 

To celebrate the release of ENRAPTURED, my publisher is giving away a copy of the book to one lucky commenter! Simply tell me if you’re a fan of the anti-hero. What is it about the anti-hero that readers fall in love with?

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ENRAPTURED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES APRIL 2012

Orpheus—To most he’s an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians—elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—whether he likes it or not.

 

Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He’s not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she’s an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.

 

Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There’s a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he’s not the man everyone thinks… The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from her home in western Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the prestigious RITA Awards of Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, the Golden Leaf, and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more about her and her books. Her next book in the Eternal Guardians series, Enslaved, will be in stores in November 2012.

 

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This is like cover goodness day! All these gorgeous covers. I love it! 🙂 Latest share is by Lydia Dare. This one comes out in January 2012 through Sourcebooks.

No blurb yet but will update post as soon as I find one. 🙂

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Interesting coincidence: I have two books out within 30 days of each other and both are set in Washington, D.C. In light of that, you could probably assume that Washington is my favorite city. It’s certainly one of them. However, at the top of my list is San Francisco. I love that city. I love everything about it—the hills, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, the cable cars, the architecture, the restaurants, the landmarks. From the first time I was ever there in 1988, the city of San Francisco has spoken to me in a way that almost nowhere else ever has. One of my fondest desires is to one day live there, even if for just a year or so.

I have the funniest memories of being there with my parents when I was a senior in college. My mom and I were in the back of a cab that was literally FLYING over the hills. As we caught air for the second or third time, my mother was speechless, and the look on her face made me laugh so hard. My husband and I took our kids there in 2006, and they loved it, too. I remember one night when they were driving us a bit nuts with the bickering (you gotta love the family vacation) so we “Force” marched them UP Lombard Street. Needless to say, we didn’t hear much more out of them for the remainder of that day.

In Everyone Loves a Hero, Cole, a pilot, meets Olivia, a timid artist, who hasn’t traveled much in her life. The one place she wants to go more than anywhere else is San Francisco so she can paint the Golden Gate Bridge. Cole takes her on a surprise trip to her favorite city where her whole life changes in a matter of days. That trip is, of course, my favorite part of the book.

What is your favorite city? Have you been to San Francisco? What did you think of it?

Here’s a bit about Everyone Loves a Hero:

Hero pilot Cole Langston is learning to live with—and enjoy—his newfound fame and the rabid female attention that comes with it until a lucky punch knocks some sense into him and opens his eyes to true love.

When his copilot suffers a heart attack in flight, Cole lands the jetliner in a blizzard and revives the stricken captain. Catapulted to national hero status, Cole has more women vying for his attention than he knows what to do with. They all have one thing in common: they try without success to bring this happy-go-lucky pilot down to earth. Then comes an airport altercation, a punch to the face, and the lovely Olivia—a shy, timid artist who does what no other woman has ever managed to do: steal Cole’s well-protected heart. With women coming on to him everywhere they go, Olivia struggles to believe that Cole is ready for a committed relationship. His biggest problem is getting rid of all his extra ladies before the only one he wants figures out that she’s one of many.

Thanks again for having me! Look forward to chatting today.

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Marie Force is the author of FATAL AFFAIR (June 2010) and FATAL JUSTICE (Jan. 2011), Books 1 and 2 in her new Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press. Book 3, FATAL CONSEQUENCES, is coming in July 2011, FATAL DESTINY, the Fatal Wedding Novella, in September 2011 and Book 4, FATAL FLAW, in February 2012. “This novel is ‘The O.C. does D.C.,’ and you just can’t get enough.” (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars for FATAL AFFAIR). In its July 2010 issue, RT Book Reviews named Marie a “Future Star of Romantic Suspense.” Carina recently acquired Marie’s contemporary, GEORGIA ON MY MIND.

Marie is the author EVERYONE LOVES A HERO (Feb. 2011), LINE OF SCRIMMAGE (Sept. 2008) and LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT (July 2009). Of LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, Booklist said, “With its humor and endearing characters, Force’s charming novel will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, reaching far beyond sports fans.” Wild on Books said, “LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT by Marie Force is most definitely a keeper. It is an astounding book. I loved every single word!” Marie is also the author of TRUE NORTH and THE FALL, available as e-books via Amazon.com and Smashwords.

Since 1996, Marie has been the communications director for a national organization similar to RWA. She is a member of RWA’s New England, From the Heart and Published Author Special Interest Chapters.

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of Emily, 15, Jake, 12, and a feisty dog named Brandy.

Find her at http://www.mariesullivanforce.com, on her blog at http://mariesullivanforce.blogspot.com, where she runs the popular weekly Romance & Oreos Book Club, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Marie-Force/248130827909, and on Twitter at twitter.com/MarieForce. Marie loves to hear from readers. Contact her at marie@marieforce.com.

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Many thanks to Marie for joining us today.

For a chance to win a copy of EVERYONE LOVES A HERO, leave a comment answering the above question. Good luck! 😀

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This just came through Twitter and I had to share the cover Elisabeth Naughton posted. I read the first two books in this series last year and was hoping Demetrius and Isadora would get their own story. Release date is October 2011 and it’ll be out through Sourcebooks.

DEMETRIUS—He’s the hulking, brooding warrior his fellow Guardians avoid. Too dark. Too damaged. And given his heritage, he knows it’s best to keep everyone at arm’s length.

Isadora is missing. The words pounded through his head like a frantic drumbeat. For her own protection, Demetrius had done all he could to avoid the fragile princess, his soul mate. And now she was gone—kidnapped. To get her back, he’ll have to go to the black place in his soul he’s always shunned. As daemons ravage the human realm and his loyalty to the Guardians is put to the ultimate test, Demetrius realizes that Isadora is stronger than anyone thought. And finally letting her into his heart may be the only way to save them both.

Excerpt can be found here.

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Saw this on Book Binge and had to share —

Sourcebooks, the world’s leading publisher of Jane Austen fiction, is offering a unique deal to readers who want to celebrate Jane by reading special editions of all six of Austen’s beloved novels in a 21st century format.

Special e-book editions of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Mansfield Park will be available for free for one day only. These celebratory editions include the full novels, plus the legendary color illustrations of the Brock brothers, originally created to accompany the books in 1898.

In addition to the Jane Austen classics, readers can also enjoy these bestselling Austen-inspired novels. The following bestselling e-books will be free on December 16th in honor of her birthday:

Eliza’s Daughter by Joan Aiken
The Darcys & the Bingleys by Marsha Altman
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown
The Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins
The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview
Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan
Lydia Bennet’s Story by Jane Odiwe
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds

Amazon and B&N seem to be experiencing some technical difficulties with this right now, but they should have it up and running shortly. As a result of the technical difficulties, Sourcebooks is extending this offer for an extra day. Now, you can download these great free ebooks through tomorrow night (12/17/10).

Grab ’em while you can! 🙂

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