Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekend Book Club--Loving Deviant by Laurann Dohner

This week I read LOVING DEVIANT by Laurann Dohner. This is the 9th book in her Cyborg Seduction series. Long before I fell in love with her New Species series, I loved her cyborgs. Glad to see another book in this series.

What are you reading this week?


After barely surviving a horrific accident, then being held captive for years by Earth Government, Venice must escape the planet. She thinks she’s found the answer to her prayers when she contracts to be a deep-space bride—only to find herself facing an even bigger nightmare. Hiding from her con man “husband” aboard his space station, she comes across an intimidating cyborg…one who could just be her last hope.

 Deviant is humiliated when his father suggests he visit a pleasure center to make use of a sex bot. True, the defects he was born with have assured female cyborgs will never consider adding him to a family unit. But he still has his pride. The woman who enters the room, however, is incredibly lifelike, and she quickly has Deviant feeling things he’d never dreamed—right until the moment he finds out she’s human. Sort of…

Venice needs Deviant’s help to get off the space station. Deviant is lonely, and in need of someone to teach him how to pleasure a female. They strike a bargain, one that has Venice giving up her freedom. But soon it’s her heart that’s at greater risk. It’s easy loving Deviant…even when others are determined to make it difficult.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Writer Wednesday--Mary Hughes

I want to welcome author Mary Hughes to my blog for Writer's Wednesday.
Thanks, NJ, for having me here as part of your Writer’s Wednesday!

I love reading sexy, fast-paced stories laced with magic. I love writing the stories of my heart. But one of my greatest delights is sharing the lovely covers!

“I’ve got a new book.” I’ve had all sorts of reactions to that, from a heartening “Yay!” to a plastic grin and eyes flicking for the nearest exit, lol. But everyone loves the cover art. I can see it by the sparkle in their eyes.

A great cover evokes the mood of the story. Evoking the magic, heart-rending love, high-octane adventure, wicked fun, and sheer sexiness that’s in Pull of the Moon—all in one picture? I’d have said it couldn’t be done. But Scott Carpenter of P and N Graphics ( and Elle J Rossi of EJR Digital Arts ( make it look easy.

What about you? Which cover is your favorite?

Mind Mates (Pull of the Moon book 2)

Pretty little shifter, wizard prince—their taboo love could burn the barriers between worlds.

Shifter Emma Singer has more problems than she can shake her pretty little wolf tail at. Her heirloom journal is missing, her pack alpha wants her for his harem, and her family plans to sell her to him. Even her wicked little crush on her hot boss is doomed—why would six-and-a-half feet of handsome royal wizard want a boring, good-girl iota shifter like her? Not to mention her only power is going berserker—that's a real relation-shipwreck!

Gabriel Light is a wizard prince who turned his back on his exceptional powers after he was accused of causing his parents' death. Now he pours his intellect into his tech business, and hides his naughty, forbidden lust for his pretty shifter clerk. But when his sister is imprisoned, and Emma is kidnapped, it's time for this alpha geek-wizard to decloak with all laser cannons blazing. Only one problem—how can he be sure Emma won’t get caught in the crossfire?

Then Gabriel and Emma stumble on hidden magic, a key to power beyond imagining—if they can stay alive long enough to use it. But if Emma unleashes her berserker wolf on their enemies, can Gabriel draw her back from the brink before she destroys everyone in her path?

Warning: Contains a hot wizard prince panting to bring out a good-girl shifter's naughty side. Accidental voyeurism, deliberate orgasms, a jealous rival wizard, and fun with prophecy.



Enjoy this excerpt from Mind Mates:

Wolf/witch relationships are taboo, forbidden by the Witches’ Council on pain of death. But wizard Gabriel and wolf shifter Emma are alone for the first time with no prying eyes...

Doubt rose anyway. In the two months Emma had been working for Gabriel, she’d learned his every mood. If he really wanted her, if he’d read her desire for him, why wasn’t he here satisfying her? Satisfying them? “What’s wrong?”

He clenched his fists, his belly churning rapidly with his panted breaths. “Emma, I need to know… Is it you, or is it your wolf?”

Then she understood. He thought this was her wolf goading her to lift her tail for the creature with the most testosterone—or actually, in this universe, about the only creature with testosterone.

He needed a sign from her that she really wanted him.

The sweetheart. The big lug. “Of course it’s me wanting you. I’ve wanted you from the moment I laid eyes on you.” When he still didn’t move, she made an exasperated noise. “I’ve wanted you from the moment I heard your first bad joke.”

He was on her like a monster truck roaring down the road. Big, overpowering, making her jump back automatically, but it was too late. He snared her in his powerful arms, cinched her tight to his muscular torso, bent his great frame, and kissed her.

Blazing hot lips landed on hers.

Two months of need exploded on contact. It was less a kiss and more a mating of mouths. His tongue pried as if desperate to get in. She spread her lips wide in welcome. He dove in with a sigh, as much relief as desire.

Her heart pounded as their breath mingled and their tongues tangled. He tasted of dark, rich magic. His muscled body pressed against her so hard she felt imprinted by the rocky mounds. She wriggled in pleasure.

With a groan, his mouth opened wide, his jaw beginning to work as his tongue speared into her like a javelin. Tasting her, branding her with his taste, filling her with his power. Excitement driving her, she stretched up, clasped her wrists behind his neck, and pulled herself onto her toes for more.

His hands slid down her back to the bottom of her shirt. Grasping the hem, he tore it up her body, hard enough that she had to let go or get her arms ripped off. As it was, her ID bracelet flew off and one button popped when he yanked the top over her head, barely breaking the kiss before seizing her head in both hands and tonguing her deep. She opened wide and accepted him, all of him.

She tried to tear off his sweater vest in return, barely ruching it a foot up his torso before it caught on the flare of his lats.

Lifting his mouth from hers, he muttered, “Clothes off.

When he pressed against her this time, it was naked skin to naked skin.


Also in this series:

Masked Attraction (Pull of the Moon Prequel)

Heart Mates (Pull of the Moon book 1)



Mary Hughes

Who am I? A lover of stories that crackle with action and emotion. A mother, a flutist, a binge-TV-watcher of NCIS, Sherlock, and Agents of SHIELD.

I write steamy, wickedly funny romance including the Pull of the Moon series of witch/shifter love and the Biting Love series where sexy, gritty vampires meet small town mayhem. My martial arts background means the action is real.

Most of all, I'm a believer in grand passion.

I love to hear from readers!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Cover!

Check out my new cover for EMBRACING SILENCE, book 1 of the Project Alpha trilogy, releasing from Carina Press in October, 2016.
(This book was originally published in 2009 by Ellora's Cave.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Writer Wednesday--Marie-Nicole Ryan

Two bodies and counting…  A hit man on the prowl…


HUNTED by Marie-Nicole Ryan
Hill Country Lawman, book 1


Los Marcos County Sheriff Vincent Tate stands for law and order. Always has. Absolutely nothing deters him from this mission. Not even his cheating wife who ran away with one of the bank VPs. More and more, Vince is drawn to his old love, sexy-as-sin pharmacist Abby Fields who’s come back to Kenton Valley to run her late father’s drug store. But he’s not free.


Inevitably, they are pulled together the same day an intruder breaks into Abby’s home and two bodies are discovered on Vince’s ranch, complicating and threatening everything. With their lives and his job on the line, he’ll do whatever it takes to find the killer and win Abby’s heart for once and for all.



©2016 Marie-Nicole Ryan

All rights reserved, Ryandale Publishing

Abby squared her shoulders and leveled a sharp look at the EMT. “Suzanne Griggs, I know it’s my brain. I helped you study for your EMT exams, and don’t you forget it.”

Vince held back a groan. “Enough, ladies! I need to find out what happened here. Abby?”

Abby held up a finger. “One minute, Sheriff.” She turned to Griggs. “I’ll be fine, but if I experience nausea, blurred vision, or increased pain, I’ll take myself to the ER.” With a sweet smile, she turned back to Vince. “Okay. I’m ready to answer your questions.”

The assault hadn’t done much to dampen Abby’s attitude. She’d always been on the lively side. He jerked his head in the direction of the house. “Let’s sit on the porch. We can talk there.”

Her gaze caught his. “The porch? Wanna sit on the swing, too? I seem to remember…” Her voice trailed off, her meaning clear.

Damn. Now why had he chosen the porch to question her? The same wide porch with the same seductive swing where they’d necked as teenagers. Damn. Why couldn’t he keep from thinking about the old days?

“Chair’ll be fine,” he said, his tone gruff. Keep your mind on the business at hand.

She walked ahead of him on the flagstone walkway. Her almost black hair, cut shorter than when they were in high school, skimmed the collar of her red top. Red—her best color. Tan slacks encased her long legs and fit her hips just tight enough.

Those long legs and how they’d wrapped around his waist their first time together—the first time for both of them as it turned out. There was no way he could keep his mind on anything but her. He swore under his breath.

She looked over her shoulder. “What was that?”


“If you say so.” She shrugged, giving him a playful glance.

“Have a seat.” Remaining standing, he pulled out his case notepad.

She sat on a flowery cushioned chair. She shot him a wry smile. “You know this is the most you’ve had to say to me since the night you told me you’d arrested my father’s killer.”

“Tell me what happened,” he said, ignoring her comment. The past was the past. Better left that way.




Marie-Nicole lives and writes in western Kentucky. Romantic suspense is her favorite genre to read and write, but she has a naughtier side, as evidenced by her erotic historical western romance series, Loving the Lawman.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

LASR Anniversary Party and Giveaway

I'm part of the LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS 9th Anniversary Party running from August 15-26.

Stop by and check out my blog post about the Joys of Summer. I've even included a recipe for a icy cold adult drink for you to enjoy on a hot summer day.

While you're there, be sure to enter the LASR contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card, books, and more.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Literary Misfit Reviews Wolf in his Heart

LITERARY MISFIT has given Wolf in his Heart a 4-star review!

"Wolf in His Heart was a quick read, but it wasn't lacking for heat or drama. The story sucked you in and showed you what it was for an outsider to see the makings of a great pack, one who accepts everyone, all of its members, for who they are and what they do for the pack.  The bonds between the members in the pack are visible even before you hear their stories.  Rina and Sage's bond comes natural and it made sense they'd fall for each other."

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday--Book Edition (Summer Games by Elizabeth Lowell)

While this book doesn't seem to be available in ebook, you might be able to find it used.

Summer Games by Elizabeth Lowell, Silhouette Intimate Moments #57, was first published in 1984. Considering the Summer Olympics are on, it seemed an appropriate choice.

UPDATE: Seems it is available in ebook under the title Remember Summer.


Raine Chandler-Smith belied her slight figure with a surprising strength. She had the skill, timing, and sheer guts it took to guide a Thoroughbred through grueling cross-country endurance events. For Raine, the Olympics was the culmination of a lifetime of competition.

For Cord Elliot, the Olympics was a dangerous assignment--to guard against a terrorist attack. And Raine, the woman of softness and surprising steel who beguiled him from the first, was the prime target.

A core of the same wild courage drew them together. But danger swirled around them, and it would take all their fierce will to protect their love.