Thursday, July 30, 2020

New release: Under the Cape An Anthology of Superhero Romance & Giveaway

It's finally here! Ready for takeoff!


Super speed, incredible strength, the ability to fly, throw fire, read minds or change forms. What superpower would you choose if you could? Would you be the hero or the villain? And how would it affect your relationships?

The challenge of connection, secrets, and the murky line between good and evil are explored in this collection of 11 original romances by:

Kim Strattford – Flying Fast, Falling Hard (M/F)

E.D. Gonzalez – Where There’s Smoke (M/M)

Naomi Hinchen – The Trust Paradox (M/F)

Elizabeth Schechter – Time for No Mercy (F/F)

David Valentin -No Words Needed (M/M)

Stella B. James – Swiftly In Love (M/F)

Julie Behrens – Supergay (F/F)

Christopher Peruzzi -The Little Push (M/F)

Louisa Bacio – Foolproof (F/F)



Rachel Kenley – Just Be Yourself (M/F)

Austin Worley – Love, Law and the Whippoorwill (F/F)

From heat levels mild to wild, these authors explore the universal truths of love and romance and the happy endings we all desire.

Editor’s Note: Published during the Corona Virus Pandemic, a portion of the profits from this book will be donated to the CDC Foundation.


Under the Cape: An Anthology of Superhero Romance

 

Edited by Rachel Kenley


Available on:

 

Amazon

 

Riverdale Avenue Books

 

B&N


Kobo

 

Contest!



2 electronic copies of the anthology (picked at 9 p.m. PST on July 30 – tonight!)

 

1) Harley Quinn Inflatable Mallet! (I got an extra at the Birds of Prey premiere, and have been saving it for this release!)

 

1) $5 Amazon or winner’s choice e-gift card.

 

Contest for the mallet and gift card ends August 9, 2020, 8 p.m. PST. The winner will be chosen at random. Mailing for the mallet is U.S. only. 

 

Enter via the Google form, Under the Cape giveaway.


Off we go!


Louisa Bacio


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Friday, June 19, 2020

#WeekendReads – A Good Man by @LeoRosanna #DIY


Rosanna Leo
A Good Man: Handymen, Book 1
Totally Bound Publishing 

If you’re a fan of a certain DIY show featuring a few hot brothers, author Rosanna Leo has an equally hot read for you with A Good Man: Handymen, Book 1. Who doesn’t like a partner who’s good with their hands?

Set in Toronto’s Little Italy, this contemporary romance proved to be more than a light romp. The complications of not-too-distant exes and a hero with some not-too-distant trauma combines for a realistic and compelling love story. The reader wants an HEA for Michael and Emily, and Leo refreshingly delivers.

Honestly, I easily see myself in Emily – following the dream of remodeling her Nonna Olivia’s house into a healthy, neighborhood soup shop. (I love making soup.) Some of these descriptions will get your mouth watering. 

The interaction of Michael and his two brothers Eli and Nick is totally believable and like the viewers of their hit TV show, I’ve got a crush on Nick, which I’m sure will be book three! (She’ll make us wait for it.)

Sign me up! 

A Good Man: Handymen, Book 1

He tears down walls for a living. She’ll tear down the ones around his heart.

Contractor Michael Zorn is one of the leading men on the successful home improvement show Handymen. He is also revered for an act of bravery he’d rather forget. The press may hound him, but all he really wants is to help couples realize their home renovation dreams.

One of these couples is Emily Daniels and her fiancé, Trent. When Emily inherits an old home in Toronto’s Little Italy, she sees it as the perfect location for her small business. The house needs a lot of work, but her appearance on the Handymen show means Michael and his contractor brothers will help her renovate at a reasonable cost.

When Michael and Emily meet, their chemistry is intense. Emily wants to stay true to Trent, but her fiancé has done nothing but disappoint her. Michael recognizes Trent for what he is—a cheater. And it isn’t long before he breaks Emily’s heart.

At first, Michael only intends to comfort Emily, but their friendship soon flares into passion. Unfortunately, Michael has secrets and wounds of his own, ones he has never trusted to another. Emily is determined to break down his walls, but can she trust her heart to a man who can’t trust himself?

Available at all eRetailers




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Monday, June 8, 2020

Publication Anniversary & #PRIDE giveaway

On June 8, 2010, my first book Sex U: Physical Education was published. My writing “career” started with a few short stories, after I had seen Calls for Submission. After those, editor/agent Lori Perkins asked if I had any ideas for a full-length, and I received my first contract.

When the original publisher Ravenous Romance went out of business, I got all the rights back, and the book was later republished with Riverdale Avenue Press.

Here is the original cover. The revised is below. I learned a lot between the two, such as what exactly BCC means (back cover copy!) and think the revision came out much stronger (active writing!). 

Original Physical Education Cover
I’m proud of the same-sex storylines in my first novel, and the underlying more serious discussion on sex trafficking, which continues to be a problem.

To celebrate the anniversary, I’m doing a PRIDE giveaway with three levels:

Large Pride Package
1) Large Pride Package, including socks, Love "stone," keychain, scarf
2) Small Pride Package with Mickey rainbow patch & temporary tattoos
3) $10 G/C to Amazon, B&N or winner's choice


Small Pride Package
Enter via Google form (I get errors on Rafflecopter at times …).

Note: Prize does not include the rainbow tablecloth in the pictures, which was custom made for signings. Winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, June 28, at 5 p.m. PST. Thank you for your support! U.S. shipping on large Pride packages. (If you’re international, and win the small one, let’s talk!) 

Thank you to everyone for your support. 

Sex U: Physical Education

Tired of sexual norms and wanting to expand her pleasure, Amanda “Mandi” Wilkinson enrolls in summer school at San Francisco Sex University, an exclusive sex school located in the heart of San Francisco. What Mandi doesn’t realize is that not all the mysterious drop-outs are simply flunking sex-ed. 

Reed McAllister came to Sex U. for reasons all his own. Undercover, he’s searching for a woman, the right woman, and so far he doesn’t have any leads. Reed never saw himself working at a place such as SFSU, let alone instructing, but he had to admit it – the job did come with its perks. 

When Mandi turns up on the missing list, will Reed be able to save her and give her the lessons she so desires?  
  


When the book re-launched, I wrote a few related short stories, which are still available for .99 cents:
Summer School

Summer School – Series Starter
A Short Story from Sex University 

Ms. Lucy dreams of starting a sex school in San Francisco, the City of Love.  After interviewing some promising candidates, including Antoinella De Luca, an artist who integrates her tools into playtime, and twin blond surfer hotties, Blaine and Wayne, Lucy launches a soft opening, Summer School.

One of the first students to join, Willow, comes seeking to explore new experiences. When paired with Ted, who she feels is way out of her league, it’s a game of give or give. 

Lucy likes it when the shy ones pair up with those with more confidence. And so do we!


And the writing continues …

Louisa Bacio

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mysterious & Mystical: Magic Touch by Luna Joya #paranormalromance @lunajoyawriter





#FREE: Before you delve into my review – grab your #free copy of “Tides of Time,” the first book in Luna Joya’s The Legacy series. Wednesday only!


It takes an extra sort of magic to create a female clan of witches, and Luna Joya possesses that Magic Touch. I grew up an only child, but oh I wish I was part of the Donovan family!

As an author, I rarely request ARCs (advanced review copies), and even more rarely review books. As a full disclosure, Joya has become a friend, which makes it even more joyous to enjoy her books.

When the first book in the series, Tides of Time, released, I quickly snatched it up and devoured it. If you read and/or are familiar with me, you should know I often write about witches, and I read paranormal romance.

Joya truly excels at crafting the suspenseful storyline. In romance, readers know the main characters will come together (they better!), but Magic Touch adds a murder mystery to the other elements, and I keep reading not just to live within the storyline but to find out what happens.

With the title, it should be easy to guess Delia’s magical talent. But ooooh, Joya has some secrets up her writing-sleeve that I won’t give spoilers for. Plus, hero Mark, aka the hunky FBI agent tasked to protecting Delia and her younger sister, Mina, has all the best elements of a wounded book boyfriend. I’m hooked, and ready for more.  

Side note: There better be a spinoff for Z-squad member Siren, Zaida.
  
Magic Touch 

City Owl Press

A witch with secrets, her reluctant protector, and a murder to solve. What could possibly go wrong? 

Delia Donovan has everything under control.

Keep her family’s magical secrets hidden? No problem.

Rein in her own witchy powers? Easy.

Join a clandestine FBI task force to solve a cold case murder? She’s got it covered.

But ignoring the intense sexual chemistry she has with the cocky jerk who heads her security detail? Well, that’s another story.

The last thing Mark Cavan wants on his team is a supernatural Lawyer Barbie who traipses through crime scenes in designer clothes and stilettos. But he needs a magical asset to solve the case, and Delia is the perfect witch for the job.

He’ll just have to somehow ignore his growing attraction to the infuriating woman. Seems doable…right?

It’s not long before Mark learns there’s more to Delia than meets the eye—and Delia realizes that falling for Mark would be the easiest—and most complicated—thing she’s ever done.

But they’ll need to put their feelings on the back burner if they want to catch the murderer…before they become the next victims.


About Luna Joya

Luna Joya writes hex and sex in the award-winning Legacy Series, steamy paranormal romances about kickass heroines and the men who love them.

Fluent in sarcasm and penal code, Luna prosecutes by day and writes at night. She loves history, especially Los Angeles and Hollywood lore. A survivor of traumatic brain injury with steel body parts, she lives in SoCal with her combat veteran husband and their two-pound terror of a rescue pup.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

New Release: KISS ME, KILL ME by @SayaraStClair



New Release
KISS ME, KILL ME (Blood Kissed, Book 2)
by Sayara St. Clair

Oh, Universe…how bad dost thou suck? Let me count the ways.

Near demise by molesting dudes in an alleyway.
Near demise by marsupial-induced car crash.
Near demise by colleague/psycho stalker.
Near demise by rogue vamps in that other alley.

Really, I should have taken my boyfriend up on his offer to turn me. But choosing to endure a liquid diet for all eternity is a weighty proposition. I mean, life hasn’t been all blood and crumpets for Greg since becoming a creature of the night. Then there’s the case of the only other vampire I know, who didn’t exactly take her turning like a champ.

Door Number One: retain my humanity.
Door Number Two: embrace vampirehood.

Being a scientist, I analyse things. Down to the bone. The sample size of two vampires, combined with the lack of available literature on humanity versus vampirehood, makes it impossible to accumulate any meaningful data upon which to base my decision.

While I’m busy weighing the pros and cons, the universe serves up one more heaping helping of suck—in the form of a formidable opponent determined to freeze me out (literally) and snatch away my man.

This is SO gonna hurt. I should have opted for Door Number Two sooner…


(Kiss Me, Kill Me may be read as a standalone novel.)


Excerpt:

‘Die, you bloodsucking mofo!’ I screeched.
I slapped said mofo so hard against the wall, I jarred my wrist.
My boyfriend came racing out of the study. Skidding to a halt next to me, he frantically scanned the room. ‘What are you screaming about? Bloodsuckers?
I carefully peeled my hand off the wall to see the obliterated creature and a smear of blood (my blood) on both the plaster and my palm. ‘I’ve been trying to concentrate on writing my paper, and this son-of-a-bitch mosquito has been buzzing about, biting me relentlessly for the past fifteen minutes.’
Greg narrowed his eyes at the blood-smeared wall while I projected nah-man-don’t-do-it thoughts at him. There was an uncomfortable silence, then, ‘Lucky bastard,’ Greg muttered under his breath before turning on his heel and leaving the room.
I should mention, at this point, that my boyfriend is a vampire. A real-live, honest-to-God vampire.
No one was more surprised than me when, after a long disappearance on Greg’s part and a messy emotional breakdown on mine, Greg reappeared with extra-pointy canines, a raging haemoglobin fetish and a permanent case of immortality.
The fact that my blood is exceptionally delicious to him, combined with my reluctance to let him bite me, is apparently making the man testy. And jealous of mosquitoes.
He’s only fairly new at being a vampire, and I’m not fully convinced he’s in total control of his urges. The ones that, once he gets a taste of me, make him want to keep sucking away until he drains me dry.
Then we have testiness-inducing issue number two: Greg wanting to turn me. He brings it up occasionally, and as time passes, with increasing regularity. Since he’s viewing the world through immortal goggles, he’s convinced I’m terribly fragile and in danger of expiring any minute now. Because I’m not sure I actually want to be a vampire, I haven’t given him a definite answer yet.
‘Hello, my name is Kayana Castello Branco. I’m a blood bank scientist (which I must say, has turned out to be quite fortuitous, my boyf being so into the red stuff), and I’m rather good at ignoring all the difficult things.’
I wiped up my blood with a tissue. Yes, I had entertained the notion that Greg might lick it off the wall—my bad! I was washing my hands in the kitchen when a knock on the front door interrupted my washing…and ignoring. Thank goodness. Ignoring is more taxing than one would expect.
‘Mellie!’ I yelled at my best friend, who was standing at the threshold when I swung the door open.
‘Ana!’ she yelled back.
Why the yelling? Melanie and I are simply so happy to see each other every time we meet, we always do it.
Melanie came in for a hug. She’s five feet neat, but strong for such a short-ass. Grabbing my five-eight frame around the middle, she squeezed.
I returned her hug, then stepped back and inspected her.
Melanie is always doing something different with her hair. Last time I’d beheld her—three days prior—her waist-length curls had been dark red. Since then, she’d had her hair trimmed to shoulder length, straightened, coloured dark blonde and highlighted with ash blonde, platinum blonde, and a strange silvery grey. And hot damn, she looked fabulous. She was rocking a goth vibe today: an almost-black plum velvet sheath dress with a mandarin collar, deep-wine lipstick, a truckload of smudged eyeliner and her black Doc Martens.
‘Man, you look stunning,’ I declared, my tone slightly reverent.
‘I know, right?’ she said, flicking her hair like a shampoo-ad girl on crack. She twinkled at me with her blue, blue eyes and then breezed into my apartment.
I chuckled as I closed the door. Which I happen to do a lot when Melanie’s around. The chuckling, I mean, not the door closing. And when I’m not doing that, I’m generally busting a gut, laughing.
‘Because we were so busy talkin’ about me,’ said Melanie as she flounced onto my sofa, ‘I didn’t have a chance to say how bloody spectacular you’re lookin’. I love you in all white. If I wore that, I’d look like someone killed me five days ago. But it looks amazin’ against your skin with your dark hair and eyes.’
‘Why, thank you.’ I wore a tailored white, sleeveless dress with an above-the-knee hemline. There was a silver chain belt slung low on my hips. When I walked, the extra length of chain swung beside my thigh. Greg had liked the effect so much, he’d removed the entire outfit, reattached the chain around my hips and done things that had made it swing. Wildly.
I should also point out that vampires have large libidos. Well, to be honest, I don’t know about other vamps. But my vampire, Dr Greg Morgan? His libido is a ravening beast these days. Actually, ravening beast doesn’t even cover it.  It is the T. rex of the world of lust.  Eating up all the other puny libidos and picking its teeth with their bones.
Not that I’m complaining or anything.


Praise for the series:

I have a newfound love for vampires and cannot wait until Sayara St. Clair brings out another book. Phenomenal tale. Highly recommended.” –Author Ellie Douglas

“If you like vampires, like your characters to be so real you connect with them, and you want a book that is going to make you laugh one minute and gasp the next, then this is the book for you! I loved it. Brilliantly written!!” –Author Kathleen Harryman

“St. Clair is obviously a skilled wordsmith who can take the reader through laughter, fear and horror so that you don’t know what’s coming next.” –Author Stephenson Holt

“The characters are lovely and very entertaining, written with a wonderful sense of humor. I loved every minute of reading!!” –Amazon Review






About The Author

If someone told a young Sayara St. Clair that one day she would be an erotic/paranormal-romance-writing Aussie expat living in Thailand, she would have snort-laughed and yelled, “You. Be. Crazy!”
If someone told her the same thing now, she would not yell, only nod solemnly. Because that actually happened.

Sayara has a science degree, with majors in both microbiology and biochemistry. Working in the fields of serology and tissue banking, she got to do lots of cool and sometimes slightly weird stuff. She was employed as the manager/buyer for furniture retail stores, where she had a chance to unleash her inner interior decorator. (Interior design is one of her great passions.) And for a time, she taught English to students in Asia. (Hanging about in a roomful of extremely loud, pint-sized humans is not one of her great passions.) She has written ads for TV, print and radio; real estate brochures; website copy; and a screenplay. Now she’s writing fiction and has discovered it’s her favorite thing to do. She’s also learned that writing sultry romances is so much more fun than writing dry old scientific journal articles. No one has sex in scientific journal articles. Not the ones she wrote anyway.

When not writing, she may be most commonly found in a horizontal position reading, in the kitchen baking, in the garden planting, or somewhere else singing at the top of her lungs. She loves music and is prone to spontaneous bouts of dancing.

With regards to vampires and chocolate: she bites one on a daily basis and has had a lifelong obsession with the other. And she’s not telling which one’s which.

Awards
* Silver Medal in Romance Sizzle—Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2019.
* Honorable Mention in Romance Sizzle—Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2019.
* Solo Medalist in Literary Erotica—New Apple Summer eBook Awards, 2019.
* Solo Medalist in Literary Erotica—The Fifth Annual New Apple Book Awards.
* Official Selection in eBook Romance/Literary Erotica—The Fifth Annual New Apple Book Awards.