Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Book BIN Tuesday - Knight of Pleasure

Today marks the new release of Margaret Mallory's second book, Knight of Pleasure. It sounds just as fabulous as the first one! Plus look at that cover. Yum!

Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.

Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. When a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen must prove that he
is more than a knight of pleasure ... and that love can conquer all.
"... [A] riveting story, intertwining adventure and history...with a constantly increasing level of sensuality....[A] rare treat." RT Book Reviews
“Margaret Mallory's passionate novel, KNIGHT OF PLEASURE, is an absolute delight for fans of historical romance.” Fresh Fiction
“You're not just reading a novel, you are stepping into the story...KNIGHT OF PLEASURE is amazing.” Gloria Gehres, The Romance Readers Connection
“Book two of Ms. Mallory’s All the King’s Men series is thrilling, romantic, and just plain good reading.” RomRevToday
So there you go. Sounds delish, doesn't it? Why not head on over to your nearest bookstore and Buy It Now?
ETA: Margaret has generously offered an autographed copy of Knight of Pleasure for one lucky reader of my blog. All commenters are entered to win!
Discussion topic: What's the best book/movie/TV show you've enjoyed recently?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happy Birthday, Igor! (And EKP)

Just a quick note to wish Igor Dolgatschew, one of my fave actors, a very happy birthday. For those of you not familiar with him, Igor plays Deniz on Alles Was Zaehlt, a German soap, and is an incredibly talented actor. (More about Igor in future posts - I have a new "Current TV Crush" post percolating right now...)

And a happy first anniversary to Eskimo Kiss Project, the YouTube channel devoted to Alles Was Zaehlt, and the three women behind this labor of love. If it wasn't for EKP, I would probably never have even heard of Igor, so it's pure serendipity that their YT channel launched on Igor's birthday.
Congrats to all!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NNN Excerpt Thursday - First Scene

Today's excerpt is from Challenging Carter, the final novella in my Strip series. Hope you enjoy!

"You have got to be kidding me."

Carter looked up and smiled. "And good morning to you too, sunshine."

Dani narrowed her gaze at him, jaw set. "Don’t try to sweet-talk me, you spendthrift."

Ah, so that was the issue du jour. Carter leaned back in his ergonomic chair, fingers laced behind his head. He kicked one foot onto the desktop. "Spendthrift. I can never remember—does that mean stingy?"

"You know damn well what it means." She slapped a computer printout on the desk next to his foot. "Reckless with money. Extravagant. Wasteful."

"Hey, now." Carter shifted his sports-sandal-clad foot slightly to the left. "Watch the prototype."

Her brow wrinkled in confusion for just a minute before she glanced down at the sandal and rolled her eyes. "New product?"

He nodded, lifting his foot off the desk. He tilted it to the right and back again. "For the spring line. This new closure we’ve developed is going to knock Velcro on its ass."

"If you say so." She looked dubious, which was pretty much her daily facial expression. Then she scowled again. "And don’t try to distract me."

"Ah, but it’s such a lovely sandal," he crooned, waving his foot back and forth, back and forth, in a soothing motion. "You’re getting veeeerrry sleepy…when you wake from this trance, you will no longer be concerned with the bottom line…"

Dani pinched her lips together. Carter could tell she was trying hard not to laugh.

"So tell me, oh Mistress of the Spreadsheet." He removed his foot from the desk and rolled his chair in close enough to prop his elbows on the desktop. "What evil use of money is so offending your delicate sensibilities this fine morning?"

She leaned in and pointed at the paper in front of him. "A trip to Hawaii?"

Ah. The e-mail. Carter shrugged one shoulder. "Some of the best surfing around," he explained. "It should be a good incentive, don’t you think?"

"Incentive? A weeklong, all expenses paid, luxury resort trip to Hawaii?" Her voice rose before she caught herself and lowered it again with a glance to the office door. "Do you know how much that’ll cost?"

He patted her hand and stood. "Yes, I do. I checked rates online before setting it up."

"So it’s a done deal." She crossed her arms over her chest. "Really, Carter, you should run these things by me first."

"Always better to ask forgiveness rather than permission." He rounded the desk to stand in front of her. Then he tilted his head down and batted his eyelashes at her. "Forgive me?"

With a groan, she dropped her head. "Why do I keep this job?"

"Because I’m so darn cute." He lifted her chin and tapped it with a mock-punch. "And I let you abuse me financially."

"It’s called a budget." She drew the word out like she was talking to a five year old. "Bud-get. I’m your senior financial analyst. Paying attention to the financial bottom line is what I do. Somebody has to."

"Poor, misunderstood numbers-cruncher," he said, one hand flung dramatically over his forehead like a character in a silent movie. "A lone voice crying out in the wilderness."

"Oh, stop it." A thread of laughter laced the muttered comment.

"Trapped forever in a world with people who like to spend money…"

"Okay, Mister Spend-It-All, you might as well explain the rest of the message to me."

"What, about the Wellness Challenge?" He grinned and sat on the desk, feet swinging. "It’s gonna totally shake up the culture around here."

"Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of." She straightened the jacket of her boring-as-oatmeal suit. He’d been trying to get her to adopt the casual-Friday look the rest of the staff wore at Outdoor Sports Equipment, but so far had run into a brick wall there, too. Something about making an impression on the people outside the company that she dealt with on a regular basis.

As if OSE’s very healthy financial status didn’t manage that for her.

He tucked his hands into the deep pockets of his khaki beachcomber pants. "I had this brainstorm," he said over her groan. "We’ve got a corporate membership in the fitness center downstairs—"

She held up her hand. "Don’t remind me. I warned you it would be a ridiculous expense."

"Nothing ridiculous about it." He ticked off the benefits on his fingers. "Increased morale, reduced absenteeism, improved job performance. Offering membership as part of the benefits package is win-win."

"Except right now nobody’s using it." She tugged her suit jacket closed.

"Yeah, well, that’s what the Wellness Challenge is all about," he said. "I really want people to get the most out of the health center. I’ve got some ideas about new directions we can go, and they’re tied to health clubs. What better way to get some input from staff, encourage healthy choices, and build a more productive team?"

"You’re losing me," she warned, eyes narrowing.

"It’s a point system." He rubbed his hands together. "We’ll start with a work-up from a trainer, get a baseline for blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, body composition. That kind of thing. For the next ten weeks, you get points for using the health club, working out with a trainer, participating in group fitness classes. At the end of the ten week session, you get another work-up, and earn points for reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as for improving your muscle to fat ratio. The top point-earner gets the trip to Hawaii."

"What if someone chooses not to participate?"

"That’s their prerogative," he said mildly. "But I don’t expect many people to turn down a chance to win a trip to Hawaii."

"Having to get weighed in for a work-related activity? No, thanks."

"Oh, come on," he wheedled. "Your personal trainer is like your doctor. Your lawyer. Your priest. No one sees those numbers except the two of you. All anyone else ever knows is how many points you earned, period."

"I’m sure you’ll get a good response from the staff." She picked up the e-mail printout and tucked it in her briefcase. "Count me out, though."


She blinked at him. "Excuse me?"

"Your participation is non-negotiable."

"You just said employees could choose not to participate."

He shrugged. "You’re different."

"Oh, you have got to be kidding me." She crossed her arms over her chest. "You are a lawsuit waiting to happen, aren’t you?"

Carter snorted. "You’re as likely to sue me as you are to join in the Polar Bear swim next New Year’s."

"Hey, it could happen." She looked offended. "And the Polar Bear swim? Jump in Puget Sound on January first? You’d have to be nuts."

"It’s invigorating."

"It’s insanity," she tossed back. "But I already knew that about you."

"You know me better than anyone else here." He nudged her with his elbow. "Come on, Dani, you’ve been with me since the beginning. You’ve never backed down from supporting a new endeavor, even when you thought I was crazy. This Challenge is important to me. Important to where I see the company going in the next few years. I could really use your support."

She grimaced, but he knew he had her. That I-can’t-say-no-dammit look was just way too familiar.

"Great!" He grabbed a brochure from his desk and slapped it into the palm of her hand before she could change her mind. "All the group fitness classes are listed on the form inside the front cover. Just sign up for one of them and turn it in. You’ve already got a membership, even if you haven’t used it yet. Make sure you sign in before each class to get the attendance points. And you’ll be meeting with Heidi on Wednesday at six."


That wrinkle between her eyebrows was too damn cute. "Your trainer."

Dani let out a low groan. "Somebody kill me now."

Carter laughed. "Hey, you never know. You might end up surprising yourself and winning that trip to Hawaii."

"Damn straight," she grumbled as she headed for the door, the flyer clutched in her hand in a death-grip. "After putting up with this nonsense for the next ten weeks, a vacation in paradise will be the least I deserve."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Huzzah! And woot!

After many months of none of my Samhain books being available on Fictionwise, they are slowly starting to appear. Taking the Cake is now for sale at Fictionwise, with a 5% rebate to boot. So if you're a Fictionwise customer, and don't have TTC yet, now might be a good time to pick up a copy!

It's been a very confusing situation, with some (not all) of my titles on the site, then disappearing, then reappearing, then disappearing again. I'm hopeful that this new update means the rest of the books will be available there soon, as well. Or, at the very least, that Taking the Cake sticks around for a while.
What's your favorite e-book retailer? Do you prefer to buy from a third-party site like Fictionwise or Amazon, or do you purchase directly from the publisher?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Scavenger Hunt with the Nine Naughty Novelists!

Love Books?
Love being Naughty?

The Nine Naughty Novelists are having a Scavenger Hunt to help celebrate the launch of our new blog. If you’re up for discovering new authors, reading tantalizing excerpts and entering to win some great prizes then read on for all the details!

How to play:

Visit each of the participating authors’ websites to find the answers to their questions. There are nine authors, nine websites to visit, nine answers to find. Once you’ve found all the answers, just copy and paste the form below into your e-mail (being sure to include the answers) and send them to: ninenaughtynovelists@gmail.com with “Scavenger Hunt” in the subject line. Contest closes Midnight November 18th.

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2nd Runner Up wins an eBook.

1st Runner Up wins 2 eBooks and an autographed print book.

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Diane McEntire – http://www.dmcentire.com/
What is Trigg's "profession" in Midnight Reborn?


Erin Nicholas – http://www.erinnicholas.com/
What is Adam's daughter's name (in No Matter What)?


Kate Davies – http://www.kate-davies.com/
What two books are in the print anthology Lessons Learned?


Kelly Jamieson - http://www.kellyjamieson.com/
What is Shane Dunstan's profession?

Kinsey Holley – http://www.kinseyholley.com/
Which characters from Kiss and Kin will get their own story?


Meg Benjamin – http://www.megbenjamin.com/
What's the name of the mythical Texas town where all of Meg's books take place?


PG Forte – http://www.pgforte.com/
In Iron (my new release from Liquid Silver Books) what is Gavin O'Malley's profession?


Skylar Kade – http://www.skylarkade.com/
What is Lara Brunner's profession in Maison Domine?


Sydney Somers – http://www.sydneysomers.com
In Primal Hunger, how did Tristan scrape his face?


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NNN Excerpt Thursday - First Kiss

And now for something completely different!

My new group blog, Nine Naughty Novelists, has started Excerpt Thursday, where each of us posts a snippet of a scene around the same theme, with links to a longer excerpt. So every Thursday I'll be posting the full excerpt here. This week the theme is "First Kiss". My excerpt is from The Devil Inside. Enjoy!

Sam narrowed her eyes. "It’s two in the morning, Cody. I’m tired and cranky and not in the mood. So save the cheesy innuendo for a better occasion, buddy."
"Yes, ma’am." He subsided on the pillow, allowing her to check his bandages and injuries with no further commentary.
She worked quickly and efficiently, refusing to let herself think about Cody’s comments.
And she’d told him she wasn’t in the mood? Liar.
The check-up finally finished, she pulled the covers back up and reached to turn off the light.
Cody stopped her with a hand on her arm.
Startled, she looked down at him. "Did you need something?"
"Just this," he said, reached up with his uninjured arm and threaded his fingers through her sleep-tousled hair. Then, tugging gently, he urged her head down toward his.
Part of her insisted she put a stop to it, right now. He was injured, on medication, and in her care.
It would be unprofessional.
But a bigger part, the part that had been crushing on Cody since she was barely in her teens, told her professional side to shut the hell up and let her enjoy the moment. God knew if it would ever happen again.
Closer, closer, until her eyes drifted shut and she pressed her lips to his.
He whispered a kiss across her mouth with infinite delicacy, pulling back a bit before touching his lips to hers again. His mouth was an intoxicating combination of soft and firm, and she sighed against his lips. She could feel his mouth curve into a little smile.
He intensified the kiss then, his lips molding to hers, his thumb tracing the curve of her neck. Her pulse beat crazily beneath his touch, and she sat down on the edge of the bed, no longer certain her legs would hold her up.
Then he stroked his tongue into her mouth, sending a rush of heat through her that would not be denied. Surrendering to the pull of desire, she met him stroke for stroke, groaning against his mouth as their tongues tangled and their breath mingled. His hand slid lower, cupping her breast, and she gasped as he circled her nipple with his thumb. This was what she’d wanted, what she’d desired for so long…
Growling in frustration, he pulled away, his hand dropping against the comforter as he sank back into the pillows. "You’d better go." His voice was raspy, his expression fierce.
Oh, God. What had she done? With a little gasp, she stood and staggered a few steps back from the bed.
"I’ll, uh, see you in a few hours," she stammered, and backed out of the room. Even after she’d turned the corner into the hallway, she could barely restrain herself from touching her mouth.
She’d studied physiology and human sexuality. Even so, she could have sworn her lips were actually on fire.
How could such a delicate touch cause such a strong reaction?
Cody’s voice carried into the hall. "Maybe you’d better wear your robe next time."
Hell, yeah. She’d wear a snowsuit if she had to. Anything to protect her from the fire burning between them.
Because if she wasn’t careful, she was the one who was going to get burned.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Meet The Author - Erin Nicholas

Erin Nicholas



No Matter What

November 3, 2009

Wow, tough question! I would say my first sale but that’s kind-of a given right? And the second was just as exciting! I would have to say my favorite is of my first writer’s conference. It was the Emerald City Writer’s Conference. Just everything about it! I attended with one of my best friends, a fellow as of yet unpublished author. We met agents (did my first pitch—ugh!), editors (they really aren’t that scary after all!), some of my favorite writers (Susan Andersen, Julia Quinn to name just two!)… it was my first true non-internet connection with a big bunch of writers… just so cool!

I’m so blessed to have so many wonderful memories and stories, writing and non-writing! So, I’m going to go with my favorite saying:
Life is not about the breaths we take, but about the moments that take our breath away.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Heaven, Texas—Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Too much snow to go anywhere, everything at work handled by someone else (ie NO e-mails, texts or phone calls to me!), whole family home, all of us curled up watching a Christmas movie marathon with marshmallow popcorn and hot chocolate.

Just My Type. It’s the third book in my series that kicks off in April with Just Right (middle book is Just Like That). The series is about the Bradford siblings— Jessica, Sam and Sara—falling in love. Just My Type is Sara’s story. She’s the baby of the family and has been in love with her brother’s best friend forever—and she’s finally decided to let him know!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Come Join the Party

The Nine Naughty Novelists are going to be celebrating over on the samhaincafe loop tonight from 7-9 pm EST. Stop by and join in for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Book BIN Tuesday -- No Matter What

Adam Steele is good. Good at using his money to get his way. Money always works—until he realizes he can’t buy his daughter’s way out of her new wheelchair. Three private physical therapists later, he’s almost given up on Emily walking again. Then he meets Dr. Jaden Monroe. And his match.

Jaden doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit”. But she knows a lot about “fired” after a public blowout with her ex jeopardizes the donation her hospital was counting on. Now the most tempting man she’s ever met has made her just the offer she needs to save the new children’s rehab wing—one million dollars to rehabilitate his daughter. In return she finds herself making Adam rash promises: that his daughter will walk in time to take the lead in the school play. And that he won’t entice her into his bed. No matter what.

But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted—and as tenacious as she is. As Adam wears down her defenses with kiss after kiss, the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart.
Sounds cool, doesn't it? Why not head over to MBaM and Buy It Now?
Erin Nicholas has been reading and writing romantic fiction since her mother gave her a romance novel in high school and she discovered happily-ever-after suddenly went a little beyond glass slippers and fairy godmothers! She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).
For more information about Erin and her books, visit: