Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fool For Books Giveaway!

Thank you to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this hop.

I would be willing to make a fool of myself for a good book.

Would you?

In addition to the regular prize for this giveaway which will be the winner's choice of book ($16 or less) from The Book Depository, I will award another prize to my favorite answer to the following question:

How would you make a Fool of yourself for a book?

The comment also counts toward April's Comment Incentive Giveaway! Make sure to enter!!

As usual the giveaway is open to all followers age 13 or older provided The Book Depository ships to you.

I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond.

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March Wrap Up and April Comment Incentive

Miki is once again our MVC for March! Congratulations Miki! I'll be in touch. :-)

I have decided to add a new twist to the Comment Incentive Giveaway.

It will stay the same except, the prize will now be the winner's choice of book from those we discussed during the month.

For those of you who are new to this giveaway, it is pretty simple. The giveaway will remain open for the entire month. The link can be found at the top of my page for easy access! Each post will entered on the giveaway form. Most posts give you two chances to get points. :-)

You can get one point just for commenting. Easy peasy! While every comment counts, I hope that you will be more original than just saying this sounds good all of the time! 

The second way to earn points is to share the post. You can get three points for sharing the post in addition to the one for commenting.

You can enter up till the last day of the month. So even if you can't stop by each day, you can still take part!

I appologize for not answering your comments as quickly as I usually do the last week or so. With the holiday and the kids home from school, I was a tad distracted (to say the least).

Thank you to all those who entered my giveaways this month especially those who took the time to comment and enter the Incentive giveaway.

Here is a recap on some of the winners from my last few contests:

The Lunar Love winner was Cricket and she choose Frost Burned.

The winner of the Lucky in Love Giveaway was Jennifer W. and she choose Walking Disaster.

The winner of my Spring Cleaning giveaway was Megan K. who chose The Man Must Marry.

There were a whole bunch of other winners from the other giveaways not sponsored by me. All of the winners responded and should have received their prizes or at least correspondance about receiving them. All of the winners can be found on the giveaway form for that giveaway. As soon as the winner responds to my email, I publish their name.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Good Luck!

Thank you for commenting! Don't forget to enter the Comment Incentive Giveaway. The link can be found at the top of the page!

Have a wonderful Easter!

Have a beautiful day!

Thank you for commenting! Don't forget to enter the Comment Incentive Giveaway. The link can be found at the top of the page!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Mystic Series Re-Release Event and Giveaway with B.C. Burgess and Bandit Publishing

Title(s): Descension and Impassion, books 1&2 of The Mystic Series

Author: B C Burgess

Publisher: Bandit Publishing

Re-release date: March 27, 2013 with Bandit

Genre: Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Book 1


A Magical Journey of Epic Romance


After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.


Quin’s natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he’s been dreaming of his entire life. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he’s confronted with the challenge of a lifetime – an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.

The Enemy

Through manipulation and dark magic, Agro uses the powers of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. When he discovers Layla didn’t die at birth, he sets out to find and possess her.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.

Goodreads (Descension)

Here is an excerpt:

Aedan paused an inch from Rhosewen’s face, searching for unwillingness, but there wasn’t a refusal to find, only a subtle parting of the plump, pink lips he could no longer resist.

Their first kiss was unhurried, intense and more meaningful than any before it. Eager to accept and prolong, they held each other tightly, memorizing and savoring every taste and feel, every second of every sensation.

By the time they stopped to breathe, they were bathed in moonlight.

“I want to see you again,” Aedan whispered, keeping his fingers buried in soft spirals. He wanted to see her every day for the rest of his life. He wanted to kiss her like that every morning and every night. He wanted to wake up to her aqua eyes forever.

“I’d like that, too,” Rhosewen replied, “but I don’t know if it’s a good idea.”

“I think it’s the best idea I’ve ever had,” he countered.

“We barely know each other,” she argued.

“I’m trying to remedy that,” he returned.

“I’m leaving in a week, Aedan.”

“Are you trying to convince me?” he asked. “Or yourself?”

She didn’t answer, and Aedan took her silence as a good sign. “Have you ever been to the Devil’s Den Nature Preserve?” he asked, keeping her pressed against him, terrified to let go.

“No, but I hear it’s beautiful.”

“It is,” he confirmed. “We could make it there in about an hour and a half. Will you let me take you?”


“Tomorrow. We could fly over before sunrise and spend the day there.” He held his breath, waiting for her answer.

Book 2 


A Magical Journey of Epic Romance


According to the fairy tales Layla Callaway read as a child, she’d stepped into one. She suddenly has the extended family she always wanted, a beautiful home in Oregon, and the ability to perform astonishing magic. But her perfect world has a price, and she may end up paying with her life.


Quin Kavanagh wants nothing more than to shed his playboy past and devote himself to Layla, but his womanizing reputation threatens to destroy their budding relationship and shatter his dreams.

The Enemy

Obsessed with Layla’s immense power, Agro eliminates leads on his way to Oregon. But there’s a stranger lurking much closer to Layla’s new home, and he’s closing in quicker than anyone knows. Leaving a trail of tragedy in their wakes, both wizards crave what Layla has, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.

Goodreads (Impassion)

About the Author:

B. C. Burgess is a small town girl born and raised in Oklahoma, where she still resides with her devoted husband and their young son. She’s addicted to coffee and writing and thinks the combination is heaven. Inspired to write by her love of reading, she feels fiction provides a healthy escape from the hardships of life, and hopes her stories touch the hearts of her readers, just as she’s been touched time and again. Though most of her visions flower in the form of fiction, she dreams of the day her passion for writing, along with determination and hard work, will prove to her son creative dreams can come true.

If you like the tales B. C. weaves, let her know. She loves hearing from her readers.

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What do you think?

The giveaway is for an ecopy of Descension!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

VBT: Giveaway & Review ~ Puppy Love by Sylvie Fox


There are only two things Sophie Reid doesn’t do: lawyers and sex. When sexy, lawyer Ryan Becker stumbles into her life, her first two thoughts are “no,” and “definitely no.” After Sophie and Ryan rescue a dog from certain death on the Hollywood Freeway, they share one smoldering kiss. Sophie knows a potential train wreck when she sees it and leaves the dog and Ryan at the pound knowing she’ll never see either of them again.

Poor kid turned corporate attorney, Ryan vowed he’d get an education, succeed, and be welcomed in the front door of the most stately homes in Beverly Hills. Now that his career is on an upward trajectory, he is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, the women he has been meeting haven’t set his heart racing. Enter: Sophie.

A master of persuasion by profession, Ryan convinces Sophie to pursue their undeniable mutual attraction. But Ryan’s quest to be a success at the very occupation she reviles rankles her.

When a Hollywood union strikes, Ryan and Sophie find themselves on opposite sides of the bargaining table. Can their sparks in the bedroom overcome their standoff in the boardroom?

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Here's an excerpt:

Sophie turned and looked directly into his dark blue eyes, sizing him up.

“Mmmm . . . a big, strong guy like you can surely handle him while I check in,” she said, handing him the dog before he could protest.

As soon as he gathered the distressed dog on his lap and made a space for himself on the bench, it promptly urinated on his very neatly pressed dress pants. One of the clinic staff people rushed over with paper towels and a spray bottle of disinfectant, and Sophie unsuccessfully hid her laugh behind her hand at the way the man was holding the dog under its front legs like it was a smelly baby, his arms outstretched as far as they would go.

Though she wanted nothing more than to snatch up the wiggling dog and send the nerve-jarring hunk on his way, Sophie held her ground. It was far more interesting to see what he would do next. She predicted he would make up a bogus excuse and be out of the clinic in a heartbeat – Sophie was one hundred percent sure this man did not get urinated on too often.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:  

I write the kinds of books I love to read. The quirky characters in my romance novels experience angst, conflict, mostly great sex, and always get their "happily ever after." In my mainstream fiction, ordinary woman experience angst, conflict, and occasional great sex, but they also get embroiled in struggles against extraordinary odds, and I don't promise a happy ending. I also love thrillers, but I don't write those. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, son, and a whole lot of pets. When I'm not hanging out in Hollywood, I'm eating my way through Budapest.

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My Thoughts:

Puppy Love had my rapt attention from the beginning.  Dogs are my favorite type of pet.

This book was fun to read. I read it pretty quickly. 

I Loved, Loved, Loved Ryan and his family! For me, they made the story. :D

The romance in this book was both sweet and Hot in parts.

I would definitely recommend this book to all adults who like romance with some sizzle. ;-)

I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish in exchange for my honest opinion. I really liked it and I hope that there will be a sequel!

Do you like dogs?

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway!

Thank you to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Read Now Sleep Later for hosting this Hop.

My giveaway is open to all followers above the age of 13 provided that The Book Depository ships to you.  

You may enter from now through April 5th.

I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond.

The prize will be a book of the winner's choice (up to $16)

Good Luck and Happy :-) Easter!

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VBT: The Witch Avenue Series by Karice Bolton ~ Review Lonely Souls (Book one) and Giveaway

Author: Karice Bolton

Title: (Witch Avenue Series 1-3) Lonely Souls, Altered Souls, Released Souls

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Book #1 

It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order... that is until her mother’s disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother’s empty grave.

When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother’s disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.

With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it’s too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.

Book #2

The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past.

Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities.

With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.

Book #3  

Triss and Logan’s love is becoming stronger by the day as they harness the powers between them, but will that make them blind to the evil they’re facing?

After uncovering startling information about her family, Triss is determined to right the wrongs of her ancestors. Triss and Logan uncover who has infiltrated the covens across the globe, and they realize the plans of the dark side are far more sinister than they’d ever imagined.

As the power of this hidden world is exposed, Triss learns her role in the covens. With Logan, Dace and Bakula’s assistance, Triss is now able to fully realize the abilities her ancestors have given her.

It won’t be long until the dark forces regain their strength, especially as their leader, Eben, continues his quest for a power that can never be revoked. Triss must stop him before it is too late.

Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the sweetest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.

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My Thoughts:

I read Lonely Souls (book one). This book is appropriate for all ages. I have to say that I Love all three covers. The fact that the colors are mostly dull with just a hint of color, makes them all the more brilliant!

What a spell binding adventure! From the first page to the last not a dull moment can be found.

In this book, Triss finds out some family history that isn't flattering. She has a mystery to figure out. She needs to determine every one's true intentions. And she needs to determine if she will open her heart to love or not! This is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. I told you, not a dull moment!

If you haven't already figured it out, in Lonely Souls you will find witches (both good and bad), suspense, danger, creepy creatures, spell-tastic action, mystery, and romance.

I recommend this book to all paranormal romance readers, those who like witch books, or those who  just want a gripping, face paced, fantastic book to read. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. Now I need to get the next two books and read them! 

I received a copy of this book from AToMR in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly loved every minute of it! :-)

I received some swag from Karice and it is AWESOME! There were soaps and beautiful book marks. Thank you Karice!

Lonely Souls is FREE on Amazon!

There are two giveaways! A Grand Prize Giveaway (the top one) and a second chance one so to speak.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

VBT: Giveaway and Review ~ Alpha Me Not by Jianne Carlo


Susie White wants no picket fences, no alpha, and no cubs. White wolf woman she may be, but no pack for her, no sireee. Alpha me not, that’s her motto. In all caps.

Mercenary and half-breed wolf Joe Huroq’s not looking for a mate. Stop and go screwing, that’s his motto. Hot and heavy between missions. Then he glimpses his new neighbor tanning nude and the situation explodes.

Literally. Susie’s house is consumed by fire. What’s Joe to do but offer Susie his hospitality?

Susie can’t resist the temptation of big, bad, mercenary, so she suggests a friends with benefits arrangement which he accepts with an amazing alacrity. The sex is frantic, hot, and frequent. Neither one can keep their hands off the other.

Then children go missing. The fire’s deemed arson. Bodies pile up. Susie refuses to accept Joe’s mate claim. Can he keep her safe when she won’t obey a single order?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Alpha Me Not (White Wolf #3)

by Jianne Carlo

Contemporary Erotic Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Categories: Action/Adventure, Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Loose-Id

Release Date: August 12, 2012

Heat Level: Sizzling

Length: 233 pages

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Here's an excerpt:

Maybe, just maybe this could work out. Gawd, was he temptation personified. The notion of running her fingers over his forged-of-steel muscles had Susie salivating.

“I don’t want your friendship. That involves emotions. Now, there is an arrangement I might go for. The kind that involves a certain type of buddy.”

The grin that swept his mouth showcased the type of dimples clean-cut Ralph Lauren male models claimed, and gave him a boyish air she would never have associated with his menacing, mercenary, razor toughness.

He cupped her elbow and urged her around the corner and onto Birch Close.

“You’re preaching to the converted, sweetness. I’d say we have ourselves the makings of a—”

His nostrils flared.

His gaze went distant.

He lifted his head.

Susie’s stomach clenched.

Predatory couldn’t begin to describe the hunter stance he assumed in a heartbeat—legs spread wide, hands jammed on lean hips, eyes narrowed. He sniffed and whipped his head to the left.

“Gas. I smell gas. Are you sure you turned off the tanks?” He met her stare full on.

She resisted the urge to smack him. Gas? She’d all but asked him to screw her, and he asked about gas? She inhaled and smelled nothing but the metallic aroma of asphalt baking under a semitropical sun.

He shook her. “Think. Did you lock the tank?”

She dashed his hands away. “Of course I did. I am not some simpering female. We’ve had a gas stove all my life. I know the rules. I disconnected the old tank, screwed the valve shut, and took it to the laundry room. I never even opened the valve on the new one because—”

“Crap. It is gas. And damned if it’s not going to blow any minute.” He’d turned around, poised to take off.

Susie backtracked. “I disconnected everything when I couldn’t figure out how to switch the tanks around. And how in heck can you smell gas from here?”

The boom thundered between them, an explosion so loud and so unexpected they both jumped.


He took off like a horse taking the final curve in the Belmont.

Susie sprinted after him. Raced to catch his wide-legged stride, panting to keep up with his pace, until, until…

Shit. Terri’s house had blown up.

Her arms plopped to her sides. She stood there following the leaping blue and yellow plumes, watching the points flare and sizzle, her mouth hanging open, too stunned to move an inch.

Terri’s cute little bungalow was on fire.

Correction—the house was consumed by fire. The porch was ablaze, the quaint milk cans with their nostalgic petunias and ivies charcoaled and crumpled in a slow dance of destruction. A conflagration of vaulting flames attacked the front door, the walls, the charming carved white window frames, as she stood there unable to budge.

This couldn’t be happening. She shook her head. No way.

Just a few weeks ago she’d left Chabegawn, Michigan, on the first real adventure of her life—college, and being on her own. Claiming her own space, doing all the college stuff she’d always dreamed about: sororities, football games, and intellectual challenges. Okay, she was older than most of the other students, but not by decades. This was her chance to spread her wings, to seek out new experiences, to push herself to the max, to throw out all the nasty small-town restrictions she’d dealt with for twenty-five years.

It wasn’t supposed to begin with a fire.

Everything she owned was in there.

The five hundred dollars she’d withdrawn from the bank to shop for groceries and other household items. She’d left the money in the drawer in the laundry room.

Maybe the back was better than the front.

Susie took off.

She hadn’t run far before Joe corralled her, crossed his arms around her, and hauled her tight against his chest. “Where in hell do you think you’re going?”

She elbowed him. “To the back door. Let me go.”

“Don’t be stupid.”

She wriggled and kicked at him, but he held her fast.

“The whole property’s a fire trap. It’s—”

The howling of multiple vehicles drowned his voice.

About the Author:

My motto is simple: Alpha Me Please. While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are my forte, I go weak in the knees for warriors of any type, rebels, SEAls, Vikings, and bad-ass mercenaries.

Send me a man with an attitude and I'll find the right woman to tame him. My writing career began in 2008, and since then I've been lucky enough to have over twenty books published. Most of my books are TOP PICKs and several have been nominated for and won awards and prizes.

Nothing makes my day more than an email from someone who’s read one of my books. So far, I've received emails from almost every continent on the planet. Almost…

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My Thoughts:

This thrillingly exciting scorching hot read began with a bang. It was fast paced and had no slow parts to be seen! It definitely needs to be read by adults only!

Susie has a life plan and a motto "Alpha Me Not!" Too bad for her that Joe is an Alpha and he has his sights set on her, or is it? Could she have possibly been mistaken about not wanting or needing an Alpha?

The plot had werewolves, danger, missing children, a sick killer, romance, hot steamy scenes, mystery, and some twists and turns.

I really liked Alpha Me Not. It is the third book in this series but can be read as a stand alone. I haven't read the previous books yet but I had no problem understanding it. :-)

I recommend this book to all those who like really hot werewolf reads. ;-)

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly liked it a lot and thought it was super exciting!

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Cover Reveal ~ Frigid by J Lynn

J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



Frigid Blurb:

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013

Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2012

And now here is the cover. \/

Is it just me or does there seem to be a surplus of men with open shirts on covers lately?

Don't get me wrong, I'm NOT complaining! lol!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway for Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum #2) by Rosalie Lario

Book Description:

Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.

Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.

Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.


Title: Mark of the Sylph  

Demons of Infernum #2

Author: Rosalie Lario

Genre:Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Format: Ebook, Paperback

Length: 352 pages

Release Date: March 26th 2013

Buy Links: Amazon / B&N 

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This sounds good to me and I like the hunky cover. ;-)

Have any of you read the first book in this series?

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Monday, March 25, 2013

VBT: Review, Giveaway and Guest post by Lilliana Anderson author of Beautiful Struggle

Lilliana Anderson has prepared a guest post for me today. :D

Finding Inspiration for Writing Romance

Thank you to Brenda for having me on the blog today! It’s an honour to guest post for you. Thank you Lilliana! :-)

While I was working out what to write about in all of my guest posts for this tour, I asked all of my facebook and twitter buddies what they’d like to hear from me.
This topic comes from Aurora, who wants to know where my inspiration comes from.

Firstly, just in case someone in my family is looking over my shoulder as I type this I am going to say that the love I feel for my husband and four children are by far the ONLY inspiration I need to write romantic fiction.

Now, I’ll send them all away and tell you the truth. My inspiration comes for all over the place, for example, I was walking to the shops the other day and a car slowed down to stop and the driver asked me directions – it got me thinking that something like that could be the ‘meet cute’ for a couple in a story. Then I start wondering what would happen after that, what is their obstacle and how do they overcome it.

So really it’s simple things that give me ideas, I forever people watch and wonder what their story is too – developing them in my own mind until they become something more tangible. And when those people I’m watching are really hot guys – well, that just makes the story a little easier to swallow for me (wink, wink).

Admittedly, some of the real life things that have happened in my past tend to creep into my books as well. For example, the reference to Indiana Jones in A Beautiful Struggle was something I said to a guy once who did the same thing as Katrina in that scene.

About the Author: 

Australian born and bred, Lilliana Anderson has always loved to read and write considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer. Besides writing Angelien's biographical trilogy, she also writes contemporary romance and drama all set within Australia.

When she isn't writing she is a wife, and a mother to four children. She has worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities before transferring to commerce/law at university.

She currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

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Katrina Mahoney has a very full life attending university to study a law degree, training for triathlons and now she is working part time as well. She couldn’t possibly find time for a relationship, especially after her last one ended so catastrophically.

Right now she is content focusing on work, study and training while hanging out with her best friend David Taylor, a womaniser with a heart of gold that would do anything for Katrina – except watch her get hurt again.

That is, until the dashing Elliot Roberts, a junior solicitor from her work, shows an interest in her despite their office’s ‘No Dating’ policy.

Katrina struggles with following her heart or following her mind and has trouble seeing where her heart truly lies.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language which may be considered offensive to some readers.

A Beautiful Struggle

by Lilliana Anderson

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self/Indie

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Heat Level: Steamy

Word Count: 64,000

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Amazon US / Amazon UK / B&N / Smashwords

Here's an excerpt:

Elliot was already there when I reached the sports bar, leaning up against the wall outside it looking at his phone. He was wearing a pair of faded blue jeans and a white v-neck t-shirt. His hair was sticking up and messy from sleeping - he looked positively delicious.

The corridor we were in was pretty quiet so the clack of my heels could be heard as I walked towards him, alerting him to my presence. He stood up properly and gave me the most brilliant smile I have ever seen on him. It made my chest swell, and I impulsively started to run to him, jumping into his arms as he captured me in a passionate kiss that had me melting on the spot.

He broke away and smiled at me, brushing my hair out of my face. “I was dreaming about you when you called me,” he murmured.

A little ripple skittered through my stomach and shot down between my legs. “Good dreams I hope,” I purred, leaning into him.

“Let’s get out of here, and I’ll show you”

My Thoughts:

This book was a pretty quick read. I feel that it is only appropriate for adults! It was a story about two people who were meant to be together but don't seem to know it.

Katrina just started a new job when she meets a very attractive Elliot. Her new boss quickly points out that there is a no dating policy. She is not looking for a relationship of any kind because she just went through a horrific ordeal with her last boyfriend. Seeing her contemplating what he feels is sure to be a big mistake, David, her best friend, starts to pull away from her and they begin to argue.

This was a story that had some sadness, anger, humiliation, happiness, romance a lot of steamy scenes. I liked it. I read it straight through without a break!

There were some really sweet moments too. I especially liked David. ;-)

I recommend A Beautiful Struggle to everyone who likes their book hot and emotion filled!

I received a copy of this book from CBLS in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought it was good. I liked it a lot.

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