20 March 2016

The Smexy Romance Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Welcome to The Smexy Romance Blog Hop and Giveaway.  We promise to give you smexy excerpts from our erotic romance novels that you are certain to enjoy!  Visit all our authors to see all of our smexy reads.  And don't forget to register to win our individual giveaways along with our Grand Prize!
The Smexy Romance Blog Hop and Giveway runs from March 20th to April 2nd.

Thanks to Clare Dargin for putting this whole thing together!

1. Clare's Blog 2: The Haven  9. Maia Dylan  17. Catherine Peace  
2. P.T. Macias  10. Tina Donahue  18. Haley Whitehall  
3. Evelise Archer  11. Nancy Fraser  19. Louisa Bacio  
4. Shea Balik  12. Vicki Ballante  20. Thea Landen  
5. Trace Steinbach  13. Mary Anne Marshall  21. Cree Storm  
6. SorchaMowbray  14. Eve Dangerfield  22. Lea Bronsen  
7. Doris O'Connnor  15. Olivia Night  
8. Andrew Jericho  16. Katherine McIntyre  

While not quite as *fans self* as some of the other entries, I love this exchange between Uri and Shadi from Gemini, my science fiction romance from Decadent Publishing. Two former slaves taking care of each other after an epic rescue? Love it.

Don't forget to visit the other, extremely talented authors and enter on each blog for the grand prize!

As they struggled back toward Gemini, she managed to support his weight. They wove through crowds of merchants and drunks, somehow managing to stay undetected, and Uri still fought his disbelief. The thought that he was hallucinating crossed his mind more than once.

She settled him in the copilot’s chair and took the helm, looking every bit as confident as someone who’d been flying for years. Without a hitch, she disengaged them from the station and into the relative safety of the stars. “You’re amazing.”

She smiled, and light pink blossomed in her cheeks. “Time to take care of you,” she said. “Come on.” Her slight frame contained hidden strength, and, regardless of the throbbing behind his eyes, he wanted her to stay this close. “Now, sit.”

“You didn’t have to come back.” As instructed, he sat on the side of his bed while she fetched first-aid supplies. When she returned, she sat next to him, her knee against his.

“You’d have done it for me without a second thought.” She dabbed at a cut above his eyebrow. “How’s your head?”

“Hurts,” he replied with a little snort. “But it’s been worse. And you haven’t answered my question.”
Her attention moved to his split lip. As she dabbed at the cut, he noticed her fingers trembling, her hand unsteady. Could have been from the adrenaline. “Well, since you decided to get abducted, I contacted Vani. Learned a few things about Earth cats and the fahir, and about how to track ships. As an added bonus, he taught me how to disable our tracking signal.”

“Which is illegal.”

“Nothing we’ve done is legal. What’s one more?” She scooted behind him. “You’ve got a knot the size of my fist back here. There has to be a compress on this ship somewhere. Vani apparently had it fitted for every conceivable human emergency.”

“Like I told you. Worriers.”

“Let me go find it. You could really use it.”

Already, the improved nutrition she’d received over the last several weeks had made a difference. Her waist-length hair bounced with each step she took, and her eyes were brighter, keener. And the sway of her hips certainly caught his attention. She wasn’t the waif he’d stolen from Goliv. Somewhere along the way, she’d become a woman.

A woman who’d risked herself to save him.

When she came back, he noted the grace in each movement, from the way she walked to the way she handed him the compress and sat next to him. “Why did you return for me?”

The gentleness of her fingertips on his cheek managed to cut through the horrible pain in his head. “I had to. You promised to help me. Can’t keep your promises if you’re in the forge.” She kissed the uninjured side of his mouth, and his heart sprinted into high gear. “Besides, what kind of wife would I be if I left my dear husband to rot?”

“In my experience, a happy one.” He took a chance, cupped her cheek with his palm, and, to his amazement, she leaned into his touch. For the first time, he noticed the flecks of amber in her irises and the light freckles on her skin. Then she kissed him again, and he pulled her tight, desperate to feel her body pressed to his. He tangled one hand in her long hair and moved the other to rest on her hip. All the pain in the universe couldn’t strip this pleasure from him.

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I'm giving away a copy of my 1Night Stand Complete Me. Just leave me a comment to enter!

16 March 2016

Upcoming Opportunities

Hey everyone! Sorry there's been a bit of radio silence on my end. I'm working my booty off to try to get some projects finished up for your enjoyment. I'm currently revising another 1NS book to get submitted by the end of this month, and I still have Ember to re-edit and set up. So in the meantime, I'm giving you guys an opportunity to win a couple of books, in case you haven't had a chance to buy them yet, or weren't willing to take the chance *that's totally okay, too!*

First up is the Smexy Romance Blog Hop, the brain child of the super-talented Clare Dargin. March 20-April 2, you'll have the opportunity to visit the blogs of several romance authors and enter to win plenty of prizes. It'll be a great time for everyone :D 

I'm doing a couple of signings as well. I'm attending Wild in West Virginia with my writing partner/best friend/hetero love of my life Landra Graf. If you guys are going to be in/around Charleston, WV, June 10-12, stop by! Tix are available here.

I'm also attending Pages in the Caves Sept. 23rd in Cave City, KY, hosted by the lovely Kristine Raymond. Tix are available here.

And yes, I will have actual, physical, PRINT copies to sign!

I really hope to see you at one of these events! Keep your eyes here for the blog hop. Only got a couple days!

*Soooooooo many exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!* 

29 January 2016

Free Promo Friday: Celebrate Valentine's with Tara Quan's Feline Valentine

A year ago, I released Fireworks at Midnight, thinking I would leave the world of A Witch’s Night Out forever (I’d planned the series as a trilogy). Unfortunately, my characters had other plans. Since I’d sicced Madame Eve on her cat familiar, earth mage Shelley Dupree insisted I make things right. To be fair, I’d already given her a magical handicap, forced her under house arrest, and buried her in bills—taking away her feline companion did seem a cruel and unusual punishment.
It took me two months of fictional time to even the scales with Feline Valentine.  Part of Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series, my interracial paranormal romance is set in Washington, D.C., where magic-wielding folk try to live alongside us pesky humans. It’s my first true “shifter” AND “foodie” romance (talk about ticking two boxes with one book), and a quick read of the blurb should tell you what I mean.
To celebrate this unexpected return to my favorite series, I’m giving away a $15 gift card. To enter, leave a comment here and drop your details in the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post [or at my website: http://www.taraquan.com/felinevalentine].

Feline Valentine (A Witch’s Night Out) by Tara Quan
Under magical house arrest in her great-grandmother’s suburban cottage, college graduate and reluctant earth mage Shelley Dupree whiles away most mornings spying on the warlock next door. Though erotic daydreams offer some distraction, she faces long working hours, cash flow problems, and a repeat burglar. On Valentine’s Day, she sets a trap for the mysterious intruder, intent on ending his crime streak once and for all. But her scheming cat familiar foils her best-laid plans, and, with a little help from Madame Eve’s 1-Night Stand service, she discovers a far more dangerous species of magical feline.
After moving in next to a ramshackle building on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., pastry chef Adrien Chatdurois is plagued by repeat sexual fantasies starring the same curvy brunette. In a state of constant arousal, he devotes his early mornings to grueling exercise and spends the rest of his day handcrafting the city’s best chocolates. When his younger brother stirs up trouble on the shop’s busiest day, the frustrated shifter is forced to pay a surprise visit on his reclusive neighbor. He soon learns not all witches are wart-covered hags, and one in particular might prove the most delicious of desserts.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy, Interracial/Multicultural

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$15 Giveaway 

About the Author
Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Her characters, armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. To receive updates about her new releases and get a free sexy read, subscribe to her mailing list at www.taraquan.com/newsletter.

24 January 2016

Disturbing the Peace - The Importance of the Everywoman (Not Bella Swan)

***Since Arrow is coming back on, I guess I should finish this, especially since we all know she's okay***


So by now I'm pretty sure anyone who's an Arrow fan knows of this thing that happened, in which everyone's favorite plucky blonde computer genius got shot and may or may not be dead.

Let me say first that if Felicity dies, I will A) stop watching the show and supporting it in anyway, except for Flash crossover episodes where I have no choice, and B) picket any filming I can get to because it's BS.

However, I truly don't think Felicity is dead for a myriad of reasons. This post sums them up pretty perfectly, so I want to approach this from a little bit of a different viewpoint: that of the romance writer.

I write romance, so I'm pretty sure I have a working knowledge of it, at least. Comic books aren't known for subtlety and nuance most of the time when it comes to characters' relationships with one another, and they certainly don't cast women like Felicity Smoak (which is totally a real last name, something that still weirds me out) as the love interest of the hero unless she is horrifically killed and thus becomes a turning point for the hero.

This is known as putting her "in the refrigerator"--a term coined by comics writer Gail Simone after reading a comic book in which that literally happens (to Alex DeWitt in Green Lantern #54)-- and is used over and over and over again in comics and movies. And TV shows. And video games. And pretty much everything.


However, Felicity has spent four seasons subverting that in a most spectacular way. Most people will see a plucky blonde computer guru and think of Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds, or at least I do. She and Morgan have one of my favorite friendships on network television, but that's the extent of it, a fact that frustrates the ever-loving hell out of Morcia shippers like myself. Throughout the first couple seasons, Olicity shippers had that same frustration--that our plucky blonde computer guru would remain in that role of "loves from afar." After all, Oliver was well into a relationship with Sara (and later with Laurel, which is just messed up but whatever; Oliver's not exactly in his right mind).

When Olicity went canon, I squalled. Because Felicity is me.

She's our Everywoman. She's the heart and soul of the Arrow team, who uses humor to defuse situations, who adds normalcy to an abnormal situation. She keeps Oliver grounded and acts as the rainbow to his thunderstorm. She brings a sense of color into the group, not just with her outfits, but with her personality, her kindness, and her general love for all of them. Sometimes she has to be mother hen, sometimes she's the concerned best friend, but she's always the glue that keeps the Arrow team together. Those women are typically stuck in those roles, but not our Felicity. And that's incredibly important for the "geeky" girls, the ones who are normally relegated to the background, the stand-ins. The women who think outside the box, the ones who kick ass in their own ways but not necessarily on a physical level, the ones who may not even be "conventionally pretty" like yours truly are normally not seen as worthy of the hero. And the fact that Felicity is, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE OR SO HELP ME GOD, is representation I feel like is sorely lacking in a world where strong, worthy women are practically dude-light.

So, guys? If for some reason you decide to go down that road with her? YOU WILL HAVE FAILED THIS SHOW AND THIS DEMOGRAPHIC.


17 December 2015

New Book Alert! Devil Under the Mistletoe-Sam Cheever

Damian is supposed to escort sexy Amanda to Hell. But he’d much rather keep her.

This Christmas, Damian Noire’s assignment is to bring beautiful Amanda Wright to Hell to stand before the judgment assembly, and then take her to her assigned circle of Hell. It sounds simple. But it’s about to become the hardest assignment he’s ever performed. Amanda might not belong in Hell at all. The problem is, Damian really kind of likes her. And if he gets her the judgment she truly deserves, he’s probably going to lose her forever. But if he doesn’t help her, an innocent may spend eternity in Hell. It appears to be a lose/lose situation on all fronts. Proving once again that holidays truly are hell!

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.

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12 December 2015

Sale Alert! Frosty Relations by Tara Quan

With the holidays upon us there are troves of books to curl up with by the fireplace. My paranormal romantic comedy goes great with mulled wine and cinnamon cookies. Part of Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand line, Frosty Relations features a young college graduate facing the complicated world of adulthood and confronting the frost mage she’s had a crush on for most of her life. Add some Christmas magic and Madame Eve’s renowned matchmaking service, and we’ve got the beginnings of an icy-hot love story.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, my publisher has discounted the book to $0.99 for a limited time on Amazon and ARe (the sale ends December 14, 1015). I’m also giving away a $10 gift card. To enter, leave a comment here and drop your details in the Rafflecopter widget either at the bottom of this post, or at this landing page on my website: http://www.taraquan.com/frostyrelations

Frosty Relations

Attorney Jack Frost never understood why holidays did weird things to people. His secretary went on vacation, his best friend ditched their annual Aspen trip, and the law firm’s stubborn human resources assistant refuses his clerical support request. What’s a warlock to do on Christmas Eve but go on a 1-Night Stand? But when an oddly familiar empath shows up as his date, this ice mage has a hard time denying the magic of the winter solstice.

Faced with an anemic employment market and financial woes, college graduate and former witch Mina Mao lands an HR assistant job at Frost and Sons. Having spent her day saving Christmas from Frost Junior’s Grinch-like behavior, she accepts the gift of Madame Eve’s service and heads over to the Castillo Capital. When her date turns out to be her childhood crush and workplace nemesis, she braces herself for the sexiest icy ride of her life. 

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy, Interracial/Multicultural

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29 October 2015

What do you need for a Zombie Apocalypse?

Now that zombie season is upon us (meaning it's almost Halloween and The Walking Dead is back on), it's probably the best time to talk about what must-haves should be in your ZA kit. Thankfully, Landra Graf's got your back.

Here's what you need:

1- Machete
Why? You'll need to chop off heads.
2- Gasoline
Why? This serves a multitude of purposes, from escaping towns to preventing zombies from getting to certain places. There's also the possibility of char-broiling a zombie when needed.
3- Guns and Ammo
Why? Pretty obvious, but you need something that packs a punch to get rid of the zombie hordes. Not every single zombie will come at you one at a time. I highly recommend multiple guns and clicks for quick reloads. Also do a double tap head shot, anything else is a waste of ammo.
4- Full body armor
Why? My personal preference is everything kevlar. I want a full body suit made of the stuff or chain mail. No zombies biting me through clothes. I'd be protected all the time and ready for action. I suggest the same for anyone else wanting to get through the gobs of fleshing loving folks.
5- Lighters

Why? Yes, you'll need a lot of them. For the gasoline and lighting candles when or if the power goes out. Torching fields and all manner of things. Stock up at the nearest store and hit every gas station in the house. 

Want to read more of Landra's zombie expertise? Her new book A Rose by Any Other Name is available now! 
Zombies don’t belong in fairy tales….at least not those with a good chance of a happily ever after…
Jason Prince, Charming's once-upon-a-time star jock, only attends his Charming high school reunion to find his way into the heart of a certain wallflower who had no date for the prom.
Shy, geeky, chemical engineer, Emma Fay has been keeping her love for Jason a secret because she knows Jason and Rose belong together. But, when Rose Briar pricks her finger, fulfilling a prophecy about death and a plague, she throws a wrench into the class reunion that not even the best planning committee can tackle.
Can Jason and Emma stop Zombie Beauty Rose before she turns their loved ones into her undead court and sends them forth to spread the infestation to the rest of the world? Or will human flesh become the daily special at diners everywhere? And will there be enough left of Jason and Emma for romance to blossom?

The exclamation from one crowd member was followed up quickly by another. “That’s her.”
She looked again at the person she’d mistaken for her friend’s spirit, visible to everyone. The floodlight on the stage disappeared, and the lights in the gym came on. Between the rows stood her friend, eyes dark and bloodshot, skin pale. Em’s mouth parted, and she wanted to go to her but couldn’t move. You’re alive.
Sheriff Fowler and Dr. Mason moved from their chairs and began to approach Rose, arms outstretched in a tentative manner.
“Sweetie, it’s us. I’m going to come closer to help you.” Mason reached for her arm, and Emma’s sickly friend let out a guttural growl, launching herself at the sheriff.
Several screams filled the air, and Emma let out a gasp when the sound of torn flesh echoed over the cries. At that sound, the crowd jumped into action. Women and children ran for the door as Ewan, Dr. Mason, and a couple of other men she vaguely remembered grabbed for the wild woman gnawing on the sheriff’s shoulder. They pulled her off, and she thrashed about, fighting to free herself. However, with one man on each arm and another holding onto her legs, she couldn’t move.
“No! Let her go,” Em yelled, running for the stage stairs. Her legs moved faster than her two-inch-heeled feet did, and she almost tripped on the last step. She inhaled sharply, ready to charge, when a strong arm encircled her waist and pulled her back. The only other people left in the gym were a group of men slowly moving her friend toward the door. Ewan remained behind and helped Fowler to his feet.
“You need to release me. They’re hurting her.”
“We have to get out of here,” Jason said into her ear.

About the Author
Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.
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