Saturday, May 31, 2014

Now Available for Your Reading Pleasure! Tease by Sophie Jordan (Giveaway)

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Tease by Sophie Jordan. Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) is a contemporary romance that was released this week in three installments.

Tease by Sophie Jordan


A young college woman gets schooled in life, sex, and love in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sizzling New Adult romance series—where three Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hook-ups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.

Never fall in love.

Always leave them begging for more.

Then comes Shaw. A hotty from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy dark-eyed bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, she finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rulebook. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control. A guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson, who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more . . .

About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.




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Friday, May 30, 2014

Author Alexandra Forry Discusses Sedona as the Setting for WILDFLOWER

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Wildflower by Alexandra Forry. It is a contemporary romance novel available now. I often wonder how/why authors pick the settings of their books. Today, Alexandra explains her choice of Sedona for the setting of Wildflower. She makes Sedona sound good!

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Alexandra will be awarding a $15 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.
Wildflower by Alexandra Forry

In this beautiful and moving story of love, growth, and redemption among the stunning red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, Sydney—a teenaged Army orphan—discovers that love knows no bounds and life has many twists and turns of fate. After she is forced to move in with her late mother’s sister Blanche and Blanche’s abusive alcoholic husband Dean, Sidney finds purpose and friendship in Lexy, the daughter of Max Heller the City’s most prominent widower and business magnate. Unknowingly, the girls’ antics awaken Blanche’s lost and suppressed passions and stirs Max’s long-thwarted drive to build a loving and complete family. What emerges is the wonderfully successful Epicurian Café, the brainchild of Blanche and Sydney actively encouraged by Max and Lexy. The Café quickly becomes a center of the community, the start of a new life for Blanche and Sydney, and a chance for Max and Lexy to discover true love and the meaning of commitment. An emotional roller-coaster with its exciting twists and turns, Wildflower is an exhilarating and satisfying read

Sedona, Arizona as the Setting for Wildflower

Hello, I’m Alexandra Forry author of Wildflower, and for this Guest post today I’m going to tell how I wound up picking Sedona Arizona out of the billons of small towns and cities in the USA. For starters I love to write about places that I’ve been because when I write the scenes in my story it makes it easier to imagine because it’s like going back to some of my favorite spots when I’m writing.

So why did I pick Sedona to set Wildflower in? While I was a teenage my family’s summer home was in Sedona, I spent a summer there getting to know the town of Sedona and what it had to offer. I always thought the town was great to set my book in, all kinds of people from all over the world come to see the stunning Red Rocks and the vortexes that are around the town. Sedona had something to it that I can’t explain on paper, one who has been there would know what I am trying to say.

Sedona has all kinds of people living there, movie stars, billionaires, and such to a normal Joe. Since my story calls for that kind of lifestyle. Also it’s very artiest, that I’m planning to explore in later wildflower novels.

I just could see a Coffee shop owned by someone in a high end shopping center. Whenever I go there I get a lot of my ideas for my book that I have to take a day pull out my laptop and write. Some of my best scenes in Wildflower were written right in Sedona.

I want to thank Kinky Vanilla Romance for the honor of having me and my book Wildflower on this blog today. If you have any questions or comments, I will be happy to answer.


 “Why don’t we open a business? Like a simple sandwich and coffee shop,” Sydney announced with a glimmer of hope in her eyes.

“A sandwich shop?” Blanche asked, looking surprised and a bit taken aback.

“Yeah, why not?”

While Sydney waited for an answer, Blanche just looked at her, dumbfounded

“Sydney, I would love to open a sandwich shop, but it takes a lot of money--money that we just don’t have.”

“Oh please, Aunt Blanche! I bet you can get a loan from the bank. It will be exciting!” Sydney pleaded.

“I don’t think that your uncle will approve. Sydney I love your idea, truly do! I was taken aback at first, because it has always been a dream of mine to open a little shop of some kind on Main Street,” Blanche said wistfully. ”It costs a lot of money to open up a business, besides I have an offer for a job in Prescott.”

“Pooh on Uncle Dean, and turn down that job. For me, please? You can ask Annette how to open a business--she will know, since she owns her own business.” Sydney said begging her aunt. 

“I will think about it, okay, Sydney?” Blanche said making her way to her closet and picking out a dress.

Author Bio and Links

Alexandra Forry was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has Cerebral Palsy but that doesn't stop her from doing what she wants! Omerta Affair was her first novel, then she came out with Timeless Endings, which is the same story line as Omerta Affair but aimed as a woman’s romance. Alexandra is currently working on her fourth novel. She enjoys being a member of the Las Vegas Romance Writers as well as RWA.

Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter 

Where to Buy: Amazon

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Excerpt + Giveaway: The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton

GENRE: Fiction >  Romance > Contemporary Romance > Western

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton. It is a Contemporary Western Romance available May 18, 2014 from One Acre Press.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Cora will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.

The Navy SEAL’s E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton

Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, has fought insurgents and terrorists, but his current mission is one for the records. Not only must he find a wife—and get her pregnant—or forfeit the ranch his family has prized for over a hundred years, he also must convince his three brothers to marry, too—before the year is up. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?


She took a breath, because the first question was one that was very near and dear to her heart. Now she would learn that Mason was utterly wrong for her—just like all the men she’d dated in the city. Like them he’d be far too concerned with his own comfort to want to saddle himself with offspring. She held the paper up. “There are ten of them. The first one is: how many children do you want to have?”

Mason grinned. “Lots of them. As soon as possible. Like… now.”

Regan tuned out the rest of his words. Lots of them? As soon as possible? No man in her acquaintance had ever said such a thing. She felt hot and prickly all of a sudden as desire swept through her so strong it took her breath away. This handsome, sexy, mouth-watering man wanted to have children? Lots of them? And here she was just weeks away from getting it on with a turkey baster?

“Wh…what?” she made herself say, aware she’d missed several sentences.

“I said, that’s my knee-jerk reaction. When I think it through, though, several things factor in.”

“Like what?” She cleared her throat. She could hardly speak.

“Like the health of my wife, for one thing. Things can go wrong in pregnancies. I don’t want my wife to ever be put in danger. The other factor is what we can afford. I don’t think you need to be wealthy to have kids, but I want to be able to provide for them.”

Regan swallowed past a sudden lump in her throat. These were the answers she’d always wanted to hear from a man. And now it was too late. Almost.

“I’m clear that I want children,” he finished up. “And I want to start right away. How about you?”

“Me?” Darn it—she’d practically squeaked.

“Is that a deal-breaker?”

“Um… no.”

He cocked his head. “No, what?”

“No… I want kids. Right away. In fact… I’m kind of in a hurry.” Her voice trailed off because all she could think about was her artificial insemination appointment.

He leaned on his elbows, coming closer to the screen. “Really.”

Was it her imagination or had her answer interested him? Really interested him. She tingled under his suddenly intense gaze. “Really. I mean… I just didn’t think I’d have a husband anytime soon. To do it that way.” She wasn’t making any sense and she knew it.

Mason didn’t seem to mind. “You’re talking to a potential husband.” Another grin.

“I’m not one of your candidates, you know.” Her voice had gone wobbly and she was unable to look away from him.

He met her gaze. “Yeah, you are.”

Author Bio

Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!

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Armchair BEA 2014: Day 4 - Beyond the Borders

Armchair BEA Prompt: It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you.

To me, beyond borders encompasses a lot of areas.
I have spent the last year really trying to diversify the genres that I read. I tended to read mostly mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels. I started reading romance novels last fall and liked them so much that I started blogging about them in March.

I have been really excited about the recent posts on the web surrounding the #weneediversebooks movement. I have found so many new books to read by just following the discussions.
Most of the books that I read tend to be written by authors from the United States. I hope to start an around the world reading challenge in late summer to add more variety to my reading in terms of countries and cultures.
I think that 2014 is going to be my best reading year ever in terms of diversity. Here are two books I've read this year that are still on my mind:
The World Unseen by Shamim Sarif is a book that pushed me to go beyond multiple borders. Set in 1950's South Africa (when apartheid is just beginning), the novel's characters challenged many of South Africa's societal norms and boundaries for the time. The World Unseen touches on so many interesting issues - race, sexual orientation, the role of gender, and familial constraints. I featured its movie adaptation as part of my Sunday Cinema posts.

As you may have read in my ABEA introduction post and comments, I recently joined the Outlander series (time-travel historical romance) bandwagon. The series has encouraged me to reach past my modern ideas of acceptable social behavior and really try to understand the time and place presented by the author. [I sometimes struggle to find footing with historical fiction novels.] I especially like Dragonfly in Amber because of the historical elements. The main characters spend time in French court (which I am learning more about from the TV show Reign - lol) and try to work both sides of the Jacobite rebellion brewing in Scotland. I have added some non-fiction history books to my TBR list in order to learn more about some of the things that happened in Dragonfly in Amber.

Do you have any recommendations on books that might make me step outside of my comfort zone or outside of my borders?

Armchair BEA Prompt: Giveaways

I decided not to do the giveaway link-up. I have lots of giveaways open my blog right now. Please take a look and enter a few of them - or all of them if the mood strikes. ;-)

If you blog any about romance novels, please take a look at the Romance Reading Round-Up. It is a weekly link up for romance-related book posts and giveaways. You can add your links Tuesday through Saturday.

Good luck!

A is for Abstinence by Kelly Oram: $100 Book Blast
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Running Back to You by Suzanne Sweeney | Author Interview and Giveaway
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London Bound by Nana Malone [Book Review + eBook Giveaway]
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A Girl Walks Into a Wedding: Your Fantasy, Your Rules by Helena S. Paige
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Marriage Isn’t for You by Seth Adam Smith | $50 Book Blast
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May 2014 Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway
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Guest Post + Giveaways: Rescued by the Buccaneer by Normandie
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Excerpt + Giveaway: The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride by Cora Seton
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Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp | Author Interview and Giveaway
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Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: The Vampire’s Passion by Monica Knightly
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Virtual Blurb Blitz: Brigand by Sabrina York + Regency Brigand Package Giveaway
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Super Book Blast + Giveaway: The Perfect Score by Beth Albright

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share The Perfect Score by Beth Albright with you. The Perfect Score is a contemporary romance available now from Tule Publishing Group.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Beth will be awarding a $15 Target gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

Ginny Bloom Hunnicutt is crawling back home to Cottonwood Cove, Alabama-- her promising CNN news-reporting career in shambles when an on-air flub cost her the job and cost CNN a lawsuit. Putting ego aside, she takes a position at the Chatterbox – the local weekly newspaper run by her mother, the town gossip. What’s a southern belle to do in a crisis but run home to her mama?

But when a mysterious hot high school football coach rolls into town, Ginny’s luck begins to change. Seems he has more secrets than a shady politician and Ginny’s determined to dig up the truth, and write the story that will get her career back on track. Everyone knows in a small, southern town, nothing stays private.

But the more she delves into his past, the more she begins to fall for the former college football star.

The coach’s star player has some secrets of his own and when Ginny uncovers it all, she must decide if she should reveal everything or follow her heart and protect the people she has grown to care for.

Author Beth Albright weaves a saucy southern tale filled with intrigue, romance and laugh out-loud comedy. From the bright lights of Friday night football to the darkened bedroom of unexpected lovers, it’s a richly layered story with more twists and turns—and mud, than an Alabama back road.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

“I’ll have another,” I said as I ordered my second dirty martini. The Sand Box was a dingy little bar near the pier in Cottonwood Cove, Alabama.

Covered in fishing ropes and other remnants of the life on the lake, the place was a dive for the small-towns folk who lived here, and for the kids who were lake rats during the summer. But summer had ended weeks ago, the kids back at school, and we were well into September now. Late that night, the place was nearly empty.

I sat there nursing my drink, drowning myself in what I had come to believe was the most embarrassing moment of my career. The dim lights swung in old metal fixtures from the ceiling of the Sand Box. A jukebox playing Hank Williams Jr. stood missing some of its colored lights in the corner. A few old wooden tables were scattered around with a couple of red vinyl booths shoved in the corner near the pool table and dartboard.

I had come home, tail tucked neatly between my legs, to lick my wounds. My name is Virginia Bruce Hunnicutt. I go by Ginny. My sisters and I all have my mom’s maiden name as our middle name. I kept it as my last name for my TV job. Ginny Bruce, reporting. I was a reporter for CNN in Atlanta. Was being the key word here. I had been fired two weeks prior because one of my sources was a fake. I swear I checked the credentials but the story turned out to be full of inaccuracies and CNN is now in a lawsuit. I may never work in the media again. And CNN was my dream job.

My name is now as muddy as the Alabama red dirt, which is exactly where I ran home to: Cottonwood Cove, Alabama. It’s the safest place to be. And even though I had become quite the big city girl, the one I had always dreamed of being, somehow, the safety of being home in Cottonwood Cove had its perks. Like being in this dive bar in the middle of the week late at night, with only one other soul in here besides me. Oh, God—and he was making his way over to me just as I was finishing my second round.

“What’s your poison?” he asked in his deep sexy baritone. He was beautiful. Rugged and sculpted with dark wavy hair and gorgeous lips; he was about six foot three and deliciously well built. His dark blue eyes undressed me as he moved closer to me—or maybe that was just me thinking I’d be more comfortable with my clothes off with this gorgeous man. He was dressed in a navy Polo button-down and perfect fitting blue jeans. His large muscular thighs and broad defined shoulders were evident even under his clothes. One dimple accentuated the right side his cute, boyish face. He smiled at me like he was fixin’ to eat me up, and oh, I was feeling like dessert as he slid in next to me at the bar. He looked like an athlete. Or a god. Come to think of it, in Alabama, those are one in the same. Regardless, he was heaven to look at, or maybe I was seeing him through double martini glasses. Probably the latter since I only weighed about 125 pounds and I knew better than to have more than two drinks. Ever.

“I’m having dirty martinis,” I answered. “You?”

“I’ll have the same,” he said to the bartender.

Beth Albright is the author of the award-winning, best-selling series The Sassy Belles. After knowing Beth for just a few short seconds you are sure to learn she is from Alabama. No, its not the lilt of magnolia you can still catch in her voice, or even the way she lovingly describes her undying love for her famous alma mater's football champions. She will tell you she loves Tuscaloosa, even after living quite literally all over the country. Though Beth has had a remarkable career, from New York City to Hollywood, and all points in between, she has never forgotten where she came from...and what she loves. That's why when it came time to write, Beth had no choice but to write about Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama, and all the quirky people she still calls family, though some do not actually share her bloodline!

Beth Albright has always been a storyteller. After spending nearly 15 years in talk radio, as a talk show host, playing the part of a principal character on the soap opera, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, owning her own acting school and children’s theater, and raising a son who was a nationally ranked figure skater, Beth has decided to return to her roots; storytelling. When she was in the sixth grade, her teacher gave her the floor every Friday to tell her stories. See, Beth was a talker, a future talk show host in the making, and she was telling stories so much that her teacher couldn’t teach. The teacher told 12 year old Beth if she would begin writing her stories down, she would be allowed time to share those stories with the class.

And she’s been writing, AND talking ever since. Beth has interviewed Bob Hope, Oprah Winfrey, Betty White, Wolfgang Puck and George Burns live from the Chinese Theatre, as well as numerous other celebrities, and authors. Then Beth became a principal character on Days of Our Lives. But through all of the excitement of talk shows and soap operas, Beth loved telling stories to her audience the most. With a degree in Journalism from her beloved University of Alabama, She always remains true to her roots, born and raised in Tuscaloosa, “My grandfather was the play by play announcer for the Crimson Tide in the 50s!” Beth will proudly tell you. She is a down homespun girl, although she currently lives in San Francisco with her TV producer husband and her brilliant son. But her heart is always in Alabama.

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THURSDAT THOUGHTS May 29: Book Hype with @okletsread

Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme created by Ok, Let's Read. Each week Ashley will post a new, conversational post talking about a specific, book-related topic. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join!

May 29: Book Hype 

If a book is over-hyped does it make you want to read it more, less, or does it not effect you whatsoever?

It depends on the genre. I am less judgmental when it come to romances. More judgmental when it comes to young adult, mysteries and sci-fi.

Do you think book-hype helps or hurts new releases?

I think that it does both.

Do you think book-hype can sometimes skew or taint people's opinions on a book?

Yes definitely. Lovers are gonna love. Haters are gonna hate.

What was the most recent over-hyped up book you can recall?

The Fifty Shades of Grey series. The movie is going to send the series hype over the top.

So what are your thoughts?

Special thanks to Oh Magic Hour for putting on to this meme!

Super Book Blast and Giveaway: Demon of Envy by Jennifer Lynne

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Demon of Envy by Jennifer Lynne. Demon of Envy is a story of erotic romance that was released on May 24, 2014. It is the fifth novella in the Gods of Love series, but each story is designed as a stand-alone with the Greek gods of desire as a common theme. The series can be read in any order.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jennifer will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card, plus a signed print copy of GODS OF LOVE (1-3) and a set of the GODS OF LOVE cover postcards to a randomly drawn winner via the rafflecopter at the end of this post, during the tour (International Giveaway).

Phthonos, god of envy and jealousy, has been given a second chance at life and love in the mortal realm. He is desperate to make up for the mistakes of his past. But is Thon more demon than god? And if the demon Envy wins out, how will this lonely god ever find room in his heart for love?

Olivia is an ordinary woman living an ordered life, but at thirty-two true romance appears to have eluded her. Everywhere she looks people are in relationships or falling in love, but her career as an administrator and her charity work are enough to keep the demon of envy at bay.

Or so she thinks…until the moment he turns up on her doorstep with a demand that rips her life and her heart wide open and leaves her at risk of eternal torment.

DEMON OF ENVY is the fifth novella in the GODS OF LOVE series, but each story is designed as a stand-alone with the Greek gods of desire as a common theme. The series can be read in any order.

Now enjoy an excerpt:

The need to engulf her with everything raging inside flooded over him with such force he went super-still. Get it under control. The darkness was too all-consuming, and she couldn't withstand him if he lost it. She was so delicate and easy to break, despite that elusive core of inner strength, and he had to remember at all times to hold himself back.

She was human. She was fragile. And she was about to become his if he could only control his demon long enough to keep her safe.

He shucked off his T-shirt and threw it to one side, before moving forward to take over from her fumbling fingers. "With pleasure." Remember. Do it slowly. He managed to release two more of the tiny buttons before a waft of her perfume teased his nostrils. It was a musky scent that reminded him of hot nights and seductive need, so long-forgotten that its sudden effect on his senses blasted his self-control to pieces. With a groan that rattled his throat on the way out he grabbed the two sides of her blouse and yanked them apart, the remaining three buttons flying off in all directions with a ripping pop, pop, pop.

"Oh!" Her gorgeous mouth formed into a round of surprise. He clutched at her wrists before she could cover her breasts, then released them slowly when he felt her peak of embarrassment begin to subside.

"No! Don't ever cover yourself when you are with me. I must look at you." She was solidly proportioned, with more flesh than was the current fashion, judging by what he'd seen in his brief time back here. But he liked it better when there was something substantial to hold onto.

His fingers trembled as he traced around first one large globe then the other. Her skin was so white he could see the blue network of veins peeking through from beneath. Her life force, so close to the surface. So tantalizing.

Copyright 2014 Jennifer Lynne

Jennifer Lynne lives in Melbourne, Australia, and writes short contemporary erotic romance, mostly with paranormal/fantasy elements. When she’s not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she is working in the admin day job, running around after two teenage daughters and trying to find time for her lovely new husband.

Jennifer is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press. Over the past two years she has also embarked on an indie journey with the publication of her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp | Author Interview and Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp. The book, a romantic suspense, was released May 21, 2014 by SilverTree Publishing. Big thanks to Karen Lopp for the interview!

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Karen will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.

Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp

Detective Rissa Marten sacrificed her only chance for a normal life to put a drug lord behind bars. Now, her life in the shadows has to be brought to life to save the man she has secretly loved for years. With a price on her head can she risk letting him know?

Detective Jerah Qassem has built his career as an undercover agent in the dangerous world of drug cartels. But when a ghost from his past is resurrected can he overcome his bitterness in time to save her life?

Author Interview

How much of a story did you have in mind before you started writing Splintered Lies?
More than half.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Splintered Lies to write? Why?
That’s a tough one. I enjoyed the part where Jerah comes through for Rissa after he discovers her true identity and steps up to help her through the toughest part of her recovery.

What about your characters surprised you while writing the story?
In this part of the writing process I have to admit there are few if any surprises because I spend a lot of time with my characters in my head before I ever start writing the story.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?
That love gives you a surprising amount of strength to preserver and overcome obstacles in life.

Why did you decide to branch out into contemporary suspense?
I wanted to write some story lines that just didn’t fit into historical times.

What is on your “keeper shelf” of books?
Lore of the Rings, Salvatore’s series of the dark elf, Georgette Heyer, Zane Gray and Louis L’Amoar are just a few. For the kid in me, I love John Erickson’s “Hank The Cowdog.”

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting that first great review from a stranger that enjoyed the journey of my characters.

What does your writing space look like?
LOL, if I must. It is a cluttered desk stuffed into a corner right next to a window so I can watch the birds play in our small fish pond. There is a stuffed filling cabinet next to the desk and an open thesaurus.

What project are you working on now?
I have two books in the works, another romantic suspense and my third western.

If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? Why? The past because I would love to experience some of the great achievements mankind has made.

Author Bio and Links

Stories have always been a part of my life, from books to tales passed down from my ancestors that brought history to life. Danger, struggles and the will power to overcome are all found in the rich legacy of my family tree. Inspiration from their lives inspired me to write what I love. Branching out to contemporary suspense has been another dream come true. I hope my stories bring you entertainment and inspiration.

I live in the heart of the southwest.

I love history of all times and places. And my second but equal love of suspense fills my books.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: The Vampire’s Passion by Monica Knightly

GENRE: Fiction > Romance > Paranormal Romance

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share The Vampire’s Passion by Monica Knightly. The book is a story of paranormal romance from Soul Mate Publishing.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Monica will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.

The Vampire’s Passion by Monica Knightly

The enigmatic, ethereally handsome, aristocratic Gabriel Augustine, professor of Nineteenth Century English Literature at St. Giles College in Oxford, England, is a man with many secrets. And it is not his vampiric nature that is his most deeply held secret. Though few know he is vampire, not human, none know the horror that has haunted him throughout his long existence. He has spent centuries attempting to atone for his greatest sin.

Claire Seymour needs to forget her past. She is ready to embark on any journey that will move her away from the pain that has been her constant companion since discovering her fiancé with her best friend. Four weeks at the University of Oxford in a class on her favorite author, Jane Austen, seems like a good place to start.

Neither is prepared for the other.


The following scene takes place as Claire is attempting to come to grips with Gabriel’s revelation that he is a vampire.

I was surprised over how much my sentiments had changed since yesterday. Yesterday, I still had visions of Gabriel and the bloody throat of the woman playing on an endless loop in my brain. I hadn’t been able to wrap my mind around the term “vampire.” I felt such repulsion. But, to be honest with myself, even while I was repulsed I was also very much attracted. In fact, the most upsetting, confusing aspect of my reactions to the revelation that Gabriel was a vampire, a monster, had been my simultaneous attraction and repulsion. Surely, it was those warring reactions that led to some of the dreams I’d had last night.

But today, after spending time with Gabriel, listening to everything he had to say I no longer felt repulsed. But, why? Everything he told me was terrifying, straight from a nightmare. I should still be disgusted. Nothing he said should have changed that. However, it wasn’t what he said, it was how he said it. I had first become aware of this while still in the office. He had been so kind, such a gentleman. All his concerns were for me, my feelings, and my sensitivities. He could have simply said good-bye to me last night and left me to deal with things however I managed to. But he didn’t. Instead, he had wanted to help me and had done so in such a thoughtful and gentle manner. Every word he spoke had been tender, and quiet, and solicitous. His eyes had never wavered from my face, watching me for my every reaction. He had understood exactly how I felt, and honored my feelings while trying to help me come to grips with his vampirism. Gabriel Augustine, Vampire. Gabriel Augustine, Gentleman.

Author Bio

The Vampire’s Passion is Monica Knightley’s debut novel. Like the heroine in this book, Monica is an anglophile, and finds her way to England as often as possible. When not writing adult and young adult paranormal and historical novels, she teaches elementary school where she enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing. Monica loves life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where the weather often encourages curling up with a good book. She counts her husband and family, a good strong cup of tea, red wine, long walks, and books and more books among the things she can’t live without.

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Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray | Win the first two books in the Return to Sugarcreek series!

In ThankfulNew York Times bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.

Enter to win the first two books in Shelley's Return to Sugarcreek series, Hopeful & Thankful.

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Romance Reading Round-Up #RRRLinkUp 5.27

I launched this blog because I started reading romance books again. I hoped to connect with other romance readers. There is so much to choose from in the genre that I was not sure which way to turn. So many good books and blog posts. I kept thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if I could find these goodies more easily?" Here's what I came up with...

Greetings romance authors, bloggers, tour promoters, reviewers, and readers!

Thank you for stopping by Kinky Vanilla Romance. The Romance Reading Round-Up is a weekly link up for romance-related book posts and giveaways. You can add your links Tuesday through Saturday.

Be sure to drop by here each week to add your links and check out what other fans of the romance genre are sharing.

Please share the link up on your blogs, web sites, and social media networks. The hashtag for the link up is #RRRLinkUp.

Let the wild romance rumpus start!

#IAMREADING: Book-Related Reviews and Posts 
This includes book reviews, author interviews, guest posts, cover reveals, book memes, articles, etc.

#HELPEDWANTED: Book-Related Requests for Help 
This includes requests for reviewers, tour hosts, street team members, blog hop sign-ups, read-a-thon sign-ups, etc.

#WINNING: Book-Related Giveaways  
This includes general giveaways for gift cards, ereaders, swag, etc. - if they can be used toward or include romance-related reading.

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Armchair BEA 2014: Day 2 - Author Interaction on Twittter - @BellaAndre @Louisabacio @pmterrell

Armchair BEA Prompt: Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog).

It's day two! I have one day of posts, cheerREADING, and Twitter partying in the bag.

This morning, I found the message below in my inbox. Swoon!

Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of The Sullivans series. Having sold more than 3 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world.

Twitter has changed my interactions with authors since I became a blogger. I never really felt comfortable sending an email to an author with a general question or just to say hello.

I can do that now with Twitter.

I find it easier to keep up with my favorite authors on Twitter. I can see what they are working on, laughing about, promoting, and sometimes what they had for dinner. It's hard to do that checking their websites every few months.

Yeah, you read that right. I am blog hopping with Louisa Bacio. Author of erotic contemporary and paranormal romance. OCC/RWA President - 2013. Editor with Entangled Publishing. That Louisa Bacio.

p.m. terrell is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of romantic suspense. She blogs on the training of psychic spies. Psychic spies.  She is also the founder of Book 'Em North Carolina (a super cool program). I interviewed p.m. terrell on KVR this month. Drop by the post and ask her a question about The Pendulum Files, Book 'Em North Carolina, or about the beautiful Celtic cross necklace that she is giving away. 

Don't even get me started on all of the cool bloggers that I have interacted with on Twitter!

Yes. Yes. I realize that I am one of millions of fans. I am also a blogger that gets really excited about smallest of author interactions. The 140 characters or less kind.

What authors have you interacted with on Twitter?


I'll be cheering for Armchair BEA participants throughout the week.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to visit with you soon!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Virtual Blurb Blitz: Brigand by Sabrina York + Regency Brigand Package Giveaway

GENRE: Regency Romance > Erotic

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Brigand by Sabrina York with you. It is an erotic regency romance that is available now from Ellora's Cave Publishing.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sabrina will be awarding a REGENCY BRIGAND PACKAGE: An ecopy of Folly, Dark Fancy and Dark Duke and a sparkling tiara (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a sparkling tiara (US ONLY) will be awarded to a randomly drawn host. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.
Brigand by Sabrina York

Kidnapped and held prisoner by menacing Scottish brigand, the notorious McCloud, Violet Wyeth does her best to persevere…and resist his rakish charms. But when she realizes The McCloud is really Ewan St. Andrews, the boy who once saved her life, the boy who once kissed her and made her heart flutter, she is lost.

Ewan has every intention of marrying Lady Kaitlin MacAllister. He desperately needs the entrée into the ton this bride can provide. But when his bride is delivered—bound and gagged—it’s not Kaitlin. It’s Violet Wyeth—the girl who betrayed him and ruined his life when he was a boy. He keeps her, determined to punish her for her sins. But when he discovers the truth about what really happened so long ago, and seething passion rises between them, he can no longer hold on to his rusty grudge. By the time he realizes how much he loves Violet—that he always has—he’s lost her.

All he can do is follow her. Follow her into the bowels of hell—and partake in the torment of the glittering London Season, where the harpies are far more dangerous than a Scottish brigand.

An Excerpt From: BRIGAND
Copyright © SABRINA YORK, 2014
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

Violet stared at the hulk of a man lounging in the chair by the fire. Her heart skittered in her throat. He was so…ominous. So angry.

“Did you think I wouldn’t find you?” His voice, a low thrum, echoed through the small room. “Did you think I would just let you go?”

“Ewan.” She swallowed. “How did you—”

“How did I find you? It hardly signifies.” He stood, tall and menacing, and approached the bed. “I did. I always will.” He glared down at her. “Do you have any idea how dangerous these woods can be?”

She tipped up her chin. “I can take care of myself.”

He snorted. “The hell you can. Goddamn it, Violet. You could have been injured. Or raped. Or worse.” His eyes took on an unholy glow.

“The risk was worth it. Better than being held captive, being used by you.”

His lip curled at her choice of words. “Used?”

“As a means to an end,” she spat. Then she hunkered back, because he leaned toward her, nostrils flared, ferocity flowing from him in waves.

“You know it isn’t like that. It wasn’t like that.”

“I don’t know.” She flinched as he seized her shoulders in a crushing grip. Shook her. Just a tiny bit.

“It wasn’t like that. And you enjoyed it.”

She put out a lip. “I did not.” A complete and utter falsehood, but she let it slip out because she was still tender, still wounded by his words. The denunciation of her true feelings helped dam up the pain.
Her denial infuriated him. He yanked her up and into his arms. His mouth closed on hers.

Author Bio and Links

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York is the award winning author of over 20 hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy erotic romance to scorching BDSM. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!


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Books by Sabrina York
A Cowboy for Delilah (Erotic Contemporary for the Cowboy Heat Anthology, Cleis Press)
Adam’s Obsession (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)
Dark Duke (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon
Brigand (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) 
Dark Fancy (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)
Devlin’s Dare: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)
Dragonfly Kisses: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)
Extreme Couponing (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)
Fierce (One Night Stand, Decadence Press)
Five Alarm Fire (Erotic Contemporary for the High Octane Heroes Anthology, Cleis Press)
Folly (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)
Heart of Ash: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)
Lust Eternal (Erotic Fantasy, Ellora’s Cave) 
Pushing Her Buttons (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)
Making Over Maris (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)
Man Hungry (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)
Rebound: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary, Available on Amazon)
Rebound is now available on Smashwords
Rising Green (Erotic Horror, Ellora’s Cave)
Saving Charlotte (Erotic Contemporary for the Smokin' Hot Firemen Anthology, Cleis Press) 
Smoking Holt: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)
Training Tess (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)
Trickery (Erotic Contemporary with Magical Elements, Ellora’s Cave Hex Line)
Tristan’s Temptation (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave)

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HELLO Armchair BEA 2014! It's me, Skeeter Lee.

My Introduction for Armchair BEA 2014

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

Hello. My name is Skeeter Lee (a nickname). And I like big books and I cannot lie.

Who am I kidding? I like little books too.

I am a reformed romance snob - now devouring everything in sight. I have been blogging off and on for about four years. I launched this blog because I started reading books in the romance genre again. There was so much to choose from in the genre that I was not sure which way to turn.

I hope to connect with other romance readers specifically and book-lovers in general.

Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details so we can connect more online.

Kinky Vanilla Romance is primarily a book blog dedicated to romance stories of all flavors.

Well, almost all. LOL! There are some things that I don't want to read. I am making a short list.

I also like to watch movies, so I talk a little about that as well.

You can find me in the following places:
Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Google+

What’s your favorite book so far this year? 

My favorite book so far this year is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's one of those big books that I like so much. Outlander is a 600+-page time-travel historical romance. Sort of. At first glance, it wasn't a book that I thought I would like.

Time-travel, history, and romance. Oh my! 

No thank you. That's too much going on in one book. [I like all three genres.] And a big book at that. Reminded me of those restaurants that have too many menu options. Something has gotta give. Right?

I listened to the audiobook and was pleasantly surprised. Although it meanders quite a bit and is not without its issues, Outlander made me curious about Scottish history, laugh out loud, shake my head in disgust, wish for a television mini-series adaptation, and dream of being an outlaw in love. What more can you ask for in a book?

March 6, 2014 marked Outlander's 26th anniversary. Have you read it?

What is your favorite blogging resource?

My favorite blogging resource is Bloggiesta.

Share your favorite book or reading related quote. 

"Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe." - Truman Capote

What book would you love to see as a movie?

I would love to see Outlander as a television mini-series adaptation. And it is happening! Well, kinda. It is being made into a television series (not a movie, not a mini-series) through STARZ (in the United States). It will be a regular cable-TV show with a 16-episode first season.

Of course:

I don't get the STARZ network with my television service.

The actors cast don't look like my Claire and Jaime.

[Cry me a river...]

Here's hoping the TV series much success (and that SONY releases it on DVD)!

I'll be cheering for Armchair BEA participants throughout the week.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to visit with you soon!

Is it Summer Yet? Blog Hop | May 26 - June 1, 2014

Welcome to the Is It Summer Yet? blog hop - hosted by Julies Book Review! Summer is a great time to start a new book series. With longer warmers days on hand, I like to binge read an entire series.

One series that I will be starting this summer is M.S. Brannon's Sulfur Heights. It is a soon-to-be five book new adult contemporary romance series. The fifth book, Redeemed Love, will be released on June 16th, 2014.

I am giving away a copy of Scarred Love (Sulfur Heights #1) during this hop, courtesy of the author.

Be sure to check out my Giveaways+ page and the Romance Reading Round-Up page for more chances to win great prizes.

Thanks for dropping by Kinky Vanilla Romance. Good luck and happy hopping!

“I’m certain, without any doubt, she was meant to be in my life. We belong to each other. I spent too much of my time consumed with what everyone else thinks of my feelings for Darcie, but the truth is, it was always supposed to be this way.” ~Reggie Evans

Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she’s feared for all those years.

Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an over dose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.

Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she’s fighting with something she isn’t prepared to face. the growing love for a man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.

One (1) ebook copy of Scarred Love. Open internationally.*
Prize (ebook) is sponsored by the author.
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Come join the fun and hop into you Summer reading!

Special thanks to M.S. Brannon for donating the book!

M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.