Thursday, July 31, 2014

Heart Beat Series: Rock Notes, Love Notes, and Music Notes by Renee Lee Fisher

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Heart Beat: Rock Notes, Love Notes, and Music Notes by Renee Lee Fisher, a contemporary romance series available now.

 
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Heart Beat Series
 
 Rock Notes, Love Notes, and Music Notes
 
by Renee Lee Fisher
 
 
 
 
Rock Notes
 
Madison Tierney’s a writer, whose husband, Thomas suddenly left her after 10 years; she is destroyed and now recently alone and divorced. She picks herself up slowly trying to restore her lost confidence and ability to love again. She follows her writing passion and ventures to follow a local band - Rolling Isaac’s and write about them, raw and real and how they follow their dreams. Her book is titled ROCK NOTES.
 
Her ex-husband wants to come back, and she is torn with what she had for ten years with him which was safe, comforting and a committed relationship. And now she is falling hard for the band singer - Max Rand (Madison calls him Rand), who is several years younger than her and every moment with him is intense and unpredictable.
 
Rand has tragically lost love in his life. He has no love left to give. He fills his time with many groupies and late nights. The story travels you to various concert venues, from a sexy piercing party to a New Years rocking eve. There are many interruptions and assumptions for this couple along their journey.
 
While Madison is writing ROCK NOTES, somewhere along the way she begins to write LOVE NOTES, which are personal secret love letters for Rand. Also Rand is always writing music with the hope of creating his first solo album. Both Madison and Rand appear to be able to write their feelings on paper effortlessly but have a hard time conveying them to one another. This story is about being so broken inside from having your heart ripped apart, to attempting to rebuild trust, follow your dreams and hopefully find love.
 
Will she return to the warm awaiting arms of her ex-husband who still is in love with her? Or will there be a new beginning for Madison and Rand? Can these two empty souls feel love again? Or will what ignites between them simply fade away after the concert lights dim?
 
 
Love Notes
 

Rand:
 
As our bodies joined as one, I felt more in that one moment than I have ever felt with anyone. I never wanted to leave your arms, your body, and our connection. I believe that you complete me, you were made for me. I struggled to keep my feelings at bay and not let you know but I am too emotionally involved with you and to know now that you are with me is beyond belief. Where we head from here together has unlimited paths. I know I will always have this need now to have you fulfill me as I know you can. I see you and just a glance across the room to you makes me want to have us running to the bedroom. Silently I ponder how to relay to you just how much Love I contain for you. Some days I feel like my heart is about to burst. Maddy xo
 
Madison and Rand’s love story continues as they move their relationship to a more passionate, intimate level…but again they are thrown some challenges. Will Madison and Rand be together and move forward or…backward? Read what comes their way to cause doubt in their minds. Just when everything is going fine, sometimes accidents occur.
 
Rand:
 
Oh, God, something horrible has happened. I only remember parts of it and they seem like snapshots that were taken so quickly…I need to feel you near me. I need to reach out and touch you and let you know I love you. Rand, I never felt so in love as I do when I am with you. Maddy xo
 
“What the hell are you talking about Madison? You have me at a complete loss here?” Rand
 
Madison must fully trust Rand to commit herself to him forever in marriage. Rand must make her see and feel what she truly means to him. This story will pull at your heart and make you tear as you turn the pages that may finally reveal Madison’s handwritten LOVE NOTES.
 
Will they get their Happily Ever After?
 
 
Music Notes
 
How will Madison and Rand keep their love and music playing?
 
Just when life seems to be going smooth, Madison receives news that leaves her speechless. She's a writer that for the moment cannot form her words. Rand now is the one to continue their story…his story.
 
Music Notes will take you on the tour with Max Rand as his first Solo Album – Simply Mad is launched. Will his travel for several months put distance in their relationship? Can their love survive?
 
Rand will travel through his own journey of self discovery along the way. Just when Rand is at a high point in his life, a collapse . . . will bring one of them down...Rand? Madison?
 
One person will offer the ultimate sacrifice. See the songs that Rand has written, and where his inspiration comes from.
 
Follow this novel and see how it plays out.
 
 
 
Love Notes Excerpt
 
A damp tear hit the corner of my eye and I was glad to have only a touch of makeup on, "I love you so much more," I replied. I pulled up on my feet to reach his waiting lips and take him in and not only by the mouth, but by his waist to have him near me. We moved from kissing to him dropping to his knees and slowly dropping my warm up pants with one pull on the string. I come apart in seconds and bite my lower lip so that I could contain my scream. A moan of pleasure shakes through my throat. I am breathless and spent as I come and hear his soft groans of satisfaction below. I don’t know how I am going to make it to or through the ceremony.


 
As Rand slowly rises up next to me licking his lips with the biggest grin, I reach below to feel to the zipper holding him tightly restrained. Slowly, I release him from his jeans. Fleeting thoughts passed my mind, to be in a compromising situation like this with so many workers surrounding the property that at any moment any of them could walk in on us…it actually made the moment more intimate and exciting and we couldn’t take our hands off one another. It didn’t take too long until we were one with our bodies and I felt a rush of emotion race through me as yet another tear slid down my cheek. Rand noticed and looked intently into my eyes and licked the droplet away. I was filled with Rand soulfully and completely. I felt the pulsation of us beating in my core together.
 
As we usually are interrupted in our heated moments, this was special as it seemed a long time we were there with one another and no one calling for us. This day was a new beginning, affirmation of love, and a relationship that should have happened a long time ago.
 


AUTHOR Bio and Links

Author that has the passion for putting her pen and ideas to paper. A pure romance junkie and she loves to tell stories. She was an English Major of LaSalle University and always wanted to be a writer. In the past years her books titled - From the Vine (a collection of writings/poems) and Cody and the Pumpkin Truck (a Childrens' Book) were published. She has also written many other childrens' stories, lyrics, articles and wedding ceremonies. Currently she is deep into her Heartbeat Series of Contemporary Romance Novels which are titled - ROCK NOTES, LOVE NOTES, MUSIC NOTES, FIRST BEAT, FIRST BASS and FIRST TASTE.

Also coming soon The Crossing Series I, II and III of The Knot Hole, The Passage and The Muse.
Renee resides in Eagleville, PA. with her husband Michael, of many years and her two cats - Nyah and Cody. She has a great support system of Love from her family and friends.

Renee BELIEVES you should follow your DREAMS and that -

The HAPPIEST of people don't have the best of everything, they simply make the best of everything.

Renee loves to travel, especially to St. Martin - Netherland Antilles. She enjoys meeting new people to inspire her and she will always write down a person's name that is unique to use as a potential character in her future writings.


Author Links

Website - www.reneeleefisher.com
 
Email -  author@reneeleefisher.com
 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ReneeLeeFisherAuthor
 
Twitter - https://twitter.com/ReneeLeeFisher

 
Buy Links
 
Rock Notes
 
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iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rock-notes/id659746792?mt=11
 
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rock-notes-renee-lee-fisher/1115566650?ean=9781490383361
 
All Romance Link - https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-rocknotes-1216895-149.html
 
 
Love Notes
 
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iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-notes/id690291292?mt=11
 
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-notes-renee-lee-fisher/1116599368?ean=9781492232537
All Romance Link - https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-lovenotes-1268352-149.html
 
 
Music Notes
 
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iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/music-notes-heartbeat-series/id810870701?mt=11
 
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/music-notes-the-heartbeat-series-book-3-renee-lee-fisher/1118428018?ean=2940045613842
 
All Romance Link - https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-musicnotes-1406048-149.html
 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Savannah Sacrifice by Danica Winters: Giveaway & Excerpt

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Savannah Sacrifice by Danica Winters, a paranormal romance.

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Savannah Sacrifice by Danica Winters
Nymph Series #4

Released June 9th, 2014
Crimson Romance

 


Answers that she must find… A truth that he can’t escape… And ghosts up to no good…

Being a demi-god has its privileges. For the young nymph, Starling Jackson, it means the gift of seduction and more than that—near immortality. Yet, when her life is filled with spirits, immortality may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

With the help of her bodyguard, Jasper Gray, and secret books left to her by her late-mother’s friend, she may have found the answer to all of her problems. First, they must find a way to locate the books in their enemy’s hotbed all while staying safe and most importantly—without falling in love.

In the battles between the head and the heart and enemies and friends, tough decisions must be faced—and sacrifices made.


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About the Author

Danica Winters is a bestselling author of over ten books.  She has won multiple awards and is known for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the 2013 Paranormal Romance Guild’s Book of the Year Award and currently a finalist in the Chanticleer Reviews and Media Paranormal Book of the Year competition for her paranormal romantic suspense novel, Montana Mustangs.
 
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

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Excerpt
 
Chapter One
 
It was a strange feeling to know that she was probably going to die and to not really care. The last year of Starling Jackson’s life had been filled with ghosts, lies, her mother’s murder, and the death of an enemy—a death fraught with dangerous threats. Finally, the time had come to make her stand against her world and the ghosts and enemies who inhabited it, even if that stand cost her the only thing she had left to give: her life.
 
She walked through the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and to the baggage claim area where a cluster of people moved in a precarious dance of personalities, the boldest of which pushed to the front of the group while the rest escaped to the far recesses of the room. Starling stood in the middle, pushed back by those struggling for a place at the front and nudged forward to stand as a barrier from the melee by those who hated the entire situation.
 
Don’t let them push you. You are stronger than this … take control, the familiar voice of the ghost Asclepius echoed in her mind.
 
“Oh, I’ll take control.” Reaching into her bag, Starling took out her pills and swallowed down a tablet. That made six. Or was it seven pills today? Regardless, it was a new record. There was no doubt the medicine was losing its effect in keeping the spirits at bay. If she didn’t find the Libros Umbrarum books soon, there wouldn’t be any break from the endless whispers and threats of the ghosts that invaded her reality.
 
I’ll be back … You will have to listen to me soon enough … Asclepius quieted.
 
“Not if I have my way.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich: Book Review & Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich, a contemporary sports romance.
 
 
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The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
 
Released in Print, July 8th, 2014



Last summer readers were captivated by Stephanie Evanovich’s highly-anticipated New York Times bestselling debut novel, Big Girl Panties. This summer, Evanovich is back with THE SWEET SPOT, the sizzling story of two of readers’ favorite characters from Big Girl Panties: Chase Walker, the hunky professional baseball player, and his beautiful, curvy, and exceptionally sassy wife Amanda. 

Amanda is a successful, levelheaded woman who built her restaurant from scratch. She’s certainly not looking for a prince charming to sweep her off her feet. So when Chase, baseball’s golden boy, begins to pursue her, she barely gives him the time of day. Her heart-shaped face and big blue eyes stop him dead in his tracks and her lush, plus-size curves don’t hurt either. And while Amanda’s used to celebrities and politicians dining at the Cold Creek Grille, she just can’t stop staring at Chase—he’s hotness personified.
 
At heart, Chase is a monogamist who likes strong women, despite his playboy image. Amanda is exactly the type he’s been looking to settle down with, but she won’t say yes easily. From daily visits to the restaurant to extravagant flower arrangements, Chase will stop at nothing to persuade her to go out with him—and he finally succeeds!
 
For Amanda their romance is all too good to be true, and something has got to give. Can Chase really be this perfect? And then she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase Walker has a spicy little kink. While readers of Big Girl Panties will remember it quite well, Chase’s fans have no idea that off the field, he likes to indulge in a little passionate spanking from time to time.
 
To her surprise, Amanda discovers a naughty side she never knew she had. But then, thanks to a tabloid, their secret comes to light and becomes the nation’s favorite water-cooler gossip. Will Amanda give up a little bit of her single-girl freedom for true love with a twist? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom spell doom for this sexy couple?
 
THE SWEET SPOT is an incredibly sexy and charming story filled with wit, fun, and extra-spicy romance. This is the perfect follow-up to Big Girl Panties and undoubtedly a great choice for summer reading.

 
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About the Author

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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THE SWEET SPOT is a full-sized prequel to Stephanie Evanovich's Big Girl Panties. It can be read as a standalone. Although, I have yet to read Big Girl Panties (it's on my TBR list), I had no problems jumping in and following the story. 
 
At its heart, this story is about what happens when your Mr. Rights finally arrives and he not the way you imagined. How far would you be willing to go to hold on to what feels like true love?

Well of course, the first thing that caught my eye about THE SWEET SPOT was the cover. I think that I assumed too much about the sweetness angle based on the cover. Don't get me wrong. It's there. The way that Chase wooed Amanda had me grinning. The boy was good. Really good.

What I couldn't picture from the cover was Chase's spicy little kink - spanking. It took Amanda by surprise too. LOL! Going from great "vanilla sex" (Chase's term) to "Surprise! I'd like to have great vanilla sex with spanking sprinkles, please," would be hard for a lot of people to accept. Amanda approaches it with curiosity and humor. However, the road to romance was not without its bumps.

Evanovich had me pleasantly worried for a while. I was really pulling for their happily-ever-after. I had to keep reminding myself that Chase and Amanda are married in Big Girl Panties and this is a romance novel - so of course it would eventually work out. Whew!

In spite of the blurb, I didn't see this story's arc unfolding in quite the way it did. And that is a good thing. I'd recommend this book to readers who are fans of sports, spanking, or contemporary romances.
 
 
NOTES: This is not a BDSM book. The sex is hot, but won't burn your eyes.

This post is part of The Sweet Spot book tour hosted by Tasty Book Tours. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
 
 
 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne: Book Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my tour stop for Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne. This is an adult contemporary romance published by Harlequin.
 
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The tour runs July 21-31 with reviews, author interviews and guest posts.
 
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Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne

Release: July 2014
Imprint: Harlequin HQN
ISBN: 978-0-373-77859-1
Pages: 352
 
Description
 
A big-city, high-powered advertising executive and a small-town firefighter learn that no matter where you started or what you’ve lost, if you open your heart, you can find joy and love again. WILD IRIS RIDGE is the latest book in USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s charming Hope’s Crossing series.
 
Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common. And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jesse's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones… and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T.
 
Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…



 
 
 
About the Author
 
Best-selling author RaeAnne Thayne
USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. This led her to a fifteen-year career in journalismas a newspaper reporter and editor. But through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best, romance, and has since published more than 40 titles. RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website, RaeAnneThayne.com.
 
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Wild Iris Ridge by RaeAnne Thayne is book is the seventh and final installment of the Hope's Crossing series. This is the first book that I have read by RaeAnne Thayne. I was able to follow the storyline easily despite not having read books one through six.

I was initially drawn to this book by it's cover. Is it lovely?  I would love to have a reading chair inside of that flower garden. And Thayne's writing style is as lovely as the cover. I planned to read Wild Iris Ridge over a week's time, but got so engrossed that I read it over a weekend. This story contains frenemies, young children, wayward siblings, and puppies - all in need of saving to some degree. I got caught up in pulling for their happily-ever-afters.

I really enjoyed the build up of the romance between Lucy and Brendan. Their dialogue was smart, funny, and relatable. Although there are no graphic sex scenes (or sex scenes at all for that matter), their sexual chemistry was palpable. Frenemies to lovers is hard to pull off, but Thayne does it successfully with tenderness and humor.
 
Readers love books that stir their emotions. This book does just that.
 
When I finished Wild Iris Ridge, all I could do was sigh. My to-be-read list instantly expanded by seven books. I enjoyed reading about the Caine family and the townspeople of Hope's Crossing so much that I am going to read the previous books in the series. I am also looking forward to the release of Snow Angel Cove (book one in Thayne' new Haven Point series) this fall.  

If you are a fan of romances involving small towns, widowers, or kids, then Wild Iris Ridge is a sweet romance that you won't want to miss. It is a story about surviving tragedy and seizing second chances.
 
So what are you waiting for? Enter to win a book from the Hope’s Crossing series right now! 
 

 
NOTE: I read this book as part of a CBB Book Promotions Tour. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


 
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Ravenous by Annie Nicholas: Excerpt + Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Ravenous by Annie Nicholas, a Paranormal New Adult book released on July 7, 2014.


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Ravenous by Annie Nicholas


Suffer the hunger.

Pia Blyton wants it all. A steady boyfriend, love and her independence. But to ignore her succubus nature is to welcome chaos. Every three days she must orgasm to feed. Bad sex isn’t an option. Stave off the hunger for too long and her demon side peeks out, and its tastes are much less discerning than hers.

One bad day, one wrong decision, and her demon takes control of her libido and kisses all her best intentions goodbye.

Brokenhearted and ashamed, Pia is dragged home to Lake City by Zur-Sin, a vampire her father paid to find her. Caught in a world where mortal desires are seen as a weakness, Pia needs to figure out how to protect her heart from her deepest longings.



Excerpt

Cold iron bit into my wrists when I rolled on my side and turned my back toward the door. The

The crack of wood splintering replaced the pounding. I jerked at the sharp noise and twisted around. Hanging on the hinges, my door had smashed open. Someone flicked the switch on and the lights burned my sensitive eyes. I tried to shield my face with my hand but the chains holding the manacles around my wrists clanked and held my arm inches from the mattress.

“No.” I yelled “Get out!”. My chains rattled as I lunged at them. They snapped me back against the mattress and my head flopped on the pillow as a surge of sexual frustration flooded my system. My demon nature had quieted to a dull roar since yesterday but the scent of males had awoken the beast. It roared inside my head and clawed to retake control of my body. “Yes, stay,” it whispered.

Two people strode into the room. Light haloed around them so I couldn’t make any details. “Close the door, Cooper.” The shorter one knelt by my bed. “You look terrible for a succubus.”



About the Author 

Annie Nicholas hibernates in the rural, green mountains of Vermont where she dreams of different

Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.

Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.

insistent knocking drilled into my aching head. I stifled a moan. If I stayed real quiet maybe they’d leave, thinking the motel room was empty. From the searing pain in my abdomen and the weakening demands of my inner demon, I only had a few hours left to live.
worlds, heroes, and heroines. When spring arrives the stories pour from her, in hopes to share them with the masses one day. Mother, daughter, wife are some of the hats she happily wears while trudging after her cubs through the hills and dales. The four seasons an inspiration and muse.

Website: www.annienicholas.com

Blog: www.annienicholas.blogspot.com

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE – Hawaiian Chef Challenge & Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway!

Susan May Warren's newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love, has won over readers' and critics' hearts alike. With critical reviews like, ". . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem," and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!


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One grand prize winner will receive:

Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you're not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan's blog.


Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan's blog on the 13th to see if you won!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN – Kindle Fire Giveaway & RSVP for 8/7 Facebook Party!

Welcome to the launch campaign for debut novelist Kristy Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin. Romantic Times had this to say: "Alternating points of view skillfully blend contemporary and historical fiction in this debut novel that is almost impossible to put down. Well-researched yet heartbreaking. . . ."

Kristy is celebrating the release of the first book in her series, A Hidden Masterpiece, with a fun Kindle Fire giveaway and meeting her readers during an August 7th Facebook author chat party.


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 One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 7th. Winner will be announced at The Butterfly and the Violin Author Chat Party. Kristy will be connecting with readers and answering questions, sharing some of the fascinating research behind the book, hosting a fun book chat, and giving away some GREAT prizes. She will also be giving an exclusive look at the next book in the series, A Sparrow in Terezin!

So grab your copy of The Butterfly and the Violin and join Kristy on the evening of August 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

 

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Redeemed Love by M.S. Brannon: Excerpt, Author Interview, and Book Review

Today's post is a Redeemed Love extravaganza!

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Redeemed Love, book five in the Sulfur Heights series by M.S. Brannon. In this post, you'll find an extended excerpt and interview. I hope that you'll find Brannon's author Q&A as interesting as I did.


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“Who am I? For all intents and purposes, I am the nice guy; the loyal brother and decent citizen. I am quiet and non-confrontational. I am the brother nobody worries about and can always depend upon. To my family, I am the good one. However, that’s only what they see on the outside.” ~ Jeremy Evans

Outwardly, Jeremy Evans is a typical guy, the calmest of the Evans brothers. He’s obsessed with cars, enjoys the company of beautiful women, and is devoted to his family. Inwardly, however, Jeremy is a ticking time bomb. Torn between what’s right versus what’s wrong. When the attempted rape on Darcie occurs, Jeremy finally loses the battle within himself. The pure hatred for Sulfur Heights consumes him and escape is all he thinks about.

One year later, he is secretly engrossed by the drug-infested underworld. Jeremy’s double life leads him on dark and sinister paths of drugs, violence, and rage. The Evans family is destroyed after Presley’s murder and consequently, Jeremy’s arrest. He’s sent to prison where he’s forced to survive with the mistakes he’s made on his conscience. However, only one thought lingers. It consumes the years he spends locked in a cell. Retribution.

Cami Ryker used to have a picture perfect life. She was loved by her family and happy with her life until her brother’s sudden death tore her family apart. Cami is forced to care for her ailing mother and assume the responsibilities of a normal adult. However, when the bills are paid and her mother is tucked away for the night, Cami likes to cloud her mind in order to escape her daily struggles. Late one night, a stranger trolling the streets rescues her in a dark alley. The mysterious stranger will become one of the most important people in her life until the day he’s sent to prison.

Four years later, Jeremy is released and seeking redemption for his mistakes, but the betrayal is still thriving amongst the Evans family. Will Jeremy finally find the solace within to gain the forgiveness from his family that he desperately craves? And is it possible for Jeremy to save those he loves and exonerate himself in the process?


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“Really?” Jake screams and steps closer. “You’re not sorry for getting Presley killed? All of that had to do with you. You know that, right?”
 
“I was trying to protect her!” My belly is touching Jake’s and we are going to blow up on one another. I can sense it.
 
“How were you protecting her? She’s fucking dead, Jeremy! Take some goddamn responsibility for what you’ve done!” Jake pushes on my chest, but I don’t waver.
 
I stand my ground and wait for him to hit me. Once he hits me, then my switch will be fully turned over. The beast is pacing like a rabid animal inside of me. He’s screaming and clawing, trying to get out of me, but I can’t allow that to happen. Jake will be dead if it does. The red is seeping into my line of sight, and soon, it will consume me. Soon, there will be no stopping it. I need to assess what’s really happening right now. I am on the verge of killing my brother, my twin. I will never be able to live with myself if I allow that.
 
I take a step back and expel deep gasps of air. I turn my back and thread my fingers behind my head. I need to walk. I have to get as far as I can away from this situation before it moves from bad to worse. I slowly walk away from Jake, hoping he doesn’t pursue. Yet the more I move away, the more my inner beast beckons me to attack. I am fighting to keep him inside, but it’s impossible when I’ve been that horrible person for so long.
 
My skin is lit on fire, and I feel like I’m boiling from the inside. Sweat is generating and makes my skin slick. I grab ahold of the back of my shirt and rip it over my head. My bleeding arm is aching, but I ignore it. I toss my shirt to the ground and walk to the garage. I stalk back and forth, trying to keep myself from losing it when suddenly the anger is too much to bear. I pull my fist back and slam it into the wall. My knuckles crack loudly. Instant pain shoots through my hand and up my arm.
I want to feel the pain, though. I need to feel the pain. I deserve to feel pain. I torture myself some more and start laying blow after blow into the wood. I smash my fist into the unforgiving building until I cannot stand another second of it. Then, I release a loud, guttural scream. It’s a scream in anger and agony.
 
When I turn to face my brother, I’m looking at two of them. Reggie is standing beside Jake, arms crossed and indifferent. Jake, on the other hand, is staring at me in disbelief. He is studying me and trying to see if I’m the brother he used to know. However, the look in his eyes is telling me I’m a stranger. They’ve never seen this side of me before, and it’s the part of me I’ve been living for years. I’m familiar with and comfortable in this mind’s state.
 
My breathing is labored and the pain in my arm is growing to great heights. I can no longer stand the intensity as it burns my entire arm. I fall to my knees and hold my wounded hand against my sweaty chest.
 
As Reggie looks to me, his indifference finally fading, he sees me for the brother he once loved and falls to my side. I hold my head up and connect my eyes to his. They are filled with worry and concern. I’ve done an amazing job destroying my family, but the little part of me that’s left hopes my family can see I really do want to be with them. It will just take me time to shed my past.
 
“What happened to the brother I used to know?” Reggie’s voice is quiet and scared. Not since Darcie’s situation with Robert have I ever seen Reggie this frightened.
 
I glance down at the ground and try to think of what happened to his brother. I rack my brain, digging in the depths of my memory to find out what the hell happened to him—to me. Nothing comes to mind other than my execution. The Jeremy Evans they knew and once loved is dead.
I look back to Reggie and answer as honestly as I can. “He died a long time ago.”
 
 
 
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Author Interview

What about your characters surprised you while writing Redeemed Love?

I was very surprised the way Jeremy’s character morphed into an angry, malicious man. I always knew he was darker, but it really took me by surprise how dark he truly was. It was amazing experiencing it, and then helping him slowly dissolve the hate. 


What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?

Oh, man. This is such a hard question. But, if I have to choose one it would be the end of part one. He has accepted his fate, the punishment for the life he’s lead thus far. It’s a powerful part when he has to tell Cami goodbye and finally own up to his crimes with his family. The long walk to the police cruiser he transforms himself into the only person who will keep him alive while he’s in prison—the beast. 


What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The ending was the big climax of the entire series and I wanted it to be just right. Drake finally gets to see his brother face to face and the emotions are high, I submerged myself even more into the final chapters. I was nervous writing it, because I knew it would be filled with every single emotion humanly possible.


Redeemed Love is the fifth book in the Sulfur Heights series. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I will write where the story takes me. I rarely outline and when I do it’s only to organize my thoughts. It’s uncommon if I follow it completely. So I am very proud with how the story turned out. On a side note, I wanted to write not only Jeremy and Cami’s future several years down the road, but I wanted to do it for all of the main characters. Plus, my fans are craving the epilogue for the Evans Family. And that’s how Everlasting Love came to be. However, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing about the villains of Sulfur Heights. Their angry and tragic stories fascinate me.


Who would you cast in the roles of Jeremy Evans and Cami Ryker, if your book were to be optioned for a movie?

I am never any good at this because I don’t really know popular actors. When I was writing I saw a young, buff Tom Hardy sans tattoos for Jeremy Evans and for Cami, a young Roselyn Sanchez.


Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.


I don’t really have a particular type of reader in mind when I write. I have a variety of readers and most of them enjoy the unexpected stories I write. As long as the reader can handle the darker side of love and life then I believe my stories are for them. Some readers preferred not to finish my series because it’s not filled with sunshine and rainbows, and you know what…that’s okay with me. As long as the reader understands I will probably not be the fluffy HEA type of writer.


What’s your biggest challenge as a writer?

Time, is always a huge struggle of mine. I work a full time job and have a very busy family life, so I write in my spare time, which is from 3AM to 6AM. And I do this because I love writing so much and I want this to be a full time career for me someday. However, it's a grueling schedule and keeps me very busy.


How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?

After three years of maintaining this schedule, I finally took a break. I gave myself time to recharge my battery, so to speak, and now I’m ready to rock again. 


Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

After a fan read Scarred Love, she reached out to me and thanked me for writing such a deeply emotional survival story. She related to the subject matter and experienced many of the same types of abuse from her own father. I was very sadden, yet overwhelmed with her bravery to be a survivor and not a victim. Her words touched me deeply, and I will never forget it. 


How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I wrote my first book in secret. There were only a few people who knew I was writing it. When I hit published, I finally told my friends and family I wrote a book and where to buy it. Their reaction was awesome.


Is there any particular author or book that influenced you, in any way, either growing up or as an adult?

I love so many authors and my favorites change as often as time, but I cannot list them all. However, I will always reread the classics, such as, Gone with the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird.


What project are you working on now?

Last Call—romantic comedy, yet will pull on your heart strings


Everlasting Love—the final installment of the Sulfur Heights Series


Forbidden From You, Forbidden From Me—romance/suspense


Believing In Brave—YA novella



My Rambles

Summer is a great time to start a new book series. With longer warmers days on hand, I love to binge read an entire series. My first binge of the summer is the Sulfur Heights series by M.S. Brannon. It is a five-book new adult contemporary romance series surrounding the Evans brothers, a tight-knit but troubled family.

The synopsis of Redeemed Love above really gives you a good summary without revealing too much so I'll won't add much to it.

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Can I just say that I read Redeemed Love like I was watching a horror movie? You know, you start with your hands covering your eyes. Curiosity gets the best of you and you peek through the gaps in your fingers. Then you just can't look away...

The book's main character, Jeremy Evans, silently lurked through the other books in the series. You never knew quite what to make of him. He was the consummate man of mystery. SMH. You should always beware of the quiet ones.

Redeemed Love is broken into two sections.

Part One: The Underworld drops you into the belly of the beast, so to speak. Jeremy is involved with the seedy underworld of drugs and violence - in an attempt to make a lot of money fast so that he can move his family out of Sulfur Heights toward a better life. Brannon really lowers the boom.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Part Two: Aftermath is about Jeremy's road back from Hell. It is bumpy and heart-breaking. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train. It's love for Cami. It's love for his family.


Redeemed Love is a story about the ties that bind - romantic and familial. It's a dark romance filled with secrets. While it can be read as a standalone book, I highly recommend that you start at the beginning of the series. It is a gritty complex family saga. While it ain't all rainbows and sunshine, I think that you'll really enjoy Sulfur Heights.

I am looking forward to the upcoming release of Everlasting Love, the final installment of the series. I have hosted giveaways for Scarred Love (#1),  Tragic Love (#2), Blind Love (#3) here on the blog this summer. You can check out the links to get a synopsis of each one.




NOTE: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.