Day 7 of Love…with Larissa Ione

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANGIE – Comment #1!!! Please email me your snail mail address at amie at amestuart.com so I can get your books out to you. Don’t forget to let me know if you want Hittin’ It or Make U Sweat!

Since I know some of Larrisa’s readers have gotten ink in honor of her hawt demons….I thought today we’d talk about our love of ink *g*. I’ve got three tats and the fourth already planned–despite the fact the third one hurt like hell. I do NOT recommend getting one on or near your spine (especially two weeks after you get the cartilage in your ear pierced–it makes for some bad nights).

So….do you have ink? Would you have ink? Or is your body a temple. If it didn’t hurt, what would you get?

Me? I want a dragon on my calf….get ready Lynn!

We’re halfway done with our 14 days of love contest and still going strong!!! Up for grabs today is a copy of Pleasure Unbound (which totally RAAWKS!) or a copy of Desire Unchained (which I just KNOW will RAWK!)….and a demon duckie Heeh! Also…winners choice from my print backlist and other book goodness, so leave a comment to be entered to win.

Pleasure Unbound

In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .

She’s a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .

Desire Unchaine

Pleasure is their ultimate weapon . . .

Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn’t resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

A Seminus demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he’d seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts—or succumb to a madman’s evil plans. On sale March 2009!

Day 6 of Love…with Lucinda Betts

Sorry I’m late this morning….it’s been a killer week and #1 son is STILL down with the flu!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO #15 Tiffany!! Please shoot your snail mail address to amie at amiestuart.com and I’ll get your books out to you!!!

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Since, you know, Valentines is about love…usually romantic love….I thought today we could chat about…romance.

There are 3 great things in this world.
The first thing is for you to love someone.
The second thing
is for someone to love you back
and the third greatest thing is for the first
and second thing
to happen at the same time…

If it wasn’t for romance I suppose none of us would be here, huh? LOL I’ll admit, as much as I’m a cynic, I’m also a bit of a closet romantic–but don’t tell anyone, okay?  They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach….but what’s the way to a woman’s heart? What makes your toes tingle and brings a smile to your face? What’s the most romantic thing a man (or a woman!) has ever done for you?

Leave a comment and be entered to win a signed copy of Lucinda Betts’s The Supplicant. You can read an excerpt here. Of course I’m also giving away a signed copy of your choice–Make U Sweat or Hittin’ It.

The Supplicant

Her ecstasy makes wishes come true…

The sudden appearance of a second sun signifies that a Supplicant has come of age in the land of Marotiri. King Kalief knows this woman is destined to save his people from the barbarians. But first she must learn complete surrender—and King Kalief is just the man to teach her…

Sureya, a humble servant girl, is shocked to learn that her flame—red hair and white skin mark her as the Supplicant. She has never made love to anyone. There are many men—both good and evil—who are waiting to introduce Sureya to this new world of pleasure, but only Kalief can truly satisfy her…

With each shattering climax, the Supplicant’s powers grow as dark forces come closer to taking her for their own. Now as Kalief and Sureya propel each other to dizzying sensual heights, danger and desire will become one—and one wish will change everything…

Day 5 of Love…with Amy Knupp!

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 CONGRATS TO WENDYK!!! You’ve won an autographed copy of Carolyn Jewel’s SCANDAL, your choice of Make U Sweat or Hittin’ It and some other bookloving goodies! Please send me your snail mail address to amie at amiestuart.com

Wow….so….category love. Or rather, category romance love. Like Bebo, Harlequin was one of my first romance reads too. I’m sure going from Woodiwiss to Presents sounds backwards but when you live 14 miles out of town (no i do NOT exagerate) you take what you can get. And believe me, I devoured Presents (along with Barb Cartland so relax Donya LOL).

So today’s giveaway is, of course, category romances from my good friend Amy Knupp!! Amy writes for Superromance. So, do you read category? What are your fave lines and authors? Any good recs?

Leave a comment to be entered to win Amy’s Salinger Sisters series (The Boy Next Door, Doctor in Her House and The Secret She Kept), a copy of Make U Sweat (Or Hittin’ It–your choice) and other book-loving goodness.

The Boy Next Door

Rundles and Salingers don’t mix. Not since the tragic accident involving Zach Rundle’s brother and Lindsay Salinger’s mother. But when the well-being of Zach’s five-year-old nephew is at stake, Zach and Lindsay are dragged together again.

At first Zach thinks the social worker is stirring up the old feud. But he soon realizes that’s the last thing on her mind. Before long, the attraction they’d felt twelve years ago returns, too. Could a child’s needs bring them together?

More important–would it help keep them together?

Doctor in Her House

Katie Salinger has spent most of her adult life looking for the next big adrenaline rush. But the extreme-sports journalist faces her greatest challenge when she returns to Lone Oak, Kansas…and meets the attractive, secretive doctor who’s intent on buying her beloved family home.
Ever since he returned from Africa, Dr. Noah Fletcher has been haunted by a tragic loss. His hometown thinks he’s a hero, including Katie, the risk taker, who’s determined to uncover all his secrets. Noah can’t deny their mutual attraction. But he also can’t let her close.

Because the last time he fell in love, it almost killed him.

The Secret She Kept

She never ever thought Jake Barnes would know the truth. When he left town without any warning, Savannah couldn’t tell him she was pregnant. He didn’t give her the chance. So now—years later—because he’s back and finds out he has a child, suddenly she’s the villain.… How is that fair?

Savannah Salinger raised her daughter and knows what’s best for her own kid. But she can’t seem to push Jake away, and having the infuriating man so close…so close to her…stirs up all those feelings she thought were buried as deep as the secret she swore she’d never tell.

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Top cover borrowed from Longmire does Romance and not indicative of category romance covers.

Day 4 Of Love!…with Carolyn Jewel

 CONGRATULATIONS TO #21 DEBBY!!

You’ve won an e-copy of HOWL, a signed copy of Hittin’ It and a few other book goodies!  Please email me at amie at amiestuart.com with your snail mail address.

“Tflame.jpghe modern romance genre was born in 1972 with Avon’s publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss‘s The Flame and the Flower, the first romance novel “to [follow] the principals into the bedroom.” Aside from its content, the book was revolutionary in that it was one of the first single-title romance novels to be published as an original paperback…”*

I’m PRETTY sure this was the first romance I ever read…or was it Rosemary Rogers? heeh either way, I’ve been a voracious reader all my life. I quickly moved on to Harrold Robbins and V. C. Andrews and…Harlequin Presents. So, do you remember your first romance novel?

Today we’re giving away a copy of Carolyn Jewel’s Scandal, which went on sale YESTERDAY! Happy http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Scandal/Carolyn-Jewel/e/9780425225516/?itm=1release, Carolyn!  I actually met Carolyn when she guest-blogged at Southern Fried Chicas last year.  But we’re both on Twitter, and even though Carolyn writes historicals and I write contemporaries, we have something else in common. We’re both working moms.

So here’ s a little more about Scandal from my good friend Katie:  Gwilym, Earl of Banallt, has quite a reputation of being a womanizer and a rake. Scandal follows him wherever he goes. Women practically fall at his feet, except for the one woman who has become an obsession. Sophie Evans, a widow he first fell in love with, while her husband was still alive. Tommy Evans married Sophie for her fortune, and left her in the country while he continued his debauched lifestyle in London. Banallt was one of Tommy’s friends who joined him as he cut a path through London. The few times when Tommy would return home to see his wife, Banallt was with him, and the moment he met Sophie, his heart was hers forever. Banallt and Sophie formed a tentative friendship even after he tried to seduce her. Banallt shared so many things with Sophie and was ready to whisk her away to be his mistress. Sophie denied him and remained faithful to her marriage vows even when her husband did not. After her husband died she wanted nothing more to do with Banallt. Now over a year later, he has returned and will make Sophie his wife and this time he won’t be denied.

When Sophie sees Banallt with her brother, Mercer, she is shocked and scared. She and Banallt have quite the past and she refuses to be one of the many women he uses and discards. Her marriage left her emotionally scarred; she was so in love with her husband, and he in turn did the worst possible thing a husband can do to his wife, he broke his marriage vows. Sophie will never marry again and definitely not to Banallt. But Banallt won’t let her be. Although she wants his friendship, it is too much of a temptation for her. And though Banallt says he has changed, Sophie cannot trust him with her heart. She would be destroyed if she fell for another man who would not be faithful to her. And since Banallt is so much like her dead husband in that respect, she won’t give herself to him even though she craves him with every sense of her being.

Banallt knows he must treat Sophie with tenderness and respect and show her he has changed, otherwise she will never accept him. Very slowly, he is able to break through Sophie’s defenses. She reaches a point where she wants him in her life even though she won’t admit her feelings to him. Suddenly, a horrible tragedy happens to Sophie and she has no where else to turn to except to Banallt. This is Banallt’s chance to have everything he has ever wanted. He longs to hear Sophie say that she loves him as much as he loves her. The question is, will Sophie be able to give Banallt what he wants?

I have to tell ya’ll, after reading all those Harlequin Presents when I was a teen, I love me a reformed rake! WOOT! So ya’ll leave a comment to be entered into today’s drawing!

Day 3 of Love…with Raine Weaver!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO BEBO!!!!!

Random.org chose 8 as our first winner. Bebo please email me your mailing address. It’s amie at amiestuart.com

Thanks to everyone who came out to the chat last night. It was a ton of fun!!

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Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood.
— Louisa May Alcott

Let’s talk about Sisterly Love!!! I don’t actually HAVE sisters, but I’ve adopted quite a few, including today’s giveaway author, Raine Weaver. I met Raine many years ago on the eHarlequin boards….her poodle snatching prose had me at hello.  We ended up critique partners and BFF’s!!!

So come on…share your sister stories. Do you have sisters? Were they born to you, or “adopted”? Leave a comment for a chance to win.

Up for grabs today is a e-copy of one of my favorite Raine books…HOWL.howlcover_lg.jpg OH yeah, this also features stories by Jet Mykels and Jeigh Lynn. heeh!

A howling-good Halloween anthology with sexy werewolf tales from Jet Mykles, Raine Weaver, and Jeigh Lynn. Happy Howl-o-ween! Leashed: Two for One Deal by Jet Mykles An evil witch gives Meg two weeks to join his coven. Or else. The deadline? Samhain. What’s a good witch to do? Magic, of course. She casts an age-old summoning spell to attract a shapeshifter to leash for her protection. It works, but it’s a two for one deal: Rudy, a werewolf, and Michael, a werejaguar. Wolfe’s Gate by Raine Weaver Grayson’s a werewolf, who’s sworn never to mate a human woman; he can’t control the violence of his change. Red is the one woman who could make him change his mind. When Scarlett “Red” Grier meets Grayson Wolfe, she knows she has to have him. She’s determined to bed this big bad Wolfe, even if it means risking her life. All Hallows’ Moon by Jeigh Lynn Jill Parker is on her way to a Halloween party when she drives into a wolf. She gets the injured beast into her car, and to shelter. Turns out, Jill’s wolf is a werewolf. And he claims that she’s his mate. Jill thinks Dash is an outrageous playboy. Now it’s up to him to convince her he’s telling the truth. And that she should care.

Day 2 of Love…with Lacy Danes

CONGRATULATIONS TO KAMMIE!!!!

Random.org chose 14 as our firs winner. Kammie please email me your mailing address. It’s amie at amiestuart.com

Don’t forget Jodi will be giving away more books tonight at the Aphrodisia Authors chat at Writerspace.com. (Lacy will also be popping in AND I’ll try to remember to stop in too). Chat is from 9 -10 EST

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Cupid is the god of erotic love and beauty. Throughout ancient mythological writing, there appear to be either two Cupids or two sides to the figure of Cupid. One is the son of Mars (Ares) and Venus (Aphrodite). He is a lively youth who delights in pranks and spreading love. The other is a son of Nyx and Erebus, known for riotous debauchery. I’m kinda thinking the second version sounds more fun.

So how old were you the first time Cupid got you with an arrow?

Welcome to Day 2 of Love!!! Today’s giveaway is from the cutest redhead I’ve ever met….author Lacy Danes.  Shes’ offering up copies of A Red Hot Valentine and Being Wicked.

A RED HOT VALENTINE

A Red Hot ValentineCupid is hot to trot!

One fateful weekend at a country estate, a beautiful, well-bred widow is caught between a rock and a very hard place when she must choose between two deliciously irresistible lovers…in Lacy Danes’s seductive tale of courtship a la mode, Torn Desires.

Long-distance lovers Edie and Ty are counting the hours until their scorching Valentine’s Day reunion, each titillating the other with steamy letters describing their erotic journeys. And getting there is definitely half the fun in Megan Hart’s wickedly wild Get There.

Eternal damnation has its perks-especially for a voluptuous succubus who is about to receive a very special, very hot Valentine’s Day “gift” from her demon lover…in Jackie Kessler’s ode to paranormal passion, Hell Is Where the Heart Is.

London’s most irresistible rake has one week to prevent the woman he loves from marrying another. And he plans to do so by adeptly employing his most well-practiced arts–seduction…sensation…and erotic love–in Jess Michaels’s sumptuous feast of juicy Regency romance, By Valentine’s Day.

Being WickedBEING WICKED

It is an evening for rakes and rogues, courtesans and demimondes, and lords and ladies in disguise, all wishing to sample the array of erotic delights around them. But this ball is not the talk of the ton, it is a taste of forbidden ecstasy.

Willful Surrender

Lilly had never dreamed that hiding in her brother’s carriage would end in her arrival at a ball such as this. She should be shocked by the bawdy behavior before her, but instead she is intrigued. And when Vincent St. Jerome, London’s foremost rake, offers to help her find her brother, she follows him to a room filled with peep holes in the walls. What Lilly sees is pure carnal pleasure and all she desires is complete sexual surrender.

Willing SeductionLady Wentland is a worldly widow who misses the sensual delights she used to share with her husband. So attending the Cyprian’s Ball disguised as a courtesan allows her to sample the erotic pleasures she’s missed-until she meets Winston Greyton, her brother’s best friend and the one man she knows she might have once loved. She resists his first advances toward her-but the heat of their arousal soon ignites a fire of wicked, reckless passion.

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Once again, all you have to do to win some books that I KNOW you’ll love is leave a comment. I’ll announce the first winner at the top of tomorrow’s post.

Day 1 Of Love!…with Jodi Lynn Copeland

Not only did I get off work early on Friday, FedEx stopped by my house. Now, considering I didn’t ORDER anything (for once heeh), I was thrilled to get a box of extra books. Not just extra copies of Hands On, or Nailed (which I did get) but extra copies of Hittin’ It (which doesn’t go on sale for like 23 more days).

Can I get a WOOT??!!?  Come on! You can do better than that!!!

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Love is…wow…interesting.  It comes in many shapes and sizes but I think the most awesome kind of love is that unconditional love we feel for our children.  Until they become teenagers, anyway.  Then it’s a weird mix of yelling, hair pulling, gray hairs and … a hell of a lot of laughter.

Sorry Jodi but collic ain’t got nothing on 15-year-old boys.

Escape to Ecstacy

With that said, our first author giveaway is from new mom, Jodi Lynn Copeland.

So, today’s winner will get some random books from my stockpile, a signed copy of Hittin’ It andddd an autographed copy of Jodi Lynn Copeland’s ESCAPE TO ECSTASY

Sexual healing.there’s nothing like it. And Ecstasy Island is where it happens. Meet two heroes who know exactly how to vanquish a woman’s every fear and teach her to love-and fully live-again. But this erotic escape is by invitation only.

Killing Me Softly

Chris Cavanaugh considers it his calling to breathe new life into women with troubled pasts. From the moment he brings Claire Vaughn to the beautiful but isolated outpost of Ecstasy Island, he’s surprised by her strength and spirit-and held captive by her sensual imagination and skill, night after night after night.

In Living Color

Treah Baldwin believes in greeting each one of the women sent to him to be healed with a literal sexual awakening. His hands-on technique does wonders for body and soul. Dana Lancer has never experienced anything like it. Finding scorchingly hot erotic bliss in his muscular arms becomes a reality straight out of her wildest dreams.

Once again, all you have to do to win some books that I KNOW you’ll love is leave a comment. I’ll announce the first winner at the top of tomorrow’s post.

And since Jodi is a brand new mama — again! — how about some well wishes for one of the best kinds of love there is?