"A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle" - Father James Keller

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Boxed Set - New Release & Giveaway Announcement

My friend, Gina Kincade, has a story in this new boxed set, Alpha's on the Prowl, so I am thrilled to tell you a little more about the set, her story included in it, and about her. A rafflecopter giveaway is below too!

Purchase your copy now on Amazon, Kobo, BN, iTunes and other good ebook retailers!

Alpha shifters are on the prowl, and they're used to getting what they want. But there's more to claiming a destined mate than raw power, and they'll have to prove themselves worthy – in more ways than one.

Alphas on the Prowl is page after page of passion and pleasure in this box set featuring eleven tantalizing shapeshifter tales from NY Times and USA Today best selling authors!

Join Gina KincadePhoenix JohnsonLashell CollinsTasha Black Anna LoweBethany ShawAnnie NicholasSarah Makela, Amy Lee Burgess, Catherine Vale and Jami Brumfield in this boxed set featuring our newest shifter romances.
A taste of Gina's inclusion, A Shot at Love, is below.

They also have a sweet giveaway through Rafflecopter for a chance at $50, $25, $25 Amazon Gift Cards! Enter to win!

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Teaser from 'A Shot at Love' by Gina Kincade:

Micah put out a hand and splayed his fingers across Jason's collarbone, whispering his lover's name, a question in his voice. Warm breath caressed his cheek. He bowed his head for a moment and a soft sound came out, like an extended groan. Lifting his head, Micah ran his fingers over Jason's square jaw, whispering across the silky stubble framing the edges of the goatee. He ran his thumb across Jason's lower lip, noting the velvety softness overlaying the firm chin with its thatch of hair placed in the center. Very much like Jason, so smooth on the surface, but unyielding, strong underneath.

Micah traced the curve of a fine ear, the strong tendons of Jason's neck. The hair was soft and he buried his fingers in it, reveling in the feel of the short strands gliding against his palm, tickling his skin. He brought his other hand up to trace the elegant lines of Jason's high cheekbones, long lashes, his dark brows. He leaned forward, brushing his lips over that beautiful mouth. He'd never kissed anyone the way he'd kissed Jason before and he shivered, remembering the feel of his lover's lips on his, the amazing sensations that just kissing him had always caused.

A jolt like electricity went down his spine when Jason grabbed the back of his neck and pulled Micah toward him, hot lips moving, caressing, bruising. Jason's tongue slipped into Micah's mouth, stroking, and Micah moaned deeply, his legs trembling.

~ Lady Gina Kincade,
Author of Erotica and Erotic Paranormal Romance

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Grab Bag Short Stories & Sommer Marsden

I don’t know about you, but I spend way too much time on social media. However, I’ve made some great friends there, and sometimes, just sometimes, posts and comments can lead to some wonderful things. This is one instance of that.

I was lurking around Facebook one day, and Sommer Marsden had posted she was wanting to write but needed inspiration, a story idea, given the tough place she was at in her life. It made me think back to my teaching days and doing a lesson called Grab Bag Short Stories when teaching parts of a story. I would label three brown paper lunch bags: Main Character, Setting, and Include This. Then, I would cut up magazines, filling the bags with images of people, places and things. The students would have to blindly reach into the bags, chose one image from each, and glue them to the cover of a three prong folder that they would turn in their short story in.

So, given Sommer is an adult, probably had glue and scissors, but was looking to type, and plus we live really far away from each other, I jumped on my Pinterest boards. For that Main Character image, I went to my “Sexy” board. For the setting, I went to my “Places to Go” board. And, for that object, I went to my “Beautiful” board. I Facebook messaged her my grab bag short story idea and the three images below. I told her I just couldn’t resist, but something there did inspire her, and thus, her novella, Haunted, has just released.

I’m so excited for this release, to read what she’s come up with from those three pictures. So, in a celebratory style, and a giving mood, I would like to offer a little contest/giveaway to win an ebook copy of Sommer Marsden’s Big Bad (gifted from Amazon or Barnes & Noble). But first, here is some information on Haunted. Then, look for the Ways to Earn Entries to win an ebook copy of Big Bad.

Haunted Blurb:
Two people lost and alone in life searching for answers…

Maddox, visiting abandoned sites to take photographs and figure out his future. He haunts the places that are monuments to the way he feels inside. Stark, empty, raw. And Olyvia, searching for answers to her own painful loss by hunting ghosts. Trying to comfort herself in her search for proof of an afterlife.

One haunted amusement park with a dark history.

Maddox and Olyvia recognize a kindred soul in one another. The only problem is, time is short because there’s a ghost stalking Screamland hell-bent on revenge.
Haunted Buy Links:

Ways to Earn Entries:
1.       Single Entry: Share this post. Then simply email me at howell.kiki@gmail.com with Haunted in the Subject line, letting me know where you shared it.

2.       Extra Entry: Email me at howell.kiki@gmail.com with Grab Bag in the Subject Line and attach three pictures for a story to the email – one for Main Character, one for Setting, and one for Include This.

Come May 1st, I will randomly pick a winner and contact them about gifting the ebook, and I will gather some of the images to share on my blog.

About Sommer Mardsen
Professional dirty word writer, gluten free baker, sock addict, fat wiener dog walker, expert procrastinator. That sums it up. 

Sommer Marsden has been called “…one of the top storytellers in the erotica genre” (Violet Blue), “Unapologetic” (Alison Tyler), “…the whirling dervish of erotica” (Craig J. Sorensen),and "Erotica royalty..." (Lucy Felthouse). Her erotic novels include Restricted Release, Restless Spirit, Boys Next Door, and the Zombie Exterminator series. Sommer currently writes for HarperCollins Mischief, Excessica, Xcite Books, Pretty Things Press, and Resplendence Publishing.

You can find Sommer's short works in well over one hundred and twenty-five (and counting) erotic anthologies.Visit her at Unapologetic Fiction http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Para-Portage of Emily (Shadow Seduction Series Book 1) by Muffy Wilson


Emily Macque, a young, beautiful junior partner in her father’s law firm, is but a heartbeat away from love or destiny. Duty brings Emily to a frozen Island estate two-hundred and fifty miles north of Chicago. Devotion requires she delve into the property history to settle an estate probate. Death lures her into the arms of the shadows seduction created by the flickering light and dark shadows. 

What flames the timeless passions spanning the decades? Love, desire or obsession? 

Colin Jorgenson, once a Great Lakes mariner, is a strong man haunted by love and loss. How long will he return each night, gripped by desire, hoping to find the woman he has loved for a century? 

Beneath the pristine Island beauty, passions hungered, lingered in the ardent darkness. His passions, fueled by decades of loneliness and longing, could no longer be denied. Will they face eternity together or love in secret as dark things are to be loved between the shadows and the soul?

My Review:

What I love about this author is her style and descriptions which give such depth and atmosphere to her stories. With this story, add in the paranormal, some ghostly elements, like faces in the mist or supposedly imagined touches, and reality flows easily into making the unbelievable believable, especially with her masterful handle on crafting a story.

While for me, kind of a jump in with both feet sort of gal in real life and in fiction, the story kind-of got off to a slow start, actually, once the main character got to her destination, the book took on a whole new feel: the setting grew mystical and intriguing, the character bore a greater depth along with that wonderful dangerous inquisitiveness, the storyline took off being both dreamy and ghostly while also sensual and loving, all of this with the richness of history laced in a little mystery. Who could ask for more?

This is my second Muffy Wilson book, given to me by the author for an honest review, and I can honesty say that I am excited to see what she comes up with next.

About the Author:

Muffy, author of erotic, romantic stories about love, sex, hope and passion, was born in San Antonio, Texas, to traditional parents. Her father was a career officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and came of age in France. She now lives a charmed life by the water in SW Florida. Muffy pretends to be a serious real estate business person but, in real life, indulges her private interest writing sexy and sensual Literotica for several publishing firms ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion.

Website http://www.muffywilson.com/
Blog http://muffywilson.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/sexymuffywilson
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wilsonmuffy

In accordance with the new FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, Kiki Howell of An Author's Musings, would like to advise that in addition to purchasing my own books to review, I also receive books, and/or promotional materials, free of charge in return for an honest review, as do any guest reviewers.