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Passion's Embrace by Cia Leah

Title: Passion’s Embrace
Author: Cia Leah
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60435-792-9
Genre: Western, Historical
Length: 258 pages
Rating:  2 Diamonds      
Heat Level: Sweet
Reviewer: Cassandra Parker
Date: November 24, 2010

“Callie Knight moves to Texas after her parent’s deaths and buys a ranch bordering rancher Colt Trevor’s. When his bull, Old Red Eye breeds her cow, she gets upset and rides to his ranch demanding he stop his bull or she’s going to shoot him and serve him up for supper. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with Colt at first sight. She wants him from the start and is determined to have him and she’s not going to let anyone stand in her way.

 Colt Trevor has never seen a woman as beautiful and wild as Callie. When he slips behind her in the saddle, he can’t control the passion she ignites in him. Caught in a compromising position with her on the first day they meet, Colt is tempted to spank her or take her to his bed. Marriage is out. He likes being his own man and wants to stay a bachelor.

 When Callie is shot, he realizes his feelings for her run deeper than just an urge to quench his passion. He’s determined to find the man who wants her dead, but before he can catch the culprit behind it, Callie is abducted and whisked away to an outlaw’s hideout in Mexico.”

First of all do not be fooled by the label on the publisher’s website this is a historical story, not a contemporary one. Once I made that transition in my head it was a better reading for me. I really enjoyed the main character in this story. She is strong willed and goes after what she wants but in an utterly charming way. Callie and her horse Devil are the high points of this story for me. The hero did not wow me in this story. I found him to be a more wishy washy forty year old man compared to these twenty year old girls who are after him. I would have loved to see more of Callie’s background and perhaps had competition for her affections rather than Colt’s. The plot devices in this story were also overused. The hero spends most of the book rescuing his heroine from very similar situations, and from villains whose dialogue is at times rather silly. This story also did a lot of head hopping which can sometimes add to the story and give insight to different characters, but I don’t feel that the villainous characters had enough depth that their thoughts were worth looking at. Overall this story had potential and a very lovable heroine, but was executed poorly and is not worth your time.

David's Angel by Stephanie Beck

Title: David’s Angel
Author: Stephanie Beck
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Publication Date: October 18, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61650-199-0
Genre: Romance
Length: 156 pages
Heat Level:  Erotic
Other:   BDSM
Reviewer: Gabrielle
Date: 11/26/10
This is a wonderful and very emotional book about a woman dealing with the death of her husband and Dom and the bringing up of her two daughters. Polly loved her husband dearly but always had a soft spot for David and when he comes to help her deal with her loss she is reminded just how much she loved him as well.
This is the first book that I have read that deals with both BDSM and the family/children aspect. I enjoyed watching Polly and David’s relationship bloom. It was nice to see how they handled their own needs and the needs of the children. David makes a wonderful father to the children just as he makes a wonderful Dom for Polly.
Polly is taken on a roller coaster of emotions with all that happens in this book and she takes it all in and not only learns about David but herself as well. As their relationship progresses we see what a great couple that they make.
Stephanie Beck weaves a great story with characters full of depth and emotion making this a book that should not be missed. This story is about love and respect and throughout the book we see David and Polly show it not only to each other but to all their friends and family as well.

Zombies on Parade

Here's a little something from last year, to put us in the mood!

Hi there, arm-chair travellers, this is your globe-trotting reporter, Zanku Kitty,with an event that should be seen at least once in a lifetime. Since it’s November, you have all probably guessed! It’s the Graves Department Store Thanksgiving Day Parade in Zombietown, MA. You’ll want to arrive early to see all the little boy and girl zombies line the parade route to see the big show. It’s an event to share with your nearest and dearest, as all of the zombies who have it more or less together ride in open- top hearses down Main Street, showing off their nearly-perfect physiques. Everyone crowds to see the Mayor, the Honorable Bob C. Twin, and his life- er death-partner, Chompers, heading down the street with all the fanfare the high school band can provide. Last year Chompers lost his wedding ring hand, and a contest was held to find the right stray hand along the parade route.
As you can imagine, the band also has a tendency to lose parts as they march, particularly the percussion section. There is always a pool on who would lose what and at which intersection, as in Bobby Jean at the corner of First and Cemetery. And the winner of the pool will get to be Grand Marshall in next year’s parade.
No worries about being over the hill in this forward-thinking village! This is probably the only town in North America that celebrates Thanksgiving with the ancestors that founded their town in 1693. Due to their extrme age and fragility, these pillars of the community ride inside padded coffins, placed upright so that they can see their descendents as well as be seen by them. It’s jolly good fun! The Founder’s Floats are one of the most highly anticipated parts of this exciting exhibition.
Everyone who is anyone is here , because after the parade passes, they all join to march along toward the village square and Town Hall, where the feast will be held. The kindlly inhabitants of this bucolic township are encouraging me to follow the parade with them, and share in the bounty that awaits.
I’m told the schoolchildren and Guild of Dead Florists gets together to decorate the hall every Thanksgiving, and I can’t wait to see what they came up with this year. It’s said to be quite spectacular, with gorgeous china and silver that are dusted off and polished up each and every year, and floral displays unlike any ever seen at a Thanksgiving Dinner. We’re almost there now, and when we get inside I’ll try to describe what I expect to be a bounteous feast.
Everyone looks very eager, and a little girl just grabbed my hand to pull me along. How sweet of her! She is hurrying me along, no doubt so that I won’t miss out on the festivities and yummy goodies that await. The lady to my left looks so excited, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear she was drooling. It’s all so exciting! I wonder what is on the menu?

~Kate Richards

Today we are chatting with Margie Church, author of Dangerous Love

Welcome, Margie. Thank you for visiting with us today. I understand it’s a special day!
M –Yes, Kate, and I'm thrilled to spend the release day for Dangerous Love with you and Val. You two were some of my first friends when I got started as an author. Plus, I enjoy the support from Got Romance so much.

So Dangerous Love is out today, congratulations. This is book II in the Love Bites series. I enjoyed Love Bites when it came out last summer. Can you tell us how you came up with the idea for Love Bites?
M: I was staring at a photo of the Heidelberg castle and memories of having been there came back to me and suddenly the castle became personified as the vampire, Wade. I know it sounds crazy, but many authors can be inspired to write an entire book based on a single image, sound, suggestion, or experience. At times when I was writing Love Bites and Dangerous Love I felt overwhelmed by the task of creating these other worldly creatures and how many cities and countries they visit. It took a lot of research and thought!

Your take on vampires is a bit unique and in Dangerous Love you go further into both the relationship between Jui and Wade?
M: My vampires move among humans virtually unnoticed. They function in society and are peaceful to keep their true existance a secret. The angst in both these books comes when vampires develop romantic feelings for humans, as Wade does in Love Bites. Human emotions are forbidden and vampires who engage this way are harshly dealt with. Wade is no exception.

In Dangerous Love, the leader of the vampire nation comes after Wade in full force and he has his hands full trying to protect a mere human—Jui—from creatures she cannot fathom. Luckily for Jui, not only does Wade love her, he has genius intelligence. Coupled with vampire ingenuity, he will do anything including die, for the woman he loves.

A crazy aspect of these characters is also that some wield negative human emotions, such as jealousy, anger, and revenge that converge with shocking results.

What can you tell us about Dirk and Laddie?
M: If vampires could be psychopaths, Ladislav could be the poster child. He's cold and heartless toward anything and anyone except Victoria. You'll have to read the book to find out his connection to her over the years and her pivotal role between Ladislav and Wade. However I will say this, Victoria (Tori) is trouble beginning on the first page.

Dirk is a new character in Dangerous Love. He's the Master Prophet – he leads the shape shifter flock. He's a big dude who dresses in black leather and carries a whip. He's a Dom. Watch out for him because his face is in the moon on the cover. Not only is he dangerous, but he's unpredictable when he and Ladislav work together. There are several really intense, gritty scenes between these two leaders in Dangerous Love.

Well I’m sure the readers will enjoy Dangerous Love. I found it to be very exciting as well as touching. Wade and Jui are really special people to me after reading the two parts of their story you have so far. But you have also released a short recently, right?
Yes, my erotic romance, WET is on the market. It's a novella about Reagan and Noah, a divorced couple who are trying to build a different relationship because of their children. WET is very hot, funny, and emotional. When it rains one night, Reagan and Noah get wet in more ways than one. It's also available from Noble Romance.

What was the first thing you wrote for publication?
M: A haiku of mine was published in McCall's magazine when I was in sixth grade. I'm still friends with that teacher and he has read all my books!

Do you have any further projects in the works?
I'm writing a novella titled, Hard as Teak. This is my first venture into male/male love and I'm really enjoying it. Kade Marks is a nature photographer who takes a vacation to his cabin in northern Minnesota. While he's there to reconnect with his passion for work and his girlfriend, he meets Teak Jameson. From the first glance Kade recognizes how handsome Teak is and he's attracted to Teak but doesn't take it seriously . . . until their first kiss.

Readers who know my work often say I am very poetic in my narratives. Hard as Teak is like that. It's also a erotic romance. I expect to finish writing it by the end of November.

Thanks again for coming by. We wish you every success with Dangerous Love as well as all the books in your future!
M: It's always a pleasure to be here, Kate. I hope we'll be doing it again soon.

One lucky winner will win a copy of Love Bites and Dangerous Love today! This is the only blog on the 10-blog tour with this double prize! Tell me whose face is in the moon on the cover of Dangerous Love and what your plans are for Thanksgiving! My birthday falls on the holiday, so maybe I'll spend Thanksgiving with you! LOL

Keep up with Margie:
Margie's website and blog: Romance with SASS
Twitter: @MargaretRChurch
Facebook: Margie Church
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Dangerous Love

Blurb: Wade Kairos faces deadly consequences for defying the leader of the vampire nation. Ladislav Husek partners with Master Prophet Dirk, to prove Wade can run but he can't hide. And neither can Jui Fabrice, the woman Wade loves. Every bit of his ingenuity is needed to protect her from being turned into a vampire or a prophet.

If that's not enough trouble for him, another vampire from Wade's past comes forward and makes it abundantly clear that what used to be hers is still up for grabs.
Adult Excerpt
Dangerous Love
By Margie Church
"Take off your shirt," she said while tearing open the foil package. His hard shaft jutted proudly in front of his body and Jui knelt, unable to resist sucking his gorgeous cock. She cupped his smooth balls as her lips and teeth moved up his length to the crown. She tickled the tip and let the long string of pre-cum cling to her tongue as she drew back. She smiled up at him before swallowing as much of his dick as she could. Her throat strained as she sucked him, and Wade's fingers digging into her shoulders told her how much he loved every second in her mouth.
When the ache in her body became irresistible, Jui pulled the condom out of its wrapper and began the tight journey over Wade's shaft. Then she bent over the couch and presented her glistening pussy to him. "Now it's my turn."
He pushed aside the thin strap of her thong and entered her. The pressure, the fullness of his shaft moving in her body, drove her crazy. She pumped hard against his hips, needing the glorious pain of release.
"Minx, slow down. I want to make this last."
She heard the words but couldn't obey. "We'll do it again. Make me come."
His teeth found a resting spot on her shoulder muscle. He reached around and slapped her clit.
She whimpered. "Yeah, again." The sting of his slap made her vaginal muscles tense with each tap, building the mindless need stemming from her pussy.
"Baby, you're out of control," Wade said. "Right now you just need to come. Let me give it all to you."
Wade pressed her hard against the back of the couch and drilled his cock into her pussy. Jui screamed with pleasure and encouragement. His finger teased her tight asshole and slowly entered. Her moans sounded loud and achy. She burned with lust. All she knew was his finger and cock were moving simultaneously in her, hard and fast and it . . .was . . . making . . . her come. She howled as her orgasm arrived, gripping his cock with her pussy, gushing slick juices around him.
His grunts grew louder and his thrusts slowed. "That's it. God you feel good, even with this nasty thing on my dick." He stiffened, and an extended groan filled the room. Suddenly, he pulled out, yanked off the condom, and spilled his cum on Jui's ass. "I'm going back in," he said in a raspy tone. "I have to feel you."
"Wade . . . ." Her sentence finished in a pleasurable groan as his wet shaft slid deep inside her.

Triage by Cherie De Sues

Title: Triage
Author: Cherie De Sues
Publisher: Noble Romance
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60592-151-8
Genre: romance/suspense
Length: 76
Heat Level: spicy
Reviewer: Brecken Stevens
Date: November 20, 2010

Dr. Jessie Stevens received the vaccine for a deadly virus when she worked in the lab it was made in. It didn’t cross her mind that one day she might be the only one immune to the lethal virus. When the lab studying the virus is attacked by terrorist and the virus is stolen by terrorists, Jessie’s expertise and immunity are priceless. Colonel Jake McCrea’s job is to protect Jessie and to help prevent the virus from changing hands and possibly infecting unsuspecting Americans before a vaccine can be made available. Sparks fly between the two and both know there is something more there if they want it, but they have to survive the terrorists and virus before finding out what could be.

The story line in Triage is very intense and moments are very tragic, so it seems odd to say the characters were fun, but they really were. Jake and his friends have such practical, fun senses of humor that it balances the tragedy, making the story very well rounded. Military and medical buffs will love it because Ms. De Sues brings in very real elements of those fields, while still staying true to building a really sweet, believable, enviable romance.

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