Monday, November 24, 2008

Foretaste of Forever - First Review PNR Inklings


Elyesha, last surviving descendant of a line of powerful witches, finally finds the only man she's ever loved, the man who deserted her countless years before. But Ben is torn between desire and despair when Elyesha, his only love, eventually penetrates his protective retreat. He knows what she wants, but the price of their love is too high. At midnight, on the beach, a battle of wills and erotic seduction ensues as each confronts the other's darkest fears.

Foretaste of Forever by Christina Phillips

The Wild Rose Press

ISBN# not assigned

Release Date: 10/24/2008

Pages: 40

Format: Electronic

Paranormal Category: Erotic Paranormal Witches

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Foretaste of Forever is a short, erotic romance, filled with love, passion, and sadness. Elyesha loves Ben, and has loved him before she even met him. Her vision showed him to her and she feel in love instantly. Her love for him, followed by her grief and loneliness after losing him, was an almost palpable thing. Ben feels the same for her, but he fights their love with everything he is and has. He knows that the cost of their love is too high and he sacrifices his own heart and happiness to avoid paying that price. This fast paced story had me sighing from the passion and love and nearly crying with sorrow for these two soul mates. I enjoyed Foretaste of Forever and look forward to reading more of Christina Phillips’ work.

Reviewed by Melissa Conatser ParaNormal Romance Reviews October 2008

The full review can be found here


Sunday, November 16, 2008

The birth of an anthology....

When my editor, Jennifer Haley, asked me if I'd like to take part in an anthology with 3 other writers and write a Miniature Rose based on my interpretation of Dan Fogelberg's classic, "Another Old Lang Syne".... well.... I thought about it for about three, no wait, make that one-and-a-half seconds. Of course I'd like to be part of something so cool! So, the line-up went like this:
Paisley Scott,
Devon Gray,
April Vine and
Ana Aragón.
All of our books will be released as individual novellas. Needless to say, I was flattered to be in such talented company!

BTW: Check out Devon's excellent interview with editor Jennifer Haley for more insight into this wonderful idea for four unique stories.

SUGAR SHACK is my contribution and is available now from The Wilder Roses. My hero, Luke Mackenzie, owns a Maple farm in snowy Vermont. Catherine Bennett is a journalist for a travel magazine who was once engaged to Luke, but left after college graduation -- lured away by what lay outside the confines of her small New England town. Ten years have passed since they've seen each other... can they temper the feelings that still linger? Or will they pick up where they left off a decade ago?


Ten years ago, Catherine Bennett said good-bye to her fiancé, Luke MacKenzie, and his maple farm in Vermont. She wanted to be somebody. She wanted to break out of a small town existence and live the city life. But the higher she flew, the less satisfied she was, in love and life. She had left her heart behind. And she'd never forgotten the sizzling sex with blond-haired, muscular Luke.

Now, when her job takes her back home to Vermont, old feelings flame to life. But is Luke still interested? Is he married? And can he ever forgive her for leaving him so long ago? Only one thing's for sure; there's still an attraction. And their reconciliation will burn hotter than the fireworks that light up the New Years Eve sky!

Here's an excerpt:
Standing not ten feet away was the man she used to dream about. Still dreamed of, she corrected. God, he looked good. Even better than she remembered. Tall and broad-shouldered, with a thick thatch of wind-tousled dark blond hair. Even from this distance, she could see the surprise in his maple-colored eyes.

A smile curved his lips before he could temper it. “Cat?”

The pet name had slipped out before he could check himself. She loved when he called her that. His husky voice made it sound like an endearing purr.

“Hi, Luke,” she managed around a tongue that suddenly felt as dry as cotton. “You look good.” He did look good. Hell, he looked better than good. He looked fan-damn-tastic. She fought the overwhelming impulse to run and throw her arms around him. Instead, she hugged herself and took a few tentative steps toward him.

He nodded, the gaze he leveled on her now more composed and guarded. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised to see you here after all this time.”

Cutting straight to the chase was Luke’s way. She couldn’t help the small laugh that fell from her lips. “Always down to business, aren’t you?”

He nodded. “Most of the time, yes. I’m not very good at games.”

“I guess that depends on the game,” she murmured. Unbidden, her mind conjured images of them role-playing in the barn’s loft. She’d played the part of a Swedish milkmaid and he was a soldier, separated from his regiment, and who wandered onto her father’s farm. The game began as nothing more than a silly escape, but turned into one of the hottest sexual experiences they’d ever shared. Even now, she couldn’t smell hay without thinking of hot, sweaty, mind-blowing sex.

His eyes softened a bit, and she wondered if he joined her in the memory. Then he frowned. “I’m sorry for being blunt, but what are you doing here?”

Time to pay the piper. “Honestly, I was headed home for the holidays, but the weather wasn’t willing to cooperate the entire way. I’m afraid I won’t make it another two hours on the road. I was wondering if I could...I was hoping I could wait out the storm here. I would also like to apologize for being such an immature bitch ten years ago.” There, she’d said it. It was now the elephant in the room and she’d put it there, unchained.

He looked surprised for a moment, then raised an eyebrow. “Wow.” Pulling the suede work gloves off his hands, he shoved them into the back pocket of his jeans and crossed his arms across his chest, the wool-trimmed denim jacket bunching at the shoulders with his movements. “You wait this long to tell me something you could have told me if you’d returned even one of at least twenty phone messages I left for you over the past ten years?”

Warmth flamed in her veins and traveled swiftly up her neck to her face. “I apologize for that, too,” she managed. “All I can say is I was a totally different person then.”

“And now you’ve changed?” he asked, cocking his head.

She nodded. “I hope so, yes.”

He took a deep breath and released it slowly, the heat of his exhale turning to frost as it hit the frigid air. “I happened to like the person you were.”

A butterfly flapped to life in her tummy. “I’ve tried to improve on the older model.” She took off her own gloves and wiped her palms on her coat before extending her right hand to him. “I hope we can work out some kind of friendship, Luke. I’ve missed you in my life.”

He looked at her hand for a long moment, then stretched out his own to grasp hers. Electricity flowed at the contact and Catherine felt a warmth like no other when their palms touched.

“You’re even more beautiful than I remember, Cat,” he said, pulling her to him and embracing her tightly.

Burrowed against him, Catherine inhaled his scent deep into her lungs. God, he smelled so good. Leather, wood, earth, maple, everything unique to this man. He smelled of home. She nearly lost it in his arms. She wanted nothing more than to just be held by him and cry against his chest. But she had to be strong. She had to see if there was anything worth salvaging between them. And that would take time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Loveology University and Ava's Boutique

So are you wondering about Loveology University and Dr. Ava Cadell? Well, so was I.

I'd heard of Dr. Cadell and knew she gave lectures and seminars. A list of her fields of expertice can be found here. She also offers sexual advice for couples and individuals. She teaches how to give and receive love. But her website offers so much more than great advice.

Check out Ava's Boutique. This is my kind of toy store (an adult store and not meant for shoppers under the age of 18 :) )

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Romance Studio gives Seduced in Seoul FIVE HEARTS

Seduced In Seoul
Helen Hardt
Contemporary erotic romance
Available from The Wild Rose Press August 2008

It looks like Allison Sanchez’ two week vacation is going to start out well when she’s picked up at the airport by one of the hottest men she’s ever met. It’s just too bad they can’t communicate. When he takes her to her brother’s place one thing leads to another and they’re tangled in the sheets when her brother Mike walks in. Turns out the man who only talks with his body language is his partner Dylan Johnson, as American as she is.

Helen Hardt writes a fun story of fulfilling a fantasy made easier by what seems to be a language barrier. Dylan refuses to feel guilty or let her be too frustrated by the mix up that he let happen. Allison has way too much fun to stay too embarrassed for very long. It seems that her usual shy demeanor is just too hard to hold onto when she and Dylan get together!

There’s some great one sided conversations, hot eroticism and a lot of fun in this book. It kept me smiling on every page! I highly recommend this as a fun interlude when you need a light hearted romp through the pages of fiction in an exotic location.

Overall rating: 5 hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit
Reviewer: Dee Dailey
November 3, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

So, I've started the edits!!

YAY! I received the first round of revisions last night from Diana, and I started right away. I was up until 2 this morning. LOL.

I am sooo excited to have a book coming out with The Wilder Roses!!

Here's my cover art, and my Coming Soon Page. I'll be back with updates, and a release date as soon as I have them.

Have a great day!!


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