Friday, July 17, 2009

Another Great Review & Up for Best Book honor this weekend AT WC

Reviewed Friday, July 17, 2009

Destined To Mate by C. A. Salo

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Scarlet Rose
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (95 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5
Review by Xeranthemum

A feline mated to a werewolf?As a Chimera, half lioness/half human, Alexis Xanthis, has never released the beast within. Until she meets Lykan Alpha, Morgan LeVey. Being near him triggers a powerful need to mate, but is Morgan strong enough to dominate her feline side and still handle the human half with a gentle hand? And will the powers that be allow it?

Destined to Mate mixes a delicious combination of mythology, the paranormal and some hot loving sure to thrill a reader on many levels. Alexis is a heroine with a deadly secret. She’s also adorable, spunky, and an amazing mix of charming innocence and old world knowledge. She is also the owner of a book store. Imagine that. What I really liked about her are her kick butt abilities which totally outshine the guys, much to their chagrin.

All the guys except one, that is. Morgan is an alpha wolf. And he’s the best part of being an alpha – not overbearing and irritatingly autocratic but protective, responsible and fair. He also has being dominant in a relationship down pat – it’s a very seductive and potent level.

Even when Alexis throws him for a loop he still doesn’t get in a snit over it. He is so very well put together; I didn’t have to deal with any male ego trips. What a relief. One of the things that I personally look for in a lycan/paranormal romance is if there is bite. I find biting in passion between the hero and heroine very erotic and Ms. Salo nailed it. But I am not going to tell you who was biting who, because that would be telling. There’s no way I want to diffuse those moments, which for me, were very sensual and satisfying.

The secondary characters were fun. Val was interesting and a good sounding board for Alexis. There’s a term for their relationship but no way am I writing that here. Rafe simply cracked me up. What a unique spin for a second-in-command. Usually they are about as strong as the alpha, but poor Rafe has a very human and irritating thing that happens to him. I could not help but giggle the times it happened.
Alexis’ mom is a beaut. Wait until you meet her.
Destined to Mate is sure to entertain and excite, evoke interest and lust, and delivers a well written story with a character driven plot which delightfully showcases the pursuit of love in all its furry splendor.

Onto the voting...

"­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Destined to Mate" is up for Best Book honor this weekend (voting runs from Saturday, 7/18, through Sunday, 7/19). You can find the information here on Saturday:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summer Heat Is On

We've passed the halfway mark with summer, but the heat is still here. The problem is…I'm not sure which kind of heat I'm talking about. There's the heat of summer weather, then there's the heat that jumps off the written page of a hot story.

Weatherwise – I'm writing this as the outside temperature is a sweltering 107 degrees. Desert locations take a 107 degree day and claim, "But it's a dry heat!" Unfortunately, I'm not able to do that. Where I live, summer heat goes hand-in-hand with humidity. We are expecting cooler weather for the next few days as a cold front moves through tonight. Temperatures should drop down to the mid 90s. Ah, yes…things are strange, indeed, when I look forward to days when the heat is only in the mid 90s.

And then there's the heat that jumps off the written page of a hot story.

FORBIDDEN ISLAND by Samantha Gentry is a July 17, 2009, release as part of the Destination Pleasure series from The Wilder Roses, the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romance stories from The Wild Rose Press. The Destination Pleasure series consists of Quick Reads featuring the obvious – hot days and nights of sensual pleasure. Regardless of the weather or location, the characters in the Destination Pleasure series will definitely heat up the pages of the book.

When figuring out what it is that could bring my two main characters together in FORBIDDEN ISLAND and put them in a highly erotic setting, I decided they wouldn't be strangers. They had one meeting several years ago and although they have not seen each other since then, she has not been able to get him off her mind. Each day brings forth the question, what if? A question she finally decides needs to be answered once and for all.

Chantal Stevens devises a ruse that brings her face-to-face with Murphy Abbott again. A ruse she intends will take her straight to his bed. But what about Murphy? Has what if where Chantal is concerned ever crossed his mind?

It doesn't take long before the question to be answered is exactly who is the seducer and who is the seducee.

Here's an excerpt from FORBIDDEN ISLAND:

Her body language told him more than her words as she nervously shifted her weight from one foot to the other. Her gaze darted around the room landing everywhere except on him. It all screamed deception.

"Don't play games with me, Chantal." A grin tugged at the corners of his mouth as he imagined her out of her clothes and stretched across his bed. "Unless they start with everyone being hot and naked."


A crimson flush spread across her cheeks and forehead. Her tautly puckered nipples shoved against the soft fabric of her T-shirt, confirming what he had already noticed--she wasn't wearing a bra. Had he touched a nerve that caused her embarrassment? Or better yet, had he hit on an interesting way of spending the day that was acceptable to her?
Heated desire spread through his body, and his cock twitched as it came to life. He was more than willing to put his curiosity about what brought her to his island on hold in favor of a far more interesting pursuit. He took a swallow of his beer and carefully studied her while waiting for a response to his blatantly suggestive remark.

He didn't have to wait long.

A sexy smile slowly spread across her face. "What kind of hot and naked games do you like to play?"

That was all the encouragement he needed. There was no mistaking the twinkle in her blue eyes, a color nearly the same hue as her shorts and T-shirt. Her lipstick matched her fingernail polish, the same shade also decorating her toenails peeking out from her sandals. Her breasts rose and fell with her increased breathing. She had crossed his mind many times over the last ten years. And now fate had brought her to his personal piece of paradise for reasons he didn't least not yet.

No way would he allow this opportunity to get her into his bed slip through his fingers a second time. He could already taste her and feel his cock buried inside what he suspected was a hot, juicy and tight pussy. When he first met her, she had been a tempting treat. And now...somewhere during the intervening years she had turned into a tantalizing, vibrant woman whose mere presence grabbed his libido and wouldn't let go.

He walked around the end of the bar and stood next to her. He brushed feathery wisps of her blonde hair from her cheek, then trailed a fingertip down her arm to the back of her hand. The creamy texture of her skin stimulated his senses. "If you'd like to accompany me, I'll be glad to show you." Holding out his hand, he tilted his head to the side and shot her a look that was half question and half challenge.

FORBIDDEN ISLAND is available as of July 17th at The Wilder Roses.

And don't forget my other books at The Wilder Roses: UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, MASKED ENCOUNTER, and STEAMY ENCOUNTER -- short stories at the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romances from The Wild Rose Press.
I also invite you to stop by my website, browse through the pages, and enter my movie trivia contest.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Kilt Worthy Won!

Kilt Worthy's trailer was voted number one for You Gotta Reads very first contest last month.
Thanks to everyone who watched and voted. My editor and I are working hard to have this sexy lil' romp ready for your reading pleasure before summer is gone. So stay tuned for the ever-loving release date.