Saturday, May 18, 2013
1:00 AM | Posted by Ing Cruz | | Edit Post
I loved the first book, Arouse. This couple is sexy as heck together. They have taken me on an emotional coaster ride. I enjoyed every moment! Check out my review of Arouse HERE. I can't wait to dive back in to the intense and emotional journey of Dean and Live in Allure.
Nina used to write novels under the name Natasha Rostova and has published stories in anthologies such as “Best Women’s Erotica” and “Erotic Travel Tales.” Her work has been translated into both German and Japanese. In addition to writing, she's an avid reader who loves popcorn and has recently joined a workout boot-camp that is kicking her rear end.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
5:00 AM | Posted by Ing Cruz | | Edit Post
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Chefs Do it Better by Kate Meader
Thanks to Ing for letting me talk hot chefs here at As the Pages Turn, specifically one gorgeous chef: Jack Kilroy, British, famous, arrogant… and hot-as-a-griddle. What is it about chef heroes that make us swoon? Let me count the ways…
1. Not to overstate the obvious, but let’s get it out of the way, shall we? They cook! What woman doesn’t love that? It’s fairly safe to say that most women love when a guy makes a meal—and when he’s an award-winning chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant (or two), then the lucky lady is pretty much picking up knife and fork and saying, “Feed me.” After a particularly rough morning when Lili, the heroine in Feel the Heat finds out her hot smooch with the most famous chef in the Western hemisphere went video viral and now her butt’s trending on Twitter (oops), Jack cooks for her. It doesn’t make it all better, but it sure does help.
2. Cooking is about crafting an experience and creating emotion: it invokes all sorts of primal feelings from nostalgia to comfort to just plain arousal. A hero who can get his woman into that emotional space is worth another look, don’t you think? When Jack cooks for Lili, she feels special and loved…not a small thing for a woman who thinks she’s too average for a grand passion.
3. The chef hero is a leader in the kitchen and his bossy alpha-ness usually translates in a very sexy way to the rest of his life. This guy usually knows what he wants whether it’s how that night’s dinner service should play out or what’s on the menu in the bedroom. By the time Lili and Jack get hot and smoldering between the sheets, he’s clear about his desires—and not afraid to tell her.
4. Chefs are creative individuals. They have to regularly invent stunning dishes that take diners to new levels. They have to think on their feet when the kitchen is short two commis chefs and the back row of burners has decided to go kaput in the middle of the worst service in history. And they bring that creativity into other areas, such as using goat cheese caramel gelato to woo AND as a topping on his woman’s silky skin. Yes, that happens in Feel the Heat. (Recipe here!)
5. It’s all about the hands! Have you ever seen how fast those hands move on TV cooking shows as they chop and julienne and mince? A chef’s hands are often scarred and callused from years of abuse in the kitchen. Combine that with the make-your-vision-blur skill level and think what those instruments could do to a woman’s body. Are you thinking about it? Lili thinks about it. She thinks about it a lot ;-)
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Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero.
Kate is offering up a tour wide giveaway. One grand prize winner will get a Feel the Heat Swag Bag containing a Supper Hero-Wonder Woman apron, a Feel the Heat tote bag, a Vespa-shaped pizza cutter, a “Grate Love” cheese grater, heart-shaped measuring spoons, a Feel the Heat fridge magnet, heart-shaped pasta, delicious cookies, and a recipe card for goat cheese caramel gelato. She will also be giving away smaller swag bags of assorted kitchen utensils and more! Go HERE to see pics of goodies being offered!a Rafflecopter giveaway
12:00 AM | Posted by Ing Cruz | | Edit Post
Title: DAMAGED 2 (Damaged, #2)
Author: H.M. Ward
Expected release date: June 24, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, DIGITAL BOOK WORLD, & USA TODAY Bestselling author H.M. Ward is a native New Yorker living in Texas. She loves purple, glitter, and Disney World. Her bestsellers include THE ARRANGEMENT series, SCANDALOUS, and DEMON KISSED.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
7:30 AM | Posted by Ing Cruz | | Edit Post
“One shot is all you’ll get. It takes about thirty seconds to knock him out, so make sure you’re behind a protected barrier. Anywhere on the body should work. He’s one of the stronger beasts I’ve run across. We’re lucky he fell into our trap. The son of a bitch’s been stalking me for weeks.” Stalking?
She gave the specimen another glance. He looked like he could kick major ass but he was no creature or beast. She glanced at the vial and combed through all her mental libraries of methylene blue-like solutions. Was it a new zombie tranquilizer?
The men lifted him off the gurney and flopped him onto the large bed; at least she thought it was large until he landed on it. They should have ordered a king size bed for him. The man would definitely need to be sedated if they expected to poke and prod him as she’d been for nearly a month. Cowards.
Mansfield barked. “Quick, strip him to his briefs.” His men speedily went into action. He turned to his assistant. “Stebbins, draw two cc’s of blood and check his vitals.”
Dora watched in fascination, as he was unmanacled and stripped to only his briefs and the slavelike collar around his throat.
Wow. Talk about eye candy. He was ripped. The hulky dude with blazing red hair looked like the cover of her romance novel. How ironic, when she blew out her birthday candles, she’d wished for a hot boyfriend with the looks of the cover model on her cheesy novel. Her eyes widened. I’d say better than the cover model. His broad muscular shoulders and chest were hotter than hell. Every inch of him from his six-pack abs, bunched biceps, to his thick muscular thighs and legs. She’d examined many athletes from football stars to guys on steroids but good God, no one this fit. Yes, he was a specimen, a specimen of perfect male musculature. The soft reddish hair on his powerful chest matched his beard growth. She could only imagine the color of…
“Like what you see?” Mansfield shot her a creepy grin.
She flinched. “In case you forgot, I’m a doctor.” She blushed and spoke in her best analytical tone, “I’m somewhat relieved to see he doesn’t have early signs of Z-phage. No recent bite marks.”
I write fantasy and paranormal novels with a strong romantic element. I love to create stories that combine my passion for mythology, romance and werewolf lore. I also write steampunk and Victorian era historical and alternative novels. Busy sending them out to agents and publishers.
Apocalyptic Moon is the first in my After the Bane series. Coming soon will be Lycan Gladiator in my paranormal wolfish romance historical series, The Wolf Maiden Saga.
I have a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. I have taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in my den writing, I enjoy world travel, steampunk conventions, hiking, raptor rehabilitation and wolf sanctuaries.
I also teach online workshops on wolf lore ancient falconry and animal lore for Romance Writers of America and other writer groups. If you are interested in my workshops, please contact me.
7:00 AM | Posted by Ing Cruz | | Edit Post
Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded. I’ve waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys. Then there was this book… Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all. But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle. I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days. Yes, three books in three days. I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!). Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head. I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, Planning on Forever was born. The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
12:17 PM | Posted by Ing Cruz | | Edit Post
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Writing New Adult By Sawyer Bennett
I sort of stumbled into this genre. When I wrote Off Sides, I didn’t even really know what New Adult was. Only after publishing it, and then going on to read several other authors did I realize that this was hugely popular. I love writing for this age group, but being 44 years old, it does have its challenges. Luckily, I usually stay pretty hip to what is currently popular. I have a lot of friends in this age group, plus I do a lot of research on the fads, trends, social issues, etc.
However, nothing can replace my own experiences of when I was this age. I rebelled against my parents, I partied my way through college, I chose the bad boys and I fell in love on a whim half the time. All of these same aspects are a part of New Adult. Why I really love writing this genre is because it sort of lets me go back and have the Happily Ever After I never got with some of the bad choices I made. I get to write how I wish things could have been for me.
I am stunned at the wide age group that this writing appeals to. I know it is geared for 18-24 year olds, but a lot of my readers are in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s. I think we all still remember what it was like to be young and carefree, and how hard it is sometimes to deal with certain issues at that age. So for example, my mother who is almost 70 really loves my books (yes, I know...she’s my mother...she’s supposed to) but she can relate to what I’m writing because she’s been there. But take a 21 year old woman reading an adult contemporary romance about 40 year old divorcees falling in love. Kind of hard for her to relate to that. This genre has wide, mass appeal to a lot of people.
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