It’s a good one
I’m not going to mention the one from RT which wasn’t quite as good
ISBN: (10)0758241402/ (13)9780758241405
Aphrodisia, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.
Erotic Romance; Contemporary
Rating: 5 Cups
Abby Kendal loved Rob Ward with all of her heart. But when he pushed her to far too fast, she ran to his best friend Jackson.
Rob was furious, broken-hearted, and turned on when he found his fiancĂ© in bed with his best friend. Telling her to leave had her running out of town as soon as her bags were packed.
Jackson Smith knew sleeping with Abby was not the smartest idea he has ever had. But he loved her almost as much as he loved Rob.
It has been years since Abby left, but now that her mother has passed away she is back to get her old house in order. Rob does not realize how angry he is at Abby until the surge of desire he feels for his ex is mixed with a ton of past anger. Somehow, Abby and Rob find themselves in bed together once again and it is hotter than when they were young lovers. When Jackson is thrown into the mix, making them a threesome, their sheets go from steamy to scorching. But someone in the quiet little town does not want Abby there, and will go to any length to make sure she leaves before she finds out what really happened to the young girl that died on the same night that Abby left town years ago.
Raw Desire is a fitting title for this novel as it explains to the fullest how erotically charged this book is. Kate Pearce has written a story that is filled with past angst, present danger, so much passion it practically pours from the pages, and enough complications to keep the reader watching the twists and turns of the three main characters’ lives as they struggle to figure out where they fit in their unique relationship. When you add in the oh-so-sensual scenes of Rob and Jackson, the pages go from scorching to bursting into flames and I swear I could almost feel my fingertips being singed as I read the enticing scenes. As the passion, complexities, and suspense builds you can feel the tension building until it finally snaps and leaves you reeling. Reading a Kate Pearce novel is like having an all night sex marathon followed by eating a piece of decadent chocolate.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
…apart from all having dark hair and write books?
Well, we were all in New York this month at the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference, and we were all interviewed by Barbara Vey on her Drive By Video blog from Publisher’s Weekly.
So, if you’ve ever wondered what I look like and sound like-here’s your chance to find out,
Are you all ready for part 2?
1. So here are all the little drawers that go in the front of the box all pasted on and with a top coat of glue to hold them firmly in place.
2. Next seal/glue the bottom of the box about three coats is best.
3. A completed side, glued into place and with at least 3 coats of sealing glue to smooth out the rough parts. How much glue you use to seal the box depends on the thickness of the paper you used. its almost impossible to get the whole surface exactly the same and sometimes when you use a wallpaper border like this, you get a nice 3-D effect instead.
4. This is actually the top of the box laid on its side, so that you can see the details. When picking paper, look for something that has a lot of usable images both large and small.
5. Here’s the front-the lines aren’t completely straight but that’s because its home made LOL and its a bit busy and crazy because that’s how I like it. Using those big strips of border paper on the edges covers up the nails as well.
6. Ta-da! The view from the side-sorry about the glare.
And that’s how you do it-easy eh? I hope they like it.
I’ve always loved to do crafty things and my favorite, because I’m not that great an artist but I’m a whizz with a pair of scissors, some paint and a pot of glue is decoupage. which basically means ‘adult cutting sticking and licking’
So here’s how I made this box for an upcoming baby shower.
1. Here’s the box in its flat pack state straight from IKEA. I got Mr KP to put it together for me and then I sanded it down to make it all smooth and easy to paint.
2. Here’s the wallpaper border I’m going to be using and the cherry red acrylic paint that will go on as the base coat of the box.
3. The red paint goes onto the wood. I usually do about 3 coats.
4. I use 2 different brushes, one for the edges and one for the bigger sides. I use the same brushes to glue and to paint for continuity of brush strokes. I also use a piece of damp natural sponge to add a top coat to break up the base. It makes it easier to add the cut out images.
5. Here’s what the surface looks like when I’ve added the sponge paint effect.
6. Now I’m going to cut out as many bits as I can from the wallpaper border and play with them on the surfaces of the box and the drawers until I get an effect that I like.
Iâ€™m so thrilled to be here with the fabulous Kate Pearce, an author I admire and adore! Today Iâ€™m here to celebrate a very exciting event-the release of Book Three in my Midnight Playground series. Why so exciting, you may ask? Well, my vampires always excite me-and yes, I *do* mean it like that! Thereâ€™s nothing sexier than the seductive mystery of the vampire, which is why I love writing this series so much. And one of my favorite vampires, Ever, makes a big appearance in this book. *girlish sigh*
But this book is not entirely my darling Everâ€™s story (his comes in Book Four, EVERSONG). This book is the story of Calam, who made an appearance in Book Two, BLOODSONG. There was something about this strong Scotsman that captured my heart-and my desire!-even though his part in BLOODSONG was brief. And the perfect counterpart for him seemed to be the cool, contained Ilana, the friend of my heroine Nissa in Book One, THE SEEKING KISS. This story has a little twist that makes it a bit different from the other books in this series, but telling would be giving away too much! But I will tell you that a pair of hot vampires make their debut in THE TURNING KISS. Konstantine and Luka are from the Moscow Midnight Playground vampire sex club, newly arrived in London. This dark and sensual pair tempt Calam and Ilana, and are the catalysts that bring them together. Hereâ€™s a little peek:
They have nothing to loseâ€¦except the one gift they never expected to find.
Midnight Playground, Book 3
Ilana escaped a life of sex slavery, using her extraordinary beauty to survive among the few remaining wealthy humans in London. But she has higher aspirations. For two years she has haunted the BDSM dungeons of the Midnight Playground, hungering for The Turning Kissâ€”that deep drink that will make her one of them. An immortal vampire.
Turned out onto the streets of Edinburgh as a child, Calamâ€™s tortured path led him to a job at the club, where he also engages in exotic and dangerous sex play with its clientele. Craving, like Ilana, the eternal escape of the Turning Kiss.
Ilana is undeniably drawn to the beautiful Scotsman, but she has no time to waste; the club takes no one over thirty. When a sinfully compelling vampire pair brings them together for an unusual foursome, she and Calam are shocked to discover it isnâ€™t the vampires they crave, itâ€™s the tenderness and emotion they feel for each other.
After years of seeking to feel something, anything, other than the pain of the past, the ultimate gift is within Ilanaâ€™s reach. Yet the costâ€”leaving her heart behind with a mortalâ€”could be more than she can bear.
She looked away, scanning the crowd. It was packed tonight. A few of the vampires had moved onto the dance floor. They were more than merely beautiful. Graceful beyond any human capacity. And among them were a pair she hadnâ€™t seen before.
Two males, stunning, as the vampires always were. They were dressed alike in black leather pants and no shirts, both of them tall. One with a short crop of spiky brown hair and a tight, muscular body, porcelain pale skin. The other with a leaner build, his black hair hanging in a thick braid down his back. His face was exotic, his skin a shining gold, as if he were nearly exoskeletal, made of polished metal. They moved together, their bodies in perfect synchronicity. As she watched, they surged closer, until the short-haired one was straddling the thigh of the leaner one.
Need shimmered over her skin like a wave of heat as she watched them dance. They were exciting. Exquisite.
The shortâ€“haired vampire raised his gaze and gestured with his hand. It took her a moment to realize he was motioning to her. She took a breath, stood and joined them on the dance floor.
She felt the stinging warmth of their bodies close in around her as she moved with them, one on either side, hips and shoulders barely grazing her skin, in time with the music. Then a hard pair of hands smoothing over her shoulders. Desire was an instant, steady pulse beat between her thighs.
The one with the long braid, moving behind her, whispered in her ear, â€śI am Luka.â€ť
â€śAnd I am Konstantine. You are Ilana, yes?â€ť He spoke with a Russian accent, softened with time. She could feel the weight of his years as he stood before her, gazing into her face. She knew he was very old, older than the other one, Luka, by several centuries. â€śWe have heard of you from some of the others. You are as enchanting as they said. And you smell luscious.â€ť His voice was a low purr. â€śHuman, yet something elseâ€¦â€ť
Luka leaned in, until she could feel his breath against her ear. â€śYes. She smells like smoke. Like incense.â€ť His accent was the same as Konstantineâ€™s, perhaps a bit heavier, lyrical, with an exotic edge she couldnâ€™t identify. â€śLike flowers.â€ť
â€śAnd sex,â€ť Konstantine added, smiling.
His eyeteeth gleamed in the pulsing lights, razor sharp and beautiful. She could see now his face was harsh featured, rugged, all hard edges and square lines. But gorgeous. His eyes were a deep, liquid brown, like two pieces of gleaming glass. His mouth was full and red, as if heâ€™d recently drunk.
He took one of her hands, brought it to his lips, scraping his teeth across her knuckles. A wave of need rolled through her, staggering her. She swayed against Luka and he held her close, his hands closing around her waist. He had long, tapered fingers, the hands of a musician. She wanted to see him, to turn around, but she didnâ€™t dare. And she was too stunned by them both, by the sensations already spearing into her sex, simply having them this close. In fact, she was soaking wet. Ready. For anything.
So ready she was surprised when she found herself distracted by the Scotsman stepping onto the dance floor with another vampire, a petite female with a lush, rounded figure, radiant ebony skin and curling dark hair. The vampire pulled him down for a brief kiss, and she felt a strange sensation in her chest. Envy? How could that be? He was merely human. And here she was with two vampires, both beautiful, exotic, and shining with that immortal light.
Lukaâ€™s hands moved down, his fingertips brushing the edge of her the low-slung skirt, and pleasure was like a knife, cutting into her, just as their teeth would later, if she were lucky enough.
â€śWe offer you an invitation,â€ť Konstantine said, still smiling. He reached out and ran one finger along her jaw. She trembled with need.
Yes, must have him. Must have them both.
â€śWe want you with us this evening,â€ť Luka whispered from behind her. Then he turned her in his arms.
His face was smooth, pretty almost. So different from Konstantineâ€™s. A little androgynous. But every bit as beautiful. Incandescent. His eyes were a glowing hazel, silver and bronze and dusted with gold. His black hair was like liquid jet, dark and shining like a ravenâ€™s feathers. But with that hard gleam of the vampires.
Her breasts ached.
Yesâ€¦be with themâ€¦
â€śCome with us, Ilana.â€ť
As they took her hands and led her from the dance floor, she couldnâ€™t help but notice the redheaded Scotsman once more, her heart giving a sharp thud.
Whatever was wrong with her? She had exactly what she wanted. Or the beginning of it, at least. Perhaps these two vampires would be the ones to offer her the ultimate gift. And in any case, they were offering her an evening of sexâ€”the most amazing, mind-blowing sex any human could ask for.
She wanted it. Needed it. Her body hummed with that need, a stark desire so pure and strong, she was dizzy with it.
So what was it about that man?
He was human. Nothing more. She could put him out of her mind and focus on the pair of exquisite creatures who were leading her up the grand marble staircase to the private rooms upstairs.
She burned with need. For Luka, Konstantine. And some part of her she wanted to deny, but couldnâ€™t, for that beautiful Scotsman with the charming dimple and the enormous muscles, who was in the arms of another vampire downstairs.
A blog day is so much more fun when thereâ€™s a chance to win some goodies, so today Iâ€™ll give one reader a copy of Book One in this series, THE SEEKING KISS! This is what you have to do to enter: Visit my website to find the names of any two of my heroes from any of my books other than THE TURNING KISS (since the info is already here-canâ€™t make it too easy-lol!). The names can be from one book, since I write a lot of mĂ©nage and more, or it can be heroes from two different books-take your time and browse around to find your favorites. Then comment here to be entered to win. To earn an extra entry, come on over to my Smutketeers Yahoo group and join, then let me know in your comment. Iâ€™ll choose a winner tomorrow night and announce it here.
If you havenâ€™t checked out my group blog, The Smutketeers, you should drop by! I blog there with my fellow smutty authors R.G. Alexander, Crystal Jordan, Karen Erickson and Lilli Feisty-and between the blog and the Yahoo group, itâ€™s about as much good, clean fun as you can have with your clothes on! Hereâ€™s the link to the Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Smutketeers and hereâ€™s the link to the blog: http://www.smutketeers.com/. Ooh-I almost forgot my website: www.EdenBradley.com. And for those of you who didnâ€™t know, I also write as Eve Berlin-very romantic and erotic BDSM books for Berkley Heat. You can find my Eve books at www.EveBerlin.com.
Okay-enough website links! Thanks so much to my dear Kate for having me today. I hope to see everyone soon, online or in person at any of my upcoming events, including the exciting RT Booklovers Convention coming up in April in Los Angeles!
Eden : )
Isn’t this awesome? And they really caught a flavor of both Verity and Rhys.
Here’s the blurb: This book will now come out on September 4th.
After hearing that Vampires have returned to the court of Henry VIII, Rhys Williams must form an unwanted alliance with Verity Llewellyn, a lady-in-waiting to the new queen. His childhood companion has grown into a clever and beautiful woman, but she is completely untried as a Vampire hunter.
The revelation that the queen is pregnant only makes the situation all the more dangerous. Who is systematically draining her blood and how, without being noticed? As Rhys and Verity work together to untangle the mystery, the battle to save the queen and the heir to the throne heats upâ€”as does the uncontrollable passion between them.
Look at this gorgeous cover!
Voirey Linger brings us more fallen angels and delicious male angst-what more could you want?
There are some things an angel shouldn’t doâ€¦
Renatus is a legalist and knows the rules better than most. But knowing the Law doesn’t stop him from imagining the press of a hard, male body against his, or remembering one forbidden kiss that left him hungry for more. He leaves Heaven to mingle with mankind, hoping that satisfying curiosity will quell desire. He finds Adam, a college professor who has given up on love.
Adam once dreamed of finding the perfect man and settling down. His dreams and trust were shattered when he found out the truth about his ex. Meeting Renatus seduces Adam into taking another chance on love. But Ren is keeping secrets, and the only promise he will make is that he will leave.
Now the Most High has commanded Renatus to retrieve the Law of Men and Angels, and a vengeful demon is circling, waiting for her opportunity to strike. Staying is impossible, leaving unbearable, and Ren wants to succumb to temptation, forsaking eternity for a life on Earth with this man.
Here’s a great link for information about this series and the author.
I know, I’m terrible aren’t I? I’m all over the Facebook and the Tweeting and I forget to update my blog. That’s the forward motion of technology for you. My kids keep telling me no one uses email anymore either, but I haven’t got into the texting-yet. I suspect I’m too chatty for text-speak.
Kiss of the Rose won first place in the paranormal category of the JABBIC (judge a book by its cover) contest run by Houston RWA. See the full results here.
Simply Insatiable won a Cata Network Reviewers Choice Award for 2010.
I will be attending the Romantic Times Convention in LA this April and I’ll be signing books at the giant book fair on the Saturday. This event is open to the public, so please come and say hi to me! More details when we get closer.
I’ll also be at the Romance Writers of America annual convention in New York in early July. There is also a book signing event at that which benefits literacy charities and I’ll be signing books at that too.
I will have some new covers to show you soon for Mark of the Rose, the third of the Tudor Vampire series and for my contemporary erotic romance Raw Desire.
Take care everyone!
Stephanie Dray told me that this book about Cleopatra’s daughter has taken eight years of her life to write and come to publication. I’m absolutely sure that it is worth it and I can’t wait to read it!
Based on the true life story of Cleopatra’s daughter.
With her parents dead, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is left at the mercy of her Roman captors. Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, it falls to Princess Selene to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers…
In the aftermath of Alexandriaâ€™s tragic fall, Princess Selene is taken from Egypt, the only home sheâ€™s ever known. Along with her two surviving brothers, sheâ€™s put on display as a war trophy in Rome. Seleneâ€™s captors mock her royalty and drag her through the streets in chains, but on the brink of death, the children are spared as a favor to the emperorâ€™s sister, who takes them to live as hostages in the so-called lamentable embassy of royal orphansâ€¦
Now trapped in a Roman court of intrigue that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, Selene canâ€™t hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her flesh. Nor can she stop the emperor from using her for his own political ends. But faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined honor her motherâ€™s lost legacy. The magic of Egypt and Isis remain within her. But can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win or die?
Berkley Trade January 2011 (Trade Paperback, 430 pages)
# ISBN-10: 0425238555
# ISBN-13: 978-0425238554
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Learn more at STEPHANIEDRAY.COM!
Just wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays and a joyous new year!
I’ll have plenty of books out next year, so watch out for another contest here at the end of January to win a copy of Simply Forbidden.
Romantic Times gave it 4 1/2 stars and chose it as a Top Pick!
Pearceâ€™s House of Pleasure series continues with this intense, thought-provoking Regency-era novel that will cause you to ponder the events that shape peopleâ€™s lives. The complex, troubled characters struggle with issues of abandonment, betrayal, trust and family relationships as they come to terms with their sexual proclivities. You get a great historical novel, a touching romance and blistering sex â€” with a little kink.