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    REVIEW: The Bounty by Beth Williamson
    The Bounty

    Review tis up

    go forth and read
    Jane Rawks!
    I am so Jane's bitch now. After taking way more time than I am sure she thought it would, I *think* Jane has solved the mystery of the spacing, smart quote, and column sizing issues of teh blog. Feedback please... does it look peachy in IE now? Still wonky? Let me know and thanks!
    EBUZZ: Avon Ebooks

    HarperCollins e-book site

    I haven't really looked through this, but I noticed Fi and JQ talking about it and thought it was worth spotlighting.

    Some general info
    I did search for Julia Quinn's Page and as she says the eppies are not up yet. The general Avon books do have a 20% discount over print. Of course I think you can buy the book at wally world for less than that but it is better than charging the say as the print rate. Right? Hey it is a step in the right direction!

    They have a newletter that promises discounts, so of course I signed up. Shall report back when I get my first one ;).

    All in all, from a quick look, the site seems user friendly. Anyone order anything from them? ::I need an ebook icon... just saying::
    Kathryn's EBUZZ: A Gentleman Seduced By Sharon Page

    Sharon Page's Website

    expand for summary
    Desperate to enjoy one glorious adventure before submitting to her boring-but enviable-match, Diana Tiverton arranges to masquerade as a madam for one night. Forced to flee the brothel before she is discovered, Diana accepts the help of the dangerously intriguing Lucian Northcote, Viscount Pembroke. Escaping in his well-appointed carriage, Diana quickly discovers that all of the excitement she could possibly want is right in front of her...

    After impulsively helping the reckless innocent, Lucian is more than happy to indulge her need for sensual adventure. But before their few days of wicked passion are up, Lucian finds to his shock that he is becoming... A Gentleman Seduced.

    Our Guest buzzer, Kathryn can be found on her blog and is about to dip her toes into the ever growing paranormal market with a historical, Be Mine Tonight. I am still pouting about that since I did so enjoy Still in my heart. Oddly enough no one asked me first *g*.

    Click for Kathryn's Buzz
    Diana Tiverton is desperate for a little adventure in her life before she marries. She wants to do something wild -- something she will never forget. This desire leads her to pose as madam of a high-class brothel for one night. When she is forced to flee to escape discovery, Diana finds herself at the mercy of Lucien Northcote, a dangerously attractive viscount. Lucien is all too happy to oblige Diana in her quest for sensual pleasure, but when they're time together is up it is difficult to tell who is the seducer and the who is the seducee.

    First of all I need to admit that Sharon Page is a good friend. And I have to brag about the fact that this book was inspired by a print she saw in a book I have on 19th century pornography. One of the things that struck me about Sharon's writing is her ability to combine scorching sex with romance. What she writes is truly erotic, and she combines it with history and emotion -- all the things you want in a ...ahem... satisfying read.

    Excerpt found here and book can be purchased here! Her coming soon pages shows she has a book called Sin coming out with Aphrodisia and she has a contest that ends tonight - here. Cool... Thanks for the buzz, Kate!
    CS: One Forbidden Evening by Jo Goodman
    One Forbidden Evening by Jo Goodman

    Click and read a nifty tidbit about the book!

    summary is here
    As a masked ball reaches its fever pitch, Cybelline Caldwell surrenders to the embrace of a midnight lover, a stranger who seals her fate. By morning the wanton seductress has been replaced by a determinedly sensible woman preparing to leave London...and its memories. Yet temptation follows. For Christopher Hollings, Earl of Ferrin, the notorious rake she so brazenly challenged, vows to show her that one night was not enough.

    It took some clever detective work, but Ferrin uncovered the identity of his mystery lover, surprised and intrigued to come face to face with Cybelline. Soon he discovers she is a woman of mystery-and a woman in danger, stalked by a ruthless enemy. Unable to erase the searing memory of Cybelline in his arms, Ferrin knows he must discover the secrets that shadow herdays...for only than can he claim all of her nights.

    And then you can order here. I can't find an excerpt, sorry. The teaser in the ARC is good if that helps any *g*
    CS: Bound by Sasha White

    spank here for summary
    Bound by fantasy.

    Everyone thinks small town Katie Long is the good girl looking for tender romance. All she needs is to find the right man. Katie couldn't agree more.

    She too has always fantasized about the "right man." But what she's looking for is one who'll give her exactly what she wants. And everything she needs.

    Bound by desire.

    Joe Carson is that man. A security guard at a local casino, he's the answer to her sensual prayers. But there's more to Joe than even Katie realizes. And more to their nightgames than just master and slave.

    Now Katie wonders just how far she'll go with a man who's more than ready to take her...

    excerpt here and you can pre-order here

    review to come soon... hmmm this says erotic romance on amazon, not sure if there is that HEA or not... hee ask me later, it is sasha so it might be erotica (which would be totally cool)

    maybe sasha can stop by and let us know *g* [quick guess the movie the icon is from ;)]
    And the winner is....

    Dear Author picks for June
    Maureen McKade
    Maureen Mckade will be joining us as a guest author in September. Everyone sqqqquuueeee for a new western!

    I will be posting a list of guests and will have links on the left side bar with info. Just trying to get the blog fixed in case I have to change it.
    Maybe I am helping kill the category?
    I so want to spend $30 and get $5.00 off. But I can't, but if I could I would:

    The Sheik and I by Linda Winstead Jones
    I do think I already own one book with Sheik in the title, hee I think it is Susan Mallery (see next). Hmmm although I think in Robin's The Lady's Tutor the hero was a bastard sheik, does that count?
    He's a sexy sheik willing to risk his own life by visiting Silverton and negotiating peace with our country... though some suspect he had a hand in the prince's murder. She's a beautiful diplomatic aide unwilling to let anything - or anyone - stand in the way of her perfect career. Yet bullets weren't the only thing flying when Sheik Kadir Al-Nuri met his appointed aide, Cassandra Klein; there were sparks aplenty for our cameras to catch as the pretty pair dove to safety.

    But even if the smart and sultry Cassandra were willing to hang up her severe business suits and take a chance at love, could these star-crossed lovers ever make it work in the real world?

    Having Her Boss's Baby by Susan Mallery
    I want this. Yeah I said it! Part of me feels like I should be ashamed of wanting anything titled Having Her Boss's Baby. But then I remember I read Diana Palmer and I have no shame. I say it with pride. So take that karens ;).
    When Noelle Stevenson saw the positive results of her pregnancy test, she didn't know what to do. The baby's father was gone, killed serving his country in Iraq. And nineteen-year-old Noelle was barely making ends meet putting herself through college and working part-time. So when her take-charge boss, Devlin Hunter, offered to marry her -— in a purely temporary business arrangement - how could she possibly refuse?

    Dev wanted to do the right thing for a woman in need. But he didn't anticipate that his beautiful bride, wed in a marriage of convenience, would stir his hardened heart. This platonic partnership was rapidly headed down the road to romance....

    The Player by Rhonda Nelson
    Don'to be a player hater! LOL Anyone read anything by Rhonda Nelson? I have nada tbr. But like the sound of her new series Men Out of Uniform.
    There's nothing like a man in uniform...or out of it! Especially when he's as hot as former Ranger Jamie Flanagan. After their last assignment went horribly wrong, he and his buddies needed to get out of the military for good. There was only one catch - that he and his pals promise their commanding officer one favor. Any favor.

    Now tall, dark and sexy Jamie is a top security specialist...and the ultimate ladies' man. So he's more than a little surprised when he learns the colonel has set him up to protect his granddaughter. Who would trust a player like Jamie with a gorgeous woman like Audrey?

    Then he learns his "mission" is to seduce her away from another man....

    Mr. and Mistress by Heidi Betts
    I am bummed to miss this. But I am sure I will be able to catch it used at some point next month or so. I have read all her Desire books and she is one of the few I have found I almost always like. ::coughdoanotherwesterncough::
    She was his kept woman...a secret lover living in Las Vegas luxury. It had been an ideal situation. Until Misty Vale discovered she was carrying Cullen Elliott's child.

    Misty was not the type a millionaire like Cullen could ever take as his wife. Her past was scandalous... his family above reproach. How could she ever tell him the truth?

    But Cullen had ways of finding things out. And he wasn't about to allow his heir to be born on the wrong side of the bed!

    Loner's Lady by Lynna Banning

    When a stranger turned up at her farm, in need of a place to rest, Ellen O'Brian didn't have the heart to turn him away. He looked darkly dangerous, but she could handle herself; she had learned hard and fast when her husband upped and left.

    Jess Flint couldn't help but admire Ellen's courage and grit -— even though he had to keep secrets from her. He showed her what it was like to feel like a woman again, to have a man to hold and rely on. With danger just around the corner, could their bond help them survive - or would his past tear them apart?
    Way fucking awesome cover me think... but I always go eek when I see husband or wife in the blurb and it isn't referring to the h/h. I have to admit, I peeked. Not sure if I will get this. I did lookie and the few pages I read seem to point in the buy me direction. But Banning has always been hit and miss with me. Well and that whole, no no no buying books thing. Reviews must be done!

    The Ranger by Carol Finch
    Lucky for me this was already sold out when I was walmart today. Otherwise I would have screwed my budget and no book buying in may and june by getting it. I have all her books. It is my OCD in action because I think I have read one maybe two. Go figure.
    Caught in the crossfire...between a mysterious Apache, who claims he's a Texas Ranger, and some very angry desperados, she doesn't know who to trust. The last thing Shiloh Drummond wants is a man in her life, although right now this ranger is all she has!

    Logan Hawk can't wait to get rid of this feisty female and return to the task of avenging his mentor's death -— although he must do the honorable thing and protect her at all costs. But during a long trip to safety that's more rocky than romantic, Logan realizes that he may not really want to let Shiloh go...

    Too Hot To Handle and Sweet, Wild, Wild Wind by Elizabeth Lowell
    I won't be buying this since I have the books already and it is a trade size. I hate trade size books. They don't fit in my purse damn it! But love these two stories and it is teh purdy. Very nifty her book was picked as wally worlds book of the month. Not this one but ALWAYS TIME TO DIE, wonder how much that lil sticker will sell. I really would like to read The Wrong Hostage. I noticed she has a new blurb on her site... Hard Edge Suspense with a Passionate Twist. I wonder if that is just that, a blurb or saying she is adding more romance into her suspense.
    Too Hot to Handle
    In hopes of getting work, Tory Wells shows up on Ethan Reever's doorstep with nothing but a letter of introduction and two dollars in her pocket. Running from a career-ending injury as a competitive diver, Tory just wants to escape from everything - and where better than an Arizona ranch in the middle of nowhere? What she's counting on is a fresh start. But falling for her bad-boy boss was not in the job description...

    Sweet Wind, Wild Wind
    When Lara Chandler returns to the Rocking B Ranch to complete her dissertation on a century of life at a Montana cattle ranch, she doesn't bargain on working so closely with Carson Blackridge, the guy who dumped her years earlier. Now Carson is determined to win her back for all the right reasons...and one wrong one. Will history repeat itself or will their love be for keeps this time around?
    Things that make you go sqqqquuueeee
    quack, quack, quack
    A friend is looking at the IE issue with my blog, cross your fingers she can figure it out! Cuz it is annoying the hell out of me. And it would SO be a bonus if she could figure out why the smart quote thing happened.
    cross your fingers and your toes... OH! and the crankyone is working on a new banner for me that made me sqqqqqeeeee go lookie
    LibraryThing powers the nifty book thingie on my sidebar. It will let you do up to 200 books for free, which is nice. The cost isn't bad at all - you can get an account for the year for 10 bucks or a life time account for 25.

    still quacking
    Since that is the cost of a book or five... those of you that have it, is it worth it? I don't 'do' anything with mine yet. Other than clicky that I have it so it shows up on the sidebar. I see tags, I could do like due dates for reviews and such I think, which would rawk. What else do you do with it?
    Mine, Mine, Mine: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
    Nalini Singh is an author I have just started to read. The delightful Jmcarr sent me, Secrets in the Marriage Bed, and I recently picked up Awaken to Pleasure and Craving Beauty.

    And now this is mine, mine, mine! ssssssqqqeeeeeee

    Just thought I would share :)

    Looks like she is going to join the ever growing paranormal market with her next book. The blurb on her website sez:
    A paranormal set in the not so distant future about a woman born into a race without emotions and her encounter with a group of sensual, passionate changelings.)

    And she has the back cover copy
    From her blog:
    In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation" - the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was....

    Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling, hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two powerful races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion - and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities-or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation...
    Book comes out in November [moved to] SEPTEMBER from Berkley. Sounds interesting...
    For the Quinn readers take III
    Two recent posts about Julia Quinn discussed her upcoming books. Only these books are a touch different, this time they will be coming soon to a computer near you vs a bookstore.

    And personally I find that exciting. I love, love, love books and don't see them ever going away. I don't want them too (sorry jane *g*). But 'E' is the future for many and it is exciting to see a big publisher come to the party. Even if they are fashionable late, they are ahead of some NY publishers.

    The topic had some great comments from you guys as well as some unanswered questions that seemed to be best answered by Julia Quinn. And hey, she did. It turns out to be a good thing because the page I linked to has some incorrect info. JuliaQ gives us some info on why she took on this project, the price and the chance these books will see print.

    The biggest question seems to be, why write them?
    I would like to let you know that this is in no way a marketing ploy. To be completely frank, the 2nd Epilogues aren't going to increase sales of the series. I mean really--do you think anyone would buy them who hasn't already read the original books? And anyone who liked the original books well enough to buy the 2nd Epis probably was going to buy ON THE WAY TO THE WEDDING, anyway.

    I have a number of reasons for doing these--

    First, I really thought it was something my readers would enjoy. I don't think this is "caving." Caving would be writing Violet Bridgerton's story, which I really don't think I'll ever do. (I would never say never, because I suppose it's possible the absolute perfect idea could come to me, but somehow I doubt it.)

    Second, I really thought it was something I would enjoy writing. I did, btw. In romance you don't get a whole lot of opportunity to write in formats other than the novel and the novella. Here I got to do, essentially, short stories, and on top of that, short stories which don't have the same story arc I have in my romances. After all, the romance is already established.

    Third, from a business standpoint, it's kind of exciting to try something new. It's pretty cool to do something no one has ever done before (at least to my knowledge.) This is brand-new for my publisher as well. Believe it or not, this is the first time they have published original content through their e-books department.

    About the price...
    The price is correct (although you can buy both 2nd Epis for $3.49) but they listed the page count as 0 (it's probably around 35--I don't have my proofs in front of me), and they have the incorrect blurb. I have the correct blurbs up on my website, if you're interested.

    So we end up with 8 total books, at about 35 pages each, for $1.99. That takes us to a total that mirrors a trade size novel at only 230 pages. Is that a good deal?

    Honestly for the general reader looking to buy a ebook, probably not. For the general reader looking to try a romance novel? The price tag really isn't that bad. For the fan who is dedicated to the series and/or author, the price is high when you add them all together.

    JQ also noted:
    In addition to the pricing you have down, you can also buy any three backlist titles for $16.95 and get both 2nd Epilogues for free, or you can buy the whole Bridgerton series for $34.95 and get both 2nd Epilogues for free.

    So yes, Avon is using the 2nd Epilogues to reach out to the e-reading public. I personally think that's great. Maybe we'll convert some people to historical romance.

    And you can't fault that since if anything, romance needs more historical readers! And HEA *eg*.

    As far as these ebooks going to print, JulieQ had an interesting tale to tell.
    It's hard to say. My original idea was to have these come out together in one (printed) volume. I wouldn't be surprised if this happens eventually.

    But the e-books have a terrific advantage (for me, at least.) I don't have to write all of the 2nd Epilogues at once. I've found that once I have a good idea for a 2nd Epilogue, the writing is quick and fun. But it takes me a while to come up with the right idea, and I don't want to just throw something together. I don't much like series books where all the previous characters come back for no apparent reason so the last thing I'm going to do is write a 2nd Epilogue in which the characters come back for no apparent reason.

    The other fun thing (again, for me) is how quickly these go from my head to
    readers. I finished up the 2nd Epilogue for THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME in
    April and readers will have it in June. That is incredibly fast.

    I have to agree the speed of the process is a great plus. And the shorts are a fun way to reconnect with character you love and a nice bonus while waiting for the next book by your favorite author to print. So it would be nice to see more authors do this. I wonder what reader reaction would have been if they had come out as a collection of eight in a print book.

    I think it comes down to choices. And sadly with more and more trade size books hitting the shelves, there will be more choices readers will have to make as far as where to spend our book dollars. Since I don't think too many of you went to work yesterday and didn't get paid, I don't think we can expect for writers to put out stories for free.

    If they do, great, wonderful, exciting, lets read... but we can't get into the habit of expecting it, can we? Or should we? PBW blogs about Story-to-Blog and in part III one of the first thing she says is look for someone to BUY your article/short story. And I have to agree that makes sense. Of course she does end it with if nothing else put it up on your site because readers love free stories *g*.

    Of course I do think the price should reflect the page count better than it does. But Julia Quinn does say this is Avon's first leap into orgininal epublishing. So maybe they are just shooting too high. The up side is as more and more publishers dip their toes into the eworld hopefully the books will get longer with a price to match the page count. Until then I still think it is pretty nifty and hope to see more publisher embrace ebooks. Of course I hope the western comes back. So what the hell do I know.

    'E' Summaries
    The Viscount Who Loved Me
    Watch your toes, it's the Pall Mall Rematch!

    Fifteen years have passed, but the Bridgertons are as devious and diabolical as ever when it comes to life on the croquet field. Join Anthony, Kate, Simon, Daphne, Colin, Edwina, and (of course) the mallet of death, as Julia Quinn shows that happily ever after can still be a little bit wicked... and a whole lot of fun.

    It's In His Kiss
    What happened to the diamonds????

    If you've read It's In His Kiss, you want to know. Don't miss this charming and passionate addendum, in which Gareth proves that some things get better with age, Hyacinth gains new respect for her mother (with a daughter like Isabella she'd have to, wouldn't she?), and everyone learns that while diamonds are lovely, sometimes tenacity is a girl's best friend.

    General Bridgerton Info
    Devon's Ebuzz: Lessons and Lovers by Portia da Costa

    Wendy Wootton aka Portia Da Costa's website is here and her blog here.

    click click click for summary
    Aristocratic English widow Lady Henrietta Miller is confused. A perfectly civilized arrangement has become a minefield of turbulent emotions.

    Even while she mourns the loss of her dear, much older husband Piers, she's having intense, breathtaking sex with Starr, his fiercely loyal personal assistant. The fact that her incapacitated husband actively encouraged her to sleep with the virile younger man doesn't make things any easier. And her inner conflict becomes even more muddled when Hettie starts to realize that it is much more than simple lust she feels in the arms of the enigmatically handsome blond servant.

    Starr's emotions are in turmoil too. Bound by honor to revere his late mentor's memory, he can't deny his passionate feelings for Hettie. He loves her. He's loved her since he first met her. But until now he's been able to conceal it beneath a mask of immaculate manners and controlled English reserve.

    The arrival of an attractive male houseguest and summer break in the country bring this complex, simmering relationship to a boil...

    Devon can be found at her blog, Is that a stake in your pocket?
    Devon's Buzz
    This book is about an aristocratic English widow named Henrietta, and her relationship with her late husband's faithful manservant, Starr.

    While her much older (but beloved) husband was dying, he encouraged Hettie to begin a sexual relationship with Starr, who's up for it, being a loyal servant. Of course, he's secretly madly in love with Hettie, and Hettie's growing to have feelings for him.

    Now her husband has passed away, but Starr refuses to take it any further because of the whole master-servant thing. Which is actually sort of nonsense, because this book was a contemporary, not a historical. Things are brought to a head when Hettie's Italian aristocratic friend sends some amnesiac hot Italian dude to stay with her.

    I liked this book with a lot of reservations. Starr was totally hot, with his secret seething love for Hettie. And the sex scenes were sexy and I believed their feelings for each other. [Tangent-- I find the devices that Romantica authors use to speed the relationship along (and pave the way for early and often sex scenes) fascinating: soulmates, former lovers, longtime friends, employer/employee...]

    However, I found the whole reliance on the class differences, master/servant thing to be a bit weird and anachronistic. Then again, as a American, perhaps I don't understand the role of the aristocracy in contemporary Europe. And Hettie was a supersexed widow. She was turned on by everything! Had me rolling my eyes in some scenes. Eh, it was okay, I've read worse.

    excerpt bes here and you can buy the book here... Thanks for the buzz, Devon!
    Julia Quinn Recommends
    I have been stalking Julia's website getting info for the next post and found this very nifty. As I have said before I LOVE little extra's on authors websites. Although if I had to pick - give me at least a bare bones site with a backlist and coming soon, please!

    But Julia Quinn has a great site! Mucho info, easy to get around and Julia Quinn Recommends, even better she has an archive of rec's! It makes my lil reader heart do a happy dance. She also has a page for website rec's. Very cool, I will have to go through them later because I am odd like that.
    The Immortals Series (Dorchester)
    At dorchester's forum, Leah with Dorchester, tells us about their new series The Immortals. These will be coming to a book store near us starting May 2007.

    Oddly enough Sylvia Day also has a book coming out in May 2007 from Avon Red called, you guessed it... My Immortal. Maybe when she gets back she can tell us some more about it.
    ***ETS: when I asked Sylvia Day about My Immortal she said it was about
    ...dreams, nightmares and aliens. (hot,
    hunky aliens *g*)

    The Immortals (Dorchester series)
    This is the brain child of Jennifer Ashley and she gives a heads up in a few posts.

    a lil background:
    For a long time I kicked around the idea of a group of Immortal warriors who lived outside time and helped people against the forces of darkness. I thought of several different ways I could do it, but basically throughout time people have been able to call these warriors, one or all, in times of great trouble.

    And the order is:
    THE CALLING, by Jennifer Ashley (5/2007)
    THE DARKENING, by Robin Popp (6/2007)
    THE AWAKENING, by Joy Nash (8/2007)
    THE GATHERING by Jennifer Ashley (9/2007)

    and she goes on to say:
    The books will follow the four Immortals and their quest to find an Immortal gone rogue before he drains life from the world.

    The books will be filled with Sidhe, vampires, werewolves, seductive demons in the form of gorgeous men, witches, and of course, the Immortal Warriors.

    The Immortals themselves are five brothers, bad boys who spend their lives training and fighting. They’re deadly, sexy, powerful--and bad!

    Joy Nash also gives some more info on her blog.

    Sounds nifty...
    A Tall Dark Cowboy by Mackenzie McKade
    A Tall Dark Cowboy by Mackenzie McKade I am a sucker for a western and throw romantica in the mix and I am so there.

    The excerpt got me. Hope it is good. Hell I hope I find time to read it this year ;).

    Just looking for a good time...

    Waiting tables in a bar full of no-good cowboys isn't Lacy Mason's idea of fun. But between her daughter's illness, endless doctor bills, and her college tuition, she needs the money.

    What she could really use is a night of no-holds-barred passion and no-strings-attached sex. Too bad she has sworn off cowboys for life...

    A guy walks into a bar...

    Full-time executive and retired cowboy Wyatt Anderson is drawn to Lacy from the moment he sees her. But she's an enigma. Daring and assured one moment and hesitant the next, it's as if something haunts her. Only willing to give him one night, Lacy clings tightly to her secrets.

    Unfortunately for her, what Wyatt wants, Wyatt gets. And he definitely wants Lacy

    more rambling
    Sadly this is the only western I saw on her site. But there is a vamp book coming out April 11, 2006 fromSix Feet Under from Samhain that sounds good. Summary from her site:
    Buried six feet under the ground in an ancient cemetery in New Orleans was not Charlene Madison's idea of a night on the town. Neither was meeting the devil himself when he rescues her claiming she is his life-mate. But Charlene has a killer to find. That's what she does as a Private Investigator. And she has no time for a love-struck vampire.

    Through centuries of darkness Devin has found his light, but she's as obstinate as a northern wind running hot and cold. She makes his body burn almost as hot as his temper. But can he keep her out of trouble and alive long enough to make her his?

    Together they will unmask a killer and discover a love that is so enriching that time will not ever be able to breach.
    EBUZZ: New Concepts Publishing?!?
    New Concepts Publishing

    looking at their site, I think I wanna win the ebookwise other than that I know nothing... so... what do you guys think? Good? Bad? Easy to order from? Not worth the time? The best thing since sliced bread?
    Karen Ranney
    Has updated her website.

    Looks nifty! And the new cover is up, it is blury. I will look for a different one later. I noticed that on IE the cover looked fine. Go figure...

    some more info on what the book is about
    You know Sundays are no fun...
    When you have to work anyway... and the mail doesn't come....

    Just saying...
    EBUZZ: The Wild Rose Press
    Looks to be a new epublisher in town.

    The Wild Rose Press

    Who They Are
    Wild Rose Press is a new and exciting small electronic and print publisher of romance. Our titles span the sub-genre spectrum from sweet to sensually erotic and are available in all lengths, including short story, category, and single title.

    About Us Page

    Wanna Publish with Them?
    Submission Guidelines

    A couple of things to note and a few questions from moi.
    Please do not send any manuscript that is currently under review with another publisher.
    Is this a general epub thing? Or even general publisher thing? The only place I recall seeing it noted (which remember I have no memory!) is Red Sage for their Secrets line.

    Under the heading of Please note the elements that we do not accept within any of our lines... they have a few things noted but I was wondering about:
    * No depraved or illegal acts
    I get the illegal part but what is depraved? Isn't that sort of general and subjective? Or am I just depraved to think that? Is there a list of depraved acts not to do somewhere?

    * No bestiality
    Party poopers... LOL kidding ;) but does this include no werewolves?

    * No degradation of women (rape)
    interesting... I personally don't like rape in my romance. Call me crazy, wonder if that means forced seduction as well

    * No sadism or masochism
    oooooooohhhhhhh HAWT market to leave out

    * No bondage (light is okay within the appropriate lines)
    HAWTER market to leave out

    * No pedophilia (no sex involving underage characters)
    Hey they have been reading fanfic!

    * No homosexuality (our romances celebrate heterosexual monogamous relationships)
    This is a genre I don't read. Personally I just don't find it all that hot but having been involved in fanfic for longer than I should admit to - slash is So Hot! with tons of people.

    I would think this is a general 'thanks but no, thanks' for most romance publisher. But seeing it in print is sort of, hmmm. On one hand, how totally fucking cool it is big enough to feel the need to include it in the don'ts. On the other... I don't know. How do you feel about it?

    I did drop them a line to see if they wanted to do a epublisher interview and included this link so maybe they will come talk to us about it. Or not... seems like they are wanting to be the opposite of EC.

    Just the Facts!

    The thing that caught my eye is copyright. Do epublisher generally file the author copyright?

    Their current list of authors. The Line Guides are found on the above link for submission, the one for the erotic line Scarlet Rose made me giggle. Tastefully written, again, seems too subjective to nail down. But that is prolly just me. And the staff can be found under the About Us link.

    So what do you think? Wanna read? Wanna publish for them? Do you see them offering something new and exciting you can't find right now? Or is there always room for new epublishers?
    EBUZZ: Cobblestone Press
    Another soon to be available epublisher is Cobblestone Press. And when I say new, I mean new, they open their virtual doors in five days!
    We are an electronic publisher of sensual and erotic romance seeking creative storytelling and original style. Because we at Cobblestone Press are selective about what we accept, we are looking for authors to set the standard of writing for this new press; authors that show extraordinary ability to weave tales of romance through strong, unforgettable characters, plots that twist and turn with layers of conflict and emotion, and a style that sets them apart from other writers in the market.

    Their books will only be available in ebook. Right now there are no plans to have any print books. But at the heart of it, Cobblestone looks to be a Romance Publisher, first and foremost. They have hawt lines, they have paranormal but they are looking to give readers their HEA.

    I haven't read any of their books yet, so I can't say if they meet that mark, but looks like they at least have the aim in mind.

    Coming Soon!
    Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

    Their books fit into: Trysts:10,000-20,000 - Novella:20,001-40,000 - Novel:40,001-65,000 - Full Novel: 65,001-100,000. With a rating guide of:
    * Wild: Fully realized sexual relationships with no explicit language (mainstream romance)
    * Wanton: Fully realized sexual relationships with explicit language
    * Wicked: Fully realized sexual relationships with explicit language and themes that some readers might find disturbing or objectionable (violence, multiple partners, & BDSM).

    And their genres are: Action Adventure, African American, Contemporary, Chick Lit**, Fantasy, Futuristic / Science Fiction, Gay & Lesbian (Yaoi/Shonen), Historical, Interracial/Multicultural, Paranormal (Werewolf, Vampire, Ghosts, Magic, etc), Time Travel, and Thriller/Suspense.

    What do you think of the covers? I see a few really good ones but for the most part I am eh on them.

    Who is Cobblestone?
    About Us Page

    The who's who of cobblestone

    Wanna Write with Cobblestone?
    As I mentioned before they are:
    accepting manuscripts from 10-100k in the following genres: Action Adventure, African American, Contemporary, Chick Lit**, Fantasy, Futuristic / Science Fiction, Gay & Lesbian (Yaoi/Shonen), Historical, Interracial/Multicultural, Paranormal (Werewolf, Vampire, Ghosts, Magic, etc), Time Travel, and Thriller/Suspense.

    Their no-no's are:
    purple prose, closed door sexual relationships between the main characters, pedophilia, incest, bodily functions, snuff, bestiality (aliens and shape shifters okay), and necrophilia. If you aren't sure, just ask!
    hee I am surprised there isn't (vampires okay) after necrophilia *g*.

    Please excuse cindys and me while we dance around in joy due to the no closed door rule.

    In addition to the above they have three lines they are looking to fill:
    Brazen Submissions
    Word Count: 20k-40k

    The Brazen line is a special line of books dedicated to the feisty and aggressive heroine we have in all of us. She’s not just any ordinary bad girl! She is a strong, determined, kick ass woman who is in control of her life. She is larger than life and so is her take on the world. The man in her life is just as strong and worldly as she is, and he knows he's privileged to be there.

    Outlaw! Submissions
    Word Count: 20k-40k

    The Outlaw! hero is a walk on the wild side and the heroine likes him that way. He’s a bold alpha male with the world as his playground. Whether he's a demon, a vampire, pirate, knight, or a corporate devil. He’s the anti-hero that steals your heart.

    Shifter Submissions
    Word Count: 10k-100k

    The Shifter series at Cobblestone is dedicated to shape shifters of both genders. Get in touch with your wild side and let us take a look! We are interested in shape shifter romance that crosses over into all genres.

    All in all they sound like a great addition to romanceland, ebook style. There is a n interview with Deanna Lee over at Fallen Angels. Anyone had a chance to read any cobble books yet?
    oh no you didn't
    This is so not going to work! My stupid computer is starting to randomly shut down again. UGH! And of course it waits until a long ass post is just about ready to post... and no the blogger recover post didn't work.

    I don't even want to go look at the two reviews I had open to see where I last saved. New computer is so fucking on the list as soon as possible. POS!@!@!@!

    blah, ok rant over.... play on
    Fi's EBUZZ: Voyeur by Shiloh Walker
    ***read for Angiew TBR challenge
    Title: Voyeur
    Author: Shiloh Walker
    Year published: 2003
    Why did you get this book?: I picked up this book because it was recommended by Valeen at Turn Another Page. This was also my first purchase from Ellora's Cave.
    Do you like the cover?: Not really. The girl in the middle looks hot/satisfied, but the hair on all three... yuck.
    Did you enjoy the book?: Yes I did. I am new to erotica and still tend to blush as I read it, but it was good.
    Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes, I had heard of Shiloh Walker before but had never read her. Yes, I would buy/read her again, as a matter of fact; I have already bought Declan and Tori from The Hunter Series.
    Are you keeping it or passing it on? Well, it's an eBook, so I'm not supposed to pass it on, right? I am going to recommend people to buy it.

    summary here
    Kye wanted to give Ashlyn a fantasy. And did he ever give her one. One night, Kye and his best friend Connor took Ashlyn to bed, and gave her a night she would never forget.

    Three years later, they gave her another night.

    But it would be the last one.

    Because Kye is just a ghost this time and he came back just to tell his wife goodbye.

    Fi's Ebuzz
    The book opens with a really hot scene between Kye and Ashlyn which establishes how solid their relationship is and how they feel about each other. There is much love emanating from this pair.

    Also, Kye, in thoughts to himself, shares why he would like to have a threesome with his wife. At this point, I wasn't yet convinced, but the way Connor was introduced to Ashlyn had me leaning forward going, "Yeah, do it, kiss him!"

    The evening with Kye and Connor is too intense for words. However, it is very exhausting to read... and long. I was so tired two-thirds of the way through even I wanted it to end.

    At this point I didn't know where the story was going to go. I didn't even really know where the story was. So far it had just been sex, after sex, after sex, but Walker pulled it off.

    Kye is killed when he is struck by a car as a pedestrian and Ashlyn is devastated. Walker did a good job of channeling the intense feelings from the sex to the intense emotions of Ashlyn's grief. My god, even I cried as she wept uncontrollably for the loss of her husband. And reenters Connor. How on earth was she going to make this happen without him coming off as sleazy?

    Connor is such a character. First he agrees to have sex with his best friend's wife and then he falls in love with her! Knowing how hostile the situation is, Connor removes himself but ultimately is reunited with Ashlyn after Kye's death. Being a great guy, Connor continues to love Ashlyn from afar as she grieves for Kye; no pushing her, no moving too fast, just friends, a shoulder to cry on.

    How will these two ever get together? Will Ashlyn ever be over Kye enough to accept Connor?

    What made this book was the love story between Kye and Ashlyn. Walker did a great job of showing how much Kye and Ashlyn cared for each other. The intense love made the grief feel all that more real. It was short, but painful and angst ridden and completely wonderful. The one thing I don't like is that Kye's death is given away in the book blurb. Many other things could have been said, keeping that point a secret for the reader.
    Grade: A
    Reading next: Declan and Tori: First in The Hunters Series by Shiloh Walker

    You can find Fi at Fiona's Farrage, an excerpt of the book is here and you can purchase here. Happy reading!
    Sasha's Ebuzz: Toymaker by Aubrey Ross
    The ever delightful Sasha White, author of Gypsy Heart and the upcoming Berkley Trade title, Bound, is our first guest author ebuzzer. She is gonna tell us all about Toymaker by Aubrey Ross.

    Well not all but enough to give us a taste, or is it a tease....

    click me baby, summary be here
    Desperate for freedom, royal concubine, Bryce, agrees to pose as a test subject for the infamous Toymaker. She will participate in his sexual study, earn his trust -- then bring him to her master, but first she must get the job.

    Slade is determined to save the life of his friend and mentor, Matthias, the Toymaker. Matthias has created his most ambitions toy yet, a replicant into which he will transfer his being. Though amazingly life-like, the replicant will be an emotionless husk, unless they can stimulate his intuitive programming. And what is more stimulating than sex?

    Passion ignites between Slade and Bryce from the moment their eyes meet. She is supposed to arouse emotional responses in the replicant, but Slade can't keep his hands off her. They harbor secrets both dangerous and damning. Will desire be enough to save them when her master comes after the Toymaker?

    Sasha's Ebuzz

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this story. Part of me thought the idea could be a lot of fun, another part of me thought if not careful, it could turn into a real cheesy cock-up.

    However, Aubrey Ross pulled it off with style. I really enjoyed THE TOYMAKER and read it in one sitting. The plot is developed, the sex is hot and the story original. A wonderful read that I recommend for all who like their romances erotic!

    Read the excerpt here and buy the book here.... Thanks for the rec Sasha!
    blog search
    ETS: I really like the new google search box! Highly recommend it! LOL at least so far;)

    Right now I have a free find box to search my blog, but I am not very happy with it. Has anyone used the google one?
    You should be able to...
    click on the cover's and be taken to the amazon page for the book... it took me forever to figure that out (yes it was easy, I am blogger stoopid) If it doesn't work, let me know :)
    INFO: Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter
    Gena Showalter's sequel to Awaken Me Darkly is out now! And Gena has a nifty contest on her blog. Do go forth and play.

    New and Upcoming Gena Showalter books

    I haven't read her yet but have AMD to be read. But these books I so want:
    Devon's EBUZZ: Tales of the Shareem: Rio by Allyson James
    ***NOTE Book Three in the Tales of the Shareem

    You can find Allyson James (aka jennifer ashley) website here and her blog here

    click for summary
    Rio. A Level Three Shareem complete with black leather, handcuffs and a whip.

    Genetically programmed to provide every woman's wildest fantasy, Rio is the ultimate Dom. His bad-boy smile and Shareem-blue eyes can make the most frigid woman fall to her knees and beg him to be gentle.

    But not too gentle.

    Nella, Princess of Ariel, has never heard of Shareem. She sees Rio only as the man who rescues her from assassination and who hides her until she can get back to her family. A friend.

    But Rio can't fight his programming, and before long he's taking the sexy princess aside to give her some very interesting lessons in trust... never dreaming she's giving him lessons in love.

    Devon can be found at Is that a stake in your pocket? [now with comments ;)]

    Devon's ebuzz
    Not bad, a fun read. This is one of those total female fantasies that I find really fun about Romantica.

    The series takes place in a Sci-Fi, futuristic world where scientists have genetically engineered a breed of super-hot males who exist merely to pleasure women.


    But the lab's been shut down, and the species (the Shareem) have been outlawed and sent underground. There are different types of Shareem, with different specialties. This installment focuses on Rio, who is a Level 3--a Dominant, who's great with the cuffs and a whip. (Remember though, that he is meant to be used by women, so its only ever an illusion of dominance.)

    Rio finds and saves Nella, and brings her back to the compound where he lives with his maker and some friends. Let the sex begin!

    There's somewhat of a plot, but really this is about learning about the Shareem, hot sex between Nella and Rio, and if they will find a happily ever after. Can Nella love Rio, or will she only see him as a sex object?

    Like I said, this was a fun way to spend a couple of hours. I didn't exactly buy the love story, it was of the insta-lust variety, but the sex scenes were good. The sex was very explicit, and featured a variety of activities (big variety), including some BDSM, but I would characterize it as light (but be aware). The book overall had a playful, light tone, and an...interesting setting. I'd check out another one of these.

    Excerpt HERE and you can purchase here... Thanks Devon!!!
    EBUZZ: reviews
    Since I am frantically trying to finish AAR reviews, read for judging Texas and Aspen Gold, put finishing touches on guest author/line day/weeks and update my blog. I am going to have a few Ebuzz reviews by a few guest readers and writers.

    As always feel free to weigh in and agree or disagree...

    ::idea shameless stolen from the ever smart Dear Author
    EBUZZ: The Prize by Beth Williamson
    I didn't realize that The Prize was already out! Very cool!

    I just noticed as I was pulling the stats to turn in the review for The Bounty.
    clicky click for summary
    Jack Malloy is haunted.

    Haunted by memories, he tries to escape the dreams that have stolen his sleep for six months by agreeing to help out his sister Nicky. Unfortunately, time at her ranch offers him no escape when he's confronted by Rebecca Connor's beautiful gray eyes. For unbeknownst to her, she is a participant in his nightmares every night.

    Rebecca Connor is haunted.

    Haunted by memories she's trying to escape that have stolen her future. Her attraction to Jack is unsettling for a woman that has sworn off men. But something keeps drawing her closer to him, and she can't help but wonder what his hands would feel like on her skin…

    Fate pushes them together when they become stranded, snowbound, on a lonely Wyoming ranch. There they rediscover what living is all about. With passion hotter than the sun, they learn to feel pleasure together, how to trust again, and how to love. But is it enough to face the demons of their past, or will they forever be haunted?

    This book has been previously published.

    Can't wait!
    EBUZZ: For the writers out there
    Looking at Alyssa....

    Satisfy Our Naughtier Side Writing Contest
    Give us your kick-ass heroines, your drool-worthy heroes, and your well-crafted stories that keep us coming back for more.

    We're looking for a few good stories that are hot enough to melt silver. BDSM, anal, same-sex, group sex, we're not fussy. If it can turn us on and still make us sigh at your happily ever after (or happily for now), it's exactly what we want.

    So how do you enter? First, check out our submission guidelines for Molten Silver. While we will look at books between 20,000 - 50,000 words, we'd prefer they be over 50,000. If you think you have what we need, send us the first three chapters and a synopsis of your book to by June 1, 2006.

    This is a contest, right? So, you know there will be prizes!
    First prize: $100
    Second prize: $75
    Third prize: $50

    And the ultimate grand prize... our standard one-year publishing contract. Whether you win a prize or not, if you have what we need, you will be considered for publication by Liquid Silver Books. Still not enough? Well, we'll sweeten the pot a little more... if you win one of our top three prizes and accept a contract with Liquid Silver Books, we will double your prize!

    This contest is open to any unpublished or published authors who do not already have a contract with Liquid Silver Books. If you are already published with us and have a suitable story for our Molten Silver line, please contact Raven directly.

    Want to see your name in lights? Or at least on screen? Then get writing!

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    Good Luck!
    TBR Challenge MAY Military/Police themed book

    As you can see here I am not signed up this month for Angie's TBR challenge but seeing how I accidentally did it I am crashing the party. Yeah yeah yeah I will post the historical one soon.

    Military/Police themed book in honor of Memorial Day OR an ebook/book in print that was first an ebook.
    Since doing an ebook seems like cheating...

    Title: Tell It to the Marines

    Author: Amy J. Fetzer

    Year published: 2004

    Why did you get this book? I have been wanting to try her and since I am waiting for her last book to be mailed I picked this up at a library sale.

    Do you like the cover? Okay, so could have been Marine Bad Boys *g*

    Did you enjoy the book? yes but I will prolly not keep it

    Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes and Yes

    Are you keeping it or passing it on? passing on

    Anything else? Ooh-rah! It was a fun book, one of her first I think with Brava. And a nice set up for wanting to read a full story. It is really in the vain of a Bad Boy book, three short stories. Very character driven and these are somewhat RSy. Nothing GREAT but fun and entertaining.